WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #2

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

My WOW this week is a long awaited book by the lovely Belle Aurora, Sugar Rush!




Max Leokov has watched the people around him find love. 
At one point in life, he not only wanted that, but lived for it. 
He loved once. He loved with all his heart. 

His heart broken, he was left to care for his young daughter. 
He deserves a second chance. 





Helena Kovac has spent years studying. 
She has worked her ass off to get her degree.
She doesn't have time for love. Hell, the thought of messing around gives her hives. 
Books and work are her life. Everything else comes second. 



When Max and Helena join forces to help his daughter, Ceecee, they are shocked at the spark between them. 



A cynic. 


A workaholic. 


A friendship neither expected. 


When love hits, it hits hard. 


And sometimes, love hurts.



Expected publication: November 21st 2014

I've been waiting for Max and Helena's book for over a year and I am SO freaking excited it's almost here! This is one of my favorite romantic comedy series of all time!


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TEASER TUESDAY #2

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read and share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. 

This week's Teaser Tuesday is none other than BEYOND POSSESSION by KIT ROCHA





Tatiana Stone has worked hard to establish herself as one of Sector Four's most skilled crafters. All she wants is peace--but the sins of her father haunt her. He ruled the sector as a petty tyrant before the O'Kane takeover, and plenty of people harbor bitter memories of his cruelty. Especially now that Tatiana’s beloved baby sister has fallen in with a man who wants to start a revolution.



Zan failed his boss once, and it won't happen again. So when Dallas O'Kane asks him to defuse the rebellion brewing in the sector, he’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done--including seduce Tatiana. It’s the perfect opportunity to get closer to the pretty crafter and complete his mission. But what he discovers is a fiery, passionate woman--and an affair that could destroy them both.
Expected publication: November 10th 2014



“For a moment, he did nothing but stare down at her, as if drinking in the image she presented--sprawled on the bed, half naked, the rest of her clothes in disarray. Disheveled. Debauched.”


“After all, her first, reckless love affair had taught her one painful lesson--a lover who brushed aside your need for independence was never worth it.”


I just finished this book today and let me tell you, HOLY SEXINESS. Kit Rocha has done it again. You guys just wait, Zan is going to blow you away ;)

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BOOK REVIEW: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy


I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.

Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.


One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.


My everything.


Expected publication: December 2nd 2014 by Bantam




Wow. What to say? Ryder and Violet are the definition of dysfunctional. They both work at Fleur Cosmetics, and they both have extremely different backgrounds. Ryder was orphaned at a young age and turned to the streets to survive. Violet grew up in wealth with three sisters and a father (however hard he may seem).

Ryder is super ambitious. Will do anything to get ahead. And one thing he's willing to do is use Violet to get a promotion from her father. 

I wish I'd liked Ryder more. Don't get me wrong, he's a bad boy turned kind of good, but I still felt like in the end he would have chosen furthering his career over Violet. But in real life nobody is perfect and it's kind of refreshing to read MCs who don't act perfectly to situations.
I wish we'd gotten more of a back story on Pilar, who took Ryder under her wing, amongst other things.. but I suppose she'll be used in the future books. 

As for Violet, I feel like she needed more of a backbone. She had made herself think that she had to be this perfect human to counteract her two somewhat out of control sisters. Even planning on marrying a man that stepped out on her. She stood up for herself more towards the end, but still seemed like kind of a pushover, worrying about what people thought about her way too much.

I did end up really enjoying it though, finished it in one day, and I'll be continuing on with the series. Really looking forward to Rose and Lily's books. Lilly sounds like a hot mess and those are the heroines that are my absolute favorite. 

Favorite Quotes:

"I can see the delicate line of her throat as she swallows and I want to rain kisses on the fragile skin here. Whisper exactly what I want to do to her in her ear. Jesus, I have it bad."

“I’m … just a man. A man who fucks up, who makes mistakes and sometimes doesn’t think. I’m reckless. I’m arrogant. I’ve done things I’m not proud of. I grew up fast and didn’t have a real childhood.” I pause, not sure how much more I should say. I don’t want to scare her before I get my one last chance. “I … don’t know how to love.”

"I can’t believe it. I don’t deserve her. But she’s mine. And no one can take her away from me. No one."




I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #1

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

My very first WoW is, drum roll......






From the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful BastardBeautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player, Book Two of the brand-new Wild Seasons series that started with Sweet Filthy Boy—a story of friends, love, and lust.

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other...which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.





Christina Lauren has the first 3 chapters posted on their website. How good does this sound! After LOVING Sweet Filthy Boy I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the second book in The Wild Seasons series!


DIRTY ROWDY THING will be released November 4, 2014

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TEASER TUESDAY #1

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read and share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. 


My first ever teaser Tuesday! And the lucky book my teaser is coming from is.. Mortal Heart  (His Fair Assassin, #3) by Robin LaFevers!


Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.


She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...

Expected publication: November 4th 2014


"It is hard—so hard—not to feel wasted, like a new sword that has been allowed to rust before it has ever been used. I tighten my grip on my blade, reminding myself that the abbess has assured me it is just one of Mortain’s many mysteries, why He has called the others first. If I ever come face to face with Him again, I shall ask
why."
Page 4 of Mortal Heart

I am SO excited about this book. This is one of my favorite YA series of all time! If you haven't read the first two books in the His Fair Assassin series, Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph yet, you totally should.

A SHORT REVIEW: With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley


One night, Callum is driven into the woods by instinct, an instinct to protect… what, he does not know. Until he, in the form of wolf, meets a young, human child who he is instantly drawn to in a fierce way he doesn’t quite understand.


But in the end, she protects him. Then he finds this human child is his destined mate.



Sonia Arlington has lived a lonely life. She has certain abilities that make her strange and she has a rare disease that, if untreated, could kill her. Her mother and father are assassinated but before, her father makes her vow that she will never let others discover her abilities. This forces Sonia to stay distant from others, no family, no close friends and always guarding against exposure.



Then the intelligence leaks that Sonia is Callum’s human mate. He is now King of the Werewolves and therefore she becomes targeted by the wolves who have aligned with other immortals to enslave the human race. Callum has war on his hands and is forced to claim his mate and quickly integrate Sonia into a world that is strange and frightening to her.



As Sonia attempts to adjust, not entirely successfully, Callum attempts to cope with the knowledge that his mate is mortal. He will have her beauty and gentleness only the length of a mortal life and as werewolves only have one mate their entire lives, their union for him is unbearably bitter as well as unbelievably sweet.



Then he finds that due to her illness, her human life will be even shorter and he is forced to endure the increased bitter while doing everything he can to make Sonia’s short life incredibly sweet.

Published November 21st 2012





“If I could have wished what I thought was my perfect mate on the wind and had her come back to me in a storm, I could never have come up with anything as exquisite as you.” 


Definitely not my favorite Kristen Ashley book so far. I think I expected it to be more like the first book, with surprises and plot twists and craziness. But I didn't get much of that. I wasn't shocked by most anything that happened in this book, besides Sonia. 



How she didn't figure out what Callum was earlier on is beyond me. She had SO MANY clues! Callum and "his people" weren't human. But did she ask what the heck they were? No. And she didn't ask for MONTHS. How can you go on that long and be not in the least bit curious about the person you're with?Other than that, this book felt like just another KA romance minus the PNR stuff. 



At the end of this book, there's an epilogue that shows you a little peek at the last two lifemates of The Three and it made me super anxious for the last book.



“Every day, I would wake up and think you were perfect and every night I’d go to sleep thinking, somehow, during the day, you got even more perfect. If I could have wished what I thought was my perfect mate on the wind and had her come back to me in a storm, I could never have come up with anything as exquisite as you.”
4 stars.

BOOK REVIEW: Until the Sun Falls from the Sky by Kristen Ashley

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

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

So he’s taking it back.

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

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

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


Published February 24th 2012



KRISTEN ASHLEY WRITES VAMPIRES. Is this real life?

Truth be told, I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I started Until the Sun Falls from the Sky but it was a Kristen Ashley book so I knew I would like it. And like it was an understatement!

In this world, the vampires have a male or female concubine who feed them blood for a few years at a time until they are released from service. In return, they're taken care of extremely well with houses, clothes, pretty much anything they want. Leah's family have been concubines for generations. At the Selection where the concubines are chosen, Leah gets chosen by Lucian, the top dog (vamp?) who has been waiting and watching Leah for the past 20 years. 

“You can't stalk what's yours", he returned.
I looked at his shirt. "Yes, I suspect that's what all the stalkers say.”


Leah has spunk, and doesn't act like the typical concubine, which is very refreshing.

“Don’t try me,” Lucian warned in my head.
“Kiss my concubine ass,” I returned in his.”


I think the thing I loved most about this book/world was it seemed so REAL. Like it could totally be happening right now, that's how real it felt. and the sexual tension was crazy. Lucian was a total alpha (a common theme in KA books) and the storyline made you not want to put the book down for a second. I had SO many emotions reading this book, which is something that I look for in book. Too often I read a book and feel happy or sad or annoyed or whatever, but I don't actually care what happens to the characters. Kristen Ashley made you root for these characters to find their happiness.

I'd have to say my one problem with the book was Lucian. Especially in the beginning. So many things he did or said made me want to reach through the book and smack him upside the head and maybe knock some sense into him! He was so manipulative, controlling and a hypocrite. He wanted to "break" and "tame" Leah and have her be his "pet" (which annoyed me greatly). But later in the book we get some insight into Lucians life and you come to understand why he acts the way that he does.

“In fact, when he wasn’t being a jerk, controlling or a pain in the ass, he looked at me…
He looked at me…
Oh hell, he looked at me like I was his life.”


I don't want to give the plot of the book away because that's what made me fall in love with it. How unsuspecting and original it was!

This book is the first in a series, so the ending leads right into book two and the prophecy that will be fulfilled.

If you're a fan of Kristen Ashely's contemporary romance and want to give PNR a try, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!

“If you give me you, Lucien, then I promise. I’ll give you me.”

4.5 stars.

NOVELLA REVIEW: Beyond Solitude (Beyond #4.5)


When a motorcycle accident leaves Derek Ford riding a desk at the O’Kane compound, the last thing he needs is a sexy new assistant upending his office and his life. But Mia isn’t scared of her domineering boss. The friction between them generates an undeniable heat—but Mia will not be kept, and Ford will do anything to protect what’s his. 
A few notes:
Unlike Beyond Temptation, this story stands separate from the main series plotline, with a tight focus on the hero and heroine as they travel through some parts of the Sectors we don’t usually get to show.
Published May 1st 2014 (first published April 1st 2014)

I loved the story of Ford and Mia. I loved that Ford was gruff and scowl-y but has soft spots for the people he cares about (although, he is one stubborn ass man). Mia went on a huge journey in this book, and I loved reading about the strength she finds living in Sector Four after living in Sector Two her whole life and being trained to do… what they do in Two. This novella is chock full of O’Kanes and I know the wait until the fall for Beyond Addiction is going to hurt like a mother fucker. Amazing novella. Kit Rocha does it again, people. 5 stars.
Favorite Quotes 
“A woman only had to be seen with him once to be safe throughout the sector, and that was seductive in dangerous ways. Power was attractive for a reason. You could curl up close to it and bask in security, in the warmth and safety… Until it went wrong. And then no one could help you. No one dared.”
“Strength. Tenderness. Holding her close without holding her down. That was the promise of Dallas O’Kane, of all the O’Kanes.”
“… because squeezing every possible drop of joy out of every spare moment seemed to be what the O’Kanes were all about.”

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond Jealousy (Beyond #4) by Kit Rocha


She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two. 
When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.
A saint… 
Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin. In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.
…and a sinner. 
Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned. He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.
Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two. One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.
Published March 16th 2014 (first published March 15th 2014)

If I could sum up my review in one gif it would definitely look like this:

Beyond Jealousy was everything I wanted from Rachel, Ace and Cruz. I’ve been waiting for this book for what feels like forever and I know I wont be able to adequately describe how much I loved it.
The authors have a way of making you feel all of the emotions the characters feel, with meaningful dialogue and powerful words.
You felt Ace’s insecurities and understood why he did the things he did. Ace has always hid behind his flirtatious mask and dirty words. You find out where he came from. Why he is who he is.
You felt Rachel come to terms with and accept her feelings for Ace and Cruz. Her need and love for Ace was different, but no less intense as her need and love for Cruz.
You felt Cruz’s strength and power and the need to protect the ones he loved. He fought his inner demons because of the military code that was ingrained in him his entire life, but he only needed a little push from Ace to show him he could have everything he wanted. And how good it could be.
You also get to see the rest of the O’Kanes, and a few POV chapters from them.
I loved every. single. word.
Some (okay, a shit ton) of my favorite quotes–
“Sorry, I forgot the rules. Everything’s a joke until it’s not, and words don’t mean anything until you want them to.”
“Almost nobody knows what they really want. Figure it out before they do, and you own them.”
“They’d been living alternate lives, crossing just close enough to grind salt into the wounds because neither thought the other was bleeding.”
“That was the one lesson they’d all learned, even Ace–you showed the world your strengths because they earned you respect, and your flaws because they earned you trust. But your weaknesses you held tight in your heart.”
“His dirty words came cheap. Cruz’s were precise, each one slamming home with the impact of a hundred of Ace’s, and doled out in servings so small you were ready to beg for the next taste.”
“What was the benefit of climbing to the top of the damn pile only to pretend you’d always been there? No one who cared would ever believe you belonged, and no one who mattered would care.”
“But he wasn’t a corrupter, slinking into their lives and forcing them into sin. He was a liberator, reaching inside them to draw out what they really needed.”
“He has you strapped in this time. Helpless.” She always was, whether she was shackled or not.”
“You could have had us both, all of us. All that filthy sex, all that love. But we pay in honesty. And if you can’t do that, all we end up with is heartbreak and jealousy.”
If I could give this book a million stars, I would. Thank you Donna and Bree for creating such an amazing world with deep, complex characters. And that last chapter? ZOMG. Thank god Trix’s books is next! Loved, loved, loved.
*I was provided an ARC by the authors in exchange for an honest review*

BOOK REVIEW: Carnal Secrets (The Phoenix Pack #3) by Suzanne Wright

A pack Alpha and his estranged, true mate wrestle with painful secrets, ruthless enemies, and their own irresistible attraction, in the sexy third book of the Phoenix Pack series.
Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.
Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.
Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Published February 11th 2014 by Montlake Romance
Well it should come as to no surprise to anyone, but I LOVE THIS SERIES! I hounded the publisher for an ARC as soon as I thought I could, without making me seem like a crazy person. (Which was about two weeks ago, I know, I have serious self control- right?)
I was a little hesitant at first when I found out it was going to be about Nick and Shaya, because Nick isn’t in the Phoenix pack and Shaya was a new member (albeit Taryn’s childhood friend), so we didn’t really know these two characters as well as some of the enforcers in the Phoenix Pack. I thought we wouldn’t be seeing a lot of the old gang that I’ve come to love.
Well thankfully I was wrong about that!
The first half or so of the book Nick is trying to win Shaya back and they’re in Arizona (where she fled to, to hide from Nick after he rejected her). I felt like there wasn’t much going on in the first half. No action, no sexy times, just a lot of dialogue, plot set-up and some SERIOUS sexual tension (okay, okay, maybe that is a lot! But I need ACTION!) However, once it got some action and sexy times it got good. And when I say good I mean staying-up-until-7am-to-finish good. Let me just say that Nick can dirty talk to me anytime, anywhere. *fans self*
To those who haven’t figured it out yet, Suzanne Wright is the queen of banter! She writes strong leading characters that never back down from a good verbal sparring session. It doesn’t matter if they are dominant or submissive wolves, she was a way of writing them with such strength that you forget the way they’re “supposed” to behave. You end up rooting for them, laughing with them and feeling their pain.
All in all I really liked this story, it was a great addition to the series and I’ll be (im)patiently waiting for book 4! I hope it’s Marcus! Or Dominic! Or Tao! Or.. Oh heck, I don’t care which one it is I just want it now! Definitely worth reading if you liked the first two books in this series, or if you’re a fan of Suzanne’s other series (which is awesome because VAMPIRES!)
4.5 stars
Was provided an ARC from the publisher (thank you Montlake Romance!) in exchange for an honest review.

Welcome to the Insanity

So… I started a blog. I know, WEIRD. I saw this image on Tumblr,
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and I thought, reading makes me happy. Why not try blogging? I’m not here to become a master blogger and take over the reading world, I just thought it might be nice to have a place (other than goodreads) to collect all of my thoughts. I’ll post some of my old reviews, and maybe some new ones o.O