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Review: Twice Dead (The Necromancer’s Song #1) by Caitlin Seal

Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She’s struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she’s become an abomination–a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse. She’s been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue.

She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder. Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray.

My Review

When I first heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I mean, the cover is just beautiful and it intrigued me. I had to know more. So when I read the synopsis, that sealed it for me. I had to pick up this book and see what adventure would lie ahead for me.

Twice Dead is a unique and refreshing story. I haven’t read very many YA books that deal with Necromancy. So, I was really intrigued by this one and couldn’t wait to see what direction this story was going to go. I think this story started off well and had some great potential, however somewhere along the line, it just fell flat. This story focused a lot and I mean a lot on character development, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I just found myself struggling to connect with them. And since there was so much focus on the character development, I feel like the plot ended up suffering because of it. I needed more. I need more background. I needed more actual plot. I needed to see the story move in some direction.

I had kind of a like/hate relationship with this story. The plot was really interesting and I loved how unique it was. But, it just wasn’t enough for me. As I said before, I do think this story has potential, but in the end, I just needed more. Even though this story didn’t work for me, I’m still glad to have given it a try.

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

Review: Providence by Caroline Kepnes

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From the acclaimed author of YOU comes a novel that is part love story, part detective story, and part supernatural thriller.

Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other and their intense connection. But just when Jon is ready to confess the depth of his feelings, he’s kidnapped by his substitute teacher, a discredited scientist who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

After four years in captivity, Jon finally escapes, only to discover that he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to Providence to protect Chloe while he searches for answers. Across town from Jon, Detective Charles “Eggs” DeBenedictus is fascinated by a series of strange deaths–young, healthy people whose hearts just . . . stop. Convinced these deaths are a series of connected, vigilante killings, he jeopardizes his job and already strained marriage to uncover the truth.

With heart, insight, and a keen eye on human frailty, Kepnes whisks us on a journey through New England and crashes these characters’ lives together in the most unexpected ways, exploring the complex relationship between the powerful and the powerless, love and identity, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.

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My Review

For me, Providence was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. There was so much pre-release buzz surrounding it and I’ve been dying to read something by this author, so I took the leap and dove into Providence.

Jon and Chloe were the best of friends. They understood one another in ways that no one else seemed to get. They shared an intense connection. However, on the day that Jon is supposed to confess his true feelings for Chloe, he goes missing. I was so intrigued by this. I was dying to know more. I needed answers. I wanted to know what happened with Jon….4 years later, Jon finally returns home, but life has changed a lot in the time that he was away. He is convinced that if he can change himself; get better, he can finally have what he’s always wanted with Chloe…In addition to Jon and Chloe’s storyline, we also have the one of Detective Eggs. Eggs has been consumed by a string of deaths and will stop at nothing to solve the case. How can people who are healthy just have their hearts stop beating? Eggs is convinced that all of these murders are connected and will risk everything to find out the truth….

I’m going to be 100% honest with you. I wanted so much to love this book. I really did. But, it just didn’t work for me. I was really intrigued by the story in the beginning. I wanted to know what happened to Jon and couldn’t wait to see where the story would go once he returned. That intrigue lasted about 25-30% into the story. After that I just felt confused and lost. This book has a heavy H.P. Lovecraft presence and that was just totally lost on me. I’ve never read anything by Lovecraft, so all of those references were over my head. I Am Providence and The Dunwich Horror were seriously huge themes throughout the book and they just left me with a giant question mark over my head. Maybe if I had a better understanding of HP Lovecraft and those stories, this story might of clicked for me, but it just didn’t.

Providence is one of those books that you’re either going to get or you’re gonna be left in the dark, like I was. It’s going to be a hit for some and a miss for others. From mystery and suspense to supernatural themes, this book certainly had a lot going on. I think this author is a very unique story-telling and has a great writing style. Even though this book was a total miss for me, I’m still glad that I gave it chance and checked it out.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via Random House Publishing and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Mr. Big by Delancey Stewart

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Once upon a time, I had everything: money, power, a multimillion-dollar company, a loving family. Well, at least I thought I had everything. Then my parents died, and I found out my whole life was based on a lie. That’s pretty much the moment when I went numb. Told the world to f*** off and went on a bender of epic proportion, just to see how far I could fall before I hit rock-bottom.

Now I’m back and all I want in this world is my morning—okay, afternoon—coffee. Then one of my employees has the nerve to call me out for cutting the line at the coffeehouse at the company I own. Sure, I’m a little scruffier than usual, but come on, bitching out the CEO? Not a smart career move. Just who does this smart-mouthed ball-buster think she is? And more important, what do I have to do to get her number?

Holland O’Dell may be uptight, but I wouldn’t mind taking her back to my place and ripping off that business-casual blouse/skirt combo and burying myself in her curves. She pushes my buttons, but at least I’m feeling something. And whatever it is, I won’t stop until I get more.



My Review

I have never read anything by this author before, but after reading the blurb, I decided to give it a go. In the beginning, I really liked the story. I enjoyed meeting Holland and Oliver. I loved the banter and interactions between the two of them. The tension was great and couldn’t wait to see where their story was going to go.

As the story progressed, I did start to have some issues. The pacing became slow, and I just wasn’t into all the back and forth between Oliver and Holland. I love good angst and the will they/won’t they as much as the next person, but for some reason, I just wasn’t feeling it between Oliver and Holland. The angst was missing and all the back and forth was driving me nuts. Also, I don’t feel as though Oliver stayed true to himself throughout the story. I loved the cocky jerk he was in the beginning of the story and as the story progressed, I don’t feel that he was as strong and as confident as he was in the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, I totally get that being with Holland would change him, but I missed the confident, cocky man. Also, Oliver made some pretty questionable decisions and assumptions about a certain issue that really turned me off. And When Oliver does get his head out of his ass, Holland forgives him way too quickly and that just really bothered me. In the end, both the characters and the overall story left me wanting more.

Aside from this issues that I had with this book, I will say that it does deal with some heavy issues and I can kind of understand some of Oliver’s behavior. I think this book had a lot of potential, but it just missed the mark for me. I think this is definitely a situation where this book will work for some, but not for others. Even though this book was a miss for me, I’m still glad that I took a chance and checked it out.

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

Review: Blow (Virtuous Paradox #1) by Heidi McLaughlin


Bodhi McKnight has always had everything handed to him on a silver platter: fame, success, money, girls. The raven-haired, blue-eyed hottie is the son of Hollywood A-listers, and when he’s asked to join the boy band Virtuous Paradox, his star shoots even higher. But so do expectations, leading Bodhi down a destructive path of addiction—until a drop-dead gorgeous guardian angel shows him her sizzling brand of tough love.

When Bodhi ends up in rehab, he doesn’t expect to meet someone as cool and down-to-earth as Kimberly Gordon. Although he’s enjoyed the company of beautiful, charming women before, none of them have tried to get to know the “real” Bodhi. But Kimberly isn’t fazed by his stardom. She’d rather go horseback riding, teach Bodhi to play guitar, or ask him about his feelings. Soon Bodhi realizes he’s fallen head over heels for her. He just hopes that he’s strong enough to protect what they have from all the pressures and temptations of the outside world.

My Review

“Kiss me. Kiss me like you’re never going to see me again. Kiss me like I’m the last woman alive. Kiss me like I’m your salvation.”

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I really liked the idea of the story and felt like it started off with a bang. From the moment I met Bodhi, I just wanted to know more about him and why his life was spiraling so far out of control. Kimberly was an interesting character to me. I appreciated how patient she was and how good of a friend she became to Bodhi.

However, I did have some issues with the story. The biggest ones were the pacing and word usage. Lets tackle the pacing first. For the most part, the pacing of the story was right on track. My issue came into play with Kimberly and Bodhi’s relationship. It didn’t feel very believable and it just progressed way too quickly. I found it very hard to connect with them. I would have liked for them to get to really know one another more. Maybe spend some more time out of recovery, before jumping into a relationship. I would have really liked to see the two of them build their relationship and their connection. Now, please don’t get me wrong, these two had excellent sexual chemistry, but I needed more from them than that. My other big issue was some of the terms used during the sexual moments. I’m not going to go into the specifics, but I will just say that there are some words that are a complete turn off, and sadly, these few were just that for me.

So, yeah, overall this book was just an ok read for me. I struggled with some parts of it, and that’s the reasoning behind my 2.5-3 star rating. I don’t know how I really feel about it, so I’m just going to leave it that way…at least for now. Honestly, I think this is going to be just one of those books that you’re going to love or you’re going to hate. For me, like I said, it was just ok.

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

Review: Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske


Talented chef Meg Delaney hasn’t spoken to her cheating ex-fiancé, Matt Midland, for two years. Ditching him at the altar after blurting out “I can’t” instead of “I do” would sour any relationship. But now, just as Meg is finally ready to bury the hatchet, she learns closure is permanently off the menu. And the kicker? Matt’s brother, Kyle, is back in her life, stirring up feelings that are equal parts guilt and lust.

Meg was the best thing that never happened to Kyle. He couldn’t make a move on his brother’s girlfriend—even if Matt didn’t value her nearly enough. The situation is even more complicated now that Meg’s bestselling aphrodisiac cookbook has spawned a legal battle with the Midlands. Maybe he should stay away. But love, like family, plays by its own rules. And the one woman he shouldn’t want might be the only one who’s perfect for him.

My Review

Now That It’s You is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Meg and Kyle. When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was really intrigued by it and had to know more.

This review is really hard to write because everything I want to say would be a spoiler. So, I’m going to do my best and keep this review as spoiler free as possible. When I first picked up this book, I really liked the idea of this story. It intrigued me and made me want to know more. The characters were really interesting and I felt really bad for Meg and how her relationship with Matt ended.

However, I did have some issues with this story. I found the whole Kyle situation to be a bit awkward. On one hand, I really liked him with Meg. I thought the two of them had some great chemistry and shared some really wonderful moments. And when they weren’t discussing Matt, their story was an enjoyable. However, in my opinion there was too much talk and comparison about Matt. It made me feel really uncomfortable and it was just awkward. Kyle is no way perfect and he betrays Meg in his own way. In fact, his betrayal is almost as bad as Matt’s. And I hated how easily he was forgiven for it. I also didn’t like that Kyle never really defended Meg. I felt like he was almost ashamed of his relationship with her and that frustrated me to no end. And the real kicker, everyone is mad at Meg for calling off her wedding to Matt, but Matt was a total jerk. He cheated on her and yet, she is the bad guy for calling off her wedding. Sorry, but that just did not work for me.

Overall, I honestly think that this is going to be one of those books that you are either going to love or you’re going to hate. I really, really wanted to love this book, but in the end, it just wasn’t for me. I just had too many issues with this book and was left feeling really frustrated. I will say that even though this book didn’t work for me, I’m still glad that I picked it up and gave it a chance.

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

Review: Turbulent Intentions (Billionaire Aviators) by Melody Anne

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The Armstrong brothers are wealthy, wild-at-heart bad boys—until their father’s will demands they prove themselves and marry in order to inherit their fortune.

Eldest brother Cooper channels his reckless spirit into becoming CEO of his own airline. The only thing better than the adrenaline rush of flying is his one-night stand with a stunning stranger. At first he doesn’t recognize the fiery barista he clashes with years later at an airport coffee shop. But when Stormy Halifax turns up as his new house sitter, Cooper knows she’s his Cinderella. And he doesn’t just want her in his mansion. He wants her back in his bed.

Stormy can’t believe she’s living under Cooper’s roof. Gorgeous and arrogant, he’s convinced she’ll surrender again—and he’s right. But just as Stormy is succumbing to a world of pleasure, her trust is shattered. And the biggest challenge Cooper has ever faced will be proving he wants Stormy, now and forever, for all the right reasons.

Turbulent Intentions was originally published as Below the Radar – The Billionaire Aviators. This edition has been completely edited and revised, including significant plot changes.

My Review

“There’s always a bright side, darling, to everything. Sometimes the journey to get to the light just takes a bit longer than at other times.”

Oh, boy. This is a tough one. I have been sitting here going back and forth trying to decide exactly what I want to say and what I will rate this book. When I came across Turbulent Intentions, I fell in love with the cover. The cover made me want to find out more about the book. So, naturally I read the synopsis. This book sounded like something that was right up my alley, so I decided to give it a try.

I’m going to be completely honest with you. I struggled a lot with this book in the beginning. I found the characters very hard to connect with. The Armstrong men did not give the best first impression. I found them to obnoxious and spoiled. When Stormy’s character was introduced, I had a little more hope. She meets Cooper at a wedding that she crashes and the two of them spend an amazing night together. However, after that night, they don’t see one another for six years. When the two of them are reunited, you can feel the sparks immediately and I will admit, I was intrigued to see how things would play out, especially since Cooper didn’t immediately recognize Stormy.

Probably one of my biggest issues with this story, other than the character connectivity, was the ending. It all just wrapped up way too fast. I would have liked to have seen more groveling once Cooper’s secret came out. I felt like he was forgiven and understood way too easily. And then after that, everything just seemed to happen at warp speed. I totally get the need for needing to wrap things up, but I think the story would have benefited from just one more chapter or two; to really give the characters a satisfying ending.

Overall, I think this is another case of what will work for some, doesn’t work for others. This story was just ok for me. It was a quick and easy read for me. I think the story-line itself did have a lot of potential. I adored Cooper’s Uncle Sherman. He was a really sweet man and I really liked his matchmaking efforts. His antics really saved the story for me. I loved what a good friend he was to Stormy.

I really wanted more from Cooper and Stormy, anything to help me connect to them better. The romance itself was sweet and had some swoon worthy moments. But, in the end, I think I was just left wanting more; more of everything. This is my first book by this author and even though this book was not a hit for me, I think this series does have potential and I would be open to reading the next book in this series.

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