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Showing posts with label Authors C. 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!
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Have you read this series? Are you excited to see it on the screen?
What other YA, paranormal series do you recommend?


Friday, 19 February 2016

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?

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Jay Crownover - Built (The Saints of Denver Series, Book 1) - Book Review (ARC)



Publisher: Harper Collins, 2016.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Length:  352 pages.


I had a little panic attack when Jay Crownover announced the end of the Marked Men Series. If you’ve read them, you’ll know that a few secondary characters were introduced to the world of the Marked Men. This couple captured my attention immediately; I’ve been eagerly anticipating for Crownover to put Sayer and Zeb under the spotlight. Capable, rough and ready, Zeb, and composed, ice queen, Sayer, secretly, and not so secretly lusting for each other... Yes, yes and yes. There are some spoilers if you haven’t read the Marked Men Series. I think it’s probably best if you read them all in order (Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy, Asa, Leveled and Built).

Zeb Fuller can transform an old, rundown building into a thing of beauty. He puts his heart and soul into fixing things that need his attention. When a surprise sends his life into a spin he finds that he needs the help of a lawyer to fix this particular problem. As luck would have it, he happens to know a very sexy, talented lawyer. He needs her for more than her services, but she’s not so sure she has anything else to offer him.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Renée Carlino - Before We Were Strangers - Book Review (Review Copy)


Publisher: Atria Paperback, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 310 pages.

I totally fell in love with this story, although I am partial to photographers and second chance romances. This story weaves a tale of longing, angst and deceit. I wanted to cry at the injustice and cheer for their truth.

Matthias Shore meets Graceland Starr when he moves into his co-ed dorm at NYU. By some stroke of luck he ends up in the room next to hers. Two artistic souls—he’s a photography major, she’s a music major—they instantly click. The chemistry between them is set on slow burn as they build a solid friendship, but the heat won’t be ignored forever.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Chelsea M. Cameron - Surrendering to Always - Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: Chelsea M. Cameron, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 262 pages.

This is the fourth book in the Surrendering Saga by Chelsea M. Cameron. After shifting the focus to Sloane (Rory's BFF) and Ryder (Lucah's brother) in the third book, now we’re back to our loved up couple and their journey down the aisle. Life has a few more surprises for Rory and Lucah before they get there, however. 

Okay, I’m not going to rehash the blurb with this one and I don’t want to put in spoilers if you haven’t read the rest of the series. You absolutely need to read these in order. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series. I mean - a male executive assistant seduces his young female boss whose father happens to own and run the company - sign me up. The palpable chemistry from the beginning is still going strong and there are a few surprises to keep the reader turning the pages.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

M. Clarke – My Serenity – Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: M. Clarke, 2015.
Genre: New Adult.
Length: 245 pages.

Seth Stewart fell in love with his sixth grade sweetheart, Josie, then one day she just disappeared. He’s never been able to forget her, subconsciously unable to stop himself comparing other women to his lost love. None have ever measured up, not that he’s had many.

The summer after his father’s death Seth returns home from college to help his grieving mother and to manage the family businesses. He’s only been back a week when he is welcomed back to town by a brunette beauty cutting in front of his lane and then flipping him off. Later, he’s shocked to discover it was Josie. His Josie, and she’s his friend, Lexy’s new roommate. 

Josephina Anders is trying to piece her life together after escaping her possessive ex and having a difficult start in life. She has things in her past that she’d rather stayed in her past. When she sees Seth again all the old feelings return, amplified to a new level. Can she risk taking a chance at happiness or will she be dragging Seth into a mess he doesn’t deserve and couldn’t possibly understand?

I read this series out of order and I think it impaired my ability to connect with the characters when I was reading My Serenity. So, I went back and read it again. I recommend reading My Clarity first.

Seth is a quiet sort, not the kind of guy to be a ‘player’ or the centre of attention. He’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders; busy looking out for his family when he too is internally grieving. His friends are there for him. He looks up to Elijah in particular, their relationship more brotherly than friends. He keeps mentioning how much better with the ladies and how much cooler Elijah is. It’s not from jealousy, though, he’s simply stating their differences and his reasons for looking up to Elijah.

Josie is a compassionate soul. She has endured as awful childhood, but has the intelligence and maturity to separate her feelings from her mother’s behaviour. She doesn’t want to open up to Seth about her past struggles and this holds their relationship back.

The author uses flash back scenes to fill in background information on the different relationships between the characters. It slows down the pace, but allows us a glimpse into Seth’s father’s influence on the group of friends and tugs our sympathies for Seth and Josie’s tragedies.

The excitement ramps up for the climax, adding action to the mix. 

A sweet second chance romance and entertaining read.

3.5 Flares

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

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M. Clarke – My Serenity – Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: M. Clarke, 2015.
Genre: New Adult.
Length: 245 pages.

Seth Stewart fell in love with his sixth grade sweetheart, Josie, then one day she just disappeared. He’s never been able to forget her, subconsciously unable to stop himself comparing other women to his lost love. None have ever measured up, not that he’s had many.

The summer after his father’s death Seth returns home from college to help his grieving mother and to manage the family businesses. He’s only been back a week when he is welcomed back to town by a brunette beauty cutting in front of his lane and then flipping him off. Later, he’s shocked to discover it was Josie. His Josie, and she’s his friend, Lexy’s new roommate. 

Josephina Anders is trying to piece her life together after escaping her possessive ex and having a difficult start in life. She has things in her past that she’d rather stayed in her past. When she sees Seth again all the old feelings return, amplified to a new level. Can she risk taking a chance at happiness or will she be dragging Seth into a mess he doesn’t deserve and couldn’t possibly understand?

I read this series out of order and I think it impaired my ability to connect with the characters when I was reading My Serenity. So, I went back and read it again. I recommend reading My Clarity first.

Seth is a quiet sort, not the kind of guy to be a ‘player’ or the centre of attention. He’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders; busy looking out for his family when he too is internally grieving. His friends are there for him. He looks up to Elijah in particular, their relationship more brotherly than friends. He keeps mentioning how much better with the ladies and how much cooler Elijah is. It’s not from jealousy, though, he’s simply stating their differences and his reasons for looking up to Elijah.

Josie is a compassionate soul. She has endured as awful childhood, but has the intelligence and maturity to separate her feelings from her mother’s behaviour. She doesn’t want to open up to Seth about her past struggles and this holds their relationship back.

The author uses flash back scenes to fill in background information on the different relationships between the characters. It slows down the pace, but allows us a glimpse into Seth’s father’s influence on the group of friends and tugs our sympathies for Seth and Josie’s tragedies.

The excitement ramps up for the climax, adding action to the mix. 

A sweet second chance romance and entertaining read.

3.5 Flares

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

Cheers








Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Jay Crownover - Asa (The Marked Men Series book 6) - Book Review



Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Contemporary/ New adult romance
Length: 400 pages

Sadly, this book is the final in the Marked Men Series for Jay Crownover. I absolutely loved every minute of it. I recommend reading the books in order as follows: Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy and Asa.

We knew Asa and Royal had a thing for each other from reading Rowdy. I really wasn't sure how the ex-con was going to match up with the cop. Asa was even less convinced, doing everything in his power to avoid the redheaded bombshell. Either Royal was going to turn to the dark side or Asa was going to redeem himself.

There is no way Royal would ever compromise her moral code for anyone. There is so much to like about this female protagonist. Despite looking like almost every man’s fantasy, she has resisted the stereotype and the pressure to become someone’s brainless arm candy. Considering the example her mother set for her, this is even more amazing. Her mother’s unhealthy behaviour patterns taught her what not to do and with the help of her BFF, Dom, she forged a life outside the mould.

When Dom gets hurt in a bad incident at work, Royal berates herself, losing confidence in her ability to be a good cop. She chases Asa relentlessly, ignoring all his warnings that he will never be worthy of her.

Asa is worthy. He just doesn't see it. After he recovered from being in a coma, he realised the pain and hurt he had caused so many people, but most importantly his sister, Ayden. With the help of Rome and the gang, he found a purpose and the motivation to change.

Asa views his past behaviour as a sickness or addiction. He feels the temptation to revert constantly lurking. The only way he'll ever believe the change is permanent, is if he is able to do something completely selfless, willingly inflicting suffering upon himself for the good of another.

Jay Crownover has plotted Asa's redemption and the progression of this couple’s relationship brilliantly. Asa needed to become a new man and Royal had to suffer a crisis for them to find the common ground they needed to make the connection.

I will gladly read every word Jay Crownover decides to publish. If you haven’t read her stuff yet, what are you waiting for?

Love, love, love this series. 
5.5 flares.

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*






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