Thursday, August 31, 2017

New Review! Heartless by Michelle Horst 5 Cranky Stars

Heartless (Enemies to Lovers, #1)Heartless by Michelle Horst
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

I believe Michelle Horst is one of the few authors who can take an alpha male character and make him loveable and relatable. She makes them fiercely protective with big hearts but on the outside they are still jerks of epic proportions.

Della is just a college student trying to get by. She has lofty goals and wants to be able to graduate to afford to take care of her sister. She waitresses at a diner when she meets Carter Hayes. He bullies her and yet she feels oddly attracted to him. She tries to keep her distance but Carter is nothing but persistent. Suddenly years pass before they cross paths again.

Carter Hayes has always been heartless. It's a product of deep rooted mommy issues. He wants to graduate and work his way to the top position in his dads company. He lays eyes on Della one night at the diner. A bet starts and It's one that doesn't sit well with him. He fights himself and realizes maybe Della isn't so bad. Years later he finds himself in a diner in another town and face to face with Della and a future with a different path.

I devoured this book in a day and a half. I truly loved the story of Della and Carter. She didn't take his attitude laying down she gave back to him as he pushed her to her breaking point. I believe a good true love challenges you at every turn. They truly don't take you're crap laying down. Heartless had the right amount of drama and angst. You rooted for everyone to have their happy ending. With an amazing group of supporting characters, who you'll see in future books, this is one enemies to lovers book done right.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New Review! Captivated by Crimson by Brynn Myers, 4 Cranky Stars!

Captivated by CrimsonCaptivated by Crimson by Brynn Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**** 4 Cranky Stars! ****

Welcome to a new breed of vampires!

These vampires are not simply bloodsuckers, they are descendants from gods. Meet The Sanguines, the purebloods. These vampires are children of Nyx, the Greek Goddess of Night. They are blessed (or cursed) with supernatural powers of life and death. They can walk among human day or night. And no, they don’t sparkle in the daylight.

However, with greatness always comes strife when other vampires wanted to kill the purebloods to assume their powers. These rebels built an army of ferals hoping to overtake the purebloods by their sheer numbers. But even within their, treachery arose fighting over who would be the true ruler of the ferals.

The story began with Erzsebeth, self-proclaimed queen of the ferals, who had been imprisoned by one of the purebloods, Andrik. Somehow she manages to escape and began building her army of ferals. Andrik, together with his friends, went in pursuit hoping to finally end Erzsebeth’s madness.

Nola, or Magnolia Blair according to her birth certificate, happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and came across ferals who were out on a prowl on night. Lucky for her, Andrik came along and managed to save her by feeding her his blood before she beathed her final breath. This act linked her life to Andrik unbeknownst to her and changed her life forever.

Andrik on the other hand began feeling more than a blood connection to this simple human as he found out that she was connected to their pursuit in finding Erzsebeth. No matter how many times he tried to stay away, he finds himself drawn to her again and again. Until passion ignited and sealed the bond between them.

So, this love affair is HOT. Somebody get me a fan!

The storyline was new and interesting. I’ve never read of vampires coming from the lines of the gods before. Devil, yes but not gods. The pacing of the story was fast but not too fast that you’d get lost. There were several likable characters and each of them had been integral to the flow of the story.

One downside of having several characters though is that their presence in the scenes can change the flow of the story or influence the reader’s attention and possibly distract from the main plot. Take Reese for example who wanted nothing more than to find her nemesis and kill her. Her strong personality took root into me and I was really hoping that she would her get chance. But when that chance came, her triumph had been overshadowed by what was happening to another character, albeit the main character, so I didn’t get to enjoy that moment when I wanted to cheer for her. Get the drift?

Another issue I had was that everything was going 110% for me then nearing the end of the book, it derailed. Had the author stopped at a certain point and told me “The end, find the second book” I would have been happier. But what happened was, the “collective finale” for everyone just came all at the same time and kinda ruined the ending for me.

Don’t take me wrong, this is a happily ever after ending. Just too happy and went too smoothly. I shouldn’t really sound too grumpy about it since the good guys won and the bad guys lost. But it was like watching a Steven Seagal film, he is just soo good that he just flicks his hand and people die, no blood, no mess and his hair is still perfect.

BUT apart from that, I really did enjoy reading this book. I didn’t even notice what was missing under after I came down from the throes of passion, looked around and cleared my mind. Because did I mention it was HOT?

Please, don’t let this grumpy reviewer stop you from picking up this book. In fact, pick this one up and prove me wrong.

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Release Blitz! Navy Love Series by J.C. Santo

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Navy Love Box Set

Author: JC Santo

Cover Designer: T.E. Black Designs

Genre: Military Romance 
Release Date: August 30, 2017
Box Set Includes: Inevitable Love, Love Unexpected, Resilient Love, Love Revealed, and Bonus Scenes.

The entire Navy Love Series in one place!

The Navy brought them together, eight friends each with a different background, creating a unique family of friends – truly Resilient relationships.

These four novels follow the lives of four couples as they navigate through the Unexpected twists and turns of life in the Navy, and the changes love brings. Although it may not always be easy, sometimes things are Inevitable. And they will find out that love is always worth it. 

You’ll feel their pain and experience their joys. Follow them as love is Revealed to them all. 

*This boxset is intended for mature audiences (18 and up). It does contain explicit language and detailed sexual scenes.*

I'm a southern girl, born and raised in Texas, until my husband enlisted in the Navy and we were relocated to Virginia. I'm a stay at home mom to three boys, so my days are pretty packed. When I'm not reading or chasing around kiddos, I'm on my computer writing. 

I have a weakness for cupcakes and tattoos. My two addictions other than my handsome boys.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Review! Let's Get Textual by Teagan Hunter 5 Cranky Stars

Let's Get TextualLet's Get Textual by Teagan Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

You hear that sound? That's the sound of me laughing and giving Teagan Hunter a slow clap. I didn't know I needed a book like this in my life until now. The way she blended text into a story was done right. I'm all about Marshmallow and pot holders and the rest of the S'Mores Brothers. Other authors take note this is how you do it.

Delia is a journalism student fresh off a breakup. She has no clue what she wants to do exactly after college but what Delia does know is she likes food, Netflix and staying inside away from people. Basically Delia is my spirit animal. Delia receives a wrong number text which triggers a series of hilarious encounters with Zach. She builds him up in her mind hoping he will be everything he portrays himself to be through texts.

Zach is an app programmer who makes a decent living for himself. Like Delia is he perfectly happy staying home and eating all things with ranch. Seriously the guy has a serious love for ranch dressing. One day he texts a wrong number about a meeting and embarks on a text affair with Delia. Zach is unapologetic in his nerdiness and his quick wit and banter are seriously admirable qualities. He hopes to one day lay eyes on the woman who has stolen his time and possibly his heart.

Teagan Hunter you didn't disappoint me! Of course I know every time I read one of her books I'm going to be treated to a true genuine story. I haven't laughed this hard at a book in ages. The chemistry between Delia and Zach was off the charts. Let me say I swooned when she opened that door to see a handsome guy in glasses. Marshmallow!! Sweet heavens who doesn't love sweet baby goats? I wish I had a million witty funny words for this book but I think It's something that should be read to get the full experience.

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New Review! Hidden by Shalini Boland 5 Cranky Stars

Hidden (Marchwood Vampires, #1)Hidden by Shalini Boland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

I initially bought this book because the cover and synopsis drew me in. I need a change in genre and this was the way to go. This was my first book by this author and I was captivated from page one.

Madison is a down on her luck foster child. Along with her brother Ben they bounce from place to place. Their current home isn't the absolute best with an alcoholic foster dad and a mother who works herself to the bone. Madison acts out at school which results in dire consequences. She is approached by a young man who has news to change her life. With a vast inheritence and a beautiful estate home she makes some grisly discoveries.

One minor act changes Alexandres life. He and his siblings are sent on an artifact finding mission with their family. They are basically exiled by the family he did wrong. In the vast deserts and caves of Turkey they embark on a journey. A journey that will have tragic consequences. You see Alexs story takes place in the 1800s. You see his life and how he became to be and how he adapts to the present.

This story is a melding of past and present and a converging of futures. How Madison and Alexandra came to be and their connection. I think this story was blended well. I'm usually not a fan of stories that take place way back in time but in this case it kept me very very interested till the very last page.

I loved how Madison grew into a more responsible adult even though she was 17. She had her brother to take care of who by the way was a very funny caring kid. The only problem I think some might have is the fact that this book is the dialogue. It is written in the British form with their sayings and such. It truly didn't distract from the story though you just kind of adapted to the sayings and the way of speaking. It's a good YA vampire story from beginning to end. I can't wait to pick up book two to see where this ragtag family ends up.

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