Saved by Blood – Sadie Moss

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This book is suitable for 18+ due to mature content.
Saved by Blood – Sadie Moss

They found me nearly dead. To save me, they had to turn me…
When I moved to New York after a bad divorce, I planned to re-invent myself… I just had no idea the ‘new me’ would be a vampire.

Or that the three (yes, three!) vampires who turned me would be the hottest, most frustrating men I’d ever met.

Now creepy shadow monsters are stalking me, and I don’t know why. But teaming up with these dangerously sexy brothers may be my best chance for survival, even though being around them does weird things to my heart.

The old me was too scared to even start dating again.

The new me?

She wants to devour all three of them.

This is the first book in The Vampires' Fae Series, a medium-burn reverse harem story intended for ages 18+. This book contains strong language, sexual situations, and a heroine who doesn't have to choose between her men.

Saved by Blood by Sadie Moss
Series: The Vampires' Fae #1
four-half-stars
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Reverse Harem, Urban Fantasy
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Another Sadie Moss series that will no doubt sink its claws into me and refuse to let go–not that I’m complaining! I became a huge fan of Sadie’s from the first book of hers I read (click here for that review!) and in my opinion, her books just keep getting better.

Saved by Blood had me from the first page. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop, and I had it read in a day. I loved everything about this story. From the characters to the storyline to the unique supernaturals involved–including the monsters–everything about this book was great.

Willow is trying to rediscover herself after a failed marriage. She’s working as a waitress at a bar by night and a bakery in the morning. Her passion is baking and she has dreams of opening a bakery of her own one day. While life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, she’s making the most of what she has in the best way she can. And aside from fighting off the advances of random drunks, her life is pretty normal, albeit a bit lonely. All that changes one night when she’s attacked and left for dead by something made of nightmares.

Enter our heroes–Jerrett, Malcolm, and Sol–three super sexy, vastly different vampires brought together to form a kind of brotherhood. When they stumble upon Willow, she’s knocking on death’s door and they have two options–turn her or let her die. As I’m sure you can figure out, after a short internal debate for one of the brothers, they decide they can’t let her die. The story that follows is, of course, an interesting one.

This book was entertaining, sexy, at times a little bit frightening, and it had some amazing characters. One of the things I loved most about this book was the fact that one of the characters–Sol–is blind. You would think that’d be a handicap, but he sees in ways that his brothers can’t and it adds such a unique and fascinating layer to his character. It was also impossible to choose a favorite guy in this book, which is why the whole #whychoose thing is amaaaazing.

I loved this book and I would highly recommend it for any fans of paranormal romance who don’t want the heroine to have to choose between the guys. I can’t wait for the next book!

Happy reading!

 

My reviews for other books by Sadie Moss:

Bound by Magic (Magic Awakened #1)

Game of Lies (Magic Awakened #2)

Consort of Rebels (Magic Awakened #3)

 

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RELEASE BLITZ: Dark Days: Semester 1 – Liz Meldon

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Title: Dark Days: Semester 1

Author: Liz Meldon

Genre: Enemies-to-Lovers Paranormal Romance

Release Day: December 6th, 2018

My review: Alated Bibliophile’s Review of “Dark Days: Semester 1”

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Blurb

A vampire desperate to escape his past. A wolf shifter determined to protect her future.

A killer on the loose.

One year ago, wolf shifter Emma accepted her dream job teaching PE at a Norwegian international school, finally freeing herself from her mother’s incessant matchmaking. As the alpha’s heir, walking away from her pack, from her obligations—potentially even her fated mate—weighed heavy on her heart. But deep down, she knew it was the right decision.

Unfortunately, her sacrifice may have been for nothing—because the new history teacher has fangs.

With a reputation for kidnapping and selling shifters to research labs, a vampire is the last thing Emma needs in her life, but she refuses to be intimidated. This is her territory and she’s not going anywhere, so that grumpy, gorgeous vampire can suck it.

Forced together at a prestigious boarding school, two supernatural enemies are torn between ripping each other’s clothes off…

And ripping each other apart.

Eager for a fresh start, vampire Calder accepts an invitation to teach history at a private school above the Arctic Circle. Its remote location appeals to his sensibilities, and years of practice have taught him how to charm his human colleagues, but a certain gym teacher is seriously trying his last nerve.

All Calder wants to do is teach, so if the strikingly beautiful shifter refuses to see him as anything but the big bad vampire, perhaps he ought to lean into the part and really give her a show.

As summer turns to winter, humans disappear from nearby villages, gone without a trace and presumed missing—or worse.

Only one thing is certain: there are dark days ahead.

Even for creatures of the night.

Dark Days is a standalone enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance duet. While Book 1 has a cliffhanger, all will be resolved with a supernatural happily-ever-after in Book 2.

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Excerpt

My least favorite staff member had been assigned as a floater, helping wherever he could. Calder had shown up this afternoon the most dressed-down I had ever seen him, sporting a pair of dark jeans and a plain white T-shirt, just fitted enough to contour the muscular outline of his figure. I blamed Casual Friday, the last day of our homecoming spirit week, which had also included such hits as Crazy Hair Day, Crazy Hat Day—the works.

Predictably, there had been a squabble over where the vampire would be placed, groups of teenage girls bickering with one another until Calder graciously offered to share his time between everyone. I’d just rolled my eyes and done my best to ignore him, but he was kind of difficult to ignore with all that muscle normally hidden beneath a three-piece tweed suit on display.

I couldn’t blame the girls for fighting over him, either. The guy was gorgeous. They just didn’t know he was a vampiric ass beneath that shiny, hunky veneer.

After giving my precious gymnasium a onceover, the transformation for the upcoming dance making my inner wolf grumble, I folded the sheet of paper in half again and made my way to the far back corner, toward the door that would open to a hallway, my hallway, at the end of which sat my office. Hopefully the internet would have a suggestion or two for “cooler”, more “authentic”, on-theme drink names to appease the senior class president.

Never mind that she and the student council had come up with these ones in the first place.

One of the major items out of place during the prep stages were the chairs. Stacked some fifteen high, they sat bunched together in the back corner, and a crew of seniors had been moving them into the gym all afternoon, lugging the large black and gold chairs up from the storage room one or two at a time. As I neared the towers, my first thought was that they were stacked too high—that it wasn’t safe.

A suspicion proven correct mere moments later when someone on the other side of the chair wall tripped, their shoes squeaking out a familiar cry, followed by the clunk of chairs colliding with chairs. The row to my immediate left teetered, stacked too precariously tall, and I staggered back, tensed, waiting to catch the damn things, then pretend it had hurt me to do so.

Only the stack never fell.

Because some gorgeous vampire dick stopped it.

Calder appeared out of nowhere, his back to the stack, catching and righting it again in the span of about five seconds. It was a risk, using his speed around all these humans, but the music faintly whumping from the AV club’s speakers carried on, as did the chatter, the clatter of furniture, like nothing had ever happened.

“You okay?” I called, Calder and I no more than a foot apart, my heart in my throat as he stared me down, for once neither smarmy nor smirking.

“Yeah, I’m good,” the culprit on the other side called back, and I caught his shadow moving beneath the chair legs, marching back and forth, walking it off. “Tripped over my own feet.”

“These are stacked too high,” I said, still holding Calder’s gaze, unable to tear myself away, my stomach looping. “Cut them down by half so they don’t fall on someone.”

“Yes, Miss Kingsley.”

Calder smelled earthy today. Sandalwood. Oakmoss. Musk. My cheeks peppered with heat the longer I breathed him in, and when he eased away from the tower of chairs, I took a sizeable step back, crinkling the paper in my hand.

“I could have caught that,” I muttered, then ducked my head down and made a beeline for the nearby door. The metal handle squeaked when I gripped it, but the brightly lit corridor on the other side was mercifully silent. As soon as the door closed, the chaos outside disappeared. His scent vanished. Smoothing a hand over my loose waves, I dragged in a deep breath, then exhaled it slowly, making my way by the trio of closed, locked grey doors, beyond which was all my equipment. Balls. Netting. Rackets. The final door, way at the end of the hall, offered me guaranteed sanctuary, a private place to quiet my hammering heart.

The handle squeaked again, and I whirled around at the sound. Calder stalked in, letting the door slam shut behind him, and I turned away, unable to withstand that dark, brooding look for a second longer than necessary. If he wanted a proper thank-you for doing something I honestly could have done myself, he’d be waiting a long time.

I hadn’t made it more than three steps closer to my office before his hand snapped around my elbow, and my inner wolf snarled when he yanked me back and shoved me against the wall. Hackles up, my lips peeled back as the crumpled paper fluttered to the ground, forgotten at our feet. Calder caged me in with a hand on either side of my shoulders, his face ducking down to meet my eyeline…

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Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn’t writing about her own snarky characters, she is reading about other people’s snarky characters, babying her herb garden, loitering on social media, or taking care of her furbabies.

Liz dabbles in both paranormal and contemporary erotic romance. Her paranormals are usually dark and angsty, and her contemporaries are stress-free smutfests, but you’ll find both full of feels. Most of all, she loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.

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Dark Days: Semester 1 – Liz Meldon

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Dark Days: Semester 1 – Liz Meldon

A vampire desperate to escape his past. A wolf shifter determined to protect her future.

A killer on the loose.

One year ago, wolf shifter Emma accepted her dream job teaching PE at a Norwegian international school, finally freeing herself from her mother’s incessant matchmaking. As the alpha’s heir, walking away from her pack, from her obligations—potentially even her fated mate—weighed heavy on her heart. But deep down, she knew it was the right decision.

Unfortunately, her sacrifice may have been for nothing—because the new history teacher has fangs.

With a reputation for kidnapping and selling shifters to research labs, a vampire is the last thing Emma needs in her life, but she refuses to be intimidated. This is her territory and she’s not going anywhere, so that grumpy, gorgeous vampire can suck it.

Forced together at a prestigious boarding school, two supernatural enemies are torn between ripping each other's clothes off…

And ripping each other apart.

Eager for a fresh start, vampire Calder accepts an invitation to teach history at a private school above the Arctic Circle. Its remote location appeals to his sensibilities, and years of practice have taught him how to charm his human colleagues, but a certain gym teacher is seriously trying his last nerve.

All Calder wants to do is teach, so if the strikingly beautiful shifter refuses to see him as anything but the big bad vampire, perhaps he ought to lean into the part and really give her a show.

As summer turns to winter, humans disappear from nearby villages, gone without a trace and presumed missing—or worse.

Only one thing is certain: there are dark days ahead.

Even for creatures of the night.

Dark Days is a standalone enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance duet. While Book 1 has a cliffhanger, all will be resolved with a supernatural happily-ever-after in Book 2.

Dark Days: Semester 1 by Liz Meldon
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Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Enemies to Lovers
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This is my first read by Liz Meldon, and I have to say, shame on me for that–because if any of her other books are like this one, then I would love them just as much. It’s no surprise that the paranormal genre is one of my absolute favorites, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed by this one (obviously).

Emma is a wolf shifter who left her pack to pursue her own passions and make her own path in life. Being the alpha’s heir and walking away from the responsibilities that come with that mean her relationship with her family has deteriorated to the point of being practically non-existent. Carving her own way in life comes in the form of working as a P.E. teacher at an international boarding school in Norway, where she has found a pseudo pack in her students and fellow teachers.

Calder is a mysterious vampire who has just become the newest history teacher in Emma’s school. There’s a long history of vampires and wolf shifters not getting along, and Emma and Calder are no exception. While Calder is running to escape his past, he’s also desperate for Emma to see that underneath the vampire smolder, he’s actually a pretty decent guy. He also happens to love his job as a teacher and he’s grown to care deeply for the kids he teaches.

While they’re sworn enemies, they’re inexplicably drawn to each other. After denying themselves for so long, they give in to their mutual attraction, but it isn’t a simple beginning to a loving relationship. Of course, while their bodies fit together perfectly, the personalities don’t always mesh, which brings about some epic arguments, hurt feelings, and misunderstandings. There are parts of this book where I honestly wanted to smack their heads together and get them to put aside their stubbornness and just recognize how much they cared about each other, but that’s part of what made this story so great. I loved the angst and fire between them.

 On top of the relationship, there also have been several reported disappearances, with new people going missing at an alarming rate. Both Emma and Calder are keeping their eyes open for anything they might find suspicious while being concerned about the humans they care about who can’t protect themselves as well as supernaturals. What’s causing the disappearances, and are they all related or just a strange coincidence?

I absolutely loved this book and I can’t wait to read the next one. I have high hopes that Emma and Calder will be able to set aside their differences and actually begin a legitimate relationship, and I’m also excited to see how the new challenges that are brought into the story toward the end are handled in the next book. This book does end on a cliffhanger, but it sets it up great for the next one, so I’m most definitely looking forward to seeing how everything is resolved.

I highly, highly recommend this book for any other fans of paranormal romance 🙂

 

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RELEASE DAY: Santa Baby – J.C. Valentine

Santa Baby, A Christmas Short Story

by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Short Story, Holiday, Steamy, Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

Sunny’s outlook on the holidays isn’t so merry, but when she gets roped into playing Mrs. Claus for the local hospital, she discovers Christmas miracles aren’t just reserved for the children.
Note: This is a standalone short story with plenty of heat to chase away that winter chill, an HEA, and NO cliffhangers!

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Chapter One

How did I get talked into this? Looking back, I know exactly where things went sideways. I should have skipped that last mimosa.

It started with Roberta’s retirement party. She wasn’t exactly the likable sort—kind of stodgy, rigid. But she was also like everyone’s grandmother, which is why everyone tolerated her. That and she made an amazing pineapple upside-down cake that made everyone look forward to the monthly potluck.

I would miss those cakes, but Roberta was eloping with some Polynesian guy she’d met in one of those outdoor yoga sessions, and apparently, it was love at first downward dog.

So yeah…

Seventy-year-old Roberta found love, and here I am, thirty-four, single as a Pringle, and not a prospect in sight. Hence the drinking. And also why I’m standing here in front of the storage closet while Travis rummages through dusty old boxes to find the Santa outfit I somehow got roped into wearing.

I am severely displeased.

The first thing I did when I arrived at the office this morning while nursing a hangover was tried to get out of it. Travis wouldn’t hear of it. Apparently, every year they get some poor schmuck to agree to dress up and play Santa to the kids down at the children’s hospital, and it usually falls to the newest member of the team.

Since I was hired in just after the New Year, that poor, unsuspecting fool happens to be me.

Plus, I’m the only one, supposedly, who doesn’t have out-of-town plans. I’m “it” by default on more than one level.

Lucky me.

“Found it!”

I snap to attention as Travis climbs over boxes on his way over to me, holding a mass of red fabric over his head like a trophy.

I groan, depressed at the thought of having to put that thing on. I can already smell the mothballs. “Just what I need to make it look like I put on an extra fifty pounds instead of ten.” It’s a holiday tradition, eating cookies and fudge and pies. My sweet tooth cannot be denied, so every year I pack on a little extra insulation to get me through the cold winter months.

Travis gives me a flirty smile and wink as he hands over what I now realize is a lot less red than I’d originally thought. “You’ll look anything but fat in this, trust me.”

The way he said that makes me completely distrustful of him. Narrowing my eyes, I reluctantly accept the offering, shaking it out as I say suspiciously, “What is that supposed to me—oh…”

This is not the Santa suit I’d expected. It’s…well… “I think you went to the wrong costume shop, little buddy,” I say sarcastically, because this has to be a joke. “I think you need to go back in there and find the rest of it.”

Travis’s smile is positively wicked now. “That is the rest of it.”

My eyes widen, and I look at it again. “Where did you find this thing, Strippers R Us? I can’t wear this!”

Like the asshole big-brother-type that he is, Travis playfully pokes the end of my nose. “You sure can, hon, and you’ll do it with a smile on your face and merry little laugh, too.” Closing up the closet, he locks it back up and brushes by me. “Make sure you dry-clean that thing before you put it on. It’s been around the block a few times.”

His mockingly jolly laugh makes me want to sprint after him, tackle him to the floor and jab my elbow into his ribs a few times. But as much as we were all family, office violence was just as frowned upon by human resources as workplace romances.

I’d just have to find my revenge another way. Until I did, it looked as though I was cursed to play Mrs. Santa.

ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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For my first post in this lovely spotlight series, I decided to go with the wonderful S. Jones, who just released Hard to Leave on the third. So, without further adieu …

 

I had the pleasure of working with Sandra for the first time on her latest release, Hard to Leave. This is a beautiful love story about overcoming obstacles, the consequences of keeping secrets, and how far a mother will go to protect her child. By no means is Jack and Chloe’s journey an easy one, and I thought it was a perfect blend of swoony moments and angst so heartbreaking that I felt like my chest was going to cave in. There are also a few funny moments that I loved and seeing the relationship develop not only between Jack and Chloe but also between Jack and Chloe’s son, Tanner. Honestly, you really feel for each character in the story for one reason or another. I greatly enjoyed working on this book, and I hope you enjoy reading it!

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S. Jones lives in Upstate, N.Y. with her husband, her two teenage children, and her adorable golden retriever Marley. She is a wine lover, coffee drinker, domestic chef, housekeeper, chauffeur, dog walker, and world traveler…Oh, and she is also a hopeless romantic! When she’s not doing laundry, mowing her lawn or taking care of her family, you can usually find her on the computer planning out her next vacation, having a drink with her friends or reading a nice juicy book.

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Resilience – Alicia Rades

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Resilience – Alicia Rades

A week ago, I was slaying vampires in dark alleys. Now I’m trying to save the freaking world.

I’m a witch, a shifter, a self-proclaimed vampire slayer, and more than a little ticked off. The Soulless took my sister, and I’m determined to find where the elite group of vampires is hiding.

But before I can go after her, I get a warning from a high witch. There’s a vamp after a dark and dangerous artifact, one that would allow him to control magic and sell it to the highest bidder. I must pursue him if I hope to survive my sister’s rescue.

I have no idea what I’ve gotten myself into. All I know is that my friends and I have to get to the artifact first… even if it means facing our worst nightmares to stop him.

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Full of vampires, witches, and shifters, Resilience is a dark, fast-paced urban fantasy adventure. This is the second book in the brand-new Vengeance and Vampires series by USA Today bestselling author Alicia Rades.

Upper YA. Recommended reading age 16+

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Series: Vengeance and Vampires #2
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Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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I loved the first book in this series and I knew I needed to read the next as soon as it came out, and to my immense excitement, I was able to read an ARC copy *cue crazy dancing*

And I have to say, this book certainly does not disappoint. It’s just as good as, if not better than, the first. There’s a bit more depth involved that comes from digging deeper into the innermost parts of the story and building off of it; you learn more about what originally happened with the vampires and why Rae is so important to the magic community. It’s actually quite fascinating and the way Ms. Rades worked out this whole plot is so creative and imaginative. I didn’t expect the direction she went with it, and I have to say that I thought it added an interesting layer to the story as a whole.

The relationship between Rae and Venn continues to grow–and I’m not ashamed to admit that there were a few moments between them that made me swoon like a schoolgirl. Venn is adorable and is so loving and supportive of Rae … it was just so sweet watching their relationship progress and grow stronger. While Rae was initially reluctant to have any emotional attachment to Venn, in this book she was embracing their connection and then learned why it was so strong.

We finally get to meet Sondra, the powerful witch who had been kidnapped by vampires and taken as prisoner in book one. I was afraid I wasn’t going to like her, but she ended up being one of my favorite secondary characters in the story. She has a ton of wisdom to share with the group and somewhat acts like the den mother, which gives her and Rae a sweet bond that comes about quickly.

All in all, I greatly enjoyed this book. It does end on a slight cliffhanger, so be prepared for that, but I actually think it adds a bit more excitement for the next book, so I’m not too worried 😉 I’m already looking forward to the next book, but when it ends with a few unanswered questions, then you know you have something else to look forward to!

I highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys a good slow burn paranormal romance 🙂 If you read it, let me know what you think!!

Happy reading!

 

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RELEASE DAY: Hard to Leave – S. Jones

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Series: Hard Series #3
Author: S. Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2018

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Chloe

I was a single mother with nothing to offer him. The last thing I needed was a complication in my life.

My heart was off limits, but it didn’t take long for him to wear me down with his gorgeous smile and charming ways.

I was a fool to think we could last.

Even though I did the right thing for the wrong reason, it didn’t matter in the end.

Secrets always have a way of coming out, and I was keeping the biggest one of all.

Jack

I was living the good life. Or so I thought. Until I stumbled into a little Carolina diner for a cup of coffee, and my world started to shift and change in a way that I never saw coming.

I thought she would be mine forever.

Until her ex reappeared in her life.

They say that every story should have a happy ending, but I would settle for a happy middle because I’m not sure we’ll even make it to the end.

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“Chloe,” I sighed, feeling my control snap. “I want to take my time with you. I want to appreciate every inch of you.” I brought my hand up to the back of her neck, loving the feel of her skin underneath my fingertips. “I want you,” I said holding her gaze. “All of you.”

She closed her eyes momentarily, as I tenderly caressed her skin. “We have all night, Jack.” Her voice was quiet, almost pained. “And I want to remember everything about tonight in case it’s the only one we have.” She blinked up at me, her eyes blazed with heat. “Give me something to remember.”

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S. Jones lives in Upstate, N.Y. with her husband, her two teenage children, and her adorable golden retriever Marley. She is a wine lover, coffee drinker, domestic chef, housekeeper, chauffeur, dog walker, and world traveler…Oh, and she is also a hopeless romantic! When she’s not doing laundry, mowing her lawn or taking care of her family, you can usually find her on the computer planning out her next vacation, having a drink with her friends or reading a nice juicy book.

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The Network – E. G. Bateman

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The Network – E. G. Bateman

Jenna and her friends have escaped from the covert agents who lied to her about what she was and what her new powers really mean.

She’s physically injured and emotionally broken but intends to fight the agency to protect the ethereal, advanced race known as faders. Jenna needs the special abilities of David, a fader she’s never met but who is closely linked with her family’s past. She must return to the military base she’s just escaped from, to rescue David.

Can she escape a second time?

Join Jenna as she goes further than she believed possible and receives help from an unexpected source.

Book two of the Faders series will blow apart what you think you know about faders.

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The Network by E. G. Bateman
Series: The Faders Series #2
four-stars
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Light Romance
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

If I thought Ms. Bateman couldn’t possibly surprise me more than she had in the first book of this series, I was so, so wrong. I felt like I was on Space Mountain at Disney, where everything is mostly dark and you aren’t sure which way the coaster is going to go, and you’re somehow surprised by every dip and turn even though you know you’re signing on for a bumpy ride. The amount of imagination and creativity in this book was amazing. It took a bit more of a sci-fi turn than I expected, but I actually loved it and thought it was an interesting and fun twist.

The story picks up shortly after the ending of the first book. Jenna is still navigating her lingering feelings of guilt and hurt over the way her last relationship ended up, but she’s finally starting to open up a little more to Connor, who is absolutely enamored with her from the very beginning. It takes her a bit, but once she realizes that he’s not anything like her ex, she decides to take a chance on him and embraces their newfound relationship status. To say I was thrilled by this development is a massive understatement. I adore Connor and I’ve been Team Connor from almost the beginning, so this made my little fangirl heart swoon like mad 🙂

Without giving away spoilers, there are things that happen in this book that send Jenna and her friends’ minds reeling. Suddenly, they find they have to believe the impossible and set aside what they thought they knew about their world and–for lack of a better term–learn to go with the flow. With these new developments come new characters–most of whom I liked, a few I loved, and one in particular, I could’ve smacked upside the head (though he does seem to redeem himself a bit in the end). We also get to see more of some of the secondary characters and get to know them a little better, which I loved.

Along with the new scenario they find themselves in, not only are their preconceptions about the world challenged, but especially later on in the book, each group of characters–old and new–are taught a few lessons about humanity and how prejudice can color the way you view people if you don’t take the time to get to know them and their plight. At the heart of the book is a wonderful story that’s both timely and inspiring and it certainly made me think. It’s pretty amazing when an author can give you a reason to think while reading a fantasy novel.

Without a doubt, this book lived up to my expectations. It definitely ends on another cliffhanger, but that’s okay with me because that just means there’s more to come 😉 I look forward to finding out what happens next!

Happy reading <3

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‘Ink It Over – Rachel Rawlings

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

‘Ink It Over – Rachel Rawlings

Adeline Severance leads a dangerous, magical double life.

Tattoo artist by day and warding witch by night, Adeline uses magical inks, a tattoo machine, and the help of her best friend Lars to permanently imbue spells of protection onto her clients. Thanks to the Magistrate's greed and failure to protect its citizens, her services were in high demand.

But when Nicholas Marks walks through the door of her tattoo studio looking for an appointment, one of Adeline's wards isn't the only thing he's after. Forced into working for the Magistrate, he's been tasked with bringing her in.

With her cover story blown, Adeline has two choices: Run as far and as fast as she can, or stay and fight. Though she’s not ready to give up the only life she’s ever known, putting her trust in a traitor may end up being the worst decision she's ever made.

Fans of The Hollows Series, Charmed and The Craft are sure to devour this series from Rachel Rawlings.

Buy ‘Ink It Over to start a magic and mayhem filled adventure today!

'Ink It Over by Rachel Rawlings
Series: A Touch of Ink #1
four-stars
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

This was an incredibly unique reading experience. I’m a huge sucker for just about anything paranormal, but when I saw that the heroine is a tattoo artist, I was even more interested. Also, if I’m being honest here, I was incredibly intrigued by the cover. The romance community has some awesome cover artists and this one is no exception!

Adeline was a unique character. She’s both incredibly strong and terribly fragile. She’s gone through so much in her life and has had to beg, borrow, and steal to survive. She’s been used and abused and until her guardian/mentor had saved her as a child, she never knew any differently. After her guardian’s death, she’s left with her pseudo-brother, Lars, who is much more teddy bear than grizzly, despite his fierce appearance. The two of them own the tattoo shop where Adeline works as a tattoo artist, but at night she uses her incredibly rare magic to tattoo spells on the skin of people who need her specific brand of help. This has made her a target for the Magistrate–the magical version of the government. And yes, they’re as corrupt as they sound.

Then there’s Nicholas … who is blackmailed by the Magistrate to bring in Adeline for their own nefarious purposes. As the danger escalates and the trio is thrust together in a strange partnership of sorts, Adeline finds herself being drawn to Nicholas in ways she can’t explain–effectively putting her mind at war with her heart. As more of Nicholas’s powers are brought to light, Adeline wonders just how trustworthy this man could actually be.

As I stated in the opening of this post, this was such a unique read. I had read books that feature mages imbuing magic into the ink they use to tattoo, but I had never read one where that is the focal point of a story. It was fascinating to get inside the mind of such a powerful mage. Also, not only are you getting a story with great magical elements, but the author really takes you through an emotional roller coaster. There are parts that are hilarious and parts that made me want to cry. I always say it’s a great writer who can invoke that kind of emotion in their readers. 🙂

Honestly, I greatly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read the next installment. I would highly, highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good paranormal romance and doesn’t mind a little slow burn. It’s an all-around fun read!

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Full Glasses and Burju Shoes – Blake Blessing

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Full Glasses and Burju Shoes – Blake Blessing

Impulsive and Obsessive.

Two words people use to describe me.
What does that mean?
I impulsively jump into hobbies and get…obsessed.
Rock climbing. Bungee jumping. You name it.
Why?
Because I need to keep the glass full.
There’s no time for romance or sticky relationships.
It’s just not who I am.
-Perrin Michaels

Bitter and Broken.

Two words everyone uses to describe me.
What does that mean?
I’m fucking broken and bitter over it… Leave me alone.
War vet. Life failure. You name it.
Why?
Because I don’t fit in here anymore.
I don’t want to care about someone else when I’m stuck.
It’s just not who I am.
-Emiliano Espocito

Can two people really heal each other, or does it only work one way?

Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing
four-half-stars
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy
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Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve read a contemporary romance that has checked all the boxes for me like this one has.

Sexy alpha hero? Check.

Hilarious but sweet heroine? Check.

Steamy scenes that will singe your fingertips while you’re reading? Check.

A beautiful love story that elicits all the feels? Check, check, and check.

Ms. Blessing had me swooning one minute, laughing the next, and crying after that. I just … ugh. This book was just so good. The story revolves around two people who are doing their best to get by with varying degrees of brokenness. There was so much emotion in this book; it was angsty and heartwarming and sweet and sad all at once. At the heart of it is a story that I think is incredibly important–the way civilian life affects someone who has been in the military. My dad is a veteran, so was my grandpa, so is my father-in-law, and several other people in the family as well as some friends have been in the military, so I’ve always had a heart for anyone who has been in the military. I think they deserve a lot more recognition than they get and I thought the author did a fantastic job of showing the humanity and realism of this kind of life. Yes, these people are heroes, but they also have to make some terrible, awful decisions that they will live with for the rest of their lives. I loved that Blake Blessing showed that anyone who is or was in the military deserves respect while also giving examples of the raw consequences of some of these actions that flirt in the gray area of the moral code. I definitely wouldn’t say this book was an *easy* read, but it also wasn’t explicit in just how bad it was for them. A lot is hinted at throughout the book, especially during one conversation in particular toward the end, but I just thought Blake handled the balance between giving too much information and not enough quite well.

As for the characters …

Perrin–can we just talk about how effing awesome that name is, by the way? I seriously am so in love with it!–is an adrenaline junkie who obsessively tries new hobbies until she’s perfected them. She’s a little flighty and flies by the seat of her pants in just about every aspect of her life and she has no time for relationships–even, to a point, the relationship with her sister. As soon as conversation veers from fun and casual into the sentimental and deep, she’s out. I will say, Perrin has had a few pretty rough years that have helped shape her outlook on life and this is the only way she really knows how to cope. She prefers to always look on the brighter side of life and if it doesn’t help “keep her glasses full,” then she doesn’t want anything to do with it. Perrin is all about having fun and she has no desire for anything more than that.

Emil is a broken man after returning from a stint in the military. After all the things he’s seen and done fighting overseas, he’s plagued with guilt, regret, sorrow, anger, and so much bitterness, it seeps out of every fiber of his being. When Emil first enters the book, he’s volatile; a ticking time bomb just waiting to be set off. The first meeting between hero and heroine certainly does not start out well. In fact, Perrin is wary of him to the point of even being slightly frightened, and I don’t blame her one bit. To say Emil has baggage is putting it extremely politely. No matter what he does, his demons follow him, and until he’s willing to try something to get some help, he’s never going to be able to crawl out of the dark hole he’s found himself in. Emil is the epitome of one of my favorite type of heroes; multi-faceted, deep, charming, sexy, kind, and so giving. At first, he’s liable to fly off the handle at any lingering glance at Perrin, but his possessiveness is a huge part of how messed up his brain is in its current state. He’s lost so many people who were close to him, and that mixed with the harsh realities of war has really done a number on his psyche. It was heartbreaking.

Without giving away any spoilers, there is an underlying message of hope sprinkled throughout the novel that was absolutely stunning. Emil and Perrin are amazing characters on their own, but together their chemistry is explosive. The sex-y scenes are so hot, I swear you could have fried an egg on my face while I was reading them! So, word for the wise: sit in front of a fan. ;P

Anyway, this book was incredible. Definitely one of my favorite reads of the year, and I would highly, highly recommend it to anyone who is a contemporary romance fan. Seriously–I was so impressed, and I can’t wait to read the next story Blake blesses us with (see what I did there?).

 

Happy reading!!

 

 

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