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My passion is reading. I dislike writing book reviews, so what you will see here are product descriptions and then why I did or did not like a book. Also, There are read a like lists as well. Thanks for visiting my page!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

G.A. Aiken brings on the humor and romance with "Light My Fire"

**********Thank you NetGalley for an Advanced Copy of this Title*******
Description:
The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!
But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.
Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

Okay, seriously, anyone who has not read this series is absolutely missing out. It is a medieval fantasy series about dragon shapeshifters. Which is great, but the best part of this series is how absolutely hilarious it is. I laugh through all of them! This book was no different.
Elina is sent by her tribe to kill the white dragon queen. She marches straight up to her and says "I was sent to kill you". The dragon queen thinks this is hilarious so instead of killing her, she has Celyn tuck her away in a safe place. Celyn, takes her to the human prison. And everyone promptly forgets about her. For seven months.
A raving mad cult is gaining support throughout the country, so the queen decides she wants Elina to go back to her tribe and negotiate an alliance. She sends Celyn along to protect Elina.  Oh my gosh.. every time Elina calls Celyn "Dolt"  I can't stop laughing. Elina frustrates Celyn to no end. 
Elina has not told Celyn that returning to her tribe when she failed her mission is a death sentence. But Celyn sees what's happening and saves her. They along with Elin's sister run. They meet up with Anwyl's twins and a creepy old dragon lady named Brigit that everyone thought was long dead. 
Elina has lost an eye to the tribe leader, who happens to be her mother.. When Anwyl finds out that Elina's own mother tortured her, she is absolutely livid and the "mad" queen is back... Celyn and Elina unravel a plot to take out the people important to the dragon queen and Anwyl. 
Aiken doesn't know how to write a bad book, I think. They are all really funny, have a good romance, and usually some fighting. Its great! Come one, come all, try this series!

Blackcoat Rebellion continues with "Captive" by Aimee Carter

**********Thank you NetGalley for an Advanved Copy of this Title*********

Description:

For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancĂ© cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever. 

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape. 

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

When I read the first book "Pawn", I was absolutely hooked. Kitty just wanted to escape the life the government had set for her but she instead ended up having to work for the government she hated. She was forced to take on the roll of Lila Hart, niece of the Prime Minister. 

Kitty has screwed up. She went looking for files in Daxtons office and found what she wanted, but Knox turned her in and she was sent to Elsewhere. Where people are hunted for sport. Everyone in Elsewhere has one goal: to survive. Simple things will get you thrown into a cage with another person and forced to kill or be killed. Kitty makes one friend but no one is as they seem. Everyone is out for themselves and darn the consequences on what happens to others. She does stumble upon a plot to find the codes for the armory so that prisoners of Elsewhere can fight back. She sets out to find the codes and finds Knox instead, and she wants him dead. 

I'm horrible at writing descriptions! This has been one of my favorite dystopian books after Hunger Games. It is certainly worth the read!

Nov 25 Laura Kaye's Hard Ink Series continues with "Hard to Come By"

*******Thank you Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this title*********
This series really grabbed me straight from the beginning.

Description:
Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team--sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek's easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn't trust.

As the team's investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away...

Another awesome story! Okay seriously, the tattoos seriously do it for me. Just had to say that.

Emilie has noticed that her brother has changed since he returned from Afghanistan. One minute hes her normal brother, the next he's ... crazy. She suspects that he has done terrible things and wants to have him committed. 
Derek puts himself in a position to meet Emilie. He needs to know if she is involved in his dealings or not. He immediately suspects not but his teammates find a stash in her basement. 
Derek continues contact with Emilie, hoping beyond hope that she isn't involved, because he is definitely developing feelings for her. And his fake legs don't bother her a bit. 
But when she files for her brother to be taken for mental incompetence, the bad guys find her because they want him.
So much going on in this book. I love this series. Its so incredibly fantastic! Read read read read... Sigh and tattoos :D 

Anyways, This is book number three and I can't wait for number four!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

O'Hare and Fox return in an all new book by bestselling author Janet Evanovich!

************Thank You NetGalley for an advanced copy of this title**********

Description:

The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire.  The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord.
 
From the streets of Nashville to the back alleys of Lisbon, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the middle of the Thames, Nick and Kate chase their mark. When they find themselves pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard and a Portuguese enforcer who gets advice from a pickled head, they decide it’s time to enlist some special talent—talent like a machete-wielding Somali pirate, a self-absorbed actor, an Oscar-winning special effects artist, and Kate’s father Jake, a retired Special Forces operative. Together they could help make this Fox and O’Hare’s biggest win yet . . . if they survive.


Kate and Nick return in an all new adventure! Haha, I've always wanted to say that!.  Anyways, A former cohort  of Nick's named Serena is framing him for thefts to get his attention. Her brother was murdered by a notorious crime lord that no one can pin point. He had plastic surgery (by Serena's brother) and then he was murdered so no one could say what Menendez looks like. Serena wants Nick's help in finding him.
Kate and Nick come up with an elaborate plan to get Menendez's attention. They hire a computer graphics company to make a digital sunken treasure, supposedly from a ship that sand carrying much gold coins and other gold items. It has to look real. They revamp a ship to look like a research vessel, and hire all of their old friends from the actor to the crazy woman who will drive anything to help out.

Evanovich's books really need no introduction. This series as been absolutely fantastic. It has the hilarious feel of the earlier Stephanie Plum novels before they turned into the same thing over and over.. This series has been great from cover to cover! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dark witch series comes to an end with Nora Roberts' new book "Blood Magick"

Description:

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.


Roberts' books need no introduction. I love her series, and this one especially. I love when she spreads her wings into the paranormal romance genre! They always turn out well.

We know its coming. Its almost time for the Dark Witch three and their circle to confront the evil that has been shadowing them for a thousand years. Branna and Fin know they are in love, they know they want to be together, but the mark keeps them apart, and they each know they can't be together because of it. But they must work together to defeat Cabhan, who has been stalking the family for a thousand years. Fin was born from Cabhan's line. He is determined to defeat Cabhan and find a way to remove the mark and be with Branna.

The book doesn't really need any introduction. Everyone knows the goal of the book as, hopefully, they have read the first two books. If not, then get to it People! I'm going to leave it here for now. Happy Reading!

Julie Kagawa returns with an all new series... Dragons! YES!

Description:

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.


Ember and her brother Dante have finished the beginning part of their training. The next step is to integrate into the human world... Learn to be human to be able to hide, but not forget what they are. Dragons.  Ember is so excited she can barely contain herself. A month of freedom! Friends, fun, and being free. After being stuck in a compound her whole life, she can't wait to make friends and play on the beach for a whole summer, until the next part of her training starts. 

Ember and Dante integrate well. Ember makes friends immediately and also learns to surf, which is almost as awesome as flying. When her friends meet a couple of guys and head off to a private location, Ember knows this isn't going to end well. And it doesn't. They are rescued by a couple of guys who are not what they seem. Ember is immediately drawn to Garrett, and Garrett to Ember. But Garrett is part of a secret organization sent to kill Ember. They believe she is dragon, and all they need is the proof. Garrett is sent to flush out the sleeper dragon.

What Garrett and Ember don't plan on is enjoying each others company so much. They both know its wrong. Ember is a dragon, Garrett is a human. Garrett is a warrior, trained to kill dragons.  Neither knows who each other really are, although Garrett suspects.

Throw in the mix Riley, a rogue dragon who wants Ember to join him, who also feels a pull to Ember. Ember chafes at the Talon authority. She doesn't want to spend her life doing what they want her to, she wants to be free. And she suspects that with Riley, that could happen. 

Okay, so I'm not going into more detail. I think that everyone just needs to go read this book. Kagawa doesn't know how to write a bad book. Through all of her Iron Fey, Call of the Forgotten, Blood of Eden and this new book, I have thoroughly enjoyed every single thing she has written!  So, go forth and read, my friends! Because these dragons are AWESOME!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rachel Lacey unleashes a great story!

*************Thank You Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this title***********

Description:

What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?
Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.

Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go...


This is a debut novel from Rachel Lacey, and I must say, I really enjoyed it! I loved Cara. When I read about her illness it really made me sad, but I loved that she was trying to live her life the way she wanted to. Matt was an interesting character, and I loved all of Cara's friends. I'm sorry, I really suck at writing reviews. I think most people know that by now. But I would suggest this book to any reader of Rachel Gibson or Susan Mallery. Happy reading!