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Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews(Review Post)

Published August 27, 2019 by bookbesties

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In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.

But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame.

To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart.

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I have been a fan of Ilona Andrews from her Legacies series and for Cat to have her own book I JUMPED!
Catalina Baylor is now head of her house after her sister Nevada married Rogan and since you can’t belong to two houses….Catalina has taken over the role of trying to keep her family afloat by taking on investigation cases, paying bills and keeping her sister in line when she is awoken at 3 am with a distress call to help a young victim off of a ledge of a roof.

Cat has siren magic which means she can make anyone lover her so much they will eventually want pieces of her and she is terrified of, but the young victim on the roof is her friends brother and from there she learns that her friend’s mother and sister were killed. Catalina want’s badly to help her friend find out the mystery behind her friends family murders but when she has a run in with the one man whom she has crushed on for years, the Instagram hottie that everyone loves, and the one person who she can never have because of her magic, all things change.
Alessandro is known as a lot of things, playboy, Count, Instagram famous and hot but Catalina see’s a different side that not many know about..Killer?

Through all the twist and turns of this story, It felt at times that Cat was in over her head and
Alessandro was there to pull her out. There was so much action and plot twist it kept me reading and trying to figure everything out before it was revealed(which I never did). The ending gutted me but it was a great segway into what I assume will be another(or two other) books.

Great world building and story for new and seasoned readers of Ilona’s work!

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The Rouge King By Abigail Owen(Review Post)

Published July 30, 2019 by bookbesties

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A modern-day Game of Thrones meets JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series from paranormal author Abigail Owen.

Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. Problem is, she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her.

As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.

But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.

 

This was my first time ever venturing into the world of dragons, but the blurp seemed interesting and this is a new to me author, so I gave it a shot. 

Kasia is a rarity in a world full of dragon, and wolf shifter’s as well as Vampires. on the run since her mother died protecting her and her sister’s from what they know as ruthless dragon’s who want nothing more than to use them for their own advances.

When Kasia can’t control her fire, which also allows her to see visions, she seeks help and winds up at a clinic where someone suspects what she is and rats her out. 

Brand has been a rouge dragon shifter all his life, ever since his parents were killed and wants nothing more than to be able to avenge his families death. He is known as ruthless and mean and will do anything to further is goal. When he is dispatched to retrieve Kasia for a king he hopes to align with to help him with his revenge, he finds he is the only one who can control Kasia’s fire when her visions start. Brand’s sole mission is to bring Kasia to the king and keep her alive and out of the clutches of other shifters who would want to do her harm all the while not trying to fall to his desires that he has for the phoenix. 

Kasia feel herself being drawn to Brand but know she should keep him at arms length, despite her ever growing feelings she has for him. When they fund themselves literally running for their lives from wolves, vampires and dragons the tensions between them come to a head, but now he has to hand her over to dragon king.

I found this story intriguing and I hate love triangles so I was a little concerned that it would be when Brand took Kasia to the Blue King but it’s done in such a way that it clearly isn’t a love triangle. I did find that the story was a bit longer than I felt (At the time) and I also thought the ending could have been shorter. Now looking back i get why the author put everything into the book(to build the world and relationship between the character) but I still felt the ending (which was a fight scene) was drawn way out. 

For that I gave this 4 1/2 stars because the story was great and I definitely want to go back and read her other sires, also in this world.

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1001 Dark Nights: The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout(Review Post)

Published July 28, 2019 by bookbesties

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From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series.

As Caden and Brighton’s attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

 

 

The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6)The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A year is a long time to wait for a continuation of a story and sometimes I find myself having to re-read the previous book to get myself back in the world. I didn’t have to do that with this book and that was a plus for me. While this is a continuation of the first book, The Prince, it didn’t feel as if I forgot anything and the story kind of jumps right back into it.

Caden is now King of the Summer Fae and with that comes certain duties he has to withhold for his people. Brighton thought at one point they were friends, more than friends until he cut her off so she continues on in her quest to find the Fae responsible for killing her mother and nearly killing her.
Everyone seems to forget that Bri is a member of the order and when she is outed for hunting, everyone strongly encourages her to stop. Bri is angry that one one believes she is strong enough to kill an Ancient, including the King and when he drops a bomb on her about part of his duties, she is more determined than ever to prove everyone wrong. But when Bri’s life is put in peril she realizes just how strong she is and how wrong she was.
Although this book is a novella it doesn’t read like one and I guess that has more to do with there being more to the story. There was so much feeling in the scenes with Brighton and the King it was pouring off the pages. And man, the sexy times were REALLY sexy!
The story doesn’t have a cliffhanger per-say, but it does leave you wanting more, like NOW!

Great job once again Jennifer, but also boo because now I have to wait a whole year! 🙂

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Storm Cursed By Patricia Briggs(Review Post)

Published May 7, 2019 by bookbesties

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My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shapeshifter.
And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe.  As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word.

We will die to keep it.

Zombies, Werewolves and Witches, OH MY!

I have been with Mercy Thompson now Hauptmann since the first book and because the books don’t come as fast as I’d like, I want all the stories all the time, I love finding myself back into this world of werewolves, Fae, Goblins,Witches and Vampires again. This is the 11th book in the series and unlike other series where you can read them as standalone, this series is very much not like that. You will most def have to know what happened in the previous books or you would be lost. Heck with two years since the last one having been read, I was lost!

Mercy is once again In the thick of everything unwillingly. After she proclaimed the CB pack would basically protect the city from all the supernatural beings, she and her merry bunch of wolves find themselves battling a goblin. Then things go crazy from there all within a day.
Murder, Miniature zombie goats, zombie werewolves and voicemail messages to her suddenly absent mate Adam is all classic Mercy.

When a new Evil scares even the baddest of the bad and is threatening to take over the Tri-Cities; Mercy, the wolves, and human and fae alike are shook! And Mercy mixes up her old team with some new elements to try and defeat it.

Witches have always been an element in the MT books, just not front and center like this one and while I liked the storyline, I felt the book was too short and things were paced well, but i was not expecting to turn the page and then BOOM, here is the ending. The writing, as always was great and even the new characters were fleshed out, but for me, not enough was on the main storyline.

3 and a half

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Summoned to Thirteenth Grave(Review Post)

Published January 15, 2019 by bookbesties

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Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series–Summoned to Thirteenth Grave.

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity –which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

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So, we are at the end of this amazing series and I just have to say that this blew me away.  I loved the ending, I loved the middle, I loved the beginning!  Where this book does not have a happy ever after ending, what book with Grave in the title would?

               Charlie’s growth as a person, she has never lacked in self-esteem, she has grown into such an amazingly skilled person/God from her first step out of bed answering Ubie’s summons.  Confident in her powers, in what she has to do, and what is right.  I felt her and Reyes ended up right where they were destined to be from the beginning

               I cannot give too much away, but I cried my way through the last half of the book, had intensely excited, emotional exclamations with every page turn and immediately started the series over again because I am not ready for it to be over.

Well done Darynda, this book is amazing and I refer it to everyone I know, 5 stars!

 

Diamond Fire:A Hidden Legacy Novella(Review Post)

Published November 5, 2018 by bookbesties

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Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle.  Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan’s extensive family overruns his mother’s home.  Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic.  But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister’s happiness.  Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

I was SO excited to get back to the world of Nevada and Conner and all the magic! When I first read the blurp I thought this was going to be all about Cat and was sad when I thought there would be no Mad Rogan or Nevada in it at all, but I was happily surprised it had everyone in it that I loved and missed, plus a few more new characters!

The wedding highly anticipated wedding of Nevada and Conner has arrived and with Nevada being Nevada she fired the wedding coordinator/planner and nowhere family has to take charge and make her the happiest bride ever on her special day. Catalina rises to the challenge and will not let anything spoil her sisters day, including the theft of a Rogan family heirloom(diamond) that Nevada is supposed to wear on her wedding day.

Catalina is hired by Rogan’s mother who doesn’t want her son to know that she too suspects someone from her side of the family that is less loved took the diamond . As much as Cat doesn’t want to use her magic because she feels it’s too powerful she knows she must in order to pull this weeding off without a hitch. Even though Cat is shy she is a Baylor and when she is challenged by more than one of Rogan’s over privileged cousins she shines!

So much scandal and I was very impressed with Cat’s story and I thought that I would miss Nevada and Conner knowing this would be the novella that phased them out to start focusing on the others but I am super excited for Cat’s story!

Captivating and enjoyable!

Vonetta

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The Darkest Star(Review Post)

Published October 30, 2018 by bookbesties

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In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series with The Darkest Star. A girl pulled into in a world she doesn’t understand finds herself confronted by long buried secrets, a betrayal that could tear her life apart…and Armentrout’s most swoonworthy book boyfriend yet.

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the aliens. When she’s caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…

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I find myself sucked back into the wonderful world that Jennifer has created with the Luxen, Origin and Hybrids, oh my with The Darkest Star.

This book basically picks up 5 years or so after the last book in the Lux novels; Opposition leaves off.  The invasion has ended we see Evie, a young human girl going to a nightclub with her friend where Luxen are known to frequent. What could go wrong? Enter Luc, Luc is hot, young and infuriating to say the least and naturally Evie can’t stand him, but at the same time is drawn to him in some strange way. From the moment GO, Evie was thrown into a crazy world where Luxen and Humans co living are not the only things she has to worry about.  Luc is bad news the most powerful of all the Origins ever, she has seen him kill without breaking a sweat, Evie knows this, but she can’t seem to stay away from him and he as a familiarity with her that she finds disturbing. When Friends turn to enemies and kids start going missing, then turn up dead, Evie thinks she has seen the worst, but Evie’s life is blown apart and threatened all in the span of 48 hours Luc will stop at nothing to protect what’s his. Luc gave me SERIOUS Professor Snape vibes while showing off his sensitive side to Evie and it MELTED me every time.

Jennifer sucked me back in both humor, fells and some good old fashion smoldering kisses like she is so good at! I can’t wait for the next book and delve more into this awesome new world!

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