Friday, August 29, 2014

The Alchemist's Perfect Instrument (City Steam #1) by A.L. Davroe

The Alchemist's Perfect Instrument (City Steam #1)The Alchemist's Perfect Instrument by A.L. Davroe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I thought this book was dark, thrilling, and a bit perverse. However, it was captivating. The author weaved a great short story from steampunk and cogs with a dark element, which I truly loved. I know there's more to come because you can't just leave it like that!! I enjoyed this short story & I know I'll be reading more from this author.



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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Reflective by Tamara Rose Blodgett

The Reflective (Reflection, #1)The Reflective by Tamara Rose Blodgett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


OH MY PRINCIPLE!! I have been fan of Tamara's for a few years now and let me tell you, she has NEVER let me down. I absolutely adore her writing. The Reflective is no exception. I mean everytime I read her books I feel like it's being played back in my head as a movie. What's neat about Tamara is that she has combined all of her other series together without this story being sloppy. If you've read her other works then you know what I'm talking about. This story though was just an awesome addition to her others. The Reflective is a beautiful, dark, adventurous romance. If definitely has me wanting more, especially with that ending!! There's some secrets in there that have me questioning the future for Beth & Jeb. Along with some other characters too. All I can say, without giving anything away, is that I loved it, I was glued to this story, and I'm utterly fascinated with Tamara's multi-parallel worlds. Wish I was a froggy!! *giggles*



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Precarious by Bella Jewel

Precarious (Jokers' Wrath MC, #1)Precarious by Bella Jewel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I thought this was one mighty fine biker-romance read. Ash/Wildcard, she's a tough broad who's fierce and can hold her own. Beau/Krypt, is a freakin' god!! All fine and alpha-y. Meow!! These two come together and make the eBook pages explode!! So sexual & erotic. The whole story was well thought out. Bravo to the author. I was flipping from one page to the next just to see how it all played out. There was just a slight back and forth but only a slight. And honestly it didn't bother me because it was needed. Even cute because first it was Ash then Beau but no biggie. This story did end on a bit of a cliffhanger but it's with the MC's PREZ, Maddox & his....chick? Don't really know what to call her since that whole situation is unclear to me. But I guess we'll find out in September!! Overall, I loved Ash & Beau's story. Hopefully we'll see more of them in the future!!



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Monday, August 18, 2014

Black Widow by Polly J Adams

Black WidowBlack Widow by P.J. Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Umm...Black Widow ended very differently than I predicted it would. Yes, I really enjoyed reading this story. It's a dark romance that certainly throws you for a loop with it's big major twist. Of course, it's sexy & thrilling. And since I'm being honest, I truly did not know what it is I wanted from El. To stay and be submissive or leave and have the freedom & revenge she had fought for for so long. This was the first book from this author I have read. I thought the writing was excellent. The characters, El especially, were well developed. The plot was fascinating, given it's a dark romance. I was not expecting it to go in the direction it did. It ended with El getting her HEA. Just not with whom you think. Very twisty is all I can say. It definitely makes me want to read more from this author.



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Tegan's Power (The Ultimate Power, #4) by L.H. Cosway

Tegan's Power (The Ultimate Power, #4)Tegan's Power by L.H. Cosway

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I've been blown away by this last installment. It all wrapped up so well. Cosway did leave it open for perhaps another series, with Darya, as ruler of Tribane. Of course, in the future. It'd be lovely to see Tegan & Ethan, & rest of the crew. For me, I found this last book to be exciting, thrilling, and oh so sexy!! Yay!! I really enjoyed the back and forth POV's between Tegan & Finn. Speaking of Finn, I'm really glad he found his HEA. That was nice. I was really surprised at how Ethan turned out after drinking Tegan's blood. He could have went crazy and mad with power but he didn't. He treasured the gift Tegan gave him. Ah, this book was just wonderful in my eyes. I've loved this series from the first book. Thanks, Ms. Cosway, for one of my favorite vampire series, ever!!



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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Keeping Merminia by Emm Cole

Keeping Merminia (Merminia, #2)Keeping Merminia by Emm Cole

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


*A complimentary ecopy of this book was gifted by the author in exchange for my honest review.*

Oh, the Fates, what am I to write here while still reeling from those last words of the last chapter from Aramis? All I can say is, "Wow!!" I have never read a book to where the author lets YOU decide how it ends. Tears were falling as I read the very end. This story may be Fantasy but it has you feeling feelings as if you were reading a Contemporary Romance. Cole has become one of my favorite authors. And I'm not just saying that because I got a free book. I'm saying it because of her storytelling ability. It's how she manages to take me, the reader, from reality to a dream-like state where her words are thoroughly played out. For me, only a few have managed that.
So, Keeping Mermina picks up right where the first left off. In this book we get a POV from Ulric & Selinne. With an exception from the last chapter but I am not going into that. Ulric wants claim to sea & land, but he's destroying everything within them, with Adessia's ring. Now it's up to Selinne to take back the ring & set things right. She has Gabriel, Aramis, little Walter, and a mysterious guide named, Yuri to accompany her to the city of Dencur, where Ulric is holed up. Along the way we meet fairies, elves, krowlers, vampires, and witches. They all unite for one purpose: For Adessia to take her ring back from the destroyer who upset the balance of the land & sea. I will not say anything more about the plot.
Here are a few thoughts I had, though. From the first book I was wondering who Selinne's mother was. Was it Adessia? I got my question answered in this book. The story of Selinne's mother was heartbreaking. Would Lucia ever get her comeuppance? Oh yea, she most certainly does. One thing that bothered me that probably shouldn't have, was Merconious. Was that his fate? More than likely it was but it had me thinking. Really, though, it's not like he can do anything in that state. Selinne & Gabriel, that whole thing got situated. She chose her mate, the Merminian way. Oh, that brings me to the very end with Aramis. Cole, you made me cry. I chose to cry happy tears because sad tears just would not do.
I love this story just the same as Merminia. Once again, Cole tells a thrilling story full of adventure, heartbreak, & romance that combines into an epic journey from sea to land, back to the sea, once and for all.



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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Merminia by Emm Cole

MerminiaMerminia by Emm Cole

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I believe that the story of Merminia is the perfect definition of Fantasy. Cole did such a wonderful job on the details in this story. What I mean by that is she didn't over do it on the details to where the story was dragged out and make me lose interest. The under water world was fascinating & beautiful in my mind. Even the place where the Litiants dwell was beautiful in it's own dark way. I will not go into the story for fear of giving anything away. The synopsis tells you what it's about but when you read it you find how it all plays out. Selienne, our main character, is beautiful, care free, adventurous, strong willed, & even a bit naive (in the beginning). As the story progresses and you see all that she goes through she's morphed into this mature young mer-woman who has to take on the task of being the leader of her tribe. You can really see how hard she struggled with not breaking down because that's a big no no for a leader. It might not have been possible without the help of Aramis. Ah, the dreamy & loveable Aramis. He's always loved her but it's up to the mermaid to decide who she wants to be with. So he waits. For her. It has nothing to do with orders and everything to do with his heart. Even knowing that she loves another, he's right there behind her. At the end, as part of her change, Selienne comes to realize his feelings for her. She's just put that in a place for later. You know, duty calls. There is really so much more I'm leaving out but I just do not want to spoil anything for future readers. This story was just simply amazing. There's a twist in there that had me wondering why I didn't see it coming but it's because I was so wrapped up in the story that it took me by surprise. Well played, Cole, well played. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a well told fantasy with action & romance, especially if you have a thing for mermaids. It's a unique story unlike any other. I'm so glad I read it and even happier to start the sequel!!



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