Friday, October 24, 2014

Giveaway ~ Prisoner (Criminals & Captives #1) by Annika Martin & Skye Warren


He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.

But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.

And you might crave him more than your next breath.


4 Captive Stars

I like my kidnapping books. I know, it’s the whole damsel in distress thing, I just love it. So when I got the chance to read Prisoner, I had to snatch it up.

I like dark reads. The really gritty, cringe worthy kind and I wouldn’t call Prisoner a dark read (despite the cover), there’s plenty of drama and action to keep you on your toes.

There were two main things that worked for me in Prisoner, the writing style (fast pace) and it’s mostly dialogue based writing.

Abby 
I loved Abby.  She’s nerdy, she’s cute, she’s the kind of girl you want to sit and have coffee with. I like how she’s really shy and you can tell she wants to break out of her shell, but doesn’t. She’s nervous teaching at the prison, which she should be.

Grayson
Grayson is in prison for killing a cop. He’s served two years and has been plotting his escape since day one. He has an instant attraction towards Abby, but that doesn’t stop him from using her to escape, even if that means he makes her his prisoner.



They say there are two types of fear – the kind that has you running far, far away, and the kind that shakes you so deeply that you can’t look away.

I can’t tell him no. Some people have a relationship that’s sunshine and roses. Ours is darkness and vengeance.

Beginning
I loved the beginning. I liked the interaction between Abby and Grayson. Having the prison as the back-drop added some nice forbidden element to the relationship.  Abby gets so flustered teaching and it’s cute to see Grayson tease her and get under her skin.

The Shift
 The book shifts when Grayson escapes and he keeps Abby as a hostage.  There’s plenty of tension and push back on Abby’s part. She’s conflicted with her attraction towards Grayson , but understands she needs to get away from him.

I love the sexual tension! Grayson is steamy and very dominate. Let’s just say I enjoyed reading the parts when he overpowers Abby.

Overall
I liked Prisoner. I like a good kidnapping book and even though I said I love a fast pace book, I did want some more character build-up on Grayson’s part. I know the authors try to touch on some of his past issues, but I never fully connected to Grayson, not on a deeper level anyhow.

Also, I felt like the middle ending was kind of crazy. There’s a lot that is thrown out there and I felt like some of it could have been edited out. It just added too many elements, but that’s just me. I am sure many would disagree.

Like I said, Prisoner isn’t a dark drama, but it’s plenty drama and if you are a fan of kidnapping books, then try this one.




Annika Martin 
Annika Martin is a New York Times bestselling author who loves writing stories about criminals – some of her tales are dirty and fun (kinky bank robbers!) others are dark and intense (Prisoner collaboration). She also writes gritty, sexy romantic suspense and urban fantasy as RITA-award winning author Carolyn Crane.

Skye Warren 
Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Finding Dandelion (Dearest, #2) by Lex Martin

Finding Dandelion (Dearest, #2)Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Happy Dani Stars

Lex Martini is slowly making her way on my favorite author list. If you are looking for a sweet, fast and easy read, then Finding Dandelion is for you.

Summary

Jax and Dani are completely opposites. Jax is rich and a player. He doesn’t answer to anyone but himself. Dani just got out of a relationship and created a bucket list of things to do to get her back on track. She got a tattoo and now she wants a one night stand.

Jax and Dani meet. It was meant to be a one night thing, but somehow their social circles collide.

Dani

I like Dani. I wanted to be her friend. I also have this thing with heroines and lists. Call me crazy, but I’m obsessed with a bucket list. It wasn’t the focal point of the read, but it was cute. I liked how her ex made her rethink her love life. I also loved she wanted a one night stand, even though the idea of it makes her sick.

Jax

I have this thing with Heroes name Jax, let’s just say I haven’t been disappointed. Jax is the spoiled trust fund kid. We got a little glimpse of him in Finding Clementine and I have to say, he wasn’t my favorite character, but after reading Finding Dandelion, you will love him. He’s a player, but he’s too sexy to not love.

Overall

Dani is very insecure with herself because of her ex. Jax and Dani meet a club and have a crazy make-out session. They are about to move to the next level, but get separated. Dani thinks Jax left her for another woman. It’s a slight miscommunication, but it makes for such a great read! Because days later, Dani realizes Jax is Clementine’s brother and Clementine is Dani’s suitemate. Oh the drama.

Finding Dandelion is lighter than Finding Clementine, but the heroes are completely different. As much as I love Gavin, oh Jax, he will put you through the ringer. There’s so much tension and push back on Dani’s part, you will be rooting for them to get together!

Overall, it’s a cute read and I was consumed from page one. If you like the series, you will not be disappointed.

Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1) by Lex MartinREVIEW | AMAZON
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Becoming Calder (A Sign of Love) by Mia Sheridan

Becoming Calder (A Sign of Love)Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Tie me in Knots Stars

Let me just get this out there. A LOT of people loved this book. I love dystopian and dark reads. I also love Mia Sheridan and as much as I wanted to give Becoming Calder five stars, I had issues with the layout of the book. Other than that, it was an enjoyable read written in a completely new direction.

My thoughts

1% Oh, interesting beginning

3% WTF, FLASHBACK…..

30% build up… still waiting for the present

40% still waiting

70% oh my god

80% NO!!!!!!!

90% still waiting for the present

99.9% back to the present

Here’s the thing. I didn’t know Finding was the next book. I thought Finding Eden was just a companion novel, like an little extra novella. So when I started Becoming Calder I was in the mood thinking the series was going to start and end.

I HAD NO IDEA I would be reading the beginning of Finding Eden in the beginning of Becoming Calder. If you can get past that, then you are golden.

Review

You will need little introduction for this one. Calder and Eden are part of a cult, but it’s not called that. If you ever read those Mormon biographies, you know where the sister wives escape, well it’s kind of like that. The cult is ruled by a religious leader, Hector who adopted Eden when she was ten and decided when Eden turns 18, Hector will marry her. Gross I know.

Calder is just a plain worker. He’s not good enough for Eden, but somehow Eden and Calder forge a friendship.

I really loved the idea of Becoming Calder. It’s so different, so fresh and new, I was on the edge of my seat THE ENTIRE BOOK. There were so many things that went against Eden and Calder’s relationship. Eden was watched constantly, Calder couldn’t offer anything to Eden and the society in general was crazy.

The whole book is about Eden and Calder forming this great connection, despite the crazy lifestyle they were living. Many times you will be happy, elated, crushed and sad. It starts off very slow at first (something Mia is known for), but oh when it picks up, you will be gasping for breath. It’s just that intense.

When I did finished, I had to take a few days before I started Finding Eden. There are a lot of emotions you will feel in Becoming Calder. It’s not for everyone, cult books are very different, but if you haven’t read one yet, I recommend this one.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seeds of Iniquity (In the Company of Killers, #4) by J.A. Redmerski

Seeds of Iniquity (In the Company of Killers, #4)Seeds of Iniquity by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5+++++++++ I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH STARS

Okay, first off, I was scared by the reviews. I love J.A. Redmerski, she’s the type of author I will read ANTYHING by so when I read the mixed reviews. I was apprehensive at first. I just didn’t want to be disappointment.

I WAS AMAZED, SHOCKED, IN AWED, LOVED

This was a fantastic read and if you need something to slap you on the head and make you go crazy with good angst then SEEDS of INIQUITY is for you.

I was surprised on how short this one was, but in all honesty it was perfect, just the right amount of Izabel and Victor. Seeds of Iniquity had a little bit of mixture of all the characters in Victor’s new Order, but this is mostly Victor and Izabel’s story.

I would tell you to read this without knowing anything, but if you must know, the story starts out with Nora. Nora kidnapped people who are related to the people in the Order. She’s held captive by Victor’s people and now Victor has to find out where the captives are.

Nora only wants one thing. She wants to learn everyone’s secrets. She will talk to each person in the order, once she is done learning each one’s darkest secrets, she will tell them where she held the captives.

It’s a simple plot and it makes such a great read. As each person goes in to talk to Nora, everyone will go out a little different. You will learn everyone’s secrets. I was on the edge of my seat THE ENTIRE TIME. I felt like I couldn’t take any more intense emotions, but I kept on reading because I couldn’t put it down.

If you love this series as much as me, you will get everything you are looking for. You will get more glimpses to each character and the buildup for the next book.

If you have not started this series or this book, then stop what you are doing and read this NOW




Series Order
Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers, #1) by J.A. RedmerskiREVIEW | AMAZON
Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers, #2) by J.A. RedmerskiREVIEW | AMAZON
The Swan & the Jackal (In the Company of Killers, #3) by J.A. RedmerskiREVIEW | AMAZON
Seeds of Iniquity (In the Company of Killers, #4) by J.A. RedmerskiAMAZON

Monday, October 20, 2014

When It Rains (Rain, #1) by Lisa De Jong

When It Rains (Rain, #1)When It Rains by Lisa De Jong
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Melt your breath away stars

I’ve put When it Rains on the back burner because it’s a love triangle read, but I was forced to read it and let me say this…

I’M SO GLAD I DID!!!!


The emotions this book made me feel…

Crazy, Intense, Angst, Heart-break, Happy

In one day Kate’s life is changed dramatically. Her best friend Beau doesn’t know where his fun loving best friend went, but he’s desperate to get her back. When Beau leaves for college Kate is trying to move forward with her life, but can’t leave the past behind. That is until Asher comes into her small town.

Review

Yes, this is a love triangle read, but it’s one that is tolerable. I didn’t find Kate annoying or stupid. I found When it Rain very endearing and heart-warming.

Beau is the boy next door and you will love him. He’s sweet, perfect and is always there for Kate, but he’s going to college and Kate does not want to. When I first started this, I thought to myself, what is Kate doing? She has a perfect guy in her life, why is she pushing him away. But you really do understand why she does what she does.

I was nervous reading Kate’s interactions with Asher because I didn’t think I could move past Beau, but you will fall in love with Asher too. It’s cute reading Asher and Kate’s interactions because she’s so skittish and Asher is just so new and different, they make the perfect combination.

I may not be into superheroes, but if I were, Asher would be it for me.

We tend to regret our yesterdays, live in our todays and forget about our tomorrows, but I’m trying to cherish them all


There’s a lot that happens When it Rains, the book shifts probably twice before it ends and oh boy it’s a roller coaster, but the ride is so worth it.

It’s an emotional gripping tale about moving from past issues and falling in love. I highly recommend!

When It Rains (Rain, #1) by Lisa De JongAMAZON