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Book Review: Love Me in the Dark by Mia Asher

 



Happy Friday, everyone!!!

 

Another review???? I KNOW, RIGHT?!

 

I’m cheating a bit and using reviews I had already wrote on Goodreads! As I’ve mentioned before I rate every single book I read on Goodreads and I try to say at least a little bit about them (unless I’m in a hurry). I’m actually Brazil’s number 5 reviewer on GR, how cool is that???!

 

Anyways, here is my review of Love Me in the Dark, the last book Mia Asher released. I absolutely LOVE Mia’s books and this one was different than all of the books she’s written before!

 

 

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Two strangers in Paris …
One passionate, earth-shattering kiss.

He was the artist upstairs
with the tantalizing smile and laughing eyes.

He was the devil inviting me to sin,
seducing me to dance in the bright moonlight.

He was desire and need.

When he touched me, my body sang.
My soul came alive.

But I belonged to another man,
and he didn’t want to let me go.

 

 

MY RATING: 4.5 “Petit Chouette” Stars

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

 

You know the kind of author you can always trust to deliver a good book? Well, Mia Asher is one of those for me. I’ve been reading her books since she started (in fact Arsen was my first review on my blog), and I can always counton her to deliver a well-written, well-thought and addictive story.

I didn’t read the synopsis, as always, but with authors I trust implicitly that is not a problem at all, just the opposite. I went in all blind and at 12% I was more than hooked!

When a book hooks you before 10% it’s a sign things will (more oftenly than not) go well! And that was the case with Love Me in the Dark.

This book is different than Mia’s other books and for what she’s know for. It’s not angst packed and it’s very romantic. Although, in my opinion, a slow burn kind of love is its own form of angst, which again, I LOVE!

This book could have gone in a whole other direction, it could have been super angty and darker, but Mia chose the exact ammount of drama to make it different than her other books. It’s not overly dramatic, because Valentina and Sébastien’s story didn’t need it.

What I most like in this book is that even though it’s a very romantic kind of book, it’s still “different”, it’s fresh and it brings something new to the genre. With so many authors a book like this could be mushy and fluffy and a cliché fest, but in Mia’s more than capable hands, it turned out to be the exact kind of romantic, “sweet” (the good kind) and “lighter” book I enjoy reading.

It actually has substance and a story behind the characters. A story would have loved to see more of, because I enjoyed it immensely, I finished it in about 2 hours and I didn’t see the time passing! I’m not the kind of reader who needs (and asks for) an epilogue in every book she reads, but in this one I wouldn’t have said no, because I didn’t want to see it ending (although I loved how it ended)! 🙂

I love that it focuses on the characters present although it has some flashbacks that will give some insights to who and how so e characters are today. Mia could have detailed a lot about most of the characters and made it a lot more angst (she writes angst so expertly), but I love how this particular story turned out to be. How it focused on their now instead of dwelling on their past!

Love Me in the Dark is a story that will bring elements of romance that make the best kind of love stories, like chance encounters and late night talks. But it’s still fresh and it’s no cliché. With characters we can connect with and their easy-to-relate stories, you can’t help but be swept over your feet by this love story.

Mainly set in the most romantic of cities, Love Me in the Dark will make you swoon and smile and it’ll definitely grip your attention and make you fall in love with Valentina and Sébastien (specially him)! It’ll show you that love can be found in the most unexpected times and places, even if we’re leaving in the dark, love will shed some light and make everything clearer!

It’s been harder than ever finding good and “different” reads in the community (indie or not indie) and I love when a book reminds me why I keep looking for them, like Love Me in the Dark did! I’ve been reading so many fantasy books lately that finding a great contemporary like this one really made my day! I’m not getting every new release out there like I used to, so for me this makes this book even more special!

I’m really looking forward to more of Mia’s books. She’s an author I can gladly wait for books!

 

 

 

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AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Book Review: When Life Happened by Jewel E.Ann

 

 

Hello, everyone!!

 

I know it has been a looooong while, but here I am with a new review!

 

When Life Happened by Jewel E.Ann was recently released and I definitely recommend it! I read the ARC a few weeks ago and I’m still thinking about it!!!

 

 

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Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.
After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.
He also has a wife.
Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.

Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.

 

 

MY RATING: 5 “This is my favorite day” Stars

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

 

As usual I didn’t read the synopsis before starting this book. Which has an added satisfaction, whenever it’s a book by an author whose writing I trust. And I’m SO GLAD I didn’t. Going in blind with When Life Happened was perfect, it only added to the perfection and impact of the story.

 

This book was BEYOND incredible! Jewel is such a talented writer! Some people are born to write and with such a delicate, flawless book, Jewel E. Ann proves she’s definitely one of them.
When I finished I couldn’t believe the book was over and I had to go back to my life! I’m so in love with this story I’m not even kidding. I wish it was true, just so I could stalk the characters and try being their best friend! It left me with a huge book hangover.

 

When Life Happened is an incredbly moving story about love, choices and, well, life… It was so good to see Parker, the heroine, grow so much in the story. What happened to her and the choices she made weren’t only humbling for her, but also for us, the readers. I already believed it, but Jewel makes us see that life and the choices we make aren’t black and white. And love…well, love is not always a choice. What we decided to do with it are very much our own choices, but those don’t have to be so absolute.

 

Before the story reached its half I was pretty sure I had it all figured out. Boy, how I was wrong!! The story takes the mother of turns and you might want to yell “WTF did Jewel do???!”. I actually said WTH more than once. I was not expecting that plot twist. At all. And after it, I wasn’t expecting (and I also didn’t want to) to like what happens next. I was prepared to hate characters, old and new. But then, they won my heart.

 

At first I thought the hero couldn’t possibly win me after all THAT, but he did. And he did so good! I’m still in love with him, I don’t care he is a fictional character. I’m prepared to battle Parker for him!!

 

With Jewel’s typical sense of humor, she weaved such a lovely, moving and powerful story! She makes us laugh at the right times. Surprises us when we least expect. Breaks our hearts. But then she consistently glues every little piece together with a story so unforgettable you don’t wish you could unread it to read it for the first time again, you simply wish to read it over and over just so you never stop feeling all the feels this book brings you!

 

Seriously, if I could recommend you one book this years, let this be it. You definitely need this book to happen in your life!!!

 

 

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AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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ARC Review: The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

 

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Hey everyone, Happy Friday!!

 

I finished the Night Mark, the upcoming new release by my favorite author, Tiffany Reisz and I just had to review it. It’s a smallish review, but the book is AMAZING!

 

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She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there’s something worth dying for in the past…

From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she’s been mourning for four years. Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.

 

 

 

MY RATING: 5 Beastly Stars

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

 

The Night Mark is completely different than anything else Tiffany Reisz ever published. It has NOTHING to do with the Original Sinners series, my favorite books EVER, as you know. It’s not as controversial as The Bourbon Thief, and it’s not an erotic romance. But I’d know it’s a Tiffany Reisz book even if I didn’t know who wrote it. Why is that? Tiffany has the ability to make me smile and feel warm inside by the words she writes. Other (very few) authors have that ability too, but The Night Mark is the kind of story only Tiffany can write.

 

The actual story telling in this book is PHENOMENAL. I will be honest (as usual), the beginning of the story was kind of slow, but once I got the pace of it, I couldn’t put it down. The story is BEAUTIFUL, and it makes us believe in time-travel. We know rationally it’s not possible, but Tiffany makes us believe it IS possible. This book makes us feel like we’re inside the story, like we, the readers, traveled inside of the book, so why can’t time-travel be possible?

 

As you know, I don’t usually read blurbs before reading the books, but I don’t feel like I cheated with Tiffany! The blurb has nothing on the book (and it gives nothing away). It was a surprise after surprise every time I turned a page.

 

The plot line is very fresh. Even tough time-traveling can seem quite straight forward (someone traveling to another time is the basic plot line in this kind of book), it’s the opposite. I love the angle Tiffany chose with The Night Mark and on what she focused.

 

I loved Faye and I could definitely relate to her and put myself in her place. She hasn’t had the easiest life for the past few years and her struggle could be anyone else’s struggle. I really like how relatable she is, the reason she’s suffering too. Even though we may not have been through the same things she has, everyone is going through something.

 

The story is very romantic, not only for the romance aspect of it, but also because of how it was writing. Tiffany’s very words are poetic and the world she created with this book cement that. I’ve always felt like I should have been born and lived in another time (it varies from Medieval Times through the 1960s), so this was the perfect book for me. 1921 never sound so good!

 

But don’t worry, if you’re not into History like I am, it won’t be an issue, The Night Mark doesn’t focus on the History aspect, it focuses on the people, the characters. I actually wish there was more on them, because I’ve finished this books a few hours ago and I already miss the characters.

 

One of the things I most liked about it is the fact it’s different. Different from other time-traveling books. Different from other contemporary romance books. Different from Tiffany’s other books. It’s so refreshing to read something so different from a favorite author, but something you can love too. It shows why that author is between your favorites. Because it’s not easy to write erotic romance, taboo romance and contemporary romance and excel in all of them. So I bow to Tiffany and her writing. She did it again!

 

When I finished The Night Mark I had the biggest smile on my face and tears on my eyes! It was the perfect book, with the perfect story and the perfect writing.

 

I’m really happy I read it, because every new book of Tiffany I read reminds me why she’s my ALL TIME FAVORITE author. They are different and daring and romantic (sometimes in their own way). They make me believe in them and in love. They make me want to be a character inside their pages. I can not imagine a world where Tiffany Reisz’s books don’t exist, because they’ve changed my life. And every new book of hers I read, I’m left with a mark (no pun intended). They mark my heart and I know I’ll have that mark forever, no matter how many other books I read!

 

 

 

 

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Blade Bound will be released on March 28th, but you can PRE-ORDER it now!

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Blog Tour Stop: Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

 

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Hello, bookworms!!!

 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I cut back a lot on the blog tours. This one though, I couldn’t pass up!

 

Mists of the Serengeti by Leila Attar is just one of those books. It’ll definitely leave you speechless and so full of emotions!!!

 

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Once in Africa, I kissed a king…

“And just like that, in an old red barn at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, I discovered the elusive magic I had only ever glimpsed between the pages of great love stories. It fluttered around me like a newborn butterfly and settled in a corner of my heart. I held my breath, afraid to exhale for fear it would slip out, never to be found again.”

When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.

Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.

Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti—children who are worth more dead than alive.

But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss—this time of a love that’s bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?

“Sometimes you come across a rainbow story—one that spans your heart. You might not be able to grasp it or hold on to it, but you can never be sorry for the color and magic it brought.”

A blend of romance and women’s fiction, Mists of The Serengeti is inspired by true events and contains emotional triggers, including the death of a child. Not recommended for sensitive readers. Standalone, contemporary fiction.

 

MY RATING: 6+ BEAUTIFUL Beastly Stars

 

 

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MY REVIEW: 

 

 

***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

 

 

Do you know when you find that book that is THE ONE? The one book that will speak to your soul like not many of them do? Well, Mists of the Serengeti is that one for me.

 

I didn’t read the blurb when I signed up for the ARC. Because I don’t like to read blurbs and I trust Leylah Attar’s writing. And after this book I REALLY trust it. 5% in and I was already crying (and to make me cry is by a story is not an easy feature).

 

This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. EVER. You know I’m terrible at choosing, but from my almost 2500 read books, I can definitely point Mists of the Serengeti as one of the best books I’ve ever read. IN MY LIFE! I’ve read it days ago and I’m still feeling EVERYTHING. Leylah Attar is a genius. Her writing is beyond spectacular. Not only the story is beautiful, but her writing too is beautiful. It definitely manifests itself in this story, we can see the beauty of spectacular writing. And it’s a joy. You’ll want to cry not only for the story, but for the fact the story is so beautifully written.

 

Mists of the Serengeti will break your heart. Into a million different pieces. But it will also mend it and make it swell so much you’ll feel like it could burst out of your chest. The writing is amazing. Poetic and powerful, Leylah’s words will make you feel so much you might feel overwhelmed by how strongly they’ll move you.

 

This is more than a love story between a man and a woman. It’s more than a story, period. Mists of the Serengeti is maybe a species of book that sometimes you feel it’s extinct. It goes beyond the act of reading. It literally moves you. It heals you. It overwhelms you. And it makes you want to read more just for the pleasure of finding another book like it. I don’t think that’s quite possible, the story is unique and the writing is so moving. I can list only a few books that made me feel quite like it and I have a LONG list of read books.

 

I know we’re only in the first month of the year, but I dare say that if you could only read one book in 2017, it’d have to be this one. It’s like the rare gem of a book we so rarely find, it’s different and fresh. I had no idea going in what this book would be about and every new chapter brought a new surprise for me. It has romance, it has angst, it has sadness, it deals with a difficult topic (one I had no idea existed).

 

Mists of the Serengeti is beyond epic. Because of its characters, which I loved because I related to them from the moment they first appeared. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THEM (not the bad guys, though. I hated those lol). It’s also because of the story/plotline and how well it was executed. And most of all, because of Leyla Attar’s writing. I LOVE, just LOVE, experiencing books with such a level of writing that it’ll make you want to cry for how beautiful and moving the words are. I live to find these kinds of books. Books with words that fit so perfectly they’ll fulfill your heart and soul.

 

“People will love you. People will hate you. And it always has more to do with them, than it does with you.”

 

I could talk for hours of how great this story was. How great the characters were, but I still can’t get past how great it’s making me feel. Extremely beautiful, Leyla Attar’s words will take you beyond the pages of your book/device and they’ll transport you to Tanzania’s Serengeti, to her characters hearts and they’ll give you ALL THE FEELS.

 

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From Goma, to Scholastic and Jack and Ro, each character will make you a better reader, they’ll fill your heart in all the right places. They’ll mend it after it gets broken, because it will get broken. But it’s okay, because life can be sad. Terrible things can happen. But how we learn from it and how we survive those terrible things will change us. Mists of the Serengeti shows us how powerful love can be. Not just for the love story or all the love in it. But because you WILL love this book. And after finishing reading it, you’ll see how strongly it’ll make you feel. How you’ll feel overwhelmed and how you simply have no words for how much you’ll love it. At least that’s how I’m feeling right now.

 

Unlike a lot of my favorite reads, I don’t wish I could unread this book to read it all over again for the first time, because I can’t imagine not having read it. I’m not being an a** kisser when I say that my life wouldn’t be the same without reading this book. It impacted me and I literally can’t imagine not having read it, because now this story is part of my life. Every single person on the planet should read this book. We need the tears as much as we need the laughs. Just like we need the rain to experience the beauty of a rainbow. You need to read this book, just to experience the beauty of Leylah Attar’s words and how moving this story is.

 

The epilogue in special. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it. I don’t mind books with no epilogues, but this time I would have minded. I might not have realized it, before reading it, but it’s one part of the book that you simply HAVE to experience. After the whole story, the epilogue will be the perfect way to crown this masterpiece!

 

As I said, I could talk about it for hours, but even so I’d still not have all the words to express how I feel after reading this book, how incredibly moving it is and how Leyla Attar’s words can be so powerful and beautiful, so I’ll leave you with this quote: “You ever wonder what we’d find if we could pick up the threads back to the point where things unravel where paths cross and lives pivot, and people come together?”. Well, after reading Mists of the Serengeti you definitely will!

 

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buy the book

 

AMAZON

 

 

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Leylah Attar writes stories about love – shaken, stirred, and served with a twist.

Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate. Leylah is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance/woman’s fiction.

Author Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

 

 

 

 

 

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ARC Review: Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires #13) by Chloe Neill

 

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Happy Monday, everyone!!

 

Today’s review is for the last book in one of my all time favorite urban fantasy series, the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill!!!

 

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The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Timesbestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House… 

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She’s saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined. As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

 

 

 

 

MY RATING: 5 Beastly Stars

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

 

Oh wow! First of all, I’ve been reading the Chicagoland Vampires series for years now and the fact I got to read an ARC of the last book is just so amazing!! It’s truly an honor and something I do not take for granted.

 

I’ve loved this series from the first book, when Chloe first introduced us to Merit and her friend Mallory and Ethan. I absolutely LOVED Ethan from the moment I first “met” him! And even though this is a paranormal/urban fantasy series, Chloe made her characters very relatable and there was a lot of feelings in every book. She made me love them. She made me cry. She made me smile and laugh out loud. She made me feel every emotion that just a good writer can make a reader few. I went from a “I love Chloe Neill” phase to a “I HATE Chloe Neill” one with these books. But it didn’t last, because she’s an amazing writer and she definitely redeemed herself. I can definitely say that I LOVE Chloe Neill! She created one of my all time favorite series for sure!

 

Whenever I’m in a “book funk” I choose a paranormal book, because it’s guaranteed they’ll get me out of my funk. Specially if it’s a good story, packed with action and with a truly kick-ass heroine. The Chicagoland Vampires series is one of those. But you can (and will) enjoy these books even if you’re not in a funk. They’re THAT good!

 

Merit and her gang are the best kind of characters to read about! Not to mention Ethan. They are so entertaining together! I love her sense of humor and her appetite (seriously, this girl can EAT! LOL).

 

From the moment I saw the cover of this book, I knew I’d love it, because, not like the previous 12 books, it doesn’t have only Merit in it. It has Ethan. So it had to be a special one. And when I got it (as you know I don’t like to read blurbs, specially if it’s a book whose author I already know and trust) I didn’t know before reading it that Blade Bound would be the last installment in the series

 

But I was right, it is pretty special and there’s a reason Ethan is on the cover. The bond he and Merit share is as stronger as ever and in this book we can see how they are truly partners and equals. From the way they joke with each other, to the way they now know each other and can complete each other sentences and thoughts, their love became as fierce as they did. It was a pleasure to read this book. They’ve came a long way and everything they went through was worth it, just so we could read this book.

 

I also love their relationships with their friends, specially Catcher and Mallory (I love those two). I love Merit’s grandfather, as usual. We can definitely see where she gets her spunk (and her appetite) from. And the Cadogan House vamps are also pretty entertaining, as usual, specially Luc and Lindsay.

 

In this book, Merit and Ethan have to face a very surprising enemy (I loved how Chloe changed things up) and they don’t have to face it alone. For me the story came full cicle, because we can see how each character grew in the story. They’re stronger, and because their bonds are also stronger, they can face anything that comes their way!! It was awesome to see them standing together, to fight or to have fun.

 

I really really enjoyed this series and I loved this book. It was the perfect ending to a perfect series!!!!

 

 

 

 

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Blade Bound will be released on April 25th, but you can PRE-ORDER it now!

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Carol’s Impression (Mini Review): Break My Heart (Heart #2) by Esther M. Soto

 

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Hey bookies!!!

 

Happy Monday!!!

 

I hope you all had a good weekend!

 

Here I am with a new mini-review post!! I read Break My Heart by Esther M. Soto back in September. It’s the sequel of Hold My Heart and I really really like this series!

 

 

 

 

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Ileana Harper is focused on her future with Tommy Colton, the man she fought so hard to get back to, but not everything is at it seems. Unable to confide in Tommy, Ileana holds tight to her last shred of sanity, struggling with inner demons that could jeopardize their relationship and her career with the FBI. Through it all, Ileana is intent on moving onward and never looking back.

Too bad the past won’t stay in the past.

Tommy Colton’s love for Ileana Harper kept hope for her safe return alive in his heart. Now, with Ileana by his side and his new job as a DEA agent, Tommy’s life is finally complete — until a stranger appears, threatening to destroy their bond and tear them apart.

Once again, Tommy might lose Ileana; perhaps this time forever.

They say love conquers all…but sometimes fate has other plans.
What if the past becomes our future?

 

 

MY RATING: 5 Beastly stars

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

 

WARNING: This review contain a few spoilers from Book 1.

 

Wow! If Hold My Heart was a nice surprise, Break My Heart was punch in the gut!
What an amazing sequel to an already great story!!

 

Break My Heart picks up exactly where Hold My Heart left out and through the whole story we get to unravel more secrets and also more about the mystery that is Illeana Harper’s life and ability to time-travel.

 

I was surprised (happily so). The love she shares with Tommy is so much more than what I originally thought. And everytime we get to unravel a new layer to this story, it gets more exciting!!

 

As in the first book, the background story in Break My Heart takes a big role in the story and I have a feeling it’s going to take an even bigger one in the next (3rd) book. I think Illeana and Tommy’s time in the war has a lot to do with the mystery in the story. I can’t wait for the next book to see more of it!

 

I really like that this book shows that admitting you love someone and getting together is not what that makes a relationship. It felt very real to see Tommy and Illeana’s struggle to be a couple, specially because they’ve been best friends for so long. I LOVE when we get glimpses from the past in the war and how their friendship began. Those glimpses really make the story “realer” and make us relate more to it and the characters.

 

Things are getting clearer and every new discovery just adds to the story and makes it even more addictive! This story flows so well and it’s so “expertantly” written that when you finish it, you just can’t wait for more!!!!

 

 

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MEANT TO BE (#0.5) | HOLD MY HEART (#1) | BREAK MY HEART(#2)  

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Carol’s Impression (Mini Review): The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

 

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Hey bookies!!!

 

I hope you had a good Monday!!!

 

So, I was writing my Favorites of 2016 post and when I reached The Bourbon Thief on my list, I had so much to say that I decided to write a Mini Review post first! LOL

 

I got an ARC of it before it was released and read it back in April.

 

So here it is, I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

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From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it’s to discover he’s been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it’s property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.

 

 

MY RATING: 5 Beastly stars

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

 

 ***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

 

OH WOW! This book is different from anything else Tiffany has published before.

 

Is it a bad thing? Hell no! I’m amazed by Tiffany’s talent for telling stories and The Bourbon Thief is a story that can’t be forgotten!!

 

Tiffany has now taken my two favorite (and taboo) subjects and turned them into epic stories ( I even wrote about those subjects myself, years ago, but in the same story). I did not see that coming at all and I absolutely LOVE to be surprised by Tiffany! Even though some of the things that happen I just KNEW would happen, other things were complete surprises!

 

Tiffany blew my mind and there ins’t BDSM, or even that much sex, in this book. Not that I thought she couldn’t, but Tiffany definitely knows how to write a story that goes beyond sex (The Original Sinners series already proved that even though there is a lot of sex in it).

 

I was so hooked reading this book that I couldn’t stop and I couldn’t belive when I saw I was already at 70%! This is a story full of action, full of an actual story, ful of talent, full of feelings and full of surprises. In other words, it’s an AMAZING story, you simply can’t miss! It will leave you thinking “What the hell did I just read???!!!”, which for me is one of the biggest complients a reader can give an author

 

Well done, Tiffany! You hooked me in another one of your books, which I blame on your astounishing talent to write them!!!

 

buy the book

 

AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Carol’s Impression (Mini Review): Pennies (Dollar Series #1) by Pepper Winters

 

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Hi everyone!!

 

I read an ARC of Pennies by Pepper Winters back in July and although I posted my review on Goodreads, I never posted it here. So here it is, my Mini Review of Pennies, the first book in the Dollar Series. Book 2, Dollars, was released this month too!

 

 

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“I’m not the hero in this story, girl. You’d do best to remember that.”

At eighteen years old, I was murdered.

I wish my tale ended there.

However, my killer resuscitated me and sold me to the highest bidder, sentencing me to a world worse than Hell.

For the past two years, I’ve lived a life of torment as a man’s property. I suffer in silence and wish for freedom, but I never break.

I can’t.

I won’t.

But then he arrives.

The first stranger since I was killed.

Elder Prest, a thief with a heart as black as his soul, arrives as a guest in our twisted home. He has business with my owner, but his interest lies in me. He pretends not to notice my bruises and hides his knowledge of what I am, but the way he watches me makes me feel more human than possession.

As his eyes tear through my walls and his voice demands answers, he challenges my owner for one night with me.

I’ve survived two years of torment because I no longer believe in hope, but Elder is the only man who promises me pleasure instead of pain.

Trusting him is dangerous, wanting him is deadly.

Is he my ticket to safety or my ultimate end?

Whoever he is, whatever he wants…I can’t say no..

 

MY RATING:5  Beastly stars

 

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

 

***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

 

 

First of all, Pennies is a DARK book. So you’ve been WARNED! LOL

 

Damn! Pepper Winters is an AMAZING writer!! She completely broke me with this book, and yet I can’t wait for more!!!

 

I love how Pepper Winters writes “dark” romances. They are always different and fresh. Her ideas don’t follow any trends and she doesn’t write anything for shock value or to make her books overdramatic.

 

And Pennies is not different. The story will get you to the edge of your sit and it’ll keep you on your toes. When you think you know something will happe, Pepper will surprise you once again.

 

The heroine will have you rooting for her from the very beginning and the hero will make you swoon in all his darkness glory. He is a different kind of dark though, different from other Pepper’s books and different from most of the heroes we know, even though he doesn’t seem like he is.

 

And although the book ends in a cliffy (it is a series, after all), the story is very satisfying! I can’t wait for more!

 

 

 

 

buy the book

 

AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Carol’s Impression (Mini Review): Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter #9) by Nalini Singh

 

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Hi everyone!!

 

I LOVE this series and when I saw, last week, that the newest book was released, I had to read it!!!

 

 

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One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

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MY RATING: 4  Beastly stars

 

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

 

Even though, as I mentioned, I LOVE this series, I admit I haven’t read (yet) the books in this series that aren’t Elena and Raphael’s. And I’ve missed a lot of things that hapoened in between their books (although I wasn’t lost while reading Archangel’s Legion and Archangel’s Heart). I wasn’t really interested in other books in the series that don’t feature them or which have them as secondary characters.

 

I’m curioud us now and I’ll end up reading them at some point, but I still like Raphael and Elena to be the main characters in these books.

 

I liked Archangel’s Heart. Two years have passed in the story since Archangel’s Legion and I enjoyed seeing Elena and Raphael in a more “settled” relationship. They haven’t really settled, in the way they aren’t boring or in a routine. I don’t think those two will ever do that. They’re still very much in love and they’re still as entertaining together as they were in the first book.

 

This book doesn’t have many interactions with the Seven. Illium, my favorite of them, appears very little. Dimitri barely appeares. Aodhan on the other hand is the Seven who shines through this whole book. I welcomed the change, even though I missed the other characters, because it gave us a chance to connect with him, which we haven’t really done in the previous books. This book also gives us plenty to know more about the Cadre, since the story is centered in a place they are all, but Lijuan,  together.

 

In the middle of Archangels politics and planning, Elena gets to uncover a lot about her own past too and the reason for them to be out of New York might be connected to it.

 

It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. It felt good to be reunited with these characters. I don’t believe any book with Elena and Raphael as the main characters will not be good, but I hope the next one will be more “powerful”. This one was very enlightening and entertaining, but I missed the old characters, the Seven and Elena’s friends, although them (and what’s been going on with their lives) have been mentioned. I want to see more of them in the next book. And more action too. And of course, more Elena and Raphael!!!

 

buy the book

 

AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Book Review: The Bound (Ascension #2) by K.A. Linde

 

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Hiii book lovers!!

 

So, I finished The Bound by K.A. Linde this morning and I couldnMt wait to write my review!!

 

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Cyrene Strohm is a Queen’s Affiliate, a high-ranking official of the court of Byern, with power and privilege to spare. But she’s also a keeper of dangerous secrets: like the fact that she holds the heart of the King, and that she possesses magic in a world where magic no longer exists.

Determined to discover what this means and how to use her newfound abilities, Cyrene sets off for the distant land of Eleysia. An island nation where Affiliates are strictly forbidden from entering.

But the journey is perilous, and the destination may mean utter ruin, as Cyrene comes to learn that everything she’s been told her whole life – about her court, her homeland, and even herself—are bound in a beautiful lie.

 

 

 

 

 

MY RATING: 4.5 Beastly Stars

 

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

 

The Bound picks up exactly where The Affiliate ended. When I read The Affiliate I rated it 3.5 stars, I liked it, but parts of the story and plot were still confusing for me, specially what was going on between Cyrene and King Edric. Now that I’ve read The Bound, things are way more clear to me, not only about them, but about the whole story.

 

There is a lot more going on with this story than what we saw in The Affiliate and I can say for myseld that I can’t wait for more!! The Bound definitely captivated me and sealed the deal to me when it comes to the Ascension series.

 

K.A. Linde is so full of surprises! I love the world she created in the first book and now I love it even more. I’m a big fan of fantasy books and I’m a big fan of K.A. Linde. I love how she writes and how she builds her stories. Even though I would have liked to know a bit more on book 1, I’m really satisfied with how she is telling us this story.

 

The Bound brings unravels more about Cyrene’s story and her “mission” and it also introduces us to new characters. Ne characters that I love. Specially Dean. I LOVED him and I believe he was just was the story was missing for me to really love it. The Bound also brings us new intrigues in different courts and even though what is happening in King Edric’s court takes a secondary role, what we see of it brings a lot more clarity to the story. In my review of book 1 I said I wasn’t sure about Prince Kael, for example, but now my mind is more than made about him. It was right in the beginning of The Bound. I’m happy I never felt the pull to Kind Edric either, even though in book 1 he charmed eveeypone, including Cyrene, I still didn’t connect with him. It never felt right because he is married, and that fact doesn’t usually prevent me from connecting to characters. I still want to know more about him, I believe there’s much more about him than we have seen so far. I still hate his wife, though. She’s still a bitch. And the jury is still out about Daufina, although I can’t say I dislike her. She seems veey loyal to her country.

 

A character I definitely love, besides Dean, is Avoca. She’s a great addition to the series and another characters I want to know more of. I have a feeling she’ll be even more important as the story progresses. She has something of her own going on,besides her story with Cyrene and it’s a great side story.

 

The Bound takes us on a journey alongside with Cyrene. She travels through different places, places she did not know and somw she only heard of and just like her, we can see how limited her knowledge of her own country was. And we learn, like she does, that there is a lot more besides what lays inside Byern walls. Byern is a different country not only for its costumes, and ways. But also because of how its people is led, of what they are led to believe. And through all that we can see how much Cyerene has grown up. She is not the naïve girl who came to the castle to be an Affiliate, she’s not afraid of her power and of her own self anymore.

 

The story takes a different direction in this book and I really enjoyed it. The twists will keep you on your toes and I think the new direction is just what was missing. After an ending like the one in this book I can’t wait for the next book and to see what more the story brings!

 

And despite it being a fantasy book, The Bound still has some of K.A. Linde’s distinctive traits in writing, like the angst and the strength in her heroines. It’s all about girl power in this book. And although the heroine is obviously an independent girl, she can still rely on her love interest for strength. And her independence and defiance is exactly waht draws him to her. Which makes for a great love story. The book has plenty of romance, but I like how the romance in it doesn’t make the story the background. The story is just as important and the romance is just an aspect of it (a great one, though).
You can say by now I’m a “professional reader”. I have been reading hardcore-ly for over 17 years now and with almost 3000 books read in my “curriculum”, I’d say I’m a pretty good judge of characters (pun intended). With most of the books I just have this feeling of how something might go, or of what’s going on. And since I started The Bound I was waiting for the moment a new character would be introduced and I’d REALLY connect with him. I was expecting a him after all. And I’m almost always wary of them, when they appear because there’s always the doubt that they won’t be the one for me. That characters you just know is right for the hero or heroine. One of the reasons I’ve been avoiding love triangles for a while now, they make me too anxious. But then when you instinctually know? It’s literary magic! And that is what K.A. Linde did with the Bound!

 

And that’s not an easy feat. The author must really know their writing to do something like that. And to also create a world where the reader can feel like they’re inside, like they’re a part of.

 

Incredbly intricate, full of intrigue and mystery, The Bound is the kind of book that, just as its name says, will bound the readers to this magical world K.A. Linde has created!

 

 

buy the book

 

 

AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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