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Review: Unbound (The Guardian Legacies #1) by Emily Goodwin

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The world of ghosts and spirits is nothing new to Anora Benson; she’s spent her whole life trying to ignore them, trying to be normal. But when the Pricolici, a group of ancient bounty hunters, are sent after her, Anora realizes she is more than just a medium.

As a witch she has power, power she doesn’t know how to use, power that makes her vulnerable to the demons that desire her gifts. Anora is alone and scared, forced to face the darkness on her own.

Then she meets Ethan, a handsome and mysterious stranger who shows up in her life right along with the magic, and he seems to know quite a bit about her and the Coven she hails from. Will she risk everything by trusting him or risk fighting alone?


My Review

Unbound is an exciting new series by author Emily Goodwin. One of the things that really caught my attention about this book was the cover. It was eye catching and made me curious. Then, I read the synopsis and thought to myself, I need to check this book out and I’m happy that I did.

Right off the bat, I found myself really like Anora. I thought she was a great female lead. She was a pretty tough and I liked how even though she always knew she was different, she didn’t let it get her down; even when people called her a freak. Then when she starts realizing she has powers, I was entranced. I wanted to know why she suddenly had powers and what was going to happen to her. Ethan was such a wonderful addition to Unbound. He really intrigued me and made me want to read this story. I knew right away that there was more to him than meets the eye. He too was special and was willing to break all the rules for Anora.

My only compliant was the pacing. Pacing is such a critical part of a story for me. And unfortunately, Unbound is really slow in the beginning. It took me a while to really get into the story and connect with the characters. However, once I got passed the first few chapters, I felt like the story-line picked up and finally pulled me in.

Overall, I though Unbound was a pretty good read. It says that it’s YA, but I would say it’s more Mature YA, walking that fine line to NA. I loved the idea of the story and think this series has a lot of potential. Even though I did have some issues with the pacing, I still found this book to be enjoyable. As for the ending, this book doesn’t really end with a cliffhanger, but more of a resolved, yet to be continued ending. I am definitely curious about where the story will go next.

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

Release Week Blitz: Sweet Temptation (The Sweet Trilogy #4) by Wendy Higgins

I am so excited that SWEET TEMPTATION by Wendy
Higgins releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome
giveaway!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Wendy Higgins, be sure to
check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a a paperback of the book with a signed bookplate
and bookmarks! US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
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About The Book:

Title: SWEET TEMPTATION

Author: Wendy Higgins
Pub. Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 485
Format: Paperback, eBook, audiobook
 

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling

author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

Author Note: Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai’s life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy.

 
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About Wendy Higgins:

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Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood.

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Release Week Blitz: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer Armentrout

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The Epic Finale in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s

Dark Elements Series…Who Will She Choose?

ELB Teaser 3Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Don’t miss the conclusion to this stunning Young Adult Paranormal series filled with danger and romance published by HarlequinTEEN.

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Some loves will last ‘til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.
Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

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“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

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BITTER SWEET LOVE

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JLA_Author-photoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Release Day Blitz and Review: Omega and Love by K. Webster

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Omega & Love
by K Webster
Alpha & Omega #2
Publication Date: July 30, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

Omega and Love FRONT

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They now call me a Leviathan. A monster.

And maybe I am.

I know one soul who believes that with every part of his being.

If only he knew the truth.

If only I could make him see that I’m more than the surface of lies I spin. That I’m more than someone out for their own gain. I wish he could see—know who I was before all of this. The person I desperately cling on to that is still inside of me. The person I must protect.

One day I hope to hand him the key to the fortress that is my heart.

I just hope he doesn’t give up on Love and throw it all away…

***
I hate Love.
***

I’m looking at her.

There’s an innocence to her that she keeps carefully hidden.

But I see it.

Inside of her is someone that she has revealed to no one.

Not even me when I once thought we were in love.

Of course now I know that was all a farce but still, she hid that even from me.

But not now—now, I see more.

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My Review

“Love will fall into you one day and when it does, fight for it brother, every step of the damn way. Walk through fire for her, slay dragons for her, and forsake everything for her. Love will be worth it”

Omega & Love has taken me completely by surprise. With the way things ended with Alpha & Omega, I was curious about how Omega’s life and how the choice he made would play out. And I’ll be the first to admit, I was not sold on Love. She lied to Omega and tricked him. But….when I read this quote: “If he only knew the truth. If only I could make him see that I’m more than a surface of lies that I spin. That I’m more than someone out for their own gain. I wish he could see–know who I was before all of this. The person I desperately cling on to that is still inside of me. The person I must protect.” I knew that there was more to Love than what meets the eye and I couldn’t wait to find out.

Omega & Love starts off right where Alpha & Omega left off with Omega. He’s trying to get used to the life he’s chosen and is doing what he can to forget about Love. He wants to hate her. Forget about her. But, that proves to be easier said than done. Especially when the boss has plans of his own….Love has made a lot of mistakes. She keeps a part of her hidden from everyone. She didn’t want to betray Omega, but she wasn’t left with a choice. She had a reason for her actions. If only Omega would listen. But, why would he? He hates her, right?! Now, they are tasked to work together and that may prove to be one difficult challenge. Will Omega open his eyes to Love’s truth? Has too much damage been done? When the time comes, who will win the battle of good vs evil?

I absolutely loved Omega & Love’s story. I easily devoured this in one sitting. I was hooked from the first page, desperate to know more about Love. Why does she do the things that she does? Who is Love really? So many questions that I had. And I was so happy with what I got.There was so much more to Love. She was a lot stronger than I gave her credit for and never let anyone see the real her, until Omega.

Omega, what can I say. He was hurt so badly by what Love did to him. He tried and I mean tried hard to forget Love, but in the end, he couldn’t. In the end, he realized that what he and Love shared was real. It was something worth fighting for. “Every time you try to push me away, I am going to crawl into where it is you go and yank your ass out of there. No more running. No more hiding. You’re mine, Love, and I’m willing to battle for your heart”  I couldn’t help but fall in love with Omega when he said that.

One of the things that I really loved about this book was the themes. Good vs Evil. Right and Wrong. K. Webster did a wonderful job of weaving the religious aspects into the story. She did it in a way that it’s there, and it captivates you. It makes you think, but the way that she does it so that it’s not in your face. And this quote pretty much sums up the feelings I had while reading this book: “Why does there have to be a heaven or hell? Good versus evil. Why can’t there just be this? Us. Omega and Love. Forever

Omega and Love was a quick and easy read for me. The story was captivating and I loved getting lost in the characters. Omega and Love is a great story about redemption, good vs. evil, deceiving appearances and a second chance at life and love. This story had the perfect mix of angst, romance, steam, action and suspense. I was on pins and needles towards the end, holding my breathe, wondering how everything would play out…

I loved finally getting see Omega and Love’s story. Their journey to HEA was a great one. K. Webster fans, you need to get your hands on this one! It does not disappoint!

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


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K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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Cover Reveal: Omega and Love by K. Webster

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Omega & Love
by K Webster
Alpha & Omega #2
Publication Date: July 30, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

Omega and Love FRONT

They now call me a Leviathan. A monster.

And maybe I am.

I know one soul who believes that with every part of his being.

If only he knew the truth.

If only I could make him see that I’m more than the surface of lies I spin. That I’m more than someone out for their own gain. I wish he could see—know who I was before all of this. The person I desperately cling on to that is still inside of me. The person I must protect.
One day I hope to hand him the key to the fortress that is my heart.

I just hope he doesn’t give up on Love and throw it all away…

***
I hate Love.
***

I’m looking at her.

There’s an innocence to her that she keeps carefully hidden.

But I see it.

Inside of her is someone that she has revealed to no one.

Not even me when I once thought we were in love.

Of course now I know that was all a farce but still, she hid that even from me.

But not now—now, I see more.

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About K Webster

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K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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Review: Descent by Tara Fuller

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Easton doesn’t believe in love. He believes in Death. Darkness. Sin. As a reaper for Hell, it’s all he’s known for over four hundred years. When he gets slapped with the job of training the boss’s daughter, an angel who knows nothing but joy, he knows he’s in for a world of trouble.

Though he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her outside of work, Gwen would do anything to get closer to the dark and wounded reaper—even taint her angelic image and join the ranks of her father’s team of reapers. But in all her planning, she forgot to factor in one thing—how far the demons Easton doomed to hell would go to get revenge.

When the dangers of the Hell threaten Gwen, Easton will do whatever it takes to save her. But as the darkness closes in on them both, will he be able to save himself?


My Review

“Love was a product of the work that we did. The kisses, the intimate whispers, the innocent touches that meant more than words could ever express–these were things that I’d never have. Things I was never supposed to want. I was merely the spark to ignite the flame. I was never meant to experience the burn.”

I know I say that I don’t get a chance to read a lot of YA books that often anymore and I think that is something that I need to change. This book is another great example of why I love this genre. I have always been a fan of paranormal romance. I love a good angel/demon story and this one was just fantastic.

Descent follows the story of Easton and Gwen and is told from dual points of view. Easton is the reaper from hell. He doesn’t believe in love or happiness. He’s only known death and darkness for the past 400 years. The last thing he planned on was meeting Gwen. While going to reap some souls, he encounters Gwen and another angel. He’s intrigued by them. They just radiate goodness and are distracting him from doing his job. See not only has he been reaping souls for Hell, he’s also been helping bring souls to heaven. And that’s what he has to do, bring a soul to heaven. Unfortunately, by having to do that, he’s counting on his partner to bring the other soul to heaven. And lets just say, his partner didn’t fully understand what was being asked of him………

Gwen is an angel of joy. She’s lived in a “bubble” for the past 17 years, only seeing happiness and joy. Seeing a soul getting reaped first hand has a lasting effect on her. She wants to know more now. She no longer wants to be shielded from the bad. She wants to see and understand it all. What does that mean exactly? Well, looks like Easton has a new job. Easton is supposed to show Gwen a few reaps and scare her back into the world that she’s always known. Little did he know that Gwen had a different mission in mind. Just how far into Hell is Gwen willing to go to complete her mission? Will she really be safe with Easton? Will Easton be able to protect Gwen at all costs?

I have to say, I was immediately drawn to this book because of it’s cover. Then I read the synopsis and knew I just had to read this book. I was pulled in and captivated by this story from the first page. The plot was so refreshing from what I normally read. One of the things that I loved was the mature feeling of the book. I didn’t feel like I was reading a YA book. I loved the world-building. The author gave such great detail to what her vision of Hell would be. It felt very realistic and was very easy to visualize.

I was intrigued by Easton as soon as I met him. He had a darkness to him. He was so sad, so broken. I just wanted to know why he was the way that he was. I enjoyed watching his character grow throughout the story. He went from unfeeling and not caring about anything or anyone to seeing that maybe he does deserve goodness and love. That maybe there is somethings that are worth fighting and sacrificing for. And Gwen…So curious. Always wanting to fix things and people. Feeling that pull to take ones pain away. Never wanting to give. She was such a strong character. A lot stronger than most people gave her credit for.

Descent was a quick, but enjoyable read for me. The characters so intriguing. The story-line captivating. It made me laugh and swoon. I loved the push and pull between Easton and Gwen. I loved the angst, romance, action and paranormal elements. Overall, I just really enjoyed this story. This is my first book by this author and I’m really looking forward to diving in and reading the first two books!

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