How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks (The Embraced #1)

4 Stars

It has been way too long since I last read a paranormal romance, and it felt good to be back. How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is the first book in Kerrelyn Sparks new The Embraced series. I haven’t read any of her books before, but enough of my friends have raved about her work that I was pretty sure she would be a hit for me.

This book was a perfect start to a new series. The world building was detailed and unique without getting bogged down with unnecessary information. It was funny, charming, and still had some heat. It did feel a little long, but it was a quick read because it was so engaging. The next book in the series will be So I Married a Sorcerer coming out at the end of August.

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The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz (Jane Hawk #1)

4 Stars

My first Dean Koontz was a success! I’ve always been curious about his writing, but believed he would be too scary. I’m not a horror reader, and I have no desire to be. But I couldn’t help but want to see why he was such a popular author. I ran across The Silent Corner on NetGalley and the blurb sounded interesting without being too scary.

It was good!

The book itself was much longer than I expected, but I was thoroughly entertained. The mystery within is creepy without being scary and Jane Hawk is pretty much my hero. I did find it a bit too descriptive for my taste in a few places but I still had a hard time putting it down. I will be definitely be picking up The Whispering Room when it comes out in January.

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Balance by Lucia Franco (Off Balance #1)

 5 Stars!

Balance by Lucia Franco is the first book in the Off Balance trilogy. I picked it up on Kindle Unlimited after seeing someone rave about it on Instagram. She was completely right about it. This book is intense, sexy, and TABOO. The next book, Execution, doesn’t even have a release date yet but I am in line for it.

There are some definite warnings that need to go with this book. You have to be able to deal with:

  • Forbidden Romance – Adrianna is a 15 year old gymnast, and Kova is her 32 year old coach.
  • An Affair – Kova is cheating on his girlfriend of 5 years with Adrianna.
  • Kova is a dick — ok, so that one isn’t really a TABOO thing, but he IS a dick.

Balance is currently on sale for $.99 or FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

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Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

 4 Stars

I never expected to love Royal Bastards like I do.

This is one of those books that you can’t even talk about because everything you want to say is a spoiler. I will say there were way more twists than I expected and most of them were not pleasant. There is some romance, but it is definitely not the meat of this story. This is the 1st book in a planned trilogy, and I already know I will read every. single. one. I am in.

The beginning of this book reads more like MG and the vocabulary is oddly modern for the type of historical fantasy I was expecting. When I started I thought it would end up being a light fantasy like My Lady Jane. It definitely takes a darker turn though and sets itself firmly on the YA shelf. It is political, violent and magical with a definite world that is solidly set. I hope the physical book gets a world map, and I can’t wait to see the fan art for these characters (and creatures).

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Kincaid by Marie James (Cerberus MC #1)

4 Stars

I’m currently binge reading the Cerberus MC series in preparation of the upcoming release of Dominic. I’m not generally a big fan of MC romances. I like my Heroes to be “good guys” and that’s not always guaranteed with a motorcycle club romance. I’ve come to trust Marie James’ writing, so I took a leap and was pleased to find that not only is her MC full of good guys, but they are military vets fighting sex trafficking.

Kincaid was pretty much perfect. He was patient and understanding with Em every time she ran off. And she ran off A LOT. She was understandably flighty after living in the hell that is an abusive marriage. He rescued her and helped her get back on her feet and protected her from her soon-to-be-ex-husband. Her running off so much annoyed me, but I think it did fit with her history.

The side characters were so great. I loved the steady calm that came with Rose & Doc’s relationship. Every time they were part of the dialogue it was like a breath of fresh air. I can’t wait to read Shadow and Kid’s books either.

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The Bohemian and the Businessman by Katy Regnery (The Story Sisters #1)

4 Stars

Pris is exactly the type of heroine I love. She’s a wandering free spirit with a huge heart. I also happen to love pregnancy romances and marriages of convenience, so between the three this book was a sure pick for me.

I had a bit of trouble connecting with Shane, but I think that was just a personal preference rather than a problem with the character. I like Alphas and while Shane does show some heroics, it wasn’t enough to win me over.

I haven’t read The Blueberry Lane Series, so I’m not sure how this fits in there, but The Bohemian and the Businessman is the first book in The Story Sisters series. I will definitely be reading the rest of these to find out how the rest of the sisters end up. Each sister was introduced enough in this book that I am curious. This is only the 2nd book I’ve read by Katy Regnery, but she is quickly becoming a name I associate with a good story.

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Title: The Bohemian and the Businessman
Series: The Story Sisters #1

(The Blueberry Lane Series)

Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2017

 

Blurb
Priscilla Story,
the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always
had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing
problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her
inheritance good-bye.
Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed
to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests,
but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose
to marry.

In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more
time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla,
who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had
his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s
going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman
to find their happily ever after.

 

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Author Bio
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery
started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012.
One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was
published in September 2013.
Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the
multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows
the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the
six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone
novels and novellas.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the
Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for
romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the
USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr.
English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane
collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times
E-book bestseller.
In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill
Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed
to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States. 
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield
County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her
husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create
just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin
at home.

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Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones (White Lies Duet #1)

4 Stars

I am completely feeling this White Lies duet, and I am seriously already in love with Faith and Nick together. They fit, and the chemistry is off the charts, and I am loving it.

Nick is an attorney that is all alpha but with a sweet, protective side too. His reputation is such that he is given the nickname “Tiger” and people respect and know him both in and out of the courtroom. Faith is an artist and independent. She has a past that has left her damaged and closed off, but trying to carry on and make everyone but herself happy. She is running the family winery and pushing aside her artistic dreams to fulfill her dead father’s wishes.

Then there is THE CHEMISTRY. The chemistry between these two is unbelievable. There is tension and smoldering and it is GOOD. This is a cliffhanger, so be forewarned, but the 2nd book is coming out July 18th so the wait isn’t TOO long.

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