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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~

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“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! I 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~

Goodreads

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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Happy Reading!

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

 

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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.

Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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Happy Reading!

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

 

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{Review} Fall From Grace by Michelle Gross


35170358Fall From Grace by Michelle Gross

Kindle Edition

Published November 1st 2017

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

Goodreads

Our first goodbye wasn’t our choice.
Our second was…
What do people say about third chances?

I would never forget the moment I met Noah at six years old,
nor would I forget the way I grew into myself next to him; with him.
I didn’t want to forget the way he kissed me for the first time or the way we were two kids pretending it was okay to do adult things.
What I did want to forget was the reason I walked away… and how he had to let me go.
Loving you had a consequence that was too much to bear. 
Now I was an empty shell, half of who I was, who I wanted to be…
And I came back home after four long years and this time, I knew you weren’t going to let me go.
I’m afraid… because remembering why I walked away from our love in the first place was the hardest part of all.
But in order for you to understand my relationship with Noah, I have to start from the beginning… Before our love had a price, before they called our love “puppy love”, before I fell from grace…
I was the happiest when I was with him.

Funny how my feet felt like lead the days I left you, Noah… But now that I was back, they only felt like running.

This is a standalone romance that tells Grace and Noah’s story starting at age six, but don’t let that detour you from reading their story. This is a book meant for adults and deals with mature themes. It’s a story about two kids loving each other and proving that maybe when you meet the one, you just know, even if you’re a kid.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

This book will have your emotions in overdrive. Wow just wow. Michelle Gross has written a emotional heart warming and heart breaking story that just has you loving the male lead and his determination and drive. From the beginning to the end I loved each part. I got all emotions from this book. I cried, I laughed, I got angry and cried some more. The words drew a picture in my head and I could actually see their relationship unfold through my eyes.

Such a sweet, amazing book omg. Amazing is an understatement for this book. This book is the only book that has ever made me cry my eyes out. I need to find me a Noah out there! This is a beautifully written, emotionally wrought book. One that is of a love that never dies and pulls a boy out of the darkness his life one. a love that gives a boy hope and has him strive to prove himself. A love that endured absences and heartache but came out stronger in the end.

I highly recommend it!

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Michelle Gross~Author Bio~

Michelle is from a small town in Eastern Kentucky where opossums try to blend in with the cats on the porch and bears are likely to chase your pets—this is very true, it happened with her sister’s dog. Despite the extra needed protection for your pets, she loves the mountains she calls home. She has a man and twin girls who are the light of her life and the reason she’s slightly crazy.
As a kid, she was that cousin, that friend, that sister and daughter, the talker who could spin a tale and make-believe into any little thing so it was no surprise when she found love in reading, and figured all these characters inside her head needed an outlet. They wanted to be heard, so she wrote.
The voices keep growing faster than she gets the time to write.
The stories are never going to end. That’s perfectly okay, though. We never want to stop an adventure.
She writes and loves many different genres so sign up to her mailing list to keep updated on her releases!

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Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Ana's bookshelf, ARC

 

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{Review} The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger


36606220The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger

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Publication: January 8th 2018 by Entangled TEEN

~Rating: 5/5 stars~ 

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Stand up. 

When Lark is stole

n from Earth to be a slave on the planet Tavdora, she’s determined to find her way back home to her family, no matter the cost. Placed in the household of a notorious slave trader, Lark quickly learns her best assets are her eyes and ears. And if she’s brave enough, her voice.

Be heard. 

Kalen is the Tavdorian son of a slave trader and in line to inherit his father’s business. But his growing feelings for Lark, the new house slave who dares to speak of freedom, compel him to reveal his new plan for the slave ships returning to Earth—escape. Together, they just might spark a change that flares across the universe.

Fight back.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Wow! I came expecting one thing and got another! This story was a whirlwind of adventure with a love story written in the stars, that will sweep you off your feet.
A story you will enjoy reading for sure. A page turner that will make you read through the night.

So many topics were hit in this story that are so relevant to the issue of race, gender, and self-sacrifice. Lark and Kalen’s story was one of the most powerful things that hit home. Though some parts were quite steamy, their relationship is simply beautiful. I won’t go into detail of exactly how (because major spoilers), but the author did a fantastic job of showing how incredible real love is.

Lark lives with her mother and the rest of the community in relative harmony and blissful ignorance. Her brother left a few years before to join an army in Colorado to fight slavery. Lark didn’t really understand. She is happy with her boyfriend Josiah- until she learns that he hasn’t been truthful with her during their relationship and betrays her, leading to the death of her friend. Sold into slavery, she is protected by a Tavdorian she met briefly before being betrayed- Kalen. Lark fights to secure her freedom and avenge her friend’s death, but she soon learns it is futile to fight in this way. Never losing her spirit, Lark becomes the slave for Kalen whose family owns an importing company- whose largest import has recently become slaves.

One thing that really stood out to me was the realism. The world building in The Vanishing Spark of Dusk was also fantastic. I thought Sara did such a wonderful job of creating the world of the Tavdorian. It was so easy to picture their planet, and better yet, I loved the level of detail and spice she gave to it – it wasn’t the standard fantasy space world by any means. Lark is taken to another planet, but some of the things that she says or happens really blew me away. It made her very much a character I could sympathize with. Not only that, the world of Tavdora was very engaging and felt like I was really there. I wish the author would have given more details into how the Tavdorians actually overtook Earth. Maybe she’ll write a novella on for this world? I was curious about when it all began, how did the government fall, etc. But maybe I’m just being hopeful.. 

The plot in The Vanishing Spark is full of action and romance. There’s so much at play here – rebel groups, evil men, space journeys, and a divided family. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough! I just wanted to know everything! The romance was steamy. Lark and Kalen had such a great dynamic – I loved how they constantly would push at each other’s buttons. Plus their ending was sooooo freaking adorable.

I think I’ve found a new favourite author and I can’t wait to read more from her! I highly recommend reading this one! The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger comes out today, I can’t wait to buy my own copy! 😀

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Sara Baysinger~Author Bio~

Sara was born in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where she spent her early life exploring uncharted lands and raising chickens. She now makes her home among the endless cornfields of Indiana with her husband and two children…and she still raises chickens. Her dystopian novel BLACK TIGER was self-published in 2016. When not getting lost in a book, Sara can be found gardening, devouring chocolate, and running off the sugar-high from said chocolate. You can visit her online at www.sarabaysinger.com.

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Posted by on January 8, 2018 in Ana's bookshelf, ARC

 

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{Review} Falsies by Olive East


36047132Falsies by Olive East

Paperback, 314 pages

Published August 22nd 2017 by Limitless Publishing

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Goodreads

When Brooks walks into my life, I can’t keep from wanting him. He’s perfection—a sexy veterinary student who knows how to cook and always cheers me up when I’m down. But I don’t deserve a man like him. There’s a darkness in me that no one could ever love, and I know he’ll abandon me, just like everyone I’ve ever cared about. Just like my father. I wouldn’t be able to stand that hurt, so I push him away. Then my ex comes back. He betrayed me before, but now he says he wants to make me feel whole again. I know it isn’t right, and I shouldn’t let him into my life. But all I want is to recapture the happiness I once had. But sometimes those who want to fix things leave you more broken, and some friends turn out to be false. How can you tell true love from a lie?

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

I loved this book. It was DIFFERENT. I really enjoyed this, it hooked me from the start and just adored the main character Ollie and her story, especially when Brooks came in the picture.  From the start I could tell that this was a story that would go deeper than the pages and characters. There are a lot of things that I could point out that caught my attention, but most definitely the depth of the main character, Ollie and how she slowly reveals why she is the way she is.

Ollie is struggling after the death of her father, who committed suicide. Ollie believes that she’s broken beyond ‘fixing’, and no one will want her the way she is.  She’s emotional, very much so and you can just feel her emotions and anxiety as if it is your own. The thing is, she really isn’t broken, and I found her to be a pretty strong woman. She just has to learn to believe that. She is isn’t perfect, she does things that I don’t agree with and if I could I probably would have tried to smack some sense into her, but you learn life’s lessons as you go along. I feel like that image is only backed up by her unhealthy relationships with both her ‘best friends’, Sadie, and her ex boyfriend Arron, who is engaged to Sadie. They say they want what’s best for her but they both put Ollie down a lot, in both obvious and more discreet ways, but they know that Ollie will come back after a few days. I hated Sadie and Arron with a passion. There are a few other people, you have Ollie’s Mom, can you say, “piece of work”, and Brooks parents, “curiously interesting”. They all made for a fantastic set of characters that I hope we get a little more about them in the next book.

The romance was sweet, slow and builds at a nice burning pace. There is no jumping right in the bed, no instant I love’s you. Yes, there is chemistry from the initial hello, but neither of them act on it. Having their back stories woven in was a nice way to understand them both a little better. And I enjoyed watching them get to know each other and build something a little more than just something sexual. Now, don’t get me wrong, they had some steamy sexual encounters and well worth the wait. The romance between Brooks and Ollie was done in such a way that I couldn’t help but to root for them.

This book was a roller-coaster ride filled with emotion. Ollie is such an intense character and through out the entire book, I just wanted her to find happiness. I fell in love with this book from the second I started reading it. I would most definitely recommend this book to anybody wanting to read a swoon-worthy love story! This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I can’t wait to read more! I highly recommend it!

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Olive East

~Author Bio~

Olive East lives in the hills of Pennsylvania where she spends her days writing in various scenic locations until her laptop battery dies and obsessing over nineties TV shows. She loves cats, kindness, coffee, and writing steamy New Adult novels featuring heaps of drama.

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on January 4, 2018 in Ana's bookshelf, ARC

 

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