Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Review: Midnight Target (Killer Instincts #8) by: Elle Kennedy

Release Date: April 25, 2017
from Berkley
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a review.
"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Score and Midnight Revenge...

Four years ago, Cate’s entire life changed when she discovered she was the daughter of a supersoldier. But Jim Morgan’s overprotectiveness has pushed her away. These days, she’s working as a freelance photographer and living the dangerous life Jim never wanted for her.

When Cate snaps a photo linking a corrupt South American politician with the leader of a notorious drug cartel, her mercenary father leads a team to rescue her—only to get shot and critically wounded in the process.

As Morgan’s operatives rally together on a revenge mission, they’re faced with new alliances and old heartaches. Cate is forced to work with David “Ash” Ashton, the man who broke her heart two years ago, while Liam Macgregor and Sullivan Port resurface after years apart to finally try to deal with everything they’d left unsaid.

Soon it’s all-out war between the cartel and the mercenaries—with two couples caught in the middle of the blood feud. Love and redemption are within their reach...but first they have to make it home alive."

My Thoughts:

Midnight Target was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and this book met every single one of my expectations. I absolutely loved this book and it is one of my favorites of the series. This book delivered everything I have come to love about this series.

Cate and Ash had fantastic chemistry and I adored them together. Cate has become such a formidable force and I adored her. She is strong and feisty and takes no crap from anyone. And Ash is just sex on a stick. He is so easy to fall for and I loved him. These two together were incredible and I loved their dynamic.

But let’s be honest here… Sully and Liam are the ones who stole the show. Their story has been building for what feels like forever and it was so wonderful to see it all finally come to a head. I absolutely adore those two and they ripped my heart to shreds. The tension between them is ridiculous and I just love them. These two have been my favorites for a while and I was so glad to finally see their story come to a close. It broke my heart in the process but it was wonderful.

Midnight Target was great in that it brought the whole gang back together. Almost everyone makes an appearance and I loved catching up with everyone. I have loved this series and I loved seeing everyone again. Elle Kennedy has created such a great cast of characters and I am so sad to have to say goodbye.

As always, the suspense delivered with Midnight Target. There was action and drama and fighting and risks and I ate it all up. The stakes are as high as ever and she did not hold back with this one. I always love how Elle balances the suspense with romance because she does it perfectly.

Midnight Target was a fantastic read and I loved every single second of it. This is a series I know I will read again and again.

Friday, April 21, 2017

On My Shelf: Tumble & Fall by: Alexandra Coutts

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I won this book a while ago at a book signing. It sounds good but the reviews for this one are not so good. Since the overall consensus is not so good, I'm curious to see what some of my fellow bloggers thought of this one.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Review: The Dead List by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: April 25, 2017
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"It's Ella's senior year of high school and she and her best friend Linds plan to make it the best year ever. At Brock Cochran's end of summer pool party, the girls vow to have as much fun as possible before they head off to different colleges next fall. But when Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from the party, everything changes. Ella's carefree senior year plans disintegrate as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation.

Ella tries to move on, but her attacker isn't done yet. He shows himself in the form of horrifying signs and symbols: a clown mask strewn on her bed, a dead bird in her backpack, a shadow moving past her window in the night. And as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn't the only one being tormented.

With the help of an old flame, Jensen Carver, and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can't seem to shake the feeling that there's a dark pattern hidden in the killer's every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder who she can trust."

My Thoughts:

The Dead List is a suspense filled read that keeps you guessing. It is dark and twisty and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Readers who enjoyed JLA’s Don’t Look Back and Till Death are sure to enjoy this one. The Dead List perfectly combines suspense with the swoon.

Ella is a great heroine and what she deals with is so rough. I really admired Ella for how she handled it all. She kept trying to live her life and not let anything stop her and that is something to really admire. Then we have Jensen, and let’s be honest, we all knew I was going to love Jensen. JLA seriously writes the best guys and Jensen was no exception. He is funny and sweet and clearly cares for Ella and I loved it. And I also loved how clear he was about what he wanted. No mixed signals or hot and cold messages, because let’s be honest Ella did not need that on top of everything else she had going on.

The Dead List is a fun read, even though the clown stuff haunts my nightmares. I had a great time reading along and trying to guess who the killer was. I changed my mind so many times. I was right at one point, but I was never confident enough in my guess so the book kept me on my toes.

The Dead List was a twisty read that will keep you guessing throughout. As always, JLA delivered with this book.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Recent Reads: All The Feels

Recent Reads is feature I recently started on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds fulls of feels.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mini Review: Teaching Willow: Session Three by: Paige James

Release Date: April 21, 2014

"It started with waking up in a strange place.

It ended with everything that I thought I knew coming into question.

Now, I’m watching love turn into hate, bend turn into break and lies turn into truth that hurts worse than the deception ever did.

Such is my life, The Wicked World of Willow Masters."

My Thoughts:

Session Three is the game changer of the series. This is the one where things come to light and we are finally getting some answers. But with those answers comes a ton more problems. I feel terrible for Willow because the people in her life suck. They really truly do. I can’t entirely blame her parents for their reaction in the past, but I can blame them now and blame them I do. This session makes it clear that there is much more going against Willow and Ebon than we originally thought. These books are not for everyone, because there is some stuff that may make some uncomfortable and certain things may cross a line, but I’m just eating it all up.

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