Saturday, October 31, 2015

Review: The Queen by Tiffany Reisz


The Original Sinners: White Years Book IV

Once upon a time, Nora and Søren made a fateful deal—if he gave her everything, she would give him forever. 

The time has finally come to keep their promises. 

Out of money and out of options after her year-long exile, Eleanor Schreiber agrees to join forces with Kingsley Edge, the king of kink. After her first taste of power as a Dominant, Eleanor buries her old submissive self and transforms into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. With the help of a mysterious young man with a job even more illicit than her own, Nora squares off against a cunning rival in her quest to become the most respected, the most feared Dominatrix in the Underground. 

While new lovers and the sweet taste of freedom intoxicate Nora, she is tempted time and time again by Søren, her only love and the one man who refuses to bow to her. But when Søren accepts a new church assignment in a dangerous country, she must make an agonizing choice—will the queen keep her throne and let her lover go, or trade in her crown for Søren's collar? 

With a shattering final confession, the last link in the chain is forged in The Original Sinners saga. It's the closing chapter in a story of salvation, sacrifice and the multitude of scars we collect in the name of ecstasy—and love.

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What I thought about The Queen

Sometimes when I finish a series I feel sad and sometimes I wish it didn't end yet, and sometimes, it's a relief it's finally done because it's clear that the author was done with the series 3 books ago. 

None of these emotions struck me when I finished The Queen. I felt...satisfied.

The Queen gives us the final chapter in Nora's story, focusing on her transition from submissive to the most powerful dominatrix in Kingsley's kinkdom.  What I absolutely adored about The Queen was Nora's struggle to reconcile how she sees herself as a strong, powerful woman with her love for Soren and the submissive role she assumes when she is with him.

It's Nora's story of being true to herself, and it's a bumpy one.  Even though she vows to stay away from Soren, she can't.  The love is clear, and so is the conflict between them.

Even though I'm totally Team Kingsley, I did like that there were important conversations about Soren's vows, his life with Nora and his sadism.  That's one thing that has always bugged me about Soren, the view that he is a fabulous priest in spite of way he breaks his vow of chastity repeatedly. I'm glad it was finally talked about in The Queen and it was enough to help me find my own peace with this character. His skillful manipulation of Nora in The Queen definitely deserves a mention, too.

Tiffany Reisz does a masterful job of telling this story over the course of these eight books. They work so impeccably together to tell this story.  When I finished The Queen, I wanted to go right into The Siren and start all over again.  The storytelling throughout was perfection for me, as I love a tale that is put together thoughtfully and strategically.  

I'm really excited to see what Tiffany will come up with after this series. I'm confident whatever she does will have great characters, a plot that pushes some boundaries, and a skillful way of presenting it -- just like she did with this series and characters.

Five, big, beautiful stars for The Queen and this series.  

ARC provided for review.



About the Author


Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany's books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as "literary friction," a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself. 

She lives in Oregon. If she couldn't write, she would die.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Trailer Reveal: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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OBLIVION is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance

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Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black… 

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...

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# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Release Day Review & Giveaway:Blood of Eve (Trilogy of Eve Book 2) by Pam Godwin

Two years into the aphid plague, there’s little hope left. Food and ammo are scarce. The mutated monsters are growing faster, smarter. And the ratio of men to women is millions to one. Mankind faces imminent extinction.

But Evie carries a cure for women.

Fiercely protected by three men, she sets out to heal as many infected females as possible. The journey becomes more complicated as her feelings for her guardians evolve, and theirs for her intensify.

When a voice from the past prophesies a solution for the dying race, she must make a choice.

Will she survive for love?

Or will she die for it?

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What I thought about Blood of Eve

In Blood of Eve, the second book in the Trilogy of Eve series, Eve continues her mission to fight the aphid virus that has wiped out a good part of the populations and turned others into mutants. She's a strong, kick-butt heroine, and she's got three alpha males to protect her. Her three guardians, Jess, Roark and Michio all have special skills to help her.

This post apocalyptic tale is part action, part science fiction and erotic romance. Eve and her guardians face mutants and other challenges as they figure out what's to be done about the virus that has basically destroyed everything about their way of life. 

Since Eve has three male guardians, it sets things up for some very steamy menage situations between these main characters.  The erotic scenes are off the charts in this book and I absolutely love it when an author explores a relationship that is outside of the norm. These guys are hot and funny, and their dedication to protecting Eve was awesome. That was my favorite part of this book.  There are even touches of humor in the darkness, and that made me smile too.

So if you are a fan of Walking Dead, you just might like this series. Action and erotic romance-- what's not to like?

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Release Day Review: Lux by Courtney Cole


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The dramatic series finale to Courtney Cole's bestselling Nocte trilogy!


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My name is Calla Price and I’m broken.

My pieces are all around me, floating on the wind, even as I desperately try to grasp them.

Who is dead? Alive? Insane?

What is the truth?

I don’t know.

I do know this: The darkness is strangling me. With every breath, I choke on another lie.

My mind has protected me, but that shield will soon be lowered.

All will be revealed.
Every answer to every question.

It’s all been leading to this.

Don’t be afraid.
Be terrified.

 



What I thought about Lux

Wow! This is one of the most intriguing series I have read in a long time, with twists and turns and just when you think you know something, you find out you don't (maybe).  I was really looking forward to this finale.

The story of Calla, Finn and Dare continues in Lux with more questions, more twists and more questioning of what is real and what isn't. There's an occasional sliver of light shining through too, which only heightened the feeling that I thought I knew what was going on, when I really wasn't sure what to believe. 

The gothic feel of the story is superb, which I loved, but things were still a bit cryptic for me at the end, so I'm thinking it's going to take me a few re-reads of the books before I can say for sure what I believed in this story. 

That's what I liked about this story.  You have to work to unravel what's going on and that was fun and frustrating at the same time. The reader gets to interpret the clues and decide for themselves what it all means. I love books that provoke some emotion in me, and this series did just that, but in a way that no other series has and that was cool. 

So if you are looking for something different, you might want try out this story. Start at the beginning, though because the books in this series do not standalone.

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Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist who would rather write than eat chocolate. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business, but no amount of working in the corporate world could quell her urge to write.

Courtney was born and raised in Kansas, home of incredibly friendly people and the most horrendous weather on the planet. Because summer days were so hot, she grew up reading stacks of books... and when she didn't like the ending, she wrote her own.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cover, Excerpt & Pre-order Links:The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

 SUMMARY
A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.

Game On​


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 I grin up at him. “You know, before this, I’d have taken you for a hard rock, or maybe even a bluegrass fan.”
“It’s the beard, isn’t it,” he asks.
“And the man-bun.”
He laughs, a short rumble of sound. “Want me to let it down?”
Yes. Maybe.
“Not necessary. Man-buns are hot. I blame Jason Momoa. There was only so much watching him bang Khaleesi the female population could take before they wanted their own Khal Drogo.”
Shit. I really don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Because it sounds a lot like flirting to me. Instinct tells me flirting with Ethan Dexter isn’t something to do lightly. And there’s the fact that I don’t go for athletes. At all. I don’t care how fit they are. Or how confident. I don’t like sports. Football bores me. Oh, I know tons about the sport—kind of impossible not to in my family—but I don’t want to pretend that I care when I’d rather talk about other things.
Dex’s eyes crinkle again, and he turns toward me, leaning an elbow on the table. “Doesn’t Momoa have a beard?”
I wave my hand. “Who has time to look at his beard when his muscles are on display?”
I most certainly do not look at Dex’s phenomenal arms.
“So your stance on beards is?” His gaze so strong I feel it in my toes.
My breathing picks up. “Don’t particularly like them.”
It’s the truth. And yet I can’t help but look at his. It’s dark, framing his mouth, which should be a turnoff for me. Only it draws all my attention there. To the shape of his mouth—the upper lip a gentle curve, the lower lip fuller, almost a pout. There’s something slightly illicit about the whole effect.
I clear my throat, glance up, and find him watching me through lowered lids. He doesn’t seem particularly put out by my frankness.
“What don’t you like about them?”
Is he serious?
He stares at me.
I guess he is.
Taking a quick sip of my drink, I search for an answer. “They’re just so…fuzzy. Prickly.”
He moves in, not crowding me, but putting himself at arms’ reach. He smells faintly of cloves and oranges. It must be his aftershave or cologne, but it works for me.
I’m distracted by it and almost jump when he speaks again. “Do you know this based on experience, or are you making an assumption?”
My gaze narrows. “Aren’t you the philosopher.”
“You didn’t answer the question.”
“Fine. Assumption.”
His lips quirk. “You should find out if your assumption is true before you condemn the beard.”
“Is this some sort of creepy way to get me to touch your beard?”
A challenge flashes in his eyes. “There are a few guys at the bar sporting beards. You could go ask them. But I figure since we know each other…”
“Not that well.”
“You’d rather ask a stranger?”
“You’re assuming I care enough to ask, Slick.”
His teeth shine white in the shadows of the club. “I know you’re curious. You’re fairly twitching with wanting to know.”
I flatten my hands against the table and glare. Is it just me, or is he closer? Close enough that I can see his eyes are hazel, lighter around his cornea with a starburst pattern. I wish I could see the colors, but he’s painted in shades of blue and gray right now.
And he’s watching me. Patient. Calculating. Tempting.
“It’s always the quiet ones,” I mutter before taking a breath. “Okay, I’ll pet your fuzzy face.”
“Hold up.” Without hesitation, he reaches for my drink and takes a sip. “Liquid courage.”
A strangled laugh leaves me. “Because I’m sooo scary.”
“You have no idea, Cherry.”
I think I growl at him. I definitely want to give his precious beard a good, hard tug. But he simply lifts his brows at me. “Get on with it, then.”
This cheeky bastard is totally playing me. And here I am falling into his trap. Because I cannot look away from his beard now. More specifically, his lips, which are parted just slightly. An invitation. A dare.
Shit. I’ve never been very good at ignoring a dare.
I hate that my hand trembles as I reach up to touch him. He stays perfectly still, his arm casually slung on the edge of the booth behind me, his body turned toward mine. But I don’t miss the way his breathing has kicked up just slightly.
I hesitate, shy almost. Hells bells, I’m only going to touch a bit of facial hair. Why does it feel like we’re two kids tucked in a dark corner, playing a game of “I’ll show you mine”?
Annoyed with myself, I close the distance between us.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

ARC Review:Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley

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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What I thought about Walk Through Fire

Twenty years ago Millie Cross made a sacrifice for the man she loves, and at the beginning of Walk Through Fire, she's slapped with seeing Logan "High" Judd after all those years of being without him.  Her heart immediately wakes up when she hears the voice of her true love, and that's all it takes for these two to be drawn together. 

The first half of the book is superb with its treatment of Millie and High reconciling their past and present, and there were a few tissues required. It isn't an easy road for either of them. High is masterful in using sex as a weapon, so be prepared for some scenes that may have you questioning intent, and even though his reaction is understandable, his behavior might be off putting to some readers. 

I love stories of true love, and Walk Through Fire does an awesome job of showing that one eternal  true love. That was my favorite part of this story, and I loved Millie and what she was willing to do for her man.  She truly walks through fire for him, and High is perceptive enough to see the toll it has taken on her. I liked that about him.

There was a bit of a tendency to ramble with internal narration in this one, more than usual for a Kristen Ashley book, so that is why this wasn't a five star read for me. I would have liked more Valenzuela drama, and I hope that is coming up in future books. There's also a lot of Chaos backstory in Walk Through Fire which I also loved.  

And the rest of Chaos? Well, there are some really great scenes with Tyra and her posse of meddling friends, and Tack is still a dominant presence in this book.   And then there's High's girls, Cleo and Zadie, and I won't ever forget the emotionally charged scene when Millie meets them for the first time -- it's a great scene, and I can still feel Millie's reaction to them just writing this review.

So another good addition to the Chaos MC story.  They are my favorite MC, hands down, and reading any book in this series just feels good.   Recommended.

ARC provided for review.



About the Author
Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has 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 multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.  And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

5 Stars for Nuts by Alice Clayton

 The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a brand new series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful


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What I thought about NUTS

Professional chef Roxie leaves the big city, reluctantly returning home to her small town and determined to stay just as long as her mother needs her to take over the local diner and no longer.  That's until she meets the local farmer. Leo has a sense of humor to match Roxie's and she can't quite resist his body, but it's his love of what he does that really grabs her attention.

These two are great together.  The humor is off the charts with whip-cracking dialogue and a sense of joy that just made this romance so very sweet.But what really got to me was that this isn't just a romance -- it's an ode to a way of life.  Small town life. Where everyone really does know your name and your business. 

Nuts pulls back the curtain on the charms of living in a small town and does an excellent job of bringing value to a way of life that is slowly dying out. When Leo explains his farm operations, I was riveted, not just by the description, but by how Alice Clayton captures the joy in working the earth.  Living in a farming community myself, I totally got both of these characters and I fell in love with both of them.

Leo and Roxie have some decisions to make before they can move forward and that provides some conflict for this story.  It's not overdone though and the lightness of this story isn't compromised. There was a maturity to these characters that I loved as they dealt with their life choices without regret.


I don't read a lot of romantic comedy mostly because it's hard to pull off, but Nuts was just great and I enjoyed every page. I'm sort of sad that it's over, I enjoyed it that much.

Recommended for readers looking for a light, playful romance with a touch of drama and a lovely message. 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Special News! Leveled by Jay Crownover (A Saints of Denver Novella)


Oh My!  It's Lando's story!  

Jay Crownover’s Marked Men have all found their perfect matches…or have they? When Rule and Rome’s brother Remy died, he left behind not only his family and his best friend Shaw, he also left behind Lando, the man he loved. Now, finally, Lando will have the happily ever after he so richly deserves in the e-novella LEVELED, on sale from William Morrrow Impulse November 2nd, but available at the special pre-order price of $1.99!

With the surprise release of LEVELED, readers will get a look back at their beloved Marked Men, but will also get a peek at characters from Jay’s upcoming series, Saints of Denver, along with a chapter of BUILT (on sale from William Morrow Paperbacks January 5, 2016). This novella will only be available for pre-order for two weeks, at the special price of $1.99. Once it goes on sale, readers will be able to download Lando’s HEA for $2.99.
  

ABOUT LEVELED
We all need a hero...let the Saints of Denver begin.

Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure if he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working towards a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own...if only the man will let him close enough to mend what's broken.
 
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Sunday, October 18, 2015

5 stars for Middle of Knight by Jewel E. Ann

The living seek forgiveness. The dead seek revenge.

A first love.
A last breath.
A haunting past.

Armed with a sinful past and an equally sinful body, Jackson Knight absolves his vow of celibacy to pursue Sergeant Monaghan’s unsuspecting—older—housekeeper.

Ryn Middleton, on the cusp of turning forty with a snarky daughter, a killer dog, and an abusive ex-husband, finds Jackson’s advances humorous and unbelievable. After intense negotiations including Vera Wang, Ed Sheeran, and sex four times a day, Ryn accepts Jackson’s marriage proposal on their first date.

What could possibly go wrong?

While struggling to lay claim to the woman of the dreams he never had, Jackson is forced to deal with a grief-stricken Jillian trying to hold on to her past without letting go of her future—the doctor who took her heart and the Sergeant who gave her a new one.

Beyond the hope for light, lies the middle of darkness, the illusion of truth, and a haunting past.


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What I thought about Middle of Knight

Jackson and Jillian Knight are in a witness protection program of sorts, courtesy of a secret organization that hasn't been completely revealed to the reader yet.  These are their adventures. 

In Middle of Knight, the reader gets more of Jill's "before" life as Jessica, especially details regarding the love of her life, Luke Jones.  It is a very poignant courtship, as Jessica starts to recover from the awful events she experienced earlier in her life. It's really difficult to write too much without giving up some spoilers, so this review might be a bit cryptic. 

But there are two love stories going on here, one before and one after she and Jackson go into hiding. Jill's current love is her neighbor AJ and that's not going very well due to AJ having a serious illness, but I absolutely "adored" how she handled the situations with him. I felt the love there too.  

There's also more about the mysterious Jackson (aka Jude from his previous life).  He's decided that he wants a real relationship instead of the one night stands he's had in his past life.  So he sets his sights on Ryn, the housekeeper who is 10 years older and recovering from an abusive relationship.  Jewel E Ann captures beautifully Ryn's hesitancy and equal interest in a relationship with Jackson. He's hot, hot, hot and she just can't resist.

These are love stories that are sweet and desperate and doomed from the start but are yet very uplifting from viewed from a different angle. I love how Jewel E Ann does that with her characters.  They aren't what meets the eye, and it takes a while to get to know them. This is the second book in the series and I know there is more to be revealed about these two and their lovers.

I adore the dark, sarcastic humor in this. It's really well done and entertaining. Jewel E Ann does a brilliant job of  leaving the little breadcrumbs along the way to keep drawing you into the story. After two books, there are so many little details and questions that are running around in my head and that's a wonderful feeling as a reader.  I want more!

This is not a standalone series, but it's worth the investment of your time. What I like most about this author is that she brings a fresh and different perspective to her characters, especially in this book. I was intrigued with this author when I read Only Trick earlier this year, and this series has put Jewel E Ann on my list of authors I look for. I cannot wait for the last book in this series, Dawn of Forever, coming in 2016. 

This series is part romance, part suspense with lots of dark, sarcastic humor and a plot that is well crafted. I'm not saying it's perfect as there are few rough spots that could have been revised a bit more, but overall it's a great story with compelling characters and some very profound sentiments. Recommended. 

"Only in complete silence can the whisper of true love be heard."
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About the Author
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.
With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.
 

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.


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