ARC Review: "The Songbook of Benny Lament" by Amy Harmon


The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the bestselling author of What the Wind Knows and From Sand and Ash comes a powerful love story about a musical duo who put everything on the line to be together.

New York, 1960: For Benny Lament, music is his entire life. With his father’s deep ties to the mob, the Bronx piano man has learned that love and family can get you in trouble. So he keeps to himself, writing songs for other musicians, avoiding the spotlight…until the night his father brings him to see Esther Mine sing.

Esther is a petite powerhouse with a gorgeous voice. And when Benny writes a hit song and performs it with her, their collaboration thrusts the duo onto the national stage…and stirs up old issues and new scrutiny that the mob—and Benny—would rather avoid.

It would be easier to walk away. But the music and the woman are too hard for the piano man to resist. Benny’s songs and Esther’s vocals are an explosive combination, a sound that fans can’t get enough of. But though America might love the music they make together, some people aren’t ready for Benny Lament and Esther Mine on—or off—the stage.



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

Every Amy Harmon book is shot to my heart. Not only because of her poetic writing style and prose but also because it touches subjects that few authors have dealt with especially in historical-contemporary-based books. Some of her previous books dealt with WW II and the Jews, the Native American history, and also one had dealt with Ireland and its history via a theme similar to "Outlander". All loved, al amazing.

Now this beauty of a book takes place in America of the 60's with the segregation between 'white' and 'black' (other terms are also used in the book based on the society of that time, which I will not mention out of respect for the people and the history) and Benny Lament is a song-writter whose family is...the Italian Mafia.

Another aspect of life during that time was also connected t some famous gangsters of that period. In these times Benny meets Esther, a gorgeous woman with an even more amazing voice, one that makes Benny want to collaborate with her, despite what others say and what society also demands of them. As their songs become even stronger and more powerful they stir trouble from all sides, and the secrets Benny and Esther have may come to the surface.

I loved this book; it was of a steady pace with beautiful prose and through Benny's POV, I saw how he fell in love with Esther and how she rose above her skin color and what society wanted of her. Hearteningly beautiful and with a great message that surpasses the century this book is more contemporary than any other before.


Definitely recommended.



About the author:

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in two dozen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl.

Amy Harmon has written eighteen novels including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her fantasy novel, The Bird and the Sword, was a Goodreads Book of the Year finalist. Her newest release, What the Wind Knows, is an Amazon charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com.

ARC Review: "The ​Crown of Gilded Bones" (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The ​Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

She's been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…

I received an e-ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*

Holy.Wow. So we have a lot to unpack here so brace yourselves, as this is a wild ride!

The third book of the series does not leave us to feel not even in the slightest sense as...safe. Poppy and Casteel have a lot to deal with, from the enemies of the Queen to the inner workings of the Atlantian court where both characters need to deal with. Magic, mystery, lost myths, the freaking powers Poppy is slowly discovering and lots and lots of...swoony-sweaty scenes never left me bored or led me to stop reading. (despite my reading schedule which became a mess due to job).

I loved how Jennifer gave time to map out and explore, even more, all of her characters. This is not a small book per se as it expands over the mythology of this world, the feelings of Poppy and how she describes everything on her side of view, even the action scenes it is filled with.

I enjoyed this book, usually, I need to have something to keep me hooked in a long series, and the ending of this particular book? Boy, it brought me some major GoT memories...the good ones not the final season.

Also, the fact that we are getting an extra series that explores Nyktos, the god in this world who was also responsible for many aspects in this series is very exciting. I got some serious Hades vibes as also his Consort is mentioned and I am very eager to discover who she is.

Overall, this was signature writing my Jennifer whom I love and I am overly excited to get a book by her. Lots of actions, funny moments, sad and sexy moments as also with her gorgeous way to make us love her characters...and tear our hearts in two by the end of each book. I can not wait for the next one!

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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.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. 




Release Day & ARC Review: "Taken to Kor" (Xiveri Mates #5) by Elizabeth Stephens


Taken to Kor by Elizabeth Stephens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Deena
Rhork. He's a space pirate. The bad kind. But he's also been my only source of company for the past rotation that I've been held captive.

Halfway across the galaxy, I'm happy to have finally escaped and found more humans...well, I was.

But now, I'm not so sure that people are so much better than pirates. And I'm very sure that I'll need Rhork's help to get out of this. But Rhork thinks I'm a defective female because of my twisted leg. What if he's not willing to give it?

Rhork
Communicating with the human female for almost a rotation was, in retrospect, a poor choice. Now, she seems to be the ever-present voice in my head, distracting me, making me want things I shouldn't.

To make her a pirate.

To show her the universe.

And most of all, to keep her for myself.



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This series still continues to amaze me. I loved that every new couple is not just that. It's a whole new world with its own mysteries, adventures, and rules, of aliens of all shapes and sizes and of course of romance and the way to overcome trauma and find acceptance in a family of your own making.

That is what Deena does; despite her captivity, she learns how to fight, she braves to help her friends, and in the process Rhork, the space pirate we had first met in the first book, he also realizes that there are more ways to save his people than outdated practices.

The fact that more humans were introduced and also the hopes this filled with the intergalactic alliance against a common enemy drove this book to heights. I loved Elizabeth's descriptions of the planets, of the systems they had, and how different and imaginative the alien species she included looked like.

Overall this is a great sequel to the series and I seriously want more!




About the author:

Tough heroines & possessive Alphas solve mysteries, fight epic battles, and fall in love in Elizabeth's diverse romance & SciFi novels.

Elizabeth Stephens has been living in a fantasy world since she was 11, and in 2015 finally translated her imagination to print! An author of romantic suspense and science fiction, she is a big fan of inclusion and her books always include kick ass ladies of color.

When she isn't found writing, you'll also see her getting her hands dirty by throwing pottery, or working as a communications consultant for privacy and human rights organizations. With origins in Seattle, Atlanta, and Bamako, she currently lives in Berlin with her loving husband and doggo, King Louis.

​To find out more about her projects and upcoming releases visit her website at www.booksbyelizabeth.com.
 


Review: "A ​Court of Silver Flames" (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas


A ​Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she's struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can't seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre's Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta's orbit. But her temper isn't the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other's arms.
 



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Three years....I feel like I never left this world, this wild, magical, scary as hell, amazing world where Fae and humans and all in between coming together in this explosive world-building. And not to mention that finally, FINALLY we got Nesta's story! After that ending in ACOFAS with Cassian heart-broken and Nesta spiraling down towards the emotional bottom of the well, well it was high time we got their story!


(also this is me trying not to spoiler anything, so you are safe in this review...mostly :P)

And so we begin with Nesta, brimming with self0hate and loathing, guilt and depression being called upon by Feyre and Rhysand. She is to be put into...a kind of training program so they can pull her out from the mess she has put herself to. With Cassian to training her and Azriel being their chaperone

*insert manic laughing or Azriel being a chaperone*



They move to the House of Wind which also houses in the underground the huge library which rivals only Belle's and where also it's a safe haven for women abused and scarred. And as we move through Nesta and her attempts to overcome her depression major PTSD and how to become stronger and come to terms with her powers, I have to say that I never expected to like her as a character.

I was shocked by her strength, I applauded her as Nesta became stronger, found her footing, and also matched Cassian as they were made for each other. And Cassian? Boy, I loved him; he outshone any other character from the Inner Circle even those idiots who called him 'brute'. He is by far the most worthy, honorable, witty, funny male I have ever read.



Yes he had his issues, his fears, his tragic past, but he became stronger and his patience with Nesta and how he also helped her as she planned to also guide the priestesses too to become stronger made me tear up.

On the other hand, as part of the plot, I liked how Sarah expanded her world. We learned of gods older than time, of the Dead Trove, Kochei, the Fae sorcerer who has Vassa under his spell, and how the Queens come to this, as war is brewing. I never felt disconnected with both the character development, the plot, and the pacing, despite the book's size.

I waited 3 years. I damn well deserved this mammoth of a book.

The smut? FILTHY HOT. This is NOT A YOUNG ADULT. IT'S AN ADULT BOOK. Get it in your head. And it is a far evolution since Throne of Glass series which also shows how much Sarah's writing has evolved and I loved it very much.



Some may have expressed bad opinions about Feysand. Well I didn't like how Rhys was rude to Nesta as he never liked her to start with and even Feyre may have seemed a little too harsh, but for me the one character I found myself disliking was Elain. She was always in the background, content to fix gardens and pretend that everything is alright, while she didn't support Nesta, at least as much as Feyre tried to do, even with sending her to the House.

I have no idea how she will be redeemed because it seems that Elain simply tags along with Lucien, who is her mate, and also Azriel. And personally, Azriel deserves much better.

What I really loved though was the power of friendship Nesta develops with Gwyn and Emerie. Those three with their stories and experiences and strength are the true examples of love between friends. Especially with what happens towards the end of the book, which was glorious.

Also about what happens with Nesta and her powers, some may disagree and say that Nesta shouldn't have done what she did. For me, that was the best way to show that she truly loved her sister, and also having so many powers would put a target in her back, far deadly than any Fae or sorcerer. She still has powers I believe at least not to the extent of what she was capable of.

For me the true sneaky one is Elain; she hides her powers far better and I think that she will play a vital role in the next books...I sincerely hope she gets also a nice slap by someone.



Overall, this book was glorious. I don't know how much we'll wait for the next book, hopefully not 3 years, though there are rumors in the blogsphere about a novella coming out this year. I definitely going to re-read this and listen to the audiobook. And if you haven't read ACOTAR in general yet, please do.









About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. 

A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. 

To find out more, visit sarahjmaas.com or follow @therealsjmaas on Instagram.

ARC Review: "Black Sunshine" by Karina Halle


Black Sunshine by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

All Lenore Warwick wants for her 21st birthday is to hang out with her friends, finish her second year at Berkeley with flying colors, and maybe catch the eye of a hot musician playing a show at a club that she can now (legally) get into.

Unfortunately, fate has other plans for her.

A week before her birthday, she’s kidnapped by the brooding and dangerous stranger with cold eyes and a lethal touch, who has been stalking her on San Francisco’s fog-shrouded streets. Absolon Stavig isn’t your average criminal though. He’s a centuries-old vampire who’s caught between wanting to kill Lenore and wanting to save her.

You see Lenore, too, is a vampire.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Taken by a pair of vampire slayers when she was just an infant, Lenore was raised never knowing her true nature. All Lenore knows is that she has (normal) parents who love her, that she’s exceptionally smart, and she’s squeamish around blood. But once she turns twenty-one, she’ll fully turn into a vampire, and Solon hopes he’ll be there to guide her, opening her eyes to her deepest hunger...both sexual and otherwise.

But this turning can’t be kept a secret. Soon both slayers and vampires are hunting Lenore, with only Solon and his unpredictable motley crew of vampires to save her.

If they don’t kill her first.

Black Sunshine is a dark adult standalone romance with a paranormal twist, about sex, love, secrets, and revenge, set in contemporary San Francisco.



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*trigger warning: blood, death*

It's been a while since I read a nice vampire book. Bloody, equal parts sexy and dark with a dose of realism and the mystery that surrounds the genre and the specific creature.

Karina Halle's Black Sunshine is a mysterious amazing book which deals with both secrets in the vampire world as Lenore, our heroine, unwittingly becomes the center of it. And her guide through this? Absolon, or Solon an old, powerful vampire with secrets of his own.

I enjoyed this book: it was fast-paced but it didn't deviate from the character development, the swoony and steamy parts as also the enemy behind Lenore's true powers.

And while the author mentions that this was a stand-alone I would like to see more from this world as there is room for more characters, like Wolf and Amethyst.

If you carve a vampire adult book then this is for you.




About the author:

Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia, where they operate Raven Ridge, a B&B that’s perfect for writers’ retreats and romantic getaways.

In the winter, you can often find them in California or on their beloved island of Kauai, soaking up as much sun (and getting as much inspiration) as possible. For more information, visit www.authorkarinahalle.com/books.

Halle is represented by Root Literary and is both self-published, and published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, and Montlake. Her books have been published in numerous languages around the world.

Blog Tour+Excerpt: "Wilde Type" by H.K. Jacobs

 

WE ARE EXCITED TO BE SHARING HK JACOBS CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE, WILDE TYPE WITH YOU TODAY.

WILDE TYPE IS THE FIRST BOOK IN THE ALEX WILDE SERIES AND IS OUT NOW!

                                                    

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   Book Description:

"He had awoken something in her the first night they met--a rebirth of hope for irrevocable love, a love so powerful that it canceled out the burden of her pain."

  Dr. Alexandra Wilde is brilliant, driven, and wholly dedicated to her profession. Caring for critically ill children has taken her across the globe from Mongolia to Haiti to her current assignment in Gaborone, Botswana. Her life is full of excitement, tragedy, and personal sacrifice with little room for anything or anyone else. She has always welcomed any adventure…except for the one wearing the face of billionaire mining heir and international playboy, Ian Devall. He is arrogant, charming, and utterly disenchanted. However, when circumstances thrust him into her life, she is captivated by a glimpse of his deeper character and drawn into a blazing romance. An ensuing path of self-discovery leads her to reopen the wounds of her past, and she must choose between the life she always imagined…or one she never dreamed was possible.  



Excerpt‌ ‌#1‌ ‌(first‌ ‌meeting)‌ ‌
 ‌
“Well,‌ ‌you‌ ‌aren’t‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌sex,”‌ ‌he‌ ‌said‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌raise‌ ‌of‌ ‌one‌ ‌eyebrow‌ ‌as‌ ‌he‌ ‌nearly‌ ‌emptied‌ ‌his‌ ‌bourbon‌ ‌glass.‌ ‌
 ‌Alex‌ ‌sputtered‌ ‌into‌ ‌her‌ ‌drink,‌ ‌which‌ ‌thankfully‌ ‌broke‌ ‌the‌ ‌half-trance‌ ‌she‌ ‌had‌ ‌been‌ ‌entertaining,‌ ‌and‌ ‌she‌ ‌
turned‌ ‌in‌ ‌her‌ ‌chair‌ ‌to‌ ‌face‌ ‌him.‌ ‌Although‌ ‌her‌ ‌heart‌ ‌thundered‌ ‌and‌ ‌her‌ ‌insides‌ ‌felt‌ ‌like‌ ‌they‌ ‌had‌ ‌been‌ ‌
scrambled,‌ ‌she‌ ‌donned‌ ‌her‌ ‌calmest,‌ ‌most‌ ‌in-control‌ ‌façade.‌           ‌“How‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌know‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌not?”‌ ‌
 ‌“Because,‌ ‌Alexandra,‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌women‌ ‌want‌ ‌me,‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌can‌ ‌always‌ ‌tell‌ ‌when‌ ‌they‌ ‌do,”‌ ‌he‌ ‌answered‌ ‌
matter-of-factly‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌wry‌ ‌smirk‌ ‌briefly‌ ‌contrasting‌ ‌his‌ ‌beautiful‌ ‌face.‌ ‌
 ‌She‌ ‌answered‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌raise‌ ‌of‌ ‌her‌ ‌eyebrows‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌mild‌ ‌glare‌ ‌that‌ ‌gave‌ ‌off‌ ‌her‌ ‌unspoken‌ ‌disdain.‌ ‌He‌ ‌wasn’t‌ ‌
exactly‌ ‌wrong.‌ ‌She‌ ‌was‌ ‌not‌ ‌here‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌Friday‌ ‌night‌ ‌post-debauchery‌ ‌sex.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌despite‌ ‌her‌ ‌
preference‌ ‌living‌ ‌within‌ ‌a‌ ‌formidable‌ ‌ice‌ ‌fortress,‌ ‌her‌ ‌body‌ ‌felt‌ ‌anxious‌ ‌to‌ ‌betray‌ ‌her.‌ ‌Her‌ ‌mouth‌ ‌felt‌ ‌
paper-dry,‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌slight‌ ‌sheen‌ ‌of‌ ‌sweat‌ ‌was‌ ‌rapidly‌ ‌accumulating‌ ‌on‌ ‌her‌ ‌palms.‌ ‌She‌ ‌wiped‌ ‌her‌ ‌hands‌ ‌over‌ ‌her‌ ‌
jean-clad‌ ‌thighs,‌ ‌a‌ ‌movement‌ ‌that‌ ‌caught‌ ‌Ian’s‌ ‌eye.‌ ‌
 ‌Looking‌ ‌up‌ ‌at‌ ‌him,‌ ‌she‌ ‌startled‌ ‌a‌ ‌bit‌ ‌at‌ ‌his‌ ‌expression‌ ‌which‌ ‌was‌ ‌curious‌ ‌and‌ ‌sincere‌ ‌with‌ ‌interest,‌ ‌quite‌ ‌
different‌ ‌from‌ ‌a‌ ‌moment‌ ‌ago.‌ ‌ ‌
 ‌“You’re‌ ‌right,”‌ ‌started‌ ‌Alex.‌ ‌“I‌ ‌am‌ ‌definitely‌ ‌not‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌sex.”‌ ‌She‌ ‌flicked‌ ‌her‌ ‌eyes‌ ‌down‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌
bourbon‌ ‌for‌ ‌comfort‌ ‌rather‌ ‌than‌ ‌continuing‌ ‌to‌ ‌let‌ ‌herself‌ ‌be‌ ‌enraptured‌ ‌by‌ ‌his‌ ‌face.‌ ‌
 ‌“Let‌ ‌me‌ ‌tell‌ ‌you‌ ‌what‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for,”‌ ‌he‌ ‌said‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌husky,‌ ‌bourbon-soaked‌ ‌voice.‌ ‌He‌ ‌leaned‌ ‌over‌ ‌
now‌ ‌so‌ ‌close‌ ‌that‌ ‌Alex‌ ‌could‌ ‌feel‌ ‌his‌ ‌breath‌ ‌on‌ ‌her‌ ‌cheek.‌ ‌She‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌dare‌ ‌meet‌ ‌the‌ ‌eyes‌ ‌that‌ ‌looked‌ ‌down‌ ‌at‌ ‌
her‌ ‌through‌ ‌half-closed‌ ‌lids.‌ ‌‌Was‌ ‌he‌ ‌going‌ ‌to‌ ‌kiss‌ ‌her?‌ ‌She‌ ‌held‌ ‌her‌ ‌breath‌ ‌and‌ ‌felt‌ ‌everything‌ ‌stop‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌
moment,‌ ‌including‌ ‌her‌ ‌heart.‌ ‌In‌ ‌fact,‌ ‌it‌ ‌seemed‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌forever‌ ‌for‌ ‌it‌ ‌to‌ ‌squeeze‌ ‌another‌ ‌aliquot‌ ‌of‌ ‌blood‌ ‌into‌ ‌
her‌ ‌arteries.‌ ‌
 ‌“You‌ ‌want‌ ‌an‌ ‌epic‌ ‌love‌ ‌story…a‌ ‌love‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌timeless…immortal.‌ ‌You‌ ‌want‌ ‌a‌ ‌love‌ ‌that‌ ‌frightens‌ ‌you‌ ‌and‌ ‌
inspires‌ ‌you,”‌ ‌he‌ ‌whispered‌ ‌into‌ ‌her‌ ‌ear.‌ ‌His‌ ‌face‌ ‌retreated‌ ‌from‌ ‌hers‌ ‌then,‌ ‌and‌ ‌his‌ ‌nose‌ ‌barely‌ ‌skimmed‌ ‌her‌ ‌
cheek‌ ‌as‌ ‌he‌ ‌did‌ ‌so.‌ ‌“And‌ ‌I‌ ‌hope‌ ‌you‌ ‌find‌ ‌it,”‌ ‌he‌ ‌finished,‌ ‌genuinely‌ ‌smiling‌ ‌at‌ ‌her,‌ ‌without‌ ‌a‌ ‌trace‌ ‌of‌ ‌his‌ ‌
previous‌ ‌bravado.‌ 


     
 
  

ABOUT HK JACOBS:  
 HK Jacobs graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and has spent her life as a physician traveling the globe caring for children. She also has a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas with a concentration in global health and completed her thesis in Port au Prince, Haiti. She currently resides in Texas, where she practices pediatric critical care medicine and strives to live the life she imagined. Wilde Type is her debut novel.   

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ARC Review: "Secrets that we Keep" by Linda Kage


Secrets That We Keep by Linda Kage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Gracen Lowe has a new life theory:
What you don’t know can’t hurt you.

Which is exactly why he decides not to tell his twin sister, Bella, that he’s accidentally falling for the woman she hates most, the very woman who allegedly cheated with Bella’s last boyfriend and broke them apart.

Bella might be his best friend and ultimate confidante, but she’d legit cut off his favorite body part if she knew which woman he’d been craving. So even if his theory’s totally whack, staying quiet will definitely keep him safer.

Except he feels so guilty about it all.

Meanwhile, Bella’s heating up the sheets with one of Gracen’s best friends, and she can’t seem to reveal that little detail to her brother either, due to—you know—reasons.

When the truth is exposed, all bets are off. Shattered secrets will either set everyone free or wreck their relationships forever.


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*trigger warning: mention of rape, and drugs*

If you are a long time follower of Linda's writing like me, you will come to expect some amazing writing, funny moments, and a deep emotional attachment to her characters. Her newest book combines all the above in a long wonderful book, filled not with one but two love stories which ties also to her Forbidden men series, but you don't necessarily need to read the series in order to understand the family ties in this book.

But it was a nice surprise for me!

Bella and Gracen are twins who love each other and enjoy their family antics, along with Bella's crush on Fox, their best friend. And Gracen finds himself falling for the woman who had destroyed Bella's engagement.
And how does this tie in? All keep secrets from one another. But of course, life is full of surprises and I will let you discover it on your own. I enjoyed the book. It was witty, funny but also with some serious themes added in, the trials of family and the strength to learn to forgive and knowing the truth.

I recommend it for its plot, the memorable characters and if you wish to learn more about the other members of this big family, I recommend reading the Forbidden men series!




About the author:

Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, funner side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in that center around love and hope. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact than realism. She likes the drama and crazy, over-the-top plots that make you cry then laugh, get mad then sigh happily.

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.

Harry Potter House Gryffindor, Patronus White Stallion, character match Hagrid. Supernatural Team Dean. Game of Thrones Team Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. The Walking Dead Team Daryl. Outlander Team Jamie Fraser. Teen Wolf Team Stiles. Avenger Team Thor...or Hulk (can’t decide). Justice League Team Flash. Arrow Team Stephen Amell. Stranger Things obsessed. Heard Laurel, not Yanny.

Started out reading with the Baby-Sitters Club. Then moved to Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, and LaVyrle Spencer in high school. Now all over the place with her romance reading tastes.


Review: "Blood Heir" (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews


Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From Ilona Andrews, an all-new novel set in the Kate Daniels World and featuring Julie Lennart-Olsen, Kate and Curran's ward.

Atlanta was always a dangerous city. Now, as waves of magic and technology compete for supremacy, it’s a place caught in a slow apocalypse, where monsters spawn among the crumbling skyscrapers and supernatural factions struggle for power and survival.

Eight years ago, Julie Lennart left Atlanta to find out who she was. Now she’s back with a new face, a new magic, and a new name—Aurelia Ryder—drawn by the urgent need to protect the family she left behind. An ancient power is stalking her adopted mother, Kate Daniels, an enemy unlike any other, and a string of horrifying murders is its opening gambit.

If Aurelia’s true identity is discovered, those closest to her will die. So her plan is simple: get in, solve the murders, prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled, and get out without being recognized. She expected danger, but she never anticipated that the only man she'd ever loved could threaten everything.

One small misstep could lead to disaster. But for Aurelia, facing disaster is easy; it’s relationships that are hard.




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OMG OMG OMG! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT FOR THE SECOND BOOKS NOW!?
CONTAINS SPOILER YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

*inhales-exhales*

It had been a while since I was in the world of Kate Daniels! And truly despite the rampant magic and the post-apocalyptic feels, it felt like coming home. I loved seeing all the characters, old and new as also discover even more how much I adore Ilona Andrews for creating amazing plots based on mythology, history, and religion.

Faith and old gods never felt scarier.

Aurelia Ryder, AKA Julie, Kate's adopted daughter is all grown up....and in a mission. She returns to Atlanta after 8 years in order to save Kate as there is a new enemy rising. And also Aurelia-Julie will have to deal with the murder of a good pastor, treasure hunters, old relics while at the same time fighting against monsters, shapeshifters who like to stick their snouts in everything and...Derek.

OMG THE SCENES WITH THEM! I loved their interactions, seeing them older and of course, the 'bomb' that exploded close to the end of the book. I mean WOW! that was intense! 

I was amazed at Julie and how strong she was. But also she had insecurities and that made her even more human. Some other characters I enjoyed seeing too: Conlan, Ascanio (he can go and eat a shoe), Hugh! 

I can not wait to see what will happen in the next book! I need it like...NOW?!

Also, I seriously recommend you to read the Kate Daniels books. The worldbuilding is glorious and deadly and if Netflix wants to have a long-standing series to win the urban fantasy crowd these are the books they should adapt. 

                                 


About the authors:

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.



#ARC Review: "Taken to Heimo" by (Xiveri Mates #4) Elizabeth Stephens


Taken to Heimo by Elizabeth Stephens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Svera
There are a few things my Tri-God did not prepare me for. The first – Niahhorru pirates. They want the coordinates to an unprotected human satellite and I have them.

The confusing – The human Council's secrets that I've uncovered and may get me killed. The most sinful – The pressure in my stomach...well, lower than my stomach...that draws me to the male who hates me most in this universe.

Krisxox
There is nothing that my warrior training did not prepare me for. Even though my body desires to bond to hers, I'll fight until I break it. She's a disgusting human, filthy and impure. A worshipper of a fickle human god and worst of all, she's not Drakesh.

Nox, that isn't worst.

Worse, is that she's got space pirates, traitors and other enemies chasing her. Worst, is that I won't let them touch her because she's my Xiv – nox! I'll fight. But fighting is harder when I don't really want to win...


Taken to Heimo is a full-length (75k words) SciFi, space opera romance complete with an angry alien and a human, head scarf-wearing heroine who is far too polite to meet anger with anger. Most of the time. This is book 4 in the Xiveri mates series and should be read after books 1 and 2. Books 3, 6 and 8 are complete standalones (on other planets) and can be read at any point. Trigger warning! The heroine in this book is attacked more than once and there are multiple violent battle scenes before reaching the HEA.


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

*trigger warning: mention of attempted rape, which didn't happen but just in case that will be hard for any of you*

I could not have been more excited to get and read Svera's and Krisxox's story! Ever since the first book I knew that their plot would be amazing and full of surprises! And Elizabeth didn't disappoint! Full of adventure, travel's through space, mysteries about the humans and where they had disappeared as also a betrayal no one expected, Svera and Krisxox had a lot to deal with apart from the mating bond Krisxox felt for her.

His stubbornness was mostly the part that kept him from admitting his feelings for her, and Svera was a strong heroine despite everything that happened to her. She is resilient, smart and kind and they both completed each other, despite the religious and cultural differences.

Also, I am excited to see what will happen to the next couple that will be featured as the ending left me wondering what trouble they will find themselves in.

This series is by far the best I have read since 2020. An amazing blend of sci-fi, steamy romance and what it means to be humane even in the harsh edges of the universe.

Definitely recommended! 




About the author:

Tough heroines & possessive Alphas solve mysteries, fight epic battles, and fall in love in Elizabeth's diverse romance & SciFi novels.

Elizabeth Stephens has been living in a fantasy world since she was 11, and in 2015 finally translated her imagination to print! An author of romantic suspense and science fiction, she is a big fan of inclusion and her books always include kick ass ladies of color.

When she isn't found writing, you'll also see her getting her hands dirty by throwing pottery, or working as a communications consultant for privacy and human rights organizations. With origins in Seattle, Atlanta, and Bamako, she currently lives in Berlin with her loving husband and doggo, King Louis.

​To find out more about her projects and upcoming releases visit her website at www.booksbyelizabeth.com.


7 YEARS OF MILKY WAY OF BOOKS (and a giveaway)

 

It's been seven years! Holy wow how fast time flies! And despite the hard times, we all had in 2020, I am grateful to all my bookish friends, the bloggers I got to meet and the authors I loved reading their books and the new ones I discovered!


The year 2020 was far less populated in posts, maybe due to the quarantine and me getting a job. The job, to be honest, messed with my reading schedules and at some point, I was too tired to read. But I was able to finish my 2020 reading goal. 

For this year? My bookish resolutions mainly at the moment involve to get my grabby hands on the upcoming Sarah J. Maas book, A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES! (you have no idea how excited I am!)



And mostly to wish for all of you to be safe, stay healthy, and close to your loved ones. The year will be challenging but you can always come to this safe corner of the blog-sphere to discover new books and new authors.

To celebrate 7 year of books and blogging here in my small corner of the net I am giving you the chance to win ANY book or books you want up to 20 euros by Book Depository (free of shipping)


RULES:

-OPEN UNTIL 23RD OF JANUARY

-OPEN TO INT

-COMPLETE ALL THE STEPS

-1 WINNER (will be notified by email. If the winner won't reply n 48 hours a new one will be chosen)


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Blog Tour, ARC Review, QA with Colleen Hoover & Giveaway: "Layla" by Colleen Hoover


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.



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

I seriously did not expect CoHo to dive into the paranormal genre! And that was a very nice surprise! It is not a flashy type of using elements of the genre but there were parts of the book that made me gasp and the surprises kept coming revealing themselves as Leeds tries to uncover the mystery of Layla.

The book goes back and forth narrated by Leeds, the "present" is the part named THE INTERVIEW where Leeds slowly narrates what happens in the 8 months he met Layla and how it came to be in this....very awkward and mysterious disposition.

Trust me I can't reveal more as this is quite a surprise and I never spoiler you my dears! Even if you were used to Colleen Hoover as a contemporary author you will definitely enjoy this one too! 


Q&A with Author Colleen Hoover

You have written in many different genres and always keep your fans wanting more. For Layla, you are dipping your toes into a paranormal story that has lots of secrets. How do you describe Layla without giving anything away? #spoilerfreezone 

What is supposed to be a short, romantic getaway for new couple Leeds and Layla turns into an extended vacation full of bizarre occurrences. But no matter how much Layla wants to leave, Leeds is more focused on finding answers for the unexplainable.

The paranormal elements in your story are faint...just a whisper...until they take over. What was it like adding another worldly twist to your writing for the first time?  
It was HARD. Super hard. I love using my imagination, but I also love realistic stories, so I found myself trying to pull back on things I didn’t feel were realistic. But then it got a lot easier when I decided to just make Leeds’s reactions sort of mirror what I would do orsay in those early moments. I put a lot of my own thoughts in Leeds’s character. He finds it hard to explain some of the things that happen, so his reactions are probably what my reactions would be at first. Until there was no room left for doubt, anyway. Then his actions veer very far from what mine would have been.

Love-at-first-sight is such a mundane phrase for what these two share. Their passionate relationship seems to move in fast-forward. What is it about these characters that make their connection so instantaneous?  

I knew where the story was going to go, so I needed their meet-cute to be believable, fun, and I wanted them to be a couple readers would root for. I probably rewrote that first chapter dozens of times,but I focused mainly on their banter. Sometimes we meet people we instantly click with on so many different levels. Leeds and Layla clicked with their sarcasm, their humor, their taste in music. And she read him without even knowing him. To Leeds that was special. I think he felt seen in a world where he’s often overlooked. 

It becomes somewhat of an inside joke between your couple that, before Layla, Leeds’ always wore a look like he was“dying inside.” The truth is that he was deeply unhappy before meeting Layla. How does she change his life? 

Leeds is lonely and holding back on his dreams because of doubts. Leeds sees something different in Layla. She’s carefree, fun and gives him the confidence to follow his dreams. In a sense, I think she’s his missing puzzle piece. She fills the parts of him that are empty.  

Before Leeds, Layla doesn’t have a real direction in her life. What does this romance provide to her and why is she so grateful to have found her hero? 

Layla is fresh out of college, living with her parents and unemployed. Leeds’s career gives her focus, and being with him in Tennessee got her out of a place where she probably felt useless and unproductive. 

Can readers expect more paranormal elements in your books moving forward?

I’ll never say never! 


About the author:

International and #1 New York Times bestselling author of romance, YA, thriller and Women's Fiction. And maybe a ghost story soon.

I don't like to be confined to one genre. If you put me in a box, I'll claw my way out.

My social media username is @colleenhoover pretty much everywhere except my email, which is colleenhooverbooks@gmail.com

Founder of www.thebookwormbox.com charity and Book Bonanza.


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November Reads: ARCs, Holiday feels and more!

 

Hello my dear readers! It seems that the second time of quarantine can either lift you up or pull you down. I love this small side of the blogsphere where we can all feel safe and loved for our bookish reads! And you may have noticed that my reviews have become more gathered in batches as working from home and also having home work to do (you have no idea how cooking and cleaning can do that to a person), my reviews are now more gathered in one post.


Thankfully, I had the luck to read some amazing books and ARCs and I am glad to share them with you!

                                     (how I'll feel going out at some point in the future...I hope)




Wicked All Night by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World, ancient deities are poised to wreck havoc, unless vampires Veritas and Ian can stop them … in this thrilling Night Rebel novel!

A gift from the gods…

Veritas and Ian have finally defeated their worst enemy, but the power it took to pierce through to the netherworld has unexpected consequences. Soon, Veritas is forced to rely on the last person she trusts---a golden deity named Phanes, who seeks far more than a temporary alliance with the beautiful vampire.

Can unleash hell…

But an escape from the netherworld soon pits Veritas and Ian against supernatural beings seeking to rule over mortals once again. Now, they must rally friends and foes alike—if the vampire council doesn’t execute Veritas first. Plus, a wedge between Veritas and Ian threatens to destroy their love. Can they stand together against the unearthly powers about to be unleashed? Or does their love—and humanity—not stand a chance? 

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

Holy wow! What can I say about the action and the amazing story! Even weeks after devouring this book I still want to immerse myself in this amazing world Jeaniene Frost made! I loved her mythological references, especially the greek ones, how Ian and Veritas were glorious together both as a couple and in the cases they went on murdering their enemies mode :P

I would like to see another series too, featuring Marie and Assael this time. I think there is a backstory here and that demon is also a very interesting character! 

I couldn't have read a better ending to this series! And you are all in for many surprises when this is released! ;)

And if you haven't read the series yet please do! 




About the author:

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, the Broken Destiny series, and the new Night Rebel series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

For information on Jeaniene's books, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com





Send Me Their Souls by Sara Wolf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

The finale to the epic Bring Me Their Hearts series reaches its thrilling conclusion, full of intrigue, emotion, and of course romance.

Reunited with Lucien, Malachite, and Fione, Zera finally has the choice of whether or not to regain her humanity and give up her life as a Heartless. But with war raging and an army of valkerax on the loose, she’s never needed immortality more. Will they be able to stop Varia without sacrificing themselves in the process?






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

The final book of this new series claims your heart and gives you the thrills I have been missing in my reading lately. It's only personal and has nothing to do with this book as Sara Wolf managed to keep my attention from start to finish! 
There are so many turns and secrets and magic that kept me rooted on spot hoping and dreading to see what would happen! 

Great ending to the series! Totally recommended! 





About the author:

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in Portland, Oregon where the sun can't get her anymore and not enough fruit tarts ever.







Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the international bestselling author of The Simple Wild comes Forever Wild, a novella that continues the story of Calla’s journey to the Alaskan wild and a life she never imagined for herself.


The holiday season is upon Calla and Jonah, and with the mistletoe and gingerbread comes plenty of family drama. Jonah is bracing himself for two weeks with a stepfather he loathes, and while Calla is looking forward to her mother and Simon’s arrival, she dreads the continued pressure to set a date for their wedding … in Toronto. Add in one bullheaded neighbor’s unintentional meddling and another cantankerous neighbor’s own family strife, and Christmas in Trapper’s Crossing will be anything but simple. 



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

Calla and Jonah! I was so happy when I heard about this lovely novella set in Christmas too in Alaska! Packed with feels and the holidays feeling I loved every bit as I read it in one go!
I do have to admit that apart from the family drama and the humorous and emotional moments, I was totally jealous of the way Calla's and Jonah's house was described! I want a home like that!

If you haven't read the first 2 books what are you waiting for? 





About the author:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.

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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Two sisters.One brutal murder. A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself... And an intoxicating romance. 

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe - witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family's renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin...desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister's killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that's been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia's side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women's murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is at is seems...



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Set in Sicilian background with an amazing description of foods that made my mouth water, along with demons and magic, the new series of Kerri Maniscalco sets the pace for new characters that have to overcome even more obstacles, are morally grey in some cases and the tragedy looms over their heads.

I was surprised by Emilia's determination, even if in some cases I wanted her to stop taking so many risks. Though to be honest the whole plot was so surprising and the secrets many as also the danger which made me fear for her on every page!

Even Wrath had his own agenda and he at least tried to a point to protect her. I have no idea how the next book will go as the ending was a cliffhanger of sorts. 
But that doesn't mean that the book was glorious and I was so happy to read something new and unique!

Totally recommended! 





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.

She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER quartet. The final installment, CAPTURING THE DEVIL, will be released on 9/10/19. KINGDOM OF THE WICKED, the first in a new YA fantasy series, is slated for fall 2020.

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Generation One by Elizabeth Stephens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

An Alien Invasion SciFi Romance

Abel should have let me die. Jack should have killed me.

Abel had no business resurrecting my corpse. Now I'm tormented by ghosts of monsters, including the one I've become, as I trudge through the hellscape that is Population. Only this time, I'm part of Abel's band of misfits trying to rebuild civilization.

Among the cheery idiots are alien allies and humans too stupid to live. None are so grating as Pia. Pretty and kind and gentle, she might be the worst among them.

But it doesn't change the fact that she's the reason I'm still here and that when my old gang catches up to me, they'll torture her to make me bleed.

Luckily, I'm a monster who won't let that happen. Even if I'm too torn up to touch her, I'm going to keep her alive.

Generation One is book 3 in the action-packed Population series! A full-length (85k word) interracial, post-apocalyptic, slow burn SciFi romance with an HEA, this book can be read as a standalone, but will be better appreciated after reading Population and Saltlands.

Be warned! This is a violent book with lots of battle scenes. There is NO noncon, dubcon, cheating, harem, menage or love triangles. Only savage men who worship their warrior women. 


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I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
This review contains SPOILERS of the previous two books. Read at your own caution.


Generation one picks from the first duology where this harsh world invaded by aliens filled with action and lots of violence makes humanity strive for survival. There is violence and the characters strive to fight against the aliens, even having said aliens on their side.

I enjoyed the small moments and how all characters were grounded and didn't rush into stupid decisions like some other characters I have seen done in other books.

The series has taken an interesting turn and I want to see where this will go, as it covers more couples and characters. It also deals with PTSD, trauma, and mental health so I strongly advise you to proceed with caution if you are interested.

Recommended for the unique set, the strive for survival, and the romance! 


                                         And don't miss the first 2 books of the series



About the author:

Tough heroines & possessive Alphas solve mysteries, fight epic battles, and fall in love in Elizabeth's diverse romance & SciFi novels.

Elizabeth Stephens has been living in a fantasy world since she was 11, and in 2015 finally translated her imagination to print! An author of romantic suspense and science fiction, she is a big fan of inclusion and her books always include kick ass ladies of color.

When she isn't found writing, you'll also see her getting her hands dirty by throwing pottery, or working as a communications consultant for privacy and human rights organizations. With origins in Seattle, Atlanta, and Bamako, she currently lives in Berlin with her loving husband and doggo, King Louis.

​To find out more about her projects and upcoming releases visit her website at www.booksbyelizabeth.com.