Friday, April 19, 2019

Dragonfire by Donna Grant ~ Review

Passion burns hot in Dragonfire, the next Dark Kings novel from New York Times bestseller Donna Grant.

It was a soul-deep longing, one that got into his bones and settled there, sending whispers of desire through him. The need, the hunger, grew tenfold with every breath. . . .

As a Dragon King, Roman is sworn to protect all mortals--even though they no longer believe in dragons. But deep in the Carpathian Mountains, he discovers a beautiful and mysterious gypsy who possesses the power to see into his very soul. To reignite the fire in his heart. And to help him find the long-lost sword that could save the dragons forever...

Sabina remembers the stories her grandmother told her. Legends of dragons and kings, fire and ice. And she's never forgotten the dark prophecy that filled her ancestors with fear--a fate they tried to prevent by stealing a Dragon King's sword. Sabina knows that helping Roman is dangerous. He is a dragon betrayed, and more powerful than any man. He could destroy her in a single fiery embrace. But how can she resist the longing in his eyes--or the feelings in her heart--when their destinies are bound by desire?



Things are changing in the Dark Kings series.  It felt like the last book, Torched, was the end of one chapter and this book the beginning of the next.  I admit to be fascinated by the direction the series is going.  The Kings have believed they knew who their enemies were.  It's a long list but they knew where the problems were.  But this author has turned the tables on her own characters.  Broadening the scope of their world and realizing there is so much more going on, this book sets a new stage.  And it is so much bigger than this one realm.  

As always, I really enjoy this world.  I love fantasy that is tucked inside our own world, urban fantasy.  This world does a great job of being the home to many different creatures while the humans go about their lives never knowing what's up.  Adding to that world this time are the gypsy's.  Sabina has never embraced her magical gifts but her brother has.  Together, they open up this world to something so much more than it was.  I'm excited to see what happens next.

The characters are always good in the Dark Kings series.  I wondered a lot about this book because it's clearly Roman's book but had so much to do with V.  As I read it, I realized that the story of V's sword would take more than just V's book could hold.  And it was the perfect place for Roman to meet and fall for Sabina.  I enjoyed all of these characters.  And so many of my favorites were also around as the story unfolded.  They all feel real to me.  I can so picture their home and would happily visit it.

Roman is loyal to his friend V and drawn to Sabina.  He's cautious but can't seem to resist her.  Trying to understand her and her brother, he becomes protective of both.  Taking risks and coming to terms slowly of who she is to him, Roman is an amazing Dragon King.  As for Sabina, she speaks to my heart.  Her devotion to her brother touches me.  I admire and love her.  But her strength to do what is right by Roman and V is a strength of character that makes her an amazing heroine.

I am concerned about Con in this book.  Things are changing there too and I hope that Ulrik can hold him together.  Definitely has me wondering about where things are going.  Reading on. 

I was very impressed with the writing in this one.  To rewrite what the readers had experienced in the first 13 books expanding it and creating a new direction takes amazing talent.  And I'm very excited to continue for many books to come.

The books really should be read in order.  But if you were going to start somewhere within the series, I'd start here.  It's a new chapter.  Old adversaries have been defeated and old friends reunited already.  This one starts something new.

Fans of the series will love it and new fans will definitely enjoy it.


                               


Compelling and captivating, Donna Grant has created yet another amazing read.



Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine ~ Review


Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.





I've been in the re-telling mood so I picked up this book.  It's a good retelling of Snow White.  There is much I enjoyed about it and one thing I didn't.

The story is crafted in a rich fantasy world with magic and dragon shifters.  There are many kingdoms settled near each other, where each has a strength.  But one kingdom has been stolen from it's people to serve the false Queen Irina.  The Princess and Prince fled after their parents are killed before them.  This sets the stage for a nine year battle to regain the kingdom and free the people from the obsessive magic of Irina.  I enjoyed this world and can see that it sets the stage for more tales.

I also enjoyed the characters.  They are strong and well rounded.  I felt for them and cheered for them.  I loved Lorelai.  She struggles with the fear of facing Irina again.  She plans and strategizes to make sure she won't fail.  She's always looking for the safe way through.  But she has to grow into her power and some of her failures are painful.  She is a good person and will make a good Queen.

Other characters also drew me.  I really didn't like Irina, which tells you how well she is written.  I fell hard for Kol.  He truly has the building blocks of leadership in his character.  When he has to hold the country together, he gives more than his all to accomplish it.  I liked him so much.  Lorelai's brother and her protector also captured my heart.  All of the characters kept me reading to find out what would become of them.

I think the flaw in this book is the dramatics.  What I mean by that is the number of times that the same hopeless situation is recounted for the reader.  It stops the action of the story.  It reminds all of the impossible task.  I didn't like this part.  I felt it was appropriate in a few places but the technique was overused.  I began skimming that part to find the story again.  If not for that part, I think this book could have been a solid 5 star read.  

I did love how the relationship developed.  I loved how strong Lorelai is and that she saved so many people.  I love how Kol saved her...though I saw it coming.  I feel like the story is so much richer than a lot of retellings.  

I'm sure I'll continue reading the series at some point.  I do hope later books have less of the restating of the dire situations and more focus on the story itself.



                               


Swoon Thursday ~ 4/18/19



Who doesn't LOVE a good swoon?!  We love them for sure!  Check out our swoon below and then add to the fun.

Post anything that made you swoon, past or present read.  Include the cover, blurb and links.  Please no spoilers.





Every inch of him was molded as if from granite...and her blood ran like fire...

For centuries, V has waited to awaken from his doomed sleep and reclaim his destiny. But this Dragon King--one among a legion of legendary warriors sworn to protect the human race from darkness--must first find a way to win back his sword. Wield its power. And try not to fall prey to his own illicit desires.

Claire may possess the beauty and soul of a goddess but V knows better than to mess with a mere mortal. Still, he instinctively knows that Claire is The One who can help him regain the use of his sword and restore his place at Dreagan. But if she learns the truth about who--and what--he really is, her memories of him would be erased forever. How can V love Claire truly, madly, deeply...and protect her from the forces of fire and darkness that could destroy them both?







Available 4/30/19 from St. Martin's Press

Swoon...

"It's not the water that made me shudder."  Her gaze held his as she paused.  "You did."
Did she have any idea how deeply her simple confession touched him?  The idea that being with him in the loch, drenched in moonlight made her shiver only made her more attractive.  (Kindle location 1419 of the ARC)

So love V.  Trying to read slow because I don't want it to end!



That's our swoon this week!  What about you?  Leave us a comment & a link.




Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Cover Reveal ~ A Cowboy Like You by Donna Grant

We are so excited to share the cover reveal for A COWBOY LIKE YOU by Donna Grant with you today! A COWBOY LIKE YOU is the fourth book in Donna's Heart of Texas series and it releases on November 26, 2019.

Links to pre-order your copy can be found below.

 

A COWBOY LIKE YOU by Donna Grant

Heart of Texas #4 | November 26, 2019

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Pre-order your copy of A COWBOY LIKE YOU today!

Kindle | Nook | Kobo | GooglePlay Amazon Print | BAM | Indiebound

**Apple, Kobo, and print will be available soon!

BLURB COMING SOON!

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About DONNA GRANT:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her "totally addictive" and "unique and sensual" stories. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a thrilling combination of dragons, Fae, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children and an assortment of animals in Texas. Connect with her: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Goodreads

A Stuck In Books Giveaway



Punishment by Scott J. Holliday



Do you want to know what it’s like to die, to kill, to really fear for your life? Then get hooked…

Detroit-based homicide detective John Barnes has seen it all—literally. Thanks to a technologically advanced machine, detectives have access to the memories of the living, the dying, and the recently dead. But extracting victims’ experiences firsthand and personally reliving everything up to the final, brutal moments of their lives—the sights, the sounds, the scents, the pain—is also the punishment reserved for the criminals themselves.

Barnes has had enough. Enough of the memories that aren’t his. Enough of the horror. Enough of the voices inside his head that were never meant to take root…until a masked serial killer known as Calavera strikes a little too close to home.

Now, with Calavera on the loose, Barnes is ready to reconnect, risking his life—and his sanity. Because in the mind of this serial killer, there is one secret even Barnes has yet to see…



The Wolf by Leo Carew


The Wolf is a thrilling, savagely visceral, politically nuanced, and unexpectedly wry exploration of power - and how far one will go to defend it.

Violence and death have come to the land under the Northern Sky.

The Anakim dwell in the desolate forests and mountains beyond the black river, the land under the Northern Sky. Their ancient ways are forged in Unthank silver and carved in the grey stone of their heartland, their lives measured out in the turning of centuries, not years.

By contrast, the Sutherners live in the moment, their vitality much more immediate and ephemeral than their Anakim neighbors. Fragile is the peace that has existed between these very different races - and that peace is shattered when the Suthern armies flood the lands to the north. These two races revive their age-old hatred and fear of each other. Within the maelstrom of war, two leaders will rise to lead their people to victory.

Only one will succeed.





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Waiting On Wednesday ~ 4/17/19


This is our version of Waiting on Wednesday but with more cuddles, books we can't wait to cuddle for various reasons.

What are we waiting on this week?  THIS!


For a shifter with no interest in she-wolves...he sure is territorial.
Wolf shifter and former Navy SEAL Brock Greystoke isn't interested in she-wolves. The last one in his life ambushed him with the intent to kill. So when he's tasked with helping his cousin's friend get to a wedding, he has no intention of getting involved with her...

She-wolf Natalie Silverton has inadvertently crossed a group of dangerous criminals, and she's in dire need of a bodyguard. Good thing Brock is there to protect her. At every turn, their work—and play—brings them closer to catching the criminals and to each other, but Brock will have to get them out of this alive if he has any hope of winning Natalie's heart.





I do enjoy my paranormal romance and this series is a good one.  The cover and blurb both draw me to this one too.

What about you?  Do you love paranormal romance?




The Revenge PlanAfter I caught my boyfriend cheating, I tried to be mature about it with an amicable split. But he took his retaliation too far, and I have officially had enough. No more Miss Nice Haven.

No one is allowed to lie to me, betray, embarrass, and devastate me, fill me with self-doubt, or put my future at risk, and expect to get away with it. He is going to feel my wrath.

Enter Wick Webster, his archenemy.

Nothing would provoke my ex more than to see me moving on with the one guy he hates most, so that’s exactly what I plan to do.

The only hitch in my brilliant scheme is Wick himself. He’s just gotta be all love-not-war and peace-is-the-only-way. He’s more concerned about helping me heal than seeking my sweet revenge.

And what the hell is it about his soothing presence and yummy looks that calls to me until I forget how much pain I’m in? He’s making it awfully hard to use and abuse him for my malicious means. The damn guy is making me fall for him.


Releases May 2019!

Why am I waiting? I adore Linda's books. And I've been drooling over this one since she released info about it. I can't wait for an ARC to land on my kindle--I'm in such a mood for just this!



That's what we're waiting on this week! What do you think? What are you waiting on? Leave us a comment and link us up!


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Stuck In Books Featured Releases & Giveaway




From Graydon House...



From the bestselling author of The Charm Bracelet and The Recipe Box comes the perfect summer escape about the restorative power of family tradition, small-town community and the feel of sand between your toes.

Adie Lou Kruger’s ex never understood her affection for what her parents called their Creaky Cottage, the charming, ramshackle summer home—complete with its own set of rules for relaxing—that she’s inherited on Lake Michigan. But despite the fact she’s facing a broken marriage and empty nest, and middle age is looming in the distance, memories of happy childhoods on the beach give her reason for hope. She’s determined not to let her husband’s affair with a grad student reduce her to a cliché, or to waste one more minute in a career she doesn’t love, so it becomes clear what Adie Lou must do: rebuild her life and restore her cottage shingle by shingle, on her terms.

But converting the beloved, weather-beaten structure into a bed-and-breakfast isn’t quite the efficient home-reno experience she’s seen on TV. Pushback from Saugatuck’s contentious preservation society, costly surprises and demanding guests were not part of the plan. But as the cottage comes back to life, Adie Lou does, too, finding support in unexpected places and a new love story on the horizon. One cottage rule at a time, Adie Lou reclaims her own strength, history and joy by rediscovering the magic in every sunset and sandcastle.


 



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