Review: My Sweet Demise by Shana Vanterpool

Happy Friday!  Today will be my last scheduled review for a few weeks.  So, I have a fantastic book to begin my small hiatus.  My Sweet Demise is an angsty romance with lots of Alpha Male action.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great weekend and keep an eye out I will be publishing some reviews sporadically of books that have been on my TBR list.

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Desperation makes a girl do crazy things…

When twenty-one year old Raina O’Connor is kicked out of her room on short notice, she’s thrown into a frantic search for a new place to stay. As the situation becomes more urgent, her choices have dwindled to her least favorite option—ladies’ man, Kent Nicholson.

Kent Nicholson loves women, just not as a roommate…

When a gorgeous blonde with big hazel eyes answers Kent’s ad for a roommate, his red flags start flying. He’s looking for a wingman, not a chick who will put a damper on his game or drench his apartment in pink. It’s clear she’s in a bind, and something about her makes him break his own rules. But when he reluctantly accepts, it’s with four concrete conditions.

Be his wingman. Don’t get in his way with other girls. No bitchy attitudes. And most importantly, she can’t fall for him.

Pretty sure this was the world’s worst idea—ever…

Trust is something earned. Raina learned that the hard way when her father broke her heart as a child, making it easy to steer clear of relationships. But living with Kent somehow stirs emotions Raina has always forbidden herself to have. Plus, he’s everything she never wanted—untrustworthy, pigheaded…and gorgeous. Something tells her Kent isn’t free of his own secret scars…

Love can drag you down and spit you out, and be worth every second.!

Review:

Raina is desperate.  She is now homeless and must find a place to live.  When she finally comes across an affordable place the very handsome guy that answers the door she realizes this may not be as ideal as she thinks.  Kent agrees to let her move in with a few stipulations.  Raina agrees but when she finally has to fulfill her part of the bargain she realizes may be impossible.  As Raina and Kent fight their attraction and their pasts they must decide if they can let love in or will they let it fall out of their grasp?

I enjoyed this book.  It was full of angst and drama, but it also had a solid love story.  The story was well written with well developed and dynamic characters.  Kent, himself, is the most complex and perplexing character.  You will question why Raina really goes for him, but when his story unfolds you will be falling for him just like Raina.  Another fantastic part of this book are the ancillary characters like James, Becca and Sam.  Though you may not like some of them and they really are horrible at times they are so well written and help to propel the story.  My only complaint with this book was the ending.  It felt rushed and without the detail that throughout the book I became accustomed. Overall, this was quite an enjoyable book with very memorable characters.

Review: Fighting Mad by Kathy Bryson

Welcome to Monday!  Another week with another fantastic book.  Today I have wonderful tale with fairies, leprechauns and love.  Kathy Bryson’s Fighting Mad brings us back to the world in her previous book, Restless Spirits.  With another tale featuring faeries, the King Oberon and the Queen on the verge of war, it weaves a fantasy with reality with expert ease.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Laid off from her job at the bank, Carla turns to her friends for support only to find they’re more concerned about their jobs. The one person she can count on is local bartender Murphy, but what kind of example is that to set for her daughters? Having learned the hard way, Carla’s not depending on any man, even if he is cute, charming, very kind, and some kind of leprechaun?

Murphy is used to sneers. Clurichauns are the redheaded stepchildren of the leprechaun world and then there are the late-night throw-downs at his bar. What he wants, however, is to protect the dainty little mom who ogles him when she thinks no one’s looking. He knows she’s fighting overwhelming odds, but she’ll need more than bravery when the conflict between the King and Queen of the Fairies becomes outright civil war!

Review:

Carla has had a tough week.  After being fired from her job, she is forced to make decisions about her life that are scary.  But, not as scary as choosing to finally act on her feelings toward the very sexy barkeep.  Carla has a lot of beginnings and must find her way to push through, but when the world of the Faeries comes to almost destroy he upcoming wedding planning business she takes it upon herself to fight for everyone she loves by coming up with a way to prevent civil war between the King and Queen of the Fairies.  Will this strong mom be able to pull it off or will her world and everyone elses crumble around her?

This was a wonderful journey.  This is one novel that you won’t want to put down until your turning the final page.  Carla is an extremely relatable character.  A single mom that is worried about making poor choices that will impact her children is a character that many women can relate to.  Murphy is the sexy barkeep that any woman would love to have some couch time with.  His description truly allows the reader to know exactly why Carla stared at him for so long.  Though this is set in the same town with the same characters as Restless Spirits you do not need to read it to enjoy this book.  Kathy Bryson weaves a fantastic story. Her ability to bring the faery creatures into the real world and not make it too unbelievable is a talent that she definitely has.  I can’t wait to read what she has coming up next.

Review: The Griffin’s Secret by Cate Masters

Happy Friday!  To me it has felt like forever getting here.  Today I get to share with you a great story by Cate Masters.  This is a modern retelling of The Griffin with the added bonus of some paranormal and hot rock star mixed in.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have an awesome weekend!!

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Jackson Grant had it all—the girl he loved, his Harley, and his guitar. Until a tragic accident stole it all away. Now, more than scars and a tattoo remain. Jackson has a secret. Cursed by his dead girlfriend’s mother, he can never fall in love again or his beloved will die. With his heart on lockdown, he keeps to himself—until a roadie gig with Malcontent, the world’s most popular band, entwines his fate with sweet, wounded Layla’s…

Music is what Layla lives for. She has no choice. She’s bound by magic to serve Malcontent, cursed to propel them to stardom with her musical powers. Then Jackson appears and gives her hope that he’s the hero who will save her. A reluctant hero, yet one she can’t resist. But freedom will come at price—and who will pay…?

Review:

Jackson is cursed.  His curse won’t let him love again without the girl dying from his curse.  Layla has her own problems.  She is bound by magic to the lead singer in a mega band, Malcontent.  All she wants to do is break free.  When she meets Jackson she realizes with him she wants to break free even more.  Can the two of them break their curses or will they pay the ultimate price?

I really liked this story.  Its a bit shorter than a normal novel but you still get the full impact of the characters and the world they are in.  Jackson and Layla’s love story though a bit whirlwind really makes the reader swoon.  He has all the awesome power of an alpha, but the soft heart of a teddy bear.  The story is well written and  flows wonderfully well between characters.  The ebb and flow between Jackson and Layla’s points of view truly allows for a full story that without it would leave it lacking.  Cate Masters has truly made the story of The Griffin a modern tale with hot alpha male and a strong, sassy heroine.  I recommend this to anyone looking for an enchanting read.

Review: Plan Interrupted by Valerie Clarizio

Welcome to another week and another great book.  I am happy to share with you a new book by Valerie Clarizio.  This is a wonderful love story with a hint of suspense.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

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Elizabeth Shaw’s professional life is going according to plan until she meets the handsome widower and his two young children next door. Having shelved her personal life to land her dream job, she disregards her romantic feelings for him. But the forces of nature have other ideas for her.

Joe Antonetti has made his children his main focus since the death of his wife. But his beautiful neighbor becomes an irresistible distraction and has him wondering if he can change her priorities.

Surrendering to their attraction for each other causes another player to step in with his own plan for Elizabeth. One that could not only end the budding romance but her life as well.

Review:

Elizabeth has a plan.  Her life plan is streamlined and focused solely on her career.  But, when she meets her neighbor and his children things begin to change.  What she once wanted now seems to be less important, but when the unspeakable happens and she is stalked by that person she must decide what is really important.  Should she stick the plan at all costs or just go with what life has in store for her?

I really enjoyed this book.  Elizabeth is a very strong but flawed character.  She hides behind her plan so that she doesn’t have to face the harsh world.  Unfortunately, the harshness finds her and she is forced to face things she never planned for.  Woven into this is a sweet love story.  Not just a story about a man and a woman but her love for his children also.  With the great romance and suspense expertly woven together any reader will find it difficult putting this book down until the last page is turned.  If I wasn’t already a fan of Valerie Clarizio, I would be one after reading this book.

Review: Snow Moon (A New World #2) by Tonya Coffey

Welcome to Friday and day two of our A New World series event.  Snow Moon is the second book in this exciting series.  This book picks up where we left off with Jessa and Mica.  Only this book throws the two potential loves into more trouble only from people they thought they could trust.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have an exciting weekend ahead!

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Jessa, the queen of Faeries, finds herself in the midst of disappearances. When she investigates those who have vanished, she discovers a rogue Sylph. He is ridding the realm of the ones he believes are diseased with the help of Trolls.
Together, Micha and Jessa discover their bloodline is more than they thought. They are the descendants of Ancients and Sylphs making them the true Elementals. The very people the Sylph is wanting rid of.
If it wasn’t enough, trying to protect her people, Jessa is forced to let Micha go. She pushes him to go to the Ancients where he will be safe from the Sylph’s wrath.
When Jessa is convicted of meddling in the Sylph,s business, she is sentenced to death. Micha, accepting his new role as the Ancient king, wields their power and frees Jessa from the clutches of the Executioners.
Will Micha and Jessa save the Elementals, and themselves, or will the Sylph take control of the realms?

Review:

Jessa has finally settled into her role as Queen of the Faeries.  With that she has also accepted that Micha is her true destined mate.  Unfortunately, many oppose that decision.  When Micha is threatened by the Sylphs he is forced into choosing to claim his own throne.  Now that Micha is safe doesn’t necessarily ensure Jessa’s safety.  There are many of those like her that are being hunted down and disappearing.  With this mystery Jessa and Micha must decide who they will fight and who they will fight for.

With this second book in this series it really broadens the plot and the characters.  Jessa and Micha grow with their experiences and become multi-dimensional.  The story weaves expertly bringing the reader with it.  For a second book this is truly great.  It leaves just enough to leave you craving more.  I guarentee you will want more when you turn that last page.  Tonya Coffey has truly developed great characters and an intriguing world.  If you have read Harvest Moon, the first in the series, you will definitely want to grab Snow Moon.

Review: Harvest Moon (A New World #1) by Tonya Coffey

Today I am sharing with you the first day of a two day event.  I am featuring A New World series today and tomorrow.  Harvest Moon, the first in the series, is a wonderful beginning to an expansive series that has a lot of potential.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the second day in our A New World series event.

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Seventeen-year-old Jessa lives in the remote mountains of Kentucky and has always found peace in the forest. Close to her eighteenth birthday, her dad buys her a book and things begin to happen. With her dreams leading her, she uncovers a world within her own with Faeries. They look and act like people she grew up with but she quickly finds she is the one who is different. She is the hidden heir to the throne and the Faeries need her to come home and save them from the Trolls.
If it wasn’t difficult enough for Jessa to move to a different world, she has to marry the man who saved her from the Trolls when all she wants to do is run to his best friend, Micha. With so much to worry about, how can she keep the Faery realm from falling into the hands of the evil Trolls and the Ancients?

Review:

Jessa has had the typical life of a teenager.  The only difference are the dreams that have been plaguing her.  After a really trying dream, Jessa runs into the forest along a trail she usues regularly.  This run she came across a wounded wolf.  Only the wolf isn’t a wolf and the handsome man that saves her is more than he seems.  Her savior soon reveals himself as her guardian and she is more than she has ever known.  As this new world opens to her she learns about her real parents, her hidden powers and her husband to be, Roderick.  Like everything she is learning, she comes to realize that though things are planned doesn’t mean they are correct.  But, when the evil Trolls attack will Jessa be able to accept who she is to save her people or will she let the enemies conquer her new world?

I really enjoyed this start to a new fantasy series.  The characters were wonderfully created and the idea of this world being just out of sight of the real world added a level of real possibility.  The reader is put in Jessa’s shoes as she learns about her new world. But, I think some of the best storytelling is between her, Roderick and Micha.  Their relationship, though complex is written well with a natural development.  Overall, anyone who enjoys stories with faeries, trolls and kingdoms you will want to dive into this series.

 

The Harder You Fall (Original Heartbreakers #3) by Gena Showalter

Today I get to share with you the latest installment of Gena Showalter’s Original Heartbreakers series.  I’m saying latest because I am really hoping this isn’t the last.  In this one we are finally getting West and Jessie Kay’s story.  This one is just as steamy as the others.  Reading this series has solidified Gena Showalter as one of the best storytellers I have read.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Millionaire video-game creator Lincoln West has a dark and tragic past. The sought-after bachelor lives by a rigid schedule and a single rule—one relationship per year, lasting no more than two months. No exceptions. He moved to small town Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, with his brothers-by-circumstance hoping to escape the worst of his memories—until a brash beauty dredges up long-buried emotions.

A reformed party girl, Jessie Kay Dillon is determined to walk the straight and narrow. But her love-hate sizzle with West is just too irresistible. They can’t be near each other without tearing off their clothes, but the last thing she needs is to be his next two-month dump. Can she be the one exception? Because as any former girl-gone-wild knows: rules are made to be broken.

Review:

West has lived his life on a timetable for a long time.  When Jessie Kay walks into his life it throws him off completely.  He tries fighting what his body clearly wants.  Finally he can’t take it any more and offers her the only thing he can offer her.  But, Jessie Kay is now reformed and wants it all or nothing.  As the two of them fight what each desperately wants, will they eventually come to the same conclusion or will it end the way all of their relationships have ended?

I loved this installment.  This has been long awaited ever since the first book when we met Jace, West and Beck.  In West’s story we finally get to dive more into his backstory and why he is the way he is.  Leading up to this book we have had bits and pieces but now we know his reasoning for his actions.  We also get to see redemption for Jessie Kay.  She has been the party girl slacker up until this book.  This was the perfect mix of love, sex and deep emotions that only these two could evoke in a reader.  When you read this book you will be just like me and hope this isn’t the last in this series.  I would love to see Daniel get his happily ever after.  For all of you looking for a phenomenal romantic series run to pick this one up.  I guarantee you will not regret it.  I can’t wait to see what Gena Showalter comes out with next.

Review: Ameerah by Rebekkah Ford

Welcome to another week.  I hope all of you who celebrated Easter had a wonderful time.  Today I am bringing to you a wonderful mix of historical and paranormal fiction.  This book I couldn’t put down and I hope to hear there will be a second.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful week ahead.

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Some birds cannot be caged, and I’m one of them.

In 1925, eighteen-year-old Ameerah Arrowood is murdered in an insane asylum. She finds herself transported to a dreary realm that turns out to be a recruiting station for the dark spirits. With animosity in her heart toward humanity, she decides to join them.

For the next ninety years, Ameerah possesses soulless humans, living a hedonistic, mischievous and sometimes vengeful existence, but now she’s seeking salvation so she can crossover and save her lost love who is stuck in the lower world.

Ameerah enlists the help of her dark spirit friend Derek, who is straddling the line between Heaven and Hell. She tells him how it all began, weaving between historical timelines to now, hoping to gain understanding about why her parents betrayed her and wanting to get rid of the guilt weighing on her heart. In the end, the unexpected unfolds, throwing Ameerah a curve ball which changes her forever.

Review:

Ameerah starts out her tale when she was 18.  She was in the time of the flapper, speakeasys and prohibition.  But, when you come from a wealthy promininent family like hers you shouldn’t be a flapper.  As her parents learn more about Ameerah they decide she must go away to be “fixed”.  When the horrible happens Ameerah becomes a dark spirit.  She chooses this life so that she may still experience all the feelings of the world while she inhabits humans who have no soul.  This is Ameerah’s way of being until she falls in love.  What happens after that will change Ameerah forever.

This was an enchanting tale.  The reader really gets caught up in Ameerah’s tale.  Her life is full of tragedy and pain.  A person could relate to why she chose to do what she did.  Vengence is particularly prominent, but when her heart is broken yours will be too.  Rebekkah Ford does a phenomenal job weaving a story that engrosses the reader.  You will be sitting on the edge of your seat while you try to anticipate what will happen with Ameerah next.  If your looking for a change in your paranormal reading experience you will want to pick this book up.

Review: Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean and Me by Caroline James

Welcome to Friday!  Today I have a wonderful book to share with you.  Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean and Me is a testament that though you grow older doesn’t mean that life stops.  This book will make you want to drop everything and take the next flight to Barbados.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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Flying solo again in their middle years, can life really begin again for Jo and Hattie? Is there hope for the newly single baby boomers and can romance happen?

Continuing the Coffee Tea… series, join Jo and Hattie as they romp into their future and prove that anything is possible!

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me is a stand-alone read but also the sequel to Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me which shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-Book of the week in The Sun Newspaper.

“A story about friendship and loss…is there hope for those of a certain age?”

‘The time to be happy is now…’ Jo remembers her late husband’s words but is struggling to face the lonely future that lies ahead. A heartbroken widow, Jo finds herself alone with ghostly memories at Kirkton House – a Cumbrian Manor that until recently, she ran as a thriving hotel. Her two sons have moved away, Jimmy to run a bar in Barbados, and Zach to London to pursue a career as a celebrity chef. Middle-age and widowhood loom frighteningly and Jo determines to sell up and start again, despite protestations from colourful friend, Hattie and erstwhile admirer Pete Parks.

Hattie convinces Jo to postpone any life-changing decisions by enjoying a Caribbean holiday but their holiday sets off a course of events that brings mayhem and madness to Jo and her family. Confused and anxious for her future, can life really begin again for Jo?

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a finalist at The Write Stuff – London Book Fair 2015. The judge’s comments included, “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.”

Caroline’s books are stand-alone stories but characters do make appearances throughout. The best order to read them is:

Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me
So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef?
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me

Review:

Jo and Hattie have had a rough go of things.  Hattie soon comes up with the idea of visiting Jo’s son in Barbados.  Jo finds this holiday will be just what she needs to prepare herself for moving forward  with her life after the death of her husband.  What they both find will change them forever.  Hattie falls for a local and Jo complicates things by having an affair with a rockstar all the while having someone pining for her back home.  Jo and Hattie find that with their friendship, a vacation and a press of that all might reset button life doesn’t end just because your middle aged.

This was quite an enjoyable book.  Hattie is quite the character.  She definitely has no filter and livens up everything. Jo on the other hand has had a lot of hardships and must learn to over come and move forward.  It is definitely something woman of any age can relate to.  The weaving of friendship, grief, love and relationships makes this a masterpiece for all women to read.  Descriptions of Jo, Hattie, Pete, Jimmy and all the others emotions and thoughts bring them into a relatable zone.  The story is masterfully told through the voices of all characters.  Readers are drawn into this world and will definitely want to go to the Caribbean for an extended vacation.

Secrets in Appley Green by Miriam Wakerly

Today I am pleased to share with you Secrets in Appley Green by Miriam Wakerly.  This is a story set in a time of change both for the young women of the story and in the era it is set.  See below for the book blurb and info about the author.  I hope you have a great week.

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Three naïve, but very different, Appley Green schoolgirls pledge to stick together for ever, but when one of them gets pregnant, this pushes their promise to the edge.

A young girl in need of love is vulnerable to the charms of an older man with heart-breaking consequences.

This is Great Britain’s Sixties, an exciting era, gathering pace then in full swing as social change sweeps aside past attitudes, laws, fashion and culture. Youth is finding a voice as parents struggle to adjust. Its characters span the full social spectrum and take us beyond Appley Green to Brighton, Margate, London, Vienna and Paris.

Miriam Wakerly’s Appley Green village stories all standalone and can be read in any order, but they are connected. This one can serve as a prequel to all three, especially Shades of Appley Green.

Author Bio (courtesy of Goodreads):

I live in lovely Surrey, England, within easy reach of London. The area is very much like Appley Green, the setting for my three novels. I have had a varied working life, together with bringing up three children who have long since flown the nest. Now officially ‘retired’, I have time to enjoy writing, with a broad sweep of life experience behind me – and ahead!
My first novel, Gypsies Stop tHere (2008) touches on sensitive issues but has been embraced by many; 2 years later No Gypsies Served delved deeper. More on my books and me in Miriam’s Ramblings http://www.miriamwakerly.blogspot.com/ My very new book, Shades of Appley Green,is about community, love, parenthood, birth and death – things that most human beings can relate to easily!

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