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review 2020-04-01 20:26
Torn Between Two Box Set by: Mia Kayla
Torn Between Two Box Set - Mia Kayla

 

 

 

A common goal takes a complicated twist with heartbreaking results. Everyone wants to be happy, but what happens when the battle to do so resides within yourself? Three lives are rocked by a little thing called love, that ends up becoming a very big deal. Kayla takes readers on an emotional whirlwind. It's a long, winding road to a happy ending. Love, life and heartache have a fight on their hands that's as captivating as it is complicated.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-10-17 16:56
Tempt by Natalia Jaster

 

Holy smokes Batman - this was a scorching read! *fans self* It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Natalia Jaster's books but this one might just be my favourite yet (and that's a massive compliment because I totally adore all of her other works!) I loved absolutely everything about Tempt: the characters, the setting, the story... it was sheer perfection. Hades and Persephone retellings are totally a weakness I never knew I had. Throw in an enemies to lovers trope and I am in literary heaven!

 

Full disclosure: I'm on Natalia's ARC Team but this in no way has influenced my rating. I was so happy to be sent this little beauty. It went a long way to cure me of the book hangover I had been suffering from and it couldn't have come at a more perfect time!

 

Now, enough waffling... onto the review!

 

At the end of Torn (the second book in the Selfish Myths series), Wonder first set eyes on Malice, the malevolent exile god whose appearance managed to rattle the normally unflappable deity. Malice too seemed to be affected by Wonder. This interesting little altercation left me salivating for their backstory so when I found out the next book would be about them, well I was very happy, to say the least!

 

Wonder is part of a class of gods and goddesses that have dared to go against their makers. Love fell for a mortal boy, Anger fell hard for a failed goddess. Now it is Wonder's turn.

 

A celestial battle approaches and any advantage could mean the difference between life and death. Wonder knows she will need to gather as much information as she can in order to defeat her enemies. The only problem is that she will have to put her trust (and fate) in the hands of Malice, a former god now exiled and a prisoner of the gang.

 

The two of them have to break into a subterranean library relying on only their wits to get them where they need to go and each other. A precarious situation, for sure. Wonder isn't sure of Malice's intentions and is even less sure of her own conflicting feelings for the sharp-tongued exile. For Malice is the spitting image of her lost love - a mortal whose downfall she played a huge part in and for which she still carries a load of guilt.

 

But Malice couldn't possibly be her lost love, could he? It just wouldn't be possible... still, stranger things have already happened and as she gets closer to Malice, she begins to see that what she thought wouldn't have been possible is becoming more and more likely the more she gets to know Malice.

 

The two grow closer as they spend time in their favourite domain: both of them are scholars at heart, and Wonder sees new sides to Malice each day they are ensconced among the forbidden tomes. However, Wonder will find herself torn between the love she once felt for her mortal boy and the ever-increasing feelings she has for his celestial doppelganger. She will have to make a choice and in doing so may forever break her own heart...

 

Alright, I was intrigued for Wonder and Malice's pairing, I will not deny it, but I wasn't prepared for just how swept up I would become in their story. Their relationship was everything I never knew I needed. I was full-on swooning! 

 

I have always had a soft spot for Wonder. I love bookish types and her character just always appealed to me right from the very first book. I was intrigued by her backstory and the suffering she endured as punishment for her supposed transgressions.

 

Malice also drew me in from his first appearance in Torn. I do love a bad boy but Malice was something else entirely. He was a villain - no doubt about it - but I really wanted to know what made him the way he was and when I realized he was destined for Wonder I was very curious to see how his redemption would play out.

 

I was not disappointed. His growth is this book was nothing short of phenomenal. Wonder played a part in this but it wasn't just love that was responsible for his recovery and eventual healing. Learning about his past and shaking off the demons that came with it was very satisfying and cathartic.

 

There was nothing I didn't enjoy about Tempt. The story was amazing and Wonder and Malice are now my very favourite power couple of this series! It was great also catching up with Love and Andrew, Merry and Anger, and Sorrow and Envy (can't wait for their book!) The story is falling into place nicely, the stakes are high and the characters are poised for action. They are on the precipice of war - not just to change the fates but for their very own survival. I can't wait to see how this is resolved in Transcend (and isn't that title fabulous?)

Source: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1695808215
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review 2019-08-11 02:14
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Torn in Half: A Trident Security Novella - Samantha Cole

This book is #8.5 in the Trident Security series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  This does not mean it should.  In my own humble opinion if you miss out on this amazing series, it cheats you of the great characters and deeply fulfilling stories.

 

Ian feels torn when his parents need him, (and technically the whole team) when his wife is due any time.  His father calls and tells him his mother is missing and there is a clock ticking.  Can he really have the best of both worlds?

 

Angie knows she can't hold her husband back on something this serious.  She also knew he would get home as soon as he could and she has plenty of help at home.  So she sends him to his mom and dad.

 

Happy to read any mystery that the "Sexy-Six Pack" have to solve.  They always solve it while a truly fabulous love story is weaved in, and this one is no different.  It is just a shorter, sweeter version that takes us to see what is going on in their lives.  I loved it.  I really love how I always feel gratified at the compelling books that make up this great series.  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2018-06-28 10:00
Release Week Review! Torn (Whiskey Sharp #3) Laure Dane!
Torn - Lauren Dane

 

 

Sometimes what you find isn’t what you were searching for

Beau Petty has been searching his whole life. Searching for a place that fills all the empty spaces in him. Searching for a way to tame the restlessness. Searching for answers to the secret he’s never stopped trying to solve. What he wasn’t searching for was a woman to claim all of him, but when Cora Silvera walks back into his life, he’s ready to search out all the ways he can make her his.

 

Cora has spent her life as the family nurturer, taking care of others. But now she’s ready to pass that job on to someone else. It’s time to make some changes and live for herself. It’s in that moment that her former teenage crush reappears and the draw and the heat of their instant connection is like nothing either of them has experienced. He craves being around her. She accepts him, dark corners and all.

Beau thinks Cora’s had enough drama in her life. He wants to protect her from the secrets of his past, even if it means holding back the last pieces of himself. But Cora is no pushover and she means to claim all those pieces.

 

 


I finally returned to Whiskey Sharp and the wonderful characters that surround the place. On this visit, Beau and Cora who are two very strong and vibrant characters, renew their acquaintance and find themselves embarking on a delightful romance. The relationship is strong and full of flirty fun, especially since Cora is a feisty woman full of exuberance, and the chemistry and passion between these two are full of electricity and heat. That’s not to say that the relationship is all fun and games because there are past personal issues involving family that really add depth to the story and a more fulfilling perception of these characters and their personalities.

 

The story is fast paced and cover quite a bit of time so while the relationship starts off quick readers get the full effect of the workings of their relationship and how it progressed to the happily ever after with lots of witty and fun events that really makes the reader feel as if they are there with Beau, Cora and all their friends. There was never a dull or slow moment to be found and readers get enjoy a romance that is heartwarming, fun, sexy and spontaneous.

 

For me personally, I have to say that Torn is being added to my favorites list, I really enjoyed Cora and Beau’s story as it made me smile a lot throughout the story and I felt as if I really got to know them and what their lives were like, especially the family dynamic that added such ‘drama’ and to the story and in Beau’s case, tugged at the heart. Of course, it is not surprising, that I loved the story as Lauren Dane is the author of this charming series full of character, romance, and friendship that make readers feel good as they read it.

 

 

Whiskey Sharp

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33357397-torn

 

author book page - http://www.laurendane.com/books/torn/

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/torn-lauren-dane/book,13981036

 


is the 3rd book in the Whiskey Sharp series


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31394318-unraveled

 

author series page - http://www.laurendane.com/connected-books/whiskey-sharp/

 

series Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/LaurenDaneWhiskeySharp/?ref=br_rs

 


which includes:

 

Unraveled #1
Jagged #2
Torn #3
& Sugar #3.5 coming Sept 2018.

 

 

Torn is available in print or ebook at:

 

HQN - https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9780373799428_whiskey-sharp-torn.html

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=037379942X/

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/whiskey-sharp-lauren-dane/1125283294?ean=9780373799428#/

 

BaM - http://www.booksamillion.com/product/9780373799428

 

!ndigo - http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/a/9780373799428-item.html

 

IndieBound - http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780373799428

 

BookDepository - http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780373799428

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/whiskey-sharp-torn

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/whiskey-sharp-torn/id1195508093?mt=11

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Lauren_Dane_Whiskey_Sharp_Torn?id=0m3pDQAAQBAJ

 

eBooks - https://www.ebooks.com/95670773/whiskey-sharp-torn/dane-lauren/

 

 

The story goes like this: While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.

 

Today Lauren is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty novels and novellas across several genres.

 

 

Be sure and visit Lauren Dane at the following locations:

 

Website - http://www.laurendane.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/226816.Lauren_Dane

 

Faceook - http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLaurenDane

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/laurendane

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lauren-dane

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/lauren-dane/author,300359

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-06-17 00:00
Torn
Torn - Lauren Dane Torn intrigued me right away because it was a little like a second chance in that the characters knew each other before, but not totally a second chance since they weren't dating before. Its a low angst story which I adore; however, I think it was a little slow because not much happens. Its more of a chronicle of their relationship; again, I appreciated the low angst since both of them have had enough angst in their past, but readers may find this a bit of a slow pace.

Cora and Beau are total #relationshipgoals! They are truly devoted to making each other happy. It was such a pleasant read to see a more mature relationship as opposed to the drama-llama types with miscommunications and manufactured problems. Bottom line, while this might be a slow plot for those who love the angst, its perfect for those who like to see a couple work together on real life issues. Torn will appeal to readers who are sick of new adult relationships that are fraught with immature rubbish.

While this is book 3 of the series, you can read them as stand alones. I haven't read the previous books and it didn't affect my enjoyment at all!
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