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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!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sarah Maas rewrites Beauty and the Beast with "A Court of Thorns and Roses"

******Thank You NetGalley for an Advanced Copy of this title******

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever. 

Feyre's father has pretty much checked out and she is responsible for her two older sisters. She hunts and cooks and cleans to keep her sisters happy. She has a relationship with a young farmer that she keeps hidden from her family. In pursuit of a deer, Feyre comes across a wolf. Her choices are let the wolf have the deer and her family starves, or take out the wolf. She decides to take out the wolf.

Not her wisest decision. She takes the pelt to town and sells it to a mercenary. Later, her door comes crashing in.. Its a Fae. The wolf she killed was a fae. Her options are either to die, or go to the Fae lands and live out the rest of her life in servitude. 

Tamlin burns hot and cold. Sometimes he is nice and sometimes he doesn't want anything to do with her. His home fascinates her, but she wonders about her family and their welfare. But a curse is spreading across the fae lands that Tamlin barely is able to contain. Feyre will do anything to keep Tamlin and the fae she has befriended safe.

Sarah Maas never fails to disappoint.  When I first heard about this book coming out, I was really angry. I adore the Throne of Glass series and I am dying waiting for the next one.. How dare she start another series!? Outraged, I was I tell ya. However, the book was so stinking good that now I can deal with it, lol!! Its like a beauty and the beast retelling. Fractured fairy tales are huge right now. This book was totally worth the read. Now, just 7 months til Queen of Shadows!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Julie Kagawa and the dragons are back!

Thank you NetGalley for an Advanced copy of this title!

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant. 

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George. 

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

Garret allowed Ember and Riley to escape at the end of Talon, giving himself up to St George in the process. He is tried and scheduled for execution. Ember absolutely will not settle for Garrett giving himself up like that so Ember and Riley, with the help of human hacker Wes, break into St George and rescue Garret before he is executed.

Dante believes in Talon and thinks the right thing to do is bring Ember back into the fold and make her realize that Talon is awesome. Ember knows otherwise. She went rogue because she refused to become a Viper. An assassin. That is certainly not what she wants to do with her life!

They run to Vegas. Hiding in plain sight, the try to rescue two hatchlings who turn out to be Talon operatives. Its a race to escape and in the mean time, Ember is torn between the human Garret and the dragon Riley. 

Julie Kagawa has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I loved the Iron Fey and I loved the Call of the Forgotten.. (Fangirl moment, we are getting more Ethan later this year!) And when I found out she was going to be writing about dragons, I danced. Because I am completely obsessed with dragons. And I totally adore this series. It's well written, I love the characters, and I love the story itself. Ms Kagawa writes a story that pulls us in and doesn't let us go. 
Well, Happy Reading Everyone!

Fool's Gold is back! Susan Mallery delivers another delicious novel!

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does. 

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall

Yes! We are returning to Fools Gold, CA! I love all of Ms Mallery's books, but Fools Gold are my absolute favorite! Old and new characters show up to give us a great time!

Kipling survived a horrible skiing crash and was approached by Mayor Marsha about starting a search and rescue organization. He agreed, not really knowing what he was going to do since he couldn't ski anymore.  Destiny works for STORMS, an agency that makes search and rescue computer software. They map the region and find ways to make finding the lost (hopefully) easier.

Destiny isn't looking for a passion filled relationship. She watched her parents fall in and out of love over and over. Her childhood was not the greatest, being the child of the two most famous country singers ever. She has her own talents, but she keeps them pushed back and tries to live very practically. She spends a few months in an area helping set up the STORMS software, then leaves for somewhere else and does the same thing all over again. She doesn't keep anyone close.

Kipling has a deep attraction for Destiny and really, what could a short term relationship hurt? Except Destiny isn't alone. Her half sister, one she barely knew about, is to stay with her for the summer because dear old dad is out of the country. Destiny has absolutely NO CLUE what to do with a teenager! 

For the first time, Destiny is making friends and is shown that small town life is kind of great. But trying to deal with an emotional teenage sister and her feelings for Kipling, Destiny is just as lost and confused as ever!

Hey, don't give up guys. Its Fools Gold!! There is always a happy ending :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Max Revere returns in an all new book by Allison Brennan "Compulsion"

Investigative reporter Maxine Revere has a theory: that the five New York City murders for which Adam Bachman is being tried are just part of his killing spree. In probing the disappearance of a retired couple who vanished the prior summer, Max uncovers striking similarities to Bachman’s MO and develops a theory that Bachman wasn’t working alone.

Max wins a coveted pre-trial interview with the killer, whose disarming composure in the face of her questions is combined with uncomfortable knowledge of Max’s own past. She leaves the room convinced, but unable to prove, that Bachman knows exactly what happened to the missing couple. The D.A. wants nothing to jeopardize his case against Bachman and refuses to consider Max’s theory. With no physical evidence, Max has to rely on her own wits and investigative prowess to dig deep into Bachman’s past. The picture that Max puts together is far darker and more deadly than she ever imagined.
As Max gets closer to the truth, she doesn’t realize that she’s walking down a road that has been paved just for her. That every step she takes brings her one step closer to a brilliant, methodical sociopath who has been waiting for her to make just one small mistake.

Max has been searching for the killers of an Ohio couple. She believes that their murders tie in with Bachman's but no one else wants to even think about that notion. They have Adam and they want him put away. Even the thought of an accomplice can make Bachman's trial go awry.

With a new, all too eager office assistant, Max starts looking into Bachman's past. After a brief meeting with him, she is positive their is an accomplice and sets out to find out who it is.  But it seems like her past is haunting her and she can't outrun it. 

The description really does a bang up job of explaining the story, and if you have read the first book, you have a good gist of all the main characters already. If you haven't read "Notorious" please do so. this can be a stand alone, but you get a better feel for the characters if you read the previous book first.  I really like Max. She's a real take charge, not taking any crap from anyone  kind of person. I like David, he's a great supporting character. The new assistant, Riley, is so eager to help and impress Max, that she gets herself into some serious trouble. We again see Nick, the hot detective from California that Max met in Notorious. And we also meet Marco, Max's previous boyfriend who is with the FBI. 
This book had Max checking and rethinking on her life and her past. We know Max's mom was.. flighty. And we know she was left with her grandmother when she was ten, but those first ten years are pretty foggy. Now we learn a bit about it and how it has affected Max. 

I've always like Ms Brennan's work, but I have really enjoyed Notorious and Compulsion.

**********Thank you NetGalley for an Advanced copy of this title**********

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Coming Soon, Talon by Julie Kawaga.. Giveaway details!!

On ms Kagawa's facebook page, there is an awesome contest for a signed copy of her new book "Rogue" with some special items!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Shadows are back with the Black Dagger Brotherhood in an all new JR Ward book

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.
Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist.  And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world.  Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude.  He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.
iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed.  It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late.  The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.
Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with.  But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything.  Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever.  And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice..

This book really needs to description from me. Fans of The BDB and Ms Ward will love it as much as I did. My only issue is that lately Ms Ward has had so many different story lines going in one book that I get mixed up. 

The BDB series has been one of my favorite series for the last decade. I was so excited when I learned last year that the Shadows were getting their own book. But when I put the book down.. I pretty much threw a temper tantrum. Where the book is EXTREMELY good.. I just didn't like the ending!

Sharon Sala is back with the first book in her new Secrets & Lies trilogy!

Dallas Phillips refuses to believe her father committed suicide, even though things were tough on his farm and he was deeply in debt. When she hears he'd told a neighbor about an upcoming windfall, she grows suspicious, and her suspicion only deepens when she realizes someone is lurking in the nearby mountains after dark. 

For help, she turns to Trey Jakes, local police chief—and her former lover. As they begin to investigate, another mystery comes to light. Trey's mother is beginning to remember events from thirty years ago, something shadowy that happened in the mountains, and Dallas's father was there, too. Is what happened that night connected to his "suicide"? As they search for the truth, Trey and Dallas struggle to fight their attraction, but they may not be able to fend off another force—a killer who's more than willing to kill again to make sure old secrets stay buried.

*dance and shimmy* A new Sharon Sala book!! NetGalley is so awesome! YES!! I absolutely adore these romantic suspense trilogies Ms Sala has been putting out ever year!

Dallas Phillips left home because she wanted bright lights and fame. Now she returns home to her fathers farm after he was found dead, hanging in his barn. Dallas absolutely does not believe it was suicide, and pretty soon evidence shows she was right.
Trey Jakes has loved Dallas all his life and was heart broken when she left. Now she's back and he is determined not to let her go again.
Sinister forces are about... Dallas' father and Trey's mom witnessed some sort of crime when they were teenagers, but they were drunk and when the ran, their car crashed. Neither they nor their other friend who was a passenger remember anything about it. Dallas' father was certainly killed because of that. 
Dallas found out that her father believed he was about to come into some money. Between proving her father didn't commit suicide, being attacked by a feral fighting dog, and a couple of men on the mountain after her for shooting the dog, Dallas has ALOT to contend with. Can Trey help her through it all and to realize she belongs with him?

Thank you NetGalley for an Advanced copy of this title!