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.

Trust by Kylie Scott

4 Stars

I read my first Kylie Scott at the end of April, and here I am in mid-July reading my 2nd. It wasn’t what I expected, but it also made me respect her writing that much more. Twist was more of a romantic comedy and I’m being honest when I say I didn’t read the blurb for Trust. I saw Kylie Scott’s name, got the warm-n-fuzzies and decided I needed to read this too. Judging by the first book I read, I thought I knew her type… light, funny and sexy.

Trust is definitely not in the light category but it is a hard-hitting teen romance that will captivate you. I had a hard time putting this one down, and that isn’t a problem I usually have with YA Romances. This book does have mature content though. “Course” language, underage drinking, teen sex, and PTSD are just a few of the subjects dealt with. I thought it depicted real teen life well, and the characters felt authentic and well developed. It explored the awful spiral of drug addiction, and what often happens when someone tries to turn over a new leaf, but the people around them aren’t ready to forget the past. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am excited to see what else Kylie Scott has to offer.

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The Waking Land by Callie Bates

3.5 Stars

First of all, The Waking Land by Callie Bates has one of my favorite covers EVER. I’m a vintage romantic, and the green scene within the silhouette reminds me of vintage wallpaper and I. AM. OBSESSED. Seriously such a pretty cover that actually seems to fit the book. I haven’t seen it in real life yet, but I want it on my bookshelf – just so I can stare at it.

This book has some interesting magic and I’m really intrigued by it. I loved the magic coming from the land and actually wielding the land as a weapon was cool too. I really wanted to see more of her experimenting with her magic and actually seeing what she could do. I’m one of those readers that isn’t really into battle scenes…. so once the book started getting battle heavy, I started to get bored. But again, I think that was more about my taste than anything to do with the writing.

I think the book did get a bit bogged down with kingdoms, names and politics that didn’t have much bearing on the book. I wanted more to do with her magic, and Jahan… and less to do with the other stuff. Especially the other kingdoms that we never actually see during the course of the book. That being said, I would completely be in for another book. It seemed to get set up well for a sequel/series and I will be reading it if it does.

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Snatch by Marie James (Cerberus MC #5)

5 Stars!!!

I just moved to rural, bordertown Texas, and I won’t have internet for another week, WE NOW HAVE INTERNET and I just finished this book and I need to talk to people about it. I NEED TO. My husband, in my pre-blogging days, sometimes had to listen to rants about various scifi/fantasy books. He can handle the occasional geek out. He is not ready to hear me gush about this M/M MC Romance. I’m pretty sure he heard more than enough when I found out Snatch & Itchy were getting their own book.

This is my first M/M romance, and while I don’t have an aversion to them, I’ve also never sought one out. NOW, I feel like I’ve been missing something. Snatch & Itchy together were just what the Cerebus MC series needed to spice things up a bit. All of the Cerebus MC books can be read as standalones, but I seriously think they are so much better if you read them all. I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say this is the first Marie James they’ve read, and that they are starting with Snatch specifically because of the M/M romance aspect. If you haven’t read this series before, you will do just fine starting here… but you will love it so much more if you have all the background that goes with it.

After reading the prologue, I was seriously dreading what was to come. I knew it was coming, but it was still painful to watch. The epilogue was absolutely perfect and I hope this means more books… or a spinoff series… or SOMETHING. I have questions and I don’t know if they would be spoiler-y or not so I’m refraining from asking them….

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Title: Snatch
Series: Cerberus MC #5 (Standalone)
Author: Marie James
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017

 

Blurb
I’ve been Jaxon Donovan since the day I was born, obviously.
My road name, Snatch, came years later due to my ability to literally snatch up
any woman I set my sights on. I’ve always been a connoisseur of the opposite
sex. Tall, short, thin, thick and juicy, my tastes knew no limitations.
I didn’t think there was a limitation to my sexuality, and I
found out just how true that actually was the night my best friend took it upon
himself to take me in his mouth. Sure, there’d been close calls before, the
slip of a hand or misplaced lips. With our propensity to share women, it’s
bound to happen. That fateful night, I was met with pure intention and an
experience I never want to forget.
How do you explain to your friends, your brother’s in arms,
that your extremely active sexuality has led you to your best friend’s door
step? How do you admit, after twenty-six years of heterosexuality, that you’re
into something else?
I’ll soon find out that what happens in the dark will always
come to light.
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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
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The Director and Don Juan by Katy Regnery (The Story Sisters #2)

4 Stars

The Director and Don Juan is the second book in Katy Regnery’s The Story Sisters series. Each book is a standalone and while each book can be read alone, I think they are just a little bit better with each other.

I always appreciate a Hispanic hero and Carlos was definitely swoon-worthy. He was confident enough to be the assistant to a powerful woman at work, but he also knew how to take control of their relationship outside the office. I loved when he decided he was going to pursue her and he didn’t let her objections get in the way of what they both wanted.

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The Director and Don Juan is the second of four books about the Philadelphia-based Story sisters who are all on the look-out for love.

Heiress Alice Story left her father’s company three years ago in a blaze of glory, inviting all of his employees to jump ship and join her, but only one accepted her offer: mail room clerk, Carlos Vega.

While Alice spent the next three years getting her own company off the ground, Carlos became her indispensable right-hand man — executive assistant and office manager, loyal counsel and trusted co-worker.

And all the while, they were quietly falling in love with each other.

When Alice is offered a lucrative business deal in Puerto Rico, island-born Carlos is the perfect person to accompany her on her trip as translator, but as they travel together from Philadelphia to Santo Domingo to Ponce, two unlikely co-workers will discover that during their three years working together, their feelings for each other have grown far deeper than they ever could have guessed.

And though business-minded, proper Alice will try her very best to ignore the longings of her heart, scorching hot, insanely sexy Boricua, Carlos, has no intention of letting her go.
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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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Tied by Carian Cole (Devils Wolves #2)

5 Stars

Tied by Carian Cole is the second book in her Devils Wolves series. This is a series of standalones with interconnecting characters. The characters from the last book were mentioned, but didn’t really play a big role so you don’t feel like you are missing something if you didn’t read the first book. But you should totally read the first book too. Really.

As for TiedI read this in one sitting. I picked it up just intending to start it before bed and then before I knew it, it was 4AM and I was putting my Kindle down with a satisfied smile on my face. This story is unique and I completely loved it. Both characters are coming from a dark place. They are scarred both mentally and physically from the traumas of their pasts. They come together and there is healing.

I’ve only read 3 of Carian Cole’s books, but I’ve discovered I’m a really big fan. All 3 books have received a 5 Star rating from me. So now, I’m slowly catching up on her earlier works. It’s taking me awhile, but I’ll eventually get there.

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He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth… except me.

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My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.

Him
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. everything…

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About the Author:

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts.

My first novel in the best-selling Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published in September of 2014. I have many books and sequels slated for this series. My new spin-off series, Devils Wolves, launched in 2016 with the best-selling novel, Torn. There are several books planned for this series as well.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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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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