Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

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What it’s about:

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila ha

s put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

What I thought:

“Let’s get my part of this over with,” Vlad said shortly. “And if the name ‘Buffy’ comes out of my mouth, it will be the last word you ever hear.”

Ok so I’m going to start by saying that the reason I loved this book so much was more about Ian than Vlad and Leila. He completely stole the show for me! I was laughing every second and with all the

little teasers Frost added to introduce his book, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Having said that, I actually did enjoy the Vlad and Leila story. I liked seeing a more ruthless side to Leila and really enjoyed the violence in this book. (Wait! Does that make me sound like a psychopath? :P) I can’t say I feel the passion between Vlad and Leila but I still love their connection. There is something really amazing about the way Vlad sees Leila that makes you realise he’s not the big bad he pretends to be. I also found myself wanting to reread the series as I was reading this book so I definitely think I missed the characters. 🙂

The one thing that I was a bit disappointed about with this book was the ending. Frost said this is the last book in the series yet I felt like there was still a few things left unfinished. What’s going to happen with Gretchen? What are they going to do with Mircea? I’m hoping Vlad and Leila will pop up in Ian’s books so that we see some more of their story.

Right now I’m just counting down the days till I can read Ian’s story!

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Through the Fog by S.J. Lynn

What it’s about:

Adalind Carter finds herself in search of a new nursing assignment. She finally gets her wish when given an opportunity to travel to England for the private care of Evan Jacob Frederick, the Duke of Warlington, who is showing signs of awakening from a two month long coma. Upon accepting the position, it doesn’t take long for her to discover just how little she knows about any of it…

What I thought:

I really enjoyed this bo28146781ok. I loved the characters and the storyline really drew me in. If I’m completely honest I couldn’t put this book down. I found myself desperate to see what will happen next, even though I had figured out the “big twist” ending right at the beginning. I knew where the story was going and yet I still wanted to continue reading and find out how Lynn would have the characters behave.

I really liked Adalind. At first her need to fix people bothered me but as the story progressed and her character grew, I really did end up liking her. Evan was amazing and I think his character was well built and reacted exactly as you would expect a real person to. I did find the side characters a bit dull, especially Adalind best friend (who’s name I cannot for the life of me remember) I found her to be a bit one dimensional and annoying. Hugo was a bit better, though I still feel like he could have had more depth. Betty was one of the better side characters. I found her to be entertaining at least.

The one thing about this book is you can tell that Lynn is not a seasoned writer. Her dialogue, while compelling doesn’t do a great job of distinguishing between the characters. Adalind is supposed to be a young American girl and Evan is an English Duke, yet most times they used the same language. Small things like a young girl would say it’s while an English Duke would say it is. Yet they both said the latter. It confused me at times. 

But even though the story was predictable and the writing was a bit junior, the book still kept me captivated and I found myself thinking about it for hours after I was done. And in my book that makes this one really worth the read.

Heart’s Desire Series by Dana Marie Bell

ImageI am a HUGE Dana Marie Bell fan. Really, I’ve read everything she’s ever written and will read everything she writes in the future. I have recently finished the second book in her Heart’s Desire series and I decided I’d review both books.

Here’s what the series is about:

In this world witches, wizards and warlocks stick to their own. They don’t like to mingle and they all do magic differently. Witches cast from instinct, wizards cast with planning and preparation, and warlocks are mostly evil. The Beckett family are a family of wizards with a curse they would rather people don’t find out about – they’re werewolves! Each Beckett must cast a spell to call their mate to them, the catch is, she has to accept the mating or the Beckett dies.

In book one, Christopher Beckett is tired of being alone. His wolf is howling for his mate, and Chris knows it’s only a matter of time before his needs override everything else in his life. What he wants is a woman of an older lineage, of power to equal his own, someone who will accept his wolf. What he gets is a spunky witch!

In book two, Zachary Beckett figures out the secret to why he’s been screwing up all his life, and the mate who can help him control his power. But before he can be accepted by his true court, he’ll have to fight a warlock and prove himself. 

What I thought of them:

Book 1: Shadow of the Wolf

Bell has created another fantastic world in Shadow of the Wolf. Christopher Beckett is a wizard from a family cursed to live as werewolves. Chris has gotten to the point where he needs to call his mate, so he does the spell all Becketts need to cast. What he gets is a spunky witch who has a bigger problem with him being a wizard than a werewolf.

This is an interesting story,  I loved the idea that even though they are both magical people Chris and Alannah have very different ways of doing things. Witches are more impulsive and the wizards plan ahead and this drives both insane.

I really enjoyed every minute of this book and I fell in love with all the characters. I enjoyed the idea behind the story and, like all Bell’s books, this one had me laughing out loud and blushing like crazy.

If you love magic and some hot sex this book is for you!

Book 2: Hecate’s Own

I really enjoyed this storyline, you feel for Zack in the beginning and want to kill all the witches who treat him bad, even Jo and the king. I did love how Zack was with his family, how playful they were and the protectiveness they share. Jo is a great, spunky witch that you would love to be friends with. I really liked her conviction and the fact that she trusted her instincts and Zack.

I must say Bell really created a captivating story with this one, while the werewolf aspect wasn’t as big as the first book you still knew the story behind it and it was a pivotal part of how things played out. The intricacies of how the world works in amazing and, as I would expect from Bell, you really get attached to the characters. Zack’s “problem” was clever and made total sense, I also like that Bell has set up the other books in the series in a way that makes you so excited to read them. She also made sure you’re salivating to read Chris’s story and then made sure to keep you on your toes, as the next one is about Gareth.

Yet again, another amazing book from DMB full of excitement, passion, humour and HOT sex! Bring on the next one!

Down London Road by Samantha Young

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What it’s about:

It has always been up to Jo to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. She’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember, even the men she dates is determined by how much they can provide for her brother and her. But with Cam, the sexy new bartender at work, the attraction is undeniable. Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore.

What I thought:

Ok so here’s what I thought of this book in a nutshell: it’s a roller coaster ride of smiles, emotion, surprise and great sex, all buried deep down in a very very average book.

Down London Road is the sequel to the amazing book On Dublin Street. I really loved the first book and the short story Until Fountain Bridge, but this book left me wanting. It’s the story of Jo and Cam, and while they where good characters I can’t say I loved them. Jo annoyed me a bit, though I did like the realistic way her character reacted to situations. And for most of the book I really didn’t like Cam. I thought he was a judgmental bastard and I was kinda hoping Jo would smack him. I really did like the way he was with Cole though.

For the first half of this book both Cam and Jo where with other people and both their relationships annoyed me. Having said that, the first time Jo and Cam see each other was amazing and the first time something (little but still something) happened between them, you could feel the passion leaking out of the page. And that was the first “peek” in the book, the first moment when I was like “ok now this book is getting good”. Then once they got together the book started to level out and even the HOT sex didn’t make it interesting. And that’s how it stayed until the last couple of chapters, average, with me needing to push to continue. It also became a bit predictable and I started thinking that this story really didn’t have anywhere to go.

Then, something happened, the the story picked up with such a fury of emotion and surprises that I found myself thinking “this book has just redeemed itself”, and I was sweating from the passion and pain. And in the end, when all the greatness ended I skimmed through the last chapter and Epilogue, disappointed that she didn’t end it on the high.

Like I said, it had all the great things I love about a Samantha Young book but only in sporadic piece, with the majority of the book being quite hard to read through the monotony. So it gets the three stars for the great moments but I just couldn’t bring myself to rate it higher. I still have faith is Young’s ability to create amazing books and I will still be excited to read the next one in the series.

Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young

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Ok take a look at this ridiculously HOT cover! Until Fountain Bridge is the novella book in the On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young. I’m LOVING this series, it’s hot and heart-warming. I loved this one and thought Young did a great job building onto the story.

What it’s about:

This book is about Ellie Carmichael and Adam Sutherland, two prominent characters in the first book. We know that Ellie had a crush on Adam and by the end of book one they had finally hooked up. This novella tells you their story, how and why Ellie fell in love with him and what happened to lead up to where they are after book one.

What I thought:

“I want every piece of you. Even the stuff I missed without even knowing I was missing it.”

Wow!! Just wow! What a story! After reading On Dublin Street I couldn’t wait to read Adam and Ellie’s story and I wasn’t disappointed. I really could not put this book down and ended up reading until it was finished… and so was the day.

I’m completely and truly in LOVE with Adam, he is just such an amazing character, someone who you fall in love with, without even realising it’s happened until it’s too late. Ellie really surprised me, I found her to be strong and caring. I loved that she saw the good in people and opened herself up to others. It was also great to see Joss and Braden’s story from another POV.

I really enjoyed the way it was written as well. I loved that we got both characters POV even though it was told through Ellie’s diaries. I found the story to be heartbreaking and passionate. Every time Ellie spoke about Adam I wanted to touch him and have him never leave.

All in all a great novella to keep you hooked on this great Samantha Young series.

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

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What it’s about:

One Dublin Street is the story of a woman who, after the death of her parents and sister, became someone distant and disconnected from others. But when she moves into a house on Dublin Street everything changes.

My Review:

Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. Samantha Young has an unbelievably addictive writing style that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I have to say this is not my normal type of book. I’m all about the action, with heroic female leads and sexy males, preferably with some kind of fantasy thrown in, but I can appreciate a good old fashioned love story and that’s what I got.

I can’t relate to Joss as I am the exact opposite, but I do love the way Young wrote her. I loved that her characters was consistently self-destructive and self-loathing. When I would break and dive into Braden’s arms, she ran and I know that’s what that kind of person would do. I also loved Joss’s quirky attitude and sharp tongue, the girl has spunk and sticks to her convictions.

I’m completely in love with Braden! He is so sexy and I can just imagine that Scottish accent dropping panties 😛 I loved everything about the character, the way he spoke, how he was rich but didn’t flaunt it, and all the sexy on top!

The other characters in this book also grab a hold of my soul and bored their way in. I could imagine myself being friends with Ellie and smacking Adam for the way he was with her. I felt the detached friendship Rhian and Joss shared and I wanted to punch that douchebag Gavin in the face too. Young really has a knack for writing addictive characters and sucking you into her world. There were moments in this book where I had to grab the tissues because I was so invested in these characters that what hurt them, hurt me.

All in all this was an amazing book! The story was well built and kept you wanting more. I loved every minute of it and I’m ready to read another (what I imagine will be a) fantastic book by Samantha Young!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

All For You by Dana Marie Bell

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All For You is the first book in Dana Marie Bells’s newest series – The Nephilim series.

What it’s about: 

Someone—or something—is stalking Abby Marcheson. Luckily, she as her brother’s hunky friend Seth to keep her safe. Abby falls easily into her protected life, with Seth constantly by her side, and when he asks her out on a date, she’s eager to accept.

But Seth is much more than he seems. A Nephilim, a son of Angels with wings of his own, Seth is bound to spend his life hunting the Shemyaza, evil descendants of Angels. He’s kept his wings hidden from Abby in order not to frighten her, but as her stalker becomes bolder, Seth begins to suspect that a Shem has Abby in its sights…

As their flirtation escalates into full-blown passion, Seth is torn. Should he reveal his true nature to the beautiful, trusting Abby? Will she accept him, wings and all, or will Abby flee her guardian angel and fall prey to the sinister force that wishes her harm? (via Goodreads)

My Review:

Anyone who is a die hard Dana Marie Bell fan knows that when you pick up one of her books you better be ready for a great story, addictive characters, hot sex and a good laugh, and that’s exactly what I got with this one. I really loved this story. Once again DMB has managed to create a completely unique world and undeniably addictive characters. 

The world of the Nephilim was so well thought out and brilliantly crafted, I loved the different types of Neph and their powers. I also loved the back story behind the Neph and the Shem. This story hooked me in and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, in fact at one point I thought I was going to lose my sanity with my need to find out the twist in the story. And Abby’s secrets were so well delivered, I swear I spent the few hours I wasn’t reading dreaming about what her story would turn out to be. 

When it came to the characters Seth was definitely the one who stole the show. Abby was a nice character but not as great as DMB’s usual female leads. There was one point where she started to irritate me because she was being so damn stupid and, like Seth, I wanted to grab a hold of her a shake the stupid right out of her. But still, she was a well rounded character, she went through a lot and it does makes sense that she would be a bit stupid in her actions as a result. But it was still Seth that made me swoon. He is so hot and was just the right amount of caveman and gentleman. The supporting characters were great too, I can’t wait to read Dante and Damien’s stories. 

All For You is definitely a very welcomed addition to the world of DMB and I cannot WAIT to read the next one in the series.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 🙂

How Real Vampire Novels Should Be!

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A couple of years ago I discovered an incredible series – The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost! It’s a series that revolves around a half human/half vampire kick ass heroin and her ridiculously sexy vampire lover. Cat and Bones dove into my life, sliver stakes blazing, and I was hooked. I read the first 4 books cover-to-cover in one go and then eagerly awaited the next book in the series, then I plowed through those and the 2 spin-off series that came with them. But this whole time I still felt that one character in the books needed his own story, VLAD, the sexy fire starter whose character was inspired by the most famous vampire in the world. Then last year (round about this time) the first book in the Night Prince series was released. You can just imagine how excited I was to hear that, not only was my favourite character (other than Cat and Bones of course) getting his own book, he was getting his own series! Book 2 in the series was released this year and I made sure to get my hands on it ASAP as I really loved book 1. 🙂

Once Burned

What it’s about:

Leila has been kidnapped by vampires who want to use her unusual ability to find the prince of darkness, Vlad Tepesh. But Leila has other plans, she teams up with Vlad and together they search for the vampire bent on killing him. Once Vlad meets Leila sparks fly… literally, but can a vampire with so many sins love?

My Review:

“I’m the only authentic Vlad. Everyone else is merely an envious imitation.”

From the first moment I read about Vlad Tepesh I have been waiting for this book. Vlad is my favourite character in the Night Huntress series and I am so very happy that he finally got his own book. Having said that I was a little worried that this book wouldn’t live up to my dreams of who Vlad is… I had nothing to worry about. Once Burned is a fantastic book full of adventure, passion and endless egomaniacal comments.

When you have a character like Vlad you know that the heroine needs to be someone strong and passionate, someone who will put him in his place and not be afraid of him… that woman’s name is Leila. I’m definitely putting Leila on my list of awesome heroines. She’s no Cat but she’s still strong and well written. The thing I loved the most about her character was that she has this special ability and it wasn’t something she was born with, there was no radioactive spider involved, it was simply an accident. One day Leila touched an exposed power line and wham! she becomes a walking power line. I really enjoyed her power, I think it’s super cool and the fact that Vlad is immune made it all that much more HOT. I also loved the way she talked back to Vlad and how she told him straight out that he is an egotistical bastard. It’s nice to have a strong heroine again.

The book is told from Leila’s POV and I think it worked really well. It was really funny reading her thoughts and knowing that Vlad could hear every word. He made me smile every time he opened his mouth and I couldn’t wait to hear what he thought of Leila’s musing. It did feel a bit like Cat and Bones at times but I think Leila and Vlad are different enough from them to separate the characters.

Vlad was everything I love about him, egotistical and HOT with that fire just making him that little bit more exciting. I love how whenever he gets mad Leila smelled smoke and that no matter what happened he stuck true to the man/ monster that he is. I am so truly in love with Vlad I can’t even find the words to describe him, once again Frost has managed to suck me in so much that I never wanted it to end! God I’d love to live in this world.

The ending was a bit mean though, I really expected there to be some resolution between Leila and Vlad but like the great author that she is, Frost has made it impossible to not read the next one in the series. I cannot WAIT for the next book!

Team Vlad all the way!!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Twice Tempted   

What it’s about:

Picking up where Once Burned left off, Twice Tempted has Leila working to win the love of a man who says he cannot love and Vlad showing his love in the way only a vampire could. But when they are seperated by that very problem, Leila finds herself the subject of someone’s rage and she’s not taking it lying down!

My Review:

“No one feels like you do, so every brush of your skin is a cruel reminder of what I’ve lost. I can barely stand the sight of you because you’re more beautiful than I’ve allowed myself to remember…”

Oh Vlad, how I’ve missed you!!

As expected from Miss Frost, from the second you pick up this book you’re sucked back into the world of the Night Huntress series, and anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE this world. In my opinion you’re not a real vampire if you’re not like these ones. And everyone know’s that Vlad is my all time favourite character so for me these books are always a good read.

I will say I enjoyed this one a little bit more than the first, Leila becomes an even more kick ass chick and seeing the side of Vlad that loves makes me love him even more! I really love Leila in this book, she was spunky and she has the most awesome power ever! I didn’t love the involvement of Maximus, for me there was always something a bit sketchy about him and let’s face it, he’s no Vlad. Having said that I think that is exactly the problem, we know this world and the characters so when Vlad does something we know what it means and sometimes you forget that the character doesn’t know him so well. I also found Leila’s family to be beyond annoying, I want to smack the tongue right out of her sisters mouth and tell her father to piss off. but other than them I enjoyed all the characters in the book.

Vlad was amazing as always (but really did you expect anything else?), he is his strong, cold self and yet we finally get to see the Vlad who talked Cat off a ledge, the man who can love and be passionate about the people who mean the most to him.

I must say I had a few “holy crap” moments in this book where I really didn’t see things coming. Frost has done another fantastic job bringing to life the world and characters we love. I cannot wait for the next one!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Oath Bound by Rachel Vincent

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What it’s about:

The third book in Vincent’s Unbound series, Oath Bound is a rollercoaster ride of action, passion, secrets and answers. In this installment we meet Sera, the secret love child of dead syndicate leader Jake Tower. She’s on a mission to get justice and the only people she can turn to are the family she’s never met. While asking for their assistance Sera gets taken by Kris Daniels, the guy who stormed in demanding his sister and brandishing a gun. Now Sera and Kris will need to work together to save their friends, family and each other, and to take down the Tower Syndicate forever. Secrets will be revealed, including Sera’s birthright and a rare skill.

My Review:

Holy sweet mother of PNR, that was AMAZING!

It took me 2 days to write this review because I was so emotionally destroyed by the fact that it was over, I needed some alone time. It was absolutely no surprise to me that this book ended up being one of the greatest reads ever! Really I loved every page of this book and I couldn’t put it down, I ended up reading till my eyes wanted to bleed.

I really liked Sera (and not just because her full name is Serenity), she’s spunky and strong. Even when she’s stuck in a room with a man she thinks kidnapped her, she doesn’t stop fighting. I loved how she thought as well, she’s very clever and manages to say and do things without people realising she’s playing them. Kris is sexy and I just fell head over heels for him. I loved that way he was with his family and how he would do anything for them.

Just like the other two, this book had a really well thought out and written story. You know there are secrets that you haven’t figured out just yet, but when you do you still freak out and scream out loud when you find out. There were several “holy cow” moments and just as expected Noelle has had a hand in all that happens. Believe it or not this book was a bit more emotional then the others. There were parts that had me on the verge of tears and just tore my heart out. I loved every minute of it.

If you haven’t read this series I highly recommend it, if you have, get your hands on this one now because it’s absolutely brilliant from page one to the very end.

My rating: 5 out 5 stars!

The Unbound Series – Rachel Vincent

So last night I started the third book in Rachel Vincent’s awesome Unbound series – Oath Bound. This is one of my all time favourite series and I thought before I throw out my review for the 3rd book, I’d give you some background into the series and my review for the first two books. If you’re an avid PNR reader I highly recommend these books.

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What it’s about:

Blood Bound is the story of Olivia Warren, a bloodtracker – someone who can track anyone with a sample of their blood – in a world where Skilled people are not acknowledged by the government, making it easy for crime syndicates to rule the streets. Liv is very good at her job but refuses to permanently bind herself to anyone, especially either of the leaders of the top syndicates in the city. When Liv’s old childhood friend asks her to do something she cannot refuse, Liv is throw into the world she hates and has to work with the man she loves but has to stay away from. Both Cam and Liv have secrets that neither want the other to know but when lives are at stake, secrets come tumbling out.

My Review:

Holy sweet mother of greatness, I have no words for the magnificence that is this book!

This book was so full of action packed, suspenseful moments I could hardly stand it. At times I was so eager to find out what was going to happen next, I read so fast I started seeing stars. There are plenty of ‘holy crap’ moments in this book and just when I thought I knew what was going to happen I was thrown in the deep end and shocked right out of my socks.

Liv is one of the greatest women I have ever read about and I had a very interesting imagine in my head of who would win in a fight between her and Cat from Night Huntress. She kicks ass like no other and is willing to sacrifice her life and body for the ones she loves. I loved Liv’s constant defines of Cavazos, even when she physically couldn’t resist his orders. I also loved that she happily kicked his ass back.

Cam is so hot I want to pull my hair out when I think about him. There are moments in the book where you want to smack him, I had times where I grabbed a hold of my poor Kindle and had to physically restrain myself from bunching it cause if him. He is strong and is so in love with Liv it hurt to read from his POV. I would do anything to have a man like him – strong, sweet, funny – defying his bindings to be with me.

I loved the way this story played out, the forethought of Elle was fantastic and even though you kinda want to kill her for it, you understand why she does it all. There were so many surprises in the book and with every one you just want more.

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What it’s about:

Kori Daniels is being punished for her part in the almost death of syndicate leader Jake Tower but when she gets the chance to redeem herself (to a point) she has no choice but to take on the task… Recruit Ian Holt. Ian Holt has exposed himself to the syndicates with one goal in mind, kill Kenley Daniels… Kori’s sister.

My Review:

Rachel Vincent has become one of my all time favourite authors. She has the most incredible ability to tell a story that captivates you from the first page to the last! Shadow Bound is book 2 in her Unbound series and like Blood Bound the story was heart stopping with amazing action and intense passion.

I loved Kori, foul mouth and all. Kori is strong and kick ass, but unlike Liv she is tainted by pain and humiliation so her strength isn’t as “cool” as Liv’s but still one of the greatest parts about her.

Ian is AMAZING! Another fantastic guy to fall in love with. I loved his sense of houmor and the fact that he was determined to save the people he loved but was still too noble to really hurt an innocent young woman.

From the beginning of this book you just want to hold Kori and let her know that the world isn’t as evil as she has seen it to be. The book starts off with her in Tower’s basement being tortured and you immediately respect her strength and resolve. In Blood Bound I really thought that Tower might just be the lesser of two evils because of the way he “saved” Van but boy was I wrong! I really hated Tower and his disgusting brother and sister, what they do to Kori and Kenley is beyond monstrous and I don’t blame anyone for wanting to kill them. I also thought that Kori was hard and a bitch with the way she was to Liv in book one but like everything in life, once you see it from her point of view you totally understand.

There was so much clever in this book, from Ian’s secrets to the subtle hints that make you think you’ve heard them say something but in the end realise that no one actually said that. The ending was awesome and so exciting my heart was beating like crazy.

This book was everything I love about the genre!