Archive | February 2018

Enterrador by Ambere Sabo–Review

Entebook1023[18283]This was such a unique book.  I find it’s uncommon to read about the anti-hero and get their background story.  I loved this perspective, knowing the end before reading about the past. It allowed us to see how the ‘Enterrador’ persona was born, because there was a man, Adan, before there was an Enterrador.

The Silent Sons series, is listed as standalone novels. However, Enterrador has been brought up in the earlier books. This book gives a nice, concise explanation of who Adan/Enterrador is, where he came from and a small glimpse into where he is going. Who truly is/was the man behind the monster.

My head is so confused though. It’s telling me, ‘he’s the villain and shouldn’t be liked’, however, my heart is a bitch and has a different mind of its own. She’s telling me, ‘how can you really hate him after reading what he’s been through’. The thing is, I don’t know if I can ‘hate’ him after this. I felt so many emotions for him, that I fear when it comes to the next Silent Sons book (book 3, Lilly, Gunner and Enterrador), I may actually like him. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still rooting for Lilly and Gunner, but it will be interesting to read book 3 with this newfound (semi) appreciation for the villain.

As usual with Ambere Sabo’s books, this was well written with wonderfully in-depth and complex characters. The story of Adan and Alex was so full of emotions and ups and downs. Happiness, sorrow, pain, love, absolute joy, along with a multitude of bad decisions and darkness all encompass this Silent Sons novella.

Ambere’s books continue to get better and I can’t wait for more!!

 

Playmaker by LP Dover–Review

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Despite being the third book in this series, Playmaker can be read as a standalone book. I have read the other books in this series and was anxiously awaiting Maddox’s story.

Let me preface this by saying, I LOVE Maddox, but between him and Lacey, I just wanted to smack them upside their heads. I’m getting ahead of myself here, let me give you a quick synopsis.

Two years prior, Lacey and Maddox are in Las Vegas and have a good time together. That time spent together led them to a Las Vegas chapel where they got married, however, next morning Lacey has ghosted on him leaving absolutely NOTHING behind. During this time, Lacey is waiting to finish med school. Maddox, however, has hired a private investigator to see if he can find his wife, ‘Paige’. He gets his hands on a copy of the wedding certificate and sees who he truly married. Fast forward to eleven months from the present when they are both together in the same room for a function and neither approaches the other. Misunderstandings and immature actions are done which led them to present time which is Callie and Dallas’s wedding.

While reading I just sat their yelling at them through the screen, so wanted to smack them upside their heads and scream out of frustration, which I did. I felt for Maddox as he was trying to do everything right to get his wife back. Did he do some immature things, yes, but he realized it was wrong to do. Lacey, though, I loved her, but completely hated her. She was so wishy-washy and back and forth with Maddox, that I don’t know how he was able to maintain his sanity. Their chemistry and connection was fierce and fiery, if only they could get over some of their issues.

I am a huge fan of LP Dover and this series, but I just wasn’t completely feeling it like I did with the other books. As I’ve said, I love Maddox, but Lacey just seemed to have to many insecurities that made her slightly neurotic and unable to trust Maddox. All in all, though it was a good book and there was HEA.

Secret Lucidity by E.K. Blair–Review

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I think it’s fair to say at this point, that it’s known I have a SERIOUSLY INTENSE secret love with the student-teacher relationship trope. (It in no way is related to the fact that I come from a long line of teachers in my family😉). E.K. Blair wrote an incredibly thought-provoking, insanely emotional (be prepared to have copious amounts of tissue nearby), heart-wrenching book, that is full of emotional turmoil and upheaval.

Cam is a seventeen-year-old girl who is thrust into adulthood too early in life. Yes, she is seventeen, almost a senior and off to college soon, but literally everything changes in the blink of an eye. While taking on the weight of the world on her shoulders, she hasn’t been able to fully grieve her situation and doesn’t know how to deal with all the inner pain that she is feeling. Unfortunately, this leads her down the only path that she has found to experience relief. The depression, hurt, pain and feelings of being unloved just roll of the pages with Cam.

For some inexplicable reason, she feels an immense draw towards her swim coach/English Lit teacher, David Andrews. They are both grieving and can tell that the other truly does understand where they are coming from and what they are going through. This immediate chemistry, doesn’t mean this is a quick to the point relationship. This is a slow burn relationship with speed bumps.

Even though I love this type of genre, there can be some books that leave me wanting or feeling yucky when it comes to an underage heroine. SL WAS NOT that type of book. I was feeling everything that Cam was, including the phases of her relationship with David. Complete perfection! Where I had a hard time, reading was on how Cam dealt with all these negative emotions/situations in her life.  I just felt for her and wanted to say, ‘No, you don’t have to do that’. Alas, she did and it was heart-wrenching to read her struggle with this. (Sorry, but I kept this rather vague so you also get to develop and acknowledge all she’s going through as it happens.)

“You were always the one thing that felt like home to me, and even though I found a way to exist without you, a part of me has always been lost–.”

Let’s talk about Cam and David. Oh my gosh, they have a story like no other and I was LOVING it. ❤ The love that they experience was very true and sweet. Yes, there were some hot and fiery times, but overall, they had developed themselves as one unit. They had to go through some extremely difficult times as well as overcome a big age gap. Personally, I didn’t have a problem with an age gap as big as it was. I have personal experience with a couple that has a big age gap (not me) and it doesn’t bother me. I guess you could say I’m immune to it. On a side note: I will say, that some books with couples of the same gap were annoying and unbelievable, so I think it all depends on the author and character situations. In this situation, Cam is older than her years and David is younger than his. Both are extremely deep characters with some experience under their belts in terms of life situations.

“A part of me wanted to die before you came along. My world was so dark, and then there you were, and I swear to God, David, you saved me. You opened me up and showed me a love I felt so undeserving of, but you gave it to me anyway.”

E.K. Blair wrote an emotional story that hits hard and doesn’t leave any punches. She took me on a wild ride that dealt with some extremely tough topics. This was a ride that I was happy to experience and didn’t want to get off. I was left hanging for a few days that left me in limbo while I processed my thoughts. A truly worthwhile read.

“I’d crawl beneath his ribs if I could. Press my lips into the tissue of his heart. Swim in the narrow of his bones. I’d give him the very same if he asked for it. I’d cleave myself open for him, force him to take all of me, because that’s all I crave—to be his—only his, because in my soul, he’s mine.”

 

Gods and Monsters by Saffron Kent–Review

cover.jpgFirst of all, look at this gorgeous cover. This is a true representation of Abel (Hero).

Saffron Kent is a new to me author, but I was pleasantly surprised with this debut author and book (at least to me). Gods & Monsters is considered an ‘unconventional’ coming of age book. It encompasses Evie and Abel as they traverse young adulthood from age 12-19 (Evie) and 14-21 (Abel). They are two people who feel an immediate connection with each other, but are unsure what these feelings mean and what to do about them. They need to battle many different issues in their tiny town of Prophetstown, Iowa to grow this childhood romance into real life romance and love.

Saffron did a phenomenal job of entwining the story of Adam and Eve as it relates to Evie, Abel and the families of their tiny town. Prophetstown is very backwards and set in their ways. Ms. Kent didn’t hold any punches when she decided to talk about some heavy topics. These include: Nature vs nurture, social stigma, the right to love, religion influence, as well as when the parent comes from an authoritarian mindset using negative reinforcements of behaviors that they don’t feel are right. Nature vs nurture is examined throughout Gods & Monsters. Is the child a product of their environment or is the environment a product of the child? Simply said, is the child formed from the environment or from the parents?

As with some cities/small towns, there are always gossips and folklore/tales that are being spread among the gossips and different generations.

“There are two things that define this town: our church, the tallest and oldest building, and the legend. The legend of David Adams and Delilah Evans.”

Evangeline Elizabeth Hart is a longtime resident. Even at the age of 12 she is a free spirit. She tries to ‘fit in’ with her surroundings, but she has always been a tad different. She loves her father with her whole heart and even though her mom is strict, she still respects her (since that is what every good little girl/boy should do).  Her favorite place in the whole world is her treehouse. Her father built it and painted it for her. It’s her little sanctuary from the world when her mom is having a bad day or the busybodies of the town are gossiping and interfering in her life too much.

One day, she and her best friend, Sky, are returning from the treehouse when they notice a truck pulling up into the only other house on their road across the street. Peter Adams is the first to get out. Peter, although he is nice to Evie, he is well disliked from the community, because of his last name. Next, the passenger door opens and out steps,

“’A tall boy with loose and wrinkled clothes.’…’His hair’s all messy, touching his eyebrows. It flickers in the wind that suddenly seems to have picked up. It’s blond.’…’a dirty sort of blond.’”

Evie is called into the house by her mother as this point, but just before going inside she turns around.

“I turn back and find him standing at the same spot. He’s only an outline from here. An outline with golden hair and black t-shirt, and a backpack against the orange sky.”

Poor Abel is an orphan at age fourteen and is taken in by his Uncle Peter Adams. As mentioned earlier, the Adams name is a blemish on the pristine Prophetstown society. Imagine yourself at fourteen, going to live with a relative who really doesn’t want you, but takes you in anyway. You are in a town that despises you, because of your last name and who your parents were. The one redeeming thing is that the first thing you see is a blonde haired, blue eyed girl in a dress with dusty legs and feet, whose hair is loose and tumbling, blowing all over the place. Yep, our dear Abel was hooked. Big problem though is her mother (like the rest of the town) hate him and instruct the little girl to not talk, look or engage him in anyway. Somehow, they find each other at the treehouse and the rest is history.

Remember that legend of David and Delilah? The legend goes that David and Delilah fall in love and get pregnant. The town was going to separate both by locking them up and sending them away. They took it upon themselves to create their own future and run away together. Big deal, right? Wrong, you see Delilah was David and Peter’s first cousin. Due to all the bias’s and stigma’s in the town, this was considered immoral and sick.

“And that baby? People called it an abomination. The devil’s spawn. They said only monsters could be created from a love like David and Delilah’s.”

Fast forward fifteen years…that baby has returned home. You need to read this book to see if history repeats itself? Does Evie and Abel become those scorned from society or do they change society?

Overall, this was a FANTASTIC book. The middle section took me on a journey that I didn’t see coming. Let’s just say that it took their relationship on a completely different trajectory that I was expecting. Despite this, I still loved her writing style, character interaction’s and depth of the characters. Gods and Monsters is a little on the long side, but pacing and storyline were well executed. Saffron Kent has earned a continued reader in me and I can’t wait to read about Sky (possibly).

“Our kind of love. A love that is the stuff of legend. A love that people will write stories about years after we’re gone.”

Favorite quotes:

“Abel Adams is not a god. He’s not a monster, either. He’s human. He is what others made him.”

“He was a boy who loved, with everything that he was.”

 “The minute you turn eighteen, I’m picking you up, throwing you over my shoulder and driving you down to the nearest courthouse so you can say I do.”

“’One day I’m gonna kiss you in front of the whole world and if they don’t like it then f@ck them.’ I read the frustration in his tone, the suppressed anger, and it hurts my heart. No none should be made to hide their love. No one. It’s too pure, too beautiful to ever keep hidden. I caress his pulsing jaw. ‘Okay. Kiss me at our wedding, then. In front of the whole world,’”

5 stars

5 “Treehouse Fun” stars

Daemonium by Katie H. Weill–New Release

New Release: Daemonium by Katie H. Weill


Daemonium – Veneficus: The End


Published: 2/22/18

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Cover Artist: Dark City Designs

Publisher: Satin & Stone Publications


Lucas Cale turns 18 in a few weeks—as long as he can make it through detention, groundings and the undeniable feeling he is being watched. His parents are unreasonably demanding, his sister is wild, and his temper isn’t winning him any friends as he is dropped into the government-mandated class, “The History of Witches.”
They are real, he’s been told. They are powerful, and evil—yet Lucas doesn’t care. There has never been a witch sighting on record in their one-horse town.
But that was another life, flooding back like a nightmare as he is driven into his past, and bound to a future spiraling out of control.
When history is no longer left behind, he’ll be forced to choose between the man he was and the demon he has become—or face the howling darkness awaiting his return.

Drawn back into a world of hidden covens and regulated magic, he may learn that the difference between love and loss is the devil you know.

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EXCERPT:

Claudia was aware she was sleeping as she watched her shortened brown hair, slightly kinky and sucked of healthy color, float around her face in the lack of gravity, but it didn’t stop her teeth from chattering.
Which way was up? She questioned, as she forced her limbs to move, joints crackling, popping as a thin layer of ice shed from her skin, floating away in the black that surrounded her. Which way was down? She tried to swim her arms at her sides, to maneuver her body so she could look around and was met with nothing but the void.
Shadows danced, one blacker than the next, their darkness bounding the chasm in which she was trapped, extending in every direction as far as she could see. There was no noise, not even the sound of her heartbeat now in the deafening silence, but she felt the howling hollowness, felt the isolation begin to stir panic inside her.
And her necklace? The source of her power, the midnight tourmaline that had been her comfort, her confidence, had abandoned her.
“Hello?” Claudia spoke, and no sound left her mouth. Her arms ached as she brought her palms in against her ears, pressing them in and releasing so she could feel a slight suction. More ice crackled from her skin, but she couldn’t hear it.
“Hello!” This time she felt her vocal cords strain as she screamed the word, the air leaving her lungs in an explosion of her growing dread.
And there was nothing but silence.
 
 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Katie
H. Weill is the descendant of a witch – descendant of Ann Pudeator, a wealthy woman in her seventies who did nothing but care for others, and one of the last women accused and executed in Salem, Massachusetts. Katie was inspired by the hard fought findings of her Aunt to create a story that started with a sprinkle of history and unraveled a tale from there. With her husband and her rescued dog at her side she is enthralled by the idea of creating new stories and worlds and looks forward to sharing them with the world. Ann Pudeator was exonerated in 1957 by the Massachusetts General Court of all charges.

 

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New Release–Reckless by Lex Martin

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Title: Reckless

Author: Lex Martin

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Photo: Perrywinkle Photography

 Release Date: February 20, 2018

 

Blurb

Tori…

For the record, I’m
not going to hook up with my boss.

I’m a lot of
things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be
near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow,
which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.

I don’t want to be
tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or
the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won’t get the key to my
heart, no matter how much I want him.

Ethan…

Between us, she’s
the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce.

What sane man trying
to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles,
and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn’t notice.

My focus is on my
kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to
mine. It doesn’t matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my
life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can’t have and shouldn’t
want, no matter how much I crave her.

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Author Bio

Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa
angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When
she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.
She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl,
and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all
over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin
daughters.

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Reckless by Lex Martin–Review

75e61-reckless2bebook2bcoverFour words for you: One click this NOW!! Lex Martin is a new to me author, but I’m extremely happy that I found her. I was unaware of her previous book, Shameless, that was about Tori’s sister. Being that this book is in a series, my not reading the first one, didn’t matter as this could be read as a standalone.

Tori is a twenty-three year old UT college student. She is spunky, young, fun, lovable and considered the outcast/black sheep/loner of the family. She is not the picture-perfect student and more concerned with partying and having fun. She thought she had a wonderful boyfriend, Jamie. However, she has experienced an extremely horrible experience with love and Jamie not being who he says he is. This affected her life greatly with the biggest being that she is now a college dropout after failing her classes her senior year. She has decided to go on a ‘man free’ diet for a year and try to get her head on straight. Kat, Tori’s sister, is extremely pregnant and lives about 40 minutes outside of Austin. She tells Tori the news that she is considered a ‘high risk pregnancy’ and approaches her with a job as a live-in nanny to their neighbor.

Ethan is a phenomenally caring and loving man who truly does have the world on his shoulders (luckily, he’s got some great shoulders😉). He is going through an extremely god-awful divorce to a shrew of a woman. He is trying to co-parent with her, but she, unfortunately, doesn’t want anything to do with them and ignores them, unless it benefits her. So, Ethan, is busy raising his kids by being mom & dad, keeping the family farm afloat, take care of his mom and younger brother, Logan. He feels pulled extremely thin and when Logan approached him with Tori as a live-in nanny, he is reluctant, but slowly acknowledges he needs help. Let’s just say, these two created sparks and friction from their first meeting and not necessarily good ones. Luckily, the children love Tori and even Ethan notices that they need some normalcy in their life and if Tori can give it to them, he will take the sacrifice of not necessarily getting along.

Considering their backgrounds with love and the opposite sex, both are guarded and reluctant to expose themselves to the other not to mention even entertaining the idea of a relationship. There is also the little matter that technically Ethan is her boss and she doesn’t want to get involved in a boss-employee relationship. Despite all this, sparks are developed over time and they realize they are attracted to each other. Ethan and Tori have many obstacles they need to encounter before they can think about a HEA.

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I flipping loved these two together. I loved Tori’s spunk and sassiness. I loved seeing her grow from beginning to end. She turned out to be an extremely strong character. Ethan, oh Ethan, who in their right mind would leave him. Hello, with his shaggy dirty blond hair, sun-kissed skin, muscles for miles, extreme love for each of his children and in my mind an extremely sexy southern drawl. Seriously, who would leave him? His children were FREAKING adorable. Yes, they are five and two, but they had some serious personality and character. Lex Martin wrote these two children perfectly (especially the daughter) in regard to how young children are affected and how observant they are during divorce. Beautiful and sad at the same time.

“Pretty sure the people next to us hear my ovaries explode and splat on the floor.”

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I, wholeheartedly, approve of this book. I love every aspect of this book. Seriously, click don’t sample, this book.

Secretly, I am crossing my fingers and toes for a book about Logan and possibly Joey🤞!!! Here is a little taste of Logan’s humor and personality.

“‘You know, some girls don’t consider anal to be sex.’ This is why every father in a twenty-mile radius locks up his daughter when Logan Carter’s around.”