Monday, 31 August 2015

Bookish Resolutions Progress Report (August!)

My own progress is coming soon! We're wi-fi-less cause of the move right now! But let me know how you're all getting on!

Flaw by Ryan Ringbloom

Title: Flaw
Series: Flaw (#1)
Author: Ryan Ringbloom
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Release Date: 20th January 2014
Links: Goodreads Amazon

Becca and Aidan are best friends, and living across the hall from each other has created a close friendship that seems like more to people on the outside at times. But when spoiled rich boy, Josh, moves in with Aidan, things get shaken up. Though Josh has previously been a bit of a player there’s something about Becca that has him wanting to change his ways. Meanwhile despite his scarred face, Aidan has been playing Prince for Jordyn, a friend of Becca’s, but can they all figure out what is going on before it’s too late…and can they get past each others’ flaws?

Ryan Ringblooms books are spot on. They’re the truthful look at young relationships with the warts and all. Flaw is set after the events of the previous series (Fast) but I don’t think you have to have read those first. Fast and Wait just make the characters’ pasts with each other fill out a bit more.

There were two “sets” of characters in Flaw, Aidan and Becca, who were potentially classed as less physically perfect (respectively Aidan’s facial scar and Becca’s pink hair and tattoos), and then Josh and Jordyn who were more ‘perfect’ in appearance. I liked how the story wasn’t just about Josh and Jordyn accepting Becca and Aidan’s “flaws” (and vice versa) but it was also about each other characters accepting their own flaws too.

As with the Fast series the POV was split. In the first part of the novel the POV was split between Aidan and Josh, and then in the second part it is split between Becca and Jordyn. It doesn’t mean that the same events are rehashed, the story continues in a linear fashion into the second part, but it is interesting to see how all 4 of the characters think and feel.

I liked that Ringbloom showed that her characters grew and changed as people, not only during the course of her book but also in the time between the previous book and this one (particularly with Josh in this case). I also liked that there was a look in on several of the characters from the previous books (but what happened to Robin! I think she was one of the only ones from the same high school that didn’t make an appearance in Flaw).

I really enjoyed Flaw, though I didn’t doubt I would having enjoyed Ringbloom’s books before!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Steelheart
Series: The Reckoners (#1)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
From: COYER Secret Santa/Netgalley
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Dystopian
Release Date: 24th September 2014
Links: GoodreadsAmazon

10 years ago, David witnessed the rise of the dictator Steelheart, in the moment that changed his life forever; the death of his father. Now 18, David is determined to get revenge on his father’s murderer and to do so he needs an in with The Reckoners, the only group of people who stand up and fight against Epics like Steelheart. But David soon learns that not everything should be about revenge.

Wow. Just wow. I know that I’ll enjoy a Brandon Sanderson book, and there was no doubt in my mind when I picked this one up that it would be good, but even I didn’t actually expect how amazing that book was. It left me with that feeling you get after a really really good book, and had me texting my friend who likes to read saying ‘read it!’

Starting at the end really…there were two big plot twists. One I’d already half figured out and was at the back of my mind, and the other took me well and truly by surprise (but in hindsight the title of book 2 makes more sense knowing what I know now!)  I love being taken off guard, particularly by something like that which makes the whole story look different!

David’s inner monologue kept things going action wise, but there was another side to it too. I found myself laughing aloud at several moments during the book because he just though funny things…and in some cases he said funny things too! I liked the way that the humour lifted the seriousness of the rest of the story.

Now the concept itself…with Sanderson in the past I’ve encountered magic systems which I personally find unique and well structured. In this book I’d say it was less magic and more science. Calamity (which I’m still not 100% sure of the nature of) caused normal humans to manifest powers and become Epics. For the most part Epics seemed to be moraless evil dictators, and lets face it super villains with no superheroes…makes things more interesting!

Even more so is the dystopian element that Steelheart in particular brought to the setting. The people in Newcago were downtrodden, watched all the time and killed on whim, but compared to other places that was a refuge. The dystopian elements worked well and it was interesting, especially combined with super powers!

David did have a love interest in the book, Megan one of the Reckoners, but it didn’t take up a major part of the story. Rather the attraction and feelings he had towards Megan were more a by product of the situation (and as he says several times, she keeps miniature explosives in her bra, that is pretty cool!)

While David was a mature younger character there were still moments that his age came through (see above paragraph!) and I liked that, it made him more relatable. I didn’t even find myself noticing over much that Steelheart had a male first person POV.

This was an amazing book. I loved Sanderson’s books already but this has definitely sealed the deal! 

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy

Title: The Boleyn Bride
Author: Brandy Purdy
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 25th February 2014
Links: GoodreadsAmazon

Elizabeth Howard was the jewel of her family, pretty and well trained even she knows that the world is at her feet. That is until her father marries her off to Thomas Boleyn, the grandson of a cloth merchant. Horrified by what she deems as being a marriage beneath hers, Elizabeth has discreet affairs throughout her life, even catching the eye of the King, and in doing so watches her children, Mary (the golden child), George (the brooding boy) and Anne (the ugly duckling) from afar. Little did Elizabeth expect that it would be Anne that outshone them all.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about The Boleyn Bride, and I know I’ve had a while to process what happened in the book. It was certainly a different take on the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn, and the history of how she got there.

There were points in the book where I felt that what I was getting was a summary of historic events rather than a novel. Particularly when months or even years were only given a paragraph or two in description. There wasn’t a lot of detail about some things. Though in a way it did work, and I did find it enjoyable, there was just something that didn’t quite say ‘novel’ to me.

Elizabeth was an interesting character. She was vain, but knew and accepted that she was vain, but also had moments where she clearly actually cared for her children and her main lover, Remi. In places that made her likable and in other places it just pointed out how little she cared the rest of the time.

The first person narrative really gave a look into how Elizabeth worked as a person, but it also brought in a different perspective of Anne Boleyn’s fall. I hadn’t really ever considered the affect that it might have had on her mother, and this book really brought that to life. It was heartbreaking at times.

I quite liked the version of Anne that was presented in The Boleyn Bride, she was across between the totally sympathetic Anne and the spiteful Anne. She was close to her brother but not incestuous (there have been some books implying she was!) and I liked her as a normal person. Even more so was the fact that her ambition was caused by her parents not thinking that much will ever come of her.

The Boleyn Bride was an interesting and different take on Anne Boleyn’s story, and that of her mother. 


Friday, 28 August 2015

Mating Behavior by Mandy M Roth

Title: Mating Behavior
Author: Mandy M Roth
From: Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: 30th May 2012
Links: AmazonGoodreads

Alan will do anything for Katie, his neighbour and the object of all his lust and affection. Only problem is that Katie’s human, and as a werewolf, Alan is forbidden from marking her or even telling her his true nature. Katie’s fascination with wolves takes her and Alan hiking to see the mating rituals near his family’s log cabin, though on second thoughts Katie realises that close quarters with the man she wants isn’t necessarily a good thing, particularly when her witch’s powers come out most in moments of pleasure…

Mating Behavior is short, sweet and hot. The relationship between Katie and Alan is at the forefront of the story, though as with her other books Roth still manages to get in a lot of background and world building without even trying. It makes a short read even more enjoyable!

Katie and Alan’s relationship wasn’t a new thing; in fact they’d known each other for a long while and from that got to know each other. Roth didn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on past events, but rather she managed to weave that into the conversation and the settings to give the impression without weighing things down with it.

There was clearly chemistry between the two of them from the very start, and they were also clearly attracted to each other. I found the friends level of sexual attention worked well for the two of them and it came to a natural ending, that showcased both their chemistry and their compatibility.

Shorts from Mandy M Roth always deliver on enjoyability and ease of reading, and its good to know that something like this is there for those times when short, hot and easy reading are needed!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

Title: The Red Queen
Series: The Cousins’ War (#2)
Author: Philippa Gregory
From: My Bookshelves!
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 3rd August 2010
Links: GoodreadsAmazon

Margaret Beaufort believes that she has one purpose in life; to be the mother of a King. But when the House of Lancaster falls from the throne of England she has to rethink her plan. Life for a woman in Plantagenet England isn’t easy, and Margaret finds herself passed around in the marriage market and forced to follow the wishes of her husband. Knowing that God wills her son to be King of England gives Margaret purpose, and she will stop at nothing to make it happen.

It’s a fair while since I read The White Queen, in fact it’s a fair while since I read any Philippa Gregory book, and it was while I was unpacking my boxes of books that I came across The Red Queen and thought I should start reading it. I’m not sure if it is because of how my view of books has changed since reviewing became a big thing in my life, but I found myself looking at this Gregory book very differently.

There was something that I found odd in this book, and that was the random parts of third person narrative. There was no real indication of the change, it was only when I read those parts that I noticed. It makes sense in some ways because Margaret as a first person narrator can’t know everything, and the fact that this book is set in the English Civil Wars (not the one where we chopped the head off the King, the ones before that) meant that it was important to the story line. I just found it a bit odd though could kind of see why it was necessary.

Now Margaret…I found her a very difficult character to like, which I think may have been the point. A bit like Jane Boleyn in The Boleyn Inheritance, I think that Margaret was a character that the reader isn’t especially meant to like, more one that can be sympathised to at times. She was very convicted in her thinking and that showed through, and in ways it does seem in keeping with the Historical Woman.

For obvious reasons The Red Queen isn’t necessarily true to history (though for some things, such as the Princes in the Tower, we’ll never truly know) but Gregory is the master of managing to capture the drama and intrigue of the times, and in times such as the War of the Roses that was definitely high.

I did like that even Margaret could see that people weren’t quite black and white. Even when people did things that she thought of as against her cause (like Henry Stafford, or in fact Elizabeth Woodville to some extent) she found herself liking their company at times. It made her a more complex character as well as the characters themselves being complex.

All in all a solid read, and interesting in the way that the main character didn’t seem particularly likeable

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Winter's Bride by Nellie C Lind

Title: Winter’s Bride
Series: The Elders of the Seasons (#1)
Author: Nellie C Lind
From: Review Copy (Blog Tour)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 18th August 2015
Links: GoodreadsAmazon

For years Dawn has been in love with the Winter Lord, one of the four Elders that help keep Evermore in balance. When the Winter Lord, Audren, first sees Dawn he is intrigued by her, and with the Summer Lady dying he knows he needs a wife to produce a new body for her. Knowing as a Winter Being that he is not likely to love, Audren sets about making Dawn’s dreams come true by acting, but somewhere the lines begin to blur and when the terrible truth about the oncoming birth is discovered, the Elders will stop at nothing to try and prevent it…

I won’t lie, the main reason I wanted to read this book was because of how stunning the cover is…I mean just look at it! For the most part the story of Winter’s Bride was pretty predictable, but if I’m honest sometimes an easy happily ever after is exactly what I want!

There was an interesting blend of fantasy, romance and a little scifi in Winter’s Bride, mainly relating to where the Elders actually came from in the latter’s case. It was actually quite difficult to pin down an era that the society was like but I quite liked that, especially as it meant that the focus was elsewhere in the story.

It was definitely interesting having a female main character who knew she was in love with the male main character right from the off. There was no sudden realisation or bonding, it was an innocent love that had grown over the years out of a crush. It gave a different perspective.

On the other hand there was the male MC who believed that he couldn’t love, and therefore acted the part. What made it interesting was the way that he accepted he had to act and get on with it. Even for the reader there were times when the line between acting and loving were blurred.

I loved some of the minor characters as well, Aura was a very motherly figure (as made sense given her physical relationship to Audren, and Onyx was a mischief maker. I actually found myself really liking Onyx as a character, particularly later on in the book!

I enjoyed this read, a predictable happily ever after, but sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Succubus Rising by BR Kingsolver

Title: Succubus Rising
Series: The Telepathic Clans (#3)
Author: BR Kingsolver
From: Review Copy
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: 14th February 2013
Links: GoodreadsAmazon

Being one of the strongest Telepaths alive, and in one of the most powerful political positions in the Clans, makes Brenna O’Donnell’s life interesting to say the least. But with her faithful shadow, and best friend, Rebecca Healy by her side there’s nothing that can stop her. Rebecca grew up clueless about her telepathic heritage, but now she is finding acceptance, both as a telepath and as a family member. But watching a Succubus like Brenna work means that Rebecca finds herself craving something more from someone and when General Carlos arrives, wanting an alliance with the O’Donnell clan, she may just get what she wants…

It’s been so long since I read the first two books in this series that I was slightly concerned that I’d not be able to get into this one easily, but thankfully I was wrong, and I found myself sucked back into Rebecca and Brenna’s world. There are still some things that I found harder to recall, but because the two of them were still discovering new things about themselves and their powers it didn’t matter so much.

The romance…now before I properly talk about this I feel I do need to mention that the Telepaths very much offer a ‘free love’ philosophy. Because several of the characters are succubi, or are succubi carriers (so basically get horny and mentally unstable without regular sex), fidelity isn’t something wildly practiced. However they do only seem to form romantic attachments to one person (e.g. Brenna with Collin). I knew this going into this book but there were still a few moments where I couldn’t help but find it a little strange (Collin’s baby being the main one).

The way this seemed to work in practice was that the sex scenes between the ‘relationship’ couples were described a bit more than when they happened with people not in a committed relationship. It meant that some of it felt a bit distant and clinical, but it worked to make it seem different.

I definitely liked how the Telepathic women don’t just flop over to their partners’ desires though. Rebecca didn’t want to get married so she said so. It was completely up to her when and if she changed her mind and Carlos respected that (though hoped otherwise).

There is absolutely no shortage of strong female characters in this series. All of the female characters are strong Telepaths, but they also are confident in themselves and in their personalities and it shows. There are women in positions of power and in positions in the Protectors, and for me that definitely worked!

The various uses of Telepath gifts worked well for me, and I liked how original it makes the story appear. I also like that the characters themselves experiment with the powers that they have an aren’t afraid to try new things. It made the story more interesting as well as adding depth.

There was action, romance and a strong world in Succubus Rising, in fact in the whole series, and I think that that really works!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Stone Queen by Michelle M Pillow

Title: Stone Queen
Series: Realm Immortal (#3)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 5th January 2010
Links: GoodreadsAmazon

With the war between the Blessed and the Unblessed raging on, Queen of the Unblessed Juliana decides to take things into her own hands. Striking a deal with a witch imprisoned in the bowels of the castle, she turns herself to stone, only able to be awakened by the blood of two brothers sitting on the opposing thrones. Beside himself with grief, Merrik, King of the Unblessed, tries everything he can think of to free his wife. But the King of the Damned has other plans in mind for Juliana, and he will stop at nothing to succeed.

Though you can read this series as stand alone books, and enough background is given within them for the books to make sense without having read the previous ones, I would advise against it. The events and the characters all make more sense if you have the background to the story as is provided in King of the Unblessed and Faery Queen.

I was somewhat surprised to not really have a developing romance in Stone Queen and instead have the story focused on one which is already established (Juliana and Merrik’s) but I found that I liked it, particularly as it meant that more page time could be spent with other characters and their plots and beliefs.

I still have a theory about the relationship that William (Juliana’s brother) may end up in, though as of yet I don’t know how it could possibly happen, and as to Thomas (another of Juliana’s brothers) I have no clue yet! It was also good to have an update on Hugh (Juliana’s oldest brother) and his life in the Faery court with his new wife.

One of my favourite characters to follow though was Mia. As mistress to the King of the Damned, Lucien, she is definitely complex. She bartered away her soul (though as of yet haven’t been told why) but still has half of it. She basically enjoys the evilness Lucien brings sometimes but wants to be good, and seeing that struggle makes her an interesting and engaging character. Its also interesting seeing how she manages to help various other characters without anyone actually realising.

Stone Queen was a great third instalment to this series, though I am left with a feeling that there is a lot more still to tell, particularly for Merrik’s brother, Ean, whose ending can only be described as sad in this book. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Vitrium by Michael L Guthrie

Title: Vitrium
Author: Michael Guthrie
Narrator: Em Eldridge
From: Review Copy
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian, Young Adult
Release Date: 6th May 2015
Links: GoodreadsAmazon - Audible

Jada is just 17 years old with her whole future ahead of her, even after the disappearance of her father. Jada’s grandfather is one of the lead scientists in the creation of a new substance, Vitrium, a substance that is stronger and more flexible in use than any other previously made. Knowing that Jada is interested in a career in nanotechnology, and having a close relationship with her, her grandfather tells her his secret. But someone else is after the knowledge that Jada’s grandfather has, and they will stop at nothing to get it, sending Jada on the flight of her life.

Where to start with this review! Being an audiobook, Vitrium takes me a lot longer to read than other books (because of when I listen to them, and also the fact that I can actually read faster than I listen anyway) and so I find myself somewhat more tolerant of things that would annoy me in written word. In this case it was the use of big words. Now I’m all for a bit of eloquent prose, and Guthrie definitely provides that for the most part, but every few paragraphs or so there was a word that I didn’t understand, which did make me think that if I’d read this book rather than listened, I may have given up.

However I did enjoy Vitrium, which makes me glad that I listened rather than read! The world which Guthrie created was interesting, detailed and above all; plausible. The way that the world economy was set up, and the way that technology integrated the lives of people worked for me. As did big brands such as Tesco (a supermarket for anyone that doesn’t know) changing for the new world. Guthrie clearly thought deeply about his future and honestly it kind of scared me!

This was one of those books where there was a lot of scene setting. The listener found out a lot about Jada’s life as it was and her strengths/wants, but the big thing about it was that it all turned out to be relevant! There were some scenes where I did wonder what the true point was, but then when it came to the main action of the book (probably about 60-65% of the way through) it did all become clear, which I definitely liked.

Jada as a character was 17. She clashed with her Mom and her brother, she had a close relationship to her Grandfather, she rebelled, she had a crush. There was nothing to disbelieve in her character, she acted like a 17 year old girl should, which I really liked. So often heroines seem to act above their age and this one didn’t!

Though there was a crush on Jada’s part, and the potential start of two romances (she’s 17 no one should expect her to be all out in love and settle down!) neither played a big role in the book, they were just part of life, and I liked that. It was so different from the romance being the central theme of YA!

Normally I talk about the narrator first, though I’m not too sure why I haven’t this time. Eldridge’s performance was spot on, and this can’t have been an easy audiobook to get right with all the various accents. I liked how she not only managed to capture each character differently, but she also captured each nationality differently (and there were a lot!). This was definitely a performance not a reading!

There’s a lot going on in Vitrium, and I certainly wouldn’t refer to it as an easy listen at times, but it is a good solid story, with fantastic world building and a narrator that really makes it!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland

Title: In the Air Tonight
Series: Sisters of the Craft (#1)
Author: Lori Handeland
From: Netgalley
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 2nd June 2015
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Raye Larsen has always stood out, and that was even after she stopped talking to the ghosts that she sees. When the first murder in over a century occurs the big guns are called in and Bobby Doucet from New Orleans comes to take the reigns. Bobby and Raye take an instant liking to each other, one that Raye hasn't really had for anyone else. With Bobby refusing to believe in anything supernatural, Raye feels she has to stay quiet about that part of her. Until it catches up...

I can't explain why but I thought that In the Air Tonight was going to be a Young Adult book and yet it wasn't. The fault is completely my own, there's actually nothing anywhere to suggest that this is YA! And actually the fact that it wasn't meant that I enjoyed this book more I think! There were none of the tropes associated with YA and that definitely helped.

In the Air Tonight was a perfect example of the prologue getting it spot on. The information given to the reader in the prologue led to me creating theories and deductions in the rest of the story, though it wasn't always completely clear what the right answer was until the end. I loved the mystery element of the story it worked well.

The romance element of the book wasn't a major plot line, but it was simmering beneath the surface, and mostly had to do with what Bobby and Raye had to do for each other. The attraction was there but there was definitely a more mature way of dealing with it than many characters!

I loved the ghostly element of the story. There were a few ghosts that became more than just shadows and had a personality of their own, most notably Henry, Genevieve and Stafford. I also liked that the lore surrounding ghosts was complex; they could be attached to a place or a person and then there were the 'levels'  of ghost.

Similarly magic seemed to take on several different faucets throughout the book, though I doubt that they've all been revealed as yet! It was interesting and different, making this book stand out.

I really enjoyed In the Air Tonight, I'm looking forward to continuing the story!

Friday, 21 August 2015

The Moon Dwellers by David Estes

Title: The Moon Dwellers
Series: The Dwellers (#1)
Author: David Estes
From: Amazon
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult
Release Date: 30th June 2012
Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Since Adele's parents were taken away as traitors she was separated from her sister and placed in the Pen, the name of the juvi prison. While there she meets Tawni and Cole, and with their help she plans to break out and save her family. Tristan is the son of the President, a once voted in but now hereditary position. On a trip to the Moon Realm he sees Adele, causing them both instant pain. Now they both have questions and they are determined to find the answers...

Having read Fire Country I thought I knew what to expect with one of Estes' books. I was right in some instances and wrong in others. The Moon Dwellers and Fire Country are very different stories but they still contain some of the same trademarks (after all the final book in both series is the same book!) mainly Estes' injection of humour into the story.

Adele was quite different from your 'normal' YA dystopian heroine, normally accidentally thrust into adventure and rebellion (or at least so it seems!) but to the contrary, Adele seems to take decisions and her life into her own hands. I liked having a heroine so determined to be herself.

I do still have questions though! I'm still not totally sure what was going on between Adele and Tristan (though to be fair I don't think they do either) and the mystery of who is looking out for Adele with the bombs (but I do have a theory on that).

The romance element in the book was minimal. There was an attraction and a building relationship between Adele and Tristan but it was subtle and wasn't the centre of the story, which I liked. After all there was far more going on than just their romance.

I really enjoyed The Moon Dwellers, my only regret is that it took me a while to read another Estes book!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Ravenswood: Price's Freedom by Mandy M Roth

Title: Ravenswood: Price's Freedom
Series: Kindle Worlds
Author: Mandy M Roth
From: Review Copy
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: 14th May 2014
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

A Note on Kindle Worlds: Kindle Worlds is a platform on which authors can publish fiction based on the books, TV Shows and Films all with the permission of the creator (completely legal). As far as I can tell its only available in the US which makes me feel super lucky to be able to read this! (I got a review copy).

Ravenswood is a known hotspot for activities of the Dark, but the Light just can't seem to work out exactly what is going on. With the previous Dark agent messing up, Benjamin has to step in, however he's never really felt the thrill associated with Dark deeds. Then Laura turns up. Three years ago Benjamin turned against his own people to save her, now with her back all he wants to do is claim her...

I'll be honest, I have absolutely no idea what the Ravenswood TV show is like, and if I hadn't already known about Kindle Worlds I wouldn't have even noticed it was based on a TV show! Ravenswood: Price's Freedom was a short read and enjoyable even without knowing the background.

Even for a short book, the world building was strong, though I did find that the characters were slightly less developed that some of Roth's other books, though that could have been because it was based on something else or it could be because of the length. I didn't feel Ravenswood: Price's Freedom was less enjoyable for this, it still provides a quick and easy read.

I think Ravenswood: Price's Freedom gives a good taste of Roth's writing, but her own worlds have that little something extra!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Like by JA Huss

Title: Like
Series: Social Media (#2)
Author: JA Huss
From: Social Box Set
Genre: Erotica, Romance, BDSM
Release Date: 10th September 2011
Challenges: COYER Summer Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Vaughn doesn't like to take no for an answer, and he definitely doesn't want to take no from Grace. Now back from her fake honeymoon, Grace has a new job to focus on and yet she keeps getting filthy tweets from Vaughn Asher. If only she could stop thinking of him! When Vaughn takes things into his own hands Grace finds that she really can't resist him.

*fans self* MON DIEU! (French completely necessary!) Like was HOT! I mean I was expecting it to an extent because of Follow but it just kind of blew that out the water! The chemistry between Grace and Vaughn was through the roof and the sex scenes were down and dirty. One thing can be said for Huss with definite certainty; writing sex scenes is something she can do!

I did feel like the reader got to know more about Vaughn in Like though. Not just his determined and sexual side, but also in the protectiveness he shows to his adopted daughter, Felicity, and to his sister Samantha. It made him more human and definitely more relate-able than just a movie star!

I got so swept up in reading Like that the end came as a shock. I hadn't realised that I'd got that far until I was looking at the title page for Block (I read it as part of the box set) and then I had to be strong in order to impose my 'no two back to back books in a series or by the same author' rule! But I think I'll be getting back to Block soon!

It may have taken me a while to pick up Huss books, but I've enjoyed every one of them I've read so far!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Damage Report by Mandy M Roth

Title: Damage Report
Series: Immortal Outcasts (#2)
Author: Mandy M Roth
From: Review Copy
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 18th August 2015
Links: GoodreadsAmazon

Bear shifter, Weston, knows how to stay under the radar, particularly when being on the radar could have him killed for being a failed government experiment. Recently though Weston has been dreaming about a woman’s whose face he can’t see, and when his best friend, Casey shows up telling him that his mate is in danger, he knows better than to ignore him. Paisley just wants to know what happened to her friend, and so she goes to the supernatural brothel where her friend used to work to find out. While there she encounters Weston, and both their worlds get turned upside down.

I love the worlds that Roth creates, especially when some of the series link and cross over. The Immortal Outcasts series also links to the PSI-Ops and Immortal Ops series, meaning that each book read from those adds something more to the lore and the structure of the world. All the characters are on the same side, they just don’t necessarily seem to realise it!

One of the things that is done so well in these books is the way that supernatural traits can be blurred. That can be in natural ways, like Paisley, or in unnatural-the-government-is-to-blame way like Weston and Bane. Both have their drawbacks (particularly for Paisley who doesn’t know what she is). It works in giving each character their individuality as well as personality.

It was great seeing Bill and Gus again as well, those two have their serious moments but for the most part they are comic relief, and they’re good at it! Whether its random comments, or strange logic, they always seemed to lighten the mood.

The chemistry between Weston and Paisley was strong, as is to be expected by the fated mates concept, but I did like to see that Weston wanted to restrain himself and wanted to make things romantic for Paisley, it was really sweet!

I do like having authors whose books I know I’ll enjoy, and Roth is definitely one of those, her books never fail to entertain me! 

Monday, 17 August 2015

The Cinderella Princess by Melissa McClone

Title: The Cinderella Princess
Series: Royal Holiday (#1)
Author: Melissa McClone
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 2nd April 2015
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Ad exec Emily knows that working with Prince Luc on a reality TV show could be challenging, particularly when he's just run away from the filming location. But the last thing that Emily expects is to be attracted to him, nor for him to return that attraction. While Emily does everything possible to help Luc find a wife, she finds herself falling for the enigmatic and attractive Prince. But Luc knows that having Emily would mean losing it worth the risk?

The Cinderella Princess was sweet! I think really the name of the book says it all; this is a book that you want to read if you're looking for a nice easy read with an assured happy ending. A new take on an old classic! And the parallels to Cinderella are definitely there! Though there aren't really any evil step-sisters!

Emily was definitely a likable character, she was hard working true, but as she began to show some weaknesses towards Luc she really opened up. It was made clear that her family history had left her vulnerable to people, but she pushed past that. There was never a sense of her being a one dimensional character, she had far too many layers for that!

The image that people seemed to have of Luc at the beginning of the book, playboy Prince in and out of rehab, were quickly dispelled (we're talking within the second chapter here) and he became almost instantly likable. He was sweet and caring, and he made mistakes. Mistakes that almost cost him his happily ever after!

The romance between Luc and Emily was there, and I'd say it was a small step above PG. This isn't a young adult book but it is a clean one. The relationship was sweet, it was made up of little things like finding stuffed toys and chocolate eclairs. That is what made it more realistic to me.

I really enjoyed The Cinderella Princess, it was sweet and enjoyable!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft

Title: Deadly Pursuit
Series: Dark Desires (#2)
Author: Nina Croft
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: 1st November 2011
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Al has a secret, one that has her new friends in danger; she's the runaway High Priestess of Everlasting Life. Wanting to see the world (or space) before returning to her life of boredom as Priestess. Hunted on one side by the Church looking for Alexia, and on the other by the Collective wanting to destroy the knowledge that the werewolf, Jon, has, the crew of El Cazador have their work cut out for them while Jon and Alex have a growing attraction that needs something done about...

I love Nina Croft's writing, no matter what she writes it's engaging and consuming, Deadly Pursuit was no different. What I love about the Dark Desires books is the seamless combination of the paranormal and the sci-fi elements. Some of the characters would count in the alien category (including genetically modified humans or GMs) and some into the paranormal (vampires, werewolves and hinted at others). Not to mention space battles!

Jon and Alex had a chemistry right from the word go, but on one side or another something was always seeming to get in their way. Sometimes that was Jon's sense of right and wrong, sometimes it was Alex's naivety and sometimes it was ill timed rescued parties! But it all added a depth to the pair's relationship.

Even more shocking is having a female character who is a virgin (understandably so considering she's a Priestess of the religion that came from Christianity) and actually acts like one. She doesn't automatically know what to do around someone she finds attractive and actually has several awkward moments because of it. I liked having someone so unsure of themselves as a character.

The action in Deadly Pursuit was 100% there! The tension, the build up and the fights themselves all worked well without detracting from the other areas of the story. This is one of those series that just seems to give it all!

I'm looking forward to carrying on with Dark Desires and Nina Croft's other works, they never disappoint!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Agent N6: Dylan by Joni Hahn

Title: Agent N6: Dylan
Series: The D.I.R.E Agency (#6)
Author: Joni Hahn
From: Amazon
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 31st July 2015
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt Challenge, 2015 New Release Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Since being diagnosed with MS, Teague has only wanted one thing; to ensure that she can have a healthy baby. A job for Cyrus Matthison was supposed to give her a chance to fix her DNA, except that no one told her that he was in prison, or that D.I.R.E agents would intercept her. Soon to be the newest Super-Agent, Dylan doesn't trust the geneticist, yet he can't resist her either. With a mounting pressure between them, as well as on D.I.R.E to stop Cyrus, loyalties are tested.

It feels like it's been ages since I read a D.I.R.E book! (well basically since the last one came out!) and though I remembered that I enjoyed them I'd forgotten quite how much! The combination of super-hero like powers with science and romance just works for me, as well as giving something a little bit different for readers.

Though Dylan didn't trust Teague and thought she was on a different side, the heat and the passion between them just kept mounting. The relationship between them wasn't helped by Teague's reluctance to trust anyone with the secret of her illness, though they did both admit that they'd kind of fallen into a relationship with each other.

There was plenty of banter between the two leads as well as between the various D.I.R.E agents, it was clear to sense a real camaraderie between the D.I.R.E agents, but there were also growing relationships between the female counterparts. I liked seeing both sets of relationships, they worked well.

I'm excited to see what the finale has in store, and particularly what a different agent can bring to the table!

Friday, 14 August 2015

The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid

Title: The Wire in the Blood
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan (#2)
Author: Val McDermid
From: Amazon
Genre: Crime
Release Date: 1st March 2005
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

With the new Profiling Task Force being set up, Tony Hill has new recruits to train in Profiling techniques. Carol Jordan is now Detective Chief Inspector based in Seaford, and with a potential Serial Arsonist on the loose she tries her own hand at profiling. But when one of Tony Hill's new apprentices finds more than they bargained on in an exercise and ends up dead, Tony and Carol find themselves joining forces again to catch a serial killer of teenage girls.

I forgot how addictive these books were! When I reread The Mermaids Singing it made me wonder why I'd stayed away from crime books, and Val McDermid's books, for so long. It didn't take me long to feel that I should go back and so I picked up The Wire in the Blood (which is the book that named the TV show, though I wasn't a massive fan of that, which I think was to do with Robson Green not living up to the Tony in my head, even if he is a good actor).

As with The Mermaids Singing I didn't think that knowing the plot of the book detracted from it at all, though I didn't remember the plot nearly as clearly as I did the first one. The big difference in this book is that the reader knows from very early on who the murderer is, and the investigators catch on pretty quickly too, it's just the proving it that takes them time.

There is a real sense of racing against time with this book. At the same time as following the last days of one of the murderer's victims, the story follows the efforts of Tony's task force in trying to find the evidence to convict the murderer and find the girl. It really made me read with a sense of urgency.

The cast of characters expanded somewhat from the first book. With Tony and Carol both established characters there needed to be less time spent with them, meaning that more time went into exploring the other characters. In some cases it took a while for them to grow on me but each of them brought something to the table.

The relationship between Tony and Carol is super complex, and I like that. The book isn't romance, so it wouldn't be right for there to be a HEA in that department as such, but neither does McDermid shy away from that being an aspect of the characters' lives. Both Tony and Carol have feelings and attraction towards the other, but each have their own reasons not to pursue it. It's messy and complicated and that's what makes it perfect.

I can't believe I've missed out on these books for so long! Now it'll be interesting to see how long it is until I cave and read more McDermid!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Raven's Call by Amos Cassidy

Title: Raven's Call
Series: Crimson (#0.5)
Author: Amos Cassidy
From: Beta then Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 30th July 2015
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

For wolves like Raven, life is especially hard; his smell leading him to be ostrasised by other wolves. After a rough start in life, Raven finds friends and a pack of his own, but now the Active Pack that protects Civilian Wolves, is standing down and Raven and his friends Roman, Kris and Damon, are summoned to the Culling. While there they are tested to see who has what it takes, but there are other more sinister things at work.

I got so excited about returning to the Crimson world! This novella covers events from before the first book, Crimson Midnight, and centres around the Wolves that play a major role. It was interesting seeing the wolves as younger versions of themselves, though their dominant personality traits came through even this early in their lives.

Raven is an amazing character in the Crimson books and seeing all that he's gone through just because he's gay (something other wolves know because of how he smells) makes him an even stronger character in my opinion. He was coming into his own in Raven's Call and becoming the man he is in Crimson.

The interactions between the wolves have always been entertaining, and Raven's Call is no different. I especially like that Roman and Raven's friendship is so strong with neither of them caring about Raven's sexuality. Though it is a major plot point I didn't feel that any of the main characters reacted in a negative way and it was great seeing that in a book.

I also really liked seeing how Harold came into the fold. He always was more of the outsider, being older and a different temperament to the others in the Pack, but Raven's Call really showed how he became friends with Raven and his pack.

This was a great read with strong characters and definitely added more to the series!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Somber Resplendence by Mandy M Roth

Title: Somber Resplendence
Series: The Zodiac Gatekeepers (#2)
Author: Mandy M Roth
From: Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 24th April 2011
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

For years Sidney has pretended to be insane so she could keep her own safe space away from the men trying to kidnap her. When Aland first sees Sidney on a tv screen he knows that she is his mate, but meeting her shows him that he has to make her trust him. Despite having been the victim of several attempted kidnappings, Sidney finds she can trust the mystery man who has now appeared, but can she really be his?

YES! A female character who isn't just strong in her own right but has the same powers and abilities as the male characters. Sidney was a seriously kicka** heroine who wouldn't let anyone do anything she didn't want them to. This was great especially considering that I wasn't sure what Sidney would be like after the first book!

It was also interesting having a heroine who was in the know and not turning the hero away because she didn't understand, but rather because she understood a little too well. It made Aland and Sidney's story stand out, though the chemistry was still there!

There was a lot more information about the Gatekeeper's powers in Somber Resplendence than in the previous book, adding to the world and the culture. It worked well without resulting in an information overload!

Mandy M Roth does it again, her books never fail to entertain!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Faery Queen by Michelle M Pillow

Title: Faery Queen
Series: Realm Immortal (#2)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 5th January 2010
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Feeling abandoned and heartbroken, the Faery Queen Tania feels her powers and her goodness fading, and her only chance at reversing the affects would be to get the object of her affection, Hugh the Earl Bellemare, to love her in return, except he never returned to her as he promised. Hugh can tell that the blessing on his family's estate is being tampered with, and all the while he can not get the image of Tania from his head. When Tania strikes a deal with Lucien, King of the Damned, both she and Hugh are thrust into each other's arms once more. With his brothers also in Realm Immortal, Hugh must do what he can to save his family, even if that means leaving the woman he may just love.

Once more Pillow manages to completely captivate me with the magic and wonder of her world. It has been a while since I read King of the Unblessed (Realm Immortal book 1) but the events came back to me quickly enough when I started reading Faery Queen. You don't have to have read book 1 to enjoy book 2 but I do think that having the back story, both to Hugh and Tania's story, and to Julianna's story (Hugh's sister) helps.

As with previously, there seemed to be hints in Faery Queen about the fate of one of the other brothers! I hope that I'm right because the woman that he seems destined for needs a break! Despite all the odds she tries to help people and I have my fingers crossed for the two of them!

I liked seeing a traditionally good character, a Faery, fall. Normally you tend to either get good fairies or bad fairies, but seeing this more greyish one was a good change, particularly with fairies in Pillow's world being quite carnal creatures. I also liked the imaginative way in which the evilness took root, both in Tania herself and in those things directly linked to her magic.

The chemistry was there between Tania and Hugh, though it was there from the previous book already, as was a good amount of the emotion between them. While Tania was quite honest with herself, Hugh did try to deny it, though that was mostly because of his own views on family and honour.

I enjoyed Faery Queen, it was another enjoyable journey into this series!

Monday, 10 August 2015

The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid

Title: The Mermaids Singing
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan (#1)
Author: Val McDermid
From: Amazon
Genre: Crime
Release Date: 17th June 2002
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Tony Hill is a Criminal Profiler, and after another body is found in Bradfield, John Brandon feels he has no option but to bring him on board the murder team. DI Carol Jordan is convinced that Bradfield has a serial killer, even if some of her superiors think differently. Now appointed liason with Dr Hill, she begins to see the bigger picture. Meanwhile the killer has found their next victim and has started to stalk him and prepare his punishment, convinced that nothing can be done to stop them.

The Mermaids Singing is a book that I first read ages ago, but I wanted to get back into crime books, and one that I enjoyed was the way to do it. I was completely right to do it! Though I'd read The Mermaids Singing before it completely sucked me in, though I remembered a bit of the plot, the minor details were new to me once more.

One thing that did strike me was that actually there were several details that people had figured out a lot earlier in the book than I realised (though still quite late into the book, if that makes sense!) It's the kind of thing that you'd only notice if you knew who the killer was already. I don't remember the rest of the series that I've already read as much, so I'm interested to see what rereading those is going to be like!

Reading parts of the book from the killer's point of view was interesting. It helped paint a picture of what was really happening with the deaths, whereas the police were in part a little clueless. But there was also clues as to how they got caught.

The crime solving process that Tony and Carol used was fascinating, both in the profiling and the policicng. I liked seeing how they pieced the whole thing together even if the first time I didn't manage to put the pieces together until they did!

I really enjoyed rereading this one, and I'm looking forward to revisiting Carol and Tony in their other books (and reading the ones I haven't read yet!)

Sunday, 9 August 2015

White Raven's Lover by Nhys Glover

Title: White Raven's Lover
Series: Ancient Roman Empire (#4)
Author: Nhys Glover
From: Amazon
Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Release Date: 11th February 2014
Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Brennwen has got used to people around her thinking that she is too different to be trusted, with her white skin and hair and her silver eyes. Even more so when they learn of her prophetic dreams. 4 years ago she was left for dead after losing the child she was carrying, and yet she's been dreaming of her son for years. Now that he is in danger she is determined to save him, and along with Cal's father Gaius they set off to save their son and prevent a war.

I feel the need to explain a bit what I mean by 'son'. Brennwen felt that the spirit of her son had been reborn to a Roman woman (And Gaius) and then continued to dream about him and considered him hers. This did cause a little tension between her and Gaius but actually they became increasingly close regardless.

The chemistry between Brennwen and Gaius was a slow burn. They were clearly attracted to each other but had things to get past before they could come together. This did involve Brennwen's traumatic past with men. Because their relationship moved  slowly it was believable that it worked that way.

The various characters that I met in The Gladiator's Bride were present in this book (even though the events happened after those in White Raven's Lover - apparently I'm reading this series backwards!) and it was good to learn more about them, and especially about Gaius and Brennwen.

The history of the area was embedded in the story, both in the politics and in the culture. It added more intricacies to the story and even put some barriers in the way of the relationship. But it worked well with the story and the characters.

This story is rich in history, romance and adventure. A good read!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Ours to Share by Mel Teshco

Title: Ours to Share
Series: ES Siren (#8)
Author: Mel Teshco
From: Netgalley
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Space Opera
Release Date: 23rd July 2015
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 New Release Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Silo has very set ideas on the Elite, especially since he was arrested for stealing a small amount of food from them to give to the poor and starving. That is until he meets Jasmine and Cloey. Though the pair are happy in their relationship, there is something missing, and when Jasmine pushes for a man to share their bed, it leads to something neither of them imagined.

Well the ending of this book surprised me a lot. The other books in this series, and the other book in the third mini story arc (books 7-9) all had endings which tied up the issue a bit, but this one seemed to go the opposite way to that. I'll be interested to see how this effects the finale!

None of the three characters involved in the relationship were bad people, and really I got the sense that they wanted what was best for each other. They weren't opposed to the idea of being together, and it didn't take them that long to come round to the idea which I liked. There were still some issues but they were worked out.

More information was revealed about the Rebellion, and it kind of scared me how wide it spread on the Siren. It was interesting to see how it progressed from mostly violent to a little more planned, and how they were actually thinking it out.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this story arc ends!

Friday, 7 August 2015

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Title: The Princess Diaries
Series: The Princess Diaries (#1)
Author: Meg Cabot
From: Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: 25th June 2015 (Re-release)
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Mia Thermopolis thinks that she's just a normal teenage girl, with normal teenage problems. Until she discovers that her father is actually the Prince of a small European principality and that she is the sole heir to his throne. Now forced to attend Princess Lessons with her Grandmère and enduring a feud with her best friend, Lily, Mia has to learn to live life as an 'out' royal. Meaning more attention, body guards and  brand new haircut.

This month is a month of re-reads apparently. I have to say that I am loving it! Just like re-reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone earlier in the month, rereading The Princess Diaries took me back into a world I already knew.

I couldn't help but notice that I picked up on different things while reading The Princess Diaries, like it completely slipped my attention previously that Mia could speak fluent French (which does make sense!) or that she actually liked her new haircut. I liked discovering more things about Mia!

Even though I had read the book before I found myself completely engrossed in the story, I really didn't want to put it down and found myself laughing aloud at some of Mia's comments and some of her antics. Even knowing where the story was going I still found it enjoyable!

I loved revisiting my reading past, and with this series being re-released I may find myself doing it more!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Blue Violet by Abigail Owen

Title: Blue Violet
Series: The Svatura Series (#1)
Author: Abigail Owen
From: Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 19th August 2012
Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

For decades the only company of her own kind that Ellie's known is her twin brother, Griffin. But since her recent dreams she's been determined to protect others that she has learnt about. Going back to High School, Ellie becomes friends with Adelaide, Lila and Nate, part of the other Svatura family. But its when she meets Adelaide and Lila's adoptive brother, Alex, that she knows she'll reveal herself to the family...its only a matter of when.

I do love an interesting and original supernatural system. The Svatura aren't werewolves, shifters, vampires or even witches, instead they were very much their own being, with their own mythology, practices and  magic. Ellie and Griffin's powers were revealed slowly, as were the other family's. Along with that came the history of the race and of the specific family. I didn't feel like things got repeated, and each new piece of information was revealed in a well thought out and interesting way.

The relationship between Ellie and Alex was an interesting one. There was an instant something between them, but instead of being instant love it was more like instant curiosity. They both wanted to get to know each other more and they did that. Even when they admitted what they were to each other there was still a deep sense of getting to know each other more. No rushing in like a lot of Young Adult couples.

I really liked that because of Ellie's long life she did feel that she'd missed out on some experiences, and I liked it even more when she decided to do things because she hadn't experienced them yet. It made her likeable as a character and more accessible than someone with a long life and superpowers!

There were also some pretty mysterious bad guys, and they had you guessing at their true motives all the way through the book. I didn't actually see the way that it was going until the ending was happening. I liked it and it had me interested until the last page.

I really enjoyed Blue Violet, it was an enjoyable an interesting read!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Mind Over Matter by Kaia Bennett

Title: Mind Over Matter
Series: Loose Ends (#3)
Author: Kaia Bennett
From: Review Copy (Blog Tour)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: 28th July 2015
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 New Release Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (12 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

It's been a year since Gabriel and Nicole decided they were better off apart. One year of moving on; or at least of pretending to. Determined to prove that there is nothing more between them, they set about rebuilding their abandoned friendship. But some things aren't so easily forgotten, even with focusing on their careers and Nicole's relationship with Travis.

Mind Over Matter really is one of those books that you need to have read the previous two books to understand well. Saying that I did feel that Mind Over Matter had a different feel to it than #1 Crush and Closer, there was far less focus on the sex (though the chemistry between Gabriel and Nicole was definitely still there!) and more on the friendship and bond between the two of them.

I loved the fact that most of the times when I wanted to bang Gabriel and Nicole's heads together there were other characters (such as Nicole's sister, and Gabriel's band mates) that did it for me! I liked the idea that there were people in their lives that pointed out what idiots they were being, even if they didn't listen all the time!

Time has passed for the two of them and they both have their own successful careers. It meant that neither of them were less than the other and they were very much both equals. It also meant that because both of their careers were creative, there was an in for the other one about their emotions, which led to a more complex story.

The was absolutely perfect. It tied up Loose Ends (pun totally intentional on my part there!) but still managed to stay true to the characters themselves.

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Mind Over Matter
by Kaia Bennett
Loose Ends #3
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Also in this series: #1 CrushCloser
Genres: ContemporaryEroticInterracialRomance
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Synopsis: They said they would try. They said they would give their love a chance.
But when the mistakes of Gabriel's past clashed with Nicole's hopes for the future, they realized love wasn't enough. They tied up the loose ends of their broken hearts and walked away.
Now, Gabriel's career is on a meteoric rise and he is back to his bachelor ways. He told Nicole he couldn't promise forever and did his best to let her go, but these days he wonders if he spoke too soon.
Nicole has a new life, a new man, and she refuses to look back. To everyone around her though, not looking back looks an awful lot like running scared from the past.
With Jackie and Ian's wedding approaching, a reunion between the best man and the maid of honor is to be expected. What they don't expect is for the olive branch of friendship to catch fire with a love and need that is stronger than even their best intentions.
They called it quits. But is it really over? They still love each other. But does that even matter when they've made up their minds that there's no going back?
*NOTE* Mind Over Matter is the third and final book in the Loose Ends series.
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by: Kaia Bennett
Loose Ends #2
Publication Date: March 31, 2015Genres:ContemporaryEroticInterracialRomanceAmazon - Nook - KoboiBooks -Smashwords
Synopsis: After a whirlwind week of hot sex and growing affection, Nicole and Gabriel were forced to part ways and to return to real life. For a while they danced around each other, meeting up when they could, the distance between them rivaled only by their desire to be together again.
Now these lovers are no longer star-crossed. They’re in the same city at the same time and can finally indulge their insatiable passion. At least until Gabriel’s increasingly popular band goes on tour.
But the ticking clock of his budding music career isn’t the only obstacle to contend with. A blast from Gabriel’s wild past, a guy that kept Nicole warm in Gabriel’s absence, and fear of what the future holds all converge just as they’ve begun to realize this might be love…
Author's Note: This book contains strong language and sexual content with dark elements, some of which readers may find uncomfortable.
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#1 Crush
by: Kaia Bennett
Loose Ends #1
Publication Date: December 1, 2014Genres:ContemporaryErotica,RomanceAmazon - Nook - Kobo - iBooksSmashwords
Synopsis: Nicole Langley’s #1 Crush has always been Gabriel Roberts, but settling for being a friendly acquaintance has had to be enough.
Gabriel has always seen Nicole as his good friend’s very pretty, but extremely off limits baby sister.
Then a hot summer day and an even hotter discovery pushes them over the lines of friendship, over the lines of unrequited desire, and into each other's arms.
Will they indulge and move on? Or will this crush turn into something more, something deeper? Something that leaves loose ends begging to be tied…
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About Kaia Bennett

Kaia Bennett
Kaia Bennett is a native of New Jersey, a college graduate and U.S. Army veteran who loves music, movies, astrology, tattoos, martial arts, animals and, of course, the written word. She heard the siren call of the writer as a teenage girl, but took her sweet time answering it until she had lived and loved enough to share her work with the masses.
She is an erotic author who loves to write stories with diversity, depth, realism and viscerally hot encounters that flirt shamelessly with the taboo. A lover of all genres and a voracious reader, she aims to write stories that are transformative for her characters and readers alike.
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