Desiring a Demon (Archangels #2) by Missy Jane

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“I love you more than I ever thought possible, and I want to keep that love between us for the rest of our natural lives.” – Raphael Maxwell

Finally Rafe and Asta’s story! I’ve been waiting for this one from the moment they met her in that bar!

Astaroth Sinclair – Asta for short – has always had it rough. Everyone suspects her first thing something goes wrong, women hate her, men want to use her, and generally, there’s no person alive she can really trust. But when Zerach and his brothers take her under their wings – admittedly because they know she’s a major pawn in Armaros’s schemes and they’re trying to have the upper hand – she’s about to see that even she deserves love and friendship. Even when it’s coming from a family of archangels…

I freaking loved this book! Not only because the main couple was one of my favorites, but also because of how high the quality of the storytelling was. The pace was crrrrazy! All over the place, and you couldn’t sit still even if you wanted to. Fast, slow, fast, slow, an unending circle that would make a lesser woman dizzy – but I’m a hardcore reader, and this series is, first and foremost, one that seasoned readers can enjoy immensely.


The love scenes were scorching HOT! There was so much tension between Rafe and Asta, and they were trying to stay away from each other till it was nearly unbearable for them both – the minute they gave in to their desire, it was explosive! They were wary of the consequences of being together, as their species simply can’t coexist in such a way – at least that was what they had been told. It was heartbreaking to see them so in love with each other it hurt, and yet have the whole world hell bent on keeping them apart, or, worse, as enemies.

There were a few scenes that got on my nerves, though not enough to make me lower the rating. That’s because you are EXPECTED to feel this way. Meaning, the writing was done deliberately in a way to make you angry with certain situations – Asta’s nature overwhelming her at the best moments, Rafe’s brothers being dicks about her coming anywhere near him when he was comatose, etc. – and so I can only praise the writer for causing me that kind of emotion just as she wanted.

There was so much going on in this story: action, romance, suspense. But there was also that sweet anticipation of two people who were meant to be together finally becoming one, and acceptance – something much needed from the archangel brothers.

Review for the next book will be up soon.

“I’m so in love with you I can barely see straight.” – Astaroth Sinclair

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

5cupcakes

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Melting Snow (Braving the Heat 0.5) by Leora Gonzales

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Melting Snow

Well, Christmas is only a month away, and I do believe this read was more than appropriate to be reviewed right about now~

Winter Snow is not exactly a Christmas fan. Not only is she an atheist, she’s also had it rough ever since childhood with people making fun of her unique name when the season of joy came around. But she’s about to change her whole point of view this year – cause fireman William Holiday has made it his personal mission to help her see how special these days can be. In his own sexy way.

I have to admit, I enjoyed this hot short story. Yes, the romance seemed too rushed and instant, but that’s what you get when you have to deal with something quick to read, so it didn’t really bother me. Besides, I was quite impressed by the fact that Leora Gonzalez not only made it fast and hot, she also managed to sneak in some sweetness, tons of humor in the form of witty dialogues, and plenty of likable side-characters to spice up her story. In my mind, this was a true win, so bravo to the writer!

The romance was HOT! Beyond measure. Sexual tension that exploded deliciously, lots of dirty talk, and yummy firemen who weren’t that ready to jump on shallow women – were do I sign up to get turned into a character for this series, please?!


Not only that, but I could totally relate to Winter. She’s insecure and has a lot of self-doubt, so it was tough for Will to make her see that he was really into her – but boy were his efforts appreciated! Women like us tend to doubt someone’s desires towards our person, and we often need a man to really push in order to make his point.

Well, push, but not to the point of sexual assault. It’s a delicate situation, not easily balanced. And that’s another brownie point to Gonzales. She made it so Will would not back down from his pursuit, but in a way that he didn’t seem like a dick. His persistence – and the fact he wanted a real woman and not a stick with floating boobs – really made him fine boyfriend material, if not more!

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

4cupcakes

The Magician’s Keeper by Nicola E. Sheridan

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Admittedly, not what I expected – which is neither good nor bad, per se.

Dora is a half-giantess, who lives with her human father and longs to find love and understanding. She finds both in the form of a magician prisoner she’s tasked to guard, Evander “Bear” Gordon. When extremists who despise magical beings – and who may have been responsible for her mother’s death, as well – try to kill Bear and her on a prison transfer, Dora helps the man escape. Together, they discover what has been denied to them for all their lives from the opposite gender, and struggle as they try to outrun their pursuers and survive.

Like I said, this wasn’t a story I expected. It was, in all honesty, quite thrilling and hot, and the pace was fast during the chase. There was a lot going on, and there were a lot of things that added to the enjoyment of this book. Dora was a sweetheart, and yet she hid an inner, personal strength that only Bear could bring to the surface. Bear himself was a true gentleman, though he still had urges like any guy around the object of his affections would, and I liked how he made her feel special and love herself more.

However, there were a few parts that didn’t feel right. First and foremost, Dora’s naive nature at times. I get that her father made sure she lived a life as shielded from the world’s cruelness as possible, but come on, after a few incidents, she should have been somewhat used to people trying to trick her. Or use her. And though she did her very best at being tough and independent, I didn’t really appreciate how the males around her kept either insulting her, or blaming her musk for wanting her. Especially that creepy dude who couldn’t decide whether he wanted to kill her or screw her raw – I’m still shivering just thinking about it!

All in all, it was a nice story, and if I was any other person it might have ranked a bit higher. The problem doesn’t lie with the story itself, but me and my personal sensitivities.

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

3cupcakes

Legacy of Danger (Hell’s Valley #3) by Jillian David

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Legacy of Danger

“You’re what’s most important to me. You, Mariah. More than money, more than my career back in the big city, more than fighting. I want you more than all of those things.” – Vaughn Taggart

Holy shmuzzles, you guys! Vaughn’s story is here, and may I say, Jillian David is killing it in this series!

In the previous book, we left our beloved Taggarts with Shelby and Eric finally united – although not without a ton of hardships thrown their way. It was then that we witnessed the delicious argument between Vaughn – the eldest Taggart kid who is FINALLY back in town – and the good doctor who, as she said, has been seeing way too much of them Taggarts in her hospital. Mariah West is a tough-as-nails, no-nonsense woman who is strict and professional with her clients, yet would give her own life for them. Not just because it’s her job, but also because she cares. Enter Vaughn and his hard-headed attempts at keeping her away from his family’s drama – yet still hungering for her presence and safety. BAM! You got yourself a mess that only gets worse with the Brands and their sinister schemes – not to mention, there’s still a dark force on the loose, thirsty for Taggart blood and world domination!

I love Jillian David and her stories. She’s a true master of romance-supernatural-slightly horror combos, and keeps proving it by each new book. Now, this series, it takes the awesome one step further – it has cowboys in it, and the yumminess just escalates from there.

But it’s so much more than that. It’s not just combining genres and elements and making it look good – you have to take care of the quality, as well. And this is where she’s got it just right.


Vaughn’s book was full of suspense and action, and there was not a single moment of peace. Danger is everywhere now for the Taggart family – and heck yeah, we got more Ruth scenes, go, Nurse Ratched! – and their enemies hold quite important positions in town, making their life literal hell. Which only gets worse considering their abilities and how they affect their routines. It’s also nice to know that the writer hasn’t forgotten about things that are yet to be solved.

Case in point, Garrison’s wife and Vaughn. We still don’t know for sure what really happened, but it’s still being addressed, even more intensely than in the first book, and I have the feeling we’ll finally know the truth when the 4th book gets out. The technique of answering some questions but creating even more by doing so is a delicate kind of art, and cannot be done without aggravating a reader, but Jillian David manages to pull it off every single time.

Now, let’s talk characters. Admittedly, Vaughn was not exactly a personal favorite. It could be because I’m a hardcore Kerr fangirl and the eldest brother was too… angry (?) for my tastes. Then again, Garrison was even worse, so no complains there. Both brothers have been burned, and their relationship was ruined because of a single woman, and they closed themselves off to protect their hearts from the world AND each other – but at least they finally got to talk it out a bit and remember the strength of family bonds. Still, Vaughn had more baggage than just that single event – and it showed. He was hot and cold, one minute making me cringe, and the next had me swooning. He was gruff even when he was trying to be sweet, and that gave him extra points in my book – but boy could he jam his foot up to the ankle in his mouth, or what…


It was a good thing Mariah knew what she wanted and was a steady, accepting person. Her past was much darker than Vaughn’s, in my opinion, yet she still chose to look forward and to help those around her. She was selfless to a fault, and her heart was the biggest thing yet. It didn’t hurt that she had a backbone to boot, either. She wasn’t naive, not by a long shot, but she knew that she couldn’t just ignore a patient or someone in need of help, even if it meant sacrificing her own safety.

Those two together were a ticking bomb waiting to happen, though in a good way. Once they finally got past all the misunderstandings and insecurities, they were explosive, and I loved that. Vaughn isn’t someone who would be able to settle with a quiet, mousy female, and Mariah needed a man who would be stubborn enough to keep her on her toes, yet still have the balls to let her lead, as she obviously was the more mature one – emotionally speaking.

The fight with the “creature” had me freaking out, as usual. Now we know some more of his weaknesses, and sort of have grasped parts of what it needs and why. I dare say, I have a theory on what – or, rather, who – it is, but I’m keeping it to myself for now.


Next up is Kerr – and I’m telling you, the moment this boy is out, I’m howling to the moon and letting the whole world know!

“When I’m with you, I feel safe, and you’re right, it’s not just your power. It’s you, Vaughn.” – Mariah West

***I was given an ARC from the writer in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

4cupcakes

The Christmas Cowboy Hero (Heart of Texas, #1) by Donna Grant

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The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant

Well, what a nice and cute surprise! I’m always in for cowboy romance, but this one took the cake, I dare say!

Abby Harper has learned that people leave you when you most need them the hard way. Left alone to raise her little brothers on her own, she tries to juggle her work, studies, and family – with sort of disastrous results to her personal psyche. However, when Brice, the middle child, steals cattle from Clayton East’s family ranch, things turn out shockingly for the better. Clayton decides to make Brice work his debt off, instead of punishing him via law, and he takes the whole Harper family under his wing. With things escalating romantically between Abby and Clay, it’s only natural that danger will come their way – and threaten the new bonds the Harper children are finally starting to form.

I loved this story. It was sweet and adorable, and yet really hot. The tension was visible between the two leads – so much so that even Abby’s brothers caught on to it – but the pace let the the relationship form naturally, and I appreciated that. Not to mention, the action started to pick up at one point when it seemed too calm, and then we were in for the suspense ride of our lives!

I really hope I can read more of this series – if the rest of the cowboys are anything like Clayton, it’s gonna be a true treat!

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

4cupcakes

Trusting an Angel (Archangels #1) by Missy Jane

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Trusting an Angel

“I love you. Angel or not, super-powers or not. So long as you promise to love me forever, I’m yours.” – Isadora O’Donnell

Well, this was, for lack of better words…. spectacular! I always enjoy hot angels that may or may not fall from grace for their mortal lovers, so this series was a boon for my romantic soul.

Zerach Maxwell is more than just a club owner – he’s also an Archangel, sent down to Earth with his brothers to protect the mortals from the powers of Hell. Being immortal, he knows better than to fall for one of his wards – yet, his private assistant, Isadora O’Donnell, has a unique mix of innocence and sexiness that calls to his baser instincts. Isadora has had a crush on her hot boss longer than she can remember – but she doesn’t wish to be another notch on his bedpost, what with his famous playboy ways and all. When something vile in the form of a childhood friend of hers starts pursuing Isadora for its sinister reasons, Zerach will have to choose whether or not he can keep his identity a secret in order to protect the one woman who makes him think of dropping his wings.

So, sooooo awesome for a series starter! Zerach and his brothers were yummy as heck and they were all wonderful in trying to keep peace and protect humanity. They had flaws, very humanlike, but that was to be expected given their long time living among us. Zerach himself was adorable and protective. He was funny in a lighthearted way, but very intense when it came to Dora. He used the rumors of him being a flirt as a way to keep people not very close so that his secret was safe, and he was a saint when dealing with Dora’s family, despite the caustic, poorly-hidden remarks and the prejudice against him. And boy, if that dry humping scene didn’t burn several of my brain cells!!!!


Dora was sweet and really supportive. Of course, like any true mortal, she freaked out with most of the new information she got to learn about her boss, but she took the rest like a champ and didn’t budge from Zerach’s side. She had her own dark past and the scars to show for it, and I really loved her – she was the kind of feminine that doesn’t grate on a reader’s nerves, and that was much appreciated.

Speaking of scars, I didn’t really like what Zerach did with hers. For me, they were a part of her, and he loved her with them anyway, so I didn’t really see the necessity of them going away. Oh, well…


The story was a bit slow to start making sense, and for the true action to start, but I didn’t mind, because it gave us time to see what was going on inside the main couple’s heads and get to know that as characters. The pace picked up a bit after that, to push them closer, then slowed down again for them to understand and learn about each other better. And then… it was a spiral of action and suspense and true fear for the whole team going up against that demon! Marvelous, really!

I also loved the rest of the cast. Asta was a badass and I can’t wait to read her book, demon spawn or not, and don’t get me started on Cam! The dude made it into my book boyfriend list before I even had to read his book!

“Forever until the end of time. From this plane of existence into the next, I shall always love and treasure you, and pray to the Source that you will always return my love.” – Zerach Maxwell

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

4cupcakes

Speaker of the Lost (Lark Nation #1) by Clara Coulson

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Speaker of the Lost (Lark Nation #1)

Outstanding! Now this is what I’m talking about!

I have read – or tried to, at least – another book of Clara Coulson a long while back. It was in First Person POV, which is already tough for me to like, but it touched another pet peeve of mine, right from the start: it was in Present Tense.

But enough about the past – let’s go back to this particular book.

It was magnificent! In this story, we see Stella Newport, a newbie in the Paranormal Squad, who’s ordered to work with Oswald Bolton on a series of murders that stink of paranormal interference. But the moody and closed-off Oz is not only hard to work with, he’s downright a pain in the butt. Can these two become a true team in time to stop the trail of blood and corpses?

I have to say, I was hesitant at first. I liked the concept, but that’s how I had stumbled on that other book I told you about. So I told myself to not expect much. But I was wrong! Oh so wrong! First and foremost, no present tense! And that was a bonus! Not to mention that the characters were downright addictive! I needed more of them even while I was reading!

Stella was a gift to humanity! She was witty, and kind, and capable without trying to flaunt it – in fact, she kept her real powers and skills hidden until she was forced to show her hand waaaaaay into the story already. She was this quiet force full of intellect and soft-spoken words, with a firm hand in combat and a sharp tongue subtly thrown in the mix sometimes. She was the perfect person to compliment Oz as his partner out in the field.

Speaking of Oz, he got into my Book Boyfriend List of ’17. Because I’m weird, and grumpy dudes make me hot! The guy was smart as all hell, cynical, had a permanent scowl on his sexy mug, and was being an ass to almost everyone he met and talked to. What’s not to like?! (I know, I have issues)


But he was also a broken soul who was too afraid to admit he needed someone to ignore his flaws and accept him as a friend and a partner. Someone who would be capable of staying alive because he had gone down the road of losing one partner already and couldn’t bear for someone else to die in his arms again. And that spoke volumes to me, making him even more irresistible!

The pace was deceptively slow. You follow the two Larks along, as they search for the killer, trying to stop him before he runs away or kills even more people, and you think, right by their side, how hopeless the situation is. No clues were ever where they hoped to find them. Nothing seemed to connect the murders at first. And it was frustrating. But the pace was only that way for the good guys. Because the killer was damn fast and the story takes a quick speed-dive the minute they figured it all out – from then on, the race against time was even more intense and shiver-inducing!

I loved this book, seriously! And I want to read more of Oz and Stella! There was possibly something there between them, or it could be the romantic in me – but even if there wasn’t, I don’t think I mind that much. The duo was just perfect the way they were. And while the story had its gory and scary moments, I enjoyed it all the same and couldn’t put it down!

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

5cupcakes

Proving Ground (Northstar Security #1) by Stanalei Fletcher

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Re-uniting with old flames is never easy – especially when said flames broke apart in the most awful ways.

Caitlin Malone returns to her hometown after taking a forced extended leave from her job in Northstar Security for messing things up. She’s already upset as it is – finding her dad’s been keeping secrets from her, and that her first love is the one helping her old man and being very present in her home is not what she needs right now. John MacAlistair is not ready to face the one woman who truly mattered for him – not after the way he destroyed their relationship. But Caitlin’s dad needs him to protect her – and despite trying to keep his distance, he’s not about to let her get in danger on his watch. When both of them are trapped on a burning mountain, tension is running high, and they may have no time to clear things up between them…

Honestly, this was an interesting read. I liked the characters – well, sort of – and the pace was quick. Full of suspense and action, it was filled with tension and had the adrenaline levels go through the roof. However, I got here hoping some hot romance as well, and that’s what I didn’t get. Understandably, the two leads were running for their lives, but even still, after everything was said and done, me thinks a small boon of steamy loving wouldn’t have hurt – but that’s just me. And I didn’t care much for Mac’s attitude towards being with Caitlin – this hot and cold style really grates on my nerves, and didn’t suit a grown-up man who’s supposed to have his shit together!

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

3cupcakes

Valley Fever by C.J. Bahr

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Well, I’d like to say that this was everything I hoped for…. but it wasn’t. And man, what a bummer…

I was kind of expecting this story to be epic. First, it had to do with elves and stuff. Second, the blurb showed me that it would take a different route than the one we readers are used in seeing with this particular fantastical race. And then, there was the matter of the 700 or so pages – books this big are meant to be spectacular.

But unfortunately, by the time I had reached page 50 – which is my standard page limit to give a book the chance to get me interested in what it has to tell – it was clear to me this story would make me regret the moment I decided to spend time on it. And the only reason I managed to drag myself through all of it, and didn’t just dump it in the DNF pile, was my stubborn side, that kept reminding me in order to help me going: “If you’re going to bash it, you HAVE to read it all and have reasonS to do so”.

So… Here we are. And boy, am I ready to get on a rant or what?! Take a seat, everyone, it’s time for a little life lesson on writing!


Before I get into this, let me just say, the writer had a lot going on for her. She could have written a masterpiece. Specific scenes in the book indicated this. But that’s just it. SCENES! A book is sadly not mere, individual scenes – it’s a package deal. It has to be in its majority, at the very least, good, not just satisfying in a couple of parts – especially when we’re talking about a book as big as this one!

But I’m stalling, and I’m afraid I can’t delay the inevitable any longer. Now then…. Let’s see.

As all of you know, writers have millions of ideas in their heads. And when writing a story, it is important to pour those ideas in your plot. That’s all good and wonderful, but there is one little detail that you always must keep in mind – less is more. Now, that doesn’t mean you mustn’t put your all into writing your story, oh, no! It just means that you need to organize your mind, and decide which ideas you’ll be using in this book, and which in a book you might write later – because, come on, which writer would write just one book and then be done with it all, never again writing another thing for the rest of their lives? Right? Well, C. J. Bahr apparently doesn’t believe she will be writing anything else for the rest of her life – or maybe that’s the way she sees it. Because that’s the only reason I find SLIGHTLY logical for what she pulled with this book of hers.

You have so many ideas, and they’re all awesome, and we get it, you want them all to come out and play. But that’s not possible! Not in a single book! Unless you fear you won’t ever write again, that is! It’s simply suicidal – career-wise – to DUMP all of it into just one story. You have a strong imagination, and that’s brilliant, it really is, but you don’t have to do it all at once! Keep something for another book, another story. As soon as I realized what was going on, and how each theme kept overlapping with the others in a gross and unfitting way, the mystery of the 700 pages was solved – and I was not pleased, because I was really looking forward to a long story like the ones told by other writers with such a page-count.

It’s like having a really neat wardrobe, full of designer clothes, each piece a magnificent thing in itself – and then putting them all on at the same time. You want to know what that would look like? Like a circus outfit! Fabrics and textures and colors, in a plethora of fashion cacophony, all of them being worn from one single person, at that same single moment in time. Now, I don’t know much about fashion, but even I know this is a disaster. Take that image in mind, and then consider it with a story. See? It’s not appealing at all! We had modern technology with magic and elves – who, by the way, didn’t look like ones, and why would you take away the pleasure of the pointed ears from us nerdy people I shall never understand – along with sexy scenes and sort-of love triangles and horror-like creatures that fed on souls…. (oh, and all of the sexy scenes were between the main evil guy and his paramour – what on Earth?! I wasn’t okay with Kyran BREATHING, what made you think that a reader would be satisfied with the Big Baddie getting off on at least two scenes, while the main characters just acted like teenagers at the very best concerning emotional and physical matters?!)

Need I say more? I believe it’s clear how messed up this is.


But the problem didn’t stop with the plot – nope! Next, we have the characters. And we all know how important those are in judging a book. Because, if the reader can’t connect with ANY of the characters, at least the main ones, then there’s a high possibility the book won’t be appreciated as it should. Let’s take a look at the three main characters, shall we? We have Jill, who is annoying because she keeps rejecting the truth staring her in the face – though, again, no pointy ears, can’t blame her THAT much – and then gets angry with Thomas for being a non-believer himself. Annoying, nagging, and honestly completely unrealistic on her human limitations. Then, we have Alden, an elven prince in exile, but with no pointy ears – yes, that’s a sore point and I’ll keep saying it! – who’s a human fan, and is supposed to be like Leopold in that classic Hugh Jackman movie. With great manners, and prince-like and sweet – or at least the exact opposite, I really wouldn’t care, I’ve seen it all in the prince archetype. But the guy was just… dull. Colorless. And let’s not forget Thomas. The human reporter, who might have been funny if not for this “jerk” attitude he had going on. I understood where he came from, but he still was a jerk.

And now, let’s get to the final issue: THE CHARACTER RELATIONSHIPS! Most of you – the ones who have been reading my reviews all these years, that is – know that I hate love triangles. They’re messy, and they don’t make any sense at all. Because, honestly, I can’t find ANY reason for a woman to be unable to decide which guy she wants by her side. So, when I first noticed Jill kind of being attracted to both Alden and Thomas, but leaning heavily on the Alden side, while Thomas had decided he might be attracted to the woman…. I nearly freaked out. “Please, not a love triangle. Anything but that! I’ve endured enough from this book already, I won’t be able to take this, too – I’ll throw my laptop out of the window, see if I won’t!” – that’s what I kept yelling at my screen.

I’m not sure if I should feel grateful for the triangle not fully materializing – I certainly felt stupid, though. Check this out: Alden starts having the hots for Jill, right? And vice versa. They were kissing, and being all lovey-dovey, with him calling her cute nicknames in his native tongue, and then sacrificing himself to make sure she survives. And the glares! Don’t forget the glares he kept sending towards Thomas and the rivalry they had going on between them for the woman’s attention. And suddenly, POOF! Oh, we can’t be together after all, we’re from different species…. Really…? REALLY?! Oh, then I suppose you’ll need some time to mourn the love you guys had, seeing as you can’t be with the woman you wanted – oh, wait, there’s Elspeth, let’s sleep with her despite her being our enemy a mere day before, no problem! We can be with her because she’s an elf, too, no matter that she betrayed us and nearly got us killed, and instantly, of course, the minute we dumped the woman we had nearly claimed as our own with our actions – yeah, sure, why not, that makes So. Much. Sense!


And so, out of the freaking blue, we had the elven couple, and the human couple. Because not only did Alden move on as soon as he closed Jill’s door behind him, Jill herself was finally free to give Thomas a chance – seeing as the elven prince would now knock boots with another woman, so that solves the dilemma, yup! It’s soooo good to have a spare man for when the romance doesn’t go the way you wish to, don’t you agree?

I am more than disappointed at how this whole thing turned out. I feel… cheated, in a way, and I keep wishing I could take back the couple of days it took for me to reach the end. But alas, I’m asking for too much. Instead, I’m gonna steer clear from Bahr in the foreseeable future, and hope that she manages to overcome those mistakes and let the potential she honestly has truly shine.

***I was given a review copy via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

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To Conquer a Scot (Time-Traveler’s Highland Love #1) by Tamara Gill

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Aedan MacLeod’s sister, Gwen, knows what her brother needs: a wife that understands and accepts him. And most of all loves him. Seeing as there are no women around fitting that description, she sets out to find one herself with her magic. And ends up snagging Abigail Cross from the future, and forcing her back through time. Now the unlikely pair must stomach each other until Gwen gets her magic working on time-travel again. But are they really as unmatched as they wish to believe?

I admit it was a good enough read, and I enjoyed it – to an extent. Mainly because the story seemed fun and the pace and the hot scenes kept me engaged.

But I am always one in need of connecting with characters, and the book’s main couple unfortunately didn’t do it for me. Abigail was accepting of Gwen’s magic – almost TOO accepting and cool about it. And Aedan was hot, yes, and kind of likeable, but there were times he was downright intolerable. I especially didn’t care for how quick he was to get engaged with Aline after Abi left – what kind of man in love are you, dude?!

The only characters who actually held some interest were Gwen and Braxton. I loved the dynamic of that couple, and they were truly entertaining throughout the whole book! And Black Ben! Soooo dreamy! In fact, I can’t wait to read his story – I’m sure he won’t mess up as much as Aedan did!!!

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

3cupcakes