Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Detour and Derailed by Lisa Marie

OK, I'm kind of cheating in this post. It's a double whammy of the Terminal Series by Lisa Marie. Because we are so behind, we're trying to get as much caught up (which unfortunately isn't actually very much) all at once. So, today I bring you TWO reviews for Lisa Marie's new series. 





RATING: 5 STARS

Oh Landyn Pierce... You and all your soft words, they make me melt and wish I were Siannon (pronounced Shannon). I guess that's what happens when you're the lead singer of a world famous band. You become this man with an ability to woo with words. But to stay such a grounded person in the process? That's awesome. 

Lisa Marie has brought us another amazing read. What I love most about Lisa's books is that I know she's going to make me finish the book in one sitting, and probably in one afternoon. The stories are quick, and provide enough emotional connection with both characters and plot to keep the book in your hands til the very end. 

Just go and get it now. Landyn and Siannon's romance will not disappoint. 








RATING: 5 STARS

Desmond Charter, what have you done! That's what I said when I finished this book. OK, maybe I cursed... And then promptly cursed this book's author, as well.

Lisa Marie wrote a great book about Desmond Charter, a sexy drummer with a dark and lusty side. And then he meets his match in Lexi. She's as fiery as Des is sexy and loves to play, too. What starts off as a "friends with benefits" sort of thing turns into a whirlwind of unexpected emotion for the pair of them.

If you love a sassy romance and are wanting an easy to read quickie (pun intended!), I suggest picking up this book. It's the second book in a series of standalones so you could read it on it's own, or you could get Detour (book One in the Terminal series) and see what all the fuss is about with the bad boys of Terminal.



Keri

Camatic by Serena Kearney



RATING: 4 STARS

This is a series I was introduced to in the beginning of our blog, and I loved it. Serena has written a dynamic series that is left with the openings for more stories and spin offs (which makes me so very excited!).

A sci-fi romance isn't my typical first choice, but the relationship between Estelle and Reed kept me moving forward. It was the life force of this series. Literally. Estelle's love for everything in her life propels the reader into what would seem impossible to the everyday human, but becomes the complete norm for our main characters.

Go grab this series. Seriously, it's well written, well planned and a nice change of pace with action and adventure mixed with romance. Pneuma, Surge and the final book Camatic.


Keri

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Forever My Home Cover Reveal

We met Alora Kate awhile ago through our blog. She approached us asking to review her first novella "From Summer and Fall." Since then, we've had the pleasure of watching her craft grow, and been part of several releases. And this one, is one that we are even more excited for! This is a full length novel from Alora, and having had the pleasure of reading the prologue, I just know it's going to be amazing!

So without further ado, the cover reveal for "Forever My Home" by Alora Kate






Forever My Home 
The Aster Lake Series #1
by Alora Kate
Genre - Romantic Suspense

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Synopsis:
“Now, this is going to be hard for you … but you have to leave.”
Adalyn is on the run.
From who? She doesn’t know.

From what? She doesn’t know.
“You have to trust us Adalyn,” my dad stressed.
That’s exactly what she plans on doing.
For the first time in her life, she’s on her own, and has no idea what to do.

Rudd Archer has lived in the same small town for most of his life.
He’s alone, has been since his parents were taken from him much too early.
He’s always wanted a family, a house full of kids.
Unfortunately, Rudd is a loner and keeps to himself.

What will happen when Adalyn comes stumbling into his life, renting out the apartment above his house. Is it just a coincidence, or will she be ‘the one’ for him? Will she open herself up to strangers, or will her past get in the way of her own happiness?

This is the first book in the Aster Lake Series, told from dual POV’s.
Recommended for 18+, Romantic Suspense


About The Author:
"I hear voices in my head and I love that it’s totally okay." - Alora Kate

Alora Kate – Pen Name

There are many reasons why she chooses to use a Pen Name. She battled with the idea but in the end, it’s a dedication. Alora Kate is a dedication to someone special who left this world way too soon.

She doesn’t write to get rich, or famous. She does it because she loves it. If only ten people bought her book and loved it, then it was worth her time to write it. She loves to share her crazy world and characters with you.

She is a single mom of a very active 3yrs old. He is her whole world, and life wasn’t complete until he came along. She is also a full-time college student studying photography and graphic design.


Where to find Alora Kate:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoralorakate
Amazon: http://goo.gl/F4iTf2
Goodreads: http://goo.gl/zxRi4z
Twitter: http://goo.gl/J6aWrh

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Chasing Winter by Alora Kate


RATING: 5 STARS

This story. Man, this story gutted me. This has got to be one of the most heartfelt portions to these novellas. I loved the whole series, but this one left me in such a good place.

Winter's story. Winter's battle, Chase's battle. Chase is head over heels for Winter. Winter has chosen to turn a blind eye to anyone's advances. She is comfortable in her life, alone. Until Chase finds her one night sitting in the hallway of their building, a complete wreck. Together, they share, they learn and experience. Together, they can fight anything. Right?

I cannot say enough for this series as a whole. It touches on a lot of different 'taboo' topics in society. And it's done in a mature and responsible manner. Chasing Winter was no different. I encourage you to pick up this series as a whole and dive right in! All 5 parts can be read in a day, easily. Making for one sassy beach read.

Keri

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Absolute Love by Erin Everleigh


RATING: 4 STARS

How do you handle not knowing where you come from? How do you handle it in the process of losing everything else in your life, and watching the strength you once had crumble around you? In this book, we read exactly how Phoebe handles life and the lemons she’s given, with a little sugar.

I am in ‘absolute love' with this book. Erin Everleigh's debut novel is superbly written, driving you to the end. The characters are so easy to love, mature, intense and as well developed as the story line.

If you love a classic love story, a story that tugs on your heart strings and has you rooting for that HEA, do yourself a favour and go one-click this one! I am eager to read more from Erin in the future!

Keri

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Friday, 7 August 2015

Power of the Fae (The Mirrored Prophecy #1) by Ariel Marie

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                                                                 RATING: 4 STARS

Arlina Waldmar is the Princess of the Light Fae, trusted Guardian of the Fae and part Human, When a group of disappearances occurs in the human realm her father sends her to stay with her maternal grandmother; a very powerful witch to investigate. Enter Colin McKenzie all Werewolf, all Alpha. The leader of the Legion, Colin swears off relationships. His position as leader of the Legion would make that too hard. So when he meets Arlina, the two are forced to work together to figure out what is happening his immediate and super strong attraction for her really puts him off. Only Colin's wolf sees his mate in Arlina and the pull is strong. Mix that with a prophecy they discover is about Arlina foretelling her first born to either save or end the world. With Colin refusing to ever mate things are difficult. Leaving us to find out if Arlina can convince Colin they were meant for each other or if evil will triumph and destroy the world.

I really enjoyed this first book in The Mirrored Prophecy series. Arlina is a kick butt heroine and it's always nice to come across a strong female character like her. Colin is your swoon-worthy Alpha male who refuses to fall in love. Silly Alpha. It had consistent action and a really good story line throughout the whole thing. I do believe it is the only book published so far in the series so we are left with a unfinished story, rather than a cliff hanger that makes you want to scream. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series and recommend it to all the paranormal lovers out there.

Caitlin


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)


Sunday, 19 July 2015

Five Secrets by J. David Core


RATING: 4 STARS

This is the fifth book in the Lupa Schwartz mystery series, which can be read as standalones. This particular one surrounds Cattleya as she's recovering from an accident that was basely caused by some disturbing secret societal issues. Cattleya got too close to one of the Five Seekers that are looking for the truth of the world's power and money. The Seekers get close to the truth which leads them on a search for more information, searching for clues amongst history, within maps, diagrams and conspiracy theories, all the while, Cattleya is acting as a double agent.

Core has built a secret society that is believable, a story that drove my need to keep moving forward, to find the truth, trying desperately to link all this information in my head. And of course, Lupa Schwartz is the detective on the outside trying to get as much information as he can to bring everything to its righteous end.

This was a good book. I wasn't able to put it down until I had gotten to the end in the wee hours of the morning. If you like some suspense with a good dose of conspiracy, pick this one up.

Keri

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Our Moon by Jennifer L. Allen


RATING: 4 STARS

I love rock stars, and I love sweet love stories. When I had the chance to read a book that combined the two without the super-smut story along with it? I had to read it. And I am so glad that I did.

This book is written in multiple POVs, which provide an intriguing and engaging read as we watch Ally suffer from amnesia, and recover from the accident that brought this on. She is guided by her brothers, Alex and Trevor, and the relationships between the three were spot-on and very realistic. It isn't long before Ally starts to feel herself pulled toward a band mate of her brothers'- Chase. What can we say as hopeless romantics? Sometimes the soul just knows, even if your head can't remember why.

I strongly recommend picking up this book. It lured me in, kept me going and the feelngs I had while I read were just perfect. Jennifer L. Allen has provided an amazing read that is fit for any age, and I will probably tell my Mom she needs to read it. Now.

Keri

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Gods of Anthem by Logan Keys


RATING: 5 STARS


Where does one start with this review, honestly? Logan Keys gave us a YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel that was unlike anything I've ever read. Literally within seconds of finishing, I had to e-mail Logan and said "Holy hell in a hand basket. that was AMAZING!" If I could rate it 6 stars, I would. It left me with a deep book hangover, completely unable to read for a few days afterward.

Logan has expertly woven numerous elements into one grisly, heart-wrenching story. Romance, mythical beings, an island for the sick and a shady government provided us a plot with so many twists and turns there was no way to guess what would be coming next.

This story is given to us from two points of view, one is Liza, and the other is Tommy. Liza was a patient on the island for the sick and dying. Tommy is being used as a secret weapon for the government. There are so many secondary characters that we come across, some making their mark on my soul, while others, I'm still questioning. But Tommy and Liza, working on opposite sides merge together in a unique way in the last few chapters, that left me begging for more, needing the next book NOW.


Keri


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Monday, 29 June 2015

The Story of Lansing Lotte by LB Dunbar


RATING: 5 STARS

This is the story of Lansing Lotte, best friend to Arturo King and guitar player for their band the Nights. This is the 2nd book in the Legendary Rock star series. Lansing Lotte is The Lady Killer, having been in love and missing his shot with the one woman he's wanted for forever he plays the field like most musicians do. Only there's some crazy stuff happening with his band the Nights and the lead singer Arturo King. Lansing tries to navigate his way through his forbidden love by loving and leaving many women. Including the ones he really should stay away from. All the while trying to figure out just what is going on with the leader of their group Arturo. He definitely makes some mistakes along the way, but will Lansing finally find the love he's always wanted... and if he does, will it be with the right woman?

I LOVE this series. I can't count how many times I wanted to smack Lansing upside the head. There is A LOT going on, but it just made me love it more. I kept wondering what in the bloody heck was happening and what the outcome was going to be the whole time I was reading. I think I probably experienced every emotion possible. It's a roller coaster you both can't wait to finish and at the same time never want to get off. The twists and turns keep you on your toes the whole time.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good rock star romance with a bit of mystery involved.

Caitlin

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Adamant by Emma L. Adams


RATING: 4 STARS

Ada is this strong female lead that's been living a life of smuggling refugees from Enzar after the Alliance closed off the doors and decided that Enzar was not to be a known part of the multi-verse any longer. It's the only life she knows, as Nell, her guardian took her in and showed her the ways of helping, of not trusting. Ada gains her intelligence within the Alliance through the help of Delta and Skyla, the only people she really trusts outside of her family unit.
The people smuggled in often need disguises, most can easily be disguised with common items like hair dye and contact lenses, but sometimes, they need something a little more magical to disguise their other worldly traits. Ada's next mission is to break into the Alliance headquarters and steal more "Blood Rock." Whilst there, Ada lands herself in hot water, that only gets hotter. It's also where she comes across Kay, a force on the opposing side,  who just clicked instantly with Ada, and her pursuit.
This book was written wonderfully, very interesting, never really a dull moment, and the characters were easy to connect with. I will definitely be looking to read more from Emma L. Adams, and hope to see many more adventures between Ada and Kay in the future!

Keri


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Wildfire by Lisa Messier


RATING: 5 STARS

Raina; The True Queen and Dinan; her Guardian continue on their journey to wake the long sleeping Dreamers. Followed along by their trusted friends Bridget and Joshua they navigate new waters and new characters trying to figure out who is friend and who is foe. Betrayal ever present threatens to tear them apart but also gives them a chance to further their bond with each other. The road will be hard will Raina and Dinan accomplish what they set out to do? You'll have to read to find out!

When I write my reviews for this series I struggle with what details to give and which to leave to surprise. I absolutely love this series and have from the beginning. Raina is such a strong female heroine that I adore and her Guardian and husband Dinan, whose strength for Raina always makes me smile. The secondary characters warm my heart and the introduction of new characters keeps me on my toes. As per usual, Lisa leaves you wanting more and I cannot wait until the next installment of the series.

Caitlin


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)



Monday, 11 May 2015

The Bet by Erica M. Christensen


RATING: 4 STARS

The Bet is a shorter novel that's picking up the story of Addison Allmon after she moves back to White Sands from her rock bottom moments back home in Norton. Erica set the story up with "The Kiss" and rocked me with a cliffhanger, as a result, I was beyond excited when this portion was delivered to my kindle.

The Kiss leaves us off with a bet between Addison and some random super hot tattooed man in a bar named Luke. Luke stumbles back into Addison's life when it's discovered that he is the nephew of her boss. She makes the connection before he does, but it doesn't take long before he's up to speed. And "The Bet" begins. 30 dates before he'll kiss her. We're taken along through the obvious sexual chemistry between the two, especially when they're forced off to an exotic locale for work purposes, and an interruption from Addison's past, which was the basis of the first book.

This isn't an angsty book, but it has some great emotional development and build up. It's a quick read, as it only took me a couple of hours to breeze through, even uninterrupted by my kids. ;)
And as a heads up, you'll be left wanting more!

Keri

***This book releases tomorrow (May 12th, 2015) and is available for pre-order right now!

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Friday, 8 May 2015

Secrets and Salvation by Lianne Cotton


RATING: 5 STARS

Ana was left devastated when Jackson picked his family over her. Now back in Chastity Falls, she is struggling to get over her feelings for the man who resurrected her just to break her again. With the help of her group of friends, Ana tries to move on with her life without Jackson. Jackson left Ana to keep her safe from the drama that surrounds him, only Ana still isn't safe with him out of her life. Secrets are revealed, bonds are tested, will Ana and Jackson be able to piece things back together or will these secrets rip them apart.

This book. This series. I just cannot get enough of this story. Once again L.A Cotton caught me from the beginning and took me on a journey with the characters I love so much. Jackson and Ana are characters that I literally feel how they are feeling, as I follow along with a story line that just has something special about it. Honestly, I recommend this novel as well as Loyalty and Lies every chance I get! If you haven't checked these ones out yet I urge you to do it NOW!


Caitlin


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)



Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Turn to the Sun by Brenda Burling


RATING: 4 STARS

Cassie is in flight mode. She's picked up little tips and tricks on how to best go about this throughout the years of living with her sketchy husband and his sketchier 'family.' Brenda keeps you intrigued, and wondering what is going on from the word 'go,' and it isn't even until about 35% in what situation Cassie is actually running from.

Brenda has written a great little novella about Cassie, her life on the outskirts of her family life and given us a strong female lead character that is easy to feel for, and associate with. Once again, I started this book blind, and was not disappointed. I cannot wait to read what Brenda Burling has in store for the future, and is an absolute must 'one-click' for me!

Keri



(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)



Friday, 24 April 2015

Surge by Serena Kearney


RATING: 4 STARS

I read Pneuma awhile ago for Serena,and I adored it. I was excited when I was asked to read and review Surge, and was not disappointed at all. Serena has carried on the story of Estelle, her leaving Earth, and coming to terms with a whole new life, and working through the possibilities of her camatic; or soul mate all the while on edge, and ready to fight whatever battle pops up during this war she has stepped into. 

I'm not typically a sci-fi reader, but I love Serena's books because she manages to combine sci-fi and a romance story in one with it seeming completely possible, and not at all far-fetched. She makes it easy to connect with the characters, and makes me feel like I'm fighting alongside the soldiers and protecting my princess from page one to 'the end'. 

I would strongly urge you to pick up Pneuma if you haven't read it, especially since it's FREE, and then keep right on reading with this one. 

Keri


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)


***To read my review of Pneuma click here.


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The Immortals Part One: Shadows and Starstone by Cheryl Mackey


RATING: 4 STARS

One thousand years ago the Gods known as The Four created the Immortals to protect their world- Ein- Aral from the bad guys know as the Dro-Aconi and then they disappeared. We meet Emaranthe, Jadeth, Ivo and Jaeger; four immortals on a mission to protect a desert village and its secret possession of starstone. A power source the Dro-Aconi are searching for in hopes for ruling Ein-Aral. The four struggle with what they remember of their pasts while trying to overcome the evil they face in Alarandia the leader of minions. Will the four succeed in saving Ein-Aral from the evil that awaits?

I really enjoyed this story. It was different than most stories I have read before. Right from the beginning I was sucked in. A fascinating world with a fascinating story. I really wished I had a little more background for the four and the world that they inhabited. When I went onto the goodreads page I realized that the author has another book called The Unknown Sun which actually has more of the background story that I was looking for. This was a great little novella and I can't wait to see where the story goes.

Caitlin

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Rub Down by Gina Sheldon


RATING: 4 STARS

Luke is the co-owner of the prestigious spa "The Rub Down" which sounds a little sketchy, and more like a rub-n-tug, but is actually one of the best spas in Boston. Alexa is a marathon runner that's feeling the aches and pains that go along with training.

I truly enjoyed this book. Sometimes a girl just needs the HEA with the good build up and an honest to goodness building of a relationship that starts from friendship. We read along as Luke wades through the mental hardship of deciding how to befriend and date a client, without being accused of providing "happy endings" for all his clients, and Alexa, well... She doesn't make it easy on him!

Pick this book up, and enjoy a great love story.


Keri


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Monday, 20 April 2015

A Chance with Spring by Alora Kate


RATING: 4 STARS

This is the third book in this series of novellas written by Alora Kate. And I enjoyed it and devoured it as quickly as I did the first two.

In this part of the story, we are following the relationship between Spring and Chance. Spring is the older sister to Summer and Fall, who were prominent characters in the first two instalments and Chance is the man she happened to run into one day, and he thought she was an angel. That is, despite her vulgar disposition and inability to think before she speaks. Which happens to work perfectly with Chance and his bad boy, tattooed big guy image. Spring keeps her heart guarded, and we watch as Chance softens her up and finds his way in, and of course there's a bit of drama along the way!

This portion caught me off guard, in that the story's language and content was more mature than the first two. It was good, but it did take me some time to recognize it was what was needed for these characters, their lives, and the story development. Can't wait to read 3.5 and 4 from Alora!

Keri


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)


Monday, 13 April 2015

Tracking a Shadow by R Weir

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                                                                 RATING: 4 STARS


Jarvis Mann is a P.I. on the case. When he gets the call from young and beautiful Emily saying she needs his help he decides to take the case. Emily is afraid and swears she has a stalker so she hires Jarvis to track down this stalker and provide her with a bit of security. Soon though, Jarvis realizes this case is a lot more difficult than a simple stalker case. Can Jarvis solve the case while navigating some new romantic entanglements or will he fail and risk Emily getting hurt?

This book was an easy read with a case of the whodunit. Once I got into this story I was definitely invested in finding out who the baddie really was. Jarvis was a good character, he had a sense of humor and was very 'human" although a little bit of willpower wouldn't have been amiss when it came to feminine wiles. If you love a book that keeps you guessing and following along with the action I recommend this book to you.

Caitlin


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.) 




Trancing the Tiger by Rachael Slate

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RATING: 5 STARS
 
After losing her parents to the Red Death, Lucy Yeoh runs to Malaysia looking for answers. Once there she goes to stay with her Uncle who she doesn't really know much about. There she encounters Sheng, the abnormal hottie who lives next door. Then things get weird Sheng swears she has the Chinese Zodiac spirit animal the Rabbit. Lucy think he's crazy. Slowly though Lucy becomes immersed in all the supernatural superstition and discovers she's so much more than she ever thought possible. Lucy and Sheng must team up with the other Spirit animals if they want to defeat the cause of the Red Death; The Plague God. Romance blooms when it shouldn't and things go places they never imagined, they'll teach each other things they never expected all the while fighting to save the world.
 
 
I just loved this story. I have never read a novel like this before. I loved the Chinese Zodiac spirit animals, the culture that was present in this story. I loved Sheng and Lucy and their chemistry was fantastic. The other characters too just captured me from the beginning. I honestly could not put this book down. It kept me enthralled from start to finish and left me wanting more. I will definitely be adding the rest of these stories to my personal TBR and I recommend you do too!
 
Caitlin


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)
 


Saturday, 11 April 2015

A Veil of Glass and Rain: Special Edition by Petra March


RATING: 3 STARS

This title was the most captivating to me. We learned what was meant by it in the beginning, and it is a theme that reoccurred at the end of the story. It was an interesting connection to the characters, and how they saw each other. But unfortunately it was the only part of the story that I truly connected with. I found there was depth of character missing between the POVs, making it hard to determine who was speaking, without the indication at the beginning of the chapter. The author also jumped around between past and present, and at times those events just didn’t seem to match up for me.

Both the main characters; Brina and Eagan, lead lives that are essentially left to their own devices, as both of their parents travel worldwide for work,  and amazingly enough, don’t turn into the irresponsible adults one would expect, but they do of course have the tendency of not trusting anyone, or themselves, to know what it is they want for a fair portion of their young lives. An unfortunate event leads Eagan to change his path, he was determined to live his live with Brina. Brina however, she just sees herself as weak and damaged, which came across in her character- the delicate, precious flower.

The plot line of this story has so much potential. It’s a rehashing of friends become lovers, with these two meeting for the first time when Brina is 9 and Eagan is 14, and all the events that take place over the next 9 years.  The writing style did not do it much justice, however. The odd choices in vocabulary, and a constant use of those same odd words, as well as the lack of character depth between the POVs made it hard to read and left a lot to be desired for me. 


Keri


(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)



Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The Edge of Hope by Alina Popescu


RATING: 4 STARS

Alexa has been through a lot, she’s working and writing in hopes of finding her way through life after her ex-boyfriend and now ex best friend turned out to be complete jerks. She runs into Anthony during this time, he wants to interview her because of the novel she’s writing, and the original twist she’s spinning on vampires. As it turns out, she wasn't so off on that spin, and it’s Anthony that enlightens her to this information. Anthony leads us to Louis. Louis is everything that Anthony isn't. He’s cautious, concerned for Alexa, and most of all- he’s kind.

This is a one of a kind vampire story. The origins of vampires is different, and interesting, and the way the information is presented keeps you baited and waiting for more. The only downfall to this story was that I hit about 60% before anything REALLY kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat and it took about as long to really connect with the characters.

Overall, it’s a great story, and I am wanting to read part two!

Keri

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Darkness Follows by Emerald O'Brien


RATING: 5 STARS

Darkness Follows is one of those mystery “whodunit” tales that will literally keep you holding your breath.

This is a murder mystery surrounding Aurina and Ryanne, two sisters north of the border (and this probably made me the happiest to see. I absolutely LOVE coming across new Canadian authors.). They are placed in Witness Protection after a man Aurina was involved with was arrested for accessory to murder. And I can’t actually say much more because anything else will give away the rest of the story.

It’s a page turner, it will keep you hooked, and you will hopefully be as surprised as I was with the outcome! It was also incredibly refreshing to come across an NA book that was more mystery than sex. And now I need to go dig into book 2!

Keri

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Images Eternal by Toni Decker

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RATING: 5 STARS


Mandy is a flirt, a flirt who wants no strings attached. She also says no to rock stars after an experience she vows she won't repeat. She is a hotshot music blogger whose positive opinion can help shoot you straight to the top. Lucien is rock star amongst other things. After joining the band Demon Dogs he begins to work hard to ensure their success. The one person who can get them there is Mandy and when the two meet things start to heat up. Secrets surround both of their lives, choices have been made that neither can control. Can they look past the image to see the truth behind all the lies?

WOW! I went into this book blind, I hadn't read anything about it until I read the first word. Let me just tell you this one blew me away. It was rock star with a twist and I loved how it kept me going. The characters were fantastic and swept me off my feet instantly. Both having been through so much I could really feel their emotions throughout the story. I do not have enough good things to say. If you like rock stars with some supernatural twists mixed in, I strongly urge you to pick up a copy of this one today. I will definitely be adding the second book in the series to my personal TBR.

Caitlin

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Friday, 3 April 2015

Dear Miklos by Victoria Bastedo

Rating 4 STARS

Ever since he saved her life when she was 10 and visiting Greece with her mother, Therese and Miklos have written letters to each other. After a bout with an illness Therese's doctor recommends a trip to somewhere dry and warm so her lungs can heal. Where else would she go but back to Greece to see Miklos again, only now as a woman and Miklos as a man. Things don't go that easy though, through stalkers, and absentee fathers reappearing Miklos and Therese have to navigate through some dangerous waters before they have a chance at a happily ever after.

I really enjoyed this story. I would have liked to see a little more build up when it came to the pen pal relationship between Therese and Miklos. I felt like I was missing something in their relationship by not really having a lot of build up when it came to them talking over the years. Other than that though this book caught me. Once the action starts to build up we focus more on what's going on around the two main characters rather than just the love relationship between the characters which I always love. I definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes a fast paced, exciting read.


Caitlin

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)



Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Just My City Boy by V.L. Holt


RATING: 4 STARS

Sweet and southern, and quick witted Lauren is almost held up one night on her way home from work, a night she didn't really want to just head on home anyway. Zack is having issues, trying to find his way and having a really hard time acclimatizing to the run of the mill day. He decides to take the one way ticket to anywhere but here, and tries to rob sweet Lauren to make it happen. Their one of a kind first meeting, leads to their serendipitous second meeting, and of course all the trials and tribulations that come about in any book, with you rooting for their happily ever after from the first page.

I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to fall in love with the characters and their back stories, they were so likeable and endearing. It's a fast paced love story, in that circumstances on both characters sides push them together and fall in love quickly, while working to survive and come out on the other end. Well written, and easy consume, I can't wait to read more from this author!

Keri

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Kiss of the Dhampir by Katrina LaFond


Rating: 3.5 STARS

Marissa is a Dhampir half human, half vampire born to a human mother after a vampire attack. Her mother dies leaving her in the care of a group of individuals called The Daybreak Society, who are led by a powerful man named Reece. Eventually Marissa agrees to marry him and does so only to discover that not everything is as it seems. She is a powerful vampire hunter, but in a moment of weakness she lets badness into her life and winds up on the run. Marissa begins to discover secrets about herself and those around her and learns of a legend that might be her future.

 "A female dhampir will come, an accomplished vampire killer, a woman of incredible beauty, power and intelligence, who will find her destined mate among the vampires. He will be a man of magnetism, of sensuality and power, enough to match the dhampir, perhaps even stronger. He will be immune to her powers and she will be immune to his. And they will love each other, beyond all doubt, beyond all reason. One will die for the other and the survivor will go on, with all the powers of both, the most powerful being ever to walk the earth."

On the run she meets Gabriel a very powerful vampire who she is immediately and undeniably attracted to... but she's been raised to kill vampires, is it possible for her to love one?

I have really mixed feelings about this book. I found it to be a little choppy and the flow seemed a bit off while at the same time I found the characters engaging and parts of the storyline really interesting. Marissa was a bad @$$ and I loved seeing her kick vampire booty. Gabriel is a sweet protective vampire with a temper you don't want to mess with. I really would encourage someone who enjoys paranormal to check this one out, you won't be disappointed.

Caitlin


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Friday, 27 March 2015

The Hope That Starts by Heidi Hutchinson


RATING: 4 STARS

Incredible, hooking, heartfelt, with just a touch of nerd. OK, a lot of nerd.

Zelda Fitzgerald, photographer, nerd, fangirl. Harrison O'Neil, adorable, rock star, nerd. Zelda lands a job as an exclusive photographer for the band- her favourite band "Double Blind Study" during their next tour. And as she's incredibly stealthy, Harrison saves her from falling flat on her face on the first day of the cross-country tour, letting the love story unfold as it may from there.

For real though, this was a great story. It had a great combination of drama and laughter, characters that were easily liked, and easily hated, because what's a story without a villain, right? If you're looking for the happily ever after, super easy and not over-the-top steamy romance, then feast on this one!

Side note- this is actually the 5th book in the "Double Blind Study" series, but as the main characters are different (albeit interwoven), you can read it as a standalone and still love the heck out of it like I did. ;)


Keri



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Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Christmas Tree Guy by Railyn Stone

                                                 

RATING: 3.5 STARS


Sydnee Garrett is a 34 year old recently divorced black mother of 5 years old twin boys Travis and Charlie. After her husband left her for another woman 2 years previous, she has been solely focused on her and her two boys getting back to living a life they love. While out with the boys shopping for a Christmas tree she meets Quinn, a handsome very nice white 26 year old who offers to help deliver and set up her tree. The two begin an on again-off again relationship and we follow along as they struggle to beat down all the barriers in the way of their happily ever after.

This book was an easy romance read. While there were aspects to the story I struggled with, it was an enjoyable read that touched a bit on the Christmas theme; although not as much as you might think. Sydnee was not my favourite character unfortunately. She was a bit immature and her back and forth started to get to me after a while, always worried about what the snooty people in her life thought. Quinn however was fantastic, he was great with her boys and with her and I LOVED how he didn't let what the others were saying get to him. All he cared about was his relationship with Sydnee and the boys. All in all though it was a good, easy story with characters you find yourself rooting for till the end!

Caitlin

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)






Sunday, 22 March 2015

Zel by Shantaye Brown


RATING: 4.5 STARS

When Asher Winger meets Zelina he has no idea what he is throwing himself into. Zelina however won't give Asher the time of day when he shows up at the restaurant she works in often. After essentially stalking her and following her home he realises Zel is nothing like he thought she would be. Zelina has no time for anyone, if you ask her she'll tell you she has no emotions either except maybe anger. When Asher follows her home one time he makes a mistake that leads to a discovery he never imagined. People are after them and Zel takes it upon herself to keep them both alive. What happens when secrets are exposed, lies are told and relationships are changed?

This book was not your typical romance story in any way. Our heroine Zelina or Zel for short is the bad guy with a dirty mouth and a bad attitude. Asher is an arrogant college guy with an attitude that's crappy too. What happens when you throw the two together? CRASH, BANG, BOOM! This book has a dark theme to it and at first I found myself wondering just what I had gotten myself into, only to get caught up in all that is Zel. If you are squeamish, don't like swearing, violence, or rough intercourse do not pick up this book... if you are OK with those things however pick this book up right now and get ready to utter 3 words... WTF?

Caitlin

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

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Destined for Dreams by Ginna Moran



RATING: 5 STARS

Nadia Petrov has a unique ability as a nightmare creator. This is what she has to do to survive. Hunter was raised to destroy people with these types of abilities. However, Hunter is presently trapped in someone’s head and Nadia came across him one night and can’t help but to keep going back. She's drawn to him, and despite their polar opposite upbringings, they discover many similarities between them.


Ginna’s created relatable characters with so much depth, it’s impossible not to connect with their voices,  and feel everything that Nadia and Hunter are  feeling, every morsel of conflict, love. It’s an extraordinarily well written YA paranormal tale that you can’t help but sink into your comfy chair and just devour in one sitting. 

Keri

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)



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Chosen by Jennifer Ortiz



RATING: 4 STARS

A paranormal book from the male character’s POV. I loved it. Cal’s inner dialogue was just perfectly funny. He is the stereotypical 20 year old in his behaviour; arrogant, confused, horny…And a Hunter, hunting demons to make the world a better place. 

Cal is fed up with his paternal relationship. His father has been less than stellar in his life, and as a result, Cal decides to leave a life he’s always known in search of something more. Along the way, he stumbles upon many secrets, discovering that his past is not what he had thought, and is set to task on a hell-raising demon.

This book is great, honestly. Cal kept me laughing, secondary characters kept me wondering, and it was a fantastic first book. I look forward to reading more from Ortiz!

Keri



(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)


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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Family Secrets by Kat Nichols


RATING: 4 STARS

After the death of both of her parents, Sophia Morganthal is living with her best friend Abby and her mother while trying to cope with the fact that she is alone with absolutely no family left. That is until her friend's mom tells her she has been contacted by her long lost grandmother, her father's mother. After arriving at her grandmother's house though, Sophie quickly realises that thing aren't normal and that is confirmed when her grandmother tells her she is a witch. Sophie is quick to realise that something about her grandmother and cousin Alexa isn't right. Sophie struggles with trying to figure out exactly what is going on and who in this giant witchy mess she has been thrown into she can trust.

This was a really good, intriguing read that would be suitable for anyone in their teens and up. It had a good storyline, it kept me invested and truly interested in what Sophie was going to discover next. There is a little bit of romance thrown in as well but I was happy to see the story centers more on Sophie's journey of discovering who she is. This book does leave you with a bit of a cliff hanger that definitely leaves you wanting more.


Caitlin

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Up for Grabs by Heather Nichols Young


RATING: 4 STARS

What do you do when your funds run dry? Well, you get creative. And that’s exactly what Flannery Tate does.

This is a fantastic and quick read. It’s happy, and funny. Laugh out loud kind of funny, to the point of me needing to put the kindle down to laugh, for fear of dropping it. Flannery is a wonderful character full of wit, and a smart mouth- my favourite kind of female lead and Cain is the super swoon-worthy hunk that she falls for unexpectedly while off at college. Flannery is a hardworking woman that has had nothing in life handed to her, while Cain is the exact opposite, but he was unexpectedly sincere, which made me swoon just a little more.

If you’re looking for a book to add to your beach reads, need a quick pick-me-up or just love the New Adult romance genre, then add this one to your list. It’s definitely worth a read!

Keri

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)


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Counteract by Tracy Lawson



RATING: 4 STARS

This is an easy read dystopian novel that hooked me from the get go. The fast pace kept me reading and needing more, learning how the OCSD and Government were wielding power, and how acts happened between the two organizations.

Two strangers; Tommy and Careen, find each other in a happenstance manner picking up their antidotes for a chemical threat. We follow along as these two fight to find out what is going on, and how they help themselves despite all the boundaries and barriers set in place by the current government.

If you’re interested in dystopian novels, then I urge you to pick this one up, if you’re not, then I still urge you to pick this one up! This book is edgy, and fast paced, bringing to light conspiracy elements, and leaves you feeling like you’re along for the ride from page one to ‘the end.’


Keri

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Prodigal Son by Michelle Day


RATING: 3.5 STARS


This is the story of Paul Jensen and his family. Paul is a 15 year old with a twin brother Matt and a sister Tessa. There's a difference when it comes to Paul and his siblings that makes his father have an immediate dislike of him as a baby. His mother tried to make up for Paul;s father by being super lenient when it comes to her younger son. This ends up getting Paul into some serious amounts of trouble throughout the story. Paul and his family must work together to figure out how to handle the problems that come their way which is easier said than done.

This book is a hard one for me to review. The story starts really talking about Paul when he's about 14 years old. This is the first time we witness Paul in a sexual relationship which I have to admit is a little young in my opinion, however my fiancé says it's really not too bad. There is also a forbidden romance in this book that I really struggled with. I found though, that even with me being uncomfortable with the story line I felt like I connected with the characters. I will read the next book in the series to see what happens next with my favourite characters.

Caitlin

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire by A.K Michaels.

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                                                              RATING: 4.5 STARS
This is the story of Peri who is a witch, Josef who is an ancient vampire and Gabe who is a werewolf. Peri has been running for a long time. Always making sure to use to little magic so they can't track her. As a cash for hire bounty hunter, she runs into trouble one night and thinks the only way to get out of it is to use enough magic they'll find her for sure. That is until Josef and Gabe step in to help her. Josef and Gabe are intrigued by the slip of a girl. They take her home and thus begins a steamy, twisty journey sure to capture your attention.
This book was a first for me. I have never until this story read a ménage romance before. I have to say being a little weary of love triangles, at first I worried I wouldn't be able to make it through the story. I couldn't have been more wrong. Although there were 3 main characters in the relationship, I found myself completely accepting of the relationship between Peri, Josef and Gabe. This book is not for the faint of heart, it was super steamy and an open mind is 100% necessary. If that's okay with you then I definitely recommend you grab this book.

Caitlin

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)



Friday, 6 March 2015

Happily Evan After by Michelle Irwin



RATING: 4 STARS

Happily Evan After is the story of Evan and Rebecca. Evan is serving an unknown sentence as life of a Cupid, assigned to bring couples their true love. Rebecca is his next assignment, who for some reason seems to pull on our dear Cupid's heart strings more than any other assignment has in the past, leaving him to travel a little down memory lane, as he watches Rebecca meet up with Drew, and toys with the idea of breaking all the rules to serve both himself and his new assignment.

This story is low on angst, and brings a fresh perspective of romance and paranormal blending together. The characters were beautifully written, allowing us to feel, cheer them on and want to guide them down the path we just know is right.

I highly recommend picking up this book if you're wanting an easy read to bring you out of a rut. 

Keri

(Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

The Man I Love by Suanne Laquer


RATING: 4.5 STARS

Wow! What can I say about this one. It was a long book, when I first opened it, Kindle tricked me! It said that I'd finish in 1hr and 29minutes. And then I read a couple of pages and noticed that it changed... to nearly 10 hours! So this is a good read for a weekend, and not a quick little novella.

What else can I say? Well, this was fantastic. I felt Suanne was in depth with characters, and back stories. There was some elements of acceptance that I just ate up as well. The main characters, Daisy and Erik were wonderfully written, tugging at all my emotions through their ups and downs, same with the supporting characters.

I was honestly very impressed with this book. I would never have expected this to be from a debut author. My only nitpick, is that the beginning felt like it was dragging. It took some time before any real headway was made in the plot development. Looking back on this now though, I can see it was meant for the reader to really be able to move with the characters. Definitely a must read for any romance reader's list!

Keri

(ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.)

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Shattered by Janet A Mota

 RATING: 4 STARS

After being raped in high school and no one believing her, Haylee runs away from Fort Lauderdale after spending the rest of the her senior year haunted by her attacker. While in college, she meets her room mate Stacey and the two immediately hit it off. After learning that Haylee's parents; who have been extremely distant since her attack; are not going to be around for Thanksgiving, Stacey invites Haylee home with her family. Stacey's family immediately welcomes Haylee and in turn finds a new family in them, something she hadn't had for a long time. Things are different for Haylee and Zander; Stacey's older brother though and throughout the years their feelings grow with Haylee never accepting his or any other guys advances after what she experienced. Finally, Haylee accepts an invitation for a date with Zander and after a scary run in with her attacker from years ago their relationship takes on a very serious level quickly. Can Haylee overcome all that holds her back? Can Zander break down her walls?

This is the second book I have read by Janet and while I have a hard time connecting to the writing style in this book, the characters immediately swept me up in their storm. You feel for Haylee and all she experiences, you want to be there for her since no one else ever was. Zander is just a perfect sweetheart. I was so happy to see the way he treated Haylee and I found myself falling for him more and more by the minute. There were a few editing errors but in general it was put together well. I would recommend this book to anyone who can handle a little tough content in their stories.

Caitlin

Copy provided for honest review.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Rhodes to Crazy by Carly Wakefield




RATING: 3 STARS


Sebastian Rhodes is bored of predictable women and after working hard to develop his career, He falls onto the path of Layla, quite unbeknownst to her and is later introduced to her by chance thanks to his sister-in-law Arianna. It was an instant attraction for Bastian. And Layla was smitten as well, though suffering from the dreadful "foot-in-mouth" disease during their first meeting, it did nothing to hold Sebastian back.

I wanted so badly to like this story. I felt there was great character development, I connected immediately to them, how they felt and what they were searching for in their lives. My biggest issue was the storyline. Sometimes I felt like it could use a pick-me-up. It was slow, and predictable, which I'm sure is bound to happen when you read romance after romance, but I just felt like I needed more. More angst, desire, that "I'm going to stay up all night reading, even if it kills me tomorrow" feeling.

If you lean more toward the sweet romance, then this is a must-read and you can find it for FREE on Smashwords! So head on over and pick it up.

Keri