Sunday, August 31, 2014

His Secrets (Inside Out #3.1) & The Master Undone (Inside Out #3.3) by Lisa Renee Jones

What it's about

His Secrets (Inside Out #3.1) 

An Inside Out story, Chris's POV

In a world where my only escape has been my art, Sara has been the light in my darkness. And there is darkness, the kind of inky black that can bleed from my life to hers.

She doesn't see it. She doesn't understand what I've shown her. And my biggest fear is that soon...she will.

 Crista’s Review
3.5 stars!

This novella is told from Chris’s perspective, and although it is only 60 pages, it sheds light on the darkness that plagues him.  We are introduced to a woman from his past.  The guilt and responsibility that Chris feels towards this woman is tangible as we begin to understand where Chris comes from and choices that he has made in the past.

The one thing that permeates this novella is fear.  Chris’s biggest fear is that when Sara finds out about his past that she will leave him.  The biggest accomplishment that this novella makes is to confirm Sara’s commitment and love for Chris.

Inside/Out novellas continue to prove that they are worth reading, and His Secrets is no exception.

What it's about

The Master Undone (Inside Out #3.3)

I told him goodbye, and I will not call him. I know if I do, it will be my undoing, and I'll once again be caught up in his spell. I will once again be...lost.

In her private journals, Rebecca laid bare her soul, revealing her obsession for the one man whose erotic demands captivated her imagination--and enslaved her forever. Now, with Rebecca no longer in his life he is lost, questioning everything he thought he knew about himself and about control he holds in such high regard. One women will reach out to heal him and then turn away, leaving him haunted. She is nothing he thought he wanted and somehow everything he needs. He tells himself to forget her but he cannot escape his desire for her. He has to have more...
Crista’s Review

4 stars!
Short, spicy, and sinfully delicious, this novella gives us a much needed closer look at Mark Compton, and I hope to see MUCH more of this enigmatic dom. Mark has intrigued me since If I Were You, but after reading Being Me am completely head over heels for this man. In my opinion, he even manages to outshine Chris (whom I have well documented love for).

This is a VERY short novella that is written from Mark's perspective (and what a perspective it is!!!) We are introduced to Crystal who gives Mark more than he bargains for. I am very interested in this couple and hope that LRJ will bring Crystal's character into the next book. She just may be Mark's ideal match.


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Evernight (Darkest London #5) by Kristen Callihan

What it's about

Once the night comes . . .

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows . . 

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.

 Crista's Review

4.5 Stars!

I am seriously in love with this series, and the momentum certainly continues with this book!

The Darkest London series has much to offer: steamy romance, paranormal aspects, 17th century London (thus a historical setting), a steampunk vibe, and world building that is so incredible that you will be sucked in before you know it.

As a warning: these books SHOULD be read in order, and this is especially the case with this specific book.  Holly was a key character in the previous novel Shadowdance, and now she is back with her own novel.  Evernight is one of my favorite types of love stories in that the hero and heroine are initially sworn enemies that share an undeniable attraction to one another.

Holly Evernight is a brilliant inventor, and we learn in Shadowdance that Holly was forced, against her will, to put a “clockwork heart” inside the body of William Thorne. This has caused his body to slowly turn to platinum and has slowly caused him to loose his mind. He has made it his life’s goal to find Holly and finally get the revenge that he dreams about.  In essence, our hero wants to kill our heroine!

However, seeing that this is ultimately a fabulous romance novel, murder is not what ultimately consumes Willliam’s mind as he spends more time around Holly! In fact, what begins as mutual hate slowly evolves into a mutually beneficial relationship in which Holly and William depend on one another to survive. William agrees to protect Holly against those who seek to kill her, and in exchange, Holly agrees to use her supernatural abilities to ease the pain and insanity that plague William. Although Holly is ultimately the one RESPONSIBLE for William’s affliction, thankfully she is also the REMEDY.

What an amazing story! This book kept me flipping pages until the wee hours of the night and I completely escaped into this world. The characters from the previous books made wonderful cameo appearances, and it was so nice to catch up with them all once again, but the true brilliance of this novel is William and Holly.

This couple absolutely captivated me. From the unfortunate beginning of their association to the magic of their unconventional courtship, I was completely sold on this romance. Holly and William were absolutely made for one another and how this author manages to convince us of this is nothing short of miraculous.

If you are looking for a series that is completely fresh, unique, and addicting, then look no further: This is it!

*A copy of the book was provided by Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley*

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The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1) by Jeaniene Frost

What it’s about

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

 Karla’s Review

3.5 Stars! An innovative world, snarky fun characters, and Jeaniene Frost’s distinctive storytelling makes The Beautiful Ashes an entertaining start to the Broken Destiny series!  

I was hot to get my hands on The Beautiful Ashes and was hoping to get that all consuming feeling I got when I first read Halfway to the Grave, my favorite read by this author.  While I enjoyed The Beautiful Ashes, the angelic and demonic entities, the fight to save humanity story line, it didn’t quite grab me to the point of distraction. It’s hard not to make the comparison, and probably not fair to the author, but it almost can’t be helped. 

Ivy is a feisty kick-ass heroine, and it's her first person account that tells the tale in The Beautiful Ashes. Adrian is a sarcastic smoldering hottie hero, and he bands together with Ivy to fight the evil villains. They also wage war on their growing attraction to each other, which made for some very amusing moments. Ivy's take on her sticky situation, impending doom and wandering thoughts about Adrian, had me laughing out loud. These two never fully act on their impulses, but I'm hoping as the series moves forward that they will move forward too!

The plot was fun and creative, there was some unique world building, delicious devious characters, charming good guys, unusual creatures, and witty dialogue. While some of the storyline wraps up, there is much more to overcome and resolve. Ivy and Adrian are no Cat and Bones, but they do have promise, and their relationship and plight fascinated me enough that I have the need to know where their journey is headed. So, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and will step through the portal again to see what fate has in store for Ivy and Adrian!

*A copy of the book was provided in exchange for an honest review*

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