Out of Nowhere

Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish

4.25 stars

“I think sometimes the people we get angriest with are the ones who have the things we want the most.”

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Out of Nowhere is the second book in the Middle of Somewhere series. I highly recommend reading the first book In the Middle of Somewhere, before reading this one because while it’s not the same characters, many things that happen come into play in this book.

This book is the story of Colin and Rafe. Colin is the brother of Daniel in the previous book and a sort of villain in the first book. At the end of the first book as readers we discovered Colin was gay, much to the shock of his also gay younger brother. In Out of Nowhere we start a little before the events involving Colin in the first book and see his side of things.

Colin and Rafe meet when Rafe saves him from a beating in an alley. Rafe, concerned for Colin and his wellbeing tracks him down to check on him. Colin ends up helping Rafe out at a Youth Alliance, and the two become friends and eventually, more.

Roan Parrish writes the best character driven gay novels. In a genre that sometimes is focused mostly on the steam factor, she delivers characters a reader cares about and can relate or at least empathize with. I’m a sucker for a character driven novel, so I’m telling the truth when I say I will read anything this author writes.

Colin was a tough character to read, he was so filled with self loathing and the inability to cope with his feelings. Based on the way he was raised, I can totally understand where Colin was coming from. I’m not saying his past actions are justifiable, but when you are terrified that the one person you want approval from will reject you for who you are, it can really take it’s toll psychologically.

I loved seeing Colin’s journey, that was the primary focus. But Rafe remains a mystery to me still. For a long time in the book I had no clue what he even saw in Colin, why he fought so hard to break through to him. There are some parts where I wish we could have known what he was thinking.

Overall this is a story that I think will stick with me for a long time. In modern times we figure everyone has gotten over the past bigoted views on the LGBT community, but we see here that many people are still suffering from the shame of being gay.

“There should be a word for living a life so different from anything you ever thought was possible that you don’t even recognize yourself in it.”

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Burned

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

4.25 stars!

“Temptation isn’t a sin that you triumph over once, completely and then you’re free. Temptation slips into bed with you each night and helps you say your prayers. It wakes you in the morning with a friendly cup of coffee, and knows exactly how you take it.”

Burned is the continuation of the Fever series. I’ll warn you right now, if you haven’t read the previous books in the series there will be spoilers in my review. That being said, my review should be spoiler free for those who have read the series.

With the exception of a previously free online short story at the beginning (which is necessary to read), Burned picks up where Iced left off. Dani and Mac are in a confrontation that has been waiting to come for a long time. Choices are made and consequences doled out, the future is changed forever for one of these two characters.

In the meantime, power struggles for control of the city ensue. Many characters feel they should be in charge or left alone in their own sectors. The issue of Christian needing rescueing is one on almost everyone’s mind as well as aftereffects from the iced areas in the previous books leaving black holes.

“I want to tell her revenge is a devil you don’t want to worship. In destroying your enemy you become it.”

Well first things first I’m going to gripe a bit about something I knew but still am a bit miffed about: we no longer have Dani’s POV. Even thought this was supposed to be the O’Malley series (that title is now changed back to Fever) we are given the perspective of Mac. Who I love, but she already had 5 books to herself. Give us back the Mega!!!! Grrr.

This book had less of a coherent plot than Iced did, it was a bit more political intrigue than set action and adventure but it was still enjoyable. Mac and Barrons are still together yet at odds. Mac is dealing with having the Book inside of her and the effects on her being. Mac’s struggle for this book is mostly her struggles with the Book and past issues with Barrons that come to the forefront. There was a lot going on with side characters that I am intrigued to see develop in the next installment or so. Crossing my fingers for a new couple to ship so we will see.

Not much else to say. While a lot happened, not anything noteworthy happened, know what I mean? I definitely wish to see changes in certain characters in the next book and hope for a more solid plot to read. Otherwise I really enjoyed this installment in the series, but it seems as if its role is filler.

“You are what you are. Find a way to live with it.”

Iced

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

4.75 fecking stars!

“Dude, the bush is ready. Why you still beating around it?”
“I’ve lived a long time, kid, and I’ve never heard anyone mutilate the English language quite like you.”

Well, I went into this one with low expectations and ended up loving it!!! I’m on a real PNR kick right now and it’s working for me! Iced is a continuation of the Fever series, so it IS necessary to read the previous 5 books before reading this one.

So after the events of Shadowfever, we see the world from Dani’s perspective. Dani spends her time freeze-framing (superspeed) around Dublin, putting up the Dani Daily News and killing as many Fae as she can with her sword. Getting herself in a wee bit too much trouble, Ryodan steps in and forces Dani into a contract to work for him.

Together, Ryodan and Dani investigate a mysterious occurrence throughout the city. Areas and people are getting full on iced, within seconds before shattering. As it happens more frequently, Dani and Ryodan are pressured to stop it before it takes over the entire city.

“The more excited I get, the more I vibrate.”
“Now there’s a thought,” Lor says.
“If you mean what I think you mean, you want to shut the fuck up and never think it again,” Ryodan says.”

So, I fecking loved Dani. After having read so many complaints about her I expected to hate her, but it was the total opposite. Yes she’s young, but she’s a kickass heroine with a mission: to kill as many fae as possible and to keep humans safe.

There’s something so engrossing and enthralling about Moning’s writing style, I was completely lost in this book from the moment I cracked its pages until the very last page. She’s one of those authors I could read anything from, it’s just that addictive. Her descriptions are incredible. Seriously there was some messed up gory stuff in this book that made me sick to my stomach in many parts. But also lots of feels from the author.

I think it’s weird that when I bought this book, they had it in the romance section. Um, there is no romance in this book. There are possibilities, but honestly this was just pure urban fantasy! As for the romantic interests for Dani: Christian was super freakin creepy. I totally agree with everyone else on that. I kind of want him to be killed off. Ryodan I frickin loved!!! Yes he’s ancient but he never made a move on Dani. He recognized what a brilliant woman she was going to become so he wanted her in his life. Some may call that creepy but I disagree. In this book their relationship was platonic and I loved all of their interactions and verbal sparring. Best part of the book.


“He smiles faintly. “I’ll be damned. You have a crush on Barrons.”

“I do not have a crush—”

“You do, too. It’s all over your face. Anybody could see it.”

“Sometimes, boss, you’re just wrong.”

“I’m never wrong. You might as well take out a billboard. ‘Dani O’Malley thinks Jericho Barrons is hot.’ My offer to teach you is still open. Save you from future embarrassment. If I can see it on your face, he can, too. ”

Most of all the tidbits of character development for Dani were pure gold. In tiny flashbacks and information from other people we see the trauma she’s been through and how her fierce personality is just something she hides behind. She doesn’t let anyone close, the closest was Mac before that fell apart. Her friends do try to get closer to her but Dani doesn’t want to open up. Like her friend Dancer, it’s obvious Dani is like family to him, but when he tries to convey this she pushes him away. The same she would do with others like Jo and Ryodan. I want so desperately for someone to break through her walls!!!

I’m not terribly excited about reading the next book. From what I deduced/understand Karen Marie Moning caved to all of the criticism and made the book from Mac’s perspective. What the hell? Isn’t this Dani’s series? Like I am for real pissed about the change, I was really looking forward to the continuation of the Dani story/perspective. We already had 5 books with Mac, why does she need another one? So basically I am going into the next book with extremely low expectations and with a little bit less respect for this author.

“You’ll never be just anything. A tsunami can never be ‘just’ a wave.”
“Get off my chin.”
“I like that about you. Waves are banal. Tsunamis reshape the Earth. Under the right circumstances, even entire civilizations.”
I blink.
“You’re going to be one hell of a woman one day, Dani.”

The Player and the Pixie

The Player and the Pixie by LH Cosway and Penny Reid

5 Bubs stars!

So, I’ve had a hard time trying to write a review for this book. Not because I didn’t like it, in fact it’s the complete opposite. I am flabbergasted by how much I loved this book. I’m a fan of both authors of this book, and I enjoyed The Hooker and the Hermit, so when I fell in love with this book, it hit me harder than expected.

The Player and the Pixie is the story of Lucy, Ronan’s sister, and Sean the wretched member of Ronan’s rugby team. Lucy is a free spirit, she has rainbow hair and goes on yoga retreats. But her mother has a detrimental effect on Lucy’s mental health and as time goes by it only grows the more time they spend together. Sean is the jerk of the rugby team; he’s abrasive, rude and arrogant. But there’s more to him than meets the eye, and Lucy is the one to see through to his softer parts.

Lucy and Sean have a mutual attraction and find comfort in each other despite their differences. But with the loathsome relationship between Ronan and Sean, there is no hope for a long term relationship or even a public one without a huge fallout. So can Lucy risk her family for Sean? Or can Sean fight for the woman he wants or let her go?

First off, both main characters in this book are flippin fantastic. There was so much self-discovery going on, a lot of internal feelings the reader got to know and it made me love them. Lucy as a heroine was so relatable and cute, and I honestly wanted rainbow hair after reading this (still considering it). But Sean. Oh my god, Sean, Sean, SEAN! I fell in love with a fictional character. I’m not exaggerating! There’s something about a man who is vulnerable but doesn’t want to show it that just gets all the female in me wanting to hold him and make it better.

I loved Sean’s insecurities and lack of confidence. He internalized so much of it to the point where his only defense mechanism was to lash out at other people before they got so close. Lucy saw through this, and for that I wanted to high five her so dang much. The attraction between Lucy and Sean was smokin’ hot, and from the beginning the relationship they embarked on was based on trust and respect for the other. No shaming, only understanding.

I can already say this is one of my top favorite reads of the year, no exaggerating. Sometimes in this genre when you read a book, it feels like authors are writing only to make a buck. This book is the ANTI of that statement, and so full of heart I felt like mine was going to explode. So if you get a chance, read it. You won’t regret it.

ARC kindly provided by Penny Reid in exchange for an honest review

Dirty

Dirty by Kylie Scott

3.5 stars

“I’m not that asshole, picking and choosing which bits of you suit him and expecting you to change the rest. I’m into you, Lydia. All of you.”

So again I appear to be the wildcard when it comes to books everyone loves. I adore Kylie Scott, I think she’s a wonderful author and person and I will read anything she ever has to write without question. So while I didn’t love this book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and there were so many parts that were absolutely splendid.

Dirty is the story of Lydia, and we meet her first as she’s running from her wedding day. Lydia obtained some disturbing news about her fiancé which causes her to flee. Running as far away as next door, Lydia finds herself in Vaughn’s bathroom, where he finds her in the bathtub. Vaughn is home from on the road, a musician in limbo not sure what his next gig will be. The two have an instant attraction, but neither one of them is sure where their future lies in the balance of things. Vaughn knows he isn’t staying and Lydia knows she needs a new life plan.

As a last minute thing, Lydia and Vaughn end up taking shifts at Vaughn’s sister’s bar. Here we meet many new characters, all of whom I hope are getting their own books. And as time ticks down Vaughn and Lydia find they need to face their own future, whether it be together or separate.

“Look up ‘hot’ in the dictionary and there’ll be Vaughn, making eyes at you from the page.”

Kylie Scott never fails to entertain in her books. I always find myself reaching for her books when I’m in a slump or feeling sad because she has such a way with words and the magical powers of making me smile whenever. I loved the start of Vaughn and Lydia’s relationship, how they met was just so damn humorous and unique, I couldn’t help but fall in love with them a little bit.

What didn’t work as much for me was near the end of the book, I didn’t see how Vaughn and Lydia’s short time together could merit such strong angsty feelings with being separated. Sure they were attracted to each other, in fact Vaughn was obsessed with Lydia’s boobs, but I found myself more interested in what was happening with the side characters near the end of the book than what was happening with Vaughn and Lydia. The secondary characters took over the second half of the book and while I loved that, I felt Lydia and Vaughn could have used a bit more relationship development for my reader tastes. But I honestly think I am alone in this opinion, so please please please read it and make up your own minds.
And I am ridiculously excited for the next book in the series! Just had to put that out there.

“It might sound all Oprah, but my happiness needed to come from me. I knew that now.”

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

In the Middle of Somewhere

In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

4.5 stars!

“Like, you know that feeling,” I try to explain, “where it’s Sunday night and you have school or work the next morning but then it’s a snow day and you don’t have to go in? You feel like that.”

“I feel like a natural disaster?” he teases, but his gaze is intent.

“No,” I say, forcing myself to say what I mean. “A relief. You feel like a huge relief.”

Rex’s eyes go very soft. “You feel like a relief too, Daniel,” he says.”

So you know when you go into a book, and it’s the right book at exactly the right time? That was this book for me. I had seen a review of book 2 that had me intrigued, but since I am a stickler for reading anything in series order I decided to start at the beginning. And let me tell you, that was a brilliant decision on my end, if I say so myself! Because this book is something special and I loved it so much.

^^^See!!! I’m even using Buffy gifs!! (which you’ll understand if you read/have read the book!)

Daniel is a grad student looking for a teaching job. One evening after a job interview in a small town in Michigan, Daniel gets in a car accident when swerving to avoid a dog. In the middle of nowhere and with an injured animal, Daniel runs into Rex who owns a cabin nearby. Rex provides aid to the dog and Daniel, and there’s a palpable attraction between the two of them. But Daniel is a city boy and Rex is a loner kind of guy so the two part ways with no expectations.

Months later Daniel has landed the job he interviewed for and has moved to Holiday, Michigan. It takes a bit of adjusting to the small town life but Daniel is managing fairly well when he runs into Rex and the dog from that night, Marilyn. The attraction is still there and both men act on it immediately. The two spend more and more time together, and feelings grow. But both harbor fears that the other will leave, and the two need to work out what they really mean to each other.

MM romance is a genre I can always turn to when I want something good to read. But this book was so much more than that. In a genre where many books can be hot and little plot, this was a book that stands out. Yes there are hot parts. Good Lord in heaven are there sexy times in this book. Like panty dropping sexy times. BUT there was also an amazing plot to go with this book! Which to me, someone who eats up character development, was even more amazing. I loved reading about Daniel and Rex and about how they helped each other grow.

The dynamics between the main characters and the side characters are what made this book more special to me. It made the book feel real, from Daniel’s friendship with Ginger, then the kid, Leo. Rex’s relationship to Will and the change in dynamic he brought was so much fun. Then there was Daniel’s family and how their actions (or should I say non-actions) affected Daniel’s ability to relate to others. There was not a single character I wasn’t intrigued by or got me bored at any point. I enjoyed them all!

“Maybe the point of I love you is that it is a tether. A connection so you can find your way back to someone even when shit seems huge and unmanageable on your own. A promise to help just because you care about someone, a promise to help that doesn’t mean pulling away.”

Some moments in the book I would have found cheesy or instalovey based on my regular reading preferences, but the way this author writes it doesn’t come across that way to me at all. And I normally am very picky about this sort of thing. This black-hearted reader swooned at these parts! Me!!! The reader who normally complains about this!!! So basically Roan Parrish has magic in her because it only enhanced the reading experience for me.

There were a few things that were left a little bit unresolved at the end of this book. But I have a feeling they will come to light in the second book so I’m going to move onto that one very quickly. I can only say again how much I adored this book and I am so glad I took a chance on a new author, something I need to do more often!

“The other night, you said that we mean different things when we say I love you. That you don’t know what it means to have someone love you. This is what it means. It means doing things together and learning what each other needs. I give you what you need. You give me what I need. And they’re not the same. And that’s fine. It’s not too good to be true. It’s just good.”

The King

The King by JR Ward

3.75 stars

So, I’ve always been a bit behind on the BDB fan train. I had read up to Blay and Qhuinn’s book but for some reason stopped there. Once I found out Rhage and Mary had gotten another book I decided I needed to catch up so I could read about them ASAP!

I really enjoyed The King, more than I thought I would. Despite being the first couple of the series, Wrath and Beth have never been my favorite. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, I just felt the first book wasn’t as well developed as the rest of the series, so I’m really glad we got another book detailing their relationship and where they are at since the events of the first book.

The root of this story is Beth wants to become pregnant and Wrath doesn’t want her to for safety reasons. Hence, angst and tension. We also got great back story on Trez and iAm in this book. Bonus, some more of Layla too. But to be completely honest, I didn’t really care about the flashbacks or Assail (don’t come at me with pitchforks y’all).

Anyways, I’m glad I read this book and onward to the rest of the series!!! One more book until more Mary and Rhage!!!

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Synopsis

How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?

The Pixie and the Player is a full-length, romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the second book in the Rugby Series.

THE PIXIE
Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.

As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

THE PLAYER
Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.

His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

THE PLAN
Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

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About the Authors
L.H. Cosway
 
L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.
She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.
 
 

Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
 
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.
 

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Again the Magic

Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

4 stars!

“Perhaps only those who had loved and lost could appreciate this magic.”

I think I say this in all of my historical romance reviews, but it’s not really a genre I enjoy reading most of the time unless it is done well. Having been a history major in college it really grinds my gears when the suspension of disbelief gets to be too much. That was not the case with this book. I was easily able to take a step back and enjoy this angsty romance for what is was: a great second chance romance.

When Aline and McKenna were kids, they fell in love. By their late teenage years they both realized it was the forever kind and not a childhood fancy. Buy McKenna is a stable boy and Aline is a lady and it can never be, especially when Aline’s father finds out and threatens to ruin McKenna. Aline strikes a deal with him, and McKenna is sent away with prospects, but never to return.

Twelve years later McKenna returns a changed man, a wealthy one. And he seeks revenge on Aline for breaking his heart.

This was a nice break from reality. I love angst so I ate that all up, but the steamy scenes not so much. Historical sex seems to be a bit too cheesy and romancey for me (shocker). I found this book to be very character driven which is why I liked it so much. I loved seeing the changes in them over the years and the whys and hows. Pretty much fantastic writing all around.

Thanks for the rec Christine!

Wicked Heart

Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

5 fateful stars!

“I used to think that if I just waited long enough, fate would bring us back together. That our stars would align, or whatever, and you’d come crashing back into my life to stay. But that didn’t happen. So now I say, screw it. I’m done waiting. Sometimes, fate is what you make it.”

This book in one word:

And being the angst whore I am I ate up every single bit of it. I loved Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet, so there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to read the next book Leisa Rayven put out. The arc had been sitting in my kindle for a while, and boy am I kicking myself for not reading it the moment I received it! This was soooooooooo good! (At least, it was for me). The perfect angst fix I needed when my angst supply ran out, and Rayven is the dealer 😉

Wicked Heart is the second chance love story of Liam and Elissa. Six years earlier, Liam and Elissa had a fling, but one that stuck with Elissa throughout the years. Liam left to become a big time movie star and Elissa remained in New York and became a prominent stage manager in the acting community. Now Elissa is working on a new production of Romeo & Juliet with her director friend Marco, and the kicker? It’s starring Liam and his gorgeous fiance Angel.

Now the two are working in close proximity and old tensions and feelings begin to rise. But Elissa doesn’t want to give in to her attractions for many reasons, and Liam wants to be respectful of her.

So based on my 5 star rating I’m pretty sure you’ve deduced I loved this book. If that’s not obvious, let me say it clearly: I loved this book!

If it hadn’t been for stupid real life (always getting in the way, so pesky) I would have finished this book all in one sitting. There came a real point in this book where I was reading late into the night and this was me:

I loved Liam and I loved Elissa, separate and together. I get that their relationship can be seen as a kind of instalove, but it just clicked. Their connection was so tangible to me as a reader, I felt for them the entire book through every choice, every moment. And on the plus side, this book was HOT. For real. I got to have my angst cake AND eat it too???? I’m a happy reader.

Rayven gave excellent explanations for past actions, ones that I had thought were unforgivable but I turned out to be wrong. Elissa wasn’t a doormat, she was a strong woman put in the horrible position of being confronted with the scenario that the love of her life was engaged to another woman. So while she wasn’t perfect, I sure as hell am not going to judge her for it.

Liam as a hero was so genuine, I instantly was on his team. Not that there were a bunch of teams, but if there was one, I’m in it. I was rooting for him and Elissa and while I didn’t understand some things near the beginning of the book, when all was said and done I began to understand his actions when seeing them in a new light.

Another bonus….. this book is a standalone. No waiting, no cliffhangers. Just full on satisfaction at the end of the book. What more could you want?

“The one thing you’re absolutely not allowed to give up on is true love. When you find it, you should grab it with both hands and never let it go, because although it might not always be easy or convenient, it’s worth it.”

ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Collared

Collared by Nicole Williams

***Beware, review does contain spoilers!!!***

4 stars!

“I’ve come to accept that what we love makes us weak. I’ve learned something else on my own though, ever since becoming a prisoner of this black room–what we love is what kills us too.”

When Jade is seventeen she is abducted and vanishes without a trace. A decade later, she is found and returned to her family, but her struggle doesn’t end here. Jade comes back to a changed household with family members she barely knows anymore. The only person who hasn’t changed the way they treat her was her boyfriend Torrin. But Torrin has also changed, and as much as he tries he cannot single handedly save Jade. It’s something she must do herself.

Nicole Williams is an author who always knows how to pack an emotional punch. I was a bit hesitant to go into this book because abduction stories are very intense, but I feel Williams handled the subject matter in this book eloquently and in a believable manner.

“How much longer are you going to let him keep you chained away from doing the things you want to do and being with the people you want to be with?”

Jade was an interesting character. I felt for her so much of this book, I cannot even begin to imagine the horror of that decade, the loss of hope. But she was strong in her own way. By that I mean she wasn’t always strong but she still tried. Even when she felt like giving up, she would regroup and make an effort again, sometimes on her own and other times with the help of family and friend.

There was one thing I really didn’t care for and I’m going to spoiler tag it, so read at your own risk. I didn’t like it for personal reasons more than anything, so I blame myself for not liking it.

 

SPOILERS BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
I really did not get the whole Torrin becomes a priest bit. Not at all. Maybe because I am a non-religious or not spiritual in any way, I just cannot comprehend how this man doesn’t give up on the love of his life being alive, yet becomes a frickin priest. I wasn’t convinced or sold on that aspect at all in the story and that’s why it’s not a perfect 5 star read for me. Personally I would have LOVED this book if only not for that reason. End of rant.

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Forever Interrupted

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4.5 stars

“No matter how strong you are, no matter how smart you are or tough you can be, the world will find a way to break you. And when it does, the only thing you can do is hold on.”

This book completely wrecked me, in a good way. I won’t say this often but boy I was I glad I was single when I read this, because if I had been married, I feel like it would have been even tougher. But this book is so worth reading, like all of TJR’s books, it’s different from the typical chick lit/romance stories we normally read.

Elsie and Ben had a whirlwind romance, 6 months total and 9 days of being married when Ben dies suddenly in a tragic accident. Knowing he died the love of her life, no matter how much time they spent together, Elsie is a wreck. Then she meets Susan, her mother-in-law, a woman who had never even heard of Elsie until after she got the news her son had died. From here we flashes of the past and present, how Ben and Elsie fell in love, and how Elsie and Susan cope with him being gone.

“I’m just trying to tell you that your life will be very long with zigzags you can’t imagine. You won’t realize just how young you are until you aren’t that young anymore.”

I’d read two other books by this author so I knew I was in for something unconventional from this story, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much. Since it’s given away in the synopsis that Ben had died, I knew this would be a tough book to read at times. But despite that, I loved seeing Elsie and Ben falling in love. I was intrigued by the relationship between Susan and Elsie.

Most of all what was special about this book is the way it makes you think. How would you be treated if the one you loved died suddenly and no one in his life really knew you? Is it real love if it’s in such a short amount of time? This journey that Elsie went through was so intense, and I just felt for her every step of the way, the happy moments and the devastating ones.

So, if you’re up for a book unique from any other, I highly recommend this one. While it wasn’t all puppies and rainbows it still had magic moments that made it exceptional.

“That is what true love is. True love is saying to someone ‘Forget about us. We will be okay,’ when it might not even be true, when the last thing you want is to be forgotten.”

Fire Touched

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

4.5 stars!

The Mercy Thompson series is one I’ve been reading for years. I love it so much and think we are lucky as fans that the series has not ended yet. It’s also one of the best urban fantasy series out there, in my opinion. So every Spring when a new book in the series is published I get so delighted because I really want to see what happens next in the series.

In this ninth installment, Mercy and her Alpha werewolf husband Adam, find themselves faced with issues surrounding the Fae. The past few books have been building up to this, with mentions of the fae disappearing and much more interesting activity afoot. Here Mercy finds herself battling a troll on a bridge with some members of the pack, and unintentionally speaking for the Pack on the stance they take toward the Fae, and claiming the Tri-Cities as their own territory.

What follows is a series of events of Mercy and the Pack defending themselves and entering into intricate bargains with the Fae and other supernatural species.

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This book took a little bit for me to get into, normally when I read a Mercy book it’s finished in less than 12 hours. Fire Touched took me a while longer mostly because I had a bit of trouble finding the reading rhythm (and binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn’t help matters). I loved the bits where we saw the Pack resolving issues that needed to be solved like, 2 books ago. I was sick of the way some members had been treating Mercy and I like that some of that was covered. The introduction of a new and mysterious character named Aiden, the human buy stuck in a Fae world for centuries, turning him into a sort of hybrid. I cannot wait to learn more about him.

Being a romance junkie I would have liked more on Mercy and Adam but I understand that wasn’t a priority. Briggs dropped a relationship bomb in this book and seemed to brush it off very quickly, but we saw that Briggs!!! And it better be talked about in the next book you sly author you! I also cannot help but think there is something going on between Jesse and Ben, or that maybe there will be in the future when she’s not in high school. Nothing obvious is written but I kind of feel that happening.

Anyways, I love this author and this series, so hopefully you take a chance on it and read the first book, Moon Called. You won’t regret it. (And now the year long wait for the next book begins. Grr.)