Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Cartel" by Lili St. Germain



CARTEL BY LILI ST. GERMAIN

SERIES: Cartel #1
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: Dark Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
How much is a life worth? I grew up in Colombia, the daughter of a drug lord. Until one day a drug run went horribly wrong and everything came crashing down around me. I was given away. A payment for a debt. I paid for my father's mistakes with my freedom. The Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club became my new owners and I did everything I could to survive. But falling in love with the man who owned me wasn't part of the plan...

MY REVIEW

Lili St. Germain is an author who has been recommended to me more than once, but it was just when "Cartel" came my way that the irresistible pull everyone was talking about truly kicked in. So glad it did!

You can't classify Dornan as a hero or think of him as the guy you would fall for, but you can't deny he's really captivating either. If Mariana was confused about her desire for her captor, so was I. With who he is and what he does, how can you not find yourself compelled by him? Simple, Lili St. Germain has got some special skills when portraying bad guys. Those you're suppose to hate? You're definitely going to despise. The ones the author wants you to be confused about? You're going to debate who needs therapy the most, you or them. Everyone is broken—although for different reasons—and the world you read here is full of violence and blood that can undoubtedly disturb you at times, but damn if it makes for a suspenseful and exciting story.

Dark, gritty and intense, three words that guarantee you a hell of a ride! I'm still thinking about it, and I'm impatiently waiting for the next instalment to come out...

RATING: 4/5

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Out of the Bright" by Jules Hedger



OUT OF THE BRIGHT BY JULES HEDGER

SERIES: Reign and Ruin #2
PUBLISHER: This Thistle Press
GENRE: NA Fantasy
SOURCE: ARC received from the author

SUMMARY
Cirrus wears the crown. Nightmares are behaving strangely. And in the hidden corners of the Middle Canvas there are secrets far more dangerous than demons. Gun. Politics. The Riders. Maggie is the Daughter of Palet—weapon of the rebellion—but the Reign Walk is not easily forgotten. When given the opportunity to join the fight, she throws herself where even Lucan isn’t able to follow. She is back. She has returned. And Cirrus knows he can never let her out of his sight again. But in the new household of the king, whispers spread like spark over tinder. Is Maggie a spy or a lover? Or can she be both and still accept his darkness, his dreams and his soul?

MY REVIEW

The Reign Walk is over and—although it didn't go as expected for our heroine—Maggie is with the Riders, so how could things possibly get worse? One thing the world of Palet taught us is that safety is overrated and nightmares are always on the horizon...

It's never only black or white in Palet, there's not a simple way to discern between good and bad, and you may very well struggle to just love or hate a character. It's with this inner battle that you keep turning page after page, and it's with passion and excitement that you ask yourself: who the bloody hell is the real villain? I dare you to stick with one answer through the end. Same challenge applies to the beautiful duo: the King or the Rebel? I know the majority is with Lucan, but I believe this instalment gives the readers the chance to see Cirrus under a different lightoh boy!—and perhaps helps Maggie to clear some of her own doubts... Can she do that before the mission she's on goes too far?

Darker than the first instalment, this book makes for a wonderful read also thanks to Jules Hedger's writing, which is kind of poetic and quite unique. I'm in love with the fantasy world she has created, the characters she has portrayed and the mystery and unexpected turn of events you can be sure to find every time. After the last chapter, I can barely stand to know what's next!

RATING: 4.5/5

Friday, March 20, 2015

Life of a Blogger: Nature

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: NATURE

You could say I'm mostly an indoor person since I love spending time at home reading, crafting, organising and basically do anything creative. Yet, I really enjoy some outdoor time, which certainly gives me quite the inspiration...

I showed you a few pics of the lake close to where I live in more than one occasion, so here's a little collage of a few shots I've taken during one of my walks in the Peterborough Cathedral's Gardens. Indeed, the Cathedral here has much to offer and the nature all around is gorgeous, don't you agree? :)

I LOVE taking pictures and I'm lucky enough to live in a place that offers you beautiful subjects to focus on, so how could I not have lots of fun every time I go outside? Cheers to more walks and explorations!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Yours Tonight" by Joya Ryan



YOURS TONIGHT BY JOYA RYAN

SERIES: Reign #1
PUBLISHER: Piatkus Entice
GENRE: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher via NetGalley

SUMMARY
Jack Powell's confidence is matched only by his intensity. The darkness in him comes from years of secrets and memories he'd rather forget. Lana has an exotic innocence that draws him in and Jack wants a taste of her. She's a light in the darkness of his world - and she needs help, which he agrees to. Lana gives up her control, letting Jack take her body however he needs, while she works her way into his heart. But Jack's past catches up to them and Lana finds herself wrapped up in a scheme that will expose every secret she's worked so hard to keep. She clung to Jack once when her world was crashing down, but this time, she loves him. She'll continue to reach for him - her only fear is if he'll reach back, or go on his way, taking her soul with him...

MY REVIEW

I didn't know Joya Ryan and her books until this title came my way, and now I can't wait for more! Fast, sexy and intriguing, "Yours Tonight" was definitely a surprising book I'm delighted to have read.

The writing is fantastic, the author made me feel lots of emotions and drew me into the story completely. I loved the background, the characters, the chemistry and the smiles/smirks/grins and everything in between the read put on my face. But if I'm into this book so much is also because of the mystery that definitely spiced up the events. Not that Jack doesn't do that enough. In fact, he hooked me from the beginning just with a question, one that the reader encounters often during the read and one which ends up having the same effect... Fancy some chills running on your skin? Let him ask the question! Although, be aware that there's another 'player' who could have a few moves for you to not underestimate...

I really recommend the read to the ones into this genre. I'm sincerely pleased and—especially after a final chapter like the one in here—I'm already counting the minutes that separate me from the next instalment!

RATING: 4.5/5
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This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Piatkus.

Monday, March 16, 2015

"More Than Music" by Elizabeth Briggs



MORE THAN MUSIC BY ELIZABETH BRIGGS

SERIES: Chasing the Dream #1
PUBLISHER: Elizabeth Briggs Books
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the author via NetGalley

SUMMARY
Music major Maddie Taylor seems to have her life all figured out. She's just finished her junior year of college, has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, and plans to go to grad school to write movie scores. Only her roommates know she practices guitar every night and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don't get to be rock stars. Tattooed singer Jared Cross has a new girl every week, but when he catches Maddie playing one of his songs, she attracts his attention in an unexpected way. His band needs a fourth member for The Sound, a reality TV show competition—and he wants her. Though Maddie refuses to be another notch on Jared's bedpost, she agrees to risk everything for the chance to be a rock star. Once on the show, Maddie discovers there's more to Jared behind his flirty smile, and with each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore. When the show pressures Jared to flaunt his player image, they're forced to keep their relationship secret, but Maddie can't help but want something real. As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

MY REVIEW

After reading the prequel, I was left with a big desire to see how things would develop with the band. Alright, what I needed the most perhaps was to find out everything possible about Jared, but this book offered much more than that, and now Villain Complex has officially a new fan!

I admit I've never been into reality TV shows much and I rarely watch them, but I had a blast reading about the one in here. Briggs gave such a vivid description of the 'game' and its dynamics that I couldn't help but being invested in the story. I cheered, cried and exulted with the main characters at every contest, and I was awestruck by their passion, which also played its explosive part in Jared and Maddie's relationship. I really loved their chemistry and how it developed into something deeper, but the reality certainly put some obstacles to their happiness... Of course, mistakes and misunderstandings just spiced up the read even more and the result was an unputdownable book!

With its geeky references (a favourite of mine!), lots of great music to accompany the journey and believable, great characters, "More Than Music" is a pleasure to read. Well done, Elizabeth Briggs!

RATING: 4/5
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