(Book R) Bite Somebody ELSE

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Pages:274

Cover: 5/out of ten ★’s

Book: 8/out of ten ★’s

Publishing Date: June 20th 2017

Publisher: World Weaver Press

My review:

I have to say that I truly enjoyed Bite Somebody Else, the main character Imogene just seemed to come alive in front of my eyes.  Sassy and down for anything, Imogene is thrown out of her depth when she learns her fellow vampire bestie, Celia, has a bun in her oven. Vampires, being dead, have never before been able to conceive.

She is once again thrown for a loop when Dr. Savage- main source for vampire related information and sometime therapist- calls in her hunky ex, Nicholas M.D. and vampire historian, from his home across the pond in London to provide insight into the situation, and he ends up living in her spare bedroom.

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Description:

Imogene helped her newbie vampire friend Celia hook up with an adorable human, but now Celia has dropped an atomic bomb of surprise: she has a possibly blood-sucking baby on the way. Imogene is not pleased, especially when a mysterious, ancient, and annoyingly gorgeous vampire historian shows up to monitor Celia’s unprecedented pregnancy.

Lord Nicholas Christopher Cuthbert III is everything Imogene hates: posh, mannerly, and totally uninterested in her. Plus, she thinks he’s hiding something. So what if he smells like a fresh garden and looks like a rich boarding school kid just begging to be debauched? Imogene has self-control. Or something.

As Celia’s pregnancy progresses at a freakishly fast pace, Imogene and Nicholas play an ever-escalating game of will they or won’t they, until his sexy maker shows up on Admiral Key, forcing Nicholas to reveal his true intentions toward Celia’s soon-to-arrive infant.

Bite Somebody Else will be available in trade paperback and ebook via Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, World Weaver Press, and other online retailers, and for wholesale through Ingram.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crushon Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she would really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is also the author of Wolf Among Sheep, Life without Harry, and Forever Dead. Read more at SaraDobieBauer.com or find her on Twitter @SaraDobie.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe in great storytelling.

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(BookR)A Crown of Wishes

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**I was provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes**

Pages: 382

Cover: ★★★★1/2

Book: ★★★★

Publishing Date: March 28th 2017

My review:

This book is about an Indian Princess named Gauri and the Prince of the neighboring kingdom, Vikram,  and their search for what their kingdoms need most: a fair and just ruler. They must travel to a magical city and enter into a magical tournament to be able to fulfill their quest. I thought that while the book started off slow it picked up in the second chapter, and was overall a very good book. I find that when reading Roshani Chokski’s work I am drawn into a world of exquisite color and light, leaving me with a sense of bedazzlement at the end. My favorite scene is when Gauri goes into a crystal garden, where the author’s attention to detail just took my breath away.  The descriptions of Gauri’s scheming older brother also had me nodding in sympathy with just how awful they can be sometimes. This book is a perfect complement to The Star Touched Queen and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Disclaimer: I have had a soft spot for Indian mythology since I read Shiva’s fire.

Description

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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(BookR) FirstLife

Pages: 475

Cover: ★★★★

Book: ★★ 1/2

Publishing Date: February 23rd 2016

My review:

Tenley isn’t your average spoiled rich girl, much to her parents dismay. She just has to have her own mind and make her own choices. Her mother is a famous artist, known the world over, her father a respected senator and they need her to sign with myriad (like they did) to maintain their status quo in their Secondlife…  if she signs up with Troika, they lose.

Everything.

The status, the jobs, fancy cars and lavish lifestyle are all gone in an instant. At 16, she is finally old enough to make her commitment and the pressure is on.

When she refuses to give in and commit to the realm, they throw her into Prynne (a prison of sorts created to force children to their parents ideals) to teach her a lesson and break her down.

There she meets Archer and eventually Killian, the two main men of mystery. They are of course breathtakingly handsome, bitter enemies, and each of them are determined to sway her to their side.

This book was so different in its concept of the world, that I really really wanted to like it so much more than I was able to. I loved the fact that Ten was obsessed with numbers(very 23ish.. you know the movie with Jim Carey, but I wish that the book had strayed a little farther away from the torn between two hot guys plot but I still couldn’t put it down without find out what happens next, 200 pages later I was ready to reach into the book and kill Ten myself.

I think this book was rushed or poorly planned (I’m not sure which) and as a fan of Gena Showalter ( I LOOOVED the zombie Alice books) I hope that the sequel Lifeblood will make up for the FirstLife.

Description:

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

(BookR) Eidolon by Grace Draven

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Pages:239

Cover: ★★★ out of 5

Book: ★★★★ out of 5

Publishing Date: April 18, 2016

Description

**Sequel to RADIANCE and Book #2 in the Wraith Kings series**

In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne.

Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned.

A tale of alliance and sacrifice.

My review:

*#*#Spoiler Alert#*#*

As stated in my previous review, I am a bit of a fan girl when it comes to Grace Draven and her books.

(I literally stayed up all night last night reading this book, see 1 hour of sleep and a raging migraine ALL day)

So… I’m going to start off with what I didn’t like, and then we can focus on the amazing stuff.

At the beginning of the story, you pick up where you left off, with Queen Secmis having just released a Galla Horde into the world in her quest for supremacy. You then skip to Kirgrippa, former maid of Ildiko now promoted to nurse of the newest heir to the Bast Haradis Kingdom, a princess, tucked away in a remote part of the castle, which is good for her because its the only  reason she makes it out alive. Anyway, with the help of the guards they manage to make it out JUST in time. This is probably my least favorite part of the whole book because it sets you up for the ending, and I think I would have been a little more entertained had I not known that there was a spare heir floating around the country. Thats not to say I wasn’t on the edge of my seat… and she did throw me for a loop. The whole first chapter I was praying to god that she didn’t suddenly switch to someone else’s point of view. Then I kept secretly rooting for them to come up with a magical way to let Ildiko and Brishen make babies, just in case princess regnant got lost…. because I don’t see Ildiko just stepping aside and letting ANYONE take her man. The most entertaining character for me has always been Secmis though. I grew up with my very own Secmis and was sooooo happy to see her finally meet her end.

Plenty of romance and hot steamy encounters.

Definitely worth the $3.99 if you liked Radiance, which I definitely recommend you read first and the best part is its also currently $3.99 on amazon. Just don’t blame it on me if you end up spending more money on the other books she’s released.

So now we wait…for the next book in the wraith kings series. Come on 2017!

 

(BookR) Radiance by Grace Draven

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Pages: 297

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★

Publishing date: January 11th, 2015

My Review:

If you are a fan of beauty and the beast you will love this book. Ildiko is a noble of relative unimportance in the land that she comes from, so she is married off to the spare prince of the neighboring race, the Kai. The Kai are the opposite of human in all ways, born with gray skin, claws, and a mouthful of fangs they thrive at night. Can she leave all that she knows and loves for the good of the kingdom?

I am an unashamed fan girl of Grace Draven, I have read all of her books and just started re-reading this one in preperation for the newest book in this particular series Eidelon.

Description:

~THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE~ Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined. ~THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE~ Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light. Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

 

About the author:

Grace Draven

Looking for any excuse to delay in doing the laundry, Grace Draven turned to the much more entertaining task of telling stories about fantasy worlds, magic, antiheroes, and the women who love them.

She currently lives in Texas with her husband, kids, and a big doofus dog. Laundry has now been assigned to the kids.

(BookR) Tainted by Alexandra Moody

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Pages: 194

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Book: ★★★★

Publishing Date: November 16th 2016

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My Review:

If you loved novels like Allegiant by Veronica Roth or Matched by Ally Condie, then you should enjoy this book that has been set in the future 17 years after a Meteor strike has forced whats left of humanity in bunkers underground. This book was fast paced and kept me guessing about what was going to happen next. There was one character, Ryan, Chancellor on the council that could have used a little more fleshing out but overall I thought this was a really good book and will be looking forward to reading the sequel.

 

Reviews by others:

‘PHENOMENAL! AMAZING! This book is perfect, solid writing at it’s best. Ms. Moody created a book you can’t put down.’
– Have You Heard My Book Review

‘The storyline was fast paced, engaging and tense.’

– I Love Smart Books

About the Author:

Alexandra Moody

ALEXANDRA MOODY is an Australian author who currently resides in London. She studied Law and Commerce in her hometown, Adelaide, before going on to spend several years living abroad in Canada and the UK. She is a serious dog-lover, double-black-diamond snowboarder and has a love/hate relationship with the gym. She can often be found on Twitter at @alexandranmoody and facebook.com/alexandramoodyauthor.

 

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(BookR) Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

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Pages: 304

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★½

Publishing Date: February 9th 2016

**An advanced readers copy of this book was provided for the purposes of this review**

My Review:
This is a book about a princess who’s parents are killed at the same time that a (seemingly never ending) eclipse throws the entire kingdom of Relhook into darkness and her struggles to survive. I was so excited to read this book, after enjoying the Firelight series so thoroughly. It was okay, but seemed to have more backstory than was really necessary and had some elements that I didn’t really understand. One of these things was the plot structure, everything seemed to happen in a matter of days, with a ton of backstory in the beginning and the end seemed to come in no time at all . Overall, I would have to say I was disappointed in this particular book. The climax was just a twist in the plot that I completely overlooked. That’s how insignificant it seemed. She did, however, end the story  leaving you wondering what was going to happen in the sequel, though it seemed more like she wrote for months and then just flipped back to a random page and decided it was going to be rewritten to fit the end of the first book than it seemed like it was actually a planned event. Hopefully Sophie Jordan will have filled out the story and have added a new plot twist or two in the officially released version. I doubt it, but hey… A girl can dream right? 

On a side note: The main character is blind, and I absolutely loved her and Sophie Jordan for bringing her to life. I imagine it wasn’t easy writing a book and not being able to rely on color and sight for accurate descriptions..

Description:

Destiny and darkness collide in this romantic, sweeping new fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan.

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

Reviews by others:

“Effortless fantasy with high romance, REIGN OF SHADOWS keeps you intrigued until the final sentence.” (RT Book Reviews)

“Star-crossed romance smolders.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Set in a dark, petrifying world of nightmares, and chock full of harrowing action, swoon–worthy romance, and a compelling, formidable pair of protagonists, REIGN OF SHADOWS was a thrill ride from start to finish!” (Sarah J Maas, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series)

“There’s more than blindness to Luna, and her sightlessness is authentically depicted as an advantage at times and a vulnerability at others. This will appeal to readers drawn to romance.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“An exciting and unique fantasy, full of suspense and romance.” (Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author)

About the Author:

Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

 

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(BookR) Fantasy Man by Barbara Meyers

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Pages: 199

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★½

 

Publishing Date: 02/02/16

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My Review:
Quinn Fontana is a girl who has really bad luck. She loses her mother at a young age and has always been looked after and protected by her dad and brother. In a push for independence she gets her own job which leads to witnessing a murder and having to run across the country. My favorite part of this novel was Vinnie and the ferrets. They added a nice touch. My only problem with this novel is it seemed like everything happened too neatly, but all in all a nice lighthearted read where (almost) everyone is happy in the end.

Description:

One lie of omission could turn her wildest dream into a world of hurt.

Quinn Fontana never thought witnessing two murders would lead to her first taste of freedom. But when her overprotective brother puts her on a plane for L.A. to hide until it’s time to testify, she can’t stop the shiver of anticipation.

If her life is going to be cut short, she plans to live it to the fullest. And that includes seducing her intended protector—her brother’s best friend and star of her private fantasies.

When security consultant Reif Callaghan awakens after a rowdy night out with his coworkers to find a warm, willing woman in his bed, he’s almost past the point of no return when he realizes it’s Quinn. And he’s come way too close to debauching his best friend’s little sister.

Her enticing offer—one night, no holding back, no regrets—is a temptation he can’t resist. Until he realizes she’s been hiding a piece of vital information that could cost not only their one chance to turn fantasy into reality, but their lives.

Warning: Contains fantasy-come-true sex, get-it-out-of-their-system sex, angry-as-hell sex, and on-the-run sex. Also, accidental ferret-napping. Asthmatics are advised to load up on antihistamines before reading.

About the Author:

Barbara Meyer
Barista by day; romance novelist by night. When I’m not writing fiction, song lyrics or Dr. Seuss-like poetry, I masquerade behind a green apron as a barista for a worldwide coffee company. I originally thought this would be a fun little job where I could escape from my writer hidey hole and get paid to socialize for a few hours a week. That was in 2003. Each year I grow closer to my goal of being the world’s oldest living barista.

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(BookR)The Tycoon’s Forced Bride

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Pages: 232

Cover: ★

Book: ★★

Publishing Date: 1/28/16

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My Review:
This romance felt like it was written after someone watched 50 first dates by Adam Sandler. It was well written and had some great components (Ballerinas and Scottish Billionaires) but fell short of my expectations after seeing that Jane Porter is a USA Today bestselling author. I wanted to see Ava have a little more fight in her (She is supposed to be a Latin lady who left home at 13 to chase her dream of dancing). Overall it wasn’t a bad story and had the classic happily ever after ending.

Description:
Malcolm McKenzie will never forget that night in New York when he put Ava Galvan in a taxi following a heated argument, and the Argentine beauty was involved in an horrific accident—one that ended her career as an acclaimed soloist with the Manhattan Ballet, and impaired her memory and ability to live an independent life.

The Scottish tycoon and philanthropist lives with his guilt, and another consequence: Ava was pregnant with his child the night of the accident. Ever since that night, Malcolm has raised Jack as a single father.

But Ava is stronger now, and Jack wants his mommy to come home. Malcolm has never stopped wanting her and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to claim Ava—with or without her consent.

About the Author:
Jane Porter

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of forty-nine romances and women’s fiction titles, Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award five times and won in 2014 for Best Novella with her story, Take Me, Cowboy, from Tule Publishing. Today, Jane has over 12 million copies in print, including her wildly successful, Flirting With Forty, picked by Redbook as its Red Hot Summer Read, and reprinted six times in seven weeks before being made into a Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear. A mother of three sons, Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband and two dogs.

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[BookR] See Me by Nicholas Sparks

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Pages: 490

Cover: ★★

Book: ★★

My review: While I am typically a big fan of all books by Nicholas Sparks, I found this book to be a little bit of a letdown. I had a little trouble pushing myself to get through it (hence my lack of new reviews over the last 5 days). Colin was my favorite in the entire book, his character was definitely well developed. (Cue snickering). Southern belle Lilly came in close second.  I guess what really killed this book for me was the fact that the prologue really engaged my attention and then gave away the plot for the entire book and it killed the potential for real suspense. 

Description:

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface.

As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria’s life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they’ve begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

About the Author

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1 New York Timesbestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice coming in February 2016.