Category: Book Review

No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole Review

No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark, #3)

Title: No Rest for the Wicked

Series: Immortals After Dark #3

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: In this next installment in the Immortals After Dark SeriesUSA Today Bestselling author Kresley Cole delivers a scorching tale about a forbidding vampire who lives in the shadows and the beautiful assassin who hunts him there. 

A vampire soldier weary of life…

Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire—a nightmare in his mind—against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.

A valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him…

When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow—accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings—particularly lust—emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill.

Competitors in a legendary hunt…

The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity—as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world—to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?

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Format: Paperback

Pages/Hours: 356 pages

Ownership: own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Tags: Amazing Race

Themes: Cat & Mouse, Strong Heroine, Beta Male

Review: It would be impossible for me to pick a definite favourite from this series but this one would be a strong contender! I love both main characters and I really love the whole concept of a supernatural amazing race. The back and forth between Kaderin and Sebastian is just swoon-worthy, love it!!

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Tempting the Best Man by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Tempting the Best Man (Gamble Brothers, #1)

Title: Tempting the Best Man

Series: Gamble Brothers #1

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother’s best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can’t stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother’s wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they’re forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of “accidents” as the family tries to prove their “spark” can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first…

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Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 131 pages

Ownership: own

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Tags: Novella

Themes: Friends to Lovers, Brother’s Best Friend

Review: This was a bit too short for me. I need romances to be longer to really care about the characters and I need more subplots. If you’re looking for a quick sweet romance with a bit of steam then this is perfect.

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Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas Review

Dreaming of You (The Gamblers of Craven's, #2)

Title: Dreaming of You

Series: The Gamblers of Craven’s #2

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Genre: Historical Romance

Synopsis: In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Fielding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven—and into Derek Craven’s dangerous world.

A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from, poverty to become lord of London’s most exclusive gambling house—a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world—with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress—and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion… and the promise of love.

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Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 384 pages

Ownership: own

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Themes: Tortured Hero, Wealthy Hero, Virgin Heroine

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Review:  Derek Craven seems to be on a lot of ladies book boyfriend list but not me sadly. He’s a bit too brash for me but I loved everything else about this book. Sara Fielding is my favourite type of heroine to read about. She’s industrious and independent without having to shove it in peoples faces. She knows what she wants or has to do and just works towards it.

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The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole Review

The Dark Calling (The Arcana Chronicles, #5)

Title: The Dark Calling

Series: The Arcana Chronicles #5

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: New intrigues, adventures, and stunning revelations fill the penultimate installment of #1 New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole’s electrifying Arcana Chronicles.

In a world teetering on the edge . . .
When Evie receives life-changing—and possibly game-changing—news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn’t she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might be lying?

With enemies at every turn . . .
Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie starts to doubt her own sanity. Answers can be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them—or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack’s possible survival?

Darkness beckons. 
A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the Dark Calling before hell reigns on earth?

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Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 318 pages

Ownership: own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Tags: Dystopia

Themes: Love triangle

Review: Oh, my god! This book was intense! I am so invested in these characters now I’m almost afraid to read the next book when it comes out but I NEED TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN!!!

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Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian Review

Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9)

Title: Deeper Than Midnight

Series: Midnight Breed #9

Author: Lara Adrian

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: Delivered from the darkness, a woman finds herself plunged into a passion that is Deeper Than Midnight.

At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well – the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.

Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Drago’s reign of evil – even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.

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Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 387 pages

Ownership: own

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Tags: Vampires, Brotherhood

Themes: Tortured Hero, Tortured Heroine, Virgin Hero

Review: I read the previous book (Taken By Midnight) in 2013 so I was kind of playing catch up while reading this. Adrian recapped all the important stuff throughout the story though so that was handy.

Since starting this series I read J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood which is pretty similar to Midnight Breed. I kept getting the storylines and characters mixed up….

I’m not sure I’ll continue with Midnight Breed but I did enjoy this instalment. There seems to be more focus on the main story line of the series instead of the romances which made it a more interesting read. And that ending!!! I may pick up the next one just to see what happens next.

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