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I have to think about how to write the review to this…
I thought I knew what this would be about …
If you think I am not making much sense? well, you should read the book then you would be at a loss too… The thing is … There is hardly anything that I can write about the story because every sentence might give away something – especially the comparison to a certain book that lingers in my mind …. (not so much because of the story but more because of the effect it had on me) …
It is my first book by this author and now I am scared and there is only are only two other authors that scare me this way … One is Colleen Hoover and the other is Jojo Moyes … In mentioning these two I think I am saying a lot. Especially to people that read books of these two. Such an innocent Blurb …. #shaking my head no ….
I loved each and every character in this book – but I would have loved them even more if I could have changed certain things that I can not name here. The writing was well developed and the author did a great job at attempting to kill me – which is not an easy feature given the number of books I read that should have prepared me for just about anything by now.
– for now? well, for now, I will take good advice I received … I opened a bottle of wine and replaced the empty tissue box – and even though I “hate” what the author did – I kind of love it too… shortly before the author’s last words I was wondering if I should open my review with the words “Is it true”? Because everything felt like it was becoming full circle…
ROYALLY BITTEN, the second book in the Blood Alliance Series, by USA Today Bestselling author Lexi C. Foss. ROYALLY BITTEN is out now and FREE in Kindle Unlimited
Title: ROYALLY BITTEN
Series: Blood Alliance Series
Author: Lexi C. Foss
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: January 31
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ROYALLY BITTEN Synopsis:
Once upon a time, humankind ruled the world while lycans and vampires lived in secret.
This is no longer that time.
Blood Day–the culmination of my training. The day I find out my fate.
I will not cry. I will not beg. I will remain calm.
Emotions are for the weak, and I am not weak.
My name is Rae and I will survive this.
But I never expected him to call my name…
Someone wants to frame me for immortal insanity? Be my guest, darling.
I’ll just pick a fighter as my bait, a consort with a hint of defiance.
And when the culprit attempts to bite, I’ll be the one who bites back.
Because no one touches what’s mine, including the fiery redhead at my side.
Welcome to Kylan City.
I dare you all to come out and play.
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About Lexi C. Foss
Lexi C. Foss is an award winning and bestselling author of paranormal romance. She loves complex plots, twists and turns, and writing fantasy with strong, realistic elements. Many of her readers comment on how her worlds feel real, and she not-so-secretly wishes they were—at least some of them.
This is one of these books were I just don’t know how to rate it. There were times were I wanted to quit because it was annoying me but also times where I was really liking it. Basically I am on the fence.
After humans lost the war and failed miserably to be top dog the Blood Alliance was born. Where humans are no more than cattle where they are divided into factions. Where vampires and the lycans rule with terror, manipulation, indoctrination where your choices are being a slave or death. Where blood virgins are coveted, and blood day is a memorable day for all.
Characters & Chemistry
Kylan is one of the oldest vampires, he is vampire royalty but rumour has it that he is going insane as he killed his harem. He has his own region and he is known for his cruelty, sadistic and violent but he is not insane. Someone is trying to frame him.
What can I say about Kylan? I hated him at times and at other times I barely tolerated him but occasionally he did something good and I liked him kind of. We get a glimpse of his true nature and he is loyal, he treats his personnel and servants.
Rae has been at the university her whole life to train for the immortal cup and to be twelve who win immortal status. But there is a culling of all and well Rae is chosen for a harem which she despises.
Rae was strong at the beginning but somewhere along the lines she became very dependent on Kylan and I didn’t like that. She still had spirit but at times it was irritating that as a character she wasn’t what I wanted her to be.
I liked her but I don’t know she was so strong and defiant at the beginning that I missed that person at the end of the book.
There was too much sex here and I can’t believe I just said that but there was it took for me too much away from the plot. There is some sharing but that was the way of the world that the author has built. I found that to be quite disappointing.
Writing, Plot & Pace
The writing is good here and the author knows how to captivate you and write something truly unique. The author toned down on the repetitiveness here in this book which for me made it more enjoyable.
As I said the author has created a unique world. The vampire world isn’t really my thing I have always preferred shifters but this somehow worked for me. The plot of wanting the world to go back to the way it was or that all species can co-exist where humans once again have rights intrigues me very much.
The pace could have been better it ebbed too much for me and didn’t flow that well. There was a lot of push and pull and too much sex that also broke up the plot in places.
I really enjoy this series as it is unique. It does push me out of my comfort zone and to be honest I don’t really know why. It’s a dark and twisted world and I really enjoyed it.
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Anton by Brenda Rothert
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He’s known as Father Anton to his teammates—the brooding, sexy captain of the NHL’s Chicago Blaze has a reputation for…not having a reputation. Just like his diet and sleep routines, celibacy is part of Anton Petrov’s on-ice mojo. Or so they say. Anton stays mum on the subject. If the world thinks he chooses to abstain from sex, so be it. Better that than the truth getting out: there is a woman he burns for, but he can never have her. She’s his teammate’s wife, after all.
Mia Marceau is finally on her own. Now that she and her husband are living apart, she’s finding the peace she was desperate for. She spends her days in classes and late nights bartending, making her own way in the world at last. After what she’s been through, as long as her husband leaves her alone, she doesn’t plan to rock the boat. He still has the power to hurt those dearest to her, and she can’t demand a divorce with such a high cost.
A chance encounter with Mia has Anton hoping for a shot he never thought he’d get. And while she’s drawn to the intense, serious hockey center, Mia’s leery about playing with fire. That’s all Anton has ever known for Mia, though—a living, burning desire that won’t be denied—no matter the cost.
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Characters & Chemistry.
Mia Marceau thought that she would be leading a different life but that isn’t the case. After finally leaving her cheating husband she has decided to go back to college but she also has to support her Grandfather who is a nursing facility. And she will do whatever it takes.
My heart broke for Mia and the lemons that she was given. Especially what she did to get her cheating husband to pay for the nursing home. I liked Mia but for me personally and domestic abuse is a serious topic be it physical or psychological abuse and no walk in the park. But there was more in Mia than the author showed us and I would have loved to have seen her full potential.
Father Anton Petrov is Chicago’s Blaze best player born in Russia he and his twin brother moved to the states to play hockey to lead a better life. He now leads that life and tries to pay that kindness back and forward basically in any way that he can. By helping where he can and looking after his Uncle Dix after he has had two strokes.
Anton has been celibate for a couple of years ever since he met Mia but he could never act on it because she was married to teammate. Anton is one of the best Hero’s that I have read about in a very long time, he is all about the heroine and would give her the moon. He is strong, patient a gentlemen and an all-round good guy.
These two had strong emotional chemistry but sexually nothing happened right till the end of the book because Mia didn’t want to be known as a cheater not like her soon to be ex-husband. They have sexually chemistry although I did skim. #sorry.
Writing, Plot & Pace.
I love the author’s writing and she truly is talented. The plot unfortunately isn’t unique but the execution is there are I did have the feels. So no complaints on my part. There is great build-up, emotions etc. but somehow it just fell flat in places. The pace is the same.
Enjoyable and a refreshing read especially as the Hero of the book was virtually celibate since he first saw our heroine. I can’t wait for the over books in the series Luca and Vic but especially Luca.
I can always count on Ms. Ivy to deliver me some good, old romantic suspense.
Ellie Guthrie has moved back to Curry, Oklahoma the place she was born to open up her own law company. She is content but everyone is glad that she is there. Ellie is prickly which I like in my heroines but we didn’t get off to a good start, but she did grow on me.
Nate Marcel retired from the FBI he was too tired of living life dangerously and wanted a different pace and he got that in Curry. But his former skills are going to be put to use soon enough. I liked Nate a lot and he balanced out my slight dislike for Ellie at the beginning.
The writing is good, and the pace matched the tone of the book and there was some angst and suspense. I had an inkling of who it could be, and I was right to some extent. I can only recommend this book as it is a good and solid read.
|On the Way to You|
|November 16th 2017|
|What makes you happy?
That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.
And then, I got in his car.
It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.
We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room — and still, we were strangers. One day we’d be laughing, the next, we wouldn’t speak. Emery was surrounded by impenetrable walls, but I wanted in.
Discovering his journal changed everything.
I read his thoughts, words not meant for anyone’s eyes, and the more I learned about him, the harder I fell. It turned out nothing made Emery Reed happy, and I wanted to change that.
I earned his trust by violating his privacy, and as wrong as it was, it worked — until one entry revealed a darkness I never knew existed, a timer I never knew was ticking.
Suddenly, what made me happy was saving Emery from himself. I just didn’t know if I could.
|My Thoughts in three pictures ….
I read half the night – I just couldn’t bring myself to stop. On the Way to You
by Kandi Steiner is one of THOSE books… It is my first read from this author and I am 100 % sure it will not be my last. Her writing style left me speechless in the end. Yeah I intentionally write “in the end” because the book starts off so quietly and I was wondering why I choose to review this ARC …
To understand you have to know when a book is offered to me to read I check out the Blurb and then I agree or disagree. I place the book on my schedule with the due dates I get and after that there will be dozens of requests and weeks if not months until I get the book.
And then comes the tricky part. I could go back to reading the blurb to remind off the content but lately I developed the habit of intentionally NOT doing that. So when I opend the book I had literally no idea what I was about to read or what I saw in the Blurb the moment I choose it. The first pages floated over me as a gentle breeze until I read that one line “What makes you happy”. In that second I remembered … My Mind went back to a book I read long ago I can not even remember the title to be honest I am about to ask my cobloggers if they remember my ranting at that time. I have to be honest I must have read more than 1000 books since then but I still remember the answer to a similar asked question in that book that made such a big impression on me that I knew ….
I knew waiting to get an answer to that question in this book would be a road trip of its own.
Road trips are a tricky thing for me – as movies I hate them to be honest but as books they really depend on the travelers and this “lucky Penny” and her “Boy” were worth the journey that much is sure.
Especially when I realized that half of their route was one I had made myself 3 times already and will do so again next year.
I am at a loss what I should tell you about the book because I am afraid that anything might spoiler something and I am not willing to risk that. But I can tell you my feelings…
I was calm
That became interested
Turning in to curious
I smiled a lot only to
Shake my head because I could not comprehend
It made me sad
My heart got heavy while at the same time
My chest got even heavier with love
And I cried some more
I started hoping
Felt there was something looming in a distance
My heart broke
And then …….
YOU should find out for yourself what happened after that but please have some tissues ready
|November 8th 2017|
|Brooke Summerlin’s life is like a Cinderella story. Raised by an abusive, drug addicted mother, she desperately hides the truth about where she comes from. But Prince Charming arrives in the form of Liam, the most popular guy at school. He sweeps into her life and carries her away to what is supposed to be a happily ever after.Until it isn’t.Sebastian McKinney is the son of an Iowa state champion wrestler, and that’s what he’s going to be. Wrestling is his life. He’s focused. Determined. Nothing will stand in his way.
Except a silent illness that almost kills him.
Brooke’s greatest tragedy becomes Sebastian’s second chance at life. Four years later, he’s moving forward, his body healthy, while she is left to sink in grief that threatens to drown her. Haunted by a past she can’t escape.
But sometimes love transcends the boundaries of life and death—between what is known and what cannot be explained. The heart that loved Brooke continues to beat, and even now, it still beats for her.
|There are only two words I have as my thoughts on His Heart by Claire Kingsley. And those two words are “IT HURTS” …
When you read the Blurb you kind of know where the story will go at least for some part. So when you finally have the book in your hands and start the journey I was torn between wanting to read the book and dreading to read the book.
It has been a long time since I felt like this. The author really uses the whole arsenal she lets you meet the characters – and she lets you develop feelings for all of them ( OK I admit mostly for the guys) but she always at every turn raises her hand and you are reminded of the warning signs. Those signs say YOU WILL GET HURT IN THE PROCESS
So what happened was … I read a chapter and then two – then I had to stop … then I read the next chapter … I placed the book down … picked up a totally different book and read it completely then went back again to read a chapter. And so on … I think I read 5 other books while actually reading this book.
Usually you would take this as a sign that something is wrong with the book but in this case I beg to differ – absolutely NOTHING was wrong … it was all on me … dreading what would happen … I was scared and it felt like if I do not read it – it would not happen.
So if you are looking for emotions ? and I am talking “the fault in your stars” (not subject wise but HURTwise) you came to the right place… this book deserves its 5 hurtful stars
Read it … I dare you …..
Luke Cawley is a broken man. After his wife’s tragic death, he lost everything that mattered in the world. Now, his life is filled with hard days, harder nights, and a steady stream of alcohol and the wrong kind of women. Nothing helps.Until the letters arrive on Luke’s doorstep.Nine envelopes. Nine messages. Nine chances to find his way back.Rae Goode is looking for the real thing. After fighting her way out of a string of bad relationships, she’s ready for something different–something true.She meets Luke while piecing her life together, and right away she can tell that he’s different. Drawn together by fate and the desire to heal, Rae and Luke discover new ways to mend their broken hearts–one letter at a time. Discover Blake Austin’s debut novel of loss, redemption, and ever-enduring love
I am not sure what I really expected when I picked up Nine Letters by Blake Austin. It is a well written and well developed debut novel.
|Orion: A Constellations Novel|
|NOV. 7, 2017|
|When U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Orion MacKinnon loses both his legs in the bloody sands of Afghanistan, he forsakes his soul along with them. After retiring to a remote location in the snowy mountains of Alaska with his Special Forces canine companion—a German Shepherd named Zeus—he becomes a recluse and vows never to wear the prosthetic legs he keeps buried out of sight…
until a lone hiker becomes trapped beneath an avalanche on his mountain.The woman Orion calls Hope can’t recall a shred of her former life. As he tends to her wounds she slowly begins to unravel the tight seclusion he has wrapped around himself.
She can’t remember her past. He only wants to forget his.
However, the two have more in common with the forces that brought them together than they realize, including the sinister presence that will threaten their very lives.
When their pasts collide, will they survive the future?
When I read the plot of Orion: A Constellations Novel #1 (Constellations #1)
by Raeah Wilding I was absolutely sure that I was going to love the story. It was so up my alley so it felt like a love at first sight with the Blurb.
But this being the first book of this author what I did not expect was that I had a really hard time to get into the writing style of the author. At times it felt like so opulent as if it came from the feather of an author that could write the next “gone with the wind” novel, which was weird in my world of contemporary romances.
I read a lot of books on the subjects that are in the focus of this book and while many are used in a away I would have expected them some are even better then I thought and more to the point. But on the other hand several things feel off to me. From those subjects that feel wrong there is a certain percentage that rubs me the wrong way and I can not even say way with some of them.
Its hard to express my thoughts without spoilering half of the story which is a no go. But they are tiny things sometimes like …. Melting snow for drinking water OK but then having a water supply for showering ? where is that coming from and don’t tell me it’s a rainwater tank on the roof. And this is just one tiny innocent for the story thing.
You see this is ME it’s the way that I am wired I can not turn of my mind and not think about the back information that is dropped on me while I am reading a story. When information is dropped my mind processes it, it gets evaluated and if I read a contemporary romance I expect, that everything around the characters is acting real or at least possible. Even in a paranormal novel I expect all subject that relate to a real world also to act and feel real.
And besides writing opulent this author is also generous on surrounding information. The reader gets tons of it. Where a short novel is missing on background the reader here almost drowns in it – do not get me wrong it is a good thing – basically. BUT … the more of this information you get the more you analyze it in relation to the complete story and here I felt like would be getting a massive hangover drinking all that info. Especially when some of these details feel odd.
There is a lot of good stuff in this story and much more than meets the eye on the first view. But for me it was the writing style that was not compatible with my reading expectations so I can not with good conscience give more than 3 stars. But another reader might feel totally different about it as it is not a bad story or anything.