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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Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti (Blood Brothers #2)

4 Stars

Every time I read a new book from Rebecca Zanetti I am reminded of why I love her writing. She pairs lethal, alpha males with smart, spirited females. Each couple gets a happily ever after, but the books within the series still tie together with a complete story arc.  I wasn’t disappointed with Lethal Lies. In fact, I was about midway through the story when I realized I was going to be unexpectedly busy and wouldn’t have time to actually hold the book and read it. I needed to know what was going to happen next and didn’t want to wait until I had time to sit down and read, so I hopped over to Audible and picked up the audio of this book as well. It was so worth it.

While reading Deadly Silence, I had expected Special Agent Loretta Jackson to be Heath’s love interest. She made regular appearances throughout the book, and than at the end was abducted by the Copper Killer. Lethal Lies starts right where the last book left off, but Loretta isn’t Heath’s match, it’s Anya. It took me longer to warm up to this couple than usual, but I think that is more because of my *couple prediction* than the chemistry. Once I got past that, I was sucked back into this plot.

I CANNOT wait for Denver and Noni’s book. This couple has intrigued me from the beginning and I’m so happy that it will finally be their turn. I’m also ready for the guys to put an end to the evil scientist lady, so hopefully that will wrap up in the next one as well.

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LETHAL LIES EXCERPT

She swallowed and met his gaze. “All right. Let me get this straight. We’re going undercover to flush out a killer who’s obsessed with me, and you’re offering to play at being my man for real with no strings or future?” She hoisted the bag onto her shoulder. “That’s some ego. Are you that good in bed?”

“Yes.” And that was definite interest in her eyes.

She clicked her tongue. “I’ll keep your offer in mind.”

“You do that.” He maintained a low and calm voice. “While you’re considering, let’s look at the situation. You have publicly made me your fiancé in order to draw out a killer, which means I have to act as such. Any halfway intelligent law enforcement officer or private investigator would keep his redheaded fiancée very close after the stunt you just pulled. If you’re not with me, the killer is going to be very suspicious.”

She stilled, expressions crossing her face rapidly. “That’s a good point,” she said slowly.

Yeah. Sometimes reality helped him out a little. Plus, the killer had a hard-on for her, and he must already have plans to take her at some point. She’d just upped the timeline. “In addition, you need protection around the clock now, and I’m willing to provide that. So while you’re keeping my offer in mind, we’ll be staying in the same hotel room or same apartment.” He made sure he had her full attention. “While we plan the wedding, of course.”

Her challenging smile thrilled something inside him. “That’s fair.”

He stepped back to give her some space. “Good. Are you ready?”

“Yes.” She looked around the room. “I do have to ask. What if I didn’t agree with you about your keeping secrets from me? Considering people shoot at you, and I’m going to be at your side, it seems fair that you tell me who these people are.” She cocked her head to the side and focused back on him.

“I have more immediate concerns than being fair,” he said smoothly. “You brought me into this mess.”

A frown drew down her eyebrows. “Listen. I want an answer about you.”

“I just gave you one.” At her mulish expression, he searched for better words that wouldn’t end in an argument.

Suddenly, the door blew wide open and bounced loudly off the table. “Anya!” he yelled, jumping for her.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: LETHAL LIES

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Series: Blood Brothers, #2

On Sale: May 16, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD

eBook: $5.99 USD

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“4 1/2 stars! Top pick! This is a true thriller that will keep readers frantically flipping the pages as death and danger come at the protagonists from several directions.  Zanetti’s brilliance at storytelling is on full display…When it comes to high-octane thrillers, they don’t get better than Zanetti!” —RT Book Reviews on LETHAL LIES

“Zanetti’s stories are always woven with vivid detail and a breakneck pace. As a reader, there’s really no time to draw a peaceful breath until the story ends. Lethal Lies is another winner.” –Heroes & Heartbreakers on LETHAL LIES

“Zanetti balances the adventure and menace of Zara and Ryker’s lives with a relatable romance. The result is a story that’s sexy and emotional, and filled with a rich look at love in all its forms.” —The Washington Post on DEADLY SILENCE

“Budget your time, readers, because this is one that’s hard to put down.” — Heroes & Heartbreakers on DEADLY SILENCE

A deadly secret can’t stay buried forever . . .

Revenge. It’s the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars—even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can’t do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones’s job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it’s personal. He knew the Copper Killer’s latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he’s all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath’s identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath’s every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they’ll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels.  She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family.  She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.

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Balance by Janelle Stalder (The Balance Series Part 1)

4 Stars + a cliffhanger alert!

That cliffhanger! I should have realized before I started reading it, it very clearly says Part One on the cover, but Cover-Lust is real and I couldn’t wait.

Balance reminds me of Twilight quite a bit. I’m not exactly sure what it is that makes me draw that comparison. Is it the mousy, inexperienced girl? The inexplicable attraction? The relationship between a rich and powerful male and a very breakable human girl? I love Twilight, so this isn’t a problem for me.

My only complaints are pretty minor. The “good side” doesn’t seem very fleshed out to me. I found the good side to feel a bit “clunky” and I didn’t really connect with them (except for Murray). I’m pretty sure that they’ll be more developed in the next book, so I’m not too worried about it. Also, I’m a bit scared of the dad. Scared enough that I had to stop reading and finish it during daylight hours.

All the being said, I found this to be a solid start to a new series. The good/evil thing is very intriguing and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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The Delphi Effect RELEASE DAY!

Today is release day for The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker, the first book in The Delphi Trilogy. I am so excited about the start of this trilogy. This is going to be one of those series that I stalk, because I just finished reading this book yesterday and I am so ready for the next two. You can read my original review here.

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The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker (The Delphi Trilogy #1)

5 STARS!!!!!

The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker is the 1st book in her newest series, The Delphi Trilogy. This book caught me completely by surprise! I absolutely loved it. It has all those different paranormal elements that I love so much and I’m definitely on board for books 2 & 3. Pretty much now would be nice. If Rysa Walker’s name sounds familiar, its because she wrote The Chronos Files. The first book in that series, Timebound, was the Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. So now that’s on my reading list too.

I would recommend this for those of you that love paranormal books. Many of the characters have some sort of special “power”. You’re introduced to Anna first and get to know her and her best friend/foster brother Deo (an attractive Hispanic guy that is definitely questioning his sexuality). Anna has a “hitcher” named Molly inside her head. A hitcher is a ghost that has not passed on and feels they have some type of unfinished business. Molly is a  young black musician that was murdered and she is determined to let her police detective grandfather know who is responsible for the death of her and her mother. The problem with this, is that her grandfather is not a believer in the paranormal… so he just thinks Anna is crazy and possibly trying to scam him. This initial situation introduces Anna and Deo into the world of The Delphi and it seems their lives will never be the same again.

There is a bit of a romance, but the romance in this book is it’s weakest element, so it’s not for those of you looking for strictly romance. Towards the end it seemed like the romance was being set up to play a much bigger role in the next book, so we’ll see how it goes. I can’t wait!

The Delphi Effect releases October 11, 2016.

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