Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by T.J.Klune

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Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.

It should have been enough.

And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.

Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.

But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.

Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

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So while I really enjoyed book 1 and couldn’t wait to read Ravensong because the story line is my fav trope (reunited and it feels soooo goood) this book… not so much.

I feel like that naughty child that gets banished to the corner while all the cool kids are playing and having fun and just enjoying life……

I’m probably the one and only person in the Ravensong band camp that gave up at the 62% mark….. I know I know I should have finished it but I was just SOOOO MAD at Gordo. And Mark. But mostly Gordo. I kept screaming internally and in a very loud voice OMG JUST GET OVER IT ALREADY!!!!!!!!

In all honesty I was just sad cause the reunited love trope is my favourite. I root for love. I root for the angst that 2 people go through to find their way back to each other. It is my all time classic reading material. Sadly, the execution of this one just didn’t work.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Klune’s writing. I will read whatever words he puts down on paper. But when my blood pressure starts rising it is time for me to bow out. I will def read the next books in this series and a big shout out to my boo Kristie for telling me how the story ends and for debating with me on why and how and who and all the in between’s of this book . Love you boo ❤

Mare~

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The Wolf at Bay (Big Bad Wolf #2) by Charlie Adhara

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Going home digs up bad memories, so it’s something Bureau of Special Investigations agent Cooper Dayton tries to avoid. When he’s guilted into a visit, Cooper brings along Oliver Park, his hot new werewolf partner, in the hopes the trip will help clarify their status as a couple…or not.

When Park’s keen shifter nose uncovers a body in the yard and Cooper’s father is the prime suspect, Cooper knows they’re on their own. Familial involvement means no sanctioned investigation. They’ll need to go rogue and solve the mystery quietly or risk seeing Cooper’s dad put behind bars.

The case may be cold, but Park and Cooper’s relationship heats up as they work. And yet if Cooper can’t figure out what’s going on between them outside of the bedroom, he’ll lose someone he… Well, he can’t quite put into words how he feels about Park. He knows one thing for sure: he’s not ready to say goodbye, though with the real killer inching ever closer…he may not have a choice.

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I’m truly in love with both the MCs in this series. I’m hard pressed to say which one I like better. The chemistry is off the charts amazing and the two of them are so hot and sweet together I’m shocked my E-Reader did not burst into flames.

I’m also loving that as a debut author, Charlie Adhara, did not disappoint me. There was no change in the tone of the book, execution, or delivery and I truly love that because lately books have been a sad disappointment to me.

I’m not one to read an incomplete series BUT for this series I will wait. I’ll be sad…. hyper, not patient…. all of those really bad qualities I have LOL waiting for book 3 and then 4 and then maybe a 5? I have no idea how many books in this series but I will read them all!

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Mare~

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Going Off Grid, by SJD Peterson

 

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Clay and Elliott are working toward a dream—working sixty-hour weeks for one of the oil companies that recently sprung up in North Dakota. The pay is good, but is it a fair trade for never seeing each other? The point becomes moot when the company folds, like so many others, and the couple is left with a difficult choice.

Should they find comparable work somewhere else, or is it time to throw caution to the wind and go after their goal—years earlier than they intended?

What they’ve always wanted is to be together and have time to enjoy it, so they follow their hearts. They’re going off the grid and fixing up an old cabin so they can be self-sufficient. But when they go from all the conveniences of the modern world to outhouses, solar power, a shoestring budget, and more mosquitos than they ever thought possible, will they find there’s such a thing as too much time together?

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March 23, 2018
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Going off Grid, part of the States of Love series from Dreamspinner Press is a cute story. Cute. It’s a pretty light read, quick, short, and sadly, empty of any real conflict or tension that I’d hoped for. It started off really good, but after a while I had a hard time giving it my attention. I think this was just too sweet of a story, or maybe not even sweet, but more like too eye rolling.

Clay and Elliot, together for years, have been working towards a goal… working their asses off, making all the money, retire early. But when the timeline moves up and they’re forced to make a decision, the transition is harder than they even imagined. Literally going off grid and living out in the middle of nowhere, fixing up a cabin that’s seen better days, tests their relationship… but not that much. They’ve been together too long. They’ve known each other too long. So when the main tension comes towards the end of the book, I had a hard time thinking anything would go wrong. Plus, I knew there was going to be a happy ending so that close to the end of the book, the tension felt manufactured.

I’m normally all for this type of short story, I just could not get into this one. It was okay, just not my speed.

~kristie

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Kairos, by Mary Calmes, Narrated by Michael Fell

 

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Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.

Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for….

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March 16, 2018
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Kairos is a book that I liked when I read it, but I think I liked it more on the listen. There’s something about the pacing that Michael Fell has that kept me more interested in the story than I was before. His character voices for Joe and Kade were good, but it was more about the tone, the way he was able to tell this story with feeling, bringing the entire story into my ears and making it more visual than just reading did. His female voices were also very good, something I really appreciated.

The story itself it typical Mary Calmes. It’s fast paced, packed with a ton of characters (some important, others not so much), lots of UST, and it left me wanting more. Add in the excellent narration and I was even more greedy for a sequel than I was before. It’s a fun read, but for me, even more fun to listen to. All of the Mary Calmes fans out there who love audio books will love this. There is a brightness to the story that brought a smile to my face.

~kristie

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Pre-Release: Object of Desire by Dal Maclean

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Tom Gray is one of the world’s top models–an effortless object of desire.

Self-contained, elusive and always in control, he’s accustomed to living life entirely on his own terms.

But when Tom comes under suspicion in the gory death of his employer, his world spirals into chaos.

Someone’s framing him. Someone’s stalking him.

And as old secrets come to light, Tom finds his adversary always one step ahead.

Will Foster is the only man Tom trusts to help. But Tom brutally burned all bridges between them two years before, and Will paid a bitter price.

If he wants to survive, Tom must prove his innocence to Will–and to the world.

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 May 22nd 2018 by Blind Eye Books

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Reading is an individual experience. It is solace, an adventure, a hobby, an obsession. Reading is for some what breathing is for others. Sometimes you read a book and your all blah blah blah and others you are filled with every single moment, movement, ever.single.word.

The Object of Desire was just that for me. It was an object that I desired, that I was obsessed with for the 12-14 hours that it took me to start and finish.

And now. Now I’m just obsessed with Dan MacLean and wish that they would put out a book every other week. Sigh.

I will not go into the story because I believe that it is an experience that everyone should experience without being spoiled by other reviews.

Just know that you will want to read this book. It also has my fav trope in it. 2nd chances. And OMG this book was so lush… so poetic… so wordy that I was in lust and love and rage and lust and love and some more rage.  But mostly I just loved this book so much it hurt. Hurt that I sped read it, hurt when I got to that 75% mark and never ever wanted it to end. My heart. By the end of the book I was not ready to leave Dan MacLean’s world so I went back and re-read Bitter Legacy. And now today I feel like I need to read Object of Desire again just so I can bloody well FEEL AGAIN.

My playlist for this book:

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“I can’t pretend
Pretend that I care
I see how you look at me
But I am not there
The damage is done
I’ll save you the time
And if there are feelings there
They are not mine” 

Mare~

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Twisted and Tied (Marshals, #4) by Mary Calmes

 

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Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He’s head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he’s doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely… until they’re not.

Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke. But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he’s going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after. 

 

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March 12, 2018
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“Hold me tighter, ‘kay?”

So this is it. The end. Not the end of the Marshals, but the end of Miro’s story. The end of his tale… and what a tale it has been.

I met Miro, Ian, and Chickie Baby in September of 2015. I picked the Marshals series up a little bit late. I’d been a fan of Mary’s work for a while, but for some reason I’d just never had the opportunity to start this series. Once I read the first book, I was hooked forever. In the years since, I’ve read and reread all the books more times than I can count. I’ve listened to the audio books even more. The audio is my go-to for listening while working, cleaning the house, working out… pretty much anything. I love the voice Tristan James gives to the boys, but I just also love having them with me. I’m serious when I say that this is one of my all time favorite series. I’ve already read Twisted and Tied twice, and starting on release day, I’m going to read it again because now I need to read it with my friends who also have a healthy love for all things Marshals.

Twisted and Tied is a wonderful ending to Miro’s story. I know that we’ll see him again… him, Ian, and hopefully, Chickie Baby. But for them as main characters, this is it. I think Mary not only made me happy with this finish, but surprised the heck out of me. I went into this expecting one thing, and while I got that (sort of), I really ended up with something else altogether. I had expectations for a wedding and having this pick up right where Marshals 3 left off. That’s not what happens really, but I did get some wedding action. It was better than I’d hoped and I had tears running down my face forever because of it.  I had expectations for what the family of Miro, Ian, and Chickie Baby would end up looking like. what I got was even better. It feels better. I mean I really feel good about there they are both personally and professionally. I also had a super massive expectation for what happened to Dr. Craig Hartley. I can’t spoil you but let me just say, what happens shocked me big time. I was blown away because of my reaction to it. I’m happy with what goes down, I will say that. The feelings that were pulled out of me while reading this book, especially the Hartley stuff… I never thought I’d have those feelings. Not ever.

If I had one thing I questioned the need for, it’s the very end. Some things happen that felt like they came out of nowhere and I struggled to find the reasoning. And maybe not even the reasoning, but the placement. I don’t think I’m ruining anything by saying this book takes place over the span of like 3 or 4 days. It’s quick, as most of their stories are. They’re moments in the life of… but this is fast moving and high energy. And then the last two chapters happen and they sort of didn’t fit where they were. At least for me. Maybe they would have if there was an Epilogue. That would have been good because those last two chapters, while good and fun and important because this is their family, the family they’ve chosen, I’d wished maybe that it wasn’t just thrown in at the end… maybe spread out a bit.

BUT. With all of that, I can still say I’m so happy with this book. So very, very, very happy.

Twisted and Tied ends a story, but one, or two more will take over. We have Redeker and Callahan coming. We also have something going on with Eli.  Sigh… I do love Eli Kohn. I’m really looking forward to where Mary goes with is story, particularly because he’s become so close with Miro. Out of all the guys, Eli has been a real stand out character. So more Marshals are to come! They really can’t get here fast enough. Until that time, I’m going to keep rereading this one, as well as the others. I’ll keep relistening. I won’t be patient though. Never that.

Fans of the Marshals series, hurry and get this book so we can all talk about it. You’re really going to be delighted with the story, how it things play out. You’re going to smile a lot. You’re going to cry… sometimes in unexpected places. Your heart will be as full as mine is. So to Miro, Ian, and our favorite dog, Chickie Baby… all the love.

~kristie

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Guardian’s Bond (Ancient Ink #1), by Rhenna Morgan

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For decades, he’s been alone.
Now, she’s here. His fated mate.
His to win. To protect.
To provide for and pleasure.

Priest Rahandras has lived with the darkness trapped inside himself for years. Betrayed by his own brother and forced to watch his clan’s brutal annihilation, the only thing Priest wants more than to escape the curse that haunts him—as both man and beast—is to rebuild.

Until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with an elder from his past. She’s everything he’s wished for, and the key to the clan’s very survival.

Kateri Falsen is a woman of logic and facts. While Priest’s cat can sense her arousal, telling her they’re fated won’t be enough. He’ll have to show her his love: with his words, with his actions, and with his body.

Protecting Kateri from the evil trapped inside him is paramount. But when lost clan members are systematically murdered, he’ll have to choose between exposing his mate to his black magic, or risking her as the next victim.

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March 12, 2018
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Guardian’s Bond was a pretty fun read for me. While it starts off a little bit too slow for my tastes, Morgan quickly picks up the pace by the second act. The set up for this new series comes in bits and pieces which made me frustrated with questions, but many are answered by the time this book finishes… thankfully. While this is a tale filled with magic, shifters, and people from clans that are all new and different than those in any other of Morgan’s books, that cool uniqueness she tends to spin is totally there.

For the most part, I enjoyed getting to know Priest and Kateri as well as the others that set up this group of people trying to save their clan, despite the slow roll. The world building for a series like this is important. I just wish it was a little bit more informative and had a faster pace. Still, I think once things kicked off and it was full steam ahead, the magic and shifting capabilities of the clan is entertaining. I’m anxious to see where the series leads and just how Priest is going to save them all. It’s going to take a lot more than just himself, so the journey the characters have to take in the next books will be important, and hopefully, fun.

For the romance of it all, the whole true mate thing really does come into play. If you’re not a fan of that concept, this might not be for you. But, as I’m finding myself read more and more shifters, this seems to be a common theme so I just go with it. And in this case, while Priest if really over protective and very Alpha Male, he’s not so overbearing that I hated him for it. He’s quite perceptive and learns Kateri’s needs quickly, understands her wants and has a great respect for her. Kateri is highly intelligent, very independent, and takes no shit. She is also really living her life with blinders on and when they come off, she’s even more fun to read. And their passion together was not only interesting but pretty hot.

With really good characters to meet and learn about, the set up for this series is good. Looking forward to what happens next.

~kristie

 

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