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BOOK REVIEW: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

BOOK REVIEW: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Burning Shadow (Origin #2)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Synopsis:

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with The Burning Shadow, the steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux―only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is―and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

Review:

The Burning Shadow was absolutely brilliant.  It started out slow and steady and grew into an intricate story that was deep and emotional.  I loved the ties into the Lux Series and that we got to see all of our old friends.  It felt like coming home.  But this book toyed with my emotions in the best way ever!  Lies, love, betrayal, friendship and secrets splashed across the pages and it was beyond impossible to put this book down.

“Evie.” Luc said my name as if it were a prayer and a curse.
I took a breath, but it went nowhere. His forehead touched mine, and I swore my heart stopped right then and there.

Within those first few pages, I was already laughing so hard.  That’s because the story started right where The Darkest Star ended.  With Evie’s mom, Sylvia, making lunch for Evie and Luc.  Sylvia and Luc butted heads in the most horrific ways.  They were a disaster in the making and I couldn’t look away from that train wreck or stop the laughs that were bubbling out of me.

I wanted him to kiss me. I wanted to lose myself in him. I wanted to forget, and I wanted to remember.

From there, we were taken on the most epic adventure.  So I was beyond grateful that Evie and Luc got moments where they could sit back for a few minutes and enjoy each other.  Their banter was smile inducing, but they also had these deep, emotional conversations that gutted and elated me.  Especially when Luc gave Evie little pieces of her past.  It felt like we truly got to know everything there was about them and they brought so many emotions out of me.  It wasn’t a surprise that I kept finding myself with tears falling down my face.

“Tell me what you want.” His lips brushed mine in the darkness. “You need to say the words, Evie.”
“You,” I whispered into the space between our mouths, while my heart beat so fast I didn’t understand how it could keep going. “I want you.”

But there was also heart pounding action that made it feel like I was standing on the edge of the cliff.  I was so scared I was going to fall with them down into the abyss, so I was that glued to the pages.  And as the story unfolded, we were given little clues.  When those clues started to come together I literally had chills.  And while some of the twists I figured out, a few of them knocked me on my butt.  My mind was blown.  So hold on because this book turned into a wild and twisted ride.

“You,” he spoke. “It’s only ever been you. Before. Now. Later. There’s been no one else. There . . . just can’t be.”

Luc is still holding onto my number one spot for favorite book boyfriend ever (sorry Daemon!).  The lengths he would go to protect the ones he loved was astronomical.  He did everything to keep them safe, and while sometimes it was selfish, I loved him more for it.  I also loved that he had no idea how to be modest lol.  With hysterical t-shirts, cheesy pickup lines, and being naughty and listening into Evie’s thoughts I seriously loved everything about him.  Even when he was a little too matter of fact or being violent.  His actions shouldn’t have made me laugh, broken hand scene cough cough, but it’s Luc.  I couldn’t help smiling and laughing every time he was around.

“Because I’ve already waited forever for this— for you. I’ve done nothing but watch and wait, and I am not walking away again. If I kiss you, if I touch you again, I will not be able to go back to the way things are now.” The next breath he took trembled as much as I was. “I won’t be able to pretend that you aren’t my everything.”
I couldn’t breathe.

Evie was on a huge emotional journey and grew so much!  She definitely struggled trying to figure out who she truly was.  She had her past and Evelyn Dashed mixed into who she was and my heart hurt for her.  But Evie was strong, resilient and she grew in leaps and bounds.  I was rooting for her every step of the way!  And I loved that she never once lost her confidence, snark or sassiness!

Daemon was quiet for a long moment. “Luc and I would do anything to protect the people we love.”
I stilled, unable to take more than a shallow breath as I stared at the male Luxen. I didn’t know how to respond to that.
“I would beg, plead, barter, and kill to protect Kat,” he continued, voice low, but every word struck me like thunder. “Nothing in this world would stop me, and there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do— and it’s the same for Luc when it comes to you.”

The side characters rounded out this story perfectly.  Zoe was the ultimate bff, I loved Heidi too and everyone from The Lux Series.  You guys.  My heart was elated with how many we got to see, I was screaming.  Ohhhh and be prepared because when Luc and Daemon go head to head, I didn’t know whether to laugh or hold my breath because of what would happen next.  So yes, I loved this book!  It definitely didn’t suffer from second book syndrome.  I loved every twist and turn and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next, The Burning Shadow will definitely keep readers hooked and become an instant favorite!

“Evie.” Luc’s voice was quiet but strong.
Drawing in a deep breath, I nodded. “I’m okay. I’m ready.”
And then I stepped forward, hand in hand with Luc, into the unknown.

PS Diesel gets a part in this book and it was so perfect!

PPS I love their Halloween costumes!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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The Darkest Star   #1
Reviews:
Jen
 
The Burning Shadow   #2
Reviews:
Jen

BOOK REVIEW: The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1) by Lyssa Kay Adams

BOOK REVIEW: The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1) by Lyssa Kay AdamsThe Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1)
by Lyssa Kay Adams
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Synopsis:

The first rule of book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Review

THIS BOOK IS FREAKIN’ GENIUS. Genius I tell you. A group of macho guys getting together READING ROMANCE NOVELS, helping each other fix their relationships?!?!?!ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!? I loved every. single. aspect. Of this damn thing. Like I want this to be a really, really great review but I think it’s going to end up being one of those where I flail around like a cray person because I am so in love. Like everything about this entire book was PERFECT. EVERYTHING!!

Like at one point, when the main character, Gavin, is being initiated into the group, one of his friends is telling him why they read romances and that women LOVE reading them and secretly want that kind of stuff in their life. Gavin denies that his wife, Thea likes them because she doesn’t have any around the house. His friend saying something along the lines of “does she have an e-reader? I guarantee you that thing is full of romance novels.” HAHAH I FELT PERSONALLY ATTACKED. I have so much smut on my Kindle that it’s not even funny.

But in all seriousness, other than me loving the funny of a bromance book club in general, this book had a lot of important things you don’t see in every day romance. #1 it had a couple working to fix their relationship on the brink of a divorce. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like that before. #2 Gavin had a stutter and it came out during every day conversation and was just a normal thing. There were several things brought up about it (him tell Thea he had been teased about it in high school, Thea bitching a woman out for being incredibly rude about it, him saying that one of the reasons he fell in love with Thea was because she never acted weird around him for it, never interrupted him, etc.) and again, I’ve read books where character have had stutters in the past but have worked past them so that it only comes out when they’re nervous or something. This was just a part of Gavin and I just loved it. Just one more book that people can relate to in a world where so many characters are too perfect.

There was the tiny, temporary fall out in the end but I think it was really necessary to their overall story and to Thea’s healing and self-discovery. The ending was perfect in every way and I seriously hope this series is a million books long because I will CHERISH EVERY ONE. Seriously, if you guys don’t go out and read this when it comes out, you’re all nuts!!! Lol, but really.

Huge thanks to NetGalley and Berkley books for allowing me to read an eARC in exchange for an honest review!♥

COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: Moonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina Bowen

COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: Moonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina Bowen

COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: Moonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina BowenMoonlighter (The Company #1)
by Sarina Bowen
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Synopsis:

Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name.

Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job.

But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?

It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed.

I am SO excited to be part of this cover reveal, you guys.  I fell in love with Bowen’s writing this summer and I haven’t looked back since.  My favorite part is that our favorite characters spring up again in other series so we never truly have to part with them.  Moonlighter is the story of Eric Bayer, one of the Brooklyn Bruisers that is mentioned in almost every previous Bruiser books, and Alex, Nate’s friend that we met in Brooklynaire.  I can’t WAIT to get my hands on this gem.

 

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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising #1) by Bec McMaster

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising #1) by Bec McMaster

Promise of Darkness easily became one of my favorite books this year! So check out my 5 Star Review below and enter in a fabulous giveaway. Enjoy!

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising #1) by Bec McMasterPromise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising #1)
by Bec McMaster
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Synopsis:

Princess. Tribute. Sacrifice. Is she the one prophesied to unite two warring Fae courts? Or the one bound to destroy them?

In a realm ruled by magic, the ruthless Queen of Thorns is determined to destroy her nemesis, the cursed Prince of Evernight.

With war brewing between the bitter enemies, the prince forces Queen Adaia to uphold an ancient treaty: she will send one of her daughters to his court as a political hostage for three months.

The queen insists it’s the perfect opportunity for Princess Iskvien to end the war before it begins. But one look into Thiago’s smoldering eyes and Vi knows she’s no assassin.

The more secrets she uncovers about the prince and his court, the more she begins to question her mother’s motives.

Who is the true enemy? The dark prince who threatens her heart? Or the ruthless queen who will stop at nothing to destroy him?

And when the curse threatens to shatter both courts, is her heart strong enough to break it?

Review:

Promise of Darkness was enchanting and quickly stole my heart.  From that first page I was addicted and it was impossible to put this book down.  Especially since the world building was imaginative and rich.  And the characters slowly became embedded into my heart.  It was so easy to fall deeply in love with them and the world they lived in.  So if you’re a fan of romantic stories that involve fae, Jennifer L. Armentrout or Wendy Higgins, definitely add this one to your tbr.

The worst part of this entire affair may be the fact that even though he’s my worst nightmare, he looks like he stepped directly from my dreams.

As part of an ancient treaty, Princess Iskvien, was to be sent away as a political hostage.  She was to live with Thiago, The Prince of Darkness, for three months.  And it would be the perfect opportunity to murder him, since war had been looming between their two courts.  Yet as it all unfolded, there was so much more to this story.  It was inspired by the Hades and Persephone myth, so if you’re familiar with that, you may have an idea where part of this story was going.  But lies, betrayal, deceit, love, and friendship were splashed across the pages and I loved discovering what was truly going on.  On top of it all, there was a curse that threatened the courts.

He’s the enemy of my people.
The prince who holds a blade to the throat of everyone I love.
A monster.
Except, he hasn’t hurt me. Not once.

I absolutely loved Princess Iskvien, aka Vi!  She was smart, resourceful and thought on her feet.  And I loved that she made me smile, laugh and cheer her on.  She could be so stubborn, so it was no surprise that she refused to take her current predicament lying down.  I had so much respect for her and I loved watching her grow into someone who could be fierce and brave.

Dangerous.
This is far too dangerous.
And yet, I could no more resist him, than I could pluck the moon from the sky with my fingers.

Then there was The Prince of Evernight, aka Thiago, who was addictive, patient and kind.  He loved deeply and put his faith and trust into those close to him.  Yet he could be so ruthless and dark.  You could easily see how he earned his right to be his court’s ruler.  But when it came to Vi, we saw so many sides of him.  Especially when he would protect her.  And for reasons I can’t say why, he was beyond tortured and suffered deeply.  Thiago was the ultimate book boyfriend who was so easy to root for and love.

I want to forget he’s my enemy, I want to forget this is a game, forget everything but the sensation of those lips on my skin. Of all the challenges I’ve ever faced, this is the worst.
Because I don’t think one taste will ever be enough.

When Vi moved in with Thiago, she had no problems standing up to him.  So each time they went toe to toe, you couldn’t knock the smile off of my face since their antics and banter were smile inducing.  And as they slowly started to spend more time with each other, I felt a connection between them.  No matter how much Vi fought it, it was there.  She also couldn’t fight that so many of their moments together were laced with sexual tension.  I found myself desperately wanting them to be so much more.

Dark shadows filled his eyes. “I can hold them off until you get back.”
It’s a lie. I can see it in his eyes. But why would he lie to me? Why risk his life to protect mine? We’re enemies. None of this makes any sense.

Within so many of the pages, secrets and lies filled the air.  And those people, including Thiago, seemed to talk in riddles around and to Vi.  At times I felt lost, just like her.  But I quickly started to put all of the different clues together and I figured out the majority of the twists.  It didn’t alter my enjoyment of this book at all.  There was still so many moving parts and unknowns to this story.  It was impossible for Promise of Darkness not to enrapture my heart.

“My life is yours, my heart, my soul. It always has been, from the second I saw you, curse you . If you want it, all you have to do is take it.”
My heart skips a beat.
“And if I don’t want it?” I whisper, glaring down at him.

Promise of Darkness was magical and easily cast me in its spell.  Especially when perilous moments flooded the pages and forced Thiago and Vi to work together.  With political unrest and magic weaved into the story, I was fascinated with this world.  OH and the side characters added so much to this story, how could I not love this book?  So yes, I definitely recommend Promise of Darkness.  I’ll be counting down until I can dive into the next book of this series and discover the rest of this author’s books too!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

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About Bec McMasters:

I’m a writer. Dreamer. Travel Addict. And enthusiastic-if-not-perfect baker. I’ll honestly admit that I don’t always follow the recipe, be it cooking, or writing romances. If I’m not sitting in front of the computer, I’m probably plotting my next world trip. Or eating chocolate. Sometimes I run. Because…chocolate. I grew up on a steady diet of 80’s fantasy movies like Ladyhawke, Labyrinth and The Princess Bride, and love creating epic, fantasy-based worlds with heroes and heroines who must defeat all the odds to have their HEA. I live in a country town in Australia, with my very own beta hero, Byron; Kobe, a dog who will eat anything (even used teabags); and demanding chickens, Siggy and Lagertha.    

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BOOK REVIEW: Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology by Charleigh Rose

BOOK REVIEW: Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology by Charleigh RoseTeam Player 2: A Sports Anthology by Charleigh Rose
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Synopsis:

Muscular football players. Passionate tennis pros. Sexy soccer stars. All sorts of alpha hotties, on the field and off.

Have no fear! The team is back again, and this time...it's thicker. You'll get your sports romance fix with brand-new stories from eleven bestselling authors.

Need one last summer fix? Dive into this anthology.

*This anthology contains original, never-before-seen stories from Ella Fox, Mandi Beck, Teagan Hunter, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Sara Ney, Rochelle Paige, Meghan Quinn, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, Emma Scott, and Kate Stewart.

We still aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Review:

Guys Like You by Charleigh Rose was seductive, addicting and the characters were everything!  I couldn’t stop smiling or laughing, except when I was sighing out loud.  This book was the perfect mix of being emotional, hilarious and sexy.  Halston and Sully’s story is for everyone out there who loves a sexy romance story!

Conversations lead to empathy. Empathy leads to intimacy. Intimacy leads to attachment. Attachment leads to heartbreak.

Halston and Sully ended up meeting at a party, and right from the start they had the most amazing chemistry.  Which led to the hottest sex ever *fans face*.  But it didn’t matter, because Halston was convinced that boys weren’t relationship worthy.  Except, she couldn’t escape Sully.  Their two best friends were starting to have something between them, so of course they kept running into each other.  And each time they did, you could feel the electricity between the two of them!

This. This right here is why girls get a bad rap. Give them one night of good dick and good conversation, and all of a sudden, they’re catching feelings.

I loved Halston Montgomery!  She was honest, kind and I loved listening to her thoughts.  She felt like someone I could easily become bffs with.  But her personal life pained me.  Halston had been screwed over and because of that she didn’t allow herself to get attached to any guy.  Thank goodness Sully had other plans to try and make her think otherwise.

“I’ve come to collect.”
“Collect?”I frown, confused.
“Yeah. You lost our bet. You owe me a date.”
“First of all, the word date was never mentioned. You said hang out. Second, I’ve already fulfilled my duty.”
“No, actually, you didn’t.”
“Then what do you call the other night?”
“I call that the best night of my life.” He smirks, and heat rushes through me…

Zach Sullivan aka Sully was cocky, a ton of fun and had the hugest heart ever.  He was funny without trying and beyond seductive.  So I quickly fell for his charm!  Each time he was around Halston, I was swooning and you couldn’t knock the smile off my face.  Sully was the best kind of addictive and I found myself obsessed with another one of Charleigh Rose’s male characters!

I know I shouldn’t keep doing this. I’m playing with fire, practically begging to get hurt, but God, how can I say no when he’s like this? – Halston

We met Halston and Sully in Bad Influence, and I was dying to read their story!  But don’t worry, Guys Like You can easily be read as a standalone.  Although I definitely recommend reading Bad Influence too.  It was about Halston and Sully’s best friends and was amazing!  Parts of the two stories overlap, but we got to see everything in a different light.  I didn’t even realize the full extent of Sully and Halston.  I knew they were hooking up, but I didn’t know how much or how hot it was.  And I also didn’t realize the extent of their friendship.  It was so much fun and added so much depth to their worlds!  Ohhhhh plus we finally get to hear the conversation between Jessie and Halston, when Allie was in the bathroom.  I was dying to known what that was and now my heart is oh so happy!

“I want you to call me by my name, for one. You’re not my frat bro, Halston.”
“Then what am I?”
“You’re my fucking girlfriend.” He moves toward me, his hands cupping my face. “You just haven’t realized it yet.”
I’m instantly shaking my head in denial, my heart thundering in my chest. “No. This is exactly what I was trying to avoid. I didn’t want this.”

Guys Like You was scorching hot and absolutely hilarious.  By that second chapter I was already laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.  And the way Halston and Sully couldn’t stop what was happening between them made me the happiest person ever!  This book was a ton of fun, pulled on my emotions and had the most amazing epilogue!  I laughed and smiled so hard.  So yes, I absolutely loved Guys Like You and I can’t recommend it or this author enough! 

PS I can’t wait to read the other stories in this Anthology!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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