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!

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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!

Review Regurge: Playing with Monsters by Amelia Hutchins..

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I’m at it again with the most vile title in the world!!!

Anyhoo….Amelia Hutchins is an author I love, she can do no wrong in my eyes and I have read her Fae Chronicles series about 6 times!

This series is a spin off but also interlinks…..Playing with Monsters is book 1, Sleeping with Monsters is book 2…..currently awaiting book 3!  It features one of my favourite ever male leads…Lucian. He is dark and delish!

You can see my original post here.

I know the warning about the hero says that you might not love him….but I did…what does that say about me??!  #evil!!!!

We met Lucian in the Fae Chronicles and we knew sort of what he is up to…..and this book reveals more…and all hell kicks off, literally!

Poor Mags…she didn’t have a (sexual!!) chance against sexy as sin Lucian….he has her in his sights and he always gets what he wants….even if he is slightly confused why he is doing it.. .or is he?

And then…at 92% my world came crashing down…..I was like no please, please, please, please no! I actually felt the pain from Lucian.

‘With everything going wrong, she was my right. She was the softness to all of my hard edges’

No, no, nooooooo…….I’m feeling a lot of hate right now and my pain is going to be strung out till the next book comes out. I’m off to scour FB to find when that is….

Another hit! But I’m angry!

Review Regurge: Everless by Sarah Holland…

 

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I wanted to regurge my review on this as book 2, Evermore is so close, so close I can almost smell it!!!

I remember loving this book so I am hoping that I also love Evermore too!

You can see my original post here.

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(before I carry on I want to apologise for this photo…but oh it made me laugh!!)

What a unique idea, a world where blood is used as a time currency. The wealthy people are bathing in it and the poor whittle away their lives by giving up time just trying to get by.

Jules and her father are the latter, so to get back some time for her father she takes a job at Everless, owned by the Gerlings. There is history there. And mystery. And intrigue. And shocks. And a wedding……..

Firstly, imagine my joy at finding a Caro in this book!

I must admit the first few chapters felt like work. It felt like a lot of information and messed with my mojo. But when I got past the first few chapters? Bellisimo. A total page turner!

The world was set up nicely and there wasn’t 1 thing that I didn’t like about the characters (I hate it when 1 annoys me!). The writing was superb and if your wondering about romance, well I think it’s been set up nicely but we shall see in Book 2…..

Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

 

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I received this book in my Fairyloot box and they have started to do book of the month readalong…what better way to get the book read!

I’ve never read this author before but OMG I fell in love with this book, just everything about it. The story, the characters, the world building, just everything and then went straight to Amazon to see what other books by this author I could get for Christmas!!!

 

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This is my first book by this author and it won’t be my last. This book wasn’t just amazing, it was THE best book I’ve read this year <—– yes, I’ve called it!
‘Claim the stars, Spensa’
Spin has spent her life fighting her Dad’s legacy, a coward. She gets her chance to attend flight school to fight for her desperately outnumbered and outgunned planet…..
I just want to tell you what I loved:

The writing,
The unique characters,
The plot,
The pace,
The world building,
The utter devastation I felt in parts,
The actual hope I felt,
The friendships,
M-Bot,
Doomslug,
The way I pictured Cobb as Mad Eye Moody!
So really……I loved it all. All.
You know I’m not sure I can wait a year for the next book. Now tell me…is it against the law to sit outside an authors house chanting ‘write, write, write’?!!
Signing off, callsign: Brit!

The Lunar Chronicles Series Review

 

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I had this series on my Beat the Backlist challenge and now I am really kicking myself for not reading sooner…..I LOVED IT!

Cress was by far my favourite character of the whole series, her and Thorne made my heart soar!

I don’t want to bore you to death with words upon words from my reviews so have just included the full reviews for Cress and Winter and just links to Cinder and Scarlet!

 

Here is my review for Cinder

Here is my review for Scarlet

My review for Cress

OMG could this series get any better?

More and more is revealed and my jaw was on the floor. In fact, I was at soft play when one bombshell was dropped and I looked up at the woman opposite me and she asked if I was ok!!!

In every story there is a hero and mine is Thorne. But he isn’t a typical hero. He was just mine. And Cress’s

‘If you honestly believe that, then you really don’t recognize true value when you see it.’

I need to read Winter immediately, she seems like a broken dove, and already I love that.

My review for Winter

‘The young princess was as beautiful as daylight. She was more beautiful even than the queen herself.’

The finale…..

I fell in love with Winter about 3 seconds after I read her, and it kept growing and growing. Lovely, kind hearted Winter….

‘Winter was a well-loved princess who was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken.’

I hated Levana as much as I hated Circe off of Game of Thrones, and I hated her sooooo much.

The whole crew…Cinder, Thorne, Kai, Cress, Scarlet, Iko and Wolf. Wow. I never thought I would love all characters in a book, but I did. I laughed with them, I cried with them and I celebrated with them.

Omg it was intense!

It was perfect!

This series is everything!

 

 

Anyone else read and loved this series?

Series Review (and my utter joy!): Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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We all have lives, busy lives. The school runs, the traffic, the hustle at work, shopping, extra curricular kids activities, the washing, the housework and battling to get your son dressed before school (or is that just me?!), so you need a bit of relaxing time.

You pick up a book that you have had for a while on your shelf.

And then you experience the utter joy and happiness of reading a series that makes you actually sing with joy. Being emersed in another world, with other worldly characters who are just so amazing you have no idea where the words came from inside the author.

This is what this series is for me.

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas.

I joined the readalong on the Facebook Sarah J Maas page, not only to join in but to spur me on to read some of my tbr. I am so glad I did!

This series bought me back my love of reading in a time when I thought it was taking a nose dive and I might need to step back from the book world a bit. So for this, Sarah J Maas, I thank you. More than thanks, my utter, humble gratitude comes your way in spades.

I’ve rambled on and on here but I needed to get it out, therapy if you will! Here are my reviews, maybe a little disjointed as I couldn’t wait to pick up the next book and dive in!

Throne of Glass review

Crown of Midnight review

Heir of Fire review

Queen of Shadows review

Empire of Storms review

Tower of Dawn review

Now the wait for Kingdom of Ash……

Review: Wildcard by Marie Lu

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I absolutely LOVED Warcross so was desperate to find out what happened next and how it all ended.

I think when I finished that I realized that Warcross was my favourite out of the duet but still agree that this is a must read.  Does anyone else agree?

 

CJR THE BRIT REVIEW

4 ‘every problem has a solution’ stars!

I thought I’d write some bits as I went along…..

I’m 47% in and my mouth is agape. Never in a million years did I think this was all going to happen!

So far the story line has taken a different tack for Em…..she is now the follower and not the leader. It was an interesting change, and I like it!

My allegiances have been flying backwards and towards I must admit!

And Hideo, I love a bit of romance and this line really stuck with me
‘For a girl that you claim you don’t care about, that little wild card sure has a grip on you.’

60% if my mouth could hang open more I’d be surprised. Plus my eyes are popping out my head!

Oh jeez that last 20% was action packed. I couldn’t get enough!

So to sum up, action packed, some shockers and a great read!

And a sidenote. I love Jax.

 

Review: Strong by Kylie Scott (1001 Dark Nights)

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Oh how I love this author and this series!  I’m also on her review team, and I thank my lucky stars for it!

Knowing I was going back into the Stage Dive world was exciting – even a glimpse of Mal just fills my heart with joy!  Don’t you love it when a series does that?!

Anyway…..blurb:

When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.

As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.

 

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Remember Martha? Well she is back! A bit older, a bit wiser and still with the stinging comebacks!

Mal’s description is pretty spot on ‘You might look pretty as a picture, but you’re a natural bully and a thug. Always have been, always will be.’

And talking of Mal, I’m sorry I know this is Sam and Martha’s book but can we just take a moment to celebrate Mal? He stole the show for me here. Still amazing, still hilarious, still mine (sorry Anne!!!)

It made my heart go all squishy that Sam has the chance at his hea, love him!

A great addition to the Stage Dive series.