The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Winternight Trilogy #2)

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)5 Stars

I have to say that I am loving this trilogy more than I ever expected to. It is completely different from anything else I read and I have trouble “letting go” of the books after I’ve read them. I’ve ended each book feeling like it is a 4.5 star book, but then as it settles within my brain and I keep thinking about it for days and weeks after finishing they inevitable turn into 5 star books.

I think what I loved the most about this book is that I NEVER knew what was going to happen next. Everything that happened was unexpected, and even when I tried to guess I ended up wrong. Most of the books I read are formulaic (some extremely so) and it’s refreshing to have a book where I have absolutely no clue what is going to happen at any time. No clue. At. All. Katherine Arden has serious storytelling skills. Both books started off slow for me, but once I let myself become immersed in them then they were excellent. It’s hard to write a review when I want to start each sentence with “The thing I loved most was…”. Everything is my favorite thing about The Girl in the Tower, but especially the atmosphere that Arden developed in The Bear and the Nightingale and then continued/evolved/changed as book two progressed. That atmosphere shines through on the covers and they completely represent the books.

Cover Love is real with these books. I absolutely loved the covers for The Bear and the Nightingale and was trying to decide if I preferred the American or UK cover better. I ended up with an American hardcover, and it is even more gorgeous than I expected. I imagine the UK cover is the same way, so I believe that this is one series that I will be buying in duplicate. Seriously. I never do that, but these covers are that good.

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The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren (The Ones Who Got Away #1)

The Ones Who Got Away (The Ones Who Got Away, #1)

4 Stars

The Ones Who Got Away was an unexpected page turner that I read in one sitting.

I waffled on picking up this book for a long time. The cover was attractive to me and I’m a sucker for second chance romances… add in a “rough around the edges” cop and I was really wanting to read this. The one thing that was holding me back is the subject matter. I’m one of those people that doesn’t watch the news because it makes me too sad. I get the major headlines but that’s it. A book that is based on such a tragic event, especially after all the recent mass shooting events was a hard leap to take.

Once I started it though, I didn’t put it down. Yes, there is heavy subject matter. Yes, I cried. But there is so much more to this story than their horrible shared history. If that is what is deterring you from reading this book, it shouldn’t.

Usually I focus on the hero of the romances I read, but this is one case where the heroine is a standout. I think Liv is one of my favorite heroines ever. She seemed so real that I wanted to be her friend.

There is a good lead-in to the next book and I was left wanting to read Rebecca’s story as soon as possible.

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Hound by Marie James (Cerberus MC 2.0 Book #2)

Hound (Cerberus MC 2.0 Second Generation, #2)5 Stars

It’s been a good book week for me, with two of my favorite “auto-buy” authors releasing titles. We got a taste of Hound at the end of Lawson and that was just enough to drive you mad. After that first chapter I couldn’t wait to find out how this book would play out. One of the things I was most looking forward to was seeing how Kincaid would react to one of his girls finding love. His reaction was priceless.

This is an age-gap romance, but there isn’t much emphasis on that once things get heated up. Hound does have a secret that comes into play. There is tons of action in this one and I think it really added to the story. Gigi is such a brat that she’s hard to relate to at first, especially if you witnessed her antics in previous books. That being said, I warmed up to her fairly quickly even when she didn’t always make the best decisions. I know I haven’t said much about the plot, but SPOILERS!!! The next book was hinted at in the last chapter and I CAN’T WAIT!

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Title: Hound: Cerberus 2.0 Book 2

Series: Cerberus: The Second Generation

Author: Marie James
Genre: MC/Contemporary Romance (Standalone)
Release Date: January 24, 2018
Blurb
My first job with the Cerberus MC was to grab a girl from a
seedy bar.  Easy money, right?
The moment I realized the blonde I was hunting wasn’t
around, I ended up captivated by a redhead dancing on the stage. With her
striking features and sinful body, I knew she was trouble, but that didn’t stop
me from making her mine that night.
When I learned that she WAS the job, everything became
clouded.
I was only looking for a one night stand, but when the dust
settled and she ran, my only desire was to chase her.
Should I risk my job, and quite possibly my life, in order
to have her? Would she even stay if I caught her?

 

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Marie James is a full-time working mother of two amazing little boys
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coke is always near. Central Texas is where Marie calls home and has lived
most of her life. With 13 published books under her belt, she has no desire to
stop writing anytime soon and has dozens of book ideas to keep her busy. 
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Falling Under by Lisa Renee Jones (Walker Security #3)

Falling Under: a standalone Walker Security novel by [Jones, Lisa Renee]5 Stars
I love Lisa Renee Jones. I think I have to say that every time I review one of her books, but she just writes what I love. Strong females. Alpha males. Danger. Push & Pull romance. The list goes on and things get added every time I read one of her books. Falling Under is a standalone within her Walker Security series and definitely my favorite one. I will be the first to admit though, that I started falling for Jacob during Pulled Under and he just solidified his place as my favorite while I read this book.

Jewel is such a strong character and I loved how she started out as “Detective Carpenter” but as her relationship with Jacob progressed she became more than just her detective persona. They were vulnerable with each other in ways they wouldn’t even think of being with their co-workers and it helped them to solidify their bond even while still trying to figure out the dynamics of their relationship.  They’ve both faced serious tragedy and with that they understand each other better than anyone.

If you love romantic suspense with strong females and stubborn men then you need to add Lisa Renee Jones to your list of authors. She’s definitely a talent within the genre.

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FALLING UNDER by Lisa Renee Jones

JANUARY 23, 2018

 

ABOUT

A new sexy standalone from Lisa Renee Jones…

 

Ex-special forces, Jacob King, is a man who keeps to himself, having learned the hard way that letting people close to you, trusting them, might just get you killed. A lesson he learned when members of his Special Ops team turned dirty, while others, men he considered friends, died. He made them pay. He made them hurt. He put them in jail. And so he doesn’t trust anyone anymore. He keeps his women hot and fast, his friends few to none, and his clients through the elite Walker Security at a professional distance, but safe.

It works for him. Until it doesn’t.



His newest job should be simple and cut and dry. Jewel Carpenter, the daughter of the CEO of Carpenter Enterprises, is receiving death threats. He’s to protect her and find out who is issuing the treats.

Simple. Cut and Dry.

Until it’s not.

Until the chemistry between he and Jewel is all about love, hate, and sex. But even as he fights the attraction to Jewel and discovers there is more to her than meets the eye, the real threat comes not from the threats she’s receiving, but the connection she has to him. Because his past has come full circle, and those men he’s made pay for their sins now want him to pay. And what better way than the woman in his bed?

 

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“Just to be clear,” he says, his voice low and rough. “I’m breaking every rule I own with you. I don’t fuck women I’m protecting.”

“You could hand me over to someone else,” I suggest, “and it won’t matter.”

“Not a chance in hell,” he says, his hand sliding under my hair to cup my neck. “We’ll break the rules together.”

“I’m not sure I like how you do ‘together’.”

“I’ll make sure you do,” he promises, his lips slanting over mine, and this time he kisses me like he owns me, like he wants to control me, and like I really am his, like I belong to him, and in this very moment, I can honestly say

I am. I want him, and I can’t get enough of him.

And how can it ever be enough when he’s this damn impossibly hot, and he’s such a damn good kisser. The way he makes me want his mouth on every part of me and the way he makes me want my mouth on every part of him. And so, there it is. I’m his, but I’m going to make damn sure he’s mine, too. I kiss him back as passionately as he’s kissing me. I meet him stroke for stroke, arching into him, telling him I am here and present, and I’m not even close to afraid of him or of this. He doesn’t get to control me. He isn’t making me do this. I control me, and I choose him and this.

Arching into him, his shoulder holster and mine are in the way, and I want them gone. I want him naked. Just to be certain that he knows that’s where I want this to go, my hand presses between us and I stroke the hard line of his shaft. He groans low in his throat, a sexy rough sound that tells me he gets the point. This isn’t his show. It’s ours. It’s us together, or there is no show, with or without our clothes on.

His reaction is to tear his mouth from mine, his lips lingering there though, as if he wants to kiss me again, and just when I would kiss him again, he leans away just enough to shrug out of his jacket. I take one step backward, and do the same with my blazer. I reach down and pull off my boots and he does the same. Next, we disconnect our shoulder holsters, and the truth is, it’s the first time I’ve ever been with a man who is probably more armed than me. That feels significant when it perhaps is not. He’s not a cop. He’s not that kind of career complication. He’s a Green-fucking-Beret, and one hell of a hot one, for that matter.

He sets his weapon on the couch and snags my hand, walking me toward him and taking my holster and weapon as he does. “Just making sure you don’t end up shooting me before this is over,” he says, setting it with his before shackling my hip.

“I told you I’ll wait until after the orgasms.”

“Careful,” he says, a hint of a smile on his lips again. “I might hold that orgasm and you captive.”

“You can try,” I say, but my head isn’t in the game in this moment, and somehow my hand is on his face, right by the almost smile, that seems to have complicated what should be sex, an escape, a way to pull back the emotions that umbrella stirred in me. That smile reminds me that Mr. Robot is his wall, his way to cope with death, with whatever makes him protect Jesse Marks.

He captures my hand. “What are you thinking?”

“That you have on too many clothes,” I say, before I let this go someplace emotional, somewhere that two people like us never want to go.

My hands press under his shirt, but he doesn’t immediately give me what I want. He studies me for several beats and then kisses me hard and fast. Too fast, but I get over it when he pulls his shirt off. He cups my face and kisses me, his hand sliding up my shirt, his touch fire that has me helping him pull my shirt over my head. Letting him drag me to him where he now sits on the couch. I straddle him, my bra somehow gone by the time I’m there. But my hands press to his shoulders, and I hold him at bay. “I will still arrest you if I need to,” I promise. “This doesn’t change that.”

“You aren’t going to arrest me any more than you hate me.” He glances down at my chest, his gaze a hot caress as it rakes over my breasts, my nipples, before his eyes meet mine. “Because you know I’m protecting you.”

I ignore the ache between my thighs. Or I try. “From what? The slayer or the Jesse Marks damage patrol?”

His hand slides between my shoulder blades and he molds my chest to his. “Do you really want to talk about Jesse Marks right now? Because if you ask me questions, I’m going to ask you questions when I’d much rather be inside you, giving you as many reasons as I can not to arrest me. But you pick. Conversation or fucking.”

“Both,” I say, because it’s the truth. I want answers and I want the conversation my emotions are having in my head to shut up. “Fucking first.” I push away from him and stand up, unbuttoning my pants, sliding them down my hips, and he watches me with that unreadable, robot expression that is admittedly sexy as hell. I press my lips to his and that’s all it takes.

We are crazy, hot, kissing, his hands on my breasts, my nipples, my neck. I can’t touch him enough. I can’t feel him enough, can’t get close enough, and that’s new to me. I don’t need anyone the way I feel I need this man. I don’t want to need anyone this much, but it’s too late. At least, right here, right now, I do. He rolls us to our sides, facing one another, the wide cushion of the couch more than holding us and the next kiss isn’t fast and frenzied. It’s long, drugging, and somewhere in the midst of his tongue stroking my tongue, I end up on my back with the heavy weight of him on top of me…

 

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Cover Reveal – Hiding Lies by Julie Cross

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Hiding Lies is going to be the second book in the Eleanor Ames series, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It’s been more than a year since the first book and I’m hoping this one can answer some questions I had when the first book finished… now if I could only remember what those questions were….

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At Holden Prep, dirty little secrets always have a way of coming to the surface.

Eleanor Ames has never been what she seems. Average high school student on the outside, but reformed con artist trying to break free of her past on the inside. When Eleanor receives startling news about someone from her previous criminal life, plans for a new operation coinciding with her school’s upcoming field trip quickly consume her.

But operations rarely go according to plan. And this is one her irresistible teen FBI agent boyfriend, Miles, would never approve of.

Now, more than just Ellie’s reputation is at stake. If she fails, it could be her life.

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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press). She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, Chasing Truth, Off the Ice and many more to come! Julie Cross was a longtime resident of central Illinois but has recently moved her entire family across the country to continue her academic studies at Stanford University.

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Ace by Laramie Briscoe (Moonshine Task Force #4)

Ace (Moonshine Task Force #4)4 Stars

Ace is the Moonshine Task Force book I was waiting for. His relationship with Violet has been teased, and I was so ready to see how he was going to rescue her from the situation she was in. She does get “rescued” from her situation, but other than Ace making sure Violet’s soon-to-be-ex-husband went to prison… she saved herself with some unneeded by appreciated help from Ace.

This romance has some slow burn to it. They wait for-ev-er to start a romantic relationship because Violet wants to officially be free from her ex before getting involved with Ace. It’s obvious they both want to be with each other, but Ace respects her need for closure and keeps things at her pace. I loved seeing how much he was willing to wait for her, but even I was tired of waiting when they finally got “together”.

I thought this was going to be the last Moonshine Task Force book I read. Ace was the book I was waiting for and I was content to end the series there. But then I read the sneak peak for Menace at the end of the book…. I will definitely need to read that one too.

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

 

Title: Ace
A Moonshine Task Force Series Novel
Author: Laramie Briscoe

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 12, 2018

Blurb
Ace is
saving lives and mending hearts…….
Anthony “Ace” BaileyI’m not a rules kinda guy

Department Policy? Kinda sucks, but I do what I have to for the job that I
love.

Playing it safe? Not my thing.

Married? No big deal when I know she’s unhappy and scared.

I’m one of those guys – a sniper in the military, a little bit of an
adrenaline junkie, and a member of the Moonshine Task Force. I’ve lived through
some shit.

My gut has never failed me. It’s my sixth-sense. Warning me of a gunshot coming
my way, of a traffic stop being potentially deadly, or the tingling in the back
of my neck when I go to sleep telling me I’ll be woken up by a call in the
middle of the night. My gut has always kept me honest.

Like the day I walked into The Café and saw the new waitress. There was a ring
on her left hand, but I didn’t care. One look in her eyes told me everything I
needed to know. Her marriage wasn’t one made of love and respect. It was one
made of fear and doubt.

It’s why I ignored that ring, why I arrested her husband, and the reason I’m
willing to take my time. Patience is a virtue, and with this woman, I have it
in spades.
Violet Miller

Meeting Anthony Bailey changed my life. He did things that no one else has ever
done for me.

Feeling safe? Never happened before.

Feeling wanted? It’s been years.

Being independent? I’m learning.

It’s foreign, not having someone question my every move, being able to eat what
I want for dinner, and sitting out on my front porch talking to Anthony every
night while we share a couple beers.

I try to tell myself he’s just being nice; that he’s doing his job and working
within the community. The problem? The night he takes the kiss we both want,
everything changes, and I can no longer deny what I feel. But it doesn’t stop
me from trying – and I learn quickly that Ace knows me better than anyone else
ever has – including myself.

All I can do is hang on, as he takes me on the scariest journey of my life. The
one that bends us until we almost break, and ends with a happily ever after I
never thought I would get.
ACE includes the wedding of a beloved couple, an appearance by Reaper, and the
continuation of EVERYONE falling in love with Caleb!

 

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Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin’ Country Series.Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She’s appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She’s been called “a very young Maya Banks” (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being “sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart”.

When she’s not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.

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How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach by Melanie Mühl & Diana von Kopp

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4 Stars

How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach was a really interesting look into the psychology of why (& how much) we eat. This was a quick read, and I found myself wanting more when I reached the end of the book. While some of the things mentioned in this book would be considered “general knowledge” to anyone that has ever read an article about weight loss it is also chock full of facts that I hadn’t heard before. Did you know there was a study to determine what color yellow people preferred their bananas to be? I didn’t.

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