Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Blog Tour: Kingsbane - Claire Legrand (with UK Giveaway!)

Today I'm excited to be taking part in the blog tour to celebrate the release of Kingsbane by Claire Legrand, I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since I read Furyborn last year so I jumped at the part to join the tour. I have to apologise for not getting my review ready in time though, unfortunately I've had a tooth abscess & have been in too much pain to read properly so I'm running behind! I'll be posting my review as soon as possible but in the meantime I want to spotlight the book and I have a fab giveaway for you too!

First though lets talk about the book!

Book Info:

Title: Kingsbane
Author: Claire Legrand
ISBN: 9781492656654, Hardcover
Release Date: May 21st, 2019 (Kindle) June 1st, 2019 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


The anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller Furyborn!

Two queens, separated by thousands of years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength--and their hearts.

Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien--but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity's long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption--fear of becoming another Rielle--keeps Eliana's power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted--by embracing her mother's power, or rejecting it forever.

About Furyborn:

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.

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Praise for Furyborn:

“A page-turner. Readers will find the complex and flawed characters immensely relatable. The two narratives are deftly interwoven, and plot twists will keep teens on the edge of their seats.”
School Library Journal, popular pick

“A dark yet rousing adventure story that combines passion and danger at every turn.”

“High stakes, epic scope, intense action, and sweeping mythologies.”

“Strikingly vivid prose… the nearly five hundred pages race by in stunning fashion. This is a must-have for fans of Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles (Finnikin of the Rock, or Cashore’s Graceling.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, STARRED Review

“Beautiful, brutal, heart-stopping, and epic, Furyborn is a world to lose yourself in—just bring weapons. It’s dangerous there.”
Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone saga

“Legrand has created magic on every page. Flawed, smart, and fierce heroines kept me dazzled and breathless. Furyborn is explosive and stunning.”
Mary E. Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles and The Jenna Fox Chronicles

Blog Tour Giveaway:

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the UK blog tour to celebrate the release of Kingsbane and thanks to Midas PR and Sourcebooks I have one copy to give away to a lucky UK winner!

Giveaway terms & conditions:
  • This giveaway is open to UK residents only.
  • The giveaway closes on the 26th May 23:59 GMT
  • You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below and the winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter and contacted soon after the giveaway ends for their contact information.
  • You will have 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be chosen.
  • The prize will be sent directly from my contact at Midas PR so by entering the giveaway you are giving me permission to share your contact details if you win.

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About the Author:

Claire Legrand is the author of several novels for children and young adults, most notably The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Some Kind of Happiness, and Winterspell. Claire lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Review: Siren Unleashed - Lexi Blake

Re-released in a second edition with new content.

Detectives Ben and Chase Dawson have been sent to investigate an unusual murder at an exclusive resort owned by Julian Lodge. The prime suspect is a young woman who was the last person to see the victim alive. Julian wants them to ensure her safety while also conducting the investigation. The job seems simple enough, until Ben and Chase discover that the beautiful woman they have both come to desire has dark secrets.

Natalie Buchanan came to the Willow Fork Tranquility Spa seeking sanctuary after escaping the clutches of a twisted sadist. Working as a massage therapist at the resort has given her a chance to heal. It also offers her an opportunity to reconnect to the lifestyle she thought she would never be comfortable in again. But when one of her regular clients ends up dead on her table, Natalie fears that the monster she once escaped has come back to claim her.

As Natalie rediscovers her own power, all three will be forced to confront her past.

Texas Sirens Series:
(Originally published under the pen name Sophie Oak)
Small Town Siren
Siren in the City
Siren Enslaved
Siren Beloved
Siren in Waiting
Siren in Bloom
Siren Unleashed

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Ex Navy SEALs Chase and Ben are identical twins with such a close bond that they can literally feel each other's feelings and can pretty much read each other's minds. Now they're both working as private investigators and for their latest job they've been hired by Julian Lodge to investigate a murder at one of the resorts he owns. The prime suspect is a massage therapist who was the last person seen with the victim but Julian has very good reasons to believe in her innocence and he's tasked Chase and Ben with not only finding the real murderer but also with keeping her safe.

Natalie's parents have always been in a D/s relationship so she grew up in the lifestyle and she used to take great pleasure in submitting. She always expected to one day find her own permanent Dom and settle down but her life was almost destroyed when she was kidnapped by a sadist who tortured and abused her. She managed to escape her prison but mentally she's never recovered from the experience and it's turned something she used to take comfort in into something that she's now terrified of. When one of her clients is murdered it takes her straight back into that awful place but as events spiral out of her control she has to find the courage to face her darkest fears.

I think Siren Unleashed was probably the darkest book in the series so far, it touches on some really difficult subjects like kidnap, abuse, people trafficking, and even self-harm as Natalie struggles to cope with her past experiences. You might think that would take away from this being a romance but I thought Lexi Blake did a brilliant job of getting the balance right. These serious topics were handled sensitively and I really appreciated the emphasis on abuse being totally different from BDSM, the major keyword in any BDSM relationship is CONSENSUAL so kidnap does not come anywhere close to falling into that bracket.

Although this story did have it's darker moments it's mainly focused on facing your fears and from Natalie's point of view it's about reclaiming your life back. Chase and Ben both had their own issues that complicate things at times but I absolutely loved the bond between them, the way they were always there for each other and that even when they disagreed with each other they were willing to work together to get what they wanted. These two probably come very close to being my favourite guys in the series and trust me that's really saying something because there have been so many characters I've fallen head over heels for! I also really liked Natalie, she had so much inner strength and I enjoyed seeing her overcome her fears and take what she wanted for once. I've said many times before that I'm totally hooked on these rereleases of Lexi's Texas Sirens and Nights in Bliss series, previously published under the pen name Sophie Oak, and that definitely continues to be the case. I can't wait for more books in this world!

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, 20 May 2019

Review: Sleepless Vol. 2 - Sarah Vaughn & Leila del Duca

Nearly a year later in the court of Harbeny, Lady Poppy and Sir Cyrenic must forge ahead without each other. Cyrenic adjusts to life after being released from the Sleepless Vow. And though Poppy has allies old and new, she buckles under the pressure to marry Lord Helder. The future looks bleak, but both Poppy and Cyrenic are fighters. Either they will claw their way out of the darkness, or take as many enemies with them as they can. This second volume of SLEEPLESS concludes the story of Poppy and Cyrenic.

Collects SLEEPLESS #7-11

Collects issues 1-6.

Sleepless Series:
Sleepless Vol. 1
Sleepless Vol. 2

Visit Sarah Vaughan's website for more information

This volume picks up Poppy and Cyrenic's story about a year on from where the previous one ended. Cyrenic has been asleep that whole time ever since Poppy released him from his vow while she has been stuck dealing with court politics and trying to prevent a forced marriage to Lord Helder. Now as her wedding draws near and Cyrenic finally wakes up everything is in the balance.

After really enjoying the first book in this series I had high hopes for the sequel so I hate to say it but I was kind of disappointed. Most of the things I loved about the first volume are still there, the diverse characters and the beautiful artwork are the same but the plotting felt kind of rushed. I didn't realise that this was the final volume and to be honest I think it needed just one more, it felt like the authors had to rush through everything to fit it into two books and if there had been three they would have had time to flesh out things like the court intrigue and especially the romance.

It wasn't that this book was bad, its just having seen what the author and artist accomplished with volume one I know they could have ended this series so much better.

Source: Received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Review: How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire - Kerrelyn Sparks

So what if he's a bit older and usually regards a human female as dinner, not a dinner date? Yes, Roman Draganesti is a vampire, but a vampire who lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn't have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lop–sided eater for all eternity.

Things aren't going well for Shanna Whelan either...After witnessing a gruesome murder by the Russian mafia, she's next on their hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral because she's afraid of blood. When Roman rescues her from an assassination attempt, she wonders if she's found the one man who can keep her alive. Though the attraction between them is immediate and hot, can Shanna conquer her fear of blood to fix Roman's fang? And if she does, what will prevent Roman from using his fangs on her...

Love at Stake Series:
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
Vamps and the City
A Very Vampy Christmas (Novella)
Be Still My Vampire Heart
The Undead Next Door
All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire
Secret Life of a Vampire
Forbidden Nights with a Vampire
The Vampire and the Virgin
Eat Prey Love
Vampire Mine
Sexiest Vampire Alive
Wanted: Undead or Alive
Wild About You
Vampires Gone Wild (Novella V is for VampWoman)
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo
How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying)
Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire

Visit Kerrelyn Sparks's website for more information

So Roman isn't your typical suave and sophisticated vampire, in fact he's more of a geeky scientist, but since that's enabled him to create a synthetic blood that vampires can live off instead of munching on humans it's not really a bad thing. His life starts to get complicated when he bites into something he shouldn't have and accidentally pulls out one of his fangs. If he doesn't get it re-implanted before his vampire healing kicks in then he'll forever be known as a one-fanged-wonder and turned into a vampire laughing stock. It's time to find a dentist stat!

Shanna isn't your typical dentist considering she's now terrified at the sight of blood. She's currently living under witness protection after witnessing a brutal murder and agreeing to testify against the mafia but it looks like her new identity has been compromised and her life is now in danger. Luckily Roman turns up just in time to save her life but if she can't get over her fear of blood she's not going to be able to return the favour and rescue his fang.

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire is the first book in Kerrelyn Sparks' Love at Stake series and what a great introduction to the world she's created. The story was full of humour and the incident where Roman lost his fang had me laughing out loud. It looks like this is going to be a very fun and light hearted paranormal romance series and I'm definitely looking forward to getting to know the other characters better, especially since a lot of them are highland warrior vampires.

I did have a couple of issues with the vampire harem and the way they were portrayed though, it's one of those series where women seem to see each other as competition and therefore the enemy and that's not something I'm a fan of. I'm hoping that is something that will change as the series continues though and I enjoyed the rest of the book enough that I'm willing to look past that and continue reading. I think things are about to get exciting now that the cat is out of the bag and the government are aware of the existence of vampires and it'll be interesting to see how both sides react to that news.

Source: Purchased

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Friday, 17 May 2019

Review: The Men with the Golden Cuffs - Lexi Blake

A woman in danger…

Serena Brooks is a bestselling author of erotic fiction. She knows how to write a happy ending but hasn’t managed to find one of her own. Divorced and alone, she has no one to turn to when a stalker begins to threaten her life. The cops don’t believe her. Her ex-husband thinks she’s making the whole story up. She has no one left to turn to except a pair of hired bodyguards. They promise to guard her body, but no one can protect her heart.

Two men in search of love…

Adam Miles and Jacob Dean are halves of a whole. They’ve spent their entire adult lives searching for the one woman who can handle them both. Adam is the playful, indulgent lover, while Jacob is the possessive, loving Dom. When Serena comes into their lives, Adam is certain that she’s the one. But Jacob’s past comes back to haunt them all. He is suspicious of Serena’s story, and his concerns are driving a wedge between him and Adam. But when the stalker strikes, they will have to come together or lose each other forever…

Masters and Mercenaries Series:
The Dom Who Loved Me
The Men with the Golden Cuffs
A Dom is Forever
On Her Master's Secret Service
Sanctum (Novella)
Love and Let Die
Unconditional (Novella)
Dungeon Royal
Dungeon Games (Novella)
A View to a Thrill
Cherished (Novella)
You Only Love Twice
Sweet Child O' Mine (Short Story)
Luscious (Novella) (Topped book 1)
Adored (Novella)
Master No
Just One Taste (Novella) (Topped book 2)
From Sanctum With Love
Devoted (Novella)
Dominance Never Dies
Submission is Not Enough
Master Bits & Mercenary Bites: The Secret Recipes of Topped (Short Story Collection & Recipe Book) (Topped book 2.5)
Perfectly Paired (Novella) (Topped book 3)
For His Eyes Only
Arranged (Novella)
Love Another Day
Master Bits and Mercenary Bites: Girls Night (Short Story Collection & Recipe Book) (Topped book 3.5)
At Your Service (Novella) (Topped book 4)
Nobody Does it Better
Close Cover (Part of the Masters and Mercenaries Crossover Collection)
Protected (Novella)
Lost Hearts (Memento Mori) (Originally published as Memento Mori) (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten Series book 1)
Lost and Found (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten Series book 2)
Enchanted (Novella)
Lost in You (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten Series book 3) (August 2019)

Visit Lexi Blake's website for more information

We met Adam and Jacob in the first book of the Masters and Mercenaries series and I have to admit I couldn't wait to read their story so I was really excited it was the very next book! These two are just so much fun to spend time with and Serena is one lucky lady. I love that they're already a unit and know exactly what they want going in, they're closer than most brothers, have worked together for years and have always enjoyed sharing women. Although there's nothing romantic between the two of them they have such a strong bond and they want to find a woman willing to be with them both, someone who will help them build a family.

Serena is a popular erotic romance writer who loves writing BDSM and menage stories, she plays out her fantasies in her writing but although she's done a lot of research and has a very clear idea of what she wants she's never actually lived the lifestyle. In fact, her ex-husband divorced her when he found out about the type of books she'd been writing and she's been scared off of men by his reaction to her desires. Her life has been turned upside-down recently by a stalker, at first she thought it was an obsessive fan but their behaviour has become more and more threatening and it's now reached the point where her agent has decided to hire bodyguards for her. When Jacob and Adam are brought in to protect her they're both immediately attracted to her but Jacob has been burned before and is very wary of getting attached. Serena is equally gun-shy but Adam knows a good thing when he sees it and sets out to bring the three of them together.

I loved the way the romance develops between these three, they're playful together and have a lot of fun but it's obvious the connection goes far beyond just sex. Jacob and Adam are willing to play out all of Serena's deepest fantasies but they have no intention of letting her top from the bottom and they're going to push all of her boundaries too. There was a moment towards the end when there was a huge misunderstanding that the guys didn't handle too well but it was less jarring than the one in the first book and I thought the apologies and make up was handled much better too. I did find it fairly easy to guess who was behind the stalking incident but there were a few surprises that I didn't see coming and I loved that Serena fought for herself and didn't just sit around waiting to be rescued by her men.

I'm really enjoying this series and can't wait to carry on reading. I'm very excited for Ian's book but I also have high hopes for Eve and Alex too.

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Book Trailer: The Wizards of Once - Cressida Cowell

I know I'm not the only blogger who struggles to read all the books on their to read mountains, there are just so many amazing books out there and not enough hours in a day to actually read them all. Anyway, I want to continue highlighting a few that are on my radar but I haven't quite managed to get to yet.

It's not often that I read books aimed at a middle grade audience but I couldn't resist the gorgeous hardback copy of The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (seriously, it's so pretty!) and I'm really curious about the story too.

This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide.

Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure...

Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests. Until the Warriors came...

Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it.

In this whirlwind adventure, Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they're going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort.

Where something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring...

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I'd love to know if anyone has had a chance to read this book already so if you have please leave me a link to your review so I can come and check it out. Is the story as good as it sounds?

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Review: The Culling Trials book 2 - Shannon Mayer & K.F. Breene

You Don’t Choose The Academy. The Academy Chooses You.

Being accepted into an elite school of magic, monsters, and assassins was not my idea of higher education. But here I am, fighting my way through the Culling Trials to claim my right to be taught.

As if the gauntlet-type physical and mental tests aren’t enough, people are going missing.

People that are my friends.

In a dangerous world where no one is as they seem, the golden rule is simple: Trust no one. They think we should just look out for ourselves. That we should leave the fallen behind and ask no questions.

They clearly think we’re idiots. I got this far by trusting my instincts, and I’m not going to back down now.

Those kids won’t be left to die.

Not on my watch.

Shadowspell Academy Book 1 and Shadowspell Academy Book 2 end with a cliffhanger

Book 3 will release June 11, 2019

Shadowspell Academy Series:
The Culling Trials book 1
The Culling Trials book 2
The Culling Trials book 3 (June 2019)

Visit Shannon Mayer's website or K.F. Breene's website for more information

The Culling Trials book 2 picks up Wild's story immediately after the ending of the first instalment so please be aware there will be spoilers for the first book in this review. It's turning into a really fun series though so you should definitely check it out if you haven't already.

Picking up immediately from where we left off Pete has just walked into the bathroom and discovered that Wild is really a girl. Although he has a little trouble getting past the whole boob thing before he can even think about how her secret could affect the whole group if she's discovered! There is a very good reason that Wild has been hiding her true identity and her whole family will be in danger if anyone finds out who she really is so she's got to place a lot of trust in Pete to keep her secret.

I'm actually really enjoying seeing the friendship grow between Wild, Pete, Wally, Orin and Gregory, they're all from totally different backgrounds and have very different skills but there seems to be a genuine bond between them. You'll notice that I'm not counting Ethan in that grouping but he's a whole different kettle of fish and it's going to take a lot of work before I'll start trusting him.

Wild's secret is actually the least of their problem as the culling trials continue. There is danger from every direction and even working together is no guarantee of success but if they don't make it through Wild will never discover what happened to her older brother or why they tried to recruit Billy. She also needs to get to the bottom of whats going on with her childhood friend Rory, he's been holding out on her for a long time and it's clear he has information she needs if she's going to survive this experience.

I love how fast paced these stories are, lots of action and fun as they work through the trials but also a strong group of characters who are becoming fast friends. There are secrets galore that I can't wait to uncover and I'm just glad we don't have to wait long for the next book!

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Monday, 13 May 2019

Review: Worth Fighting For - Laura Kaye

Getting in deep has never felt this good...

Commercial diving instructor Tara Hunter nearly lost everything in an accident that saw her medically discharged from the navy. With the help of the Warrior Fight Club, she’s fought hard to overcome her fears and get back in the water where she’s always felt most at home. At work, she’s tough, serious, and doesn’t tolerate distractions. Which is why finding her gorgeous one-night stand on her new dive team is such a problem.

Former navy deep-sea diver Jesse Anderson just can’t seem to stop making mistakes—the latest being the hot-as-hell night he’d spent with his new partner. This job is his second chance, and Jesse knows he shouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But spending every day with Tara’s smart mouth and sexy curves makes her so damn hard to resist.

Joining a wounded warrior MMA training program seems like the perfect way to blow off steam—until Jesse finds that Tara belongs too. Now they’re getting in deep and taking each other down day and night, and even though it breaks all the rules, their inescapable attraction might just be the only thing truly worth fighting for.

Warrior Fight Club Series:
Fighting for Everything
Fighting for What's His
Worth Fighting For (Part of the Kristen Proby Big Sky Crossover Collection)
Fighting the Fire (Coming Soon)

Kristen Proby Big Sky Crossover Collection:
Kristen Proby – Soaring with Fallon
Sawyer Bennett – Wicked Force
K.L. Grayson – Crazy Imperfect Love
Laura Kaye – Worth Fighting For
Monica Murphy – Nothing Without You
Rachel Van Dyken – All Stars Fall
Samantha Young – Hold On

Visit Laura Kaye's website for more information

Tara and Jesse hit it off immediately when they meet in a bar, bonding over shared experiences and intense chemistry they're both more than willing to start a hot affair but it all goes horribly wrong when they realise they're going to be working together. Tara lost her career in the Navy, and very nearly her life, in a horrifying underwater accident and it's taken all her courage to get back into the water as part of a commercial diving team. It's still hard to keep her focus and she really can't afford any distractions when she's on the job so being attracted to her new dive partner is her worst nightmare.

Jesse has already made a lot of mistakes and this new job was supposed to give him a fresh start so he really shouldn't be mixing business with pleasure by getting involved with Tara no matter how much he wants to. Working side by side isn't going to be easy though, especially when they already have a connection that goes far beyond simple sex.

Worth Fighting For is a fabulous instalment of the Warrior Fight Club series, Laura Kaye always manages to create such realistic characters, people you can imagine hanging out with and being friends with and I loved both Tara and Jesse. They're both complex characters who are fighting their own demons but no matter how much they want to resist each other the spark is too bright to ignore. The romance between them was really sweet and tender as well as being totally hot and I just enjoyed every minute of their story. I also love the sense of camaraderie between the diving team and the members of the Warrior Fight Club, it was great to catch up with previous characters and get glimpses of future heroes and heroines too.

This story is part of the Kirsten Proby Big Sky Crossover Collection, I believe Jesse has made previous appearances in that series but I've not read it so I can't tell you which books he shows up in. I can confirm that I wasn't at all lost reading this as part of the Warrior Fight Club books though so you don't need to be familiar with the Big Sky books to enjoy this. Laura Kaye has been a favourite author of mine for a long time now and I'll be eagerly awaiting her next release.

Source: Purchased

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Book Trailer: Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi

Recently I've been posting trailers for books that I've been wanting to read for ages but that haven't quite made it to the top of my to read mountain yet for whatever reason. Today I'm doing something a little different and bringing an old favourite back into the limelight.

I can't quite believe it's been seven years since Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi was first published. It's a series I really enjoyed reading and one that I don't really see mentioned often anymore so I thought I'd give it a quick shout out.

Worlds kept them apart. Destiny brought them together.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive . . .

Under the Never Sky series:
(Click on the links below to read my reviews)
Roar and Liv (Novella)
Under the Never Sky
Through the Ever Night
Brooke (Novella)
Into the Still Blue

Visit Veronica Rossi's website for more information.

So have you already read this series? If so what did you think of it? If it's one you haven't started yet has the trailer made you want to add it to your to read pile?

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Review: Barbarian's Mate - Ruby Dixon

'Resonance' is supposed to be a dream - that's when your soulmate is chosen for you. And everyone on the ice planet has hooked up with a big, hunky soulmate of their own... except me. So do I want a mate? Heck yeah. More than anything, all I've ever wanted is to be loved by someone.

Except that the soulmate chosen for me? My least favorite person on the darn ice planet. Haeden's the most cranky, disapproving, unpleasant, overbearing male alien... so why is it that my body sings when he gets close? Why is he working so hard to prove to me that he's not as awful as I think he is?

I hate him... don't I?

Ice Planet Barbarians:
Ice Planet Barbarians
Barbarian Alien
Barbarian Lover
Barbarian Mine
Ice Planet Holiday (Novella)
Barbarian's Prize
Barbarian's Mate
Having the Barbarian's Baby (Short Story)
Ice Ice Babies (Short Story)
Barbarian's Touch
Calm: Slice of Life (Short Story)
Barbarian's Taming
After Shock: Slice of Life (Short Story)
Barbarian's Heart
Barbarian's Hope
Barbarian's Choice
Barbarian's Redemption
Barbarian's Lady
Prison Planet Barbarian
Barbarian's Rescue
Barbarian's Tease
The Corsair's Captive
The Barbarian Before Christmas (Novella)

Icehome Series:
(Set in the same world as the Ice Planet Barbarians series but introducing new characters)
Lauren's Barbarian

Visit Ruby Dixon's website for more information

I'm a huge fan of this series so it pains me to say that this book was probably my least favourite so far. Haeden was fantastic but my god Josie drove me insane for a large chunk of the book! She was selfish and self-centred and absolutely refused to talk to Haeden about what was bothering her. I'm really not a fan of pointless drama that could be solved with a single conversation being dragged out for half the book and that came close to ruining this story for me which was disappointing.

What was most irritating is that I understood why Josie was so reluctant to give into the resonance between her and Haeden but it was frustrating that she was so desperate for a family but refused to even give him a chance. There had been a huge misunderstanding between them and it could have been really fun to see them go from enemies to lovers but Josie stomps off on her own like a child having a tantrum putting her life and Haeden's in danger and I just wanted to shake her.

Luckily things improve in the second half of the book when Josie FINALLY agreed to talk to Haeden and I am glad they worked things out in the end but it was a little too long coming in my opinion and I just felt that Haeden deserved better from his mate.

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Monday, 6 May 2019

Review: Grave Visions - Kalayna Price

The fourth book in the Alex Craft urban fantasy series about a Grave Witch who can talk to the dead. Perfect for fans of Charlaine Harris and Cassandra Clare.

If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She's a Grave Witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers, who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But now she's the one fighting to keep her own secret. She's not human - and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie.

But her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae worlds. This glamour-infused drug causes hallucinations that turn real - at least for a while and often with deadly consequences. Searching for the source of this drug - and its purpose - lands Alex front and centre in the conflict brewing in Faerie and she must find answers before she's dragged so deep she loses her freedom.

Alex Craft Series:
Grave Witch
Grave Dance
Ruby Red (Short Story in the Kicking It anthology)
Grave Memory
Grave Visions
Grave Ransom
Grave Destiny

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I think it was the very long break between the release of Grave Visions and the previous book that led to me loosing track of this series the first time I started reading it but I'm really glad I discovered these books again as it's such a fun series to read. Anyway, I'm glad that I reread the previous three books before jumping into this one because there was just so much I'd forgotten about both the world and the main characters.

This story sees Alex working two different cases that are possibly connected in ways she can't even begin to imagine. Firstly she's still dealing with the fallout of learning that she's half fae and the fact that she has to choose a court to belong to. She's desperate to avoid joining the Winter Court but unless she can get the queen to agree to Alex living in her territory as an independent she will be forced to move away from Nekros City. As Alex has rare abilities the Winter Queen is reluctant to lose her skills entirely but she reluctantly agrees to give Alex independent status IF she finds out who killed one of the Queen's handmaidens.

At the same time she's looking into a string of increasingly bizarre deaths in the city, where the victims have injuries that just don't make any sense. When she discovers the cause is a new street drug that causes the victim's hallucinations to become temporarily real she knows it is vital to uncover who is behind the drug and find a way to stop them. But with the Queen giving her a deadline on her murder investigation and her own increasing ill health things are getting really complicated.

I really enjoyed the investigation side of this story, there's a lot going on and it's interesting watching Alex try to come to grips with her newly discovered fae heritage and how that affects her daily life. I am hoping we'll get a resolution in terms of the love triangle soon though. I like Falin and we see a lot more of him in this book but his ties to the Winter Queen, and the fact that he has already betrayed her once because of those ties, make it very hard to trust him. There's a big gulf between them right now and I don't see any way for them to bridge it unless he somehow manages to break away from the Winter Queen and I really don't see that happening. I actually prefer her with Death anyway but her relationship with him is just as impossible, if not even more so. I just wish Alex didn't hold herself at quite such a distance from everyone, her friends included, I want to see her opening up more and letting people in even though I understand why she's so scared of doing that.

The last few paragraphs of this book were hilarious and have definitely left Alex with a lot of explaining to do so I can't wait to see the fallout in the next book.

Source: Received from Berkley in exchange for an honest review

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Saturday, 4 May 2019

Review: The Dom Who Loved Me - Lexi Blake

A routine mission…

Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She's the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature.

…turns into a dangerous seduction.

Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean's every dark desire. She's living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure—intimate acts of trust she's only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?

Masters and Mercenaries Series:
The Dom Who Loved Me
The Men with the Golden Cuffs
A Dom is Forever
On Her Master's Secret Service
Sanctum (Novella)
Love and Let Die
Unconditional (Novella)
Dungeon Royal
Dungeon Games (Novella)
A View to a Thrill
Cherished (Novella)
You Only Love Twice
Sweet Child O' Mine (Short Story)
Luscious (Novella) (Topped book 1)
Adored (Novella)
Master No
Just One Taste (Novella) (Topped book 2)
From Sanctum With Love
Devoted (Novella)
Dominance Never Dies
Submission is Not Enough
Master Bits & Mercenary Bites: The Secret Recipes of Topped (Short Story Collection & Recipe Book) (Topped book 2.5)
Perfectly Paired (Novella) (Topped book 3)
For His Eyes Only
Arranged (Novella)
Love Another Day
Master Bits and Mercenary Bites: Girls Night (Short Story Collection & Recipe Book) (Topped book 3.5)
At Your Service (Novella) (Topped book 4)
Nobody Does it Better
Close Cover (Part of the Masters and Mercenaries Crossover Collection)
Protected (Novella)
Lost Hearts (Memento Mori) (Originally published as Memento Mori) (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten Series book 1)
Lost and Found (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten Series book 2)
Enchanted (Novella)
Lost in You (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten Series book 3) (August 2019)

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Anyone who follows my blog or is friends with me on Goodreads can't fail to have noticed that I've become a huge fan of Lexi Blake over the last year or so and I'm really enjoying working my way through her extensive backlist. I've been looking forward to starting the Masters and Mercenaries series for ages and have already met quite a few of the characters as they've made appearances in her other books. So I was excited to start the Dom Who Loved Me and overall I did enjoy the story but I did have a few issues with it that meant I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the Bliss or Texas Sirens books.

To start with the positives I have to say I really loved Grace, she's an older heroine (something we don't see enough of in my opinion) who was widowed young and is now living alone for the first time after her two sons have left to go to college. Grace is a people pleaser who always goes out of her way to make sure everyone around her have what they need. Before all her energy went into looking after her sons and now she mainly focuses on her job and trying to anticipate the needs of her alcoholic boss. I thought Grace was a great character and I really enjoyed seeing the boost in her confidence that came from starting a relationship with Sean.

When it comes to Sean I have more mixed feelings, in some ways I really liked him but there were other things that drove me absolutely crazy. Firstly was the fact that he met Grace when he was there to put both her and her boss under surveillance. McKay/Taggart Security Services are hunting a terrorist and they have reason to believe that the company Grace works for is somehow involved so several members of the team go undercover as both employees and clients while they try to figure out what is going on. I don't have an issue with that but I did find it uncomfortable that Sean gains Grace's trust specifically because he wants to spy on her, perhaps that wouldn't have been so bad if he hadn't immediately pursued a relationship with her, if they'd become friends through the investigation but not taken it any further until he was sure of her innocence I'd probably have felt better about it.

The fact that he takes advantage of her trust (even going so far as bugging her house, making a copy of the key she gave him for his friends to use to get inside her property and even drugging her so they could hack into her laptop!) while at the same time starting a D/s relationship with her just made things creepy, trust is the cornerstone of any kind of BDSM relationship and I didn't appreciate Sean completely ignoring that. Then, after abandoning her with no notice he ended up treating her terribly for no good reason which annoyed me even more. I thought the scenes after Grace found out the truth were totally unrealistic and I couldn't believe that she didn't use her safe word and walk away from him. To be honest I'd have liked the story a whole lot more if she'd done exactly that and he'd had to work at earning her forgiveness.

That really makes it sound like I hated this book but that couldn't be further from the truth, like I said I did really like Grace and I even thought her and Sean were well matched both in and out of the bedroom. I liked that she was strong enough to challenge him when she needed to even if that did go a little awry towards the end of the book. I also thought they had a lot of potential as a couple and their chemistry was fantastic. One thing I really loved was getting to know the other members of Sean's team and I'm really excited to continue the series, especially Adam and Jacob's story which, luckily for me, is up next! This series definitely has the potential to become one of my favourites, we already have a group of fantastic characters and Lexi Blake excels at mixing a hint of suspense and danger in with really hot romances.

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, 3 May 2019

Book Trailer: Everless - Sara Holland

I know I'm not the only blogger who struggles to read all the books on their to read mountains, there are just so many amazing books out there and not enough hours in a day to actually read them all. Anyway, I want to continue highlighting a few that are on my radar but I haven't quite managed to get to yet.

I've been wanting to read Sara Holland's Everless duology ever since I first heard about it so I honestly have no excuses about why it's taken me this long to get to it. I really do need to bump this up the list because it sounds fabulous and the fact that both books have already been published is a huge bonus.

Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire - a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.

Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.

There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself.

Everless Series:

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I have to include the US cover for this book too because, well just look how beautiful it is:

Isn't it stunning? I'm very, very tempted to buy the American hardback! Have you already read this series? If you have make sure you leave me a link to your reviews in the comments so I can see what you thought of it.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Review: King of Fools - Amanda Foody

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all...

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive...

Or die as legends.

The Shadow Game Series:
Ace of Shades
King of Fools

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King of Fools picks up Levi and Enne's story not long after the end of the first book. After the Game of Shadows there is a huge price on both their heads and they've both lost pretty much everything. Levi wants his gang back but after being challenged by his third and losing all their money he's not sure how to win back their trust or sort out their finances. Enne on the other hand doesn't want the reputation she's earned and would much prefer to stay out of the limelight but Vianca has plans for them both and since she has magical control over them thanks to the omerta they don't have a choice but to go along with them.

We see a very different side to Levi in this story, he's had a lot of setbacks and he's not handling the pressure well at all. He is willing to risk anything to free himself and Enne from Vianca but his methods were pretty dodgy at times and I didn't like the way he was willing to place Jac in so much danger. In fact he often makes decisions for other people without consulting them first which I found really frustrating. I also really disliked the way he was using Narinder just to get what he wanted. I loved the chemistry between Levi and Narinder but it was completely ruined by the way Levi would be kissing Narinder while thinking about Enne and how much he wanted to be with her. While Levi did make some particularly bad life choices he does grow a lot throughout the story and I appreciated the way he apologised for the mistakes he made and the way he treated both Enne and Jac.

Amanda Foody has been calling this her "girl gang" book and I did absolutely love how many strong female characters we have in this instalment. Not just Enne and Lola who I already knew and loved but also new characters like Grace, Tock and Sophia were all fab too. The one thing I did find slightly disappointing was that most of Enne's gang spent more time sitting around reading magazines and painting their nails than they did doing anything exciting. Lola and Grace had more of a role to play but the rest of the characters seemed completely unimportant which was disappointing. If you're wondering why I'm not including Tock and Sophia it's because they're members of rival gangs, they were definitely much more kickass than most of Enne's spirits though and I thought they were fantastic characters.

This is a book of two parts, the first is slower paced as it sets the scene, gets all the players in the right places and gives us insights into their motivations, then the second part quickly snowballs into an action packed finale that took my breath away. The ending definitely left me desperate to get my hands on book three and I can't wait to see how certain events play out, I know I'm not the only one who is hoping one thing in particular can be reversed!

Source: Received from HQ in exchange for an honest review.

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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Cover Reveal: In Moonlight and Memories - Julie Ann Walker

In Moonlight and Memories trilogy
By Julie Ann Walker
Release Date: July 1, 2019


From NYT and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker comes an epic tale of sacrifice, friendship, and the awe-inspiring power of love.

Maggie: Ten years ago, Cash Armstrong stole my heart. Then he promptly joined the army—dragging my best friend with him—and left me crying on the front porch in a red sequined prom dress. Now he's back. They're both back. Cash, the one who still has my heart. And Luc, the one who saved my life.

Cash: How do you know if you’re at the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? That's what I've been trying to figure out since a traumatic brain injury made me "unfit to serve." I'm back in New Orleans, and picking up the shattered pieces of my past means I must confront where my life's journey began... and where it all might end.

Luc: Long ago, Maggie May was mine. Not mine in the way you might think. She was mine because she was my only friend. Then Cash came along and we became brothers by something stronger than blood. We became brothers by choice. When tragedy struck, I was forced to make a decision that changed all our lives. I thought, after ten years, it was safe to come back home. I was wrong...

The “In Moonlight and Memories” trilogy debuts July 1st!

And always remember, “The greatest of loves can begin in the simplest of ways...”

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Volume Three:

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Author Bio:

A little about Julie…

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women – she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama… or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small spark that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word.
Because of Julie’s early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger’s Tale – her school newspaper.

During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. “Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for a way to flex my mental muscles,” she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics.

“I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read.”

It wasn’t until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion.
Now Julie loves to travel the world looking for views to compete with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, petting every dog that walks by her, and… reading, of course!

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April 2019 Recap

Books read in previous months but reviewed in April:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews (Read in January, review coming soon)
  2. Sleepless Vol. 1 - Sarah Vaughn & Leila del Duca (Graphic Novel) (Read in March, reviewed in April)
  3. Snowed In - Navessa Allen (Read in March, review coming soon)
  4. The Reader - Traci Chee (Read in March, reviewed in April)
  5. To Free a Captured Heart - R.L. Naquin (Read in March, review coming soon)
  6. The Near Witch - V.E. Schwab (Read in March, review coming soon)
  7. The Ash-Born Boy - V.E. Schwab (Short Story) (Read in March, review coming soon)
  8. Their Second Chance - Katee Robert (Novella) (Read in March, review coming soon)
  9. The Undying King - Grace Draven (Novella) (Read in March, review coming soon)
  10. Fate's Danger - Amanda Carlson (Read in March, review coming soon)
  11. Purity in Death - J.D. Robb (Read in March, reviewed in April)
  12. Wolf Rain - Nalini Singh (Read in March, review coming soon)
Books read in April:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Kicking It - Anthology
  2. Sapphire Flames - Ilona Andrews (Review coming soon)
  3. Cipher - Larissa Ione
  4. The Culling Trials Book 1 - Shannon Mayer & K.F. Breene
  5. Sapphire Flames - Ilona Andrews (Yes, for the second time this month LOL) (Review coming soon)
  6. Portrait in Death - J.D. Robb
  7. The Queen's Advantage - Jessie Mihalik (Review coming soon)
  8. Barbarian's Mate - Ruby Dixon (Review coming soon)
  9. Having the Barbarian's Baby - Ruby Dixon (Short Story) (Review coming soon)
  10. Iron and Fire - Ariana Nash
  11. Grave Memory - Kalayna Price (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  12. Worth Fighting For - Laura Kaye (Review coming soon)
  13. Grave Visions - Kalayna Price (Review coming soon)
  14. The Winter of the Witch - Katherine Arden (Review coming soon)
  15. The Shadow Warrior - Ann Aguirre
  16. The Women's War - Jenna Glass (Review coming soon)
  17. Chasing Bliss - Lexi Blake
  18. The Dom Who Loved Me - Lexi Blake (Review coming soon)
  19. Imitation in Death - J.D. Robb
      Other April Posts
      April Books of the Month:
      (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

      My top YA read in April:

      The Reader by Traci Chee (read my review here)

      My top adult reads in April:

      Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb (read my review here)

      My Challenge Updates:

      Here are the 2019 challenges I've signed up for:
      2019 Read 100 Books in a Year Challenge - Read 69/200
      2019 British Books Challenge - Read 2/20
      2019 New Author Challenge - Read 8/20
      2019 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge - Read 36/100
      2019 Contemporary Romance Challenge - Read 8/20


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