Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Moonlight Seduction Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from the author and from Edelweiss. This is my honest review.
Release date: June 26, 2018

Gabriel, the middle brother of the notorious de Vincents, is claimed to be the "calm" one of the trio. And typically, he is, even though his nickname is Demon. After getting a bomb dropped on him that his college love died in a car accident, and that Emma had been keeping a secret from him for 5 years, Gabe feels like he is reeling all over the place.

Then when he sees Nikki, the daughter of the de Vincents butler and housekeeper who he grew up with, memories came flooding back. Even though Nikki is 10 years younger than him, he has always been fond of Nic. But 4 years ago, they connected on a different level and then Gabe never saw her again.

Now he has been struck again with memories and feelings from years ago, confusing him on how he really feels and what he is going to do about them.

Nikki has been in love with Gabriel since she was 16 and he saved her from drowning in their pool. She knows that she is younger than him, but Gabe has always been nice and kind to her. He is also the only de Vincent brother who took time to hangout with her when she was stuck in their house when her parents were working. They bonded together through wood carving, a profession that Gabe does for a living now.

When Nikki's mom got sick, she volunteered to help at the de Vincents house to keep her mother's job secure until she was better. But Nikki is not happy about this, because there are a lot of memories in that house. A lot of bad memories. Specifically the one that happened 4 years ago, one that she has never really gotten over.

At first, the hostility and anger between Nikki and Gabe kept them at bay, but the more they are around each other, the more they feel the spark and connection between each other again.

There are a lot of people plotting against Nikki and Gabe, and they need to figure out if it is worth fighting a long fight to see what is between each other, or if it would be better to let it go. Either way, both of them are going to get hurt in different ways - and it may be more than than can handle in the end.

Wow! I love this series, I love these characters, and I love JLA so much :)

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this series since it's one of the very few adult novels she's written, but I shouldn't have worried because JLA knows how to suck me in completely!

I honestly think that I may like Gabe and Nikki more than Julia and Lucien, and I didn't think that was possible to be honest! There was so much sexual tension between these two and so much history that had happened. They already knew each other when they met up again now, so that already had the tension sky high from the beginning.

Gabe was a bit of a jerk, but I think all of the de Vincents are going to be jerks at the beginning because that is who they are. But the more he is with Nikki, the more of a soft side you see of him and you just can't help but falling in love with him.

The suspense that comes with this series is great and keeps you reading faster and faster to see what happens. I figured it out well before it was revealed, but to see Nikki and Gabe's reaction to the answer was amazing and gut wrenching all at the same time.

Also? I'm not exactly sure who Devlin is going to fall for in Moonlight Scandal, but I hope it's who I'm wishing for after seeing them meet for the first time in this book, because that would be an AMAZING book!! Those two will butt heads like no other and that would be a fantastic story to read about!!! So I'm crossing my fingers that it is who I think it might be :D

I am so, so, so glad that I got an eARC of this book, and I cannot wait to read the 3rd and final book in the series! Fans of JLA are going to LOVE this novel - I just know it! :)

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Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book in Jan, 2012 for the first time, but just re-read it because 1. my bookclub is reading this, and 2. I want to read the second novel.

Ginny just found out that her aunt passed away in London from a stranger. And then the letters came. 13 to be precise, all written from her aunt, asking her to travel the UK like she did when she left 2 years ago. Ginny feels like she needs to do this, because she adored her aunt and wants to feel close to her again, even though she is no longer alive.

So Ginny begins the biggest adventure of her life. She goes to London, but also to Paris, Amsterdam, and many more places she wouldn't have EVER imagined going to. She found friends in the weirdest places, she found first love, and she found out secrets that were buried in her aunt's life.

These 13 little blue envelopes took Ginny on an adventure, but what is going to happen when she is finished with the envelopes?

This book was just as good the second time and it was the first time that I read it 5 years ago! I had forgotten a lot of details, so it was nice to re-experience this novel! Though there were times where I questioned Ginny's decisions (I mean, how many strangers can you go up to and have them be normal, nice people? In a foreign country? It's a bit of a stretch...), I enjoyed the journey that Ginny took to get a vision of her aunts last couple of years. It was a very unique way for Ginny to get to know her aunt again, while also going on a journey of her own.

I'm very excited to be diving into the second novel and see what will happen! It's been a long time coming for a solid ending to this journey!

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Review: Burning Bright by Chris Cannon

Burning Bright Burning Bright by Chris Cannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing. This is my honest review.

Bryn has had a rollercoaster of the last few years - since she found out she was a dragon. From then on, she has been a magnet for bad luck and always seems to draw bad attention to herself. So she is really, really hoping that her senior year will go off without a glitch and it will be smooth sailing. It would also really help her to keep her image as the perfect Blue for her grandparents, too.

But, of course, she is Bryn, and that is too much to hope. Because trouble always finds her, and senior year is no different. What is weird, though, is that she isn't REALLY sure what is going on. Only a speculation that her friends Clint and Ivy stumbled upon, so they may just be imagining these things.

And to top it all off, her agreement for marriage with Jaxon has started early, where they are constantly around each other. Both of them are grieving over past relationships for different reasons, and now it seems that Bryn may just be growing some real feelings for Jaxon... Until he makes her mad and treats her like crap again, which just wants to make her breathe fire at him.

So a lot is happening with Bryn, and she is also wanting to see her parents more, but the rules for visiting other places seem to be getting more and more strict with each passing day.

All Bryn wants to do is make it through senior year, but it may not be meant to be with everything happening around her...

Sigh. The series is done. I'm sad!

Okay, I am so so so excited that I was asked by Entangled Publishing to read and review this book. It made my day!!! And of course I dived right into it. It's been awhile since I've read the other books, but the second that I started reading, I remembered this amazing world and soon was on another adventure with Bryn.

I do have to say, books 3 and 4 were a bit of a downer for me because Bryn was becoming all Blue and sophisticated and she was losing the spunk that I loved so dearly when she was dating Valmont. I was a bit bummed by that, but it wasn't going to stop me from reading the last book in the series, which I am so glad I read because I loved it again, like book 1 and 2!!

Bryn is still a well-trained Blue, but she is learning how to use her sarcasm and when the appropriate time is for that very amazing skill she has. Most of the time it's with Jaxon, but she does slip up a time or two in public, which is just amazing!

Also, I've never been Team Valmont, so I was a happy girl during this novel :)

The only thing I was a bit disappointed with was the storyline with the 'bad people'. It felt too distant, too rush, and not enough information for me to be satisfied with it overall. I know this was about wrapping everything up, and at one point I didn't think it was the end, because I was nearing the end of the book and there was still a lot more left to be resolved. So the ending was a bit rushed for me, but I was happy with the ending, so all is good in the end.

I have loved these dragons for a long time, and I'm very sad to see them go. But I have all 5 books on my kindle, so I may be revisiting them again when I get a hankering for this story again!

I am so, so, so glad I was asked to read and review this book, and, as always, I will be keeping an eye out for more by Chris Cannon in the future! :)

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Damsel Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from Edelweiss. This is my honest review.
Release Date: October 2, 2018

I'm going to be honest, I didn't finish this novel. I usually give a synopsis of the story and then my opinion, but since I didn't finish the book, I can't really give a synopsis.

I really, really, really wanted to like this novel. It sounded so good from the description, but I got 25% of the way through and I was so bored to tears, and kept falling asleep when reading...which is not a good thing for me because if I am really into a book, I will stay up all night with sleepy eyes to finish it.

I don't know what it was. I should have been so into the novel, with the fighting of the dragon and saving the girl, and traveling back to the King's home, but it was all stale and monopolized. And then I read reviews from other readers and found out that it has some events that happen that I am not okay with reading, so I thought it was a good thing to just put my hat in and call it quits.

Also, I didn't respect Emory, the king, at all. He was a pompous ass most of the time and seemed way too cocky, and that was just within the first few minutes of reading this book that I figured that out. And then the way he talked to Ama was rubbing me the wrong way.

So unfortunately, this book just wasn't for me, sadly. I'm hoping I'm one of the few that doesn't like this book, because I think the concept is a great story.

I am grateful that I received this eARC from Edelweiss, and I will definitely see if I will like Elana Arnold's next book when she releases it.

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Review: April Fools by Mari Carr

April Fools April Fools by Mari Carr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review.

Fiona has always had an usual life, touring with her famous musician parents. So when she finds her passion in writing a TV show with her 3 best friends from college, it was a natural transition from one lifestyle to another. Plus, her massive family does unusual things at times.

So when she finds herself in a situation where she is attracted to two of her best friends, the idea of a threesome is talked about. Because Fiona is not sure who she likes more, and she's not sure if getting romantic with her best friends and also co-workers is the best idea of her life. She doesn't want to alienate one of her friends and make thing uncomfortable.

Soon, though, Fiona comes up with the solution, but she's afraid of how things will turn out. But to stay true to herself, she must confess to both guys her true feelings.

This was a great novel! This is my first book my Mari Carr, and I suspect that it won't be my last now! I was thrown into this series, but I wasn't confused or overwhelmed with Fiona's family. I am very intrigued about each characters story, so I will probably end up getting the rest in the series - just not right away since I have SO SO SO many other books on my to-read, haha!

Fiona is a spitfire - I especially loved the prologue where we see 5 year old Fiona and her spunk even then. Adult Fiona is even better, and so unique!

And then Asher and Owen? Wowee! I loved those scenes! It was so nice to see how they both have two different sides to them, even though I was just introduced to them in this book.

I am so glad that I got a chance to be introduced to this series! I will definitely be talking it up to everyone I know :)

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Review: Absinthe of the Heart by Monica James

Absinthe of the Heart Absinthe of the Heart by Monica James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from the author. This is my honest review.
Release Date: April 3, 2018

London Sinclaire and Holland Brooks are sworn enemies. Not because of anything they did, but because their mothers were best friends, before a terrible betrayal happened between them 17 years ago.

Now, Holland is focused on getting a scholarship to be a lawyer and get out of her judgmental town. And to escape the tortures that London, or "Sin" as he likes to call himself, has been giving her since they were 5 years old.

But when Holland get in trouble, Sin unexpectedly helps her get out of it. Something she never would have expected. And because of that one event, Holland finds herself in a situation where she still hates Sin, but now she wonders who he really is deep down..

Throughout their whole lives, Holland and London have been intertwined in each other lives, but they don't really how deep that goes until everything comes spiraling down around them through their history.

O.M.G...!!!! I just....this was not what I was expecting! I loved it!

I loved the angst and the banter and the sexual tension and the hatred all rolled into one. A few times, I thought it was a bit much, but then the story took a turn 180 degrees and then I was immediately hooked once again. It was a roller coaster ride following Holland and London's story, and I loved every minute of it!

I was a bit confused at first, because this story actually starts with their mothers story and how things got so terrible for them. I had to keep reading the synopsis and figure out who this story was about because it wasn't matching up with the characters, but once I got to the meat of the story, I was so very grateful for having that back story to remember and know exactly how things went down to create this mess of a life that Holland and London are now living.

And let me tell you right now, there is a cliffhanger ending. I hate cliffhangers, so I was a bit upset by this reveal. I guess I didn't realize this was a series, and then to have that ending, it was a bit of a bittersweet ending. Lets just say that I got this as an eARC and now I have to wait EVEN LONGER than normal... sigh...

It's okay though. I may need that long of a time to recovery from this amazing story, and it will give me a reason to re-read this novel again and go through all of the events that Holland lives through.

And I am so glad that my life was much more simpler than hers is...

I am so grateful that I got this eARC and I will definitely be pushing this book when it's released!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: Bad Boy Brody by Tijan

Bad Boy Brody Bad Boy Brody by Tijan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from the author. This is my honest review.
Expected release date: May 7, 2018

After Brody's brother dies in a car accident, Brody goes of into the deep end. He hides his depression through alcohol and sex, and he has gotten the nickname, Bad Boy Brody, for his new behavior.

To straighten out his reputation and get him on the right track for his acting career, he decides to do a film out in Montana about a true the middle of nowhere. Montana is not the place Brody really wants to be, but it will stick it out until the movie is wrapped up.

But when Brody hears about Morgan - the girl who lives with the wild mustangs - and sees her a few times, his life is about to change. Because not only is this movie about her family and her life, but she is the most magnificent person he has ever seen. Brody is enamored by her and is constantly thinking about her.

Morgan is more horse than woman nowadays. She would stay with the mustangs 24/7 if she didn't need food and clothing. And if the weather would stay nice all year round. But when everyone starts showing up for the movie, she finds herself curious about the main star. Usually, Morgan would avoid all contact with people, but she is now getting near the house to talk to Brody.

There is a connection between the two of them that they just can't ignore.

The more they are together, the more they want to know more about each other. But Brody and Morgan live two very separate lives from one another. Lives that don't really work to have a future together.

And with Morgan's past being brought back to the present because of the movie, the more the world wants to know more about this mystery girl.

Their worlds are about the collide, and collapse when dark secrets come to life.

This was a really great book! I think I must have signed up for it before, and I just forgot, because I was pleasantly surprised to find this in my Amazon and email account! I will say, I'm not a huge fan of the cover or the title, honestly, but I do love a story about horses and mystery, so I was still glad to dive right in when I got it on my kindle!

Brody and Morgan both have their dark past that they are trying to hide from, and they do it very differently from one another. I loved reading about Morgan connecting to Shiloh and Shoal in a connection that only very few people feel with horses. I have not had the pleasure, but I do think that that bond is a vital thing to hold on to for as long as a person can.

The instant connection between Morgan and Brody was a bit cliched for me, but I thought that the scenes with the two of them were very on fire! They got each other on a level that no one else around them understood, and I appreciated that even though they were two opposite people.

I'm very glad that I got a chance to read this eARC and I am definitely going to make it a bigger priority to read more of Tijan's books! I have a few that I've been burying in my kindle, so I need to find them and start reading them because I'm always hearing great things about them!

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