Showing posts with label Book Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Book Review. 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?

Thursday, 12 May 2016

J.R. Ward - Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy - book #1) - Book Review

—The Blurb
The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

This will be my first 6 flares rating for the year. J.R. Ward is one of those authors that I collect in paperback. I want the book in my hands so I can properly curl up with the brothers, or the angels, or any of her characters. Am I always, one hundred percent satisfied with her books? Not always, no. But this book pushed all my buttons and rang all my bells.

First of all, we have a female protagonist who, simply due to her birth, has had expectations placed on her. Paradise is a member of the Glymera. The elite class. She’s supposed to find an appropriate mate and be a good little breeder. She’s not supposed to get a job, and she sure as heck isn't supposed to sign up for training as a soldier in the war against the lessers. And yet, she achieves both of these goals because her daddy is a sweet, sweet man, and she has the courage of her convictions. She believes in herself, and that she deserves a different fate. I love her!!

Whilst doing her job she meets Craeg. Yes, he’s an alpha male (of course). He’s the strong, silent type. He’s applying to be a trainee, too. A member of the Glymera, he is not... Not that he’d want to be. He has his reasons for wanting to become a trained soldier, and he can’t afford to be distracted from his goals. When they both get into the program things get super-heated, and they both get more than they bargained for. The chemistry between them is sublime.

As always, in Ward’s books, there are multiple story lines going on. We get to revisit Marissa and Butch. The parallels between the couples are obvious. Both females from the highest class who've given expectation the bird (in the politest manner), and two working class guys who've seen hell and carry it around like a monkey on their backs. While Paradise and Craeg are becoming closer, Marissa and Butch are tearing apart. Ward also plants the seeds for a thickening plot involving Rhage. We don’t see much of the fight against the lessers at all. But there is plenty of action and a sickening twist in the plot to keep the gore mongers happy.

I devoured this book. I actually resented the fact that I had to put it down to carry on my life. Can I not just take 24 hours off from my bodily functions and family responsibilities? The BDB still rock. Nuff said.

6 flares.


BDB fans give me a shout out! 
I'd love to hear about other paranormal series that are similar to this one. I need my hunger satisfied. Give me your recommendations in the comments!

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. *

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Violet Duke - Jackson's Trust - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—
New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her sizzling-hot new Fourth Down series with a friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met. 

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.

Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.

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

Katy Evans - Legend - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—
Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he's known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He's got a personal score to settle with the Underground's one and only Remington "Riptide" Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town--and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she's none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who's supposed to root against him and a girl he's supposed to stay away from.

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