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Review of Soaring (Magdalene #2) by Kristen Ashley

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American heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew.

Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, she fell apart. When she did, she took another heart wrenching hit as she lost the respect of her children.

When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene.

Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at Mickey and knows she wants everything from him.

The problem is, she finds out swiftly that he’s friendly, he’s kind, but he doesn’t want everything back.

Amelia struggles to right past wrongs in her life at the same time find out who she wants to be. She also struggles with her attraction to the handsome firefighter who lives across the street.

But Amelia will face a surprise when her friendly neighbor becomes not-so-friendly. As Amelia and Mickey go head to head, Amelia must focus on winning back the hearts of her children.

She soon discovers she also must focus on winning the heart of a handsome firefighter who understands down to his soul the beautiful heiress who lives across the street is used to a life he cannot provide.

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4 Stars

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Even though the first book of this series, The Will,  wasn’t a big hit with me and I kept saying that I will pass on reading any other books in the Magdalene series, I had to read this; It is Kristen Ashley after all and I can never resist, I’m so glad I did.

We met Mickey, our hero, in The Will and to be honest, I wasn’t a big fan. Having read his story In Soaring, I fell in love with Mickey. I loved Mickey and Amelia together, their banter, the fights, how their relationship progressed and their passion. As with every KA hero, Mickey has some scenes where he acts like a complete jerk, but boy does he make up for them.

Amelia is a toned down version of heroines from KA’s earlier work, but still fun to read. I hated how she blamed herself for many things to do with her relationship with her kids, I wanted to smack her children badly at one time. Amy was a perfect match for Mickey, she didn’t let him walk all over her, not that he wanted to but she held her own even early on when they first meet.

Soaring is a such an enjoyable book about a woman’s journey towards redeeming and finding herself after a messy divorce and past mistakes. It’s a great tale about a man willing to risk his fear and take a chance.  This was not a fast paced story, the romance took time to build, these two had a lot to work through, but in true KA fashion, they did and  gave me a much enjoyable story about second chances and hope- it’s never too late to achieve your dreams and build yourself up again.

“Fuck yeah,” he answered. “The mistakes we make in life don’t define us, Amy. The way we handle ’em after makin’ ’em do.” 

Kristen Ashley, Soaring

As with all KA books, this was a fun read, especially when it comes to the family relationships, whether healthy or dysfunctional. Not to mention the female friendships.

As for the epilogue, what can I say but I loved it,  for me reading a KA epilogue always leaves me smiling long after I finish the book; Heartwarming, fun and a perfect ending.

 “Life isn’t always beauty,” he returned. “Most of the time it’s shit. But you keep fightin’ to turn it around, that says it all about you. And you’re fightin’. As a fighter too, I fuckin’ love that in you.” 

Kristen Ashley, Soaring

Magdalene series

The Magdalene series is a trilogy of romances set in the fictional town of Magdalene, Maine.
The Will (Magdalene, #1)
byKristen Ashley
Soaring (Magdalene, #2)
byKristen Ashley
 
Untitled (Magdalene, #3)
byKristen Ashley

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus shehas been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Review: Ice Queen/ Mirror Of My soul ( Nature of desire #3 and #4) by Joey W Hill

nod-iq180x270  Book III of the Nature Of Desire Series(can read as standalone, but story continued in sequel Mirror of my Soul)

Released March 2006

They call her the Ice Queen. At the exclusive BDSM club known as The Zone, Mistress Marguerite is a legend. Tyler Winterman has been fascinated with her since he’s known her, though the rules of their world say they shouldn’t share more than mutual admiration. He is her male counterpart, one of the most powerful male Doms practicing at The Zone.

Due to a computer error, Marguerite lacks the mentoring program stipulation required of all Zone Doms, which includes spending a number of hours learning about BDSM from the submissive’s perspective. Tyler considers it an act of fate that Marguerite chooses him to be the Dom who helps her fulfill that requirement. He is convinced she is a “switch”, a closet submissive, but the truth will be even more remarkable than the theory, changing their lives in ways neither of them anticipates.

Having no equal except one another in their skills at stripping a sub’s defenses bare, these two Dominants will turn their considerable talents on each other and discover that who is Master and who is slave doesn’t matter, not when two souls have found their mate.

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(Sequel to Ice Queen)

Released May 2006

Some stories can’t be contained between the covers of just one book…

Marguerite and Tyler’s story, which began in Ice Queen, continues in Mirror of My Soul. Having resolved some of the issues that arose between them as two sexual dominants, they now explore whether Marguerite’s desire to be Mistress and slave both will be accepted by Tyler, and whether the shadows of their respective pasts will have the power to destroy the love growing between them.

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REVIEW FOR BOTH BOOKS

Ratings:

Ice Queen: 4 Stars, I loved getting to know both MCs

Mirror of My Soul : 5++++ Stars, is there anything better than Joey W Hill’s writing, not even coffee and chocolate can compare.

Hero/Tyler: All the stars in the world.

Heroine/ Marguerite: 3 Stars for book 1, I didn’t feel connected to her character.

5 Stars for book 2 Mirror of My Soul, loved her character growth, delving into her backstory broke my heart, made me cry and I totally understood her aloofness and mistrust.

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You know when words are not enough to describe a book that totally consumed you while reading, where words you have used before seem so inadequate, Mirror of My Soul was that book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved both books for Tyler and Marguerite but  their second book had me enthralled ( again not adequate enough). I mean the chemistry was sizzling, the writing and imagery were beautiful. Joey W Hill covers the sensual, the emotional connection as well as the physical aspects of the romance between the protagonists; as a reader I didn’t feel cheated; I loved reading about the BDSM aspect of the story.

I am looking through the dictionary to find a word to describe Tyler, but all I could find was PERFECT, it will have to do for now.

Marguerite was a complex character which I felt disconnected from in Ice Queen, but as I read Mirror of My soul, her character, strength, charisma and heart drew me in, I began to see the  woman that Tyler was so in love with.

As with Rough Canvas, the author writes characters that are flawed, broken, complicated and utterly real; A story line that makes you smile, tear up and fall in love alongside the characters,  I highlighted whole pages at times

“Because.” He leaned forward, his hand slipping up her back to unerringly trace the scar tissue of the design burned there, now concealed under the robe. “Someone drew you wings a long time ago and you’ve been trying to decide whether to fly away ever since.” <…> “And because when I look at you, I think you’re a gift from God.”
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“We forget that sometimes there is something greater than our pain. That’s the pain of the person who loves us, who couldn’t protect us from that pain.”

―  Mirror of My Soul

I was just looking at the Joey W Hill forum and just found the Vignette for Tyler and Marguerite as well as Marcus and Thomas; Well I’m just gonna have to stop my fangirling/rambling of a review here and go read some more about Tyler and Marcus.

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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Holding The Cards (Nature of Desire, #1)
by Joey W. Hill

Natural Law (Nature of Desire, #2)
by Joey W. Hill

Ice Queen (Nature of Desire, #3)
by Joey W. Hill
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Mirror of My Soul (Nature of Desire, #4)
by Joey W. Hill

Mistress of Redemption (Nature of Desire, #5)
by Joey W. Hill

Rough Canvas (Nature of Desire, #6)
by Joey W. Hill

Branded Sanctuary (Nature of Desire, #7)
by Joey W. Hill

The Baby Shower (Nature of Desire, #7.1)
by Joey W. Hill

Tyler Tied Up (Nature of Desire, #7.2)
by Joey W. Hill

First Christmas: Marcus and Thomas Christmas Vignette (Nature of Desire, #7.3)
by Joey W. Hill

Divine Solace (Nature of Desire, #8)
by Joey W. Hill

Untitled (Nature of Desire, #9)
by Joey W. Hill

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The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran Review

imageIn a debut romance as passionate and sweeping as the British Empire, Meredith Duran paints a powerful picture of an aristocrat torn between two worlds, an heiress who dares to risk everything…and the love born in fire and darkness that nearly destroys them.

From exotic sandstone palaces…

Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé’s betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom sheuld not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn.

To the marble halls of London…

In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous — and that a single decision can alter one’s life forever.

Destiny follows wherever you run.

A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned…and some passions never die. (less)

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So this what a book hangover feels like?! I have finished this book days ago and I still can’t let go of it. I had to google how to get rid of a book hangover but nothing worked, I mourned with Ashlee who seems to be just as lost as me, tried other books to abandon after a few chapters.

One word for this book, GEM.

This novel is uplifting and heart-wrenching at the same time. The writing is faultless, the imagery incredible and the connection between our lovers scorching.

As I read, it was easy to imagine being part of the epic story that our author created, to experience our protagonists’ every emotion.

Our hero was perfect in every way, well to me he was. I know readers relate to books differently and what works for me may not touch other readers as deeply, but Julian was perfection!

Julian’s passion, sense of honor, cynicism at times and love are portrayed wonderfully. Ok I’ m going to fangirl a bit more and declare that he is one of ‘BEST HEROES’ I have read about.

Our heroine is as interesting and likeable, Emma’s character was a joy to read as well as her journey throughout the book. As a reader, I wanted to ease her pain which I felt alongside with her.

They had so many obstacles to overcome, so many things working against that made my heart hurt; I understood what motivated them even though I didn’t agree with a few of their actions.

Now let’s talk about the sex scenes, lately I skim those thinking ‘same old same old’ but not with Julian and Emma; reading them gave more glimpses into their characters, besides the fact that I thought they were HOT.

I would have loved an epilogue, but that’s because I’m greedy and didn’t want to let Julian and Emma go.

I am intrigued by Lockwood’s character and his wife, I googled to see if there is a book written about him yet but found nothing- I would really love to read more about him. I will be trying other books by Ms Duran DEFINITELY.

I usually add quotes, but there are so many that I highlighted and you NEED to read this book to experience every word.

 

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Charley Davidson series By Darynda Jones

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First Grave on the Right (C...
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)

by Darynda Jones

Second Grave on the Left (C...
Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)
by Darynda Jones
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Cha...
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)
by Darynda Jones
For I Have Sinned (Charley ...
For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson, #3.5)
by Darynda Jones
Fourth Grave Beneath My Fee... Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda Jones
Fifth Grave Past the Light ... Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5) by Darynda Jones
Shimmer (Charley Davidson, ... Shimmer (Charley Davidson, #5.5) by Darynda Jones
Glow (Charley Davidson, #5.6) Glow (Charley Davidson, #5.6) by Darynda Jones
Sixth Grave on the Edge (Ch... Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson, #6) by Darynda Jones
Seventh Grave and No Body (... Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7) by Darynda Jones

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I read this series in record time, started it not knowing what to expect as I do love Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, but it’s not my go to genre. What happened is I found myself engaged in a way I haven’t been in a while, these books are so addictive, the humor, the suspense element and the unique premise work together to make this an amazing series- add wonderful and fully developed characters and we get the wonderful ‘Charley Davidson Series’
I won’t go on and on about the plot, except that it was well executed, suspenseful and extremely funny.  This was me while reading the books…

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Charley as a heroine was a breath of fresh air, loved being in her head. It’s quite unusual for me to read 6 books about the same heroine and not be irritated by her.

Reyes, what can I say about Reyes. I loved him even when he regularly threatened to sever poor Garrett’s spine. Reyes was a great hero to read about; the right amount of conflicted, loving, protective and domineering, just enough without making me want to roll my eyes.


If you’re a lover of a humorous plot delivered perfectly, mystery,  a dash of romance (hot I might add, Reyes and Charley have the greatest chemistry) and intriguing characters, this series is definitely for you.

Now I  have to sit and wait for book 7, tried selling my soul to get it but there were no takers!

I don’t even have a plan B

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Monster by Francette Phal Review

Accidental Gold digger.Circumstance forced Eden Mercer to sell herself to Dominic Armstrong for half a million dollars and in return she is to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to him completely behind closed doors.
The Tyrant.Dominic is Ruthless, manipulative and sadistic but Eden is determined not to break under his cruelty. But how does one persevere when in the clutches of a Monster?
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A wonderfully woven tale of misunderstandings, passion and forgiveness.
Written in multiple POV, this story is not unique, the premise is not different but the author made sure to deliver a book that is unique and different with a plot that was well-developed; She had the ability to capture my attention with a stellar writing style, smooth flowing prose and characters I was able to connect with, I was hooked from the first page.

Dominic is a man with many issues brought on by a horrific childhood, Eden is a woman in debt. The moment Dominic sees Eden,  he is consumed by his desire to have her, all he could think of is owning her. Eden’s dire financial situation leads her to accept Dominic’s offer of marriage, thus setting up the events that make up this compelling novel; She naively thinks that with this union, she will find stability, a safety net and hopefully happiness. Boy is she wrong because all Dominic sees in her is a gold digging opportunist and he treats her as such for 4 miserable years.

Eden finally has enough and decides to flee, we see Dominic doing and using every means in his possession in order to find her. Their reunion is a wake up call for him, he starts to reassess his former beliefs where Eden is concerned, he begins to SEE her and in doing so, he sees the horrific mistakes he committed in their marriage.

I went in expecting to hate Dominic, but couldn’t. He was as the title suggests behaving like a monster but was he really one?  Dominic was  a mystery that I wanted to see unraveled.

She didn’t understand how someone could be such an open enigma. But that was exactly how Eden saw him. She’d formed an opinion of him long ago based on her experiences and she’d been content to believe in that opinion as true, until now. It was the mystery of him that piqued her unfailing curiosity and try as she might, she could not abandon the idea that there was much more to him than what he chose to display to her and the rest of the world.

I loved seeing Dominic do everything in his power to get Eden to forgive him and to be redeemed, I loved him full-stop.

“I want you to tell me how to make it better.” “How can you make it better when we’re already so broken? How can you make it better when I’m so afraid to let you in?” “Don’t…don’t give up on me,” he entreated. “I know I can be the man you deserve, Eden.”

Eden is a great heroine, she is a strong one. Enjoyed being in her head, felt her pain, pitied her indecision and admired her love for Dominic yet at the same time protecting herself and what’s really important. One person I took a strong dislike to was Jenna, Eden’s so-called best friend.

All I can add is that I will definitely reread Monster in the future. This is my first book by Francette Phal but certainly won’t be my last, in fact having read a sneak peek into her next novel, I’m already looking forward to it and to Carver.

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Until the Sun Falls from the Sky (The Three #1) by Kristen Ashley Review

Until the Sun Falls from the Sky by Kristen Ashley

Leah Buchanan’s family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family’s legacy but when she’s summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.

Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he’s tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire.

So he’s taking it back.

And this is because Lucien has also been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her.

Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it.

What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin the Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity… or die in the effort.

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5 Stars!

We start this book with our heroine Leah going to her Selection Ceremony where she meets Lucien; unbeknownst to her Lucien has been watching and wanting her for twenty years. Besides wanting her, he craves owning her and thus ensues a battle between the two, with Leah refusing to submit and Lucien employing somewhat questionable means to get what he wants.

I went into this book knowing it could go either way for me, reading so many mixed reviews where a few disliked Lucien immensely;  After finishing I have to say I am Team Lucien. He wasn’t perfect, far from it, he was controlling, arrogant and manipulative. I had many issues with him mainly his lack of trust in Leah. Lucien wants Leah to trust him with every fiber of her being,  but he forgets that in order to gain her trust, he needs to afford her the same courtesy. I still found him to be one of my favorite KA men, he is loving, protective, intense and HOT. The man is 800 years of age, he’s allowed to be arrogant and broody.

Lucien~~I’d never had more beautiful than what I have with you.

Leah the heroine has her faults as well, I found her childish and frankly one of the things I disliked about Lucien is him putting up with her immaturity and finding it adorable. However at times, she shows a great deal of backbone when dealing with Lucien.

Reading how their relationship progresses was a treat as well as the premise which made this book an enthralling read, I love Kristen Ashley’s take on the paranormal. This book was a beauty.

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REAPER’S STAND (Reaper’s MC #4) by Joanna Wylde Cover Reveal

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Title: Reaper’s Stand (Reaper’s MC #4)

Author: Joanna Wylde

Release Date: September 2, 2104

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Synopsis

As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.

Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?

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Reaper's MC Series
Reaper’s Property (Reaper’s MC #1)
Reaper’s Legacy (Reaper’s MC #2)
Devil’s Game (Reaper’s MC #3)
Release Date: June 3, 2014
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About the Author
Joanna Wylde is a freelance writer and voracious reader. You can visit her website at www.joannawylde.net.
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