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review 2017-02-22 20:44
Blood to Dust - L.J. Shen

I used to be a sister, a daughter, a girlfriend and a friend. A poet, a dreamer and an honor student. But now. . .now I’m alone, left to fend for myself, with no one to look out for me.



Born with a silver spoon, Prescott is no stranger to the dark underworld of wealth and prestige. Due to unfortunate life choices and circumstances, she has made her way to an additional wealth by street hustling. However, there are much bigger sharks after her and once she gets caught—her life is in the hands of a dark stranger.

Beat grew up poor and desolate followed by a young adulthood of prison for killing his abusive father. After his release, he owes Godfrey “God” Archer his service. One of his jobs is to keep watch on a little rich girl gone bad.

Rich girls love bad boys. The tattoos, the attitude, the danger. The hopelessness.

As two lost souls come together they learn they have more in common than their differences. Each with the same nightmare of an enemy, Prescott believes she can seduce her captor—and get him on her side to achieve her vengeance once and for all.



This was a new to me author and I greatly enjoyed the character dynamic. Prescott was refreshing in a sense that she doesn’t follow the typical trope of the “spitfire” kidnapped girl. I enjoyed how down to earth and real she was. Confident yet vulnerable without the typical bratty behavior we typically see in similar books.

Passion between Beat and Prescott was super intense and I could feel their connection even after their first meeting. They were a unique duo-again something new and refreshing. It’s hard to explain but I feel they were perfect complements to each other.

I love her like a slave, I kneel in front of her like a subject, I crawl back to her at night like a drunk and I worship her like a believer.

Blood to Dust was overall character-centric but the first half involved a lot of action and drama. Around 60% I found my attention dwindling a bit but the ending had some interesting revelations. I do feel there were a few too many loose ends that could’ve used tying up and I feel the pivotal end scenes were a little glossed over and “too easy.” Overall a really good story, perfect for sitting by the fire drinking a glass of wine, but I didn't get the gut-clenching feeling I normally search for. xx

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review 2017-02-22 18:19
Review: "Doctor's Orders" (Groves' Anatomy, #3) by Scarlet Cox
Doctor's Orders - Scarlet Cox

"How had the broad-shouldered doctor turned him from horny jock to tormented tramp in a single visit?"

Maybe by looking like this:

 

 

(Sorry, not really much of a review, I know. But the story was silly since it's PWP and I had a damned good time reading it, so it counts. Because I say so.)

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text 2017-02-22 14:30
Cover Reveal - Chasing Christmas Eve

CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE - banner    

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the next sexy, standalone novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series...

 

    CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE - cover

 

About CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE:

 

Meet cute...

 

Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.

 

Make merry...

 

Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spencer immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

 

…and hope for a miracle.

 

Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime

 

Pre-Order CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE in ebook or paperback, releasing 9/26/17

 

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EXCERPT:

 

The bathroom door opened, and even better than his fantasy, Colbie emerged from a cloud of steam, her willowy body wrapped in one of his towels, her exposed skin gleaming and dewy damp. Her hair had been piled on top of her head, but wavy strands had escaped, clinging to her neck and shoulders.

 

He couldn’t tear his gaze off of her. There was just something so uncalculated about her, so . . . natural and easy. She was like a beacon to him, which was both crazy and more than a little terrifying.

 

Clearly not seeing him against the wall, she moved with an effortless grace to the suitcase she’d left at the door. Bending low enough to give him a near heart attack, she rifled through her things, mumbling to herself that she should’ve researched more about how to be a normal person instead of how to kill someone with an everyday object.

 

“Do you kill a lot of people, then?” Spence asked.

 

“Motherforker!” she said with a startled squeak of surprise, whirling to face him, almost losing her grip on the towel.

 

Five days a week, Spence worked out hard in this gym. Mostly to outrun his demons, but the upside was he could run miles without losing his breath. But he lost his breath now.

 

And that wasn’t his body’s only reaction.    

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And don’t miss the previous books in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, SWEET LITTLE LIES, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, ONE SNOWY NIGHT and ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, now available!

Grab your copies HERE!

 

 

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About Jill Shalvis: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.      

 

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review 2017-02-22 14:16
Alien Salvation (World of Kalquor #4) by Tracy St. John
Alien Salvation - Tracy St. John
Alien Salvation is the fourth book in the World of Kalquor series, and in my opinion, is the best book so far. The Kalquorians are searching Earth, or what's left of it, trying to contain the devastation left by the nuclear bombs, and also trying to find the Empress' family. The same family are hiding out in Florida, unknown to the looters who are nearby, or the Kalquorians. When a small scout ship lands, Lindsey decides that she will do whatever it takes to get food for her parents. When she realises that the 'trade' isn't as bad as she thought it would be, she is more than happy to carry. With adventures and mishaps along the way, Lindsey and her clan need to figure out what is the right thing to do, and what is the right thing for them.
 
This book is very well written, giving the reader no doubt about how much Lindsey loves her family. Tara is a wonderful character, so serene and yet full of wit and humour at times. Aaron is everything a father should be towards his daughter - loving and protective. The clan themselves seemed a bit disjointed when we first meet them, but with Lindsey there, they all grow and mould into one cohesive unit. This book will tug on the emotions, it has more sorrow in it than the previous books. This series is turning out to be a secret surprise, and definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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text 2017-02-22 14:01
Romance Bingo Update!

 

The posts:

 

Reckless by Amanda Quick for Free Space square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/06/reckless-amanda-quick/

 

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West  for Young Adult square,  https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/11/p-s-like-kaise-west/

 

Rendezvous by Amanda Quick for Historical Romance square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/05/rendezvous-amanda-quick/

 

Scandal by Amanda Quick for Regency Romance squarehttps://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/04/scandal-amanda-quick/

 

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews for Urban Fantasy Romance square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/03/one-fell-sweep-innkeeper-chronicles-3/

 

Holly by Jude Deveraux for TSTL square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/19/holly-or-tstl/

 

Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts for Headless Woman square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/23/sacred-sins-dc-detectives-1-nora-roberts/

 

Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts for Love is Murder square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/23/brazen-virtue-dc-detectives-2-nora-roberts/

 

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella for Second Chances square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/25/shopaholic-takes-manhattan/

 

The India Fan by Victoria Holt for Gothic Romance square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/26/india-fan-victoria-holt/

 

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen for Key to my Heart square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/30/lock-key-sarah-dessen/

 

The Wyndham Legacy by Catherine Coulter for Wedding Bells square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/30/wyndham-legacy-legacy-1-catherine-coulter/

 

Saving Grace by Julie Garwood for Man in a Kilt square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/30/saving-grace-julie-garwood/

 

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen for Guy/Girl Next Door square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/31/happened-goodbye-sarah-dessen/

 

Calypso Magic by Catherine Coulter for Rogue square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/31/calypso-magic-catherine-coulter/

 

Moonspun Magic by Catherine Coulter for Twins square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/01/31/moonspun-magic-catherine-coulter/

 

Ravished by Amanda Quick for Fairy Tale Retelling square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/02/02/ravished-amanda-quick/

 

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan for Insta-love square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/02/07/nick-norahs-infinite-playlist-rachel-cohn-david-levithan/

 

Just Say Yes by Rosalind James for New Adult square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/02/08/just-say-yes-escape-new-zealand-book-10-kindle-edition-rosalind-james/

 

Trade Me by Courtney Milan for Interracial couple square, https://thedwsblog.com/2017/02/09/trade-cyclone-1-courtney-milan/

 

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