Friday, July 20, 2018

Book Blogger Hop #41, July 20th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Check out the hop here

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Question of the week is: What's your proudest blogging milestone or achievement? (submitted by Cathy @ What Cathy Read Next)

Off the top of my head?

The Reward Challenge Update #357, July 20th

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read Long May She Reign which counts twice as a SAC 2018 Book, While the Duke Was Sleeping which counts 3 times as a Historical Fiction 2018 Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, The Scandal of It All which counts 3 times as a Historical Fiction 2018 Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Losing It which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, The Duke Buys a Bride which counts 5 times as a Edelweiss Book, Historical Fiction 2018 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book, Grave Mercy which counts 3 times as a Historical Fiction 2018 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Dark Triumph which counts 3 times as a Historical Fiction 2018 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Mortal Heart which counts 3 times as a Historical Fiction 2018 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Keeping Her which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Faking It which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Inking Him which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Finding It which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Seeking Her which counts 3 times as a End of Series 2018 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book,

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So I have  counts which translates to $ this week! I'll use it to buy

First Lines Friday #375, July 20th

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Random Reads #347, July 19th

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got 6897 which turned out to be Knight Magic by Yasmine Galenorn! It's been on my TBR pile since March 21st, 2018, and I added it because I love her writing and this series! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #362, July 19th

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
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Will the Time Come #372, July 19th

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

The author of Heartstone once again infuses elements of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic in this addictive fantasy that brings back sparring lovers Aliza and Alastair: fierce warriors who match wits, charm, and swords as they fight an epic war to save their world.

The Battle of North Fields is over—or so Aliza Bentaine, now a Daired, fervently wants to believe. But rumors are spreading of an unseen monster ravaging the isolated Castle Selwyn on the northern border of the kingdom. When she and Alastair are summoned from their honeymoon by the mysterious Lord Selwyn, they must travel with their dragon Akarra through the Tekari-infested Old Wilds of Arle to answer his call.

And they are not alone on this treacherous journey. Shadowing the dragonriders is an ancient evil, a harbinger of a dark danger of which the Worm was only a foretaste. And soon Aliza realizes the terrible truth: the real war is only beginning.

Why the time hasn't come yet...
It doesn't come out till November, but I'm so freaking excited for this book! And while I was making the post for this, I found this cover! Yeah! Can't wait for this book! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

We Have the Cover of Heartsong #2!!!!

Oh, wow, we have the cover of Dargonshadow by Elle Katharine White! So excited!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #375, July 18th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire
Expected Publication: September 4th, 2018
From Goodreads:
Things are not okay.

In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest.

What she doesn't need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn't need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There's no question of whether she'll take the case. The only question is whether she's emotionally prepared to survive it.

Signs of Faerie's involvement are everywhere, and it's going to take all Toby's nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can't find Gillian before time runs out, her own child will pay the price. One question remains:

Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain? No matter how this ends, Toby's life will never be the same. 

Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan
Expected Publication: September 4th, 2018
From Goodreads:
In an explosive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, a human woman ignites the desire of her Carpathian lifemate--and of an ancient vampire with a score to settle.

After the devastating loss of her entire family, Lorraine Peters heads to the woods searching for peace of mind and anything to quell the anger in her soul. Instead, she stumbles upon a scene of horrific violence, as one man lies helpless in the face of three attackers.

Andor Katona's existence has been a harsh one, living for centuries as a monk in the Carpathian Mountains. Unable to find his lifemate, he almost welcomes his release from a colorless and unfeeling world at the hands of the vampire hunters who have mistaken him for their prey. That is, until a whirling ball of fury bursts onto the scene, determined to save him.

In one glimpse, in one breath, Andor recognizes Lorraine as his lifemate, but it will take more than their telepathic connection to convince her of their immortal bond. Lorraine is a lethal combination of cunning and courage. So much so that she captures the attention of a master vampire, one who has already lost what was once irreplaceable to him. One who will strike with deadly precision at Andor and his ancient Carpathian comrades in a war to end all wars. . . 

Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
Expected Publication: September 4th, 2018
From Goodreads:
Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in the latest in the #1 New York Times bestselling series…

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter—but what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted. 

Part of Your World by Liz Braswell
Expected Publication: September 4th, 2018
From Goodreads:
What if Ariel had never defeated Ursula? Five years after the (twisted) events of the film, Ariel is now the queen of Atlantica, and Ursula is running Eric's kingdom on land. But when the sea witch threatens Atlantica once more, Ariel finds herself returning to a world (and a prince) she thought she'd left behind forever.
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
Expected Publication: September 4th, 2018
From Goodreads:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series!

Katharine sits on the throne, Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding, and an unexpected renegade is about to wage a war of her own. The crown has been won, but these queens are far from done.

The books on this list, I just want to read them! So many incredible authors and series! What about you guys? happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #379, July 18th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

I'm reading Finding It, and yeah, really enjoying it, it's a lot of fun!
 I read Faking It, and I was so glad that both of these guys got their happy ending!
I'm going to be reading Sword and Verse, and I can't wait, because it sounds really awesome!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Teaser Tuesday #379, July 17th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers, page 232.

"What rights do you thin you have but those that are granted to you by me? All that you have, the clothes on your back, the food that has filled your belly, and any rights, are at my discretion."

Yeah, I know this is a historical and all, but the first two don't have anything to do with a persons rights. They have them regardless. And it seems like they were violated. Boo! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #371, July 16th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #370
Teaser Tuesday #378
WWW Wednesday #378
WOW #375
Will the Time Come #369
Third Sentence Thursday #360
Random Reads #346
First Lines Friday #374
The Reward Challenge Update #355
Follow Friday #348
Book Blogger Hop #40
How Well I Stuck to It #208
Wrote that Review Update #205

Week 28 Reviews:
Charisma
When Blood Calls
In Rides Trouble
Her Fierce Warrior
Kidnapping in the Black Hills
Her Rogue Alpha
Trouble in the Ukraine
Her True Match
Her Dark Half
X-Ops Exposed
Shadow's Bane
Spinning Silver
Awaken in Darkness
A Touch of Midnight
Kiss of Midnight

Random:
We Have the Cover of Highland Brides #7!!!!
We Have the Cover of Throne of Glass #7!!!!

OK, so I got 24 posts in 7 days, What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, Mortal Heart, and Long May She Reign.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wrote that Review Update #205, July 15th

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If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Charisma, When Blood Calls, In Rides Trouble, Her Fierce Warrior, Kidnapping in the Black Hills, Her Rogue Alpha, Trouble in the Ukraine, Her True Match, Her Dark Half, X-Ops Exposed, Shadow's Bane, Spinning Silver, Awaken in Darkness, A Touch of Midnight and Kiss of Midnight, so I have 8 of 8 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #208, July 15th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 29:
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: NA.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: 4. Check.

New Books: NA.

Yeah, just a few amazing books that I need to reread! Can't wait!

Week 28:
In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker, Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian, Nine by Zach Hines, Scream All Night by Derek Milman, When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck

vs.

Charisma by Jeanne Ryan, When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck, In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker, Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler, Kidnapping in the Black Hills by Paige Tyler, Her Rogue Alpha by Paige Tyler, Trouble in the Ukraine by Paige Tyler, Her True Match by Paige Tyler, Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler, X-Ops Exposed by Paige Tyler, Shadow's Bane by Karen Chance, Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, Awaken in Darkness by Dianne Duvall, A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian, Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Yeah, I read 3/5 of what I planned and I don't know how many more, so yeah, this was a really fantastic week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Week 28 Reviews: A Touch of Midnight, Kiss of Midnight


From Goodreads:
Savannah Dupree is halfway across the country from her Louisiana bayou hometown, a freshman studying at Boston University on a full scholarship. But academic excellence is only one of Savannah's gifts. She possesses something even more remarkable than her quick mind and insatiable curiosity for learning. With a simple touch, Savannah can see an object's past—a skill that puts her life in danger, when her studies bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the secret hidden within the blade's history: the vicious murders of twin boys by a group of fanged creatures borne of the worst kind of nightmare.

In all his three hundred years of living as one of the Breed, vampire warrior Gideon never dreamed he'd see the blade again that spilled his young brothers' lives ages ago on that blood-soaked night in London. Ever since the boys’ deaths, Gideon’s been on a personal quest to rid the world of Rogue vampires, but now he can’t help wondering if the brutal slayings of his only kin was something more sinister—an act perpetrated by an unknown enemy. An enemy who is apparently living in hiding somewhere in Boston. There's one certain way to prove Gideon's suspicion, but it will mean using innocent, gifted Savannah to help uncover the full truth—a truth that will shatter everything she knows about herself and the world around her. And with danger closing in from all sides, the passion that ignites between Gideon and Savannah will tempt them to risk their hearts and lives for a love that might just last an eternity…

From Goodreads:
He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.

Here, in the arms of the Breed's formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . . .

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading these books! The world was interesting, and I loved this take on vampires. It was unique, which I really love, and yeah, I just had to read more! Though sometimes the alpha male thing got a little annoying!

A Touch of Midnight was a really awesome introduction into this series! The fact that it's set in the 70's, yeah, that's different, and it was interesting to see how things have changed in the world! Not their world, because it's going to take more then a novella to change it!

The vampires in this world, that they're descend from a group of aliens, yeah, that's pretty cool. That they are all male, and have to find a special human female to have kids with, yeah, it's different! The various safe places that each guy wanted/thought he had to send the ladies to, yeah, I didn't like that they would be forced to leave their lives, but having a safe place is a good idea!

A lot happens in the first book. Like one of their own betrays them. And they discover a bad guy who might be around for a while, since he's a generation one and helped found the warriors. And is Lucan's older brother. Yeah. That was pretty intense and made for a great ending!

These books were so great, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #0.5, 1
Read: July 13th, 13th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books and Kiss of Midnight is a WTC Book!
Publisher: Lara Adrian, LLC, Dell
Published: July 15th 2013, May 1st 2007

A Touch of Midnight:

5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Kiss of Midnight:
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 28 Review: Awaken the Darkness

From Goodreads:
He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her. 

When Susan first sees the old two-story house for sale, such warmth and longing fill her that—against all reason—she makes an offer. It will take years of hard work and money she frankly doesn
t have to fix up the place. So she can't explain why she bought it. She also can't explain what compels her to spend hours one night, digging in the basement until she unearths a man. A man who still lives and breathes despite having been buried alive. A man whose intense brown eyes glow amber with pain, declaring him far more than ordinary. 

Susan knows she should keep her distance. He has no memory and possesses gifts that would make most fear him. But as the two work together to unravel the mystery of his past, she finds herself drawn in by his teasing nature and tender touch. So much so that she loses her heart to him even as they find themselves hunted by unknown enemies who are ruthless in their quest to capture them.

My Review:
Yeah, we have another book in this series! And it was so great! And yeah that Stan is alive! We thought that he had died in Night Unbound, so that he's still alive, yeah, that was so great! I really enjoyed him and Susan!

For this book, it was almost like Darkness Dawns again, because it's basically the two of them for the majority of the book, because he lost his memory. And so we didn't have the whole gang like in previous books, which was odd, but so great to read!

One thing that I love about this book, is that it ties back to be Night Unbound with Stan, but it also ties back, rather unexpectedly, to Aimee. That Susan saw Ami's face when she was briefly kidnapped, yeah, that was an interesting detail. And Seth's explanation of his and David's clean up, it just really felt full circle, you know?

I really enjoyed that ending! Yuri was Stan's mentor, his brother, and to know that Yuri is happy with Cat, yeah, that was a really sweet ending! It was pretty emotional, but it was also healing, and it made a great ending for this book!

I loved reading this book, it was so wonderful, and I can't wait for more!

Author: Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #8
Read: July 12th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love this series and her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book!
Publisher: Dianne Duvall
Published: July 10th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 28 Review: Spinning Silver

From Goodreads:
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

My Review:
I absolutely loved reading this book! It was a little bit harder getting into in then her previous books, because while I approve of Miryem stepping up to be the moneylender, well, it made her cold. And it was the set up of the world, and once things got going, they were like light-speed!

This book is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I think it's set in our world, with there being Jews and Tsars and such. I loved how it was all put together, that Miryem was the Rumpelstiltskin, and the anti-Semitic views of those that were lent money. It really made me angry that she had to face that! She was hard to be a moneylender, but she was fair. There was the whole turning silver into gold thing, and the importance of names. Loved how the different parts of the story were expressed!

There were two things that I really enjoyed about this book. The world building, and the chosen POV's that we got. The world building, wow, it was absolutely amazing! Sure, I don't think we got half of the details, like where the Staryk came from, but what we got, combined with the writing was lush and so exciting to be in!

And the different POV's, they worked so well together. We had 3 main ones, Miryem the moneylender, Wanda whose dad got indebted to Miryem and so had his daughter work off his debt, and Irina the daughter of a Duke. Besides the obvious connection between Miryem and Wanda, these girls weren't connected at all. They all had different stations in life, and it was interesting to see what each girl worried about, what their lives were like, and how different they were. And as the story wove their different parts together, it exemplified the saying, "the sum is more than it's parts." The parts were excellent, but the whole, it just blew me away!

Miyrem was really smart, and she faced a lot of adversity, as a Jew and as a moneylender. But with each threat, she used her wits, and came up with some pretty elegant solutions. From the 3 times of making silver into gold, to the 3 days to turn 3 different rooms worth of silver into gold, she is smart, and I loved that! And her interactions with the Staryk lord, yeah, those were so fun to read!

Irina was smart as well. She was married to the Tsar, and somehow knew that there was something wrong with him. I loved how she manipulated him, and how well she used her knowledge of politics as a weapon!

When the book was gearing up for Miyrem and Irina's big plan, I was like, oh, no, things aren't going to go smoothly, because there was still about 100 pages left. And yeah, it didn't turn out to be the final battle, that came later. But it all came together so well, and it was so clever! Really enjoyed it all, and that ending was just amazing!

Loved reading this book, it was so fabulous, and I can't wait to read more by Naomi Novik!

Author: Naomi Novik
Read: July 12th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing, and it's a 2018 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, SAC 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Del Rey
Published: July 10th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 28 Review: Shadow's Bane

From Goodreads:
Half-human, half-vampire Dorina Basarab is back--and facing her biggest challenge yet in the next urban fantasy in the New York Times bestselling series.

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir--half-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senate's newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dory's fey friends goes missing. They fear he's been sold to a slaver who arranges fights--sometimes to the death--between different types of fey.

As Dory investigates, she and her friends learn the slavers are into something much bigger than a fight club. With the Vampire Senate gearing up for war with Faerie, it'll take everything she has to defeat the slavers--and deal with the entirely too attractive master vampire Louis-Cesare....

My Review:
Wow, this book was spectacular! With all the difficult with Reap the Wind and then Ride the Storm, it's been about 6 years since we last had a Dory full length novel. It was well worth the wait, this book, so much happens, some hilarious like the game pieces, some not so much, like slavery. Oh, an the action scenes! Awesome!

After Fury's Kiss, I really wanted to know more about Dorina. And I got that in spades in this book, from scenes that she narrated (now that we know what that was, unlike previously!) and the memories from their dad around the time that he built the wall, events which were informative to the plot of what was going on now, so those did double duty, yeah!

One thing that this book deals with is her relationship with Louis-Cesare. I thought that they'd resolved of the issues that would keep them together, inside and out, but apparently not. Well, I guess with Dorina, they flared up again. To have a side of you that could hurt the person you love? Not fun!

You know that in complex, big series like this one, where they mention what happened in the previous book, the big overarching plot, but it's all simple and you're like, oh, yeah, that's what happened, that's what the characters were trying to do? This book had that combined with how long its been been since I read Fury's Kiss and my memory's that bad. So yeah, that was great!

I have a few questions at the end, some bigger than others. Like some could be answered with a quick sentence. Others, I think will play a pretty significant part in the books to come (because there has to be books to come!) For example, her mom and the gift Dorina displays in this book. Otherwise, this book ended really well, and I'm anticipating more from these amazing two series!

This book was so awesome, and I enjoyed reading it so much! It's a fantastic book!

Author: Karen Chance
Series: Dorina Basarab #4
Read: July 10th, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Berkley
Expected Publication: July 31st 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 28 Reviews: Her Fierce Warrior, Kidnapping in the Black Hills, Her Rogue Alpha, Trouble in the Ukraine, Her True Match, Her Dark Half, X-Ops Exposed







From Goodreads:
The woman tensed. As anger and fear ricocheted across her face, her eyes changed from red to green to brown in a dizzying display like nothing he'd ever seen.

Every instinct in Angelo's body screamed at him to lunge for his weapon. Instead he set his feet for impact, blocking her slashing claws. Unbelievably, after a few moments of struggling, she went still, all the fight gone...

Minka isn't sure she should trust the sexy Special Forces soldier who found her. Subjected to horrors, on the run from scientists set on locking her in a cage, Minka is terrified of the monster she's becoming...and somehow, Angelo is the only one who can calm the beast inside her and make her feel safe.

But can she trust the way he makes her feel when she's not even sure she can trust herself?

From Goodreads:
I'm sharing an **exclusive** FREE X-OPS short story with my newsletter subscribers to celebrate the release of HER ROGUE ALPHA, Book 5 in the X-OPS Series.

The story features the Angelo and Minka, the Special Forces hero and feline shifter heroine from HER FIERCE WARRIOR (X-OPS 4)

From Goodreads:
HE'LL DO ANYTHING FOR HER
Former Special Forces Lieutenant Jayson Harmon can't believe that his war scars don't matter to beautiful feline shifter Layla Halliwell. Why would she saddle herself with a broken man?

But Layla knows that Jayson is a hero to the core, and that only she can heal his wounded soul. So when Jayson is deployed on another deadly mission, no way is Layla staying behind...

From Goodreads:
Since so many readers loved the teens Dylan Palmer, Anya Zelenko, Mikhail Ivanov, Larissa Garin, and Olek Rudnik from HER ROGUE ALPHA, I decided to do a fun, adventurous short story featuring them, along with newcomer Alonya Sirko, a female wolf shifter. Hope you enjoy it!

From Goodreads:
After a long game of cat-and-mouse

Feline shifter Dreya Clark picks the wrong penthouse to rob and ends up arrested by sexy detective Braden Hayes. But Braden isn't the only one who's been watching the cat burglar. Agents from the Department of Covert Operations swoop in to offer her a deal. If she wants to stay out of jail, she'll have to work with them—and pair up with the hot cop. Great.

Danger throws this unlikely pair together

Braden isn't thrilled about the DCO meddling in his investigation. He's been chasing Dreya for years. Thrown together on a dangerous covert mission, fur flies and temperatures flare. But when danger closes in on them, their game of cat and mouse turns deadly-serious, and they'll have to rely on each other to make it out alive.

From Goodreads:
Trevor Maxwell
Coyote shifter with an attitude
Covert operator
Trusts no one, especially his devastatingly beautiful new partner

Alina Bosch
Former CIA, newest operative on the covert team
Hired to spy on her partner
Motto: "Never be deceived again."

Coyote shifter Trevor Maxwell is teamed up with CIA agent Alina Bosch to catch a killer. But when the mission becomes much more dangerous than they expected, they're going to have to ignore the attraction between them and learn how to trust one another to come out on the other side...

From Goodreads:
HE LEFT TO KEEP HER SAFE
Believing he's too dangerous to be among people, feline hybrid Tanner Howland retreats deep into the forests of Washington State-with no choice but to leave behind the woman who's captured his heart. What he doesn't know is that she followed him...

SHE WOULDN'T STAY BEHIND
Heartbroken and determined, Dr. Zarina Sokolov tracks Tanner into the wild. Her presence unleashes Tanner's protective instinct-big time. Locals have been disappearing and he is desperate for Zarina to leave. As the kidnappings escalate, Tanner must embrace the dangerous instincts he fears so much. But with Zarina at his side, he'll have to learn to control his animal impulses, or lose himself-and the woman he loves-to the beast within.

My Review:
Yeah, I finally read the second half of this series! It took a while, but once I read one, I had to read the others, and they all went by so fast! So intense, and so great to read! Each of these couples, they were so great to read about!

In these books, they defeat the first group of people that started creating hybrids back from the first book. There's also some reveals of who they were working for. Lots of important things, that went really well with the romances of these awesome characters!

Each book is mostly self contained, there's the main story line, but there's still the over-arching series plot line, and Her Dark Half, yeah, it closes a lot of the series plot lines! I almost felt sorry for Dick, because he didn't think his boss was behind John being killed (or tried to be, since they failed, yeah!) but since he had been such an asshole throughout the series, well, yeah, only almost sorry!

So there were two, ok, 3 really big game changers. One at the end of Her True Match when John is killed. Next was the big battle in Her Dark Half, with almost all the bad guys wiped off the board. And the final one, at least for now, is the end of X-Ops Exposed. From the title, you can maybe guess what happened, that shifters and hybrids are outed, as well as the X-Ops program. Yeah. These events all changed, or will change, the world, and I hope we get to see all the fall out!

I loved reading these books, and I really hope that we get more!

Author: Paige Tyler
Series: X-Ops #4, 4.5, 5, 5.1, 6, 7, 8
Read: July 8th, 8th, 8th, 8th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike, NetGalley
Reason Why: I got Her True Match from NetGalley, so I had to read the whole series! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books!
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: March 1st 2016, September 2016, September 6th 2016, March 1st 2017, March 7th 2017, September 5th 2017, April 3rd 2018

Her Fierce Warrior:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Kidnapping in the Black Hills:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Her Rogue Alpha:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Trouble in the Ukraine:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Her True Match:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Her Dark Half:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









X-Ops Exposed:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars