Showing posts with label 4 stars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 4 stars. Show all posts

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Shelly Crane - Significance - Book Review

The Blurb—
By NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Author, Shelly Crane.

Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. Her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she meets Caleb.

She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally. They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him. Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

Shelly Crane introduces the reader to a new breed of being, the Aces, in the start to her Significance Series. Overall a great read and an intriguing story with compelling characters. The story continues on for a series of four books with a couple of novellas and a spin off. There's also a movie in pre-production, scheduled for October, 2016. I'd definitely like to read more.

Having recently graduated after a barely tolerable senior year, Maggie is a bit lost. She endured a drastic life change when her mother left and her father lost his reason for living. She went from being a top student with a promising future and football star boyfriend to working part time in order to put the food on the table. In an effort to inject some fun into her life, she agrees to meet up with a friend and ends up saving a stranger from near death on the way. It turns out that the stranger, Caleb Jacobson, is her friend, Kyle's cousin. As soon as they shake hands something bizarre occurs. A connection is forged between them. One that could never be broken. They imprint, becoming each other’s significant.

Maggie is drawn into the world of the Aces. Her entire future changes in that one instant, and her father notices, breaking from his listlessness. As she struggles to contend with her need to be with Caleb and her father’s reinstated authority a new challenge arises. A rival family that doesn't want the Jacobson’s to have any more power. Maggie is in danger. She must push herself beyond her limits to try to survive.

I love the concept of this story, and I found the characters easily likeable. With a connection like they have it is easy for the characters to lose their individual identities. Their bodies crave each other so much that they basically need verbal permission or encouragement to be able to separate. In this case, Maggie tries to maintain her other life relationships and fights a little against becoming dependent on Caleb. I definitely appreciate this. Their love is sweet, and all-consuming at the same time.

The plot dragged a bit in the beginning for me, but once the action started happening I really got hooked. Kyle is an interesting character. I don’t think we've seen the last of his jealousy towards his cousin. The bad guys in this scenario have a lot more to their story, too. I’ll be reading the sequel, Accordance, for sure.

*Review copy received from NetGalley.*
This book is currently free in eBook format!

Have you read this series? Are you excited to see it on the screen?
What other YA, paranormal series do you recommend?

Monday, 21 March 2016

Geneva Lee - The Sins That Bind Us - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—
I wasn’t given a choice. Not when I did my first line of cocaine. Not when I became a single mother. But I changed, and every decision I’ve made was to protect myself and my son from my weaknesses—and my past.

Until Jude came along and made me question everything, even my own secrets.

The sins I carry with me can never be discovered. Life handed me broken bits of people and left me to construct my own world, and it’s too fragile to take a chance on Jude Mercer.

We write our own stories.

We build our own prisons.

We weave our own lies.

We commit the sins that bind us.

What a powerful story. Geneva Lee takes the reader on a soul searching journey as she places a mirror in front of us with the tale of these two flawed individuals.

Faith first sees Jude when he walks into her support group. He looks like a typical bad boy. She vows to steer clear. 

Life never works out how you planned.

I don’t want to rehash the plot. This one is best if you go in blind. I can tell you that it gripped me immediately, and raised plenty of questions along the way, not only about the characters, but about life choices in general. 

The story is written in first person POV, but flashbacks, written in third person, fill in the back story. I found the shift a little off putting at first. But these scenes help to fill in the blanks. They may be confronting and shocking, but honestly, the drip feed of information is so skilfully done I enjoyed every minute of this book.

These two captured my heart and my sympathies. I’d love to read more by this author.
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. *

Friday, 26 February 2016

T.M Frazier - Soulless - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—

The finale to Bear and Thia's epic love story.
Well, the synopsis gives nothing away and I don’t want to spoil it either. You have to read these books in order; Lawless then Soulless. Even better if you read King and Tyrant first. While you’re at it, you may as well read The Dark Light of Day and Dark Needs, too. It’s all gritty and raw, and so, so good. Not for the faint-hearted; we are dealing with bikers.

Soulless is one wild, crazy, terrifying, exhilarating ride. Prepare for shocks; the twist kind and the gory kind. I want Rage’s story!
Read this book. I loved every minute!

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. *

Friday, 19 February 2016

Liliana Hart - Trouble Maker - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—
Marnie Whitlock has never known what it’s like to be normal. She and her family moved from place to place, hiding from reporters and psychologists, all because of her gift. A curse was more like it. Seeing a victim, feeling his pain as the last of his life ebbed away, and being helpless to save him. It was torture. And then one day it disappeared and she was free. Until those who hunted her for her gift tried to kill her. And then the gift came back with a vengeance. 
Beckett Hamilton leads a simple life. His ranch is profitable and a legacy he’ll be proud to pass onto his children one day, work fills his time from sunup to sundown, and his romances are short and sweet. He wouldn’t have it any other way. And then he runs into quiet and reserved Marnie Whitlock just after she moves to town. She intrigues him like no woman ever has. And she’s hiding something. His hope is that she begins to trust him before it’s too late.

Robin Covington - Rush - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—

Atticus Rush doesn’t really like people. Years in Special Ops and law enforcement showed him the worst of humanity, making his mountain hideaway the ideal place to live. But when his colleagues at MacKenzie Security need him to save the kidnapped young daughter of a U.S. Senator, he’ll do it, even if it means working with the woman who broke his heart his ex-wife. 

Lady Olivia Rutledge-Cairn likes to steal things. Raised with a silver spoon and the glass slipper she spent years cultivating a cadre of acquaintances in the highest places. She parlayed her natural gift for theft into a career of locating and illegally retrieving hard-to-find items of value for the ridiculously wealthy. Rush was the one man who tempted her to change her ways until he caught her and threatened to turn her in. 

MacKenzie Security has vowed to save the girl. Olivia can find anything or anyone. Rush can get anyone out. As the clock winds down on the girl’s life, can they fight the past, a ruthless madman and their explosive passion to get the job done?

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Rachel Van Dyken - The Consequence of Seduction - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—
Reid Emory has never had reason to question his luck with the ladies. As the owner of a lethal set of aqua-blue eyes and a devastating grin, this Hollywood heartthrob always brings his A game…but lately his luck seems to have run out. The actor is in need of some help, and there’s only one person he can trust to take his love life—and his career—to an explosive new level.

Jordan Litwright’s newest client is trying her patience. As a publicist, she’s more than content to stay in the background and let others shine. But when a publicity stunt backfires, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the spotlight—as Reid’s new love interest. And while other men usually overlook her, Reid is focusing in with laserlike intensity. There’s no denying they have serious chemistry.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Julie A. Richman - Slave To Love - Book Review (ARC)

Publisher: Julie A. Richman, 2016.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 248 pages.

This one threw me off straight away, but once I figured out the dynamics of this unconventional office and this bold character I regained my balance and got hooked. FYI, I wanted to smack myself for my initial reaction.

Sierra Stone is a sales director extraordinaire for a company that provides outsourced services to several companies, including new addition, SpaceCloud. She meets SpaceCloud’s CEO while wearing sky high heels, short skirt and with the girls on high beam. He seems unimpressed. Little does she know, she knocked him off his feet.

When Hale Lundström’s company needs a little extra expertise on a delicate operation, he borrows Sierra’s services. They get to know each other quite well, both in and out of the boardroom and the bedroom.

She’s bold, she’s brash, she’s unapologetic about her overenthusiastic chest region. Sierra took me back a bit, to start with. Her character needed a strong counterpart to stand up to her dominance and Hale is just the right man for her.

I really enjoyed the way the author took us into the corporate operations and to where Sierra shines as a person. This is something that she and Hale have in common, and it goes a long way to bringing them together as a couple. The extra twist from Hale’s past sets off the drama nicely. 

This one kept me reading, and now I want to try more from this author.

4.5 flares.

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. *

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Kendall Ryan - Screwed - Book Review

Publisher: Kendall Ryan Books, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 296 pages.

Some fun and frivolity with plenty of heart, too.

Hayden Oliver swears to his friend, Hudson that he’ll stop sleeping with the female tenants in their building. The exodus of disgruntled women breaking their contracts to avoid embarrassment was bad for business. He agrees to rein in his wayward nine inch appendage, even as he ogles the luscious new addition to the building.

Emery Winters has landed a job as a legal intern in sunny LA, and she’s treating herself by renting a luxury condo in the Hollywood hills. Unfortunately, that puts her in the sights of her gorgeous new landlord. She thinks a clipboard will fend him off. Silly girl. She sees right through the charmer with the snake and his offer to be her friendly guide. She decides to test him out a little with yoga and vegetarian food. What starts out as a platonic test of will power, ends as so much more. But not without some surprises. This snake charmer has more in his basket of tricks.
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