Nico by Sarah Castille (Ruin & Revenge #1)

4.5 Stars!

I’ve never really read Mafia books. It doesn’t appeal to me. I’m not into bad guys being bad. I don’t like violence, torture, and murder. That’s just not my thing. I thought I might be missing out on something though, so I picked up a couple of Mafia type books to see how I actually feel about them. Not just what I assume, but really sitting down and getting into one of these stories.

The 1st one I read wasn’t good enough to post on my blog. Yes, I wrote a short review on it for GoodReads so I could remember why I wasn’t really into it but I thought that it was the end of Mafia stories for me. I figured they just weren’t my taste and almost skipped this one. I’m so lucky I didn’t.

“Although, if I met a dude so hot he made me want to rip off my panties, I might not care if he was a mob boss or an enemy soldier. Maybe I should stop wearing my comfy cotton briefs in case I meet a man like that. Satin and lace are easy to shred, but I’d probably lose a leg if I tried to tear off my Fruit of the Looms in a frenzy of lust”

Nico is the 1st book in Sarah Castille’s new Ruin & Revenge series. It was the 1st Mafia book I’ve loved, and I will definitely be in line to read the 2nd book, Luca, coming out in May 2017.

Nico releases December 6, 2016.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

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Release Blitz! Balance by Janelle Stalder

Moment of truth: I haven’t read this book, but I intend to. Have you seen how gorgeous the cover is? And the blurb has me hooked. Now I just have to find time in my schedule.

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Title: Balance
Series: The Balance Series Part One
Author: Janelle Stalder
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 29, 2016

 

Blurb

A love written in the stars, or born in the depths of darkness?Where fate has brought them together, so will it tear them apart.

This is not a story of chance, but one that was destined to come to pass, and with it the fall of the darkest shadow to roam the earth.

Vivian French will soon realize that monsters are not just characters from story books, but creatures who can tear your soul apart and leave nothing in its place.

This is not a love story.

This is a tale, of a fallen angel and The One who will bring about a change in the Balance.

 

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Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. Since then she has released an Adult Dystopian Romance series, the New World Series, hitting the best sellers list on Amazon. She has also released a Mature YA/NA novel, Brush Strokes, that stayed on the best sellers list for contemporary romance for sixteen straight weeks. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, three children, Aiden, Elora and Violet, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in a small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

 

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What If It’s Right? by J.B. Heller

4 Stars

J.B. Heller is a new author for me, and I’m so glad I found her. What If It’s Right? is an interesting story that could have been handled badly but J.B. pulled it off very nicely.

You watch Tory and Weston’s relationship progress from a normal child/adult relationship to “something more” once they are both adults. In order to show the progression of the relationship, the book is told in a series of scenes from the past with “time jumps” in between. This generally isn’t my favorite book format, but I think it is definitely the best way to tell Tory and Weston’s story. It allows you to truly see the way their relationship grows and changes in a natural way.

This was a unique story that I really enjoyed. I’ll be keeping my eyes on J.B. Heller for future books.

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Title: What If It’s Right?
Author: JB Heller
Genre: Comedic Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2016

 

Blurb

 

WESTON
I have a problem. A big freaking problem.
Her name is Tory Dixon.
I’ve been in love with her since I was 17.
The problem you ask?
She’s kinda my best friends mum.
VICTORIA
I have a six foot, three inches tall, 22 year-old, problem.
His name is Weston Banks.
I’ve been pretending he doesn’t have feelings for me for the last six years.
You see, fourteen years ago, I became my nephews guardian.
And Weston, well, he’s my nephews best friend.
Which makes him ten years my junior and oh so deliciously complicated.
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Excerpt

 

When I opened the front door and came face to face with Finn’s bare arse I screamed, “What the hell Finn!” I turned my back on him and faced the closed door, “What are you doing? Put some damn pants on.”

“Ah, can you give us a minute?” Finn’s voice sounded small and embarrassed.

“Yep, you betcha. Call out when you’re decent, we are going to be having a serious conversation as soon as clothes are back in play.” Then I re-opened the front door and stepped back out on to the porch.

A minute or two later I heard Finn call out, “Decent.” And I turned the handle and let myself back in.

My jaw dropped when I saw Nixie sitting on the couch beside Finn. Her face as beat red as his. “Wha— Ah— I’m so confused.” I stuttered. “I wish I hadn’t seen what I clearly just saw, but I’m happy to see you, Nixie.”

Her shoulders relaxed in relief, and she gave me a small finger wave, “It’s good to see you too Tory. Sorry about—” her hand gestured between the two of them, “this,” she finished.

“Me too,” I muttered.

Finn was smiling brightly, and I glared at him as I plonked down on the couch that I had not just seen him having sex on. “You’re paying to have that couch cleaned.” I told him. “I watch Netflix on that couch!” I whined. “Couldn’t you have taken it to your bedroom? I mean seriously, what made you think the couch was a good place for you two to be bumping uglies?”

Nixie’s eyes bounced between Finn and myself with a puzzled expression on her pretty face.

I stood up, “You know what, don’t answer that, I can’t deal with this today. I’m exhausted. I just got an awesome tattoo, by the way. Just so you know. I was going to surprise you with it, but you don’t get to see the awesomeness until later now.”

“You what?” Finn asked.

I held my hand up in his face, “Talk to the hand ‘cause the face ain’t listening. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go scrub my eyeballs with bleach if you don’t mind.” I told him as I walked down the hallway. Every time I closed my damn eyes I could see Finn thrusting into Nixie and I wanted to hurl.

My day couldn’t possibly get any worse. Talking sex and babies with Weston, then seeing Finn’s arse as he pumped into his ex-girlfriend on my Netflix couch. I needed a huge glass of wine and a scalding hot bath to wash it all away.

 

 

Author Bio
JB Heller is an average Aussie housewife in her late 20’s with a wicked sexy imagination. She and her super sexy husband are the parents of three minions, two Great Danes and a Cat who thinks she’s a person.

She spends her days running around after her wildling children and jotting down stories in her flower embossed leather notebook (She is very particular about her stationary.). She’s a self-confessed Stationary Junky who’s constantly on the lookout for more.

Most day’s JB can be found glued to her laptop, taking advantage of school hours- writing as fast as she can while she can. Or trolling Pinterest for her next potential muse. And when she needs a break from the voices in her head she indulges in her favourite past time, reading.

Want to know more about JB? Check her out, you’ll be guaranteed a good laugh if nothing else.

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Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey RELEASE DAY!

This book has a definite Hunger Games vibe, and for me, that is a GOOD THING. Shadow Fall is one of the best YA books I have read this year and I am SO READY for the next book in this series. If you have read all the popular YA Dystopian novels, you may not enjoy it as much because I’ve heard it is largely a mix of elements from different Dystopian series. This wasn’t a problem for me because I am sadly way behind on my popular YA fiction. You can read my original review here. I was snooping around Audrey Grey’s social media and see that the next book is expected to be Shadow Rise. I am stalking Amazon for a pre-order on this because I need it.

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Eternal Heat by J.L. White (Firework Girls #3)

4.5 Stars!

Confession Time! I’ve had this book in my possession for a couple of months now and have been hoarding it for a pick-me-up. That time is now. 3 of the last 4 books I read have been “meh” at best and I needed something that I KNEW would be good. Once again, J.L. White did not let me down.

As far as “The Firework Girls” go, Ashley was the story I was least looking forward to. Her appearances throughout the series haven’t really piqued my interest other than her insane musical talent. I was in for a good surprise when I got to her story and realized there was a lot of depth and heartache within her. Her characterization within the books made sense and I came away feeling like I finally knew her. My favorite of this series is still Midnight Heat. You can read my review here. This is a series of standalones so you can read them out of order, but each girl does make an appearance in each book so there might be very minor spoilers. The last book in The Firework Girls series is Nuclear Heat and it is the one I have been waiting for. I’m expecting it to be the best of the series and hope it doesn’t disappoint.

All of The Firework Girls books are available on Kindle Unlimited!

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If you want to check out the other books in the series, you can do so below.

Buy FORBIDDEN HEAT Here – (Kindle)     My review from GoodReads is here.

Buy MIDNIGHT HEAT Here – (Kindle)       My review is here.

Buy NUCLEAR HEAT Here – (Kindle)

I received an advance review copy of these books that I have chosen to review.

 

COVER REVEAL! The Spire by Kate Canterbary (The Walsh Series #6)

 

 

 

Title: The Spire
Series: The Walsh Series #6
Author: Kate Canterbary
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Sara Eirew
Release Date: December 13, 2016

 

Blurb

 

Rebel, runner, recluse, rich girl.

Nine years ago, Erin Walsh ran away from everything.Home.

Family.
Secrets.
Tragedy.

Herself.The only permanence in her life is catastrophe.

She travels from country to country, chasing disaster, teasing fire, playing with poison. She guards against real connections, and shuns the only family she has left.

She holds everyone—even her siblings—at a mile-long distance. It’s the only way to protect herself.

But she can’t protect herself from him.

He’s the ice to her fire, and he’s willing to sacrifice everything to bring her home.

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Author Bio
Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people–be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane–ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.
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Shadow Fall By Audrey Grey

5 STARS!!!!!!!!!

This is definitely YA Dystopian at its best. Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey is the 1st book in the Shadow Fall series. I finished this late last night, and I am so ready for the next book. It definitely reminds me of The Hunger Games, but completely different at the same time. There are some basic similarities, but this is its own story. I’ve heard comparisons to other YA Dystopian series, but I haven’t read them, so I can’t speak for that. I will say that Shadow Fall is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

There are many characters at play in Shadow Fall and I found they each had their own very unique voice. The beginning of a love triangle comes into play and while Caspian makes me feel more “comfortable”, Riser has a very compelling rawness to him. I know so many of you will hate this comparison, but in Twilight terms Caspian is Jacob and Riser is Edward. My two favorite characters are actually “supporting” characters. Teagan is completely awesome and I hope we see much more of this Subversive character in the following book(s). Then there’s Flame and much like her name, she is a definite fireball.

This is one of those books that I picked because of the cover and it turned out to be an amazing read. Shadow Fall isn’t even out yet, and I already can’t wait for its sequel Shadow Rise. Release day for Shadow Fall is November 22, 2016.

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I received an advance review copy of Shadow Fall that I have chosen to review.