Lost Rider by Harper Sloan (Coming Home #1)

3 Stars

This book was sitting on my shelf for 8 months when I got an email from the publisher asking if I would be interested in reviewing the rest of the series. I LOVE binge-reading a full series so I read a couple of chapters to make sure it was something I was still interested in and quickly agreed. The first couple of chapters are good, and I was expecting to enjoy it quite a bit. The problem I had with this book is that everything seems to happen in the first few chapters and then for the rest of the book nothing happens except lots of internal monologue and Maverick trying to convince everyone that he’s not leaving again.

I don’t mind internal monologues if they sound authentic but these were repetitive, saccharine sweet and sounded like they came off an extremely long winded greeting card.

I’m going to take a break before reading the next one. I didn’t hate the book, I was just disappointed with how it went after having such a strong start. I’m hoping the next one goes much better.

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

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Lawson by Marie James (Cerberus MC 2.0 Book #1)

4.5 Stars

If you read Snatch, then you absolutely know why I couldn’t wait for Lawson. If you haven’t read Snatch yet, then you completely should (because it is THAT good) , but it isn’t necessary to read it prior to reading Lawson. 

I was reading a meh cowboy romance before starting this and was wondering if I was hitting a book slump because I kept starting and stopping different books. Then this showed up and I abandoned the cowboy romance and couldn’t put this down. Then I read the last sentence.

What?! The last sentence alone would have me dying for the next book, but THEN I read the first chapter excerpt of Hound, and it sounds like it is going to be another winner. I can’t wait!

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

 

 

Title: Lawson: Cerberus 2.0 #1

Series: Cerberus MC Spin Off (Second Generation)

Author: Marie James
Genre: MC/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 8, 2017
Blurb
My plan was as simple as they come… in theory. Show up at
the Cerberus clubhouse and give dear old Dad a piece of my mind. What I didn’t
expect was being welcomed by the open arms of a father who had no idea I
existed.
More importantly, I didn’t anticipate HER. Delilah Donovan
was a breath of fresh air. She would soon become my reason for wanting to
become a better man, my reason for getting out of bed with a smile on my
normally sneering face. But no matter how much I changed, she’d always be too
good for a man like me.
It was over before it could even begin.
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Author Bio
Marie James is a full-time working mother of two amazing little boys
and wife of almost 13 years. She enjoys reading in her spare time, and diet
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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The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos (The Adventurers Guild #1)

5 Stars

The Adventurers Guild is SO good and I’m pretty excited that it’s going to be a series. I went into this book looking for a book for my 7 year old to start after he finishes reading Captain Underpants and while it is definitely too advanced for him right now… it has found a fan in this mama.

This book has magic, monsters, and adventure. There are heroes and villains and characters that you’re not quite sure about. This book doesn’t leave you on a cliffhanger, but you definitely want to see what happens next for this unlikely group. I’m buying a copy of this book for our bookshelves and I’ll be first in line for the next one when it comes out.

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

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (The Nyxia Triad #1)

 All the Stars!!!!

I finished this book earlier this week, and I can’t stop thinking about it. I NEED to read the next book in the series, but it doesn’t even have a name yet, much less a release date. Everyone comparing Nyxia to Ender’s Game mixed with The Hunger Games is dead on. If you loved those books then I beg you to pick this one up, but be prepared to stay up late trying to read “just one more chapter”.

The characters in Nyxia are a racially diverse bunch with one common thread that weaves them all together. While we don’t get immersed in any one culture (aside from American) we do get to see bits and pieces of other cultures that I felt added quite a bit of flavor to the book. The twists in this book are completely unexpected and I was left gaping nearly every time. Scott Reintgen has written a spellbinding book full of hope, darkness, and competition. You need to read this.

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

Trashy Foreplay by Gemma James (Trashy Affair #1)

3.5 Stars

I don’t even know what to say about this book. My feelings are so mixed up on it. I have been wanting to read Trashy Foreplay since I found out about it, and even though I’ve never read Gemma James I had really high hopes for it. While I was reading it, I couldn’t stop. I read the entire book in one day because it is a definite page-turner. But then the events at the end + the cliffhanger dampened my feelings on it a bit.

Chemistry and anticipation were the key factors in why I couldn’t tear my eyes from the page. Gemma James created great tension throughout the entirety of the book and I can see why she’s a bestselling author. I’ll probably try more of her work, but I’m not sure if I’ll be finishing the Trashy Affair series.

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

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Scandalous. Shameful. TRASHY.

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Blurb:

Never flirt with temptation.
Never lust after what I can’t have.
And never, under any circumstances, screw a married man again.

By the time this story is told, I’ll have failed at all three…

With my heart and reputation in ruins, I can’t afford to make another mistake. Boarding a flight to Seattle is supposed to give me a clean slate, but from the moment Cash Montgomery slides into the seat next to mine, I’m captivated by his steel eyes that see too much. I ache for this stranger in a way I’ve never ached for anyone.

But I didn’t know he was married, and I sure as hell didn’t see the curveball fate had in store. My clean slate in Seattle isn’t so clean after all because my new boss is the man forbidden to me.

And the only man I want.

The only man I’ll do anything for, even if it means breaking the promise I made to myself when I fled my old life in shame.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for a married man, but I did.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Though the subject matter deals with cheating, there are no innocent parties here. Book 1 in the Trashy Affair series.

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Excerpt:

I go perfectly still as his arm snakes around me from behind. A warm palm flattens against my stomach, and the tips of his fingers inch beneath the waistband of my jeans. Everything south of that tempting hand flares to life, setting off a deep ache I know only he can fix.

Pulling me against his body, he leans down and whispers into my ear. “Watching him touch you is killing me.”

“Knowing you’re married is killing me.”

He curses under his breath. A hint of his woodsy cologne, along with the sweet aroma of bourbon fills my nostrils.

“Have you been drinking?”

“Maybe a little.” He whirls me around until we’re face-to-face, and my heart flutters in my throat as he tightens his arms around me. “Come upstairs with me.”

His proximity riots through me, the heat of his body sizzling all the way to my fucking toes. We fall into a lazy sway, dancing but not quite, and for a crazy second, I consider following him to the VIP area in the loft. As far as I can tell it’s empty unless a stray couple is hiding in the shadows in the very back. I doubt it though. The club is vibrating with restless energy as everyone crowds the first floor in anticipation of the concert.

“Look at me, Jules.”

His words jolt me to awareness, and I realize I’m staring at his chest. I curl my hands into fists at my sides, too tempted to run my palms down that broad expanse hiding underneath cotton. I bet it’s the softest material on the planet, but I won’t find out because I’m not going there.

Nope.

Not. Gonna. Do. It.

Because I have zero control right now, and we’re standing in the middle of a busy club with God-knows-who watching. And if I do touch him…I might not stop.

“Jules,” he murmurs. “Bring those gorgeous eyes up here.”

I lift my chin and dive headfirst into the fire of his gaze. His eyes are a smoldering, liquid steel. “Cash…please…”

“Please what?”

“Don’t make me want to give in. You’re married.” My voice cracks on that ugly word.

“My marriage is a sham.”

“Your marriage is your business.” I grip his arms, intending to push him away. But somewhere along the way, my brain gets its wires crossed, and I end up curling my fingers around his biceps. God, he’s built—solid man through and through.

“I disagree,” he says, dipping his head until our mouths linger a hairsbreadth from each other. “Everything about me is very much your business.”

“W-why?”

“Because I can’t feel this way about you without it being your business.”

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About the Author:

Gemma James is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of a blend of genres, from new adult suspense to dark erotic romance. She loves to explore the darker side of human nature in her fiction, and she’s morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy, from deviant sex to serial killers. Readers have described her stories as being “not for the faint of heart.”

She warns you to heed their words! Her playground isn’t full of rainbows and kittens, though she likes both. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their four children–three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

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Above the Sky by J.W. Lynne (Above the Sky #1)

 5 Stars!!!!!!

Unputdownable!!

I was supposed to be Adulting yesterday…

I still have so many things to do since we’ve moved here (namely upacking the 5 billion boxes still stacked in the garage). I started this book during what was supposed to be a short break and then had to tear myself away from the book an indeterminate amount of time later when I realized that I do, in fact, have kids… AND they require feedings. Above the Sky has an Ender’s Game mixed with Divergent feel to it and I couldn’t. stop. reading.

I hate trumpeting so loudly for a book in a trilogy that I haven’t finished yet, but I can’t believe that I had never heard of this book before now. My review schedule is running a bit behind right now because of the move but I may have to push a few things aside so that I can satisfy my need to finish this trilogy. It is THAT good.

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

Spirit Quest by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert (The Legend of Skyco #1)

4 Stars

Spirit Quest is exactly the type of book I loved to read when I was in elementary school & junior high and for that, I’m giving it 4 stars. This book wasn’t what I expected when I picked it up. I thought it was going to be a fast paced adventure and have the husquenaugh be the main focus of the story. The husquenaugh is a ritual that boys go through to become men and full fledged members of the tribe. The ritual is a focus of the story, but its more a background focus. You follow Skyco’s preparation for the husquenaugh and everything that leads up to it.

This book is fascinating simply because of the amount of information wrapped up within the story. There is a lack of books featuring Native American culture, and I really appreciate the amount of research the author put into the subject matter. She didn’t just write a book based on what she saw on TV and in movies. It is quite obvious while reading, that she not only researched the tribe, but also plants and animals of the region as well.

This wasn’t a book I sped through trying to get to the ending. In fact, I read it over the course of a month (while reading other books). This was a book I picked up here and there, read a chapter, and then mulled over the information. I savored the experience and enjoyed the journey.

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One last note is that Lorna Murphy did an exceptional job with the illustrations peppered throughout. Every single time I saw one, it added just a little bit of joy to the book.

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