Saturday, June 23, 2018

Mini-Review: Phoenix Awakens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Description:
     Julia Long’s senior year is starting with an extra dose of crazy. First, there are the creepy dreams about bloody cult rituals. Then, her new classmate and crush, Southern charmer Graham, shows up in her nightmares as the sacrificial victim. And these dreams seem to be telling her she’s supposed to save him, when in real life she can barely talk to the guy.
     One thing’s for sure, Graham is mysterious. He and his sister are tight-lipped about their time in the south, and Julia suspects they’re on the run from something or someone. As her dreams intensify, Julia begins to manifest strange abilities, and when Graham is near, they kick into overdrive.
     There's no more denying it. Not only is Julia falling for Graham, but she has a magical connection to him. A connection that will put them both in mortal danger when Graham's dark past finally catches up with him. 
     With love, magic, and adventure; fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments will love this suspenseful tale.
Review:
Extremely fresh and original voice. The plot was creative and the mythology used was not the basic normal, mainstream content. I was a little confused with the mystery school we never learn about and the best friend was a huge pain in the ass that I really disliked. Despite those flaws, I really enjoyed how creative everything was unfolded. The end left me wanting more and I can't wait to read the sequel! Four glittery stars.


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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mini Review: Mia's Men: A Reverse Harem Romance Novel

Mia's Men: A Reverse Harem Romance Novel Mia's Men: A Reverse Harem Romance Novel by Lucy Felthouse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Description:
Mia's world has fallen apart. Then, just when she thinks it can't possibly get any worse, it does.

Mia Harrington’s father just lost his brave battle with cancer. Naturally, she’s devastated. With her mother long-since dead, and no siblings, Mia has a great deal of responsibility to shoulder. She’s also the sole beneficiary of her father’s estate. Or so she thinks.

Unbeknownst to Mia, her father made a change to his will. She can still inherit, but only if she marries a suitable man within twelve months. If she doesn’t, her vile cousin will get everything. Determined not to lose her beloved childhood home, she resolves to find someone that fits the bill. What she isn’t expecting, however, is for that someone to be into sharing women with his best friend. In the meantime, Mia’s friendship with the estate gardener has blossomed into so much more.

She can’t possibly plan to marry one man, while also being involved with two others …or can she?

Review:
This was a great contemporary reverse harem romance. The main character is sexually comfortable in her skin instead of the normal virgin trope. I liked that there was no shaming of any kind. This was a refreshing addition to the genre and had some steam! Five glittery stars!

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Review: The Lunam Deception: Book 2, The Lunam Series

Description:
Kalysia has always lived her life according to others - a fate she will not pass on to her child. When a conspiracy to bring down the pack threatens to uncover her darkest secrets; Kalysia must fight to protect the truth about the man she wants, while trying to save her relationship with the man she chose.
Jase has fought his entire life. For his honor, his freedom, and his family. Nothing in his past could've prepare him for her. Kalyisa is everything he never knew he always wanted. Is he willing to risk his life, her honor, and Dillan's pride to win her heart?
 
Review:
The Lunam Deception: Book 2, The Lunam Series by Nicole Loufas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So good it's almost a different story
I was on the fence about the first book. It was very dramatic with a side of soap. I wasn't super happy with the ending but wanted to know what would happen next.
The author didn't disappoint. I really really enjoyed everything about this installment. Such a romantic ending too! Five glittery stars for this enticing shifter romance!
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New Release/Review/Giveaway of The Big Bad Wolf by Jus Accardo

About The Big Bad Wolf:
Kensey Deaton comes from an elite werewolf lineage, but just because her family is royalty, doesn't mean she'll fall in line like some perfect little princess. She has plans and they don't include an arranged marriage!
Slade McAlister has his own family drama. His Alpha father happens to be the most reviled wolf on the eastern seaboard, and it's a stigma he can't escape. So when his neighbor Kensey--the girl of his dreams and his nightmares--proposes a solution to solve *both* of their problems, he sees an opportunity he can’t ignore.
Kensey and Slade aren't only from opposite sides of the tracks, they're from opposite sides of the war. But if they can sell their 'relationship', they might just make it out of this with their freedom.
You know, as long as all that fake PDA doesn't turn into more...
Buylinks: https://entangledpublishing.com/the-big-bad-wolf.html

Review:
I read my first Jus Accardo book back in 2012 and sort of drifted even though it was really good. Then, when Rules of Survival came out, I snagged a copy. It was a 5 star read! Loved it! So I went on to read the first two books in the Infinity series and they rocked. It should come as no surprise that The Big Bad Wolf was another fantastic read by Jus Accardo!
Kensey was scrappy and stubborn. I loved that about her character! Being resilient and trying to buck traditional female rules kept her an exciting heroine with a positive message. Then there's Slade. He's the dark, damaged, and brooding character that screams trouble. And for the most part, he is.
The character love intrest duo complimented each other in a way that made you root for them even when you wanted to scream at them for doing something stupid. In my opinion, that just means the book was good enough for me to care.
Without spilling anything too important, I'll stop my review. BUT, go; go now and grab a copy of The Big Bad Wolf by Jus Accardo. You won't regret it. This modern day beauty and the beast story is a solid five glittery star read!
Excerpt from The Big Bad Wolf:
He took a sip of water and nodded. He eyed the new plate as the girl set it down in front of him. “Raw fish? You’re buying me a burger as soon as we’re done here.”
            “It’s Japanese,” I whispered. “Odori don. When you pour—”
The maid leaned across him and poured soy sauce over his plate. The squid in the center twitched once, then started to squirm with spastic enthusiasm.
“What the—” Slade flinched and jumped back, falling out of his chair and taking the maid—and the soy sauce—with him. She let out a squeak as the gravy bowl flew from her hands and hit the wall behind us. The ceramic shattered, splintering into a thousand tiny pieces as salty brown liquid splattered in all directions.
I managed to extract myself from my chair as Slade was helping the maid to her feet. Once she was up, she scurried into the kitchen, mumbling something about towels, and he turned back to the table. “My apologies,” he said with a bow toward our out of town guests. “I wasn’t expecting my dinner to dance.”
My father stood, the look on his face anything but forgiving, but I didn’t stick around. I grabbed Slade by the wrist and led him up the stairs to my bathroom to clean up.
“Haven’t been in here in years,” he said as we passed through my room. “Your d├ęcor hasn’t gotten any better.”
I rolled my eyes and shoved him through the bathroom door. Once inside, I clasped his shoulder and pushed him on to the edge of the tub. “Neither have your manners.”
“How was I supposed to know the damn thing was still alive?”
“It wasn’t.” I ran a towel under the water, then rang it out. “It was dead.”
“Beg to differ. It moved. It fucking started moshing on my plate.”
I knelt in front of him then paused. This wasn’t going to work while he was still wearing the shirt. “It was the salt in the soy sauce. The muscles in the squid were reacting to it. Take your shirt off.”
            He waggled his brows. “Finally.”
            I sighed and grabbed the back of his collar then gave a hard yank. The material caught on his chin for a second before coming over his head. “Says the guy who insisted I was a horrible kisser.”
            He snorted. “That was years ago.Like I said, you’ve gotten a little bit better.”
He leaned back and I didn’t miss the way he flexed, the hard planes of his chest moving in an almost mesmerizing way. I also didn’t—couldn’t—miss the scattered assortment of marks and scars.
“They’re not pretty, are they?” His voice was low calm, but the look in his eyes was anything but.
“Gavin?” The scars were a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and left very little skin unmarred.
“For the most part.” He shifted, almost like he was uncomfortable with my scrutiny.
I cleared my throat and turned away. “Ya know, scars are a sign of honor in the wolf community.”
“Yeah?” There was a twinge of amusement in his voice and I was glad. 

“Then pick one. I’ll let you honor it with a kiss.”
About Jus Accardo:
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and twelve angry chickens.
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