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Review: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

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No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for their chance to grab one of the girls in order to make their fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

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MY REVIEW

The Grace Year is a title that I have been impatiently waiting to get my hands on. From the synopsis alone, I just knew this book was going to be special and that it would be thrilling. I mean, it sounded like all of my favorite dystoptian novels were wrapped into one. So, if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tale or even Lord of the Flies, you are in for a real treat with The Grace Year.

The Grace Year follows the story of Tierney James. Tierney has always dreamed for a better life than the one she knows. She lives in a society where dreams are forbidden and where women are seen as the weaker sex. When a girl reaches her sixteenth birthday, she enters what is called her grace year, a time that no one dares to talk about. Rumor has it that women are filled with magical power that they must accept and eradicate in order to return home pure and ready for their husbands. But, what they don’t tell you is that you will be pitted against one another, that your friends are not who you thought they were, and that there is more to fear than just poachers in the woods….

As a huge fan of YA Dystopian novels, I couldn’t wait to see what The Grace Year would bring to the table. And let me tell you, it does not disappoint. This story is filled with mystery and intrigue. The plot is totally unique, yet has similar elements to some beloved dystopian novels. This story is gritty and intense at times and it will certainly keep you on your toes. This is a story of survival in the worst of circumstances, yet there is also hope for a better life and future. The Grace Year does have some romantic tones, but the romance does not drive the book, the plot does. The Grace Year is filled with lots of fantastic twists and turns and at times will have you questioning what you have gotten yourself into.

Overall, I found The Grace Year to be a very enjoyable read. I thought it was very unique and written well. I found myself glued to the pages and unable to put this book down. I know this is a YA book, but do not let that fool you. This book packs a punch and keeps you guessing the entire time.  If you’re a fan of dystopian novels, I definitely would recommend giving The Grace Year a try.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Blog Tour with Review: White Knight (Dirty Mafia Duet #2) by Meghan March

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Release Date: October 1, 2019


About White Knight:

New York Times bestselling author Meghan March continues the story of untold truths and one man’s redemption in the Dirty Mafia Duet.

I never expected to be anyone’s white knight. That’s not a role I’ve ever played.

But when the Casso crime family shifts into uncharted territory, they’re looking for a new hero, and they’re looking for me—Cannon Freeman, the black sheep.

But my time in disgrace is at an end.

It’s my turn to rise up and save the people who matter most to me.

Even if my family has never given a damn about me, I will not let them fall.

More than anything, I will not let her fall.

One thing I know is true—in my life, nothing is ever what it seems.

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“Eat your pizza, Memphis. I didn’t wait my whole damn life for a woman like you to come along just to break you.”

“You’re my woman now, whether you like it or not.” “And I promise I’m going to make damn sure you fucking love it.”

“Whatever else happens, I won’t regret making this choice. I won’t regret choosing her.”

“I can handle anything you throw at me. Anything. If you think you’re going to break, you tell me, and I’ll hold you together. That’s what this is. You and me. The real thing.”

What a thrilling, thrilling ride!! White Knight is the heart-pounding and thrilling conculsion that we’ve all been waiting for!!!

White Knight picks up right where Black Sheep left off and I don’t know about you guys, but after the way Black Sheep ended, I’ve been dying to see what happens next. And let me tell you, White Knight does not disappoint and it leaves no stone unturned. White Knight takes you on one wild ride filled with unexpected twists and turns, ensuring that there won’t be a single dull moment. White Knight is fast paced and the chapters are short, making it impossible to put down and all consuming.

All that being said, there is more to White Knight than just danger, action and suspense. Yes, Meghan March kicks things up a notch when it comes to the swoon and romance. Cannon is the ultimate swoon-worthy alpha male and wild horses won’t be able to stop him from protecting the one that he loves. Cannon and Memphis are stronger than ever this time around and are in for the fight of their lives…

White Knight thrilled me and kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I loved the drama. I loved the action. I loved the danger and sexy good times. The secrets and twists left my head spinning and waiting for the next hit to come. Try as I might to savor the end of Memphis and Cannon’s story, I couldn’t help but just devour it. White Knight hit every note and delivered in every way. In the end, it was just the epic conculsion that I was hoping for…..

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*


About the author:

Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.

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Blog Tour with Review: Enchanting Sebastian (Big Sky Royal #1) by Kristen Proby

 
Enchanting Sebastian 
by Kristen Proby
A Big Sky Royal Novel
Release Date: September 24, 2019
The first in an all new stand-alone trilogy set in Kristen Proby’s Big Sky world, Enchanting Sebastian will take your breath away! 
Turning thirty-five doesn’t mean much to most men. For Sebastian Wakefield, it’s the end of life as he knows it. 
When your father is the King of England, thirty-five is the year that a marriage will be arranged, a suitable bride cementing a future you didn’t choose. The obvious solution for escaping the archaic laws of the throne is for Sebastian to leave the country. And where better to go than America? 

Nina Wolfe has spent her career avoiding scandal. As a Hollywood publicist and minor celebrity in her own right, she knows exactly what it takes to keep the media at bay—and what will send them into a frenzy. 

Prince Sebastian hiding out in Cunningham Falls, Montana is an unlikely story. Ending up in his bed, even more so. And keeping their arrangement out of the press might just be impossible. The ring on her finger is about to spark a firestorm that will change her life, and no professional spin will help Nina fit into the world of royalty. 

Only love could write an enchanting new beginning—if they’ll let themselves fall. 
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MY REVIEW

Words can not express how excited I was to see Enchanting Sebastian land on my kindle. I mean, I fell in love with this book the moment I laid eyes on the cover and I was so happy to see this book live up to my expectations….

Enchanting Sebastian follows the story of Sebastian and Nina. To some, turing 35 is just another day. But, for Sebastian, turning 35 feels like the end of the world. You see, long ago, it was decided that if you weren’t married by the age of 35, then a marriage would be arranged for you. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also the fact that Sebastian has no desire to be king. As his 35th birthday looms closer, Sebastian is overwhelmed and just has to get away from it all. So, get away from it all is what he does…..Nina has spent her entire life avoiding scandal. As a Hollywood publicist for her famous brother, she’s used to putting out fires and knows how to avoid the spotlight. The last thing Nina ever planned for was Sebastian. He turns her whole world upside down and has her thinking of things she never wanted. Suddenly, Nina finds herself engaged to none other than Prince Sebastian. If Nina thought her world was turned upside down before, she has no clue what she’s gotten herself into….

Enchanting Sebastian is the kind of book that you just want to curl up on the couch with and just spend your entire day getting lost in. From royals to a marriage of convience and falling in love when you’re not supposed to, this book checked off all of my boxes. I laughed. I swooned. I feel totally head over heels for Sebastian and Nina. I kid you not, my face hurt from smiling so much. Enchanting Sebastian was just the sweet, swoon worthy love story that I was looking for. It was light on the drama, heavy on the swoon and steam, and it kept me begging for more.

Enchanting Sebastian is the first book in the all new Big Sky Royals Series from author Kristen Proby, and I gotta tell you, this book knocked my socks off. I loved every second of this book from beginning to end. I loved the characters, the friendship and romance. I loved the cameos from new friends and old ones as well.

I think this series is off to a terrific start and I can not wait to see who this author has us falling head over heels for next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series. 

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana. 

 

Review: All The Way by Kendall Ryan

ALL THE WAY By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: September 24, 2019

I know it’s time to move on from my rocky past and get back out there and start dating again.

It’s just that every time I think about it, I get all nervous and sweaty.

Good thing I have a secret weapon to help me—my best friend, professional hockey stud Owen Parrish.

He’s the king of hookups, and promises he’ll be my guide through the world of online dating. With his help, I know this won’t be as hard.

• • •

I’ve never been this hard in my entire life.

My friend Becca wants my help hooking her up with some douchey guy from a dating app.

I said I’d help her—but now I’m noticing all kinds of things I can’t ignore, like how pretty she is behind those baggy clothes and messy buns.

I want to be the one to help her, to show her the ropes in the bedroom, and it turns out, Becca’s game to let me take a more hands-on approach.

But what happens when she’s ready to take her newfound confidence and move on? I’ve never been boyfriend material, but for her, I want to try.

Your favorite hot jocks are back with an all new standalone novel. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series is for you!

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MY REVIEW

All The Way is the second book in the Hot Jocks Series and follows the story of Becca and Owen. From the moment I dove into Becca and Owen’s story, I was hooked. Becca is ready to move on from her rocky past. But, everytime she thinks about putting herself out there and dating, she starts to freak out. So, Becca comes up with this crazy plan, that only her best friend Owen can help her with. Owen is a total ladies man and is the only one who can help her move past her hangups…Owen would do anything for Becca and when he agreed to her crazy plan, he just knew he was going to get more than he bargained for. The chemistry between Owen and Becca is hotter than either one of them ever dreamed of. Owen’s never wanted more than to have a little fun, but being with Becca….she just might turn his whole world upside down….

I absolutely adored All The Way. These characters hooked me instantly and had me hanging on each and every word. Becca and Owen burned hotter than ever and I couldn’t wait to see how their story would play out. Owen is the ultimate friend. He would do anything for Becca and he certainly can’t deny the chemistry he feels with her. And Becca was super brave to live through what she did and even braver to put herself out there. Her plan to move on might have been a little crazy, but there is no one else that would have treated her with the patience, love and care that Owen did.

All The Way is the perfect friends to lovers romance. This book is steamy and filled with terrific friendships and I’m happy to report that there is little to no drama in this story. All The Way is just effortlessly written and has a flawless flow to it. Before you even realize it, you’ll find that you’ve devoured Owen and Becca’s story and will be wishing their story never ended. I know I certainly felt that way.

All The Way is a wonderful addition to The Hot Jocks Series. Owen and Becca are impossible to not fall in love with and sure to steal you heart. This book was the perfect book to spend my day getting lost in and I’m excited to see where this series will take me next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Review: Archangel’s War (Guild Hunter #12) by Nalini Singh

Wings of silver. Wings of blue. Mortal heart. Broken dreams. Shatter. Shatter. Shatter. A sundering. A grave. I see the end. I see. . .

The world is in chaos as the power surge of the Cascade rises to a devastating crescendo. In furiously resisting its attempts to turn Elena into a vessel for Raphael’s power, Elena and her archangel are irrevocably changed. . .far beyond the prophecy of a cursed Ancient.

At the same time, violent and eerie events around the world threaten to wipe out entire populations. And in the Archangel Lijuan’s former territory, an unnatural fog weaves through the land, leaving only a bone-chilling silence in its wake. Soon it becomes clear that even the archangels are not immune to this deadly evil. This time, even the combined power of the Cadre may not be enough. . .

This war could end them all.

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“Sometimes, I convince myself I’ve imagined how magnificent you are, then you walk into a room and boom, there I fall all over again.”

“If death is our destiny, Archangel, she thought, then I’ll see you on the other side.”

To me, there is no better sign that you’re reading a good book, then when you stay up late to finish it. And I stayed up way too late finishing this one, but man was it worth the lack of sleep!

I don’t know about you guys, but after the way Archangel’s Prophecy left off, I have been dying to see what would happen next. And I’ve got to tell you, Author Nalini Singh does not disappoint. She pulls out all of the stops with Archangel’s War. Archangel’s War picks up right where the last book left off and just hits the ground running. If you had questions, I promise, your questions will get answered. This book exceeded my expectations and took me on one thrilling and entertaining ride.

One of the things I’ve come to love about this series is the authors creativity and the way that she contiues to build on to the world we’ve come to know and love. The plot is intricate and keeps you guessing. There is a lot going on, but in the best way possible. The action and danger keeps you on your toes and will keep your eyes glued to the pages!!

And then we have our dynamic duo: Raphael and Elena. I fell in love with these two when there were first introduced to The Guild Hunter Series and with each story, I have fallen harder for them. Their relationship is inspiring. They are partners in all things and only become stronger as time goes on. There is nothing these two can’t do or overcome. They are passion filled, unstoppable team, that will just leave you begging for more.

Archangel’s War was everything I was hoping for and then some. With a world in chaos and a looming war, Archangel’s War is destined to keep your eyes glued to the pages. There was action and intensity, war and suspense, romance and steam. I had a ton of questions and couldn’t wait to have them all answered. I loved seeing this story unravel and come together.

Archangel’s War is a thrilling and exciting ride. It ties up all of the loose ends and I couldn’t be happier with how things ended. I’m not sure if there is going to more to this series or not. I’m happy with how things ended, but at the same time, I’m hopeful that this won’t be the last that we see of these character or the Guild Hunter World…..

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Excerpt From Archangel’s War by Nalini Singh

“We watch,” the Primary said. “We protect.”

But things were altering in front of them, a faint glow emanating from where the aeclari had been before the filaments obscured both Raphael’s body and Elena’s chrysalis.

Beyond the balcony doors now partially covered with the snow silk of the filaments, the Bluebell turned. His eyes widened at seeing the ocean of filaments, the glow. But before he could open the closed doors, a familiar voice entered all their minds.

Leave now. It was an order from an archangel. Clear the skies above. Empty the land around. GO.

The Legion were moving even as the last word echoed in their minds. They were Raphael’s Legion, Elena’s Legion, and they had been given an order. The Bluebell wasn’t Legion. He was one of the Seven. Unique. With his own mind.

Torment wrenched his features, but he inclined his head, and the Primary saw him form the word, “Sire.”

All of them moved.

The Bluebell dropped to the grass, then ran inside the house.

The Legion broke into four parts and swept the area. Winged beings were already flying toward the river at high speed, their faces stark and their jaws determined. The Legion dropped down in front of cars moving on the nearest road. The cars were not so close to the aeclari’s home, but the archangel hadn’t said how far to clear.

When the first two cars halted with a screech that caused a burning scent to rise to their nostrils, the Legion wrenched the doors open and hauled the startled vampires out. A group of the Legion rose into the air, two to a vampire. Another group found four humans in a third car, a vampire’s cattle heading home. The scared cattle whimpered at being taken by the Legion but didn’t struggle. Neither did the vampires after they saw the angels racing from the Enclave to the water.

Golden light poured out from the windows of the aeclari’s home.

Many of the angels streaming over the water held vampires or humans in their arms, getting their households out of danger. The Bluebell was one of the last to fly out of the Enclave, and though the Legion did not speak to many outside of the aeclari, they spoke to him: Are the aeclari’s people safe? This was important. The Legion knew. The aeclari had bonds to those who lived in the house.

Yes, I got them out. The Bluebell, who could fly faster than the Primary and sometimes raced with the cars of the Blade and the Viper, fell off the cliff with his wings licked by a golden light so bright that it was difficult to face. In one hand, he held a large rectangular thing, in his other items they recognized.

Several of the Legion flew to him, and took the things. They did not understand things, but these were linked to the aeclari in their mind. We will fly them to the Tower.

Most of the angels kept on flying toward Manhattan, and those of the Legion that carried vampires or mortals kept on going, too. But the Primary turned once he was over the center of the river, as did those of his brethren who flew only their own bodies.

The Bluebell halted in front of them, the silvery blue of his wings spread and his face awash in the burning golden light that had turned the river to gold.

And the light, it grew, and grew, and grew.

Until at last, the light was so bright that it became fire and even the Primary couldn’t bear it and threw up his arm in front of his eyes. The last thing he saw was an intense white brightness.

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Review: Kiss Me Tonight by Emma Hart

What do a wrong number text, a burning building, and a quirky florist have in common? 

A hunky firefighter with an extra-large…hosepipe.

In hindsight, I never should have opened that text message. The last thing I needed first thing on a Monday was a picture of some stranger’s, um, eggplant, in my inbox.

I also should have replaced the batteries in my fire alarm, because my Friday night did not need to end with my apartment building going up in flames. 

But it’s fine. It’s fine. Everything is fine. 

I’m only lying in a hospital bed with more split ends than I’ve ever had, almost all my Earthly possessions have turned to ash, and apparently, they don’t serve wine to patients in this place. 

But like I said, it’s fine. 

Until he walks in. 

The guy who saved my life. My hero. Noah Jacobs

And the universe is amusing itself at my expense, because the dirty photo I woke up to on Monday? 

It’s his.

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“She tasted like temptation and the death of all my self-control. She tasted like someone who could be the rest of my fucking life.”

Kiss Me Tonight is the second book in the Kiss Me Series and follows the story of Noah and Reagan. Reagan’s story starts off in the most unconvential way. She wakes up to find that she’s been sent a naughty picture. Obviously, it was sent in error, but she can’t help herself from responding. From that moment on, an unexpected friendship forms between Reagan and her stranger. Fate has plans for these two and when it comes to fate, all you can do is just sit back and enjoy the wild ride.

I have to say that Kiss Me Tonight is my favorite romantic comedy from Emma Hart this year. I mean, she totally knocked it out of the park with this one. Reagan is top notch. She’s got zero filter and isn’t afraid to give it to you straight. Her family is totally nuts, and will leave you in stitches over their antics. But, there is more to Reagan than meets the eye. Yes, she’s sarcastic and says whatever is on her mind, but when she loves, she loves hard. She keeps it real and isn’t afraid to be herself. And then we have Noah….Noah. Noah. Noah. He is the total package and is 100% swoon worthy. He’s not perfect. He can’t be since it was his picutre is what brought him and Reagan together. But, you know, in this day in age, dating is HARD. Anyways, Noah doesn’t shy away from the crazy that is Reagan. He embraces it and just goes with the flow. He is exactly what Reagan was missing from her life.

I really enjoyed getting to know Reagan and Noah. Their story had me laughing so much that I had a seriously hard time containing it. Their chemsitry was instant and I fell in love with both of them just through their text messages. Their chemistry was palpable and off the charts. I just couldn’t get enough of these two together. And one of the things I loved the most was just the ease of their relationship. There was no drama, no over the top moments, no angst. Just a straight up romance that kept me on my toes and left me begging for more.

Kiss Me Tonight is just what the doctor ordered and is a must read for any romantic comedy lover. I laughed. I swooned. I had the absolute best time. Reagan and Noah’s story was a terrific one to spend my day getting lost in and I just loved every single moment of it….

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Wrapped Up in You (Heartbreaker Bay #8) by Jill Shalvis

It’s love. Trust me. 

After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.

Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-terms plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.

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Wrapped Up In You is the 8th story in the Heartbreaker Bay Series and it follows the story of Kel and Ivy. Ivy is used to being constantly on the move. She is in an expert in all things and has never stayed in any place for a long time. San Francisco might be the place that changes everything for her. She has a job she loves and has a place to call her own. She’s guarded and insn’t ready to let anyone in. And when Kel O’Donnell comes into her world, he threatens to turn her normal upside down….Kel too is a guarded man. He’s burned too many times to count, but there is just something about Ivy that calls to him. She is everything that he’s been searching for….or so he thinks. When Ivy’s past threatens her new life, Kel will find himself questioning everything he thought he knew…

Overall, I found this book to be a quick and easy read. The characters were easy to connect with and I loved the way that Kel and Ivy balanced one another. I thought they had great chemistry and loved that they weren’t perfect; each of them having their hearts broken before. Kel and Ivy’s story delivers on the swoon and steamy moments without going over the top.

Wrapped Up In You was a great read from beginning to end. I enjoyed getting to know these two characters and of course enjoyed catching up with our old friends. I can’t get enough of this small town setting and can’t help but look forward to see who’s story will come next. If you’re looking for a sweet, small town romance that’s filled with heart, friendships and characters you can’t help but root for, then look no further, Wrapped Up In You is just the book you’ve been waiting for.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*