Saturday, 29 April 2017

New Review! Forged of Fire by Stacy Von Haegert, 1 Cranky Star

Forged of FireForged of Fire by Stacy Von Haegert
My rating: 1 of 5 stars



* 1 Cranky Star *

This is the first work I've read from this author and while I like her writing style, I'm squinting about this book.



I'm going to be honest, this feels like it has borrowed from a lot of TV shows, such as Ang, The Avatar, The Vampire Diaries, and Game of Thrones to name but a few. Right down to some of the names.



This made me incredibly uncomfortable when reading it, so much so that I contacted the promo company and asked them to inform the author.



Here's a hint: Readers who love paranormal and fantasy usually watch TV shows with the same themes.

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New Review! Love Hate by Drake Rose, 4 Cranky Stars

Love HateLove Hate by Drake Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

Get comfy and settle in for this quirky and sexy read.



Sebastian is sexy and he knows it. He never promises women commitment or hearts and flowers. He does promise them a good time with a one dimpled smile. A smile that could cause a spontaneous combustion of women's clothing.



Ronnie is mad and wanting revenge on Sebastian for breaking her roommate's heart so bad she moved back home. She even took the TV. Now she has a revenge plan and she's taking him down, until he unleashes that damn dimple.



I loved this story. It was quirky, sarcastic and absolutely hilarious. I can see myself rereading it numerous times. The ending did leave me with unanswered questions but all in all I loved it.

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New Review! Sugar & Other Luxuries by Everly Scott, 3 Cranky Stars

Sugar & Other LuxuriesSugar & Other Luxuries by Everly Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



*** 3 Cranky Stars ***

Sugar & Other Luxuries is a story about how Katherine, a 26-year-old struggling with accepting her body weight, meets the “perfect woman” who hurls her into the world of dating and helping to build her self-confidence.



The book starts off on a good foot with plenty of humor and you get to know Katherine and the people in her life. Mainly her “perfect” best friend. Katherine is successful in her life, but unfulfilled as she feels her weight holds her back in life, particularly with men. I’ll have to admit that this was a struggle read for me, but not because it was written poorly. I just couldn’t take anymore of Katherine’s self-body shaming.




While the book does highlight body image issues that many women face at least once in their lifetime, it kind of drowns you in it as well. The book was well written, but the author could also scale back on the heroine's seeming hatred of her own looks. Everyone in the book seems to see Katherine as a beautiful young lady—except Katherine.



Since the book is from Katherine’s point of view, you spend 80% of the time seeing how much see detests herself and self-sabotages relationships because she doesn’t feel see deserves these “perfect” men. And I think we can all deal without the “beautiful, blonde, skinny best friend that everyone loves because she’s so perfect” formula.



All in all, the book is well written and has potential to be enjoyable. For me, there was just too much focus on Katherine just hating her image, even though it was warped in my opinion.

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Cover Reveal! Dangerous Hearts and Destined Hearts by K.K. Allen


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Cover Design: Okay Creations
Photo credit: Eric David Battershell
Model: Johnny Kane
Release Date: May 18, 2017

Synopsis
 His heart beats for the music. She's his favorite song.
Lyric Cassidy knows a thing or two about bad boy rock stars with raspy vocals that can cause an entire arena to swoon. In fact, her heart was just played by one. So when she takes an assignment as road manager for the world famous rock star, Wolf, she's prepared to take him on, full suit of heart-armor intact.
Wolf is the sexy lead singer for the hottest rock band around with a line-up of guaranteed one night stands. Lyric Cassidy isn’t one of them. That’s fine with him. Women like Lyric come with fairytale expectations, so it should be easy to stay away. Too bad she's hot as sin with a fiery temper and a mouth that drives him wild.
She’s also got something to hide. Something he discovers. Something he wants …
Sharing a tour bus, neither of them are prepared for the miles of road ahead and the fierce attraction they feel toward one another—a dangerous combination.

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Cover Design: Okay Creations
Photo credit: Vellum and Wing
Release Date: July 2017



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Giveaway
One of Five ARC's for Dangerous Hearts



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About the Author
K.K. Allen is the author of Contemporary Fantasy and New Adult Romance stories. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve shaved ice on the side of the road.

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 His heart beats for the music. She's his favorite song.

Lyric Cassidy knows a thing or two about bad boy rock stars with raspy vocals that can cause an entire arena to swoon. In fact, her heart was just played by one. So when she takes an assignment as road manager for the world famous rock star, Wolf, she's prepared to take him on, full suit of heart-armor intact.

Wolf is the sexy lead singer for the hottest rock band around with a line-up of guaranteed one night stands. Lyric Cassidy isn’t one of them. That’s fine with him. Women like Lyric come with fairytale expectations, so it should be easy to stay away. Too bad she's hot as sin with a fiery temper and a mouth that drives him wild.

She’s also got something to hide. Something he discovers. Something he wants …

Sharing a tour bus, neither of them are prepared for the miles of road ahead and the fierce attraction they feel toward one another—a dangerous combination.

K.K. Allen is the author of Contemporary Fantasy and New Adult Romance stories. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve shaved ice on the side of the road.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

New Review! Path to Old Talbot by Jordan Elizabeth, 4.5 Cranky Stars

Path to Old TalbotPath to Old Talbot by Jordan Elizabeth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



*** 4.5 Cranky Stars ***

13 year old Charity and her mom are packing the car to leave Daddy. Daddy is a manic depressive who is non-compliant with his medication and is enabled by his quack of a therapist. They hope that by leaving he will pull himself together and join them.



At their new house (mom's dream house from her childhood) an old mansion, Charity discovers a doorway into the past, to old Talbot. Her and mom go exploring and realize that it is a doorway to the past, and after mom has some historically correct outfits made for them, the pathway to old Talbot becomes Charity's escape from the heartache of dealing with daddy and the trauma of having to deal with a mentally ill parent.



This was a charming book, well written and look into how mental illness affects not only the sufferer but also the entire family structure. Aimed at teens I would recommend that parents of families of this condition also read this book.



I give it a rating of 4.5 stars

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New Review! The Decimation of Casid by Kevin J. Kessler, 3 Cranky Stars

Rosinanti: The Decimation of Casid (A Rosinanti Novella, Volume 1.5)Rosinanti: The Decimation of Casid by Kevin J. Kessler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



*** 3 Cranky Stars ***

He is only a man, a warrior who stood alone against the dark, Nevick is the protector of the village of Casid which is home to many displaced people who for various reasons have left their places of origin.



On his wedding day Casid is attacked by 3 disgruntled mercenaries with help provided by Aurex. a Skirlack demon cleric in the form of several skirlak demon warriors.



The village is all but decimated, most of the villagers killed and Nevick's fiance crippled.



This is a prelude to a following novel, however, I was left disappointed because so much was left unsaid. My personal opinion is that instead of a separate novella it would have been better to have this episode as a part of the next novel because I felt that I was left hanging when the Novella ends with the promise that Nevick and Deana will return in the next novel.



This is why I rate this book at 3 stars.

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New Review! Rosinanti by Kevin J. Kessler, 4.5 Cranky Stars

Rosinanti (The Rosinanti Series Book 1)Rosinanti by Kevin J. Kessler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



**** 4.5 Cranky Stars ****

On the fictitious world of Terra, twin brothers Valentean and Kayden are raised in the city of Kackritta by their adoptive father Vahn Burai, an elite warrior of Kackritta.



The boys grow up believing Vahn to be their biological father and never knew the extraordinary circumstances in which they came into his life. Vahn was startled by the rapid rate at which the boys learned the arts of combat.



From the beginning there was intense rivalry between the boys. Both boys go into an intense 9 year training to become the Animus - the soul bound protectors- of the 2 royal princesses. During their years of training their rivalry continues as their abilities unfold and increase.



The story of Terra also unfolds as we learn that the entire history of the planet is built on a lie.
It is a story of swords and sorcery, of dragon fire and fury and where chaos is unleashed.



I found this book enthralling and captivating, it has depth and many levels as well as many twists and turns. The world building is excellent and not limited to only one city. My only negative in the book is that for me personally the fight scenes were overlong and I found myself sometimes becoming bored.



I rate this novel at 4.5 stars

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Cover Reveal! A Force of Nature Fairytale Series by M.A. Horst



A Force of Nature Fairytale Series
Author: M.A. Horst
Genre: Standalone Erotic Romance
Release Dates: May/June 2017



Series Blurb

One man’s promise to another binds his future Flower grandchildren to the Royal Family.

One by one a Flower will be claimed by a Royal.

The Royal family is a force of nature to be reckoned with, but have they finally met their match?

The Royal men are domineering, brute and fierce until they lay eyes on a Flower woman. Then nothing can stop them from claiming what’s rightfully theirs.

Fire Royal is the only female Royal amongst a sea of formidable Royal men, but she won’t let this keep her down. This is one woman who will never bow before a man, until she meets Reed Flower – the last of the Flower family to be claimed. 

Warning: Seven short, over the top, insta-love, hot as hell fairytales with a twist of kinkiness. 

Each book in The Force of Nature series is standalone & about a different couple.

Poppy


Release Date: May 8, 2017

Storm, the eldest son of a heartless businessman is forced to choose a bride. His father wants grandchildren to secure the future of Royal Industries, and he wants them now. 

Forced to choose from a specific list of women that’s been promised to the Royal family, Storm holds a masked ball and invites the six women.

Poppy has lived a sheltered life. She has been homeschooled by her overprotective mother. Attending the masked ball is an exciting experience for her until she lands in the arms of Storm Royal. Electricity crackles around them.

Poppy’s delicate new love is shattered when she finds out why Storm really wants to marry her. She’s only a means to an end, another piece of property.

Can Storm win Poppy’s trust while trying to keep his fiery desire for her under control?

This is one force of nature Poppy didn’t see coming.





Lily


Release Date: May 15, 2017

Lily has been born into wealth, and with that comes a certain responsibility. She has been promised to Hail, who has just taken over Royal Industries along with his brothers and cousins. The Royal family screams power and money and they’ll destroy anyone who stands in their way of acquiring more.

Hail is more forceful and unyielding than the preppy son of a greedy bastard Lily took him for. Everything about him is dominant. When his eyes lock with hers sparks fly instantly. Lily belongs to Hail and there’s nothing she can do but honor her grandfather’s promise.

Just one look at Lily and Hail is determined to own her in every way. He doesn’t want her obedience just because she’s honoring a promise. He wants her obedience because she craves to please him.

The force of nature might just be too much for the delicate Lily.



Rose


Release Date: May 22, 2017

Rose is more thorns than the flowery beauty people take her for. When she hears that she’s been promised to Lake Royal, an arrogant bastard, she turns prickly.

Lake might be known as the family player but he has a more serious side that comes out when he sets his sights on something he really wants. Lake wants Rose with a burning passion. He wants to own her and tame her. There’s nothing more Lake likes than a good challenge.

Rose hates that Lake can make her burn up with just a touch.

How long will Rose be able to fight of the force of nature that’s Lake Royal?





Magnolia


Release Date: May 29, 2017

When Rain pictures innocence, he imagines a hot body in a school uniform.

Magnolia Flower is anything but. Her clothes are always a size to big and you won’t find her dead in a dress. Her hair’s a mess that she hides behind.

It only takes one flick of Magnolia’s warm brown eyes to bring Rain to his knees.

Rain decides he's tired of playing the waiting game and he claims what’s rightfully his. Magnolia will be his, body, mind and soul.

Can a delicate flower keep a force of nature like Rain on his knees?






Jasmine


Release Date: June 5, 2017

River Royal is like a bloodhound, once he gets the scent of a woman he wants, there’s no stopping him. He lives for the thrill of hunting and conquering.

Jasmine Flower is determined to make it on her own in the business world. She’s offered a job by River, and even though all her senses are on high alert, she agrees. The money is amazing and it will go a long way to helping her get on her own feet.

On her first day of work River informs her that he’s laying claim to the promise her grandfather made to his. She’ll be his in every way.

It might not be the job Jasmine applied for, but she likes it, so why not?

Has this force of nature finally met his match?






Cherry


Release Date: June 12, 2017

It’s Cherry Flower’s first day at her first job. All she wants to do is make enough money so she can leave home which has become hell.

Everything changes when she literally falls into Tide Royal’s arms.

Tide is the most successful out of all his brothers and cousins. Everything he touches turns to gold. He’s never felt a burning passion for anything in his life … until Cherry. Tide rarely laughs and always keeps to himself. He wants nothing to do with the list of women promised to his family until he finds out that Cherry is the last woman left. It’s between him and his cousin Stone – who will get Cherry?

Tide can’t keep himself from feeling protective of Cherry. An overwhelming desire burns through his veins and he’ll stop at nothing to make Cherry his.

Will this force of nature win the heart of the last flower?





Reed


Release Date: June 19, 2017

Young Reed Flower gets a job as a security guard, working the nightshift at the reception counter of Royal Industries.  The powerful and sexy CEO, Fire Royal, is beautiful and mysterious. She’s worked hard to earn herself the nickname ‘The Ice Queen’ in order to keep gold-digging men at a distance.

Fire keeps playing with him - a game of cat and mouse. She has no intention of ever being the mouse. Unable to resist Reed’s dangerous good looks and inexperience, Fire admits she wants him and employs him as her personal bodyguard. When she finds out just how innocent Reed is, she wants to be his first. She wants to shape him into a lover that will obey her every command. 

Reed is shocked to find that he’ll do anything to win Fire’s trust, but she’s a woman with dark secrets.

Will Reed give himself over to Fire and explore the darker side of love or will this force of nature be the end of him?









Author Bio

International bestselling author of Predator, The Monster Series and many others. She loves writing anything from Young Adult to Suspense Romance.



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