If at any time an author can bring out emotions in a reader, they are a success. If they can draw in a reader to feel engaged in the journey of their new book friends, they earn more respect. If an author can leave a reader feeling intrigued, inspired, and even offer healing, they’ve gained a bibliophile fanatic for life. - Shani K. - The Chronicles of an Abibliophobiac.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Review: "Vair: Beyond the X-club" By Hettie Ivers





Let’s start this review with a confession or 4….
  • I’ve read very few alien books in my lifetime.
  • Never have I wanted to go to a sex club.
  • Now I’ve read one and I wouldn’t mind meeting Vair and have a rendezvous with Tauce or Zyrnase at the X Club.
  • Oh and I wouldn’t mind a few of the magical “fixes” to improve my eyesight and heal a few things. 

Krinar authorities aren’t too happy with Amy right about now. She’s diving into her career with both feet pulled up and cannon balls straight into the mix of what truly happens between consenting aliens and their human counterparts. As a journalist she feels it's just right to share with the public what has been happening since the K’s have taken over the world. If you add into the mix how petrified her Mom is of anything remotely conspiracy like, it's just the push she needs. She knew walking into the club that night was going to change her forever. What she didn’t expect was for it to change her existence not just her career. What she hadn’t expected even more was to come in contact with Vair. A Krinar with a hidden agenda and now an addiction to Amy. An addiction he wishes to continue….and soon!

Vair decides the best way to grab her attention is to blackmail her into coming back to his club. After all, what are the chances she’ll show up there willingly? Even he knows how unlikely that is an sets his plan into place. Show her exactly why they work together, check. Make sure that she sees the footage of their coming together in a place she can’t hide from it, check. Invite her right back to where she needs to be, working on it! With her best friends help, Vair draws her into his existence. They both have an agenda that needs to be seen through totally. But who’s going to get the truth first? Who’s going to let go and accept the inevitable? Will they both win or lose? For Vair it means gaining something he’s searched for hundreds of years for, that key to happiness. For her it means uncovering the lies to find the hidden nuggets of truth.

I LOVED all the ways that Hettie has brought the Krinar to live in this book! I was completely fascinated by the abilities of the K’s, the changes they make to human existence in general and oh of course the crazy, hotter than a june bug in July moments!!! Her bits of humor mixed in with lifestyles, sass, intrigue, drama, suspense and overall creativity again prove why she’s good at what she does. She can change your expectations and make you a fan of an alien species you wouldn’t mind getting up close and personal with! Hettie, well done my friend!!!!! If the Krinar ever do join us on this planet, give directions if you will to Tauce and Zyrnase to my house would ya?? Tell them to bring Nurse Shalee to help with giving me better eyesight! ;)

Keep an open in mind when you read this ya’ll, you’ll need it and then be scrambling to one-click the rest in Anna Zaires world series!


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Authors Website: Hettie Ivers

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: A beautiful Heartbreak by Alora Kate


A bit of ramble to start ya’ll with here….Alora comes up with interesting names for her characters. I mean look at the 4 seasons trilogy, then other characters in her books, Ashton, Rawson as well as Madi. To me, the name of a character adds a bit of strength to them. Now with Ki and Prescott, such beautiful and strong names that really reflect on them personally. I find myself wanting to give them a “couple” name like KiScott or PreKi! I know, I know….so typically weird. But not for me! So back to my review before I got distracted here……

As someone who never felt like I was seen for who I was, I identify with Ki  in many ways. She’s a P.I. along with her best friend Alexa. She meets Prescott on a routine run to serve an envelope to someone. What she didn’t expect was to be thrown into Prescott’s world! In the heat of the moment he reaches out to her to pull her into helping him with a difficult person and an even more unfortunate moment. Even though she’s wary of helping in any way, she does and ends up feeling drawn to him on this charismatic level. She feels protective over him and needs to figure out a way to change the inevitable for him. The problem is, in all of that her life is turned upside down and sideways dramatically! Holy COW!

Prescott is a brilliant lawyer who has pulled himself out of the ashes of a traumatic time in his life. He’s been so focused on helping others and hiding the scars that have shamed him for so long. His mind works on a different level that nearly every person he encounters. He’s a brilliant man who just needs a bit of change. The day he meets Ki he was completely captured by her on not just a physical level but on a communicative level he’s never experienced. She’s not afraid of the way he speaks or even that he doesn’t show the emotion outwardly that he feels. For whatever reason Ki walked into his office, he feels drawn to her as well. What he doesn’t expect is how she’ll come to need him during the chaos that ensures.

Together, they have to learn how to live with their pasts. Even though Prescott has known all his life where he comes from and had to make terms with the way he has had to survive, Ki hasn’t. Her world is thrown into an out of control spin when she realizes that she’s in danger. Not only does she have to come to terms with the appearance of a parental figure, but also with the fact that someone is looking to make her the victim of a message. What’s that message? Who is this person? How does Prescott deal with the dramatic change that adds to his scars and way of life? Do they do this together or do they fall apart and lose their words in this beautiful heartbreak?

Once again, Alora has managed to yank out every single emotion, twist it up, and left me drained with a book-over (book hangover) once again! She’s accomplished her goal of making a reader cry each time she graces us with a new book. It’s seriously good and I love to see that she’s continuing the journey of the supporting characters in their own books soon! I can count on her to bring out all the feels and intensity of an incredible journey for her characters.

I can honestly say she’s proven yet again why she’s one of my favorite authors of all time. Thanks my friend for sharing the beautiful journey that Ki and Prescott have traveled.  


Authors Website: Alora Kate

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My Amazon Review HERE

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

New Release! Sugar by Mandy Beck




Title: Sugar
Author: Mandi Beck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 7, 2017



Blurb

Country’s hottest bad boy.

That’s what they call me. My label ate it up until I became “too bad” for the good folks of country music. That’s when Hard Candy Records picked me up and took a chance on me. Probably not their smartest move, but I won’t tell them that. Especially when they’ve assigned me a babysitter to try and keep my ass out of trouble. One smart-mouthed, unimpressed, sexy as homegrown sin, Addy Mae Masterson.

She likes to pretend that she doesn’t like me and I like to let her.

I may have a past that haunts me and she may have a habit of getting attached, but damn if I don’t want to show her just how good this bad boy can be.








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Author Bio

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A wife, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband and boys in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met. 


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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Review: Crane (Lost Valkyries MC #1) by Esther E. Schmidt


I admit it, I tease and torment Esther about when is the next book coming? Feed my addiction I tell her! I’ve read all the books! I.WANT.MORE! She is so patient with my demands and general lunacy and reminds me oh so gently (sarcasm, yeah?) there are some work to be done before she can release another. HA! I’m starting to think she secretly is holding out on us! She whips out this quickie on us and keeps us on the hook! Does she not realize this just will get me to bug her even more? Come on now, I know I’m not the only one! #EliteFanGirlFreaksUnite

With all that humor and teasing aside, onto my review! If you’re a fanatic of her work like a good portion of us you know she is a master storyteller when it comes to her insta love books, dark romance, and MC books. But when she throws all three into one, it's a shock! OH man but what a good shock!

Crane lives by the code of the brotherhood, even though he’s a bit of a nomad. He fights for them, he fights for himself, he does his job well and he plays by his own rules. Those rules can be changed at any moment and they do in the moment he meets Faya. She’s a mark he’s supposed to take out so she won’t testify. But he’s drawn to her and there’s something about her that makes him change more than just those rules.

Faya has lived a life on the wrong side. She knows that eventually everything catches up to you. She’s a fighter though and she’ll fight until she has nothing left in her. She meets Crane and accepts her fate. But what is her fate with him? What does she do now and how does she choose to fight?

This is a super quickie full of angst, dark and dirty reality and the best kind of insta love….raw and hot! Esther never fails to impress me with her abilities to spin a good story. She’s an author you need to catch up with and watch for! 






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Monday, July 24, 2017

Review: Pokey ( Areion Fury #5) by Esther E. Schmidt


Be prepared when you read this book to ride that emotional roller coaster that Esther seems to take us on with each book. For me, this book hit every loop, curve, and dip possible on that coaster. There were a few times where I thought I might just fall off it from exhaustion and shock alone! Yes, I may be dramatic, but it's the truth.

Pokey is the guy everyone looks at differently. Everyone sees him as a goof, a slacker in emotions in some ways, and awkward. What they don’t see though is the man beneath the facade. The one who loves fiercely, is strong to his core, not to mention has hidden talents in that beautiful mind of his! The day he met Orianna, she changed him forever. There one time meeting and subsequent attraction to a solution for her, left them both with more than they bargained for. For Pokey, it was the memories that would grip him. With the help of friends, he figures out a way to prove himself truly worth of her. Only, he doesn’t get the whole truth.

Orianna made a decision that changed her life forever. A chance meeting saved her life and created a mass of memories and then some. She comes from a family that viewed her as an object rather than a person. She wouldn’t settle for being a token pawn in a business strategy set up for her to accept, even if not willingly. That day she met Pokey, changed her forever. Only, it changed even more when she left him behind. A choice she regretted but one that in the end was necessary. She is a fighter who know that she will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. Even if that means causing even more pain. She’s not who anyone really thinks she is. Like Pokey, she has a deep rooted strength that pulls her through everything.

Once again a chance meeting brings them back together. Pokey finds part of the truth behind her absence and vows to never let her slip by him again. He has to work through a lot of anger, hurt and fury if he wants to do his best by Orianna. She wants to share it all with him, the reason why she left, the hidden pain and the frightening future that grabs them both leaving them breathless.

But within those layers of truths and complexity, brings not only Pokey and Orianna new battles but also for Sico and Everleigh.  I can’t even….the feels….I would need another hour of writing to truly explain in depth how I feel about these four characters! But I can’t do that. Instead I will say this, never judge a book by its cover (literally and figuratively) and take the time to open yourself up to the possibilities of learning, healing and every other emotion you can find.

For me, this book was EVERYTHING I had anticipated and more! Lots more! It’s hands down the best book Esther has written to date. A book I’ll cherish forever because of what she shared in those pages. It takes a strong author to write a characters story that brings such intense emotions from a reader. Especially when you feel like they are real and someone you know. Thank you Esther, for EVERYTHING. The conversations, putting up with my crazy bum and just helping us to connect and bring hope through your work. You truly inspired me with this one. I’ll forever be Team Pokey! :)



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Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: "BREAKING IN: A Bad Boy Romance (Criminally Yours Book 1)" by Mona Moore




If you like the genre of romance mixed with the bit of darkness, then check out this book! Seriously, its a bit different but if you keep an open mind you'll be in for a treat!

Allison is a woman who has been burned and reluctant to trust, let alone give in to her hidden passions. She's dreamed of a man who can take control of her body and give her the bit of kink she needs. She didn't expect for that man to be hiding in her closet.

Blake was sent to prison on a bum charge. The longer he stays there the greater chance his survival will be greatly decreased. He devises a plan that gets him out into society once again. He chooses to enter an empty home to make a quick change. Little does he know that there would be a temptress walking in and throw his master plan into a tail spin.

Holy gravy grandma, the steam is so there! It was refreshing to have characters who gave into their inhibitions in a way. that borders taboo. But if you honestly stop to think about it, how many people have that kind of fantasy? I enjoyed the book and Mona did a good job of adding a twist to the usually predictable plot that can happen with this genre. The only thing I found to be a bit off was maybe some of the descriptions of Blake attributes. Other than that, I found it to be a good book! I'm curious to see how it pans out for them!

My reviews: 

 Amazon Review HERE

Goodreads Review HERE

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Mona's Amazon Author Page: Mona Moore

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Release: "Sin and Cider" by K. Reese




Sin and Cider by K. Reese


Genre: Contemporary Romance


Cover Designer: Lee Ching of Under Cover Designs


Release Date: May 30, 2017






Synopsis

MacIntosh 

Feeling discontent in the big city and hoping to find what’s missing in her life, MacIntosh Layne decides to go back to her roots. Ready for a refresh, she heads home to her family’s orchard in Tennessee for the summer. What she doesn't count on rediscovering is her attraction to her brother’s charming best friend, Lawson Westbrook. The main star in her dreams growing up, he’s the perfect blend of Southern gentleman and sex in a flannel—rugged, successful, and more handsome than ever. 

Lawson 

Lawson can’t believe Mac Layne is all grown up. No longer the gangly teen who went away to college, she’s all woman now and he’s eager to get reacquainted on a carnal level. As they continue to cross paths and their mutual attraction intensifies, he makes an enticing proposal. 

A Choice Must be Made 

Will Mac give in to the sinful temptation of the temporary arrangement Law is offering? Or will they find something sweeter than the cider they’ve been brewing together? 





Excerpt

Copyright © 2017 by K. Reese
Sin and Cider

Shaking the lust from my mind, I decide to turn my focus to the inside of the barn now that I’ve finished the thankless task of clearing out weeds. I had pulled out some of the rubbish inside already but still have a lot of work to do. I pull one of the doors to the side, the gentle creaking sound washing over me in a wave of nostalgia. I make my way inside and step over dried leaves and debris, each step kicking up a layer of dust. I look ahead and broken slats of wood are on the ground; those must be part of the original roof that was destroyed. I survey the space and take in the old tanks where we used to make cider and the empty jugs, some whole and some broken, lining the walls on shelves covered in cobwebs. When I was a kid this barn was spotless and welcoming, the perfect place to make cider and welcome visitors. Now it looks like an old photograph and not the treasured memory it really is. I take a deep breath and the smells of dust and mold fill my nose instead of crisp apples and warm spices. It’s in this moment I make a promise to myself: I’m going to restore this barn to its former glory.

I pick my way across the worn and dirty hardwood and undo the latch on one of the windows. As soon as it swings open the sweet smell of flowers permeates the air and rays of sunshine filter in, the shafts of light instantly brightening up the room. I open the window on the other side and feel excited about the task at hand. This barn is a dirty penny and just needs to shine again.


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About K. Reese

K. Reese is a contemporary romance author whose debut novel, Sin and Cider, will be published in 2017. In her spare time she likes to read, sleep, eat ice cream, and play with her dogs. She's also an ardent admirer of Tom Hardy and Mr. Darcy.

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