Review: Midnight with the Devil by Emma Castle

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review!



SUMMARY:
What would you do to save a loved one’s life? Make a pact with the Devil?

In Diana Kingston’s defense, it was the middle of the night in the deserted hospital chapel… surely it was just a dream. She hadn’t really sold herself to a brooding stranger to save her father’s life, right? Then she wakes and her father is fully recovered and a mysterious letter arrives from the tall, dark, handsome—um, Devil? Yep, it was right there on the contract, Lucien Star, aka Lucifer Morningstar, that had been his name in the dream… Gulp. What would the Devil himself want with her? Sex. Three months of hot, sweaty, Friday night sex.

Breaking a pact with the Devil doesn’t seem like a smart move. So she’ll do it—but she won’t like it. Not much anyway. But she starts liking it – a lot—and every night they spend together, she likes it and Lucien a little more. Being with him allows her naughty side to come out and play, but Diana starts to see more than just a sexy-as-sin, rock-hard … er…Anyway, he might be Satan, but even he was an angel once. Kind. Noble. And she sees glimpses of that man still inside him… But how in Heaven’s name do you save the Devil from himself?

MY REVIEW:
Well this book was steamy. I honestly say it has been a while since I’ve read something this steamy. I admit I did blush at a few things! If you do not like really really steamy things then this book may not be for you. Remember I write reviews that I like and capture my attention. I ended up reading this book last night in one sitting, I could not put it down. I had to know what was going to happen.

The connection of Diana and Lucien (Lucifer) at first is what you think it would be when the deal being made, pretty straightforward deal right? They’d meet up and do the deed and be on the way right? Well, when they continue to meet each time, ,the connection between the two begin to grow for the better. It was pretty intense connection.

I did like the paranormal aspects to the story when Lucien used his powers.

There were even some funny parts that I did now see coming. Text messages back and forth was so fun to read! When Diana ends up taking Lucien grocery shopping. Just imagine! There are a few bit more scenes that had me smiling.

The ending I did not see coming!! My heart was like on a roller coaster.

When I finished the book and had a few moments to think about it, the story kind of reminded me of the tv show “Lucifer”. They are so similar and yet so different. If you liked the tv show Lucifer, you might like this book since it’s a tad steamier than the show. I really liked the book.

One word that keeps sticking out in my mind is “Pineapple.” If you read the book you know what I’m talking about. (blushes)

Well the author made an impression on me with this story.

Wicked All Night Review

SUMMARY:

A gift from the gods…

Veritas and Ian have finally defeated their worst enemy, but the power it took to pierce through to the netherworld has unexpected consequences. Soon, Veritas is forced to rely on the last person she trusts – a golden deity named Phanes, who seeks far more than a temporary alliance with the beautiful vampire.

Can unleash hell….

But an escape from the netherworld soon pits Veritas and Ian against supernatural beings seeking to rule over mortals once again. Now, they must rally friends and foes alike – if the vampire council doesn’t execute Veritas first. Plus, a wedge between Veritas and Ian threatens to destroy their love. Can they stand together against the unearthly powers about to be unleashed? Or does their love – and humanity – not stand a chance?


MY REVIEW:

The book did not disappoint! I finally got a chance to read this. I did check this book out from the library but I do need to buy it so I have the complete set! It took me a day and half. I really had to know what was going to happen with Veritas and Ian. I could not put it down. Isn’t the cover stunning? Can I have the model from the cover? (hahahaha I can dream can’t I?)

I love the relationship that Veritas had with all the characters in this book. Her half brother, just when you think you figure him out, he ends up doing something different. Her relationship with her father is just strange but hey.. I love the relationship she has with Ian, they are such a good match. I love how they actually connect and talk. They sizzle. Ian does ooze of sexy! I can picture his accent…or maybe hear it in my head? He’s bad ass in a good way? In this book Ian and Veritas do connect more which I adored! There are so many different characters in this story that it was so fun. Cat and Bones show up also which I enjoyed. Isn’t it rad how some characters just cross over into another story? Even Vlad makes an appearance! *swoons*

The plot is fast paced and it kept on going. It did not seem long to me at all. I know there was a lot of moving to different places to track down the enemy which was fine with me. Some people may have a problem with that. Going into different places was pretty neat. Some were on earth and other places were not. The places that Ian and Veritas went to that were other worldly had a nice description. I can see everything going on in my head. I do have to point out that I loved how they ended up going to New Orleans for a bit. (I still want to visit that place one day.).

I felt like Veritas is the hero who actually risks her life for her love and to save the world. It was the best! It was an adventure and fun to read! Jeanine’s books are always good to read! I am looking forward to more stories from her.

If you are going to read this book, you need to start with book one : Wicked Bite …then book two: Shades of Wicked and then this book Wicked All Night.

Currently Reading

What I am currently reading right now.

midnight

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

Let’s see how long this book will take me to read.  I am curious to see what it is all about.  I have not read any other reviews regarding to this book yet.

Midnight

Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling.

In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan.

The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?

I am going to read this book at the same time.  The beginning so far is interesting.
I just realize that this book also has the word Midnight in it too.  Maybe it is a sign!

Other books that are sitting on my coffee table that are from the library that I need/want to read are:

DAM

Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly.

But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien. Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not ready to learn.

Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.

Where

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield’s job description. You know what isn’t? Protecting her precious cargo from midflight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow…while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.

Fortunately, Anna’s dashing fanged companion, Finn Palmeroy, helps her fend off the attack but not before their plane crash-lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she’s stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner – or sweep her off her feet.

Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they’re not out of the woods yet….

A little oops here….down below…..I thought I ordered Blood-Kissed Sky (Book #2)  but no I ordered the other one: After Daybreak (Book 3).  Ugh!! So now I have to order Blood-Kissed Sky.  Gotta love it when you are in a rush or multi-tasking way too much!   I have read the first book and let me tell you that story is still in my head.
I need to know what is going to happen next!  

Blood
Book #2

After
Book #3

My to read pile

My to read pile keeps growing on goodreads! I need more time to read.  Anyone else having this problem?  Anyone can conjure up some magic for more  time and coffee….?

Anyways here are some books that are in my to read pile.
Let me know if you are going to read any of them.

 

Star

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be “normal.” But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal’s quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens—and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.

 

KS

Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.   From axe throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too.

Magic

Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tealeaves.

Ever since she can remember, Vanessa has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.

After her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa sees death for the first time. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric Aunt Evelyn shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to California and bonjour to Paris. There, Vanessa learns more about herself and the root of her gifts and realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.

 

midnight

At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

(I have bought this book..just haven’t started reading it yet!)

Midnight

Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling.

In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan.

The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?

Love

Call Ava romantic, but she thinks love should be found in the real world, not on apps that filter men by height, job, or astrological sign. She believes in feelings, not algorithms. So after a recent breakup and dating app debacle, she decides to put love on hold and escapes to a remote writers’ retreat in coastal Italy. She’s determined to finish writing the novel she’s been fantasizing about, even though it means leaving her close-knit group of friends and her precious dog, Harold, behind.At the retreat, she’s not allowed to use her real name or reveal any personal information. When the neighboring martial arts retreat is canceled and a few of its attendees join their small writing community, Ava, now going by “Aria,” meets “Dutch,” a man who seems too good to be true. The two embark on a baggage-free, whirlwind love affair, cliff-jumping into gem-colored Mediterranean waters and exploring the splendor of the Italian coast. Things seem to be perfect for Aria and Dutch.

But then their real identities—Ava and Matt—must return to London. As their fantasy starts to fade, they discover just how different their personal worlds are. From food choices to annoying habits to sauna etiquette . . . are they compatible in anything? And then there’s the prickly situation with Matt’s ex-girlfriend, who isn’t too eager to let him go. As one mishap follows another, it seems while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives. Can they reconcile their differences to find one life together?

book

Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.

When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.

But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.

What I Have Read

 

These are the books that I have read during the pandemic!  I have enjoyed them all.  Have you read these?

CRAVE

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally―as the bait.

Author: Tracy Wolff

I had to read this book because — vampires!   It is so good….unexpected events!   I am so looking forward to book 2 this coming fall. 

 

 

THRONE

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Why did I not start this book earlier?  What is wrong with me……it is soo good.  I love how Celaena survives.  I enjoy how she thinks and how she slowly changes a bit each time.   She has quite a task to do in the first book here.   

 

Crown

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…

I had to keep going….yup!   Celaena won…and now she is doing something that will test her heart.  More adventures, more drama.   She is on a mission to find the truth.  Will she get to it?  Will she get peace? 

 

Storm

Eighteen-year-old Trinity may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her gift is the reason she’s been in hiding for years in a compound guarded by Wardens—shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her to enhance their powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with reports that something is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to trust Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

I reread this….so good!   I love the interaction between Trinity and Zayne.  Action, drama, and perhaps romance..  Trinity also learns quite a few things about how the outer world works and how Zayne works.   Even when Roth makes an appearance in the book is awesome.

Rage

Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been working with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

Book 2 : it is a must!  Just wow.  The ending had me wanting more.  Cliff hanger endings!!   Trinity and Zayne fighting against evil and learning about themselves in the process showed me that life is always about learning.    I love the interaction between Trinity, Zayne, Roth and Layla.   Even Cayman is funny as heck.  I want the next book now. 

Review – My Wild Irish Dragon

Wild

 

Dragon shifter Chloe Arish is hell-bent on becoming a Boston firefighter. She uses her Irish charm and fake documents to score an interview, knowing she has to work every bit as hard as a man―harder if she wants their respect.

Born into a legendary Boston firefighting family, phoenix shifter Ryan Fierro can’t possibly let someone best him on the training course or the job. He’d never hear the end of it. When a feisty new recruit comes along who’s determined to do just that, Ryan plots to kick her out―until their sizzling chemistry turns explosive…

My Thoughts:
I managed to snag this book from the book sale.  The cover caught my eye and I recognized the author.  The cover screamed Phoenix to me.  Then I took a peek at the summary to see if my thoughts matched the cover.  Well I was half right!

It took me about two days to read this.  I loved how Chloe stands up for herself and wanting to go for her dream of being a firefighter.   The moment she meets Ryan, sparks fly.   They compete for the same spot and yet somehow they get the funding to be in the same station.   At first Ryan thinks he can overcome Chloe but eventually he wants to treat her right because she’s a woman.  Chloe even told Ryan that she wants to be treated as one of the guys.  Eventually they stick through it.   The other guys from the firehouse give Chloe a hard time but in time they realize she’s got it to be a firefighter.  Ryan kind of wants to protect but then he backs off letting Chloe handle it.

I loved, loved how Chloe and Ryan had to keep their paranormal side a secret.  That was fun to read.  I loved how Chloe knew so much more of the paranormal side than Ryan. I also loved when Chloe found what what Ryan was!  That was so epic.  I was not expecting that at all.   When Ryan explains what he is, she then tells him what she is.  I loved how they share stories.  It is so awesome.   It was really a cute story.

One thing I will point out,  Mother Goddess shows up in this story and she is hilarious!  Sassy!

I”ll be finding the rest of these books to read!

Library Books

This past weekend I picked up two new books to read from the library!  I cannot wait to read these beauties! Scroll down below to check it out.

 

 

 

Burn

I have read a Cynthia Eden book before and wanted to pick up another one from this series.  The series is called “A Phoenix Fire Novel.”  This is the first one.  I think you can read them standalone.  The other one that I read was “Once Bitten, Twice Burn.”  That book was so good!!   I can’t wait to read this one and then the other one.

The story is about:
Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . .

Cain O’Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she’s a threat–in a way no one has been for him in years. She’s safer away from him, too. But with a powerful conspiracy determined to shut Eve up for good, there’s no time to argue. All they can do is trust their instincts–and their hearts. . .

Cynthia Eden Website
Cynthia’s Twitter
Cynthia’s Instagram

 Vortex

I found this book while browsing the new books on display. The cover caught my eye and just had to pick it up to see what it was all about.  Once I read what it was about, it had to come home with me.

What the book is about:
Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.

Powers that might well cost her the throne.

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

Elise Kova Website
Elise’s Twitter
Elise’s Instagram

 

 

Dip into romance

Any of these books tickle your fancy?  Each of them are so different…

WOLF

The Last Wolf
By Maria Vale
Series: The Legend of All Wolves (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date: (February 6, 2018)

For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild.

If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die.
But if she stays…

Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves…

 

WOLF2

Daphane: a novel
By Will Boast

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Liveright
Date: (February 6, 2018)

An mesmerizing prose, best-selling and Rome Prize–winning author Will Boast reimagines the myth of Daphne and Apollo in this much-anticipated debut novel.

Elegantly written and profoundly moving, this spellbinding debut affirms Boast’s reputation as a “new young American voice for the ages” (Tom Franklin). Born with a rare (and real) condition in which she suffers degrees of paralysis when faced with intense emotion, Daphne has few close friends and even fewer lovers. Like her mythic namesake, even one touch can freeze her. But when Daphne meets shy, charming Ollie, her well-honed defenses falter, and she’s faced with an impossible choice: cling to her pristine, manicured isolation or risk the recklessness of real intimacy. Set against the vivid backdrop of a San Francisco flush with money and pulsing with protest, Daphne is a gripping and tender modern fable that explores both self-determination and the perpetual fight between love and safety.

 

WOLF3

Check Me Out
By Becca Wilhite

Series: Proper Romance
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Date:  (February 6, 2018)

Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.

Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.

When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a “battle of the bands” book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.

Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?

Check Me Out is a contemporary romance–with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac–that reminds us that it is what’s on the inside that matters most.

 

I”m going to read all of these! Each of these books are a part of me.  The paranormal/action adventure side, the sweet soft side, how to choose side and  the library side! I could go on about how these books could be describe as even though I haven’t read them yet.  But what would you choose to read?  Which one would you like to be in? 

I found this gem

So while I was at my local library this past weekend..I stumbled upon a book called Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade.  The cover jumped out at me and told me to take me home to read me.   So I did.  Before I read that book, I ended up reading “James and the Giant Peach” by R. Dahl because my oldest child had to read it so I wanted to be on the same wavelength with him.  (A Mama’s job is never-ending!)    After I finished James book, I then turned to Vampire Girl to read the first few pages and I was hooked!  I  could not put the damn book down.  I wanted to know what was going to happen to Arianna.  So far so good.  I finished the first book in a day and ended up going back to the library to grab the new three.   I haven’t gotten that far yet due to Daylights Saving Times and kids adjusting.

What is Vampire Girl about:

“From USA TODAY bestselling author, Karpov Kinrade, comes a new series that will suck you in and leave you wanting more. For fans of Twilight, A Shade of Vampire, and Outlander comes a fantasy romance with an original twist on an old tale. You think the only threat is other humans. It’s not.

Monsters are real. Demons are real. Vampires are real.

And I’m about to become one of them.

My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my eighteenth birthday he came to collect. But there’s a way to save her. There’s something the princes of hell want more than my mother.

Me.

So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry. I would take the blood oath, become one of them, and give them an heir. I would become a princess of hell, and my mother would live.

I expected fire and brimstone. I expected pain and misery. I didn’t expect beauty. I didn’t expect magic.

I didn’t expect love.

But the princes are keeping secrets from me.

Secrets that could shatter everything.”

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Take a peek at the authors...I will keep you updated on what happens next.   I am still reading Meg Cabot book too.  Hopefully I can keep track of them both!  More to come soon.

 

 

 

Book Review: Frozen in Ice by Alyssa Rose Ivy

FORGED

 

Synopsis:

An undying love threatened by darkness…

James’ worst nightmare has come true. From the grave his father has poisoned the woman he loves, and James will do anything to save her.

Ainsley is stuck in a world she barely knows. She struggles to come to terms with the new life she never asked for and her intense connection with James.

When darkness threatens to destroy everything, they must face their greatest fears and the possibility their love is no match for the darkness.

My Take:

This is a series.  I have not read the first book but could pretty much get the concept of what the whole story was about in this second book.

The main characters James and Ainsley realize that are kindred and try to get used to the idea.  Well at first I thought kindred meant as in ‘Kindred: The Embrace’ as in vampire but it seems more geared towards the concept of being a mate to each other.  That is how I interpret it.   As the two get used to each other, James has a hunch his father is behind this as I figured out that his father is not a nice guy.    Ainsley is trying to get used to this kindred thing along with the world James is from.

James comes from a world that gives off a feel of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and medieval times!  I was thrilled with this.   There are lots of interesting charters that pop up and I loved it.  Some characters are from James’ world as others are from Ainsley’s world (aka modern world that we live in today).  I sort of think of it as a realm too.  Pretty neat!!

As the story goes on, I wanted to know what was going to happen next.  Would James and Ainsley be able to survive?  What would his father do?  What about the rest of the amazing characters?  I will say this though, there is one aspect in the story that totally caught me off guard which I loved.   Now I want to know what is going to happen next.  Alyssa Rose Ivy has left me with a cliffhanger and hopefully that will soon be remedied.

So go check out this series!  You will not regret it.  By the way, the covers are stunning.  I love the one that I have.  I may have to get the first to have the complete set.   I did win the book from Alyssa Rose Ivy Facebook page which was awesome because I never ever win anything so thank you!!!

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