Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Review: Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: January 30, 2018
from Avon
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Source: I received a copy of this book and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout delivers the unforgettable story of a woman whose new life has just begun—but may end in murder... 

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent... her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia..."

My Thoughts:

JLA does it once again with Moonlight Sins! This is a very promising start to a new series and I am loving the feel of this series. It has such a gothic and slighty creepy feel at times but it is also so hot and sexy and of course has some snark thrown in. 

I loved Julia. I think what makes her shine most is her compassion. She clearly cares for her patients and the people around her and I think that is such an admirable character trait. She is thrown into a crazy and intense situation and she handles it well. And of course Lucian is basically walking and talking swoon. I absolutely adored him and his sense of humor. The banter between Lucian and Julia was so so great and their chemistry was off the charts.

And of course the other de Vincent brothers intrigued me to no end! Gabe seems like he can be quite the charmer and Dev... well there is a lot more I wanna know when it comes to Dev. This family is steeped in secrets and I cannot wait to peel back more of them in future books. 

Moonlight Sins is another great read from JLA. Her books never fail to captivate me with great characters and a great story and I know I am going to love this newest series from her. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

On My Shelf: Unseen Messages by: Pepper Winters

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 got this book back when I was still subscribed to the Bookworm Box. This book is HUGE! It also has rave reviews and I know this author is a favorite of so many. But I will admit that the length is daunting, normally I don't read romances that are so long.

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #253: Heart Of Iron by: Ashley Poston

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?" 

This book sounds ridiculously good!

Heart Of Iron will be released on February 27, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Review: Down By Contact (The Barons #2) by: Santino Hassell

Release Date: January 16, 2018
from InterMix
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…"

My Thoughts:

Down By Contact was a fantastic read and I absolutely loved this book. Simeon and Adrian are both fantastic characters and their chemistry was ridiculous. I adored this book from beginning to end and when I was done all I wanted was more. I could have read about these two forever.

Hate to love is one of my favorite tropes, but it’s also a really hard sell for me, but holy wow does Santino Hassell execute it perfectly. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read hate to love done as well as he did it in this series. Simeon and Adrian have such an intense relationship, both when they hate one another and when that hate turns to love. This book was so raw and gritty and I lost my damn mind over it. And I also LOVE how he portrays NYC. It is so authentic. I always nitpick books in NYC since I live there and it’s so hard to really capture the city, but Santino really nails it. Also the book is downright filthy and damn I wanted more.

I adored both Simeon and Adrian. I had already come to love Simeon in Illegal Contact, but I came to love him even more. He is such a charmer and is so much fun. And Adrian! That boy is so dramatic and I loved it. Their banter was fantastic and I love how they played off one another. The pacing of their relationship was perfect and I love how everything played out. Their story was filled with funny moments and heartbreaking moments and serious moments and dirty moments and I loved watching them work through their trials and tribulations, both together and alone. I also loved checking in with Gavin again because I forever love him and his cranky self.

Down By Contact was such a fantastic read and I need more from this world. This series is a new favorite of mine and I cannot recommend it enough.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Blog Tour: Keep Her Safe by: K.A. Tucker (Review)


by K.A. Tucker
Atria Books Paperback | On-sale: January 23, 2018 | 448 pages
ISBN: 9781501133404, $16.00
eBook: 9781501133428, $7.99

Release Date: January 23, 2018
from Atria Books

"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." BUY LINKS (US): Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | IndieBound | Apple | Blio | Google  BUY LINKS (UK): Apple | Amazon | Kobo | Google | Waterstones

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

Holy twists and turns Batman. Keep Her Safe kept me on my toes. This was an engaging and addictive read and K.A. Tucker did it again.

Keep Her Safe is the kind of book where all along it seems as if it’s going to be a relatively straight forward answer, until it slams you in the face and goes a way you never expected. The book made me audibly gasp and really took me by surprise. And even when I thought I had finally nailed everything down, the book smacked me in the face once again. I will admit that it took me a bit to get into, but once I got hooked there was no stopping me from finishing. And as I write this review super late at night, I don’t see myself regretting the loss of sleep tomorrow.

Noah and Gracie are both great characters and I loved that their romance wasn’t the main story, but a side story where the angst is left behind. It made me love them even more for finding something in such a crazy and unhappy situation. Noah is just a good guy and I adored him. It helps that he is super charming too. And Grace is just awesome. She is determined and headstrong and she will not back down.

This book is a bit different from the other K.A. Tucker books I’ve read, but I really liked this direction. It doesn’t give you that happy all neat and tidy with a bow ending, but a realistic one and I think that makes the book stronger. This book deals with some tough issues and it’s not always an easy read, but sometimes those are the best books.

Keep Her Safe was addictive and the ending really took me by surprise. It was a great plot with great characters and some romance to make you smile. It’s not one to miss.

About The Author:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls. | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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