Sunday, June 26, 2016

Review: Broken Love, by Jillian Dodd


Synopsis
From USA Today Bestselling Author Jillian Dodd . . . A broken love story.

After years of crushing and many failed seduction attempts, Palmer Montlake had finally scored the sexy Cade Crawford. Both a little drunk when they got back to her place, they were frantic with need, their desire intense. 
But as the night progressed, the hot-mess hookup morphed to sweet lovemaking.
The kind neither had ever experienced.

But they were destined for heartbreak.
She was his best friend’s little sister. 
He was her talent agent.
And they were dating in secret. 
When they got into a wicked fight and broke up, all hell broke loose. 
The kind neither have recovered from. 

Six years later, they still hate each other. 
But the universe seems to keep throwing them together. 
When they catch the bouquet and garter at a mutual friend’s wedding, sparks fly between them — their chemistry undeniable.

Will they get a second chance? Or will they be left with a broken love?

Review
4 out of 5 stars

Broken Love is a great second chance romance, it can be read as a stand-alone and I found it super easy for me to escape into the fantasy world of the Crawford brothers! Cade and Palmer's first chance at romance crashed as quickly as it started.  An unnecessary fight, a misunderstanding, a bad choice to keep their love secret and the brink of stardom all combined to create the perfect storm, one so powerful even the strength of first true love couldn't withstand 

Years later Cade and Palmer continue to find themselves in the same social circles, neither one is over the other, but pride and doubt keep them from opening the lines of communication.  Eventually though these two are forced together and thus begins the story of two soul mates, two individuals who are more seasoned in life expectations and know what they want. But as we all know HEA's are never served on silver platters and these two still have some major hurdles to overcome before they can have theirs.

Cade is such a great book boyfriend.  From the very beginning he has always put Palmer first, even when it wasn't easy, even when it cost him not only the love of his life but also his best friend.  Talk about swoon-worthy!  Now that the door to Palmer's heart has been re-opened again he will stop at nothing to win her back, vowing to never let it go again.

Palmer is hesitant to trust Cade to let him back into her life and then there's the issue of her big brother.  I wanted so badly for Palmer to not be scared to tell Pike the truth (which by the way ended up being a character who took me by surprise - Jillian if you're reading this give this boy a book!  I think he's got a story itching to be told).  At times I found Palmer frustrating, but in the same breath I loved how down to earth this girl is and how loyal she is to family.  

Broken Love is a perfect summer/beach escape and I think you should add it to your summer TBR list ASAP.  As always Jillian's provided us fans with another fun escape from our own realities!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: Up In Flames, by Abbi Glines



#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines returns to Rosemary Beach one last time in this highly-anticipated finale.

Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villain. Slut.

As the Prada-clad bad girl of Rosemary Beach, Nan Dillon has been called every vile name under the hot summer sun. Some of her reputation is deserved—she’s never had to worry about anything but maintaining her perfect figure and splitting Daddy’s private jet with her brother, Rush. 

But Nan is far from happy. Rush has another kid on the way and doesn’t have time to catch up with his sister. Grant, the last guy she truly cared about, chose to be with her half-sister, Harlow, instead of her. And Harlow, who has never gotten over the way Nan treated her when she first moved to town, remains distant.

So when Major asks her out, she jumps at the chance to date the gorgeous charmer. Though she doesn’t know much about the sweet-talking Texan, and though it’s clear he doesn’t want to be exclusive, dating him beats hanging out with vapid socialites or watching Netflix alone at home.

For a while, Nan deals with Major’s playboy ways, but after he burns her one too many times, she takes off for an impromptu wild weekend in Vegas. There, she meets Gannon, a darkly seductive and oh-so-dangerous businessman who knows exactly how to handle her.

With Major asking for a second chance and Gannon haunting her dreams, Nan has to decide who to give her heart to. But what she doesn’t realize is that these players are involved in a much bigger game—and they’re already two moves ahead of her.


Review
4 out of 5 stars

When Nan's book finally appeared on my Kindle I immediately dove right in.  She has after all been the villain of  Rosemary Beach and I was dying to see how Abbi Glines would make us all fall in love with her.  But, if I'm being completely honest my feelings for Nan started changing the day she helped out Harlow.  I couldn't help it because at that moment in the series we finally got a chance to see a completely different side to her.  Yet, if Nan had been a like-able character from the start the Rosemary Beach series simply wouldn't have been the same.  Let's face it, Nan has been the perfect mistress of drama.

As the book starts out we see Nan and Major have a sort of friends with benefits thing going on, yet it's clear Nan wants more but is basically afraid of rejection and therefore doesn't push Major.  She puts up with a whole lot of crap from him, something you wouldn't expect to see from a person like Nan.  But maybe that's just it, maybe we don't really know anything about Nan.  Like for instance her complete and utter unhappiness.  She knows she's made mistakes, her pain and inability to control the actions that spring forth as a residual affect have alienated her from everyone.  But she wants to change, she wants to do better.  She knows Rush will always love her and now she has the unconditional love from her nephew Nate, but she wants more.  Nan has literally watched everyone in her life find their HEA and she wants it for herself.  Yes, Nan wants to be someone's Blair and honestly who can blame her.

A weekend in Vegas to but some distance between herself and Major's philandering ways puts Nan on the path to meet Gannon a real man, one who's dark, secretive and dangerous yet Nan cannot help but feel drawn to him and safe in his arms.  The affair doesn't last long but it changes Nan's life in ways she never sees coming.  Will she go back to Major or will she decide she deserves more?

Abbi Glines did a wonderful job crafting this story.  She has given us two male leads who both see the beauty and strength of Nan beyond her bitchy exterior.  One of these characters is ready to step up while the other one doesn't even realize he's in love with her until it's too late.  This story is packed with a little bit of suspense and mystery and I can guarantee before the end you will be rooting for Nan because no matter what anyone's done in the past everyone deserves happiness and the love of a man who genuinely appreciates every single composition of their personality, all of it, the good and the bad.  

I thought this story was paced perfectly, I grew to love Nan and was in awe of her strength and self-awareness.  If there was anything I found "annoying" it was her constant inner dialogue and obsession with how many calories something contained and how hard she would have to work out to burn those calories off.  I found the constant mention of those things aggravating and for me personally it took away from her journey.

Up in Flames is a great conclusion to the Rosemary Beach series.  While we don't get to hear from all of our favorite characters, Abbi Glines does give us a few opportunities to check in with just about everyone.  Nan finds not only love but maybe also and more importantly joy and peace.  I for one am sad to say goodbye to the Rosemary Beach series!  Absolutely don't miss out on this book, give it no other thoughts, just one-click it today. 



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Review: Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe



Blind dates? Online dating profiles? Been there, done that.

Georgia Cummings has zero luck with dating, and the era of the internet is not her friend.
No matter how fast she runs, how many corners she turns, she can’t find her way out of this weird, alternate universe where men think dick pics are a replacement for small talk and getting to know a girl. One more crotch selfie and she might write men off for good…

But why can’t she stop fantasizing about him?

Kline Brooks is the quintessential billionaire bad boy—dark, styled, short hair, muscles for days, and a panty-dropping smile.
Except—he isn’t.

As his employee, he won’t touch her with a ten foot pole.
But she won’t touch him either.

Too bad their hormones missed the memo.
 

Review:  4 of 5 Stars

When I first heard of Max Monroe, I immediately decided that I had to read this book!  I mean anyone that has a website that is snarky and fun gets me to start one-clicking!  Plus, I wanted to see if I could guess who the authors are by reading.  I think I have a pretty good guess, but tell me who you think in the comments below.  Hopefully, we will find out the identity soon.

Georgia Cummings is the hilariously crude heroine of the book.  I love that she is funny, confident and nervous all at the same time.  She can run a business deal and be girly too.  She is my kind of heroine for sure!

Kline Brooks is not your typical billionaire.  He is modest, doesn't flash his money around and genuinely wants a relationship and not to sleep around.  He is the kind of billionaire that dreams are made of because he is not selfish at all.  

So what should you know about this book?  If you like funny, lighthearted, slightly predictable reads, this book is for you.  If you are easily offended and don't find humor in things, you should probably steer clear of this one.  I personally thought it was a lot of fun and enjoyed it thoroughly!  I can't wait to read Thatch's book next!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cover Reveal: No Pants Required by Kim Karr

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No Pants Required by Kim Karr

Release Date: July 11th Genre: Contemporary Romance Cover Design: Hang Le

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Synopsis:

I, Makayla Alexander, am on a mission to reinvent myself. So when a super hot guy boards the plane and flashes his rock hard abs, I pay attention. When he sits next to me and offers me his nuts, I can’t resist. But when I choke on them and he tells me I need to work on my gag reflex, I realize I might be in over my head.
Before I know it we’re in the lavatory and attempting to join the Mile High Club. Let me just say this...anyone who tells you it’s easy to get it on at 37,000 feet isn’t telling you the truth. After the flight attendant busts us for getting frisky in the air, the only thing that can ease my total and complete mortification is the simple fact that I am never going to see him again.
Hours later, I can’t help but wonder if fate will ever allow me to become a new version of myself.
Because Fate, she’s a fickle bitch.
Case in point...my seatmate is my new next-door neighbor.
Even with the whole fate thing we have going on, we are so not meant to be together. He’s all cool and sexy in that make love not war kind of way. Guys like him are dangerous. With that bring-you-to-your-knees body, that handsome-as-hell face, and that dirty, dirty mouth, I guarantee one glance from him wets every girl's bikini bottoms.
And then there’s me…the quirky girl looking to find herself in California. All I want to do is learn to let loose. Say words like peace and groovy. Bury my toes in the sand. Who knows, maybe even have sex on the beach.
Unable to get him out of my head, I entertain the thought of being more than just friends. I know the idea is absurd. And yet, I go with it. You see Camden Waters gets me. Really gets me. Like no other guy has before.
On this 7-mile stretch of paradise, I decide to keep things simple and just have fun...that is until fate decides to screw with me, again.
Can two people hell-bent on finding themselves realize the search should have ended the day they met? Find out in No Pants Required—a sexy, funny, romantic stand-alone, that will have you hurrying to grab your bathing suit and rushing to the beach to check out every lifeguard on duty.

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About the Author:

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Reader * Writer * Coffeelover * Romantic
Kim is a daydreamer. So much so that if daydreaming could be a hobby it would be her favorite. It's how her stories are born and how they take root. An imagination that runs wild is something to be thankful for, and she is very thankful. :)
She grew up in New York and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She's always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and with the rest of her time embraces one of her biggest passions--writing.
Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read.
She likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Review: Empire by Rachel Van Dyken


I have lost everything.
My purpose.
My love.
My soul.
Death knocks on my door, I want to answer, but every time I reach for the handle--the promise I made her, brings me back.
So I breathe.
I live.
I hate.
And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade.
I am broken, I dont want to be fixed.
One last trip to New York, one last chance to redeem a lost part of the mafia family. The Empire is crumbling and it's my job to fix it, my job to mend the pieces that were scattered over thirty years ago.
The only issue is, the only way to fix, is to do something I swore I'd never do again.
An arranged marriage.
Only this time.
I won't fall.
Or so help me God, I'll kill her myself.
My name is Sergio Abandanoto, you think you know my pain, my suffering, my anger, my hate--you have no idea.
I am the mafia.
I am the darkness.
Blood in. No out.
 



Review
5 of 5 Stars

First of all, if you have not read the other Eagle Elite books, stop reading this review.  It will contain spoilers from the previous books.  And second, get to one clicking!  Seriously, this series is one of the best!      

I was totally heartbroken at the end of Elude, how could Rachel do this to me??  She ALWAYS gives me the HEA.  I wanted to be mad at her and say that I didn't love the book.  But the reality was, Andi was supposed to die.  She was supposed to teach Sergio about love.  She served a wonderful purpose and without her, Sergio could not be the man he is today.  As devastating as Elude was, it was also beautiful and reminded us that life happens and is short.  We should live it to the fullest everyday.

Now, on to Empire.  I feel like we have been waiting for freaking ever for this book!  It is told from the POV of Frank, Sergio and Val.  I love that we get to hear from the elder of the Families and see what his emotions are as well.  I have always enjoyed his presence in the books and getting to hear his inner monologue was a true treat! 

Valentina is the daughter of the late Luca Nicolosi, mob boss.  But, she has no clue that the mafia even exists, much less that her life is getting ready to be thrown into a tailspin.  She is the polar opposite of Andi and while you want dislike her because she isn't Andi, you just can't.  She is too sweet, too good, and too wonderful of a character.  I really felt just as bad for her as I felt for Sergio.  She is thrown into a marriage with someone that is still mourning his late wife and is struggling with life in general.  

Sergio is quite possibly my new favorite mafia man.  His journey seems to be so much more deeper and I find myself more emotionally invested in him than I have been with anyone else.  It's as though I am struggling right along with him in his feelings for Val and the subsequent guilt and anger which accompanies them.  Yes he's made promises to Andi, but how do you keep moving forward when a huge hunk of your heart is still mourning.  When he first starts out he isn't ready to move beyond his love for her, and he doesn't understand how or even why he is drawn towards Val, so it's constantly a yo-yo effect from letting her in to completely shutting her out.  It's a truly heartbreaking struggle, yet is also so beautiful and written spectacularly.  

Even though Andi has passed away, there is no mistaking her presence in this book.  You can feel her in Sergio's actions, when he knows he is being a jerk.  You can feel her through the memories as Sergio is reliving them.  And her essence is and was without a doubt essential to the sequencing and timing  of events throughout this entire story.  In my mind it's clear, Andi's presence and influence are the breath and life of the words that make Empire such a beautiful story. 

As always, Rachel never fails as an author.  I can honestly say that I have NEVER read The End on any of her novels and thought, "I expected more."  It is always the exact opposite.  I always walk away craving the next installment and wondering how she can always execute an A+.  Now, how in the heck are we going to wait until 2017 for the next installment????  Gahhh!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review: Demand by Lisa Renee Jones




The sexy, breathtaking mystery continues in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s stunning second novel in the suspenseful Careless Whispers series—where shocking revelations will reveal themselves and nothing, and no one, will ever be the same.

Still struggling with amnesia, Ella questions everything she’s known about Kayden Wilkens—the alluring stranger who claims to have found her unconscious in an alleyway a month earlier. But was he truly a stranger—or did Kayden know her before his supposed rescue? Tormented by the potential betrayal he denies, with fleeting memories of a bombshell in her recent past, Ella must face a hard reality. Every action has consequences . . . and trusting Kayden, the one thing she most desires, might result in the direst consequences of all.


Review
4.5 out of 5 stars

We fell in love with Ella and Kayden in Denial and were waiting impatiently for the next installment, Demand to release. I couldn't remember all the tiny details from Denial, but thankfully, Lisa Renee Jones gives us a recap that helped me get right back into the story, so make sure you take the time to read all that happened in Denial because she sets you up perfectly to fall back into step with Kayden and Ella.

As you recall, Denial ends with quite the cliffhanger...Ella holding a gun on Kayden in the shower when she discovers he already knew about the butterfly necklace. That being said, nothing is ever as it seems and even though Ella assumes the worst, in her heart she knows she cannot deny the fact that she truly does trust Kayden.

As Demand progresses more unanswered questions are revealed alongside Ella's flashbacks.  I can definitely feel the frustration for Ella as she struggles to figure out exactly who she is, who she is running from, and why. Yet, despite all the struggles, she is a total badass. I love her spirit and how she doesn't cower and backdown to people. She speaks her mind and will defend those people she holds dear.  It's impressive for a character to know so little about themselves yet have such a strong sense of self-direction and confidence.  Some people would allow fear of the unknown to send them into a helpless tailspin but Ella is the exact opposite, instead motivating her to further dig for answers and face those fears head on.  These character traits pave the way for a truly intriguing, nail-biting story.

Kayden is as secretive and sexy as ever. He has fallen hard for Ella and while her amnesia is an unknown, potentially devastating problem for them he couldn't care less.  Others may view her and their love has his only weakness, but it's actually Ella's presence that's given his life a greater purpose and meaning.  Finding love has given his life dimension and regardless of everything working against them, they vow to stick together no matter what is discovered.  Tell me that alone doesn't make this a killer read! 

Thankfully, we learn more about Ella and finally discover exactly who she is hiding from and why but Lisa Renee Jones still hasn't given us all the pieces to the puzzle. While I read this novel in one sitting, if I were to complain about anything it would simply be this installment felt a bit shorter than Denial and it just wasn't enough to satisfy my LRJ craving. I cannot wait for the last installment in this series so all of my questions can finally be answered!  LRJ can magically weave a mystery like no other. She ALWAYS keeps me addicted and on the edge of my seat.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: Knot by M. Mabie

KNOT by M. Mabie

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Blurb
He knows everything. She has all the damn answers. I’ve always been a free spirit. It’s my nature. I crave control, but with her it’s far more. He’s a power hungry climber. Her wealth could buy and sell me. It’s too much pressure being the center of anyone’s focus. She underestimates my desire for her, my need to please just her. When he’s vulnerable, it’s hard to deny him. Her crooked smile cripples me. He hides his demons, but I’m no fool. She thinks not committing to anyone makes her more honest. She’s wrong. A man like him deserves someone who can offer that kind of love. She promises nothing, yet I feel like a king when she says my name. I never let anyone possess me like he did. Not before. Not after. My greatest regret was compromising. I should have never held back. Still, when we’re apart I’m not myself. I miss the days when she was just down the hall. He’s better off without me, and it hurts. The ugly truth is I need her more than she needs me. Our relationship was born out of lust and curiosity. The lies we told ourselves killed it. Together, we found Nirvana. We learned it was all a mirage. I ruined him. I broke her heart. I keep coming back. I can’t let her go. 

KNOT is a contemporary romance and a complete standalone. It is the first spin-off from the best-selling Wake Series. You do not need to read BAIT, SAIL, or ANCHOR to enjoy this book in its entirety, but if you love angst you'll enjoy them, too.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Review: The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery


In this modern-retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Savannah Carmichael, betrayed by an unreliable source, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn’t been seen since. 

After an IED explosion in Afghanistan took Asher’s hand and disfigured half of his face, he's lived a quiet life on the outskirts of Danvers where the locals respect his privacy…that is, until Savannah Carmichael comes calling in a borrowed sundress with a plate of homemade brownies. When Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for the beautiful reporter that he hasn’t felt in years. 

Misfits in small-town Danvers, Savannah and Asher create a bond right away, touching each other’s hearts in ways neither thought possible. When a terrible mistake threatens to drive them apart, they’ll have to decide if the love they found in one another’s arms is strong enough to fight for their hard-won happily ever after.


Review

I am a total sucker for sappy, predictable, beautiful reads.  When you add in the fact that this book is a modern take on Beauty and the Beast, I am pretty sure that's a sign it's going to be amazing.  I've had The Vixen and the Vet on my Kindle for several months, but hadn't yet made the time to read it.  Then a couple of days ago I opened it on my lunch break and wham, I was instantly hooked!  All I wanted to do the remainder of the day was read...I refrained since I was at work, but it required a hell of a lot of effort.

The "Beast" of this story is Asher Lee, an Army Vet that went through an IED attack in Afghanistan.  Upon his return to the southern town of Danvers, VA he becomes a recluse; ashamed of the way he looks and not really excited about living.  No one in the town makes an effort to treat him the way he deserves or gives even bothers giving him a hero's homecoming.  In eight years, no one, other than his surrogate Grandmother has even laid eyes on him.  No one that is until Savannah Carmichael shows up at his door step with baked goods.

Savannah, our "Beauty," is back in Danvers after living out her dream in NYC as a big-time journalist for The Sentinel.  One source/relationship turned bad was all it took to not only ruin her career but also the only life she ever dreamed of for herself.  As the story begins she finds herself back home with Mama, Daddy and her little sister, Katie Scarlet  (Could it be anymore southern with this Gone with the Wind reference!) with more than enough time on her hands to figure out a plan that will get her life back while helping Scarlet's wedding go off without any glitches.   So, when an opportunity to write a human interest piece for a newspaper in Phoenix arrives, she quickly figures out a way to not only make it successful but for it to also be the piece which launches her dream career again.

What Savannah isn't prepared for however is for Asher Lee or her uncontrollable desire to know him as more than just a story.  She can't deny the strong draw towards him nor does she really want to.  The big question though is what's going to happen when her big break comes rolling in from Phoenix?  Will she say yes or will she be able to recognize her life dreams aren't what the used to be pre Asher Lee?  Is this story predictable?  At times.  But, it was worth every second I spent reading it.  I loved the anticipation leading up to their first kiss and the struggle that each character faced.  Should you read this story?  Without a doubt! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review: An Ounce of Hope by Sophie Jackson



From the fanfic phenom whose debut A Pound of Flesh had over 4.5 million reads, this sequel, An Ounce of Hope, tells the passionate love story of Carter’s best friend, Max.

Max O’Hare can’t seem to let go of his past: his drug habit, the end of his relationship with Lizzie Jordan, the woman he knows he’ll never get over, and the loss of their unborn son.

After successfully completing rehab and learning to explore his deepest fears and dreams through painting, Max meets Grace Brooks. With her innate optimism, and her love of art and photography, Grace appears to be the perfect girl. Yet no one knows where she came from, or why she keeps her past so closely guarded. Over time, Max and Grace gradually allow each other in—but will he ever be able to fully let go of his past? Or will his heart remain closed forever?
 



Review
4.5 of 5 Stars

Sophie Jackson's first novel, A Pound of Flesh was one of my top books of 2015 and I fell in love not only with Kat and Carter but also with her writing style instantly.  When An Ounce of Hope appeared on my kindle in my gut I knew it would be good yet I was unsure of whether or not I would really care tremendously about Max O'Hare, Carter's drug-addict best friend.  Why I doubted this I don't know because here's the truth - it turns out I did and do care about this troubled best friend and the more I read the more eager I was to see how his story would play out.

The beginning of the book begins with Max in rehab.  Although I understand the need to see him in this setting and set the stage for his story, I couldn't help but feel as though it gave the story sort of a slow start.  Things however pick up once Carter and new character Grace finally show up in the same town.  For me it was around the 20% mark before I felt myself getting more and more addicted to the story and having a harder time setting the kindle down to deal with life's interruptions.   

Grace is such a sweet, innocent character who from first introduction you know in your heart deserves happiness.  Max is a troubled character who has been dealt a crap hand of life and is very jaded, he too deserves a break and you want that for him, but he's also a wild card and you're just not sure how he's going to react in certain situations.  Max wants to live, he wants to be happy, but that happiness seems so far out of reach to him.  

Grace and Max completely balance each other out, when these two share a chapter or even a page you will not be able to help but smile and cheer them on towards a HEA together.  They both have experienced such tragedy and heartache they can understand where the other is coming from.  I have often heard it said that pain and horrible situations will either make you a bitter person or a better person.  These two characters display the truth of this statement.  Grace wants to move on and learn from the past, while still living.  Max prefers to wallow in the past and let it prevent him from ever being happy.  The question is whether or not will they choose one another when push comes to shove.

Ms. Jackson perfectly crafts a story that illustrates how Max struggles with his addiction, anxiety, depression and trust of others.  I can't help but believe that this is exactly how someone with this mindset truly thinks and acts.  It also shows how their actions affect everyone else in their lives.  The story was beautifully written and has me itching to begin Riley's story ASAP.  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Review: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead


Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Don't miss their unforgettable final chapter...

LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL

Review:  5 of 5 stars

The Ruby Circle is the final installment of the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. This series has basically consumed my life for the last ten or so days.  I loved Vampire Academy and all the fun, exciting things that happened in it with Rose and Dimitri.  I was really unsure about how this series would compare, especially since Sydney seemed so boring and uptight in VA.  I am so glad that I didn't let my preconceived notions get in the way of loving this series.  I dare say that I loved it more than Vampire Academy!

TRC begins with a frantic search for Princess Jill Dragomir.  Since Adrian and Sydney are basically trapped at Court they are going stir crazy and a little insane trying to figure out who has Jill and why.  A surprise visit from Ms. Terwilliger brings some human magic to Court.  Once it is clear that whoever is holding Jill captive has a grudge against Sydney a plan begins to form.  Can Sydney protect herself the the Alchemists waiting for her on the outside?

After Sydney's escape from Court, Adrian is left with his own demons to face, in the form of spirit and his dead Aunt Tatiana.  Olive, the Strigoi that was restored to a Dhapmir has run away from her sister Nina and anyone else that is searching for her.  Nina begs Adrian for help to find her in a spirit dream the truth is revealed, but at what cost?  Is the use of spirit magic worth the cost?

Prepare yourself for a roller coaster of emotions and twists and turns that you did not see coming you way.  I thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series.  I felt like each book was a little better than the last.  That being said, I think that Richelle Mead has left the reader with some unanswered questions and many possible storylines for future spin offs into another series.  I hope that one day she decides to create another series to answer them.