“Ashes to Ashes” by Karina Halle
It’s been two months since Perry Palomino and Dex Foray’s relationship reached a new turning point, two months since Perry started a new life in Seattle, and two months since their Experiment in Terror show took on a new partner, ex-Wine Babe Rebecca Sims, and found a new level of success. But whenever there is light in their lives, the madness still has a way of coming back in.
When the team is sent back to the stormy Oregon coast to investigate a haunted school, Perry wants to use the opportunity to reconnect with her family and reintroduce Dex into their lives. Only Perry’s not the only one who’s reaching out – her grandmother Pippa has started appearing to her with disturbing warnings and Perry’s presence at the school has ignited a chilling new wave of supernatural phenomenon. Once used a century ago as a sanatorium to house children dying of tuberculosis, the school’s past residents are slowly coming back to life and with one thing on their mind. They want someone to play with, someone to join them. Forever.
Even when dead, some children get whatever they want.
And they want Perry.
I have one word for this book: AWESOME! Well, it’s not true because I have a million other words in my head also that can describe this book but people tell me that I have to write a normal review and not just BRILLIANT, GREAT, AMAZING etc! Really, this series is perfect! Karina Halle really knows how to write amazing and scary stories. From the time I read the blurb, I knew that this will be a very creepy story. You know… dead kids, sanatorium, demons and all things that don’t let you sleep at night!
The story takes us two months after the events of the previous book and we can see that Perry and Dex are good in their relationship. Sure, both of them have some insecurities but it’s normal after what have happened to the them the last eight months. But Perry and Dex know that the most important is to love each other through the bad and the worse and they do that. Their new investigation is a very difficult one and they have to be very careful. They have to deal with too many demons in their life and now with some more!
I found Perry even better in this book! Yeah, she has some not very good moments but it’s easy to see that she knows what she wants and she wants stability in her relationship with Dex. I had this feeling while reading this book that the whole book was preparing us for what will happen to the next one and was giving us hints for the important role that Perry is going to have.
Dex was as always my favorite kind of guy! Sexy, sarcastic, smart, protective and authentic. It was nice to read about his insecurities because this was a proof that he doesn’t take Perry for granted. He loves her very much and he admits that she changed his life.
I believe that this book is one of the scariest in the series and I enjoyed reading it very much! The plot, the writing-style, the characterization were as always the best. Can’t wait for the next one that, unfortunately, will be the last of the series! If you haven’t read these books yet, you have to do it right now! Definitely one of my favorite series!
“Yesterday’s Kiss” by Carly Fall
Is she really encountering her one true love from the past?
When Maggie Ramos signs her divorce papers, she’s determined to start a new life free from her ex-husband’s verbal abuse and unfaithful behavior.
As a new start and celebration, Maggie decides to take a trip to Bisbee and Tombstone, Arizona. Because of her fascination with history, the two places have always captivated her with their rich pasts.
During a tour of the Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee, Maggie’s encounter with a miner named Joseph leaves her questioning her sanity. Claiming that he is her dead husband from the past, he is determined to prove to her that their love was real. He takes her on a journey vacillating between the present and the early 1900s, leaving Maggie to wonder if her psyche is shattering, or if she is really encountering her one true love from the past.
Does true love transcend death?
**The author gave me this book in exchange of an honest review**
This was a very interesting novella and I enjoyed reading it very much! The writing style of the author is very good and the characters well-written. Although this is only a novella, the story was lucking nothing and the descriptions were amazing.
After a failed marriage, Maggie thought that it’s the perfect time to take a trip. There, except her visits on tourist sites, she meets a strange man. He claims that he is her dead husband from a century ago. And now, Maggie, has to question her sanity.
I liked Maggie a lot from the beginning. She was the kind of woman who knows that dignity is very important and when her ex-husband treated her bad, she walked away. I was sad because it was easy to see that she wasn’t happy and she deserved all the happiness.
It was obvious that Joseph was a man from another era. There aren’t any men like him in our days. I liked him a lot and I was sorry seeing him so alone.
Although I liked the story and the characters very much, I found the ending very sad. Nevertheless, no matter my feelings, it was a happy ending for them and that’s the most important!
“Ruined” by Tracy Wolff
He’s the last man Chloe Girard should love . . . but the first she ever could.
Ethan Frost is a visionary, a genius, every woman’s deepest, darkest fantasy—even mine. And, somehow, I am his.
He stole into my life like a dream. Turned my reality upside down and made my every desire come true—especially those I never knew I had. He demanded everything I had to give and gave me everything of himself in return.
But dreams don’t last forever, and ours is no exception. Because my nightmares are darker, and my wounds deeper, than I could ever reveal. And as much as Ethan wants to protect me, the secrets we share will only tear us apart.
*I received a copy of this book from the Publisher Via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
OMG! OMG! What was that?? I love it when a book is better than what I was expecting to be! When I requested via NetGalley, I thought that I would read just another romance to pass my time. What I got? A great contemporary romance with one the most suspenseful cliffhangers ever!!!!
The plot seems typical bad it’s not. Chloe is good girl with a traumatized past is trying to find her place in the world and she’s working hard to be accepted as an intern at a very famous company. And there is Ethan, the big boss who is mysterious, sexy and larger than life. And it happens to want her bad since the first time he saw her. They managed to start a romantic relationship but Chloe’s past hides more secrets than Ethan can imagine.
I liked Chloe from the beginning. She’s a fighter and a survivor. She knows what she wants and she’s working hard to succeed. It wasn’t easy for her to continue her life after everything that happened to her so early in her life but she did her best in order to be far away from all her bad memories. I understand why she’s so afraid to feel and to trust someone and I was sad to see her trying so hard to accept her feelings.
Ethan was amazing from the very beginning. An alpha male all the way in order to win Chloe’s heart. He did all the right moves and he said all the right things. He is a man worthy of her love but after that ending I believe that he will have a difficult road to walk.
I absolutely loved this book but after that ending, I have a big problem: I want the second one right now!!!!!!!!
Of course, I recommend this book to all the fans of this genre! Definitely a great read!
“The Devil’s Reprise” by Karina Halle
Given a second chance, music journalist Dawn Emerson and guitarist Sage Knightly are reunited, only to have their lives threatened again by a demonic bargain. The sequel to THE DEVIL’S METAL, from USA Today bestselling author Karina Halle.
When Dawn Emerson got the chance to go on tour with her favorite metal band, Hybrid, she thought she landed the writing gig of the century. But what started off as a dream for the budding music journalist quickly turned into a nightmare that she and guitarist Sage Knightly barely escaped alive.
Now, months after they went their separate ways, Sage invites Dawn to accompany him on his first solo tour across Europe and write about it for Creem Magazine. But like the last tour, nothing is as easy as it seems. Sage is a broken man on the path to self-destruction and Dawn isn’t sure if she’s the right person to save him. And aside from having to pick up the pieces of their burgeoning relationship, they have to negotiate the mysterious new photographer assigned to Dawn’s story, as well as vindictive promoters and demonic groupies they thought they’d never see again.
Because this time, it’s Dawn who made a deal with the devil and the only thing worse than having to uphold a bargain with the prince of darkness is not remembering how you’re supposed to pay it back.
It may be with their souls.
Rock music, demons and Europe. Well, what’s not to like? The awesome Karina Halle, did it again! “The Devil’s Reprise” is an amazing book! I really don’t know what I liked the most, the characterization or how the author managed to mix together one of the most extravagant decade with demonic presence. The whole book was like a spooky movie with the best soundtrack ever!
The first book was about Sage. This one is about Dawn. After the events in the first book, he is starting his solo career and she’s trying to live her life without him. His European tour bring them together again. But this time the Devil wants Dawn and it won’t be easy to be saved.
I liked Dawn since I read the first book. Although, I can’t say that I was ok with some of her actions here (really girl, you know that the man you love one night before he sees you was f****** another woman and you don’t think that he has to try a little harder to be with you again?), I still like her. She’s been through hell (pun intended) in this story and for a moment I thought that she won’t be the same again after everything. But, she’s strong and she’s a fighter and she deserves her happy ending.
I wanted to punch Sage in the first half of this book. He was always drunk, high and f****** different women! And he was acting like an ass! But at some point, he changed. He realized what matters and what he wants. He realized that he was in love. And then he was amazing again!
I liked the way the story ended. After everything they’ve been through they deserved to be relaxed and happy. This was an awesome read! Great plot, characterization and very spooky! I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!
“Unattainable” by Madeline Sheehan
Warning: This is not a virtuous and tender love story. It’s chaotic, ruthless, and tragic. This story takes love and kills its innocence, steals away the pure moments, and crushes the hearts of the broken. A story born in childhood, tying one girl to one boy, leads to a destructive path—that hurts more than it doesn’t, that shatters more than it heals—testing the love that binds the two through a lifetime.
Tegen Matthews is the daughter of Dorothy Kelley, a club whore in the Hell’s Horsemen. A plain little girl, Tegen falls into the gritty world of the motorcycle club. When she meets a sweet, caring boy, she embraces the warmth and affection he shows her. Cage West is the son of the president of the Hell’s Horsemen. Tall and blond with deep brown eyes, as he grows up Cage realizes the power of his dimpled smile and smooth drawl. With one chance encounter, Tegen becomes forever tied to Cage. Following is a wayward journey that is filled with regrets, mistakes, and heartache, pulling at the threads that hold them together. Cage and Tegen fight hard but love harder, and in the end, what matters is where the journey takes one girl and one boy, who have been twined with one another since the beginning.
This is Tegen and Cage’s story.
Love doesn’t erase a broken heart, and it sure doesn’t change people. But no matter how old, how flimsy, how frayed the rope of love is, it keeps you tethered to the people you love.
I was looking forward for the third book of this series and I am glad that it was exactly what I was expecting! Like the previous two books this is not a typical love story or an easy read. There is love, pain and loss. People make love and fight at the same time. Everybody make mistakes and they spend time in misery. But there is also forgiveness and redemption. And love. Not the typical form of love but not less true.
This is the story of Tegen and Cage. Tegen was a little girl when her mother brought her to live in the club and Cage was a little older and the son of the badass president of the club. They were friends since the beginning and she was always in love with him. After a disastrous night they never spoke again and Tegen left the city. Now, after many years she’s back. She’s angry she wants him and he’s badass and wants her too. But when they are in the same room all hell breaks loose.
I liked Tegen because she’s different. Yes, she’s bitter and angry with everyone but she has a good reason for that. Behind her bad attitude and her badass look there is a woman in love. She’s afraid of her feelings and she’s trying hard to protect her heart.
Cage is my favorite so far! He does many mistakes in this book but the truth is that he doesn’t pretend to be someone else and I respect him for that. It wasn’t easy for me accept the fact that he was with so many other women but this is the way of the bikers in this series so I can’t do anything. But at the end I forgave him because when he has what he wants he doesn’t do anything to compromise it.
Except their story, in this book we can see the story of Dirty and Ellie also and I have to say that I loved it also! So, you have to read this book because that way you’re going to read two very good stories!
“Stolen Innocence” by Vivi Dumas
They say ignorance is bliss, but when it comes to love and mating, Charity Lovell wished someone had schooled her on the ins and outs. She fell hard when she saw the beautiful face of the fair-haired demon as he lay broken in Lucifer’s dungeon. Her body ached for him. Her heart cried for him. This had to be her mate, right? Who else could make her trade her soul to the Devil to save someone she didn’t know? Someone should’ve told her love wasn’t quite as straight forward as that.
Damon lived an uncomplicated life, even as the alpha of the Lake Charles pack and the son of Lucifer. He should’ve taken a mate years ago, but held on to the hope of love. Only one female came close to making him believe he still had a chance for happiness. Yet, her heart belonged to someone else. Once again, the feeling is back, stronger than ever. And again, his female has pledged herself to another. Damn demons were ruining his love life. This time Damon plans to fight for what was his and win his rightful mate.
The author gave me this book for an honest review.
What a great paranormal romance book! I have to say that since I read the first book in this series, I knew that it would be amazing so it’s not a big surprise for me! With a very well-written world-building and an even better characterization, she creates a unique paranormal story. Adventure, romance, humor and drama are combined in a perfect way. Really, I couldn’t put the book down!
I am not going to write the plot here, because you can read in the summary above. You just have to imagine the devil, angels, demons, werewolves etc, trying to deal with each other and trying to win Lucifer. Well, as you can probably imagine, this is one hell of a ride!!!
There were many people that I love in this book. But let’s talk about two of them. Charity and Damon. I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting their story this way. But while I was reading it, I found it unique and very interesting! Not the usual start of a relationship in a paranormal romance book but amazing without doubt!
Charity was funny and innocent at the beginning and, although, she did some big mistakes, I couldn’t blame her. It’s easy to see that she has limited experience in more than one area but she’s smart, brave and willing to do what she has to.
Damon is the son of Lucifer and nothing like his father. He’s the kind of man who wants to find his mate and have a nice life with her. But everything is complicated now that he finds the love of his life and in order to be with her he has to deal with the Hell. Yeah, I mean this literally.
I liked them both because they make a very interesting couple. The author did a great job describing them and their thoughts and feelings.
And the ending?? OMG! I hate it when a book has this kind of end. And I love it at the same time!! Really, it’s a great book and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!!
“Kissed by a Dark Prince” by Felicity Heaton
Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…
Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.
One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.
To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.
But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?
The author gave me this book for an honest review
There is always great when a new paranormal romance comes to my attention. And when this paranormal romance is by Felicity Heaton it’s even better. For one more time, she did it again! She wrote a great story with very interesting characters that kept my interesting from the first page until the last! With perfect balance between romance and adventure and with a very well-written world-building, I truly believe that this book is a perfect read for all the fans of this genre!
This story is about Olivia and Loren. She works in a research facility where she studies other species. He is an elf Prince and he finds himself injured and in her work place. From their first meeting it was obvious that they wanted each other but the war in his realm doesn’t let Loren make dreams for his future with Olivia. And when they realized that they are fated mates everything is more complicated for them. And on top of all these, the evil brother is there ready to make his move.
I liked Olivia a lot. Although she experienced grave loss in her past and she’s afraid to take risks, when it’s necessary she does the right thing. She’s also smart, brave and when strong minded woman.
Loren was amazing! He’s not only another sexy elf prince. He’s strong, possessive, protective and determined to do everything right. It’s easy to see that he’s hurting because of his relationship with his brother and he doesn’t know what to do in order not to kill him.
But the success of this book is that not only the main characters are great. It has very cool secondary characters such as Bleu and Sable! I liked them both and their scenes were some of the best in this book!
Well, as you can see, I enjoyed this book very much! If you want a paranormal romance with an attitude, this is the right book for you!
Here is the link to the Amazon UK with the book http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GSQJNJO
December is here! What does that mean? Christmas is almost here! This time of year is definitely one of my favorites! Earlier today I decorated my house and I thought that I should post some photos! Hope you’ll like them!
That’s all for me for today! Soon, I will post a new review! Until then.. Have a nice time and keep reading!
“Dryad” by Sonya Solomonovich
Solena is a dryad from the South American rainforest who is scorned by other dryads for her obsession with the human world. She likes to wear makeup, read human magazines such as Narcissism Carnival, and unlike self-respecting dryads who live under the stars, she lives in a treehouse.
But when the rain forest is threatened by a timber corporation, it is Solena who is chosen to prevent disaster by going undercover in a human company.
What she discovers goes much deeper than simply the fate of the rainforest. The future of the world could be at stake.
The humans are going back in time in order to extract natural resources and circumvent environmental laws, and Solena is swept along on a journey back to the 17th century.
The dryad finds herself falling for the heir to the timber corporation, the handsome Rodney Love, but as her adventures take her back in time and deeper into the rainforest, she finds the possibility of another love, one that transcends time itself…
Who will win the dryad’s heart: a smooth-talking billionaire who graces the cover of Narcissism Carnival or a wild and unruly jungle warrior?
The author gave me this book for an honest review
That was a crazy book! Really, it was nothing like other book I’ve ever read! I didn’t know what to expect when I read the blurb of this book but I can assure you that it wasn’t what I actually read! Of course, I haven’t read any other story about Dryads and I thought that it would be a good opportunity to start with this one!
Everything about this book is funny! And I mean it in a very good way! The story, the characterization, the world-building! Everything! Magical creatures that are trying to blend in the human world and trying to prevent a short-of-apocalypse and time travels where you can meet not only pirates but unexpected characters also!
The main characters are definitely unique and you can’t do anything else but like them. Solana is like no other and I loved her from the beginning! The way she’s trying to be a part of the human world is hilarious and I can’t imagine this story without her!
The writing style of the author is very good and, although, there were times that I wanted more details she’s doing a great job describing this weird world. The only fault I found in this story was the fact that it wasn’t long enough. I read this book in a day! I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!
“Bold Tricks” by Karina Halle
With more lives at stake and games in motion, Ellie, Camden and Javier form an uneasy alliance that will take them from the treacherous streets of inner-city Mexico to the wilds of the Honduran jungles in order to find their freedom. But with liberty just on the horizon, the cost might come at their own redemption.
After a great start in this series and a disappointing second book, the third one was ok. Not bad but not great also. I have to admit that my negative feelings for the Ellie, the main character are one of the most important reasons for the 3-stars review.
This book is the end of this series and it’s wild. I am not going to say anything about the plot because I don’t think that matters here. You only need to remember this: Ellie does for one more time many mistakes, she has mixed feelings at the beginning and then, finally, she decides (!), nobody can be trusted and there are too many bullets for my taste!
I have lost my respect for Ellie after her actions in the previous book and this book didn’t change a thing! She’s not bad person but she wants to see herself only as a victim and I found her self-centered. Camden is the best thing that happened to her and I don’t believe that she deserves him.
Camden is the reason I read this book! He’s the best character in the trilogy and the most solid one. I believe that he deserved more that what he gets and it was the reason I was disappointed in the second book. In this story he is the perfect hero. He did everything great and he had the best lines!
The writing was as always great and the story ends the way it should. Unfortunately, my lack of respect for Ellie didn’t let me to rate it with more than 3 stars.