Claiming His Fate, by Ellis Leigh | Book Review #176

Claiming His Fate by Ellis Leigh is an Adult Paranormal-Shifter Romance. There are sexy steamy scenes, so if you decide to read this book and you don’t like sex, you have been warned.

23998607Rebel Lynch has spent two hundred years searching for balance between his human side and his inner wolf. As a den President of The Feral Breed Motorcycle Club, a lack of control over the beast within isn’t just a pain in the ass, it’s a death sentence. One served by his club brothers: the judges, jury, and executioners of the wolf-shifting community.

At Amnesia Gentlemen’s Club, customers and staff check their real-world identities at the door. Charlotte, one of the club’s best waitresses, ditched her legit career in corporate IT because she needs the kind of income those pesky IRS folks can’t track. When the smart-mouthed bombshell pulls a gig serving a private party, she expects nothing more than a few extra tips. That is until dirty-talking Rebel Lynch strolls into the room looking like sin incarnate, flashing motorcycle club colors, and blasting Charlotte’s expectations about work, life, and love straight to hell.

One glance at Charlotte and Rebel knows she’s his fated mate. But a wolf shifter is attacking women at the club, threatening Charlotte’s life, and putting the entire shifter community at risk of exposure. Rebel and his Feral Breed MC brothers must find the crazed shifter before he strikes again. If Rebel can’t uncover the new monster in their midst—and learn to rein in the protective instincts of a fully mated Alpha—his future with Charlotte will be dead on arrival.

Claiming His Fate by Ellis Leigh is a book that I had no expectations for. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way… I mean it in the sense that I had no idea what to expect, and as I read this story, I was pleasantly surprised by everything that had occured. Continue reading

Don’t Look Back, by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review #175

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, 18296030Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all – popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the truth about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory – someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Don’t Look Back is definitely a Young Adult Mystery novel, and from the first sentence I was extremely interested. Not to mention intrigued. The rest of the book made me feel like I was teettering on the edge as to find out what happened, so there’s this fast pace feel to the book. Even when the story has a slow scene. Continue reading

Suffer Love, by Ashley Herring Blake | Book Review #173

25897851“Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.

Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?

Within Suffer Love there are two different points of view in which I both thoroughly enjoyed reading from, even if one or even at times both of these characters were exhausting. Second hand emotions are the worst!!! The two characters we read from in the book are Hadley, and Sam. Through Hadley and Sam we discover what these two are willing to do for one another. Secrets are kept, then these secrets are revealed. Aaand(!), the one prediction I had made didn’t even come true. So that’s a bonus! Continue reading

Starr Fall, by Kim Briggs | Book Review #172

First off, a huge thank you to Kim Briggs, the author of Starr Fall, for allowing me to read this story in exchange for an honest review.

On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love. 31950059

Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without. 

When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment. 

Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster High’s social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isn’t the Goth loner he pretends to be, he’s a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starr’s hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit. 

By the way, the spot for junior class president just became available.

The start to Starr Fall is incredibly charming. Right when I started reading, I felt like I was transported into the book itself. That I could just turn and talk to one of the characters.

While Starr Fall was a pretty good book, I had a few problems with it. Continue reading

Winterkill, by Kate A. Boorman | Book Review #171

Emmeline knows she’s not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that 20702025wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with merciless winters. Living with the shame of her grandmother’s insubordination, Emmeline has learned to keep her head down and her quick tongue silent.When the settlement leader asks for her hand in marriage, it’s an opportunity for Emmeline to wash the family slate clean—even if she has eyes for another. But before she’s forced into an impossible decision, her dreams urge her into the woods, where she uncovers a path she can’t help but follow. The trail leads to a secret that someone in the village will kill to protect. Her grandmother followed the same path and paid the price. If Emmeline isn’t careful, she will be next.

Trigger Warnings: Rape Mention, Attempted Murder, Murder, and Suicide.

I don’t normally read books that involve ‘settlements,’ or ‘encampments.’ I loathe the types of the books that do have the encampments. Continue reading

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff | Book Review #169

13538816A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

Stormdancer (written by Jay Kristoff) is the first book in the trilogy (appropriately) named: The Lotus War.

Stormdancer is the first book I’ve read that’s been written by Jay Kristoff, and honestly…. Continue reading

The Score, by Elle Kennedy | Book Review #167

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Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands. 

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over 

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

The Score is the 3rd book in the Off-Campus saga (4 book series). You do not need to read the other books to understand what goes on in The Score since each book is their own, but it would help if you really want to understand this world.  Continue reading