Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: The Deep End

Title : The Deep End
Series : Honey #1
Author : Kristen Ashley
Edition : Kindle (Released March 7th, 2017)
Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
Page counts : 454 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Erotic Romance, Contemporary, BDSM
Average Rating : 3.72 (per March 15th, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 4.5/5
Read date : March 12th, 2017
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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one's darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

At first, I read this book without 'consulting' a few of my favorite reviewers. But since this is Kristen Ashley, I trooped through and read it anyway. Despite a few times that my face felt like combusting, it was fine. What wasn't fine for me? I felt like I lost a bit of what Kristen makes her books so...her. And then I read the reviews. DNF everywhere. I know where it went wrong, but I'm such a trooper (I know, I know) and I gave it five stars initially. I reread it and I lost the one star...

It was not champagne she was looking for. It was that coveted, priceless, smooth, deep, incomparable burn of the finest scotch whisky.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: Till Death

Title : Till Death
Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout
Edition : Kindle (Released February 28th, 2017)
Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks
Page counts : 400 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Average Rating : 4.07 (per March 11th, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : March 6th, 2017
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In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

This is Jennifer's first thriller book that I tried. I loved her Wait for Me and Lux series, although I kinda fell through and didn't manage to finish them yet. So I decided to try another of her stand-alone.

Being with Cole had made me feel like I was on the edge of a cliff, more than willing to fall off. I'd never felt anything like that again. Not even a smidgen.

Ten years ago, Sasha Keaton left her hometown when she survived a serial killer, survived something that a young woman should never have endured. A little broken and traumatized, she decided to move away from her family and her friends. And from her boyfriend, Cole Landish. Now twenty nine, she moves back into town to inherit her family inn and lives with her Mom. She doesn't quite forget what had happened, but now she can cope. Her homecoming brings Cole back on her doorstep, and also attention that she doesn't want from anyone else.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March 2017 New Releases

Happy Tuesday!
We're on the last day of February. I did manage to read 21 books in the past two months. Not bad, considering my reading time is limited to before bedtime. And 2017 continues to prove to be an amazing year so far, despite the fact that I'm not blogging as much as last year. I'm still struggling with my thesis if I want to graduate by July #heavysigh

Next month, I'm waiting for Kristen Ashley's The Deep End and Anne Bishop's Etched in Bone. Etched in Bone is the last book of The Others, something I faithfully follows even though the romance ends isn't satisfying. And apparently, book 10 of Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson is out. I stopped at book five, mainly because I wasn't curious any longer and found some more interesting books.

March 1st
March 5th

March 6th

March 7th
March 9th
March 13th
March 14th
March 17th
March 20th
March 21st
March 27th
March 28th

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: Finding Kyle

Title : Finding Kyle
Author : Sawyer Bennett
ASIN : B01N22RA40
Edition : Kindle (Released January 14th, 2017)
Publisher : Big Dog Books LLC, USA
Page counts : 218 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.11 (per February 23rd, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : February 21st, 2017
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When you’ve lived your life as a criminal…
When you’ve done unspeakable things …
When your soul has become dark and stained…

The path to redemption begins where you least expect it.

Kyle Sommerville is in hiding and doesn’t want to be found by anyone. Certainly not by his quirky, free-spirited neighbor who’s managed to push her way past the walls he’s built around him. But Jane Cresson’s indomitable will and insatiable curiosity about her reclusive neighbor makes it impossible for Kyle to stay immersed in his dark world.

Little by little, she claws through his shell.
Day by day, she gets him to smile a little more.
Night by night, they both find pleasure they never knew existed.

When Kyle’s terrible past is exposed, Jane begins to think she’s in over her head. Can her love for this broken man finally clear his path to redemption, or will Kyle’s darkness extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?

I was just looking for something light (and definitely not a part of a series) when I looked at the cover. And then I was like, what the hell. I'll try it on. At first, the book started off ordinary, but unexpectedly, I got sucked into the whole story.

She is crawling under my skin, invading my senses, and turning me inside out.

As an undercover agent for ATF, Kyle Sommerville has done terrible and awful things, in the name of his work. Now that his undercover job is done, he needs to hide away while he waits for the trial date. And so he settles in Misty Harbor, Maine, still feeling conflicted and having nightmares about the past few years. But he's not expecting the crazy and adorable woman next door--Jane Cresson, who loves to cook but can't bake to save her life, and a woman insistent enough to always approach Kyle.

Jane is a force of nature that has the strength of a hurricane, and f*ck if she didn’t roll right over me.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Echoes in Death

Title : Echoes in Death
Series : In Death #44
Author : J.D. Robb
Edition : Kindle (Released February 7th, 2017)
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Page counts : 400 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Crime, Romantic Suspense
Average Rating : 4.6 (per February 13th, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : February 10th, 2017
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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES . . . The chilling new suspense novel from the author of Brotherhood in Death.

After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk.

After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband—and walks into a brutal nightmare.

Their paths are about to collide…

When the young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—wanders in front of their car, Roarke slams on the brakes just in time, and Eve, still in glittering gown and heels, springs into action. It’s been a long night for the tired homicide cop, and it’s far from over.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil” . . .

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked—and that he treated Daphne like a trophy wife—this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse as the first suspect. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

Eve wondered, though she was Roarke's first and only spouse, if some considered her a trophy.

J.D. Robb did it again. Each case manages to be as chilling, as unsettling as before. Apprentice in Death was crazy because behind the cold-blooded murders, something simple was the motive. In this book? Sheer craziness is the only reason.

Before starting on the murder(s), let's take a look on the background. It's February 2061, a few days before Valentine's Day. Eve and Roarke has just finished going to a party, something Eve stills despises, because she needs to put on a dress, make-up, and fab shoes. Their marriage is still going strong, and they just redecorated their bedroom and home offices. Fast forward a bit, they're going home (and Roake drives, not like the other billionaires XD) and this woman stumbles in front of their vehicle.

"When I put it together it was too much like looking in a mirror, or hearing too many echoes."

Thursday, February 02, 2017

February 2017 New Releases

Hello hello!
We're getting into February. I can't believe we already went through one month. The past couple of months, I didn't get to post New Releases, but seeing that on February we have sooo much great books, I'm going to post something. Well, before life sucks me under again :(

Of course, the books in this list are mostly what I got from newsletter. I might have missed something. As for reading plans, I didn't make any except for Echoes in Death. I learned, probably the hard way, that reading plans couldn't be followed all time.

February 2nd
February 3rd
February 6th
February 7th
February 13th
February 14th
February 17th
February 20th
February 21st
February 27th
February 28th

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review: First Grave on the Right

Title : First Grave on the Right
Series : Charley Davidson #1
Author : Darynda Jones
ISBN : 0749956046 (ISBN13: 9780749956042)
Edition : Paperback UK (Released November 2011)
Publisher : Piatkus Book
Page counts : 310 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Average Rating : 4.07 (per January 31st, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : January 26th, 2017
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Note : Winner of RITA Award by Romance Writers of America for Best First Book (2012), HOLT Medallion by Virginia Romance Writers for Best First Book and for Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy (2012), Golden Heart by Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance (2009)

Private investigator Charlotte Davidson was born with three things: looks; a healthy respect for the male anatomy; and the rather odd job title of grim reaper. Since the age of five, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross over. Thus, when three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered, they come to her to find their killer.

In the meantime, Charley's dealing with a being more powerful - and definitely sexier - than any spectre she's ever come across before. With the help of a pain-in-the-ass skip tracer, a dead pubescent gangbanger named Angel, and a lifetime supply of sarcasm, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn't nearly as dangerous as falling in love.

First Grave on the Right was not something I planned on reading. But I'm a sucker for a good review, especially when it comes from my go-to reviewer. This book is supposedly good, and when I got the book, I couldn't wait to read it.

Never knock on death's door. Ring the doorbell then run. He totally hates that.
- T-shirt

Well, there are several things to love about this book, and several things to hate #sigh

Charlotte 'Charley' Davidson is a licensed PI with a slight advantage--she can see and communicate with dead people. People who don't cross and still have unfinished business. That's why she could solve most murder cases, and often helps her Uncle Bob, a detective on Albuquerque PD. She's the Grim Reaper, one who's born every few centuries. She doesn't quite grasp what she can do, and what's the limit of her power is. For as long as she's alive, there is a presence, a dark entity she affectionately calls the Big Bad or just Bad. But recently, there is also something infiltrating her dreams, making her dreams more...let's just say sensual.


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