Elemental Mating by Milly Taiden REVIEW POST

Published July 18, 2017 by bookbesties

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Their existence was a secret the government stumbled upon. In exchange for continued autonomy, the paranormals entered an alliance with the government. Now they are A.L.F.A.: Alpha League Federal Agency, sworn to protect and serve humanity.

Brilliant scientist Melinda Caster has discovered a new strain of the Zika virus that stimulates synaptic growth in embryos, causing neuron development beyond normal human levels. Way beyond, like ESP-levels of cognitive abilities. When the lab is broken into, Melinda realizes that someone has been keeping tabs on her research and wants it for themselves. A happy accident destroys critical data before it can fall into the wrong hands, but unfortunately that makes Melinda and her perfect memory a target.

A.L.F.A sends in jaguar-shifter Agent Parish Hamel to discover who is after the virus and why. The beautiful scientist acts like catnip to his senses and throws his mating instincts into overdrive. And then she disappears along with the only sample of the virus…. Now Parish must canvas the darkest areas of the supernatural underground to rescue Melinda, and what he discovers is beyond a paranormal’s worst nightmare.

From the very first line I could tell I would love this book and I did. It had everything I was looking for in a gripping PNR book. Mystery, Comedy, good banter and a little of hot and steamy romance entwined. I was so engrossed that I started reading and 5 hours later I was more than halfway done and still loving it. Until I got the next chapter…

To say the story took a dramatic turn would be mild. The story started in and had such a si-fi element to the point I got lost. I had to make sure I didn’t accidentally get another book mixed up with this one while i was reading. The whole shift and feel of the book threw me off and was for the rest of the book, which I could see if it was for only one or two chapters but noooo, so much that i completely lost interest and had to make myself finish it. rating on the first 60% IS 100 % 5 STARS.. the other 40 is a solid

3 and a half

TRUST IS LIVE!!!!!!! REVIEW POST @KYLIESCOTTBOOKS

Published July 18, 2017 by bookbesties

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Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

This is Kylie Scott’s first time venturing into YA and I have to say, I loved it! First, let’s define 2017 YA vs. 1997 YA. Back then there was a lot that wasn’t said in YA books and while I appreciated it, I would always say..I never did that as a teen. 2017 YA novels are increasingly telling the truth about what teens (15+) are actually doing( i.e sex, experimenting) and K. Scott captured that perfectly!

Edie is a typical teenager who is doing something typical(getting junk food for an all night movie marathon with her bestie) when her life is change irrevocably. I’m talking life or death changed and I have never been through anything like that but the words conveyed the emotions of the horrific experience Edie had to face entirely. But that wasn’t what made the story great for me; it was the after that kept me reading. How Edie dealt with life, her image, and hero worship after the incident. It was likened to the stages of grief and that is just how Edie saw it; because she was in mourning of her old life and how she was blissfully unaware of the dangers around her, once she was made aware, she couldn’t unsee those things and thus began her fall.
Enter John, the unlikely hero from that fateful night and just the right person to call Edie on her crap and wake her up from her self- destructive behavior. John was the wrong side of the tracks kid but something changed for him that night too and he is determined to not let it change Edie too.
This book/story was such an amazing story and I’m so glad I got to go on this real and emotionally charged journey with these two! IT was told in such a way that I found myself saying, YES! This is what I would have done as a teen! Deff one of those books you just HAVE to own!

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THE DARKEST SUNRISE IS LIVE!!!!

Published July 13, 2017 by bookbesties

Today we are sharing the release for The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez. It is the first book in a contemporary romance duet, and is it available to read for FREE on KindleUnlimited!

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The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1)

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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.

“You’re pregnant.”

“It’s a boy.”

“Your son needs a heart transplant.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.

Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.

“He’s gone.”

For ten years, the darkness consumed me.

In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

It has taken me almost a week to come to grips with this wonderfully heartbreaking story and I still don’t have my thoughts together to write an adequate enough review to be able to do this story justice.

This is the second book I have read by Aly Martinez and I have to say that if I wasn’t a fan from the last book(which, duh I WAS) then I am a worshiper now! Aly has a way of taking two broken people and having them find each other. And I say that there are two broken people because normally in the books I have read in the past, yes there are two broken people, but one always seems more broken than the other, but not in this case.

“No Questions.

No Judgments.

No Pretending.

Just two people alone in the darkness.”

The Darkest Sunrise has two incredibly sad and real situations that no one likes to talk about but, hey, it happens and the emotions and stigmatism that comes along with it. Charlotte Mills lost her son 10 years ago and since then has been living a life of grief, guilt and self punishment. Porter Reese(kick ass name BTW) lost his wife three years ago and was left with raising two children, one of whom is deathly and chronically ill. Porter lives a life of hatred, guilt and is quite overwhelmed at times. Their paths cross on a faithful meeting and Porter sees the darkness in Charlotte that she desperately tries to hide because that same darkness, is in him too. Together they try and live in the light.

“…Sometimes, when the overwhelming weight of gravity had you pinned to Earth, 2 hours of simple conversation with no pressure to pretend was the only reprieve people like us were ever going to get.”

This book…this book was one of the most powerfully written, moving books that I have read this year. It gripped me in such a way that I didn’t think a book could! I cried, oh man I cried, so hard, but I also laughed more than I thought I would and i was a good balance. I can’t say more without just telling you the entire story and somehow I don’t think Aly would appreciate that! 6 Stars!

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The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)

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Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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The Darkest Sunrise(The Darkest Sunrise Duet 1) Review Post

Published July 12, 2017 by bookbesties

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

It has taken me almost a week to come to grips with this wonderfully heartbreaking story and I still don’t have my thoughts together to write an adequate enough review to be able to do this story justice.

This is the second book I have read by Aly Martinez and I have to say that if I wasn’t a fan from the last book(which, duh I WAS) then I am a worshiper now! Aly has a way of taking two broken people and having them find each other. And I say that there are two broken people because normally in the books I have read in the past, yes there are two broken people, but one always seems more broken than the other, but not in this case.

“No Questions.

No Judgments.

No Pretending.

Just two people alone in the darkness.”

The Darkest Sunrise has two incredibly sad and real situations that no one likes to talk about but, hey, it happens and the emotions and stigmatism that comes along with it. Charlotte Mills lost her son 10 years ago and since then has been living a life of grief, guilt and self punishment.  Porter Reese(kick ass name BTW) lost his wife three years ago and was left with raising two children, one of whom is deathly and chronically ill. Porter lives a life of hatred, guilt and is quite overwhelmed at times.  Their paths cross on a faithful meeting and Porter sees the darkness in Charlotte that she desperately tries to hide because that same darkness, is in him too. Together they try and live in the light.

“…Sometimes, when the overwhelming weight of gravity had you pinned to Earth, 2 hours of simple conversation with no pressure to pretend was the only reprieve people like us were ever going to get.”

This book…this book was one of the most powerfully written, moving books that I have read this year. It gripped me in such a way that I didn’t think a book could! I cried, oh man I cried, so hard, but I also laughed more than I thought I would and i was a good balance.

I can’t say more without just telling you the entire story and somehow I don’t think Aly would appreciate that!

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Trust by Kylie Scott (Review Post)

Published July 9, 2017 by bookbesties

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Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

This is Kylie Scott’s first time venturing into YA and I have to say, I loved it! First, let’s define 2017 YA vs. 1997 YA. Back then there was a lot that wasn’t said in YA books and while I appreciated it, I would always say..I never did that as a teen. 2017 YA novels are increasingly telling the truth about what teens (15+) are actually doing( i.e sex, experimenting) and K. Scott captured that perfectly!  

Edie is a typical teenager who is doing something typical(getting junk food for an all night movie marathon with her bestie) when her life is change irrevocably. I’m talking life or death changed and I have never been through anything like that but the words conveyed the emotions of the horrific experience Edie had to face entirely. But that wasn’t what made the story great for me; it was the after that kept me reading. How Edie dealt with life, her image, and hero worship after the incident.  It was likened to the stages of grief and that is just how Edie saw it; because she was in mourning of her old life and how she was blissfully unaware of the dangers around her, once she was made aware, she couldn’t unsee those things and thus began her fall.

Enter John, the unlikely hero from that fateful night and just the right person to call Edie on her crap and wake her up from her self- destructive behavior. John was the wrong side of the tracks kid but something changed for him that night too and he is determined to not let it change Edie too.

This book/story was such an amazing story and I’m so glad I got to go on this real and emotionally charged journey with these two!  IT was told in such a way that I found myself saying, YES! This is what I would have done as a teen! Deff one of those books you just HAVE to own!

 

star pink

 

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Checkmate: This Is Dangerous Release Day + Review Post

Published July 6, 2017 by bookbesties

Title: Checkmate: This is Dangerous
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #1)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Designer & Photographer: Sara Eirew
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second-Chance Romance
Release Date: July 6, 2017
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Introducing book 1 in the Logan & Kayla saga of the Checkmate series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox! This second-chance romance will have you gasping and cheering this two on from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the final game?

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Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor.
A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he’s the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it’s no wonder I can’t help the way he makes me feel whenever I’m near him.
Too bad he’s unavailable—or so he says.

He thinks I’m a do-gooder who shouldn’t get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he’s devoted to his career, but I don’t buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won’t admit it, but I’m more determined than ever to show him what he’s missing.

I’m a devoted animal rescuer and I’ll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I’m positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it’s my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way—messy past and all.

He might think he has me all figured out, but I’ll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose.

Checkmate, Knight.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

**This is book 1 in the Logan & Kayla Saga–a second-chance romance. You don’t need to read any of the other Checkmate series to enjoy this one, but is always recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**

I knew from the last story that Logan was going to frustrate me. First let me say that if you think you can predict how this story will go I am here to tell you you have no idea! It was a slow start for me, Logan is the sexy detective who Kayla can’t stop thinking about but Logan feels like his life is too messy for a relationship. And as much as he can’t stop thinking about Kayla he knows right now is not the time. But the only problem is Logan can’t stand her to be with anyone else! Kayla is determined to make Logan see that she can fit in his life. She knows his secret and she will not take no for an answer! Just when you think that everything is coming together…… That’s when things get complicated! Again I did not see this book to leave off this way! I am on pins and needles for the next book! I can’t wait!

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Title: Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second Chance Romance
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Release Date: September 12, 2017


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A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Lady Be Bad by Megan Frampton (Review Post)

Published July 5, 2017 by bookbesties

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Pride and Prejudice meets Moonstruck in this sexy, smart love story between a man who falls for his brother’s fiancee, and a young woman who longs for adventure before she’s sold off in marriage

Once upon a time, a duke had five daughters who never made a stir. They practiced their French, their pianoforte, and their dancing…until one ran off with the dancing instructor, and the rest were left to face the scandal.

Lady Eleanor, the duke of Marymount’s eldest daughter, knows the burden is hers: she must marry well to restore the family name. So a loveless match is made and her fate is set. But then Eleanor meets her intended’s rakish younger brother. With his tawny hair, green eyes, and scandalous behavior, Lord Alexander Carson makes her want to be very bad indeed.

With his very honorable sibling too busy saving the world to woo Eleanor, Alexander is tasked with finding out her likes and dislikes for his elder brother. But the more time he spends with the secretly naughty Eleanor, and helps her tick off all the things on her good list for being bad, the more he knows what they want, and need, is each other.

This book was an entertaining read. The female lead character was a joy to get to know. I would go as far as describing her personality as cute. Her journey to “more” is what makes this book such a fun read. This book is not overly sexual and I feel like that gave the author the opportunity to really delve into the heroine’s growth from a young naive lady into womanhood. I truly love the fact that in this book we get real insight of the emotions and thoughts of a young lady in a period of time where society and her family make all of the decisions in her life.

3 and a half

Danielle