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{Review} Hard Protector: A Seal Contemporary Romance by Jillian Riley

42645927Hard Protector: A Seal Contemporary Romance by Jillian Riley

150 pages
Expected publication: November 15th 2018


~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

My whole life people told me I grew up spoiled and sheltered; always at the disposal of my billionaire father. After a while I started to believe them. They said I never wanted or needed anything except Daddy’s approval. They didn’t know what it was like to live with him. I love my father, but he is a hard and difficult man. Then Daddy gets himself kidnapped. It is up to me to keep Foster Trucking and Shipping running. The livelihood of hundreds of Foster’s employees and their families depended on me. To make matters worse several ‘accidents’ have been happening at the warehouse threatening to shut the operation down and with my father’s captors demanding thousands in ransom I realized I couldn’t do it all on my own. Despite our explosive past, and all the mistakes I made with his heart, I had to call Blake Snyder not knowing if he would help me or not. If he agreed to help, would I be able to keep him at arms-length or will I have to risk losing my father, my family business, and my heart?


Being an ex-Delta Force Operations Specialist and private investigator specializing in hostage negotiation meant I was no fool. I was highly trained to keep my cool no matter how high the stakes or the pressure. Yet when it comes to Becca Foster and her chestnut brown eyes, all my cool went out the window. The spoiled socialite was gorgeous and dynamite in the sack. Our recent past was filled with heat and electricity. But she’s wrapped so tightly around her daddy’s finger, that there was no hope she would ever stand on her own two feet. I have spent the last month determined to forget her. Until one day she called begging me to help her. She was in over her head, and as much as I wanted her to drown, I just couldn’t let her. I vowed to keep it professional, get in, save the old man and get out. I was a pro. But how would I negotiate my feelings for Becca? She swore she’d changed, but could I trust that she wouldn’t run away from me again? Breaking my heart for good?


*a copy was provided by the author via booksprout*

Okay. This was a really quick read. It wasn’t what I was expecting but I actually enjoyed it. 

The description of the book literally gives the book away…which kinda sucks.. The beginning felt really rushed, and went straight to the point, but I guess given how short the book was…it works. 

The first chapter was the phone call telling Becca that her father was kidnapped, and well, everything else is kind of predictable. Becca calling Blake, them trying to get her father back, them trying to rekindle their relationship, hot sex. But I guess it works. There is a LOT of foreshadowing BTW, if you’re like me you’ll easily pick up on things. 

Ahhhaha looks like I guessed right :b 

Good story, with potential, just wish there was more depth, and character development. 


~Author Bio~

Jillian RileyHello, I’m Jillian Riley and I love writing steamy romance novels. My goal is to grab my readers attention right away. I’m an eager author devoted to bringing hot romances to readers. The objective of my books are to make your temperature rise by painting a picture of strong alpha males, wild men who will do whatever it takes to be with the woman they crave. My family has accused me of writing racy novels but I just sip my wine and tell them that I am forming my base.

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{Review} Wolf Games: Severed Fates by Caroline Peckham

42649409Wolf Games: Severed Fates by Caroline Peckham

(The V Games, #6)

Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published: November 13th 2018
Rating: 5/5 stars


The finale to Season 2 of The Vampire Games

One fate torn in two.

When Cass is moved from the African institute, she soon realises her captor isn’t the only one trying to keep her prisoner. Plunged into a new world of deadly games in a place that makes her nightmares come to life, can she find a way to escape? And when her fate collides with Jameson’s once again, can she find a way to bring him back and save him from the clutches of his black-hearted pack leader? Or are they doomed to be separated forever?


*a copy was provided by the author*

Wow. I can’t even right now. Every book in The Vampire Games is so well written, action packed and fast paced! I’m just blown away by this series; It just keeps getting better. I loved the first five books in the series, but this one just tied up  Season 2 perfectly. I’m soo excited for Season 3 (The Hunter Trials)!

Wolf Games: Severed Fates is the finale in the second season of The Vampire Games and continues the story of Cass and Jameson. It picks up immediately following the events of book 5, Wolf Games: Island of Shade.  I absolutely adore Cass and Jameson. They have been through so much together and apart, and their journey back to one another was a roller-coaster, and what a ride it was! Jameson is by far my favorite character

I love the characters and I love that every season is about different main characters. But I also love that we still get to read in Selena’s and Varick’s perspective because they are still present in the Wolf Games books.

It’s going to be torture waiting for the next Season to start, but It’ll be worth the wait. Caroline Peckham is brilliant. Such a well written and fast-paced series! I highly recommend it!

Season 1:

V Games | Review |Goodreads

V Games: Fresh from the Grave | Review |Goodreads

V Games: Dead Before Dawn | Review |Goodreads

Season 2:

Wolf Games | Review |Goodreads

Wolf Games: Island of Shade | Review |Goodreads

Wolf Games: Severed Fate | Review |Goodreads

~Author Bio~

Caroline PeckhamCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south-east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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{Review} Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Petro


Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Petro

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Simon Pulse
~Rating: 5/5 stars~

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.


*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

‘False sisters.
Shadow twins’

Omg. I LOVE this book. The world building, vivid descriptions, the compelling and complex characters, the bond between the phoenixes and their riders, romance and  history of the Phoenix Riders, and backstory, was on point. There are a few different POV’s but they’re easy to follow, also, at the end of each chapter we get an insight to what Avalkyra Ashfire is thinking, which I’m just realizing now after re-reading the ones I highlighted. 

It was just perfect, it was everything.  It’s going to take me a while to get over this one. This is easily the best debut book I’ve read this year. I cant wait to read more from this author!

That was the day her loss became my victory, and everything changed between us.

I’ll be honest, some parts were a little confusing, but you HAVE to read til the end, everything will make sense, because the freaking EPILOGUE literally ties the book together, it’s so cleaver and perfect…. did I mention PERFECT? It’s going to really hard for me not to spoil anything… argghhh

When Veronyka’s ‘sister’ Val comes home with two phoenovo (Phoenix eggs) only one makes it, and it bonds with Veronyka instead, and not Val, who was the one raising it during incubation. Val isn’t happy when that happens, she completely changes, she feels angry and cheated, because she wanted the phoenix to be hers… and we get to see why, later in the book.

“I think I’ll name her Xephyra.” Val’s eyes narrowed. She stared at Veronyka for a long moment, before crossing her arms and looking up thoughtfully. “‘Pyr’ means ‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in Pyraean. Coupled with ‘xe’ . . .”
“Sweet Flame,” Veronyka said, still running her fingers along her drowsy bondmate’s silky feathers.
“Or Flame Sister,” Val corrected, given that the prefix could also mean “brother” or “sister,” based on the gender of the name.

But, certain events occur, that make Veronyka not want to be around Val, so she leaves her sister in search of more eggs, and other animages (animal magic; people who can control animals with magic), but she isn’t allowed to join them to train to be a rider.


Because she’s a girl, and at the time there were hardly any eggs left so they only let the boys train, so Veronyka disguises herself as a boy, and calls herself Nyk.

Veronyka stared down at the bow, her heart soaring. He was giving her the chance she so desperately wanted, the opportunity to truly become a part of this world. After what had just happened, she needed it more than ever.

And she does get to train with Tristan, the commanders son. And she teaches him things, and they form this relationship. I mean she’s Pheronia’s daughter, her magic is so powerful! And we get to see that during her ‘training’ with Tristan.

But when Val finds her, she brings Xephyra, which she thought was dead. But she doesn’t give up that she’s bonded to Xephyra, at least not yet, at this point everyone just thinks she’s really good at controlling the animals.

He bit the inside of his cheek, and Veronyka could swear he was fighting to keep a pleased smile off his face. “It doesn’t change anything for me, you know,” he said, still not looking at her. “Boy, girl―it doesn’t matter. You’re you, and that’s all I care about.”

They do end up realizing that she’s Veronyka, not Nyk, but they don’t have too much of an issue with it, they still let her train, but Val gives her an ultimatum,

‘you have to choose your side, make the right choice’

Val, shows her the past, and Veronyka realizes who Val really is; Avalkyra Ashfire. But she thinks she’s Pheronia, but is not remembering that life.

Hmmm, judging from the epilogue, there’s going to be a book two, and it’s going to be epic. YOU NEED TO GET THIS. I highly recommend it!


~Author Bio~

Nicki Pau PretoNicki is a YA fantasy author living just outside Toronto, Canada. After getting a degree in visual arts, a masters in art history, and a diploma in graphic design, Nicki discovered two things: she loves to escape the real world, and she isn’t interested in a regular 9-5 life. Luckily, her chosen career covers both.

Her YA fantasy debut CROWN OF FEATHERS is coming February 12, 2019 from Simon Pulse.

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Posted by on November 11, 2018 in Ana's Bookshelf, ARC, Review


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{Review} The Cold in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

40240290The Cold in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale 

Hardcover, 258 pages
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books


~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.


*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

After reading the prologue, I wasn’t sure if i would continue reading. It was such a slow read.. it took a while, but I’m glad i finished it.

This is the story of a young girl named Milla who has lived secluded from everything and everyone beyond her family in the hopes that this will save her from the curse that haunts her family and village. It is a coming of age type story of Milla discovering truths about those around her as well of herself.

I actually enjoyed this book. It had a creepy dark feel. A Medusa retelling; it was perfect in every way. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

~Author Bio~

Peternelle van ArsdalePeternelle van Arsdale is a young adult novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Her first novel, THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL, is being developed for a feature film by Amazon Studios, produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and directed by Bert & Bertie. Her second novel, THE COLD IS IN HER BONES publishes in January 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is at work on her third novel. Visit her at

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{Review} Taste Me by Christine Poe

42181628Taste Me by Christine Poe

Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published October 17th 2018 by The Wild Rose Press


~Rating: 2.5 – 3 /5 stars~

One impulsive tryst. One unforgettable fling.

Culinary columnist Aurora Daring adores creating desserts with fresh fruit and dreams of becoming a pastry chef. Always on the lookout for new food places to review, she visits Love’s Farmer’s Market, an old barn converted into a ‘green store’ with all the wonders a gourmet cook could possibly want. She finds something else as well—a ruggedly handsome man who fulfills all her sexual fantasies in one impromptu encounter.

Bryce Lovella loves his family’s farm. His idea of expanding the farm to include a produce market is just the beginning of his aspirations. He also wants to start a family. When his twin brother, Brent, challenges him to find the perfect woman in two weeks’ time and get her to say I love you, Bryce eagerly agrees to play. He’s already seduced the woman of his dreams. There’s only one problem—he never got her name.


*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Well this was something! I literally read this in an hour. I really thought that this would be different… kinda disappointed but if you’re looking for a quick, hot read, then this is the book for you!

Twin bothers, one “Brent” pretends to be the other “Bryce”… sex happens, Aurora doesn’t even notice that she’s fucking twins, more sex happens….. until she gets pregnant, she finally realizes they are twins…
Honestly there wasn’t much more to the story, imo.

I will definitely check out more from this author though!


~Author Bio~

Christine currently resides in Virginia with her husband, lots of Blue Ridge Mountain wildlife, several feline friends, and a Carolina Dog. She finds love stories in the world around her, enjoys traveling to new places and visiting historical sites, and enjoys a quiet beach. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America (RWA). She writes contemporary romance, cowboy romance, ghostly paranormal romance, time-travel romance, and romantic suspense.

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{Review} Slayer by Kiersten White

34723130Slayer by Kiersten White

Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Simon Pulse


~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.


*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

“Being chosen is easy. Making choices will break your heart.” 

Wow. This was perfect in every way. It had action, romance, vampires, demons, I mean what more could you ask for?  

It was a little slow at the beginning but I was quickly drawn in. The plot was great! The chemistry between the characters was insane. I loved everything about the book~
For someone like myself who hasn’t watched anything of Buffy, it was easy to understand what was happening. 

I just wish there was a little more world building. There were so many questions left unanswered, I feel like there was a HUGE cliffhanger… BUT I cannot wait to read more! This is definitely a book you have to read, whether you’ve watched the show or not. I highly recommend it!


~Author Bio~

Kiersten WhiteKiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I Darken, Now I Rise, Bright We Burn, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. Visit Kiersten online at and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

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{Review} Valiant by Merrie Destefano


Valiant by Merrie Destefano

Paperback, 400 pages

Expected publication: December 4th 2018 by Entangled: Teen


~Rating: 3.5 – 4/5 stars~

The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.

Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another.

And for whatever reason, my brother is their number one target.

Now the fate of the world lies in the hands of me, a seventeen-year-old girl, but with the help of my best friend, Justin―who’s suddenly starting to feel like more―maybe if we save my brother, we can save us all…


*a copy was provided by NetGalley* 

Sci-fi, aliens, time travel, and futuristic things. Yes, YES, and YEsss. All things I love. But this, I liked it just enough, that it fell short of great.

Valiant is different and unique in its own way. A very quick, action packed, fast paced read. It definitely will grip you from the start. I’m excited for when it actually does come out.

Although the beginning of this book felt VERY rushed. A LOT happens in the first few pages that I felt like it could have been a whole book in itself. You just hit the ground running, and as a result, there is very little context given for the characters and the state of the world. But as the story progresses we do get a bit more of this.

Some times it was difficult to keep up with, there’s just so much going on. I love the story, just wish it was told a little differently, I don’t know why but it feels like the story is being told in such a way that everything is scattered, and you have to pick up the pieces and just make sense of it on your own terms. I mean between the alien invasion, time travel, portals, military conspiracies, romance, etc. I feel like the story could have been richer if there had been fewer of these elements.

Honestly, I just wish there was more explanations, descriptions, development, and maybe a bit more world building. But it’s literally, Action, Action, Action. Hardly any character development.

Also, in a way, it reminded me of Venom, with the whole ‘aliens on earth’ or ‘aliens trying to invade earth’ thing, and this quote from the beginning of the book is a pretty good description of what I mean.

‘A Xua can leave a host’s body and possess another person if it wants, but humans weren’t built to withstand it. Our insides get ripped to shreds.  Sometimes you can even see the claw marks on the body, torn apart from the inside out. Sometimes it’s a full-body explosion.’

Mhmm, similar in ways but, different.

The bit of ‘romance’, I wouldn’t even call it that, it was literally Justin & Sara having known each other in school for however long. There was no real build up, just Sara saying ‘I love you’ to him, when she thought he was dead/dying or whatever.

“You have to stay alive, Justin,” I whisper. “No matter what. I love you.”


He cups my face in his huge hands. “I heard what you said last night,” he whispers, so softly no one else can hear him. “I love you, too.”

Their relationship did develop a bit but in an unnaturally fast way, imo.

“I was worried I would lose you, too,” he confesses as he lifts his head. He cups my face in his right hand. “The Xua took your brother, but he might not be dead, Sara. You said those doorways go to different timelines, right? Maybe he’s with Aerithin. Or maybe Aerithin will still come back—”

Also, the ‘skin site’ thing was a bit confusing. It seems like it’s some kind of identification thing/something phone-like where you can call people? listen to music? listen/watch the news? -some kind of ‘new’ fascinating technology that everyone is crazy about; like when a new version of the IPhone comes out. Or something like that, not 100% sure, unless I’m missing something?  – so I went back to my kindle and literally searched ‘Skin Site’ and it’s mentioned A LOT, I’m realizing now, it was described a bit, but still really ‘confusingly interesting’. I’m not going to give too much more away, though.

I feel like I’m just rambling on now….

I’m really hoping there will be a sequel, because I like where this story is going. I feel like if the story and universe was expanded on, it could be the next big sc-fi series/book. BUT only if universe was expanded on, like back story on the aliens, Justin, or any the other characters. If you enjoy action-packed YA science fiction, then I highly recommend it!

NOTE: All quotes taken from this uncorrected copy are subjected to change in the final edition.

~Author Bio~

Merrie DestefanoCURRENTLY A FULL-TIME NOVELIST and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano’s next novel, LOST GIRLS, releases on January 3, 2017. Her other novels include AFTERLIFE and FEAST, both published by HarperCollins, and FATHOM, which was self-published. The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, she has also been the editor of American Farmhouse Style, Vintage Gardens, and Zombies magazine, and was the founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

With 20 years experience in publishing, she worked for a variety of publishing/broadcasting companies that include Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, and PJS Publications (now Primedia). Besides editing and writing, her background includes print buying, writing/producing radio promos, directing photo shoots, developing new products, writing jacket copy for books, creating sales media packets and organizing direct mail campaigns.

Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

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