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Nova (The Renegades # 2)

By Rebecca Yarros

Synopsis

He’s got one shot to make it right…

He’s Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.

They say a girl broke him once–
That’s why he’s so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.
But I’m that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth–
He’s the one who destroyed me,
And I’m too smart to let that happen again

Review

NOVA is the second book in The Renegades series and is a second-chance romance between Landon (Nova) and Rachel.  Here’s what we learnt about them in the first book.  Rachel was dating Paxton (from book 1) but cheated on him with Landon.  They fell in love and made plans for their future, but Paxton (out of anger and jealousy), gave Landon an ultimatum: the Renegades or Rachel, because he couldn’t have both.  Landon chose the Renegades, breaking his heart and Rachel’s in the process.  Flash forward two and a half years later and Paxton regrets his ultimatum and hates what he turned Landon in to.  He has therefore created an opportunity for Rachel and Landon to be on the Study at Sea program together in the hopes they’ll reconnect.

So Landon is your typical manwhore who, after breaking up with the love of his life, went out and slept with every woman who made herself available.  Of course, that bites him in the arse when he tries to win Rachel back and she keeps using his reputation against him.  His reasons for leaving her were kind of stupid, but he does a really good job of proving to her that he will never choose anyone or anything over her ever again.  While you can feel that he really does love her, I was disappointed that he never made any effort to win her back until after he found out she was on board the ship.

I loved that Rachel was never afraid to tell Landon exactly how badly he broke her heart when he chose the Renegades over her.  I liked that she didn’t forgive him straight away, didn’t fall back into bed with him straight away, and that she made him work for her forgiveness.  I thought her conflicting feelings and how she processed them were realistic.

I enjoyed NOVA, although I will admit that I skimmed through it, focusing more on the conversations and skipping over the inner monologue that I sometimes found a little repetitive.  NOVA is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it could be read as a stand-alone.  There is no epilogue but there is a really sweet HFN ending for Landon and Rachel.  Penna (Rebel) will get the next book in the series, and I hope a little romance will brighten up her not-so-sunny personality she displayed in this book.

Nova (The Renegades # 2)

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Phobic (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story # 2)

By Michelle Irwin

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Synopsis

Sometimes starting over is the only choice. 

Broken-hearted and looking for revenge, Phoebe Reede heads back to the US to take up a new challenge. Only, when she discovers who her teammate and rival is, the challenge might prove too great. 

While she knew life away from home wouldn’t be easy, she never expected to be faced with an unpleasant surprise from her ex-boyfriend, or to be as drawn to him as ever. She needs to remain professional and push aside her feelings for him, but will she let someone else steal her heart away instead? 

What will it take to prove she’s not afraid to take the risk?

Review

PHOBIC continues on from the cliffhanger in PHASE, where Beau broke up with Phoebe before she could surprise him with the news that she was moving over to the US to race and to be with him.  She decides to go over anyway, determined to race for the next fourteen months and do her best to move on from Beau.

I loved Beau in the first book, but I was so angry with him in this book and I had to keep reminding myself that he really was a nice guy who was just doing shitty things.  I had a fair idea about why he broke up with Phoebe, but even knowing that, it was still hard listening to all the cruel and hurtful things he would say to⎯and about⎯her.  I get it, he wanted to hurt her the way she had hurt him, but the way he lashed out at her and toyed with her emotions was terrible and my heart was breaking for her before I even hit the 5% mark.

Phoebe was very loud and in-your-face in the first book, and I noticed that her personality had toned down considerably in this book.  Heartbreak made her a little softer in some ways, and I found I liked it.  Don’t get me wrong, she was still tough when she needed to be.  However, I was surprised that she didn’t go ape-shit when she and Beau discovered the truth about their breakup.  But maybe that’s just me; I’d built up that scene so much in my head that nothing short of hell on earth would have satisfied me.

“I told you once that love can destroy you if you let it, and it has, Beau.  It’s broken me.”

PHOBIC is told in only Phoebe’s POV and it cannot be read as a stand-alone; you have to read PHASE first.  Michelle Irwin is one of those few authors that, when starting one of her books, I have to prepare for it.  I have to make sure that my housework and blogging responsibilities are up-to-date because I know that once I start, I won’t be stopping.  I only put this book down when I absolutely had to, and I ended up reading it in one day.  Be prepared for tears and for a cliffhanger that comes out of nowhere; a cliffhanger that has me both desperate and terrified for BEASTLY, the next book in the series.

* Note:  This book includes scenes of sexual harassment and sexual assault, which may be triggers for some people.

Phobic (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story # 2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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The Pool Boy

By Penny Wylder

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Synopsis

The second I saw her, I had to have her.
When my friend asked me to cover for him at his pool cleaning job, I figured I’d make some extra cash. I didn’t expect to find myself face to face with a sweet set of curves named Vera.
Then she started strutting around in her bikini.
I guess her goal is to piss her rich dad off. I’m clearly not the kind of guy he wants her near.
But if she thinks I’ll let her toy with me and not follow through… I’ve got a surprise for her.
A huge surprise that wants to rip through my pants.
I’ll screw her in the pool shed, the garden, and right in her room while her parents sleep down the hall.
I don’t care if her dad finds out or not—this girl is MINE.

Review

THE POOL BOY is a hot and quick read, and is the first book I’ve read from Penny Wylder.

James and Vera are very likeable characters and you could feel the chemistry between them right from the start.  Vera is not your typical rich girl.  She cares about those less fortunate than her and it’s her dream to work for a company that designs and builds homes for those that need them.  James is not the kind of man her father would ever pick for her.  He’s not from a wealthy family and is filling in as caretaker for their estate.  Vera is attracted to him at first sight, and if it pisses off her father that she’s sleeping with the help, well that’s just a bonus.

The sex between James and Vera dominates this story and it is hot.  Scorching hot.  That scene involving the garden hose?  Yowza.  The entire story (except the epilogue) takes place in the span of a week, so it is an insta-love.  Vera’s father’s involvement in her job-hunting endeavours was easy to spot right from the start and by the end of the book, the status of her relationship with her parents is left unresolved.  THE POOL BOY is told in dual POVs and is a stand-alone novella that comes with a nice HEA.  There is an option to read another epilogue that takes place a year later, but to access that you need to sign up to the author’s newsletter, which I think is sneaky.  I mean no offence to the author, but I’m not going to sign up to a newsletter just to find out how the story really ends.

The Pool Boy

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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More Than A Memory

By Marie James

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Synopsis

“You’re gorgeous. Even better looking than the day I fell in love with you.”

The words are a constant reminder of what true love is. Olivia Dawson’s alarm goes off at the same time every day and she disappears into her room to hear Duncan’s voice, see his face, miss him even more for being untouchable. Olivia loves with her entire heart, and her love for Duncan is unmatched, but there’s something about her new roommate she just can’t seem to ignore—no matter how hard she tries. 

“I miss you so much.”
“Can’t be more than I miss you.”

The words are a constant reminder of how unavailable Olivia is, and Bryson Daniels isn’t one for competition off the baseball field, but since the moment he knocked on the door to his new apartment and his roommate “Ollie” wasn’t who he expected, he can’t help but consider bending a few of his rules—even if it means heeding to Olivia’s. 

“I love you, sweet cheeks. Chat with you later?” 

Bryson hears the conversations through the paper thin walls, but there’s a pain inside Olivia he can’t seem to walk away from. He vows to be there for her when the voice on the other side of the computer inevitably breaks her heart, but will he ever be able to compete with someone who’s more than a memory?

Review

Before I get started, I think I need to point out that MORE THAN A MEMORY is set in college, with Bryson and Olivia aged twenty and nineteen respectively.  The synopsis makes no mention of the college setting, nor does the man on the cover look like he’s twenty years old.  Don’t get me wrong, he looks hot and I would totally kick him out of bed only so that I could fuck him on the floor, but he looks too old to represent a twenty year old college student who’s not legally allowed to consume alcohol.  Moving on, like I said the story is set in college and if I knew that at the time, I may not have considered reading it.  College romances can be hard for me to connect with, especially when there’s too much drama and/or too much pushing and pulling between characters.  There was a bit of that here, but thankfully not as much as I’ve read in other college romances.

I can’t say a lot about Olivia other than she’s a recluse suffering from severe depression.  She hasn’t stepped outside her apartment in months and the only physical interaction she’s had is with her mother when she comes to visit.  Normally a character like Olivia would frustrate me to tears with her huge mood swings, but not once was I frustrated with her.  I put that down to reminding myself that she had depression, but I think it’s also because Marie James did such a good job of writing her that you can’t help but feel sad for her every time she suffers a setback.

Now Bryson on the other hand did frustrate me several times.  I did like him, and I loved that he helped bring Olivia out of hiding, but sometimes he flat out treated her terribly.  He tells himself he wants to help her and that he needs to be patient with her, but when she didn’t adjust as quickly as he’d like, or when she’d have a setback, he’d get angry and mean and would pull away from her.  His night with Simone was done deliberately in front of her to humiliate and punish her, all because he wanted her but couldn’t have her.  Quite honestly, I thought his mood swings were bigger than Olivia’s, but then I did have to remind myself that he was only twenty and clearly not equiped to handle her very well.

MORE THAN A MEMORY is told in dual POVs and is currently a stand-alone.  I say currently because the story is left open for two of Bryson’s teammates to get their own story.  I did enjoy the story and it certainly brought out some strong emotions; I was crying so much at one scene that I had to stop and take a break.  It does come with a HEA, but I was left wondering one thing: Did Bryson go pro?

More Than A Memory

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Keepsake (True North # 3)

By Sarina Bowen

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Synopsis

There’s a first time for everything.

Lark Wainright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he’s good for much more than farm labor.

Review

KEEPSAKE is the third and possible final book in the True North series, and Zach’s story is one I’ve been waiting for since BITTERSWEET⎯the first book in the series⎯came out.

Zach is an absolute sweetheart.  He’s kind, caring and hard-working.  He spends most of this book living in fear that his time is running out at Shipley Farm and he will soon be kicked out, just like he was from the polygamist cult he was born in to.  He’s not used to being given anything, whether it be gifts or affection, so it was endearing to see his reactions when being given those very things.  Lark used to be fearless, but now fear is her constant companion after an overseas adventure went wrong.  She has a lot of healing to do and she hopes that spending the picking season at Shipley Farm will help her do that.  But the memories won’t be denied and come out in the form of nightmares, and only Zach can calm her down after every episode.  What I liked most about Lark was that she tried so hard to put the past behind her, to get herself back to the woman she used to be.

KEEPSAKE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  Despite a couple of sensitive issues, this was a mostly light and easy read.  There were a couple of scenes that were chuckle worthy, like the Shipley’s joyful response to Zach finally getting laid, and Griff’s story about how he once tried to give the twins the condom talk.  Is this the last we’ll hear of the Shipley farm?  I certainly hope not because there are plenty of other characters that could get their own books.  I’d love to read about Zara, her little girl and the father who remains a mystery.  KEEPSAKE ends with a nice HEA where we see Zach feeling the most settled and accepted he’s ever been.

Keepsake (True North # 3)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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The Goal (Off-Campus # 4)

By Elle Kennedy

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Synopsis

She’s good at achieving her goals… 

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change. 

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated 

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

Review

Despite having read the previous books, I couldn’t remember Sabrina, but apparently she was considered by many people to be a bitch.  In this book, we learn that she’s not a bitch, but is instead a woman who’s incredibly focused and determined to succeed.  She has two goals: get into Harvard Law School and get away from her stepfather.  Because of that drive, she doesn’t have time to let people in and she really hates to see people get a free pass, which is why her feud with Dean is so strong.  Reading about her home situation was disturbing, and her interactions with her stepfather made my skin crawl.  In the end, I liked her.  I thought she was strong and capable, but I liked her best when she realised there’s more to life than just good grades and achievements.  A life isn’t a life when it’s not filled with love, laughter and friendship.

“We have a baby in this truck, Sabrina.”
“I know.”
“This is fucked up.  We shouldn’t be allowed to leave the hospital with a kid.  I’ve never even had a pet before.”

Tucker surprised me.  Why?  Because he snuck up on me and has become one of my favourite book boyfriends.  He knows he’ll never be an NHL player, and he’s more than ok with that; he’s just happy to be good enough to keep his scholarship.  He’s easygoing and carefree, but he doesn’t coast through life; he has plans for his future and is determined to see them become reality.  He was kind, endearing, soothing and beyond patient.  What I loved most about him was that he was deliciously dirty when it came to sex, but was an absolute gentleman outside of the bedroom.

“I’m bringing my friend Carin and u need to bring the hottest guy u know.”
“I am the hottest guy I know.  Will look for 2nd hottest guy on campus.”

THE GOAL is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  This book doesn’t take place after THE SCORE, instead a good portion of it runs in conjunction with THE SCORE and certain events in that book are mentioned again here.  As with the previous books, there were laughs to be had, but I felt the humour was a little light on and more subtle.  But there were a couple of scenes that did get me laughing out loud, mainly the ones surrounding Garrett and Logan and their competition for Godfather rights.  Will we see more books in the Off-Campus series?  I’m not sure, given that the original four boys in the house have graduated and left.  But there were a few other teammates mentioned who will be moving into the house, with special attention given to Fitzy.  Maybe he’ll get his own Off-Campus book, or perhaps a spin-off.  Only time will tell.

The Goal (Off-Campus # 4)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Wilder (The Renegades # 1)

By Rebecca Yarros

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Synopsis

He’s Paxton Wilder.

Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.

Five time X Games medalist.

The world is his playground—especially this year—and for the next nine months I’m stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.

He’s too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.

But if I can’t get him to take academics seriously, I’ll lose my scholarship…if I don’t lose my heart first.

Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons aren’t taught in the classroom…but in the heart.

Review

I enjoyed WILDER and thought it was a great start to a new series from Rebecca Yarros.  In this series we have a trio of adrenaline junkies⎯Wilder (Pax), Nova (Landon) and Rebel (Penna)⎯who are the Renegades.  They’re taking a year off competing in order to finish college, but will film a documentary showcasing all their crazy stunts performed around the world while they spend the school year at sea.  Because of his busy schedule, Pax needs a tutor to help him graduate, and Leah has been chosen for him.

Leah is recovering from a traumatic event and just getting on the ship is the craziest and bravest thing she’s done in two years.  On her first day, she meets Pax and is thrown into a situation that terrifies her.  But she’s strong and brave and handles it like a champ.  She would normally never consider doing the crazy things that Pax does, but he makes her want to step out of her comfort zone and live a little.  I liked that while she thinks about her traumatic past, she doesn’t use it as a reason not to be with Pax.  Pax is cocky and arrogant, but he’s also a nice guy who would do anything for those he cares about.  He’s also haunted by a traumatic event for which he blames himself for, but it’s not his fault at all.  He’s determined to graduate college, gain access to his trust fund and finish the documentary to honour a friend.

There was one thing I didn’t like about the story, and that was how many times Pax and Leah’s “secrets” were alluded to before finally being revealed.  Leah’s traumatic event.  Pax hiding something from Leah.  Pax being the cause of Nova’s man-whore ways.  They were talked or thought about so many times that by the time the secrets were revealed, they weren’t shocking because they’d become easy to predict, and that was disappointing.  But other than that, I liked the story and it’s characters, and I am looking forward to reading Nova’s books next, which comes out in February 2017.  WILDER is told in dual POVs and is the first book in The Renegades series.  It doesn’t end with a cliffhanger and comes with a HEA for Pax and Leah, who I’m sure we’ll see again throughout the series.

Wilder (The Renegades # 1)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Phase (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story # 1)

By Michelle Irwin

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Synopsis

Living in the shadow of a legend has its drawbacks. 

Every aspect of Phoebe Reede’s life has been defined by her father. Caught halfway between being a teen and an adult, she yearns to break free from the weight of expectations surrounding the Reede name. 

Her desire for freedom sends her overseas on her first solo journey. There, she finds herself having an unexpected adventure with an unlikely person. 

How can she learn who she wants to be and what is nothing more than a phase?

Review

You know, you can’t help but be scared for what you’re about to read when the author’s dedication at the beginning tells fans “I’m sorry”.  Sounds ominous, right?  Moving on.  For those of you who’ve read the Declan Reede series, you’ll know who Phoebe is.  For those of you that haven’t, that’s ok, because you can step into Phoebe’s series just fine.  She was just four years old in Declan’s series, but in this series she’s an eighteen year old woman trying to figure out who she is away from her father’s fame and talent.  She loves her family but is desperate for some alone time, so she embarks on a six week trip across America, which is where she meets Beau.

I liked Phoebe, who I thought was brave and not afraid to speak her mind, but there were times where I thought she was a little too sensitive because of how quickly she would fly off the handle.  Like father, like daughter, I suppose.  There were also times where I found her to be a little irritating, mainly when she was going on about trying to figure out who she was, or constantly talking about Beau’s accent.  And as sexist as this will make me sound, I wasn’t a fan of her crude talk, given her age and the fact that she’s a girl.  I know, I know.  Feel free to shake your head at me.  Now Beau on the other hand I really liked and found to be totally swoon-worthy because he was a true gentleman; perfect for rough-around-the-edges Phoebe.  He’s super sweet and a real nice guy, at least up until the end when everything goes horribly wrong.  I enjoyed reading their dialogue, which at times was funny, cute and awkward.

“How can I feel this way, Beau?  We hardly know each other.  It can’t be love.”
“Love don’t know nothin’ of time, darlin’. Or knowledge.  It just is.”

PHASE is told only in Phoebe’s POV and is the beginning of a new series, one where the books will not be stand-alones.  I would classify PHASE as an instalove, and be warned because it does end in a cliffhanger.  While I thought the bulk of the story was nice and sweet and romantic, I also found it to be a little slow, probably because I was expecting the same intensity I found in Declan’s story.  But when I got to the end, that changed because the ending was soul crushing and heartbreaking.  It left me angry and upset, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days and days.  I just kept wondering where Beau and Phoebe will go to from here and praying that they won’t do anything stupid in the next book/s.  A book that has me getting emotional about it days later deserves the maximum rating.  I can’t wait for the next book, PHOBIC, to come out January next year.

Phase (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Royal Date (The Royals Of Monterra # 1)

By Sariah Wilson

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Synopsis

This Cinderella didn’t plan on a prince . . .

Kat MacTaggart is a girl who has a plan for everything—including her holiday ski trip to Monterra with her best friend. Everything is going according to plan until she finds herself careening out of control down a mountainside and being rescued by a guy who looks like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin. 

HRH Prince Nico is intrigued by the woman he saved on the slopes and her refusal to date him. He offers Kat a deal—let him show her his country and he’ll pay her to write articles that will help Monterra’s tourism industry. Kat agrees, but given her past and lingering distrust of men, she has one condition—absolutely no kissing.

Thanks to the claims of a jealous British noblewoman and the schemes of a meddling paparazzo, Kat’s rule doesn’t seem to be a problem at first. But the more Kat gets to know Nico and the people around him, the harder it is to remember her keep-your-distance plan. Should she stick to it or risk everything for a chance at happily ever after?

Review

What was it with European men?  American guys didn’t give me the time of day.  But over here I was like some kind of dude catnip.

You know, I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this before; one that is an honest-to-God fairytale.  Girl meets Boy.  Girl tries to deny attraction.  Girl finds out that Boy is a prince who wants to take her to his castle and make her his future queen.  Sigh.

I really liked both Kat and Nico.  Their chemistry was amazing and the romance was sweet.  Kat is a twenty-four year old virgin who has never even been kissed.  She’s waiting for marriage before giving herself fully to a man, but there’s another reason why she’s never been intimate with a man.  She’s intelligent and beyond kind, but she’s not had an easy life and she’s a little naive when it comes to relationships and therefore reacts badly in certain situations.  I liked her right from the start when she kept brushing off Nico when they first met.  Nico.  Oh Nico.  If only you were a real man I’d come looking for you in a heartbeat.  Handsome, charming, loyal, rich and future king, he’s also very sweet and he always tells the truth.  What’s not to like?  There were so many things he said in this book that made me swoon that it was hard to pick out just three of my favourite quotes.

“You have only to tell me what dragons need slaying, and I will see to their quick deaths.”

“Why did you come up to me at the lodge?”
“Every other woman in the lobby was preening and made up with fake hair and fake…other body parts and there you sat, uncaring if anyone even noticed you.  You were fresh, natural, and obviously intelligent, and I wanted to talk to you.”

“From the moment we met I knew I would fall in love with you.”

ROYAL DATE is told only in Kat’s POV (from memory) and comes with a HEA.  This is the beginning of a new series from Sariah Wilson and each book will contain a new love interest for each of the three royal brothers.  This book is definitely a fairytale in that there is no sex anywhere within.  Not even behind closed doors.  Was I waiting and hoping for a love scene?  Yes.  Yes I was.  But the story was enjoyable despite it not having a single one.  I will be putting the next two books in this series on my TBR list.

Royal Date (The Royals Of Monterra # 1)

My Rating:   4 Hearts

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Igniting The Spark (Daughter Of Fire # 4)

By Michelle Irwin

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Synopsis

Death beckons, calling Evie Myers to the darkness. She isn’t ready to leave, and Clay isn’t ready to let her go. 

After fighting back from the brink, Evie’s life is forever altered. Together with Clay, she finds a home and sanctuary within the fae community. Everything has changed, and life is perfect. Or so they believe. 

They soon learn their trip into the heart of the Rain kicked off a revolution, and Clay is called back into the fold. But when Evie needs Clay the most, one mission will risk it all. 

When her happy ending hangs in the balance, and everything looks lost, how will Evie find the strength to fight for what she wants the most?

Review

IGNITING THE SPARK takes up from where INTO THE RAIN ended, where Evie was shot and left fighting for her life.  She survives with the help of Fae magic, and everyone returns to an idyllic life within the fae community.  Clay and his siblings are embracing their Fae heritage, while Evie is accepting the changes within her now that her time with her sunbird has come to an end.  They are blissfully happy and can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together, and just when you think they shouldn’t have to endure any more hardship, it seems the worst is yet to come.  The changes within the Rain means that Clay is able to return to doing what he loves most: hunt evil beings.  But when Clay goes on a mission he wasn’t supposed to go on, he goes missing and Evie is left without her soulmate.

“I wish I remembered what it felt like to be that happy.  It would be nice to feel something other than hate and confusion.

IGNITING THE SPARK is told only in Evie’s POV and is the final book in the Daughter Of Fire series.  Each book in the series is a continuation, so they cannot be read as stand-alones and must be read in order to appreciate the story and all its events.  For me, the end of a series can go one of two ways:  I’ll love it or I’ll be left disappointed.  As much as I loathe to say it, I wasn’t overly sold on the ending here.  Why?  Because I’m unclear about the outcome.  Obviously I can’t talk about it without giving away a major spoiler, but I’m honestly not sure if “it” worked.  Evie thinks “it” worked, but Clay never clarified, and if “it” did work, that’s where my real problem lies, because I felt Clay’s immediate reaction was out of character for him.  If “it” did work, he should have been devastated about what he’d done to Evie, but he wasn’t.  Which has me thinking that perhaps “it” didn’t work.  Which means I’m going around and around in circles.  That being said, I thought the epilogue did a great job of showing that they really did get their happily ever after, and it’s about damn time too.  I’ve watched Clay and Evie come together as they were destined to, only to see them torn apart over and over again due to misunderstandings and outside forces.  IGNITING THE SPARK was no different and I enjoyed the rollercoaster ride that Michelle took me on.  I have loved each and every book in this series and I’m sad to see it come to an end.

Igniting The Spark (Daughter Of Fire # 4)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Daughter Of Fire Series

Son Of Rain Series (Companion Series)