Review: The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow!

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This book follows Nashville, an A+ human with enhanced abilities, and Carter, an immediate rival of hers. This was a dual POV story and I loved being in both of their minds. They each had their own voice and I enjoyed ever second of them.
Nashville was incredibly badass and I admired how she didn’t shy away from a kill. She knew what was expected of her and she delivered no matter what. I really hope to see more characters like her in the near future. I love it when main characters make me cheer them on as intensely as she did.
Carter is absolutely ridiculous, in the best of ways. It took me a while to put my finger on my opinion of him but eventually, he had me cracking up and ashamed that I ever doubted him.
A couple of negative things I have to say is that as much as I really liked the characters, I lacked a personal connection to any of them. I felt a wall between us and it impacted my reading experience more than I wanted it to. Another thing I have to point out is that I am a grammar Nazi when it comes to novels using my first language as a part of their story: Spanish. It was used in this book but not in the way that made any sense. It wasn’t being translated right and it erupted another wall between the characters and me. I just couldn’t get past it so I docked a star for it. There were also some plot twists that I saw coming so the shock factor wasn’t as great as it could have been.
With that said, I loved how short the chapters were so it turned into a quick read. I also really liked how the story wrapped up in the end.

3.5/5 stars

Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones!

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*Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review*
Ahhh!!! This series will be the death of me, no pun intended. I am absolutely obsessed with it and I hope it never, ever ends. Darynda has officially become one of my favorite authors and this is only the second book I’ve read by her.
Anyway, I am still reeling from having just finished book 3 so I will try and bring my feelings back from a book ago. This book takes place a week after the chaos that happened at the end of book 1. It starts right into the suspense and I couldn’t read fast enough.
I love that as memorable Charlie is, so are the side characters. I can call them up from memory at the snap of a finger and it’s really rare when that happens to me. Usually the side character’s names fade away after I have finished a book, but I’m so glad that’s not the case here. I am as invested in their lives as I am Charlie’s. Also, I want to be Charlie’s best friend pretty bad, I hope it comes true someday. I really love how accident prone she is, it always reminds me a bit of myself, and I love nothing more than relating to a character’s pain haha.
Also, I keep shipping Charlie with other sexy male characters that aren’t Reyes and I don’t know why. Maybe I like the drama it would stir, or something. But I won’t name them, I’ll let you guys meet them and decide for yourself who I’m talking about. Don’t let that sentence fool you though, Reyes is the ultimate babe in this story and THEY NEED TO BE TOGETHER BY THE END OR I WILL RAGE. I just won’t mind Charlie having a few flings before it comes to that. Nope, I won’t mind that at all.
This book made my heart ache so much, and those last chapters made me tear up bad. I am pretty disappointed in myself because of one thing that happened at the end. I should’ve seen that ending coming but I was so immersed in the story that my mind refused to wander away from the words I was currently reading. It was like not seeing a slap coming your way until their fingers were about to hit you on the cheek. That’s exactly how I felt from the very first word of this novel, to the last.

4.5/5 stars!

Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones!

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This was my first read by Darynda and I have been hearing sooo many good things about this series that it landed on my tbr pile fairly quickly. A publicist over at SMP also pitched the series to me since this is one of her favorites and agreed to send me the first 9 books. For that, I am, and will be, forever thankful!!!
From the very first page, I already knew I was going to love this series. The main character, Charlie, is so sassy, I can’t even handle it. The ridiculous things she said and thought had me tearing up from all the laughing. The fact that it centers around ghosts (my absolute favorite topic of all time) and everything paranormal scored massive points in my book. Throw in a dark, menacing, and sexy male… You bet I was a goner before I even made it to the end of the first chapter. I’ve also always been fascinated by murder cases so Charlie being a PI/ Grim Reaper kept adding to the appreciation I already harbored. I honestly can’t wait to see more of her development play through, She has so much untapped potential that I can’t even fathom where it will lead next.
Darynda’s writing is supper addictive and it kept me from letting reality sink in. I refused to go to sleep until I finished this book, which was around 5 in the morning. There were so many ups and downs that I can’t even imagine what else the rest of the books have in store. I have no regrets where this book is concerned except for the fact that it took me so long to pick it up. This book’s the perfect blend of steamy, suspenseful, and heartbreaking. I’m soo glad I have the next 8 books in my possession, they should last me for a bit. I hope.

4/5 stars!

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Outlaw by Katana Collins!

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BEFORE YOU READ OUTLAW, READ EX-CON!

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Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Ex-convict Shane McGill is as rugged and wild as they come. Bad to the bone and back on the streets, he’ll do anything and say anything to survive. Even if that something means joining the one car club he had worked so hard to avoid. But there’s one person out there who can match him toe-to-toe…the hot mechanic pin-up doll of a woman with the body of a goddess and tomboy attitude would even give him a chance.

Volume Two of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Charlize “Charlie” Wakeman fixes cars and doesn’t suffer fools. But when the hot as hell ex-convict Shane McGill enters her mechanic shop, she can’t resist one wild night with him. It was just meant to be a fling…the wildest, most thrilling fling of her life. But Shane’s too ruthless, too bad to ignore, and Charlie can’t stop herself from coming back for more.

Volume Three of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Shane McGill learned one thing from prison—if you get a second chance, don’t screw it up. Shane doesn’t regret a single second of his life once he’s found Charlie. She’s the happiest, hottest, most important thing to happen to him. But as tensions rise in the Harrison Street Crew, his relationship with Charlie takes on a new level of heat, and danger…

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MY REVIEW FOR EX-CON:

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“The moon can’t glow without the darkness. Let me be your darkness- take that darkness from you so that you can shine.”
These were my second set of novels that I read by Katana and I can’t get enough of her writing.
This story is a dual POV and it follows Shane, an ex-con who was just released from prison and Charlie, the new-ish mechanic in his town. They are both dealing with some unsavory demons from their pasts and it was bittersweet to see them come to light as they found reassurance in each other.
This serial made me tear up so much and the things these two told each other were like salt to an open wound, yet I wanted more. These were just the right amount of angsty and sexy.

I’m so in awe of Katana, her plot twists were spectacular and that ending was groundbreaking. I felt like I was bathed in adrenaline and didn’t know what to do with it so instead, I jumped right into read the next serial, Outlaw, to find out more about these characters.

4/5 stars!


AND THE STORY CONTINUES:

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Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One: Released March 7
Patrick Flanagan lives outside the law. The cops don’t like him. The law doesn’t trust him. He may come at you with a charm and a handsome smile, but make no mistake—he’s as reckless and bad as they come. But when a total bombshell with stilettos and a power suit comes blazing into his life, this bad boy is about to be so, so good…

Volume Two: Released March 14
Ambitious lawyer Michelle Chiccarini vowed like hell she is going to do her best to prosecute as many criminals as she could. Even if that means trying to put away Patrick Flanagan, a man who can make her pulse quicken and fill her head with dirty, wicked thoughts just by looking at him. She’s got to put him behind bars. But how can she do that, when she can’t even resist his touch?

Volume Three: Releases March 21
Patrick Flanagan won’t go to jail. Not when he’s got a woman as gorgeous as Michelle aching for his every touch and pushing his lust for her past the boiling point. Even though she’s a lawyer tasked with putting him in prison, he can’t stay away from her. Michelle is falling fast and hard for Patrick, but is he guilty? Or is he innocent? She wants to trust her bad boy from the streets, but is he telling the truth?

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MY REVIEW FOR OUTLAW:

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These were my third set of novels that I have read by Katana and now I’m even more obsessed with her. I don’t know how that could’ve been possible, but it has happened, and I don’t mind one bit.
This serial follows a different duo of characters that we met in Ex-Con. It follows Michelle, Charlie’s bff, and Patrick, Shane’s best friend and club brother. Michelle is an ADA on the hunt to sever all gang activity from her town and Patrick is the worst guy that she could possibly be interested in, considering her position. Not only is he part of a ‘gang’ but he’s the Vice President of it. The sexual tension between these two was incredible and suffocating, even for me. And it didn’t help matters that my crush for Patrick reached insane proportions from that very first chapter. It was badass, intense, and it had my heart palpitating a million miles per hour. It was one of the most memorable intros to a book that I’ve ever read.
If I thought, Ex-Con was good, this serial was outstanding!! Out of the two sets of characters, Michelle/Patrick are my absolute favorite so far!! The intensity basically quadrupled as we dug further into the plot. Katana manged to throw in some of the most amazing humor in the midst of all the chaos, which I appreciated so very much. I cried so many times throughout this serial, for different reasons, that I lost track of the times I didn’t have tears in my eyes.
My heart went out to these two characters completely, their pasts shattered my soul and I wanted to mend everything, especially for Patrick. It sucked seeing him in his true form and I couldn’t even reach into the pages to make it all better. Even though Michelle was my competition for his attention, I loved her so much. She was absolutely hilarious and I respected her iron backbone. The things that were happening to her also made my heart ache. Nobody deserves to witness and go through what she’s going through. I seriously can’t wait to see what else Katana has in store for us.
My emotions were all over the place in this serial, if you haven’t noticed yet. The entire time I was internally screaming: ‘WHAT IS HAPPENING?!’ ‘WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HURTING MY BELOVEDS?.’ Katana is weaving one of the most heart-pounding novels I’ve come across and I’m like an addict; I read this in one sitting since I couldn’t be bothered with real life. Also, as if I didn’t cry enough, that ending completely shattered what was left of my restraint and had the floodgates rampaging out of my system. All I will say is that PAT IS SO PERFECT, I can’t wait to see more of him in the next serial!!!
I leave with one more important question: Where can I find my very own Pat?

5/5 stars!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Katana Collins grew up in a lot of different places. She has called PA, NC, GA, FL and NY all her home. Pretty much in that order, too. Her dream was to always be an author. A photographer. A teacher. A veterinarian. A dolphin trainer. A ballerina. And an actress. She’s proud to say that a few of these even came true.

Katana attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she took only one writing class–but it was the class that changed the course of her life forever. One amazing professor and one semester later, she emerged with a new set of skills and was finally able to develop what was always a passion into that of a career. Or in Katana’s case, one of many careers. She showed up her first day of undergrad in overalls and flip flops…and graduated in a strapless silk dress and a pair of Manolos. She has never since worn overalls. Though, she does admit to the occasional flip flop.

Katana’s “double life” entails photographing portraits (boudoir and glamour portraits, pet portraits and baby/kids/family photographs). Katana currently lives in Brooklyn, NY as a newlywed with her husband and two rescue dogs…one mastiff and one chihuahua.

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Review: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

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This was Cecilia’s debut novel and I felt like it could have used some more work. I was INSANELY excited to read this novel since it takes place in one of the best settings a book could ever have… Tokyo!!!!! I am absolutely obsessed with Asian culture and I was underwhelmed. I think my excitement was my downfall since this book didn’t really give my obsession justice. My favorite parts of the novel were witnessing the different shops and the difference of city life in Tokyo vs. the US. Tokyo is a city I want to live in really badly and I felt like this book at least gave me a glimpse into that life without leaving my room. For that, I gave it 1.5 stars.
The other 1.5 stars went to Jamie, the only character I liked from this story. Every other character, especially the main one, needed a lot of work in every way possible.
I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, mostly due to they way they acted and how the mc thought about things, if at all. She didn’t rub me the right way at all. Her emotions were irrational and hard to keep up with. She jumped from emotion to emotion so fast that it would be a miracle if you didn’t get whiplash from it. Because of that, I didn’t believe things she felt or said. I’ve read about many, many characters her age that were eons more mature than she was and I didn’t enjoy reading through her perspective. The way she acted out and dealt with her experiences astounded me in a bad way. She was absolutely reckless. I actually liked her sister way better and really wished the book were in her perspective instead.
I felt like the plot line was rushed. A lot can happen in 7 days and it felt like this book barely grazed its potential. The ending was a bit bittersweet but I would only like to revisit Jamie, if I could.

Review: Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas!!

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*ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review*
“Beyond parks are often graveyards.”
This was the second book I’ve ever read by Leah and… it might be my last. Not because it wasn’t for me, but because it tore into me with a ferocity that I haven’t felt in a long, long time. It reduced me to a hollow shell of the human being I used to be. That quote above most definitely captures what I’m feeling. Desolate and forgotten. I experienced one of the worst emotional roller coasters ever with this book and I don’t think I have it in me to go through this again. I felt like I was suffocating with every word since it was so hard to swallow them. Hopefully this review gives this masterpiece the praise it deserves because in my mind, it deserves every single one in the book.
“Don’t tell me fiction is fruitless, Moritz. Sometimes it’s the only escape we got.”
For those of you who don’t know this already, this is a sequel to Because You’ll Never Meet Me. It continues to tell the story of two of the most unique (and phenomenal) characters I’ve ever read about. Ollie and Moritz are not your typical pen-pals and this story is told only through the letters they send each other. The last book left us in such a cliffhanger that I was hoping would happens so this sequel was one of my most anticipated sequels ever. If I would’ve known how shattered I would be at the end of it all, I might have put it off longer. I was still treasuring every word through out the month it took me to read it but it wasn’t long enough for me.
“There’s nothing so frightening as the full weight of who you are.”
This book was inundated with beautiful and mind-blowing quotes which is why I couldn’t just choose one to feature. Revisiting these characters was everything I knew it would be, plus everything I didn’t. My heart was completely stolen by Ollie and Moritz by the end of book 1, so it was astounding to witness as they managed to steal it a second time around. Ollie’s optimism and ridiculous humor was the light of my life until it dimmed. Moritz’ pain was my own until he learned to accept it and work to end it. These two made my maternal instincts go haywire; I was utterly protective of them which backfired on me. I had to witness life throw some horrible things their way without any way of helping them shoulder the pain. I felt useless and I wanted it all to stop, but Leah only enhanced it, breaking me even more. These two have come so far from book 1 that my heart was unbelievably heavy with pride whenever they learned new things about themselves and how to navigate the world around them. To think, that their lives are just beginning and they’ve already experienced so much… It was a tough thought to wrap my mind around. I absolutely loved seeing the world through Ollie’s fresh and untrained eyes. It enabled me to change my perspective over the smallest of things; So not only did Leah give me stunning characters to meet, but she also made me learn things about myself.
Speaking of main characters, they aren’t the only ones we meet. The side characters that Ollie and Moritz meet throughout their journey are as memorable as the two of them. They easily crawled into my heart where there will always be a special place for them. I was 100% invested in all of their lives and they all ripped ugly sobs from me with their life stories.
“Sometimes we only have delusions and sometimes that’s better than remembering.”
There is another quote that captivated my entire being but I won’t write it down here because it has the potential of being a spoiler, if you look hard enough. So I’ll just tell you, that I will definitely be getting a tattoo that represents said quote.
This book has torn me apart in every way possible which by doing so, it gave me an experience I will never forget. It deserves to be in so many more bookshelves, and hearts, so I will make sure to help with that. This book was raw, heavy, and most of all, uplifting at the most dire of moments. This was 400 pages of glorious heartbreak. It had the most beautiful ending, but being the greedy person that I am, it ended too soon. This book is utterly precious to me and it has become one of my absolute favorite reads of ALL TIME.

10/5 stars.

Release Boost: Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins!

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Title: Something in the Way

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: RBA Designs : Romantic Book Affairs
Photography: Perrywinkle Photography

Release Date: February 27, 2017 


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It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.


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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook. 


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