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Monday, June 1, 2020

Book Review: Held By Heat By Terry Bolryder

Held By Heat
(Wings, Wands and Soul Bonds #3)
By Terry Bolryder

When a fire prince falls for a woman he can’t have, the whole world may just go up in flames…

Flynn, a notorious fire fae who always has some hungry princess on his tail, doesn’t think love exists. At least, not for him. But when a chance encounter with an intrepid woman who asks him the unthinkable turns into the most unexpected night of his life, the warrior prince realizes he may have just found his match.

Callie has always been a good judge of character. So when she asks sexy, surly, overprotective Flynn to do the one thing she’s never had the courage to do before—and he says yes—Callie can feel a magnetic pull between them that defies logic or even common sense. But even if she knows there’s something different about Flynn, he’s not the only one hiding secrets in the dark.

Callie may be the only person Flynn has ever wanted in his life, but the secret of her true nature may mean that he has no right to ever be with her. And while Flynn has to fight a lifetime of prejudice, Callie knows they’re meant to be together. Even if it means going up against the most powerful opposition the fae princes have ever encountered before.
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My Review:

This was my least anticipated book in this series and it still found a way to worm itself into my heart! This wasn't was I was expecting Flynn's story to be like at all and yet it was so precious! The writing, as always, was fantastic and the characters are very well written.

I was readying myself for Flynn's story to be all about the 101 women he planned to sleep with and dump after one night because that's the idea that has been planted throughout the past stories about fire fae. They're promiscuous and don't bond, no exceptions. Flynn was the most emotionally vulnerable of the fae princes presented so far and it was so sweet to see him like that. Due to happenings in his past, he doesn't believe he deserves anything good much less a soul bond. Watching him go through doubting himself and eventually learning to trust in himself was awesome! 

I was also expecting Callie to be this shy woman next to Flynn and she was also the complete opposite. She's very headstrong in the relationship and it contrasts well with how flighty Flynn naturally is in the same situation. I loved how she already knew about who she was to a very small degree. I liked that she didn't have to have a freakout moment when magic was finally brought up. Though I still find her trust in long lost relatives was very idiotic on her part. Her mom did what she did for a reason, so let's think twice about going back to the people she ran away from in the first place.

I was expecting things to go very well in the end and even though they did the route that was taken was not what I was expecting. It was fantastic seeing Flynn coming into his own. I'm so interested in Ian's story now! I hope his mate will be a dragon because I'm also very fascinated about them in the world this author created.

My Favorite Quotes:

"But if there's anything I know, it's that temporary joy is better than no joy at all."

"[...] I was taught that was all have value in our own ways."

"This is about you needing to decide that you're finally good enough."

My Rating:

Monday, May 25, 2020

Book Review: Defended by Darkness By Terry Bolryder

Defended by Darkness
(Wings, Wands and Soul Bonds #2)
By Terry Bolryder

Everything feels stronger in the dark...

From birth, Tanner has been the responsible one. Formerly known as Tynan, fae prince and commander of darkness, he has protected his kingdom from waves of chaos fae ever since the death of his father. Going to the human world should be an easy task, until he lays eyes on curvy, feisty Eva, and knows that she's the only one he wants to protect.

Eva is tired of everything. Her job. Her gross bosses. But she cares for the employees so she's not giving up. But one night, while venting, she shares an unexpected kiss with a tall, dark and handsome stranger. And when he shows up at her work the next day, even more tempting and gorgeous in daylight, she knows somehow, deep inside her, that things will never be the same.

As Tanner works to protect Eva from the forces chasing her, and awaken the latent fae powers inside her, explosive chemistry erupts between the two lovers. But danger is lurking around every corner, and if they want a happy ending, they'll have to be united...or fall.

Defended by Darkness is book 2 in the Wings, Wands and Soul Bonds series. No cheating. No cliffhanger. Just a fun, sexy, action-packed romance featuring an irresistible warrior prince and the woman he wants forever.
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My Review:

This is only the second book I've read by this author and I think she's a keeper! I'm really enjoying this series! The overall pacing and writing style is so good. 

I loved how headstrong and independent Eva was. Though she's almost naively optimistic that the company she's worked for for 10+ years actually likes and cares about her even though the higher-ups can't stand her because profits > the well being of all employees. She sees the good in people and initially she's really set on that notion. The only thing I disliked was her first and only fight with Tanner. I understand the reasons behind it but if someone had a problem that involved me and made a point to try and bring me a solution to the problem before I even knew it was a problem in the first place I would be ecstatic. Maybe that's just me?

Tanner (and all the heroes presented so far) was a breath of fresh air! I love seeing romance novels represent men as respectful and caring beings capable of communication and emotion. I know shocking right? Tanner is attentive, sweet and protective. He tried his best to take things at her pace and to introduce her slowly into his world. Though it was too mushy at times, it was still sweet.

I'm starting to see a pattern with the ending of these novels. I love the heroine kicking butt but I would love to see her falter or maybe overdo it to a degree. For me, her not having any training beforehand and doing all these amazing magical tricks perfectly just takes away from how incredibly powerful and amazing the guys' magic is described/supposed to be.

My Favorite Quotes:

"I'm just saying sometimes we love something... even when we know it's not good for us."

"Everything we do filters through the lens of our experience. Just because there are more horrible things that happen to others that we can't comprehend, it doesn't make our experiences meaningless."

"Your heart will harden and adjust to violence. Though, it might be better if it doesn't."

My Rating:

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love PNR

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Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
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Reasons Why I Love
Paranormal Romance

1. Just like in most romances, happily ever afters are guaranteed;

2. Reading about all the fantastical creatures in a romance setting is strangely fascinating to me;

3. Authors elaborate on popular and obscure mythologies and creatures. If you want to read about it you'll probably find at least one book featuring that specific creature (a huge thanks to indie publishing and indie authors for that!);

4. As unrealistic and fictional as they are you can still learn a lot from them! Like how to gather all the fabric in the second story room you're in and climb out of the house through the window and not fall to your death. Doesn't that sound like fun or is it just me?;

5. At the end of the day really really deep down, I'm a hopeless romantic (but I like to keep it under wraps so this dies between you and me) and I like the idea of soul mates, a predestined joining of the souls and whatnot. 

What's your favorite genre?
Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Book Review: The Sinner By J. R. Ward

The Sinner
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #18)
By J. R. Ward

A sinner’s only hope is true love in this passionate new novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger
Brotherhood series.

Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercenary a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed in danger of dying during her transition. Jo Early has no idea what her true nature is, and when a mysterious man appears out of the darkness, she is torn between their erotic connection and the sense that something is very wrong.

Fate anointed Butch O’Neal as the Dhestroyer, the fulfiller of the prophecy that foresees the end of the Omega. As the war with the Lessening Society comes to a head, Butch gets an unexpected ally in Syn. But can he trust the male—or is the warrior with the bad past a deadly complication?

With time running out, Jo gets swept up in the fighting and must join with Syn and the Brotherhood against true evil. In the end, will love true prevail...or was the prophecy wrong all along?
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My Review:

This author has such a way with words! She's succeeded at sucking me back into a series I had long given up on years ago. I'm so hyped for the next books in this series. 

I'm still coming to grips with the number of storylines that are usually present in books of this series. It was a big step for me but I managed to read through everything while only skimming through a page or two at the most.

Syn and Jo's story was heart-pounding, heartbreaking and suspenseful. The would-they-wouldn't-they thing that was happening was keeping me on my toes, in the best way. Syn is such a broken individual with a past that will bring tears to your eyes. I'm really glad he got his happy ending.

Even though I normally dislike Butch the part II/the end to the prophecy storyline proved to be a very enjoyable read. He's got a good head on his shoulders and tries to protect everyone he cares about. He's actually a really standup guy. I don't really remember why I dislike him in the first place if I'm being honest.

The new big-bad storyline is going to be so good but in such a bad way for the brothers and bastards. The ending was so sweet and heartfelt. It's probably been a decade since I read the first book in the brotherhood series but Wrath and Beth still hold a place in my heart. I can't wait for the next book but I also want everyone to be okay and live their happily ever afters. I'm so conflicted! 

My Favorite Quotes:

"Maybe the intellectual construct of fate, of destiny, was just a way to frame all the s***ty f***ed up things that happened to people."

"You make me want to be a hero, not a sinner."

"True love, after all, could be expressed in many ways, but the one commonality to it was that it lasted. It was a permanence, in whatever form it took."

My Rating:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Five Books I Abandoned

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The Last Ten
Books I Abandoned 

These "reviews" are not meant to be taken seriously! They're usually more like rants than actual reviews. These are my frustrated thoughts after not finishing a book I thought I would enjoy. Please take these with a big spoon of salt!

(Wolf Rampant #1)
By Aimee Easterling

PMS is no fun for werewolves.

Forget the full moon, female werewolves shift uncontrollably at that time of the month. But after years of practice, teenaged Terra learns to squash her wolf, which allows her to flee the repressive village where she grew up.

A decade later, Terra realizes she has an even worse problem. After hiding from her wolf for so long, she is now shiftless, unable to change back into canine form.

When her father shows up with an ultimatum, Terra knows she'll have to learn to shift or return to her place in her family's pack. Will Wolfie, a nearby alpha who's more wolf than man, be a stumbling block in Terra's quest to maintain her freedom?

As Terra struggles to escape two werewolf packs that seem poised to suck her back in, the real question becomes --- does she really want to stay away?

My "Review":

DNF At 1 hour and 30 minutes

This is yet another one of those books I've been sitting on for quite some time. Dare I say a year or more? I've restarted this book over 3 times in that period of time and it still isn't for me. There's so much info dump and more telling than showing. The story doesn't have a nice flow and pacing. The characters feel wooden and one dimensional. This is the second book I've read by this author and it's looking more likely that her work just doesn't suit me.

For my full DNF "Review" click here!

Wolf Born
(Lunar Academy #1)
By Alyssa Rose Ivy & Jennifer Snyder

Four Houses. Traditions. Secrets. And Romance Waiting At Every Turn.

Welcome to Lunar Academy. Which House Will You Choose?

Nadia Hazel came to the academy for its academics. What she finds is a side of herself she never knew existed. One that breaks rules, let's curiosity lead her places it shouldn't, and thinks Ryan Grayson looks really good naked.

Ryan Grayson has never given much thought to Nadia Hazel—until now. She's smart, beautiful, and just the kind of feisty he's been looking for. So what if she isn't from a prestigious family like his?

When the two find themselves pulled into a secret organization hidden within the academy, they discover chemistry and mystery make one heck of a combination.

My "Review":

DNF at 55 minutes (audio book sped up to x1.25)

I can see where all the less than stellar reviews are coming from. This story had SO much potential but fell so short of everything. There was no worldbuilding whatsoever (at least in the hour I experienced). The other houses were just mentioned by name. No inner monologue to describe what each one represented in-depth, why there were only four and not let's say 1000? No background as to why they're in existence in the first place. These are all basic questions that make the world in a book feel more realistic and plausible.

For my full DNF "Review" click here!

To Love a Bear
(Lumberjack Bears #1)
By Emilia Hartley

So long as the guys call him Boomer, Theodore Parker is content with his life. He has a place to stay, work to do, guys to hang out with — or fight with — when he wants, and the wilds of Montana to roam when he needs to be alone or go full bear. He has everything he needs.

At least he thinks he does.

Then, while he’s out logging with the guys, he finds a woman on the side of the hill, hurt and unable to remember who she is. When he takes her home to help her recover, he knows it isn’t a permanent arrangement. He knows she’ll have to go back to her old life someday.

But the more he’s around her, the more he realizes his life isn’t complete without her. He’s not so selfish as to doom her to a rough life with a bear-shifting mountain man, though. He wants what’s best for her, even if that means leaving him, destroying his contentment forever. So, he protects her and keeps quiet about his shifting, so she isn’t forced into something she doesn’t want.

What Emmy White wants, once she remembers herself, is Boomer. And safety from her past. What she doesn’t want is another relationship with a secretive, overprotective man. She thinks Boomer might be different, but how can she trust him when he won’t do the one thing she’s asked of him — give her the power to defend herself from the monster lurking in her past?

My "Review":

DNF At 44%

This novel wasn't bad but it wasn't exciting either. I felt like I was pushing myself through it with so much force that I lost whatever emotion the author wanted to envoke in me along the way. The characters had some really great moments but for the most part, they were overall bland. This is a trope I usually love to read about but there was nothing new about it. I would have loved a twist somewhere along the way. The writing didn't help things along and everything was going at a very slow and methodical pace (which I don't usually appreciate very much). My dislike of this book ultimately comes down the personal taste and that's totally okay. You can't win them all, right?

For my full DNF "Review" click here!

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
(Nava Katz #1)
By Deborah Wilde

An all-male brotherhood hunts demonic foes. But their biggest threat could be a lowly–and snarky–female initiate who’s gonna show these boys a thing or two about how to really slay a monster…

Twenty-year-old Nava Katz has filled her life with a never-ending string of casual hookups and a carefully cultivated rep as a hot mess. The only relationship she gives a damn about is with her hard-working twin brother. But she accidentally torches his life-long dream when she disrupts his induction into a demon-hunting fraternity and somehow steals his destiny.

Horrified she’s now expected to take his place, Nava finds herself with something she never wanted: responsibility. But the super dude secret society is not cool with a woman in their ranks and forces a surly but smoking-hot ex-rock star to try to keep her in line. And with a vengeful major demon baying for her blood, her best chance for survival may be to convince her new teammates they need her better-prepared sibling too.

Can Nava get her act together in time to fix her biggest mess yet and start terminating like a boss?

My "Review":

DNF At 3 hours and 53 minutes (Audio Book)

This is the second time I gave this book a shot and I still can't put up with it enough to finish it. I know for a fact that I got an hour or two into the audio book before this year but that apparently was before I updated my Goodreads page with my DNF's and the reason behind it, so oh well.

The main character was too much. I love sassy characters whose second language is sarcasm, but she was just too deep in it. It was just too in my face and it took the shine out of everything. There was never any downtime either. It was witty comeback, after sassing someone after sarcastic inner monologue. It was always go, go, go and that gets tiring after 1 hour(s)+.

For my full DNF "Review" click here!

Supernatural Academy: Year Two
(Supernatural Academy #2)
By Jaymin Eve

Year Two at the Academy! The year of purple.

Maddison James learned a lot about life last year. Only important stuff, of course. Like how to breathe under water, how to turn an arrow into a weapon, and how to fall in love.

Asher Locke. The one who stole her heart. The one who showed her the truth of her past and ... hopefully her future.

Now it's just time for them to live happily ever after.

Only the gods have different plans. And with Atlantis rising, Maddi isn't sure she'll survive long enough to even finish her second year, let alone have any sort of future.

Even worse, the sadistic Atlantean gods want to break her before they kill her. But Maddi has been underestimated before, and she has hidden strengths they'll never see coming.

Year of purple ... bring it on.

My "Review":

DNF At 1 hour and 44 minutes

I've been holding out on this book for months now and it still isn't doing anything for me. I'm currently almost 2 hours in and I don't want to be in Maggi's head anymore. I like that she's with Asher but I would love it even more if an actual storyline aside from the romance also got started. It's been almost 2 hours of them doing things together, of Maggi wanting to be with him, of him sending her messages. Get on with what I want to read about: the plotline. I like romance in stories. It's a must for me in most books I read, but even I couldn't take much more of this lovey-dovey sh*t. And that's coming from someone who has been reading paranormal romance and urban fantasy almost exclusively for the last 2+ years. This book ended up just not being for me. This isn't the first time and it won't be the last, unfortunately.

For my full DNF "Review" click here!

What was the last book you DNFed?
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