I’m sure most of you have noticed that my blog hasn’t been updated since the start of December. I got mono the second week of December and I’ve been super sick since. And this shit is not stopping. It’s serious and never ending. Please bear with me. My blog is not abandoned. I am reading, sleeping, reading, sleeping… trying not to swallow. That certainly sounded weird. I mean my throat feels like razor blades. I am trying to do some reviews so I can post them later.
Hugs & Kisses — wait nope, don’t do that. Virtual fist bumps all around.
Title: Road to Woop Woop Author: Eugen Bacon Genre: Collection / Speculative Fiction / Dark Fantasy My rating:4 of 5 stars
The Road to Woop Woop and Other Stories is a collection of 24 of Eugen Bacon’s tales that run the gambit of warm and witty to chillingly sinister. The thread that pulls these stories together is relationships within storytelling, whether it is a father and daughter or an author and his story; Eugen Bacon builds you a world where the bond between the two is the crux.
These narratives are compelling and provoking, and this book is impossible to put down. Vignette after vignette pulls you further along the line until you are well hooked. And although some stories are short, the compendium allows the reader to nosh at will what they may and leave more for another bite later.
Wicked Wolves and Tangled Truths
by Danielle Annett
Title: Wicked Wolves and Tangled Truths (Blood and Magic: Hellbound #1) Author: Danielle Annett Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Release Date: 25 September 2020
Welcome to Hellbound High, where the students carry weapons and the bullies bite … hard.
I never wanted to go to this stupid school. I had a life before coming here. A Pack. People who cared about me. But all of that is torn away when my mother dies, my boyfriend cheats on me, and my very human father rips me away from the only life I’ve ever known.
I thought my life couldn’t get much worse, but Hellbound High is about to prove me wrong. Just by showing up, I’ve caught the attention of the local Alpha’s son. Goody.
He’s arrogant, stubborn, and used to getting what he wants. Sometimes that’s to get into my pants. Sometimes it’s to make my life hell. He runs hot one minute and cold the next, leaving my head spinning.
But I have bigger problems than the school’s resident hot werewolf. I’m a lone wolf in a new town, which means I have a big red target on my back.
With no Pack, no friends, and no protection, I’m about to find out just how bad things can really get …
Jade Blackwell is a reaper with an attitude and a problem with the job description. She knows what she is supposed to do, but has so much empathy for her reap-ees that she finds it hard to take their lives and escort them to the afterlife. Upper management isn’t too happy with her.
Death Wish is Charlene Harris meets Dannika Dark. I kept thinking of Dannika Dark’s Raven Black from Cross Breeds series in a Charlene Harris-type world. It works because this marriage creates two worlds in one where some humans luck out and know the horrible truth while most of the back story happens in a supernatural world that is begging for policing by a strong soul. Jade is just a hapless reaper, but she’s the only applicant at the moment.
The cast of characters is excellent. I love Kay. She’s my favorite. Cole, Sean, and Wyatt are okay, but you know men always get in the way of good storytelling =P.
Wow! AHS meets Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore Series meets good ol’ Southern ghost legends.
When shhh gets weird, you know you ain’t in Chicago anymore. The chip on Colette’s shoulder is pretty epic-sized about the move, and what’s worse is that she sees the ghost of the girl who once lived in her house immediately upon arriving. Genesis Long died in a terrible car crash and wanders Savannah, Georgia, searching for her love Sebastian Campbell. Compounding all weirdness is Colette’s inexplicably drawn to Sebastian’s brother, Abel, and he is fascinated by her.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book with some caveats; the author actively regulates the hints and facts she gives out by using the character’s storytelling, which sometimes feels like the author doesn’t know where she is going with the narrative. When someone continually tells you that they can’t tell you something yet, you have to wonder if it’s that you can’t know it yet or they don’t know it yet, which was what was rattling around my head in the book because there were times when the story took strange shifts that seemed ill-conceived.
Title: Ruthless Kings (Windsor Academy #2) Author: Laura Lee Genre: High School Bully Romance Release Date: 30 July 2020
In a world filled with secrets, lies, and cruelty, only the strongest will survive.
I’m living proof of that.
But being left for dead has made me question everything I thought I knew.
I want to believe I have allies in these ruthless games, but the more truths I unravel, the more twisted and tangled the web becomes.
And the deeper I fall down the rabbit hole, the more determined I am to bring them down.
*RUTHLESS KINGS is book 2 in the Windsor Academy series and cannot be read as a standalone. It is a dark high school bully romance that may contain triggers for sensitive readers. Due to mature content, it is recommended for readers 17+ only.
Title: The Virgin Gift Author: Lauren Blakely Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: December 01, 2019
THE VIRGIN GIFT, the second book in The Gift Series, an erotic series of standalones, by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, is a red-hot, panty-melting exploration of all sorts of fantasies and it’s coming to Kindle Unlimited and audio on DECEMBER 2nd!! Ebook will be 99¢ on release day only!
“Another winner! You won’t want to put Nina and Adam’s story down. And just wait until you see what number eleven is on Nina’s list…”
Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author of Moonlighter
I might be a virgin, but I know what I want in bed. It’s just that I haven’t found him yet.
I am voluntarily reviewing this reader copy of Wolf Bride.
Tudor Era novels. I don’t have a good reason for not reading them, I just always think I don’t like them. Maybe it’s the tv show tripping me up. Anne Boylan wasn’t really a good friend to anyone, so maybe I always think she mucked up an entire Age. I pass these books by, after reading Wolf Bride I have a fresh palate and Elizabeth Moss has inspired me.
This book is steamy to the nth. Definitely 5 Steamies out of 5 and also NSFW. Continue Reading
Simona: Why don’t we do a post about our favorite novels of 2015? Ali: I was thinking about doing that with some authors. Maybe we could do our 2015 and then I can do anticipated books for 2016? Simona:Let’s do it! Ali:How will we do it? Simona: I don’t know.