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Feature Friday | Unzipped by Lauren Blakely

Today I am featuring Lauren Blakely’s new book Unzipped!!!! It’s released today and it’s so worth the download!

With an average Goodreads rating if 4/5 stars, this friends-to-lovers romance is nothing short of sweet and sexy. I adored how these characters started off as strangers, became best friends and finally took that risk of learning to leap for love.

———- Synopsis ———-

Wanted: hot nerd seeks dating coach.
Picture this – I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I’m good and ready this time around. After all, if you’re going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops. 
There’s only one little problem.
My college girlfriend isn’t the one who shows up when I play my “I’ll do anything to win you back” tune. The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore. But she’ll help me win her back. Anything for romance, anything for a guy so willing to go big for love. And that’s what I want at first. Until I get to know my new “romance coach” and discover she’s funny, clever, and keeps me on my toes. Now I don’t want to win anyone else’s heart. I want the woman who’s been helping me all along. Trouble is – she thinks I’m in love with someone else, and when we take off on a road trip, everything I think I know about women is about to be unzipped and turned inside out.

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He’s the last person I ever expected to pop into my life, but he might be exactly what I need to save the thing that matters most to me. All I have to do is not fall for him.
Unzipped is a standalone romance!

** What’s even better is that 100% of the first 5 days of sales for this book goes to the California Fire Relief Charities!!! **

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Tour Stop | Wolf Tamer

It’s my tour stop for Wolf Tamer! Guys this book was nothing short of perfection for a paranormal romance AND it focuses on a reverse harem trope!

———- Book Info ———

Wolf Tamer
by Yumoyori Wilson
(Claiming My Pack #1)
Publication date: October 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

An Orphan Girl. A Group of Wolves. A Destined Fate for War.

Don’t you ever wish to find where you belong? A place where you can rest your head without worrying about being jumped or your possessions being taken from you? Not like I had much, to say the least.

A pendant, an ancient blade, and a picture of my murdered family were all I had left when I was five years old. Foster homes to homeless shelters, I never found a place of refuge. I simply didn’t belong, and everyone made it their duty to remind me of my predicament. Until I finally came across a place that felt like home.

Sacred Moon Shelter for Endangered Wolves. I’d stumbled upon the sanctuary when I was near death, but I was miraculously saved.

Since then, I’ve become a Wolf Tamer; the only one who can get close to touching the six rare breeds. When I’m with them, I feel safe and sometimes wish I could be like one of them and escape this cruel world.

But such inhumanity strikes home, a group of hunters shows up, ready to take my wolves to an unknown place or murder them in cold blood. I won’t allow them to kill the only true family I’d ever known.

My name is Harper Blake, and I vow to claim and protect my own.

Wolf Tamer is a new Wolf Shifter Reverse Harem Romance. Recommended for 18+ Audiences.

Goodreads | Purchase Here

——— Author Bio ———-

Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She’s a Full-time author who loves to write many different genres. On her down time, she bothers her Mom and likes to drink bubbletea while reading and playing video games.
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———– Review ———-
Rating 4/5
What a huge surprise this book was for me! From the beginning you are hooked as Harper flees her parents’ murderer and seeks sanctuary at the Sacred Moon Shelter for Endangered Wolves. Having lost her memory, she is now also an orphan.
At the beginning, the story is told from a child’s POV as Harper grows up in the shelter. We learn that there’s more to her family history and when murders of young women matching her description arises, danger lurks around every corner for her. And who better to keep her safe than the wolves she befriended at the shelter. We discover that all of these wolves are actually shifters and can shift into humans!! That makes things very interesting here because Harper suddenly becomes the subject of a reverse harem trope! How sultry and sexy is that?!?
I loved everyone about this book – from the sexy reverse harem feel, broody alpha wolf, kind sweet pack wolves and all the murder mystery! I think I need my own wolf harem!
Book 2 is now out and this book’s cliffhanger left me hanging off the edge for sure! So much so I pre-ordered Book 2 immediately!
———- GIVEAWAYS ———-
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • $10 Amazon gift card
    Ends Jan 6!
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top 10 tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday |My Fave Romance Authors

Hey guys! Today’s Top 10 topic was a freebie and I decided to go with my Top 10 Fave Romance authors! I chose this topic because while we’re all inside cozying up in warmth, why not have a bit of sexy romance to liven things up, eh?

I just want to put it out there that I have LOTS of romance authors I adore and cherish and that this list is mainly composed of the authors I’m divulging in right now or who have kickstarted my romance gene 😀

— Johanna Lindsey —

Ms. Lindsey was the one who started it all for me. At the tender young age of probably less than 10 (**I KNOW.. the SIN** LOL), I ventured into the romance section of Borders because of a cover of one of her novels and picked it up and sealed the deal. I was hooked on romance since.

— Erin Watt —

If you’ve read my other posts, you know how much of a die hard fan I am of the co-author duo of Erin Watt. One night as I was working in a different city, I was browsing Amazon and discovered a recommended novel titled Paper Princess. I have always had a soft spot for royal romances and without even reading the blurb and just seeing Princess, I immediately downloaded it (who could blame me when it was only 99 cents!). Needless to say, I devoured that thing in 90 minutes and pre-ordered the sequels that same night!

— Jennifer Van Wyk —

The first book I ever read by Ms. Wyk was also my very first post here on the blog — Waiting for Her. Yea.. I was a goner. She definitely knows how to tell a romance and have it pull at your heart strings. This novel also struck home a bit for me and helped me get out of the sadness and despair I was feeling over my loss. I ordered ALL of her novels, signed, and cannot wait for them to get here!

— Sarah J. Maas —

Yes she’s a YA author but her YA novels are definitely NOT reading material for really really young teens lol. The sex in these novels.. whoa.. I want to be fae because of them! Can I order a Rhysand…. ooo and a Cassian…. and Rowan… WTH just give me them all!

— Kennedy Mitchell —

Every since I started bookstagramming and blogging, I’ve been introduced to so many new authors, especially Indie ones, and Ms. Mitchell has become a hidden gem! Her newest novel Memories of Us was just released yesterday and I was blessed enough to receive an ARC (so expect a review soon)!

— Trilina Pucci —

Holy crap guys… her newest Sinful Series (of which I’ve only just been blogging many times on over the past month) is TO DIE FOR! It is seriously so deadly that you will need to go get new lingerie…. I cannot stress how sexy her novels are.. did I mention this series feature really hot Italian guys complete with drool worthy accents??

–Cristiane Serruya —

This goddess introduced me to reverse harem tropes and I have never looked back. When I say it opened a whole new outlook on life for me, I wasn’t exaggerating. And then to find out that one of the next books on my tours involved a wolf reverse harem?!?! It was like the universe was speaking out to me to read more of Ms. Serruya’s books – which hasn’t disappointed!

— Tara Leigh —

I actually heard about her on another bookstagrammer’s page (@AstheBookEnds) and when I saw one of her books was free on KU I immediately took advantage! THANK YOU @AstheBookEnds for recommending her because she is phenomenal!

— Tijan —

Another recommendation from bookstagrammer @NovelReads and whew… her books are so dang good guys… Her Fallen Crest High while similar to The Paper Princess series by Erin Watt is still very unique and full of steam! One of my good friends was lucky enough to score a signed copy from her (so jealous Sam!)!

— P.C. Cast —

P.C. Cast was also one of the very first authors I started reading at a young age and when I cracked open her Goddess Summoning series, I was done for. My all-time favorite novel of hers is Goddess of the Spring which is a Persephone/Hades retelling and it was so beautiful! Who doesn’t love a trope where the damsel serves as the knight in shining armor instead? Hades has always been a negative character for me to imagine as a sexy brute, but Ms. Cast did a stunning job of making him relatable, sexy and dark. I fell in love with him immediately.

So I hope you give one of these authors a try if they’re new to you! Trust me you will not regret any of them and chat with me if you’ve already read them!

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Saturday Special | Tour Stop | Realm of Ruins by Hannah West

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Aloha and welcome to my tour stop for Realm of Ruins by Hannah West!

Much mahalo (thanks) to The Fantastic Flying Book Club, Holiday House Publishing and Ms. West for gracing me with copies of Kingdom of Ash and Briars and Realm of Ruins in exchange for my honest review.

Here is the tour schedule if you would like to follow: TOUR SCHEDULE

“An ancient thing, lurking beyond time, trapped by a sea witch’s spell as I was.”

———- Book Info ———-

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Realm of Ruins is the third novel of the Nissera chronicles BUT can be read as a stand alone! It is not part of a series but is a companion to its predecessors Kingdom of Ash and Briars and Fields of Fire. I will include synopses of all for those of you interested in reading in order like me 🙂

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Kingdom of Ash and Briars

Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two – now three – after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince’s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.

Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular debut.

Fields of Fire

Fields of Fire

Return to the magical realm of Nissera in this stunning short story, set within the events of Kingdom of Ash and Briars, and get ready for Hannah West’s forthcoming companion novel, Realm of Ruins.


Every battle counts in the war to save Nissera from Tamarice and her army of darkness—including those fought on the smallest fronts. In a hay-filled barn far off in the countryside, a small group of spies led by a courageous young warrior named Drell is about to launch an offensive in order to root out the identity of a shadowy alchemist. If Drell’s team is successful, one of Tamarice’s most dangerous accomplices will be destroyed. If they fail, the sorceress will come into possession of a weapon that could turn the tide of the war against them in the blink of an eye. Drell knows everything must play out perfectly for their mission to be successful, but even she cannot fathom the depths of the alchemist’s cruelty—or the sacrifices her own spies are willing to make to stop him…

In Kingdom of Ash and Briars, West wove together classic fairy tale motifs with her own lyrical prose and captivating characters to introduce the world of Nissera and the sorcerous powers battling over it.  In Fields of Fire, we see another facet of that war—fought by ordinary women and men as well as powerful Elicromancers—setting the stage for Realm of Ruins… in which the peaceful future Drell and Bristal fought for so fiercely is threatened by a powerful enemy from the distant past.

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Realm of Ruin

Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos?

Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic.

A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts. Yet Valory’s immense power seems impossible to tame, and she faces imprisonment by the Nisseran authorities. Then a forbidden resurrection spell awakens a long-dormant evil, and Valory may be the only one who can vanquish this terrifying villain. Together with a band of allies—including an old friend; a haughty princess; and a mysterious, handsome stranger—Valory must learn to harness her power and fight back.

Weaving together her imaginative world of gritty fairytale magic with snippets from Beauty and the Beast and other classic stories, Hannah West’s dark and dangerous adventure is a gripping, immersive companion to her acclaimed debut, Kingdom of Ash and Briars. This richly packaged edition includes an illustrated family tree, detailed map, and embossed jacket with shimmering metallic effects.

“The bastard is welcome to fight me for it.”

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Hannah West is the author of Kingdom of Ash and Briars and its companion, Realm of Ruins. She’s always loved writing about magic and fairytales, but her time studying abroad in Orléans, France inspired her to finally write and publish a fantasy novel. She’s a freelance writer and vegetarian living in Texas with her husband and their rambunctious blue heeler.
“The only answer for now was to attempt to suffocate the magic I had always longed to possess – to appear unthreatening and untroublesome, even as everything inside me insisted I was neither.”

———- Review ———

*Although I was given the first book and read it, I will only be providing a review here for the tour stop book Realm of Ruins.*

Realm of Ruins occurs 100 years after Kingdom of Ash and Briars and follows Valory – a descendant of our first book’s heroine Bristal. None of the original characters are present in ROR so it can be read completely as a stand alone.

The plot line has Valory as a top student in the elicromancer training academy and she struggles with having no magic of her own especially when her entire family has. Treated like an outcast by her peers, and surrounded by a magical heritage at home, she feels like she doesn’t fit in and struggles with her identity. On her 17th birthday, Valory’s life turns completely upside down…. and not in a good way. After trailing her cousin to the legendary lake that bestows magic upon those worthy of it, she’s accused of murdering said cousin and for making the magical lake disappear. Faced with returning with a new unknown power within her and having only a handful of people believing her story, Valory is faced with her power either being her salvation or her damnation.

For me, this plot line was very similar to that of The Black Witch chronicles by Laurie Forest. We have a young girl who’s family has the greatest magic of all their peerage and yet she has yet to grow into hers. She attends a training academy where people mistreat and bully her because of her lack of magic. Elloren, like Valory, finally gets magic although not in the way they want it and so their lives are forever changed because of those pivotal moments. I don’t want to spoil too much for you but basically if you were to read these two back to back, you would be “rereading” the same stories.

Because of this similarity, I had a very hard time staying committed to ROR because I felt I was rereading TBW. But aside from that, this was very well written and the plot line was full of mystery, intrigue and beautiful descriptions. I loved Valory’s growth – she was outstanding in how she matured into adulthood especially with the aftermath and consequences that followed her tragic birthday. She excelled where many would have faltered and a lot of that had to do with her little support group. I strongly believe that without those people, she wouldn’t have succeeded as quickly as she did. All of the obstacles she faced were not “fluff”, and had their own purposes. Sometimes authors include challenges that actually take away from the plot but not here.

Overall, I would give this a rating of 4/5 because of the gorgeous story telling and amazing character growth. I think the story line was too similar to another’s and so I wouldn’t rate it a perfect 5. I still highly recommended this book as it has important values for the younger generation such as bullying, overcoming adversity and having a good support group no matter how small.

———- GIVEAWAY ———-

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Win 1 of 5 bundles of the Nissera Chronicles (US Only)

Bundle includes: 1 x physical copy of Kingdom of Ash and Briars + 1 x physical copy of Realm of Ruins.

Giveaway starts: 12/4/18           Giveaway finishes: 12/17/18

ENTER HERE

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WOW |Ship of Smoke & Steel

34618380 My WOW pick for this week is none other than Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler!

I’m going to say that this book immediately captured my attention with its gorgeous cover! It reminds me so much of Aelin/Celaena from Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series and while I don’t like cover illustrations that are mimics of others, this chick looks so badass that I’m willing to look past this!

——– Book Info ———

352 pages
Publication Date: January 22nd 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen

——— Synopsis ———

“Fit for the big screen.” —Morgan Rhodes, NYT bestselling author of Falling Kingdoms

Ship of Smoke and Steel is the launch of a cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy trilogy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and The Legend of Korra.

In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka comes to collect when there’s money owing. When her ability to access the Well of Combat is discovered by the Empire—an ability she should have declared and placed at His Imperial Majesty’s service—she’s sent on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship—a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.

“Truly epic, fierce, and exhilarating, Ship of Smoke and Steel will capture you and lock you away. With magical combat sequences fit for the big screen, the action is almost as breathtaking as the intrigue.” —Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series

It has a current rating of 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads so I’m very excited to take part in this adventurous novel! Is this on your TBR? If so, let’s buddy read!

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Review | Dare to Love a Duke

Dare to Love a Duke

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——— Synopsis ———

For a dashing duke and the proprietress of a secret, sensual club in the London Underground, passion could lead to love… if they dare

Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more dueling, or carousing, or frequenting masked parties where Londoners indulge their wildest desires. But he’s not ready to give up his freedom just yet. The club is an escape, a place where he can forget about society and the weight of his title… and see her, the woman he’s wanted forever.

Lucia—known as Amina—manages the Orchid Club, a secret society where fantasies become reality. But for Lucia, it’s strictly business, profitable enough to finance her dream: a home for the lost girls of the streets. Surrounded by lovers, she only observes, unwilling risk her future for any man. No member has ever intrigued her…until him, the masked stranger whose heated looks sear her skin. After months of suppressed longing, they dare to give in to temptation…

But the late duke’s legacy comes with a shocking secret, and the scandal threatens to destroy everything Tom loves… his family, the Orchid Club, and even Lucia.

———- Review ———

Rating 4/5

I really enjoyed this novel. It is #3 in The London Underground series and can be completely read as a stand alone novel. I didn’t read the first two books and was still able to follow and enjoy the plot line.

Let me just say that this beginning.. HOLY MOLY! WHAT A HUGE SHOCKER! I have never encountered a historical romance novel with THIS much of a rule breaking focal point rebelling against such a strict society nature! However, it was soooooo dang good! I was just as stumped and shocked to the core as Tom was when he walked into the Orchid club and saw what he saw! I mean it’s very hard to imagine a SEX CLUB in the regency era where being prim and proper was a necessary skill for survival!

— Characters —

Tom – I loved how prior to his father’s death, Tom was all about breaking the rules and following his heart because he knew once he was Duke all of that would go out the window. I also loved how instead of partaking in the frivolities of the Orchid Club, from the first night he went there he only had eyes for Lucia and for an entire year didn’t need to sleep with her to fall in love with her. It was a first for me in a very long while for a HR novel how a regency aristocratic male took his time to develop appreciation and love for a woman below his station because of WHO she is. This affection only grew once he realized her reasonings for wanting to keep the club open and how big heart heart was. What I didn’t like about Tom was how he kept using his sister as a reason to not follow his heart. I’m the type of person that no one should get in the way of your happiness, especially if it hinders that person from growing themselves. For example, Tom refuses to love Lucia and refuses to deny the father of his sister’s boyfriend of anything! This forces him to make decisions he himself is not proud of and that irritated me because it took away the choices for his sister to acknowledge how wrong her potential father is and to make her own decisions as far as letting her brother continue to sacrifice himself for her gain or support him and learn that she may be better off without that conniving father-in-law. I also really admired Tom for putting himself literally in Lucia’s and the other servants’ shoes – this humbles him enough to encourage him to fight for what’s right and advocate for justice and peace.

Lucia – first off, the woman on the cover isn’t a Caucasian! I love this especially as Lucia is herself not an aristocratic female and actually has Italian roots. She was born and raised in poverty, becoming a prostitute on the streets who gets hired by the manager of the Orchid club and strives gains strength to put herself in a valuable position to where the manager position went to her upon the current one’s death with no questions asked. Lucia’s drive was very admirable – it is tough to go from a poor situation like hers and still have hope to be better. What was even more remarkable was how big her heart is and how she continued to give back to everyone – from the workers she employed to the young girls she educated and aimed to opening a school for. Lucia is a very strong woman and so much more deserving of the title of Duchess.

— Plot —

The plot line was very unique (I mean sex club…HELLO) and was paced very well. I had no difficulty following Tom and Lucia’s perspectives and really enjoyed how their love took its time to grow into what it was. It wasn’t all about lust but more about the importance of taking what you are given and learning to use that to make the world a better place. Tom’s inheritance puts him in a very powerful position to acquire allies and make political decisions that focus on justice and equality. Lucia’s treatment of her employees and volunteering to teach the girls encourages equality and hope despite your circumstances. This book not only humbled Tom, but humbled me and reminded me that I can make a difference no matter how small as long as I fight for it.

Dare to Love a Duke Releases Dec 24, 2018!

Preorder Here

**Thank you to Edelweiss, HarperCollins Publishers and Ms. Leigh for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**

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Feature Friday |Prisoner of Silk

Prisoner of Silk: A Dark Fairy Tale Retelling (Queen of the Sun Palace Book 1) by [Foxglove, Lidiya]Happy Aloha Friday!

This week has been a rollercoaster ride in books for me! I finally got out of my book slump and am reading books at a rate that will for sure hit my Goodreads goal before the end of the year (currently at 36/50)! **I actually surpassed this goal before I started a bookstagram and blog but this is the count since I created both in July!**

Anywho…. my pick for this week’s Feature Friday is Prisoner of Silk by Lidiya Foxglove. It is the first book in the Queen of the Sun Palace duet series. I chose this book because 1) this cover is just so damn beautiful, 2) it’s a dark fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a mix of Marie Antoinette and 3) it has a hot Fae Prince who steals her away! It has a 4.5/5 star rating on Amazon and the reviews hint at an amazing story!

Can I also just spend a moment to gush on this cover! Oh lord! Just gaze at its glory with me…. *dreamy sigh*

Synopsis

“No,” he said. “Let me see you, Princess. You belong to me now.”
Yes, I realized that was true. That was the bargain. It certainly felt different than mere words on a paper as I stood there before his penetrating gaze.

When Princess Marie Rose was born, a faery witch laid a curse upon her: she would prick her finger on a spindle at the age of sixteen and fall into a long sleep. Her parents destroyed every spindle in the kingdom. Her sixteenth birthday has safely come and gone. But no one will marry the cursed princess…except one. An unusual offer comes from the handsome, reserved faery prince of the Palace of the Sun.

There is no privacy in this palace. The life of the royal family is a carefully choreographed theater. Everyone has a role to play. Princess Rose is protected every moment—but the price of this protection is complete surrender.

Now she is the corseted and gilded possession of Prince Augustus, subject to his every order and desire. No human has ever taken on this role before and her very appearance is a scandal. There is no such thing as a private moment, no matter what is asked of her, and the faery court is waiting for this lovely human girl to make a mistake.

Why did Prince Augustus choose a cursed girl? The witch still follows her every move, and plans to use the princess to destroy the kingdom. But Rose has more power than she knows. First she’ll have to learn when to play the rules…and when to break them.

This very steamy and sensual retelling of Sleeping Beauty is inspired by the life of Marie Antoinette. If you haven’t read my other fairy tales or even if you have, let me warn you about this trilogy: It will include cliffhangers, menage with some m/m elements, naughty spells, naughty vines, naughty clockwork, naughty dreams, plenty of decadent surprises and a HEA!!!

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If you don’t know me yet, any book that has a fae character/story in it HAS to be on my TBR pile especially ones that are fairytale retellings! I am such a sucker for these and my poor wallet feels it… luckily this series is available for FREE on Kindle Unlimited! So go get this now and let me know if you want to do a #buddyread! I will be reading this very soon with review to follow!

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WOW |Stain by A.G. Howard

34842208I am so excited for my WOW pick this week – Stain by A.G. Howard!

This wouldn’t be my first introduction to her as I’ve read her  Splintered series which is an Alice in Wonderland retelling. I freaking LOVED it and so when I saw she was releasing a Princess and the Pea based fairytale I knew I had to pre-order this! Plus the pre-order swag comes with a sweet rose enamel pin (picture below)!

Book Info

Hardcover, 512 pages
Publish Date: January 15th 2019
Publisher: Abrams/Amulet Books
Synopsis:
A high-fantasy gothic fairytale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea.

Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins…

After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest … disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight, for she is his true equal. As Lyra rediscovers her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

Here is the Pre-Order swag!
You can submit your preorder confirmation here to get all of these goodies!
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Tour Stop | The Fae Games Duet

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Happy Hump day and welcome to my tour stop for The Fae Games Duet by Jill Ramsower! Many thanks to Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours, the author and the publisher for providing me with copies!

As always, my review is posted below and there is a GIVEAWAY — details are in this post!

———- Book Info ———-

FaeGames.pngThe Fae Games Duet
by Jill Ramsower
(The Fae Games #1 & 2)
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis:
When Rebecca Peterson walks away from everything she knows to follow her dreams in Ireland, she never expects to be thrown into a world of vicious Fae and deadly secrets. On the dreary streets of Belfast, her terrifying nightmares are rekindled, and this time they aren’t confined to her imagination. Complicating her life further, Becca crosses paths with two mysterious strangers—both alluring in different ways, but are either of them to be trusted?

Her journey takes her deep into the treacherous Shadow Lands, where both her knowledge and courage will be tested. Navigating this new landscape of deceit and manipulation is paramount if she is to stop hordes of blood-thirsty Faeries from invading Earth. With time running out, will her limited training be enough to take on a centuries old enemy hell-bent on death and destruction? To keep those she loves safe, Becca is willing to risk it all.

In this captivating duet, Jill Ramsower takes her readers from the streets of Belfast on a harrowing journey to the most dangerous corners of Faery, where fear is a lethal enemy and trust is a luxury few can afford.

 

——— Author Bio ———-

Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside
from being an author and a mom, she’s an attorney, travel junkie, and voracious reader.
Jill
Author links:

——— Review ———-

Book 1: Shadow Play

Review 4/5

Rebecca’s past was so mysterious and I was very excited to go on the adventure with her in Ireland to see what sort of Fae encounters she would have. Immediately we get to meet one of several historical people – Merlin and the hunters of The Wild Hunt. We begin to learn that Bec’s manifesting powers are just hinting to what’s in store for her. Add to that the brooding males of The Wild Hunt and the author has grounds for a fantastic and sultry plot.

Of course we have a love triangle that I’m still debating on whether to like or dislike. Ronan and Lochlan are the two “love interests”. Lochlan is acting leader while the Erlking is away and his aura illustrates that – he asserts power like he was born with it and has no problem using it to his advantage. He is essentially the Beast to our Belle, and his treatment of her justifies that persona. You can tell that their denial to accept their chemistry will only lead to them ending up together so not much of a “struggle romance” as I call it because it was again too predictable in their actions and dialogue. Ronan’s character was a surprise! Here we have the opposite of Lochlan – a sweet, charismatic guy bordering on the edge of stalker status. He starts off trying to woo Becca, telling versions of the truth so she would begin to doubt Lochlan and to her fault she does. I honestly thought it was just a guy in love with the same girl as his friend and jealousy got in the way of his clear judgment. What surprised me was how he immediately flipped the coin and turned into this sadistic creature using magic to essentially rape Becca. That stumped me!

Rebecca’s character grew enough in this book to what I expected. She has this fiery nature that I knew would attract Lochlan from the start and Ronan just seemed too nice for her personality (before he turned lover burned) so I knew immediately he was out of the picture. I didn’t like how she remained so naive and immature with her powers. She discovers she’s gifted and yet acts so childish in trying to figure out her past and powers that when she finally gets her necklace off, I knew she was screwed.

The plot in this first book was great. It was paced well and easy to follow while still keeping mysterious. I loved the cliffhanger and the backing behind it – it trailered for an amazing sequel that I couldn’t wait to dive into.

Book 2: Twilight Siege

Review 3/5

I was majorly disappointed with the sequel. The first novel was this amazing story with great grounds for more development which didn’t happen. And this is mainly due to the fact that the plot line here was too rushed. If the author wanted this to remain a duology, the first novel should have been a lot longer. Basically the first 1/3 of the second novel should have been in book #1 so that the sequel could take its time developing and taking us through Becca’s growth into this savior-like being.

I did like the introduction of Fen – he was vital to Becca’s growth and therefore vital to that final battle. I loved how full of depth his character was – we learn his past, his sorrow and his yearning. It satisfied me immensely when he was “rescued” from banishment in the end by Becca. I also really like the Final Battle with Morgan ONLY for the reason of how Becca defeats her. It was a twist I was not expecting and like Morgan, I was completely shocked when it happened. Kudos to the author for this!

The romance between Becca and Lochlan was still slow AF as ever and that is Becca’s fault. Lochlan has been putting himself out there how many times for her and only when she see’s he’s hurting does she realize she wants him. It’s ridiculous in fact and I kind of hated Becca for putting Lochlan through that long ass wait which she gets her shit together.

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WOW

WOW | A Curse So Dark and Lonely

November 21, 2018


For this week’s WOW pick, I have chosen A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer! If you don’t know me, I love anything related to Beauty and the Beast and so this retelling is on my 2019 TBR for sure! It releases January 29, 2019!

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Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But 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.

I hope you are as excited for this as I am! If you want to do a buddy read of this, let me know! I would love to partner with you!