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Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampire #13)

By Chloe Neill

Synopsis

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation into a vampire, Merit has stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She’s saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire who seems to be under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have imagined. As malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It is her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

Review

Blade Bound is the final installment for Merit and Ethan.  For me, it was the perfect way to end their journey.  It brought their story full circle.  I loved how it had references to when they first met and how their love evolved. I couldn’t put this book down and even though I loved the ending, I still didn’t want it to be over.

Merit has grown so much even though it had only been a year.  She had discovered what she was capable of and found the love of her life.  She has an inner strength and loyalty that really matches no other.

I love Ethan.  He has also grown since meeting Merit.  He had learned how love affects people and how it effects everything in his life.  Ethan has always known what Merit is made of and made sure that she had the opportunity to become the person she was meant to be.

Blade Bound also had all the characters that we have grown to love throughout this series.  From Luc and Lindsey, Jeff and Merit’s grandfather to Catcher and Mallory.  And yes Catcher is still tying to get a Lifetime movie made out of their story.

This story has everything in it that makes the Chicagoland Vampire Series so great.  I really like how it highlights that fact that the humans and vampires still do not have a great relationship but the vampires will find a way to save the city.  I also couldn’t get enough of their wedding.  It touched on everything that makes them so great together.  I’m sad that this series has ended but I’m looking forward to the spinoff series and hope for some cameos.

Blade Bound

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Fallen Crest Home (Fallen Crest High #6)

By Tijan

Synopsis

It’s been years since my mother was in my life.
I healed.
I learned to accept love.
I lived.
That’s all done. She was away, and now she’s back.
I avoided her for a year and a half, but I couldn’t hide anymore.
Mason had an internship in Fallen Crest, so we headed back for the summer.
And when we got there—no one was prepared for what happened.

Review

Fallen Crest High (#1) has always been my favourite but Fallen Crest Home has surpassed that.  Why you ask? Well we returned to what this is all about Sam and Mason, their relationship with each other, her mother and his father.  So much action, game playing, guessing who is honest and just the fearsome foursome, Mason, Logan, Tate & Sam – they were Home and standing side by side.

I definitely felt that Mason was maturing and as this story progressed you just knew the tides were changing and he lost control at times, the scene after the wedding reception with Sam, how is that going to play out in Fallen Crest High #7?

I do admit I was a little upset that again Sam was being attacked from different sides from old and new threats, I really wanted them to be Home for some peace after all the drama at Cain.  I did not feel calm until Logan appeared as I was worried Mason was alone, no matter who else is  around unless those two guys are together I do not feel calm.I did a little dance when Logan finally gets into town, we were given great humorous moments as at that point in the story I was shaking in my boots in fear.

One favourite part was Mason’s reflection at the wedding ceremony, his realisation of Analise and Sam, it was a stellar scene and my heart filled.  I also felt myself aching with the loss and hurt as Sam dealt with her demons in relation to her mother, at times I thought of reconciliation and other times revenge, it was riveting to follow Sam’s own personal journey of self discovery and allowing herself closure.  The scene with her mother in the hotel reception was another favourite for me and I actually found myself thawing somewhat towards her mother.

Reading Fallen Crest Home to me allowed Sam back into the story, I would have liked David to be involved a bit more however her relationship with Malinda was perfect and exactly what she needed.  I did find myself actually angry at Malinda helping Sam’s mother but then it made sense keep her friends close and your enemy closer as they say and in the end she was looking out for Sam.

Mason and Logan’s speech at the wedding ceremony was absolutely brilliant!

Adam and Becky returned with a vengeance and I did have a hunch on the leak and when all the secrets were revealed well it provided another layer to this story.  I also enjoyed Garrett making an appearance and helping his daughter and Heather continued to prove her worth as a true friend to Sam.

I cannot wait for Fallen Crest High #7 – I am hoping for two things to evolve in their relationship – will they happen? Will there be further reconciliation?

Fallen Crest Home (Fallen Crest High #6)

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Royally Screwed (Royally # 1)

By Emma Chase

Synopsis

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness,” is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant―hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately―the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia―Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Review

ROYALLY SCREWED is the first book in a new series from Emma Chase, and it was a story I really enjoyed reading.

“I love you, Olivia.  I don’t need a kingdom—if you’re beside me, I already have the whole world.”

I loved both Nicholas and Olivia and thought they made a great couple.  Olivia has never had anything handed to her and has worked very hard for what little she has.  She’s trying to keep her mother’s bakery from closing while making sure her little sister has the means to go to college.  Nicholas may have had everything handed to him his whole life, but he’s surprisingly humble (at times) and understands the huge responsibility he will be handed one day.  He is surrounded by so many fake people with ulterior motives that he needs someone real and honest in his life, and they don’t get more real and honest than Olivia.

“I’m not sleeping with you for money.”
“Why not?”
“Because I’m not a prostitute.”
“Of course you’re not.  But you’re young and beautiful, I’m handsome and rich.  The more applicable question is why aren’t we fucking already.”

Not only did I like Nichols and Olivia, but I liked all of the secondary characters as well.  Nicholas had a fiesty but loving relationship with his grandmother, a.k.a. the Queen.  His best friend⎯Simon⎯was cute and charming, and Simon’s wife⎯Franny⎯was the champion in Olivia’s corner that she desperately needed.  His younger brother⎯Henry⎯had his ups and downs, but I was definitely a fan by the end of the book.  Olivia’s best friend⎯Marty⎯was a little out there, but he was good for a laugh.  Her little sister⎯Ellie⎯was sweet and bubbly, but she was not afraid to go toe-to-toe with someone when the situation called for it.

“But just in case you get any ideas…if you hurt my sister, delicious-looking security guards or not, I’ll find a way to shave your eyebrows off.”

ROYALLY SCREWED is told in dual POVs and comes with a beautiful HEA for Nicholas and Olivia; it really was a fairytale read.  Henry gets the next book and I am looking forward to reading it.

Royally Screwed (Royally # 1)

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Gian (Trassato Crime Family #1)

By Lisa Cardiff

Synopsis

I only ever had one dream—my name in bright lights for the world to see. And I had a plan to make it all happen.

Move to New York. Find an agent. Work hard. Then with a little luck mixed in with some natural talent, I’d be a Broadway star.

One devastating injury and a broken engagement later, I have nothing to show for my life except an empty bank account and a jaded heart. Desperate to salvage my dreams, I agree to interview for a job with my best friend’s brother, Gian Trassato.

Gian is charming. He’s magnetic. He’s connected to the Trassato Crime Family, and everything I should stay away from, but I don’t have a choice. I need the job.

Just when I thought I was about to get my life and career back on track, I make one thoughtless mistake. I go back to the club to pick up my purse and witness something Gian’s enemies would kill to keep secret.

Now I’m being sucked deeper and deeper into a terrifying world I don’t understand…

Friends and enemies are interchangeable. Honor and family are everything. And the scariest part of all…I might actually be getting lost in Gian.

Review

Gian was such an enjoyable read, it is an easy with plenty of passion, emotion and some mystery thrown in.  For a Mafia Romance I loved every part of their romantic journey from a not so normal introduction to growing and loving each other.

Perfectly told in both main characters POV, you can easily follow their growing attractions to each other and the story is paced really well, I read this in a day as could not put down.

I love the cover of Gian and also book 2 being Kon.

I guessed the family connection before the big reveal and then realising that book 2 is actually on Evie’s brother well I am so happy right now. The emotion Evie feels with the secret from her entire family was thought provoking and I hope we see her family dynamic further in the coming books.

Gian’s mother played a lovely role in this story and I really hope we get to see more of Gian and Evie, the ending was perfect and I would love to see some babies for them in the coming books.

Gian (Trassato Crime Family #1)

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More Than Want You (More Than Words Book 1)

By Shayla Black

Synopsis

I’m Maxon Reed–real estate mogul, shark, asshole. If a deal isn’t high profile and big money, I pass. Now that I’ve found the property of a lifetime, I’m jumping. But one tenacious bastard stands between me and success–my brother. I’ll need one hell of a devious ploy to distract cynical Griff. Then fate drops a luscious redhead in my lap who’s just his type.

Sassy college senior Keeley Kent accepts my challenge to learn how to become Griff’s perfect girlfriend. But somewhere between the makeover and the witty conversation, I’m having trouble resisting her. The quirky dreamer is everything I usually don’t tolerate. But she’s beyond charming. I more than want her; I’m desperate to own her. I’m not even sure how drastic I’m willing to get to make her mine–but I’m about to find out.

Review

Shayla Black started this series with a bang.  Just like in past series, she makes characters complex that have you cursing them in one minute and cheering for them the next.   She also gave us a cast of people that work perfectly in this story.  The main characters are Maxon and Keeley.  But there is also Britta who assists Maxon with his business but she is also his brother’s ex-girlfriend. And she also had his nephew.  Rob also works with Maxon but he is driven by success and is cutthroat about it.

Maxon is everything that he is billed to be.  He is an asshole and I have to say that I didn’t care for him too much in the beginning.  His main goal is to be number one and he pretends to not care how he gets there. He doesn’t want his brother Griff to take that title from him.  But there is more to Maxon and he has to find his own road to forgiveness.

I loved Keeley from the very beginning.  She was sunshine.  I loved her personality and that her main goal was to be happy.  I also really liked that fact that she thought that was everyone’s goal.  She really is a glass is half full type of person.   It really had me wishing I could be more like her.

More Than Want You takes you on an emotional journey of what happens to a family when competition is prized above everything.  Maxon and Giff’s father is the real asshole and it drives these brothers apart.   Keeley is the exact opposite of Maxon but somehow they fit perfectly together.   I could really tell the musical influences in this story.  Keeley loves to sing but she sings what she is feeling in the moment.  This series started strong and now I can’t wait for Griff’s story.

More Than Want You

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Freeze Frame: A SNAPshot Novel

By Freya Barker and KT Dove

Synopsis

A new career, a new place, and a new man—you’d think after the rough year she’s had, Isla has finally found her stride. Of course it’s never that simple. Some dreams she is building, some dreams are taken away before they have a chance to form. But she never imagined that the one thing she’s worked so hard to realize, could be the cause it all breaks apart.

Ben doesn’t miss his assignments, his life of deceit, or his unsavory associations—but they appear to miss him. Just as he’s beginning to think perhaps there’s redemption for him after all, his dark past casts a long shadow.—and not just on him, but on the woman who made him believe.

Review

Freeze Frame picks up right where Shutter Speed leaves off.  Ben and Isla have amazing chemistry with each other.  They have so much that has changed in their lives that it could tear apart a new relationship or could make them stronger.

I loved this couple in Shutter Speed but I wasn’t sure what direction Freya and KT were going to take them on.  Both Ben and Isla are navigating new lives together.  She has just moved to take over the camp and start a new career as a photographer.  Ben has left his job for good and is still trying to decide what he ultimately wants to do but has settled on helping Isla make something out of the campsite. Ben loves Isla and soon finds that making a life with her is what he wants and he will figure everything else out later.  But Ben has a past that he didn’t even know about that will come back to haunt them both.

I really love the strength that Isla has even when she is full of self doubt.  She was not going to let anyone hurt them or the people they loved. And I loved Ben, because even when he had his own doubts that Isla would stay, he was ready to give his full support to her. Both of their families added to the complexities of relationships. Ben’s sister and niece were great.  They also went through a lot and added to Ben’s strength of character.  Freeze Frame is a carefully crafted novel on a relationship that has to go through turmoil to get to the other side.

Freeze Frame

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The Castle (Endgame #3)

By Skye Warren

Synopsis

I’m safe in the ivory tower Gabriel Miller made for me. That’s what he says. Enemies lurk outside, waiting to strike. An army of enemies held back by these walls.

Except some animal instinct warns me the danger is much closer. It’s already here. Is Gabriel Miller my protector or my enemy? Is this house a castle or a cage?

There’s nowhere for me to go, no one left for me to trust.

No escape from a past determined to capture its prize.

Review

Firstly the Prologue gives us more of the night of Avery’s 18th birthday and it helped me return to this world of many games being played.

The Castle was breathtaking and brilliant and when Avery finally makes all the connections in her memory from her childhood it created that moment in books where you take a breathe.  As a reader you knew major secrets were hidden but there trying to be revealed – just fantastic.  This instalment is fast paced and you will be constantly on guard with Avery waiting for that moment when all the people in the game make their play.

Avery was strong in this final instalment of the trilogy and Gabriel was dominant and ultimately her protector and I loved the ending.

I loved the addition of Penny for Avery and I was so excited reading the thank you notes from the author that we will be having a story on Penny and Damon.  I have actually held an interest in Damon Scott from the first book and considering all his connections I cannot wait as I feel he has so much more to reveal and also perhaps Avery and Gabriel will make an appearance too!

I read this in two days, could not put down and I will be returning to read this series again as I just connected to Avery and loved her whole story.

Avery and Gabriel’s passionate sexual scenes were intense and erotic and held so much emotional feelings even amongst all the danger.

Quote: A pawn with ambition. Or a queen with chains

The Castle (Engame #3)

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Hold Me Down

By Sara Taylor Woods

Hold Me Down

Synopsis

Talia Benson has always been independent, unafraid to go after what she wants, regardless of setback, injury, or failure. But between her father’s conditional tuition payments and her mother’s nagging concern over her emotional state, Talia’s suffocating.

So when Talia meets doctoral student Sean Poole, she can’t figure out why she wants him to control her. Why she wants him to boss her around. Why she wants him to hurt her.

Talia learns the hard way that not all control is created equal, and sometimes submitting is the most empowering thing in the world.

From the author: Hold Me Down is a standalone romance with a HEA. It contains graphic sexual situations, language, D/s elements (including Daddy play), as well as discussion (but no depiction) of self-harm. 

Review

Hold Me Down has left me feeling so many emotions, I am raw, this was a devastatingly dark and highly emotional read, it had me gripped and I wanted to crawl into this story and stand with Talia when she was getting attacked from so many of her inner circle.

The Christmas period had me devastated, when she went on the medication, she was so alone and her semester back in college having to go to that class, she showed her strength.

One surprising story within Hold Me Down is her faith as a Jew, it was actually really incredible how the author spun Talia’s beliefs and her upbringing into her need for control and acknowledgement of good deeds.  Talia’s relationship with her parents helps you to understand how she thinks and her inner turmoils and need to affection.

Now onto Beardy McBlue Eyes ,well Dr Poole is bold and direct however towards the end I think I fell in love with that man, the showdown between Talia and Sean and their emotional outpouring of grief from their time apart gave me tingles and tears.

The passionate dominating scenes in Hold Me Down flow well, the build up of sexual tension and anticipation will have your squirming in your seat as you read.

I love the cover of this book and I would honestly read another whole story on Dr Poole and Talia.

Quote: I believe in strength through faith. I believe in compassion and freedom.

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The Hard Truth About Sunshine

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

Despite having narrowly escaped death’s clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It’s only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life.

What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again… can he learn to love again?

He’s about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can’t decide whether she wants to live or die.

Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all.

The hard truth about sunshine…

Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.

Review

I don’t even know where to start with this review, mainly because I just don’t think I have the words that will do this book justice.

When I first received the ARC request for THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT SUNSHINE, I spent several days wavering between signing up for it because it’s a Sawyer Bennett book, and not signing up for it because it sounded too intense for my tastes.  I finally decided to request an ARC, but when it was time for me to read it, I hesitated again.  I still wasn’t sure if it was right for me and I’ll admit I regretted signing up for it.  But then I started reading it and I have never been happier to prove myself wrong.

I want to slap their sunny smiles off their faces, and I want them to come down to my level where they can wallow around in the sludge of desolation with me.  I want everyone to feel as bad as I do, because it’s unfair that I can’t seem to feel better on my own.

I won’t sugar coat it, Christopher starts out as an absolute arsehole.  He’s so bogged down hating his own life and being angry at the world over his disfigurement, that he doesn’t care about anyone else’s problems.  After being abandoned by his family and girlfriend while recovering from his injuries, he’s bitter and unwilling to let anyone else in.  But after just a few days into a road trip with the three members of his therapy group, he starts to open up and let them in, and he grows up a lot in a short amount of time because of it.

I choose to live.
I choose to love.
I choose to forge my path.
Life is my choice.

THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT SUNSHINE is told only in Christopher’s POV, so it’s his story you learn the most about.  But while Christopher is the focus, Jillian, Connor and Barb play big roles from beginning to end.  Their personal stories will break your heart at the unfairness of it all, and all three will grab your heart in their own ways.  This is a stand-alone and despite the devastating topics woven throughout, it does come with a HEA, one that is both sad and beautiful.  It was a perfect end to an emotional story.

THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT SUNSHINE is beyond amazing.  It is real, deeply emotional and it will break your heart before putting it back together again.  I smiled a little.  I laughed a little.  I cried a lot.  I think I will be hard pressed to find another book that will affect me as deeply as this one did for a very long time.

The Hard Truth About Sunshine

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Into the Fire (A Night Prince Novel #4)

By Jeaniene Frost

Synopsis

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Review

Into the Fire is the fourth and final book in the Night Prince series.  And just like all the other books in this series it did not disappoint.  Vlad and Leila have true passion for one another. There is only one thing that can used against Vlad and that is Leila.

Leila is bound by spell to Mircea.  Mircea has daddy issues that have festered over time. Anything that happens to Mircea happens to Leila and that makes for a dangerous situation for Vlad.  Mircea wants to make Vlad pay.  But just has Mircea has the upper hand, he has been taken and used against Vlad because of the spell that was cast on Leila.

Into the Fire is so good.  It finishes this series in a spectacular way.  Jeaniene Frost has brought these characters to life for me.  Mencheres, Marty, Maximus and Gretchen all made appearances in this book.  But Ian made a huge impression on me.  He put so much humour into every facet of this book.  One of the things that I loved about this book is that you really see the passion that Vlad has for Leila and that they truly love each other.  Leila was very quick to stand up for Vlad even when he didn’t need it.

Leila also stands up for herself.  And when Vlad starts to be unreasonable and makes decisions for her, she has it out with him.  One things I love about these books is that they have strong female characters.  They always match their male counter parts with strength of character.

This book makes me want to read the whole series over again.  I can’t wait for Jeaniene Frost’s next book!!!

Into the Fire

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