Double ARC Review: "Runaround" (Getaway, #4) by Jay Crownover & "Moonlight Scandals" (de Vincent #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Runaround by Jay Crownover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Can two people perpetually moving in opposite directions ever end up in the same place? Or will love just keep giving them the runaround?

Webb Bryant is intimately acquainted with every type of trouble there is. Trouble is all he’s ever known and the only constant in his life.
Webb’s a man constantly on the move. He’s a drifter. A wanderer. He bolts from one bad choice to the next, never able to put enough distance between himself and the ghosts from his past. He lives hard and fast, until everything comes to a screeching halt the moment he lays eyes on Tennyson McKenna. The stunning woman appeared out of nowhere to save the day, and Webb’s been unable to forget her. The leggy, blonde forest ranger might very well be the one person in the world important enough to finally keep him in one place. Only, Ten isn’t impressed by Webb’s knack for finding trouble. And no matter how hard he tries to shake it, he can’t escape his bad habit of falling into the deep end of questionable decisions. When his newest brush with trouble gets Webb in way over his head, Ten jumps after him into the dangerous waters. It’s possible they’re going to sink so fast they both might drown.

Tennyson McKenna makes it a point to be diligently cautious in all aspects of her life. She learned the hard way that leading with your heart instead of your head gets you nowhere.

Ten’s a woman stuck in a frustrating rut. After a string of failed relationships lands her back home, a pit stop to mend her broken heart becomes a hole she’s lost the will to dig herself out of. Coasting through her days was easy until Webb Bryant crash-landed in her path, complete with bullets, blood, and a grin far too charming for his own good. Webb is anything but safe and predictable. He’s everything Ten swore she would never gamble on again, but it’s impossible to ignore the way trouble follows him around like a shadow. And every single time Ten pushes Webb away, she finds herself chasing after him before he’s gone for good. When Webb’s past finally catches up to him, Ten has to decide if she’s brave enough to put her heart on the line for a man who might be gone tomorrow.
 




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I knew that Webb was going to get his own story! He had to after everything he'd been through in the previous books! I surely enjoyed his growing attraction for Ten and the chase both gave after a mysterious thief who is also trying to pin all the crimes to Webb. Family history, emotions, and growing love bring both characters closer in this sequel.

I do have some ideas about who is going to be next and I hope that Jay will prove me true.


                             

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  About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series, The Saints of Denver series, The Point and Breaking Point series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays, as well as live music and terrible TV shows. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road. For more on Jay and her books, visit www.jaycrownover.com.







Moonlight Scandals by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

It takes a fearless woman to love the most scandalous man alive in New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s breathtaking novel 

Even a ghost hunter like Rosie Herpin couldn’t have foreseen the fateful meeting between two mourners that has brought her so intimately close to the notorious and seductive Devlin de Vincent. Everyone in New Orleans knows he’s heir to a dark family curse that both frightens and enthralls. To the locals, Devlin is the devil. To Rosie, he’s a man who’s stoking her wildest fantasies. When a brutal attack on her friend is linked to the de Vincents, he becomes a mystery she may be risking her life to solve. 

Devlin knows what he wants from this sexy and adventurous woman. But what does Rosie want from him? It’s a question that becomes more pressing—and more dangerous—when he suspects her of prying into the shadows of his past. 

Now, the legends surrounding the de Vincents may not be myths at all. But if she’s to discover the truth, she must follow them straight into the arms of the man she can’t resist—the handsome devil himself.







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I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I KNEW THAT JENNIFER WAS GOING TO LEAVE THE BEST ONE FOR LAST! Devlin, the elusive secretive character from this trilogy has been one of the most anticipated ones, who I wanted to read about even from book one! Knowing that also Rosie was in the mix, I knew that I expected something amazing to go down.

BUT I DIDN'T EXPECT THE PLOT TWISTS! Jesus, one after the other the plot twists kept coming, with a slight touch of supernatural in it. Since the story takes place in New Orleans, I expected nothing less. But Devlin who appeared to be so cold and distanced actually had the most scars of all the brothers. And Rosie, beautiful Rosie with her optimism and a funny character whose heart is so big!

I admit that Dev didn't act right towards Rosie at the beginning of the book and I wanted to punch him very much, but knowing the danger and the enemies that he has, I forgave him. Just a little. But after chapter 19 the s*t hit the fan and I was scrolling through my Kindle with growing horror and surprise.

You will not be disappointed! Jennifer Armentrout delivers one hell of an amazing conclusion to this series, though I KOW that she MUST write one MORE book here!


About the author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Release Day Launch+Excerpt: "Rundaround" (Getaway #4) by Jay Crownover


From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes the next standalone title in her Getaway series, RUNAROUND! Now in Kindle Unlimited, RUNAROUND is now available! And that’s not all! The entire Getaway series is in Kindle Unlimited and ON SALE now! So check out the amazing excerpt below, and grab your copies today!

                         

About RUNAROUND:

Can two people perpetually moving in opposite directions ever end up in the same place? Or will love just keep giving them the runaround?

Webb Bryant is intimately acquainted with every type of trouble there is. Trouble is all he’s ever known and the only constant in his life.

Webb’s a man constantly on the move. He’s a drifter. A wanderer. He bolts from one bad choice to the next, never able to put enough distance between himself and the ghosts from his past. He lives hard and fast, until everything comes to a screeching halt the moment he lays eyes on Tennyson McKenna. The stunning woman appeared out of nowhere to save the day, and Webb’s been unable to forget her. The leggy, blonde forest ranger might very well be the one person in the world important enough to finally keep him in one place. Only, Ten isn’t impressed by Webb’s knack for finding trouble. And no matter how hard he tries to shake it, he can’t escape his bad habit of falling into the deep end of questionable decisions. When his newest brush with trouble gets Webb in way over his head, Ten jumps after him into the dangerous waters. It’s possible they’re going to sink so fast they both might drown.

Tennyson McKenna makes it a point to be diligently cautious in all aspects of her life. She learned the hard way that leading with your heart instead of your head gets you nowhere.

Ten’s a woman stuck in a frustrating rut. After a string of failed relationships lands her back home, a pit stop to mend her broken heart becomes a hole she’s lost the will to dig herself out of. Coasting through her days was easy until Webb Bryant crash-landed in her path, complete with bullets, blood, and a grin far too charming for his own good. Webb is anything but safe and predictable. He’s everything Ten swore she would never gamble on again, but it’s impossible to ignore the way trouble follows him around like a shadow. And every single time Ten pushes Webb away, she finds herself chasing after him before he’s gone for good. When Webb’s past finally catches up to him, Ten has to decide if she’s brave enough to put her heart on the line for a man who might be gone tomorrow.

 

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                                                                       EXCERPT:

~TENNYSON~

The first time I laid eyes on Webb Bryant he was frighteningly pale from blood loss and nearly delirious from a raging fever. He’d been sporting a hole in his shoulder from a bullet wound and was terrified his brother was dead somewhere in the vast Wyoming wilderness. It was my job to protect and patrol, one I focused on diligently, but Webb was admittedly distracting. I thought he was going to pass out at my feet, a city boy in way over his head. He didn’t. He never wavered or stumbled in the unfamiliar terrain and unknown situation…not once.

He’d impressed me with his resilience and his determination to find out what had happened to his older brother. He’d also caught my attention with those burning blue eyes and shock of blond hair, which gave the misleading impression that the man had a single angelic quality about him. Every long, lean line of Webb Bryant oozed playful mischief and bled the promise of wicked things done in the dark…or during the bright light of day. He didn’t seem like the shy type. Even injured and out of his mind with frantic worry for his older sibling, he was the most charming, most flirtatious man I’d ever met. He sent every defense mechanism I had into overdrive, and there wasn’t a second that slid by where I didn’t remind myself he was not my type in the slightest. Besides, once the Warners and I had both the Bryant brothers straightened out, I figured I wouldn’t have to dodge Webb’s advances ever again.

He would ramble on to his next adventure and be out of sight and mind. I breathed a sigh of relief when he went away. He was too tempting. It was too enticing to give in to every single promise made by his easy smile and glinting eyes. Webb was several years younger than me, a man who was obviously lost and still trying to figure out who he wanted to be when he finally grew up. I was a woman who knew exactly who she was and who she could never be. I was never the type to chase after the bad boys, the wanderers, the reckless. No, I fell for the steadfast, the sturdy, and the solid. I gave my heart to the kind of men who held the world up and buffered everyone around them from the raging storm. I handed my heart to the oldest Warner brother, Cyrus, when we were just kids. Coming to terms with the fact the stoic and serious cowboy would never feel about me the way I felt about him had been one of the hardest things I’d ever had to do. We shared similar dreams, knowing our lives were so much bigger than the ranches that had our family’s bloodlines entrenched in the soil. We both wanted more than Wyoming, and for a long time, I honestly believed we were on the road out of our tiny town together. It didn’t happen that way. Sure, we both got out in our own time and in our own way, but we both ended up back where we started.

Cy was taking his return home in stride. He was far less resentful about his homecoming than I was. In fact, the wedding Webb was dragged out of two short days ago was Cy’s. I thought it was going to be hard, damn near impossible, to watch the man I’d openly loved from afar for most of my life promise his forever to someone else. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I envisioned. Mostly because Cy was stupid happy with his fiery city girl. He’d never been that happy with me, before we left or when we both admitted defeat and came back home. He’d never loved anyone like he loved his Leo, so the sting of watching him put a ring on someone else’s finger was minimal. I would gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon before admitting to anyone, especially myself, that since the start of the wedding most of my attention had been on Webb instead of the happy couple. To my surprise, my heart didn’t feel nearly as trampled as I thought it would. It was too busy stupidly racing over the man I believed I wouldn’t see again and knew I should keep my distance from. The blond man with a penchant for trouble hadn’t stayed gone like I predicted. Nope.

He’d shown up right when Cy needed help on the ranch and offered to stick around. Webb claimed he wanted to learn a new skill, seemed he’d taken a shine to the rough way of life in the Wyoming backcountry and wanted to play cowboy for a while. Cy couldn’t say no, and as badly as I wanted to, I couldn’t stay away. I was caught in an endless game of cat and mouse, and some days I wasn’t sure if I was the predator or the prey. I tracked Webb out of the corner of my eye for months. I expected him to up his game and try to lure me to bed, knowing the wedding was going to lower my defenses. Never in a million years would I have predicted he was going to be led away from the festivities in handcuffs. 

                             

RETREAT, SHELTER, and ESCAPE are now in Kindle Unlimited and ON SALE for a limited time only! Grab your copies today!


Getaway Series

Retreat

Shelter

Escape

  About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series, The Saints of Denver series, The Point and Breaking Point series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays, as well as live music and terrible TV shows. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road. For more on Jay and her books, visit www.jaycrownover.com.  



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Cover Reveal: "Runaround" (Getaway series #4) by Jay Crownover

From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes the next standalone title in her Getaway series, RUNAROUND! Now in Kindle Unlimited, RUNAROUND will be released this Friday, December 14th! And that’s not all! The entire Getaway series is in Kindle Unlimited and ON SALE now! So check out the amazing cover below, and grab your copies today!

                           

About RUNAROUND (Coming 12/14/18):

Can two people perpetually moving in opposite directions ever end up in the same place? Or will love just keep giving them the runaround?

Webb Bryant is intimately acquainted with every type of trouble there is. Trouble is all he’s ever known and the only constant in his life.

Webb’s a man constantly on the move. He’s a drifter. A wanderer. He bolts from one bad choice to the next, never able to put enough distance between himself and the ghosts from his past. He lives hard and fast, until everything comes to a screeching halt the moment he lays eyes on Tennyson McKenna. The stunning woman appeared out of nowhere to save the day, and Webb’s been unable to forget her. The leggy, blonde forest ranger might very well be the one person in the world important enough to finally keep him in one place. Only, Ten isn’t impressed by Webb’s knack for finding trouble. And no matter how hard he tries to shake it, he can’t escape his bad habit of falling into the deep end of questionable decisions. When his newest brush with trouble gets Webb in way over his head, Ten jumps after him into the dangerous waters. It’s possible they’re going to sink so fast they both might drown.

Tennyson McKenna makes it a point to be diligently cautious in all aspects of her life. She learned the hard way that leading with your heart instead of your head gets you nowhere.

Ten’s a woman stuck in a frustrating rut. After a string of failed relationships lands her back home, a pit stop to mend her broken heart becomes a hole she’s lost the will to dig herself out of. Coasting through her days was easy until Webb Bryant crash-landed in her path, complete with bullets, blood, and a grin far too charming for his own good. Webb is anything but safe and predictable. He’s everything Ten swore she would never gamble on again, but it’s impossible to ignore the way trouble follows him around like a shadow. And every single time Ten pushes Webb away, she finds herself chasing after him before he’s gone for good. When Webb’s past finally catches up to him, Ten has to decide if she’s brave enough to put her heart on the line for a man who might be gone tomorrow.


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RETREAT, SHELTER, and ESCAPE are now in Kindle Unlimited and ON SALE for a limited time only! Grab your copies today!


Getaway Series

Retreat

Shelter

Escape



  About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series, The Saints of Denver series, the Point and Breaking Point series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays, as well as live music and terrible TV shows. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road. For more on Jay and her books, visit www.jaycrownover.com.  

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Release Day Blitz+ARC Review: "Trippilng on a Halo" by Alessandra Torre

Tripping on a Halo
by Alessandra Torre
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Designer: Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Release Date: December 7, 2018

Synopsis

It’s really hard to save a guy’s life when he keeps running from you.
You might be asking yourself why I’m waving an inflatable penis in the air and screaming at the top of my lungs. If I took time to explain, DeclanMoss would get hit by a bus.
Let me back up. I didn’t ask for this. I was perfectly happy—and perfectly sane—before I was tasked with keeping Declan Moss alive. It was a thankless jobuntil the moment that my panties dropped and his delicious smirk found his way in between my thighs.
Hello, toe-curling ecstasy. Goodbye, professional boundaries. And suddenly, there’s a new danger to avoid: the falling of my heart.

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This was a very funny and emotional read! Declan and Autumn are the two opposites and Autumn has a very deep stalkerish tendency which comes from her 'angelic' power which demands her to always protect Declan. After many hilarious moments and some very strange dialogues, which made me laugh out loud, this couple had quite an emotional evolution. I surely didn't expect the final chapters to take THAT DOWNHILL! I CRIED! Rarely a book makes me laugh the sob my heart out. But I loved it because it's Alessandra Torre and because I had a great time reading it! ;)

About the Author

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Blog Tour+ARC Review+Book Trailer: "The Darkest Captive" (Lords of the Underworld Novella) by Gena Showalter


The demon possessed beast wants his beauty back, and he’ll do anything to win her. Even war with a god king.

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes THE DARKEST CAPTIVE, a new novella in her addictive bestselling Lords of the Underworld Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today

                           

About THE DARKEST CAPTIVE:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter comes a new story in her Lords of the Underworld series…

For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.

Then he met her.

Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey — sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.

Galen’s hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?


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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Ah Galen, the most horrible character of all finally gets his own book! Even since the fourth book I've been waiting for this story! And despite some tiny arguments about the characters, I admit that I enjoyed Honey/Legion and how she and Galen finally became a couple.

Paire with amazing battle scenes, a fortress and the cameo appearances from the other Lords I have finally recovered from my book slump. Also, I do believe that we are going to get more books in the spin-off series about the Angels.


                                          

About Gena Showalter: Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, she’s been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours–and her books have been translated in multiple languages. She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com
  

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Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST CAPTIVE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
December 5th
Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt
Diane's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Kaidans Seduction – Review & Excerpt
NallaReads – Review & Excerpt
Read more sleep less – Review& Excerpt
December 6th
Bout-a-Book blog – Review
Dirty Girl Romance – Review
Milky Way of Books – Review
Rantings of a Reading Addict – Review & Excerpt
That Transylvanian Chick Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
December 7th
Binding Addiction – Review & Excerpt
Ilovebooksandstuffblog – Review & Excerpt
Kick Back & Review – Review & Excerpt
Reading in Pajamas – Review & Excerpt
The Romance Rebels – Review & Excerpt
December 8th
Canadian Book Addict – Review & Excerpt
Dreamer's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Lo's Lo-Down on Books – Excerpt
Nerdy Chic – Review & Excerpt
Sip read love – Review
December 9th
NC 2 DC – Review & Excerpt
I Smell Sheep – Review & Excerpt
Mythical Books – Excerpt
The Book Branch – Excerpt
December 10th
Angela's Opinion – Review & Excerpt
Declarations of a Fangirl – Review & Excerpt
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt
Rainy Thursdays – Review & Excerpt
December 11th
Echoing Books – Excerpt
Feel the Book – Excerpt
Ginreads – Review & Excerpt
Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
December 12th
Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt
Little Shop of Readers – Review & Excerpt
Ms. Me28 – Review & Excerpt
Ruby's Books – Review & Excerpt
Shirley Cuypers – Review
December 13th
All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt
Book Addict – Excerpt
PBC – Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt
December 14th
Beneath The Covers – Review & Excerpt
Book Nook Nuts – Review & Excerpt
Clare & Lou’s Mad About Books – Review & Excerpt
My Book Filled Life –Review & Excerpt
Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt
Shahla's World – Review
The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

                                            

Release Day Blitz+Excrept+Book Trailer: "The Darkest Captive" (Lords of the Underworld #14.5) by Gena Showalter


The demon possessed beast wants his beauty back, and he’ll do anything to win her. Even war with a god king.

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes THE DARKEST CAPTIVE, a new novella in her addictive bestselling Lords of the Underworld Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

                          

About THE DARKEST CAPTIVE:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter comes a new story in her Lords of the Underworld series…

For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.

Then he met her.

Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey — sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.

Galen’s hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?


Grab your copy of THE DARKEST CAPTIVE today!

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EXCERPT:

Dear Legion, First, thanks tons for going into hiding outside the mortal world. I got to hunt you down big, bad wolf style—my favorite kind of hunting. Even better, you shacked up in an ancient realm without Wi-Fi. Now I get to communicate with you via robo-pigeons. Yay for me. BTW, the birds are “priceless,” and weren’t built to help me “score” with my “adult-boyhood crush” blah, blah, blah, so please don’t destroy the mechanical flock in a fit of pique. Decorating hack: repurpose the robo-pigeons as knickknacks to create a steampunk vibe. Not so I can watch you through the eye-cams. (Wink.) Second, it’s sometimes impossible to judge someone’s tone in a letter. Since I’m anti-misunderstandings, I’d like to clear things up right from the start. TONE: dry as a desert mixed with a dash of frothing-at-the-mouth rage.
Clear as crystal? Or mud? Third, I refuse to call you “Honey,” the name your friends are using. Babycakes, I’m not your friend, I’m your potential obsession. And, to be brutally honest about the matter, I’d rather call you Sugar Tits McGyna while having my wings ripped from my back (again) than refer to you as “Honey.” A name you like only because you hate the girl you used to be. News flash: I like the old Legion. (Leggie. Legs. <-- I’m trying out new nicknames for you. Did we just find a winner?) The old you gifted me with your virginity in a bar bathroom five minutes after meeting me.
Or was it four? I always forget. What’s not to like about that? Sure, you only slept with me so you could savagely murder me after I got you off, thereby protecting Aeron, the man you truly desired. And yeah, okay, I probably deserve a couple dozen more murder attempts because I later abducted your pregnant friend in an unethical-ish power play. But every couple has their issues, right? I’m willing to attend a counseling sesh with you.
Can you say the same? Please? FYI, my crew is on stand-by, ready to kidnap abduct borrow a world-renowned shrink at a moment’s notice. All I need from you is a yes. Lastly, I know you’ve been to hell and back—literally. I know you were hurt and abused in the worst ways. TONE: soft as a damn feather. I’m sorry for everything you’ve endured. If you really want to hurt the ones who hurt you, embrace happiness. Don’t let the past ruin your future.
Please, give me a chance to get to know the new you. A chance to help you heal, if I can. I think about you constantly, dream about you every night, and crave you every second of every day. Yours forever,

                                           





 
About Gena Showalter: Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, she’s been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours–and her books have been translated in multiple languages. She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com




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ARC Review: "White Stag" (Permafrost #1) by Kara Barbieri


White Stag by Kara Barbieri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—wastaken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.
Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost ofher connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites anancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.
Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.


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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was one of the first ones I had added on my reading lists when I had begun browsing Wattpad. I remember loving the setting and the characters! And imagine my surprise when I realized that not only had I been sent an ARC but also that the story was familiar to me!

Janneke lives in Permafrost, a world parallel to the human one, home to mythical creatures, inspired by the Norse mythology and goblins. As a former prisoner of a sadistic goblin, Janneke has lived for the rest of one hundred years, serving her former captor's nephew, Soren.

Who is nothing like his uncle, Lydian.

When the former Erlking dies and the Hunt for the glorious White Stag begins, both Janneke and Soren will have to shift through backstabbing alliances, discover hidden secrets and also their own feelings. While the story is told from the first POV, the worldbuilding is stunning and Janneke's backstory is heartbreaking. Torn between survival and loyalty, trust and love she faces every possible danger while at the same time she also has Soren to help her. And she helps him.

I loved how the dynamics worked and while there is a trigger warning for torture and mention to rape, it is not brutally highlighted. The mythology of Permafrost, the Stag, and the unstoppable action kept me engrossed and I loved every turning page! And the romance! It was so slow burning!

I seriously can't wait for the sequel!


About the author:

Kara Barbieri is a twenty-two year old author with a love for the weird and mystic. She enjoys weaving ancient mythology into her stories and writing characters who are strong yet vulnerable at the same time. In her free time she trains with the same weapons her characters use, studies as a linguistic major, and generally tries her hardest not to be normal.

Release Day+ARC Review+Excerpt: "The Price of Mason" (Forbidden Men #10) by Linda Kage


The Price of Mason by Linda Kage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

I might’ve ruined any chance I ever had at a meaningful relationship when I decided to become a male prostitute at eighteen, but that was okay. 

I paid off my mom’s debt, the rent, my sister’s hospital bills. I put food on the table and kept eviction notices at bay. 

It was worth it. 

But was it worth the price of my soul? 

Two years later, this job has begun to kill me in every way but physically, until SHE comes along. 

Reese is the breath of fresh air I need. She makes me smile, she makes me laugh, she makes me want more. But how can we ever be together after all the choices I’ve made? 

Listing one mistake after another, these are my confessions and how we came through to the other side. 

*** 

The Forbidden Men series concludes with THE PRICE OF MASON by looping back to the beginning and retelling PRICE OF A KISS through his eyes. 

Just when you thought you knew everything, here’s the rest of the story.





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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Back in 2014 I had just started discovering my way through Goodreads and the NA oriented books. Now the site kept recommending to me "Price of a Kiss" by Linda Kage and finally, I bought it.
And then I fell in love.

For four years I have been a fan of this series with its heartfelt messages, amazing, funny, emotional characters and lots of humorous scenes. Seeing that the book centers around Mason truly gives to the series the feeling that we come in a full circle back to the beginning and back to Reese and Mason. I enjoyed Mason's POV, which took leaps in the time of the book and how he fell in love with Reese from his own POV.

The best part was that close to the ending he had a scene with Ten and I was giggling remembering how Ten feel in love later in the series. Oh, and there is a surprise after the book's end too!

Linda Kage has created an unforgettable cast of characters who will stay with you even after the end of the book.

And I am still reeling over the fact that many of my favorite series have ended in 2019! Recommended and also if this is your first time seeing this book, I implore you to read all the series!


EXCERPT
(as shared by the author)

Because I was a glutton for punishment, I wandered in after her.
I knew I shouldn’t. I was already knocking at temptation’s door; I was being a complete idiot for even coming here tonight. But I just had to see her room, the bed she slept on each night, the sheets that touched her skin when she dreamed.
The need was more addictive than I could resist.
I stepped inside.
The space was snug, real snug, which was probably why it smelled so strongly of her. Her scent was literally trapped in this place. Not much more than a small bed, dresser, and miniature bookshelf adorned it. We’d have to get close in here. We’d have to stay close.
I went rock solid hard.
No one knew I was here. Not Monica, not Patricia. No one who would make a case of it. No one would know anything we did.
Watching Reese’s lines bloom into delicious curves as she bent down to fetch the second Harry Potter book for me, I played with the idea in my head.
Just one night. What could it hurt? One night to live out my ultimate fantasy of being with Reese.
It would be wrong. So fucking wrong.
But it’d be worth it to finally taste her.





About the author:

Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, sillier side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact.

Published since 2010. Went through a 2-year writing correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children’s Literature. Then graduated with Bachelors in Arts, English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.

Now she lives with hubby, two daughters, cat Holly, and nine cuckoo clocks in southeast Kansas, USA. Farm girl. Parents were dairy farmers. Was youngest of eight. Big family. Day job as a cataloging library assistant.


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Review: "Escaping Houdini" (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco


Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

summary from Goodreads

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer.  

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?



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REVIEW

In this thrilling sequel of a very bloody, gruesome and amazing series, my dear Audrey Rose and Thomas will have to find a killer hiding on a ship while chasing a mysterious magician who also makes Audrey question her own feelings.

Since I can't spoil on the real villain and also we have the cameo appearance of THE Houdini, let's focus more on the relationship between Audrey, Thomas and Mephistopheles, the carnival's owner. While I don't like love triangles (except ONE of course), this mess which begins slightly from the middle of the book and on, is not exactly on who gets to have Audrey's feelings.

Both men know and realize that Audrey is strong and independent, different from a woman of her own standard by that historical period's opinion. They offer both a chance of being free and her own self while in a relationship. And while I did find Mephistoteles alluring and has the vibe of the "bad boy" my heart rooted for Thomas. The ending is resolved in a way that leaves Audrey and Thomas both scarred and maybe they'll have to deal with more than their arrival in America.

At the same time, the romance, the banter and the accompanying images in the book, made the story feel even more alive in Kerri's outstanding writing style!



About the author:

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

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Covers I love from my TBR 2019 List! (Part 2)


Hello, my lovelies! Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone and to those who are going to Black Friday (Greece has it too now) happy shopping! Since I'm still under a tiny review slump, I decided to do yet another blog post (see the first here) where I showcase all the upcoming revealed covers of books I have on my 2019 TBR list!




Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim: OMG this one is glorious! Project Runaway meets Mulan! If there's a Mushu inspired character here I'm dead from the feels!




Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler: A ghost ship and the heroine trying to save her sister. Absolutely in my list!



Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins: A historical fantasy based on the myth of Eros and Psyche! And it's also a blend between YA & NA!


Shadow & Flame by Mindee Arnett: This may be the sequel but the burning image and the tree on its center is very eye-catching! Also, there are horseriders here!



The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson: Haunting with wings and crows. The story is very intriguing too with a slight touch of Eragon in it.



Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen: Pirates, treacherous seas and forbidden romance? Yes please!


The Beholder by Anna Bright: More ships and also with a journey to find her true love this princess, Selah, will have the time of her life. Plus, the cover is stunning.



Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson: NEW COVER MADE BY CHARLIE BOWATER! Also, this book has to do with libraries and dangerous possessed books!




And one cover I can't wait to see is this one:


YES, AFTER ALL, THIS TIME A NEW BOOK!