Saturday, July 21, 2018

Week 29 Reviews: Knight Magic, Harvest Song


From Goodreads:
Camille journeys to Otherworld on a quest to find the last member of the Keraastar Knights. There, she must face one of the ancient Fae Lords who stands between her and the key to fulfilling her destiny. And there, she also discovers that her past has come full circle to meet her future. 

From Goodreads:
We're the D'Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is the Queen of Dusk & Twilight and married to three hunky men. Menolly is a vampire married to a gorgeous werepuma and a vampire prince. And me? I'm Delilah, a Death Maiden werecat, and I'm about to marry the love of my life. But in the midst of joy, we are facing the escalating war with Shadow Wing. About to attempt one of the most dangerous acts we’ve ever considered, can we keep the demon armies at bay while luring the demon lord into one final, coordinated attack?

My wedding day to Shade arrives, and somebody invited Murphy’s Law along to the ceremony. But the chaos only extends from there. Camille and her Keraastar Knights are finally united and ready. Menolly and Roman are aligning the vampires. And the dragons have pledged their help as the final battle with Shadow Wing draws near. But best laid plans go awry. As our plans fall apart, we must align ourselves with Trytian and the daemons. Will they be able to help us corner Shadow Wing when several of the portals fail and demons begin pouring into Seattle? Or are we too late and will Shadow Wing manage to break through, even without the help of the spirit seals? 

My Review:


Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Otherworld 19.5, 20
Read: July 20th, 20th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Nightqueen Enterprises LLC
Published: January 22nd 2018, May 15th 2018

Knight Magic:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Harvest Song:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: Losing It, Keeping Her, Inking Him, Faking It, Finding It, Seeking Her






From Goodreads:
Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible - a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

From Goodreads:
Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start. By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?

But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren't quite as ready for their future as they thought.


As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it. 

From Goodreads:
Garrick/Bliss Short Story.

From Goodreads:
Mackenzie "Max" Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they're expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.


Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he's kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they're forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

From Goodreads:
Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong . . .

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.


It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson. 

From Goodreads:
Jackson Hunt gets his turn in this Finding It prequel novella …

Jackson Hunt hasn't been out of the military for long, but he needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he is going to keep his demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Becoming bodyguard (and babysitter) to spoiled rich girl Kelsey Summers isn't exactly what he had in mind, but it's a chance to travel, to get away. The catch: Kelsey's father doesn't want her to know she's being followed.


She's vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When Jackson sees her falling into the same patterns he suffered years ago, he decides it's time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know Kelsey is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.

My first review of Losing It
My Review:
These books were just a lot of fun to read! They were weird and quirky, and full of awkward situations, which were just so fun to read! They were also filled with romance, and of relationships between people who you know have to be together despite the obstacles!

OK, sometimes I have odd priorities. Like the one scene in Losing It, where they're at the pound, and she takes back her maybe from Cade, I think I should've focused on that. But instead, all I was thinking of, was that they were asked to only take one at at time, and they had the sweet black one and the scary runaway grey one out! They broke the rules! Alarm bells ringing! Yeah. I'm weird! And then I almost missed when Cade put the black one away to follow the rules because I was so fixated on them breaking them!

One thing that I really enjoyed about reading these books back to back, is that little things come together. Like the original song one of their classmates sings, and Bliss thought it fit her and Garrick so well. That it was written by Cade to be about him and Bliss, yeah, that was a special detail!

These characters aren't perfect. Bliss has her insecurities, Garrick had a privileged upbringing that he tried to keep from controlling him. Cade thought that he had to be perfect so people would stay with him, Max lost her sister and because her parent's didn't like who she was, she kept herself walled up. Kelsey tries to run away from her planned out life, Jackson actually went along with body guarding a girl without her knowledge or permission. They were real people with real lives, and I really enjoyed reading their stories!

Loved reading this series, it was just incredible, and I can't wait to read other books by Cora Carmack!

Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Losing It #1, 1.5, 1.6, 2, 3, 3.5
First Read: October 16th, 2013
Read: July 15th, 17th, 17th, 18th, 18th, 18th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, and Seeking Her is a End of Series 2018 Book!
Publisher: William Morrow, William Morrow & Company
Published: October 15th 2012, August 13th 2013, August 23rd 2014, June 4th 2014, October 15th 2013, January 28th 2014

Losing It:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Keeping Her:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Inking Him:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Faking It:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Finding It:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Seeking Her:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, Mortal Heart



From Goodreads:
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?


From Goodreads:
Sybella's duty as Death's assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Love and romance, history and magic, vengeance and salvation converge in this thrilling sequel to Grave Mercy.

Sybella arrives at the convent's doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?


From Goodreads:
Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has... 

My first review of Grave Mercy
Dark Triumph, Mortal Heart
My second review of Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph
My third review of Grave Mercy
My Review:

Yeah, I had to reread this series! After all, it's no longer going to be a trilogy, we're getting more, yeah! And since I've only read Mortal Heart the one time before, well, now seemed like a perfect time for a refresher on this series that I love so much!

This is the 4th time I've read Grave Mercy. It has been a while since the last time, so it felt fresh, and I got to experience everything again almost like the first time! It's a story that kicks off an amazing series, and I enjoyed every word!

Dark Triumph, it was almost hard to read, because Sybella, she's had a dark past, and that she's going to be part of the new book, yeah, I'm a bit sad that she didn't get a full happy ending, but she's with Beast, so there's that. And hopefully when it's all over, her ending will be even more satisfying!

Mortal Heart, yeah, loved reading this book again! I remembered two of the big twists, of her mom and of Balthazar, but not the one of her dad. It was so great to read Annith's story again, and how clever and hardworking she was, and how she tried to mold herself into the perfect handmaiden...yeah, she was amazing to read about!

Loved these books, loved these characters, and I can't wait to see where things are going to go from here, character wise and politics wise with Anne marrying the French king! So excited!

Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1, 2, 3
First Read: March 2nd, 2012, April 6th, 2013, November 11th, 2014
Second Read: April 5th, 2013, March 4th, 2014
Third Read: February 23rd, 2014
Read: July 16th, 16th, 17th, 2018
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading again! And they're Historical Fiction 2018 Books and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books!
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: April 3rd 2012, April 2nd 2013, November 4th 2014

Grave Mercy:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars










Dark Triumph:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars










Mortal Heart:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: While the Duke Was Sleeping, The Scandal of It All, The Duke Buys a Bride



From Goodreads:
Sometimes the man of your dreams . . .

Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows it's pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can't hurt anyone . . . unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. After she pulls him to safety, the duke lapses into a coma and Poppy is mistaken for his fiancée. But one person isn't fooled: his arrogant and much too handsome half-brother, Struan Mackenzie. Soon Poppy isn't sure what she wants more . . . the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her at every turn.

. . . is not who you think.

An illegitimate second son, Struan may have built an empire and established himself as one of the wealthiest men in Britain, but he knows he will always be an outsider among the ton. Just like he knows the infuriating Poppy is a liar. There's no way the haughty Duke of Autenberry would deign to wed a working class girl. It doesn’t matter how charming she is. Or tempting. Or how much Struan wants her for himself.

It takes two to make a scandal…

What kind of woman ventures into London's most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single, wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste. If only she were not so drawn to the smoldering Lord Strickland…a dangerous man who sees beyond her mask, and could ruin her reputation with a mere whisper.

Lord Strickland never permitted himself to fantasize about the sultry, off-limits lady, but then he never expected to find Ela in a place so wicked, looking for what he's more than too happy to give. She may not be to the ton's taste, but she suits him perfectly. First, however, he must convince her to trust in this dangerous desire—and in the promise of forever unleashed by one wild, scandalous night.

From Goodreads:
A bride wasn't in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night's drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he's winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he's bought a wife.

A duke wasn't in hers . . .

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

The road to ruin . . .

Marcus doesn't know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn't duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn't legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he'll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.

My Review:
I enjoyed reading these books! Now that I've read the Debutante Files, it was so great to then reread these books and then read The Duke Buys a Bride! Struam was a pretty important character in the last of that series and the first in this one, so yeah, reading these series closely together was so great!

There's one character who is very important to this series, and yet we'll never meet him. The late duke, father of two of the guys, and the late husband of one of the ladies. And he's scared all of them in different ways. I'm glad that he's gone, because he seems like an awful guy!

The Duke Buys a Bride, I was really excited to read, because Marcus was a lot like his dad in a way, very important, but only a small role, given that he was unconscious for most of the first book, and left in the second. There were a lot of funny moments, like her mule or the aftermath of her kidnapping. And there were some serious moments, like the auction or when she got sick. I really enjoyed watching them grow closer as they traveled together! It was so great to read!

And the fact that we get a 4th book, yeah, I'm really excited about it. And given the ending of The Duke Buys a Bride, and the title, This Scot of Mine, yeah, I have a pretty good idea of what's going to happen in it!

Loved reading theses books, and I'm excited to read more!

Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files #1, 2, 3
First Read: May 12th, 2017, May 14th, 2017
Read: July 14th, 15th, 16th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike, Edelweiss
Reason Why: Rereading, and they're Historical Fiction 2018 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books! And The Duke Buys a Bride is a WoW Book!
Publisher: Avon
Published: October 25th 2016, July 25th 2017
Expected Publication: July 24th 2018

While the Duke Was Sleeping:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Scandal of It All:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Duke Buys a Bride:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars