Sunday, October 8, 2017

{Book Review} Corrupt by Penelope Douglas



Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
Published: November 15th, 2015
Series: Devil’s Night #1
Source: Purchased
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
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Erika
I was told that dreams were our heart's desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend's older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He's handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college's basketball team and now gone pro, he's more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid... For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I've graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven't stopped watching Michael. He's bad, and the dirt I've seen isn't content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he's finally noticed me.

Michael
Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother's girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven't had her body, I know that I have her mind. That's all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.

Unprotected.

The opportunity is too good to be true, as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they're out.

We've waited. We've been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

{Review}
Wow!  I had NO idea what to expect going into this book!  It was dark, twisted and full of disturbing events.  I was absolutely captivated by it, addicted to turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.  It was completely unique and original.  I can safely say that I have not read ANYTHING like this book!  I honestly don’t even really know how I feel about all the events that took place.  I did like it, obviously I rated it 4 stars, but it did push my boundaries…A LOT!  I have never felt like this after finishing a book.  I was disturbed and unsettled, but found it addictive and exciting.  Even after a week after finishing it, I am still reeling from the events.

The writing in this book was phenomenal!  It was fast-paced, addictive and all-consuming.  I literally could not stop thinking about this book 24/7.  All the theories about what would happen next took up a lot of my non-reading time.  I LOVED how this book was written.  The story is told switching from past to present and alternating between the two main protagonists' voices.  This unraveled the story in a very unique way, slowly revealing events to readers.  It was absolutely genius! 

The characters in this story!  I don’t like swearing in my reviews very much, but holy sh*t!  They were so disturbed, demented, crazy and unsettling.  I would say that every character in this book has a dark side, although some are darker than others.  Their motivations were kept hidden, making it hard to guess what their actions would be and how the story was going to unravel.  It was full of so many twists and turns, I was getting whiplash from all the spinning my head was doing!

Rika, the main female protagonist, was so complex.  She was one of the more innocent characters, but she was drawn to the darkness in others.  I was constantly questioning how far was too far for her.  The Horsemen would put her through some pretty crazy torture and she would keep listening to their orders.  However, most of the time she did have some justification to keep going along with their manipulation, but other times is felt like she wanted to immerse herself within their madness.  And the Horsemen…WOW!  What a group of disturbed, F'ed up characters!

Micheal, who was the other POV within this book and the 'lead' Horsemen, is a very different kind of romantic lead.  His character was VERY mysterious even though his voice was very prominent throughout the book.  His inner thoughts would be the polar opposite of his actions, making his motivations confusing when reading in Rika's voice.  I think this made it very hard for me to completely connect with his character.  I didn't like him or hate him, I just felt indifferent.  All the Horsemen were mentally disturbed, including Micheal. I really can't go into too much detail because everything would be considered a spoiler, but just know that there might be some events that could be triggering for some readers.  It is dark and twisted, so use extreme caution if that is not your thing.

The romance in this book was definitely not what I was expecting.  It was out of the norm and like the rest of the story, dark and twisted.  Rika and Micheal's connection was confusing and seemed to thrive off of the angst between them.  I did not understand it a lot of times, but strangely, I still rooted for them to work out their issues.  There was absolutely no sweet moments and Micheal never let down his guard.  Their relationship felt cold and detached to me, but that aspect never detracted from the rest of the story.

This book was so confusing for my emotions and writing this review made me question my thoughts even more.  I really did like this book, it was so different from anything that I have ever read and the writing was phenomenal!  I can't wait to read the next installment in this series and pick up more reads from Penelope Douglas!

{Rating}


My entire life, I only felt completely alive when he was close, and while I knew nothing would ever be easy with him, I also knew nothing would ever be good without him, either.



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Sunday, October 1, 2017

{Book Review} Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros



Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros
Published: February 10th, 2014
Series: Flight & Glory
Source: Purchased
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
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Three knocks can change everything…

"She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead."

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

{Review}
Its official, Rebecca Yarros is now on my auto-buy author list!  This book was absolutely fantastic!  It was heart-felt, addictive, full of angst, had amazing character development and was my first ever military romance.  I am very, VERY excited to read the rest of the books in this series because Yarros has completely captivated me.  I HIGHLY recommend checking out this book, or any of her books, because so far, they are all great!

I am floored that this is the first book written by Yarros.  It is probably one of the best debut books that I have ever read.  The writing was simplistic, but in the best way.  It was not full of extensive detail or dragged out monologues, it flowed effortlessly and the pacing was spot on.  I think the main thing that makes this book so amazing is the emotion that was written into these words and woven within the pages.  It pulled at my heartstrings from chapter one and then continued throughout the story.  The portrayal of grief and healing really touched my soul and I felt like I was grieving and healing right along with the characters.  This is definitely an emotional read so have the tissues ready, but it is not so crushing that you won’t feel good once you turn the last page.

I absolutely loved the characters in this book!  Ember was a great main protagonist and I feel like a lot of readers will relate to her.  She is your average girl who suddenly has to endure a lot of pain, heart-break and healing.  I loved how much she grew as a person and was the glue that held her family together.  Her love interest, Josh Walker, was definitely swoon-worthy.  I loved how sweet, caring and protective he was over Ember.  His character development was a bit slow, but considering the story is told in Ember’s POV and the mystery surrounding him, it makes sense.  And I have to applaud Yarros for taking the time to create well-rounded secondary characters.  The members of Ember’s family all were well-developed and lovable.

The romance in this book was fantastic!  The angst between Ember and Josh was great and kept me on the edge of my seat.  This book had a lot of push and pull, with Ember pushing Josh away because she is dealing with her grief and Josh pulling Ember in because he wants to take care of her.  It felt very genuine and realistic.  Ember was dealing with a lot and I loved how Josh pursued her without being pushy or controlling.  I also LOVED how their history was interwoven, making it feel like fate brought these two characters together.

I can’t even express enough how much I love Rebecca Yarros’ books!  They are all the perfect mix of amazing plot, intriguing characters and emotional romance.  I cannot wait to devour the next book in this series and I am very excited to see what Yarros comes out with next!

{Rating}

“Maybe love this exquisite, this powerful isn’t meant to last forever.  Maybe we’re meant to burn so brightly for each other right now to light whatever path we’re heading down, but there’s no sustaining a fire like this.”

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

{Release Blitz} Scandalous by LJ. Shen



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Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is LIVE!

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Scandalous by LJ Shen

Publishing Date:  September 29th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance


They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.
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About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

{Release Blitz} Still by Kennedy Ryan



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"Still is a masterpiece of love, lust and human feeling.  Poetic and sexy beyond compare, Still will have you turning everything you know upside down and laughing, crying and panting through Grip and Bristol's journey.  Five 'bruising' stars!"

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STILL, the sexy, emotional final installment of the GRIP series, is LIVE!


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I'll be there.
Through thick and thin.
Ride or die.
You can count on me.
The promises people make. The vows we take.
Assumptions of the heart.
Emotion tells us how we feel, but life...life has a way of plunging us in boiling water, burning away our illusions, testing our faith, trying our convictions.
Love floating is a butterfly, but love tested is an anchor.
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Love started at the top of the world
On a Ferris wheel under the stars
But when that love is tested, will they fly or fall?
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Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.



She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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