Sunday, May 27, 2018

Review: The Rules of Rebellion



Author Amity Hope
Format e-book
Print Length 150 pages
Publisher Entangled: Crush
Published April 2, 2018



1. Skinny dip (her idea)
2. Stargaze (his idea)
3. Prank someone (her idea)
4. Go on a date (his idea)

Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so when he discovers the girl with a flair for candy making has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?


Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “a first date” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.

But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface. 



My Opinion


Kylie makes a high school bucket list after her baby sister tells her she needs a life. Only she loses the list. Leo finds a list written by Kylie, who he has liked forever. This list gives him enough courage to ask her out, kinda. By making her list a reality. 

Kylie is the middle child, and her parents are a little on the strict side. Which is why she has never pushed the limits. She loves to bake and makes lots of treats for her friends to try out. She is also feeling a little lonely since her besties all got boyfriends now. This is a common problem in high school and I like how she makes a list to overcome it instead of wallowing in self-pity. She is extremely relatable in not wanting to rock the boat, and being the friendly one in the group. Leo is adorable and his secret is not much of a secret as in it really isn’t his fault. I love his interest in art and his abilities to overcome his parents being well the way he is.

The history between the two families is the secret, although Kylie knew nothing of it. How her parents handle things is interesting and his parent’s reaction was pretty spot on as well. More importantly is how Leo handles everything and his take on the situation. Talk about mature. He truly is a gentleman.

This is a cute read that you can finish in a few short hours. It brings all the feels and leaves you with a smile on your face. The characters and the situations that they are in are extremely likeable.  I liked it so much I ended up one clicking the other one in the series.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote
“If it wasn’t for me, you’d probably be spending the evening hanging out with those ogres, elves, and magical fairies you like so much.”


Other People

Allie- Kylie’s little sister
Francesca- Kylie’s bestie
Meg- Kylie’s bestie

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Book Trailer Saturday (21) King of Scars



Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sight...



Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.


Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Review: Wild Hunger



Author Suzanne Wright
Format e-ARC
Print Length 320 pages
Publisher Montlake Romance
Published May 29, 2018


When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend—warmly familiar and intoxicating.


Trick Hardy, enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, can sense the rush of mutual attraction when he sees Frankie again. He knows immediately that she’s his true mate. But he also knows that, given her fragile state, he needs to tread with care—no matter how fierce his surging desires.

As aroused as Frankie is by Trick’s darkly dominant air and simmering desire, her priority right now is her past—not her future, no matter how tempting. But as more secrets emerge and Frankie’s life is threatened, Trick must do everything he can to keep her close and safe. After all, it’s their destiny. 



My Opinion


The truth has been hidden from Frankie her entire life. Her father killed her mother, her human grandparents raised her. They told her that her parents died in a car crash. Away from her pack she has been raised as a lone wolf. Imagine the shock and surprise when the truth is revealed. Holy cowzers! Trick finds his mate right off and he recognizes her right away. There is no games, just him making sure that his mate is safe, secure and sound. Let the courting begin!

Coming from a wealthy family Frankie doesn’t need to work. As an artist though, she makes a killing. Her work is always dark, frighteningly so which is a reflection of her background. So when she finds out what she saw when she was three everything begins to make sense. Trick understands that she is going through emotional baggage and he really just wants to be there for her. His reaction to her, his ability to pick up on what it is that she needs is spot on and frankly just adorable.

Frankie knows that things aren’t adding up. Why would her daddy murder her momma? Did it really happen the way she was told. On top of that someone is threatening the pack that Trick belongs to. The pack that has taken her under their wing. Is she in danger?

Wild Hunger is full of passion, patience and love. The suspense aspect of the story and Frankie trying so desperately to remember gives the story a sense of urgency. Trick really is the perfect match for her.

Sometimes you find an author and you just like their writing style. You love their stories and you would read anything they wrote. Yes, even a book on how to program some computer game because you know you just know that there will be a female character that you could love in it, a male character that is gonna go all alpha male on you and a romance that will make you swoon. Suzanne Wright is one of those authors for me. I will one-click anything she writes.

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars 


Favorite Quote “I knew the moment our eyes met outside the coffeehouse and my world tilted that you’re mine.”


Other People

Lydia- Frankie’s aunt

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (21) Listen to Your Heart


Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




Talking to other people isn't Kate Bailey's favorite activity. She'd much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school's podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she'll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate's surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend ... until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.


Kasie West's adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

Why am I waiting?


Kasie West is one of my go to contemporary authors. She has never disappointed. Her books continue to being on the feelings.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (21) Moonlight Sins



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


She wasn’t living like that anymore—like she was seventy years old and had buried the love of her life three years ago instead of divorcing him, which was what had happened. These last three years had felt like she’d given up, was going quietly into the night.

Moonlight Sins page 55

Sounds like Julia is finally ready to move on.


“Is there literally anything you can’t make sound sexual?” 

“No. It’s like a superpower of mine.” 

Her eyes narrowed. 

 Lucian smiled.

Moonlight Sins page 202

Maybe Lucian is the right guy for her to move on to.

**Two teasers because why not?**

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Book Trailer Saturday (20) War Storm

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sight...




VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.


But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (20) Furyborn (Empirium #1)




Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.


As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other. 

Why am I waiting?


It has been while since I have read a dual timeline story. One queen of light and salvation and one of death and destruction caught my interest. Plus, the cover is breathtaking.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (20) Wild Hunger


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"Who are you meeting?"

"What's with the tone?" Because she didn't like it at all. His easygoing charm was gone, and the dark predatory streak that he hid seemed to take over.

"Answer the question, Frankie."

"And just why would you think it had a damn thing to do with you?"

He growled. "It has everything to do with me." He went nose to nose with her and whispered, "I don't share."

She narrowed her eyes. "I'm not yours to share."

"You will be."


Wild Hunger Kindle Location 1067


You gotta hand it to Trick when he makes a declaration he makes a darn good one. How does Frankie not melt into a puddle when he states she belongs with him? I will never get over my love of shifter and true mates novels.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (19) Onxy and Ivory



Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.


With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

Why am I waiting?


Magic, royalty, lost love and an author who I like. Her Arkwell Academy series was pretty good. Of course, I am waiting on this one.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (18) How to marry a Werewolf



Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.





Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

WEREWOLVES

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge.

But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

AMERICANS

Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series comes a stand alone romance set in the same universe. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology.

Why am I waiting?

I love the Parasol Protectorate series and so these stand alones are right up my alley. Plus I would really like to see Major Channing have his happily ever after.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (18) The Rules of Rebellion


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


She arched an eyebrow. "Leo?" I still had my hand protectively placed over the last two truffles. "Tell me what you think," she said. As if I'd tell her no, Kylie had no idea, but there wasn't a whole lot I wouldn't do for her. I had it bad for her. Had for years.


The Rules of Rebellion Kindle Location 154


"She was harsh," I agreed. "But she was also kind of right. My life is pretty boring. Especially now that Francesca and meg both have boyfriends. Since Nate goes to school out of town, when he's here on the weekends, Francesca understandably spends every second with him. Meg and Luke, well, you know how they are. They're together just as often. And me? I haven't been doing much of anything."


The Rules of Rebellion Kindle Location 280


Thus how the list was born. And it looks like Leo is just the right guy to help her check off each task.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Review: Dark Alpha’s Night



Author Donna Grant
Format e-ARC
Print Length 158 pages
Publisher St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Published March 6, 2018


Dark Alpha’s Night is a brand new paranormal romance in the Reapers series featuring a brotherhood of elite assassins from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I'm coming for you...

To some Fae, I am their worst nightmare. For I do Death’s bidding. But for all our strength and skill, a powerful enemy has risen up. Finding Ettie could change everything. The Half-Fae is our one chance. She’s sharp and strong and fierce. She steals my breath every time I'm near her. And looking into her eyes is like a bolt of lightning right through me. She’s what I’ve been waiting for my long, dark existence. But for us to be together, we must first stay alive…



My Opinion


Death has seven Reapers, who keep the balance between the Light and Dark Fae. One of the Reapers, Bran has gone bad and turned on his brothers, more importantly on Death herself. The remainder Reapers have to stop him from his devious plan, part of which is finding his offspring.

Growing up Ettie and her sisters have been trained to be prepared. For what, they aren’t sure but to be prepared just in case anyway. So it comes as no surprise to any of them that the thing they have to be prepared for is a guy who shows interesting Ettie. She is the serious plain one of the sisters and gets a little upset when her sisters question Bran’s desire for Ettie. Which of course has them fighting. Until Daire appears that is and all is explained.

Daire and Ettie were an interesting pair. For one who is raised to trust no one but her sisters she sure does fall for Bran and then Daire super fast. I didn’t really feel like there was much chemistry between these two. More like insta-love, which didn’t suit well for me. Her flip-flopping from both of the guys also annoyed me a lot. 

Ettie is suppose to be the strongest of her sisters, the most devoted.  I didn't really see that.  Instead she was kinda whiny about how she was overlooked a lot in comparison to them.  She was also suppose to be the most responsible, but she seemed to fall for every line that either guy gave her.  

I came into this one as a blank slate and that took away from the story. There is a massive backstory that I had no clue about. I did not realize when I started this one that it was the fifth book in a series. It was confusing for me, as the book is based on previous events of the series. I recommend reading the series in order before you read this one. The multiple points of views was confusing, only because I did not understand the back story between Death and Cael. Plus, I still don’t get why she is avoiding him.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote
“They are the best of the best. Trust them.”


Other People

Bran- big baddie
Erith- Death
Carrie- Ettie’s sister
Jamie- Ettie’s sister