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review 2017-07-25 22:42
Days of Blood & Starlight
Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor

I truly love this series!  The characters are fantastic and the story is thoroughly engrossing.  The world of this series is a wonderful blend of the real and the imagined and they fit together seamlessly.

 

The cast of characters expands in this series and they are all beautifully developed.  But Akiva and Karou were completely at odds with one another in this book and that was hard as a shipper of that relationship.  But that only made the story that much more of an engrossing read.

 

I love that this series takes the commonly held ideas of religious mythology and what it means to be good or evil and then turns them around.  Karou and her people are chimera, what most would consider to be demons.  Akiva is an angel, but many of his kind are far from the peace-loving angels that most of us imagine.  The story is told primarily from the point of view of Karou, making you really look at how perspective changes perception.

 

At it's heart, the story is about two enemies coming together for a common goal, a common mission, a common future.  It is imaginative, exciting, and beautifully written!

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review 2017-07-02 19:34
Danger
Love to Hate: An Enemies-to-Lovers Romance (Only Him Book 3) - Nicole Casey

This is the 3rd book in the Only Him series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Jamie & Ashton are sort of friends turned rivals.  With them growing such similar businesses, it was probably inevitable.  The attraction that was between them, however, is still there.

 

Ashton has failed at so much.  His own father no longer wishes to help him.  He finds himself in a very bad place.  A place where he may have to rescue an old friend.

 

Characters who find one another hot are the reason I read romance.  These two obviously belong together.  You can feel right from the beginning for the lead and I rooted for him from the start.  This was a quick and hot read.  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-06-04 00:00
12 Days to Love (A Destined for Love Romance)
12 Days to Love (A Destined for Love Romance) - Lisa Swinton Workaholic Lily has decided to try something new. Learning how to relax. An Impulse decision to take a cruise, sends her on the biggest adventure in her life. Falling in love. Locations of beauty, are as exotic as the romance is sultry, but the underlying sweet simplicity is what steers this tempting escapade on a voyage of the heart.
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review 2017-05-16 08:03
Hold on
Lost Love: A Second Chance Romance (Only Him Series Book 2) - Casey C Nicole N Cleveland C

This is the 2nd book in the Only Him series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and clear of spoilers, I always recommend reading series stories in order intended.

 

Derek has come home to work out why he cannot move on with his love life.  When he left years ago, it was an impulse and he was racked with pain from rejection.  Coming back is either brave or stupid, but he needs to know.

 

Gio has no idea what to expect.  He has not seen Derek since that time so long ago.  He too, has been struggling with moving on.  Can they get it right this time?  Or is the pain of the past just the foreshadowing of the future?

 

These two so obviously belong together.  They can't even keep their hands or mouths to themselves!  It is a fine addition to the series.  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-05-02 23:14
Someone Else's Summer
Someone Else's Summer - Rachel Bateman

This book... I had a bit of a book hangover after finishing it.  It is a beautifully written story with amazing characters and all the feels.  

 

Anna's older sister Storm is killed on the night of her high school graduation.  Their parents fall apart, turning to each other in their grief.  Anna is left to work through her pain on her own.  Until she discovers her sister's bucket list.  That list becomes both a gift and a curse as she works her way through it in honor of her sister.  But she doesn't do it alone.  She does it with Storm's best friend Cameron, the boy who lives next door that she's known for most of her life.

 

The story is emotionally charged as it explores the journey of grief, self-discovery, change, friendship, acceptance, and secrets that can be devastating to learn.  This is a story that will, at times, leave your heart shredded.  But before your tears dry, there will be a funny moment that will bring a smile to your face.

 

At first, her mother's total lack of compassion for Anna's grief was horrifying to me.  I just didn't understand how a mother could be that blind to the grief of her child that she would go so far as to send her to her room for expressing it.  But as we learn more, it becomes easier to understand.  Her mother is broken, shut down.  She has nothing to give her daughter in the way of support.  Everyone reacts differently to grief... that is a reality.  And what was initially hard for me to accept became something I truly applaud.  The author showed grief in its raw reality... messy, painful, hurtful, and impossible to navigate cleanly.

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