Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward | Book Review


LOVER ETERNAL
 BY J.R. WARD

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

“How can you stand to have me near you?” “The only thing I can’t handle is your leaving.”
J.R. Ward, Lover Eternal

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
#1 Dark Lover

Synopsis:
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…

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review

These books. There are parts that are so cheesy and unrealistic, but J.R Ward is an amazing writer. Only the second book in the series and I am so hooked. I am not a huge fan of romance novels at all, but Ward does so well with character and plot development. Although each book focuses on a relationship they all each continue with the war between the brotherhood and the lessers and the situations going on with all of the brothers. The books are such fast reads as it has an engaging plot and the switch between POV each chapter keeps you wanting more.

I love Rhage as a character and his relationship with Mary was so beautiful. He showed such dedication and really did everything for Mary. There were times I just wanted to smack Mary, but could understand where she was coming from. I was extremely happy with how this romance played out and thought it was perfect.  We get to learn so much more about each brother in this book and really start to get to know them.

So much is going on with the brotherhood and the plot thickens as more of the background is laid for the brotherhood and the lessers. I am definitely pulled in by the plot and liked how in this book there was more of a focus on what is going on rather than the romance.

Overall I think these books are really great guilty pleasure reads. There is a good storyline, lots of action and smoking hot vampires. There is also a lot of depth the the romances and they are not easy and perfect ones. These characters are damaged and flawed and I love that.

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Inspire by Cora Carmack | Book Review

22824819INSPIRE BY CORA CARMACK

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

“This is what it is to be a muse. I walk the line between want and need, between power and submission. And I make the hard choices.”
― Cora Carmack, Inspire

Series: The Muse

Synopsis:
Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

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review

I am not totally sure still how I feel about this book. There were parts of it I really enjoyed and found intriguing. Then there were parts I found to be a bit boring and dragged causing me to skim over some (mostly the drawn out sex scenes). Carmack’s writing it beautiful and the way she strings together words and thoughts had me highlighting and rereading some passages. Although I had mixed feelings about the dual perspective, I totally understand and appreciate what Carmack did with it. With the use of the dual perspective I felt like you could watch the progression of feelings and issues through the eyes of both characters instead of just getting one side of the story. With the major issue that was presented I felt this method of story telling also showed the greater affects and involvement each character had which also played up on the mythology that was use throughout the book.

Speaking of the mythology used, I think the idea of muses is extremely interesting and something I haven’t read about in a book before. My only issue with it was there were times that I forgot this was a paranormal romance. I do not think it was incorporated enough until the very end. It wasn’t until the last twenty or so pages I became extremely intrigued and wanted more of the story and to know what becomes of both Kalli and Wilder.

Kalli and Wilder were both complex characters with their own secrets and issues. I did find Kalli to fall a little flat for me. There were a few time where you really get to see depth and inside her head. I felt like most of the time she was just all too consumed with the same things and it became a little repetitive. I did find her backstory and some of the problems she dealt with that caused the internal struggle to be really captivating, you just wanted to know how she was going to solve the issues and make a life for herself. Wilder is definitely a swoon worthy love interest. He too has his own internal struggles and things he is overcoming, but the love he has for his family is absolutely adorable. He has some rough edges, but is so caring and just makes you weak at the knees! I did find there relationship to be quite annoying at times because they were both keeping secrets from each other and cause so much drama that was just frustrating. There were some awesome secondary characters that have that artsy side and I enjoyed all the art and music incorporated throughout the book.

Overall I found this book to be unique and an interesting new adult paranormal romance novel. It definitely has a gripping ending that had me completely hooked and needing the next installment. It has some intense relationships layered with issues and secrets. I could have used some more mythology and paranormal aspects, but found what was presented to be intriguing. It is heavy on the romance and can feel a little insta loving at times but it works with the events of the story. There were not many sex scenes, but for me at least they were long and dragged when they were present. The writing is absolutely beautiful and had some great thought provoking and meaningful messages. I think anyone who enjoys New Adult Novels and Paranormal Romance will find this to be an enjoyable book!

RATING

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout| Book Review

20821525STONE COLD TOUCH BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

Genre: YA (almost NA) Paranormal Romance

“This was better than looking through Tumblr posts of hot guys.”
-Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stone Cold Touch

Series: The Dark Elements
White Hot Kiss (#1 in The Dark Elements)
Bitter Sweet Love (#1.5 in The Dark Elements)

Synopsis:
Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…[Goodreads]

review

*Warning this is the second book in the sequel and may contain spoilers for book one*

I have been staring at this post for the good part of 2 weeks. I just personally feel like I cannot manage to write a coherent review for this book because of all the feels. If I were to try and write a review for this it would most likely end up just gushing about my love for ROTH! I also feel like my review would give too much away because I just want to basically discuss this book, but thats not helpful to people who haven’t read it yet. So I will try to do my best to shortly sum up my thoughts on this book!

I absolutely love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing. It is youthful and the dialogue is sassy and true to teenagers! I do not at all think that this book fell into the second book syndrome category. Although I did not like it as much as the first one because of the lack of Roth (I am not that much of a Zayne fan). There were some exciting twists and shocking moments. There was also a load of some great swoon worthy moments! Layla really shows some growth and is become a strong female lead (not that she wasn’t before this book). Bambi and the hell kittens make a return as well as Layla’s awesome spunky friends! The book was fast paced and gripping. It had me on the edge of my seat (well that is until I accidentally saw the last page and ruined it for myself) and wanting more! I cannot wait to find out what happens in the third and final book. I also heard that Thumper makes an appearance and I can’t wait.

Overall I am sorry I could not write up a better review, but this as well as the previous book are really worth the read if you are fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout, paranormal romance and/or swoony men !

TEAM ROTH!!!

4.5

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Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements)

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward | Book Review

42899DARK LOVER BY J.R. WARD

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

“You’ve won the evolutionary lottery: You’re a vampire. Let’s go to Disneyland!”
-J.R. Ward, Dark Lover

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood

Synopsis: 
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.[Goodreads]

review

I have to admit I was very hesitant to pick up and read this book. I have never really been big on romance books. I feel so many of them lack a plot and story line other than the relationship and the sexy times. Being a paranormal romance I thought it might provide more of what I want and enjoy, but I was nervous that it would be corny and ridiculous like Twilight because it is about vampires. This book completely surprised me and proved to be an absolutely amazing, action packed and well written novel.

The world that was created by Ward was so complex, detailed and flushed out. I absolutely loved the world and development of the vampire aspects. The vampire society has intricate hierarchy and workings. There are also slayers that are not like the normal slayers we think of when thinking vampires. The slayers are a created society of soulless beings that give up their souls to live longer and are geared to destroy the vampire community. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a selected group of male vampires that are there to protect their society and other civilian vampires. I did feel like it took awhile to get to the explanation and in depth understanding of the world and all aspects of it. You subtly learn about the world up to that point, but I felt there was a lot of stuff that was left unsaid and I might have been confused if I didn’t read through the glossary at the beginning of the book.

I really enjoyed that the book was written in multiple points of view, it really gave the story depth and was a driving force making the book a quick and captivating read. With the multiple povs you were introduced to many characters and learned the back story and information in more clarity because you were getting it from all sides. I also enjoyed that you learned and followed the story of all the characters and not just the main characters. I loved Beth! I thought she was a great strong female character that was independent and knew what she wanted. Her relationship with Wrath was fabulous and you really got sucked into their intense love. Wrath went through some great character development and growth. It doesn’t hurt that he was a strong and beautiful man. I fell for so many of the Black Dagger Brotherhood members. They are just my type of guy, tall, rugged, sexy filled with tattoos and personality. I don’t know which one I like the best. I was a huge fan of Rhage, but also really love Wrath! All of the BDB guys really made the book for me. It added a whole other aspect to the story than just a love story. There was action, suspense and drama.

Overall this was a unique and well developed world that allowed for an action packed story that was more than just a hot and steamy romance. It has amazing, hilarious, sassy, strong and sexy main characters and secondary characters. The story was complex and was so much more than I expected it to be. The book was gripping and had so many elements involved that I could not put the book down. It did have some steamy sexy times so this is definitely for mature audience, but there was more content than just sexy times. I can’t wait to pick up the next books so I can learn more about all the other guys and their love lives!

5s

Lailah by Nikki Kelly | Book Review

18324459-1LAILAH BY NIKKI KELLY

Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance

Source: Fierce Reads Giveaway (ARC)

“I desperately needed answers. There was so much I didn’t understand.”
– Nikki Kelly, Lailah

Series: The Styclar Saga

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Synopsis: 
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is. [Goodreads]

review

In a battle as old as time between good and evil, Cessie (Lailah) is not sure what she is and where she falls into the great divide of angels and vampires. The only information she has about her past is what she has relived through her dreams and even then she is not sure how much of it is true. That is until she runs into an injured stranger named Jonah and her whole life slowly starts to change as she learns more about who she is and what she is. There is suspense, mystery, action, romance and of course some swoon worthy men!

This book was exactly what I needed. I was completely captivated by the story, world and characters that I had a hard time putting it down and actually read a majority of the book in one sitting! I was nervous going into this book because of the vampires and sometimes they get a little weird and overdone, but I was pleasantly surprised and loved the world. The world building and development were fantastic! The world building was subtle enough that it wasn’t overloaded all at once, but you learn alongside Cessie (Lailah). I also loved that the book was based in Europe, it created a beautiful setting and a great feature to the story! Kelly laid out a story that was so beautifully written and flowed so well that it was so easy to devour. There was a youthfulness to her writing that allowed me to easily connect to Lailah and totally understood her, her problems, feelings and where she was coming from as well as Brooke and the other characters.

The characters sure had large dynamic and unique personalities! Kelly did a fabulous job crafting some absolutely amazing men! The earn the title for being swoon worthy and each have their own personalities and qualities that enhance each of them! I have to say although Gabriel is the handsome angel that is protective and caring,  I am definitely into the bad boy vampire with that great sass! I loved that each character had their own stories and connection to the other characters. Lailah was a strong female character and definitely had a mind of her own. She went through a lot and there was lots of character development seen through the whole book.

As much as I loved and adored this book there were a few things that annoyed me a little, but I was able to ignore for the most part because of the great story, world and characters! There is a love triangle, this should be no surprise because most paranormal romances (basically YA genre in general) seem to have this element. There were also times that I was reminded a lot of Twilight (and not just because they are both paranormal romances with love triangles and vampires) it was certain words and actions that instantly took me back to Twilight, but it only happened a few time.

Through the clichés, came a story that I found unique and a new take on the typical good versus evil story. It had a fresh twist our world and the idea of heaven and hell. There were twists and surprises, swoony men and great characters full of life and personality.There were some great swoon worthy quotes and great fangirl moments. It left me wanting (needing) more and has become a guilty pleasure read for me that I am sure will become a re-read very soon! I highly recommend it for fans of Richelle Mead, Jennifer L. Armentrout and Stephanie Meyer. It read like the greats that came before it, Twilight, The Vampire Academy, White Hot Kiss etc. (This is not just because it is about vampires it is because it is a captivating paranormal romance!) 


RATING-4

 

Inspire by Cora Carmack | Cover Reveal

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014!

 

Inspire

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About INSPIRE:

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

 

 

HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

 

 

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Bargain Book Haul

BOOK HAUL

Welcome to my oops I bought more books, but don’t regret them at all because I purchased these all for only $4 and some change. I met up with Autumn @ Kitty Cat Reads yesterday to do some shopping! We stumbled upon (like we do) a bookstore with a huge 75% off lowest ticket price sale. Now I must say this was an odd little bookstore and we felt like we were back in the 80s. There were lots of books we have never heard of before and so many of these books are going to be ones I wouldn’t normally buy, but with such great prices I figured why not. There is also a lot of paranormal romance and I don’t usually read these, but lately I have been wanting some guilty pleasure reads! I am not really going to talk or explain any of them because honestly besides the book by J.R. Ward I have never heard of these books before, but I will link them all up to goodreads!

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Triskellion by Will Peterson

Crave by J.R. Ward

Succubi Like It Hot by Jill Myles

My Fair Succubi by Jill Myles

My Immortal Protector by Jen Holling

Sin Undone by Larissa Ione

 

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your guilty pleasure reads?

 

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout |Book Review

UnknownWHITE HOT KISS BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance

 “People with the purest souls are capable of the greatest evils. No one is perfect, no matter what they are or what side they fight for.”
-Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: The Dark Elements

Synopsis:
One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.[Goodreads]

review

This is a book that you can most definitely not judge by the cover. Although it looks to be a steamy adult romance novel it is actually about gargoyles and demons. Of course there is romance spread throughout the story, but it focuses on a girl name Layla who is half Warden (gargoyle) and half demon. Layla has unique abilities and struggles with understanding her place in the Warden world. Jennifer L. Armentrout has such a youthful way with words and her dialog reminded me of conversations I have with my friends. The banter between Layla and Roth and Layla and Stacey were on point and so snarky and witty, I loved it! The concept of gargoyles was a new aspect to any paranormal book I have ever read and I thought Armentrout nailed it. She also created some amazing characters, some very swoon worthy guys! Layla is determined and feisty which surprised me because I was expecting her to be another weak female character stuck in a “triangle”. Zayne is strong and protective and then there is Roth! I am so team Roth. Who doesn’t love the bad boy with tattoos? The plot was addictive and was laced with so many twists and turns that were shocking and unexpected that kept me on the edge and guessing the whole time. And that ending….There was very little (triangles) I didn’t like about this. I would recommend this to anyone who loves Supernatural or just some good paranormal romance with some swoon (lust) worthy male characters!

*Spoiler Warning*

I am just going to list all the absolutely wonderful things that I loved about this book:

  • There was a snake named Bambi and monstrous kittens!
  • Demons, gargoyles and zombies Oh My!
  • Amazing secondary characters (Nicolae and Stacey)
  • The pop culture reference! (Supernatural &Twilight )
  • Gremlins! That is one of my favorite movies and the retort of the Mogwais was so awesome!
  • ROTH! I don’t know how much I can fan girl over this/him. The fact that he proved himself and sacrificed himself for Layla was so amazing. His personality and the sarcasm was totally fantastic!

Things I did not like:

  • The love triangle thing. I am so over triangle. Even though this was not a full out triangle it was annoying how Layla went back and forth . I believe this made her weak.

 

4.5