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Heart of Darkness by Gabi Moore

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages:214
Series:Bad Boys After Dark #1
Genre: NA
Rating: 2 stars

Synopsis:

WARNING: This book contains dark and disturbing themes, strong language and over the top sexiness that may be uncomfortable for some reader!

Ex-Military Zack Hunter has done things.

Bad things.

But he’s determined to serve out his full sentence at Blantyre Correctional Facility, do the time and clear his conscience.

Nobody has ever Cared about Zack’s dark past before-until now that is.

Madeleine Bright is a timid veterinary surgeon with a soft-spot for sick animals and an ex-boyfriend from hell. When she signs up for a prison dating site out of curiosity, she has no idea just how much her life is about to change.

Maddy and Zack’s connection is instant and electric, and they soon find themselves taking on another into exciting, shadowy places neither of them have ever explored before.

But when Zack’s past threatens to catch up with them, he has to make a difficult decision: can he open his heart to Maddy completely, no matter how dark that heart is?

Next book: Never Look Back

Review:

Well this book takes up about only 9% of the book. There is a whole different book at the end which I decided not to read. There are a few other books that I am wanting to read so I will just move on to one of those.

Now moving on to the story. I will have this review in two parts. Non spoiler and spoiler.

Non-spoiler:

While the writing wasn’t bad it wasn’t the best I have ever read either. The plot line was hardly there. The boyfriend from hell and having this a buddy read is the only reason I kept going. That as well the fact this was barely over 200 pages.

Maddy was annoying character. I didn’t like nor did I understand why she would join a prisoner dating website. I ended up with more questions than answers from this book.

Zack was lack luster for me. He didn’t get my attention and I thought he seem weird. (look in spoilers if you dare for better explanation)

Spoiler:

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Okay so this Maddy seems very dense. She joins a prisoner dating site after being single for approximately two months. We learn that her ex boyfriend from hell is an abusive asshole. When she starts talking to Zack on the site for I think it said a month she was already starting to send him sexy pictures and getting more involved than what seems. She also doesn’t even tend to ask why he is in jail while talking to him on the site.

She said she doesn’t care. Bitch what if he raped and murdered an entire family? Think woman. When we do find out what he did to get in jail she ends up getting a little distant then seeks advice from her exboyfriend. Yeah Maddy was a horrible character.

I hate to say things like this because these characters are meaning to someone but for me they just didn’t add up.

Now Zack… the prologue wasn’t that bad. He was really rough but when we get to the sex scene when he stops holding back from Maddy he goes from rough to abusive sex. The chapter afterwards describes the many marks Maddy gets from Zack. And she is perfectly okay with it.

I’m not. This was like watching one unhealthy relationship movie into another unhealthy relationship. So not my cup of tea.

This book had potential but it just fell short.

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The Emperor of Evening Stars by Laura Thalassa

My Edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: The Bargainer #2.5
Genre: Fae, Fantasy, NA
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

In the beginning, there was darkness.
Before he met Callie, before he became the Bargainer, there was Desmond Flynn, the bastard son of a scribe. A boy born to a weak mother, cursed with little magic, and destined to marry a slave.

But fate had something else in mind.

Till darkness dies.
From the barren caves of Arestys to the palace of Somnia to the streets of earth, this is how Desmond Flynn, a fairy who began with nothing, became the Emperor of Evening Stars.

Review:

This novella makes me fall in love with Desmond more. We get the background of how his mom died and how he killed his father. Not to mention everything in between.

I don’t have much to say because it will spoil the novella but it is a must read. It answers everything that you question in the book 1 and 2. The ending also sets up for book 3.

Highly recommended.

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Bedlam Butchers MC by Ruby Dixon

Since these novellas are short I am reviewing them all in one.

Off Limits

My edition:Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 132
Rating: 3 stars
Review:

We get introduced to the Bedlam Butchers through Lucky. Lucky is the little sister to Gemini who is the president of the Bedlam Butchers. A rival club is out to get Lucky but Solo won’t let that happen. The Bedlam Butchers are known for doing everything in pairs. Solo’s partner died fighting the war in Iraq. He hasn’t chosen a partner just yet which has earned him the name Solo. Lucky earned her name due to her being unlucky. Their really names are Penny and Eric.

Unlike a few other Dixon books I’ve read, this one doesn’t have a dual P.O.V. It’s all from the girl. I didn’t get this one a lot. Mostly due to the main guy’s name being Eric and that is my dad’s name so major turn off. Other than that the plot was okay and the sex scenes were good.

Packing Double

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages:144
Rating: 3 stars
Review:

For those who know me, know I like to read about menage. As stated above the Bedlam Butchers do everything in pairs. Gemini, Domino, and Kitty were in the first book. This is their story and how they got to where they are. Kitty works at Chrome. That up and coming Friday night is a pantie raid at Chrome. Gemini and Domino find Kitty there and decide that they want to keep her.

This was so hot. I loved it. Gemini and Domino are a great pair. Kitty was kind of not my favorite but not a horrible character. On to the next book.

Double Trouble

My edition:Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 164
Rating:3 stars
Review:

Shy’s brother is Taco. He’s a Bedlam Butcher. Shy is extremely afraid of him. When she hears of the pantie raid, she decides she needs to find someone big and scary for protection. When she walks into Chrome looking for someone, she sees Beast. Beast is also a Bedlam Butcher. His one ride partner is Muscle. At first Muscle said no but Beast with the help of Shy brought him around.¬†Taco doesn’t like that Shy has the protection. He makes that very clear. Beast and Muscle make it very clear they are not giving up Shy without a fight.

I liked this one. Mostly due to Beast. He hits my list of attractive guys. One to the next one.

Double Down

My edition:Kinlde Unlimited
Pages:77
Rating:2
Review:

I didn’t care much for this one. But I do love the character development Shy goes through.

Double or Nothing

My edition:Kindle Unlimited
Pages:71
Rating:3
Review:

This is the last installment of Shy, Muscle and Beast. It was good. I liked it. The characters really have come a way. I wish there was more to this group but it ended perfectly.

 

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A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages:384
Series: The Bargainer #2
Genre: Fantasy, NA
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with.No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful it will claim everything and everyone she loves-and her along with it.

Previous book: Rhapsodic
Novella inbetween: The Emperor of Evening Stars
Next book: Dark Harmony

Review:

HOLY MOLEY!!

This one was better than the first book. I love the banter between Des and Callie. But that ending. I need to know.

Callie is now in the Otherworld. She is still trying to get used to her new features bestowed upon her by Karnon. Trying to figure out why the women still sleep and haven’t woken up, Callie and Des have to go to the Flora kingdom. Who is ruled by Mara who is an bitch! I could not stand that woman. Even in the end.

Temper was awesome in this one. Most of the time I was laughing at what she said. She and Callie are total badasses. I can’t wait till the next book. I have some many questions that need answering. I wish I knew when it’s coming out.

Well I still have Des novella to read.

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The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

My edition: Owned Hard Cover
Pages: 372
Series: The Valiant #1
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA
Rating: 5 stars
Buddy Read: Kayla, Graceling Accountant

Synopsis:

Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caeser.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators-owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed¬†Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights- in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman Soldier.

Next in series: The Defiant (coming soon)

Review:

Wow!! I am speechless again. I didn’t think I would have another 5 star book this soon but I do.

The story is awesome. Totally badass heroine who at first I was on the fence about but she came through. I love the attention to details the author wrote about. The world building is amazing. It was as if I was really there. Plus she kept history straight. Which I really love.

I want to talk about this but I can’t fathom words to write. The next book needs to be out like now.

I love gladiator stories and I haven’t read many of them, but this is the first one to have a female character. It worked. So glad I picked this book. Not only was the heroine a strong lead but so was the supporting characters. Had several strong willed women. Loved that. Loved seeing women warriors.

Do go check out Kayla’s review who I buddy read this with. Her review is much better than mine. I posted her blog up in the details. While doing that go check this book out. Probably will will my November best read this year.

Second book The Defiant will be out in 2018.

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A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

My edition: Kindle
Pages:338
Standalone
Genre: NA, Romance, Glass Case of Emotion
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

Sometimes your life is split by a sing decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

Review:

There’s a happy ending. I promise. It just takes the entire book to get there.

I think this is the first book I have ever cried through. It started sad but luckily it didn’t end sad.

Even though this book was sad. It was heart crushing, gut wrenching, and I couldn’t put it down for the end of the world. I loved the story. I don’t have words to describe it. For once a book has rendered me utterly speechless.

I never once hated the heroine or the hero, even though the hero has done somethings that were making me want to throw things at him. I loved these two. Battling grief from a close person who has cancer and is dying while battling the grief of losing each other before felt real.

Oh did I mention that this is a second chance romance. The book actually doesn’t have much romance in it. Not till the end. I’m emotionally drained but I don’t care. That ending was worth the tears.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

My edition: Owned (Paperback)
Pages:461
Stand-Alone
Genre: Horror, Vampire
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis:

Introduction and notes by Brooke Allen

The best-known figure of seductive evil in Western literature, bloodthirsty Count Dracula has inspired countless movies, books, and plays, but few, if any have been fully faithful to Bram Stoker’s original best-selling novel of mystery and horror, love and death, sin and redemption.

Written in the form of letters and diary entries, Dracula chronicles the vampire’s journey from his Transylvanian castle to the nighttime streets of London. There he searches for the blood he needs to stay alive-the blood of strong men and beautiful women- while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power.

Though Dracula’s undertones of dark sexuality have always been of interest to readers of the novel, today’s critics see it as a virtual textbook on Victorian repression of the erotic and fear of female sexuality. In Dracula, Stoker created a new word for terror, a new myth to feed our nightmares, and a character who will undoubtedly outlive us all.

Review:

Finally, I have made it to one of my longest to be read books. Dracula along with Frankenstein have been on my reading list since I can remember. My first meeting with Dracula was in the year of 1998 when I watch along side my father Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Our dear friend of the night was played by none other Bela Lugosi. This was the Dracula I grew up with till 2008 when my mother bought Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) starring Gary Oldman and Wilnona Ryder.

While watching this whole new version of Dracula, I was also being introduced to more of the vampire world. My mother, who is a huge Anne Rice fan, was allowing me to watch the movie adaption of Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned. Lost Boys can be counted on the list of movies I was being allowed to watch finally. Take this and the books I was allowed to buy with my allowance money (Vampire Kisses, Vampire Diaries, etc) I entered the vampire world. Along with my introduction to this new world during school I was learning about the real Dracula, Vlad III or better known as Vlad the Impaler. Thus Dracula was added to my list. My mother didn’t allow me to read it just yet, seeing as to the subjects Dracula addresses. She thought I need to wait at least till senior year of high school.

It is now five years after graduating high school that I have picked this up. I’m glad my mother told me to wait. Considering the role women play, I would not have full grasped such a matter when I was younger. Thinking back I am glad to wait till now for I don’t think even I would have grasped the attitude of this book during my senior year, for I was still very naive in certain subjects. Hey there was a time when this brain didn’t get to touch an erotica. Dracula told through series of diaries, letters, telegrams, and news paper clippings we follow a gang of characters.

The beginning took a little long for me. While the Count had my utmost attention, Johnathon did not. I thought he was a bit of a dry character. Now other times, such as the newspaper clipping of the Demeter coming into port during a horrible storm, dragged on. At times the book is amazing and I can’t put it down and then there are such times that I wanted to skip certain entries but knew I couldn’t for I would miss something.

As reading this though I think back to the 1992 adaption and not liking it as much as I have in the past. Granted most Dracula movies haven’t done this book justice. There is one movie that I haven’t scene that was the start of it all. Nosferatu. Granted it is not named Dracula but is said to be based off of the novel just with a different name. It is one of my top lists to find and watch.

I hated that it took me a long time to finish this novel. I wasn’t in the mood to read a classic. I set it aside because I didn’t want to rate this book when I was not in a mood for it. I am glad I waited till I was in the mood again. I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of Dracula. It is probably going to be a favorite.

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Angelbound by Christina Bauer

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages:525
Series: Angelbound Origins #1
Genre:: Fantasy, Paranormal, Angels, YA, Demons
Rating: 5 star

Synopsis:

Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi demon, half- demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons and the King of Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is?

Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a food thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few ruls. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.

Next in Series: Scala

Review:

Okay where do I start. I love this. We have a badass heroine, a hero who lets her be said badass and loves her for it and an awesome world.

There wasn’t a thing I didn’t like about this book. For those close to me will tell you I love stuff like this. Angels, demons, anything supernatural. Total up my alley.

Story is set in Purgatory, which is described as mundane. The kind of bland that is Halloweentown during the Gray Spell. (Yeah I just showed my age, what you going to do about it?) Myla is part Furor demon and part human. She fights in the arena to send souls to hell. Her mother hates this. All Myla wants to do is fight and find out who her dad is, but unfortunately her mother won’t tell her. Then she meets Lincoln.

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I love Lincoln. At first him and Myla are a enemies to friends then friends to lovers. I was so goo goo eyed. They are so adorable. Lincoln doesn’t hold Myla back. He sees her as a warrior and respects it. Totally awesome.

The world building and character building had me captured. I couldn’t put it down for a minute. I did guess a big important twist before it happened but I’m not even going to take a half star for that.

I don’t know why it took me forever to pick up this book. Another series that I more than likely reread.

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The Cost of Dominance by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: Darkened Nights: History book 8
Genre: Fairy tale retelling, YA
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:

This is the tale of an ordinary boy who grows up to become the magical man with the ability to spin straw into gold.

Review:

This was good. It makes me feel sorry for Rhysard. The story mostly follows him when he is five, then when he is seven and eleven. I think this was the shortest of this novella series. But now that I have read it, certain things are starting to make sense that didn’t in the book Of Gold and Deceit.

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Of Gold and Deceit by Nicole Zoltack

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages:135
Series: Once Upon a Darkened Night book 5
Genre: Fairy tale retelling, YA
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:

The king is a terrible, vile man. Cruelty and hatred are his only allies. Rich beyond measure, none dare to defy him, not even the miller’s daughter here in the royal spinning room with me.

She is as delightful as he is detestable, as beautiful as he is boring, and as charming as he is critical.

Her blond hair gives me hope for a brighter tomorrow, and if my magic and I can keep her safe, then I will. Yes, magic can come with a terrible price. Yes, she may not know my given name. Yes, she will not appreciate what I will demand from her.

Some might call me an imp, but what am I is powerful. I may not be king, but I have worth and my own interests.

This tale of a magical man with the ability to spin straw into gold is unlike any other version you’ve read before.

Review:

Rumpelstiltskin… this is one of the stories I do not know the original to but do know many retellings.

Our story starts off five years after Snow White has been defeated. King Kraft now rules over Saxonia. While our hero is in love with our heroine he has to make a deal in order for his magic to work.

Just like in the other books we bounce back and forth between past and present. I don’t know if I am a fan of this fairy tale. I think I might just have to read the original so I can get a better grip on it. This one didn’t seem as dark as the first four in the series. Still a good read it just wasn’t as great as the others.