Book #21 (REVIEW): Inescapable by Amy A. Bartol

My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I’d been hoping that once I’d arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.
I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. I look for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he’s near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would be…if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that has ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.
What is the secret that he’s keeping from me? I’m hoping that it’s anything but what I suspect: that he’s not exactly normal…and neither am I. So, maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I’ve been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.

I was in the mood to listen to a random audiobook in my Audible library and this was one of the books. I had tried this book once before but was turned off by how Reed interacted with Evie. This time, I was a little more prepared for Reed and was able to listen to the book to the end.

That does not mean I like Reed. In fact, I really don’t care for him. I don’t think he is a bad character, I just don’t care for him as a love interest.

My favorite boy in the book is Russell. Give me a Southern gentleman soulmate any day.

The story itself isn’t anything too special to the YA PNR love triangle storyline. It has pretty much the same format. And, to be honest, you can figure out real quick who Evie chooses. There are more to the series but I don’t see myself going for the second book. Not anytime soon, that is.

Final Rating: 3/5

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Book #16: The Last Vampire (Book Two): R.A. Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf


My father has been kidnapped by my worst enemies.
Either that, or he willingly sold me out to them.

Whatever the case, I’m going to find him. Mind you, this would be a lot easier if every Fae in Chicago wasn’t already out for my blood.

They’re not getting it, though.

The only one who’s getting anywhere near my blood is the seven-hundred-year-old vampire who saved me. Yes, there are times when I’m convinced he’s not quite right in the head, but so far he’s the only supernatural being I’ve met who sees me as a person rather than a chess piece.

To the rest of them, I’m nothing more than the walking, talking evidence of a war crime. To him, I’m something else. He calls me a loose thread in the tapestry of his forgotten past, but he looks at me like I might be the key to his future.

The rest of them tell me I’m demonkin. They say I’m a succubus-human hybrid who shouldn’t exist.

One thing is very clear, though. My father is carrying a secret bigger than I ever dreamed, and I’m damn well going to pry it out of him.

I just have to get him back from the Fae first.
Because, hey—what could possibly go wrong?

I received an Audible code for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. There was no compensation made in the making of this review. Everything that follows is my opinion and mine alone.

As the title says, this is book two in an urban fantasy paranormal romance. It starts closely after the events of the first book. As with the last audiobook, the narrator did a good job and I did like the story.

It just wasn’t the best. I actually preferred book one in comparison.

Book Two did reveal more of the fae world and introduced a political dynamic between the Fae and Demons. The world expansion was interesting. That said, everything else just seemed to be less. That isn’t to say that I won’t listen or read Book three, I hope to. I just don’t think this one was as good as Book One.

Final Rating: 2/5

Book #11: Princess by Candace Ayers & Kathryn Kohler

Welcome to Fantasyland Park and Resort.
We put the ‘subpar’ in Park, and the ‘sort-of’ in Resort. 

I’m Lucy. I’m a princess… 
…or a tavern wench, depending on the day. 

Just a normal girl living a normal life, until three hot men enter it… 

There’s Julian, the brilliant doctor who skillfully treats all my aliments 
There’s Cole, the burly firefighter who rescues me when my apartment building mysteriously burns to the ground. 
And, there’s William, the enigmatic Black Knight who haunts my dreams when we’re not co-working at the Fantasyland theme park. 

I’m about to find out a few things… 

1. None of the men are who they seem.
2. Each is devoted to me, both as lover and protector.
3. An ages old spell binds us all.
4. I’m an enchantress with magical powers. 

Oh, and… 
5. There’s actually nothing normal about me or my life 

THIS BOOK IS INTENDED FOR ADULT READERS. 

This is a Reverse Harem, Paranormal Fantasy Romance. It is intended for adults only. It may appeal to fans of authors K.F. Breene, Ava Mason, Linsey Hall, G. Bailey, Sarah Piper and Alex Lidell. 

I was participating in a 24in48 readathon where you read for 24 hours in a 48 hour period. I didn’t make it to 24 hours. Really, I barely made it to 12. But, I did finish quite a few books. I wanted to kill off the short reads I had and this happened to be one of those books.

Unfortunately, it didn’t grab me.

The main character was decent and the love interests were as well, but in the case of an actual storyline, it kind of lacked. It was just a woman who finds three hot guys and ends up with three hot guys. The urban fantasy element to it was almost nonexistent. There was no battle against a bad guy. Really, there was no real conflict at all.

It was sort of boring.

I liked the characters enough and I wish there was more of a conflict in the story than what was given. But, yeah, I wouldn’t say this was a good read.

Final Rating: 2/5

Book #6: The Last Vampire Book One by R.A. Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf

There’s a smokin’ hot dead guy locked in my garden shed.
That part’s bad enough. But now, he’s trying to get out.

Growing up, my father always told me that I’d come to a bad end, just like my mom did when I was a kid. Hearing that kind of shit when you’re little eventually gets to a girl, but I can’t say I ever expected my ‘bad end’ to involve an angry vampire with a severe case of iron deficiency and a panty-melting English accent.

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Ever since my mother was assassinated, I’ve felt like there was something vast and frightening hidden beneath the fabric of the world. Something none of us are supposed to know about.

So far, finding out I was right hasn’t been nearly as satisfying as I’d hoped. I guess the trick will be staying alive long enough to shout ‘I told you so’ from the rooftops.

But before I can do that, I really need to figure out if the vampire who just bit me is one of the good guys or not. 

I received an Audible copy for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

The Last Vampire: Book One is the first in a trilogy about a 26 year old woman who is thrust into the paranormal world after a brief bitten encounter with a vampire. The last vampire in fact. Go fig.

The story is what I consider a slow burn. Our love interest and MC just barely know each other in the events of the book. In fact, they are only with each other in three solid instances. That says something there. It makes me label this book more on the urban fantasy versus romance field.

There is some sex going on near the last quarter of the book that I have read is more clinical than steamy. I personally found it to be both and I found the reason for that to be logical and interesting.

The MC is a “girl with unknown power” and does do the enigma trope well but I feel she could get better as the books progress. If anything, I’m not ready to pass judgment on her completely even if the book ended.

The writing is easy to get into and there were parts that were funny, as intended. I did find the book to be enjoyable and wouldn’t mind reading book two. There were moments I was scratching my head trying to figure out where the authors were going and I was super stoked at who the baddies were. Honestly, these guys are hardly ever the baddies… THANK YOU!

I did have an issue with the way it ended. It seemed to just end instead of having a climactic moment and solid resolution. That said, there is a second book and I do hope that book has a better ending in comparison.

All in all, it was a fun romp and I could see myself continuing the series.

Final Rating: 3/5

 

Book #94: Insidious by Victoria Evers

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All Kat Montgomery wanted was a fun night out on the town. What she got was a death warrant. As it turns out, the quaint little hamlet of Mystic Harbor, Maine houses more than sandy beaches and adorable B&B’s. Beneath the New England charm rests a deadly world where shifters, demons, vampires, and angelic hunters all vie for power. 

A world where magic is the greatest weapon. 

Magic that Kat now possesses.

After that one fateful night, she can feel the changes beginning to take hold of her. Only problem, she doesn’t even know what she’s turning into. With threats hiding in plain sight, deciphering the lines between friend and foe is nearly impossible. As if things couldn’t get any worse, Kat learns her only real ally rests in the one person she can’t stand: Reese Blackburn, an insufferably handsome magician whom the town fears most.

Kat’s very soul is at stake, and destiny doesn’t seem to be playing out in her favor. Can these two unlikely partners challenge fate itself before it’s too late?

First, I should begin by telling you that a friend recommended this book and boy am I glad she did. It got me from the first chapter and kept me going.

I’m a bit oversaturated by the young adult age of reads I’ve been doing lately, but this one was just a step above the average YA read. In fact, I guess you could call it a New Adult. It has a darker feel than normal paranormal romance YA.

It’s honestly been a long time since I’ve had a “book boyfriend” and this book not only brought me one, but two. I was kept on my toes trying to figure out one thing only to be turned around with the twist. The world Evers crafted in this series is in depth and is only a taste of what’s to come in later books.

I also listened to this in audio. So, the narrator isn’t bad, but the narration speed itself can be considered slow. That said, all you need to do is speed up the process and the story itself keeps going.

Like I said before, the first chapter got me fast. You are pulled into the story from an accident that feels like it came out of a Jeepers Creepers movie. A bus full of students and everyone goes missing. Not only do you find out what happened to them, but it fits so well with the rest of the narrative that you are left wanting more.

All in all, it was a very good beginning to a world I definitely plan on returning to.

Final Rating: 4/5

Blog Tour: A Heavenly Kind of Love by Lexi Ostrow

IT’S RELEASE DAY FOR 

A HEAVENLY KIND OF LOVE by Lexi Ostrow

Not all humans were given Guardian Angels, only those who were living a life that would leave a lasting impressions on the world. Gabriel, a direct descendant of the Ark Angel, was assigned to Cassandra Marks due to her line of work – helping orphanages worldwide.

Cassandra was only thirty when her world was turned upside down with one sentence – “I’m sorry, we’ve confirmed you have breast cancer.” She was ready for the battle because she had so much more she wanted to do in the world.

Gabriel and Cassandra should never have met, but with her life in danger, he’s sent to Earth in human form to judge her and see if she is worthy. While there, he finds himself falling in love with a woman who is destined to die. It’s up to him to convince his fellow Angels she is to live, and up to her to decide if she can handle being the woman to make a Guardian Angel fall.

You can find A Heavenly Kind of Love in:

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Audible

As well as other websites where books are sold

Message From the Author:

A Heavenly Kind of Love has been the novel that changed my world. Every romance feels “grand” and “epic” as you write. However, this story had something very different, it had cancer. I’ve written death. I’ve written struggles. I’ve written full 180 degree character arcs before, but I’ve never put a monster from my personal life into the story.

Cancer runs in my family. It took my father. It took my godmother (who was my mom’s cousin). It tried to take my aunt. It’s trying to take my uncle. It has taken two dear people in the past three months and I know many more are fighting, daily. Putting this beast into the story created something bigger than a love story, it created a moment of realism amidst a paranormal romance.

I hope you’re willing to take a deep breath, sit back, and dive into a romance novel that will test you.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

When you purchase A Heavenly Kind of Love, you will receive my next release, Accidentally Linked (a more light-hearted paranormal urban fantasy) FREE!

All you have to do is email a screenshot of your purchase or a picture of you with it on your reading device (these are my all-time favorite)

If you’re anything like me, you love a chance to win free books, swag and pretty sparkly things. So stop on by the release day party! You’ll love it!

Click Here to go to the FB Release Party!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lexi Ostrow has been in love with the written word since second grade when her librarian started a writing club. Born in sunny southern California she’s spent time in various places across the country and can’t wait to settle down somewhere in the French Quarter when she’s able too.

Lexi has been a writer ever since the second grade in some form or another. Getting her degree in creative writing and her master’s in journalism she couldn’t wait to get a chance to put her fantasies down on paper. Her debut novel, Torn Between Two Worlds is something that was simmering in her mind since middle school and she’s so grateful to put it out into the literary world. From paranormal romance to thriller there isn’t a genre she doesn’t love to spend her time reading or writing.

Reading and writing are her first loves but her passion for shopping, love for yummy food and her love for all her many pets. She hopes to one day help other readers fall in love with writing as she did.

Writing Wednesday #6: RELEASE DAY!! Capture by Various Authors

“Bloodlust” by Casia Courtier

You see that gorgeous teaser poster? That’s for my story!!! Yes, today is the Capture release day! Enchanted Anthologies has released two paranormal romance anthologies today. I’m in the first one, but I also highly recommend getting the second one as well. I’m super excited to share this with you all and if you haven’t pre-ordered because you were waiting to see some teasers, that’s fine.

Here are the other wonderful stories Capture vol.1 has….

“Caged Hearts” by Erin Lee

“Cursed Roots” by Mila Waters

“Darkest Depths” by Yolanda Allard

“The Game” by Rena Marin

Check out the book in Amazon! And if you guys do get the book and read it, please leave a review. The review is an author’s bread and butter. Thank you all so much!

 

Writing Wednesday #3: OMG GUYS!

Last week, I anxiously waited on Facebook. What was I waiting for? The results of those accepted to the paranormal romance anthology I submitted to. I waited…

And waited… and then…

THAT’S RIGHT! I’m in an anthology!!

What’s even better is that it is up and ready for Pre-order.

Here on Amazon!

It officially comes out on my birthday, Feb.14. It is published through Enchanted Anthologies.  I definitely plan on submitting to more anthologies with them and other places. This is just so exciting for me.

2018 is definitely a good year so far and my big 3-0 is going to start on a great note! I can’t wait to see what else I can accomplish and show you guys what’s up.

Thank you, guys again for putting up with this blog. You guys rock!

Book #53: The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

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Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. What she doesn’t know is her groom to be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. His past means love is no longer an option. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.
Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…

The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride is a quick and cute paranormal romance. It is a great introduction to the Southern town, Nocturne Falls, and the supernatural residents. I actually liked this book a lot and am planning on buying the second book in the Nocturne Falls romance series.

Delaney is an interesting female lead. There is a femininity to her that is akin to most damsels in distress. Yes, she is in distress. Running away from a mobster does that to you. But, she isn’t much of a damsel. She is sharp witted and has no problem voicing her own opinions about things. Despite her current situation, she’s quick to think of a way out and allows time afterwards to breakdown. On top of that, she loves making sweets.

Hugh isn’t a typical alpha male vampire. He has the humanity torn aspect that we see in vampire romance leads. It did bother me at times, but it was refreshing to see one trope while the female lead wasn’t very trope (in my opinion).

What you would think would be a big issue, actually gets ironed out fairly well. We aren’t met with characters who have great communication issues. For most of the problems in the book, the characters talk it out.

All in all, the book was cute. It was free of sex scenes and instead emphasized on the intimacy of vampire bites and kisses. It was fresh and a series that I would continue to read.

Book #8: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time.

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…

I received a copy of Deity from an employee of the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

You may know that I actually purchased the first two books so that I could get into this book without any confusion. That was a very good idea because this book goes straight forward and doesn’t back down with needless backstory from the previous books. I’m also glad I stuck with the series and read this book. To be honest, I was going to read this one and then just be done with it because the other two books were good and I did like them, but I was unsure if I’d like the third enough to read on.

I’ve already bought the last two in the series if that says anything . . .

To begin, Deity gets very active. The first section of the book deals with Alex and her anger towards herself and the fear of her upcoming Awakening. She isn’t the best to be around at this time, but I honestly felt where she was coming from. With the return of one baddie and the revelation of another, I wasn’t reading fast enough.

Instead of just a world of Halfs and Pures, Armentrout actually introduces the Gods and their world into the mix. We see a bit of this in Pure with the furies, but things really go south and you actually meet some gods (Hades is a honey. Not sure why Persephone doesn’t want to hang out with him).

I have also found a new book boyfriend in Aiden St. Delphi. I always thought he was nice and had great potential, but he truly shined in this book. He didn’t have his head up his ass and he was beyond adorable. Alas, it’s a shame that he and Alex are completely for each other. Then again, I’m glad that it’s basically canon now despite the fact that there’s a growing war, people wanting Alex dead, an Awakening, yeah. . .  enough said.

All in all, I really liked this book. Even better than the other two. I don’t remember their ratings, but this one is there. It’s a perfect climax with what’s about to happen and leaves us with a huge cliffhanger. Needless to say, I won’t be waiting as long to finish the last two books.