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review 2018-01-18 23:29
First in this series.
Dark Lover - J.R. Ward

This is the first and am listening to these on audio while I work on my crochet and knitting projects. It took me a little to fall into the story.  In this story you meet the main characters and focus is on Wrath, the blind king. The main characters are hulked up vamps and they do have trials and tribulations fighting the bad guys (these guys are really bad).  There is much steam, violence, romance and intrigue. The narrator does a good job.  Moving on to the next. 

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review 2018-01-15 20:04
Peyton & Novo - Saxton & Ruhn
Blood Fury - J.R. Ward

Compared to past releases from Ward, I actually really enjoyed this book. In fact, I find that I like the Legacy books more than the BDB series, which has become very erratic, in my opinion. These books focus more on the romance, and despite the lack of Lesser activity, we still get enough action and suspense to keep us glued to the pages. Of course there's also the new characters who have given the series some new life. I have yet to find myself skimming over pages to get back to the interesting stuff here, the storyline is constant and keeps me hooked.

In this instalment, we get to see two love stories develop between Peyton & Novo, and Saxton & Ruhn. Their relationships have been building since book one, and in this book they finally come together. And there is no messing around either. It's hard and fast, and will leave you smiling. But be warned, there will be some tears. . .

I felt so bad for Novo and Ruhn, their pasts were horrible, and they had some big obstacles thrown their way when they finally found their happiness. So it was great watching them grow and finally face their insecurities in order to be with the people they love. The same goes for Peyton and Sax. It was great finally seeing these males leave their baggage behind in order to start anew with their mates. Especially Saxton, I have been waiting for his HEA since the moment he gracefully bowed out and let Blaylock go to Qhuinn. He's a gentlemale and deserves to have Ruhn in his life.

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text 2018-01-09 15:01
Released today!
Blood Fury - J.R. Ward


So excited! Warden, you better not let me down. I seriously thought about not continuing with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, then the Warden released this spin-off series, it is all I like about the earlier BDB books, just new charactwrs added to the mix, and we do get frequent visits from the original bros. Hopefully this is just as good as the previous two books. For those who gave up on the original series, but miss the world these are in, give this spin-off series a shot.

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review 2018-01-08 22:55
Jake Understood
Jake Understood - Penelope Ward

Jake, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue a series

The Characters:

Nina Kennedy:
Jake Green:
Skylar, Mitch, Alison and Alison’s husband who’s name I can’t remember at the moment:

The Story:

A flip on Jake Undone. Mostly told from Jake’s perspective a sort of retelling of Jake and Nina’s relationship with new scenes for the readers to fall in love with. I found it nice to know what Jake was thinking in certain scenes from book one. It was good to get to know his relationship with his sisters and the infamous Ivy. I also liked seeing some of their HEA as this book does continue past the retelling of the first book.

I found some inconsistencies with the ages of Skylar and Nina’s kids, but I didn’t have a problem letting it go for the story. And some of there forever talking about their love grated on my nerves a bit but just at the end.

As a whole I really did enjoy this book. It even ended up stealing a bit of sleep from me. (Always a good sign.)

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


4 Stars

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review 2018-01-05 01:05
Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

”I will tie the glass and stone with string, hang the shards above my bed, so that they will flash in the dark and tell the story of Katrina, the mother that swept into the Gulf and slaughtered. Her chariot was a storm so great and black the Greeks would say it was harnessed to dragons. She was the murderous mother who cut us to the bone but left us alive, left us naked and bewildered as wrinkled newborn babies, as blind puppies, as sun-starved newly hatched baby snakes. She left us a dark Gulf and salt-burned land. She left us to learn to crawl. She left us to salvage. Katrina is the mother we will remember until the next mother with large, merciless hands, committed to blood, comes.”


I remember Hurricane Katrina. Having lived in the south all my life, I’ve borne witness to many a tornado, tropical storm, and hurricane. Nothing quite compares to Katrina—its depth, its width. I live in northern Alabama and my people were still hit hard by her. My family spent a few days and nights in the basement of our church, with friends, sleeping on cots and passing the time playing ping-pong. For me, being a child of nine at the time, it was an experience of pure, unadulterated fear mixed with excitement stemming from the strangeness of staying away from home for that length of time. We survived the storm with our homes and lives intact, though our neighbors in Mississippi and Louisiana and Texas were not so lucky.


If Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing is a tropical storm, Salvage the Bones is a category five hurricane. It is a force to be reckoned with; it is awesome in the purest sense of the word. Though it is a deeply southern work, Ward’s honed storytelling abilities allow this brutal, gritty examination of a family in Mississippi preparing for the storm of their lives to maintain a sense of accessibility, and home-spun charm.


A deeply poetic, painful, and crystal-clear story of motherhood and loss set in the sweltering heat of an oncoming southern storm, I could not put this book down and feel I’ll have reader’s hangover for some time to come. Is it too early to have a book of the year?

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