Books read this week

Hey, it’s been a while and that’s what happens when I have more than 10 books to read in my Kindle library. Have you ever felt like you were in dire of a romantic fix? I get that once in a while and I’ll seek out as many as five or six romance novels and binge read…well, sometimes I mix it up then I go right back to literary fiction or my studies.

So, the top three romance novels that I devoured this week are:

A sweet romance, light, fun and it’s got voodoo, mystery, suspense, crime and likable characters. My simple take on it is that this is interesting as it is romantic.

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This story really broke my heart because events can keep you away from the one you love and in this book, being in a Mafia Crime Family, is exactly what did that to Antony and Yvette.
I did not take to how it started and wished the prologue was scraped off, but one thing that I was intrigued by was the presence that Antony radiate wherever he goes-it was both powerful as it was uncertain and that stuck with me. Those who love crime novels with a pinch of romance would devour this book!
Thank you NetGalley for the eARC.

Get a copy: here

Now, where do I start with this book?
How about the heroine? Samantha also known as Sam, the seventeen year old going onto thirty five who is as smart as she is vulnerable but you’ll never see it. Her brother, Jace, is home for the weekend and promises to spend time with her, but when a girl walks by him, he forgets her and goes after the girl. Joseph, or better yet, Joe is heir of MIC a big tech company that Sam’s set her eyes on since she was thirteen. However, the one thing she doesn’t intend to do is fall in love with Joe worse off to have him reciprocate her feelings- but if there’s one thing that’s certain about love, it’s go no brakes.
I loved the sequencing of events, how each scene flowed into the other and it showed different sides to the characters as the story progressed.
On the other hand, Joe’s hesitation in pursuing Sam, was noble and I liked him for that- it’s the people around him, especially Jace, that I really wanted to slap once or twice for not seeing Joe’s dilemma and supporting him. I wonder, what would book two have in store?
Speaking of the second book, I’d love to thank the author for telling me to keep reading and then vanishing into thin air in the end! Thank you very much!
I’d also love to send a big shout out to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC, because how else would I feel the strong need to read the second book?

Get a copy: here


8 simple reasons why you should read this book

  1. It’s got one of the longest titles I’ve ever come across.Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon: A Novel of the Embraced by [Sparks, Kerrelyn]
  2. It starts with an historical account and then bham! Launches into an abduction.
  3. It’s got dragon shifters and elves, and well…kingdoms.
  4. Did I mention the interesting story line?

    Gwennore is an Elf able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it—a valuable asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power, passion, and magic—one that is plagued by an ancient curse. When she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, Gwen knows she’s entered a whole new world of trouble. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon. So why does making a deal with the devil feel so good?

    Silas has no way of saving the royal family he’s served for years. But when a beautiful, innocent elf comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to desire in a way he’s never felt before. But how can he trust a sworn enemy. . .and how can he live without her?

  5. The lead characters are fierce.
  6. There’s a battle for the throne so there’s quite a serving of villains and an age old curse looming in the kingdom.
  7. Oh, the romance! I should have started with that one, but hey, you’ll have to read it to know who’s called “Snookums.”
  8. Great writing.

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Get a copy today: Amazon

About the author: Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters. To learn more about her please visit Kerrelyn her website at Kerrelyn Sparks

A Short Review of Immortal Coil by C.I.Black

Immortal Coil, an urban fantasy / paranormal romance and the first book in the Dragon Spirit series by C.I. Black

Dragon Spirit Series Book 1

Terrible news has turned Anaea Salis’s life upside down. There’s nothing she can do to make it right, and the stranger who stops to talk to her can’t help. But when that stranger, Hunter, an ancient dragon spirit, is viciously attacked and forced to transfer his spirit into her body, Anaea’s life takes a new terrifying twist.

Hunter should have known by now not to get involved with human affairs, but there was something about the woman that drew him to her, and he just couldn’t help himself. Trapped in her body all he wants is to get out, except whoever is trying to kill him is now after her.

Two souls. One Body. Sharing is not an option…

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I loved the plot. You’ve got two souls in one body and they both want to be in charge! One’s a dragon, the other is a woman who’s just been told she’s got cancer. There is quite some action involved, a bit of history, a prolonged grudge and then there’s the attraction and it all builds up at some point.

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Book Review: Jack Was Here by Christopher Bardsley

I was hooked the moment I read“It used to make me really angry when I got that question.”

Jack Was Here by Christopher Bardsley
I was curious about two things: what the question was and who it was that it angered. At the beginning, the author introduces us to Hugh, he’s back home from a mission, he’s now an Ex-Military officer and he’s surviving on pension from the government and is difficult to be around because he’s never sober and he doesn’t open much to his therapists and family. So, he is pretty much a jerk, up until his brother Nick, a teacher, gets him to meet the parents of nineteen year old Jack who went backpacking in Thailand and so far is missing. They ask him to go in search of Jack and offer to pay him more than he’s getting or making-and the next thing he knows, he’s on a plane to Thailand to bring Jack home.

The plot thickens and you cannot help but be on the edge of your seat as Hugh finds that he’s immersed in a dangerous world and finding Jack might lead to either death or never making it out of where they are. He’s also got his own issues to deal with and drowning in alcohol or getting high doesn’t seem to get him there.
What I loved about this book is that Hugh is not your dashing knight in armor. He’s a pain, pessimistic, rude, self-absorbed but he’s also afraid, hurting, guilty and when this other side of him is revealed, you cannot help but empathize with him. 
There’s a man in one of the bars in Bangkok who asked him “Yes. You will find him. But will you save him?” This was the one question that ran through my mind until I finished the book.

The story has a great flow, the action of each character adds to the thrill and perhaps, the one man, whom Hugh was so afraid of, is the one who helped him reach a turning point and that there is what made this story intense.
I’ve got to give a huge shout-out to Thistle Publishing for sending me an eARC to read and review. It sure did provide an insight to both the day and nightlife of Thailand and was such a great read. Fans of Mysteries, Thrillers and Crime are going to devour this.


Reviewed also on: Goodreads and Amazon.

Get the book: On Amazon today, click here.

About the authorBorn in 1987, Christopher Bardsley was raised in Melbourne, Australia. He undertook his studies at the University of Melbourne, where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education. In 2012, Christopher was the recipient of Melbourne University’s Above Water prize for his short story Little Rock. He also received an honourable mention in the 2011 competition for his story Cripple Creek. Christopher has also published poetry and cultural criticism through Farrago magazine.Christopher Bardsley

Books I am reading this weekend

It’s a Saturday and aside from chilling and spring cleaning, Saturdays are meant for reading and listening to music in my world.

I requested to read so many book off NetGalley this Thursday and as sad as it may seem, I cannot wait to get started on a couple of books. These are three books:

I’ve been blessed by Hillsong music and to get to read this when I know there’s an inspiring worship album with the same title to be released this April is goals. I was so excited that I couldn’t hold back on posting it on twitter:

The second book is one that caught my attention because of the cover and well…it involves a character who works at a funeral parlor and I thought, why not?

The final book takes me back into the Soviet and I was intrigued both by the cover and the author.

What titles are you reading this weekend?

You’ll want to read these some day

Thank heavens it’s Friday! How’s your week been?

I managed to get to 200 reviews on NetGalley which means I had the opportunity to read and share my thoughts on 200 free books in a span of one year.

Here are some titles that I read this week:

  • The Scandal of Redemption: Life of Oscar Romero
  • Blessed are the Misfits by Brant Hansen
  • The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo
  • Champion by Craig Johnson
  • The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

The Scandal of Redemption by Oscar RomeroBlessed Are the Misfits by Brant HansenThe Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'BarboChampion by Craig   JohnsonThe Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

Have a lovely weekend!

Books I’ve read this week

It’s a Friday and I thought a better way to celebrate and usher in the weekend would be to share with you some of the interesting books I read this week. So here goes:

Deadly Recall by T.R. Ragan

Rating: 4 stars

If you are looking for a captivating read that’s action packed, even paced and one that’ll break you heart then I’d recommend this book. You’ve got Jessie who specializes in finding the missing. She’s so good at what she does that when someone threatens a top official at DHI about an experimental drug and how he lost his daughter, the official goes in search for Jessie. The race against time begins and you cannot help but wonder who’ll come out whole at the end of the story.Read full review here

Came Back to Show You I Could Fly by Robin Klein

Rating: 4 stars

A touching tale of an unlikely friendship between an eleven year old boy, Seymour, and Angie- the charismatic, fun and always energetic neighbor who in time turns out to be an addict.
This realization and the fear of losing a close friend shatters Seymour’s world and forces him to confront it. Read full review here

The Hawkman by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

Rating: 4 stars

From the moment I read This is a story about a man who thought he was a bird and the woman who helped him find his humanity again I knew that this book would be the kind of trip I needed. I knew with those few words that something in me was going to be challenged.
If you’ve ever wondered why it’s easier to say we salute our war heroes but even more difficult to accept that they may suffer from PTSD, hallucinations, that some may never walk, see, touch or hear again…then read this book!
If you seek another reason to be compelled to read it, I fear I have no higher humane reason than that.

REBELLION by Ethan Proud

Rating: 3 stars

If you are into epic fantasies, then this book would be one of the recommendations I’d make. If you are into war, kingdoms, and you wouldn’t mind reading a bit of people bashing each other to make way for common good then you’d love this.
Now, I’ll admit, this was not all the way to my liking but I had that tingling feeling that Jergle should not have listened to Seruke, or embarked on conquering Cenock as yet.

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Rating: 5 stars

I don’t know what took me so long to read this book because when I finally did get down to it today, I couldn’t part with it, not even to take lunch!
It’s a chronicle of Margaret’s life. One minute she’s with Chip, he’s flying and proposing to her, the next they’re crashing and she wakes up with third degree burns and with time learns that she’s paralyzed. She goes from getting the dream job and man to never being able to walk, and learning that he’s cheated on her with his ex. (Full review)

That’s it for now. Have a lovely weekend and keep reading!