Friday, January 20, 2017

On My Shelf: Asunder by: Jodi Meadows

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 actually can't believe I haven't read this book yet because I absolutely loved Incarnate. This cover is stunning and I adore these characters and this world. I also need my answers! 

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Review: Heart & Soul (Lost & Found #5) by: Nicole Williams

Release Date: June 15, 2015
Goodreads | Amazon

"Love is what makes us. It’s also what breaks us.

If this is true, Rowen just became the proverbial wrecking ball to Jesse’s life.

Upon discovering Rowen is pregnant after taking every precaution to ensure otherwise due to a life-threatening heart condition, Jesse is forced to face too many harsh realities and they send him into a desperate, dark place. To consider the possibility that he might lose his wife and unborn child is too much for Jesse to bear.

The situation is out of his control, so he gloms on to the few things he can control. Like noting Rowen’s every move, or dialing the doctor whenever her face goes a shade pale, or even acknowledging the fact he’d be willing to make a deal with the devil in exchange for his wife’s and child’s lives. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do or give or sacrifice to keep them from harm.

But what happens when the devil takes that deal Jesse struck, and the tables turn? A life for a life. A soul for a soul. A heart for a heart. His life for theirs.

Love is what makes us. It’s also what breaks us.

Love’s made Jesse and Rowen. Love’s about to break them too."

My Thoughts:

Rowen and Jesse are one of my all-time favorite couples, so you’re probably wondering why I didn’t pick this book up immediately. I put this book off for over a year because I was terrified of it. I mean that blurb made me so nervous and I knew I was in for a bumpy ride with this one. I am so glad I finally made myself read this one though because I truly adore Jesse and Rowen.

Jesse Walker is such a great guy and he hurt my heart in this one. Poor Jesse does not deal with the pregnancy news well because he worries for Rowen and the baby. Jesse has always been a worrier, but he went a bit crazy here. He loves Rowen so much and my heart hurt for him as he navigated this new terrain. He was constantly worried he would lose Rowen and the baby at any minute.

I also loved seeing how much Rowen has grown as a character. She has come so far from Lost & Found but is still the same in so many ways. She is still the tough girl we first met, but she has also learned to open up now. She and Jesse together are my favorite and their banter is fantastic.

The characters who stole the show though were Garth and Josie. Every time they busted up into a scene they took control of it. I love this Garth and he had me cracking up nonstop. One scene in particular with him yelling and a hospital was probably my favorite. And Josie is always her wonderful self, so she was just great.

Heart & Soul delivered the emotional punch I expected and I’m so glad I finally made time for this book. Rowen and Jesse still remain one of my all-time favorite couples and I loved this extra story we got for them.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #213: The Black Witch by: Laurie Forest

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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"A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining. 

So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War. Now a new evil is on the horizon, and her granddaughter, Elloren, is believed to be Carnissa’s heir—but while she is the absolute image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above nearly all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren is eager to join her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University and finally embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the University, which admits all manner of peoples—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of her people—is an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch." 

This sounds so amazing and I neeeeeeed it!

The Black Witch will be released on May 2, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: Midnight Games (Killer Instincts #3) by: Elle Kennedy

Release Date: August 6, 2013
from Signet
Goodreads | Amazon

"She wears a thousand deadly identities. He sees through them all.

A master of disguise, Isabel Roma spends her life pretending to be other women. Normally, her emotions are reined in tight—but sexy mercenary Trevor Callaghan has a knack for getting under her skin. The elite operative’s quiet strength and raw magnetism affect her in ways she’s never felt before, a distraction that can quickly turn deadly in their dangerous line of work.

After putting his tragic past behind him, Trevor is ready to focus on his future—and he damn well intends for Isabel to be in it. When their entire operation is thrown into chaos, Trevor enlists Isabel’s talent for deception. And as they attempt to save their team in a world where the stakes are high and the danger is grave, Trevor must convince Isabel that the woman beneath all the disguises is the one worth having..."

My Thoughts:

Ahhhhh this book! I love this series as a whole, but this one is definitely one of my favorites. Probably only second to Midnight Captive. Isabel and Trevor are sooooo awesome together. I’ve been dying for their story and they did not disappoint.

I don’t even know who I want to talk about first because I loved both Isabel and Trevor. I’ll start with Isabel I guess because she is an awesome badass. I loved her and her ability to transform herself is incredibly cool. And Trevor is just OMG made of swoon. I freakin adored Trevor. I loved how strong he was and that he was also a badass. I loved how he pulled Isabel out of her shell. Their dynamic together was wonderful and their banter was great. These two meshed together so well and their chemistry was insane.

As always with this series, the action was intense and non-stop. Sometimes I think I love the suspense aspect even more than the romance. But the romance is wonderful too. It is the perfect blend. If you are a romantic suspense fan and you haven’t read this series you have got to get on that. The tension was crazy and it kept me guessing. The twist at the end caught me off guard and I loved it.

We also have the wonderful secondary characters. Sully and Liam are of course my favorites. Both of them had me cracking up. I just love what they bring to this cast of characters. It was awesome seeing Abby and Kane again. Abby with her puppies made me smile. And gahhh Ethan! His and Juliet’s story is gonna be fantastic, because shocker, I love Juliet too. And oh man Sean was here this time and I nearly lost my damn mind. For those of you who don’t know, I started this series with Midnight Captive and absolutely fell head over heels for Sean and that hasn’t changed. The one I struggle with though is Noelle. There are tough heroines and then there is Noelle. That girl has a story to tell and I’m both terrified and excited for it.

Midnight Games was an insane read and I absolutely loved it. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this one, but I’m glad I finally did because Trevor and Isabel are awesome. I can’t recommend this series enough.

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