Thursday, May 17, 2018

Impossible Bachelor by Ruth Cardello

Title: Impossible Bachelor
Series: Bachelor Tower #2
Author: Ruth Cardello
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 17, 2018


I like a challenge. Tell me something’s impossible and I’ll make it happen. From our very first meeting it’s obvious the Bachelor Tower’s newest female addition doesn’t think I’m her type. When I’m asked to distract her from the politics of the building, she tells me I have no chance with her.

Proving her wrong will be fun and might just take us to the brink of love.

I ask her to trust me, but I’m not prepared for what she shares when she does.


My life was following a set plan before he comes into it and turns everything upside down. Sure, he’s sexy as hell with a smile that can melt any heart—but I can’t afford to make another mistake. In my experience, the only people who can hurt me are the ones I let in.

He says he’s different, that he understands me.

He says that until I show him who I really am.

Then love is. . .impossible? 


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Ruth Cardello hit the NYTs and USA Today for the first time back in 2012. Millions of sales are evidence that her books are akin to potato chips, addictive from the first one. She has created a multi-series billionaire world with a combination of escapism and realism that has gained her a faithful following of readers.

What Kindle Reviewers write about her:

"Wow hot at every page. Heart stoping, fear raging, mind blowing wonderful."

"I'm a true fan of Ms. Cardello. I ran on to her first book a few years back and have been hooked ever since. I could go on and on about the story line of this book, but I'm not. All of her books are total page turners, unique, heart wrenching, and I love them all. There isn't two alike in the bunch and I feel like I know the characters personally. I personally read 97 authors books. And I buy every book they put out. This author is in my top 10. Great job and keep them coming."

"Love this series. Got me to start reading again. I look forward to the next book. Thank you for giving me the love of reading back."

Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York--then came full circle and moved back to New England. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.

She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she's not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm or connecting with her readers online.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dark Queen by Faith Hunter

Title: Dark Queen
Series: Jane Yellowrock #12
Author: Faith Hunter 
Publisher: Ace Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018

Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight--and win--beside them.

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

Preparing for the duel requires all of Jane's focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight. Only two things are guaranteed: nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.

"I have searched for you all my life. I don't want to lose you now."

I don't get tired of reading about Jane Yellowrock. Blood Queen is already her twelfth adventure and I do hope she has a couple more before Faith Hunter decides to stop. 

As Leo Pellisier's Enforcer, Jane Yellowrock has to prevent his death by any way she and her team can. The European Vampires are on the move and a confrontation in the Sangre Duello is coming. We have known those bastards are a problem for half of the series and Dark Queen is the culmination of all the tension.

When the fight finally happens, it's brutal. Both sides lose key people but obviously, the ones on Jane's side are the devastating ones. I was so scared for the characters I love. Jane cares deeply for the people she loves. She tries her hardest to keep them safe but sometimes bad things do happen. 

A new character, another skinwalker is added to the mix. Ayatas is his name and he'll bring with him some memories back for Jane. It's quite interesting that he shows up now. I don't trust him yet. Only the future will reveal his true colors.

So many things I liked about the Dark Queen. Of course, any scene with Bruiser/ George Dumas is a plus for me. There's a cute scene with Angie baby and a funny one with the Truebloods and Leo. Brute chomping parts of the SoD had me laughing. Beast as always is a perfect predator and helps Jane just at the right time.

Best part, ladies and gentleman, we have the creation of the Clan Yellowrock and who wouldn't like to be team Jane? I know I do. #TeamJane&Beastforever

I will say that the end has two cliffhangers. Both which I'm dying to know the outcome.

Cliffhanger: Yes

4/5 Fangs

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

Hardcover304 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Crown BFYR
ISBN: 0553523252

Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.

Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Dev is smart charming, and challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope to find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after? To get her Bollywood-like life on track, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star. 

Like an expertly choreographed Bollywood dance scene, Nisha Sharma’s off-beat love story dazzles in the lime light.

My So-Called Bollywood Life was an adorable contemporary romance that filled my heart with so much joy. This charming romance story was full of humor, swoons, drama, and strong relationships. 

Winnie, the main character, was a precious and lovable girl. I adored and related to her love of romance. She was a girl who just wanted a romance that swept her off her feet like the ones she sees in Bollywood movies! Her desire to find her soul mate constantly put a smile on my face due to just how adorable she was. Winnie was also an independent, smart, and ambitious girl. Even though she was really focused on her romantic life, she still had other passions and dreams for herself. I admired how passionate she was about films and her film club. It was great to see a girl who loved romance but was still her own independent person. THANK YOU, NISHA!

Winnie's family had a heavy presence in the book, which is always a plus in a YA contemporary novel. Winnie and her family had such a strong bond. I loved how her family was invested in her romantic life, however, they were never meddling. Her family genuinely wanted to see her happy and in love. Winnie and her family did seem to focus a lot on destiny, but it was nice that they all grew throughout the book and learned that "destiny" shouldn't define their lives. Destiny had a magical way of surprising Winnie and her family in this book, which was so endearing and cute.

Another relationship I loved was the relationship between Winnie and her best friend, Bridget. Their strong female friendship warmed my heart! Winnie and Bridget were always so supportive of each other and were always there for each other. I LOVE STRONG FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS!

The romance in this book was PRECIOUS! I don't want to good super in-depth into the romance due to spoilers, but I found the romance to be so charming. I really enjoyed the fact that the romance developed at a believable pace. The romance had so many moments that made me swoon and made my heart flutter. I SHIPPED THE COUPLE SO HARD! THEY ARE ADORABLE TOGETHER!

Overall, this book was a fun and sweet book! I read this book in one sitting and enjoyed every moment of it! If you are looking for a new YA contemporary romance, then I definitely recommend checking this book out!

4.5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

The Big Alpha in Town by
Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden & Kate Baxter

Title: The Big Alpha in Town 
Authors: Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden & Kate Baxter
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: May 15, 2018 

Three hot stories about three sexy shifters from a trio of today's hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!

Bearing His Name
Meeting his mate should have been cause for celebration. There’s just one teeny tiny problem. Jade thinks Ark might have impregnated her sister. He didn’t, but convincing Jade is going to take a bit of honey.

Owned by the Lion
Keir’s been told to stop playing the field and settle down—difficult advice for a hard and hot man with a lion’s heart to follow. But his sights have always been set on Ally. She’s his mate, plain and simple. With her sweet and delicious curves, she’s nothing but sugar and trouble all rolled into one. But he’s known her and sparred with her for years. She’s his best friend’s little sister, and it’s going to take a whole new level of convincing that he’s the mate for her.

No Need Fur Love
Moving with his pack to the tiny town of Stanley, Idaho has Owen Courtney a little on edge. With literally no women in sight, Owen will be lucky to find a date, let alone his true mate. But you know the saying about a werewolf walking into a bar…
Gorgeous wood nymph Mia Oliver is on a mission: Find a suitable male to get her good ‘n pregnant and provide her with an heir. But when Mia decides to pick up a gorgeous and oh-so willing werewolf at the bar, she realizes she might be in over her head. …

The Big Alpha in Town is the compilation of three short stories: Bearing His Name, Owned by the Lion and No Need Fur Love. 

Bearing His Name is about a werebear, Ark, who receives a note saying he might have impregnated a woman at the last Halloween party. When Ark goes to the house of the woman, Jade opens the door and immediately, Ark knows she's his mate. There is only one problem, she is not the woman who's pregnant, her sister is.

Owned by the Lion has Keir and Ally as the main characters. Keir has recently discovered that Ally is his mate. He's walking through uncharted territory. He wants to prove to Ally that he can be trusted but how can he do it when every ten seconds a woman from his past is accosting Ally. 

No Need Fur Love is the last story. Mia Oliver is a wood nymph and she's in need of a child pronto. Her father has given her an ultimatum and if she doesn't find a mate and have a child, he will choose one for her. In an act of defiance, Mia goes to the closest bar to look for a candidate to procreate with. When her eyes land on Owen Courtney, she knows he's the right guy for the job. She doesn't want a mate but she needs a child. There is only one problem, as soon as he sees her, Owen knows she's his mate and Mia won't be able to run away from him. 

I liked all three short stories in the Big Alpha in Town. They were fun, fast-paced, and easy to read. There was no major drama or conflict. So if you're looking for something quick this is right up your alley. 

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by St. Martin Press in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter

Title: Beyond Reach 
Series: Grant County #6
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: July 31, 2007 

Sara Linton--resident medical examiner/pediatrician in Grant County, Georgia, --has plenty of hardship to deal with, including defending herself in a heartbreaking malpractice suit. So when her husband, Police chief Jeffery Tolliver, learns that his friend and coworker detective Lena Adams has been arrested for murder and needs Sara's help, she is not sure she can handle the pressure of it all. 

But soon Sara and Jeffery are sitting through evidence, peeling back the layers of a mystery that grows darker by the day--until an intricate web of betrayal and vengeance begins to unravel. And suddenly the lives of Sara, Lena, and Jeffery are hanging by the slenderest of threads.

What a horrible ending to a series!

Not sure what the author was thinking with this one.

The plot: 

Detective Lena Adams goes to visit her uncle Hank during her day off. To her surprise, she finds him high as a kite. When did Hank get hooked on drugs again?

Next thing we know, Lena is in custody after a car is burned with a body in it and Lena is found close to it. Chief Jeffrey Tolliver comes running to help his detective and Sara Linton is tagging along. Jeffrey and Sara have recently remarried and are in the process of adopting a baby. Sara's practice as a pediatrician has closed after she is named in a lawsuit.

When Jeffrey and Sara arrive in town, they discover death, drugs, and skinheads all over the place. Jeffrey wonders if Ethan Green is involved in any of it.

Beyond Reach was a letdown I felt the author was in need of a Wow moment and her ending was one way to achieve it. I wasn't satisfied. After reading all the Grant books and investing in these characters, the outcome failed to deliver. 

Surprisingly, this is the first book where I didn't hate Lena. Don't get me wrong, she's obnoxious and she's still making plenty of wrong decisions and in a very real way, she has to do with how wrong things ended but I didn't despise her like I did in prior books.

As always, Sara is the best thing the Grant series has. I wonder what's in store for her.

Cliffhanger: No, just a really bad end

1/5 Fangs

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Release Date: May 1, 2018

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court. 

I found myself hugely disappointed. 

Was there a plot to this novella? Did I miss it?

In my honest opinion, It just felt flat. I'm so unhappy with myself. I wish I had enjoyed it since I love this series so much. Sadly, it was not meant to be. 

Feyre and Rhys are so great together and it shows in this story too, it's the rest of the plot that doesn't make sense to me.

Nothing was gained from the "family" dynamics. Both sisters remained unhappy with their immortal status and believe me, I get it, but I was hoping for at least both of them becoming more resigned with their new status.

Elain doesn't want anything to do with Lucien. Lucien is spending more and more time away from his mate. Elain seems to like Azriel a little too much. 

Mor is still hiding herself from everyone who cares about her and she can't find the strength to retaliate against the people who've hurt her. 

Then, there is Cassian and Nesta. Neither is talking to each other. Whatever happened during the battle and the King is nothing but a memory. Nesta as always seems to blame Feyre for everything that happened to her. She doesn't do anything to reconnect with her sisters. She's distant, angry and cruel (She's sleeping around and flaunting it. Poor Cassian).

In other words, it's all still a mess and If you're expecting action, there's none. 

Ok, so to not be all negative, things I did like:

The scene with all of them and the gift exchange. 
Rhys going a second time to see Tamlin.
Feyre painting again.
Feyre and the tapestry weaver. 
The cake Elain did for Feyre. 
The three Illyrian babies playing. 
Rhys last gift to Feyre.
Feyre's gift to Rhysand.

The excerpt at the end of the book was a good one. It makes me hopeful. 

Cliffhanger: No

2.5/5 Fangs

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

Title: I Liked My Life
Author: Abby Fabiaschi
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: January 31, 2017

A story from debut author Abby Fabiaschi that is "as absorbing as it is illuminating, and as witty as it is heartbreaking."

Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband Brady and teenage daughter Eve heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives? How they can possibly continue without her? As they sift through details of her last days, trying to understand the woman they thought they knew, Brady and Eve are forced to come to terms with unsettling truths.

Maddy, however, isn’t ready to leave her family forever. Watching from beyond, she tries to find the perfect replacement for herself. Along comes Rory: pretty, caring, and spontaneous, with just the right bit of edge...but who also harbors a tragedy of her own. Will the mystery of Maddy ever come to rest? And can her family make peace with their history and begin to heal?

I Liked My Life had an intriguing synopsis. It was obvious I needed to read it. 

From the moment I met Maddy, I liked her. She was a woman with great insight, humor, and charm. She was a good mom and a good wife. She didn't share every thought with her family but she was content with her life. So why did she commit suicide?

Maddy's husband Brady and Eve, her daughter are devastated by their loss. Brady has always worked too much and Maddy has been the one who kept the peace between father and daughter. So without a buffer, things at home deteriorate pretty rapidly. Brady has this new found anger inside of him which he doesn't know what to do with. He also carries a lot of guilt. He believes he should have noticed something was wrong with his wife. Yet, he had no clue she was thinking of killing herself. For her part, Eve stops caring about everything, her boyfriend, her friends, prom, etc. She isolates herself, misses her mom dearly and feels guilty as well. She thinks she always "took" and never gave back to her mom.

Maddy is still looking from beyond and she wants her family to experience love again. She tries to steer Rory, Eve's new tutor, into Brady's life. She doesn't want them alone. Maddy thinks she can still influence their thoughts with some success but she's aware her time is running out. She's ascending and soon she will leave them all behind. 

I Liked My Life is a great debut novel. More than once, I found myself tearing up. I could feel Brady and Eve's pain. I was all for Maddy trying to insert Rory into the picture but what I liked best was the way father and daughter found a new way to communicate with each other without needing a third person. 

As for the ending, I like how the story concluded. It makes you think that nothing is certain in this life. We don't know what's in store for any of us and to appreciate what you have before it's gone. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by GetRedPR in exchange for an honest review.