All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

All the Ugly and Wonderful things

Author: Bryn Greenwood
Published: August 9, 2016
Pages: 352

Stars: 5 out of 5

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Synopsis:
As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

Review:
This isn’t the type of book I normally pick up but I’m glad I did. I’ll be honest with you, this book at times is terribly sad. The plot involves child abuse that is uncomfortable and guaranteed to pull an emotional response out of you. But it is also about strength and savoring those little moments of light. And I promise, the ending is worth getting to. There are some grammatical errors, but nothing you aren’t abel to read past.

Wavy is a complex child who comes with a hefty load of baggage. After her father and mother get arrested, she is sent into the system. After much persuasion, Wavy goes to live with her aunt. Although, that didn’t last long because of Wavy’s peculiar habits. You see, she isn’t like a typical child. She would rather eat out of the garbage than eat dinner at the table with her family. She would rather steal and sneak around than follow societal rules. She is a selective mute and yet so much more. Once Wavy goes back to live with her mother, there is no doubt she was lucky she didn’t turn out worse. The abuse her and her brother go through is horrifying.

I found myself reading this book wondering how in the heck did this little girl end up like this. Unfortunately that answer gets solved and you aren’t going to like it. Yet with everything Wavy has been through, she is such a strong character. The author did an amazing job describing the hopes and dreams of a little girl who caries around so many demons.

In this book, Wavy talks about the different sides her mom has. There’s happy mom who is attentive, caring, and loving. There’s scary mom, who is cruel, neglectful, and abusive. Then there is sad mom, who doesn’t care about anything and falls into a depression. Because of all these sides, Wavy (at the age of five) ends up practically raising her brother.

Kellen is a complex character. I can’t help but pity him. He isn’t attractive, is constantly made fun of, and overweight. But he is a savior to Wavy and a trusted friend. I’m not sure how old he is, much older than Wavy. I think he might be ten years older than her. Maybe more, like I said I’m not sure. Which is what kind of bothers me. The further I get into the story, the more Kellen and Wavy’s relationship changed. At first it was really innocent. But as it became more, I couldn’t help but see Wavy as a child and Kellen as an adult. To be honest, it made me uncomfortable reading about this. But his character does redeem himself in some ways and by the end of the book I am happy with how things turned out.

As I was reading this story, I kind of felt like I was on a rollercoaster of emotions. And just when you think things are as bad as they can get, tragedy strikes and everything gets worse. You must be asking, what more could happen to this little girl that wouldn’t be classified already as a tragedy? Well, when you find out it’s like your heart stops. You’re reading the words but shaking your head not wanting to comprehend them. Your stomach turns with how unfair life can be. And you’re just not sure how much more of this you can take. That’s how gifted this author is.

Even with all the uncomfortable moments and my doubts about Kellen, somehow by the end of the book I desperately wanted Wavy to reconnect with him. I was surprised how this book stayed with me. When I wasn’t reading the chapters, I was constantly thinking about the plot or wishing I could read just one more chapter. I will admit there was one point in the book I wanted to put it down. It was around the time Kellen and Wavy’s relationship changed into something more and I wasn’t sure how much more of that I could take. But I’m glad I did’t because this book is truly amazing.

My final thought I want to leave with you is I promise you won’t be disappointed in this book. Yes it is emotionally charged and pulls at your heart, but the story is one worth reading. By the end of the book, you will fall in love (and sometimes hate) the characters in this book. My warning is to read the book for how it is. Wavy is not your typical little girl, so don’t try to cast her in that image. You will only be disappointed and end up disgusted. Good luck with this book if you decide reading it. Like I said, it will be one that stays with you.

A Fine Mess (Over the Top, #2)

A Fine Mess

Author: Kelly Siskind
Published: August 2, 2016
Pages: 340

Stars: 5 out of 5

 

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Synopsis:
Some guys should come with a warning label . . .

Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn’t do relationships or promises or feelings. He’s never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She’s sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn’t easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart . . .

Review:

Although in a way this book could be read as a stand alone, I wouldn’t recommend it. The first book was full of character development and without that foundation I think you would miss an aspect of who the characters are. Not only would you miss a part of their backstory, but I think the beginning would lack a certain degree of depth. In other words, read the first book. If you missed review, you can find it here.

Like I mentioned, this book doesn’t miss a beat. It opens will Lily in complete turmoil over needing to break up with her 11 year boyfriend but not wanting to throw everything they had away. Of course sexy, confident Sawyer also has something to do with how she feels.

Sawyer has a dysfunctional family. Although he tries his best to separate himself from them, he is scared he will become just like them. So when Lily tells him she is single, hoping to turn their friendship into more, Sawyer is too scared to move forward.

This story is not what I expected. The depth of both Sawyer and Lily pulls the reader into the story. Lily is not who I thought she was. She has secrets she desperately tries to hide. Both characters fall deep for each other and their feels get intense fast. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the intense that leaves you unable to put the book down. No, this is the kind that you know is going to come crashing down on them and end badly. The only question is when..

The plot is slightly predictable and I can’t say I love Lily as much as I did Shay. But still, I find myself getting pulled along on this emotional roller coaster that is Sawyer and Lily. And the ending!! It’s complete gush worthy. Regardless of the complexity of issues both Sawyer and Lily face, this is a great love story. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!!

A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind- Cover Reveal and Excerpt

A Fine Mess


A Fine Mess

Title: A Fine Mess
Series: Over the Top, #2
Author: Kelly Siskind

THE OVER THE TOP SERIES
My Perfect Mistake, #1
A Fine Mess, #2

On Sale: August 2, 2013
Price: $3.99

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Synopsis:
Some guys should come with a warning label . . .

Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn’t do relationships or promises or feelings. He’s never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She’s sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn’t easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart . . .

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

 

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Excerpt:

She holds up her new treasure. “Found a good one.” The blue stone in the center of the ring catches the light of a nearby lamp, the thick band decorated with filigree.

“Okay,” I say. “You first.”

She swallows and peeks at me from below her lashes. “There was this man.” Another swallow. “He was a soldier about to be shipped off to war.” She scrapes her teeth over her bottom lip. “He bought this ring but didn’t propose to his girl before he left. He was afraid. He didn’t think he’d do right by her. But he held on to it during every battle, and every horrible night. When he got home and realized he was being foolish”—she looks at me with glassy eyes—“the girl had fallen for someone else.”

Single Lily fights dirty.

My pulse kicks up a notch as I approach her. I stop a foot away and hold out my hand. “The ring, please.”

Trembling slightly, she places it in my palm, her fingers grazing my skin.

“A man,” I say, turning the band over, “proposed to the girl of his dreams with this ring.” I step closer. “He worshipped her. I mean, she was hot as fuck”—eye roll numero cinco—“but they were meant to be, like real soul mates. Then the unthinkable happened.” I shift my feet until there’s barely an inch between us.

Self-control at DEFCON 2.

“What happened?” she whispers.

I grin. “A car fell on her. Freak accident. Dropped from the second story of a parking garage. Nasty mess.” I grab her hand and place the ring on her finger as she mumbles something about my maturity. I knock her toe with mine. “Quiet. I’m not done.” Numero seis. I clear my throat. “Although the man loved his wife more than anything, he pawned the ring. He knew it was special. He hoped the next person to buy it could be as lucky in love as he was.”

That stops the eye rolls.

She looks at the ring, then at me, then back and forth again.

Her lips part. Her chest rises.

Sirens ring: DEFCON 1.

I’m a thrill seeker. Cliff jumping, fast cars, steep slopes—you name it, I love it. The adrenaline rush gives me Spidey-sense, and my pulse shoots from one hundred to 220 in ten seconds flat.

Leaning in to kiss Lily is like skydiving without a chute.

I don’t give her time to turn me down, not a moment for either of us to overthink. Heart in my throat, I taste her lips. Yep, strawberry. She’s soft and tentative, then eager, a whimper escaping when our tongues swipe. I grip her harder and walk until I have her pressed against a table. She tugs my hair. I grab her ass. The next whimper is louder, the sound shredding what’s left of my self-control. I need to hear what other sounds she makes, need to hear her fall apart. Will she chant my name or pray to her maker? Will she scream or groan? Our mouths move faster, hands greedier, my jeans barely containing me. If I don’t stop soon, we’ll be giving these antiques enough stories for another century.

By the time I pull away, she’s swallowed my heart.


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This is such a great series!!  Click on the link for my review of book one- My Perfect Mistake.

I will be posting my review of A Fine Mess, tomorrow 🙂

Coming Clean (Monkey Business Trio #3)

Coming CleanAuthor: C.L. Parker
Published: September 20, 2016
Pages: 368

Stars: 5 out of 5

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Synopsis:
The steamy conclusion of C. L. Parker’s Monkey Business Trio

They have been rivals who fought until the bitter end and lovers who know every sensual inch of each other’s bodies. Now sports agents Cassidy Whalen and Shaw Matthews are about to become the one thing they never expected to be: parents. But this new dynamic to their relationship threatens to fizzle the sizzling desire that once held them in thrall to each other. If salvation is only a forbidden fantasy away, then Shaw and the woman he loves must embark on the adventure of their lives.

Cassidy is aching to reignite their connection. In steamy assignations in strange places, she and Shaw live out their most intimate desires—and reveal their deepest secrets. But as Shaw works overtime to sign a superstar athlete, a corporate reshuffling could be a game-changer. Can Cassidy and Shaw save their relationship and have it all—a career, family, and passion that never quits?

Coming Clean is intended for mature audiences.

Review:
I think it’s important to acknowledge the authors note to the reader at the beginning of the book. With that said, I think I author nailed it with this book. This is perfect for any stay at home mother/parent. As the reader, I could just feel Cassidy’s exhaustion seeping through the pages. The emotions were palpable and the plot was strong.

Right from the beginning the prologue was intense. If you have ever given birth or had an emergency c-section, I think you can easily relate. Within this first chapter I was laughing to almost wanting to cry. The emotions the author pulled were strong and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t think you would get such an extreme response if you haven’t had a child before but you would still get the response the author intended. The author is extremely gifted at creating emotionally charged scenes.

The characters have really developed and changed throughout this series. In the first book, Cassidy was feisty, strong headed, and was on a mission. Don’t get me wrong, she is still the feisty woman we fell in love with. But after three years of putting her family first, always making excuses for why daddy isn’t there, and dealing with the affects it has on their child, in some ways she has lost herself. I love this quote and I think many parents can relate. This quote comes after Shaw once again breaks another promise to their three year old son and she is left picking up the pieces- “After staring the motor, I took a moment to gather myself, flipping down the visor and finding the reflection of a woman I didn’t know staring back at me in the mirror.” I know there are stronger quotes I could have pulled from this book, but that one really hit home with me.

The book moves at a fast pace and had me not wanting to put the book down. I actually had to tell myself it was ok that I didn’t finish the book in one sitting. The sex was fantastic and had me blushing like a school girl. It was risky but done in a classy way. Even if you aren’t into some of the sexual acts the book describes, the author does it in a way that it doesn’t turn you away from the book or plot.

The ending was a bit predictable but still lovely, romantic, and simply over the top. It’s easy to get lost in this book, which you should if you decide to read it. Even though there are unrealistic qualities to the plot, I couldn’t help but feel connected to the story. As a mother (and one that stays home) I could easily relate to Shaw and Cassidy.

I’m sad this series is over but it ended perfectly. This is an author I will be keeping my eye on and will take a chance on any future books.

 

 

Clean Break

Clean BreakAuthor: Abby Vegas
Published: May 16, 2016
Pages: 300

Stars: 5 out of 5

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Synopsis:

Lane Haviland can’t seem to catch a break. She’s dead broke, barely functioning as an adult, and completely alone in New York City. Her so-called “apartment” is a six-by-nine cell in a Brooklyn basement. And her new boss hasn’t ever met a personal or professional boundary she can’t bulldoze through.

Still, Lane’s determined to at least attempt to claw her way back to respectability. But she can’t seem to get her mysterious handyman, Viktor, out of her apartment – or her headspace. Maybe that’s a good thing: Viktor’s easy on the eyes, and that deep-voiced Russian accent is beyond sexy. But as he and Lane grow closer, he can no longer hide his connections with a dangerous criminal underworld – where secrets can be deadly.

Review:

Clean Break is a modern twist to ‘Beauty and the Beast’. If you only look at the book on its surface level, you miss the meaning and the point. Without giving away too much, this book plays on outside appearances, trust, and falling in love.

Lane is down on her luck with realistic qualities. Often she is a mess with suicidal tendencies. But I can’t help to love her character. There is something about her that pulls at my heart and I just want to help her. Although knowing her character and who she is, she more than likely wouldn’t take my help. Lane is unbelievably strong but makes young adolescent mistakes and is slightly paranoid. She is discovering who she is while trying to survive.
Viktor is slightly gush worthy. He isn’t over the top sexy and doesn’t talk much. But his confident yet shy personality is attractive in this book. He has a Russian accent and you can just hear his voice in your head as you are reading this book. But Viktor holds his cards close and doesn’t give much away.
Detective Jarrett is a very big and strong man. He’s a detective so a part of you wants to believe his intentions are good. But some of his actions trigger my paranoia and I can’t help but get this sinking feeling in my stomach.
The question raised, based off of Lane’s paranoia, is who is the good guy. Is Viktor a good guy who is just in a crummy situation? Is detective Jarrett a good guy who really wants to help Lane out… Well, if you are looking for the answer I’m not going to tell you. You need to read the book for yourself because honestly this book is amazing and addicting.
The author does a wonderful job capturing the readers attention. Throughout the entire book, the plot is developing at a steady pace. Although, I usually tend to read more paranormal books, I found myself in love with the plot, writing style, and characters. I didn’t find one aspect of this book boring and I didn’t want to stop reading. This is one of those books after you pick it up from putting it down, you wonder why you ever put it down. One of those books, especially near the end of the book, you get extremely annoyed and even upset when someone interrupts your reading. From the very beginning this book slowly builds and near the end of the book when it’s ready to cress, the plot is so intense, I couldn’t tern the pages fast enough.
This is an author to keep your eye on. In case you couldn’t figure it out, I absolutely loved this book. But the best part is on the authors website, she is giving away the first 10 chapters FOR  FREE!!! Yes, ten entire chapters! You have nothing to lose. If you think this book is the slightest bit interesting, go pick it up because I bet you will end up loving it just as much as I did!

Author Abby Vegas Discusses Fairy Tales in connection to her book- Clean Break

Hi everyone, I was fortunate enough to read Abby Vegas new novel- Clean Break. She is an amazing author and talented writer. My Review is coming tomorrow but here is an insight into the author and her book. Hope you enjoy!!


I Am NOT Too Old for Fairy Tales!

Confession time: I’m a grown-ass 43-year-old woman who loves fairy tales. I own copies of all the Disney classics. I can sing the entire soundtrack of The Little Mermaid – in character! – while driving carpool. I even wrote a novel that’s essentially a modern-day Beauty and the Beast with a little Bridget Jones thrown in.

And I’m not alone in my fairytale fascination. These stories are tremendously popular – from Disney’s epic movies and theme parks to Shrek to TV’s Once Upon a Time. A couple of years ago, I couldn’t go two hours without hearing a song from Frozen (usually from the back seat of my car, sung to the beat of my pounding headache.)

So why do these stories still resonate so strongly? For me, there are three main reasons.

  1. Clarity.Fairy tales are pretty straightforward about who the good guys and the bad guys are – something we don’t see very often nowadays in fiction or in real life. It’s kind of refreshing.

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  1. Justice.The villain in a fairy tale (almost) always gets what’s coming to them. It’s viscerally satisfying, okay?

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  1. A happy ending!It’s the ultimate wish fulfillment when the hero or heroine prevails against the odds and gets their happily-ever-after. Totally swoon-worthy, in my opinion, and I can always use a good swoon.

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So that’s my theory, as a strong, opinionated, (relatively) well-adjusted woman who refuses to act her age. (Anyone up for an Aladdin sing-along?)

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Abby Vegas is already excited about Disney’s 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast. Her new release, Clean Break, is a women’s fiction / romantic suspense novel with a feisty, flawed heroine, a hero worth fighting for, and a happily-ever-after ending that might even qualify as swoon-worthy. Buy it here or read the first ten chapters FREE on your Kindle or iPad here.

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The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2)

The infinate wave

Author: Rick Yancey
Published: September 16, 2014
Pages: 320

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Review:

This book is not at all what I thought it was going to be. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I expected going into it but what I read was not it. This book changes almost everything you know, thought you knew, and understood from the first book in the series. I am honestly struggling to write a review without giving away any spoilers.
Just like the first book in this series, I am going through the chapters and find myself transfixed with the characters, the plot, and the emotional turmoil. I can’t turn the pages fast enough and I can’t read enough. At some points within the plot, I imagine my heart is beating nearly as fast as the characters are. And the plot twists are unexpected. I had no idea the book would come to the conclusion it did.
Cassie is still the determined, strong, scared character from the first book. She holds onto ideals that are fairytale-istic yet is clear headed enough to make rational choices… eventually. She isn’t really the focus in this book or maybe her character isn’t the one that stands out as much.
Ranger.. My opinion of her has changed so much. Even from the beginning of the book to the end, her character has changed so much. I have a new respect for her and an understanding of why she is the way she is. And poundcake… oh poundcake. My heart just breaks for some of the characters within this book. I love how connected I am to them and how the book has opened a side to many of them I didn’t know.
One thing that surprises me again and again about this author is how he isn’t afraid to take the story where it needs to go. Whether that means killing off loved characters or leading the reader one way for them to only discover what they thought was going on, it’s actually so much worse.
This is one of those books you want to scream at from the top of your lungs when you finish. Not because you are mad but because you just can’t believe what happened. It’s one of those books you stare at the last page of the last chapter and say- ‘no, it can’t end now! I need to know what happens.’
If you have read the first book In this series, you will love the second. But be prepared because you are in for a whirlwind of reading whiplash. And if you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it!!

My Perfect Mistake (Over the Top, #1)

My perfect mistake

Author: Kelly Siskind
Published: April 5, 2016
Pages: 340

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

What happens in Aspen
is definitely not staying in Aspen. . .

A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.

Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that—but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.

Review:

Shay lost a big part, well I guess her entire personality, when she was dating Richard. But now that they are done, she is back with a vengeance. To say she has a strong personality is putting things gently. But man, do I love it! She is the free spirited, crazy, loving, and strong best friend we all want. I loved watching her character grow and become a stronger, more independent person. And her quick whit and sass is devilishly addictive.
Kolton has a lot of baggage. Single dad, love of his life died while giving birth.. I feel for his character. But man do I love his dominant persona.  And the wooing, I loved the wooing.
When Shay and Kolton release their sexual tension, wow. It’s hot and passionate and the entire thing is gush worthy. I just absolutely loved their love/hate/chase game they were playing. They go from hating each other to not being able to their hands off each other.
The thing that really surprised me was only about a third of the book surrounded Shay and Kolton when they were in Aspen. The rest of the book showed the complications and reality of dealing with a love interest when you don’t live in the same town and life gets in the way.
This is definitely a series to keep your eye on. It’s funny, sexy, and at times heartbreaking. I loved the emotions each character went through and the real life problems they had to overcome. Honestly, I love this book and can’t wait for the next one to come out! Oh and did I mention this is one of those books you don’t want to put down? I read this book in two days, it was that captivating!

Good Girl

Good Girl

Author: Lauren Layne
Published: May 17, 2016
Pages: 220

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:
Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

Review:

Jenny is the girl next door who struck it rich but is trying not to let it change who she is. She is funny and her character is easily relatable. She’s the kind of character you wish you could call up on the phone and have as a friend. She is competitive and daring and hilarious. When it comes to Strong Heroine characters, Jenny is a different kind of strong but nonetheless her character fits under that category. She pushes through when things get hard, she has enough respect for herself to walk away from the man she loves, and she keeps her head high when it would be easier to let it fall. If that isn’t strong, what is?

Preston… Noah… Whatever you want to call him is a top grade asshole! He is condescending, judgmental,and just plain mean. But he is also sexy as hell with a dominating personality. I have never met a character that I am both rooting for and planning his demise. I do feel like Jenny let him off the hook a little easy but he more than make up for it.

To put it mildly, this book is explosive with the sexual attraction between Jenny and Noah! I absolutely loved the playful banter and watching the sexual tension grow. When part of it came to crest, my mouth was hanging open and I couldn’t read the story fast enough. I couldn’t read this book fast enough! This book is a roller coaster. You go from laughing, to having your mouth drop open with some of the sexual scenes (particularly when Noah goes to Jenny’s bedroom for the first time), to feeling sadness, and happiness, and really everything in between.

This is a fun easy read. If you are looking for a romantic book to curl up with on a rainy day, this is it! I really can’t say enough about this book. This book hit me at the perfect time. This book has romance, humor, sexy alpha males, strong heroines, great dialogue banter, an enemy to lover aspect, and a fun and hot romance.

Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires, #12)

Midnight Marked

Author: Chloe Neill
Published: March 1, 2016
Pages: 368

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:
Merit is one of Chicago’s most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn’t scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won’t give up until he owns the Windy City.

With his last plan thwarted, he’s more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House’s vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire…

In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything…

Review:

I think it’s a safe bet that if you’ve made it to book 12 in the series, you’re probably into the series. Which of course I am. This is one of my favorite series and I have been waiting a long time for this book to come out. With that said, I should have read book eleven before starting this book. It has been just long enough that some of ‘issues’ leading into this book are a bit fuzzy. But to my delight, the author (as usual) does a decent job of recapping what you really need to know. Still, I probably should have retread the previous book. And I apologize that this review will be different from the normal ones I write. I am a bit bias and am emotionally invested in the series. That makes writing a review a little difficult, but I will try my best

We all love our vampire- Sentinel of Cadogan house- Merit. She is strong, feisty, loyal, amazing with a sward, has high connections, but also has realistic human flaws. In this book, her story really comes full circle for her. Her father is put into harms way which makes her realize she wants to try and have a relationship with him. But more important, she faces the vampire who forced Ethan’s hand and made her into a vampire. Emotions run high and I couldn’t help but love every minute of this.

Ethan is,as usual, a hot alpha male with a strong protective side. His character has really grown through this series and I have loved watching the verbal and sometimes physical matches between him and Merit. In a way, this book wasn’t really focused on Ethan. The story really revolved around Merit but also their relationship.

Ethan and Merits relationship really is perfect. They balance each other out and know exactly what the other person needs, even when they don’t think they need it. They both show vulnerabilities and finally learn to accept they can lean on the other person.

This is one book/series where I definitely don’t want to give too much away. I love this series because it’s unpredictable and the plot twists are bitter sweet with the promise of action, love, death, and sometimes all three. And the end of the book was utterly perfect. This book (series) is one that draws you in and before you know it, the book is over and you feel a little sad because you feel connected with characters.

Yes, there are times when the book gets a little drawn out or slightly repetitive. But overall, the book is a fantastic read and I am going to be so sad to see it end soon. If you haven’t given this series a chance, you need to. The series is full of sassiness, strong heroines, action, human rights issues, friendship, pain, loss, love, and acceptance.