Thursday, September 29, 2016

More Than This (More Than #1) by Jay McLean

More than this
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Synopsis:

When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.

Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.

Review:

More Than This is the second book by this author I have read, and both of them I really enjoyed until the end. Then the ending had something that kind of ruined it for me. I was reading this one and loving it, then in literally the last pages something happened that I didn't really understand why it was included. Something that made the last moments with this story not as good as all the previous one. Something that made me think this story is just good instead of great like I had previously thought. I still enjoyed it, I am still going to read the next book to see what happens with Logan, but it was just frustrating. 

This is the story of Mikayla and Jake. Mikayla who lost pretty much everything in one night. That was a bit over the top at the time, but I just went with it. First she finds out her perfect boyfriend is cheating on her with her best/only friend right before prom. Luckily Jake sees this happen, sees her breaking down, and swoops in to help her. He and his friends noticed her before and really if not for his friend Logan she might not have found out about the cheating. He was drawn to her, so when she is hurting he just wants to help her. He takes her with him and his friends to go to their prom and have some fun times. Right from the beginning I loved all of these characters. Jake and his friends are wonderfully fun and kind people. They are a group of friends like you want in real life. People who will have your back no matter what, who are there for you when you need them and who are just awesome in general. I can't wait to read each of their stories to get to know them all a little more. 

So Mikayla doesn't just lose her boyfriend and best friend, but everyone she cares about in that same evening. When tragedy strikes she is kind of lost, but Jake is still there for her. He wants to take care of her and help her however he can. Sure he is this big shot baseball player, or will be huge when he goes pro, but he is one of the nicest guys. You can see the two of them falling for each other through all the tragedy. Man Jake was so sweet. He cares so much for Mikayla and was wonderful through everything. He definitely wants to be with her, but also knows that she has to be ready for that. I loved him. 

For her part Mikayla could be a bit annoying at times. She has this idea in her head that she has to be perfect before she can date Jake and she almost ruins a great thing. They are kind of together kind of not, but they never talk about anything significant regarding them. They never say what they are doing or where this is going, they just kind of make out at times (though no kissing which was very odd until late in the game when it was explained why) and...she could be a bit annoying. She was all I want to be whole and better to give myself to him, poor me, a bit of whining, and then suddenly she just figures everything out in an instant. Not really realistic, but I still was enjoying the read. Then in the last moments of the book something else was introduced and made me think why? Why did you have to go and ruin a perfectly good book in the last seconds? I won't spoil what it is, but it was out of left field for me. And it didn't make a lot of sense. 

Overall I really enjoyed the story. There were some annoying moments, some cheesy moments, and an annoying addition at the end, but it was still a good read. Now on to read Logan's story. I hope there is not another frustrating ending in store for me. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Transfer (Retrieval Duo #2) by Aly Martinez


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Synopsis:

One story. Two couples.

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.
What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists.
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately....
I broke.

I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.
Until the day our savior arrived.

This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.

Review:

Please note: Transfer is the second part of a continuous storyline. You should have read Retrieval prior to starting this book.

Transfer was the exciting conclusion to the Retrieval duo. Oh man, I loved Retrieval and Transfer was just as great! While the first book focused on Roman and Elisabeth, this book was all about Clare and Tessa. Oh Clare. She has not had it easy. She is so strong, so incredible, even if she doesn't always see it. She was pretty broken when things start, not really caring so much what happens to her as long as Tessa is safe. Only she has so many people on her side helping trying to keep them both safe. This was a tricky situation and Roman and Elisabeth as so kind and sweet and wonderful with it all. I don't know that everyone would be as graceful if they were in this situation. I loved it. I loved these characters and seeing them try to get their happily ever after. If anyone deserves it it is Clare.

Clare has never really had much. She thought way bad when a handsome guy paid her attention in the diner she worked at she was so lucky. Only it turned into a nightmare and worse that I could imagine. Like I don't know what I would have done in her situation. Luckily she really does get saved just in time and is able to try and start over. With her husband still out there she still is waiting for him to retaliate, but she also starts to move on. If I had one thing that I didn't like as much it was probably how fast and easily Clare moves on. I just figured it would take longer to be able to trust someone again, but the guy she chooses is pretty great. So maybe it would have worked out.

The guy Clare ends up with was lovely. He only wants what is best for Clare and Tessa. He fell in love with them both and is willing to walk away if that is what they want. He was perfect for her. Always there for them, always letting Clare know she can do it whenever she is ready. He never hurried her along or thought she should be different than she was. He was really wonderful. No wonder she fell in love with him. Who wouldn't when you find a guy like that?

You still get to see Elisbeth and Roman and oh I still loved them. There are all tied up in the situation together and it was intense at times. Clares husband is not a good person, not by a long shot, but Roman and all will do whatever they can to keep everyone safe. This was a really great story. A lot of fun to read. The ending was so sweet and yeah. For all the bad times these people went through it was almost worth it for them to get to where they ended up.

*Note:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Prior books in the series:
Retrieval available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

About the Author:

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay­at­home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever­growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Cover Reveal: Tonic by Staci Hart




Synopsis:

Joel Anderson doesn’t take anything seriously.

Not his relationships, which have been few and far between since his brutal divorce. Not the drama of working in a tattoo parlor, which seems to be around every corner. When things get him down, he smiles and cracks a joke. But he’s not the kind of man you cross, or you’ll find yourself at the wrong end of his fists.

Annika Belousov takes everything seriously.

Like her job as a reality television producer, given that she typically has something to prove. Or her love life, which is defined by a series of requirements — affluent, ambitious, accomplished, to name a few. Definitely her family, who worked their whole lives to afford her every opportunity, a sacrifice she doesn’t take lightly. When she’s tapped to produce a reality show at Joel’s shop, she doesn’t think twice, just goes in for the kill, as if there were any other way.

The second Annika walks into Joel’s shop, he makes it his mission to crack her open, but she’s not having it. He’s all wrong — too crass, too hairy, too un-serious. But it doesn’t take her long to find out there’s more to him than smirks and tattoos. And what she finds could put her career and his heart on the line.

Not that Joel cares. Because for the first time in a long time, he’s found his tonic.

About the Author:
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Far From the Madding Crowd by Tom Hardy

far from the madding crowd
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Synopsis:

Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. The first of his works set in Wessex, Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.

Review:

*Spoiler alert - Some plot spoilers ahead*

Far From the Madding Crowd was a book club read for me. It had been on my to-read list for a while so I was excited to start reading. Only...it wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be. I have a friend who loves the book, loves everything about it, but I just...didn't. Really the big problem for me was I really disliked the main character so she kind of ruined the whole thing for me. 

This is the story of Bathsheba and the men who fancy her. The book opens with Oak, when he meets her, and his proposal of marriage. She of course turns him down, but in such a way that I did almost enjoy it. There were moments, like her refusal of his proposal, that made me think oh, this will be fun. But they were few and far between. Anyways, she turns him down and goes to run a large farm that was kind of left to her. It is there that she meets Boldwood and Troy and where most of the story takes place. 

So Oak is the guy who is always there. He was the only character I actually liked at all. The only one who didn't get crazy jealous. He wanted Bathsheba to be happy, whether that was with him or not. He also had no problem standing up to her when she would try and be mean to him and talk down to him. 

Then we have Boldwood (who I always read as Bollywood for some reason so he was this kind of crazy guy for me, which turned out to be quite accurate). He doesn't really have any interest in Bathsheba until, on a lark, she sends him a valentine. Then it is all over for him as he must have her! Ridiculous. 

Then finally we have Sergeant Troy. The guy who rolls into town and immediately starts telling Bathsheba how beautiful she is and all that. He was the real charmer and obviously not at all sincere. He also has a lady who he really loves on the side (though she is not in a good way when we do see her again). 

So Bathsheba. She was so incredibly vain and self centered I couldn't stand her. It was always me me me and she didn't really seem to care for others very much. She would be horrible to Oak for no good reason and he would just leave. He always came back when she asked, but still. Then she falls for Troy because he fawns all over her and tells her how pretty she is and stuff. There was one line before she meets him when Boldwood is leaving town for a bit that was like if only he (Boldwood) had told her she was beautiful. Like if he had maybe she would have agreed to marry him and everything else wouldn't have happened. I did not care for her. Way too self centered for my tastes. 

So of course everything falls apart eventually, how could it not when you decide to marry the dishonest Troy? Then Boldwood goes really crazy - that was a strange scene and seemed to come a bit out of left field, and so she is left with Oak. No one else is around to marry her so it end a bit anticlimactically and to me not too happily. With her finally saying well, I guess you will do since I have no other options. Sad for Oak as he seemed like a good guy. 

Now one thing I will say that I did like about the story is the author seemed to be way ahead of his time. A woman who runs her own farm? Who doesn't need a guy to do so? At the time this was written it seems like it wouldn't have been looked upon kindly. Like Hardy is progressive in his writing. And not very subtle with his words. The title indicating they are out in the country where no drama would be, only to have a ton of drama. Oak being named Oak and being the strong silent one. All of it. I quite enjoyed the writing, I just wish I would have liked the main character more. I will have to give another of his works a try and see if I enjoy it more. 

Rating: ★ ★

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Silent Waters (Elements #3) by Brittainy C. Cherry


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Synopsis:

Moments.

Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday's hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow's promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

(Book Three in the Elements Series. Complete Standalone.)

Review:

Moments. I often times go into books, especially by authors I already love, without reading the synopsis. I saw this was Brittainy C. Cherry's newest book and said it doesn't matter what it is about, I want to read it. All of her books are amazing and I will learn more when I read it. Then I read The Silent Waters and oh, my heart. This book wrecked me in such a wonderful way. It got to me more than a book has in quite a while. I am still not completely sure why, but maybe it is the moments. I can think of a few moments in particular, a few times when I read a word or two and it just shattered me. When it was like a punch to the gut. I couldn't breath. I couldn't think. I could only feel. Moment that defined this book for me. Moments. That is what this story is all about. All of the moments, big and small, that make someone who they are. That make relationships what they are. That make this story so beautiful. I loved all the moments even when they hurt me. Reading the synopsis after reading the book I thought yes. This is perfect. It is all in those moments when everything can change. When you can be broken or you can heal. Moments can change everything.

This is the story of Maggie and Brooks. Maggie and Brooks who could have had that forever love from such a young age, but then a moment got in the way. A moment that changed everything. A moment that stole Maggie May's voice. That made her who she is. That defined her for so long. Oh, the moments. These two don't have an easy go of it, but they have such a strong connection that I don't think anything could truly break it. Brooks was the best. I fell for him hard. Hr is so kind and sweet and wonderful and just the best. He is always there for Maggie no matter what. He was incredible, but really they were incredible together. The two of them go through so much, but their bond is truly unbreakable. When one is weak the other is strong. When one needs them the other is there. They could have had one of those relationships where they were together since forever, but that is not what fate had in store for them. Instead they had to go through some things.

Oh but this story tore my heart apart. These two have so many things to overcome, but overcome them they must as they are meant to be together. They have that love that nothing can ruin. There were so many times, so many moments that made me loose my breath because my heart was breaking. That made me not able to move on. I spent a good chunk of a day with tears in my eyes for these two beautiful people. Everything they went through was so beautiful, but tragic. I hurt for them. This author doesn't pull the emotional punches and I love her for it. I loved every minute of this story.

Then afterwards, once I thought I was done with feeling all the feels, the authors shares another little story, a true story, and oh. I didn't know my fragile heart would tear a little bit more. I was a mess after reading this book, but in the best way. This is one of those stories I wish I could read again for the first time. To feel everything as strongly as I just did. I love it. Go read this book. It is amazing. Breathtakingly beautiful. Everything I would expect from this author.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2



Prior books in the series (click title for my reviews):

The Air He Breathes
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The Fire Between High & Lo
Available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

About the Author:

Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing-- poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she's not running a million errands and crafting stories, she's probably playing with her adorable pets.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Best Friend Bargain (Kisses in the Sand #3) by Robin Bielman

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Synopsis:

Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.

The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.
As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.

Review:

The Best Friend Bargain was an okay read, but not my favorite. Really there was just one thing that kept me from enjoying it, but it was brought up again and again. Or how it was handled was what I didn't like, so the book as a whole was not so good for me. 

Olivia has gotten into a bit of trouble. She is single and pregnant and that just won't work. Her family is not so good, so she needs to get married or they will not be happy. She has always been best friends with Danny, he has always done anything for her, and she is hoping that he will step up now and help her out again. She knows he doesn't ever want to get married, doesn't want a family or anything, but hopefully he will for her. 

When she comes back and suddenly blurts all that out Danny doesn't quite know what to do. They have only ever been friends, but he does want to help her. Now here is where I didn't like the story so much. *spoiler alert* So Danny doesn't want to get married or have kids or anything because he has a disease that will make him go blind eventually. Now I can see not wanting to pass it on or whatever, having a hard time accepting it, all of that, but the way he spoke about it it was like he wouldn't be able to do anything once he went blind. It bugged me. It really bugged me. It was like he thinks blind people can't do anything. Olivia doesn't care, she knows that it will be fine, maybe a bit harder, at first at least, but it is not the end of the world like Danny thinks. He can learn new ways and get along when he is blind, but he won't even consider it. He doesn't want to be a burden. He doesn't want to do that to someone. I hated how he talked about his illness. He could still have these concerns, still feel the way he does, but go about it slightly different and I wouldn't have minded.  

Now things get a bit difficult when they both start to be attracted to the other. As I said they have only ever been friends, nothing more, but now things are starting to change. If Danny didn't have such a doomsday feeling about his disease, or he would have talked about it a bit differently, then this would have been a cute, light read. Instead I kept getting annoyed with him and how his disease was spoken of. It was alright, but not my favorite. So yeah. If you are looking for a light read this might be a good one for you. It just wasn't for me.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cover Reveal: Bang Gang by Jade West


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Synopsis:

It’s one thing knowing your ex-boyfriend is a bit of a player, but it’s another thing altogether to find out he’s pimping himself out to anyone who’ll pay good money for it.
Not just himself, either. That would be far too regular for Darren Trent.
Darren Trent – my teenage sweetheart and father to my two young girls – is not just whoring himself out. Oh no. Darren Trent pimps himself out alongside four of his mechanic friends – all of them at the same time.
Five hot, sweaty mechanics at your service.
They call themselves the Bang Gang… you can imagine.

In a village our size I should keep my head down and hope the scandal blows over before the girls or my poor old Nanna catch wind of it.
Only it’s not blowing over. Far from it. It seems every woman in the village wants themselves a five-mechanic sandwich.
They make no qualms about it, either. Just rock on up to my café counter and ask how they can book themselves in for a Bang Gang special. Like I would know.
I definitely wouldn’t know. I hardly even know Darren Trent anymore. We split up a lifetime ago.
I definitely don’t think about him late at night. Don’t think about five mechanics and me as much as every other woman in this village.
And even if I did, I wouldn’t act on it. I wouldn’t draw the money from my savings account and have a go for myself.
And even if I did that. I definitely, definitely wouldn’t fall for him. Not again. Not after everything we went through. Not after splitting up the first time nearly brought me to my knees.
Not after settling into a decent routine, the girls and me, with no drama, no heartbreak, no crazy passions to rock the calm little boat we’re sailing on.
I mean, who would be stupid enough to risk all that over a hot, sweaty, oily bit of rough like Darren Trent?




About the Author:

Jade has increasingly less to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s happy with this fact.
Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted.
Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile.
She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness.

She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra print than most people could bear and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.

Teaser Blast: Thief of Hearts (Hearts #5) by L.H. Cosway

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Synopsis:

Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.

Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

**Can be read as a stand alone.


About the Author:
L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Desperately Seeking Epic by B.N. Toler

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Synopsis:


Paul James loved Clara Bateman. 
Hating her would have been easier.
She was the past, and he was hell-bent on keeping her there.
Or so he thought...

Craigslist Ad: DESPERATELY SEEKING EPIC

You’re my father.
I don’t know much about you. I know your name is Paul James, you’re a thrill seeker, and once upon a time you did stunts and people called you ‘Epic.’
I’ve been told you don’t know about me. That it’s complicated. 
But for me it’s simple.
Here’s the thing: I’m twelve years old…and I’m dying.
And as much as this could crush my mother, I have to meet you before I go. 
In time, I’m sure she’ll understand. She’s still in love with you.
So, Epic, if you read this, please come back. You don’t have to be my dad. You don’t even have to tell me you love me or you’re sorry. Just come see me. 

Patiently waiting, but running out of time,

Neena

Review:

Desperately Seeking Epic was a bit of a mess for me. It was not at all what I expected it to be. I thought going into it it would be the story of a girl who is dying and trying to find her birth father. I figured the ad she placed would play a role in finding him and maybe eventually he comes back, builds a relationship with her, maybe falls in love with her mom again, whatever. But the dying girl would be a main character. Instead I got a dying girl as a side plot, a ploy to get the main characters together and then kind of just pushed to the side. It was not good. Really you could have replaced Neena with any stupid reason to get Paul to come back and you still would have had this story. I don't even know why Neena was there or why there was even an ad that she placed about trying to find Paul. The ad didn't do anything to further the story. Paul never even saw it until he was back so...

So Paul and Clara were in love. Only Paul can't settle down. He has this need to move and wander and whatever, or so I am told. I never really saw that. I never really saw most things with this story. The author would tell me things, but I didn't see the characters actually acting that way. It was definitely more tell than show. Also there were a lot of things added, then dropped when they weren't needed anymore. Like a scene with Paul's mom, though only the one scene then she wasn't mentioned again. I don't even know why she was in there. I mean why didn't Clara ever try and see her or have her know Neena at all? I get Paul left, but to keep his family out of the loop as well? Really? I kept forgetting Paul had living relatives because they were so non-existent. 

Also Paul comes back and it instantly realizes this is where he is meant to be and he can settle down and be there for Neena and Clara. It didn't work for me. Really I could choose to believe one of two scenarios - first that Paul does have this crazy need to wander and not settle down and so he could stay away from everyone for thirteen years, but then when he comes back it takes him a while to figure out that he can be there and not go crazy. That he does love Clara and over time realizes that. That staying won't stifle him. Or the second scenario - that he leaves, but then after a year or two realizes he made a big mistake and comes back to be with Clara again. Not that he goes away and stays away for thirteen years then after two seconds of being back realizes he doesn't need to wander and be carefree anymore. I wasn't buying it. It didn't work for me. It was way too easy for him to suddenly change. Nope.

So this is really the story of Clara and Paul and them falling in love again, with their past being told to this teen reporter girl for some reason (maybe that was the reason for the ad? To get this awkward telling of their past?). That whole thing, their past being told in this interview format to this teen, made me roll my eyes. It was just like of course this is what we are doing. I did not care for it at all. Really as you can tell I didn't care for this book overall. Oh there were also these weird times where the author would explain things that are to me common knowledge. Like one instance when someone calls Clara "Babe" and then it is explained that that is the guys pet name for Clara. Yep, Clara and about a billion other people. It would throw me off a bit as it was like did you really need to clarify that? If people didn't get it I think it would be okay. I mean based on context he is obviously talking about Clara so obviously that is what he calls her. It was odd. I didn't like it.

So yeah. Not my favorite read. Probably the most unforgivable for me was using the dying girl as a cheap ploy and then pushing her to the side. I really didn't like that. Not cool man, not cool.

Rating:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Rath's Redemption (Janus Group #6) by Piers Platt

Rath's Redemption
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Synopsis:

Rath's short-lived rebellion has gone horribly wrong. The Senate lies shattered, devastated by a surprise attack. The Federacy sits at the mercy of General Yo-Tsai, a brutal dictator who now controls a super-weapon. Above the planet Tarkis, Rath drifts helplessly in orbit, watching as the Jokuan invasion fleet descends on his homeworld. His girlfriend has been captured, he's running out of air, and he's just a single man against an entire army. But he's also the galaxy's most dangerous assassin ... and he's very, very pissed.

Review:

Okay. First off have you all read the prior 5 books in this Janus Group series? If not, go. Read them. I will wait. Seriously. Read them if only so then you can read this book because this book? Oh my goodness was this book so amazingly fun and exciting and better than I ever could have imagined. You should have seen me reading this on the train, my husband sitting next to me, squealing like a little girl. Just beyond ecstatic reading this book. I feel like my reviews for the prior books are all eeek! These books are so much fun! But really? I loved them, but they have nothing on this one. Rath's Redemption? It blew me away. Amazing. Fantastic. One of the most fun books I have ever read. So yes, go, read the prior books then come back and see what this one is all about.

One of the things I have loved about this Janus Group series is the cast of characters. Rath just kinds of bumbles his way through things and he feels like a normal, everyday person. Like I could do this if I were in his situation and was all tricked out with technology. He feels terrible about the things he has had to do. Especially in this second trilogy. He knows he has done terrible things, he killed people, and his conscience weighs on him. And up until now he has taken his punishment (though he didn't want to die so he got out of that part, but was totally willing to spend a lot of time in jail for his crimes). At the end of the last book the bad guys tricked everyone, caused a ton of chaos, kidnapped Rath's girlfriend Jaymy, and shot him into space to die. And he just accepted this. Like so this is how I am going to die. This is it. No fight left in him.

Then we get to the opening of this final book in the new triology. Then Rath is just like wait a minute. What am I doing? I am going to die? Um...no. F this. They think they can do this? They think they can take my girlfriend? I don't think so. I will take all of them out! I will show them who they messed with! Oh, I thought normal Rath was fun, but Rath on a mission to take the bad guys down? Oh he was amazing. I love love loved reading badass Rath. He is a force to be reckoned with. There was one scene where someone decides to try and fight him in hand to hand combat, always wanted to take on someone like him and see how they faired, and I can tell you they didn't fair very well. It was incredible. Just scene after scene after scene of me smiling like a loon and enjoying the heck out of this story.

There are lots of other great characters as well. Paisen, Beauceron, Dasi, all of them are wonderful to read. The trilogies start off with everyone doing their own thing that doesn't really seem to have anything to do with anyone else and yet somehow they all get drawn into the same final battle. Paisen was there with her rag tag team of former assassins, Beauceron and his partner, and all the rest. Plus my favorite new-ish addition - Dasi and Six. All of these characters are amazing. I really just love this series and this ending was a whopper. They all get in some tight jams, you are not sure at times if everyone will make it out of this one. And maybe they don't. With the senate gone, only the corrupt church guy left, things get really sketchy. But they have to fight. They can't let the bad guys win. They can't let the bad guys take over whatever planets they want. It just doesn't work that way. And this is where Dasi really shines. Her and her super computer. I had so much fun reading them. Reading them all really. This is a fantastic series. This last chapter is by far my favorite. I haven't had so much fun reading a story in a very long time, though the closest would be the prior books. Go, read this book. You will not be disappointed.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Retrieval (Retrieval Duet #1) by Aly Martinez


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Synopsis:

One story. Two couples.

I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn’t understand.
Finally, we were successful…
Until we were forced to bury our son.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.
They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and our family.


Review:

Oh man. Retrieval. I went into this book not really sure I was emotionally ready for it. That opening? Man. That was rough. And I knew it would be a great/heartbreaking/hopefully wonderful read. And it was. Another beautiful story from this great author.

I went into this story not really knowing what it was about. I often times I don't read the synopsis for books from authors I love and just go in blind. At first it it really heartbreaking. You can feel how much these characters care about each other, but sometimes that doesn't always work out the way you want it. You know something happened that is tearing them apart, and the book opens two years later. Oh, Roman and Elisabeth killed me. There is an obvious connection between the two right from the start. They met and married within a day which can seem crazy to some, but it made sense here. I got it. It is like me and my husband. No we didn't marry right away (he wanted "to be settled" before we got married), but if the first words out of his mouth when I met him would have been will you marry me? I would have said yes. And we would live happily ever after. So I get it. Sometimes there is just something undeniable there. Something that works. Something that brings two people together that cannot be broken. Even with time and distance there is still no one else for these two.

This book focuses on Roman and Elisabeth coming back together. These two have had their share of hardships, but a love like theirs just doesn't go away. Early on Roman finally gets the push he needs to try and work things out with his wife. To try and fix what couldn't be before. When people go through hard times they deal with those situations in their own way. It might  not be the way you want or need, but people need different things at different times. Roman and Elisabeth are both so broken when this story starts out. They both are not really whole without the other. That might sounds cheesy, but with a love like theirs it is true. There is no finding someone else. They are it for each other, but what happens when that doesn't work out? When you are forced to live without your other half? And can you go back to what you had before, or move on to a better future together? These two I loved. I loved Roman's bossiness and how Elisabeth wouldn't let him just run all over her. It was wonderful. You can feel the connection between these two even if they don't want to admit it. 

You also meet the other characters, the people that will be more of a focus in the next book. I don't want to say too much about them and ruin anything, but oh my goodness. I thought my heart broke for Roman and Elisabeth, but that was nothing compared to some of the other characters. They are in situations that are worse than I imagined and oh. At first I was reading and you are introduced to everyone, and I thought how are these people's lives going to intersect? How is this going to work? They don't seem to...oh. OH! This is what is happening? This is...oh. I need to see how this gets resolved. I need the next book. This is not going to be easy, or tidy, or neat. This is going to be messy, but hopefully in the end it will be beautiful. I love this author so I am sure the second part of the story will be just as good as the first. Go. Read this book. Then be read for the second part in two weeks. It will be amazing.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


Excerpt:

“Where’d you get beer?” Elisabeth asked as she scrambled from the couch.

“Seth,” I replied, hanging my head and rubbing my eyes.

Jesus, I’d wanted to kiss her. She was being a bitch, spouting shit she didn’t mean just because she was too scared to let me in.

But, even through it, those plump lips were calling to me.
I’d never been able to resist that woman. Despite that we’d fallen apart, it hadn’t changed. The hum for her was still in my veins. It never went away, but for two years, it had been dormant. I’d packed it down so tightly that I’d hoped it had died. But, with one look, my body began thrumming like a live wire.

“Seth?” she asked as she bent over to straighten her tight, black pencil skirt.
It was a rare occasion to catch Elisabeth in something other than a perfectly pressed skirt and a pair of heels. But she’d been sleeping all day. It was wrinkled all to hell and back. The only thing her efforts succeeded in was drawing my attention down to her legs.

Legs that had spent many nights wrapped around my hips as she came while crying my name.

Shit. I should go.

But, after the way she’d latched on to me that morning, I wasn’t going anywhere.

“My assistant,” I answered. “I had him pick you up a bottle of wine, too.”

She blinked. “You have an assistant? Who delivers you beer? And your ex-­wife wine?”
“No, I have an assistant who does whatever the fuck I need him to do. And, luckily for us, beer and wine happen to fall into the whatever­-the-­fuck-­I-­need-­him-to-­do category tonight.” She fought back a smile as I finished, “So do gyros.”

“Damn. I need to get one of those,” she mumbled to herself.
I smirked. “Cash my checks and you could afford one.”

It was a dick move, bringing up the money right then. But, despite her expert hand in decorating, that little starter house we’d bought with rose­-colored glasses now needed a shit­ton of work.

Her back shot ramrod straight, fury crinkling the corners of her eyes as she snarled, “I’m not cashing your checks.”

I shrugged. “Guess you’ll have to figure out how to get your own wine and dinner after tonight.”

“I think I can manage,” she fired back.

“Suit yourself.” I pushed off the couch and meandered to the kitchen.

I went to the fridge and leaned in, searching for anything I could snack on. With the exception of at least a dozen Tupperware containers, she didn’t have much in the way of a quick bite.

Snagging a handful of grapes from the drawer, I made a mental note to send

Seth to the grocery store after he’d delivered dinner.

Popping the grapes in my mouth one by one, I felt her watching me in what could only be defined as silent awe. I decided my best move would be to ignore it.

“You know, I should have invented Tupperware. You alone could keep me in business,” I told her, retrieving a beer and then shutting the door.

She scoffed then muttered, “At least then I would have benefitted from you abandoning our marriage.”

Lava fresh off the volcanoes in Hell boiled in my veins.

I cocked my head to the side and questioned, “I’m sorry. Come again?”

“You should go,” she snapped.

Think a­-fucking­-gain.

“Nah, I’m good. Got any movies?”

I tipped the bottle to my lips, doing my best to calm the storm brewing within me, all while still fighting the desire to take her to the floor, plant myself between her legs, and remind her how that fucking attitude affected me.

Clearly, she had forgotten.

My cock had not.
“Roman, it’s been a crazy day. Please don’t do this tonight.”

“Do what?” I asked, leaning back against the huge, granite island.
She threw her hands out to the sides in frustration. “What you always do.”

“What do I always do, Lissy?”

“This!” she yelled.

I frowned and took another pull from my beer. “Haven’t been in our kitchen, drinking beer, in a long time. I hardly think it’s fair to say I always do it.”

Her eyes nearly bulged from her head. “My kitchen, Roman. This is my kitchen.

Not ours. And you know good and damn well that is not what I’m talking about.”

My lips twitched as I pointed the neck of my bottle at her. “No. What I know good and damn well is that I have no idea what the fuck you are talking about. Or why you’re slinging unnecessary and, might I add, undeserved attitude at me like a short­order cook at the bitch house.”

“He did not say that to me,” she whispered to herself.

When I lifted a shoulder in a half shrug, she swung a pointed finger toward the door and yelled, “Get out!”
I grinned, crossing my legs at the ankle. “You always were cranky when you were hungry.”

And that was the exact moment her head exploded.

About the Author:


Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay­at­home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever­growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

Monday, September 12, 2016

An Ounce of Hope (Pound of Flesh #2) by Sophie Jackson

An Ounce of Hope
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Synopsis:

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:

After finishing A Pound of Flesh I was excited to read more from this author. I looked into An Ounce of Hope and seeing that it was Max's story thought eh. I don't know why I wasn't more excited to read it, but I didn't really care about Max in that first story and wasn't really looking forward to him recovering from addiction and trying to move on from the girl who broke his heart. It just didn't seem like it would be my favorite, just like I was originally hesitant to read the first book. I kept putting it off and when I finally picked it up to read was kicking myself for waiting so long. I absolutely loved this story. Max and Gracie were just amazing to read. I love love loved them. I loved every minute of this book. From the first pages it drew me right in and I couldn't put it down until I finished. A really amazing read. 

The book opens with Max in rehab. He is struggling with it. He knows he needs to get better, to learn to deal with his pain in more manageable ways, but it is hard. He does not like opening up, he doesn't want to talk about his past and why he uses, he just doesn't want to deal with that pain. Luckily he has good people there to help and support him and he is able to find a way to let out his feelings without talking. Without spilling everything to someone at least until his feelings are a bit more manageable. Oh, while I didn't care for Max in book one right from the start I wanted good things for him in this story. You could really see his struggle and how hard everything is for him. My heart went out to him so many times. I wanted him to find his peace and be happy again. 

Eventually Max gets to the point where he is sober and can leave rehab. He was going to stay with Carter, but things don't feel quite right. Carter is always there for him in whatever way he can be, but it is a bit much for Max to deal with. He feels restrained and so he goes to stay with his uncle in West Virginia for a bit. Just until he figures things out and is in the right headspace to be in New York. Just until he gets things in order for himself. 

Grace is new in town as well. She bought a house and move to town not too long ago. She has her own struggles and oh, my heart went out to her as well. She is so strong, but broken just like Max. She is trying to move on from something that happened to her, but it is a struggle. She is not good in crowds, is often afraid around men, she is just trying to work on her fears. Trying to make a new life for herself after everything. So she buys a house, a fixer upper that she hired people to work on, and got a job at the local bar. Something her brother is not too happy about, but she needs it. She needs to face her fears so she can hopefully be happy and confident again. 

When the two of them meet, Max and Grace, it was so sweet. They are both so fragile in the beginning, both so haunted by their past, and I loved them so much. Max really struggles because his ex Lizzie broke him when she left. He doesn't want to have feelings for someone again. He doesn't want to open his heart up to that pain again. He is not sure he can take it. But Grace...he sees her and it was amazing watching the two of them grow closer. They help each other so much even without realizing it. They start as just friends, but really they can't help but fall for each other. 

This story was simply wonderful to read. It was heartbreaking and sweet and everything I could want in a story. I loved the writing style as it really reinforced how fragile these two were and how strong they become. How everything was a struggle, but it gets better. How they both make each other better, stronger people. This is not really a sunshine and roses story, but it is so full of hope and I really loved it. These two were wonderful together and I am sorry I waited so long to read it. It was really a fantastic story and I loved every minute of it. I never wanted it to end. Simply a beautiful read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: Bishop's Queen by Cristin Harber


Releasing Oct 25! I can't wait!!
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Synopsis:

“I can’t shake the feeling that somebody’s watching me.”

One second Ella Leighton’s life was normal—the next, not so much. A social media maven who made her living saving sea turtles, the decision to join a reality TV show was a good one for the cause. But for her… the adjustment wasn’t easy.

Her publicist used phrases like online personality. An overnight celebrity. Everyone explained that was why she couldn’t shake the feeling. But none of their excuses could explain the letters. The pictures. And then her stalker crossed the line, triggering the demand for security.

Bishop O’Kane didn’t expect to come face-to- face with his ex-girlfriend when Titan sent him on bodyguard duty. The woman he once loved, the same one he walked away from years ago, was now his responsibility. Opposites in every way, they couldn’t be more different, but maybe they had never needed each other more.

With the FBI falling short in their investigation, the Titan team must rally around the woman with millions of followers, protecting her from her own as Bishop and Ella forge a path of second chances and forgiveness, unburying the past in order to survive.

About the Author:

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Roommating by Noelle Adams & Samantha Chase

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Synopsis:

Forget all those other roommate romances you might have read.

Heather and Chris don't hate each other...very much. And they don't have sex all the time...at least not at first. Chris doesn't go around shirtless, flexing his muscles and driving Heather wild...too often. And he doesn't get jealous and possessive every time she goes out with another man...well, maybe occasionally.

But they definitely don't fall in love...right away.

When Heather comes back to her hometown, she plans to take over her father's historic restoration business and move into a beautiful converted apartment in Preston's Mill. Then she finds out she'll have to partner up with the one man she can never forgive. Chris Dole, who abandoned her father and betrayed her trust three years ago.

It gets even worse. They don't just have to work together. They have to become roommates for six months to prove they can get along. That means Heather will have to play nice with Chris and put up with his obnoxiousness, his drop-dead sexiness, and his ugly recliner named Flo.

She'll do what she has to do out of loyalty to her father, but she isn't going to like it.

At least not much.

Review:

Roommating was a fun, light summer read. I enjoy both of these authors separately and together they wrote a fun story. 

When Heather's dad is ready to retire from his business business she is all set to take over. Only he has some conditions first. She has to prove that she can work with the other partner he selected - Chris. The same Chris who left town years ago and never looked back. The same Chris that Heather will never trust since he hurt her father (even though her father is okay with everything that happened). Not only does she have to work with him for six months, she also has to live with him for that time frame to show her father they won't ruin his company when they take over. Even though Heather doesn't want to, she is willing to do whatever she has to to help her father out. I mean how hard could it be? It is only six months. 

Chris used to be close with Heather and her father, but after some things happened a few years ago he ran. He had to get out and he couldn't figure out how to work through things if he stayed. So he left and Heather still hasn't forgiven him for that. He is used to running, that is is go to, but maybe he can change. He wants to be there for Heather's father now that he has grown up some and worked through some things, though everyone still expects him to run all the time. 

Heather has her own flaws. She has serious abandonment issues and was a bit much at times. Like maybe she should talk to someone and try and work through some of her issues because she is old enough to try and move on. So how will this work? How can the girl who fears people leaving her work with the guy who always leaves? 

Overall these two were cute together. They slowly got to know one another again and found that they liked each other. As long as they can get over their issues everything will work out wonderfully in the end. Really a cute, light, fun read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Art & Soul by Brittainy C. Cherry

Art and soul
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Synopsis:

I had always been the invisible art student in high school. 
Passed by. Glossed over. Unnoticed. 
Now I was Aria Watson… that girl.

After one bad decision, and being labeled a slut, I was no longer unseen. I was the whore. The ignoramus. The tramp.
I would never be invisible again.

Particularly to Levi Myers. He was the odd boy with the beautiful soul who accepted and understood the broken girl inside me.

Falling in love wasn’t the plan. But how could I resist his promises of hope? Of forgiveness? Of a future I had stopped dreaming of?
We were shattered. We were scarred. We were something strange and beautiful.

We were two lost souls holding on to the only thing that could keep us together.

Each other. 

Review:

Oh Art & Soul how wonderful were you? I just love Brittainy C. Cherry. She is a relatively new to me author and I love everything I have read of hers. It always leaves me wanting to read more. She writes amazing characters and stories that won't leave you once you get to the end of the book. 

This is the amazing story of Aria and Levi. Aria who was always the invisible weird artsy girl with only her friend Simon by her side, but that all is about to change. She made a stupid mistake and once people find out she can't hide anymore. Everyone knows who she is, but not for a reason she would like. She is even more of an outcast now and wishes she could go back to being that invisible girl. 

Levi just moved to town. He had been living with his mom in a small, secluded house in the woods, but he decided he needed to live with his dad now. He needed to try and get to know his father before it is too late. Before he is too old and just can't connect with him. He wants so badly to figure out what went wrong, why he stopped writing his annual birthday cards. He just wants to connect with his one parent while getting a break from the other. 

On the first day of school Levi notices Aria. He can't not notice her. I loved Levi so much. One of the popular guys tries to befriend him on his first day, but that kid will only talk about girls in a way that makes Levi a bit uncomfortable. You see Levi is a bit of an outcast himself even if he is hot. Oh he was amazing. His thoughts on people and how he saw the world was so awesome. Even when he finds out everything that is going on with Aria, which would be too much for most seventeen year olds, he doesn't care. He can be open, can share, can be himself with her. And he wants to help her too. To be there for her through everything. He was amazing. 

Really the two of them together were too cute. Their back and forth was hilarious and you could just see the connection. I know they are young, but man I wanted them to live happily ever after. I know they both have a lot going on, both of them have their issues, but I just wanted everything to work out and be okay. I just wanted to fix everything somehow. I was also dreading the inevitable bad times that I knew would come as these two already have enough to deal with. I just loved them to pieces. 

And Simon? Aria's best friend? I loved him as well. And Awkward Abigail and the whole bunch. They were so freaking cute and wonderful and I wish I knew them in real life. I wish I could give them big hugs and hang out with them. They all have so much going on and with a different author it might have felt cheesy or too much, but this one wrote it perfectly. It made sense, I believed it, it didn't feel contrived or anything. There were ups and downs, and things with Levi and Aria proceed very slowly, but oh it was amazing to read. Truly this was an amazing story. I didn't want it to end. I didn't want to have to say goodbye. Definitely give this book and this author a read. Simply fantastic. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Under Your Spell: A Romance Boxed Set of Masked Balls, Haunted Gardens, Magic, and More

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Synopsis:

Fall under the spell of ten up-and-coming romance authors. When the clock strikes midnight on Halloween, you’ll want to read every one of these all-new, original novellas. From enchanted gardens to mystic curses, you’ll find something to make your spine shiver and your heart beat faster. Fall in love with a cursed werewolf, a heartbroken ghost, a true southern gentleman, and many more. There’s something for everyone, with contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal and shifter romance. 

Everyday is Halloween with this spellbinding collection!

Review:

Since this is a boxed set I am going to write a small review for each story, but I wanted to start off with my thoughts of this as a whole. Under Your Spell is an awesome read! Probably the best boxed set I have ever read. I really enjoyed most of the stories. I don't read a lot of novellas, only ones from authors I already like, so I was quite pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed these ones. Most of them were amazing and I instantly went to look up the authors and see what else they have written. Oh, this was such a fun read. Definitely grab yourself a copy as it is amazing. Now onto the reviews!


The Killing Touch by Elana Johnson
★ ★ ★

At first I forgot I was reading a spooky collection of novellas just in time for Halloween. The Killing Touch is a bit old-timey and you start reading it and quickly get to a part where you are wondering what is going on. It is the story of Robert and Anna (and Charles). The idea was an interesting one - what happens to Robert after a tragedy and how he deals with his situation is one I haven't seen before. I enjoyed this story. It a quick read, but fun.


One Touch of Silver by Elizabeth Cole 
★ ★ ★ ★1/2

I really loved this story. The writing, the characters, the world, everything about it was amazing. When Silver shows up in a bit of a ghost town with her cat Piewicket things are not as they appear. For one she is there to do some translating work for Mr. Dunne, work she really needs now that she doesn't have anyone else, but he is not inclined to let her help. He asked for her father, not her, but with nowhere else to stay and the late time she will have to spend the night. Of course things are not always what they seem and I loved this story so much. It takes place in a world full of magical things, but it reminds me of some dark, gothic stories I love. I will definitely have to read more from this author as this was a wonderful read.


Sweet Lavvy by Amanda Gale 
★ ★1/2

This story is just okay. It was kind of obvious what would/was happening and it was not my cup of tea. It is a story of a guy who meets a mysterious stranger in the graveyard. When the stranger shows up while he is having a drink the stranger tells him the story of Levinia and Theodore. It was okay, but the ending was a bit much for me (even though it was what I expected). Also I kept thinking what time period is this? The "present day" time seemed like it should be older the way it was written, like maybe the 50's or prior, but at one point the one guy takes out a phone and shows the other guy some photos so it can't be that old. The writing for me didn't fit a present day story. It felt too old-timey, but it wasn't so...it just wasn't for me.


To Hell With Love by G.G. Andrews 
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

To Hell With Love was a lot of fun. If you have read the author before you won't be disappointed, and if not then you are in for a treat. It is the eve of Daisy's thirtieth birthday and she doesn't have any fun exciting plans for her big day. Only she goes to a new bookstore and meets her prince charming! Just like in all the books she has read since she was little! This is it! She just knows it. Only things don't turn out how she expects. A few bumps in the road, some trips to Hell and back and a cast of really fun characters and you have a really entertaining read. It made me want to go to take a trip to Hell as it was so much fun!


Montgomery Mansion by Sara Spencer 
★ ★ ★ ★1/2

What do you get when you cross a haunted mansion on Halloween, a girl afraid of all things scary, potential ghosts, and hot new guys? This super fun story! I loved that it is just the story of two friends going to a party at a haunted mansion. It feels like a simple spooky story, nothing super crazy, which is why I really enjoyed it. Sometimes it is nice to have a classic kind of story like some of the old ghost movies I used to watch. This is another author I will have to read more of.


Gavebound by Rachel Shane 
★ ★ ★ ★1/2

I have really enjoyed most of the stories thus far and Gravebound was no exception. This is the story of Delilah, a divorce attorney for magical and non-magical situations. She helps people who have curses or spells placed upon them who want them gone. When Cole bursts into her office in need of help she only has a few hours to figure out who cursed him and why. It was a lot of fun watching the two of them run around town and try to figure everything out, all the while Cole is trying to fight the curse. These story are all so great!


Wicked Garden by Bryn Donovan 
★ ★ ★

Wicked Garden was an okay read. The story opens with Nicole moving to the south after things didn't work out so well for her in Chicago. She is housesitting for a month before she will have to find her own place and start her new job. She is exited to be on her own and prove that she can be independent. No more men for her in the near future...only she almost immediately meets Aaron, her neighbor. They were cute together, they both have some issues or problems that came up in past relationships, but I liked them. Add in some spooky things happening, a ghost, and you have a cute story. The only thing that kept me from loving it was the ending and what Nicole realized and did and whatnot. It is not completely my cup of tea, but it was still an enjoyable read.


Of Scares and Smooches by Nicole Zoltack
★ ★

This story wasn't my favorite. I know all of these stories move quickly, the people fall in love fast and whatnot, but I just didn't see it with these two. Jade has hired Ryder to renovate her family home, only there is a curse to deal with. Can they figure out how to break the curse before it ends up getting Jade? The issue for me was that Jade and Ryder didn't seem like they even liked each other so it didn't work for me. I never felt the connection. Plus I didn't like the ending, how everything was resolved.


The Skeptics' Guide to the Mysteries of the Universe by Jessica Arden 
★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Oh this was another great read. I loved Julie and Griffin right from the start. They both love the same things and it was so much fun to read. I loved the banter and all the witty comments and everything about this story. It was so much fun! It had me grinning so big the whole time I was reading it. So this is the story of Julie and Griffin as I have said. They both are big into history, especially ghosts stories. Julie doesn't want to every be in a relationship, she doesn't want the potential heartache, so she tries to keep things simple. Only when she meets Griffin things start to change. He was amazing. I loved him. He was always willing to do whatever Julie needed. There are lots of other details, like Julie trying to find proof that a lady accused of murder is actually innocent, but it was really just Julie and Griffin getting to know each other. Oh it was a wonderful read. Loved this one.


Unmasked by Saskia Blake 
★ ★ ★ ★

This story was really short, but you had everything you needed for a fun read. Julia has been obsessed with Willingdon Manor for a few years now. She saw it once when she was hiking, but after that she couldn't find anything out about it. Or find it again. Or anything. So when her friend calls her with a job at Willingdon Manor and her college crush will most likely be there she is in. This is very exciting for her, but things don't turn out the way she expected. It was a cute story, and really just the start, but it felt complete. I am glad the author didn't try to rush everything and make it more than it was.


So there you have it. All my reviews for the stories in Under My Spell. As I said I don't read a lot of novellas, or boxed sets, but I might have to give more a try if they are going to be as awesome as this one was. Go. Grab yourself a copy and enjoy these wonderful stories.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review