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Thursday, July 31, 2014

At Graves' End (Night Huntress #3) by Jeaniene Frost

This was a real emotional ride!!! even though this is a re-read for me, and even though I kinda remember a lot of the details it was still hard to listen to.. I have to hand it to Cat she is one hellova woman. There is nothing she can't handle even if sometimes she does need a little encouragement. But prepared to be SHOCKED! 

In this book Cat has a one motherfucker strong enemy who is also aligned with Max (her father). Both of them wants her and Bones dead - permanently dead... In order to defeat this greater evil a very powerful alignment is made between Bones and Mencheres (even if at the time, Bones isn't sure what Mencheres end game is). Mencheres has his secrets, that for sure, but he was always a favorite in my eyes, even though he tend to act without explaining himself.. (can't wait for his book! chronologically it's after the forth Cat & Bones installment)

The Mistress (The Original Sinners #4) by Tiffany Reisz

Sadly, for me, this book has been a disappointment. This is the last book in the series, or, half the series since this is the "Red Years" and there are 4 books planned for the "White Years" relating to the time when Nora / Eleanor was younger. I haven't decided yet if I want to read it or not but we'll see.. Kind of strange reading "what happened before" when you already know exactly how it's all going to end..

We start the book with Nora being held by Kingsley's sister. At the moment it's quite obvious it's her.. I must say during the previous book I KNEW it was her for quite a long while though I WAS wondering how she faked her death.. (especially since it was an isolated area). This woman is REALLY fucked up.. and as the summary says it does sometimes feel like Scheherazade AKA Nora telling her kidnapper stories to keep herself alive...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) by Jeaniene Frost

Another action and fun packed Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance of our Cat & Bones. The last book ended with Cat and Bones being separated, but you didn't really think it would mean they are over now did you? It did take them time to find one another, in "real life" as well as in the book.

We start off with Cat being working in Don's operation for the past 4 years. No Bones in sight. But a non typical assignment by Don brings her to someone from Bone's past and through him she sort of send him a message bringing him closer to her than he has been able to get the past 4 years. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Prince (The Original Sinners #3) by Tiffany Reisz

WOW what a rush! I'm talking mainly about the ending which left me opened mouthed craving to get my hands on the next one. I couldn't even sleep properly I was keep finding myself half awake considering the options of whats REALLY going on but wasn't sure if all the information was played in the previous 3 books is enough. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Angel (The Original Sinners #2) by Tiffany Reisz

My friend Eleanor who recommended this series to me (yeah, I find it amusing as well :P) told me this series is a total mind fuck. Well, I'm not in the end YET but I think I would have said it a bit differently - "and the plot thickens....".

In the previous book we got to know Nora Sutherlin and also - to use her own words against her - the one who owns her heart - Wes and the one own everything else - Søren. Søren received an honor he didn't really want - an opportunity to be elected to a higher office. Well, he isn't there yet but he is considered to the part and lets just say that not wanting it is an understatement. Being in a higher office means he won't be able to spend his free time doing as he chooses especially not fucking his "little one" Eleanor (AKA Nora) who finally returned to him a year ago after 7 years apart (note - the book takes place a year after the previous book ends). Therefore Søren decides the best way to deal with this "problem" is while both she and Michael (whom he rescued from a suicide about two years ago and brought into the S&M world) wouldn't be there when the sharks comes to pray (to see if he is fit for the job). Not wanting to get the job is one thing, getting the truth about his extracurricular activities is entirely a different one! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

Though I recently read the last book in the series, I felt like re-listening to it from the beginning, reminding myself what I loved so much about it. I remembered this series got me hooked from the first second and both Cat and Bones became characters I wanted to visit and re-visit as long as possible (then came the spin off series of Vlad - Night Prince - and all I wanted is Vlad - more more more!!!).

When I started organizing this blog I realized most of the books in this series don't have reviews since I read them before I started monitoring my reading through GoodReads - too bad! really! Then when I made my Series Pages I decided that this series will be the first I re-visited so I can enjoy it all over again and also review it properly. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Siren (The Original Sinners #1) by Tiffany Reisz

Captivating. I think that's the best word to describe this book. Half pun intended :)

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but what I DIDN'T expect, is I won't be able to put it down for a second. That I would fight myself to keep on reading and not go to sleep just so I'll read another chapter and yet another. 

The story, the characters, the plot and all the missing bits and pieces keeps you utterly captivated. The writing was beautiful, had so many laugh out loud moments I could have highlighted half the book. Nora Sutherlin (AKA Eleanor Schreiber) the main character in this book was a joy to read. I do enjoy reading  a smart and feisty woman! She keeps all men (almost!) on their toes around her. That being said, Nora wasn't always who she is now, her past haunts her and as the story continues we learn about what and especially WHO she wants to keep in her past (or does she?).

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Daylight Again (Hell or High Water #3) by SE Jakes

This is the third installment in the series and IMO the least capturing. I did enjoy the building of the relationship between Prophet and Tom, I think that they have got to the best place for the both of them, putting the past and past's secrets behind and getting ready to live their lives together as a couple. There are even talks about the future, a domestic (less action) kinda future which was really sweet. I really wonder what would happen with Prophet, his eye condition and what sort of occupation he could have.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Harder (Caroline and West #2) by Robin York (Ruthie Knox)

This is the second (and last) installment in the Caroline and West "series". If you haven't read the first one - SHAME ON YOU! and you shouldn't read this review since it will only confuse you.. So start with "Deeper". After picking it up be sure to have the this one waiting by your side because there is NO WAY you are going to just finish the book feeling content with the way things ended... 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Back to You (Second Chances #1) by Leighton Rose

This has been a nice enough story. I got good recommendation on it from a friend.

The story starts with Taylor and Alex breaking up. They both love each other but their relationship somehow doesn't really work. They keep fighting. I don't know what they were fighting about since it wasn't mentioned but I guess since they were both quite young I can get it (round 21-22 years old). Alex is the one to break the relationship not wanting to get to the point were they break up while hating each other. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Marked by Midnight (Midnight Breed #11.5 - Mathias Rowan and Nova) by Lara Adrian

This one was a short novella telling us of Mathias Rowan (who used to work for the Darkhaven Enforcement agency and helped the Order) finding his Mate in the very colorful Nova. 

They meet when Mathias is helping an old friend with an investigation of a possible serial killer. His special ability brings him to the door step of the tattoo shop Nova works in. 

I really enjoyed seeing their "play" until they "got" to each other. Him being a stubborn white knight wanting to save the pretty woman, an she, a woman who can take care of herself and is in no need of such a knight (or so she says ;))

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2014 Goals

This month I have quite  a blend of books to read.

Harder (Caroline & West #2) ★★★★★ 
by Robin York
This is the second (and last) book in the series, the first been Deeper which I absolutely LOVED! no surprise there! I loved everything Robin wrote in the pan name Ruthie Knox, so naturally I utterly fell in love with this one as well. Yeah, it's going to break my heart but I can't help myself, I really can't..

by Lara Adrian
Another short novella in a series I really enjoy. Can't wait for the full novel though so this one is a fair teaser ;)

by SE Jakes
I planned on reading this book in the previous month with two other novels in the world of Hell or High Water but didn't find the time. Hope it'll be as good as "Free Falling" which was really a pleasure to read!

by Tiffany Reisz
I got a really good recommendation for this one and I postponed it FOREVER since I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but after reading Beyond and loving it (though I though I wouldn't :P) I really want to give it a (fair!) chance.

Back to You ★★★½
by Leighton Rose
Another recommendation from the same friend :) 

Need You Now (1001 Dark Nights)
by Lisa Renee Jones
Though I was disappointed with "Inside out" series I DID enjoy Lisa's other short stories. 

My bad! this novella will be published on the 28th of October 2014 (not this month as I thought...)

by Lynda Hilburn
I read a great review of this one and really felt like giving it a go! Just recently I've realized it's actually a series... so we'll see how it goes.. 

Fatal Shadows (Adrian English #1)
A Dangerous Thing (Adrian English #2)
by Josh Lanyon
I've heard this one is a good MM series so I'm giving it a go. Didn't plan for the next books in the series since I have SO MUCH books to read so I'll see what I'll do with the rest of them if they're as great as I've heard. 

This month I think the "better" greetings will be - GOOD LUCK :)

June 2014 Recap

Well, hello again! it's "the time of the month" so to speak and actually I feel reluctant to write since I haven't really been reading.. :/ and I think I was mostly disappointed of my reads so... 

I also didn't listen to audio books much, I had planned on listening to the Chronicles of Dragon Lance by Margaret Weiss and Tracey Hickman but I only finished the first one yesterday (I'll write the review in the next few days). I'm not adding this book to the list of this month since I want all three of them together. Yeah they are separated books but actually since it's one adventure I want to relate to all of them together (even if I review them apart)

June 2014 Goals

Favorite Book and Author of the Month: Hold On Tight by Serena Bell
I already raved about this one yesterday on my review. I'm putting this one in both the category of favorite book and favorite author since it surely deserve both! I've read everything Serena published - 3 short novellas and 3 pull books. The novella I REALLY enjoyed (and it's not that easy writing a good short story!) and out of the 3 full novels one was okay and the other two were a BLAST! I'm talking about this one (naturally) and Yours to Keep (which was my favorite book of the month in March). 
Just a few words about this book (though you can read it all in my review). I really enjoyed both main characters. I found them both to be strong and independent, while both having "their issues" I felt that they were inspiring in the way they each dealt with their problems. I loved that neither one needed rescuing though having one another was a blessing to both of them.

Disappointment of the Month: The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) 
By J.R. Ward
The King opened up my readings for June and sadly it was quite a disappointment. I knew I might have problems with this one since I'm not really invested in both the main characters but actually the problem was a lot in the plot didn't make sense to me or was played in a way I didn't appreciate. I guess it's hard coming to the 12th book in a series being able to invent as well as to follow the previous plot lines, previous ideas, but I guess, we, the readers are quite selfish we want what we want and have our own expectations of what we want to happen next.
As I've written in the review, though this one was a sort of fail for me I really would recommend this series to any Paranormal Romance lover and I will also not skip on reading the next ones. 

Discovery of the Month: Summer Rain Anthology 
(Alexandra Haughton/Audra North)
I feel kinda strange putting this book in here but what the hell :) thing is, I was really excited when I heard of this book. Mainly because it has a story by Ruthie Knox and by Charlotte Stein but also because I have a few more authors to try out. But except for Ruthie and Charlotte I only enjoyed two others.. Alexandra Haughton's "Storm Warning" and Audra North's "Fitting In". There is no such thing as a "waste of time" reading a book so I take from this one the things I liked, the stories I enjoyed and also two authors I'd like to follow. 

Fun Break of the Month: Free Falling by SE Jakes
Well, putting this book in this category is a little stretch since it's not that it was THAT funny, it's actually an action packed short novella. But I'm putting this one here because even though it was short I really enjoyed the ride. Enjoyed mostly Blue one of the main heroes. I also think this book should "own a slot" here since I didn't like the previous book I've read by SE Jakes - Dirty Deeds (my review) which is a spin off to "Hell of High Water" series which this one (Free Falling) is a part of (though it is a stand alone novella). So grabbing this one and enjoying the read somehow meant more after the disappointment.. I also wanted to read "Daylight Again" Jakes' third novel in "Hell of High Water" but didn't find the time so I postponed it to July. 

I didn't mention in the "Disappointment" section the "Inside Out" series by Lisa Renee Jones though I WAS disappointed with the series, well, with the first book. I had my hopes about this one, heard there's a lot of "vibe" about it but I didn't find it appealing. So even though I meant to read the whole series this month I didn't finish the first one.. (my review). 

So that's it for June. I really hope that FINALLY I'll return to reading as I've planned. It's not about the accomplishment its about the peace of mind and enjoyment I have from reading and I truly miss it. So here for reading amazing stories! Cheers!

Hold on Tight (Returning Home #1) [Mira & Jake] by Serena Bell

This book was simply AMAZING. I don't even know how to write this down so you'll get it - it's just a beautiful read. I loved the two main characters, appreciated both of them for being who they are and how they are, for being inspiring for me, for being strong each in his/her own way and for finding each other and completing the circle bringing them to a place of happiness they just couldn't have had before.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Free Falling by SE Jakes

It's strange.. as much as I didn't like the previous book I've read by SE Jakes (Dirty Deeds) I REALLY enjoyed this one. I felt I could really see Mick and Blue's relationship building even it wasn't in a very "orthodox" kinda way.. I  loved getting to know both of them. I think about half of the book at least was building the relationship (and having A LOT of sex!) and them WHAM BAMM crazy action I couldn't put my kindle down and yet we ended in a peaceful and happy note. I also loved that we had the aggressive moments as well as the more tender ones. I did find myself almost with tears at one scene (then the action took me right out of the moment! wooooosh!)

This was a full story told in not that long book (~120 pages) which was great. Usually it's insta-love, mind blowing sex and not a lot of plot. Here we had it all!