Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#65)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


This week's pick: ACE OF SHADES by Amanda Foody
Expected publication: April 10th, 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, March 16, 2018

"A Hunger Like No Other" by Kresley Cole


SERIES: Immortals After Dark #2
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
SOURCE: Gifted

After enduring years of torture by the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the soulmate he's waited millennia for his half vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy sets out to uncover the truth about her parents, but when the powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction that sates her own dark cravings. Ethereal half Valkyre/half vampire Emmaline somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within Lachlain, but when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces their desire must deepen into a binding love that can give the warrior peace, and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be...


This book had been sitting on my shelf for years, it came highly recommended but I could never seem to find the proper time to pick it up. So, when I finally cleared my schedule a bit, I went after it and started the read quite eagerly! However, that eagerness faded soon...

I'm with the minority here, I know I am, but this book didn't do the job for me. The creatures in the world Cole created have good potential, but their behaviours and banters just felt off and sometimes made me seriously roll my eyes. That applies to ALL of them, not just Emmaline and Lachlain, who didn't make me swoon or even get that angry for what matters—although girls, we'd have the rights to throw him a punch or ten. I failed to see the chemistry, or to feel for anyone, and that's what really bothered me. And if there were a few episodes I thought would finally get me on track, in the end they weren't enough to keep my hopes up.

It pains me to say it, but it was a disappointment. A shame, really, I was really looking forward to immersing myself in a world many pictured so greatly, unfortunately it just didn't feel right to me.


Monday, March 12, 2018

"To Kill a Kingdom" by Alexandra Christo


SERIES: Stand-alone
PUBLISHER: Hot Key Books
GENRE: YA Dark Fantasy
SOURCE: NetGalley

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


I've shocked myself. It's kind of unsettling to admit this, but I kid you not when I say it's been years since I rated a book five stars. Who has been a reviewer for as long as me perhaps can get the personal struggle to find that little more, the unexpected, or just a particular something that makes you say a book is perfect. Well, I'm pleased to say I found my treasure.

This debut novel is absolutely brilliant! From the moment I read the very first line, I was captivated and honestly wasn't able to put the book down. Made no mistake though, it's not "The Little Mermaid" re-telling you would expect, it's far more than that. In fact, it's a completely different and darker twisted tale. I.Love.That. The plot is original, the world building is done skilfully—major kudos especially since it's a stand-alone novel—the characters are witty and interesting, and the romance is... not a typical romance. But then, Lira is not a classic siren and Elian is more of a pirate than a prince, so they are always on guard, and with a slow building trust going on the reader gets to connect with both. Also, one of the most fascinating things to me? I had 'My Jolly Sailor Bold' song from "Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides" playing in my head during the whole read. THAT made the whole story creepier and, if possible, even more magical.

With mesmerizing legends and lethal creatures invading your mind, and a strong desire To Kill a Kingdom pumping your heart hard and fast, this is a read you don't wanna miss. Alexandra Christo managed remarkably well to turn a fairy-tale into a nightmare, and then a nightmare into a dream.


Tuesday, March 06, 2018

"Sin with Me" by J.A. Huss and Johnathan McClain


SERIES: Original Sin #1
PUBLISHER: Science Future Press
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
SOURCE: Authors
LINKS: Goodreads

Two broken people in a city fueled by sin. Maddie isn’t looking to be saved. She knows the only person you can count on is yourself. Her moral compass might not point true North these days—but at least she’s still standing. The Military taught Tyler about loyalty. Being there for your brothers is the only thing that matters—but when it mattered most, he wasn’t. She’s got a ticket straight to Hell. He’s already been there and back. She needs to win. He just needs to stop fighting. Some sins scar your soul so deeply, you’ll never be the same. But this Devil in disguise might just be the angel he needs to forgive himself.


I'm fascinated by book collaborations, and why wouldn't I be? We get to read a powerful story plotted by not just one, but two great minds. Sometimes we already had the pleasure to read something by one or both authors, and others we discover them for the very first time. Whichever way we look at it, it's a win, right?

Then a sexy contemporary romance written by J.A. Huss and Johnathan McClain comes your way, and suddenly your mind doesn't know how to process a proper thought anymore. Mostly because it's speaking in Tyler's voice. I'm trying to raise my right eyebrow. I'm laughing out loud at inner monologues. I'm fired up. I'm still trying to freaking raise my right eyebrow. Is that fuc— messed up? Perhaps, but to me it's quite beautiful and the reason is pretty simple, it means the characters are real. Yes, I used the plural because the story is told in double pov, which works brilliantly well even when they switch in a matter of sentences. In fact, I found that a unique touch and what kept me on edge most of the time. Of course, there are other factors playing that and, although I suspected something along the road, I did not see the way it would backfire...

I strongly invite you to Sin with Me—but mostly Tyler, really—and let Huss & McClain drag you into a wondrous whirl of twisted desires and broken souls that will just make you beg for more.


Friday, March 02, 2018

FairyLoot February Unboxing: Twisted Tales

Let me tell you a tale called FairyLoot unboxing!

Last time I did this, it was this past Summer with my June unboxing, and I think we all agree I showed quite the strong will by refraining myself from purchasing a box until now. Of course, you guys didn't see me cry and hide in a dark of corner eating cookies and reading sad stories to match my mood, but it's not like I'm gonna tell you all th— Oh shoot! . . . Moving on, let's talk about February's theme: TWISTED TALES.

Once upon a time, in a blog in the UK . . .

Monday, February 26, 2018

"The Duchess Deal" by Tessa Dare


SERIES: Girl Meets Duke #1
PUBLISHER: Mills & Boon
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: NetGalley

‘I am a Duke. I’m not asking you to marry me. I am offering to marry you. It’s a different thing entirely.’
When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heirwhich means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, he decides on the spot that she'll do.
His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars. 
- Last, and most importantly… Once she's pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.
But Emma is no pushover. She has secrets and some rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she's seen the man beneath the scars, he can't stop her from falling in love…
When a girl meets a Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…


If you ever wondered how Beauty and the Beast would play in a historical romance novel—with no fantasy elements at all—stop tormenting yourself and go grab this book. You won't just get your answer, you also won't stop smiling even after you finished the read!

"The Duchess Deal" is such an enchanting book that I found myself finishing it in a matter of hours. From the very first page it seems things go quite fast, but the story has that fairy-tale halo all around that just works with this kind of pace, and it didn't bother me a bit. Of course, all the amazing, funny banters, and the sexual tension quickly escalating in blazing nights together are what keep your nose in their business the book. The deal these two strike turns to be a challenge for them both, making them face issues they have with themselves, especially the Duke of Ashbury. Now, who doesn't love a scarred hero? And who wouldn't want to come to his rescue? Fair warning, when you meet THIS Duke, your heart will be the one that needs saving...

Amusing, seductive and dreamy, a totally recommended book for lovers of this genre. Do not hesitate and simply let Tessa Dare tell you a story, her characters will take it from there and do the rest!

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