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    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Review: The Queen by Skye Warren

    The Queen The Queen by Skye Warren
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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    Review of The King: http://bit.ly/2ho3YF4

    A few years have passed for the residents of Tanglewood. Penny’s away at a prestigious school, getting that college education she always dreamed of. She’s joined by Avery, who lives in a hotel that Gabriel bought for her. When offered a suite of her own in the hotel, Penny declines and takes a job in the kitchen to pay for her room in the servants’ quarters.


    Maybe I’m being a tad dramatic, but if you read my review of The King, you’d get it. So while Penny’s slaving away at her job and juggling school and working hand-in-hand with her professor, while crushing on him hard, her life is being supported by the money her father makes being muscle for Damon. Oh yes, Damon’s still hard at work being the Kingpin of Tanglewood and he looks damn good doing it. And then one day Avery disappears. No note, no trace. Gabriel’s desperate to find her and Penny isn’t far behind him. Then Penny’s father has disappeared too. Guess it’s time to head to Tanglewood to get some help and to find some answers.

    Again, I found this to be an entertaining read and I was entirely engrossed in it from start to finish. However, I had a few issues and it would be remiss of me not to share them. Actually, I just want to vent, so here goes:

    ♛I feel like The King was the prelude to this intense and drama-filled installment. While the romance was pretty much non-existent in the first book, I expected and was hoping it would take centerstage here. But it didn’t. While there was obviously some tension and chemistry floating around, Penny was more caught up in her own mind and in what everyone else was doing rather than being available to whatever could develop between her and Damon. It was obvious that he cared for her… deeply… but her care for him was what I felt was in question. Imagine that, considering she was the narrator of this story. I felt that her feelings should have been more clear but from one chapter to the next they couldn’t appear more convoluted. Where the heck was the romance? Tanglewood was appropriately named because Penny was just a hot mess of confusion.


    ♛I still didn’t like Penny. Really couldn’t stand her. It’s like the years didn’t do anything to help her with an attitude adjustment. And the freaking games she played were killing me. Why don’t people just say what they mean? She was still immature, still ungrateful, and still undeserving of the sacrifices that were made for her. When the heck was she going to sacrifice something??? I respected her intellect but she just wasn’t smart. C’mon!!
    ♛Damon was once again EVERYTHING!! I loved this man so effing much. Still cold, brooding, and unpredictable, this book showed so many facets of this man. I saw his heart so clearly this time and it only made me love him more. He was kind, considerate, and at times so vulnerable that my heart felt like it was bleeding right along with him.
    ♛I felt like too much time was spent on Penny’s inner musings instead of the reality of the outside world. Her perspective was limiting and didn’t encompass all that there was to tell of this story. Details were missing and the links I was supposed to draw to things weren’t there. For example: something about Avery’s father was revealed and I had to double check that I wasn’t missing a boatload of pages because it was stated as fact, like I was supposed to know this truth when there was NEVER any mention of it before. Also, I’m not sure whether to put this down to immaturity again, but the intimacy that Damon shared with Penny wasn’t illustrated clearly and I had to draw my own inferences because it would just make sense. But because Penny was as unapproachable and untouchable as a robot, I couldn’t fully get behind it because the scenes lacked the passion necessary to wow me with their connection. I wasn’t sold.


    ♛I wanted more passion between Damon and Penny. I wanted to see some sort of romance, even if it wasn’t in the traditional sense. I also wanted to see more compassion and understanding from Penny. Damon gave up his life for her. He was tortured for her. Everything he went through was for her and she continued to treat him as a monster. As a fiend. As inferior to her. I couldn’t stand it!

    Don’t be distracted by my rant. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I loved this duet on a whole. These were the first books I’ve ever read from this author and I’m definitely going to be reading more from her in the future. I actually did admire and appreciate her writing. She has a way of circling and drawing attention to the most seemingly minor detail and it becomes the crux of the plot. I really liked the intensity and suspense of the plot and how the characters were manipulated to play out a pseudo-tragedy. So I’ll recommend this duet to anyone looking for a read that explores the darker side of love and the twisted ties that bind our souls to the ones we’re destined for.

    Release Date: September 19, 2017
    Genre: Dark Romance
    POV: Heroine - 1st person
    Heat: 3.5 out of 5
    Type: Book 2 of the Masterpiece Duet


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    Review: The King by Skye Warren

    The King The King by Skye Warren
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Penny’s struggle is real. She lives in a trailer with her deadbeat dad in the worst part of town. The highest level of success she can hope for is to be a corner girl. But Penny is too smart for that and dreams of escaping the only life she’s ever known. Working a going nowhere job at the diner doesn’t even help her make ends meet but her loyalty to her father keeps her right in the gutter with him.

    Penny’s father has got to be the most unsuccessful gambler of all time. He gambles every night with money he doesn’t have. His priority is the bet, not taking care of his only child. He bets with money he borrows and struggles every single time to pay it back. He finally bets more than he will ever have and in order to pay it back he bets his most valuable possession - his daughter. He owes a large sum to the biggest game in town. Who’s the boss? None other than the wild boy from the woods - Damon.

    After sacrificing his freedom in order to protect Penny from his father, Damon had grown into some sort of Kingpin in their city. His name drew fear, lust and envy from everyone and he did nothing to stop it. He was rich and successful at whatever it was he did. He grew up to be the most beautiful man Penny had ever known, but the fact that he had followed in his father’s footsteps was a major turnoff. I was willing to give sweet Damon the benefit of the doubt.

    ♚A true testament to the how much I enjoyed this author’s writing is that I hated the narrator but loved the book. Go figure. Okay, maybe hate is a strong word, but there was definitely more than one occasion where I wanted to wring Penny’s neck. For most of this book I found her to be rude, discourteous, disingenuous, inconsiderate, ungrateful, disrespectful, and the list goes on. While I respected her intellect and the difficult situations she found herself in, I wasn’t a fan of the way she treated people. Especially Damon. Maybe it’s because of my great affection for him why I couldn’t tolerate her intolerable attitude and behavior. So kudos to Skye Warren for getting me to fall in love with this story despite my resistance towards Penny.
    ♚Did I already mention how much I loved Damon? I would have given anything to get his POV. During the many events that took place in this story, his perspective would have been appreciated to balance out the immaturity of Penny’s. I found that quite a few details were left out and I think they would have been explained better in his voice. I hope to see something from him in the next book. I also hope that there will be a better and more cohesive connection between Damon and Penny. In this book she's a bit too antagonistic to rate her tender feelings as genuine and I'm hoping that this won't be the case in the next one. Damon deserves someone of his own, someone who not only understands him but loves him in spite of all he's done or will do.
    ♚I adored Damon. He was so incredibly sexy to me. He was cold, indifferent, and seemingly callous while at the same time, mostly in the quiet, he was sensitive, protective, thoughtful and loyal, especially towards Penny. I have no doubt that she has owned his heart for years and it was obvious in the little and big things he was willing to do to make her life easier.

    Okay, so I think it’s obvious that Damon was the one to watch in this story. He was everything to me. He made this story worth reading, in my opinion. Warren gave us a character that demanded attention and I couldn’t look away. I was captivated from the first page until the last and can’t wait to get started on The Queen just to see where the author is going to take us with these characters and I’m interested to see if they’ll be granted a happily ever after together.

    Release Date: June 27, 2017
    Genre: Dark Romance
    POV: Heroine - 1st person
    Type: Book 1 of the Masterpiece Duet


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    Review: The Prince by Skye Warren

    The Prince The Prince by Skye Warren
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    The Prince tells the story of a young Penny and the wild boy she meets and dreams about saving her from the trailer park. Penny used to live with her mother and her revolving door of boyfriends. After finding her mother in a tub, dead from an apparent overdose, she begins to live with her father, a gambler who can’t seem to stop trying to beat the odds. One day she meets a young almost-man, Damon, who becomes her only friend. He warns her away from THE bad guy in town, his father, who wants to use and hurt her. See, Penny’s a mathematical genius, even at the tender age of 7, and her skills are sought-after. Damon is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her from his father, even sacrifice his own freedom.

    I absolutely LOVED Damon. Loved this boy! I can only imagine how much my feelings will grow once I start reading the duet. He was so freaking smart, cute, protective, cunning, with a sweet and dry humor that made me smile. I can’t wait to see more of him. As for Penny, she was precocious, a genius, old before her time, mature beyond her years, brave and sad. I’m crossing my fingers that her life improves in the books to come.

    This prequel novella served its purpose and made me hungry for more. More Damon, more mystery, more darkness, just more. I’m off to read The King.

    Release Date: June 14, 2017
    Genre: Dark Novella
    POV: Heroine - 1st person
    Type: Prequel to the Masterpiece Duet


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    Friday, September 22, 2017

    GRIP REMIX TOUR by Kennedy Ryan

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    Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I've thrown away the key. All that's left is friendship and work.
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    King of Code by CD Reiss 🌟 Blog Tour 🌟

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    King of Code, an all-new intriguing and sexy standalone from CD Reiss is available NOW!


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    King of Code by CD Reiss
    Publication Date: September 18th, 2017
    Genre: Contemporary Romance


    From New York Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, comes a sexy tale of secrets, intrigue, betrayal, and a love worth crossing a continent for.
    Taylor Harden is a man on the edge.
    The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth.
    The edge of utter humiliation.
    He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it’s hacked.
    His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that.
    Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor’s code, and if he doesn’t get it back, he’s going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.
    Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He’s not a guy.
    Harper Watson’s all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body.

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    “About time!” the older lady shouted.

    “Is Harper back?” I asked, handing the bags to the blushing redhead.

    Solace by S.L. Scott ✯ Release Blitz ✯



    Title: Solace
    Author: S.L. Scott
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Release Date: September 22, 2017


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    He puts the Bad in bad boy.
    She puts the Sweet in sweetheart.
    When a hired gun burns out from the life he’s been living, he returns to the small country town where rumors run rampant and everyone goes to church on Sunday.
    With sins and secrets trailing Jason Koster home, he is searching for redemption in hopes of living a life less complicated. He didn’t expect to find the only girl he ever loved now a recently single woman running her family farm.
    Delilah Noelle never needed much, but she wanted Jason Koster—one time love of her life. When misunderstandings tear the former beauty queen and quarterback apart, can a second chance heal their broken hearts?
    Will the years and circumstances that have passed be too much to bridge the distance to a future together?
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    Rocking Standby by Cassandra Lawson ✯ Release Blitz ✯


    Title: Rocking Standby
    Author: Cassandra Lawson
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Release Date: September 22
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    There are a lot of perks that go along with being an up and coming rock star. I may not get the private jet, but I always fly first class. Gone are the days when I have to pursue a woman. They toss their panties at me and shove their numbers in the front of my jeans. I am living a charmed life.

    So, how did I end up stuck as a standby passenger, hoping to get a flight? Not only did I get stuck in coach, I ended up seated next to the girl next door. Bentley seems sweet and genuine, a far cry from the women I normally date. At least, that’s what I believed before finding out Bentley is a deceitful gold-digger.


    Bentley

    There is no room in my life for romance. That’s what I’ve been telling myself since I lost the number of the sweet guy I met on my flight. He somehow managed to turn my bad day around, and for a short time, I considered going out with him. He’d been funny and sweet, or so I’d believed. Boy was I wrong.

    Gage Addison isn’t just some guy from my flight. He’s lead guitarist of Reckless Release—a freaking rock star! No matter how sweet they seem, I don’t date musicians, especially one who calls me a gold-digging whore the second time he sees me. Getting involved with Gage is not an option, no matter how hot he makes me.

    Alpha Squad: The Complete Collection by Lorelei Moone ✯ New Release + Giveaway ✯


    Alpha Squad: The Complete Collection

    by Lorelei Moone
    Alpha Squad, #1-4
    Publication Date: September 22, 2017
    Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Shifters, Boxed Set


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    SYNOPSIS:

    It has only been a few months since humanity found out about the various shifters that live among them. This brave new world is not without its challenges; neither for the humans or the shifters. Alpha Squad is formed to help law enforcement agencies deal with shifter related matters, and not a moment too soon! Follow the brave men and women of the squad as they try to come to terms with their new reality, catch criminals and find love along the way.

    Boot Camp
    Bear shifter Eric King is asked to join Alpha Squad; a task force meant to promote cooperation between shifters and humans in law enforcement, but there are problems: Is Alpha Squad even a serious initiative? And how will he focus on his training when his inner bear insists that the squad leader is his mate?

    Friends & Foes
    Alpha Squad has received its very first assignment and bear shifter Adam King is excited to jump head-first into the action. Upon investigating a string of seemingly shifter related murders, he finds himself torn between his job and the local police’s main suspect; Felicity Weir; female bear shifter and Adam’s fated mate…

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    One handywoman.

    One single dad.

    One set of twins.

    And the wall isn’t the only thing being drilled…

    I learned the hard way that being a handywoman isn’t easy. The questions, the stares—the assumption I’m the proud owner of a cock and balls. Not that it matters. I’ve proven over and over that I’m ready for anything the judgmental asses throw at me.

    Except the hot, single dad of twins who just moved to town.

    Brantley Cooper gets the shock of his life when I show up on his doorstep to fix up his kids’ new rooms. His son is confused why ‘the pretty lady has a drill,’ and his daughter has a new obsession—me.

    On paper, my job is easy. Go in, do their bedrooms, and leave.

    In theory, I’m spending eight hours a day with a guarded, sexy as hell guy, and I’m staying for dinner more often than I’m eating it alone, on my couch, with Friends re-runs.

    I shouldn’t be staying for dinner. I shouldn’t be helping him out with the twins. I shouldn’t be falling in love with tiny toes and dimpled cheeks.

    And I most definitely should not be kissing my client.

    Oops…


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