Sunday, August 28, 2016

{Book Review} Vein of Love by R. Scarlett



Vein of Love by R. Scarlett
Published: August 16th, 2016 by R. Scarlett
Series: Blackest Gold #1
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 315
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"Darkness isn't all one shade, sweetheart."

Three centuries ago, Molly Darling’s ancestors signed a contract in blood—daemon blood—to protect themselves from harm. On the eve she turns nineteen, Molly leaves for her birthday party against her parent’s wishes, sick of their warnings about her “betrothal to a demon.”

Except that she’s very much betrothed, and he’s very much a demon—one who’s only agreed to the nuptials to steal Molly’s ancient daemon powers. Brash, arrogant, and built like a Greek god, Tensley Knight keeps showing up to save Molly from otherworldly attacks, only to insult her a moment later.

As Molly learns more about the demon world, she realizes two things: that her family’s safety depends on a successful marriage, while any chance of freedom she’ll ever have calls for Tensley’s demise.

Yet sometimes Molly spots a tortured soul beyond those liquid grey eyes, and there’s no denying the way her skin tingles when Tensley touches it. In Vein of Love, safety requires sacrifice, foe becomes lover, and one must decide whether to kiss...or to kill.

{Review}
This book!  THIS BOOK…it destroyed me!  I am hoping with all my hope that I don’t have to wait an entire year (or longer) for the next book to be released because I cannot wait.  This book is one of only a few NA paranormal romance books that I have read, but after finishing it, I looked on Goodreads to see anything slightly similar to quench my need for more Tensley and Molly (mostly Tensley).  Sadly, I came up short so I will be waiting eagerly for the next book to be released…and then probably devour it the first day!

So first things first, I am going to specify why I only rated this book 4 stars after I have just finished gushing about it above.  It was the first 25% of the book.  I had a really hard time grasping the ins and outs of this new world revolving around demons.  It was very complicated and I felt like all the information was delivered very quickly, making it hard for me to comprehend it all.  Some of the dialogue also felt a little unnatural and forced, but after the 25% mark, it blew me away!  The story started to flow seamlessly together, weaving together a dynamic story that kept me captivated.

The characters in this book tore my heart out, frustrated me, made me laugh, engrossed me and pretty much made me have all the feels…I could not get enough!  Molly, the main protagonist, was very relatable.  I liked that she did not just lie down and be a damsel in distress when disaster struck.  She trained to protect herself, friends and family.  And Tensley!  He was A-MAZ-ING!  His inner battle with his feelings, culture and family was heart-breaking.  Even though he was harsh and demanding, I turned to goo when he exposed his softer side.  Tensley is one of those characters that you highly dislike at the beginning of the book, but by the end, you are absolutely in love and can’t get enough.

The secondary characters in this book really added another dynamic to the story that made it more complex and intricate.  Molly’s best friend, September, was great!  She was strong willed, spunky and hilarious.  I constantly found myself smirking at her dialogue and loved how protective she was over Molly.  However, the standout had to be Illya, Tensley’s best friend.  Unlike September, we got to get a glimpse into his engrossing history that made me want to know more.  Illya is the complete opposite of Tensley, but both are completely swoon worthy!  I really want to see more of Illya in the future books.

The romance in this book had to be the thing that drew me in the most.  It was very hot and cold, with Molly and Tensley constantly struggling with their feelings and attraction to one another.  I continually kept rooting for them and by the end of the book, my heart was about to explode from happiness….and then fear.  Then ending leaves on a bit of a cliff hanger, but I am eagerly anticipating the next book so I can experience how their relationship grows and evolves.

After finishing this book, I know that I am going to be experiencing a huge book hangover!  I have the feeling this is going to be a good series to marathon read, too bad for me that I will have to wait for them to release one by one.  Overall, I would recommend this book to any readers who like paranormal romance.  I also think this is a good book for readers looking to get into the NA genera.

{Rating}



“She wasn’t sure who Tensley Knight was any more- the demonic beast who refused to release her from a terrible marriage, or the misunderstood man trapped in a messed up culture where survival meant being the most ruthless.”

Sunday, August 21, 2016

{Book Review} Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens



Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens
Published: August 23, 2016 by Forever
Series: ?
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
 
For Mackenzie Cox, racing motorcycles is in her blood. Born into a family legacy, she's determined to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in this male-dominated sport. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonised by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Hayden, exceedingly arrogant and outrageously attractive, immediately gets under Kenzie's skin and she can't help but be distracted.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense - and strictly forbidden - attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie needs a win, and she also needs to stay away from Hayden. Unfortunately for her though, one thing has become all too clear: she can't.

Fuelled by passion, driven by desire, Hayden and Mackenzie both want to win more than anything else. Except for, maybe, each other. But anger, jealousy and extreme competitiveness aren't their only obstacles . . .

{Review}
This book has it all: mysterious pasts, strained family dynamics, rivalry, forbidden love and fierce completion.  This book is a mix between The Fast and the Furious & Romeo and Juliet.  I had a really fun time reading this book and this would defiantly be a great book to pick up during the summer, however, I did have some problem with it.

The writing in this book was good, but average.  There was a lack of descriptions that made it hard to picture the events and characters in the book.  However, I thought the pacing of this book was perfect.  It had a slow start to build the plot and characters, but then it exploded with nail-biting action and suspect.  I had a hard time putting this book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

I absolutely adored the plot of this book!  I loved the motorcycle racing, which brought a lot of action.  I also really liked that Mackenzie was a racer, showing that it was not just a male dominated sport.  I also enjoyed all the aspects that made up the plot, which made it feel very dynamic and never become boring.  There was always something pushing the plot forward and mysteries that needed to be solved.
One of the big downfalls of this book is the character development.  With the story being told in Mackenzie’s perspective, I felt like I got a good grasp of her personality, but the other characters were lacking.  I wish there was a way for this book to be written in dual perspective so readers could experience the inner workings of Hayden’s thoughts too.  Mackenzie was a very relatable character, but her personality felt very basic.  I was very intrigued by Hayden and only began really understanding him near the end of the book.  That was enough to make me really like him, but I just wanted to know more.  I also felt like the side characters needed more development, but they did feel like an important aspect of the plot.

I also enjoyed that there were multiple types of relationships in this book.  The friendships developed between characters felt genuine and real.  I did wish that the relationship between Mackenzie and her family would have been expanded on.  I never felt like I got to know her dad, which made me really dislike him for the decisions he made.  I also absolutely disliked her sisters.  I found them selfish, self-absorbed, and annoying.  I felt like there was a missed potential to expand and deepen the family dynamic. 

Then there is the romance.  At the beginning, I was not sold.  I am all for slow burning romance, but nothing happened for a really long time.  However, the halfway mark was a turning point.  Hayden started being more open and affectionate toward Mackenzie and I started feeling like they were connecting.  By the end, I really enjoyed them together and hope to be able to see their relationship expand more.

And the ending!  I really, REALLY hope that there is going to at least be a sequel to this book because it just can’t end like that.  I did really like the ending and my jaw dropped, but I am going to be really mad if this book turns out to be a standalone.  I will most defiantly pick up the second book, if there is one.

Overall, this book did have its problems, but I still really enjoyed it.  I really want to see what else is going to happen, especially with that ending!  I want to read more from Stephens so I have already bought Thoughtless and plan on reading it soon.  I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy NA books and are looking for a good summer read.

{Rating}


“Why did anyone put their heart out there, where it could, and most likely would, be ripped to shreds?  There was a gaping hole inside me, and emptiness that even living out my childhood dream couldn’t quite fill.  Like an eclipse, I was sunny and bright around the edges, but dark and hollow in the center.”

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Monday, August 15, 2016

{Book Blitz} Soul Series on Sale! Only .99!




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People dream of a love that runs deep. So deep it feels like it's always been with you, just waiting for the person who'll own your heart and soul forever. So few ever find it, but for Rhyson Gray and Kai Pearson, happily ever after was only the beginning...
One of the biggest rock stars in the world and one of the brightest rising stars make a life together. Sometimes it's glamour-filled days and blissed out nights, but it's mostly staying true in the too-bright glare of the spotlight. It's long stretches where the road is lonely and the work is hard. It's living in a love that's the safest place you know even while danger lurks at your door.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I just can't write about myself in third person for one more bio! I'm a wife, a mom, a writer, an advocate for families living with autism. That's me in a nutshell. Crack the nut, and you'll find a Southern girl gone Southern California who loves pizza and Diet Coke, and wishes she got to watch a lot more television. You can usually catch me up too late, on social media too much, or FINALLY putting a dent in my ever-growing TBR. I love to hear from readers at kennedyryanwrites@gmail.com.
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