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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!

Mare~

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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!

Sara Linton.

Jeffery Tolliver

Lena Adams

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.

Mare

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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.

Mare

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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.

The Series

The Queen of All that Dies ...

The Queen of All that Dies (The Fallen World, #1)
by Laura Thalassa
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!

ARC kindly provided by author in return for an honest review. Thank you.

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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

Synopsis

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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Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley~~~Review~~~

23341855 The ride of her life . . . Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa’s pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower. Climb on and hold tight . . . In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he’s the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa’s acting, it’s clear she’s falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker’s secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—or ride away forever . . .

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~~~4 Stars~~~
**** ARC PROVIDED BY PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST OPINION ****

When I need a book that guarantees me a fun heroine, an alpha hero and an engaging plot that is rich in romance, humor and great characters; I always look for a KA book, whether a new book or a reread of my favorites. KA is my guilty pleasure sans the guilt- A perfect comfort read.

Ride Steady has to be my favorite out of the Chaos series, really enjoyed it. I loved the fact that it started with our hero’s back story while he was still in high school, where our heroine Carissa is a cheerleader and he is smitten with her from afar- there were moments I loved and some which were painful, how I wished to inflict pain on Carson’s dad for the way he treated him.

Fast forward to the present and Carson is known as joker, a member of Tack’s MC gang. Carson is reunited with Carissa when he helps her while stranded on the road,  finds her broken by a bitter divorce and burnt by her ex ; unfortunately she doesn’t recognize him and so starts our journey with these two.  As with all KA’s heroes, he acted like a bit of a jerk towards Carissa at the beginning, but KA alphas thankfully do not follow the concept of ‘cheap grace’, once they decide to redeem themselves in the heroine’s eyes, they go all out.

This is a book for KA’s die-hard fans, a ‘not to miss’ for her loyal readers who know the KA brand, what to expect from it and which KA never fails to deliver- a FUN read which is not heavy on angst, great writing and the best epilogues.

Click For Other Books In The Series

Own the Wind (Chaos, #1) by Kristen Ashley

Fire Inside (Chaos, #2) by Kristen Ashley

A Christmas to Remember (Lucky Harbor, #8.5; Chaos, #2.5; Last Chance, #6.5; Everson, Texas, #0.5; Tallgrass, #1.5) by Jill Shalvis

Ride Steady (Chaos, #3) by Kristen Ashley

Walk Through Fire (Chaos, #4) by Kristen Ashley

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Pre-Release: Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1) by Santino Hassell

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Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.

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*** Thank you Mr. Hassell for a copy of the e-book ***

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He could be a stranger you gave a second glance
He could be a trophy of a one night stand
He could have your humour, but I don’t understand
‘Cause he’ll never love you like I can, can, can

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From the moment I got this book I was hard pressed to put it down. I’ve had a book hangover for dayzzzz after devouring this. Dayzzzzz.

I don’t even think it was 1 moment or 1 phrase, a word or a paragraph that stuck out to me. It was just overall badassery that Mr. Hassell knows how to bring alive on the pages.

It was the realness and the rawness and the chemistry that “contemporary romance” has been lacking something serious of late. The sexual attraction, the chemistry, the UST, the raw depths of emotion. The hey I’m not fuckin perfect. The no one is angle. All of this has been missing from the up and coming contemporary romances that have passed my e-reader by, So it was refreshing. And gritty. And so perfectly imperfect.

The characterization, the flaws, the struggles. It made it hard to read and not reflect on personal entities. The European parentals, the upbringing, nationalities, the meshing, and the people who helped you make it through.

I mentioned Badassery right. Well if Mr Hassell writes good badassery he also wrote some seriouzzzzzzzly amazing dirty talk & delicious sex scenes, So delicious that, I kid you not, broke my e-reader.

I can’t pimp this book more. I would give you quotes and teasers of the delicious sex but I figure that would just be really mean.  So if all I can give you is my word, well you have it.

Refreshing, gritty, real and raw. Also delicious.

Add it, read it, love it. Cause you will.

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Why are you looking down all the wrong roads?
When mine is the heart and the salt of the soul
There may be lovers who hold out their hands
But they’ll never love you like I can, can, can
They’ll never love you like I can, can

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AND. There’s 5 books in this series. And book 2 is going to be so so so good..,, Because Raymond.

PS. Mr Hassell if you any way feel bad about breaking my e-reader you can just make it up to me by giving me book 2 ok. We’ll call that even right?!?! Right?!?!?

Mare

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