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Review: The Player (The Game Maker #3) by Kresley Cole

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016 3:14 PM
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Title: The Player
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: The Game Maker #3

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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A madman with a shadowed past . . .
In the City of Sin, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine—sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her.

A grifter with nothing to lose . . .
Descended from a long line of con artists, twenty-four-year-old Victoria, a.k.a Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan. Even as the irresistible Russian toys with her body and mind, he tempts her heart.
Love is the ultimate wildcard.
When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a pre-nup, trusting her with all that he has. But can she trust him? As secrets unfold, the newlyweds share days of doubts and nights of the wickedest pleasures. Yet once Vice discovers her husband’s past, will she stay to fight for her marriage or cut her losses and run?
OMG! Holy Cow! I just can’t even!

I don’t know if this is the last book in the Game Maker series but the last and youngest Sevastyan brother has found his own HEA and boy was it HOT!

If you’ve read the previous book, The Master, Maksimilian’s story then you already know some of Dmitri’s tragic childhood. Dmitri’s behavior, in the previous book, is erratic to say the least. He is still fighting the demons of his past, still angry. After Lucia’s injury and his brother’s concern about her, he realizes that his brother has finally moved on from their traumatic past and has managed to find happiness. Maybe there’s a chance for Dmitri as well…

Victoria Valentine and her family are grifters, aka con artists with heavily emphasis on artists! They study, they plan and then they take. If you don’t deserve it, they won’t target you. If you are on their list, then you have already been assessed and have been found guilty. However, the Valentines are in big trouble after they *accidentally* targeted the very wrong kind of people and now they must pay, literally pay! The Valentines will do anything to protect each other, even target an innocent!

But, who is the player and who is the pray?

Insanely AMAZING! Mind blowing! I can’t think the perfect words to describe this book! It was emotional, beyond HOT (well Dmitri is learning from the BEST), sweet but not too sweet, fast-paced and it had one seriously huge TWIST. I loved Dmitri and Victoria as a couple. Following their journey was one heck of a ride but I’d (and will) do it again!

The player offers glimpses of the two previous couples: Aleks & Natalie and Maksim & Lucia. That was super cool. Dmitri was amazing but Maksim still remains my fav Sevastyan brother! I also loved Lucia and Dmitri’s relationship. I think what happened in the previous book, really brought things into perspective for Dmitri. It made him realize that he does want to maintain a good relationship with his brothers and the women they have chosen.

Victoria’s family was just awesome! They were so fun and I loved all of them. I wish we get to see more of her sister, Karin, especially after the bomb Dmitri dropped about her baby’s father. Victoria’s brother, Benji seemed to go along with Jess really great too!

The third, and hopefully not the final, book in the Game Maker series, will rock your world! Just go read it!
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Sofia T.

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #87 The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 2:05 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: The Problem with Forever
Series: None

Expected publication: May 17th 2016

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 
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Sofia T.

ARC Review: Secret Obsession (Red Stone Security #12) by Katie Reus

Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 2:28 PM
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Title: Secret Obsession
Author: Katie Reus
Series: Red Stone Security #12

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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He’s the security she’s always needed.Since she moved to Miami, Raegan Taylor has desired Ford Burke–a sexy and rugged cop. He’s everything she’s ever wanted. Unfortunately for Raegan, Ford’s kept his distance. But when a night out goes extremely wrong, his protective instincts kick into high gear, and he finds himself fighting for her in more ways than one.
She’s exactly what he was trying to avoid.Once Raegan and Ford grow closer, the harder they start to fall for each other. But Ford’s past stirs up feelings he just can’t control, threatening to destroy everything they’ve worked for. And when he screws up, he may lose more than just his one shot with her.
And now someone’s ready to ruin it all.Someone wants Raegan—and if he can’t have her—nobody can. He’s waiting. He’s watching. He’s lurking. Ready to strike. He’ll make her his. He’ll take down anyone who gets in his way—even a cop.
Secret Obsession is the twelfth book in the Red Stone Security series and it offers not one but two parallel romances. The main focus, though, are Raegan Taylor, Harrison, Grant and Porter’s cousin and sexy cop, Ford Burke.

Ford cannot believe that the one woman whom he desires is the Caldwell’s cousin. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s a decade younger than him and the fact that he can’t seem to control himself around her, makes Ford believe that Raegan is a dream that he is never going to enjoy.

Raegan may be the Caldwell’s cousin but she won’t let them control her life. Working at RSS with Athena is something she didn’t expect to be doing but she has come to love her job. She likes everyone at RSS and her job offers her more than she would ever need. But something is missing and she knows exactly what, Ford. Even though the sexy cop won’t admit his feelings, his actions say a lot. So, when Ford saves her from a night gone wrong, Raegan knows it’s a now or never opportunity.

Secret obsession was amazing! I really liked Ford and Reagan as a couple. I loved the fact that we got to see and hear from couples from the previous books in the series and I especially loved the scenes with Mara and Harrison (they still remain my fav couple). We also get to meet Raegan’s friends, Ruby and Dominique. This book has two romances and the other, while parallel, is a bit short-ish but still really great! We got to see Ruby and Montez get together and how their relationship developed and everything and it was so cute!

As for Dominique, worry not. Katie recently announced that she’s getting her own story with a character we briefly meet here. Her book, Love Thy Enemy, will be out early June, so make sure to read this one before the next one comes out!

Another great read by Katie Reus!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
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Sofia T.

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #86 Fire Bound (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #5) by Christine Feehan

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:33 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Fire Bound

Expected publication: April 26th 2016

Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.
Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit—something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.
What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 
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Sofia T.

Review: Six of Hearts (Hearts #1) by L.H. Cosway

Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 12:10 PM
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Title: Six of Hearts
Author:  L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts #1

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.
I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.
I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.
Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.
But most of all, I put on a good show.
The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn't. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.
Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.
She doesn't remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this–if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.
So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.
You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.
I've only got one heart, and after I've pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.
So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.
This was a fantastic read! I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to read it but I’m super excited to begin this series!

Six of hearts reminded me of The Illusionist and the Now you see me movies but since it’s a book, it's so much better!

Jay Fields is an illusionist famous for his complicated magic tricks and with numerous fans around the world. However, he is an enigma, really mysterious with some super amazing skills of observation. He completely captivated me from the beginning. Although, there are hints about his true identity, Jay remains a mystery for the majority of the book.

Matilda believes she is completely ordinary. She’s 23 working for her father’s law firm when Jay suddenly shows up looking for a lawyer. His case is not what the firm usually deals with but they are happy to recommend lawyers more capable to take on his case. However, jay is adamant that Matilde and her father are the most capable people to handle his case.

Even from the beginning you can tell that Six of hearts is going to be one hell of a journey. There is a lot of tension between Matilda and Jay but what I really loved was their unique bond. Matilda and her father’s life are turned upside down the moment Jay enters their lives. Jay is such a force. He brings life to this pair; he’s fun loving and flirty.

You won’t know what hit you with this book. You will never see the huge twist coming. You are going to wonder what, who and why and when the end comes it will be worth it!

This was such a brilliant book with its unique plot and its mysterious characters! I was beyond impressed with this story. This is just the beginning though because Jay and Matilda’s story may be over but there are more mysteries ahead and I can’t wait to unfold them!
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Sofia T.

STACKING THE SHELVES #79

Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2016 3:04 PM
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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

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This week was AMAZING! I loved every book I read and I plan to review all of them but it will be awhile before I'm able to read again. My uni exams are around the corner and I'll have to leave my tbr alone for almost 5 weeks but as soon as I'm done, I'll be back! 

:)

What did you read this week???
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Sofia T.

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #85 Dirty (Dive Bar #1) by Kylie Scott

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 5:28 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Dirty 
Author: Kylie Scott 
Series: Dive Bar #1


Expected publication: April 19th 2016 


The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.
Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.
Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.
After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?
What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 
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Sofia T.
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