Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quote It!~17

I have some serious delicious quotes to share. They're better than ice cream.

I just finished up Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor and wow, I can't wait to share my review with you. But first, I gotta share some quotes. The novel was le sigh worthy, and that means these are quotes that I just have to share because it'd be downright mean not to. I hope you enjoy them! I seriously did.

Six days. Six fucking days he'd had with her. It seemed like a second, and a like a lifetime.

And he knew. Knew without a doubt, he was holding his heart and soul in his arms. And he never wanted to let her go.

Such a contradiction of want and restraint. So sweet she'd melt in his mouth like sugar, and at the same time so hot his mind conjured all manner of sinful thoughts.

All her life she'd been a shadow. Not so much when she was with Matt.

But with deep love came deep risk.

The writing in this book, and the story are both just beautiful. The above is just a little taste. It made me all le sigh, and I hope you'll stay tuned for the review.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: The Secret by Elizabeth Hunter

Paperback374 pages
Published March 18th 2015 
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Series: Irin Chronicles, #3
My Rating: 
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Only when the darkness falls can you see the light of the stars.

For thousands of years, the scribes and singers of the Irin race have existed to protect humanity and guard the gifts of the Forgiven. They have lived in the shadows. They have kept their secrets.

But the Irin aren’t the only race with secrets.

Ava and Malachi have found each other, but wounds as deep as theirs don’t heal overnight. While the Irin world struggles to correct the power imbalance left by the Rending of the Irina, Malachi and Ava struggle to connect their past with their present.

The Fallen may scheme, but Ava has found her power and refuses to be an angel’s pawn. And while Malachi may have forgotten his history, the scribe’s relentless search for answers leads both him and his mate to the heart of the Irin power structure in Vienna, where knowledge is guarded more closely than gold and those with power will do anything to keep it.

Malachi and Ava have survived the darkness, but will they ever discover its secrets? A powerful cabal of the Fallen may hold the answers, but to surrender them, it wants the Irin race to finally face their enemies. Both those coming from the outside, and those raging within.

THE SECRET is the third book in the contemporary fantasy series, the Irin Chronicles, and the conclusion of Ava and Malachi’s journey.

I've been waiting for this novel for a while now. And it's hard to wait on a book for a year when you're just dying to read it. But I survived the wait, and read the final book in this series and can honestly say that this series as a whole is just beautiful. 

Malachi and Ava have to re-learn each other. Malachi doesn't have his memories from before, and Ava is afraid of her powers, afraid of the darkness she feels is inside her. A power that helps Malachi regain his memories and become the man we knew again. I loved that the loss they had both suffered was able to somehow bring them closer together. Such twists of fate are rare indeed, and I found it touching that they made each other whole again in such an unexpected way. Both of these characters seemed to grow and become so much more than they were, and they were already strong and fierce. But Ava fights to discover the truth about her heritage, and Malachi seems to gain a greater perspective and daring than he had before his death, These characters are alive and vital, and wonderful to read. I love it when characters are brought to life so powerfully.

I was glad to see the Irin society being transformed. The Irina returning and re-taking their place was great to see, and will definitely revitalize the society. The Irin world is reborn, especially when we find out about Ava's biology. She really didn't need to fear the darkness. There was a lesson there, that even the fallen can rise again, and I thought it was wonderfully woven into the storyline. I have to wonder about the future of the Grigori now that so much has been revealed about them.

This series was hauntingly beautiful, eloquently told and very original. Each book was just pure reading pleasure, and this last book ended the series on a note of beauty and hope. This is a series I plan to read again and again. You can't go wrong with the Irin Chronicles. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Review: Lady of Light and Shadows by C.L Wilson

Mass Market Paperback
Published October 30th 2007 
by Dorchester Pub Co Inc

Series: Tairen Soul, #2
My Rating:
Genre: Paranormal Romance

She feared the dark visions and the magic within her. And she dreamed of the miraculous love that could save her.

Like an enchanted fairy tale prince he stepped from the sky to claim her—the Fey King, her destiny, her one and true love.

But behind the mesmerizing beauty of Rain’s violet eyes Ellysetta saw the passionate hunger of the beast . . . and a sorrow, deep and ancient, that she alone could heal. Only for him would sheembrace the frightening power that dwells within her. Only with him at her side could she confront the shadows that haunt her soul. For an epic battle looms on the horizon—and only united can they hope to turn back the armies of the darkness.

This book really built up Ellysetta's story. We learn so much about her. And what we learn at the end is just amazing! I kinda didn't see that coming. I think that's what I really loved about this book, there are so many little questions about Ellie, about the Eld and what role they play in her life, and how she can be the truemate of a Tairen Soul, that when some of those are answered I was taken by surprise. My mind hadn't entirely gone there! 

This book focuses primarily on politics. Ellysetta's people are ready to open their boarders to the Eld, and many of them are naive and blind enough to think that the Fae are the enemy. Rain spends time trying to get them to see reason, but although he comes close, if it wasn't for what happened during the Bride's Blessing, everyone was so set against the Fae that the trade agreement with the Eld would have gone through. 

Besides developing the world politics, this novel developed Rain's and Ellie's relationship more deeply. Rain's heart is tested by certain things he discovers, which was hard on him and Ellie. But they are finally married and I thought that played out very well considering all the things that happen on the actual wedding day. And a lot happened. A lot of action, a lot of discovery, and a lot of loss. 

I'm looking forward to the next book. Several things are coming into play that I'm very curious about, including a new character and Ellie's powers and another Fae who has discovered his own truemate. The Eld are a huge threat and are starting to really move against the Fae. This series only got better with this book, and I can't wait to read more.

Monday, April 06, 2015

What's the Scoop??? Book Boyfriends

So, we all have them. Book boyfriends. I have an entire page on the blog devoted to my imaginary boyfriends.

Why do we fall in love with characters in books? This is a question I've often given thought to. What draws me so much to a character--all right, hero in a romance--that I get all mushy and declare that I adore him and love him? After all, he's imaginary. Would we want this guy in real life? What's the attraction?

Maybe the attraction is that he's not real. Who cares whether or not this is a man you'd date in real life? He's not real so it's a moot point. He's a fantasy. And a healthy dose of fantasy, is after all, psychologically speaking, healthy. But it does bring me back to the question, why that character? Is it because he says the most romantic things? You know, the stuff you'd want to hear in real life? Is it that he's broken and yet, so sensitive and intelligent and thoughtful? These are the book boyfriends you just want to shield from the world in your loving embrace. Is it possibly because he's one of those characters that proclaims his undying and unconditional love for the heroine and is utterly devoted?

It's probably a bit of all of those things. Which is why we keep coming back for more. Wrap it all up in a hot package, and well, imaginations tend to soar. Wildly. Soon we're swooning on a cloud in romancelandia.

I mean, look at these ladies, and tell me you don't relate. The following images are not my own work.

Yup, a book boyfriend is found.

You know this happens about once a month.

True?? Yes!

Psst, you're allowed to also check more than one box.
Comment on the post if this has happened to you at least once.
The most wonderful thing about book boyfriends? They never change. They're perfect. You'll probably love them forever. And you can read that love story again and again. It's not silly or immature, it's just engaging in a healthy fantasy life. After all, if Mr. Darcy is one of your imaginary book boyfriends, no one would ever dare to call you silly. So indulge, and find yourself a fiftth or sixth book boyfriend today.  

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Review: In Close by Brenda Novak

Mass Market Paperback 
Published November 29th 2011 
by Mira 
(first published January 1st 2011)
Series: Bulletproof, #3
My Rating: 
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Claire O'Toole's mother, Alana, went missing fifteen years ago. That was big news in Pineview, Montana, the kind of town where nothing much ever happens. Then, last year, Claire's husband, David, died in a freak accident — after launching his own investigation into Alana's disappearance. 

Is Alana dead? Or did she simply abandon her husband and daughters? Claire's determined to find out — and her former boyfriend, Isaac Morgan, wants to help. Although their relationship didn't end well, he still has feelings for her. And yet it isn't until he starts to suspect David's death wasn't an accident that he's drawn back into her life. 

Together, Claire and Isaac search for answers to the questions that have haunted Pineview all this time. But as they soon discover, someone's prepared to kill so those answers won't be found. . .

I really enjoyed the final book in the Bulletproof series. It totally worked for me. More mystery than thriller, yet somehow I found that more thrilling. I was totally caught up in all the possible suspects when it came to the question of what happened to Alana, Claire's mother. There were so many interesting angles playing out. Was it her stepfather and stepmother? Was it Alana's lover? What part did her sister Leanne play into it? And then, how did David's death factor in? The thing that had me on my toes was why everyone seemed to simply want Claire to forget about pursuing what had happened to her mother, and they seemed rather hostile about it too, which made me wonder why they all wanted her to drop it so much.

I found it all gripping, and fascinating, especially since Claire also had a stalker that was...not exactly what you'd expect a stalker to be. I was always wondering how he knew what he knew, and what part he'd play into the disappearance of Alana.

I guess I can't say more without spoiling it all, and that would be a shame. I have to say, I really admire the way the plot comes together. Brenda Novak is very good at writing a tightly controlled plot while keeping you in suspense as what is going to happen next. 

I also really enjoyed the romance in this novel. It really allowed the action to move forward at a steady pace because Issac was supporting Claire in her mission to find out what had really happened to her mother. These two also had a lot of sizzle, and they made sense because they'd been an item before Claire married David. In a nutshell, this is a solid romance and well worth the read.

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