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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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Winner Take All by Laurie Devore

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For Nell Becker, life is a competition she needs to win.
For Jackson Hart, everyone is a pawn in his own game.
They both have everything to lose.

Nell wants to succeed at everything—school, sports, life. And victory is sweeter when it means beating Jackson Hart, the rich, privileged, undisputed king of Cedar Woods Prep Academy. Yet no matter how hard she tries, Jackson is somehow one step ahead. They’re a match made in hell, but opposites do attract.

Drawn to each other by their rivalry, Nell and Jackson fall into a whirlwind romance that consumes everything in their lives. But when a devastating secret exposes their relationship as just another game, how far will Nell go to win?

Visceral and whip-smart, Laurie Devore’s Winner Take All paints an unflinching portrait of obsessive love, toxic competition, and the drive for perfection.

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Sometimes I read books and can’t help but make playlists to go with them. Sometimes I read epic books and sometimes they are just… ok.

This book is my 1st 5 star of 2018.

This book was soooo fucked yo!

This book was all this….

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Yellow diamonds in the light I was standing side by side
As your shadow crosses mine
What it takes to come alive 

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It’s the way I’m feeling, I just can’t deny
But I’ve gotta let it go

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I could do this review in all Rihanna Gifs but I won’t. If you want to full effect of how the book will make you feel watch the video on YouTube.

This is not your typical YA love story. This was cutting, sharp, toxic and unputdownable. This broached a lot of different issues, from anxiety, to drugs to drinking to self sabotage.     Throughout the whole book I didn’t know whether I liked the MCs, if I liked the secondary characters, if I liked anyone at all.

BUT! Laurie Devore wrote this book so freaking good that I just did not want to stop reading and “We Found Love” was on a constant repeat in my head because that toxic burn of knowing something isn’t good or right for you and wanting it anyway?

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As a mom of a teen I pray to God my daughter does not have this kind of savage drive to best someone. But she is my mini me so I can’t guarantee that won’t happen. But not anywhere close to Nell.

And my worst nightmare is being like Nell’s mom. Or making my daughter feel like how Nell felt. I don’t want perfection, I just want someone who knows right and wrong, left from right, north to south. I don’t want my mini me to ever feel like she has to slip some pills or worry about the boy she’s dating cause I would hate him. I mean I might right? God lets pray that doesn’t happen LOL. But not because he’s a rich privileged white kid. He was born into that.

I won’t try to make her decisions for her though.

As a mom I don’t want a toxic relationship for my kids. But as a mom who was a teen I know all about toxic love and maybe just maybe this is why I couldn’t wait to see how it ended and then I didn’t want it to end because then it would just be the end….

As a blogger it really sucks when you can’t formulate into words how great you thought a book was. All you can do is make your friends read it and then make your friend’s friends read it. And then you know, those friends, they your people.

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Will Trent Series Books 1-8 by Karin Slaughter

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I’m unsure of how effective this review is going to be to show my love for all things Will Trent. He is honestly one of the best on page characters made. He is the essential bad boy that all us girls read about and drool about however he does not have 1 mean bone in his body and he is so so vulnerable that you just want to hug him, wrap him up and not let him go.

I’m devastated that the ride is over. I have been immersed in Karin Slaughter’s worlds for 21 days and I am unsure how to move on. Wanna talk about a book hangover???? I read 3 of Slaughter’s books in 24 hours. These are not small books. These are massive and very detail orientated that you can’t allow yourself to miss anything otherwise you are left in the dark.

I’ll start from the beginning. The 1st 3 books were good. The characters again and their dynamics are so well developed that you love to hate them. I can’t pick a favorite. I really can’t. I loved and hated them all with a passion. I lived, breathed, and slept with Will, Amanda, Faith, Angie, Sara and all the other characters that graced the pages of these books.

The 1st 3 books set the premise for the other 5 that followed. I loved how Slaughter brought us into these characters lives and we got to see the good the bad and the ugly. The sarcasm ran aplenty with them, your heart ached, your cheered and you fought along side with them.

See how do I move on??????

Book 4, Broken, brought us back to Grant County. Of all the books I believe this one disappointed me the most. I thought we were going to get some closure on Jeffrey’s death. I thought at least we would find out what happened in the prison, how the GBI took care of one of their own. I thought the book would go one way and it went the other. Le sigh. I cant say I wasn’t happy to be back with Lena. She’s so messed you guys. Its so sad its funny. And how she ended up with Jared kills me. I know. It makes me laugh because Dr Sara Linton HATES it.

Book 5, Fallen, made me love Faith so much. I cant explain how Slaughter makes her characters so real because they are messy, complex and down to earth. Faith for sure is the best partner Will can ask for and vice versa. They work so well together. Like a well oiled machine. This book also sets book 6 in a way where we figure out Amanda, Deputy Director GBI, a little more. Sometimes the hardest thing is to take the personal out of the job.

Book 6, Crminal, was the best book so far in this series. I gave it the 5 stars it truly deserved. We delve into Will’s past, in the orphanage and group home and see how much Amanda and Will’s lives intertwine. How much she loves him. How she started. The Amanda rookie cop vs the Deputy Director. Whoa! Huge HUGE difference. I like the DD better than the Rookie let me tell you!

Book 7, Unseen,  I will gloss over. We see Lena and Jared again, I  will just say I really really did not like Sara in this book.

Book 8, The Kept Woman, the last book? in the foreseeable future? brought us to Angie. God she really was someone I do not like. She tortured poor Will for I dont even know why.  Her own unhappiness was her downfall. Her shitty family, her upbringing broke my heart. Will and her, 2 different sides of a coin. The good the bad and the ugly. How it all wrapped up…. was Will the dad??? Will we ever find out??? Is there a book 9???? WHEN???? Where????????

So so so many questions.

Read this series ya’ll. You wont regret it. I promise!

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Grant County Series Books 1-6 by Karin Slaughter

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There is something so rewarding sometimes when you step away from your Go To Genre and open your eyes to things you would have turned away from in the past. I”m usually not one for sick and twisted, blood, gore, depraved humans. Shit if I wanted that I would just turn on the news right? But yet I love opening myself up to CSI and 48 hours. I love how the mechanics work between good and evil and the in between. I love how minds work, the clues, and the jigsaw puzzle once all the pieces start to fit.

I am really really late to the Karin Slaughter fan club. I have to say though, that if you are that fan that waited a year between books I’m in awe of you. I could not have waited between Grant County and Will Trent. There is no way possible.

I started Karin Slaughter with the 1st 3 books in the Will Trent series. WRONG WRONG WRONG I know. Stupid really some would say because now I knew exactly how the Grant series would end. To be honest I am glad it happened this way. Because I know there are some that were in the Jeffery camp while my camp was Will and I would not change that for a thing.

Karin Slaughter wrote characters that you loved to hate. I cant say that there is 1 character in the Grant County series that didn’t make me want to shoot them in the face. The characters, and their flaws, were so well done. So well done!

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Jeffery Tolliver

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They were all very complex characters but I will admit I liked Lena the best. She was a total survivor and was the type to jump in both feet first and ask questions later. She was a rape victim, a product of being raised in poverty with an “uncle” who was a heroin addict. Her twin is murdered. She hooks up with a Nazi supporter, she is beaten, scared, tortured and yet still went to work and kicked ass. She was so complex, hot and cold, total contradiction of all things female that I totally voted for her as opposed to against. She did some really stupid stuff but I did not blame her for what happened to Jeffrey. He was hot headed and did what he wanted. I could see that.

Sara bothered me immensely.  Her thought process in her own personal life was questionable. I get the whole woman scorned but if you take him back and forgive you also need to get over it and not have that man live under that cloud for the rest of his life.

Jeffrey made me hot and cold. I didn’t necessarily approve of how he solved crimes or how he treated his staff but then again I’m not from a small town and I do not have small town mentality. As a woman married to a man of color these books disturbed me the most for the rampant racism in America especially in their Southern states. I’ll tell you this there is no way I would drive through Grant County if it was real.

I enjoyed these books but my heart was in Atlanta with Will and I could not wait to dive back into that series. With that said I enjoyed most how these books intertwined with each other.

If you like murder, mayhem and lots of forensic science, lots of twists and turns, these books are for you.

Trigger Warnings:

Rape, racism, violent deaths, rape again, pedophiles, and more.

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Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

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Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

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Sigh.

You know those books that you want to end but you never want to end?
Yah.
That’s…
Last Seen Leaving.

The mystery was good. So good. And I love that I knew knew knew who who who.
And that I knew knew knew that tricky part at the end. I knew.
Happy dance you guys. I love when I figure out a good mystery well in advance. I feel super smart 🙂

Anyways I tweeted yesterday that all my Adrien with E lovers should read this book because Flynn was hands down Adrien @ 15 except without the heart issues.

I loved Flynn. I wanted to wrap him in my arms and just rock him. He reminded me of my kid in lots of ways. And it was rather endearing to this mama Bear.

January…. I swear I liked her less the more the book went on.
Ohhhhh those tangled webs we weave when 1st we practice to deceive……..
But in the end, I was happy for her….. maybe happy is too strong a word…. but I was resolved with the end. Except you know I’d like a follow up story ok.
Like say 10 years down the road.. that would be really really nice.

And I love any character with the name Kaz. Its like I have to love them just for that name alone 🙂

Also, the writing was lush.
The author really can weave a story. I love books for the way words flow together and these flowed so lovely you guys. It was like lyrical music for my soul.

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The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World, #3) by Laura Thalassa

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The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World #3)

Synopsis

She’s a martyr.
A myth.
A ghost.
A legend.
She’s my soulmate and my captive, my conscience and my wrath. I love her too much to let her die; I fear her too much to wake her from her slumber.
She’s mine.
And now she’s gone.

He’s unnatural.
Undying.
Unethical.
Unstoppable.
He’s the keeper of lies and lost souls. Mine slipped through his clutches.
I am his wife, his queen, the love of his very long life.
And soon, I will be his executioner.

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The Queen of All that Dies ...

The Queen of All that Dies (The Fallen World, #1)
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The Queen of Traitors (The ...
The Queen of Traitors (The Fallen World, #2)
by Laura Thalassa
The Queen of All that Lives...
The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World, #3)
by Laura Thalassa

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4/4.5 Stars!

AAAH this book is by far my favorite of the three books, only due to the character growth which Montes went through. I rarely keep on reading books which have a hero that doesn’t appeal to me, however the smooth writing by the author, the drama and the heroine kept me engrossed and wanting to read. In this book , Montes managed to make the book, he was the star. In book 1, the king Montes wasn’t my ideal hero, he was weak, vain and selfish. By book 3, Montes was everything a hero should be.

Reading The Queen of All That Lives, nothing went the way I thought it would after the cliffhanger of book 2. By 49% I thought I had everything figured out and was certain of my theories as to the resolution of the conflict, I just kept on reading to see how the author will take us there; however nothing was like I predicted it to be, the author added a few twists that I wasn’t expecting. The second half of the book kept me glued to the pages.

The only reason I didn’t rate this 5 stars is due to the repetitive inner thoughts of our protagonists, I would have liked more dialogue as I really enjoyed the banter between Serenity and Montes. When I first started the series, Montes and Serenity were not a couple I was rooting for, their dysfunctional relationship had me doubting a HEA. The series went on and I fell in love with their dynamics, the mistrust, love, hate and obsession.

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“Serenity?” I glance over at him. “I was lying. You don’t get a choice. I’ll give you five minutes to change, and then whatever state of dress you’re in, my men will bring you to me.” He’s so lucky I don’t have a gun..

 

This has been quite an entertaining series, the journey to the last book has been nothing but fun. I would love a spin-off book about a certain character, just saying!

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Review of Burn (Dark in You #1) by Suzanne Wright

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Burn (Dark in You #1)
by Suzanne Wright

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Part of a small demon lair in North Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumored to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive, and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has. Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

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3.5/4 Stars!

This was suggested by my lovely friend Gaby, who is  a big fan of Suzanne Wright; it was my first read by Suzanne and it certainly won’t be my last.

The problem I had with first books in some series of the PNR/Fantasy genre, that a few authors concentrate on world building and developing the characters, that it takes away from the plot and the romance, not Ms Wright; We have here a complete novel IMO that had all the elements to make it enjoyable. This book had descriptive and captivating writing, an engaging and fast-moving plot, well-developed characters, suspense and action which made this FUN, FUN and more FUN to read.

One of the main things I enjoyed were the characters, and as Gabs perfectly described them, our protagonists Harper and Knox are ‘sassy and bossy’- Thank the lord for that as I was really getting sick of ‘whiny and whipped’. They were well-developed, had such great chemistry, amusing banter and the sexual tension was riveting. Suzanne Wright made a strong believer out of me, from the first few chapters that Harper and Knox belonged together.

I have to mention the secondary characters who were just as interesting and enjoyable, mainly Knox’ sentinels and Harper’s friends, I see some sparks there, can’t wait to read their own books- The villains and the suspense made for some nail-biting moments.

While it’s not a ‘I can’t put it down’ kind of read for me, I still recommend it and would read the following books.

 

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