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REVIEW : Till Death Us Do Part by Cristina Slough

Title :

Till Death Us Do Part

Author :

Cristina Slough

Series :

N/A

Release date : December 29th 2015
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

The fateful day Mimi Marcus has dreaded begins with a phone call… The wife of a U.S. Marine, Mimi spent countless nights worried that her husband Joel would fall in the line of duty. He had fought valiantly and served his country with honor. That’s exactly what they tell her when they deliver the news—Joel was taken by the enemy in Afghanistan. Her husband is dead. In desperate need of closure, Mimi travels to the one place Joel still has ties—The Marcus Ranch in Texas, inherited by his handsome younger brother Austin. New beginnings are only an illusion… The closer Mimi grows to the Marcus family, the more she considers it home. But when suspicions of Joel’s past surface, Austin refuses to disclose family secrets—even to his brother’s widow. It’s only by accident she uncovers evidence of Joel’s tainted past. Devastated by his lies and betrayal, she slowly opens up to Austin, and together they unfold layers of pain and grief. Mimi is sure she’ll never love again, but is Austin the man to prove her wrong? Then the unthinkable happens… Just as Mimi finds new hope in a future with Austin, Joel returns home from war. Enraged, traumatized, and teetering on the edge of insanity, Joel confesses to a history of deception, revealing yet another secret—this one too terrible to forgive. In an awful twist of fate, Joel proves marriage vows are made to be honored. No matter what.

Review :

Till Death Us Do Part by Cristina Slough was not an easy read for me. In fact it was a very hard one.

And I had to try twice to get myself to continue reading.
It might have been a mistake to read the Blurb – but on the other Hand I might not have chosen to read it at all without reading the Blurb.
And those divided feelings continue for me throughout the whole book. It is a well written novel with fully developed characters.
The problems I encountered are my personal ones only and result ín my very personal point of view on a soldier novel.
The storyline of this book definitively deserves reading attention and I am sure it will find many lovers.
As usual I will not comment on the story itself in this special case also to refrain myself from rubbing off my personal point of view on to fellow readers.
Instead I would like to invite you to read this story because I am curious what you think …
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REVIEW : The Truth About Him (Everything I Left Unsaid #2) by Molly O’Keefe

Title :

The Truth About Him

Author :

Molly O’Keefe

Series :

Everything I Left Unsaid #2

Release date : November 24th 2015
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

We played our roles, told each other lies.But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real. We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear: The thrilling danger.The raw, naked desire.The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

Review :

The second book of the “Everything I Left Unsaid ” series starts where the first one finishes. We directly are confronted with this very tensed situation that makes you wondering: what is going to happen the next round about 350 pages…. Some things happened, but in my case not enough. While I really enjoyed getting to know more about the very special characters, it was difficult for me to fully enjoy the story as it all gor a bit confusing in my opinion. It felt like the author was not able to completely focus on the story in general which is why it was difficult to follow the story.

Because of the missing focus, it was also difficult to actually “feel” the relationship of the two main characters. Something we don´t have to talk about is the writing-style. Again as flawless as it could be!
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Review – King Of Flames (The Masks of Under) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

King Of Flames Book Cover King Of Flames
The Masks of Under #1
Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Urban Fantasy
Limitless Publishing, LLC
5th March
ebook
193

Everything about my life has been pretty normal working as a forensic autopsy technician. Until the day I woke up with a mysterious symbol tattooed on my arm.

Suddenly normal no longer existed. The barrier between Earth and a world called Under, dissolved...

Now I’m trapped with dozens of other people. Held prisoner by the creators of myths and legends, where the realm is ruled by two masked kings who want to turn us into creatures like them.

But even though I didn’t choose to be here, this new world manages to pull me deeper, affecting me differently than other humans. Unfortunately King Edu, also known as the King of Flames, notices this and I’m now considered a threat.

If I want to survive King Edu and the dangers of Under, I need to escape. The only problem is, there’s another masked king who seems to have an interest in me. Aon, the King of Shadows, wants me here in this world, and he wants me alive.

I just need to figure out why.

 

Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.

I have read a lot of fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal romance in my life some has been fantastic, others have been bloody awful, and King of Flames is somewhere in the middle for me or upper scale.

I didn’t know what to expect and it was difficult to get into the book at the beginning, but this book is unique, and with the author’s idea she has truly put her book in a league of her own. I find her writing similar to (view spoiler) but that was the vibe I was getting here. The good was I had no clue where we were going to go with this book and that is exactly what I needed there was also zilch in love interest and sex which is refreshing so you had to focus on the plot and there was no room for error here but the author did a fantastic job and I can’t really pinpoint why I can’t give it 5 stars or even 4 stars and quite frankly that irks me a lot. I fekt that the author could have maybe given more in fleshing out the world of under? It was like we just touched the surface but take my review here with a pinch of salt.

What do you do when you wake up with a tattoo you didn’t have the night before?

Well that happens to Lydia and whereas she is a bit of an oddball what happens to her is even out of her realm of possibility. Until her and a bunch of people throughout the world are teleported to under. Where every so often the worlds between earth and under align and where no souls are born in under the realm still needs to keep living.

The Fallen with the help of the ancients decides who becomes what. Be it a monster or something else completely.

Turns out I’m not immune to everything. Someone pulling off their skin? Yeah not my thing, kind of made me want to puke

Kings, Flames, Shadows, Elders and Ancients is worth a read.

 

 

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REVIEW : 29 by Nancy Pennick

Title :

29

Author :

Nancy Pennick

Series :

N/A

Release date : November 3rd 2015
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Allie Sanders thinks life in a small town can’t get any more dull and boring. She plans to escape after graduation. After a bad break-up, she wants to sail through junior year without distraction. Then the mysterious loner sits down in front of her in AP English. He’s the guy she noticed last year desperately trying to stay invisible. She wants to know his secrets.Suddenly her much older military brother, Doug, makes a rare appearance. He takes a special interest in her life. Suspicious of his motives Allie holds back, never really trusting him. Doug wants what she wants—the boy she has come to love. No way would she let that happen. She’d go against family and friends to protect him—and his secrets—even if it ends up breaking her heart.

Review :

SPOILERALERT (if you want to call it like that) … THIS is NO STANDALONE …

I know I know – I am starting again with what annoys me most. I really dislike the fact when I stumble into a novel not knowing if it will be part of a series or not.
Do not misunderstand me – I know that some stories require more than one book to be told but as in all things life there is a time for everything and sometimes a reader just needs to have a story being told when he is turning the last page of the current book.
Well… that is … IF there will be a next book… after finishing the book I wondered so I checked what other readers think on that point and they all commented on looking forward to the next book… but will there be one … Or will we be left with what we know so far ?
Because again do not misunderstand … THERE IS AN ending … it just seems that me as well as the other readers I saw so far EXPECT there to be something “else”…
But I am afraid you will have to read the book to find out what I mean.
Other than this complain (if you want to call it like that) there is really nothing even remotely negative to be said about this book.
The readers will find an intriguing and well-developed plot. In the beginning I struggled a little with the love story within the plot as it seemed to be more the mystery of the loner than the person itself that was interesting to Allie.
But as the story continued those issues dissolved for me .
This book will draw the reader into its story and I am positive it will leave all other readers in the same position as the ones that already read the book. Expecting the next one….
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Review -Waiting For You (McKinney/Walker Brothers #2) by Claudia Connor

Waiting For You Book Cover Waiting For You
McKinney/Walker Brothers #2
Claudia Connor
Contemporary Romance
15th March 2019
ebook
377
Netgalley

When ER nurse Nora Sellers is hurt in a hospital scuffle, firefighter Zach Walker blames himself. Blaming himself is nothing new. He’s been blaming himself for years for the trauma his baby sister endured as a teenager. Though with his happy–go–lucky attitude no one would know it. He’s good at his job, he’s a good brother, and a good friend, but Zach decided long ago he wasn’t husband and father material.


Even so, when Zach learns Nora is a single mother with a house that needs his help, he can’t walk away. After a few days with Nora and her ten month old son, he knows he doesn’t want to.


But Nora’s wary. She learned at a young age that the only person she can count on is herself. Now with a baby, a job, and a fixer–upper house, the last thing Nora wants is a sexy firefighter, making her heart flutter. But Zach is more than what he seems, and the more she gets to know him the harder he is to resist.


She’s been brave all her life. Can she be brave one more time and take a chance of a lifetime with her heart?

 

There is just something about Ms. Connor and this series that leaves me with a Happy Face & Goofy Smile.

The McKinney/Walker is one of my favourite series and when I saw this on Netgalley I just had to request it.

Zach Walker firefighter a slight commitment phobe a reformed manho still hasn’t processed what happened to his sister Hannah. But he meets his game changer. Nora Sellers.

I loved Zach, he is a knight in tarnished armour.

Nora Sellers has been alone all her life and it is hard for her to trust people and put down roots with an incident at the hospital where she works she meets the one man that will change everything. Zach Walker.

I docked a star because I wasn’t a fan of Nora but she grew on me and we became friends, we shall never be best buds though.

Waiting for You is a heartfelt romance full of feelz, sweet with an adorable baby (I’m a sucker for single parents, like catnip peeps) that will most likely melt the coldest of hearts.

A must read!

 

 

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REVIEW : Someone Else’s Fairytale (Someone Else’s Fairytale #1) by E.M. Tippetts

Title :

Someone Else’s Fairytale

Author :

E.M. Tippetts

Series :

Someone Else’s Fairytale #1

Release date : December 6th 2011
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

Someone Else’s Fairytale (Someone Else’s Fairytale #1) by E.M. Tippetts (Goodreads Author) 3.67 · Rating Details · 4,957 Ratings · 516 Reviews Jason Vanderholt, Hollywood’s hottest actor, falls head over heels for everygirl, Chloe Winters, who hasn’t gotten around to watching most of his movies. She becomes the woman every other woman in America is dying to be, but it just isn’t her fairytale.

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REVIEW : Manwhore +1 (Manwhore #2)by Katy Evans

Title :

Manwhore +1

Author :

Katy Evans

Series :

Manwhore #2

Release date : July 7th 2015
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Billionaire playboy? Check. Ruthless businessman? Check. Absolutely sinful? Check.Malcolm Saint was an assignment. A story. A beautiful, difficult man I was supposed to uncover for a racy exposé.I intended to reveal him, his secrets, his lifestyle—not let him reveal me. But my head was overtaken by my heart and suddenly nothing could stop me from falling. I fell for him, and I fell hard. Malcolm Saint is absolute Sin, and I’ve become a hopeless Sinner.Now that the assignment is over, Saint wants something from me–something unexpected–and I want this wicked playboy’s heart. But how can I prove to the man who trusts no one that I’m worthy of becoming his plus one?

Review :

Another story that is unbelieveable sexy by an author that isvery talented! When it comes to Katy Evans , you usually know what you get. She is one of these authors that always are able to create this special feeling. Reading her books is always like a roller-coaster ride that takes you on a journey including not just sexy as hell scenes, but also touching situations filled with loads of emotions. And this is also the case with this book! I really enjoyed reading the second book tho the Manwhore series, even though there are some things which made me rate this book with “only” 4 Stars.

You just have to love the characters-Malcolm or “Saint” and Rachel are both such emotional characters that are able to create this special tension you are always looking for in a book. Always my highlight of the story!
About the story-line I have to say that it was good, but I expected a bit more plot. I enjoyed seeing how both characters started to , again, getting closer after all the things that happened in book 1. But still, for a book with this length I expected more. In other words: Not enough story for the pages.
About the writing-style we don´t even have to talk. I mean, it´s Katy Evans we are talking about. 😉 She asways creates this special atmosphere-something she also did in this book.
So all in all a good story with some flaws -but flaws that didn´t make me rate this book lower because it´s still this kind of book you just have to enjoy!
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REVIEW : Defaced (A Dark Romance Novel) by Marissa Farrar

Title :

Defaced

Author :

Marissa Farrar

Series :

A Dark Romance Novel, #1

Release date : Nov 30, 2015
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Monster

Hidden away from society by his criminal father, there lives a man who has never entered the outside world. Now, having taken over his father’s business, he has all the money and power he could dream of, yet still he refuses to let himself be viewed by the rest of society.
Lily
Traumatised by an event in her past, Lily Drayton has a phobia of being touched. Though she helps people externally with her skills as a laser therapist, she refuses to let anyone in, emotionally or physically. When Lily is kidnapped on the way home from work one evening, she discovers she’s not the only person who keeps themselves cut off from the rest of the world.
Defaced
A man owns her now—a man both dangerous and enigmatic. Drawn by his dual beauty and hidden pain, he awakens something inside her, something she believed was long dead. Brought to a room without windows, she’s given an impossible task: to make her owner acceptable to the outside world. Can altering his face change who he is as a man, or is he truly a monster, both inside and out?
Review :

Defaced (The Monster Trilogy #1) was my first book by Marissa Farrar. Announced as “Dark Romance Novel” I felt it presented itself as more on the soft side of that genre … on the FAR soft side. Not that I was disappointed to be honest.

The blurb made me want to feel “Beauty and the Beast” and I am not sure if I would have liked it that much if it would have been to dark. So I basically took a chance on it as its Description stood in contrast to the Headline.
I liked the way the story was told as there was enough background to let the reader connect to the characters. The storyline is well developed and looking back it is interesting to see the way my opinion on the characters changed during reading the book.
The connections between the characters felt real to me. In its basic it is the story of two people that are imprisoned by their pasts and that long for more. The setting may have been used many times before but I believe the approach of this author makes this book unique and I am looking forward to more.
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REVIEW :This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin

Title :

This Song Is (Not) For You

Author :

Laura Nowlin

Series :

N/A

Release date : Jan 5, 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

Bandmate, best friend or boyfriend? For Ramona, one choice could mean losing them all. Ramona and Sam are best friends. She fell for him the moment they met, but their friendship is just too important for her to mess up. Sam loves April, but he would never expect her to feel the same way–she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Together, they have a band, and put all of their feelings for each other into music.Then Ramona and Sam meet Tom. He’s their band’s missing piece, and before Ramona knows it, she’s falling for him. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either.How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?

Review :

This was a crazy read….even more crazy and mixed up then the blurb is preparing you for….

And because I love things that are crazy, I still enjoyed most part of this book!
All characters which are very well developed somehow create a story that makes this book an easy read. It´s one of those books you can just read to relax…One of those books that just create this flow . A flow which sadly was for me not deep enough at some points.
On the one hand I love how important the musical aspects are in this books as the way it´s described really screams : PASSION!
On the other hand this might also be the reason why the genereal story is not deep enough (for me) In the beginning it balanced itself out , but after finishing this book it just felt like I didn´t experience the whole relationship-thing. I like how the characters are all somehow connected through music….and as you will find out also through other things. All in all a nice read!
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REVIEW : Only Trick by Jewel E. Ann

Title :

Only Trick

Author :

Jewel E. Ann

Series :

N/A

Release date : April 13th 2015
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb :
“Don’t Look Back in Anger”
In one night, I lost five years of my life. Here’s what I know …I was homeless. I’m a recovering drug addict.My inked skin crawls from lustful eyes. I have a serious aversion to women. My gay partner is a home wrecker. I own a gun and I’m a damn good shot. I’m a makeup artist, but it’s an insult to my talent. I’ve never wanted to possess anything except my Ducati … until I met Darby. Now here’s what I know since that day in the ER when she pieced me back together … nothing—but a few random thoughts. My new “friend” is distracting, clingy, and obsessed with acronyms, emojis, and phrases like “breakfast soul mates.” I didn’t want to like her, but she crawled under my skin and swallowed me whole. Now we’re best friends and she’s my new addiction. I’d drink her from a shot glass, snort her up my nose, or inject her into my veins if I could. What I won’t do … is ever tell her that. She doesn’t know me … I don’t know me. When those missing years come back, I think she will hate me … I think I will hate me. My parents named me Patrick Roth, and this is my story.
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