WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #56 Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons #3) by Christina Lauren

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 1:32 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: Dark Wild Night
Series: Wild Seasons #3


What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
But what didn't happen in Vegas seems to follow them everywhere.

Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense to not consummate their drunken Las Vegas wedding. If they’d doubled-down on that mistake, their Just Friends situation might not be half as great as it is now.
... Or so goes the official line.
In reality, Lola’s wanted Oliver since day one—and over time has only fallen harder for his sexy Aussie accent and easygoing ability to take her as she comes. More at home in her studio than in baring herself to people, Lola’s instinctive comfort around Oliver nearly seems too good to be true. So why ruin a good thing?
Even as geek girls fawn over him, Oliver can’t get his mind off what he didn’t do with Lola when he had the chance. He knows what he wants with her now ... and it’s far outside the friend zone. When Lola’s graphic novel starts getting national acclaim—and is then fast-tracked for a major motion picture—Oliver steps up to be there for her whenever she needs him. After all, she’s not the kind of girl who likes all that attention, but maybe she’s the kind who’ll eventually like him.
Sometimes seeing what’s right in front of us takes a great leap of faith. And sometimes a dark wild night in Vegas isn’t just the end of a day, but the beginning of a bright new life...
What are you waiting on Wednesday? 
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TOP TEN TUESDAY #46 Ten Characters You Just Didn't Click With

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 12:54 PM
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list topic is posted and book bloggers fill in their own choices. 

This Week's Topics is:

Ten Characters You Just Didn't Click With

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1. Georgina from 
Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid #1)


2. Luce from
Fallen (Fallen #1)


3. Ethan from 
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1)


4. Zoey from 


5. Judith from 


6. Ashton from 
The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys #1)


7. Abby from 
Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)


8. Nan from 
Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1)


9. Beth from 


That's it for me! 9 out of 10! 

Just because I didn't like these characters doesn't mean that I didn't like the books. I actually love most of these books!

What are the ten characters you didn't click with?
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Review & Excerpt Tour: Dragon King (Dark Kings #6.25) by Donna Grant

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 1:34 PM
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A Woman on a Mission

Grace Clark has always done things safe. She's never colored outside of the law, but she has a book due and has found the perfect spot to break through her writer's block. Or so she thinks. Right up until Arian suddenly appears and tries to force her away from the mountain. Unaware of the war she just stumbled into, Grace doesn't just discover the perfect place to write, she finds Arian—the most gorgeous, enticing, mysterious man she's ever met.

A King with a Purpose

Arian is a Dragon King who has slept away centuries in his cave. Recently woken, he's about to leave his mountain to join his brethren in a war when he's alerted that someone has crossed onto Dreagan. He's ready to fight . . . until he sees the woman. She's innocent and mortal—and she sets his blood aflame. He recognizes the danger approaching her just as the dragon within him demands he claim her for his own...
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m obsessed with the 1001 Dark Nights series. Each book tells a unique story that adds to the theme. Dragon king by Donna Grant is part of both the 1001 Dark night series but it’s also part of the Dark Kings series.

Grace Clark is way beyond her deadline to finish her book and she hasn’t even begun writing it. Travelling all the way to Scotland is supposed to break her writer’s block. Surrounded by the quietness and the breathtaking view f the Scottish mountains, Grace begin to write until a storm begins. Terrified of thunders, Grace is forced to seek a safe place and ends up entering a cave, Arian’s cave.

Arian is a Dragon King who just woke up from a thousand years old sleep. When he finds Grace in his cave he first assumes that she must be with the enemy but if she’s with them then how did she find his cave? All his questions are answered when Grace discovers she’s not alone in the little pretty cave and the man she’s with isn’t a normal human.

Dragon king was incredible. Grace and Arian were amazing characters. Their story was a short one but their relationship wasn’t rushed. I wish we could get more of them. 

Filled with action, romance and suspense Dragon King is bound to captivate you.

I highly recommend it!

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Excerpt:

“It’s just a storm, lass,” he whispered near her ear. 

“It’s never just a storm.” 

There was something in her words that caught his attention. Not too much the words themselves, but the depth of emotion in them. 

Arian turned her to face him and looked into her deep blue eyes. He needed to take her mind off the storm, because he had no intention of stopping it. As long as it rained she would remain with him. 

Once he had his fill of listening to her sweet voice and watching her feelings cross her face, then he would stop the rain. 

“Bad things happen in weather like this,” she said. 

Arian smoothed back her hair from her face. “No’ all bad, surely.” 

“My mother left us in a storm. My father died while a storm howled. I walked into a mountain with a Dragon King who is in the middle of a war with Dark Fae.” 

He was going to reassure her that all would be fine, but he couldn’t find the words. The knowledge that so much pain was associated with storms made him question using his power to keep her with him. 

But perhaps there was a way he could help her. 

“Rain waters the earth, giving life to plants and flowers that are food for animals. The thunder and lightning are displays of the beauty and fierceness of nature,” he said, hoping he could get her to accept his words and erase her fear. 

Her body was pressed so enticingly against him. The feel of her breasts made his cock twitch. He looked down at her lips to find them parted slightly. Damn, but he wanted to taste them. 

He couldn’t breathe. The weight of the need, of the overwhelming desire felt like he was being pulled under. As if he were drowning, and Grace was the only thing that could save him. 

The beat of her pulse at her throat was erratic and her chest rose and fell rapidly. 

She felt it too. 

Arian lifted his gaze to her face to find her eyes heavy-lidded as she watched him. He searched those amazing eyes of hers as he sank, tumbled into the navy depths. 

He leaned his head forward until their breaths mingled. Her fingers tightened on his arms. Arian could stand it no more. He put his lips against hers. 

She sucked in a quick breath. Arian moved his lips over hers, learning the feel of them before he touched his tongue to them, tracing them. 

Grace leaned against him. He wound his arms around her, holding her firmly. A low moan filled him when her tongue touched his. 

He was about to explode. Inside was a hunger he could never remember having before, a yearning to claim her right then that shocked and excited him. 

The kiss deepened, their tongues intertwining seductively, sensually. Her lips were soft, her taste decadent. He slid a hand into her hair and held her head as their passion grew rapidly. 

The soft kiss was turning as untamed as the craving inside him, and the more she responded, the more the flames grew. Her soft moans were driving him wild, but it was the way she breathed that made him burn. 

 About The Author:

Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.

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STACKING THE SHELVES #51

Posted on Saturday, August 29, 2015 12:45 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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I L-O-V-E summer!!!I have so much free time and I can read all day, every day!

Firstly, I had to read Gus as Bright Side ruined me! I had to read it! I liked Gus but I think I liked Bright Side more.

Because they've been sitting on my tbr pile for some time, I read: Darker water, Azagoth, The Pact and Raze. I loved the first three but I didn't really like Raze. It was so predictable. From the very first page you can actually guess how the book will turn out and at the end I was disappointed. 

Lastly, I got two ARCs: Dragon King and Black Blood. The only reason I actually read Azagoth was because after finishing Dragon King I wanted more of the 1001 Dark Night series books (plus Azagoth was indeed sitting for a very long time in my tbr pile). Black Blood was amazing too. 

What did you read this week?
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Promo, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Lost by Cole McCade

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 2:13 PM
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The Lost by Cole McCade

Date of Publication: August 25, 2015
She's known it her whole life. She knows it every time she spreads her legs. Every time she begs for the pain, the pleasure, the heat of a hard man driving deep inside. She's a slave to her own twisted lusts--and it's eating her alive. She loves it. She craves it. Sex is her drug, and she's always chasing her next fix. But nothing can satisfy her addiction, not even the nameless men she uses and tosses aside. No one's ever given her what she truly needs.
Until Gabriel Hart.
Cold. Controlled. Impenetrable. Ex-Marine Gabriel Hart isn't the kind of man to come running when Leigh crooks her pretty little finger. She loathes him. She hungers for him. He's the only one who understands how broken she is, and just what it takes to satisfy the emptiness inside. But Gabriel won't settle for just one night. He wants to claim her, keep her, make her forever his. Together they are the lost, the ruined, the darkness at the heart of Crow City.
But Leigh has a darkness of her own. A predator stalking through her past--one she'll do anything to escape.
Even if it means running from the one man who could love her...and leaving behind something more precious to her than life itself.
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PROLOGUE 

"State your name." 

Cold, clipped words, blending into the noise of the police station. Leigh lifted her head from a fixed study of her clenched fingers. Colors whirled around her in a lurid carnival nightmare, too bright, too blurry. On a bench on the far side of the room, a wasted and broken scarecrow woman picked at a scab on her wrist with a certain habitual listlessness, oozing diseased red-brown blood over liver spots. Her tendons were rails under her skin, and the dull gleam of cuffs chained her to the bench. She raised her head and stared at Leigh with yellowed eyes that captured her with a sort of empty, terrifying promise. 

Across the desk a policewoman waited, with that compassionate impatience only a half-step from pity and shoulder-to-shoulder with disgust. Her flat blue eyes said she'd been trained to care, but couldn't be bothered anymore. Leigh swallowed and tugged her hoodie close against the tinny air-conditioned chill. Her mouth had dried to a tacky, sticky mess, gummy pills of lipstick beading on her lips, and her tongue was a bloated and useless organ, this swollen pink thing pushing pointlessly against her teeth. 

"Leigh," she ground out. "Clarissa Leigh…" Her married name scratched sandpaper syllables against her throat. "…van Zandt." 

"And Miss van Zandt, do you know why you're here?" 

She nodded, her neck a creaking wooden puppet-hinge. "I do." 

"Your family's been worried about you." 

"I know." 

She knew what she should do here. Bow her head in shame and contrition, maybe even sniffle. But she looked for the emotions and they weren't there; just scraps and tatters, clinging to the empty place where they belonged. She had no feeling left, hollowed out and lost and wondering how she'd ended up here. This didn't feel real. Instead it was a dream where everyone leered in fisheye close-up, their smiles all teeth and stretched red lips and manic glee. She wanted to run, but somehow she'd gone too numb to do anything but sit here surrounded by the stink of fear-sweat, stale beer, and that particular police-station smell of urine soaked into concrete for decades on end. 

"What happened to you?" the officer asked. Leigh didn't answer, and the officer's pen tapped against the forms on her desk, rat-tat-tat, rat-tat-tat, Morse code for I'd rather be anywhere but here with this spoiled little runaway princess. "It's been four years. You were declared legally dead." 

"That's all right." She closed her eyes with a laugh that ripped her guts up into her mouth, and buried her face in her hands. Dead. Dead. 

Yeah, that was about right. 

"Miss van Zandt?" 

Stop calling me that. 

"Miss van Zandt. I need you to focus on my voice." 

Stop calling me that! 

Leigh took a measured breath and opened her eyes. Her shoulders squared. The bolts on the back of the hard, ass-biting chair dug into her shoulder blades. "I am focused. I can hear you just fine." 

"Eyes are dilated." The officer—her nametag read Maroni, could there be a more clich├ęd name for a Crow City cop—leaned across the desk, peering at her face. Then she beckoned to the aide hovering over them like a mannequin. "I've seen this too many times. Drugs and prostitution." She talked about Leigh like she wasn't even there. "We'll have to clean her up before her husband gets here." 

"I'm not on drugs. I've never been on drugs." 

Maroni's pen-clicking stopped. Her disbelief was a heavy thing, push-push-pushing until Leigh nearly laughed. 

"You're not on drugs." 

"No." 

"Then what happened?" 

There it was. The first hint of exasperation. Of frustration, stitched into knitted brows and the purse of lips in just the right shade of I can't be a woman, I'm a cop mauve. Because like anyone normal, anyone who wasn't fucking broken to pieces and liked being that way, Maroni needed to make sense of this. Needed to quantify it in a world where the rules worked as normal and everyone wanted to chase that dream of happiness that wasn't anything but desperation painted over of a frantic tally of things. Things of plastic, things with value created by people whose upper lips curled when they looked down at little girls like Leigh, and demanded she account for herself in sane, rational ways that made proper sense. 

Sorry, Officer Maroni. 

I'm not the kind of thing that makes much sense. 

Maroni pushed a harsh sound through her teeth. "You had a job, a husband, a newborn son. You had a life other people would kill for, and we find you here on the streets. Were you pressured? Kidnapped?" 

"No. None of that." Leigh shook her head. 

"You'll have to explain, then." 

"I left." She trailed off, lips parted; no words came for long seconds, until she managed, "I…I was afraid." 

"Of what?" Maroni tried to catch her eye, but Leigh looked down at her hands, at her chipped pink fingernails dipped in the sparkles of shooting stars. "Miss van Zandt. If someone was hurting you, you need to tell us now so we can take appropriate steps to protect you." 

"No. No one hurt me. Not like that." 

"I'm afraid you'll need to be more clear. What were you afraid of?" 

"Of…" 

She struggled for an answer. Struggled for something this woman would accept, something that would make her sigh with sympathy and pity and relieved disdain that said there, but for the Grace of God… 

But again, she found nothing. Nothing but the truth, and Leigh shrugged as she looked up at the policewoman and wondered if she had daughters who might one day be like Leigh, daughters who would cut stark red lines of fingernails in the walls of flesh that caged her in the shape of pop culture's perfect woman. 

"Of the inevitable monotony of it all," she said. 

And smiled.
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About Cole McCade

Corporate consultant by day, contemporary romance author by night. 

Mid-thirties. Coffee addict. Cat lover. Bibliophile. Technophile. Definite sapiophile. Native Southerner. Runner. Country boy turned city suit. Shameless collector of guitar picks, vinyl records, and incense holders. Aficionado of late-night conversations over live music in seedy bars. Browncoat with a secret crush on Kaylee Frye. 

Fascinated by human sociology, and particularly by the psychology of sex and gender – and their effect on relationship expectations, the culture of dating, and what it means to fall in love. 

Non-smoker. The picture's just a stock photo. A rather broody, dark one for someone who isn't all that broody or dark, but sometimes forgets to smile even when he means to. 

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Review: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Every Last Breath
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #3

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Some loves will last ’til your dying breath
Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.
Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.
Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…
Wow!

I have no words. This is the third and last book in the Dark Elements series and it’s mind blowing.

The time has come for Layla to choose who she wants to be with. Thankfully for Roth and Zayne (and of course us) Layla gets to choose early on. I was so glad she chose the one she did. I was actually surprised that the love triangle was resolved this early in the book but it did work great since we got to see more of the couple.

The danger is real and the stakes are higher than ever. The Lilin is running around town and now that the secret is out, the Lilin has nowhere to go and hide. Layla realizes that it’s her responsibility to act. She must find the Lilin and kill it before the Alphas decide to take matters into their hands.

Every last breath was AMAZING! It started exactly where Stone Cold Touch left off, where the identity of the Lilin is revealed. In this book the action takes off. From the first page till the end the book was nonstop action, suspense, surprises, humor and overall emotional.

As every J.L.A. book, Every Last Breath has a huge, major plot twist that broke my heart. I can’t believe that Layla had to make such a decision. It was really heartbreaking but it was also necessary. I loved that about this book. Everything happened for a reason.

What I didn’t really expect was the romance aspect but I really loved it. Before reading the book I thought we would get nonstop action, which we do and that the love triangle would be resolved just before the end. Surprisingly, the love triangle was resolved almost from the very beginning. So we got to see more of Layla and her chosen one. Squee!!!

Every last breath was the perfect balanced ending to the Dark Elements series. We got to see almost every paranormal creature there is from gargoyles to angels and witches. Despite the choice Layla makes we get to see both Roth and Zayne and of course their familiars. I loved them so much.

I can’t wait to read J.L.A. new book, The Problem with Forever.

Highly recommended!
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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: An Alpha's Choice (Talon Pack #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015 12:10 PM
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Brynn Brentwood has spent the whole of her life protecting the Talon Pack through terrors only she will ever know. She’s never asked for more in life other than to live to take her next breath and to ensure her family is safe. Regardless of her selfless wishes and the atrocities the former Alpha committed, she has always known that fate would provide for her as it had countless others. Fate is what has carried her through with one exception—upon meeting the one wolf who could be hers, he doesn’t feel their bond.
Finn Jamenson has been broken more than once, left beaten and half dead—and that was before he was an adult and Heir of the Redwood Pack. When called upon to work with their allies, the Talons, he finds himself intrigued with a woman who his wolf doesn’t claim as his own. Though he knows there could be something there, he refuses to tempt himself with a wolf who could never be his when his own mate could waiting for him.
The world changed in a blink of time and now the two wolves must fight as one—ignoring the burning temptation between them—when their people are threatened. With one wrong move, their homes could be destroyed and its up to Finn and Brynn to save them all…if only they could save themselves.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I read by Carrie Ann Ryan. As soon as I read it I knew I had to read more and I did. An Alpha’s choice is the second book in the Talon Pack series but it can surely be read as a standalone, I did read it as such but I totally recommend staring from book one.

The world knows that shifters exist. The Talon and the Redwood packs will try their best to convince them that they aren’t the animals the humans think they are. Bryn Brentwood is the sister of the Alpha of the Talon Pack and the dominant female of the pack. Bryn can’t appear weak, not to pack and surely not outside of it.

Every time Finn Jamenson, Heir to the Redwood pack meets with Bryn he can’t understand what has done wrong. Bryn is always so guarded and angry around him that he has no clue how to fix whatever it is she thinks he has done. Little does he know that it’s not something he has done but something he hasn’t felt, the mating bond. Bryn’s secret is about to get out. The first time she saw Finn she immediately knew he was her mate but he has no idea.

Could fate be so cruel?

An alpha’s choice was a great read. Amazing really. In the beginning I had no idea what was wrong with Finn or if it just wasn’t meant to be. Bryn wasn’t wrong to feel the bond but Finn’s past may have cost him his future. 

Bryn and Finn were strong characters who has many demons in their past. They had to struggle to get where they are now and although they made it, a part of them was left behind. I really loved that twist.

The book has nonstop action, suspense, romance, paranormal creatures, twists and a unique plot.

I definitely recommend it!

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  About The Author 
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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