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review 2015-05-14 03:07
3.5 stars - Garden of Dreams & Desires by Kristen Painter
Garden of Dreams and Desires (Crescent City) - Kristen Painter

I really wish Crescent City would've been a series instead of a trilogy because I definitely wanted more of Augustine and Harlow.  I felt like I was just getting close to them and now they've been ripped from me.  =*(  I'm going to miss my sexy smoky Guardian and his adorable computer genius sidekick.

Garden of Dreams & Desires picks up where Kristen Painter left the characters off at in the previous book. Yes…I was one of those readers that didn't handle the cliffhanger well.  Seriously, how would you react to an evil spirit taking over the female lead like that?  I couldn't. I was shocked with the ending. Kristen threw me in a loop after the second book, so I was anxious to read the last book in the trilogy. Of course, Kristen has to throw in another loop with the evil spirit and what it's evil plans are. Ahhhh!!!  There's also the issue of what is happening in NOLA with the Fae and the humans.  The Guardian has his work cut out for him, especially with an important person gone missing and the Fae being held accountable for it. Augustine will do anything to find out what really happened. He gets put into situations that I'm surprised he survived in.

Let's not forget the crazy witches.  Yup… I said it the crazy witches.  They have a BIGGER plan that is going to change everything in NOLA.  The Fae and everyone that gets in the way of the witches will be in trouble. I really didn't like the witches.  Grrr!

I won't go into anymore details of the story because I'm afraid I'll give something away and I hate spoilers.

What I liked most about this book is how Harlow grew into a stronger character in this one.  Don't get me wrong, I was mad what she did in the previous book, but she made up for it in this book.  She still made iffy decisions, but she made up for it, darn it!

Augustine finally became a changed guy and realized what he wanted.  He became a stronger Guardian too in this book.  Although, he got caught up in certain things that prevented him on doing what he was supposed to.

I also enjoyed how the evil spirit was handled. I was hoping it would end the way it did.

The only things that did bother me was how fast everything went and how much was put in such a small portion.  This book could have been easily broke into two books to tell the story, but I understand why it couldn't be. I just wish I could know exactly what happened to the bad guys in the story fully. They deserved a lot more coming to them, after what they did.  Grrrr!!  I also would've loved to find out what happens to certain secondary characters.  Cy being one of them.  ****hint, hint***  =)

Thank goodness for Kristen writing another series though, after this one because her next characters should fill that gap I have of losing Augustine and Harlow so soon.  Don't get me wrong I enjoyed reading the last book in the trilogy, but I'm going to miss these characters.  I was just getting to know them.  =*(

I give this book 3.5 stars and I do recommend it to Urban Fantasy readers out there and readers that enjoyed Kristen Painter's other UF series, House of Comarre.

Although, this is not my favorite of the trilogy, I still enjoyed reading how it all ended.  Seriously...I'm really going to miss Auggie…my sexy smoky Guardian.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2015/05/12/review-garden-of-dreams-desires-by-kristen-painter
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review 2014-10-26 19:10
3.5 moons - Scratch by Rhonda Helms
Scratch - Rhonda Helms

I immediately was drawn to the title because I've never come across a title like Scratch before in the New Adult genre. I then was drawn by the description of the book because it involved a different kind of character with a different kind of story I've never read before. Don't get me wrong it's New Adult, so it will involved the usual elements of the genre, but it involves a different kind of storyline I've never read before. I also love finding new authors to try out, so I  couldn't wait to dive into Rhonda Helms Scratch novel.

The minute I started this book I knew I was going for a ride on the female character's, Casey's troubled life. Casey had never let anyone pass her physical and emotional barriers because the poor girl had a horrible past that kept haunting her. Since she couldn't move on from what happened to her and her family, she pushed people away and put up a wall that was hard to break down. In fact the minute a boy, Daniel showed any interest in her all she did was push him away. Daniel was determined to learn more about Casey because she intrigued him. Casey lived her life as a college student and as a DJ at night  to try to forget about what happened to her, but Daniel and everyone around her wanted her to open up more. Instead, Casey is not going to give up her way of life until Daniel, the boy in one of her college classes keeps trying to break her barriers.

Scratch is full of all the usual elements of the New Adult genre, but instead it has a very determined boy (who isn't broken) continue to push at the female character, Casey's buttons. Casey is what you would consider very broken because of the scars she hides inside her and outside her. She has every right to hide the truth of what happened, but she does it in way that is going to test the people around her who want to get closer. She feels she'll be judged by the past she had no control over. Believe me readers will be in shock what Casey went through. I was one of those readers from the minute the past came forward, I felt sympathy for poor Casey.  The poor girl needed some closure, and she needed someone to show her actual love.

The one thing that bothered me was how quick the ending came. I felt there was no real closure or complete happiness for Casey. It was rushed and I expected a little more to the ending. There was the issue of Casey driving me crazy with her constant back and forth attitude with Daniel. The poor boy just wanted to learn more about her and every time he came close to her, she pushed back harder than anything.

Overall Scratch was an enjoyable book that brought forth issues that I've never read before. I give it 3.5 moons and recommend it to readers looking for something different to read in the New Adult genre that has become highly popular in the recent years.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/10/26/review-scratch-by-rhonda-helms
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review 2014-10-11 14:26
3.5 moons - An American Duchess by Sharon Page
An American Duchess - Sharon Page

Every once in a while I catch myself diving into a historical romance book because these books not only take me away from reality for a while, but also to a different century.

This is the first book I’ve read from Sharon Page, so I couldn’t wait to be transformed back to the 1920s, where life was much different than it is now days.  The 1920s was one of my favorite eras to study in school, so I was fascinated how Sharon Page wrote about this era with her fictional characters. It was even more interesting to read an American woman who was new to money living a life in England during that time. America was different from English in 1920s, so Zoe Gifford wanted to be able to speak her mind, and do things that English women and men frowned upon. The minute she meets her fiancé’s brother Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford, she knows she’ll have a hard time winning him over at first. Zoe is due to marry Nigel’s brother, but for a reason that Nigel doesn’t like.

Zoe had planned to marry Sebastian, Nigel’s brother, inherit the money she is supposed to get, and divorce Sebastian afterwards, but life can always change. Nigel doesn’t like Zoe at first until he starts seeing the REAL Zoe. He’s fascinated about her and he wants to tell her the truth why she shouldn’t marry Sebastian, but it’s not his secret to tell.

I enjoyed reading An American Duchess the minute I started reading it. It was a historical romance book I had never read before and Sharon Page definitely did an amazing job making me feel I was there in the 1920s with the characters. I loved getting to know all the characters in the beginning. I really adore Zoe’s character because of her beliefs of wanting freedom. Freedom that consisted of studying in a university, marrying for love and having fun in the process, and doing things that men would find crazy for a woman to do. Nigel was difficult at first to like until he opened up to the troubles he was dealing with. He is the troubled individual in the story.

Unfortunately, I started losing interest the second half of the book once Nigel and Zoe were married. It became predictable and both Nigel and Zoe started changing. Zoe changed too much in the story, especially when something emotional happens. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed reading An American Duchess, but I felt the book lost my interest middle of the book and I almost put it down at one point. The ending rectified my love for the story though with Zoe and Nigel’s HEA. I needed to finish it, so I could find out if Zoe and Nigel could win me back.

I give this book 3.5 moons and recommend it to readers that enjoy the historical romance genre. Historical Romance is not a genre I read a lot of, but I enjoyed every bit of Sharon taking back during a time I never got to experience.

***Oh…and I can’t forget to mention that I love the cover of this book. The cover fits the era perfectly that is written for this book. I love it!

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/10/11/review-an-american-duchess-by-sharon-page/#more-23461
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review 2014-10-06 17:36
3.5 moons - "The Lost One" by Liz Lovelock
The Lost One (Lost Series Book 1) - Liz Lovelock,Hot Tree Editing,Cover to Cover Designs Cover Designer

The Lost One is a great start to Liz Lovelock’s debut novel to her Lost series. Liz immediately sucked me in with the mysterious and dramatic prologue in the beginning. She even immediately kept me entertained throughout the story following the main character.

Melodi White has the most unthinkable happened in her life. Her fraternal twin, Abby has disappeared and supposedly murdered by her evil boyfriend, Jacob. Unfortunately Abby’s body is never discovered and Jacob gets off scott free. Melodi decides to follow her dreams three years later to work in New York and life is looking up for her. She still misses her sister, but she knows her sister wouldn’t want to dwell on the past. She ends up meeting the one person who can help her deal with her past. Although that person ends up being her boss at Case Construction where she just got a job at.

Life is going to be perfect for a while until the past creeps back into her life. Now, Melodi must trust in the one person who has helped her in her new life. Corban is the one guy readers will fall for immediately since he’s the knight in shining armor every time with Melodi. He’s there to pick her up when she falls, and he’s also there when she needs a shoulder to cry on. (He’s such a sweet guy)

If there is one thing I enjoyed, while reading The Lost One was how the author got Melodi and Corban to meet. It’s instant attraction with the two, but Melodi is not someone who easily trusts since what happened to her sister. So, let’s just say these two characters may have instant attraction, but Melodi is skeptical of him. Corban though is going to convince her not every guy is like her sister’s boyfriend. At least he convinced me, while I read the book.

There were times during the story while reading it, I found it predictable at certain times. Towards the ending I knew what was going to happen because of a certain character saying things and being there at the most perfect moments. There is also the story going fast pace at the end, which will make the reader think there’s more coming. Unfortunately, there is a cliffhanger. I do love cliffhangers, but I know some readers like to be warned a head of time.

Oh, and if you are looking for some sexual tension and romance moments, there’s not a lot of it. In fact you get some hints of the sexual moments but that’s it.

Overall, this is a great start to a series I look forward to reading more of. I need to find out the truth, especially with that dang cliffhanger.

I give this book 3.5 moons and recommend it to readers that enjoy a little mystery and drama to your New Adult books.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/10/06/review-the-lost-one-by-liz-lovelock-blog-tour-giveaway
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review 2014-08-26 18:20
3.5 moons - "Witch Hunter Olivia" by T.A. Kunz
Witch Hunter Olivia - T.A. Kunz

Witches, Warlocks, Vampires, Werewolves…yup…anything paranormal and you have my attention to read it.  Witch Hunter Olivia has all those paranormal creatures, plus it tells an action-packed story about a ex-witch hunter wanting to re-write her life.  Olivia doesn’t want anything to do with the Guild that had killed her best friend and her family.  Unfortunately, she’s about to be thrown back into the world of the Guild, when her brother tries to assassinate a very important witch at a sorority party.  Olivia happens to be there at the right time to save the high priestess’s daughter from getting killed. Olivia is forced to go on a mission to find out why her brother (who doesn’t want anything to do with her) had a hit out on a high priestess daughter, which could start a war with the guild and the witches.  She’s going to need the help of her best friend, Tara (who is a zombie), and a boy named Heath that happens to have a big crush on her and has helped her in so many ways that she owes him  a lot.

T.A. Kunz throws readers into a world of fantasy, where humans are amongst the paranormal kind having fun with each other. The Guild though has their ways of making sure the paranormal don’t go all crazy, otherwise they will have to deal with the hunters.  It’s an action-packed adventure that takes you on a ride and makes you realize why Olivia gave it all up.  I felt for the poor girl the whole time, while she dealt with what she dealt with.  There were times she drove me crazy though, especially, when she kept secrets from her best friend and kept blowing off a certain male character. How dare she blow off, Heath?!

Witch Hunter Olivia was a very enjoyable book, but it didn’t capture my attention like I thought it would.  Don’t get me wrong, there were times the book had me on the edge of my seat, but other moments I sped past to get to the action.  I loved the action in the book.  **I enjoyed every time Olivia kicked her brother’s butt  (Oh…how I loved the action) I think I was more frustrated with how Olivia handled certain situations, and the fact there was no true angst like a New Adult book has in it.  The heat level was not really steamy in Witch Hunter Olivia, but there was one hot moment when Olivia is describing Heath that I was drooling over.  =)

This book definitely has the UF/PNR feel to it, but instead of New Adult, it felt more YA, except for a few steamy moments towards the end between the characters.

Will I read the next book, if there is one…most definitely.  I was left wanting to know what is going to happen to Tara because of what happened between her and Olivia.  The poor girl deserves some happiness too.

I give this book 3.5 moons, and recommend it to readers that are looking for something different to read.

I will say this…I enjoyed every bit of Heath.  Gotta love a tattooed guy in books, especially one always there to help in some kind of way.  =)

I received a complimentary copy of the book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/07/26/blog-tour-witch-hunter-olivia-by-t-a-kunz-reviewexcerpt-giveaway
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