Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Review: All I Am by Jodi Ellen Malpas


About The Book

I don't need a relationship. I have Hux, a decadent club where I quench whatever raw desire I choose. I take pleasure and I give it - no strings attached. So when Raya Rivers comes in asking for someone cold, emotionless, and filthy... well, no man ever takes his wicked pleasure quite the way I do. 
Only Raya is different. Vulnerable. And carrying some deep sorrow that gets past all my carefully constructed walls and inexplicably makes me care. Now craving controls me. Ice has given way to red-hot need.
But Raya has no idea about my other life - my real life. That I'm daddy to an adorable little girl. My two worlds are about to collide with the force of a supernova. Once Raya knows the truth, will she be able to accept all I am?



This book was gifted to me by the publisher, via netgalley, for review. My review has not been influenced by this fact.

Format
Ebook.

Story Length
Novella.

POV
First Person.

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
No.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
Yes.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
No.

What I Liked: 
This was a good length for a novella and it was well written, interestingly, from the male pov only. Drew was likeable, the story flowed nicely and it was hot

What I Didn't Like: 
I couldn't connect with Raya and the romance was a bit too close to instalove (and not the good kind if there is such a thing) for my liking. There was a bit too much drama for a novella and a crazy unbelievable chase at the end which caused a fair amount of eye rolling even though I laughed a lot (in a good way!). 

Other Thoughts:
I've heard of the This Man series but I've never read it. This novella can definitely be read as a standalone but I now have some cracking spoilers if I ever do decide to read the trilogy... Therefore I'd advise that if you have the This Man novels on your TBR, and spoilers bother you, that you pass on this until after you've read them.
If you have read the first three books then I'm guessing you'll love this as you get a good 'catch up' with Jesse, Sam and their women plus a nice HEA for Drew.

Favourite Quotes:

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"When I get home, Ava," he breathes, strung out, his tone threatening to a point I'm even worried for Ava. "You better be hiding because there's a retribution fuck on the horizon for you, lady."

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Review: Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews



About The Book

When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it’s a job for Kate Daniels…


Drafted to work for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems these days than she knows what to do with. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that’s saying a lot.


But when Kate’s werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games—an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament—she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…



Format
ebook

Story Length
Full length novel

POV
First Person

Triggers?
No

Background Knowledge Required?
Yes.
The book is heavy on the recaps so you could probably read it without reading the first two books but I really don't think I'd recommend it.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
No.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
Yes.

What I Liked: 
This book blew me away. It was fast paced, action packed and freakin’ awesome! Kate is a kick ass character who is prickly as hell but fiercely loyal and likeable. The subtle shifts in her character from book to book are beautifully written. She’s evolving, her complete isolation and mistrust for all is changing. She has friends; she has people she cares about deeply. She’s – reluctantly – falling in love… Its great reading.
The whole crew were out in force in this book, it’s very shifter heavy and oh my word CURRAN! I don’t want to spoil anything but I now love him. In fact, I love all of the characters in this book. They infuriate me, make me laugh and I can’t get enough.

What I Didn't Like: 
Nothing. I’ve complained in past reviews about the overly wordy writing style and, while the comment stands, I also said I need to accept it and let it go for it is what it is… This is the last time I’m mentioning that with this series unless something in that department shifts for worse!

Other Thoughts:
I’ve commented in the past that I really loved how each of these books seems to focus on a different myth, legend or culture and this one kept up the theme! This time around it was Hindu mythology.
I also think it’s worth noting that, for me at least, this series is getting better and more exciting with every book!

Favourite Quotes:

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“As he passed me, he leaned to Curran and handed him a paper fan folded from some sort of flyer.

Curran looked at the fan. “What?”

"An emergency precaution, Your Majesty. In case the lady faints.”

Curran just stared at him.


Raphael strode toward the Pit, turned, flexed a bit, and winked at me.


"Give me that,” I told Curran. “I need to fan myself.”



"No, you don’t.” 

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“I gave him a smile. I was aiming for sweet, but he turned a shade paler and scooted a bit farther from me. Note to self: work more on sweet and less on psycho-killer.” 

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“He scooped me up and suddenly I was pressed against his chest. “Were you worried about me?”

"No, I’m ranting for fun, because I’m a disagreeable bitch!” 

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“I lied. I need your help."
"Who are we killing?"
"Do you have a pen?”

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Book Blogger Hop: If you are at a really good point in a book and the phone rings...


This week, I rejoin the Coffee Addicted Writer's book blogger hop!

This week's question is:

If you are at a really good point in a book and the phone rings or the door bell rings, do you stop reading or let the phone or door bell go unanswered?

My Answer:
Honestly? If my phone is sitting beside me, I'd check who was calling and then decide whether I was going to answer it. Some people really like to talk and I just don't, especially if I'm in the middle of a book!

 If there is a knock at the door, I'd debate whether or not they knew I was in and would probably go to answer it so slowly they'd hopefully be gone by the time I got there! lol.
The only time I'd jump up to answer the door would be if I was expecting someone or something, like a parcel, but I wouldn't be happy about it.

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What about you? What would you do?

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Review: Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews



About The Book

Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…


Format
ebook

Story Length
Full length novel

POV
First person

Triggers?
No

Background Knowledge Required?
Yes & No.
The book is heavy on the recaps so you could probably read it without reading book one but I don't think I'd recommend it.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
No.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
Yes. Lots.

What I Liked: 
I liked the pace of this book better than book one: Magic Bites. Maybe it was because I’d ‘met’ the characters and the ground work of the world had been laid but it was much easier to sink into the story and enjoy. 
The world is more developed in this book, as are the characters, and more characters, who I thought were awesome like Andrea and the Boudas, were added into the fray.
One of my grumbles from the previous book was lack of any kind of romantic interest but this book sorts that out and I think I developed a fan girl crush on the Beast Lord…
I couldn’t put this book down and read it in a day, sneaking pages whenever I had a second to spare. It was addictive, emotionally engaging and despite the violence and chaos that frequently erupts there was a strong underlying humour throughout the book that made me giggle more than once. 

What I Didn't Like: 
The writing is still wordy and overly descriptive however I don’t think that is ever going to go away and some will probably really enjoy it but I doubt I ever will. 
I think it’s something I’ll just have to accept and get used to for I won’t be leaving this world anytime soon!

Other Thoughts:
I really love how the author weaves mythology into these books. This one focuses on Celtic mythology, the one before was Slavic and I’m excited to see what pantheon / culture we get a taste of next. 



Favourite Quotes:

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“I don't want it to be attributed to a loss of control on my part. When I throw you out of the window, I want there to be no doubt the act was deliberate.” 

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“Why me?" He said finally. "Are you on some sort of mission to fuck up my life?" 

"I try my best to avoid you."

"You're doing a hell of a job."

"I honestly don't mean to cause you problems."

"You don't cause problems. An unpiloted vampire causes problems. You cause catastrophes.” 

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“I raged across the field, killing all before me. They ran when they saw me coming, and I chased them down, and killed them before they could take someone else's friend away from them.” 

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews



About The Book
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…



Format
ebook.

Story Length
Full length novel.

POV
First person.

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
No.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
No.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
Yes.

What I Liked: 
Kate was pretty kick ass and likeable despite being prickly as hell.
The world was pretty cool with interesting take on magic, shapeshifters and vamps. 

What I Didn't Like: 
Long winded rambling descriptions of everything. 

The lack of any kind of romantic feels was also annoying. I can put up with a lot of unnecessary blather if I have some stolen moments to look forward to but there wasn't any. Yes, yes, I know that romance isn't a requirement of urban fantasy but there's usually something to intrigue a romance junkie and there wasn't! Kate's 'romantic interest' - and I use the term lightly - was a damp squib, dead before it got off the ground through lack of chemistry. The only other viable 'ship' was Kate and Curran - the Beast Lord - but at this point they're more likely to kill each other than give a reader warm fuzzies.

Other Thoughts:
Despite the long winded and overly descriptive writing style, I enjoyed the book and I'll definitely continue reading the series. There are so many routes the writer can take Kate's story that I'm at a loss as to what's to come next but quite eager to find out. 

Favourite Quotes:

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“You know anything about investigative work?"

"Sure. Annoy the people involved until the guilt party tries to make you go away.”

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“What kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with 'here, kitty, kitty'?” 

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“The knocking persisted. It wasn't Derek. His knock would be careful, almost apologetic. This bastard knocked like he was doing me a favor.” 
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Monday, 19 June 2017

Cover Reveal: The Witchbreed Series by R.L. Martinez


The Witchbreed Series #1 & #2

Book #1
In the Blood

Book #2
 Beneath the Skin 


Author:

Published by: 
Lakewater Press

Genres: 
Adult, Fantasy

About The Witchbreed Series:

The WITCHBREED series is a rich fantasy set in a time when magic is feared by most but harnessed by the ruthless. It follows the story of twin sisters, one witch one warrior, separated by war, but whom have a bond so powerful they will do whatever it takes to keep one another alive.



About the Author:
Being a stay-at-home mom is probably the hardest job Robin’s ever had (and that’s after working at places like Goodwill, MCL Cafeteria, and Captain D’s). Her house is never clean! No matter how many dishes she does or toys she picks up, her two little ones come right behind her and make a whole new mess. Anyway, this is the first time she hasn’t had some sort of job outside the home since she was fifteen. Kinda scary!
Now that her kids have both started all-day school, she can fling herself into the stories that constantly swirl inside her head. One of the main reasons she writes is to read books that she wishes other people were writing. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two small sons, two naughty canines, and a mouse-killing cat.



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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Review: Felony Ever After by Helena Hunting et al


About The Book

Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen cab is not a normal way to meet someone. Damn it if that tattoo-covered would-be felon isn’t everywhere now, and lighting everything on fire under her skirt.

His name is Hudson Fenn, and he’s frustratingly impossible to pin down. He works as a bike messenger, but has the manners of a prince—along with a strange tendency toward breaking and entering. As much as Verity knows he’s not her type, and likely to land her in jail, she can’t help but find her truest self when they’re together.

Can she be brave enough to give Hudson a real chance? Will he be bold enough to reveal the man beneath the ink, or will his secrecy doom their connection? Also, WTF is the deal with Verity’s boss? No less than thirteen of your favorite romance writers have teamed up to tell this sexy, wacky, snort-inducing tale. With them you’ll visit the world’s most irritating office, a VIP room of questionable cleanliness, and the fanciest apartment a bike messenger has ever inhabited, but you’ll still never see this ending coming.



Format
ebook

Story Length
Full length

POV
First Person

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
No.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
Yes.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
No.

What I Liked: 
Pretty much all of it. 
Multiple authors writing various chapters of a book with just a vague outline to hold the entire story together should have been a disaster but it wasn't. It was actually awesome. The whole thing worked incredibly well, the characters were well written, it was funny, off the wall weird, fast paced and unpredictable. 
I really enjoyed it and I found myself laughing out loud more than once and reading with a huge grin on my face. 


What I Didn't Like: 
The time it took for me to settle into the switches between the different authors. 
I don't know if it was just in my head or not but the subtle differences between each chapter seemed obvious in the beginning - and bugged me - but after a few chapters I stopped noticing and the feeling of 'meh' turned into 'me likey'.

Other Thoughts:
You can't take this book too seriously. It's entire premise is nuts and if you suspend any kind of reality and just roll with it it's great. Otherwise I think it'd be hard to really sink into and enjoy. 

Favourite Quotes:

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“Sometimes white knights have tattoos, princess.” 

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Splash Into Summer Blog Hop & Giveaway!


It's summer! I love summer. 
It's not my favourite season - that would be autumn - but I can honestly say from June through to December I'm in my happy place as far as time of year goes. 
Everything up to June is just... Cold and dark followed by light and wet. It's bleak and blah.
Summer is bright, warm, and happy! 
Therefore I'm going to be reading, amongst others, books from the TBR that hopefully capture the essence of the season.

Some Examples:











Giveaway:

I'm giving away a $10 amazon giftcard as part of the hop so that the winner can pick themselves up a new summer read.