Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review: Darker Water

Darker Water Darker Water by Lauren Stewart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I almost DNF'd this book within the first 10% but I pushed on through.

I tried. I really tried to love this book. But I didn't. I ended up doing a lot of this:

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And then I felt:

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After skimming through I discovered some components of the book that I did enjoy. Such as the witty banter; a damaged hero because Carson suffered through repeated traumatic experiences; and a heroine who had all but given up on true love.

I love when a story tackles issues that effect much of society and handles it with sensitivity. I truly believe the author accomplished that and I really appreciated her note on statistics and how to get help at the end.

What I didn't like: although the FMC was beautiful, smart, artistic, ambitious, generous, caring and compassionate, something about her got on my last nerve. Okay I have my reasons.

1. She was delusional. Like her thought process and reasoning was really messed up.

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She went on and on about how she's been unlucky with love and relationships for 8 years.

She's 23 years old!

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Now I'm not saying that one cannot find love before the ripe old age of 23. Far from it. But to make it seem that love was a serious issue/problem/dilemma for the 8 years proceeding that age is just plain ridiculous! IMO

Okay, so I had only one real reason not to like her. But it was enough to tarnish my opinion of her going forward. I didn't hate her. I liked her for the most part. I just couldn't get over this.

Additionally, while we got plenty of background on Carson, there was virtually nothing on Laney. How was I supposed to connect with her if I were able to get beyond her unreasonableness? I didn't. However, I absolutely adored Carson (the reason for the 3 star rating and for me not DNF'ing the book). Every single thing about him was interesting and amazing, especially his broken parts.

XO

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Review: Branding the Virgin

Branding the Virgin Branding the Virgin by Alexa Riley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think this was the shortest AR book I've ever read!

It was missing the obscene amount of smut I've come to expect. It wasn't filthy, nasty or naughty. In essence it was low on plot and on sex. Maybe they're trying a new formula for their work??? I'm not sure but it didn't work for me and I've always loved their books. This one read like late night soft porn on TeleLatino.

That being said, I will always one-click AR and this won't stop me. I'm just going to look at it as an aberration, a glitch in the software, and move on.

XO

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Review: Behind the Hands That Kill

Behind the Hands That Kill Behind the Hands That Kill by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No no no no no!!!!

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I apologize for the swearing gif ^^^^^^ but I had to. How could Redmerski do me like this??? This volume was just as thrilling and suspenseful as the others, but it was HORRIFIC!! It was like watching a freaking train wreck and I couldn't look away.

I still love Victor. I do. I think it's because the author led me to understand more about him and his reasoning. I really struggled right along with him throughout the story. And I loved how much he truly loved Izabel. So despite all that was revealed about his past actions, I'm still optimistic about his and Izzy's future together.

Because of the incredible revelations of this volume, The Order will be operating a bit differently and I for one cannot wait to see what the author has created for book 7.

XO

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Review: The Black Wolf

The Black Wolf The Black Wolf by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh WOW!! This volume was incredibly thrilling! The entire time Niklas, Nora and Izabel were on their mission, I was on tenterhooks! I kept waiting for Izzy to mess up. There were so many instances where she showed how much she has grown and I am so glad for that because she didn't really impress me in the last book. But here she was a freaking star! In this book I was also able to fall for Niklas and I really hope that despite the acrimony between him and his brother, that they will find a way to get past the past and that Niklas will get his well-deserved HEA. Oh, and Nora was still a badass lol!!

XO

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: Seeds of Iniquity

Seeds of Iniquity Seeds of Iniquity by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I willingly and excitedly dove into this volume of murder and mayhem, I must admit that I was a little disappointed with the way some characters were portrayed :(

Izabel went from being a badass-in-training to a whiny little bitch. She irritated, annoyed and aggravated me. I ended up wanting to hear from her less than I did. I really just wanted more of anyone else. She was in the company of infamous assassins but kept pulling what amounted to the equivalent of a temper tantrum.

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Who was gonna take that shit seriously??? Why did she keep questioning her contribution to The Order??? She's only been with them for about a year. Meanwhile all of them have been doing this thing THEIR WHOLE LIVES, which she's reminded of time and time again. She will never compare and needs to get over it!

Now Nora... she's a real badass bitch and she shone brightly right along with Victor, Niklas and Fredrik. Now don't think I don't still love me some Izabel because I do. She just wasn't shown in the greatest light in this book. I hope in the next book she grows a pair and woman's up. She needs to stop feeling inferior or less than, she needs to stop questioning everything because everything ain't her damn business, and she needs to take some serious notes from Nora. Oh and stop doubting my baby Victor because he's freaking AWESOME!!

So everyone's deepest, darkest secrets have been revealed and I was incredibly shocked by ALL of them. Betrayals were highlighted and there's a rift in The Order. I can't even imagine what's going to happen next.

XO

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Review: The Swan & the Jackal

The Swan & the Jackal The Swan & the Jackal by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.

Every thing I thought I knew about Fredrik... well that was thrown out the window with this book. This was his story and it was tragic, beautiful, devastating, illuminating, dark and twisted.

As we learned in the last book, Fredrik has some dark secrets and even darker pain. His past was absolutely atrocious and I felt the tragedy that was his life growing up. But as a man, he found some peace and her name was Seraphina. She was as savage and as twisted as he was. But she ultimately betrayed him and he's been hunting her for the last 6 years. That is until he finds a major clue, Cassia, whom he keeps captive in his basement. He's sure that she can lead him to his first love.

Although I had anticipated and had pretty much figured out the twist, I was still left devastated by it. My heart just kept breaking for Fredrik throughout the entire story. I wanted him to catch a damn break. I wanted the brief glimpses of his happiness to remain forever.

This is NOT a true love story. It is NOT romantic. It is a suspenseful thriller and it is incredibly entertaining!

XO

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Review: Reviving Izabel

Reviving Izabel Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I must admit, this book started off a bit rough and so it only got 4.5 stars. I was confused by Sarai's idea of normal, but then I realized that that was the point. This chick couldn't do normal.

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This was intense and action-packed awesomeness! With Victor's help, Sarai has really come into her own. I really love these two together and I want more! He's cold, calculating and lethal and she's emerging as a real badass. LOVE IT!!

I'm quite strangely fascinated by Fredrik. I'm always attracted to the dark, twisted and sadistic and he fits the mold. The hints of his depravity have definitely piqued my interest in him. I still also really like Niklas as well, and getting to know him as an individual and not just as Victor's shadow would be a treat. He's hard to trust and has questionable motives sometimes, but he's another man I'm keeping my eye on.

I'm excited to see and learn more about these characters!!

XO

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Review: For Logan

For Logan For Logan by Soraya Naomi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's live!!

US: http://bit.ly/ForLoganAMZNUS
UK: http://bit.ly/ForLoganAMZNUK

This book was a hot, steamy, intense and thrilling story!

It's labeled a standalone, however, I think it would be best enjoyed if you read the other books in the series first. It would give you a better understanding of the dynamic history of the characters, their family, their values, and their relationships.

I first met Logan when I discovered the love story of Luca and Fallon and I was always interested in his deal. Logan has always worked on the side of justice and currently works for the CIA. But he's become jaded and now his greatest wish is to become a made man, the capo di capo, of the Chicago Syndicate. He's incredibly loyal, astute, and honorable.

Rosalia is a mafia princess who was kept ignorant of the family business. She's the sister of Cam, who is the wife of Adriano, who is the Boss of the Syndicate. She's young, naive, bold, blunt, loyal and loving.

These two take a chance with each other and a chance on love. But there are outside forces that want to keep them apart and a mafia war brews on the horizon.

The body count rises, loyalty is test, and Logan and Rosalia have to fight to be together.

Recommended for lovers of mafia romance.

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Review: Killing Sarai

Killing Sarai Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seriously??? Where was I hiding when all of these great series started?

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This book was dark, tragic, action-packed, intense, passionate, and kept me on my toes! I love when a story is unpredictable and Redmerski delivered!!

I really liked the characters. I'm a sucker for an anti-hero. Throw in an anti-heroine... I'm a goner! Sarai endured quite a lot during her captivity and I cannot wait to see what she makes of herself. As for Victor, I'm not even sure what it is about a cold and detached MMC, but I adored him from the start. Every chink in his armor, every hole in his walls made me like him more and more. I lived for his little smiles and smirks. Or the way his eyes would convey his emotions.

The story is about a former captive (Sarai), an assassin (Victor), the sex trade, and lots and lots of killing. I'm excited for the next book!

XO

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: Aligned: Volume 4

Aligned: Volume 4 Aligned: Volume 4 by Ella Miles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5!!

This was definitely the best volume of the series. So much was happening and the suspense part really came to a head in an incredible way. I was really only annoyed by how OTT and unrealistic the characters were in some instances. Like...

How possible is it to remove semen from one's breast and place it in the vaginal canal (passing through the cervix) to impregnate oneself? Especially when there was no mention of a turkey baster or some such implement to assist in the 'delivery'? According to Google (and yes I feckin looked it up), sperm can only survive from 20 minutes to an hour depending on it being in a warm environment. Hmmmm...

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There were so many other crazy things this one girl did, but then everyone forgave her!!!! And she was even given her own POVs to show her feckin craziness, like I was supposed to sympathize with her.

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So the series on a whole: 3.5 solid stars!!

XO

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Review: Aligned: Volume 3

Aligned: Volume 3 Aligned: Volume 3 by Ella Miles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars!

And the plot thickens... Alexa and Landon broke some hearts. Their own and each others. And they weren't coping very well. This volume was full of angst. Drama leaking out the ying yang. And so much deception. I'm still trying to figure out who is trustworthy and what each characters true motives are. There's suspense, mystery, drama and lust. Volume 4 should be good.

XO

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Aligned: Volume 2

Aligned: Volume 2 Aligned: Volume 2 by Ella Miles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars!! That cliffhanger though...

I'm not even sure what is going to happen. Alexa and Landon were quick-stepping their way to a HEA, but that ending definitely threw a monkey wrench in their plans. I still haven't really connected to these characters, but the mystery surrounding them is enough to keep them reading. And I love the clues left in the preface to each chapter.

XO

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Review: Aligned: Volume 1

Aligned: Volume 1 Aligned: Volume 1 by Ella Miles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars!

I really enjoyed the premise of the story. Without giving too much away, it's about two wounded characters, each afraid to let go or let the other in. It made for some interesting push and pull interactions.

Alexa has been through a tragic ordeal. Beyond her being involved in an accident and a few other facts, her life is pretty much still a mystery to me. I kept reading to find out more but the author was sneaky so no big reveal yet... oh, except for the cliffy that is.

Landon is a huge pop sensation who seems a tad jaded. Throughout the book I couldn't connect with him. I couldn't get over his negativity and his absurd expectations from women. ALL women want him for his money. Whether they have a boyfriend or husband is immaterial. He won't step on another man's toes. But women are looking to him for a handout or for him to be Captain Save 'em. That's how he's portrayed. So every time he tried to show real emotion, it didn't seem real. Hopefully his personality gets sorted out in the next volume.

XO

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review: Rhapsody

Rhapsody Rhapsody by Cecilia London
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

COVER REVEAL!!!

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Pre-Order Links:
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iBooks: http://bit.ly/RhapsodyIBooks
Kobo: http://bit.ly/RhapsodyKobo

And don't forget to check out the author's facebook page for a giveaway of the first 4 books of the series: http://facebook.com/authorcecilialondon/




psssssssst... Cecilia... CECILIA!!

Have I told you lately that I love you? That I appreciate you? That you are awesome???

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Sorry for the swearing!

Here's what I love about Cecilia London

Her creativity. Her debut novel, Dissident was fire !! It blew soooooo many books out of the water. And I read a lot of books. It was life changing. That's right. The evolution of this series has been life changing.

Her authenticity. She's so real. So real, in fact, that she created real characters, real actions and reactions (cause and effect), realistic settings, real emotions, etc. There was no way that I couldn't imagine myself in every scenario (even the scary ones). With every scene, I stopped to ask myself "How would I react?" and the answer closely resembled what she put on these pages. I've suffered loss and grief so I felt Caroline and Jack's pain. I've been desperate and confused so I suffered through their denials and their fights. I've seen a glimmer of light within darkness so I ran right alongside them towards it.

Her patience, dedication and commitment. Although I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion to this series in Triumph, I will NOT rush the process of Cecilia's artistic genius. Not once during this journey have I felt that the story lagged. There were no unnecessary bits and no instances where I had to skim through. It would have been impossible (and a great disservice) to consolidate each book into one. I can't even imagine how it would be possible. One book alone couldn't encompass all of the emotions, the love, the sensuality, the growth, the tears, the laughs, the highs and lows, the lessons learned, the struggles endured, the hard won triumphs, or the absolutely fantastic and worthwhile saga that is Caroline and Jack.

Her relevance. I can see this saga standing the test of time. There will always be political upheaval, especially during election time. Civil unrest still lingers. And yet this saga is about so much more than that. It's about hope, loss, family, friends who might as well be family, vengeance, revolution, honor, respect, integrity, principles, and most of all... love. So much love. And how could love ever become irrelevant???

I'm not going to rehash the plot. Caroline and Jack deserve to be read and I urge those of you who haven't had the chance to meet them to please pick up this series. You won't regret it.

As for you Cecilia...

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Stay tuned for book 6, Triumph, coming out in 2017!

XO

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Review: Necessary Evil

Necessary Evil Necessary Evil by Jamie K. Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Copy provided in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

This was a great read. Retired cop turned Alpha vigilante Evan paired up with headstrong public defender Lucy. Evan was sick of bad guys getting away with their crimes and teamed up with his childhood friends to form the Sentinels of Babylon (SOBs). Their Mission: rid the town of every rapist, pedophile and killer. Their newest assignment: take out a murderer, who happened to be Lucy's brother. Unfortunately, Lucy gets in their way because she believes in her brother's innocence.

There's murder and mayhem. Hot and sexy scenes. And a love that blossoms amidst the darkness. I recommend it to lovers of romantic suspense.

XO

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: Sovereign

Sovereign Sovereign by Celia Aaron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 "KILL. THEM. KILL. THEM." stars!!

This book was the culmination of the story of Sinclair and his Stella. It had EVERYTHING I was hoping for from this series. Love, sex, angst, family, revelations, torture/abuse, and ultimately vengeance.

Stella was kickass in this one. I'm pleased that the author wrote this story in such a way that my opinion of the FMC has done a 180. She was strong, fierce, determined and motivated. And I loved her huge heart and how willing she was to sacrifice herself and also to forgive Sin for all that he's done and still love him in spite of it all.

"Every thought of anger and hatred burned away as he consumed me as surely as fire does black powder."

Sin was just as amazing as ever. In this volume, his humanity was showing. His possessiveness and love for Stella were at the forefront of his POV. I got to witness what he was willing to do and sacrifice for her and his family. His character has evolved in so many ways since he was first introduced. Though still cold and calculating, I got to see his warmth, his caring, his compassion, his passion, and it made him all the more endearing to me.

I loved the story. I adored the characters. And I wish there was more!

XO

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review: Magnate

Magnate Magnate by Celia Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

booyah

Now that's what I'm talking about.

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This book gave me much more of what I expected from the series. It was raw, deep, a bit scary, emotional, tragic, etc. The connection that was lacking in book 1 was found here in book 2.

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Stella showed strength in the ave of her oppressors (the Sovereign) and I was impressed by her moxie when she had to endure the Christmas trial. All the while she tried to deny how far she had fallen for Sinclair. As for Sin, I liked him even more. He definitely came through and redeemed himself, not only in Stella's eyes, but mine as well. And once again, these two were hella hot together.

I can't even imagine what's going to happen in book 3. Stella wants to tear the sovereignty apart, but she's going to need help. Can she count on Sinclair and Lucius? So exciting!!

xo

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review: Counsellor

Counsellor Counsellor by Celia Aaron
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've got many of Celia Aaron's books on my tbr list and figured it was about time I gave one of them a try.

So...

I didn't love it. But I also didn't hate it. I was intrigued by its blurb and the fact that many readers had shelved it as 'Dark', but it was just okay for me.

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I'm simpy not emotionally invested in this series. Yet.

I feel like I got a lot of information but not enough. Does that make sense? The Acquisition trials were reminiscent of other stories I've read (ex. Indebted series), but because this is the first book, I'm holding out hope that more of the author's originality will appear further on. The story was well written. The intimate scenes were hot. I'm just not committed to the characters.

Speaking of the characters, it was hard to connect with them. I really liked Sinclair Vinemont and I especially liked how the author has shown his many layers through his POV. But I'm still unaware of his motives and it bothers me. As for Stella...

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I couldn't stand Stella. She made me want to roll my eyes, kiss my teeth, go on a rampage, and throat punch her. It bothers me when I can't sympathize with the 'victim'. Isn't that the whole purpose of putting her in this type of captive situation??? I want to feel for her but this character has made it impossible. She does not scream strength. She is not inspiring. She was irritating, insipid, and irrational. She got on my nerves from the get go and she doesn't seem to want to get off.

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I'm off to read book 2: Magnate. Hopefully the author pulls Stella's head out of her ass.

XO

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: Nailed

Nailed Nailed by Opal Carew
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can see many people enjoying this book.

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Kane and River had a short affair in college. He approached her on a dare/bet. He took her virginity. He and his friends humiliated her. Fast forward and Kane sees River as the girl who got away. And he wants to rekindle the romance. But River is still harboring resentment for how she was treated in the past.

This story would have been enjoyable if it focused on these two characters and their developing connection. But the author kept throwing in Will and shoved the menage theme down my throat. When she kept throwing in this dynamic, she threw away my interest.

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Please take my rating with a grain of salt. I'm a bit old fashioned and am not a big fan of sharing or menage themes. However, I would have enjoyed it if the author took the time to develop all three characters and their feelings and made them seem real. Made their relationship seem realistic.

I also had an issue with how there was absolutely no discussion on safety in this book. No condom. No pill. No tests!

Otherwise the story was good and I did like it for the most part.

Enjoy! xo

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Review: Phoenix

Phoenix Phoenix by Cecilia London
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How I felt while reading this book???

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And yet I gave this book 5 stars. I'd give it more if I could. Because as much as I felt like I absolutely hated Caroline here, my sympathy for her was unavoidable. Because as much as her words and actions absolutely appalled and disgusted me, they were REAL. Cecilia London did a remarkable job of illustrating Caroline's PTSD and how it affected herself and others.

There were so many times I really wanted to hurt Caroline.

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Ok. I mean really hurt her. That right there ^^^ was too cute to resist.

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Or something like that.

She broke my freaking heart people!! But that's truly a testament to the author's skill. Because I felt E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!! Even Jack's reactions seemed real. He tried so hard to remain strong, stoic, unwavering. But sometimes it was too much and I felt it every time he came close to breaking.

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This book ends on one hell of a cliffy. Caroline and Jack's relationship still hangs in the balance. She's off on a dangerous mission for the rebellion. I cannot WAIT to see what happens next in Rhapsody.

XO

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: Sojourn

Sojourn Sojourn by Cecilia London
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

May contain spoilers

My heart still hurts.

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Every time Caroline succumbed to her memories further fractured my heart. I was petrified each time she fell asleep and yet I was excited to see everyone again.

This story was about loss, pain, grief, love, strength, perseverance, and determination.

Part of me wondered why Caroline was willing to accept Murdock's word. His job was to torture her, both mentally and physically. Obviously some deaths were real because she saw and heard them. But with regards to Jack? Her children? Even Christine and Tom? She was a former U.S. Attorney, so why did she believe circumstantial evidence (although the evidence was pretty strong)?

But I guess that's the point. Murdock unfortunately succeeded in killing Caroline's hope. And that just broke me. Throughout this book her grief was tangible and I think she's suffering from PTSD.

The highlight for me (other than every flashback with Jack) was the end.

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I'm so freaking happy right now!!

Now I'm off to read Phoenix because I have to see what Cecilia London has planned for me.

XO

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