BOOK REVIEW: Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Title: Scandalous Desires
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publication: October 18th 2011 repackaged on January 30th 2018
Pages: 416
Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt comes the third book in her beloved Maiden Lane series.

Can a pirate learn . . . 

River pirate “Charming” Mickey O’Connor has lifted himself from the depths of the slums to be the king of St. Giles. Anything he wants he gets-with one exception. Silence Hollingbrook has been haunting his dreams ever since she spent a single night in his bed.

That the only true treasure . . . 

Once Silence was willing to sacrifice anything to save the man she loved. Now a widow, she’s finally found peace when Charming Mickey comes storming back into her life with an offer she can’t refuse. But this time she won’t be the only one paying the price for his sins.

Lies in a woman’s heart?

When his past comes back to torment him, Mickey must keep Silence safe from a merciless enemy, while wrestling with the delicious hold this widow has on his heart. And in the face of mounting danger, both will have to surrender to something even more terrifying . . . true love.

MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I was told by a good friend of mine that I would absolutely fall in love with Elizabeth Hoyt’s historical romances and of course, this beauty also know as book three in the Maiden Lane series because PIRATES. Now, I’m a big romance reader and one of the genres I adore is historical romance. And one of the big things I have about historical romance includes Pirates. My friend and I went into great lengths about discussing how pirates are just so hot because they’re demanding, rough around the edges, and always, always, ALWAYS, a whole lot sweeter than they seem. And I don’t know if it was a big thing in the 80s or 90s when cheesy romances BLEW UP but being kidnapped by a hot as hell pirate sounds sooooooo good. Even though in real life, it’s freaking awful, against the law, and would scare me a lot. But this is romance! This is fiction! And pirates are a big thing.

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BOOK REVIEW: Twisted Fate by Jessi Elliot

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Title: Twisted Fate
Author: Jessi Elliot
Publication: February 13th 2018
Pages: 243
Synopsis:

Being kidnapped by the leader of the fae really puts a dent in your senior year.

Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.

Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous Fae Leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.

Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.

Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.

When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.

MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When Jessi first approached me back in Summer of 2017 with hopes of letting me review her debut novel, I knew I had to get my hands on one. I loved romance but I didn’t know what urban fantasy was nor did I know if I actually liked fantasy novels. Thank goodness, a long list of fantasy arcs from publishers fell into my hands and converted me into a fantasy lover so I absolutely had no doubts when I read this book.

Twisted Fate tells the story of Aurora Marshall, a senior in university who has eyes on the prize also known as graduating and making a name for herself. While she may seem like a typical student, she has a family that is drained financially from taking care of her younger brother who is fighting cancer. That’s right, folks. It’s going to be a tear-jerker. Typically found in libraries cramming for the next exam or finishing up a project, Aurora is convinced to attend a party and it’s there were things go wrong. She’s kidnapped, exposed to the world of faes (mythical creatures who look eerily like humans but so much more beautiful), and finds herself on a quest to protect her best friend. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t hurt that the leader of the faes is smokin’ hot.

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Book Review: The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

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Title: The Queen’s Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Publication: February 6th 2018
Pages: 464
Synopsis:

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Queen’s Rising is one of those books that is written so beautifully and so well that you’re sucked into the story and you’re forgetting that the book is about 500 pages. I know a lot of you guys love thick books but after reading Zenith, I’m tired guys! But anyways, The Queen’s Rising is Rebecca Ross’s debut novel. While there are some flaws with the pacing and the way certain things executed, it was a wonderfully adventurous book that I’m sure a lot of fantasy genre lovers will love.

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Book Review: When My Heart Joins The Thousand by AJ Steiger

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Title: When My Heart Joins the Thousand
Author: AJ Steiger
Publication: February 6th 2018
Pages: 352
Synopsis:

A YA romance featuring a neuroatypical girl with a tragic history and the chronically ill boy trying to break the vault encasing her heart

Obviously I’m not what most people would describe as happy. But that has nothing to do with anything. Happiness is not a priority. Survival is.

Alvie Fitz doesn’t fit in, and she doesn’t care. She’s spent years swallowing meds and bad advice from doctors and social workers. Adjust, adapt. Pretend to be normal. It sounds so easy.

If she can make it to her eighteenth birthday without any major mishaps, she’ll be legally emancipated. Free. But if she fails, she’ll become a ward of the state and be sent back to the group home.

All she wants is to be left alone to spend time with her friend, Chance, the one-winged hawk at the zoo where she works. She can bide her time with him until her emancipation. Humans are overrated anyway. Then she meets Stanley, a boy who might be even stranger than she is—a boy who walks with a cane, who turns up every day with a new injury, whose body seems as fragile as glass. Without even meaning to, she finds herself getting close to him. But Alvie remembers what happened to the last person she truly cared about.

Her past stalks her with every step, and it has sharp teeth. But if she can find the strength to face the enemy inside her, maybe she’ll have a chance at happiness after all.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book guys. This book made ripped me open, exposed the ugliest bits of me, made me cry and laugh, made me feel, and made me everything. My Heart Joins the Thousand has got to be my favourite read this entire year so far and I know 2018 just started but I know it’ll be a top favourite book of mine by the time December comes along.

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BOOK REVIEW: Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker

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Title: Keep her Safe
Author: KA Tucker
Publication: January 23rd 2018
Pages: 448
Synopsis:

Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that’s been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family’s life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn’t born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it’s all she knows anymore. At least here people don’t care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive…until a man who clearly doesn’t belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department’s dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker’s reputation as one of today’s most talented new voices in romantic suspense.

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MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Keep Her Safe was my second book by KA Tucker and honestly, her writing never fails to completely capture me. I easily slip into the story she sets out In this case, it’s about a firecracker called Gracie, and a good southern gentleman, Noah. It tells a more complicated story involving Noah’s mother’s past in the police department and Gracie’s father who passed away before she could really remember him.

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BOOK REVIEW: This Love Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen

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Title: This Love Will Self-Destruct
Author: Leslie Cohen
Publication: January 23rd 2018
Pages: 336
Synopsis:

This is the classic tale of boy meets girl: Girl…goes home with someone else.

Meet Eve. She’s a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can’t quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She’s a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier.

Meet Ben. He’s an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, structure, and straight lines. He doesn’t opine, he doesn’t ruminate, he doesn’t simmer until he boils over.

So naturally, when the two first cross paths, sparks don’t exactly fly. But then they meet again. And again. And then, finally, they find themselves with a deep yet fragile connection that will change the course of their relationship—possibly forever.

Follow Eve and Ben as they navigate their twenties on a winding journey through first jobs, first dates, and first breakups; through first reunions, first betrayals and, maybe, first love. This is When Harry Met Sally reimagined; a charming tale told from two unapologetically original points of view. With an acerbic edge and heartwarming humor, debut novelist Leslie Cohen takes us on a tour of what life looks like when it doesn’t go according to plan, and explores the complexity, chaos, and comedy in finding a relationship built to last.

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MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This Love Will Self-destruct seems exactly like the chick-lit novel you’ve been browsing around the bookstore for. It has an adorable cover, an enticing synopsis, and it just seems light and fun from a quick flip through. You’re not wrong. I found myself slipping into this story, needing to know what would happen to our hero and heroine, Ben and Eve after the first chapter. I enjoyed this story but what was really weird was that I was so completely satisfied with the ending; I ended up enjoying the ending more than the beginning, and the build up.

I know!

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A CONVERSATION WITH JACI WHEELER AUTHOR OF SILENT SONG

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Author of Silent Song (out Jan 22nd 2018), Jaci Wheeler shares answers to the questions many of her readers asked.

Silent Song tells the story of how two complete opposites find each other and heal together.

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SYNOPSIS:

*Barrett*
I’m Deaf. What most people view as a disadvantage, I see as an advantage.
I feel my way through life in my 1969 Ford Fairlane. The vibrations and speed sustain me, the race track is where I dominate.
I thought racing was all I needed to survive…but I was wrong.

*Presley*
Music is my life. I inhale the melody and breathe in the lyrics.
That was until I met someone that opened my eyes to a new culture. Who knew all it would take was silence for me to really experience music.

When Silence and sound collide it creates an explosion of the senses.

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Book Review: Enticing Daphne by Jessica Prince

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Title: Enticing Daphne
Author: Jessica Prince
Publication: January 10 2018
Pages: 255
Synopsis:

It’s easy to stop believing in happily ever afters when the man you thought you’d spend the rest of your life with abandons you right before your wedding day. After that disastrous event I decided that commitment was for suckers. I was young, successful, and in the prime of my life.

I didn’t need a man to make me happy.

Then an unexpected blast from the past came waltzing into my studio and decided I was a challenge he was more than willing to accept. The only problem is that he doesn’t remember he’s met me before.

He’s the ultimate playboy, determined to stop at nothing until he entices the hell out of me. But if Caleb McMannus thinks he can lure me in with his sinful looks and silver tongue, then he’s… probably right.

MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

An ARC was provided by the publicity team in exchange for an honest review.

I am seriously addicted to Jessica Prince’s writing. She’s able to write such amazing characters with wonderful backstories and passion. My god. The passion between her characters are palpable. I loved every single book in this series and Enticing Daphne was no exception. It was fun, hot, and it made me cry at the most unexpected times. I loved Caleb. He’s officially my new book boyfriend.

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Book Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

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Title: Zenith
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Publication: January 16th 2018
Pages: 512
Synopsis:

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I feel like I start a lot of my reviews with the saying, ‘where do I begin with *insert book title here*?’ but seriously. Where do you begin for a book that is 500 pages and filled with so many characters with backstories and the plot and the writing? First of all, let’s just get the rating over. It’s rated 4 out of 5 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I loved the description of the galaxy, the gang of characters, the plot, and basically anything inside the book. I had no major issues with anything. It was just an entertaining read. It’s wholesomely good.

Second of all, I’m going to be honest and tell you guys that 500 pages is a long story. It took a long time for me to finish because I normally take 2 days max to finish a book and factoring in my job, social life, and me just not feeling like reading, it took 5 days for me to finish. I got tired, guys. No matter how good the story was, it was taxing on me. It was like running a marathon and being winded by the final stretch and you’re just questioning yourself if you’re ever going to finish. The final stretch is all downhill too so it’s easy for you to finish because gravity is on your side (the plot was getting juicy so it was easy to finish is what i mean) but it’s just oh my god the book was thick. With that being said, I really suggest you guys to not binge read this book. Read something along with it so you don’t get bored or tired just like me.

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It’s Just a Job.

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2018 is a year of firsts for me.

It’s going to start off with me leaving my current position at the bank to move to a new position in a competing bank. It’s also going to be me uprooting from everything I am comfortable with. I mean, I only worked there 1 month short of a whole year but that was enough time to really make me fall in love with the company, my team, and dare I say it, my managers as well.

They’re not my colleagues but my family.

They’re friends that I would pain me deeply if I lost connection with them.

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