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On the Edge of Scandal (Snow & Ice Games, Book 3), by Tamsen Parker

 

Blurb:

Bronwyn Perry is the star of the US women’s hockey team, and she and her boyfriend Brody Hill have been hockey royalty since they’ve been in high school. Brody unexpectedly fails to make the men’s team but still comes to Denver to support his girl at the Snow and Ice Games. Or so Bronwyn thinks.

Ash Levenson is the coach of the women’s SIG hockey team. His primary responsibility is to keep his team happy, healthy, and primed to win. Though he’s close in age to his players, he’s been doing this for a while and mostly, it’s easy to keep his eyes on the puck. He’s always been able to discard any crush he might have on any of the women he’s coached…until Bronwyn.

When Bronwyn and Brody’s romance comes to a very public and very ugly end, Ash has to get his star player’s head back in the game and ready to dominate on the rink. Which may mean spending a little time off the ice…

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Published:

February 6, 2018
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This started out really great. A story that builds on the the development of the characters is almost always going to win me over. The character build up for coach Ash Levenson is really solid. I felt like I had a good handle on who he was, where his feelings were coming from, and I really saw the affection he had for Bronwyn. The same could be said for Bronwyn, but not at the same level. With Bronwyn, I felt like I started to understand her, only to be infuriated by her decisions. 

Bronwyn is a really strong female character, excellent hockey player, with a great personality… when she’s not second guessing herself or hanging around her boyfriend. The times where she’s strong are counterbalanced by the times she’s really not, and when she looses confidence in herself she becomes this other person all together. And honestly, to me, she read as really immature and childish at times. The more I read, the more I started to dislike her. It was like I had this instant affection towards her, only to have it turn around rapidly.

And speaking of her boyfriend… for someone who comes off as strong willed, sure of herself in almost all things, and a fierce competitor, I could not figure out why she put up with so much shit from that dude. Yes, they’d been together for a really long time, since both were really young, but how she was able to be so independent and amazing in every other aspect of her life, and then let him walk all over her, belittle her, and treat her like shit was beyond me. This made it even harder for me to connect with her.

The times when I really disliked Bronwyn were when she’d talk about how Ash was not her type, not the greatest looking guy, yet something made her want to “board that train”. When Bronwyn and Ash do get intimate, it really felt like he was using him. And in reality, she was at first. She had no idea of his true feelings, and that’s not her fault, but the way she comes off in her POV really rubbed the wrong way. The way things start between these two didn’t sit well with me.

BUT! All of that was this back of my mind, simmering dislike for some things. For the rest of it, I found the story good. I liked the way Ash is so passionate about the way he coaches, how the women on the team play, that he is a positive coach for them, and his dedication to them. I wished there was more hockey in the book because those couple of times we get them on the ice were really fun. And while Bronwyn ends one long lasting relationship and dives head first into another the very next day without even realizing it, finding love after only a couple of weeks, I appreciated that Ash had this long budding crush on her. It helps the insta-insta love aspect of their story go down easier.

All in all I suppose this was not my favorite of the series, at least I don’t think, but it’s not my least favorite either.

~kristie

 

 

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Zero Hour (Wired & Dangerous, Book 1), by Megan Erickson

 

Blurb:

The Fast and the Furious meets Mr. Robot in USA Today bestselling author Megan Erickson’s sexy new romantic suspense series.

Hacker extraordinaire Roarke Brennan lives each hour – each breath – to avenge his brother’s murder. His first move: put together a team of the best coders he knows. They’re all brilliant, specialized, and every one an epic pain in his ass. Only now Wren Lee wants in too, threatening to upset their delicate balance. The girl Roarke never allowed himself to want is all grown up with sexy confidence and a dark past … and she’s the wild card he can’t control.

Roarke might still think she’s a kid, but Wren’s been to hell and back. Nothing and nobody can stop her – especially the tatted-up, cocky-as-all-hell hacker. But when years of longing and chemistry collide, Wren and Roarke discover that revenge may be a dish best served blazing hot.

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Published:

January 30, 2018
Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

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When I got this, I knew I’d like it because it’s Megan Erickson. She’s just a great storyteller, you know? What I didn’t expect was just how much I’d love it. And I’m not surprised so much as really fucking pleased.

Zero Hour has this exciting thriller/mystery/revenge plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was difficult to put down as each chapter lead into the next, leaving me wondering what the heck was going to happen to my heroes, how they were going to get out of the mess they were in, and when we might get Jock’s book. Well, as it happens, I know that Jock’s book is next in this series, and I could not be more excited. As for the rest? Lets just say that yea, they get into it. Really into it. The problem is, it’s never just hacking that needs to happen. Sometimes, to do a a job, you need to actually talk to the bad guys in person, go undercover, plant a virus, and do other various highly illegal or suspicious things. So this team of hackers not only need to know their way around a computer, they need to be willing to go all out.

All out is what this team does best. Sort of… I mean, they’re not perfect. They really are hackers first, so all of those things that also need to happen don’t come easily and problems pop up. So one of the things I absolutely loved about this book is the fact that they make mistakes, they get out of situations by the skin of their teeth, and not everything runs smoothly.

Another thing I loved, loved, loved, is the balance between action/hacking/romance. Because in all honesty, at its heart, Zero Hour is a romance novel too. Erickson does a great job of keeping the romance in balance with everything else, giving readers a chance to take a breath, just not too long of one, before the next batch of action takes place. And these characters, Wren and Roarke, they are really well developed. Past history is clearly and succinctly explained, lending to the way the romance plays out. So when these two are having all the feels, and trying to deny them, it feels right. Having the history so well laid out made for a more believable connection. They’re also seriously hot together. Steaming. Add in the rest of the team, all of whom have interesting backgrounds I’m wanting to explore, and I’m a happy camper. Wren and Roarke also butt heads… a lot. But my dude seriously has a boundaries problem and when he oversteps them, he really oversteps them. Having Wren put him in his place was a thing of beauty.

Speaking of the team… Not only does Jock, new love of my life, get the next book, but also coming will be Erick, Wren’s brother. His story is one I’m also very excited for based on all the information we learn in Zero Hour. To say I have a bunch of theories about how his book will play out is an understatement. I’m also crossing my fingers that other team members Marisol and Dade get their own book(s). They’re both mysterious and compelling, so help me convince all who need to be convinced to make this happen, would you?

To close, I loved this book, in case you couldn’t tell. This was a lot of fun to read and I’m adding this to my reread rotation.

Cheers Megan! You knocked this one out of the park.

~kristie

 

 

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Pre-Release Review: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson

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Blurb:

Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn’t entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

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Release Date:

June 6th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

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Mare's Review

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Thank you Netgalley and Entangled for a copy of this e-arc.

I’m not sure where to start with my review Ha! This book was… Im gonna say strange but not in a bad way. It was…. different I guess.

Think the Hating Game for teens and 1st love.

I don’t think it is explained where the location is located? I know that the school was big on lacrosse….. I know there is a headmaster… and I know there are 537 Rules that Harper follows.

Harper was hilarious. It’s a deep rooted problem for truly honest people to be labelled as sarcastic. I know. I’m one of them. Although I am both deeply honest as well as sarcastic so I guess for me those labels fit.

I love slow burn- enemies to lovers book and this one filled both slots with a X.

I want to tell you guys that YA is a hard limit for me but because I’m truly honest YA has been my go to read since Fall 2016. There is something refreshing with reading about first love and those nerves and those butterflies that the general romance can give you but when everything is a cliche of another you don’t feel those flutters in the pit of your stomach really.

So if you liked the Hating Game and if you liked Carry On I would say you’re gonna enjoy this one.

Mare

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Blurb

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Expected Release Date: 

May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press

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Mare:

Readers beware. There can be spoilers in this review and I really really don’t think that you should be spoiled. Everyone deserves to read this book for the 1st time blindly. You have to go in blind. I went in thinking one thing and then another and then good Gawd another and I was wrong every single time.

This book was so many many things.

You will read many reviews that reference The Breakfast Club and that is not wrong. In a way I wish I watched the movie again before I read this story and not after because the similarities are there. Some.

I made Silvana read this book while I was still reading it so that I could talk to someone about it. And I loved seeing the story through her eyes. She was way smarter than me while reading it cause she saw what I didnt.

The hints are there. They are. But I just kept wondering which one of them could have done it really. Cause that’s the thing… you meet 5 people, 1 dies and the other 4…. you just dont think it can be any of them.

And for my Jake Riordan fans. This here book has the younger Jake in it and the similarities between them is freakishly scary. I asked Ms MacManus on twitter if she has yet to meet the older Jake Riordan and she hasn’t. I hope she takes my suggestion and reads him 🙂 Ohh what fun she will have!

Silvana:

5 STARS!

After being in a book funk for the past few months, I wanted a book that I couldn’t put down. I was losing hope then decided to read One Of Us is lying after Mare recommended it and this book delivered.

Reading it, I was reminded of The Breakfast Club, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars however the author delivered a plot that’s unique and intriguing.

It did touch on the anxiety of our young striving to survive High School, in an age where they are all connected by social media, also how that same platform can hold them hostage and create a big divide.

I spent the first third of book trying to guess the “who done it” and why, then decided to just let the mystery reveal itself to me; my theory was only part right and a LOT wrong.

I am trying to make my review as vague as possible because as Mare mentioned, readers should be going in blind. Loved reading and discussing this novel with her because Mare’s enthusiasm was contagious, and this book was good stuff.

Pretty damn good stuff.

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Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4) by Kristen Ashley~~~Review~~~

24199806 Millie Cross knows what it’s like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn’t be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie’s chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can’t ignore. And this time, she won’t let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan “High” Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she’s just a ghost of her former self. High’s intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn’t want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie’s betrayal, he’ll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .

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Silvana

~~~2.5 Stars~~~
**** ARC PROVIDED BY PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST OPINION ****

This book started so promising, I really thought it was another winner by KA but around the 30% it seemed to fizzle and stayed that way throughout.

High was another appealing alpha hero by Kristen Ashley, she writes strong heroes like no other,  I liked Millie as well, but their connection seemed lacking; their interactions lacked the passion and fun found in her earlier books.

The conflict was resolved too quickly and then nothing much seemed to happen. I loved the appearances by characters from her earlier books especially Tack, unfortunately not enough to love this book.

For me, Kristen Ashley missed the mark with this novel and has been a bit of a hit and miss lately with her latest releases; still looking forward to her new ventures as she’s one author whose books I will always buy. Not every book can be a winner but most of KA’s books have been winners and on my favorite shelf.

 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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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)
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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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Silvana

 

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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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genre: YA, Retellings, Fantasy

Synopsis

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan tells a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.


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two-stars

A semi-classic fantasy

I got quite bored. Could be because I didn’t get Dickens? The style was written semi-classic. There were sentences like this:

So our holiday at Martha’s Vineyard was a rare and special treat, sweet as only things that come seldom and do not last can be.

And then, not so classic like this

That was also a rare funny one.
I wished there were more like that but alas. I believe it was that style that made the pacing slower than it needs to be. But, on the other hand, it’s a clever way of adding some classic feel to the story. I wouldn’t mind the style if a lot more things had happened. Overall, I just found it not very exciting.

The concept was interesting though. A world divided by 2 groups of people, Dark Magic and Light Magic, one so very scared of the other but couldn’t live without them. I’m a fan of paranormal so I was looking forward to that part of the story. But, that also fell short. I felt that the magic part didn’t have enough meat in it. There were these cages that they basically used them as “guillotine” but I was never sure how they worked. Also, dark magic sounded way stronger, I couldn’t quite understand why they were the underdog. I’m guessing it’s because of their small number? Wouldn’t that make them precious? It’s obvious that the Lights need them.

Character wise, I only knew Lucie. Ethan and Carwyn just didn’t get enough attention, especially Carwyn. It’d be so much more interesting if there were more of his POV.

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