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.

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Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora

17948485What it’s about:

Nikolai Leokov owns the hip club The White Rabbit and Valentina Tomic owns the clothing store Safira. They have worked across the road from each other for years but never met. When Tina decides to send Nik a gift she never thought it would bring her to his offer. When Nik decides to see who sent him some candy and a note, he never thought he would end up being friend-zoned by a spunky tiny woman.

Once Tina and Nik become friends their lives clash, and what starts out as friendship blooms into something more. But both Tina and Nik have secrets… ones that shape their decisions and change their lives.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“So we can be friends, right?”
Wait, what?
I stare at her, a frown forming at my mouth.
Did I..? Did I just get Friend-zoned?”

It’s official… Bella Aurora rocks! Seriously, I’m loving this chicks writing. This book was just perfect, I felt every emotion, laughing one minute and having my heart broken the next. It was awesome from page one and I found myself desperate to read every character’s story.

Tina is the shit, I loved being in her head and hearing her weird thoughts and crazy catch phrases. She’s strong and funny, yet still vulnerable. I loved her view on life, family and friends, and most of all I loved how she friend-zoned the most awesome group of guys. Nik is such an amazing character, I found myself swooning a lot through this book. You don’t expect Nik to be a romantic but he surprises you.

The side characters made this book even more entertaining. I love the relationship between Ghost and Nat, their book is going to be so interesting. Aurora does a great job of building the suspense of the next books by introducing these characters and alluding to their secrets. She also manages to bring in some excitement to the story and keep you on edge through the story.

Overall this book was fun, sexy and exciting. The characters are great, the story is captivating and you find yourself wanting to be one of the group. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and get more of these incredible characters.

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 🙂

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!