Hidden Kingdom books 1, 2, by L. Rose | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I have my book reviews for the first two books in the Hidden Kingdom trilogy.

The first book is called, A Torn Paige,
while the second book is aptly named A Lost Paige.

Since this is a review for both books, I won’t be listing what the second book is about. However, I will be posting a link to the books’ GoodReads’ page.

A Torn Paige

TW; murder, hostage situation, sex, death of a major character.

48351365._SY475_One, two, things are changing for you.
Three, four, monsters at your door.
Five, six, no one could predict.
Seven, eight, you learn they’re your mates.
Nine, ten, it’s time to fight again.

Paige Alice has changed, but she’s not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

The good.
Four annoying and different types of men, who she trusts with her life. A scary but faithful sidekick, and of course, her crazy family.

The bad.
…Everything else.

*This is the first in a reverse harem romance trilogy. There’s adult themes, course language, humor, and mm scenes, for 18+ only.
*Sorry about the cliffhanger, but the second book will be released in early December 2019.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I have my book review of

A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is the first book in the Cursebreakers trilogy.

Trigger Warnings: Death, Death mention, Death caused by Cancer, Cancer mention, suicide mention, suicide attempt, Murder. (if I’ve missed anything, please let me know)

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cover152506-mediumFall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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I was so, so excited to read A Curse So Dark and Lonely… and that’s why I believe that I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I wished I had.

Let me get this straight though, I still kinda enjoyed the novel.

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White Witch, Black Curse, by Kim Harrison | Book Review

Hello lovelies, today I have my book review of

White Witch, Black Curse, by Kim Harrison.

White Witch, Black Curse is the 7th book in The Hollows series.

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3475268._SY475_New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the sinister and seductive Hollows for the newest blockcuster adventure featuring Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter.

White Witch, Black Curse

Some wounds take time to heal…and some scars never fade.

Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won’t rest until his death is solved…and avenged. Whatever the cost.

Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderland food chain, Rachel’s past comes back to haunt her.

Literally.

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My review for White Witch, Black Curse is short, and that’s because I binge-read like 4 books back to back. So this is what I’ve got written down for WW,BC.

I AM SO GLAD THAT WE FINALLY GET TO KNOW WHO KILLED Kisten. Finally! My questions have been answered!!

However, nearing the end of the novel Rachel remembered something from her childhood, and just….the way that the scene played out all innocently makes me think that in the next book this person will appear in the series and not in a good way. Long story short; the scene gave me a huge sense of dread.

All in all, I give White Witch, Black Curse, 4 stars.

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Have you read The Hollows series?

I admit that when I read the first book, I wasn’t at all interested in the rest of the series. Though one of you lovely people suggested that I give the rest of The Hollow series a try, and well, now we’re here! Haha.

Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!
Adele

Taming Demons for Beginners by Annette Marie | Book Review

Hello! Today I’ve got my book review of

Taming Demons for Beginners, by Annette Marie.

Taming Demons for Beginners is the first book in The Guild Codex: Demonized Series.

Trigger Warnings: Blood, Blood mention, Attempted Murder, Torture, Starvation mention, Abuse mention, Dead parents mention.

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44932446._SY475_Rule one: Don’t look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle’s house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don’t practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don’t listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I’m supposed to act like I don’t know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don’t talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn’t find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn’t notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn’t break the rules.

But I did, and now it’s too late.


From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.


THE GUILD CODEX: DEMONIZED
Taming Demons for Beginners (#1)
Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (#2)

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Taming Demons for Beginners is a New Adult Epic Urban Fantasy.

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Dark Pact, by Alana Serra | Mini-Book Review

Hello friends, today I have my book review of 

Dark Pact, by Alana Serra.

Dark Pact is the first book in the Her Dark Guardians series. 

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47535183._SY475_She made a deal with a dark god.
Now he’s come to collect.

When her best friend is mortally wounded, Rhia makes a deal with a dark god to save him. She expects to give up her soul, but he wants something far more binding: Her servitude.

Rhia is made the next Dark Lady–a sorceress who answers only to Aeredus, Lord of Darkness–and is given powers beyond her wildest dreams, along with three sexy, dangerous men to do her bidding.

But an evil god won’t ask for mere tribute in his name. He wants the very essence of Good brought to its knees. To avoid being corrupted by the lure of Evil, Rhia will have to be nimble, cunning, and willing to trust a conniving warlock, an oathbreaking paladin, and a brutish half-orc.

It’s either that or become utterly seduced by the darkness and lose sight of her old life forever…

Her Dark Guardians is a revere harem (or WhyChoose) medium-burn fantasy romance series. Throughout the series you’ll find explicit MF, MFM, MM, and MMF scenes, as well as–most importantly–a heroine who doesn’t have to choose between her three (and eventually five!) men.

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I ended up giving Dark Pact 2 stars because while I did enjoy the story, I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I could have. There were some things that were just…too stereotypical for me to enjoy.

Have you read Dark Pact? What’d you think of it? 

Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!
Adele

Breaker, by Harloe Rae | Book Review

Hello, friends! Today I’m reviewing

Breaker, by Harloe Rae.

TW; Stalking, Wrongful imprisonment, Death of a Parent, Drug & abuse mention, Drug Addiction (a character’s mom).

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50090897._SX318_SY475_“Tell me a happy something, Sutton.”

I was only seven the first time Grady Bowen whispered those words to me. Cloaked by the black sky under a blanket of stars, it was easy to get lost. He didn’t have any good memories of his own, and needed to borrow mine. I’d willingly give him anything.

Being infatuated with that boy was a beautiful curse. What could have been special didn’t get the chance to bloom. He’d never see me as more than his best friend’s kid sister. That was a hard lesson to learn, but not the most difficult.

Grady had always been struggling against the odds. Eventually he quit fighting and let his family’s reputation own him. Try as I might, those influences were beyond my reach.

He didn’t mean to break my heart. Or maybe he did. I shouldn’t have made it so easy for him. Either way, our wrongs against each other carved new lines between us.

I went four years without seeing Grady—each one more painful than the last. That distance did nothing to dull my feelings toward him. But things are different now. Most noticeably is Grady. I barely recognize this man he’s become. And that’s the way he intends to keep it. Not that it really matters.

Grady Bowen stopped being my happy something long ago.

✔️Older brother’s best friend
✔️Small town, country romance
✔️Broody, broken hero
✔️Sweet, genuine heroine
✔️Gut-wrenching feels
✔️Total standalone

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I’m totally up for reading more Harloe Rae books. Yet Breaker was an absolute miss for me. I didn’t really like it at all, and I stuck out until the end.

What I didn’t like about it was that it was 100% predictable, and while there were sweet part, even sexy, steamy, parts to the story…..I didn’t enjoy the story overall.

A big part of the story that I didn’t enjoy was actually the characters themselves.

Grady……well, if Grady wasn’t so gruff and kept LITERALLY EVERYTHING close to his chest (mostly his anger) he would’ve been more interesting.

I genuinely didn’t like Sutton either. There were moments where both Grady and Sutton were okay on their own, and sometimes together too. Actually, these two were better together than they were apart from one another.

This review is soooo messy and that’s because I literally cannot with Breaker. I didn’t like it, I didn’t like the antagonist in this story — a literal proven, tested, psychopath —  with his sick, stalker fantasies towards Sutton.

So, to wrap up my thoughts on Breaker: I absolutely did not like it.

I give Breaker, 1 star.

Have you read Breaker, or anything else written by Harloe Rae? What were your thoughts on what you read? 

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Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!
Adele

The Outlaw Demon Wails, by Kim Harrison | Book Review

Hello! Today I’m dropping by to post my review of

The Outlaw Demon Wails, by Kim Harrison.

The Outlaw Demon Wails is the 6th book in The Hollows series.

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1225621._SY475_When you dance with demons, you lay your soul on the line…

In the Hollows, where the natural and the supernatural co-exist – not always peacefully – desperate times often call for unorthodox measures. But bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan did the absolutely unthinkable to save the lives of her friends: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins have come home to haunt her.

As Rachel hunts for the truth behind a terrifying murder, the discovery of a shocking family secret is about to throw her entire life into question. And the long-lost ancient knowledge she seeks resides in the demonic ever-after. But there are some lines that should never be crossed–like the one Rachel Morgan’s stepping over…again!

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What a whirlwind this story was! There was actually quite a bit that happens in this 6th (!!) instalment in The Hollows series. What I like about Harrison’s writing, is that no matter how much time I take from reading between this book series is that when I start reading another Hollows book, I always feel welcome. I start reading a Rachel Morgan story and I’m instantly transported into her life! Continue reading

Wicked Gods, by Michelle Hercules | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I’m reviewing

Wicked Gods, by Michelle Hercules.

Wicked Gods is the first book in the Gifted Academy series.

Trigger Warnings: Sexual Abuse, Bullying, Attempted Murder.

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46292872._SY475_Nowhere is safe when the gods are wicked.

Since the beginning of times, there has always been two sides: Norms and Idols.

But never have the scales been so unbalanced as they are today.

I’m a Norm, which means, I grew up in fear of the Idols and their godly powers.

And now, I’m going to be surrounded by them, day and night. I’ve been offered a place at the prestigious Gifted Academy, an opportunity very few Norms get.

To survive, I must become invisible. But my hope to get through the academy unscathed goes down the drain when the most powerful boys in school set their eyes on me.

They hate me simply because I’m a Norm. If they knew who I truly am, they’d tear me apart limb by limb. But I’m done cowering away from Idols. It’s time for the Norms to fight back, and it all starts with me.

*Wicked Gods is a steamy, paranormal academy RH bully romance.

From GoodReads [x]:

“REVERSE HAREM” IS, LITERALLY, THE OPPOSITE OF “HAREM”, WITH A GROUP OF MALES CENTERING ROUND A SINGULAR FEMALE, USUALLY WITH THREE OR MORE MALES. QUITE OFTEN FOUND UNDER THE ROMANCE GENRE.

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There are quite a few points of view that we read from. Which means that the story was never boring…maybe a little over-crowded. Continue reading

Library Reads #47

library readsHELLO FRIENDS! TODAY I’M TALKING A LITTLE ABOUT THE BOOKS I’VE BORROWED RECENTLY FROM THE LIBRARY.

Library Reads: I’m a huge fan of libraries. I tend to visit the library quite often, and I even come across great finds. These Library Reads posts are where I write a tad about the books I’ve borrowed.

In this post I’ll write about what books I borrowed, and what I think of the books before I actually start reading them. Whether what I say is a sentence or a few sentences long, here I catalogue the books I’ve borrowed. — From doing these posts I hope to spread a little love for libraries and the stories they can give us.

HERE ARE THE BOOKS I BORROWED FROM THE LIBRARY RECENTLY!

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Cold Attraction, by Zoe Ashwood | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I have my book review of

Cold Attraction, by Zoe Ashwood.

Trigger Warning: Torture mention, Blood, Murder, Attempted Murder, Attempted Rape (character saw), Attempted Rape mention, Deceased Parents mention.

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48131274._SY475_She’s hot for an alien…

Adriana is the first human to walk the icy planet Rendu as part of an exploration mission from Earth. An extraterrestrial anthropologist, she’s charged with observing the alien culture and finding out what makes them tick. One particularly gruff male makes her heart race and sends her professional judgment out the window…

… but he’s cold as ice.

Taron ad Naals brought an expedition of humans to his planet, only to find his home in political turmoil. The King is dead, and unscrupulous enemies threaten the young Queen’s life. On top of that, a certain voluptuous, warm-blooded scientist is set on uncovering secrets that should remain buried. One warm touch, and he’s hers: she brings him pleasure he never imagined existed.

Her love will melt his defenses.

As Adriana’s curiosity triggers a dangerous mess of galactic proportions, Taron must race to save her life. Yet she is the one who will rescue him – and his entire nation.

Cold Attraction is a steamy standalone Sci-Fi romance perfect for fans of sexy alpha aliens and strong heroines. It features a full HEA and has no cliffhangers.

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Cold Attraction took my by surprise…..in the best way possible. I did not expect what this story gave. I expected something a little more cheesy and completely off the charts unrealistic. Continue reading