Valentine’s Day Special: Love Letter from Beckett to Bailey from Believing Bailey by Linda Kage

 

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Heeeey guys!!

 

This post is pretty special!! Linda Kage is still writing this book, but she let the hero share a love letter to the heroine here. How awesome is that???

I LOVE Linda Kage and her books!!!

 

 

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Linda, thank you so much!!!❤️

 

 

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Relationship Tips from Desmond Flynn from Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) by Laura Thalassa

 

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Heeeey bookworms!!!

 

So, last year I read a book that ended up being one of my Favorite Reads of 2016 (I will review it here at some point, I promise)!! Rhapsodic is the first book in the Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa and if you like fantasy novels you’ll LOVE it!! And if you don’t like those, this book might change your mind after all!!

And today I have the honor to share Desmond (the hero of the book)’s relationship tips. I won’t deny it, these made me SWOON so hard and I definitely will re-read this book this month still!!!

 

 

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Ohhhh Des…How I wish to bargain some favors with you!! ❤️

 

 

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Special: Gifts tips from the Love Riddles series guys by Carey Heywood

 

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Hello again, book lovers!!

 

Carey Heywood, one of my favorite people on the internet, who also happens to be a great writer, wrote something for you guys for Valentine’s Day as well.

The guys from her book Love Riddle are talking about Valentine’s Day gifts. Here you go:

 

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“What’re you getting Sydney for Valentine’s Day?”
Heath smirks, lifting the remote to mute the game. “You’ve no clue what to get Kacey, don’t you?”
I frown, fighting the urge to punch him. “I always get her that fancy beer she’s into. She’s the biggest beer snob I’ve ever met but it doesn’t scream romance, does it?”
Heath folds over, gripping his gut as he laughs. “You just said screams romance. Holy shit, have you been watching The View?” His laughter makes his question almost impossible to understand.
“Shut the fuck up asshole,” I grumble.
“What’s Mackey busting a gut over?” Trip, my sister’s husband asks.
“The View,” Heath howls, his laughter coming back full force.
Glaring at Heath, I answer Trip, “I was asking him about Valentine’s Day. I don’t know what to get Kacey.”
His gaze stays fixed on Heath. “Why is that funny?”
I shake my head. “It’s not.”
He focuses attention on me. “Want me to ask Reilly?”
Gripping the arm of my chair in frustration, I snap, “Don’t. She’ll tell Kacey I don’t know what to get her.”
“Why don’t you take her somewhere?” He suggests.
That has me straightening in my chair, my fingers relaxing. “That’s a great idea. I think there’s a brewery in Colorado she’s obsessed with.”
“A weekend away. I nice place to stay and a visit to that brewery. Sounds perfect for her. I’ve never met anyone as into beer as her,” he replies.
“Tell me about it. We got a special fridge so if we have company no one will accidentally open one of her special brews.”
His eyes widen briefly but he doesn’t appear too surprised.
Heath, having gotten himself under control turns the volume back on the game. He still never said what he was getting Sydney, interesting.
Trip moves to sit next to me on the couch and I ask, “What’d you get Reilly?”
He leans forward to pull his phone from his back pocket. “I checked our internet browser history and got her a purse she looked at but didn’t buy from me. Every since she had the baby she refuses to shop for herself.”
He then hands me his phone, a picture of a locket on it. “And this from Gavin. I put a picture of him in it.”
“She’ll love it.” I reply, thanking God for the millionth time my little sister ended up with a decent guy.
“Checking the browser history,” Heath says, staring at Trip, “that’s a fucking genius idea.”
My brother in law is a police detective and Heath’s right, I’m going to remember that browser history trick next time I need to get Kacey a gift.
Trip and I watch, with knowing grins as Heath gets up, muttering that he’ll be right back. Since we’re watching the game at his place, I’d bet my truck he’s going to look up Sydney’s browser history right now.

 

 

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Hahaha that is pretty great advice! The guys just gotta beware of what they might find on those browsing histories! LOL

 

Thank you so much, Carey!! This was awesome!!

 

 

 

 

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Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Relationship Tips from Scarlet from Scarlet Stone by Jewel E. Ann

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Hello again!!

 

This next post is from Jewel E. Ann. Jewel let the heroine of her book Scarlet Stone, Scarlet, come give us some relationship tips as well!

 

 

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Thank you so much, Jewel and Scarlet!! ❤️

 

Ohhh and there’s a GIVEAWAY for 3 ebooks of Scarlet Stone on my FACEBOOK PAGE right now!! Opened until tomorrow (Feb 15th)!!

 

 

 

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Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: William and Raven outtake from The Florentine series by Sylvain Reynard

 

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Hey again book lovers!!

 

Here is the second post of the day!

 

Sylvain Reynard, the author of the Gabriel’s Inferno series and the Florentine series kindly wrote an outtake from the main characters in the Florentine series, William and Raven, so I could share it here with you!!

 

Thank you so much for this, Sylvain!! I’m sure all your fans appreciate it as much as I do!! ❤

 

 

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William, Prince of Florence 

 

We’d missed St. Valentine’s Day. 

 

I first met Raven in May and soon after, she captured my heart. Our future was uncertain, threatened by enemies both inside and outside the city of Florence, where I am Prince. For these reasons, I determined to live each moment with her to the fullest. I would not wait until February for a grand display of my affection.

 

Raven entered our bedroom at the end of a long day working at the Uffizi Gallery. I noticed she was leaning heavily on her cane, which meant she was tired. No doubt her disabled leg was causing her pain.

 

“Welcome.”  I bowed, speaking in English because she’d taken a shine to my Oxonian accent.

 

She smiled, like the rising of the sun. Then she stopped short, taking in the changes I’d made.

 

I’d positioned a high backed chair at the foot of our bed, like a throne. Before it, I ‘d placed a silver basin with steaming water, a pile of clean towels and a few other accoutrements.

 

She limped toward me, curious. “What’s this?” 

 

“A surprise. Come.”  I bent and kissed her firmly on the mouth – a greeting. I put her cane aside and escorted her to the throne. Once she was seated, I pulled out a low stool and sat at her feet.

 

“I don’t understand.” She smoothed her black hair behind her ears and fixed her green eyes on me. 

 

I’d already lost myself in their depths. Raven’s eyes mirrored her soul and were always full of feeling, courage, and compassion. If I’d had breath, she would have stolen it from me.

 

“This is a gift.” I placed my hand on her knee, slipping a thumb under the hem of her dress.  She shivered in reaction, for my vampyre skin was cool.

 

“Relax,” I whispered.

I draped a towel over my lap and lifted one of her feet, carefully unstrapping her shoe and removing it.  I repeated the same procedure with her other foot, allowing myself the luxury of touching her skin, trailing up the back of her calf.

 

She sighed, a hazy look on her face.

 

I fought back a smile.

 

I placed her feet in the silver bowl, which was filled with warm, soapy water. The scent of roses lifted.

 

“Too warm?” My eyes sought hers. Like all vampyres, I had difficulty sensing temperature.

 

She shook her head. “It’s perfect.”

 

She leaned forward and placed a hand on my shoulder. “Am I dirty?” 

 

I blinked. “Don’t you know the story of Mary Magdalene? Washing Jesus’ feet with her tears? Drying his feet with her hair?”

 

She sat back. “Is that what this is?”

 

“My hair isn’t long enough to dry your feet.” I winked at her and she laughed. 

 

I liked the sound of her laughter. I adored it. 

 

“You’re washing my feet,” she remarked, her voice filled with wonder. “I’m not a Christ figure, William.”

 

“How do human beings express love?”

 

“They write poems. They kiss. They have sex.” She smiled knowingly.

 

“Love and lust can be confused.”

 

“That’s true.”

 

“Washing feet can’t be confused with lust.” I squeezed her ankle. 

 

Her heart skipped a beat. 

 

I looked in the direction of her heart, listening to the rhythm until it resumed its normal pace.

Her right foot was part of her disability and it turned unfortunately to the side. I cupped water with my hand and poured it over her foot, using my fingers to smooth over the flesh.

 

“You can see it.” She gestured to her leg.

 

“Yes.” I withdrew her feet from the basin and rested them on my lap.

 

Our eyes met and she looked away.

 

I took my time, rubbing the cotton towels gently over her skin.

 

“It doesn’t matter to you, does it?” Her green eyes darted to her injured leg.

 

“It troubles me because it troubles you.”  I leaned over and pressed my lips to the top of her foot. “But because it’s part of you, I embrace it. Fully.”

 

Raven inhaled deeply. A small droplet escaped the corner of her eye, coursing down her cheek.

 

I reached up to catch the tear with my sleeve.

 

She took my hand and kissed it, closing her eyes and pressing my palm to the side of her face.

 

I pulled her into my arms and she buried her face in my neck. I felt the wetness from her eyes and went still as she took her long, black hair and dried her tears from my skin.

 

She’d given me many gifts in our time together, but the greatest gift was her love.

 

“Thank you, Cassita,” I whispered, pressing her to my heart.

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Here are the links to the books in the Florentine series:

 

THE RAVEN |  THE SHADOW | THE ROMAN

 

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Relationship Tips from Remi, Rafe and Luc from Saving Evangeline and Tempting Jo by Nancee Cain

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!!!

 

I’m keeping the my tradition of having special posts for Valentine’s Day today!!

 

There will be posts from some awesome characters all day today!! So stay tuned!!

 

And the first one is from the characters of Saving Evangeline and Tempting Jo by the lovely Nancee Cain! I adore Nancee and her characters!! Remi (from Saving Evangeline), Rafe and Luc (both from Tempting Jo) are sharing with us some relationship advice.

 

 

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DANG! Boys all over the world, you gotta take these advices to heart! Specially Luc’s! LOL ❤️

 

Thank you SO much, Nancee!! I really appreciate you letting your characters appear here again!

 

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Both these books are standalone, although Tempting Jo might contain spoilers about Saving Evangeline.

 

SAVING EVANGELINE |  TEMPTING JO

 

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Release Blitz: Anyting You Can Do by R.S. Grey

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Hello, lovely bookworms!!!

 

Today is the Release Blitz for R.S. Grey’s new book, Anything You Can Do.

 

I absolutely LOVE Rachel’s books and I can’t wait to start this one!!

 

HAPPY RELEASE DAY, Rachel!!!!

 

 

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Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.
It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.
The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.
I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.
The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.
Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good

 

 

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I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

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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 Favorite Books of 2016

 

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Hello, hello, hello, book lovers!!!

 

As you can see (and as usual) I’m late in the “Favorite books of 2016” party! LOL

 

Last year I planned to post my favorites each month, but the year completely swalled me, specially the second semester!

 

But I’m back, again!!! I have some projects for this year and a second blog (in Portuguese) coming! I’m also still IN LOVE with “bookstagramming” (if you’re on Instagram, follow me there! @beautyandthebeastlybooks)!!

 

I have 30 favorite books, which may seem a lot for a list of favorites, but I ended up reading 401 books in 2016 ( the goal for this year is officially 450, but I’ll try for 500). So my number of favorites is less than 10% of what I read, so it’s not that many!!

 

Here they are in the order I read them:

 

  • Unhinge by Calia Read4.5 stars: I loved loved this book! I loved Unravel (the first book – also a standalone) and Victoria and her story really intrigued me when she was mentioned in it Her story though…We have hints of what it be through Unhinge, but in the end there are a LOT of surprises coming our way! Victoria’s story might not be as dark as the one in Unravel, but the twists and turns will definitely keep you on your toes! Calia is a GREAT writer!

 

  • Dirty Ugly Toy by K. Webster5 stars: I was completely HOOKED on this book from page 1. I couldn’t stop reading it for anything and it was an AMAZING story! K. Webster definitely impressed me and won a ticket to my auto-clicks. Her writing is so good and even though we might have seen so many stories in that corner of the dark sub-genre, her story is so unique and fresh! I absolutely LOVED reading this book and recommended it to all my friends and every one of them who has read it agreed with me!

 

  • Dawn of Forever by Jewel E. Ann5 stars: This book was so amazing! It was the PEFECT conclusion to Jessica and her brother’s story. It was packed with action and so enlightining! This series were my first books by Jewel E. Ann and she definitely impressed me! All of them featured my lists of favorites. Dawn of Forever is a story so original, so emotional and so well written! A fresh story by an author I’m definitely keeping my eyes on!!

 

 

  • This is War, Baby by K. Webster5 stars: For me this book a perfect story of second chances. Not really a second chance love, but how a character (or more than one) has a second chance at happiness. I absolutley LOVED this books. It’s a dark, mind f*** story with some twists I didn’t see coming and I could feel myself falling more and more in love with the story and with War, of course. I definitely didn’t see that coming!

 

  • Sparrow by L.J. Shen5 stars: I LOVED Sparrow! It’s the first book by L.J. Shen I’ve read and it won’t be the last. I don’t consider it a dark book, but it is a mafia one, which isn’t a genre I’m particularly interested in, but in this case I’m really glad I read it!!

 

  • Undeniably You by Jewel E. Ann 5 stars: I have a feeling Jewel will be one of the most featured authors in my favorites list this year! I was so surprised (positively) by this book! I wasn’t expecting the level of tension, ansgt and all the feels it gave me! It’s one of those book you simply HAVE to read to understand how much it makes you feel! Absolutely LOVED it!!

 

  • Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters4.5 stars: This book is so different than Pepper’s previous books, yet it is still a Pepper Winters book. Filled with her talented way to tell a story. This book was real, different and absolutely beautiful. It made me cry and smile. It’s an incredible story! Stelle and Galloway’s beautiful journey will transport you inside the pages of this book and you won’t want to leave!! Beautifully written and captivating from the start to the end!

 

  • Sweetest Venom (Virtue #2) by Mia Asher5 stars: Mia Asher was brilliant writing this book! We waited a long time for the sequel to Easy Virtue, but it did not disappoint! Mia gave us what her book and characters needed. It was real, honest and it left me with a big smile on my face when I finished reading it just a few hours after starting it. Mia writes angst like no one and she gets the right ammount the story needs and doesn’t overdo it! It was perfect. The perfect ending to Blaire’s story! It was truly her story and I loved seeing her maturing through the story. It was bittersweet and beautiful to read this book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Turbulence by Whitney G.5 stars:  This book was AMAZING! It was definitely worth the wait and I’m really happy Whitney went back to writing! 5% in I knew I would love this book, I just never knew how much! I adored every page of it and every plot twist (specially the ones I didn’t see coming). I wish this story never ended because I want to read more of it!

 

  • Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42)by J.D. Robb5 stars: This has got to be one of my favorite books in the In Death series. I always love when they show us Eve and Roarke’s day-to-day lives and their routine and how they are apart from Eve’s investigations. This time it focused a lot on one of my favorite characters, Mr. Mira and I loved it! Roarke as usual is amazing. But what I love the most about this book is how Eve doesn’t even realise how much she’s changed and that she lets herself care for people, her officers, her detectives and her friends. I feel like a weight has been lifted from her shoulders in every book and it’s been a pleasure to see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa5 stars –  This book was my find of the year! I found it in a picture on Instagram and I just HAD to read it. The cover is BEAUTIFUL. In the photo I saw it, the person compared the hero of Rhapsodic, Desmond, to Rhysand from ACOMAF and I love that book. And boy, does Des give Rhys a run for his money! I think Rhapsodic is more mature and the story is very original. The author’s writing style is SO GOOD! I really liked the way the story was built and written, it spans from the past (7/8 years before) to the present in a perfect way. To understand the main characters, Des and Callie, we need to know how they met and what happened 7 years before. I kept falling in love with Des (and this book) in every chapter, from present to past. This is a book you simply cannot pass, you HAVE TO READ IT!!!

 

  • Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins5 stars – This is a PHENOMENAL book! Yours to Bare is one of those rare books that make us think that if we had to choose only one more book to read, it would have to be it. It has the right amount of angst and the story flows so perfectly! The only flaw in this book is that it had to end! I believe it’s Jessica Hawkin’s best work so far ande I’m so happy I got to read it! Yours to Bare is provocative, romantic, tantalizing, angsty and so much more, you simply won[‘t be able to forget about it after  you read it!

 

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne5 stars – I LOVED this book! This is the kind of book that will for sure get you out of a “book funk”. It’s funny and light, but it’s also got substance. The story, just like the characters, is more than what it seems at first.

 

 

 

Have you read any of those books?
Tell me in the comments! Also let me know how many books you red in 2016 and how many favorites you had!

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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