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review 2018-06-07 15:45
Lightning Struck Heart
The Lightning-Struck Heart - T.J. Klune

Relisten was just as fabulous the second time. But my enjoyment and love will stop with this one book and not continue with the rest of the series. It is perfection just as it is and the HEA is strongly felt. <3

 

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Here we go. First off, this book is…



and yes, since this audiobook ranks up there with Jim Dale’s narration of Harry Potter, I am going to proceed with using gifs from this amazing series as I continue to gush over the utterly talented TJ Klune. Not since JK Rowling's writing was paired with Dale's narration have I been transported into an book, like I was with this...thanks to Michael Lesley.



Bloody Brilliant!! This one landed in my top reads of 2015 and 2016…for a few reasons. First I thought I would finish it before the end of the year and secondly I fell in love with it almost immediately. As I said in my “Best of” selections for 2015…this is truly a match made in heaven between our dear TJ Klune and Michael Lesley. 

As for this story…



I love sass…



I love meddlesome characters with a heart…



I love awkwardness…



I love adorable best friends…



and ones that tell you like it is…



I love dragons…



and hilarious side kicks…



and even the assholes who kinda grow on you…



It’s wondrous…



And the love is fierce…



As for this review, yeah I told you nothing about this story, because I just can’t. There is absolutely no way to describe the brilliance that is this book and this narration. So do yourself a favor and just jump on board…you are in for one amazing ride and one you will want to revisit over and over again.



Thank you TJ, thank you! 



Now...I guess I will just sit and wait for more. 









Status Updates:
1% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “When were you tied up?” I demanded. “Unicorns aren’t allowed to be whorish. You’re supposed to be all virtuous and pristine!” 
“Oh please,” Gary said. “How do you think I was created?”


3% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: Oh. My. God. Michael Lesley was made to read this book. Brilliant!

9% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “Make sure you don’t sneeze or fart tonight, okay? Your pants are so tight, I’m pretty sure they would rip. Wouldn’t want Knight Delicious Face to get a sample of the goods along with everyone else.” 
I groaned. “If you look close enough, you can see everything. It’s like I’m an advertisement for circumcision.”



13% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart:


15% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “I can’t help it if people want to get all up on this.” 
He rolled his eyes. “That must be it. They just can’t stay away from all of that.” His eyes traveled up and down my body. 
“So much sass,” I said in awe. “You’re like a sass master. You and Gary should have a sass-off to see who would be crowned Queen Sass. Fair warning: he would win. But you could be Princess Sass.”

Love these two. ❤️❤️

20% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: I was going to open a shop where anyone got to come in and hug puppies for free and leave with a balloon, ice cream, and a compliment. “Here’s your pistachio cream. I made you a balloon animal in the shape of a walrus. You have very nice knuckles.”

25% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “It’s not your magic I’m worried about,” Morgan said. “It’s your heart.”

32% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: It showed the true depths of my talent that I was able to multitask in such a way to be running from certain imprisonment while also fantasizing about Ryan saying things like “I’ve always wanted to try and do the splits. On your cock.”
*belts out laughter at work*

42% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: I had to stop myself from running my fingers through his hair. 
I knew now why Morgan had said he feared for my heart. 
I did too.

Sweet Sam. <3

46% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “We all do what we have to.” I patted his shoulder and moved around him. Every step I took hurt more than the one before it.

50% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “I just thought it was fascinating,” Ryan said. “People pairing us up like that. I wonder what that was about?” 
“I don’t know,” I said. We belong together! "Must be something they see that we don’t.” Put your dick in me! “Absolutely no idea.” All the ideas! I have all the ideas!

LMAO ❤️❤️❤️

60% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “I jerked off to the thought of you the day I first saw you,” I said, cringing immediately. Not cool! Not cool!

65% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: Ryan looked hot as fuck with his sword and shield and hair flying in the wind, and I’m pretty sure I was on my way to a full erection by that point because that shit was fucking erotic. 
“This feels like a sex dream,” I breathed. 
“This feels like a what?” Justin asked. 
“Uhhhh. Nothing. I didn’t say anything. Oh, look. Fascinating things are happening. Let’s focus on those.”

Oh Sam...


68% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart:


72% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “That’s going to be a bitch to pass later.”

74% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “I’ve seen many things. Both good and evil. Majestic and destructive. Stars falling from the sky and a man whose tattoos moved across his skin as if they were alive before he tried to rip one of my hearts from my chest. I have seen many, many things. But I have never seen one look at another the way the knight looks at you.”


85% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “You knew,” I said as I watched him go. “You saw him coming and knew how my magic would react.” 
“Yes,” Randall said simply. 
“It won’t be the same,” I admitted. “With anyone else.” 
He looked sad at that. “I know. But it will be enough.”



87% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “There’s someone out there for you,” he said. “Someone who will love your hair and your words and your eyes and the way you still scrunch up your nose when you’re thinking hard on something. He will love you for all of the things that you are and all of the things you aren’t. He’ll love you beyond all reason and will be convinced that you hung the sun and moon. He will see the stars and wish for only you. Someone will love every single part of who you are, and my gods, I can’t wait for the day to meet him to tell him thank you.”
❤️❤️❤️❤️

90% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart:


98% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: "Your smile didn’t make my balls tingle at all.”

I don't want this to end. *pouts*

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text 2018-05-30 13:38
Reading progress update: I've read 72%.
The Lightning-Struck Heart - T.J. Klune

“I’ve seen many things. Both good and evil. Majestic and destructive. Stars falling from the sky and a man whose tattoos moved across his skin as if they were alive before he tried to rip one of my hearts from my chest. I have seen many, many things. But I have never seen one look at another the way the knight looks at you.”

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review 2018-05-14 10:00
Release Day Review! Planet Dragos (Elder Races #9.8) Thea Harrison!
Planet Dragos - Thea Harrison

 

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the final novella featuring Pia and Dragos…

Pia’s latest pregnancy has become a daily challenge, her relationship with Dragos strained with argument. That hasn’t stopped them from achieving a compromise and traveling to Las Vegas to celebrate their friend Rune’s wedding to his mate Carling.

From the moment they arrive, the trip goes awry. Death walks in Vegas, and Pia is kidnapped as an ancient enemy makes a move to destroy the Great Beast once and for all.

But the Great Beast has other plans.

On Planet Dragos everything goes the way he arranges it—unless someone decides to cross him, and God help them then, because he doesn’t know how to back down, and he doesn’t ever, ever let up….

 

 

 

Planet Dragos is a thrilling and fantastic send off to Dragos and Pia as some exciting events take place and brings about major changes to their world. 

 

As always the characters of the Elder Races universe are strong, bold and easily draw readers in and hold them hostage until the very end. In Planet Dragos, we meet up with Dragos, Pia and friends as well as meet some new characters, one of whom is Death which adds quite a bit of excitement and chilling anticipation to the story. There is never a dull moment in this fast paced story which full of thrills and suspense which keeps readers on the edge and since most of those events are life altering continuously builds a sense of nail-biting anticipation throughout the story as well. 

 

The Elder Races series is exciting and full of wonderful characters that constantly surprise readers and brings them lots of enjoyment and I have to say that Pia and Dragos favorites of readers everywhere including me, so I was quite thrilled with this book and I found it to be quite energetic and exhilarating from start to finish. And while I am disappointed about one of the decisions that Dragos and Pia made (sorry no spoilers), I am also looking forward to finding out what Thea Harrison has in store for us readers next.

 

 

 

Planet Dragos is # 9.8 of the Elder Races series which includes (in reading order):

 

  1. Dragon Bound
  2. Storm’s Heart
  3. Serpent’s Kiss
  4. True Colors
  5. Oracle’s Moon
  6. Natural Evil
  7. Devil’s Gate
  8. Hunter’s Season
  9. Lord’s Fall
  10. The Wicked
  11. Kinked
  12. Dragos Takes a Holiday
  13. Pia Saves the Day
  14. Peanut Goes to School
  15. Night’s Honor
  16. Midnight’s Kiss
  17. Dragos Goes to Washington
  18. Pia Does Hollywood
  19. Shadow’s End
  20. Liam Takes Manhattan
  21. The Chosen
  22. Planet Dragos

 

THE ELDER RACES SERIES COLLECTIONS

  1. Divine Tarot
  2. Destiny’s Tarot
  3. A Dragon’s Family Album

A Dragon’s Family Album II

 

Planet Dragos is available in ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   iBooks   Kobo   GPlay   A-UK   A-CA   A-AU

 

 

Website   Goodreads   Twitter   InstaGram   Facebook   BookBub

 

 

 

 

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Amazon Review Quote

"This well written fantasy has plenty of intriguing characters and plenty of action, with some doses of peril that will keep you reading and crossing your fingers for a happy ending.  I sure enjoyed it and would love to read more about Blue, his friends, and this magical world."

Source: www.amazon.com/Blue-Unicorns-Journey-Illustrated-Book-ebook/dp/B06X416LGX
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review 2017-12-12 02:39
Penny White's back for more Fantastic adventures
The Cult of Unicorns - Chrys Cymri

Sure, all I know about the life of an Anglican priest comes from this series and Paul Cornell's Lychford novellas, (oh, and one series of Grantchester) and maybe Fantasy fiction isn't the best source, but man, being a priest in a small village/town in England seems to be lonely and horrible -- especially around Advent. Which is where we find Penny White -- running on fumes, bouncing from obligation to obligation -- with barely enough time for her grieving brother, her gryphon partner and her snail shark (never mind the duties in the parallel world of Daear) -- not to mention casually dating a police inspector and a dragon. Throw in a murder mystery and . . . wow. How does she sleep?

 

Before we get to much of that Penny and her brother, James, go to Lloegyr for the trial in the death of James' girlfriend. It is quick, decisive, decidedly alien (as it should be) and adjudicated by a panel of 3 unicorns. Apparently, Unicorns are impossibly fair, honest and just so they make the perfect judges. No one, not even the dragons would dare protest what the unicorns decide. Penny can't help but note how almost everyone she sees reacts strangely to unicorns -- she'd probably do the same, however, if she weren't so dragon-obsessed. When bodies start showing up on Earth with what seem to be unicorn-caused injuries, Penny seems to be the only one who is willing to follow the evidence. At the same time, maybe it's just me, but it didn't seem that Penny was too bothered by the murders -- and certainly didn't seem to spend too much energy investigating them. (although, that might have more to do with the obviousness of the culprits and the difficulty getting anyone else on board with it).

 

James is not handling the grieving process too well -- not that anyone does -- and I was less-than-impressed with the way Penny was dealing with him.. It really seemed out of character for her. I think it points to a slow-build of a problem for Penny and her dual callings. In the first book, we got hit over the head with the concern that she'd be too focused on the other world too much to do a decent job on Earth, and while it was only brought up once or twice here, I think it's easy to see that the danger was real. I like how it seems that Cymri is moving this problem to the back burner, just so it can keep growing as a problem while being subtle about it. Professionally/vocationally, things are not going well for Penny, and I think this will continue for awhile.

 

While writing about book 1, I was worried about an impending romantic triangle -- and I like the way that Cymri dealt with it here, much more than I assumed I would when we left it off. I'm not sure I'm ready to breathe easily about it yet, but I have hope (I also haven't read as many romantic triangles this year as I have in years past, maybe my tolerance for them will increase). Actually, I liked just about everything about the romance angle in this book. Especially Morey's.

 

The Murder plotline (and the aftermath) serves as the narrative hook for the book, but doesn't seem to occupy as much of the time as you'd think. Where The Temptation of Dragons introduced us to this reality (or dual-realities, I guess), this one explores it -- with a greater emphasis on Earth. We really spend very little time on the "other side." Which was okay, really. I imagine that won't always be the case (glancing ahead at the blurb for the next volume, it looks as if I'm right).

 

I'm not sure what else to say at this point, but I'm pretty sure I've been less thorough than I intended. I enjoyed The Temptation of Dragons and The Cult of Unicorns kept all the charm and wit about that, but grounded the characters and their actions better (or at least more firmly). And really, that's about all you can hope for from a series -- you keep everything you liked in the previous installment and build on it. Cymri nailed that, which serves to make me plan on getting to book #3 faster than I did this one.


Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for this post -- thanks so much for this book.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/12/11/the-cult-of-unicorns-by-chrys-cymri
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