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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne Review

99 Percent Mine

Title: 99 Percent Mine

Author: Sally Thorne

Genre: Romance

Synopsis: Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

Format: ebook (eARC from Edelweiss+)

Pages/Hours: 368 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Tags: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Adult

Themes: Friend’s to Lovers, Second Chances

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
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Review:  I stayed up until 6.30am to read this book. That should really tell you enough about how much I enjoyed it 😅

It was a complete joy to read that left me with warm fuzzy feelings and a book hangover.

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A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole Review

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, #2)

Title: A Hunger Like No Other

Series: Immortals After Dark #2

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:  In New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sizzling series, a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire become unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. Emmaline Troy is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

Sheltered Emmaline finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 384 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Themes: Beauty and the Beast

Review: 1st Read 2016:The beginning of the book was a bit strenuous. I hated Lachlain and Emma was annoying. He was way too pushy and possessive and she was super wimpish. They do get better throughout the book but I still think Lachlain is just a bit too possessive.
Emma grows into a formidable character, though. She learns to hold her own against all the controlling bullshit that gets thrown at her. Lachlain tries his best to reel in the alpha crap but I’m still not all that impressed with him.
Despite my misgivings about Lachlain, I was rooting for the two of them. The story was captivating, thrilling and sexy.
What I really love about this series, is the world Cole has created. The mythology of the Lore is fascinating. I’m really excited to find out more about the various creatures inhabiting it.

2nd Read 2019: I enjoyed this a lot more on my second read. The main characters annoyed me a lot less because I knew why they behaved the way they did and where their story was going.

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Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole Review

Arcana Rising (The Arcana Chronicles, #4)

Title: Arcana Rising

Series: The Arcana Chronicles #4

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy

Synopsis: Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole. 

When the battle is done . . . 
The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

And all hope is lost . . . 
With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

Vengeance becomes everything.
To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before?

Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 280 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: I loved this one again but I feel like the pace slowed down quite a bit in the middle and it got a bit tiresome to read. We were kind of rehashing elements from the Endless Knight that bored me a bit.

But the bad Arcana finally show up in force and we get some action.

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Day Zero by Kresley Cole Review

Day Zero (The Arcana Chronicles, #3.5)

Title: Day Zero

Series: The Arcana Chronicles #3.5

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy

Synopsis: Arcana means secrets, and these Arcana Chronicles short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole are filled with them. Experience firsthand the beginning of the end and behold the apocalypse through the eyes of characters you only thought you knew. 

Ashes to ashes . . .
Evie Greene’s story of the Flash is just one of many. All over the world, those connected in some way to the lethal Arcana game—like Death, Jack, and Fortune—must first survive a horrifying night of blood and screams. 

We all fall down.
Some will have to grapple with new powers; all will be damned to a hellish new existence of plague, brutality, desolation, and cannibalism. Find out who they lost, why they endure, and what they sacrificed in order to live past Day Zero. . . . 

Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 174 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Tags: Short stories, multiple points of view

Day Zero by Kresley Cole
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Review:  This was really interesting. We get a lot of background information and insight into the other characters that we wouldn’t get in the main books since we follow Evie. It isn’t necessary to read to enjoy the series and some elements may be considered spoilerish since she introduces characters here that haven’t been introduced in the main books yet. I loved learning more about my favourite characters though especially about what was happening with Jack after the Flash.

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Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole Review

Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles, #3)

Title: Dead of Winter

Series: The Arcana Chronicles #3

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy

Synopsis:  Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Timesbestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions 

Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory 

Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned 
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first…?

Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 286 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Themes: Love Triangle

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
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Review:  The love triangle gets very annoying in this one. I wanted to grab them and tell them to get over it! But the story makes up for all the angst here. We get a lot of expansion with the Arcana and the game. Jack’s character grows greatly as well and we now have a really solid world that the characters impact on.

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