Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa review by Melissa Rob

Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows,
and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.


Ok let me preface this by saying I'm extremely disappointed that I have to wait for the third installment in this series to come out. I say that not because the story ended on a cliffhanger, but because I loved it so much and just want more. As in Rhapsodic, A Strange Hymn had more of an open ending to it. The story begins exactly as Rhapsodic left off where Callie now has to adjust to her new body that includes wings and scales. Throughout this story we learn more about Des' past during some more games of truth and dare and we are introduced to some of Des' friends. Some new characters come into play as well and just as you think you have things figured out you realize you don't. I love it when a story is able to keep me on my toes and that's exactly what A Strange Hymn did! Not to mention I love me some Callie and Des and they certainly didn't disappoint!



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cover Reveal - Execution by Lucia Franco

Title: Execution
Series: Off Balance, Book 2
Author: Lucia Franco
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Release Date: Summer 2017

The move to World Cup Academy of Gymnastics is the greatest challenge Adrianna has encountered. Punished for Coach Kova's overwhelming desires, she's reeling with resentment while she sits out the first meet of the season. As Adrianna fights to regain her focus, he pushes her body to the extreme, leaving her mentally and physically exhausted.
Kova underestimates Adrianna's endurance, and gravitates more toward her, despite his internal battle raging within to stay away. They try to disentangle themselves, but the tension between coach and gymnast mounts, engulfing them both in a forbidden world of deception and passion.
The one place where they should never feel alive, is where they find complete absolution. But one slip, one wrong landing, a missed grip, and everything they built can come tumbling down, damaging both their professional and personal lives.

A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.
When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.
Find out more about Lucia at authorluciafranco.com. Make sure to join her newsletter to receive exclusive updates and more!
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Blog Tour & Review - Ruckus by L.J. Shen - Jill Mac

Title: Ruckus
Series: Sinners of Saint #2
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2017

"This series is one of the best I've read all year" - Angie, Angie's Dreamy Reads
"LJ Shen delivers and then some. I am loving this series." - Kylie Scott New York Times Bestseller
"It's unpredictable, raw, emotional, and edgy- pure chaos contained in a beautiful package." - TJ Loves Books
"LJ Shen just wrote her best love story ever!" - DD's Boom Room
They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They're right.
No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking.
He is my forbidden, shiny apple.
The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth.
He is also my sister's ex-boyfriend.
One thing you should know before you judge me;
I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first.
Eleven years later, he waltzed into my life, demanding a second chance.
Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman. My white knight has finally arrived. Hopefully, he isn’t too late.
They say the brightest stars burn out the fastest. They’re right.
She sets my mind on fire.
All smart mouth, snarky attitude and a huge heart.
In a world where everything is dull, she shines like fucking Sirius.
Eleven years ago, fate tore us apart.
This time, I fucking dare it to try.
Getting to her is a battlefield, but man, that’s why they call me Ruckus.
Rosie LeBlanc is about to find out how hard I can fight.
And conquering her will be the sweetest victory.


Jill Mac’s Review


“I saw him first.  I craved him first.  I loved him first.”


Words can describe how excited I was when I found out LJ was giving us Dean’s book.  While people were a little skeptical about Dean and Rosie’s relationship, I was so freaking excited.  While each book in the Sinners of Saint series is about a different hot-hole, you should absolutely read them in order so you can get the background of the friends and understand fully when reading.   

“He was my sister’s ex-boyfriend and my first love.”

So if you read Vicious book One, you know that Dean and Emilia (Rosie’s sister) had been together, but you also know that Emilia without a doubt belonged to Vicious in all ways.  They were soulmates.  (If you didn’t read the book what are you waiting for, go read it now!) I’m pretty sure this is why it did not bother me when I found out Dean and Rosie were getting a book, because the relationship with Dean and Rosie’s sister wasn’t “real”, at least not to me.  Dean and Rosie belonged together just like Emilia and Vicious did.  And LJ makes it clear.  So even if you are skeptical, don’t let that sway you, because all questions are answered in Ruckus.

Dean is just EVERYTHING.  He’s one of the hot-holes, but not as much of an asshole as other hot-holes *cough Vicious cough* He was known as the stoner.  I have to say his story was one I was completely lost in.  Once I picked it up, I didn’t stop until it was finished, but what did I expect.  This always happens to me when I pick up one of LJ’s books.  Yes, she’s that talented.  Not gonna lie, this book scared me.  I had this like overwhelming feeling that something real bad was going to happen.  Rosie going through what she was going through, and Dean making stupid mistakes.  No matter what though, I was team Dean all the way.  I loved him, I saw him for who he truly was.  He was a genuinely good person who had issues that he needed to deal with and overcome. 

“Love felt like dipping each other in gasoline and burning together.  Love felt like dancing with madness in the dark, watching all of its bright lights.  Love felt like gasping for air when your lungs were already full.”

Let’s move on to Rosie.  Rosie is one of my favorite heroines EVER.  She was someone who spoke her mind when it came to Dean, and eventually everyone else who came in her way of what she wanted.  She had some serious shit going on in her life, and she did what she could to still live life to the fullest.  She wasn’t the type that wanted pity for what she was going through.  All Rosie wanted was to be treated “normal”, and the only person to really ever do that for her was Dean. 

“What makes you feel alive? Dean. Dean Cole makes me feel alive.”

The banter between the two was legit so funny.  These two had me laughing so hard with the stuff that was coming out of their mouths.  They were perfect.  Everything about them was perfect.

Ruckus is the story of loving, losing, and finding love again.  It is the story of fighting for what you want, for what you believe in, for what is YOURS.

“I took her face in my hands and kissed her until she lost her balance.  In the rain.  In the reservoir.  In the middle of fucking nowhere.  This mess was our mess.  This chaos was where we thrived.”

Dean and Rosie’s story will forever be a favorite of mine, a 5 star read for sure! 
If you are new to LJ Shen please do yourself a favor and read her books.  I don’t even care which one (even though you should most definitely read this series) just read them.  After the first book of hers that I read she quickly became a favorite author, and one that I will one click without even having to read the synopsis.  I promise she’s that good. 

Jill Mac

L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams. Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.) She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.