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(Book Review) Heat ~ Donna Grant

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Title: Heat: A Dragon Romance (Dark Kings #12)
Author: Donna Grant
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Date of Release: January 30, 201
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Nothing I love more than a dragon shifter with a heart of gold, who’s also badass! This is Nikolai’s story of how he became a Dragon King. After being asleep for an extremely long period of time, he awakes to help Esther recover some memories that were taken from her by a Druid. In the process of helping her uncover who stole her memories, she sees herself through Nikolai’s eyes and it is powerful. As an MI5 agent, she has to figure out if she’s really happy with her lot in life while fighting her severe attraction to Nikolai. Can they recover her memories, and will she like what she remembers? Will Nikolai stand with her no matter the outcome?

While I did enjoy the story, this cannot be called a stand-alone. It is a slight pet peeve of mine when it comes to books. I personally feel like if it is a part of a series, it should be labeled that way and where this book falls in the series. This book was under the “Read Now” section on NetGalley. The synopsis is what pulled me in. Thankfully, the story was easy to follow on who was who and what is their role, otherwise, I would have had to add this to my DNF list. There wasn’t a huge amount of backstory which is fine, but I can definitely see how others reading this, not knowing this is a series, could be confused. I did enjoy the book and it did make me interested in reading other books in the series, but it also brought about a lot of questions. 

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Wicked Wednesday! Burned Promises ~ Willow Winters

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Title: Burned Promises
Author: Willow Winters
Genre: Romance
Date of Release: July 7, 2017
Pages: 180

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Blurb: My world is caving in on itself; the scars of my past threatening to consume me.
I was ready to fall from the top of my empire and I didn’t give a damn.

But then she showed up; falling back into my life and into my bed.
My sweetheart.

I’m not the type of man to make promises. But long ago I made one to her, and then broke it, pushing her as far away as I could. She’s too good for this shit and I couldn’t risk her.

I should let her walk away again; I’m a bad man, but I’m too selfish.
This time, I’m keeping her.

Psst! (whispers) Did I mention it’s free?

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$2.00 Tuesdays! In His Irish Eyes ~ Jaime Loughran

 

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Title: In His Irish Eyes, (Romance in Ireland, Book 1)
Author: Jaime Loughran
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Release: May 31, 2013
Pages: 267

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Blurb: Book 1 of the Romance in Ireland series. (No cliffhanger endings.)

Rachel Kincaid, a business consultant from Columbia, Kentucky, is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after a bad breakup with her long-time boyfriend, Steve. Desperate to put distance between herself and reminders of Steve so she can move on, Rachel goes to Ireland with her best friend.

Ciaran O’Reilly is an Irish actor on a dizzying rise to fame. With his classical tall, dark, and handsome looks, his wealth, and fame, he could have any woman he wants. However, he’s grown tired of the one-night stands and fame seekers only looking for the attention that comes with dating a celebrity. He’s ready for more…

When her vacation puts Rachel in Ciaran’s path on more than one occasion, she struggles to guard her heart against the sexy Irishman’s charms. Can she put aside her past and learn to trust Ciaran? Can Ciaran trust Rachel is not just another fame seeker after her ex-boyfriend shows up and causes all Hell to break loose?

This is a contemporary romantic women’s fiction novel that contains mature content that should only be read by those over 18 years of age.

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(Book Review) Obsession ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Title: Obsession, (Arum)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Sci-Fi, Suspense
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Date of Release: May 31, 2013
Pages: 327
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

This title perfectly describes my feelings toward this series! I am completely obsessed! A spin-off and a standalone novel, Obsession follows the events leading up to Origin. You see how Hunter and Serena come into each other’s company. Everything you think you know about Arums and Luxens, forget it. What I love about Jennifer’s writing is it keeps you guessing. Just when you think you know who the bad guy is, there’s a twist. The twist is rarely ever the who, but the why. As you follow the Lux series, you find that not all Arums are bad, but not all Luxens are good. This story absolutely proves this.

Hunter is a bit of a jerk. When I say “a bit” I mean he’s a jerk. He’s not really a soft cuddly teddy bear, but he’s not unfeeling either. Like Daemon, he does have a middle ground. Serena is a strong character but has moments of questionable decisions; which leads you to be frustrated. I understood her reasoning, but I didn’t always agree with her logic. The interactions between Hunter and Serena were witty and engaging. While the series is described as “Young Adult”, this standalone is not and is not meant to be! If you ever wonder what Daemon would be like as an adult, imagine Hunter as a Luxen. Nothing but good times I tell ya! Oh, how I wish this was a separate series!

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(Book Review) Opposition ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Opposition, A Lux Novel (Book 5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, YA
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: August 5, 2014
Pages: 300
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

Oh, the feels! I don’t know where to begin with this action-packed book! Opposition picks up where Origin leaves off… Katy and friends trying to save the world, and they have to do so without knowing who they can trust. The world is upside down for them… the people they thought would never betray them, do and the people they always thought were enemies become their strongest allies. Every page was a page turner for me. The only way I can describe this series is “Epic”. I never thought this series would get to be this when I picked up Obsidian. While I am pleasantly surprised, I’m gobsmacked and thrilled to have read this and had the privilege of having the feeling of reading it for the first time.

Daemon, Katy, Archer… these characters and more were amazing! The twists and turns and plot-twists they experienced will have you feeling like you were on a rollercoaster. Some revelations have you thinking, “I did not see that coming!” I love the dual POVs and would love a book from Archer’s perspective. I think that would be fascinating! So much happens and brings everything full circle. I never thought I would fall in love with a story about a young girl with a blog, who falls in love with the hot alien next door! This was absolutely perfect, and I’m so glad I read this!

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(Book Review) Onyx ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Onyx, A Lux Novel (Book 2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, YA
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: August 14, 2012
Pages: 416
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

So, it had been awhile since I’ve read book 1, but I remember it very clearly! Click here to read the review.

We pick up with school starting and Daemon is determined to prove to Katy what he feels for her is real. I don’t understand the hesitation, gurl! Enter the new kid, Blake, and I immediately don’t trust him, Do. Not. Like. Him! Granted, Daemon does have moments of hot and cold, but he is being protective of his sister, Dee. You can’t really fault him for that…

Daemon does warn Katy not to get too close to Blake, but she doesn’t listen. Things go to shit… pretty quickly. Blake is definitely not who you think he is, but ( PLOT-TWIST ) the bad guy isn’t exactly who you thought it would be either. While dealing with all this, Katy has to figure out if Daemon’s feelings for her are genuine (swoon What’s a girl to do?!)

I didn’t think anything could get better than Obsidian, but boy was I wrong! Onyx is witty, mysterious, plot-twist after plot-twist, revelations (and some of them are doozies!), and some really sweet and tender moments. Jennifer Armentrout’s writing is great. She has you guessing at every turn and hanging on every word. The character development from the first book is astounding. Katy is a strong heroine… although she does have some not so smart moments. She’s human… well…

There were moments when I seriously laughed out loud, yelled “WTF?!” and almost cried. This book will put you through trials and tribulation and anyone who couldn’t love Daemon after the Christmas tree scene is out of their mind!

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(Book Review) Last Stop in Brooklyn ~ Lawrence H. Levy

 

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Title: Last Stop in Brooklyn: A Mary Handley Mystery (Book 3)
Author: Lawrence H. Levy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Random House, LLC
Date of Release: January 9, 2018
Pages: 322
Format: Kindle (First to Read)

It was such a pleasure to read this book! Mary Handley is one hell of a private detective… and in the 19th century, no less! The book starts with an explosion, but ends with fireworks! In a time when Andrew Carnegie, Russell Sage, Jay Gould, and John Rockefeller, people were angry and frustrated and anarchy was on the rise. So was corruption in the New York Police force. Inspector Thomas Byrne joins the force and proclaims he will have Jack the Ripper apprehended in 36 hours. Well, Inspector Byrnes did apprehend someone… but was it indeed Jack the Ripper?

Mary’s first case came from a family friend who suspects his wife of cheating. Little did she know it would lead to a much bigger case that speaks to what’s going on in the country. Did I mention Jack the Ripper?! This leads to Mary’s next case. Yes, she’s working two cases. While the characters are intertwined in the two cases, the cases aren’t related, but they are intriguing. Brian Murphy thinks his wife is having an affair. He hires Mary to find out if that is true. What she stumbles upon is much bigger! A key witness to the assassination attempt of Russell Sage. The witness, Brian’s wife. This leads her to meet Harper Lloyd, who becomes extremely helpful in her second case, Ameer Ben Ali.

She’s hired by his brother, Basem Ben Ali to prove he is innocent of killing prostitute, Carrie Brown. Ameer is Algerian and occasionally live across the hall from Carrie. When she is murdered, Ameer is arrested, tried, and found guilty by a “jury of his peers”. Mary’s investigation takes her to Coney Island, a huge tourist attraction in a country of immigrants. While there you will meet characters who are not that intricate to the case but help you understand the time period. The opinions of immigrants were not very high, but not just for African-Americans, but for the Irish, Eastern Europeans… anyone who was different. Mary holds a different world view and was not afraid to voice those opinions. Her retorts to some of the comments will having you in stitches. Can she save Ameer from certain death or will he fall victim to a severely corrupt judicial system?

The pacing was a bit slow at times, but it was full of information that helped you understand what it was like to live in Brooklyn during the 1890’s. It also gave you, as the reader, an idea of what you would have experienced during this time period. Mary’s reasoning and deduction skills are modern and amazing. So is the constant banter she has with Harper. They have really great scenes together. What really fascinated me about this book is the research that went into telling this story, as most of the characters are actual people. Some of the chapters do fly by. The writing keeps you engaged. You find yourself wanting to know what will happen to the characters in this chapter and what will happen next. This was a great book and I’m so glad I was picked to read it.