Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: Darkness Unbound @AuthorZForward


Darkness Unbound (Scimitar Magi#3)Title: Darkness Unbound
Author: Zoe Forward
Series: Scimitar Magi #3
Release Date: November 21st 2014
Format: Paperback & ebook
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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Covert op partners Astrid Scarre and Kane Langford click on a level that defies logic. Astrid wants to say yes to the sexy Kane. But the guy who stole her heart and then shattered her soul twelve years ago shows up. Seeing the Dragon magus, Zannis, again ignites a wild physical attraction, but doesn’t eliminate her simmering hatred. Astrid is torn between her physical need for Zannis and her emotional connection to Kane.
Kane will never turn his back on Astrid, even when she gets inducted into the Scimitar magi, an organization he knows well and respects. His gorgeous ex-spy partner might push him away at every turn, but that’s too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her life and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this right, you don’t let it go.

Zoe ForwardZoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. In addition to being a mom to one rambunctious kindergartener and wife to a conservation ecologist who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, she’s a small animal veterinarian caring for all the small furries, although there is the occasional hermit crab.

When she’s not typing at her laptop she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s madly in love with her globe trotting husband of ten years and happiest when he returns to their home base in North Carolina.

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The third book in the Scimitar Magi series puts the bar in a higher place. In this installment the magic goes darker and the demons are more evil. We witness how the gods mess with the lives of people without caring about the consequences and the action is always present.

We first met Astrid and Kane in the previous book, but it was a quick meeting and now they take the leading role. Their story is full of drama, tension, adrenaline and romantic moments.

Astrid is the ultimate kick-ass female heroine. She is so independent, strong, determinate and loyal but at the same time she wants to be loved and has a vulnerable side. Her past hasn't been easy but she is set to take control of her life. Of course that when gods like to play with your destiny it's not easy to do what you want.

Her two companions, Zannis and Kane are HOT. As every other guy created by Zoe they have all the best qualities and it's hard not to love them even when they are being stubborn. I liked Zannis and his tortured soul, his story was really interesting. I always liked the idea of reincarnation for the magis and the other deities created by Zoe and this time she adds elements to make the story believable and solid.

Of course I have to mention the sexual tension and the sex scenes. It was over the roof for moments and I’m sure the temperature went to unreachable degrees for moments. I love Zoe’s writing, she creates the perfect scenarios with the right atmosphere and the events unfold with a natural rhythm.

I never mentioned Christian before , OMG!! he is one of my favorites, he is really funny! I can’t wait to read a book where he has the main role. All the other characters were great too. The gods were AMAZING!!!

I have to warn you that if you read the blurb and somehow you understand that there is a love triangle (like I did) that's not exactly what happens. Don't get me wrong I loved the book but the tension comes from a different angle.

Overall, I loved this book! It has all the elements of a great paranormal romance. Another great addition to the series.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review: Hush Hush #2 @MissAnnelieseV


Hush Hush #2
Title: Hush Hush #2
Author: Anneliese Vandell
Series: Hush Hush #2
Release Date: April 2nd 2015
Format: Ebook
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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The teasing tongues of his leather whip. The black lace blindfold. And that mysterious, provocative little wooden table. These all mean just one thing for April.
The game is on.
Liam is opening a whole new world of thrills for April. It’s only a matter of time before she’s close enough to seize her revenge. But when she catches a glimpse of the “real” Liam, her resolve falters. Despite his dark past, the more she learns about him, the more he begins to consume her thoughts.
And when a familiar face unexpectedly comes to town, the whole house of cards threatens to topple over.


Anneliese Vandell isn’t the kind of woman you want to bring home to your mother. She specializes in writing steamy erotic romance with a twist of suspense, starring alpha males who are handsome, commanding, and fiercely protective of the women they love. When she is not writing, she can most likely be found searching for the perfect New York bagel.

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Hush Hush #2 picks up right where we left off in the first book. April continues with her investigation and the plans to bring down the Hawthornes keep getting more complicated. Darker secrets are revealed and more victims and players are brought to the game, if you enjoyed book one let me tell you this one is even better.

The relationship between April-Sophia and Liam has blurred limits, and not only for her but for him as well is hard to figure out if what they have is more than just sexual. Of course this bring a lot of tension and good heated scenes. Liam starts to reveal more about him and we find out a man with a lot of hidden demons. I like the man-character he is turning out to be. And despite seeming a bit innocent and naivé, April is becoming a stronger and braver person.

This book has a bigger element of danger, April is in a constant state of threat. It's not like she lives afraid but her moves are always calculated and everything she does has a purpose.

There was a twist here that I didn't see coming that left me speechless. What a great move made by the author.

I can't wait to read the next book.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: Mission Veritas @ArmOnToast


MISSION VERITAS (Black Saber Novels Book 1)
Title: Mission Veritas
Author: John Murphy
Series: Black Saber Novels #1
Release Date: February 22nd 2015
Format: Paperback & Ebook

Publisher: Booktrope
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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The Carthenogens, “saviors” from another planet, assumed total control of Earth by preaching peace. Eighteen-year-old Vaughn Killian, son of the US ambassador to Thailand, knows otherwise; they killed his parents, forcing him to survive as a rebel for two hellish years in a purge of Bangkok.
Now millions are dead and thousands are disappearing in massive airlifts every day, and Killian saw it all. The almond-eyed tyrants have a stranglehold on that information, all militaries, and the world at large.
Killian is determined to “resist to the death” and seizes the opportunity to join Black Saber, an elite cadre formed to oppose Carthenogen tyranny. To qualify, he and eleven other candidates must undergo a trial mission on Planet Veritas, a rugged mining outpost where the atmosphere makes people reveal their true selves.
Killian must keep his past a secret at the risk of imprisonment. It’s a hard thing to do with a body full of scars—especially when Stiles Kerrington, an entitled son of a former US vice president, has singled him out for disqualification. If he fails the mission and can’t continue the fight, he’ll be jailed while the docile population on Earth is consumed, one city at a time.
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Imagine going to a place that literally force you to speak the truth. Reveal your true self and your darkest secrets can sound very scary but for the young candidates this is a reality they have to face in this book.

Long story short, Killian had to witness his parents death and the Carthenogens taking control under the false speech of peace. Surviving as a rebel for a while, Killian had to do and see some crude realities. A serious of events presents him the opportunity of fighting against this evil (the savior comes under the name of Black Saber). When the opportunity comes to join them he will do what it takes to be a part of the group.

Mission Veritas is a really well thought sci-fi story, you can see all the hard work made by the author to create a story that not only is exciting but has a solid plot. The action is always present and there are good moments full with tension and a sense of danger during the mission that creates an atmosphere full of adrenaline.

I absolutely loved the idea of the planet they visit for the mission. Every scenario is described in a way that makes it easy to imagine the place, the narration also makes you believe that you are there living the action with the rest of the characters.

As any good sci-fi there are a lot of characters. In this case the group of candidates consists in twelve young males and females. I wouldn’t say that we really get to know each character but they do have unique personalities traits that help you distinguish one from another. Killian of course is my favorite with his sense of justice, honor, bravery and a search to do what’s right. He has a good adversary in the body of Kerrington. He is the classical “I’m the best” type of guy, arrogant and an asshole not so deep down.

Overall, if you like sci-fi this one is a good choice. The author did some graphics for the book that you can see on his site that are AMAZING!!! They help you put a face on the characters and also they look like part of a video game (one I would love to play).




Friday, May 22, 2015

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway - Falling for His Best Friend @katee_robert

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Title: Falling for His Best Friend
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Out of Uniform #2
Release Date:
May 19th 2015 
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher:
Entangled: Brazen
Source: complimentary copy from the publisher  in exchange of an honest review.

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He's going above and beyond the call of duty...
Avery Yeung’s biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family’s medical history, she’s running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective—and irritatingly hot—best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor…
Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery’s dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won’t let Avery shop for a “popsicle pop.” He’ll do what’s right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly.
But there’s nothing “proper” about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can’t get enough of it—or each other. And without knowing it, they’ve crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever…

 Meet Avery & Drew in Katee Robert’s newest sexy standalone from Entangled Brazen!

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New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.
Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.
Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?
She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

All she had to do was pick up the phone and make the call.
Well, she refused to be a coward, and there was never a better time than now. She dialed, hating herself for holding her breath, and nearly hung up in a panic when he answered,
“Flannery.”
Her nervous energy got away from her, and words popped out of her mouth before she could think better of them. “Morning! Just calling with your daily sex status report.”
A heartbeat, and then he laughed. “Okay, I’ll bite. How’d I do?”
“Oh, you know, just fine.”
“Fine?” A car door slammed somewhere in the distance.
“Sweetheart, that was a far sight better than ‘fine.’”
She was going to get through this with sheer bravado. The only other option was to sit down and talk about their feelings, which so wasn’t on the menu if Avery had anything to say about it. A little more relaxed now, she settled onto the rocking chair and propped her feet on the chest. “It was a solid six.”
“That’s so cute when you mix up your numbers. Yesterday was a ten.”
She paused, pretending to consider. “Oh, no, definitely not a ten. I would have noticed if Sam Elliott or Sean Connery showed up.”
“You have seriously questionable taste.”
“I do not. I have excellent taste. Those voices…” She sighed, putting a little extra breathiness into it. “Actually, I’m adding Benedict Cumberbatch to that list. He’d be a ten.”
“No. Absolutely not. I draw the line at being outranked by a man with better cheekbones than most women. He is not attractive.”
“Don’t be jealous that you can’t make women come just by talking to them.”
“Two words—phone sex.”
Her laugh died. After what they’d just done, she didn’t like the reminder that he’d rocked other women’s worlds, but she’d better get used to it. This was Drew, and he’d never had a problem with the ladies. “Kudos to you, then.”
His tone shifted, the playfulness disappearing. “What are you doing for lunch?”
You. No, wait, she couldn’t say that. She still didn’t know where they stood. She couldn’t just assume they were going to keep having sex because they were joking about yesterday.
Avery twisted her hair. “I hadn’t decided.”
“I’ll make it easy on you—my place, noon.”
The growl in his voice made her shiver, but she forced a laugh. “Are we going to walk twenty paces and have a shootout?”
“If by shootout, you mean you’re going to come screaming my name, then yes.”

When your biological clock goes off before time because something in your DNA assures you that your time to have kids is limited, it's time to make some hard decissions. This is Avery's story, a young woman who decides to have a baby before is too late. Of course when her best friend, Drew, finds out she using a sperm donor things get crazy and entertaining.

Avery and Drew have been friends since they were kids. They've been together through all their darkest moments and their happiest too. Each one has been the other support system but they never took their friendship to the next level. Now is when things get messy.

I loved their dinamic, together they have fun, share a lot of laughs and they are adorable when they fight. As expected, both of them fight against their feelings and the fear of destroying such a long friendship makes them do foolish things.

Avery is a nice character. It was easy to relate with her and her pain sounded real. Her family was a good element to make her more human and complete. Their appearance makes the story more solid.

The writing is really good, it makes the reading fast and active (it only took me two days to read it). The dialogues are fresh, natural and short. I think that the dual POV makes it even better because we can read both sides of the story. It was really fun to hear Drew thoughts.

My only complaint would be about the sex scenes. There were too simple for my test, there was no tension, the foreplay was short and somehow the passion was not there. They do have a lot of chemistry and it's true that Avery and Drew can't have enough of each other but I would have liked something more steamy! Maybe that's just me.

However, I really enjoyed the romance. It was sweet to read about these two people who would do anything to make the other happy except admitting they love each other in a romantic way.

Falling for His Best Friend is a fast, sweet and enjoyable romance. It's part of a series but I can assure you it can be read as a standalone.




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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review, Interview & Giveaway: The Reaper's Daughter @KM_Randall



The Reaper's Daughter
Title: The Reaper's Daughter
Author: K.M. Randall
Release Date: May 9th 2015
Format: Ebook & Paperback
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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I’ve always felt like an average girl ... except for my strange relationship with death. You could say I like to court it. Whether I’m soaring through the air as a flyer for Specter University’s cheer squad, or speeding down the steepest mountain with only grace and balance keeping me from an icy end, I’ve always needed to feel a rush. But now Death is courting me―in more ways than one. First, there’s Rishi, a rogue death deity who has a penchant for annoying me nearly to my grave and whose intense gaze has the power to see right through me. Then there’s Hades, who I’d rather had stayed just a myth. Now that he knows I exist, he’s not going to leave me alone until I meet the same end as my mother.
Oh yeah, did I forget to mention her? I spent my whole life thinking she had died when I was a baby, but now I’ve found out she’s much more than dead. Fifty years ago, Hades banished my mother from the underworld and took away her ability to cross over souls―souls that have wandered lost through the world ever since. Now she wants me to clean up the mess. You may have​ heard of her before ...
They call her the Grim Reaper.

K.M. RandallAs a girl, K.M. always wished she'd suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates in writing fantasy and delving into the paranormal. 
When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she is a copy editor for an event industry publication, an editor with Booktrope Publishing, and a freelance editor and writer. 
She has a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in English-Lit from Nazareth College of Rochester. 
K.M. lives in Upstate New York's Finger Lakes region with her husband, her extremely energetic little boy, and her crazy golden doodle, Luna.



Hello K, thanks for agreeing to do this!
Ruty: First of all I would like to know what inspired you to write The Reaper’s Daughter? 
K: I was inspired by a confluence of factors. I was editing a collection of short stories by Booktrope author Alex Kimmell, and he had written a story about Death who tries online dating. So this idea of Death personified was a thought already in my head. Around that same time I kept noticing the crows that would settle in my yard and in the tree outside my office window. I always think symbolically when I see them, being harbingers of death and all that. I imagined a teenage girl looking out the window and gazing upon the same scene. I was struck by the idea of a teenage girl finding out she’s Death, and the whole idea of The Reaper’s Daughter just sort of flowed out of me after that.

Ruty: How long took you to write it? 
K: From conception to finish it took me a little more than a year to write it. A little longer if you count editing.

Ruty: Was it difficult to include the mythological aspects (like Hades and the other deities)?  
K: Greek mythology is always the easiest for me because I was obsessed with it for a while as a kid and read plenty of books. Plus, Greek mythology continues to be popular in YA lit. I have a little bit of background in a number of religions, as I studied religious studies as a concentration in college, and I continue to have an interest in all beliefs and traditions. But I definitely had to do a bit of research, although the second book will really go much deeper than this book does into the various mythology of different deities.

Ruty: Is it a standalone or are you planning to write more books in this universe?  
K: There will be more in the series, although I’m not certain just how many yet.

Ruty: What’s your favorite writing scenario?
K: Well, I have a little office nook that I redid this past year with the help of my father, and it’s become my haven. Give me coffee, a window with a view of nature, my books, and my trusty laptop, and I’m a happy writing girl. Other than that, I love to write sitting outside at night when I’m camping or on the porch at home during the summer.

Ruty: If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you like to choose as a profession?  
K: Well, I’m also an editor, so if I couldn’t be either I’d probably choose graphic design or something in environmental studies or resource management.

Ruty: What’s your ultimate goal as a writer?
K: I just want to continue to write and make stories for readers like myself, who love magic, impossibilities, and romance.

Thanks for having me! J -KM
 

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The Reaper's Daughter presents us a girl who could be described as an adrenaline junkie, a sweet college girl, a loyal friend or a good girlfriend. However, none of those labels could really do justice to her heritage because Blake is Death's daughter.

There’s not much introduction or preambule because Blake discovers this new world just a few chapters after the story begins. The general picture is quickly described and from then on we join Blake in this new life.

At first the book takes a dark tone, the atmosphere is kind of depressing and the pain is too much. I mean, something happens in the story that justifies what's going on but it makes it sad nevertheless. But don't worry the dark mood last a couple chapters because once the action begins and Blake discovers everything that comes by being related to the reaper, the book becomes more exciting, faster and enjoyable.

This is a story with a good paranormal argument, the plot is solid and the author provides a believable story where she has taken care of all the details. The writing style is really good and the dialogues have humor and drama as well. I think the souls are a strong element and their descriptions make the book even better.

Blake is a likeable character. For moments I was mad at her because I felt like she was moving on too fast but when she explains why she behaves the way she does everything makes sense. I love her BFF, Shelby is the friend we all need. She is an amazing girl. I have to mention Rishi, I can't wait to read more about him. He is mysterious and intriguing.

Overall, The Reaper’s Daughter is a really good paranormal book that could be labeled as YA or New Adult, the main character is an eighteen-years-old college girl so it's up to you to decide the genre.

I have to mention that I really liked that the romance wasn't the main topic here, it plays a secondary role and there are moments of tension between Blake and the boy but the story is about her and Death, and all that comes with the underworld.




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