Dec 10, 2016

REVIEW: The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz


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From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.
 
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MY REVIEW


You can’t sell people.
A story was born when a girl with a red thread in her hair was raped and sold. 

Storytelling is most definitely Tiffany Reisz’s strongest suit. I was completely captivated with the story. The first chapter was nothing special honestly (exactly what the blurb says), but then the story of Tamara Maddox begins and you are under its spell. Around 20% mark was the big shock, I was honestly stunned, but then I remembered - this is Tiffany Reisz after all, you should expect something twisted. 

Her body was his body. His body was hers. He saw himself through her eyes—older, bigger, beautiful to her in that strange way girls found men beautiful, and knowing things she wanted to know. She envied him his freedom, that he was a man and could do anything he wanted to anyone he wanted, while she had to marry him to escape the prison of her life and the prison of the world’s expectations.

The story is a times heavy and tragic, but there are these comic moments which prevent it from being too dark. And there is of course the hot, passionate and forbidden love story between Tamara and Levi. (*swoon*)

The story itself had me turning pages like crazy… but at the same time, there is this undertone of, I don’t know how to put it.. Nostalgia, maybe? Like you’re reminiscing about that amazing Summer you had 5 years ago and can never have back. That’s how I felt about Tamara & Levi, I loved them, I was drinking up every minute of their story, but all the while thinking it can’t last, I feel like something is going to happen... Now, of course I’m not going to reveal anything, that’s just the feeling I had, and I loved the way Reisz structured the story. I like when I don’t know if the story would end happily or not. 

Furthermore, if you’re already a fan of Tiffany Reisz you know you can expect that she’ll rip out your heart a little, mesmerize you with the story, shock, disturb, and make you question. And if you’re not, well then you have some idea as to what to expect.

In conclusion, The Bourbon Thief is the story of revenge, passionate love and one cursed family and it’s definitely one of my favorite books of 2016!

One of these days you’re going to get what you want and it’ll be the last thing you want.


xoxo,
Beatrix

Dec 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: UNTIL IT FADES by K.A. Tucker

UNTIL IT FADES is a contemporary romance novel featuring K.A. Tucker’s signature heart-stopping suspense releasing May 2nd, 2017 and being published by Atria Books! Check out the gorgeous cover below and preorder your copy today!

 

About UNTIL IT FADES:

A sexy new romance about a small-town woman who saves the life of a mysterious man, and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a whirlwind love affair, featuring bestselling author K. A. Tucker’s signature “well-constructed, pulse-pounding suspense” (USA TODAY).

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population three thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades? 

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K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. She is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water, and her latest Adult Suspense novel, He Will Be My Ruin. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.       

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Nov 23, 2016

#REVIEW: Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter #9) by Nalini Singh

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Genre:
Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
 
Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.


*** REVIEW ***
RATING: 3/5 stars

I don't know what's up with me this year since I've rated quite a few of the newest and most expected installments of most of my favorite series with 3 stars. Blasphemy, I know!
 
Never thought that the day will come I'll rate Singh's Guild Hunter series lower than 4 stars, but that day has come people and I can not lie. Unfortunately, I'll have to agree with other readers who said that this book was more of a "filler" and while I did like it, it didn't blow my mind like the rest of the books in the series. I did crave this installment to be Bluebell's & Sparkle's story and was a bit disappointed we've got Elena & Raphael again instead, but the main reason for my rating is:
~ the slow pacing/dragging of the story at the beginning and towards the end which made me want to skip pages. IMO, the author resolved the main mystery in an antclimatic way and I've found the behaviour of some important characters considering their past unrealistic. And there was too little Bluebell/Illium, damn it!:(
 
I won't say anything else about that, because there would be spoilers. The things I loved on the other hand are our lovely and fierce consort Elena & her archangel Raphael who are still in the honeymoon phase, of course not to forget our beautiful Sparkle/ Aodhan who had an important role in this installment (yessss!) and the new creepy characters known as the Luminata (w.t.f. O.O)

No matter my rating, this series still remains one of my top urban fantasy series out there and I highly recommend it to every uf reader out there. The next book is again included in my most expected reads of 2017 list. Will I finally get my Bluebell's & Sparkle's story? It remains to be seen.*fingers crossed*

xoxo,
Purple

Nov 21, 2016

Review: FALL (Rock Solid #2) by Karina Bliss


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BOOK SUMMARY:

Keep Rage together at all costs...

Powerhouse PA Dimity Graham is off her game. Her career is everything to her and she never lets anything personal mess that up. So how can she explain getting busy between the sheets with Rage's nice-guy drummer Seth Curran? She's supposed to be keeping this band out of trouble, not getting into it.
But before she can put everything back where it belongs, Seth needs her help.

Faking a relationship seemed like a good idea that night, right before they fell into bed together. But standing on New Zealand soil, facing the people he disappointed to pursue his dream, Seth doubts he and Dimity will convince anyone they're hot and crazy for each other. To his surprise, Dimity is working her magic on everyone and they're all convinced this is the real deal. The problem is, he's almost convinced, too.


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***MY REVIEW*** 
 
 Fall is the second book in the Rock Solid series, however it has different main characters than the first book. Nevertheless, I highly recommend Rise as well, simply because it really is such a great novel! Rise was about the rock god Zander, and Fall is about his PA Dimity and band’s drummer, Seth.



On the surface, Dimity and Seth couldn’t be more different. She’s the ice-queen, he’s the nice guy.
This is Dimity:
She shook her head, unable to answer him, unable to imagine anyone loving her enough to make the offer. She wasn’t the kind of woman who inspired forever. It was hard enough living with herself sometimes.
And this is Seth:
Everyone loved Seth. He could transition from playing pool with roadies to discussing economics with financiers – he even loved kids. Dimity had even seen him kiss a dog once.
But their differences are precisely the reason why the fit together so well. Dimity was an amazing protagonist, she’s complex, seemingly cold, focus-driven, ambitious, and sharp-tongued – overall a strong woman and we need more characters like Dimity in contemporary romance novels. Dimity hides her vulnerabilities behind her tough exterior and Seth is the only one who sees the fragile woman underneath. On the other hand – Seth. Oh Seth. Where do I sign up for to get a Seth of my own? He’s the nice guy, with a wild, pagan side which only occasionally gets released, he’s not intimidated by Dimity in the slightest. He teases her mercilessly, he simply gets her. 

The book has friends-to-lovers theme, plus they’re faking a relationship in order to help Seth get his ex back. Yet, the book is not all about relationships drama, which I appreciated, other topics are explored (e.g. Seth’s complicated relationship with his father) and other characters get to share the spotlight as well. For example, Zander has an important role in the novel. He’s Dimity’s boss, but he’s also so much more, he’s her mentor, her constant in life. He too was once, like Dimity is now, married to his career, and now that’s he is moving on in his life, pursuing other interests, Dimity feels lost, doesn’t know to whom to look up to anymore. She’s thrown off her game. Therefore, Dimity’s relationship with herself if also given attention, she realizes which things matter most in life. 

The reason why I love Karina Bliss’s books so much is because of her writing. It’s what distinguishes her from other authors of this genre. She structures her novels well, pays attention to the words she chooses, sentences flow perfectly together. After reading just one chapter, you can tell – this woman can write! And it’s a pure pleasure reading when someone writes this good. Her characters are relatable – even though they’re rock stars! You get the heartache, yet they don’t take themselves too seriously. You get sweet, and you get sexy. I immensely enjoyed Seth and Dimity’s story and I can’t wait to see what Karina Bliss prepares us next!

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xoxo,
Beatrix 

Nov 12, 2016

ARC Review: INTERBOROUGH (Five Boroughs, #4) by Santino Hassell




Summary


The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.

David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated—in more ways than the obvious—whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.

The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.

 
 
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Rating: 4.5 stars!

Well, I found another favorite series! On the Goodreads scale of "did not like it" to "it was amazing", Five Boroughs is amazing. Interesting stories and characters, lots of hotness and feels -- it's all here, and I love it. I can't wait to find out who will be the next couple to get their HEA! There are so many possibilities, and I just want these books to keep on coming.

Interborough is another book about Raymond and David. They met in the first novel, Sutphin Boulevard, and made me think they'd be cute together. Then they got their own book Sunset Park, and drove me a bit crazy with it. Correction, David drove me crazy. Raymond I loved, but David I found annoying. As a consequence Sunset Park became my least favorite book in the series. That is why I was a little nervous to start this installment, but skipping a book in my new favorite series, and not reading about Raymond finally getting his HEA, and not catching up on the other characters was simply not an option. Even if it meant having to read more about David.

Raymond Rodriguez was first introduced as a pot smoking, video games playing, unemployed, mom's little baby. In this book he couldn't have been more different. He lived with his boyfriend, worked two jobs, one of which he absolutely hated, and went to school so he could get ahead at the job he actually liked and wanted to continue doing. His days and nights were exhausting. I knew he's a fictional character, but I couldn't help but feel proud of him for all he was doing. He's such a kind and considerate man. I kind of wish he was in a relationship with someone who'd show sympathy and support during such a busy time in his life, someone who wouldn't wake him up in the middle of the night to start a fight, but he isn't. He loves David.

I think I've already made it abundantly clear David is not my favorite person in the series. It's been four books, and I haven't grown to like him, so I may be a little harsh when I talk about him. I tried to understand him; to put myself in his shoes, but they didn't fit. His insecurities and jealousy were the cause of many unnecessary fights, and it drove me nuts reading it. He was under pressure at work too, so I cut him some slack, but his paranoia went too far. In my opinion.

With all that happening to them separately, things weren't great with them when they were together, and with Raymond's packed schedule, they weren't together much. Raymond and David were out of their romantic little bubble, and with the real world came real problems and kept on coming to kick their asses. The love was there, but there was a lot of strain between them. They had to resolve quite a few issues in fifteen chapters, and it made for an interesting and emotionally draining read, something I've come to expect from this series. Santino Hassell sure knows how to create complicated characters that feel so real and put them through the wringer. You know, kind of like life does to people.

After fifteen chapters came the epilogue that was not entirely about Ray and David, but about another couple, and it made me so happy.

Now I can't wait for the next book to come out. I was lucky that by the time I started this series, I already had all four books. Now I have to be patient. Ugh... No matter, I strongly believe whenever the new book comes out, it will be great.



***ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***



Until next time, happy reading!




XOXO,
 

Nov 4, 2016

ARC Review: LOOKING FOR GROUP by Alexis Hall




People you meet online aren't real. Except that they totally are.

So, yeah, I play Heroes of Legend, y’know, the MMO. I’m not like obsessed or addicted or anything. It’s just a game. Anyway, there was this girl in my guild who I really liked because she was funny and nerdy and a great healer. Of course, my mates thought it was hilarious I was into someone I’d met online. And they thought it was even more hilarious when she turned out to be a boy IRL. But the joke’s on them because I still really like him.

And now that we’re together, it’s going pretty well. Except sometimes I think Kit—that’s his name, sorry I didn’t mention that—spends way too much time in HoL. I know he has friends in the guild, but he has me now, and my friends, and everyone knows people you meet online aren’t real. I mean. Not Kit. Kit's real. Obviously.

Oh, I’m Drew, by the way. This is sort of my story. About how I messed up some stuff and figured out some stuff. And fell in love and stuff.


 
 
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Rating: 4 stars!



So many books, so little time -- that's what 2016 has been like for me. On the bright side, I got to read some authors that have been on my must-read list for too long, and I've been lucky in picking my reading material because the books I did read introduced me to a lot of amazing and lovable characters. Alexis Hall is one those authors, and Drew and Kit, the stars of Looking for Group, are among those characters.

As Drew says in the blurb, this book is sort of his story. About how he messed up some stuff, and figured out some stuff. And fell in love and stuff. And it's a sweet story. A really sweet story that had me a bit worried at the beginning. Drew plays Heroes of Legend, an online game, and the story starts when he joins a new guild. There are entire transcripts of the members' conversations in the book, and descriptions of their raids, and I, well, I had almost no clue what was happening during those raids or what even they were talking about. So, yeah, I got a little worried, but as soon as Orcarella (Drew) and Solace (Kit) started chatting in the game, all my worries vanished. Their chats were so cute they always made me smile.

What came next was the messing up, figuring out, and falling in love. Drew liked Solace from the start, but there was that thing that he believed Solace was a girl. When she turned out to be a he, Drew went through a phase where he was disappointed first because until then he was only into girls, but then he realized that even though Solace was Kit, a boy, he still liked him. Luckily for him, Kit liked him too, and they decided to not only hang out together in HoL, but in real life as well, where they continued to be adorable in building their romantic relationship. Drew had a few moments when I wanted to smack him a little because he was messing up, and I felt bad for Kit. In the end, Drew figured things out, and made his apologies, and everything was adorable once again.

So, yeah, I finally read a book by Alexis Hall and I liked it.


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Until next time, happy reading!



XOXO,
 

Oct 13, 2016

ARC Review: SLAVE HUNT (The Subs Club, #5) by J.A. Rock




Summary


Thirty people. Two hours. Only the strong will survive.

When Riddle decides to put on a slave hunt, the Subs Club is on board. Tops hunting bottoms in the woods with paintball guns? Yes. Captives strung up on whipping posts, at the mercy of their captors? Hell yes. But on the morning of the hunt, nothing’s going according to plan. Miles and Drix are at odds over Miles’s reluctance to move in together. Dave is determined to show up D, who thinks Dave won’t last two minutes in the woods. Gould finds himself torn between obeying his master’s orders and living out a longtime fantasy. And Kamen inadvertently becomes a double agent when he aligns himself with two different parties.

By the end of the hunt, alliances will be forged and broken, loyalties will be tested, relationships will be strengthened…and someone will barrel roll. Narrated by ten different characters, Slave Hunt tells the story of two hours in the woods that will change everyone forever. Or at least, remind them that love is the greatest victory of all.
 
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Rating: 5 stars!


The Subs Club book V!

FIVE!!!


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I wished for this all along.

I haven't written a review in a long time. It wasn't because the books I found the time to read didn't leave me with thoughts about them I would've liked to express, but because putting those thoughts into words proved to be a more difficult task than I remembered. Even if it was a book I loved reading like I did Slave Hunt. I'm rusty. I kind of just want to thank J.A. Rock for writing another story set in that universe and letting me have more precious pages with the characters who have become so dear to me, and say (in shouty caps, of course) that I LOVE THIS WHOLE SERIES, but because I love it so much, I feel I should say a few more words than that, so here goes nothing.

Slave Hunt is about, well, a slave hunt that Riddle organized in the woods on D's property. Tops were hunting bottoms with paintball guns, and the captured slaves were taken to whipping posts and were played with. All in good fun. Of course, the members of the Subs Club were there for the fun games. Except Miles -- he was there hoping to win gift cards. And over the course of that two-hour hunt I got what I hoped for ever since I finished 24/7, and that's to see how Dave, Miles, Kamen, and Gould were doing, what they were dealing with, and how far they'd come after the series sort of ended. Not only that, Maya, Drix, RYAN, Kel, Greg, and D got their own chapters, which made it even better. I wasn't sure how the ten different perspectives would work, but I soon realized that was silly of me. J.A. Rock knows what she's doing. 

With some of the characters, I was happy to see a change in them, and with some, I was happy to see they're the same as I remembered them. Kamen falls in the latter category. He is a character who always cheered me up. Whenever I got to a chapter with his name, I started smiling, and didn't stop until it was over. Smiles and laughter are a given when it comes to Kamen. RYAN'S CHAPTERS ALSO MADE ME LAUGH. Kamen, Ryan, and Hemsworth -- it's always fun to read about them. Whether it involves manties, hot sauce or Kamen's ballads, fun is guaranteed.

Dave and D were interesting as per usual. I couldn't wait to read D's chapters to see what's in that man's head, and they were very D-like. This book revealed more of D's feelings, and it was so sweet. It gave me warm and fuzzy feelings reading about D expressing more of his feelings for Dave. I believe a perceptive vampyre played a role in encouraging D to be more verbal in his affection. Drix's interaction with D and the other characters were among my favorite parts of the book, especially the one with Gould. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked reading his chapters. Drix's other half, Miles, also needed some courage to express his wishes. He, however, gathered it after playing with someone else, and by the end even he had fun at the slave hunt. As did Gould, which I was incredibly glad for. His story was the most emotional one in the series, and this happier Gould was a welcome change.

It all ended with a very special ballad by Kamen, which is the only way it should have ended. Overall, Slave Hunt wrapped up the series in an even better way than I could have hoped, which only left me wanting more. So when the words Want more Subs Club? Sign up for This Rebus Does Not Work, a Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock newsletter, and receive a free collection of Subs Club short stories with your subscription. came into view, I was over the moon. J.A. Rock made my wish come true again. I've been keeping my eye on my inbox ever since.


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My reviews of the previous installments: The Subs Club | Pain Slut | Manties in a Twist 24/7


Until next time, happy reading!




XOXO,
 
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