Saturday, October 31, 2020

What Are You Currently Reading? (9)

Happy Halloween, friends! It has been too long since I did one of these posts, so I thought now was the perfect time to fix that. Since my last post, I FINALLY finished Midnight Sun...and subsequently wished it wasn't over because I miss it already. I've also read many books on KU. Because of course.

Okay, update done. Now let's talk about what I'm reading this weekend!

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash, #2)A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice...

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

How much I've read: 65 pages. (still where I left off last time, just in paperback now!)

Thoughts: I'm still super excited to get into this one, and I think my chances of actually making progress have improved now that I'm not also reading Midnight Sun. Easier to make progress on one big beast of a paperback at a time than two. I'm especially eager to read this now that I opened the book to find the last page I read and got a peek at what happened so far--I love these characters!

And because I can't help myself but to read a paperback and an ebook, I'm also reading...

When She Dances by Ruby Dixon

I never expected to spend my days as a dancing girl… but it beats the alternative. In the window of a filthy space station cantina, I gyrate my hips and hope for better days.

When I’m bought by the most intimidating alien on Three Nebulas Station, those better days are on their way. Zakoar of the Broken Back is a cyborg who deals in black market prosthetics. He’s terrifying to look at, with a metal jaw and a fearsome demeanor. He intimidates everyone in the galaxy… except me.

Zakoar doesn’t want my name. In fact, he doesn’t want anything from me…except a little bed sport. In exchange for my willingness, he’ll take me to a human-friendly planet where I can live unafraid.

Love isn’t part of the bargain, but every moment that I spend with him, I learn more about the male beneath the metal…

…and I’m suddenly dreaming of a very different happy ever after for myself…

*Available through KindleUnlimited!*

How much I've read: like 2%

Thoughts: I've barely opened this one, I'm literally still in the sample instead of the full downloaded book from KU...but considering both Ruby Dixon's track record and how much I've enjoyed the previous Risdaverse books, I already know I'm going to like this one. When She Belongs is a contender for one of my favorite books of this year so I have high hopes When She Dances will at the very least be enjojyable. Plus, I was super intrigued by Zakoar when we met him before. Looking forward to diving more into it this weekend!

So that's what I plan to dig into this weekend. Now I'd love to know what y'all are reading?! :)

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