Posts Categorized: Reviews

SERIES REVIEW: The Summer Series by C.J. Duggan

SERIES REVIEW: The Summer Series by C.J. Duggan

REVIEW: I absolutely loved this series. I reviewed Endless Summer last summer, I think. A little while back. And I absolutely fell in love with this world that CJ Duggan created. First of all, I love books that are set in Australia. It fascinates me, I hang on every description, and I adore the local slang. These books are pure escapist romance. They are not completely twisty and angsty, although they have their share of conflict. They are just romances filled with very likable flawed characters and a unique setting that draws you in and makes you feel like you live there. Endless Summer was one of my top books of 2013 – that’s how much I loved it. Each book focuses on one couple. In book one it’s Toby and Tess. In book two it’s Sean and Amy. And In book three it’s Tammy and Chris. I admit, I… Read more »

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FAVORITE BOOK OF 2013: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

FAVORITE BOOK OF 2013: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Damn, I read a lot of books this year. But since I suck at keeping track of just about everything, I have no idea how many.  I have no idea how many people visited this blog, close to 200K, I have no real idea how many followers I have unless the damn widget keeps REAL track for it for me, I have no idea how much I spend of graphics or contests.  I’m an account’s nightmare.  😀 I don’t even know how many books I’ve sold, but Jana Aston made me a spreadsheet, so technically I could look. I’m just not a numbers person.  In fact, I’m quite lazy when it comes to just about everything.  Don’t let the prolific blog posts and books fool you. I’m damn lazy. BUT I do know what I like and these here are just SOME of the many great reads I found this… Read more »

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REVIEW: Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters

REVIEW: Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters

REVIEW: Monsters in the Dark is an aptly named title of this series because these two books are dark. This is probably the darkest erotica I’ve ever read, bearing in mind I don’t read a lot of it, but I’ve read my share of the captive books. In Tears of Tess, Tess is unsettled in what seems to be a perfect relationship with her boyfriend Brax. He’s very vanilla. Like, he’s the most boring vanilla guy who ever existed, so really, I can’t blame her in that respect. She needs a more adventurous sex life, but she thinks she loves Brax, so she’s hanging in there. While on a special trip to Mexico she’s kidnapped and falls into the hands of a brutal human trafficker. Q becomes Tess’ new owner later in the first book and I have to be honest, it took me the entire book to actually like… Read more »

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REVIEW: Finding my Forever by Heidi McLaughlin

REVIEW: Finding my Forever by Heidi McLaughlin

The Beaumont series just keeps getting better and better. I adored Forever my Girl – it was a sweet second chance romance that was just heartwarming. But I LOVED My Unexpected Forever so much. I really connected with that story. So when I started Finding My Forever I wasn’t sure what I was in for. I fell in love with Harrison and Katelyn and that whole story. But I tell you this book totally took me by surprise. This is the BEST Beaumont book so far. I fell in love with Jimmy and Jenna – and look they even have matching first name letters! This book takes all the other stories and piles on a heap of danger, mystery, and a perfect happily ever after. Every single time I thought I had this story wrapped up, I got another surprise! One I sat up and gasped! I was like –… Read more »

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GIVEAWAY and REVIEWS: Betwixt Omnibus by Melissa Pearl

GIVEAWAY and REVIEWS: Betwixt Omnibus by Melissa Pearl

REVIEW Betwixt is an amazing story of one young girl’s brush with death and her journey to self-realization and acceptance. Nicole Tepper had a lot going for her – she lives in a nice neighborhood, she’s socially popular at school, she has a hot boyfriend, and she’s pretty. You’d think that’s all it takes to be happy. But Nicole is not even close to happy. She’s been acting out since the death of her sister two years prior and in her mind, she grabbed life with gusto, pointed her head towards the wind, and pushed on. OK, she did do that. She just did it in all the wrong ways. And now that she’s on the brink of death after being hit by a car because her ‘boyfriend” was trying to grope her and she wasn’t interested- her bad choices are literally coming back to haunt her. This is sort… Read more »

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GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski

GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski

EXCERPT: REVIVING IZABEL (In the Company of Killers #2) -Unexpected Affection- Victor reaches up and touches my wet hair. The gesture causes my heart to race. “You have a good sense of people, Sarai,” he says as his hand moves to my chin. “You’re right about Fredrik…,” the pad of his thumb brushes my bottom lip. A shiver races between my legs. “He is…shall I say…unhinged in a sense.” My breathing picks up and I feel my lashes sweep my face when Victor’s lips fall upon mine. “Unhinged in what way,” I ask breathily when he pulls back. With my eyes closed, I sense his scanning the curvature of my face and my lips, and I feel the breath emitting softly from his nostrils onto my face. Every miniscule hair stands on end when his other hand pushes up my thigh and finds my naked waist underneath the shirt. His… Read more »

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW: These Broken Stars

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: These Broken Stars

I have been very neglectful of science fiction this year. I rarely read it anymore, not because I don’t love it, but because I’m just so picky about what kind of SF I like. So when I saw These Broken Stars offered up on Netgalley, I figured I’d give it a try. I don’t have the same expectations for all genres. YA and NA are totally different and SF and Romance are equally different. But when I’m reading SF I have a big line drawn between hard and soft SF. These Broken Stars straddled that line pretty successfully in my mind. It has a soldier in it – score one for the authors right there because much of SF is about the military. So I automatically liked it for that reason alone. Second, the soldier was not a dumbass. Score two for the authors. They actually knew what they were… Read more »

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GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Sia by Josh Grayson

GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Sia by Josh Grayson

Sia has a hook that grabbed me from the very first page. Seventeen year old Sia wakes up on a park bench with no recollection of who she is. Yes, it’s intriguing. I was turning pages like mad jus to try and figure out what was going on. Sia, it turns out, has a condition called fugue amnesia, presumably brought on by something traumatic. But she doesn’t understand thisright away so she ends up living on the cold and dangerous streets of LA, under a bridge, with an older homeless woman named Carol. Carol brings Sia under her wing and takes care of her until an unfortunate accident lands her in the hospital where her real identity is discovered. Sia is the daughter of a famous movie producer and ex-model. She lives in a huge mansion and she discovers that she was not exactly the nicest person before she lost… Read more »

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REVIEW: Valley of Darkness by AB Whelan

REVIEW: Valley of Darkness by AB Whelan

REVIEW I fell in love with this tender story in the first few pages of Fields of Elysium last year. Since then I’ve read both parts of Valley of darkness and my feelings have not changed.  This series is a continuing story of Molly, a teenager form Earth, and Victor, a teenager from another planet that Molly accesses vi a wormhole.  The world building is fantastic and I love the characters. Molly is such a tender soul, always trying to do the right thing, but she’s also brave and persistent, loyal to those she loves, and just a nice girl.  This series has a lot of action in it and Valley of Darkness Part Two follows that precedent. In this book Molly is trying to prove to The Prophet or Arkana that she is worthy of becoming a Sentinel, and she wants to use the fact that she’s an Earthling… Read more »

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