Jan 29, 2017

REVIEW: The Summer Palace (Captive Prince #3.5) by C.S. Pacat

Genre: MM Fantasy

Buy The Book: AMAZON

Connect With The Author: Twitter /BlogGoodreads

Synopsis On GR:

"When all this is over, we could take horses and stay a week in the palace..."

Set after the events of the Captive Prince trilogy, The Summer Palace is a story about Damen and Laurent. It's an epilogue of sorts to the Captive Prince series.


"You were watching the road..." 

This novella is yet another proof how long I've been AWOL from the reader's world, because I've found about it totally by accident and it's the part of one of my most beloved mm fantasy series.

The one thing that prevented me from rating the 3d book of the series, Kings Rising, with 5 stars was the absence of a worthy epilogue and in this short story we get exactly that- a 30 pages long, worthy epilogue.

We finally get a glimpse of our favourite ex-archenemies in their honeymoon-phase, a couple of months after the plot of Kings Rising. Emotional, touching with a bit of steam. Almost perfect. Just like every short story- it gives you a small, sweet tast, but soon enough leaves you hungry for more. That's why 4/5 stars.

Purple's Reviews Of  The Rest Of The Series:

Review Of Captive Prince: Volume One (CP, #1)

Review Of Kings Rising (CP, #3) by C.S. Pacat



Jan 27, 2017

REVIEW: Feversong (Fever #9) by Karen Marie Moning

Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance

Buy The Book: AMAZON B & N / Book Depository

Connect With The Author:

Synopsis: #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning returns with the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn. As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.

Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.


"Life isn’t about waiting for peace to arrive, it’s about learning to thrive in the midst of war. There’s always another one on the way.”
The 9th installment of the Fever series, Feversong, was without a doubt one of the most expected books of 2017 not only on my list, but I think on the list of every urban fantasy/paranormal romance junkie around the world, moresoever after *that* thrilling, mouthdropping cliffhanger of Feverborn #8. It had huge potential, but was that potential met? Hm, well, whereas up until the previous book my answer was always positive, this time I'm not so sure.

K.M.Moning outdid herself with every next book in this series, so the expectations of the fandom at book #9 were enormous. When it comes to my reading expirience- I read more than 500 pages long book in 3 days and enjoyed it for the most part, while at other parts it tended to become quite exhausting with its detailed descriptions of the things I was less thrilled about (yes, I am looking at you Queen Aiobheal.)

All in all, without spoiling anything, my conclusion is that despite all its little imperfections I don't regret a bit spending daylight and nights in the apocalyptic, paranormal world of Mac, Jerricho Barrons and the rest of the Nine, Jada, Christian, Dancer and the rest of the gang and I can't wait to do it again. Highly recommended series!

RATING: 3.5/5 stars

"The most critical, defining battles we wage in life, we wage alone. Against ourselves.” 



Jan 7, 2017

Purple's Top Reads Of 2016

Hi, everyone! 
Long time no see. First of all, I hope you had a blast for holidays and may 2017 be even more successful and filled with love, health & happiness for you and your family. Due to working two jobs last year I've been AWOL from the readers world for the most part, so the list of books I've read in 2016 is pretty short. That's why my top reads of 2016 will be even shorter. There's this one read that stood out for me last year and it was a buddy read with my fellow blogger Beatrix (Check out our longer version of Buddy Review of Cam Girl if you haven't yet.)

Cam Girl By Leah Raeder

New Adult/ Contemporary Romance/ Suspense

Buy The Book:
AMAZON / S & S / B & N / BAM! / IB
Connect With The Author:
Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads / Blog
Synopsis On GR:

“Darkly erotic…a must read” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Unteachable and Black Iris comes a new, sexy romantic suspense novel about two best friends who are torn apart by a life-shattering accident…and the secrets left behind.

Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

She’s got nothing left to lose.

So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question:

Can we meet IRL?

Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that will bring back a ghost from her past.

Now Vada must confront what she’s been running from. A past full of devastating secrets—those of others and those she’s been keeping from herself… 

Purple's rating: 5/5 stars

"All art comes from pain."
Dark, raw, thought-provoking, erotic, poignant, inspiring... but above all beautifully written. It's such a complex, powerful and skilfully written story that makes me feeling inadequate to even write a review about it...

"My love is savage and rapacious. It isn't content to touch. It wants to be inside, crawl into the marrow, caress each vein until the cells are all mixed up and there is no you and me anymore, no secrets or shadows sliding between our skin. Only this endless devouring of each other."  

...it's the type of a book which will make you question and give another, inside perspective about themes such as self-discovery, sexuality and genders in general. 

Highly recommended to every fan of dark, suspensful, steamy and thought-provoking mindfucks which will keep you second-guessing till the very end.

 Beatrix' rating: 4/5 stars

What a strange world where we pay people to listen to our problems, and pay them to fuck themselves while we watch, and pay them to save us.

Once upon a time (okay, when I read Unteachable) I fell in love with Leah Raeder’s words. And ever since, I await her next novel with delightful anticipation. It’s like (s)he has this deep, profound relationship with words, and we, as readers, should feel lucky we get to read what comes out of her/his pen. (S)he is an artist, just like Vada, MC of this novel.

Cam Girl is another beautifully written novel, and one which raises a lot of important issues, main one being our preconceived notions about gender and sexuality. Masterfully portrayed, Cam Girl is a novel I will for sure recommend to many people...

* If you're interested in this author's work, check out:
~ my and Beatrix' buddy-read review of Black Iris 


Jan 5, 2017

#REVIEW: Magic Binds (KD,#9) By Ilona Andrews

Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance

Buy The Book:
B & N

Connect With The Author:
 Goodreads / Blog / Twitter / Facebook


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…

*** REVIEW *** 

I've rated most of the new installments of my favorite series around 3 stars, but that's not the case with Magic Binds, the 9th installment of the Kate Daniels series written by the famous duo I. Andrews. This series is at book 9# and I don't know how they do it, but the story only gets better and better.

This series has everything I love about urban fantasy/paranormal genre:

- non-stop thrilling action

- intriguing paranormal/mythological characters

- sweet Curran ft. Kate moments

- creepy Roman ft. Kate bonding (issues)

- fun, strong & bad-ass female character

- super hot lion shifter for a male character

- awesome secondary characters

- awesome plot

- awesome ending

It's safe to say that the next installment is definitely included in my most expected reads of 2017 list. Highly recommended!

RATING: 5/5 stars


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