Monday, April 29, 2013

The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski


I have seen people post an excerpt of The Edge of Always the sequel of The Edge of Never.  For those who haven´t read the first installment stay away from this post. 

Because I am not sure if anyone can post the excerpt anywhere I will provide you with the link of one of the blogs I found with this ;)

It´s hilarious. I enjoy the banter and bickering between this two. *sigh* November seems to far away :(

http://www.goodchoicereading.com/2013/03/the-edge-of-always-by-ja-redmerski.html

http://aestasbookblog.com/the-edge-of-always-by-j-a-redmerski/

http://www.goodreads.com/JRedmerski


Anthony Rawlings POV by Aleatha Romig

Consequences & Truth 



Ohh.!! ANTHONY how I love thee......

So Aleatha Romig, the amazing author of The Consequences Trilogy posted a few months ago Anthony´s point of view. WHAT?!!! Yeiiii.!!! I feel stupid for reading them until now DUh.!! 

One POV is from consequences when Claire has her "accident" and the other two are from Truth, one of the "dream scene" and the other after Chester´s attack.  Yeiiii.!!!

Aleatha wrote these POV´s exclusively for The Consequences Series: Group Reads, Group Therapy & Group Hugs! in Goodreads. Although the author wishes not to post the text anywhere we do have permission to post links 

Sooo....Feel free to read what´s inside of our Tony´s head and enjoy the ride ;) * I know I did * *sigh* *wink* *wink*

If you dont have a goodreads account I suggest you Sign Up immediatly.




http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1205830-1000-members-gift-tony-pov-from-truth

So what else has she been writing that I have been missing ?! ;( If anyone knows please let me know ;)


Derailed (Strangers on a Train Triology #2) by Nelle L´Amour

 (Seduced by the Park Avenue Billionaire #2)


Aspiring toy designer Sarah Greene finds herself irresistibly drawn to the looks, charm, and sophistication of dashing but damaged Park Avenue billionaire, Ari Golden. Despite his emotional limitations and fear of commitment, Ari goes full speed ahead, bringing their steamy relationship to new and exciting heights of sensuality. Sarah, however, comes to a braking halt when she encounters the ruthless woman who scarred her beautiful Trainman. She must make a heart-wrenching decision that will derail their passion. Will she end up a train wreck and lose the man she unconditionally loves?

Review:

Stars: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

The second installment starts just where the first book left us. After Sarah ditches her best friend to have her "awful" date with Ari and leaves him at the restaurant while in arms of a stunning redhead she heads home. The next morning Lauren visits Sarah wanting an explanation of why she missed the Black Eyed Peas concert. Sarah tells her Ari is super sexy and billionaire and bla bla bla. Lauren is engaged and will have a party at The Hamptons.  Sarah goes for a run while trying to decide what she should do with her mother´s lack of insurance to pay the hospital bills. While re tying her shoelace she almost gets run over by a cyclist. someone saves her.. Guess who?!! Yes Ari.. Of course.. He tries to talk to her but his son approaches and says he wants ice cream... SAY WHAT?!! SON?! WTF ... Is he married to the stunning redhead?!! SOAB.!!! MF!!! Behind the kid Red head appears and she flees from the scene of the crime ;). How is Ari getting away from this mess intact?! After he gets away with it ... he invites her to his penthouse to meet his family for her sons birthday.. What?! He says he´s not ready for formal relationships.. Why take her to his house and meet the family.. Agr some people are just so stupid. He has fallen for her and he hasn´t even noticed. Here my friends, you discover who´s messing around between the two lovebirds ;)


In this part  you  get to know  more about Ari´s past. Why is he so scared and what role this is playing in his son´s life too. Just when you think... Awww this is a hearts and flowers story.. it gets twisted with friends approving someone close to the couple doesn´t :S Ouch *sigh*

Strangers on a Train (Strangers on a Train #1) by Nelle L´Amour

(Seduced by the Park Avenue Billionaire #1) 



Sarah Greene’s life is a mess. She’s the low-paid assistant to a tyrannical toy company executive; she can barely pay her rent; her social life sucks, and she’s worried sick about her cancer-stricken mother.   Her life changes when a drop-dead handsome stranger seduces her on a train. Completely out of character, Sarah surrenders herself to him. He turns out to be one of Manhattan’s hottest billionaires, Ari Golden. Impossibly attracted to her, Ari makes Sarah his own personal toy with one caveat: he will not play with her in his bedroom or hers. Spending the night with him is off limits. There are secrets looming--dark ones that stand in the way of a real relationship. As Sarah falls deeper in love with her sexy Trainman, she wonders--can she free him from the demons that have damaged him?

Review:

Stars:  ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 


Sarah is a twenty-five year old woman who works for a toy company . She is heading home after visiting her mother at the hospital who´s being treated for cancer and before boarding the train she looks at a golden boy or as she names him an "Adonis". Inside the train she heads to the next car. She ends up in First Class and trips. Guess in who´s lap did she landed?!! Yes of course. Adonis aka Ari Golden with whom she has a mind blowing sex experience in the trains restroom. When they get to Penn Station he tells her his meeting someone for drinks. After they say their goodbyes she looks back in the distance and sees a woman hugging him. She walks away. The next morning she receives a package at her apartment. She has to meet someone that night but someone else is putting itself between them. Sarah ditches her best friend to have her date with Ari what will happen with this two?!

 Ari and Sarah´s personalities was very well developed. Even though we don´t get to know them too well in the first part because it is short and goes straight to the point when they meet, fireworks explode, have sex etc etc.

What I didn't  like is for someone so strong that at the first hint of interest from this guy she shows so weak like if shes unconsciously in the search of pity and sympathy from him. Also, she´s such a drama queen. If you read it you´ll know why. I can only say it reminded me of Cinderella.

I could say more but I will NOT. This is a short story and I would ruin the whole story by telling you what happened. Other than my dislikes I was intrigued, even hooked and I wasn´t able to sleep until I finished the whole Trilogy. You won´t regret reading it. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Stranded by J.C. Valentine

Night Calls #1


Burned, Felix Sinclair has all but vowed never to get seriously involved with another woman as long as he lives. After a long day’s work, Felix is looking forward to getting back to his luxury apartment in the city. When he detours onto a road less traveled in order to shave off some travel time, the last thing he expects is to wind up stranded in a roadside ditch in the middle of a downpour–or to fall into the arms of a beautiful woman.


Recently divorced, jobless, friendless and utterly alone, Poppy Montgomery is struggling to convince herself that single life is what she wants–needs. Then a handsome stranger staggers into her life and sparks fly. Riding out the storm together, their instant connection seems like the perfect opportunity to explore a night of passion, but will one night be enough to satisfy their craving for one another?

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Stranded is the first in an interconnected series of erotic romance. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but you will find that each new character has been previously introduced in some way. As an introduction to the series, Stranded is a novella, but rest assured each new addition will be a full length novel worth sinking your teeth into.

Review:

Felix Sinclair is on his way home and due to tiredness he dozes off and lose control of his car falling in a ditch. His body aches from the impact so he walks hoping to come across a home to ask for a phone a call someone to get him and his car back home. 

Poppy lives away from the city. After her divorce she wanted a fresh start. She adopted "Bo" her doberman and loves to read erotic romances. 

Poppy´s home is the first house Felix finds after his accident. Walking in the rain he doesn´t notice Bo who is ready to attack and reap his head off. Poppy comes to his rescue and gives him shelter. To avoid any health complications she makes him strip to put his clothes to dry and take him to the bath tub. 

After having a good view of his gorgeous muscular body and leaving him in the bathtub she heads to her room and touches herself and she gets caught by Felix .... What will happen between these two ;) ?

Keep reading and I can assure you, you will enjoy this book very much. There were parts that I coudn´t stop laughing it was hilarious how he took Poppy from her comfort zone and of course the SEX. Hot Steamy Sex.!!

I can´t wait for Night Calls #2 to be released *sigh*

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Gatekeeper´s Sons by Eva Pohler

Gatekeeper´s Triology #1


Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She thinks she's manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world. 

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese's heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her. 

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.


Review:

Tragedy happens in Therese´s life after she watches her parents die.. While she´s in a coma she dreams with a hot guy called Hypnos (She doesn´t know he´s the Greek God of sleep). She´s been known to be a lucid dreamer always taking control of her surroundings so she summons her parents and see that they are fine and "alive". Below her she watches as a raft with people in it. She flies to the edge of the Underworld where she sees that her parents are in the raft with a man. She calls after them and she almost faints. Thanatos holds her and still thinking she´s controlling one of her dreams she kisses Than. 

Having a God falling for you is not a wish of every girl...specially if he´s the God of Death. But this one is a Greek God Hot as Hell .!! called Thanatos.

A lot of twists and turns happen in this book that make you stay glued to your computer/Kindle as long as your eyelids allow you to stay awake LOL. After six pages and I was hooked and crying in my desk AT WORK.!! ;)

Thanatos wants to make her his queen of the Death so he makes a deal with his father Hares to make her a God. Hares accepts but with one condition. She has to avenge her parents by killing the man who orchestrated their deaths. Thanatos goes to the living world to try to win her heart.


I don´t want to give anything away about this book. You must read it to enjoy the fantasy world Eve has given us in this Triology. Even though I loved the plot, the love, the friendship, the twists and turns there was something I didn´t like about it that was the "sex" talk. I think this book should have been directed to a more mature audience giving Therese an older age and a less immature personality.

Therese personality is of a fifteen year old girl along with teenage problems. She was kind of childish and naive sometimes and I feel like her love for animals was exaggerated, like if we were being forced as readers to like the character for her compassion and all the love she had for the animals and living things in general and asking for permission to pet them. I thought that was slightly ridiculous. 

****BEWARE OF SPOILERS*****

Even though non of the characters had sex there is reference to rape/force. 

"Hera came by, too, and left a nightgown for you to wear. She said it will protect you from any God wishing to force his way on you tonight." or "I wonder if she´s a virgin. I can´t wait to pinch her pretty flesh."    


Usually when reading YA/Teen romances we know the main characters have certain friction and we know what their teen hormones want them to do but all that happens is some cuddling and a kiss.     
THAT´S IT.!! 

From my perspective Therese didn't grow much and she was conformed if she died or became the Queen of Death which makes no sense to me because she "loves" living things too. How someone who respects life would chose to avenge hes parents by taking the life of the one responsible of their deaths and not backing off? What made Therese think she could pull that off?


I repeat it again... I loved the story, the character but I felt that Therese should have been older with a less naive  or with  a different approach in her personality.

Can´t wait to see how this all ends in The Gatekeeper´s Challenge ( Gatekeeper´s Triology #2). I was torn apart when Thanatos had to let her go because the Gods wanted to keep her away from Death.... *Sigh* * weeping like a baby**



Friday, April 19, 2013

By My Side by Stephanie Witter



Lily Saunders sees her family falling apart. Her father is deserting her, and her mother is drinking more and more. Even sarcasm can't help Lily. When she thinks her best friend, Andy Green, will help her, she discovers how his blinding jealousy will mess everything up.


And then Gabe Green comes back home. She thinks it'll be like always between them—sarcasms and curses thrown at each other—but she's mistaken. He's different, and understands right away the problems she's trying to keep for herself. 



But even if he's there for her, making her fall hard, they both know it'll end soon. Because at their age, you can't expect forever. Right?

Review:

It is commonly known that women mature faster than men when they get to puberty. And this is the case in Lily Saunders and Gabe Green´s story ....

I enjoyed this story so much. There was so much understanding and chemistry between the main characters. They both have smart mouths and the sarcasm is everywhere. I laughed and cried when I had to. Some parts where hilarious and others were simply depressing.  When Gabe heads to college Lily is fifteen so for him she is still a girl not a woman yet. When Gabe get back he is twenty and Lily with seventeen years old she looks stunning and she´s more mature. So attraction is a bitch and starts pulling each others strings.

Lily and Andy Green are best friends since kindergarten.  She has to endure the problems in her home. Her parents are constantly fighting and insulting each other, so she seeks her escape by spending time in Andy´s house. At the beginning of Summer vacation she heads to Andy´s and is  greeted at the door by her Nemesis Gabe Green a.k.a. Andy´s big brother, three years older than her. 

Since they were  kids, Gabe constantly mocked, insulted and messed up with her and his little brother. They can´t stand each other. But something changes...

After two years, Gabe has come back from college to stay for Summer vacations. Nobody knows why but
Gabe has a secret. It is something that made him be the way he is now. Different. A changed man.

Lily fights with Andy after refusing to go to a band play at the local place because she can´t stand the cool kids and the cheerleaders. She tells Andy he only wants to go there because he is afraid to lose his throne as a popoular guy because his brother is in town.

Lily feels bad and heads to see the band play, and when she spots Andy he doesn't even acknowledge her so she sits at the bar. He realizes the guy sitting at her side is Gabe. They talk and he tells her Andy is interested in her but she says they are only friends. Gabe wants to prove a point and kisses Lily. Andy of course gets mad and demands an explanation from Lily and tells her he doesn't know who she is anymore and leaves her in the parking lot outside the place where the band was playing. Gabe appears and says his brother is jealous.

Lily has no one to talk to about her parents issues so she finds refugee with Gabe. He tells her the reason he came back home for vacations. They spend some quality time together and begin bonding to the point that they find support in each other and something else starts to grow between them. 

Happily ever afters and love don't last forever when you are this young right? So what will happen when he goes back to school? He´s been known to be a player after all...



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Truth by Aleatha Romig

(Consequences #2)




Claire Nichols endured the CONSEQUENCES of Anthony Rawlings’ vendetta.

When she first arrived to his home, her goal was survival. Through strength and compartmentalization Claire captivated her captor. Her resilience in the face of his rule threatened Anthony’s well developed plan. Domination became desire and power turned to love.
Their passion and adoration in a world of opulence appeared perfect. Yet, reality was a roller coaster of emotion. Claire’s world teetered on the edge of sanity as Antony monitored her every move. When given the opportunity to flee, Claire drove away. A fateful decision which set a well laid plan into motion.
However, unbeknownst to either of them, there were others who saw past the perfect facade of Anthony Rawlings. There were others who saw the TRUTH. Conspiracy and unfulfilled promises result in an early prison release for Claire. Not just a release – a pardon. According to the law, her crime never happened!
Will it be that easy? Faced with freedom from her past... can Claire seize it? Can she build a new life, mend her broken spirit, become the woman she once was, and seek her own revenge? Or is it all a game? And does the game master have different plans?
How does Sophia Burke fit into the puzzle that is Tony and Claire? Will her presence affect the future of this well esteemed man? Can he dominate twice? Is that his goal?
TRUTH continues the tumultuous saga of CONSEQUENCES, introduces new players, and uncovers more intrigue. Aleatha Romig skillfully weaves past transgressions through current deception to create a fervent world of obsessed desire. In this reality can an all-consuming relationship survive?
When buried sins are discovered they threaten not only Tony and Claire’s future -- but their very lives! Will the TRUTH be revealed in time?

Recommended: Lovers of the Consequences Triology, The Dark Duet and so many dark books somewhere in this big book universe ;)

Review:


So who played who at the end..!!!! Agr..I knew I shouldn't have read these books until the third installment was released but I just couldn't stop myself... There´s a part at the end with a near future and a happily ever after but then Anthony is where¨?! and Catherine damn it.!! I love this series. It´s the first time in a while I can´t expect anything because when I think I have the story figured out ... Everything changes.. Appearances my friends, nothing is what it seems... and every action has its Consequences.... I know Tony was an ass to her all the first book and I even sympathized with Tony´s parents as well and I hated his grandfather.. But, the author showed us a twisted story about physical violence, love and above all else appearances at the same time you get deep into his past and realize that people you thought were bad aren't as bad as they seem :S... I really hope the third installment gets released sooner because I really want to know how is she going to pull it off. I would really hate not having a HEV :(


In Truth everything you thought you knew is shattered to tiny little pieces because almost everything you thought you knew it´s not.. and you get to see one of the best sides of Tony.. Still controlling still domineering but with a fu"#&&cking big heart and he won´t stop at anything to get to Claire. You understand more things about Tony´s past and even when YOU know he indeed raped her and abused her.. you kind of justify him and start sympathizing. I really don´t know how to explain it..It is just so fu#%ing twisted. This book was so good.!! There where parts were I actually laughed my ass of and others where I felt nostalgic.. I even start developing hate feeling towards Claire´s sister and brother in law. I hate them I just don´t know why. Ever since Claire introduce Tony to them they behaved like if they owned her and could decide what path in life she had to take or something....Like if they were her parents. I understand they died when she was young but she´s a grown up woman now. She doesn´t need THEM to tell her what to do. She feels what she feels and she´ll do whatever is needed to be happy. Thank you so much Mrs. Romig for the fabulous ride .. this has been one of the best reads I had this year.

BEWARE OF SPOILERS.!!!

Favorite Quotes ;)

“I know you enjoy coffee, I´d offer you some. But, the last time I got you coffee, it didn´t work out so well for me."

Tony smirked, "God, Claire you´re something else. I can´t imagine anyone else joking about that."
"Well, see, you misinterpreted. I wasn´t joking. I´m actually still pissed as hell.” 



“First, you're sorry for invading my privacy for years, years before I even knew you existed. Second, you're sorry for kidnapping me, isolating, controlling me, and manipulating me. Third, you're sorry for lying to me, pretending you cared and oh yeah, marrying me. Fourth, listen carefully Tony, this is the big one...you're sorry for framing me for attempted murder, resulting in incarceration in a federal penitentiary."
"I would prefer the words, but you are welcome to say, one through four, if that's easier for you."
"I am deeply sorry for one and four. I did provide you with an alternative destination for number four. I am not proud of two, but three would never have happened without it. I am not, and never will be sorry for three. And, for the record, I never lied about or pretended to love you. I didn't realize it at first, but I have loved you since before you knew my name. And, you forgot our divorce. I am sincerely sorry for that also. Had I known you would be released so soon, we could still be married.” He placed her left hand on her knee, and stroked her empty fourth finger. "You could still officially be mine."

The song I recommend for this book....

Secrets - One Republic

I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess
Til’ all my sleeves are stained red
From all the truth that I’ve said
Come by it honestly I swear
Thought you saw wink, no
I’ve been on the brink, so

Tell me what you want to hear
Something that were like those years
Sick of all the insincere
So I’m gonna give all my secrets away
This time, don’t need another perfect line
Don’t care if critics never jump in line
I’m gonna give all my secrets away

My god, amazing how we got this far
It’s like we’re chasing all those stars
Who’s driving shiny big black cars
And everyday I see the news
All the problems that we could solve
And when a situation rises
Just write it into an album
Singing straight, too cold
I don’t really like my flow, no, so

Tell me what you want to hear
Something that were like those years
Sick of all the insincere
So I’m gonna give all my secrets away
This time, don’t need another perfect line
Don’t care if critics never jump in line
I’m gonna give all my secrets away

Oh, got no reason, got not shame
Got no family I can blame
Just don’t let me disappear
I’mma tell you everything

So tell me what you want to hear
Something that were like those years
Sick of all the insincere
So I’m gonna give all my secrets away
This time, don’t need another perfect line
Don’t care if critics never jump in line
I’m gonna give all my secrets away

So tell me what you want to hear
Something that were like those years
Sick of all the insincere
So I’m gonna give all my secrets away
This time, don’t need another perfect line
Don’t care if critics never jump in line
I’m gonna give all my secrets away
All my secrets away, All my secrets away





Most ANTICIPATED books of 2013

Eyes Wide Open (The Blackstone Affair #3)
May 14th 2013


Big surprises are on the horizon for Ethan and Brynne as they struggle to adjust to what life has thrown at them. Demons from the past are threatening to destroy the passionate bond they’ve forged despite their vow that nothing will ever keep them apart. A truly devastating loss coupled with the promise of a new hope opens their eyes to what is most important, but is it possible for the lovers to move on from the painful histories that continue to haunt them? A stalker is still lurking in the shadows, plotting evil amidst the distraction of the 2012 Olympic games in London. Brynne and Ethan are on the cusp of losing everything as the stakes rise. Will they yield to circumstances beyond their control or will they give every ounce of fight they have left to save each other and win the ultimate prize of a life together?

Eyes Wide Open is a passion-wrought story that shows us what pure love can achieve when tested and what the heart can accomplish despite danger and adversity.



Safe Word by Teresa Mummert
June 1st 2013



A chance meeting with a stranger can turn your entire world upside down. 

When Colton ‘Colt’ Bishop enters a bar in New York City, he has a plan. His job is to find an easy target and take her back to his place for a few days. He is working his way up the crime ladder doing a job he never wanted.


Lily Hilton has it all, but is hiding from a troublesome past. When she enters a bar downtown, and runs into her old high school crush, her entire world is turned upside down. She is determined to make him notice her, but that plan may work better than she expects. 

Colton does not hesitate to take Lily home and use her as his new pawn, but their past begins to catch up with them as their secrets unravel and he must decide what is more important to him, protecting Lily or himself.


Entwined with You (Crossfire #3)
June 4th 2013



The final installment of the Crossfire Triology. 

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…    ***  I can´t wait for this one



Epilogue: The Dark Duet (The Dark Duet #2.5)
June 15th 2013



A short novella on Caleb and Livvie coming soon. MY ASS.!!! THIS WILL BE A WHOLE LONG SUPER HOT BOOK.  :p

Leo's Chance (Sign of Love #2)
Somewhere in June 2013


Leo´s life and POV before he decided to look for Evie *sigh*
For reference read Leo (Sign of Love, #1) first ;)



Honor & Betray (Honor #4)
August 15th 2013




My Sociopath William Honor Ohh ..!! How I love him 

Honor & Betray tells what happens after William proposes to Emma from his point of view. 

NOTE FROM AUTHOR:There will be NO cheating in this book. The betrayal refers to something different.

The Edge of Always (The Edge of Never #2)
November 5th 2013


He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place…

Five months ago, Camryn and Andrew, both dealing with personal hardships, met on a Greyhound bus. They fell in love and proved that when two people are meant to be together, fate will find a way to make it happen.

Now, in the highly anticipated sequel to THE EDGE OF NEVER, Camryn and Andrew are pursuing their love for music and living life to the fullest as they always swore to do. But when tragedy befalls them, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. As Camryn tries to numb her pain, Andrew makes a bold decision: To get their life back on track, they’ll set out on another cross-country road trip. Together they find excitement, passion, adventure—and challenges they never could have anticipated.

Sexy. Daring. Dangerous. THE EDGE OF ALWAYS takes you on a ride you won’t forget .   *** I just hope this one is as emotional as the first bok :S ** I loved it

Convicted (Consequences #3)
Somewhere between 2013-2014

No Book Cover Yet :´(

Third in the CONSEQUENCES series... The saga of Anthony Rawlings, Claire Nichols, Derek and Sophia Burke, Catherine London and a host of wonderful characters will return to -- answer questions as Aleatha Romig determines fates, futures, and forevers...

You must stick to your CONVICTION,but be ready to abandon your assumptions - Denis Waitley
Disclaimer: Exact date of release is NOT set

Friday, April 12, 2013

Consequences by Aleatha Romig

(Consequences #1)


Besieged by memories of a brutal abduction, Claire Nichols wakes in an unfamiliar bedroom, within a luxurious mansion. Her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met, Anthony Rawlings. Unbeknownst to Claire, for a very long time, she has been within Anthony’s sights. Many of the pivotal events in her life occurred, due to his sinister manipulation. Every action has a consequence, and his actions result in their chance meeting. More than a psychological thriller, Consequences is a vivid story of one woman’s struggle to survive incomprehensible circumstances. Every aspect of her being suddenly depends upon the tall, wealthy, dark haired, dark eyed businessman. Anthony Rawlings is known to the world as prosperous, benevolent, and kind. Claire quickly learns that he can also be a menacing controlling captor. With few options but concession, Claire attempts to earn her freedom, while enduring a hellish existence that truly appears perfect. Persevering tests and trials, she struggles to retain her pure Midwest values and beliefs. Encouraged by memories of a loving upbringing, she gains strength in the simplest of joys: solitude in nature and good in the face of evil. His goal in sight, Anthony’s calculated agenda encounters an unforeseen detour. He becomes captivated by Claire’s beauty, resilience, and determination. The interaction of these two compelling characters instigates strong emotions: fear, anger, love, and lust. Claire and Anthony's tumultuous journey flows into uncharted waters of intrigue and passion. Utilizing vivid detail, this 167,000-word novel unfolds like a movie, before the eyes of its readers. From the opening criminal abduction, through twists and turns, to the unlikely romantic thrills, the suspense climaxes as Anthony’s motivation becomes evident. Anthony and Claire must decide if they will stay true to one another, or allow preceding actions to result in justifiable Consequences.

Recommended: 18+

Lovers of: The Dark Duet by C.J. Roberts, Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas among others.

Review:

That WAS AN EPIC, WTF, WHAT DID I MISS, I CAN´T BELIEVE HE DID IT ENDING and I´m still trying to understand the stream of emotions am having at the moment....I am still reeling with them.

Every time Anthony went to her suite and greeted her the only thought that came to my mind was Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the lambs: "Good evening Clarice" ....It really gave me chills.

I suffered the angst she felt whenever he was near because I honestly didn't know what to expect of his reactions toward her. and I feel as if a was also played into his game of seduction. I feel soooo used. He raped her, physically beat her and other times he was good to her so why am I falling for this guy?! Is something wrong with me?!!! LOL Why am I sympathizing?!!! Noooooooo.!!!! 

This book was a maze. You start reading bits and pieces and put together the story in your head. There are a lot of unanswered questions. You actually believe he´s in love with her. He´s a good actor. The thing is that for someone so dark as him you really sense a change of emotions from him toward her, like if he is fighting the emotional attraction he has for her and finally gives in but with that ending.... MY GOD.!!! DAMN!!!!  I even cried. I was so mad I wanted to get into that book and smack him in the face for being such an ASS.

I know people have reviewed that this book wasn´t meant to arouse readers and that is not a love story but I must say I was excited literally looking forward for more Anthony/Claire encounters :S. And with the afterward.. My God.!!! He has more plans for Ms. Burke to complete the revenge.. Soo.. That means.. that he´s kidnapping her too?! What?! Is he planning her acquisition ? He´s going to move on after Claire?!! What?!!! Damn.!! I'm so jealous and mad at him. Why am I jealous?! I seriously thought HE was meant for Claire. I can´t believe he´s leaving her in that dump hole for other woman damn damn damn.!!! Is it normal I feel jealous?! He´s one evil MF.!!

Well played Mrs. Romig, well played.. I will start reading Truth right away. I have to know what´s next in Anthony Rawlings chess game. BRING IT ON.!!!!




Opening the Ball by Nathaniel Simpson

(Academy #1)



Jonathan Chambers isn’t a vampire. He isn’t a wizard. He doesn’t have a girlfriend. His teenage life was relatively normal until a mysterious stranger recruited him to an even more mysterious paramilitary academy for gifted boys. 

After years of rigorous training, he and two others are selected for an elite program that will test their mettle and their friendship by sending them back in time to alter the present. On one of the bloodiest days of battle of the Civil War, they will learn a life-altering lesson – that not everything is always as it seems

Review:

When is Academy #2 getting published???? I hate when I have to wait like this.... :@

I am a huge fan of YA books....


This story begins with Jonathan and he is wounded. He tries to remove a bullet with the medical kit her received at the academy. Chapter changes and you think he is running towards the enemies but he really is at his school at 13 playing football. His foster dad dies and his mom tells him he must leave her home by Monday after burying her husband. When they arrive to the cemetery the driver chit chat with Jonathan. Jonathan tells him that he must leave home and go back to the system but its more likely he will run away. The driver tells him he has good luck because he works for a school called San Lorenzo Academy for gifted boy just like him. They are looking for new recruits with good physical condition to offer them a high quality education. The driver claims there is no catch so Jonathan leaves with him.

On his way to the Academy, Jonathan fells asleep without feeling tired. When he wakes up alone in a room he tries to remember how he got there. A man and a soldier get into the room and tell him he had to be drugged to avoid that he comes back to the Academy in case he fails.

So the journey begins...

Jonathan stands out from his peers and While in training Jonathan competes with another boy called Jones. Jones cheats and makes him trip to win over Jonathan and their group including them are punished. Four years have passed and they graduated from the program and they are friends now!!! Jonathan, Jones and Reilly are called by Bond who tells them they had been selected for a secret program in which they will be able to travel through time and change the past. They are sent to a farm to get proper training. 

Their first mission is to go back to the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War and kill a man. They have to become real Civil War soldiers learning the way they used to speak 150 years ago and their weapons so they don´t look like outsiders and complete the mission. During their training we witness that their division is in trouble, while Bond tells them they have to go kill a man without explaining exactly what he did, Jonathan is being dragged to a basement where someone else tells him that Bond is lying.

So they go back to the past and the three boys are worried for changing the past forever or erase themselves from their present.


When I finished this books I thought - Now I have to know the rest of the story.!!! When is the second installment getting published.

This book has military background and the main character is boy. You don´t necessarily have to be a man to read this book. I enjoy this type of stories because of all the suspense and action but that´s just me. Reading this book depends on the readers preferences.

Opening the ball was entirely different from what I use to read.. It´s not about angels or vampires or werewolves in love with humans. This book was well written by the author.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Amid the Roar by Tempest C. Avery

(The Dreamer Triology #3)


Lily Bryg never thought she would end up magically locked away in Graindoth with Ronan. And actually kind of liking it. Now that she's bound to the castle for three days, he's let down some of his walls, giving her a look at a side of him she never knew existed. But how could she be starting to like the guy who not only ruined her life, but the lives of her friends as well? The fate of the entire realm rests with her, and in order to become the Dreamer of prophecy, Lily is going to have to start making choices she wouldn't have made only three months ago. Her fellow witches are trying to find a way to help her, while juggling their own love lives and the Rebellion at the same time. 


Add to the equation the fact she's still very much in love with both Devlin werewolves, and her traitorous best friend is living in the castle with her, and Lily's troubles just keep growing larger and larger. When in doubt Lily and her friends have always turned to magic for guidance, and now they're desperately struggling to form alliances with dragons and faeries before the final battle. She needs to figure out her heart, her soul mate, and decide once and for all how she plans on taking the throne. What kind of ruler she wants to be, and who she really wants to rule at her side. 


Demons and dark fey she can handle, but making a choice like this might just kill her.


Review:

Three men, two soul mates, one woman. Who´s bluffing for her love.

Lily has to stay in Graindoth for three days after Brid chooses The Dark King´s side. What Lily didn´t now was that Ronan could make those 72 hrs into 72 days :S . As day pass she gets to know the real Ronan at least the nice side of him. He´s not as evil as he looks and she gets to see that the way he manages his kingdom is for the good of the people. He makes justice but... not in a very conventional way. He tortures and mutilates the people that are caught doing some felony. Lily and the people of Bevain don´t want him to rule like that. While she´s in Graindoth she witnesses through "Keegan´s" memories how he (Keegan) killed Larkin and Lily is devastated and kills him. She is torn between the love of 2 wolves and the Dark king. She is so confused. I can´t believe how hard was for her to give up the mutts.!!! 

Who´s gonna win her heart and rule by her side forever?...

***SPOILER ALERT***

The book was great.! I laughed and cried in the right parts and enjoyed this story till the end. I was hooked. These series have a great plot but....I´m slightly disappointed of how this book ended. Everything that was written since the first book about Ronan and Lily was meant for them to be together and him to let his good side out and win her love. I think the writer got sidetracked by the wolves and the love they claimed to have for her. The three books where about Ronan stalking her in her dreams and her liking him since the beginning but denying her feelings. I think she was afraid of what would people think about her if she chose Ronan instead. She did have the option to choose him. Even her friends told her so. Flynn knew she was attracted to him. EVERYONE KNEW.

I think they would have been the perfect match. They were meant for each other and the darkness she let herself out when she was staying in Graindoth was by her choice not his. He only let her be. She could have been by his side and not let the dark overpower her. Seriously.!! He opened himself to her so much. He showed her not only the bad but the good and the reason he killed the former king of Bevain. He saved her from being drowned in the lake, saved her after she hit her head when Caer was casting a spell on her to see who her  soul mate was. Even when he didn´t want to give her pendant back (which I think he was a douche) but still he cared so much about her. He just wanted her by his side. To be together.

Conall and Larking were practiaclly in competition in who will she choose since the beginning. More Larking than Conall. Larking seemed like he wanted to force her at his will without being too obvious. They almost didn´t speak about their past with her even when she remembered some things and I think they were all lying to her in some way or another. Ronan was the only one who tell her the truth always. He admitted to love her, wanting her, and that he was going to take her whatever the cost.  Very cheeky Dark King i might say.

People gave Ronan too much credit of what he had done in the past. I´m not saying he didn´t do all those bad things 300 years ago, but people changed their version of what really happened always making him look as someone too evil and vicious. Kind of a sociopath but is understandable after knowing what happened to his parents.

They all want to defeat him because he has killed people. People he claims that are his enemies. No one ever said who he killed and why really. The Sidhe king, Lily and the other rulers are killing people too in the name of justice (Their justice) because they have enemies too. What does that make them. Dark Kings too? Murderers like Ronan? 

It was Brids right to decide to which side she wanted to go, but I really didn´t appreciate Bran being separated from her. 300 years ago he sided with Ronan and betrayed him for her. She was way to easy to manipulate and at the end she was exiled from Bevain and sent back to NYC. Bran turned his back to his one and only soul mate very easily just to be in Lily´s graces. That was stupid. Seriously no one gives their back to their soul mate.  Conall is way to noble for her. We needed a balance of good and bad no pure light. In the mortal world we don´t live like that. I´M PISSED.!!!

There are always two sides for every story.

He lied and schemed and plot against her and her people in order to get her. Always making sure she was not getting harmed as well as her friends in the way. He did everything in the name of love. She was literally playing hard to get. She should have chosen Ronan since the beginning. 

"ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR"

I think Ronan was so much in love with Lily that he would have given up most of his darkness and bring peace to the people of Bevain providing the perfect balance just by being with her.

I feel like there were missing A LOT of explations like for example:

1. They never said exactly how each of them died and why?  - They only make us think he was the one sending his people to kill them.

2 . In the first book:

"Good luck with the pain that I bring you Liliandra. That´s more luck then you gave for the pain you´ve brought me".  - I really thought there was so much more than "I have been hunting you for 300 years because I want you and that´s why i´m in pain".

or

The tapestries

The first was of a woman sitting by a stream, her hand brushing the surface of the water. At her back stood a man, hiding behind her the large trunk of a tree. He seemed as though he was watching her, a small smile touching his lips.
In the second one, the same woman was singing with a bue bird on perched on her hand. This time the man watched her while leaning up against a wooden building. The woman, however, didn´t seem to notice.
The last tapestry was a little different. This time the man wasn´t hiding. Instead, he was standing behind the woman, with his arms tightly wrapped around her waist. Her head was titled up, as if she were trying to look at him behind her but couldn´t turn all the way. In her hazel eyes tears were beginning to form.
Lily swallowed the lump in her throat as she stared at the woven threads that made up the forms of both her and Ronan. This was insane. Where eer she was she didn´t like it.
"Did any of this actually happened?" She asked before he could think better of it.
He shrugged his shoulders an then stepped over the first tapestry. He ran his hand over the material, stopping to stroke the depiction of her cheek.
"Yes. They were created out of memory. But I guess it´s obvious that you don´t remember"   - Again I really thought there was so much more of them together 300 years ago that she couldn´t remember and still she chose someone else. I never saw anything in the books that could make me fell in love with the wolves. Where the tapestries a lie so she could fall for him or what?


3. Sleibhin´s mom is the girl Ronan was hanging around before his parents were murdered? - It wasn´t explained why he was screwing Sleibhin´s mom if he was so in love with Lily

4. When she drowns in the lake he connects with her:

This was a safe place. There was no cause for fear here, she could not be harmed.
After all, it was hers. Sacred ground that couldn’t be marred with violence or turmoil.
“Ronan.” Her voice sounded as sweet as honey, her eyes glimmering with glee.
Dropping down beside her, he reached out a hand and gently brushed his fingers
against her soft cheek. Trailing it down, he touched her shoulder and down her arm,
spiking a shiver in her.
“You are so beautiful.”
Her smile widened. “I’ve been told much worse.”
“Lily, you scared me. Gods, did you scare me. I was so afraid… I thought I’d lost
you.” He rested his forehead against hers, and breathed in her scent. Already his nerves
were calm, his heart beating at an even pace. Fast, but still even.
“Lost me? Ronan, you can’t lose what you’ve never had.” Immediately she placed
a finger to his lips when he lifted his head. “No, don’t speak of it. Not here. Here, there is
just me, and just you. We aren’t the King of Bevain, or the Dreamer, not in this place.”
“Then neither are we enemies. Nor are we good or bad,” he added, his voice just
as quiet as hers.
She nodded. “No, we aren’t.”
Ronan stared down at her, into her hazel eyes and almost let the sigh pass his lips.
“Then let me love you,” he finally said. “Here, where neither of us is who we are,
let me love you, Lily. Please. Just this once, let me be the man you would want to touch
you. The man you can be proud of,” his eyes searched hers. “The man you could love.”
Now her smile did fade, and she glanced away as a sudden sadness came over her.
“Love is a tricky thing, Ronan. I won’t recall anything that happens here, between
us, not when I awake.”
“And when you don’t, I’ll have no proof that you gave into me, this once.
Liliandra, I’ve waited a million lifetimes for you. I’d wait a million more, if you’d only
let me touch you, just this once, without a fight, without a rejection. I want you to give
freely.”
He’d never dreamed of ending up in this position. Here she was right next to him
and she wasn’t pushing him away. In fact, there were no signs on her face of scorn or
derision. If he could hold onto this moment, make it last forever, he would. This was all
he wanted. All he needed. Everything and anything he’d done in the past three hundred
years had all been for this. With her, he could fathom being someone else. Being…better.
Before he could continue the thought, she wrapped a hand around the back of his
skull and pulled him down for a kiss.
His head spun, and his heart soared. She was kissing him. Not the other way
around. For once, her kisses were being given to him. It was a billion times better than
what he’d dreamed of. He opened his mouth to tell her as much, but she beat him to it.
“If things had been different, if you weren’t darkness, and I wasn’t light, then I
could see myself with you, Ronan. If things had been different…”
He felt her consciousness shift, struggled to hold onto the dream world she’d
created as her mind struggled to wake up.
No. Just a little longer. That’s it. A moment more to be like this. Like how we
should be…  - They had too bigger connection than the one she had with the wolves. Why would she use her "unconsciousness" as excuse to allow herself to be with him. Further in the book she does the same and meets with him in the woods.


Larkin: 

High Prince of Faolan, after his fathers dead he became the King of the Faolan. He doesn´t trust Lily is in good shape to fight with the Dark King. He doesn´t have faith in her and her capabilities. At the first fight he had with her he went looking for Whiltierna a she wolf I´m pretty sure he screwed in the past. Even though he didn´t do anything with her after Lily came back to Bevain but still. he lied....WTH.!!

"What does he mean by that, exactly?" The thought of another girl making the moves on her wolf-She stopped herself before she could go on. When had Larkin become hers? And what right did she have to be mad at him for acting the ways he was in front of his cousin if at the mere mention of another girl she flipped?
"Nothing" Larkin told her, turning so that he could face both her and Conall.
"Whilt is just a member of our pack. She´s got a crush on me, that´s all.

Before he knew what he intended, he was knocking loudly on Whiltierna´s door. The she wolf was frowning when she opened the door, her wheat color curls in disarray as if she´d just risen from bed. Her chocolate eyes widened when she realized it was him. "Larkin? What are you doing here?" He took a breath and frowned. What was he doing there? Whilt´s room was the closest to Lily´s that didn't belong to one of the Four, and he definitely wasn't going to talk to Brid or Caer about his jealousy. But this was a terrible idea. He wasn't going to talk to Brid or Caer about his jealousy. But this was a terrible idea. He wasn't that desperate, and he hadn't actually seen anything...

He also wanted to control her at his will and I didn´t like it. At the end of the book.. I wasn´t glad she chose Conall over Ronan but still was happy because she didn´t chose Larkin.

"Can we talk?" Larkin stepped even closer now and he finally turned to face him. She shook her head, fearing where this conversation was going. "Lark-"
"Im so happy for you," he surprised her by saying. "I wish nothing but the best for you and my cousin. I asked you to choose, Lily, and you did. i an´t fault you because your answer wasn´t the one I wanted to hear. But I meant what I said before he fight. I´m always going to love you. As the king of the Faolan, I´ll always stand byyou, even if it´s not as your king".

He wanted to conquer her. Like if she were his price and I didn´t like that a bit.

Connall:

High Prince of Faolan, cousin of Larkin. He loves Lily and although there´s no to much explanation of their past and current love, you kind of warm to him because he is very noble. He knows his cousin is clung to have her but still lets her be meanwhile she sorts her feelings for both of them. In the last book he is very understanding about her confusion of who she really loves. He tells her she can love whoever she wants and she shouldn´t care what other people think . He doesn´t feel threatend by his cousin for being the King of Faolan or by the Dark King and he treats her as his equal not him above her. He doesn´t want to fight her for control. He doesn´t want to control her. 


Ronan:

He loves Lily and Bran (his brother). Apparently he hasn´t been taking good care of Bevain and has to be defeated by his soulmate (Lily). He wants Lily to admit he is her only soulmate and that she loves him. In order to get her to admit that, he plots against the people she loves. Since I started reading the books I really thought he was besides being a sociopath, true meanness. Then I noticed he was just a guy in pain. In pain of his past and his present. The loss of his parents when he was young and now the girl he can´t have. When Lily was drowining in the lake my heart mealt for him. LITERALLY. I cried for a while at the end. I didn´t want his story to end up like that. He truly loved her and had a different way to approach and Lily liked that (My ass if she didn´t). Ronan´s feeling to towards Lily and viceversa were very elaborated. That´s why it was so difficult for me to let him go.


Both wolves let her go in the past and present and the only person loyal to her was Ronan. He wouldn´t let her go. NEVER and still he was not enough.

She stood in the library room he had made for her during her time in Graindoth. Outside the window the waves crashed against the ivory white and, and she thought of how she´s been here before, secretly watching his reflection in the glass. Ronan had been dead for forty-seven hours now, and she still couldn´t shake him from her mind. In truth, she didn´t think she´d ever be able to. He was, after all, her soulmate. He´d done horrible things throughout his life, but in the end he had loved her even with his last breath. - She´s never getting over him. He was his soulmate the only one for her. She just didn´t take him by her side because she was fighting for control with him. That´s why she chose the one that didn´t want to fight her and just be obedient/amenable with her.

I feel that the author underestimate the love/hate feeling we (the readers) were going to develop towards Ronan and she forced the story to end up with one of the wolves instead of him and that´s why she used the "two soulmates" and the Brid (The Traitor) bullshit. He deserved to be forgiven. I can´t say I disagree on how the story ended because it would be a lie.. I would have mourned Connall if he were dead but I think my heart aches and will keep aching for Ronan´s loss.

I´m rating this book for what the story was and not because I disagree with the ending plot. I give this author 5 stars and hope I see more of Lily, Brid, Caer, Bran and Ruarc in future books.