Review: Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

 

Well…..I’m not really sure what to say!  I always hate myself when I don’t like a book but I have to try and remember that the same book isn’t for everyone!

Anyway, here goes…..

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Seductive. Cruel. Bored
Be wary of…

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

 

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Well that was weird. I’m still trying to work out if it was good weird or just too out there weird!

 

Let’s start with the good stuff!

 

I loved how everyone who met Josh loved him, I actually liked how unique this story was, I liked the fact it had non traditional characters and I loved Lexi, in fact she saved this book for me!

 

But.

 

The writing made me confused in places, how can I describe this? It was flowery and too over the top for my tastes. It also didnt contain the fae impact I thought it would have, and I wanted that. Plus I didn’t really gel with Ksenia, I don’t know why, I just didn’t like her!
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Review: Malum by Amo Jones

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone who knows me knows I love this woman. I have the pleasure of calling her my friend and I’m also her beta reader and fellow wine drinking enthusiast!

Malum is book 4 in The Elite Kings series and shows Nate and Tillie’s journey into darkness…..and it was FABULOUS!


“Love is savage, love is blind, love is something they may not find…”
Once upon a time, there was a young girl who lived in a battered trailer, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
One day, she fell down The Elite Kings’ rabbit hole. Sucked into a dark vortex of lies, hate, and deceit, and spat out by money, glitz, and power.
There were things this little girl didn’t know, things she was about to find out and secrets that have been kept from her. Those secrets were guarded by the boys that were about to smash her world open and tear it all apart…
He may be a Malum, but she is a Stuprum, born into this world but neglected by the choice of her mother. Her eyes may not glisten with stars, but they roar with fire, and when she finally reaches her peak, it’s that same fire that will burn.
Them.
All.
Down.
My name is Tillie Stuprum, and my story is not like the rest.
Everything she thought she knew is a fabricated version of the truth. I’m Nate Riverside-Malum, the one your girl whispers about to her friends and whose initials are scratched down your back. Her story is not like the rest of them, because her story is dead.

I don’t even know where to start apart from to say that this was a fabulous read.
I wanted Nate and Tillie from as soon as I knew about them. They both have been my favourites out of all the characters…..well apart from Brantley…..but he features heavily too…..and a combination of all these things made my day!
There is a while lot of great writing and story here, there is also a lot of sadness, be prepared.

After that shocker at the end, I need part 2. Immediately!

Mini Reviews: The Benedetti Brothers by Natasha Knight

I was recommended this series by a book friend….so I bought them and they are also on my Beat the Backlist Challenge for this year……I can honestly say these books were like chalk and cheese!

Salvatore was really a wet blanket with a small mean streak and Dominic was EVERYTHING!  But I am stopping reading the series here….nothing can top Dominic for me!

Anyhoo…you can find the blurbs if you click on the covers and my reviews follow!

SALVATORE

This series was recommended by a book friend cause I love the dark mafia reads! So what’s a girl to do, she gets the whole series!

Lucia did irk me for most of the book, her teenage attitude and spoutings were annoying!

I can’t really say that I drooled over Salvatore either, he didn’t strike me as a mafia man. Like at all. I was thinking maybe there just wasn’t enough mafia in it for me (and there was an uncomfortable bit, it was degrading and unnecessary)…….

And after all this I still read on. I had to!

But then at 43% it got interesting for me!

Dominic. Now he intrigued me. Dark, vicious and wrong…..then I wondered what that said about me!!!

 

DOMINIC

This was who I was looking forward to…..

Dominic.

And this was a dark, gritty mafia!

And I loved it!

Dominic fled and now he is totally lost. Lost to himself and others. But meeting Gia changes that.

I loved the fact there was some basic human still left in him! I loved that she was his redemption (well in my eyes!!) and I loved that Gia was the light to his darkness.

‘Dominic was my beast. And somehow, I was his princess.’

Review: Free by Kristen Ashley…

The Chaos series for me is like dipping strawberries into melted chocolate, decadent and utterly delish! Here is the reading order in case you want to embark on this MC series (and you really should!):

  • Own the Wind
  • Fire Inside
  • Ride Steady
  • Walk Through Fire
  • Wild Like The Wind
  • Free

I wont give you the blurb as this is the final book in the series but if you click the pic below it will take you to Amazon and you can read!

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OH.MY.GAWD.

Been waiting for Rush. Feels like forever. But this was the one I wanted.

And Rebel. I couldn’t have picked better myself!

‘He was keeping me. I was going to belong to somebody. And that somebody was Rush Allen.’

And let’s just talk about Essence for a second. I love her. More than love her. She is my spirit animal and what I inspire to be when I’m old!

The finale. And what a corker it was. This book, and this series is firmly on my reread pile.

‘Because it’s time for you all to be free.’

Review: Kiss and Break Up by Ella Fields.

This author is just superb. Everything I have read of hers, I have loved.

So what’s a girl to do?

You beg to be on her review team!

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Dashiell Thane wasn’t a nice guy.
He was an abrasive, demanding, conniving, intolerable brat.
Yet somehow, we’d been best friends our whole lives.
Until our senior year when I finally decided to dip my toes into the dating pool.

All it took was one kiss for jealousy, lies, and betrayal to sweep in and propel us heart first into dizzying, hostile depths.

You’re not supposed to kiss your best friend.
You’re definitely not supposed to kiss your best friend while you’re dating someone else.
And the absolute worst thing you could do is fall for your best friend.
Unless, of course, you want to ruin everything.

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It makes me gleeful how fab this author is at writing NA! I always get so nervous before I read her books as I know either my heart will break or my insides will be shouting ANGST at top volume…..sometimes it’s both!
Peggy and Dash are besties and, us, the readers, get young love. But we all remember young love don’t we? We all know this isn’t going to be plain sailing!
Well this book captured all those memories!
I’ll leave you with this…
‘You win.
Freckles. We both win’

Review: Slayer by Kiersten White

I was lucky enough to receive an arc and was so excited to read! Although I was never a Buffy watcher really, I wanted to read cause who doesn’t love this genre! Unforts it wasn’t really for me……

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

So I admit that I didn’t watch too many Buffy’s and when I did I was only there for Spike!!!!! But this book intrigued me so I needed to read and it’s my first book by this author……

Nina (Athena), the last Slayer as it turns out, has always been overshadowed by her sister Artemis…..

‘Artemis is the strong twin. The powerful twin. The chosen twin. And I am . . . the one who got left behind.’

But not for long!

There was quirky humour, family drama, action and mystery but whilst I enjoyed this, I didn’t love it. The whinging from Nina made my teeth hurt where I was clenching my jaw so much! I wanted to shout ‘just stop it!’

But I can see a lot of people loving it. Maybe as I wasn’t a true Buffy fan that it went over my head?

Have you read?

What did you think?

Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

To say I was in love with The Cruel Prince is an understatement! I needed more Cardan!

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

So it feels like I’ve been waiting for an age to read this! The Cruel Prince was such a great read…..and now I have The this in my my grabby hands.

And I loved it!

Cardan was everything I wanted him to be. Jude was….omg Jude went from strength to strength in my eyes. There was lies, there were schemes, there was treachery, there were plans, there were shocks and I want more!

‘You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.’

Review: The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen

This author is one of my fave romance authors out there, I even begged her to be on her review team!

Title: The Kiss Thief

Author: LJ Shen

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever

I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. I obvs knew the title but I didn’t read the blurb as I wanted this to be a complete surprise to feast my eyes on as honestly, I’d read this authors shopping list!

And it was glorious! Fabulous. Marvellous. And other words to that effect!

My emotions ranged from ‘that rat bastard’ to ‘Oh no way’ and also a lot of ‘aaawwww’. There was also a healthy dose of hope!

5 ‘what is love without a little risk’ stars!

Review: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

Title: Twisted Emotions

Series: Camorra Chronicles #2

Author: Cora Reilly

I love this author….if you love mafia romance and you haven’t read the Born in Blood series then you need to! When I say this woman can write a fab mafia romance, I’m not lying!!!

This is a spin off series called The Camorra Chronicles and this is book 2 (book 1 was Twisted Loyalties).

Nino Falcone is genius and monster. As the right hand man and brother of the Capo of the Camorra, his lack of feelings is a blessing, not a curse – until his brother asks him to marry for the sake of the Camorra.

Kiara Vitiello, cousin of the Capo of the New York Famiglia, is chosen to marry Nino Falcone to prevent war with the Camorra, but what she hears about Las Vegas makes her veins pulse with terror. After her father betrayed his Capo and paid with his life, her family thinks marriage is her only chance to bring honor to her name; but only Kiara knows she’s a faulty prize given in return for peace.

A man incapable of emotions and a woman scarred by the past – an arranged marriage with the potential to unite, or destroy…

Oh my heart.

I thought I loved the other books by this author but this one….this one is EVERYTHING!

Kiara is broken, broken in the most heart wrenching of ways and she gets married off to Nino Falcone, the sociopath…….’until you.’

My heart!
I won’t say anymore, I’m not sure I’m even capable of the words after just finishing.
There were so many quotes I wanted to put but I’ll wait, wait for you to bask in the emotions like I did! And not only for Nino and Kiara……
But there is beauty. So much beauty in this brokenness.
The next book is going to be explosive….I can feel it!