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Monday, May 14, 2018

Ink Slapped by AM Jones (Review)

Title: Ink Slapped
Series: Ink Slapped #1
Author: AM Jones
Release Date: May 7, 2018
Format: Ebook received for review

The heart wants what the heart wants—a concept that free-spirited author T.M. Dabney, never understands until she lays eyes on her new cover model, Eli.

Eli Gregor, a struggling musician and mechanic, thinks he knows the true meaning of heartbreak—that is until he accepts a business venture with the alluring Taylor Dabney. With her help, he pieces his life back together when his dreams dangle within reach and once again everything falls apart. And his success comes with a price he doesn’t want to pay.

Caught between better judgment and desire, they find themselves at a crossroads—should they make the best decision for their careers or give in to their undeniable connection?

A torrid tale that weaves humor, drama, and sexual tension, Ink Slapped will leave you reeling and wanting more.

*Ink Slapped contains explicit language and sexual content.*

 Sometimes you read a title to a book, and you get a clue of what's inside.  With Ink Slapped, I had no idea what I was getting into. Honestly, I didn't even read the blurb.  AM Jones wrote it, I wanted to read it.  And I'm currently about 65% through Grease Slapped.  I couldn't even wait to start it until after I finished the review.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier (Review)

Title: Jar of Hearts
Series: N/A
Author: Jennifer Hillier
Release Date: June 2018
Pages: 320 per Goodreads
Format: Egalley

This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who's been searching for the truth all these years . . .

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods near Geo's childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he's something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo's first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela's death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?
This was definitely a different type of read for me, and I really liked it.  It was dark and twisted, and I was never sure who I wanted to root for - if anyone.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (Review)

Title: Starry Eyes
Series: Standalone
Author: Jenn Bennett
Release Date: April 2018
Format: EGalley
Pages: 432 per Goodreads

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

 I haven't read YA in a while.  Starry Eyes was a complete joy of a read, to bring me back into the genre.  Jenn Bennett has instantly turned into an author I need to read more of (and with 2 more books on the way - I can't wait!)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

I Stop Somewhere by TE Carter (Review)

Title: I Stop Somewhere
Series: None
Author: TE Carter
Release Date: February 2018
Pages: 320 per Goodreads
Format: Egalley

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn't need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

I Stop Somewhere was an unexpected joy for me.  And it feels weird to say that, because I felt sad throughout the majority of the book.  But it caught me in some unexpected ways, and was an amazing story.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones (review)

Title: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
Series: Charley Davidson #12
Author: Darynda Jones
Released: October 31, 2017
Pages: 289 per Goodreads
Format: EGalley

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones' New York Times bestselling paranormal series, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave.

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that's not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings--some corporeal, some not so much--as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she's not uncovering a murder. This time she's covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture--the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford--out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican's inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it's time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she's loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she's worked so hard to protect?

 So I had been behind on this series.  Then I binged all of them over last summer.  So when this book came out - I was way more than ready.  Charley and Reyes, omg, right?  I'm really late on this review, but here I am.  Better late than never!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Don't Let Go by Elisabeth Staab (Review)

Title: Don't Let Go
Series: Evergreen Grove #6
Author: Elisabeth Staab
Released: January 23, 2017
Pages: 250 per Goodreads
Format: Ebook received for review

Left behind by everyone he’s ever loved, Alonzo Grover lives as if he’s got no tomorrow. The discovery of a letter from his deceased boyfriend breaks him out of his rut and spurs him to right an old wrong, but the local stick-in-the-mud sheriff’s lieutenant seems determined to ruin his plans.
Lieutenant Sebastian Haas despises tangling with his small town’s most promiscuous party kid. Alonzo’s youth and recklessness drive him crazy in more ways than one… So does the uncomfortable secret they share. But when Haas’s estranged family arrives in town to throw a wedding he wants no part of, he jumps into Alonzo’s car to avoid the family drama.
Together, they wind up on an unexpected road trip. With one setback after another, it looks like they might kill each other before they make it home to Evergreen Grove. That is, unless they find something better to do than fight.

You know I love this series.  I've gone on and on, it's definitely one not to miss!  So here we are, book 6.  M/M romance, and so wonderful in all of its pages, I was not let down!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Imbalance by Heather Hildenbrand (Review)

Title: Imbalance
Series: Heart Lines #4
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Released: May 29, 2017
Pages: 252 per Amazon
Format: ebook received for review

She has come to right the balance. He seeks to destroy it… 

Somewhere on another astral plane, a lover’s quarrel between gods, millennia old, has come full circle. 

Ea, a dark and ancient god and the father of the first Werewolf, is hell bent on destroying his supernatural offspring. And he’ll use anyone and everyone he can to get it done even from beyond the physical. For now, his vessel is the evil and mysterious Indra, a witch whose powers only slightly outweigh her penchant for hitting on the help. 

Too bad Alex is cured and once again immune to Indra’s invasive magic. A healing from which Sam almost didn’t come back.

Hina, the wolf mother goddess, has sworn to protect her cubs. And she lives on… inside Samantha Knight. Sort of like that still, small voice of reason. Except MAGICAL and pissed at her ex. If Sam can’t find a way to heal the wolves and stop Indra from harming them, the goddess will take matters into her own hands.

But an appearance like that promises destruction, chaos, and worst of all: no more Sam. Indra isn’t holding back.

 Sam is on the run. Alex is in a cage.

 The clock is ticking.

Just a note for transparency - I haven't yet finished this book.  I'm about 80% done, but the days on the calendar have come through quickly late and my schedule the past couple weeks didn't allow for as much reading as I had hoped. However, I have read enough that I feel I can leave a fair and honest review.

Book four and going strong. Something I notice about reading lately is that my attention span just isn't what it used to be.  Just being honest there.  It takes something I really love nowadays to keep me interested.  Sam and Alex have managed to do that.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Esperance by Heather Hildenbrand (Review)

Title: Esperance
Series: Heart Lines #3
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Release Date: April 27, 2017
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 227  per Amazon

She is his only hope. If only he wanted to be saved.

Alex is cured... sort of. After letting the mysterious Indra work her magic, the venom is gone but so is Alex’s ability to feel. He’s not dead, but he’s not really alive either. Numb inside, he turns his back on Sam and everyone else. The only person he’ll really listen to is his new master…

Sam’s angry and lost. Her destiny was to heal, but so far, all she’s done is hurt herself and others. When Alex chooses another woman’s healing over hers, Sam’s doubts and fears become the very thing that separate her from her true potential. Despite Sam’s broken heart, she is determined to make her magic work, no matter the cost. No price can be higher than the one she paid watching Alex walk away. 

Sam will do whatever it takes. And she’ll never stop trying to change Alex’s mind—and his heart.

But Alex has his orders and he doesn’t care who they affect. Love hurts. But in this case, it just might kill…

So, just as I had hoped, the excitement returns in book 3, Esperance.  Sam is really immersing herself in this new world and taking on new challenges, and that's exactly what I wanted to see.