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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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Freebie Friday! More Than Lies ~ N.E. Henderson

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Title: More Than This
Author: N.E. Henderson
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Self Published
Date of Release: September 20, 2015
Pages: 446

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Blurb: Happy ever after seems so easy for some. But not for us. We’re locked somewhere between love and hate.

Ink, sex, and lies—that’s me. I’m the guy who screws a girl against the wall and then walks. I’ve been pushing Tara away for years, knowing she’s too good for me, even though it burns to see her with other guys. Now she’s the one walking and I’m not sure I can handle losing her.

Then tragedy rips our lives apart, and I realize too late that I wasted my chance.

Love is stronger than lies . . . or is it?

You’ll cry, you’ll sigh and you’ll squirm in your seat—get your copy of More Than Lies today!

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(Book Review) Oblivion ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Title: Oblivion, (A Lux Novel)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Sci-Fi, Suspense
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: December 1, 2015
Pages: 1005
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

I cannot put into words how awesome this series is! The only thing that made this series better was getting Daemon’s point of view!!!!! I have to tell you, I wasn’t disappointed!

Daemon’s point of view puts a lot of things into perspective. His views on Katy, Dee fraternizing with humans, Dee’s relationship with Adam, his own relationship with Ashlee and how he feels about Katy. His perspective was refreshing and gave the readers a broad and full scope of what is really happening with the DoD, what’s going on between him and Katy, and what the Luxen community is up to. It was great to get the full picture. Just when you think you know everything, you find out what Daemon knew and how he feels about it. I enjoyed every moment of this book. The same emotions you felt with the original books, you felt those emotions with this book. There was humor, heartbreaking moments, moments of reflection from Daemon’s perspective. It was absolutely great!

Thanks to Emalie for recommending this series! Check out her blog, it’s absolutely amazing!

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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) Origin ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Origin, A Lux Novel (Book 4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, YA
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: August 27, 2013
Pages: 400
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

Wow! Just wow! After one hell of a cliffhanger, things get real very quickly! Katy is with the DOD, and Daemon will do anything to get her back… ANYTHING! This is quite possibly my favorite book in the series. You get dual POV, meet a slew of awesome characters, and one hell of a story! Hold on tight, this one’s gonna be a nail-biter!

As everything is happening, you find out some really disturbing things about what the government is capable of doing. Just when you thought there were only four species inhabiting the planet: Arum, Human, Hybrid, and Luxen, you find out there’s a fifth, Origin. Most disturbing is how they were created. But what makes it interesting is reading the previous three books and realizing where certain characters fall into place. As events unfold, triumphs and betrayals are revealed, can the gang prove they are up to the challenge of what happens next?

As always, the writing is impeccable. Every series has that one book where the tides have changed and in the next book, everything gets serious. Twilight had New Moon and Eclipse. Percy Jackson had Titan’s Curse and Battle of the Labyrinth. Harry Potter had Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix. For the Lux series, the tide changed in Opal and everything is getting very real now! Getting Daemon’s perspective was absolutely awesome! He is hilarious. His interactions with the additional characters were priceless! I am on to the finale of this series! 

While reading Origins: 745058

When it’s over: 745947

This series is amazingly awesome!