Friday, March 31

Review: 27 Lies: Luke's story by MJ Fields

27 Lies: Luke's story Title: 27 Lies
By: MJ Fields
Series: Truth about Love #2
Copy: Ebook for Honest Review
BookWhisperer Rating:
5 Star

A long time ago... 

I was young and naive. I thought I could save the world. I thought that protecting those around me from hurt and pain was what I was born to do. She made me feel that way. Ava Links, the little girl who was too fucking stubborn for her own good. The little girl who absorbed the hurt and pain of everyone around her and tried to bring sunshine to them all. The little girl who didn’t give a damn if people picked on her about wearing a crown and tutu every day. A little girl who somehow looked at me, expecting—no, damn near demanding—I protect her. 

I saw the pain she hid, and as I grew older, I understood that pain. The pain of being so much to so many that there is really never a “you”. 

I took control of my life... 

I had to get away from everyone who pulled at me in order to claim myself. When I became the man I was destined to be, I began to live. Then, one drunken night, Ava Links, no longer a little girl, said the right damn thing to me, and everything changed. After seven years of fucking her while home on leave with no expectations, now my life is out of control… 

One bad dream, one I love you, one night of pushing her the hell out of my life, one drummer stealing her heart, and one explosion took everything away. 

Lies are told. 
Lies are unraveling. 
Lies are going to destroy. 
These are my truths

By the conclusion of 27 Truths Luke was far from my favorite person. 27 Lies quickly turned around my thoughts of his character, but this is a long brutal journey for Luke and Ava to overcome the many heartache of the past. Not only heartaches caused by one another, but the tragic hand they have been dealt of the past couple months. There is not much that can be said about the developments of 27 Lies, but I can suffice to say that if you love 27 Truths this is not one to be missed. After a story that left the readers on the cliff of despair this sequel will drag you from the depths of despair to love and healing.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

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Tuesday, March 28

Review: 27 Truths: Ava's Story by MJ Fields

27 Truths: Ava's Story Title: 27 Truths
By: MJ Fields
Series: The Truth About Love #1
My Copy: Ebook for Honest Review
BookWhisperer Rating:
4 Stars

From USA Today Bestselling author, MJ Fields, comes a gripping story of love and it's many truths. 

Ava Links was raised seeing the different sides of love. 
The beautiful and the broken. 
Through it all, she knows the journey she is taking will lead her to the man she is destined to be with. The man she has always loved, Luke Lane. 

But as we know, there are no guarantees in this world, no promises that can not be broken, and no way you will know what tomorrow brings.

After finishing 27 Truths I can say that truth I have learned about love here is that it is beautiful and all consuming while it last, but it will gut and decapitate you in a second. Ava knowledge of love from the start is all what she makes it. Not seeing the what she calls love as the infatuation of a life long crush, and the consequent emotional attachment while age allowed them to take this to a physical relationship. I do believe that there is feeling far beneath, but this was not a healthy relationship in the slightest. When Thomas takes the reins, and makes Ava is "goddess" it turns the pages and shows this young woman that there is so much more to love than she has known. I was impressed by this story and consumed by the story line from the start. The chemistry in characters was captivating, and I found the plot line intriguing. Unfortunately, I must admit to finding moments of overly sensitive and bordering on corny. Then we dove into the climax that quite literally had me in tears. Not many stories can pull actual tears from me, but this love story was just so natural and true that it was heart wrenching. The all encompassing heartache that I am feeling is why I love to read, and the magic that brings us to be readers in the first place. While one book can raise you up, and inspire you so much that you are ready to hang the moon and create your own universe. 27 Truths is an example of the quite the opposite, and a story that will tear you apart so completely that you feel as though you actually lost the love of your own life. I am off to see what will happen in 27 Lies, and see if Fields has the ability to mend this battered and beaten heart this particular book left me with.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

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Monday, March 27

Review: Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

Into the Fire Title: Into the Fire
By: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince Book #4
BookWhisperer Rating:

Finale to the Night Prince Series
In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Oh Ms. Jeaniene Frost how I love the way your wicked mind works. It never ceases to amaze me that this wonderful author never runs out of stories. Vlad and Leila continue there dark and dangerous journey to find Vlad's step son Mircea. The conclusion of book 3 left us knowing of Mircea's link to Leila, but early development in this new installment proves to be everyone worst nightmare. Just as Vlad has always predicted his enemies will always take advantage of weakness. Proven by Mircea capture, and the torture that Leila will endure as they convince Vlad to jump through hoops. As a deep lover of everything Frost; imagine new surprise to see the introduction of Ian in a Vlad story. I just love his player personality, and his overwhelmingly constant whorish mentality. A lot like Vlad, one has to see Ian's respect and loyalty through actions and gestures. This promises to be few and far between, and when we will see them the impact is so deeply profound. It was interesting to see the kinship develop between his character and Leila. I didn't really expect it, and it reminds me a great deal of the relationship that developed between Cat and Vlad. It was inevitable that as this journey continued relationships would be altering, and while I was impressed with Vlad's manipulation of situation it was not without cost. While understanding and acceptance is understood by all parties lines have clearly been drawn, and sides will have to be chosen. The conclusion of this story sheds light into a dim horizon, and I can foresee a battle on the horizon. Only this time I can see all of our beloved character of the Night Huntress and Night Prince Worlds in the destruction zone.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

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Sunday, March 26

Review: Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley

Title: Rock Chick Reawakening
By: Kristen Ashley
Series: Rock Chick #0.5
My Copy:
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A prequel to Kristen’s Rock Chick series, Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloane—one of Denver’s most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground’s most feared crime bosses—into finally making his move to win the heart of the woman who stole his.

I’m going to admit this right off the bat and hopefully won’t get shunned from the KA lovers…I never really liked Daisy and Marcus in all the other Rock Chick books.  I know! I know! Believe me, I wanted to but for some reason I just didn’t get too into them.  That, however, did change when I read Rock Chick Reawakening.  My heart broke for Daisy and her childhood. Nothing, I mean, nothing was good about her childhood besides Miss Annamae and she was gone too soon.  But my heart did soar when Marcus walked into her life, treating her like gold, and charming his way into her heart.  He was exactly what she wanted and more than exactly what she needed.  He gave her the peaceful kind of life she always deserved. 

So I leave you saying that now I officially LOVE Daisy and Marcus.  They are perfect in every way.

“‘You.  You’re the dream a girl like me never thought she could dream.’ She was right.  She’d told him she’d never given herself a prince charming.  But now she had one in the way he came.  So all that was left was to build her a castle.  And Marcus was going to take care of that too.”

Review: The Cad and the Co-Ed by LH Cosway and Penny Reid

Title: The Cad and the Co-Ed
By: LH Cosway and Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #3
My Copy: Ebook from Author
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Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.

Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.

Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.

The only problem is, no one believes him.

Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.

The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.

Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.

But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

You know you have two amazing authors when they can take an overly used trope and sprinkle their word magic all over it and make it brand new in their own little way.  That’s what Cosway and Reid did…word magic and Christmas joy. Christmas joy happens when Cosway and Reid release a book together.  My mind always gets super happy, my heart jumps for joy, my fingers itch to get my hands on it, and then when it is all over I go back to being sad…just plain sad.  The Cad and the Co-Ed brought all the Christmas joy and then some. 

Bryan was the absolute WORST at the beginning of this book trip.  I honestly thought that there was no way that Cosway and Reid were going to save him in my eyes.  I mean, the way he treated Eilish the morning after made him a monster in my book.  It’s hard to go from monster to most adorable man on the planet but somehow Cosway and Reid pulled it off!  After getting his life together, Bryan was just simply superb.  He fell for Eilish and Patrick immediately wanted nothing more than to be the best man that he could be in their lives.  Can a girl ask for anything more?

Eh, I guess a girl could ask for the first time encounter with Bryan to mean something to him but it wouldn’t have made her who she is when the story takes off. Eilish was strong and independent, wanting nothing to do with Bryan since their first encounter was such a harsh one.  But slowly Bryan started working on her, with the help of Sean, and showed the man he grew up to be, someone sober and responsible.  Such a cute second chance story!

And, I can’t end this review not talking about how hilarious Sean was in this book.  I mean, tailored suits for Patrick…*cue my giggling.*

Saturday, March 11

Review: The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

Title: The Deep End
By: Kristen Ashley
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one's darkest desires will become a sensual reality.
Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.
When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.

Normally if you would have asked me to read a book about a Domme and her sub, I would have politely declined.  For some reason a relationship between a Domme and her sub is not something I go for when I pick up a book…except when Kristen Ashley writes it.  In fact, I just need to make a button that states, “Except when Kristen Ashley writes it” because everything that she does is just pure joy. She totally rocked this genre. 

I was slightly worried about how this was all going to work out.  KA writes alpha-males and she writes them well.  I pondered as to how she was going to deliver a male who is the sub in a relationship instead of the one that takes charge by calling all the shots and is the true alpha.  I guess this book is my lesson that I should never doubt KA and anything her brilliant mind writes because she made it work….oh, did she make it work.  While Amelie is a Domme, she finds herself attracted to an alpha-male sub (I didn’t even know a type like that existed) and there starts the whole story.

Amelie and Olivier were not the kind of couple that I would have normally fallen for but I did.  They are also not the kind of couple that I could see falling for each other but they did.  The dynamic between them was solid and perfect, leaving me feeling the sense of fulfillment when they were together.  Both were able to give each other something that the other craved and together they both learned to trust again.

Friday, March 10

Review: Don't Speak by Katy Regnery

Title: Don't Speak
By: Katy Regnery
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
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A fisherman’s daughter.

The governor’s son.

Two very different worlds.

In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman’s daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of North Carolina’s governor at a fancy party where she’s working.

Laire, who wants so much more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when fate leads them back to one another, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.

Unfortunately, I am behind in my Katy Regnery books and this is the first one that I have read of her reimagined fairy tale and I believe that I am hooked on this series now.  Regnery took one of my least favorite fairy tales (DON’T JUDGE ME!) and turned it into a beautiful story with real people and real problems.  I can only imagine what she will do with my favorite.

Laire was just a sweet, innocent soul who won the heart of Erik with her beauty, her independence, and her innocence.  How Erik took to her was just pure and loving.  He was kind, caring, and took things slow with her so that she could learn what a relationship really was supposed to be like.  Sneaking in dates before or after Laire's shift, their love grew.  But since Laire was an islander, destined to never leave said island, and Erik was the governor's son, destine to rise above all, their attraction for each other was forbidden on both sides but dear me, they just couldn't help it until it all crumbled down.  Oh, and then the devastation of it all happened and I was so sad.  I was completely torn between the two characters.  I wanted to hate both for the choices they were making but I couldn’t because I adored them both.  I wanted nothing more than everything to go back to the way it was, before Ursula stepped in, before Laire's father got sick - I wanted their happiness and love for each other back in my life!

So fair warning, there is a patchy road ahead for all of you lovers out there but Regnery quickly turns it around and makes the sun shine again.  And along with the shining sun of an ending that Regnery brings us, she also gives us the wonderful story of how Laire grows into an even more independent woman on her own. 

Don’t Speak was a great retelling of an old classic!