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Release Day for Heir Of Thunder by Karissa Laurel With Excerpt

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Happy Book Birthday to Karissa Laurel's for Heir Of Thunder.

To celebrate with her we will have a great excerpt from the book. We also will have info and buy links for the book.It will be available in paperback later this year, but for now you can purchase it on Amazon kindle.

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The Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie’s ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Continent, but they’re separated when a brutal storm washes Evie overboard.

In her efforts to reunite with her protector and reach allies on the Continent, Evie befriends a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. She also confronts a cabal of dark Magicians plotting to use her powers to create a new divine being, and she clashes with an ancient family who insists her birthright belongs to them. If she’s to prevail and defeat her enemies, Evie must claim her heritage, embrace her dominion over the sky, and define what it means to be Heir of Thunder.

 

 

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A rumble of thunder woke me. I shifted under my quilts, turned towards my window, and searched the sky for clouds. Storms always made me smile; made me feel a little less lonely. Black clouds, lightning, and rain reminded me of better times, when thunder was a regular event in our household. My father used to make the loveliest thunder—more like percussion in a heavenly orchestra than cannonade and ordnance. I had never mustered the necessary energy to expulse that kind of force. My attempts always sounded more like the blast of a large pop gun. Another report rippled through the air, but it sounded wrong this time—a little too sharp and cold for something as organic as thunder. A third, angry blast proved the source was nothing harmonious with nature. The clamor had a cadence, a rhythm, and when I slid out of bed, the vibrations from it quaked through the stones under my feet. Boom! “1... 2... 3... 4....” I counted off a half-minute and—Boom!—another explosion. I counted a half minute again, which concluded with another detonation. My bedroom door flew open, and Gerda rushed in still wearing her rumpled nightgown. The braid she wore for sleeping had slackened during the night, and stiff rust-colored curls sprang around her face. Fear and worry crackled from her like static from a wool blanket. “Evie, my dear, you’ve got to get dressed.” She pulled me to my feet and yanked my sleeping gown over my head. “What’s going on?” I asked. “Gideon was just at my door. He told me have you out to the stables as quickly as possible.” “Did he say why?” “He did not, but I won’t be the one to contradict him. The look on his face was murderous.” “How is that different from any other day?” Boom! Gerda didn’t laugh, and that worried me more than the persistent racket. “What in the world is making all that noise?” I asked. “I haven’t had the time to look, but whatever it is, it can’t be good.” “I figured out that much for myself,” I said under my breath. If she heard me, she chose to ignore it and tossed me a pair of wide-legged trousers disguised as a skirt. I slipped them on while she scurried to unearth my boots. “I take it we’re not using the carriage?” “Gideon said you would be riding.” “What about you?” Gerda backed out of my wardrobe, wide rump first, and turned to face me. A stern expression hardened her face as she clamped her hands to her hips, and in a sharp tone said, “You are our main concern, Evie. Let’s get you safely away, and then I’ll worry about myself.” “Safely away from what?” Boom! Glass shattered in a room somewhere below us and the whole house shuddered. “From whatever is making that horrible clatter. Quit asking questions and get dressed!” Gerda rarely lost her temper, especially not with me. Her abnormal temperament stirred me into action. I wrestled a high-collared blouse over my head, buckled on a wide belt, buttoned up a short suede waistcoat, and laced up my favorite riding boots. She shoved me onto a stool beside my vanity and yanked my hair, forcing it into a tight braid. “Your hair’s straight as a stick and slick as a snake. I can never seem to weave it into a proper plait, even when I have plenty of time and my hands aren’t shaking.” “Forget it. I’ll twist it up like usual.” I reached back to take over the familiar routine, but Gerda smacked my hands away. “No, I’ve almost got it.” She grunted once and yanked again. I winced but had the sense to keep my protests to myself. “There.” She retrieved a ribbon from one of her ubiquitous pockets, wrapped it around the end of the braid, and double-tied the knot for reinforcement. “I don’t want any of it coming loose while you ride.” I reached back and patted the careful arrangement. “Thank you, Gerda. Now, you get dressed and we’ll go.” “No!” She stomped a stubby foot. “Gideon was clear. He only wants you. You must go. Now.” Another explosion rocked the floor, and Gerda stumbled against the wardrobe. She leaned on the heavy piece of furniture until she regained her footing. The house shook and groaned as something structural gave way. Yells and shouts carried up from the lower floors. “Are you going to meet us?” I asked. My heart raced, dancing a flittering beat. “Do you know where we’re going?” “I don’t, but Gideon will take good care of you.” Tears welled in my eyes, but the steely look on her face kept them from falling. “What will you do?” “I’m going to get dressed and gather up Stephen and our boys. We’ll be out the door a short bit after you.” “Then why can’t you go with me?” “Now’s not the time for whining, Evelyn. Be a good girl. Do as I say.” She used the same mother-hen tactics she had employed when I’d proved to be a tempestuous child. It set the proper tone to rouse me from my panic. “Hug me,” I said. “I’ll miss you.” She threw her thick arms round me and pressed me into her abundant bosom. “I’ll miss you too, my girl.” I inhaled her scent—a mixture of all the herbs in her garden, and especially comfrey, her favorite cure-all. She squeezed me again and broke away. “Gideon will keep you safe, if you’ll listen to him and not let your impetuousness get in his way.” She gathered my raw silk cloak from its hook by the door and tossed it at me. I snapped it from the air and swirled it over my shoulders. When the cloak caught a beam of sunlight streaming from the window, the fabric shimmered with rainbow swirls like a soap bubble. “Go now. Hurry.” Gerda yelled her final command over the screaming of tortured metal, as if a giant-toothed creature had bitten into the soul of the house. I hugged her again and dashed out the door. In the hallway, several of the house’s other occupants hurried past me in various states of dress. Tolick, the all-purpose houseboy, ran toward the stairwell. He had managed to button on his trousers but had neglected to remove his nightcap. On the bottom floor, I turned for the kitchen. The cooks had abandoned their breakfast preparations. A large porridge pot bubbled over on the stove, and thick strips of bacon burned on a griddle. A babble of excited voices drifted in from distant corridors, but no one came my way as I scurried toward the rear door of the kitchen. Beyond the exit, my route led me through Gerda’s garden, a sanctuary of herbs and vegetables protected by a stone wall enclosure rising high overhead. Thick vines of ivy and budding wisteria climbed the tops of those barriers. She would need to prune them soon, but we were all running, fleeing these familiar walls. Would we return before the ivy took over? Would the house survive long enough for it to matter? I ran past the garden’s iron gates and my breath puffed in thin, vaporous spurts. Spring had arrived less than two weeks ago, and the mornings still lingered in the recent days of winter. I pulled up my hood and wrapped my cloak tighter around me as a shield against the cold. At that moment, I could have turned around for an unobstructed view of my house, but that would have meant witnessing its destruction. The house cried to me, but what relief could I offer? A feeling of helplessness settled in my gut like curdled milk. Father would have known what to do, but I was merely his daughter, his masterwork left incomplete by an untimely death. I hacked a derisive cough at that thought. As if death ever comes at an appropriate time. Curiosity overrode my fear. I slowed, stopped, and turned on my heel. As I wheeled around and looked up, my heart plummeted to my feet. The house stood ablaze, smoke billowing from several of the first floor windows. Its wooden floors and beamed ceilings would surely feed the flames and turn the billows into a monstrosity of acrid, black plumes. The exterior might survive the fire—an ancestor had constructed Fallstaff from large granite blocks that had withstood tide and time for hundreds of years—but it wouldn’t survive the volley of explosive fodder from the trebuchet now installed on the front lawn. One of my father’s war manuals showed illustrations of that vicious machine, but I had never seen one in reality. Someone with a brain for engineering had rigged this one with a system of levers, pulleys, and gears. A steam engine automated its processes, and every few seconds a conveyer belt fed another iron missile into a waiting bucket attached to a long wooden arm. From this distance, the trebuchet looked like an assemblage of toothpicks and hungry metal teeth, yet its ammunition tore holes through Fallstaff’s stone and mortar like a moth devours a wool sweater. A group of men stood around its base, guarding the machine with rifles and crossbows. No one tried to engage them or fight back, as all were too concerned with escape. From that distance, they appeared as little more than stick figures. I stepped closer in hopes of recognizing their uniforms or gear. “Evie, what are you doing?” Gideon’s unmistakable bellow interrupted my thoughts. My father’s young horse master waited at the gate of the small paddock beside the stables, clutching two reins in his fist. One leather line led to his giant black stallion, Gespenst—a Dreutchish name meaning specter, or ghost. The other tether led to my horse, Nonnie, a gray-coated mare with a dappled rump. “Gideon, what’s happening?” I jogged toward him. Something exploded behind me, and the aftershock sent me stumbling, but Gideon’s free hand shot out and latched around my elbow. I locked eyes on his stoic face and refused to look back. “This is no time for an explanation,” he said. “Mount up, we’re riding south.” He tossed My horse’s reins in my direction and slid onto Gespenst’s back with an ease that demonstrated his familiarity with the saddle. Nonnie snorted and rolled her eyes, announcing her displeasure over the noise and brusque treatment she had inevitably received from Gideon as he’d arranged her tack. Nonnie and I managed most of our adventures on nothing more than wild oats and a few apples lifted from the larder. This journey would undoubtedly last longer than any we had taken in all our years together, and she must have felt some of the same trepidation as I. She stomped an eager hoof as I mounted, and when I nudged her forward, she fell into a canter behind Gideon and his horse. Gespenst bore saddlebags stuffed to the brim. The tip of Gideon’s compact repeating crossbow, Sephonie, poked from the edge of the flap. I thought of my own crossbow, which I’d never felt a need to name, and wondered if it had made its way into Nonnie’s packs. Gideon could take a stag from horseback with one shot; I could shoot a slow moving rabbit... if I had time to focus and plenty of solid footing. I had no idea where we’d go, but at least we wouldn’t starve on our way there.

 

 

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Karissa and Bonnie

 

Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky named Bonnie. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between. Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin. When it snows, you'll find her on the slopes.

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Say it Louder (Tattoo Thief) (Volume 4) - Heidi Joy Tretheway

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

Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

  

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Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father - the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner - are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

 

 

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I was going to take a break from reading anything paranormal for a while. But then the lovely Yodamom dropped this gem in my lap.

I figured I at least check it out and read the first few chapters, but I couldn’t stop reading it and before I knew it I was hooked on Cat and Bones. Hooked on the funny, yet very deep and emotional story of them, the past they have lived or the live they have been dealt.

I have no idea how I have not read this series yet and how I kept missing it, but I’m glad I finally been introduced to this world.

I really enjoyed this story, I loved the characters and their background. It has tons of action, is suspenseful and very funny, but also plenty of sexy moments. I thought it was a prefect mix of romance and action. Neither took away from the other and the romance fit in nicely into the story.  

Loved Cat and her backstory, even she had been dealt a shitty hand in live, she still has plenty of humor and sarcasm left in her. She is super strong and nothing will bring her down, once she made up her mind. Nothing and nobody can change it either, well in most cases. Bones of course is an exception. There are certain things explained to she came about, but there are also many more question about her. I can’t wait to learn more about her, her past and future.

Sometime I felt sad for her and other times I wanted to smack her.

Bones, well I liked him from the start. He is very deadly and yet has a gentle heart and knew very early what he wanted and was not afraid to show it. He also is very funny and can kick butt like no other. He is one hell of an alpha male. I really liked his backstory, while sad it was also very interesting and made me like him so much more. Also that he will not back down.

We also meet some other supernatural groups, ghost and ghouls. I wonder if we get to meet more as the series continues or if it be more centered around the vampires. 

Overall, I loved this book and looking forward to book 2. I most likely will not take a break from the supernatural as of right now lol .

I rate it 4★

 

 

Some of my favorite quotes

 

“We're going to knock those demons out and slay them with the power of Jesus. Hallelujah, can I get an amen?

 

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“You! You tricked me! I never want to see you or that bottle of liquid arsenic again!”

I chucked the empty moonshine jug at him. Or tried to. It missed him by a dozen feet.

He picked it up in astonishment. “You drank the whole bloody thing? You were only supposed to have a few sips!”

“Did you say that? Did you?” He reached me just as I felt the ground tip. “Didn’t say anything. I’ve got those names, so that’s all that matters, but you men…you’re all alike. Alive, dead, undead—all perverts! I had a drunken pervert in my pants! Do you know how unsanitary that is?”

Bones held me upright. I would have protested, but I couldn’t remember how to. “What are you saying?”

“Winston poltergeisted my panties, that’s what!” I announced with a loud hiccup.

“Why, you scurvy, lecherous spook!” Bones yelled in the direction of the cemetery. “If my pipes still worked, I’d go right back there and piss on your grave!”

 

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“Charles,” Bones said distinctly. “You’d better have a splendid explanation for her being on top of you.”

The black-haired vampire rose to his feet as soon as I jumped off, brushing the dirt off his clothes.

“Believe me, mate, I’ve never enjoyed a woman astride me less. I came out to say hello, and this she-devil blinded me by flinging rocks in my eyes. Then she vigorously attempted to split my skull before threatening to impale me with silver if I so much as even

twitched! It’s been a few years since I’ve been to America, but I daresay the method of greeting a person has changed

dramatically!”

 

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“Lucifer’s bouncing balls, Kitten, not again!

You’re not a woman, you’re the Grim Reaper with red hair!

Come on, Kitten, let’s go. Before you murder someone else.

 

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Blog Tour Stop for The Hazards of the Old Ones by Ren Garcia with Interview and Giveaway

 

Today’s post is for Ren Garcia’s The Hazards of the Old One . We will have info about the books and author. A great interview with Ren. As well as a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

 

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Life ends, new life is born. Everything balances.

When Carahil, an Elemental Spirit, witnesses the destruction of an entire world, he’s faced with the ultimate question: how far is he willing to go to save it? Carahil will gather friends-like Lord and Countess Blanchefort, renowned Fleet Captain and ex-Black Hat, to help. He’ll destroy lives, like that of Captain Davage’s best friend and first officer, Lt. Kilos, who is made to quit her job aboard the Seeker and go into the dreaded Hazards of the Old Ones: a place where only she can stand. Carahil will also search out disreputable sources like the scalawag Duke of Oyln, who has something malicious and wailing locked away in his dungeon. To make matters worse, hidden forces threaten to destroy everyone Carahil needs to help him. Ominous messages from nowhere, surprise visits, phantom people and taunting voices complicate matters. However, the most dangerous threat to this mission could be Carahil himself, who faces demonic transformation for getting involved and may upset the cosmic Scales of the Universe in a bad way. Carahil, though struggling to achieve a greater good, might be the cause of a horrific tragedy instead.

Hell awaits should he fail.

 

 

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Tell us about your writing - What genre do you prefer to write? What books, stories, other publications that you've written are your personal favorites? Anything new coming up?

 

I write science fiction/fantasy books. Very low on the science, very high on the fantasy. I have a giant-sized imagination that’s extruded from my brain like a slushie at the gas station, and such a genre is well-suited for me. I don’t think I have a personal favorite, I’m happy with them all. Essentially, I write stories that I like to read. I’m fairly minimalist when it comes to floral descriptions, I’ve been taught plot is king, and I’m a really good plotter. The next book in the series is Book 10: The House of Bloodstein: Perlamum, followed by The House of Bloodstein: Mentralysis. I’m very excited for this series. It should be a lot of fun.

What gets your creative juices going? Do you write to a music, and do you want to share your playlist?

 

I love writing at night--that usually gets my juices flowing. When I listen to music, I usually listen to darker, more depressing sort of tunes. One of my usual soundtracks is “Bella Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus and the soundtrack to the Fear Effect.

 

What about you as a person? What do you do to relax? Favorite movies or tv shows? Hobbies?

I have all sorts of interests. I love caving, I love crawling in the deep unseen places. I also love wandering through huge, craggy buildings like hospitals and old hotels. I really can’t say what my favorite film would be--I have many that I love, and the list changes all the time. My current favorite TV show is “Vikings” on the History Channel though I also like “Longmire” on Netflicks as well.

What color would you wear if you had only one choice?

 

Red and Gray (I’m a Buckeye fan)

 

 

 

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Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative “League of Elder” book series is published by Loconeal Publishing.

 

 

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A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire - Amanda Bouchet

 

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Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

 

 

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First of I received this book as a gift from a good friend because she knew how bad I wanted to read it. 

THANK YOU !!!!!

 

 

This book was by far one of my favorite books this year so far. It was the perfect mix of all the things I love in books.

Greek mythology, suspense, action, lots of snarky humor and of course romance, hot steamy romance at that.

We have Cat a powerful and snarky woman on the run not only from her past but her prophecy as well. We learn a lot from her, and her very painful and dark past but we are left with so much more to learn about her. Even as the books ends you know that there a ton more to Cat . She is strong but also very vulnerable. It was fun to read as she slowly but surely falls for Griffon. But also a bit frustrating as she denies the feeling to him and a bit to herself. But she has good reason to do it. She wants to protect him and his friends and later family.

As was also fun to see her slowly warm up to all of them and feeling like she belongs. Of course she can’t resist Griffon for long but that doesn’t mean she agrees with him. They argue most of the time and it is the funniest thing to watch them.

It is clear very early on in the book that she has some powerful allies that are gods on her side why or who is yet to be discovered. But she also a huge enemy after her.

Up to the end and even then we are not really sure who or what CAT is, only a pretty good idea.

Griffon…. Oh wow also one of my new favorite alpha males. Super funny, super Alpha with a heart of gold. I love that he just keeps putting up with Cat’s shenanigans. He is always honest and tells her how it is … or how it will be. He will not falter under her but at the same time he would give her the world. 

He is also a good match to Cat when it comes to sarcasm and humor.  He knows there is much more to Cat and keeps trying for her to open up to him.

But Griffon has some tricks to him as well besides he brute strength and good looks.

I also loved his team, they are a big part of the story and of Cat and Griffon. They just fit really well.

Overall, great, great book!!!

Great word building, awesome characters and very well written and balanced story that leaves you wanting more.

I cannot believe I have to wait till January to read the second book, which I already pre-ordered.

If you are a fan of romance and fantasy I highly recommend this book.

I rate it a full 5 ★

 

 

 

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Happiness is a strange, frightening, fragile feeling when you're not used to it.”

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“I conquered a kingdom and found a treasure." His voice turns gravelly, low. "I won't let you go. Not now. Not ever.”

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“I dread this power he has over me. It makes me want to tell him all my secrets and see if he still wants me.”

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“Make a decision, and don't turn back."

"What if it's wrong?"

"I don't know." He winks at me over his shoulder. "It's never happened.”

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That’s what I am, not who I am.”

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These people actually like each other? What kind of family is this?

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July 2016 Reads

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Arctic Dawn by Karissa Laurel

 

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Alone and exhausted after her month-long sojourn as a shooting star, Solina Mundy flees to southern California to lie low, recuperate, and plot a survival strategy. The one person she trusts to watch her back is her best friend, Skyla Ramirez. But Skyla has been missing for weeks.

The arrival of a dangerous stranger and the discovery of a legendary weapon of mass destruction forces Solina out of hiding and back into the fight for her life. Solina knows she won’t last long on her own. She must find out what happened to Skyla and unite her contentious allies if she hopes to track down this devastating weapon before her enemies use it to burn the world to ash...

 

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Undone, Volume 1 by Callie Harper

 

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Take one bad boy rock god. Mix slowly with one wholesome librarian. Add a dash of paparazzi, a twist of scandal, and you won’t believe how good this dish tastes.

Ash It’s pretty easy being a rock god. Party. Perform. P*ssy. Repeat. I’m 26 and it’s worked for me for years. Until I was caught ripping out the heart of America’s Sweetheart in a video gone viral. Now #HatePlayerAsh is trending on Twitter, she’s writing a song about how much I suck and I’m in desperate need image rehab, fast. Good thing paparazzi chased me into that library. Had I not ducked under that desk I never would have found myself next to the long, sexy legs and disapproving gaze of Anika Ivanov. In my world of use and get used, she’s a unicorn. A kind, 24-year-old, hard-working, family-oriented children’s librarian. My agent agrees, she’s the one to set everything right. All she needs to do is fake a month-long public romance, let the world see me fall hard for her, then dump me in a brutal, public display. It’s genius. Now I just have to convince her to agree. And convince myself that the only reason I want to spend the month with her is to improve my image. It’s not her full, luscious lips or her soft, seductive laugh or those fantasies I keep having of tying her down to my bed as I make her quiver and pant and call out my name.

Ana Ash Black. In my library. Under my desk. It’s hard to believe it happened. I’ve listened to his voice so many times, my favorite soundtrack as I walk the streets of New York. My secret bad boy crush, the smoldering, shirtless star of the tabloids, all muscles and tattoos. Then one day he shows up and kisses me in my break room. What’s even crazier is how he wants me to spend the next month. At his shows in L.A., San Francisco and Vegas, candlelight dinners in New York and Paris. He wants the world to believe he’s fallen in love. With me. I’ve got to say no. He’s a walking disaster with a dirty mouth and wicked hands that melt my panties right off of me. This month would take everything in my well-ordered, neat little life and shake it up like a snowglobe. Then why am I so tempted to say yes?

NOTE: Undone is a three-volume hot adult romance. It’s the second story in the Beg for It series about the dominant, alpha males in Ash’s family and the strong, sexy women who make them finally meet their match.

 

 

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Destroy Me by Shana Vanterpool

 

Destroy Me

 

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Bach lives his life with honesty and without restraints, happy to be known as a sexy as all hell, unapologetic asshole.

When he drinks, he drinks hard.

When he wants a woman, he makes sure she knows it.

When he opens his mouth, it’s either to piss someone off or to turn someone on.

You can normally find him with one hand on a bottle and one hand on a woman, trying to forget his past.

Harley Evans is a twenty-one-year-old year old college student. She’s a good girl who fell hard for Dylan, who’d promised her forever. But Dylan, Bach’s best buddy, lied.

He enlisted in the Army, crushing Harley with equal parts anger and sadness. She’d already lost her father to that choice. Heartbroken, she falls back into depression.

Stuck in Crystal Gulf all summer with little to do, Harley needs a distraction. Enter Bach, sexy as f*#ck distraction, ready and willing.

Dylan’s not all bad though. Before he left, he asked Bach to watch out for Harley, knowing she’d never go for a guy like Bach. She’s too good for him. Too good for anyone.

But Dylan was wrong. He never should have left them together. Bach is there to pick up the pieces Dylan left behind. Soon pieces aren’t enough. He wants more, needs more Harley.

 

 

 

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Trust Me by Lacey Black

 

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After all of the devastating betrayals by the one she loved, Twenty-two year old Avery Stevens has spent three years raising her daughter alone, with her family and best friend as a support system, never leaving her small hometown of Rivers Edge, Missouri. Though Rivers Edge holds the pain of her past, it also holds the one person she wants but can’t have – her brother’s best friend, Maddox Jackson. When she learns the attraction might not be one-sided, will Avery be able to trust Maddox with the one thing she’s held onto tightly for the past few years?

Police officer Maddox Jackson is a ladies’ man with one foot out the door. Never planning to settle down, Maddox fights the attraction he feels for his best friend’s little sister, Avery. But can he continue to fight it when his body and his heart are leading him to the one woman he shouldn’t want?

When secrets are finally exposed, can Avery and Maddox trust each other enough to overcome the past, handle the present, and preserve their future? Can Avery trust Maddox with her heart? Will Maddox be able to convince Avery to take the chance?

 

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Fight Me by Lacey Black

 

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Jake Stevens has it made. A local police officer with an open invitation to any number of beds around town, Jake has no desire to settle down with any of the ladies he entertains by night. After watching his best friend fall in love with his little sister, Jake is certain that love and marriage just aren’t in his cards. Heck, he’s not even playing with the same deck.

After Jake encounters a blast from the past one night, he finds himself swimming in uncharted waters. For the first time, Jake has found a woman he can’t get out of his mind. The kicker? The woman wants nothing to do with him.

Erin Anderson returns to the small Missouri town of Rivers Edge for a job after a twenty year absence. Erin spent years loathing the memory of Jake Stevens for his cruelness back in seventh grade. Now, Jake appears to be the same self-centered player he was in junior high, and no one seems to be able to push her button the way the cocky, yet devastatingly handsome cop does.

Between circumstances that keep thrusting them together and Jake’s persistence to annoy her, Erin struggles to fight her growing feelings for Jake. But, can Erin get past the hurt she felt all those years ago at the hands of a young Jake? Can Jake show Erin that what they have is worth fighting for?

 

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August 2016 Reads

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Hello everyone. 

I know it has been a while since I posted my monthly round-up ,but I really needed a break. 

I started reviewing and promoting books and author for fun and because I love reading and sharing my love with others out there. But started getting out of hand and taking a good chunk out of my day to post everything or get stuff ready. It started to not be fun anymore. So since it was just time for summer I decided to take a break and decide and maybe decide if I want to continue this site and BookLikes . But as you can tell I'm back . 

I might not post as much as I used to before( staring this month) but I still will be around. I just don't want to get overwhelmed again like before and lose my love for books and reading. 

While I might have not been online as much I still was reading and reviewing. I even stuck to my 5 books a month limit :D  

Anyways, over the next few days I will try to catch up and post the missing monthly round-ups. I will just post them and leave them there for you without much of anything :) 

August was a good month , I got a couple ARCs read and finally got to read Torn by JLA , which by the way rocked . One of the ARCs was Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews and of course it was such a great read, I couldn't get enough of. 

I hope all of you are doing great and had a great summer and lots of good books ....... And thank you again for all you support it means the world to me  :) 

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Royal Obsession by Megan Maldonado

 

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FIRE KINGDOM—CARMELLA & DEREK

Everything comes with a price…

For Carmella Woods, daughter of the prestigious and highly favored Lord Woods, feeling caged is no novelty. Her entire life has been designed in the hopes to make her fit, to adapt to what her parents perceive as respectable, honorable. Not doing so has high, unthinkable consequences. Consequences she has faced in the past, and has lost the fight against in the present.

Doing her best to be an obedient daughter and keep her essence—her spark—has proven quite difficult, especially since the favored her father praises are nothing more than a group of superficial bigots.

Until Derek Warren reenters her life.

Gorgeous, egocentric Derek Warren. Womanizing, dangerous Derek Warren.

After being fiercely rejected by Prince Derek, Carmella can hardly glance at him without feeling enraged. Though that quickly changes as her life is swooped into a whirlwind, with the prince at the center of the chaos—of the blaze. A link to who she truly is.

In a battle between past and present, truth and lies, Carmella must decide whether to fight the licks of flame that threaten to consume her, or embrace them.

 

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Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

 

 

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Sex Hell by Joe Canzano

 

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When Debbie de La Fontaine tries to spice up her love life by supernaturally tampering with her sex life, she is cursed to spend every future encounter in a magical place called “Sex Hell,” where the sex is ludicrous and amazing–but the romance is scarce.

Her only chance for escape is through the stingy clues supplied by a laughing demon, and the only way to obtain the clues is by returning to Sex Hell again and again to have outrageous sexcapades with the man she most wants to avoid–or does she?

Sex Hell is an absurd comic fantasy about the confusion of relationships. How is love related to sex, and how is sex related to love–and do love and sex need to be related at all?

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Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

 

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Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

 

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Tail & Trouble by Victor Catano

 

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When Gabriel’s witch girlfriend doesn’t return from her latest trip, he gets on the road and heads out to find her. Sheila’s coven is secretive and distrustful of Gabriel, so the only help he has is Sheila’s familiar, a bulldog named Orson, who is psychically linked to both of them.

In Florida, they walk right into an elaborate plan to steal Orson. A mysterious wizard named Yareth is behind the plot, and he may also know where Sheila is.

Gabriel and Orson will have to fight for their lives as they navigate around all the magical roadblocks to force Yareth’s hand. They won’t give up until Sheila is safe.

 

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Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

 

 

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I think this was one of those you like or you hate it books.

I really enjoyed but really didn’t see where they came up with “Graceling meets Selection. I thought it was more a mix of Red Rising meets Katniss Everdeen and a touch of X-men.

I enjoyed the book, it had action, a touch of romance a HUGE plot twist. It was also fairly dark and a sad dystopian world unless you had silver blood and powers.  I liked the characters or well their writing, most of the people3 are pretty nasty.

I liked Mare, most of the time she had her moment s when she was pretty dumb or selfish and got people hurt or worse. But overall I enjoyed her and could relate to her.

In the end she just did what she thought was the right thing to help the reds and her friends and family. I thought she did “adept” pretty fast to her new but also brutal world as a silver princess. With the queen having it out for her.

We do have a sort of love triangle going on and I was not really sure who I liked more.

Both Maven and Cal have sweet and romantic sides going on but both also have a mean and evil streak in them. I was not sure if it was because the way they got raised or if it was just them.

The end was kind of shocking and we get to see a whole new site of everything …….. I’m really curious to see what will happen next and I’m really glad I already ordered the second book.

Overall I really enjoyed this dark and surprising journey of Mare Barrow.

I rate it 4 ★

 

 

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“Anyone can betray anyone.”

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“Words can lie. See beyond them.”

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“I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.”

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“What I need and what I want are two very different things.”

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“It's our nature. We destroy. It's the constant of our kind. No matter the color of blood, man will always fall.”

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My Life as A White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland

Yes. We do find out how turned her. Not the one I thought it be lol 

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

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I wonder if we get to find out who made her a zombie :) 

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Tail & Trouble by Victor Catano

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When Gabriel’s witch girlfriend doesn’t return from her latest trip, he gets on the road and heads out to find her. Sheila's coven is secretive and distrustful of Gabriel, so the only help he has is Sheila's familiar, a bulldog named Orson, who is psychically linked to both of them.

In Florida, they walk right into an elaborate plan to steal Orson. A mysterious wizard named Yareth is behind the plot, and he may also know where Sheila is.

Gabriel and Orson will have to fight for their lives as they navigate around all the magical roadblocks to force Yareth’s hand. They won’t give up until Sheila is safe.

 

 

 

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I really wasn’t sure what to expect staring this book but it was not that. I really enjoyed this book, the story and the characters. All of them, even the four legged ones. It was a unique, funny and suspenseful story to follow. I liked the characters, each of them different and yet they all fit together on the page nicely. They also very realistic and often have the feeling you are right there with them. Of course my favorite was Orson, the “talking” talk. Okay he was not really talking but rather communicating with both Gabe and Shelia telepathically since he is linked to both of them. Even though he is only Sheila’s familiar. He often is witty and funny and sure has a flare for the dramatic. I also liked Gabriel and Sheila, as well all other characters in the book. Overall, it was a great book that sucked me into their world within the first few pages. It had everything I like in books, humor, suspense, action and some light romance. There were a few things that seemed little rushed or some things seemed a bit forced humor but nothing major to take away the joy from the book. Great book and hope to see more from this author. I rate it 4★

 

 

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I have a feeling that things about to go from bad to worse ..... 

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews

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Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

 

 

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I don’t even know where to start to review this book. We had so much happening.

The whole book gave me emotional whiplash, I cried, and laughed and swooned even more. We get plenty dark and tender moments in the book but of course we also get the laugh out loud and crazy moments. Only Cate and Curran can make you laugh cry and swoon all on the same page without it seeming wrong.

We once and for all see what Roland is up to and there is no question about it anymore. There were a few confusing moments but in the end it all made sense.

Kate in this book really got to me, just because I thought, we see a rawer side of her.  But also we see her struggle with all her power and how to handle it.  We get some really tender moments with her and I really just wanted to hug and hold her. (In a not creepy way lol)

Curran, I thought I couldn’t love him anymore but I was so wrong.

Julie and Derrick really have grown up so much and I really just adore them. Julie is just becoming so smart, strong and independent. I’m still rooting for her and Derrick to get their own series lol.

We learn some surprising but fun things about Christopher. I was really sure how I felt about but it all came really nicely together.

I really loved Roman in this book, he was just plain hilarious and often lightened the mood.

I also really liked that we see Mahoon, coming around to be a bit friendlier, Martha of course is just lovely as ever.

The one person that disappointed me a little after all books and all the things that have happened was Jim.  I thought he was a big jerk in this book. I kind of could see where he is coming from but still overall did not really care for him.

Overall we have a great book , with a lots of action , love, humor and sad moments. Of course there are battles some bigger than others but also we again lose some people.

On the flip side. We gets someone back who turns out to be unlikely ally of Kate and crew , which I really enjoyed.

I rate this book a full 5 ★ and the next book cannot get here fast enough.

 

 

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“No sacrificial pit ringed with skulls?” I asked.

“Ha. Ha.” Roman rolled his eyes. “Never heard that one before. I keep the virgins chained up in the basement. Do you want some coffee?”

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He stared at me. A muscle jerked in his temple. Oh no. I’ve give the Beast Lord apoplexy. That seemed to be my calling in life.

“Are you okay?”

“I’m trying to decide if I really heard what you said or if somehow by brain quit on me and I hallucinated.”

“Take your time.”

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“Did you run any of this by Curran?”

“I told him I was about to do something idiotic and dangerous, and he told me to go ahead and let him know if he could help in any way.”

“I don’t understand your relationship.”

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‘Why are you bring so nice all of the sudden?”

“Well, since you got my sword back, I figure I can be cordial for a day or two. It will wear off.”

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Sex Hell by Joe Canzano

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When Debbie de La Fontaine tries to spice up her love life by supernaturally tampering with her sex life, she is cursed to spend every future encounter in a magical place called "Sex Hell," where the sex is ludicrous and amazing--but the romance is scarce.

Her only chance for escape is through the stingy clues supplied by a laughing demon, and the only way to obtain the clues is by returning to Sex Hell again and again to have outrageous sexcapades with the man she most wants to avoid--or does she?

Sex Hell is an absurd comic fantasy about the confusion of relationships. How is love related to sex, and how is sex related to love--and do love and sex need to be related at all?

*This book contains profanity and adult situations

 

 

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This book was something altogether really different from what I usually read in romance books. But that being said I really enjoyed it. It was supper hilarious and I had many laugh out loud moments reading this book. As the title is Sex Hell we don’t get the sweet, with rainbow romance story, this is the complete opposite. A couple that is in a slump when it comes to their sex life and wanting to spice it up. That leads to often award and really weird situation. But yet super funny to the reader. Overall I thought it was kind of unique and really clever funny and enjoyed it a lot. I rate it 4 ★

 

 

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Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

 

 

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I really loved this book and not just because I’m a JLA fan .

 I loved the first book which introduced us to Ivy, Ren and Tink, and their world. Ivy and Ren are members of The Order or Elites both organizations that keep the world free of fae. And Tink being a brownie in hiding in our world.

This book starts shortly where the last book ended and throws us right into the whirlwind of events and emotions happening in this book.

I thought this book was a bit darker than the last one and of not for Tink’s comic relief it would have been a lot darker.

I really loved Ivy in this book, no matter what was thrown at her she never gave up and was hanging on for dear life to stay true to herself. She was tested more than once and really always just came back out stronger. She endured quite a bit in this book, both emotional and physical. 

Ren, was also pretty great, but he did have his moment, but really it just all made sense and anything else would have been hard to believe. I really like how much he is growing and becoming softer yet stronger at the same time. I think we will see some more surprises about him in book three, but I also might be wrong.

Tink, well I wish I had my own Tink …… I really do. I would just not have amazon prime lol. We learn some surprising new facts about him and that makes me like him even that much more. He still is super funny and has plenty of hilarious things to say. But we also see a more tender site of him. His constant back and forth with Ren is till happening.

Drake, well he is one class A jerk, but at the same time I kind of liked him . Just something about him that I can’t not explain….. Of course I know he is the villain but there is something about him that intrigues me about him.

Overall, great book plenty of surprises but also some things were pretty predictable but it was still great, We still had plenty of action , suspense, humor and of course Ren & Ivy scenes.

I really looking forward to the next book and maybe secretly hoping Tink gets his own books somehow.

I rate this book at 4 ½ ★

 

 

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