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{Review} Off Limits by Clare Connelly


35903234Off Limits by Clare Connelly

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 182 pages

Publication: February 1st 2018 by Harlequin Dare

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Goodreads

“I want to taste you tonight.”

With chemistry this hot, it’s worth getting burned… 

Billionaire Jack Grant is totally off-limits to Gemma Picton. He’s wild, deliciously dangerous…and her boss. When working late turns X-rated, it’s better than her wildest imaginings—and Gemma’s imagined a lot! But Jack has major emotional baggage, so when Gemma starts wanting to heal his heart as well as enjoy his body, she knows she’s in big trouble…

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Oh my, Oh my! I don’t even know what to say, but this was one hot read! A forbidden work romance that was sweet, funny, and sexy.

Off Limits is a book about Gemma and Jack. Jack is Gemma’s boss and that’s why there cannot be a sexual relationship between them, even though they both want it. One day Jack’s crossed the line and since that day, they are addicted to each other. But will it last?

This is is a great example of an unconventional relationship portrayed the right way, it works because neither Gemma nor Jack WANT a conventional sort of relationship and with a happy ending that was totally believable for the two characters in question.

I loved this book. Jack was the perfect emotionally damaged Alphahole boss who was arrogant and aggressive in his pursuit of Gemma. And good Lord did he pursue her. The sexytimes in this novel were SCORCHING hot, they are graphic and they start early on. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but you could probably have guessed that from the cover..

And Gemma was the perfect sassy counterpart to him. I absolutely loved Gemma’s fierce, determined approach to life, her absolute refusal to compromise her principles for anyone. She gave as good as she got and didn’t let him walk all over her. She was fantastic and honestly this short book has been more enjoyable than longer novels I’ve read recently. And her relationship with her grandmother the duchess was fabulous; I could have read a whole novel on the two of them alone. 

I loved this book but I feel like it was missing something in the build up of their relationship. And the last few chapters seemed rushed. Nonetheless, I still loved how it ended, they were perfect in the end. 

This is my first book by this author and it won’t be my last. I will now devour anything by this author!mI highly recommend it! 

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~Author Bio~

Clare ConnellyClare Connelly grew up in a small country town in Australia. Surrounded by rainforests, and

rickety old timber houses, magic was thick in the air, and stories and storytelling were a huge part of her childhood.

From early on in life, Clare realised her favourite books were romance stories, and read voraciously. Anything from Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, to Mills & Boon and (more recently) 50 Shades, Clare is a romance devotee. She first turned her hand to penning a novel at fifteen (if memory serves, it was something about a glamorous fashion model who fell foul of a high-end designer. Sparks flew, clothes flew faster, and love was born.)

Clare has a small family and a bungalow near the sea. When she isn’t chasing after energetic little toddlers, or wiping fingerprints off furniture, she’s writing, thinking about writing, or wishing she were writing.

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{Review} Chasing Darien by J.M.Stoneback


36403834Chasing Darien by J.M. Stoneback

eBook, 240 pages

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

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ALANA
Broken, shattered, downright destroyed.
But I’ll be damned if I’m going to let my cheating ex-husband win.
I’m determined to get back in the game, put myself back out there,
And risk it all over again.

And Darien Casey is exactly the distraction I need.
Sexy, cocky, rude, and irresistible.
He’s everything I need,
And everything I shouldn’t want.

DARIEN
Hell, I’m no knight in shining armor,
Nobody’s prince charming.
I can’t fix her broken heart.

She’s sassy, nerdy, and undeniably irresistible.
I don’t know what it is,
But everything about Alana Underwood makes me want her more.
She’s a pain in the ass,
And I can’t get enough.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by the author*

OH my! Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down~ 

This book was full of emotion. I fell in love with Alana and Darien. Alana has just broken up with her cheating husband and hads no desire to love again, until she met her brother’s friend Darien at the club she works at. They both have broken hearts from past marriages. The connection they have is soo incredible, characters were great and watching their relationships grow was very, very hawt. haha  

Passion, desire, love, hatred. This book was full of emotion and such a good romance that has its hotness and a bit of drama. This is the fist book I’v read from J.M. Stoneback and it wont be the last! I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

I am an indie author. I write contemporary romance, new adult romance, paranormal romance. Love to read and write, enjoy playing video games and watching anime.

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{Review} Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich


36572385Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich

Paperback, 374 pages

Expected publication: May 10th 2018 by Write Plan

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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You may live as a soldier or face death. Choose wisely.

Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But then the soldiers raid the rebels, killing her fiancé and leaving Solanine alone with her demons and all the weapons needed for revenge.

After raiding a rebel camp, sixteen-year-old Ember doesn’t understand why killing some boy bothers her. She’s a soldier—she has killed hundreds of people without remorse. But after she fails a mission, the rebels hold her hostage and restore her memories. Ember recognizes her sister among the rebels and realizes the boy she killed was Solanine’s fiancé.

Ember knows she can’t hide the truth forever, but Solanine has secrets too.

As their worlds clash, the two sisters must decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. And one wrong move could destroy everything—and everyone—in their path.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

I’m sooo excited to review this! Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich is such an amazing, unique book! It is a fun but dark read. So prepare for angst and a lot of emotion. The book moves fast. From the first chapter on, there are surprises that you don’t see coming mixed with themes of dealing with depression, loss and self blame while learning on how to deal with all of those.
I literally devoured this book in one day. My only regret is that it’s over!!

This book grips you from the moment you read that first page. The world building is crazy; it’s dark and twisted and dangerous and incredibly imaginative with the technological advances the author has thought up.

It’s the year 2065 and a virus called the Devil’s Dream has wiped out almost the whole human race. No one particularity knows the source of the virus, because it spread so incredibly fast. Those affected by the virus are soldiers. These soldiers search the Earth for human survivors and give them the Choice to take part in the new society and live or die. Ember,. one of the main characters, is one of these soldiers, while her sister Solanine still roams the Earth freely. Solanine’s ultimate goal is save and free her sister from the soldiers, in order to do this Solanine joins Nightshade and her rebels in their war against evil.

The sisters are both still teens, but instead of being whiney and way too perfect girls, these two have real issues and real struggles that actually fit within the storyline. Their story is filled with death and destruction and their mental health, naturally, shows it. These characters are some of the most complex I’ve read. They often make difficult choices and the author does a great job of making you understand why they make those choices and what they must learn as a result. They are all on a path to healing in some way and the author creates their arcs in a way that feels real and satisfying by the end of the story.

I wish some of the side characters were expanded more upon and some of the battles were more elaborate. There’s advanced technology being used, which is great, but no explanation as to how it is possible that this technology is available less than 50 years from now after the world has succumbed to a very deathly virus. There’s also an element of mind control but it’s not clear if this is all advanced technology or something else.

But overall, this book is a unique, roller-coaster dystopian. A must read! I highly recommend it!

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Haley Sulich~Author Bio~

Haley Sulich lives in Minnesota. Growing up, she hated to read or write books and would rather play video games. However, towards the end of junior high, she began to develop a passion for reading and writing while she was struggling with severe depression. All of her story ideas stem from her past and mental illness, which create darker themes in her books. Since then, she has written multiple sci-fi novels and short horror stories, become a Wattpad Featured Author, and founded the Write Plan book editing and publishing company.

When Sulich isn’t writing, she likes watching horror movies, paintballing, knife throwing, photography, and eating ice cream (which is half of her diet).

She also blogs about books at bookshelfbliss.com.

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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Ana's bookshelf, ARC

 

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{Review} Winter by Marissa Meyer


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Winter by Marissa Meyer

Hardcover, 1st, 827 pages

Published November 10th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

~Review~

WooooW, this book is amazing, and this whole series is really something! World building and the character development throughout the series is unreal.
Marissa Meyer is one hell of an author! I will definitely be reading more from her! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S OVER! I was so happy with the way this book went and the way it ended.

Winter was an incredible end to an incredible series. 827 pages long, yet I savored each chapter and page. Every book was paced perfectly. Not one minute did this book get boring. Everything in the book was layered in a perfect way, but this is just my opinion.

really like how Meyer balances retelling with the traditional story. She gets the amount of each just right, changing up enough to keep it surprising and exciting, but slotting in many parallels to the original stories that often catch me by surprise and make me smile. I also love how far the relationships have come. Lots of funny and touching dynamics, lots of great friendships to remind us that romance isn’t everything. Each character is very different, but important in her own way, and together they make a funny, lovable team. I love this world, I loved the dynamics between all the characters. Each character in this book brings something to the table and have their own story and form of bad assess!

This was, the perfect wrap up for this series, delivering a dramatic and bloody climax. There was lots of action, close calls, and lots of crazy. I highly recommend it! I can’t wait to get my hands on Heartless and I can’t wait to read Renegades!!

Note: I had this scheduled for before the New Year, but it never actually posted, and I haven’t had the right time to post this until now.

 

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Marissa Meyer

~Author Bio~

Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend  to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list

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Posted by on February 10, 2018 in Ana's bookshelf

 

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{Review} Twisted Fate by Norah Olson


22171558Twisted Fate by Norah Olson

Hardcover, 275 pages

Published January 20th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books

~Rating 2.75/5 Stars~

Goodreads

When Alyson meets Graham Copeland, the new boy next door, she instantly feels like he’s a kindred spirit—shy and awkward like her, someone who has trouble making friends. It’s impossible to resist having a crush on him.

As usual, her sister, Sydney, sees things differently. In Sydney’s mind, Graham’s odd personality and secretive past scream psychopath, not sweetheart. Her gut is telling her to stay away from him, and to protect a love-struck Alyson from her own naïveté. But despite her instincts, Sydney is surprised to realize that a part of her is drawn to Graham, too.

And the more Sydney gets to know him, the more she realizes just how right—and wrong—she is about everything.

Perfect for fans of Michelle Hodkin, and E. Lockhart’s We Were LiarsTwisted Fate is an unputdownable novel, teeming with suspense.

~Review~

I was going to give this a 3.5 Stars… but…. I think that’s tooo generous…

I don’t even know where to begin…

Okay, I can understand what the author was trying to get at, and I’ll admit it definitely had me hooked at first, but it was very poorly written. It left me confused, really, really confused… I feel like it wasn’t planned out at all, so many things did not connect, and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I just don’t even know.

This book has so much potential but was executed poorly. Creepy boy next door, messed up sister, bad parents . . . but no… All the cliches and stereotypes had to be written. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some people like cliches and stereotypes, sometimes I even like them. Buuuuut, this was just too much..

One thing that was just ughhhhh, was the different POVs. I swear there are like 8? Maybe more POVs, it was honestly hard to follow, I had to keep going back to the beginning of the chapter to see who’s POV I was reading… Yes, it’s THAT bad.

We hardly spent any time inside one character’s mind before we cut to someone else talking about something completely unrelated. It became hard to even follow the story, never mind care about the individuals themselves. We got POVs from Allyson, Sydney, Graham, Becky, Declan, Kim, the guidance counsellor Richards, email ‘chapters’ of Graham’s dad emailing Dr Adams (Graham’s therapist) and the local police chief. Sooooo, I guess 9 POVs!! That’s a lot…was it really necessary though?? POVs are great but this many is just a mess….

The sisters, Allyson and Sydney. Were they really sisters? OR just one, with a split personality?

I totally saw the “I’m one and the same person” with these two, especially when the sisters were never around the same people. And when Graham got confused when he was talking to her and she corrected him on her “sisters” name, then said, yeah, okay. But was Tate diagnosed split personality? I mean, she must have, right? Why would she be Allyson one minute and Sydney the next? Was it because she was left alone so often when she was younger that she created another sibling to keep her company? It is her imaginary friend/sister? So many questions!
BUUUT at the end with the Police report really confirms my suspicions. Allyson Sydney Tate it says. And it refers to her as ‘Tate’ which, Allyson usually went by, but skip a few lines and it refers to her as Sydney, and was talking about how she liked to skateboard and such.

This is just a big mess… I can’t even.

The ending was a big disappointment. I’m sad, I really wanted to like this book more…

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~Author Bio~

Norah Olson is a former journalist who covered criminal cases for a regional New York newspaper and received a prestigious fellowship for her work. She was educated in New England and lives in Manhattan. TWISTED FATE is her first novel for young adults.

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Posted by on February 2, 2018 in Ana's bookshelf

 

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{Review} Madd Ink by Dani René


Madd InkMadd Ink by Dani René

Kindle Edition, 62 pages

Expected publication: February 1st 2018 by Carina Press

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Goodreads

The Dirty Bits from Carina Press give you what you want, when you want it. Designed to be read in an hour or two, these sex-filled micro-romances are guaranteed to pack a punch and deliver a happily ever after.

Detective Slade Maddox doesn’t let the same woman warm his bed twice. Get it in and then get out.

But Ryn Callan is something else. The way her breath catches in her throat, the way she stares at his chest, and not just because of his ink. The goose bumps on her skin when he leans in close.

Her incredible response to his every touch.

Ryn’s meant to be his, and Slade wants nothing more than to spend the rest of his life showing her just how satisfying it can be to let go.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Wow, Wow!  I loved reading this book! This was a short, fast paced, steamy erotic romance!

I really wish it was longer, I feel like this book has so much potential to be more than a 62 paged novella…

This is the first book I’ve read of author Dani René and it wont be the last! Can’t wait to read more by her! I recommend it!

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Dani René~Author Bio~

A proud member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa.

Dani is a fan of dark romance that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s from this passion that her writing has evolved from sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious. It’s in this world she’s found her calling, growing from strength to strength and hitting her stride.

On a daily basis she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. From the feisty heroines she delivers, to the dark, dominant alphas that grace the pages of her books, she promises light in a world filled with danger and darkness.

She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream.

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Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Ana's bookshelf, ARC

 

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{Review} Lion Heart by A.C Gaughen


16181625Lion Heart by A.C Gaughen

Paperback, 352 pages

Published August 11th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Goodreads

The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.

Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince’s clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

 

~Review~

Wow, what a series! I didn’t even know how to write this review.

Lion Heart begins with Scarlet’s imprisonment by Prince John. She has been locked away for months and after she escapes she reunites with her Grandmother, rather than Rob, to figure out Prince John’s next move. This is the crux of what I didn’t like about this book. My favorite thing about Scarlet and Lady Thief were the interactions, and camaraderie, between Scarlet and Rob and in Lion Heart there was less of that.

Lion Heart had all the elements I loved about the first two books: action, romance, intrigue, friendship, humour, and yes, even those moments that make your heart ache. Besides Scarlet and Robin, I adored Much, Allan, David, Bess, and Eleanor. Even the detestable Prince John makes a great character in his own sick, evil, power-hungry way. He’s always the villain in Robin Hood, completely un-redeemable and horrible. As for Eleanor, I think the author did amazing job by adding her as a character in the second and third books. I feel like Scarlet needed someone wise and steady like Eleanor, but also someone who wouldn’t be oppressed, who wouldn’t back down, and who fought for what she believed in and the people she loved. Eleanor and Scarlet were two fierce, brave, kick-ass ladies, and I admired them so much.

I can’t say a lot about the plot without getting into spoiler territory, but I loved this book so, so much. I loved that Scarlet didn’t wait around to be saved, she didn’t sit around wringing her hands and feeling sorry for herself, she leapt into the action, and used her intelligence and her physical abilities to help herself and those around her. She and Robin made my heart ache in the best possible ways, and together, they were unstoppable. Scarlet is the kind of female character I like to see in YA. Scarlet is fierce, independent, loyal, and despite the odds being stacked against her she still perseveres and doesn’t compromise her own morals to reach her goals. 

Lion Heart was the perfect end to a fantastic trilogy. I highly recommend it! I loved this series. If you haven’t read it yet I seriously suggest a binge read!

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~Author Bio~

A.C Gaughen is the author of the Scarlet Series: Scarlet, Lady Thief, and Lion Heart. She serves the Director of Girls’ Leadership for the nonprofit Boston GLOW, creating opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the Greater Boston Area. She has a Master Degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Masters in education at Harvard University.

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Posted by on January 28, 2018 in Ana's bookshelf

 

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