Wednesday

Ruthless King by Meghan March

Ruthless King (Mount Trilogy, #1)Ruthless King by Meghan March
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a little torn on this review so I'll take things slow. I enjoyed the book. It delivered on its promise which was a fun romp with lots of heat and alpha male machismo. I enjoyed both of the main characters because none of their actions seemed forced *snicker*. I really liked how the heroine pushed back against Lachlan even though she feared him...but I'm a sucker for strong females in romance. If a heroine rolls over and plays dead I lose all respect for them.

While I enjoyed this book there wasn't much by way of beautiful prose. I am also a sucker for a devastatingly well written book. This one is free of errors and well-written in the fact that it is a good book but I didn't find any spots in the pages that made me want to hug it to my chest.

I enjoyed this one and I will read the second one but I likely won't add the paperback to my collection or read it again. I also hate this trend of cliffhangers at the end of erotic romance novels. IT IS KILLING ME.

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Monday

365 Days. 365 Books.

Hello There,

365 Days. 365 Books. Does not include comic books. CAN include graphic novels.

Let's hope I don't die.

I'll begin on October 1st. Fall is my favorite time of year to cozy up with a book.

<3

M


Friday

Absinthe by Winter Renshaw

AbsintheAbsinthe by Winter Renshaw
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well. I bought this book and then laid down in bed telling myself I'd read for a minute and then go to sleep. Yeah. It's now almost 4 am and I'm still thinking about the book so why not write up a review.

I enjoyed how Ms Renshaw drew me into a story I wasn't 100% sold on in the first place. I wouldn't have picked it up if my friend hadn't told me she enjoyed it. I was nervous about Ford and Halston's whole thing and I'm glad they didn't do anything significant while he was her principal and she his student. I think I would have lost some respect for him. Ms. Renshaw keeps things steamy and tension filled despite the lack of action in the first part of the book. I felt the end sort of dragged on. I mean I liked reading what came next for them but their initial post-everything meet was too anticlimactic and then too much AFTER AFTER for me as well. Like the author was trying to add more words.

Overall, a well-written smart read. I like Halston, she is fierce and I'm glad we got to see the young and grown-up versions of her. I liked her character development.

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Monday

The Enchantment of Emma Fletcher Blog Tour

Hello Everyone,

I've had the pleasure of joining the blog tour for The Enchantment of Emma Fletcher.


About the book: A young woman desperate to outrun her nightmare reluctantly falls straight into the arms of the one boy who might be able to wake her up in this sweet and sexy debut about finding love while confronting your demons.

After Emma Fletcher is viciously attacked and left for dead, she flees to her old childhood hometown where she’s confronted with bitter memories of her damaged past and alcoholic mother. Emma is determined to make her stay temporary and get out with minimal emotional damage. What she doesn’t count on is Tristan Banks: auto mechanic, coffee addict, and town hottie with dark secrets of his own.

Tristan’s track record of saving girls has historically led to failure. The last thing he needs is trouble in the form of a leggy brunette with an attitude, but when he starts to fall for Emma, Tristan realizes the only way he can save her is to help her save herself.


“The character development will draw readers into the story and have them rushing to find out what happens…Verdict: Romance readers who prefer a love story with a thriller twist will enjoy this page-turner. It’s perfect for those jumping from YA contemporary romance to more adult fiction.”
Library Journal STARRED REVIEWstarred review star

“L.D. Crichton has written a compelling story of overcoming tragedy and moving forward. I truly experienced the wide range of emotions felt by all the characters, as all feelings are conveyed with genuineness. THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER is heartfelt and very realistic…THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER is emotionally rewarding…L.D. Crichton has created an interesting story about true-to-life people, and I look forward to more books from this author.”
—Always Reviewing

About the book:
After Emma Fletcher is viciously attacked and left for dead, she flees to her old childhood hometown where she’s confronted with bitter memories of her damaged past and alcoholic mother. Emma is determined to make her stay temporary and get out with minimal emotional damage. What she doesn’t count on is Tristan Banks: auto mechanic, coffee addict, and town hottie with dark secrets of his own.

Tristan’s track record of saving girls has historically led to failure. The last thing he needs is trouble in the form of a leggy brunette with an attitude, but when he starts to fall for Emma, Tristan realizes the only way he can save her is to help her save herself.

About the author:
L.D. Crichton is the author of the only official fan fictions for both One Direction and Emblem3, commissioned by Sony Music Entertainment and Faculty Management Group. Crichton has over 7.5 million combined reads on Wattpad and her work has been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, the Daily Dot, Marketing magazine, Just Jared, VentureBeat, and Contently. She lives in Alberta, Canada. Please visit ldcrichton.com, and L.D. Crichton on Facebook and Twitter.

ERead Enchantment Giveaway:
The below listed blogs will each host an ERead Enchantment Giveaway = one promo code giveaway for THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER! You can enter on all sites but you can only win once.

Blog Tour Schedule:
March 13th

March 14th

March 15th

March 16th

March 17th

March 18th

March 20th

March 26th

March 31st

April 3rd

April 4th

April 5th

April 21st

April 2017

Please drop back by here next week for the review unfortunately I haven't finished it yet! Please hop though the blog tour and enter the giveaway!

XO

MC

Tuesday

American Queen by Sierra Simone

American QueenAmerican Queen by Sierra Simone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WARNING: This review might ramble. My hands are shaking and I'm not quite all together back inside my own head. I'll start by stating I've had a love hate relationship with the Arthurian trio since I was a teenager. As I got older I fell in love with Arthur and retained a loathing for the other two. This book has altered that view so much. I adore how Ms. Simone changed the triangle and made it both more beautiful and oh so much more painful. It hurt to read this book. I had to stop a few times because I couldn't stand the ache in my chest. I'm not much for women in submissive role books. If you've ever read anything I've written you'd be able to see that. Ms. Simone does something unique in this book. Greer is so much more an equal than she is submissive. That is the beauty of this book. A real dominant submissive relationship only looks like the dominant has the upper hand and the submissive has to do everything to please the dominant on the outside. That is simply not true and American Queen shows that perfectly. In a real beautiful dominant submissive relationship the submissive has all the power. They choose to yield, to trust the dominant partner, in order to reach their own heights. The dominant takes every path he or she does because of the submissive's wants and needs. Ms. Simone illustrates that flawlessly. The King Arthur package of this tale adds a layer of tension, of intrigue, and the updated setting makes it even more potent for today's world. Ash, Greer, and Embry are the Arthur, Gwen, and Lancelot of a modern era. I adore everything about this book and how Ms. Simone literally rips your heart out with each new line. She has a gift for creating magic in even the most mundane circumstances. I can't wait to see what magic she has for American Prince.

P.S. Merlin is still my favorite.

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Thursday

Wild Ride Cover Reveal!

From New York Times Bestselling author Laura Kaye, comes the next steamy standalone romantic suspense in her Raven Riders Series, RIDE WILD! Check out the amazing cover and a note from Laura below!

   

A Note from Laura Kaye:

Dear Readers,

I’m SO EXCITED to share the newest cover in my Raven Riders series, which is about a different kind of a motorcycle club with a protective mission! Ride Wild is about Sam “Slider” Evans, widowed dad to two little boys. From his very first mention in Hard As Steel, Slider has called to me to write his story – and now I’ll be doing just that! And I think this cover captures him SO WELL! So give it a look, and then be sure to check out Ride Rough too – Maverick’s book is coming April 25 AND if you pre-order, you’ll get a bonus story about Beckett Murda and Kat Rixey from the Hard Ink series having their baby!

So much good stuff coming your way!

Thanks for reading! Now enjoy this cover!

Laura


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About Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3):

Brotherhood. Club. Family. They live and ride by their own rules. These are the Raven Riders...

Wild with grief over the death of his wife, Sam “Slider” Evans merely lives for his two sons. Nothing holds his interest anymore—not even riding his bike or his membership in the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. But that all changes when he hires a new babysitter.

Recently freed from a bad situation by the Ravens, Cora Campbell is determined to bury the past. When Slider offers her a nanny position, she accepts, needing the security and time to figure out what she wants from life. Cora adores his sweet boys, but never expected the red-hot attraction to their brooding, sexy father. If only he would notice her...

Slider does see the beautiful, fun-loving woman he invited into his home. She makes him feel too much, and he both hates it and yearns for it. But when Cora witnesses something she shouldn’t have, the new lives they’ve only just discovered are threatened. Now Slider must claim—and protect—what’s his before it’s too late.


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About Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty book in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, and Blasphemy series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.        

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Wednesday

A Petition for Team Urban!

Team Urban: Why I Love Urban Fantasy!

Brenda Drake - Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2):

I’m such a fan of Urban Fantasy for many reasons, but mostly because writers can take our normal world and, either secret or not, add a dash of the fantastical to it. With mystical creatures hiding from humans or living side by side with them, deliciously nefarious things can happen. There’s just something extraordinary about urban fantasy. It’s the ability of the writer to look at something normal in the human world and mix it up. Changing a simple book into something that can transport someone from library to library or hiding a zoo of magical beasts in a common suitcase.



Book Description:
Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens. Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.



Chris Cannon - Fanning the Flames (Going Down in Flames, #4):

1.      There are no maidens that need to be rescued in urban fantasy. More than likely the females are the ones kicking ass.
2.      I love the snarky banter that occurs when you throw modern day characters into strange/magical/supernatural circumstances.
3.      Anything is possible in urban fantasy. There are no rules about what types of paranormal creatures you can have. If you want to create dragons that breathe fire, ice, wind, sonic waves, and lightning, you can, just like I did in Going Down In Flames *cough cough shameless self promotion



Book Description:
She isn't afraid of anything...except losing the knight she loves. Bryn McKenna has it all, including her smoking-hot knight turned live-in boyfriend, Valmont. Even though she’s a hybrid dragon, she’s finally fitting into the new shape-shifting dragon world that’s become her own. But her grandparents want to ruin everything by making Bryn’s nightmare of an arranged marriage to Jaxon Westgate a reality. It doesn’t help that Jaxon’s father is on a witch hunt for Rebel sympathizers and Bryn finds herself in his line of fire.

If she doesn’t say, “I do,” she’ll lose everything. Good-bye flying. Good-bye best friends. Good-bye magic. But if she bends to her grandparents’ will and agrees to marry Jaxon, she’ll lose the love of her life—her knight.



Shonna Slayton - Spindle:

Urban fantasy reminds me that our own world is magical. We are so used to the way our world works that we take for granted how incredible it is that our heart beats, our brain imagines, that our eyes see color.

As a writer, urban fantasy allows me to open up my imagination on multiple planes. I still work with the real world, but I get to add layers onto that. It’s like going from black and white TV to color. Like Dorothy in dusty old Kansas stepping into the colorful land of Oz.



Book Description:
In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger…

Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?

When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.

If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.

  

Danielle Ellison - Salt (Salt, #1):

Whether it's witches, demons, ghosts or other types monsters, there's nothing like escaping the sometimes mundane reality of our world, or giving what we know every day a spice of fantasy.  Filled with kick-ass heroines who aren't afraid to fight for what they believe in (and hot, just-as-fierce love interests) Urban Fantasy inspires you look beyond what you see and be more than you think you can be. Plus, life is more with some magic: more dangerous, more unpredictable, more chaotic, more fun.



Book Description:
Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find “her” demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.


Gloria Craw - Atlantis Rising (Atlantis Rising, #1):

I love Urban Fantasy because it infuses normal life with myth and magic. It’s so exciting to have something in common with a character who finds a magic object, special ability or a secret origin. The possible ways her courage and passion might be tested are endless. When she does triumph against fantastic odds, I’m left feeling inspired and reassured that I can overcome great obstacles in my everyday life too. Urban Fantasy reminds me that the ordinary in us can sometimes be…extraordinary.



Book Description:
We’ve stayed hidden too long… I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…



SO...

What do you think? Team Urban or Team Epic?


Might need to wait and see what Epic has to say for itself!