Friday, September 25, 2015

Book Review: Ruined

Title: Ruined: (A Decadence after Dark Epilogue) by M. Never
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: Kindle
Pages: 102 pages
Genre: Erotica, romance, BDSM

Synopsis: ***Content Warning***
Claimed is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

Kayne Roberts.
Kayne Rivers.
Kayne Stevens.

No matter his name, one fact remains the same. He's the man who enslaved me, ensnared me, claimed me and ruined me...For all other men that is.

My life.
My love
My happiness.
All belong to him.
I belong to no one but him.

He owns me.
And I own him.

(68)Review: The finale to the Decadence After Dark series, a very satisfying ending to this series.  Once again it is smoking hot and well done. Will Kanye and Ellie have children? What will happen to thier relationship if they do? Can Kayne deal with his past in order to move foward with his future? Jett and London, now married with kids help move the story along and also have some fun along the way. I almost feel that these two couples should just buy a big mansion and move in together, and oh how hot that would be! Yikes, I take that back, the house might burn down!

Great short ending to this series.  



Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Review: Claimed

Title: Claimed (Decadence after Dark Book 2) by M. Never
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: Kindle
Pages: 269 pages
Genre: Erotica, romance, BDSM

Synopsis: ***Content Warning***
Claimed is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

With one look he consumed me.
With one touch he marked me.
With one kiss he owned me.
With one whisper he claimed me.

Ellie Stevens thought she had moved on from the domineering man who abducted her. Now living in Hawaii and following her dreams, no one is going to keep her down. But things aren't always as they seem.

Kayne Rivers reluctantly let Ellie go, but just because she's gone now, doesn't mean she'll be gone forever. She is his, and he won't stop until he's reclaimed her as his own.

(67)Review:  I had some problems with the beginning of book 1 but they worked themselves out, book 2 is just as hot, just as smoldering and maybe more real. I was really happy to reconnect with these characters.

As Ellie struggles with her feelings toward Kayne, Kanye struggles to live without Ellie.  When she finally gives in to seeing him again she awakens something inside herself that she now has to accept or it will not allow them to move forward.

We learn a lot more about Kayne's background and Kayne's best friend the super sexy Jett and his lovely girlfriend London are of course major players in this book as well.

Of course what would a romance be without some conflict so when someone abducts Ellie, Kayne loses his mind, hoping he saves her in time.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ARC Review: Owned

Title: Owned (Decadence after Dark Book 1) (A Decadence after Dark Novel) by M. Never
Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: I received an advanced E-book copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review through netgalley.com
Pages: 237 pages
Genre: Erotica, romance, BDSM

This book is due to be released in paperback on Oct. 3, 2015 
but you can download a kindle version now. 

Synopsis: ***Content Warning*** Owned is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

Ellie Stevens has lusted over Kayne Roberts since he first walked into the import/export company she works for a little over a year ago. As Expo’s most important client, Ellie has always kept a safe distance from the man with the majestic blue eyes - until temptation finally gets the better of her. Impulsively, Ellie invites Kayne to one of Expo's infamous company parties her flamboyant boss is notorious for throwing. Unbeknownst to Ellie, the god in the Armani suit isn’t just the suave entrepreneur he portrays himself to be. Underneath the professional exterior is a man with a secret life, dark desires, and nefarious contacts.

In a hidden corner of a trendy New York City lounge, the spark kindling between the two of them ignites. Unable to resist the sinful attraction, Ellie agrees to leave with Kayne, believing she is finally bedding the man of her dreams. Little does she know when she walks out the door, she’s about to be Owned.

(66)Review: If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey this may be too much for you...while 50 shades of grey was 50 shades of terrible,  M. Never takes you into the dark and wickedly erotic world of BDSM, and while I didn't appreciate the way in which Ellie came to belong to Kayne, I felt Never did a good job of explaining that this wasn't the norm and that most submissives were willing participants.  I will admit when I first started to read this book I was a little pissed, and almost stopped reading I felt that it was perpetuating a negative stereotype of the BDSM world, but by the end I understood what was going on and wasn't as angry about it.  For those who want to jump to conclusions before really getting anywhere in the book I'm sure there will be some negatives reviews, but keep reading, besides being filled with some amazingly HOT scenes there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.

The play between Kayne and Ellie is smoldering and Jett just adds dimension to the characters adding tidbits of information that help you understand there is more going on and gives you a little insight into Kayne to help realize he isn't the raging bastard you think he is in the beginning.

By the end you are panting along with Ellie and want nothing more than them to be together forever. The end of the book takes you on a ride that tears at your heart and leaves you wanting more...which is why I wound up downloading books 2 and 3 immediately.

Much more realistic than 50 shades of Vanilla, the chemistry between Ellie and Kayne is enough to keep you reading. The kink in this book is more on the level with The Story of O or Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty series.






Monday, September 21, 2015

ARC Review: A Song of Shadows

Title:A Song of Shadows: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
Publisher: Atria Books
Format:Advanced e-copy from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review
Pages: 448 Pages
Genre: mystery, thriller

This title is to be released on September 29, 2015

Synopsis: Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.

His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.

But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone.

For something is emerging from the shadows . . .

(65)Review: This book takes place a few months after Wolf in Winter ends.  Charlie is recouperating from his near death experience. His friends found him a home in a small town in Maine close to the hospital where he is doing his physical therapy.

A single mom moves into the house next door.  Charlie tries to keep his distance but feels that there is something amiss with this new family.  When a dead body washes up on the beach and his neighbor starts acting stranger than normal Charlie doesn't seem to be able to help himself and finds himself looking into the investigation.

If you have an interest in World War 2, Nazi Germany, and Nazi war fugitives than this Charlie Parker book will have you hooked and turning pages. The information is plentiful and very interesting I think Connolly really put some research into this one.  I even learned some things I didn't know or wasn't familiar with that I am now going to have to look into.

I am totally in love with this spooky, dark and violent series I can't put them down.  Charlies friends Louis and Angel are also some of the best characters I've ever read, I love them.  I want to be friends with them and how many contract killers can you say that about?

The ending was completely satisfying and leaves me wanting more but not in a cliff hanger way, plus there is a new mystery brewing. Not only can we continue to wonder what Charlie is -because he does seem like an avenging angel...but now we are starting to see more glimpses into his daughter and she has some things going on that even Charlie doesn't understand.




Thursday, September 17, 2015

Audio Book Review: Rogue (book 3 of Croak Series)

Title: Rogue by Gina Damico
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audible Audio Book
Length: 9 hrs 10 min
Narrator: Jessica Almasy
Genre: YA

Synopsis: Lex, a teenage Grim Reaper, has the power to Damn souls, and it’s getting out of control. Her boyfriend, Driggs, is dead . . . sort of. She’s a fugitive, on the run from the maniacal new mayor of Croak and the townspeople who want to see her pay the price for her misdeeds. Uncle Mort rounds up the Junior Grims to flee Croak once again, but this time they’re joined by Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time. Their new mission is clear: Fix his mistakes, or the Afterlife will cease to exist, along with all the souls in it.

The gang heads for Necropolis, the labyrinth-like capital city of the Grimsphere. There, they discover that the Grimsphere needs a reboot. To do that, the portals to the Afterlife must be destroyed . . . but even that may not be enough to fix the damage. Things go from bad to worse, and when at last the fate of the Afterlife and all the souls of the Damned hang in the balance, it falls to Lex and her friends to make one final, impossible choice.

(64) Review:  An action and information packed finale to this great YA series.  Once again the humor and characters in this book make the series.  Throughout all three books you can see them change and evolve.  There are lots of surprises during this book, unexpected twists that I didn't see coming which was a nice surprise.

This book was by far the darkest of the series but still kept is dark humor which moved the story along and didn't leave you reeling from some of the events that transpire.  I'm always a little sad when I finish a series but this book really wrapped things up to a point that I didn't feel the sadness and wonder that many series endings leave me with.  I felt satisfied.

Once again Jessica Almasy narrates this book in the best possible way.  Her narrations really brings you into the story.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book Review: The Wolf in Winter

Title: The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
Publisher: Atria
Format: Kindle ebook
Pages: 433 pages
Genre: Thriller, private investigators

Synopsis: The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town…

But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.

Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive.

Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins…

(63)Review: Like all the Charlie Parker books this one has its sinister tones the difference between this one and all the others is that Charlie is not in half the book.  Instead it seems Louis and Angel take the wheel about halfway through and I was not at all disappointed.

Charlie is an unknown factor in so many different worlds but mostly in the battle of good vs. evil.  He is a ruthless killer but he is moral, dark things are attracted to him and the ghosts of his dead wife and child follow him around.  His best friends are contract killers and he is not in the good graces of the police or FBI however he remains free, but where he investigates blood is sure to flow.

Still on the trail of the Collector to settle debts from another book Charlie gets sidetracked when he starts investigating the apparent suicide of a homeless man and the whereabouts of his missing daughter.  This leads Charlie to the town of Prosperous, a town with a dark past and an equally dark present but after Charlie gets there I doubt there is much future.  There is something mysterious going on in this town that is old and hungry, the question is will it get to Charlie and friends before he gets to it.

Its hard to start this series in the middle I feel like you would miss too much, so if you haven't started - turn away from this book and look over to Every Dead Thing and follow along. While each story stands alone for the most part the connections, rivalrys and interactions build on each other from book to book.

John Connelly has build himself a creepy little world filled with interesting mythology and equally intriguing characters.  He is by far one of my favorite authors and has yet to disappoint.

He has a new chapter to the Charlie Parker series coming out September 29, 2015 - stay tuned for a review of this new one!





Thursday, September 10, 2015

Book Review: Shift Happens!

Title: Shift Happens: How to Live an Inspired Life...Starting Right Now! by Robert Holden, Ph.D.
Publisher:Hay House publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 267 pages
Genre: Self Help

Synopsis: Shift Happens! is about personal alchemy and inner transformation.Some people “go” through life; and other people “grow” through life. Shift Happens! ­celebrates your unlimited potential to grow, blossom, and evolve—in spite of everything. It is a book of hope.

The term personal alchemy describes the ability to take a piece of dirt, roll it around a few times, and fashion it into a pearl. This is what an oyster does. Personal alchemy is what your grandmother called turning lemons into lemonade. It is what old wizards described as turning straw into gold.

Shift Happens! is about staying open all hours for miracles. Success, love, and happiness are only ever one thought away at most. One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever.

(62)Review: This small book is filled with short 2-4 page chapters containing simple wisdom. We need to get out of our own way in order to change our life.  We often live in the past, or the future and turn to fear and worry as a way to self destruction.  When we live in the moment and move past the fear we will find that things are less difficult and much happier.  Stop dwelling in misery and start living.

I like that you can pick this book up read a chapter gain an incredible amount of insight - you don't need to read it straight through, you don't need to do anything but take in the information and see how it starts to change your perception.

I look forward to reading more Robert Holden, I think more people need to be taught these simple truths to help us move ahead and stop dwelling on what holds us back.  Shift Happens! is a good reminder book to keep by your side and pick up when you are feeling off, read a bit and move forward.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

ARC Review: Hunter

Title: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Format:Advanced e-copy from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Fantasy, YA

This title was released September 1, 2015

Synopsis: They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.

Monsters.

Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it's taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities,behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous monsters fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.

To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.

Joy soon realizes that the city's powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers,and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they're in-to them, Joy and her corp of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, Joy uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them.

(61)Review: Its been a long time since I've read a Mercedes Lackey book and now I'm wondering why it took me so long to come back to this amazing author. I love her writing and her ability to bring you into a world that is like our own yet different. This is an interesting take on civilization trying to rebuild itself despite the fact that the world has now changed.  All kinds of fantastical mythical creatures now try to slip into the world only to be stopped by what are called Hunters.

Hunters are like Gladiators in Apex city each with their own TV channel and rankings.  Cameras follow them everywhere. As Joy takes her place among the many Hunters in Apex where her Uncle is a very important person she starts to question why the TV modifies what the Cits are allowed to know.  Slowly she starts to uncover a political plot that could put her in danger. Not knowing who to trust she tries to stay alive long enough to figure out what to do.

I can sort of see why people are comparing this book to the Hunger Games but there is no fight to the death winner takes all type competition going on here.  And while this book is slow to build there are a lot of classic Lackey moments that made me glad to be reading her again.  I'm interested in how this series will pan out and hope that it continues to evolve and get better.  The plot was intriguing and some of the back story about where Joy grew up could become a series of its own. Not Lackey's best book but a solid new chapter in her line of books.




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Audio Book Review: Scorch

Title: Scorch by Gina Damico
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audible Audio Book
Length: 8hrs 17 min
Narrator: Jessica Almasy
Genre: YA

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to Damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home. To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all - but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?

(60) Review: I love love love this series.  This sequel picks up very soon after the last book ends.  Lex wants to go back to Croak but feels weird about leaving now that her twin sister was killed.  Her father gives her his blessing to go and find the person who did this.

As she returns to Croak, Lex finds herself an outcast her Uncle under fire from some of the townspeople and Zara is continuing to kill and damn people and now she is turning her sights to Croak.  Can Lex find a way to clear her name and save her new town?

This 2nd book in the Croak series packs all the same humor, suspense and mystery.  New characters are introduced and play an active role in the story line.  The plot is getting more complicated, with more intensity and more at stake.

I just can't say enough about how creative, and inventive this series is. Gina Damico has found the voice of so many teens and packed them into this riviting, mysterious series.


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