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text 2018-07-25 09:08
NBtM, EXCERPT, GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY - Forbidden Fires by Bobbi Smith
Forbidden Fires (Love Spell historical romance) - Bobbi Smith

Bobbi will be awarding $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

When Ellen Douglass saves the Union officer from the cold river, she doesn't think this one action will so alter her future. But as Price holds her is his arms, they try to forget that they fight on opposing sides and will be kept forever apart.

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/07/nbtm-excerpt-guest-post-giveaway.html
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review 2018-05-27 21:46
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Of Fire and Stars - Jordan Saia,Audrey Coulthurst

Dennaleia (Denna) is a princess of the northern kingdom of Havemont. She's engaged to be married to Crown Prince Thandilimon (Thandi) of Mynaria for political reasons I can't recall. Denna has a secret: she can perform fire magic. Unfortunately, Mynaria is becoming more and more anti-magic. Recusants, illegal magic users, are being hunted down, and things only get worse after a member of the royal family is assassinated by someone who is likely a Recusant.

While everyone else is quick to blame the Recusants and the nearby country of Zumorda for Mynaria's recent problems, Denna and Mare, the Mynarian princess, are the only ones who suspect something else might be going on. As Mynaria prepares for Denna and Thandi's upcoming marriage, Denna and Mare work together to uncover the truth...and gradually realize that they've fallen in love with each other.

I'll start by talking about the good. For the most part, the progression of Denna and Mare's relationship from rocky, to being friends, and finally to falling in love was pretty good. Although Mare would have preferred to have as little as possible to do with Denna when they first met, she was forced to help Denna learn how to ride horses (riding isn't a thing people do in Havemont) and got to know her more than she probably would have otherwise. Their eventual romance had a solid foundation and didn't feel like it appeared out of nowhere.

I was also happy to see that homophobia wasn't one of the things standing between Denna and Mare. From what I could tell, bisexuality was the default in this world. As far as marriage went, however, things were a little fuzzier. It sounded like same-sex marriages existed, but also like same-sex political marriages were less likely than political marriages between men and women.

Now it's time to get into the things I didn't like, and unfortunately the list is long.

First and foremost, Of Fire and Stars was boring. It took ages for things to happen and for Mare and Denna's investigations to move forward. I wanted more tense political intrigue, and instead I got occasional badly executed spying attempts, some library research, and Denna stressing over the possibility that her magical abilities would be discovered. Most of that was pushed into the background after Denna and Mare realized that they loved each other. I should have been rooting for their relationship and instead I couldn't wait for the book to finally be over.

The book alternated between chapters from Mare's POV and chapters from Denna's POV (first person past tense). Mare was a tomboy who preferred dressing up as a man and going information-gathering in local taverns to putting on gowns and spending time at court. Denna had been trained to be a perfect princess since birth. Coulthurst could have alternated between chapters devoted to Mare's spying activities and chapters in which Denna made connections at court, collected potentially useful court gossip, and did a bit of research in the palace library.

Instead, readers got the former (sort of) but only the barest sliver of the latter. Both Denna and Mare dismissed court gossip as something only silly court ladies participated in, an attitude that boggled my mind. Was I really supposed to believe that only commoners in taverns gossiped about the current state of affairs in the country, city, and palace? In the end, the only useful thing Denna got to do was library research.

Denna felt like little more than a sidekick throughout much of the story, even going so far as to beg Mare to take her on one of her trips to a local tavern. Mare, meanwhile, didn't strike me as being nearly as competent as the author wanted readers to believe. She'd have died or had her identity uncovered many times over if it hadn't been for her best friend Nils, one of the few halfway intelligent and capable characters in the book. She was also annoyingly childish, kicking her shoes off at things (bushes, doors) multiple times.

The way Mare and Denna's romance played out caused me to dislike them both. They were both selfish and frustrating. Mare viewed Denna moving forward with her and Thandi's wedding as choosing Thandi over her. Never mind that it was a political marriage and that there would be consequences for both of their countries if Denna suddenly announced that she had fallen in love with Mare and wanted to marry her instead.

Denna had a similar reaction when Mare considered agreeing to a political marriage of her own that would have at least guaranteed she could work with horses on a daily basis. If Denna had had her way, Mare would have stayed by her side for the rest of her life, unmarried and perpetually available for stolen kisses. Never once did she consider Mare's feelings and that it might be best for the person she supposedly loved to find what happiness she could elsewhere.

Although the book has a proper ending, there's definitely room for a sequel, and I see that one is supposed to come out sometime in 2019. I don't currently plan on reading it.

Extras:

There's a map at the beginning of the book. Somehow I didn't manage to see it until after I'd finished reading.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-03-28 18:28
Book Review for Kinetic Energy (Forbidden Love Book 2) by Haley Faiman
 
 
Title: Kinetic Energy
Series: Forbidden Love Series
Author: Hayley Faiman
Genre: Taboo Forbidden Teacher/Student Romance/Erotica

  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publication Date: March 26, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07B2PQR4N
  • Arc copy provided for honest review
  • 5 stars
 
 
 
 
 
ki·net·ic en·er·gy
 
noun:
energy that a body possesses by virtue of being in motion.
 
 
Possession. Ines was meant to be mine. I’ve known since the moment I laid eyes on her.
 
Virtue. She makes me long for more. I want everything with her. Except, I know what we’re doing is wrong.
 
The lies I tell could break her—and yet, what exists between us has already been set into motion. 
 
I can’t stop it. My body. My heart. My god-forsaken soul—I’m hers.
 
***This is a standalone. It is a may-December, older man/younger woman... Taboo/forbidden Student-Teacher romance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I will say that a story like this is challenging for me as the heart wars with my common sense and self preservation.Thomas risked so much for a girl he barely new and had me asking myself "Is he mad?" time and time again.The heart wants what the heart wants so the risks to them are nothing compared to what they will gain in the long run.True love prevails...
 
This is one of the hottest books I have read to date by this author.This author has become one of my auto buy and go to authors ever since I read her her Notorious Devils MC series as I loved each and everyone of them.
 
I always pick a favorite character but, this time around it just can't.I would have picked Thomas as I found him to be sweet kind,loving,affectionate but, with not being up front about his situation at home with Ines after he new he was in for the long haul with her he turned me right off . I was liking and disliking him all in the same breath.With Thomas and his secrets I never doubted he had genuine love and affection for Ines and that it truly was love at first sight for him.
 
For me this is the kind of story that you can't help but love as the character's just draw you in and make you love them and it makes it even more endearing because of all the hardships that a couple like this needs to overcome just to be together and the sacrifices one is willing to make to be with the one you love. 
 
I kept having to remind myself that this is a fictional story because the age gap was a big deal for me and I kept thinking what the heck were you thinking Thomas to pursue and 18 year old innocent.If Ines had been 20 to his forty it probably shouldn't have bothered me so much but, this is just my upbringing showing through and Thomas and Ine's relationship really was all about love, caring,affection and were truly in love and if it wasn't and issue between them " who am I to judge?"You could not help but love them as it seemed they were just what the other needed.
 
I will say that the story kept me on edge the whole entire time as I was waiting for the shoe to drop the whole entire time.Holy hotness ! their sexual romps were super steamy and hot the kind that has a girl fanning herself.
Omg ! Hot Hot Hot !Their hot interludes in the professors office although hot tempted fate each and every time and had your heart pounding thinking is this it for them?Fanning and swoon worthy encounters!
 
Omg! What was up with Thomas's wife? She went from a totally uncaring wife to evil bitch in a blink of and eye and she is the character you live to hate lol.
 
Overall I loved it! I just love this authors style of writing as she draws you in with love-able characters and she writes super hot sexy books that we love each and every time not only that I love her as she takes the time to interact with her fans as much as she can and that makes me love her even more...
 
5 stars from us
 
Personal note: Be sure to check out her Notorious Devils MC series its not to be missed!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I was born and raised in California. My husband and I met when I was just 16. We were married a few years later, moving to Oregon while he was in the US Coast Guard. Texas is now where we call home, where our boots rest, and where we're raising our two little boys and a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2018-03-10 20:19
Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai
Hurts to Love You: Forbidden Hearts - Alisha Rai

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The youngest in a power family, Eve has felt more comfortable hidden away in her shell. However, when a chance to make a move on a long standing crush arises, she begins to realize that being herself and letting others see her is the only way to get what she truly wants.
Growing up the housekeeper's kid kept Gabe slightly on the outside looking in. Getting close to people has always been difficult but when he gets some alone time with Eve, the girl he's tried to stay away from because of her age, he begins to realize that she's a woman now and getting close to someone can be the best thing in the world.

Imperfections were what made a piece unique. Impossible to replicate. 

Book three and the last in the Forbidden Hearts series, gives us Eve and Gabe's story. Eve is Nicholas' (Hate to Want You) younger sister and has made appearances as the bullied by her father, overprotected by her brother, standing up for her brother, and crushing on Gabe, shy girl. Here we get the full depth and breadth of her character. The author does an amazing job showing the growth Eve goes through as the story progresses. She goes from hiding her wants and desires to allowing herself to express them and making no apologies for them. Eve's personal growth kind of dominated the story for me as her character was so well thought out and written.

She was Eve. A Chandler. And he had far too many problems to get tangled up in a Chandler. 

Gabe has also made appearances in the last two books, as Livvy's (Hate to Want You) boss and Jackson's (Wrong to Need You) too talkative want to be friend. He's been the genial, nice, and open guy who is big in stature with a heart of gold. Here we learn about a deeply held secret and the hidden pain this has caused him. I had a harder time connecting with Gabe as the story seemed to not have quite enough room for his character to breathe on the pages. The secret takes a while to get revealed and as a consequence, his closed off persona and constant pushing and running away from Eve was lacking context and his commitment issues began to get tiresome. 

“Can I have you?” he murmured. 

The basis and continuing thread of this series has been the family drama between the Chandlers and the Oka-Kanes, this book is no exception. It stole some time away from Eve and Gabe; this crosses the line into feeling more like an encompassing series wrap-up than Eve and Gabe's story more than once. From the glimpses we got from them in the series I was, personally, hoping for more of a spotlight on them. They have great chemistry but I would have liked more intimate scenes between them (a strong suite of this author) and just general more bonding interaction. Eve also does more of the heavy lifting as Gabe had a tendency to push her away; the lusting but "oh no, I can't!" rinse and repeat wore a bit thin. However, the glimpses we did get of Gabe's nice and sunny in the streets and hair pulling, dirty talking in the sheets will give you the thrills. 

The hurt, pain, anger, and love this series has been full of and the amazing characters have made Alisha Rai a must read author here on out for me. She incorporates tough issues (depression, family dynamics), provides authentic joining and melding of people from all walks of life, writes brilliant women characters, and does it with such a beautiful ease, with added hot and sexy intimate scenes. Shy Eve and sweet Gabe get their happy ending, along with more Chandler and Oka-Kane revelations, heartache, and closure. Emotional ups and downs with hot sexy loving, read this series. 

Here was love. Deep, unconditional love. And she deserved it. 

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text 2018-03-09 17:20
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Hurts to Love You: Forbidden Hearts - Alisha Rai

His big hands came up to brace himself on the tree on either side of her head. He leaned in close. She breathed in.

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