Review | From The Grave | Karina Espinosa

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From the Grave, is the first book of the Mackenzie Grey Trials.

About The Book

Secrets don’t stay buried forever. From the Grave

Mackenzie Grey is a lone wolf who’s earned her fair share of battle scars from the past, but that’s all over now. Or so she thought.

Known as the Freedom Princess, her heroic deeds have come with a heavy price when a mysterious new villain emerges, one who’s intent on killing Sebastian. As a new breed of danger lurks on the horizon, secrets between Bash and Kenz pile up and her worst nightmare is realized.

Mackenzie spent the last three years learning who she was in Origins. Now she will face her greatest challenges in Trials…

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My Thoughts

I was provided an ARC copy of From The Grave for my honest review.

The MacKenzie Grey Trials is new set of books set in the world of Miss Espinosa’s Origin series, but takes place after the revolution.  Although it is not necessary to have read the 4 novels in the Origin series, it does help with some of the references made in From The Grave.

First I have to say, that I love the way Karina Espinosa writes.  In her past works,  she has crafted words to paper and made them come alive in the readers minds.  From The Grave is no different.

MacKenzie Grey is a stubborn, but strong willed and independent female lead, which personally I love.  And Bash, really knowing he has no choice, wisely lets her have her freedom.

From The Grave is full of plot twists and sneaky turns.  A great start to a new series for Karina Espinosa.

After reading this 4 star urban fantasy novel, I am looking forward to digging into Book 2.

About the Author

Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Karina EspinosaMackenzie Grey novels.  Infatuated with travel, pop culture and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online and listening to music.  With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram and live-tweeting during episodes of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Orphan Black.  Follow her on social media!

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Review | Invisible Leash | M.H.B

Invisible Leash is the first book in the Cross Series by debut indie author M.H.B

About The Book

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I’ve got it all-the beauty, the brains, the bank account.

Women hate me. Men want my Louboutins around their necks.

And I blame my father for everything. It’s his fault I’m swarming through powerful men in suits while I’m stuck posing as a useless, jobless photo op.

Until he sends the perfect weapon my way: Lincoln Black. Mark my words, I plan to use him. In more ways than one.

What I don’t expect coming my way is Jacob Storm, a beautiful, possessive, millionaire who sexed his way through Manhattan.

I spread my legs. My black heart however remains on lockdown.

You’ve been warned.

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My Thoughts

I was given a readers copy of Invisible Leash by M.H.B. for my honest review.

First off let me start by saying that the cover for this novel is absolutely stunning and completely attracted me towards wanting to reading it even before the blurb did.

Invisible Leash is the debut novel for indie author M.H.B. for what looks to be a duet called the Cross Series.

M.H.B. did an excellent job of writing her characters, painting them within the canvas of my mind.  I love a strong female lead and even though Sage, in some ways, is weak to some of the powers around her, she is very headstrong and determined.  Powerful characteristics for a female persona.

Along with the characters, the plot was well thought out and left you wanting more and more of Sage and Jacob.  And M.H.B. doesn’t hold back on the steam factor.  Lots of sizzling hot moments between the pages of this novel.

Well I did find Invisible Leash to be a bit wordy at times, and the writing to a bit novice, I have no doubt that M.H.B. will become favoured as she moves forward and becomes a well seasoned author.

Overall it was a impressive debut and I give 3.5 starts to Invisible Leash.

 About The Author

M. H. B. holds a Canadian law degree. She loves walking her dog and debating various subjects with her partner. When she’s not writing, her mind is in another world, with a book in hand. Invisible Leash is her debut novel.

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Release & Review | Beauty’s Cursed Beast | Mary E. Twomey

BEAUTY'S CURSED BEAST RDB BANNERHappy Release Day to Mary E. Twomey for the release of her second book in the Cursed Beauty series, Beauty’s Cursed Beast: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling.

About The Book

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Going from being Avondale’s Sexiest Bachelor to becoming hideously deformed turns Adam Fontaine into an angry shut-in. Though he’s doomed to mutate into a growling member of the Lupine when his thirtieth birthday comes, he wants nothing to do with enjoying what’s left of his sentient life.

When his last remaining friend hires a nurse to look after him, Adam realizes there’s more to his life than just his impending curse. Soon Adam has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep the woman he loves by his side, hoping she’ll stay with him through his last days.

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My Thoughts

I received an ARC copy of Beauty’s Cursed Beast in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book by Mary E Twomey.  I had not yet read the first book in the Cursed Beauty series and although the character from the first book make appearances it is not necessary to have read it.

Let me start by saying that I am not really a huge fan of fairy tales but after reading the blurb about Beauty’s Cursed Beast I was very much intrigued to read it.

I was hooked right from the first few pages.  There was no lull in this story for me.  I greedily turned every page until the very last one.  Miss Twomey took this children’s tale and renewed it, making it fresh and exhilarating and making it a tale made for an adult.

She painted vivid mind art with her words, taking you right into the story alongside Adam and Belle.  Making you fall in love with a beast who was really nothing more than lost man who needed love.

” All I want is for you to stay with me – to remember the man I was to you when all that’s left if the beast”

Beauty’s Cursed Beast in the perfect book to snuggle up to when you need some feel good words and the hope of something magical.

5 stars to Mary E Twomey for making me fall in love with a fairytale.

About The Author

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Mary E. Twomey lives in Michigan with her husband and three adorable children. She enjoys reading, writing, vegetarian cooking and telling her children fantastic stories about wombats

 

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Review | What Happens In Vegas | Shana Gray

About the Book

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Tough-as-nails detective Bonni Connolly is on a girls’ Vegas getaway with her college friends, when she hits the jackpot. Taking advantage of her gift from Lady Luck, Bonni upgrades their trip for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in luxury and glamour. Seizing the opportunity to break out from her normal (formal) cop style, she splurges on a slinky designer dress and a VIP booth in an exclusive club. That’s when she sees him, and Bonni decides there’s another once-in-a-lifetime thing she wants to have: a vacation fling.

Meets the gambler…

Professional poker player Quinn Bryant is in town for one of the largest tournaments of the year and (as always) he plans to win. Determined to start off his vacation by getting lucky, he heads to his favorite club, where he spots Bonni across the dance floor. Fortune smiles on him when Bonni picks up the cards he puts down. However, what starts as a Vegas hook-up soon turns into something more, as Bonni learns to see the man behind the poker face.

The stakes have never been higher.

Even though Bonni’s trip has an end date and there is another tournament calling Quinn’s name, their strong connection overcomes their difference and they start to wonder if what happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay there.

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My Thoughts

I was provided an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest thoughts.

What Happens in Vegas is a great read if you are looking for something fun, easy and light.

Four quirky women in Vegas on a girls weekend…..what could possibly happen, right?!?!

I enjoyed the plot of this book, even though it is somewhat typical of a HEA romance book.  I really liked getting to know the women and their characteristics and look forward to seeing what is in store for them in the upcoming books.

Ms. Gray’s What Happens in Vegas is the perfect book for your next weekend read or that beach vacation your going to take.

Oh and I loved her references to Ontario, Canada!!!

I give What Happens in Vegas 3.5 stars!

 

About The Author

Shana Gray writes contemporary romance and womens fiction that just might make you laugh. Her books can be found at Headline Eternal Romance, Entangled Publishing, 4408328Harlequin Blaze, and Random House Loveswept, she is also an indie author. Her international top seller, WORKING GIRL is available in six languages.  A mom of two grown sons, a future daughter-in-law, and was adopted by her black cat, she lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada. When she’s not writing or at the day job, she spends time with her family, menagerie of pets, enjoying a fine red or rose wine and is always eyeing travel plans  ready to fly off at the drop of a hat to experience the beauty of the world around us.

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Friday Fivesome with Amanda V Shane

Friday5I had the pleasure this week to rope Amanda V Shane into being a part of my Friday Fivesome.  She is a hidden gem in the world of Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal writers. Her first book, The Snow Maiden, is magically enchanting and oh so steamy, from cover to cover.  36679087

As well, Amanda has started a new series, The Tide of Atlantis.  The firs book in the series, Moontide, has already been released, while readers eagerly await the release of book 2, Crystal Tide.

Oh, and she has some of the most stunning books covers that I have seen.

So here it is, 5 random questions for Amanda Shane:

1.  What song almost always ends up on your playlist?

“Funhouse” by Pink

2.   You don’t know where you are going, but you can only pack 3 items to take on vacation with you. What would they be?

Lighter, pocket knife, mascara (I’m a survivalist )

3. What is your favorite quote or saying?

“Romantic art is the fuel and the spark plug of a man’s soul; its task is to set a soul on fire and never let it go out.” ~Ayn Rand

4.  If you could co-write with any author, who would it be?

Karen Marie Moning – I’m a huge fan of her books.

5. What’s your favorite colour? Now make up a cocktail name using that colour.

Green – The Green Sea Demon

Bonus:  What’s your pet peeve?

Eating sounds and milk mustaches. Those ads they did of the celebrities with the milk mustaches a few years ago were an absolute nightmare for me, lol.

About Amanda

Amanda V. Shane is a Colorado native and fully admits to having been a library dork headshots-002growing up. To this day, she loves the smell of book paper on an almost fetish level (okay, maybe not, but that gives you a peek into the dark and twisted mind of this author). One of her first book romances came at the age of nine when, in a far back aisle, she found the story of King Arthur and was entranced by the blood purple canvas cover with gold leafing – she likes shiny things.
Since then, she’s been hooked on stories with magic, mythical beings, daring heroes and, of course, desperate romance.
Today, all of the thumbnails on her e-reader sport book covers with chiseled jaws and “shiny” abs but the stories are no less magical, no matter what genre. She writes paranormal and fantasy romance from her home where she lives with her family and a Bassett hound who she routinely has to fight for the “soft” end of the couch to set up with her laptop. She likes chocolate, wine, coffee and kids, in no particular order ;).

If you’re distracted by shiny things too, visit Amanda on the web  and join her mailing list for news, upcoming events and freebies! (shiny freebies)