Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dark Alpha's Embrace by Donna Grant ~ Review




There's no escaping a Reaper. I'm an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I'm coming for you...

I'm a warrior. My unbreakable determination, my backbone of steel define me. As a Reaper who does Death's bidding, weakness is a word I don't understand. Until a stunning librarian stirs emotions deep within me I've never felt before. Her soft curves blunt the sharp edges of my soul, crushing my defenses - yet make me stronger. But underneath those wide eyes and fierce femininity, she has a weapon, one she won't hesitate to use. And when the Dark begin their deadly descent, we'll need each other's love and protection...or risk fracturing apart.


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This book is such an improvement over the first book in the series.  I still don't understand the title because I don't see any real alpha personalities in these books but I can live with that since the world building, characters and story line were so much better than book one.

This series takes place in the same world as the Dark Kings series by the same author.  It's written along side it time wise.  And while there not really any cross over between characters, we have seen the reapers and Death in the Dark Kings books.  No dragons here though.  But the world of the dark and light Fae is very much the stage.  I enjoyed learning more about their world.  The author did a better job of building that world in this book than she did in book 1.  My knowledge of it from the other series wasn't necessary for me to understand what was going on.  

I felt like a series plot was better developed in this one as well.  It was hinted at in the last book but the focus there was on the relationship of the main characters to the determent of the book as a whole.  Here there was both and it read so much better.

In the last book, I was frustrated by so much summary that I wanted to scream.  It was clearly not an issue in this book.  I didn't even notice any summary instead scenes actually happened.  There was the normal level of writing that I have come to expect from this author.

I was much more invested in the reapers as a whole this time.  We learned more about them and I came to like them including Death.  The idea of forbidden relationships was off the table (well except for Death herself) and that allowed the series plot to take the focus.  I enjoyed that a lot better.  There was still the instalove thing going on.  It's not really been explained as to why it happens with reapers but I am more hopeful that it will in fact have a reason at some point in the series.  AND this time, they weren't kissing minutes after meeting.  The attraction was there but they didn't throw themselves at each other.  Thank goodness.

Overall, it was more of what I expect and enjoy from this author.  I was very relieved.  I didn't want to miss this series and the world it's in.  I'm glad I gave book two a chance.  It was touch and go there for a while but I decided to risk it.  Good thing too.

                               

This is more of what I expect from Donna Grant.

A Stuck In Books Giveaway




In 1920s New York, the price of a woman’s independence can be exorbitant—even fatal.

In 1924 Manhattan, women’s suffrage is old news. For sophisticated booklover Julia Kydd, life’s too short for politics. With her cropped hair and penchant for independent living, Julia wants only to launch her own new private press. But as a woman, Julia must fight for what’s hers—including the inheritance her estranged half brother, Philip, has challenged, putting her aspirations in jeopardy.

When her friend’s sister, Naomi Rankin, dies suddenly of an apparent suicide, Julia is shocked at the wealthy family’s indifference toward the ardent suffragist’s death. Naomi chose poverty and hardship over a submissive marriage and a husband’s control of her money. Now, her death suggests the struggle was more than she could bear.

Julia, however, is skeptical. Doubtful of her suspicions, Philip proposes a glib wager: if Julia can prove Naomi was in fact murdered, he’ll drop his claims to her wealth. Julia soon discovers Naomi’s life was as turbulent and enigmatic as her death. And as she gets closer to the truth, Julia sees there’s much more at stake than her inheritance…


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Swoon Thursday ~ 4/25/19


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.




For close to three thousand years the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own, more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn’t seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history professor Petronella Stone, while hunting down a suspected rogue immortal, he knows that she will be the greatest adventure of his eternal life.

He expects her to be surprised, confused, even overwhelmed. What he doesn’t expect is that Pet has a secret history of her own. There’s no mistaking the mind-blowing, mutual pleasure they share. But as Pet struggles to protect her nephew from a danger lurking too close to home, Santo realizes there’s another threat to her safety—him. And claiming their passionate future will be impossible until he leaves his past behind, forever…





Swoon...



Cheeks pinkening, Pet started to open her eyes but stopped with them half open when his mouth covered hers.  She then let them drift closed again.  Her lips parted slightly at the gentle caress.  She slid her arms around his neck and then moaned, her back arching as his tongue swept through the opening to explore what she offered.  (Kindle location 2595 of the ARC)

Vampires! This one is now available!


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


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Dark Alpha's Claim by Donna Grant ~ Review


Dark Alpha's Claim is the first in an exclusive new series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant!

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you...

My whole existence is based on taking what Death wants. Born to eliminate Fae guilty of unforgivable crimes, my reckless, wild nature makes me the perfect assassin to carry out Death's bidding. I've seen more sinister and violent dealings than anyone could ever imagine. But it was the sight of her face that stopped me cold. I've never wanted a woman-never mind a human-so badly; never felt my heart, hardened by death, burn brighter and hotter until it burst into flames. She is everything I desire. The kind of woman that compels you to stake your claim on her, to let the world know that she's yours. A Reaper saving her life will only attract danger, but I vow to protect her at all costs from the Fae that hunt her, and keep safe the woman who has claimed me, body and soul.




Um...I'm confused about a great many things.  Let's start with the title, shall we??? What the actual heck does it have to do with anything in the story I just read??  I mean I was confused by the title a lot when I first realized that this book/series was a spin off of the Dark Kings series...MINUS the dragons, of course.  But you see, Alphas are usually ALPHAS.  No alphas in this book.  None.  IF I try really hard to find a meaning here, I MIGHT be able to place this dark alpha on the evil enemy in this book BUT he makes no claim.  So, alas, I am confused.  I stayed confused for the whole book.  And I wasn't happy about it.

Next, I'm really wondering if the same author wrote this book as the Dark Kings series.  I mean the style is so different.  There is so much summary in this book.  Scenes just happen in a paragraph and I was left wondering was that a battle?  He just took out 5 Fae but it happened in a sentence as a summary?  Really?  I mean it doesn't happen that way in the Dark Kings books AT ALL.  If it was the same author, really, then she was in a hurry or was she trying to mash this into a novella size book never doing the story justice.  Just sayin'.

Next, instalove.  Okay, I'm usually good with instalove BUT there needs to be a reason, you know.  It doesn't just happen.  Usually in a paranormal book there is a reason for such things.  Fate.  OR SOMETHING but no reason is not okay.  I don't like it.  I don't get it.  I wanted more development of their relationship.  They kissed like the second time they even saw each other and the first time was like a bump into you kinda of meeting.  AND the reaper had just killed a bunch of Fae for her...quickly in a summary fashion but STILL.  That would kinda ruin any kissing mood, don't you think?  I did.

So one wonders WHY I finished this book and WHY I gave it even 2 stars and WHY I intent to read the next one in the series.  Yeah, about that...it's just the Dark Kings series is so good.  And there is a cross over between the two.  The reapers appear in the Dark Kings books though there were no Dragons in this series but there is some bits and pieces of information.  Things I want to know and understand for the Dark Kings series.  Besides, a girl can hope, can't she?  Hope this series will get better?  Besides the very quiet Own seems to be the focus of the next book and he has my interest.  AND the bad guy needs to be taken out and I wouldn't mind seeing that happen on the pages of a book.  

If you're not a Dark Kings junkie like me, you probably aren't interested in this one at all.  Looks somewhere else for a good paranormal read.  Maybe read the Dark Kings.



             

A Stuck In Books Giveaway


A thrilling, sexy coming-of-age story exploring toxic love, ruthless ambition, and shocking betrayal, Tell Me Lies is about that one person who still haunts you—the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget.

Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.

Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.

Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Liesfollows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. Deep down, Lucy knows she has to acknowledge the truth about Stephen. But before she can free herself from this addicting entanglement, she must confront and heal her relationship with her mother—or risk losing herself in a delusion about what it truly means to love.

With the psychological insight and biting wit of Luckiest Girl Alive, and the yearning ambitions and desires of Sweetbitter, this keenly intelligent and staggeringly resonant novel chronicles the exhilaration and dilemmas of young adulthood, and the difficulty of letting go, even when you know you should.






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Waiting On Wednesday ~ 4/24/19


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!


Ex-Marine Cash Griffith is a beacon for trouble. Working for the family moving company, he does his best to keep a low profile, but he can’t help finishing a fight someone else starts. There’s one person at work who annoys and baffles him. But if he even thought about taking her on, she’d put him down. Hard. Which is a real problem, because Cash wants nothing more than to tangle with sexy Jordan Fleming.

The ex-Army MP has her hands full with her new job and her rebellious teenage brother. Getting him through summer school is a chore. Figuring out what to do with her life now that she’s a civilian is disheartening. But one thing she lives for—doing battle with the obnoxious, arrogant, incredibly hot Marine at work.
Their battles turn into true camaraderie, then into something more. Helping each other out with family problems, Cash and Jordan learn to trust each other. One kiss leads to another, and friendship starts turning to love. But when dangerous secrets come to light, their bond will either break or strengthen into a future they both deserve.






Okay, seriously that cover!  And then Cash was a Marine?  Yep, definitely want to read this one.

What about you?




Devoted to Love (Devoted Lovers, #2)He was sent to guard her body… he didn’t expect her to steal his heart.

Her sister’s wedding was hardly the place to find a hook up, but after one look at friend-of-the-groom and special operative Josiah Grant, small-town Texas beauty Magnolia West immediately fell in lust. After a stunningly sensual night together, Maggie is prepared for the two of them to go their separate ways. After all, she’s not a happily-ever-after kind of girl. But Josiah—and danger—change her plans.

Josiah isn’t looking for love…but Maggie rouses his body and stirs his heart like no other woman. She’s got a rocky romantic past, and a smart man would steer clear. But when the murder quotient in Kendall County rises and all signs point to a mysterious group nearby who have been harassing Maggie’s family, he can’t leave her unprotected—especially when he realizes he’s fallen hard for her.

As tension mounts and the menace closes in, Josiah will do anything to prove to Maggie that their love is real…but can they stay alive long enough to share it?


Releases July 2nd, 2019!

Why am I waiting? I'm reading the first book in this series, Devoted to Pleasure, now and am enjoying it so so so much. So now here I am, already looking forward to book 2! Plus, I'm a total sucker for the falling-for-the-bodyguard trope, something Shayla Black has already done so well with book 1. Goodness knows I'm going to love it again in book 2!


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 23, 2019

Stuck In Books Featured Releases & Giveaway



From Berkley...


A second chance doesn't guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he's moved on.

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they've suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they'll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.


From Avon...


For close to three thousand years the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own, more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn’t seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history professor Petronella Stone, while hunting down a suspected rogue immortal, he knows that she will be the greatest adventure of his eternal life.

He expects her to be surprised, confused, even overwhelmed. What he doesn’t expect is that Pet has a secret history of her own. There’s no mistaking the mind-blowing, mutual pleasure they share. But as Pet struggles to protect her nephew from a danger lurking too close to home, Santo realizes there’s another threat to her safety—him. And claiming their passionate future will be impossible until he leaves his past behind, forever…






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