Reviews&Rosé: Cynthia Eden – Broken

Okay, I know I’m late to the game with Cynthia Eden (boo, hiss) I know, I know – clearly after reading Broken I now know I was only hurting myself. Because damn this one blew me away. I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting but the emotional roller coaster throughout the entire novel was not it. A lovely surprise, I might add.

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Gabe, founder of LOST, is clearly a dreamboat whose sole purpose is to help people after experiencing what is clearly his own nightmares. We didn’t dive too deep into Dean and Wade but I would put money on it that they are also in their own boats, made of dreams, probably tethered together because romance authors just love to create emotional attachments for their readers to fictional characters. Who needs a real boyfriend when we have Gabe Spencer!?

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I loved the character development of Eve–Eden really had me on the edge of my seat as she learned and grew from a scared homeless girl who didn’t know her own name, to a strong, confident heroin. As her story continued and I can honestly say I was stumped with a whodunit until the very end.

The secondary characters had me fascinated–I love a strong female character and Sarah and Victoria fit the bill. Both carried an air of sadness that tugged at my heart-strings but with a collaborative goal at LOST, their badassness showed as they faced danger for a girl who couldn’t remember anything from her past.

The story between Eve and Gabe was a classic one but who doesn’t love one of those–girl in trouble, boy saves girl, girl becomes a strong, independent woman (hell yeah!), love has blossomed and I’m left at the end of the book sad that its over. Where is my wine?

Even though the story had a lot of lust and love and intimacy (which, come on–swoon), it was the suspense and mystery that had me needing to find out what was going to happen next. The story around who it could be was so well done, I tip my hat to Eden and her story-telling.

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I always love a good series, but rarely do I pick up the next book on the same day. *Opens up Twisted… oh, hi Dean 

Warm Wishes & Happy Reading! 

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SAVAGE HEART is finally here!

Hey guys!

I know its been a while since I’ve posted a blog – I’ve been busy writing the newest novels for the Savage Series but alas, I am back!

A lot has changed over the past few months, I signed with my now publisher Inkitt, did some travelling, spent the holidays with friends and family but really, spent most of my time with my laptop as I swooned over heroes and heroines that make up this crazy, sexy, emotional Savage family.

And with that, I bring some good news 🙂

Grab your wine glasses ladies and gents and lets cheers, because SAVAGE HEART book 7 in the Savage Series is available tomorrow!!  and – its on sale for $0.99!

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Yup – you read that right… $0.99 – but only for tomorrow! so mark it in your calendar, kids – January 31st is a big… BIG day.

you can get it here…

Let me tell you a little about this newest story:

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She’s a doctor, guided by her morals. He’s an ex-soldier, robbed of his ethics and programmed to kill. When they’re two worlds suddenly collide, will they crash and burn? 

For the last seven years, Ethan Black ceased to exist. Known only as the Reaper, Ethan prefers his solitary life where the only rules he lives by are his own. That is until his life is placed in the hands of his angel and he has no choice but to listen if he wants to survive. 

The last thing Stella Savage needs is another overbearing arrogant soldier in her life but when she finds a lifeless Ethan Black on the side of the road, the doctor in her is forced to help him. After escaping his kidnappers and being subject to a drug destined to erase his humanity, Stella is running on precious time to save whatever is left of his soul… and his heart.

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I can’t wait for you to get to know Ethan and Stella and their emotional love story… I may be partial, but I think its one of my favs 😉

Warm Wishes and Happy Reading,

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Reapers Rival by Simone Elise – REVIEW

Book Description:

The steamy and dramatic sequel to the Best Selling Reaper’s Claim by Simone Elise.

After the events of the first book Abby has joined her half sister’s gang Hellbound. Can Reaper claim her back?

Reaper:
This life gives you regrets on a silver platter. This life makes you colder, and there is a coldness in you now Abby, and I don’t like seeing it. It is what I was trying to protect you from. You always had an innocent heart, but something got inside and messed around with it, and I don’t like it. You can come back from this. Let me take all the bad from you, so you can go back to being you. Ain’t ever gonna stop trying to make you mine.

Abby:
You have to lose yourself to really find yourself. You have to crawl through the dark times to understand and crave the light. And sometimes you need to lose the man you love to realize that what you had in the first place was in fact love. We had a history between us. But more importantly, we had love between us and time doesn’t affect love, or at least I hope it won’t affect our love. Right now I don’t belong anywhere, but I know that no matter what happens or where I am, my heart will always belong to him.

Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules.

“Reaper can claim me anytime. This book was completely addicting, the combination of love and danger was smoking hot. Book me a room at Satan’s Sons Clubhouse!” – Felicia T

“The story plot is perfection and if you love bad boys then your sure to love Reaper (Kade). Kade and Abby’s story is a must read for action, drama, and a love story. WARNING: this book can give you major feels!! ” – Kati C.

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Review:

I had read this novel before it was separated into 2 parts; the story line relatively stayed the same apart from the large chunk of plot that was added.
I enjoyed how Elise developed Abby’s character further along with some of the others and I thought it flowed well with what had previously happened as opposed to throwing her into something out of left field. I also enjoyed the new character, Daniels, and his and Abby’s ‘relationship’ – it definitely proved for some suspenseful moments.
The new plot addition was definitely seamless and flowed well while adding more dramatics and dynamic to Abby and Reapers love story; it also gave us a glimpse into Reaper’s softer side which I loved. I also really liked how Elise kept the story in tact and didn’t remove much if any of the original version of the story, simply added in some more depth to the independent, strong-willed, bad ass Abby.
I am very much looking forward to the next installment after the frustrating in the best way cliff hanger we’re left with in Reaper’s Rival.

 

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The Amaranthine Chronicles Complete Series: Betrayed By Blood, Dark Revenge, The Final Battle – REVIEW

BOOK DESCRIPTION: 

Betrayed By Blood

In a city of lies and deception, only one thing stands between chaos and justice. For centuries, a band of outlaws called the Amaranthine has kept the peace in Ormere and hidden in plain sight whilst the Order of Sorcerers spreads their deadly magic among the city’s inhabitants.
After losing her fiancé in bust gone wrong, Amaranthine Agent Kaylan Avilion returns home to discover that Elijah didn’t die but instead was changed by the twisted guards of the Order, who seek to find a dangerous artifact tied to Kaylan’s past and the murder of her family. When her sister goes missing and a foe from their past reemerges, Kaylan knows she must save Freya before she’s poisoned by the very people who took Elijah away from her. But how will Kaylan react when she learns Elijah’s secret and can they come together to stop the Order’s plan in time?

Dark Revenge

Darkness is sweeping through the city of Ormere as unnatural creatures stalk through the streets. People are dying and time is running out as a new evil threatens to take control of everything. The Amaranthine Order has been decimated leaving only a few of its people left to fight the coming terror.
Stunned by her sister Freya’s betrayal and plot to take over the city, Kaylan must do everything she can to find out what Freya plans to do when she finds an infamous book linked to the murder of their family. A book considered so dangerous that the last High Lord erased its location from history, the Amaranthine Chronicles are said to contain the darkest of all magics.
Kaylan is happy to finally have her ex-fiancé, Elijah, back in her life but he’s not the man she once knew and loved. After being turned into a shapeshifter, Elijah struggles to control his inner beast and his lingering feelings for Kaylan.
Can Elijah and Kaylan come together to stop Freya and uncover the secrets of the book before it’s too late?

The Final Battle

Darkness has claimed the city of Ormere and death has become a certainty for anyone stalking its empty streets. The government in ruins and lawlessness ensues.
After being dragged back into the past, Kaylan and Elijah barely managed to thwart her sister, Freya’s latest attempts to find and use the elusive Amaranthine Chronicles. But in her desperation to receive ultimate power, Freya will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Even if it means destroying the last of her family.
Kaylan and Elijah must work on their fragile relationship and put their personal feelings aside to find the book and stop Freya before it’s too late. But with their allies growing thin, their best friends both injured and a gang of ruthless shapeshifters close on their trail, will they finally find the book and stop Freya before time runs out? And will Kaylan have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her city and the man she loves?

 

The Amaranthine Chronicles Complete Series: Paranormal Romance Box Set: Betrayed By Blood, Dark Revenge, The Final Battle by [Shand, Tiffany]

REVIEW:

I was a fan of Tiffany Shand’s first series, Denai Bound and I wasn’t disappointed with this series at all.
I read all three one right after the other; the novels definitely read more as parts of one whole novel as opposed to three separate which I found myself enjoying as each flowed nicely into the next.
Shand never disappoints when it comes to suspenseful paranormal; I do wish that each novel built a little more on the characters and this world filled with good vs evil, magic, alchemy, and the tug of rope love story simply because I was so drawn in I wanted to know more.
There were some small editing/grammatical errors however were small compared to the overall body of the story.
I love a story where the female lead is a strong on, a woman who can hold her own, and Kaylan Avilion is a woman with a backbone.
I enjoyed how the suspense level remained relatively linear throughout each novel, starting with the return of Kaylan and her reunion with Ethan as her sister goes missing and then in the 2nd novel when the truth comes to light and the search for a book that is a vessel holding dark magic fuels a greed for power and finally in the third when the fight between family and sacrifice, good vs shapeshifters and the ultimate fight for happily ever after.
A capturing and thoroughly enjoyable series from the start.

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the day has FINALLY come!

happy happy Friday! The day has come that SAVAGE DESIRE is finally here!

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If you’re anything like me, the idea of falling in love with a tall, dark, dangerous stranger is something to swoon over. But what about falling in love with that person before ever laying eyes on them?

I was so excited to sit down and write SAVAGE DESIRE because it was finally time for one of the Savage women to fall in love – and who better than the genius behind it all, Cameron.

While her focus is on becoming a more active part of the team, her brothers are less than comfortable with the idea. Knowing nothing is more important than proving herself, the first time Cameron hears Jack’s voice, she wonders at the shift in her priorities. There’s something about the mystery of the man on the other side of the world that has her entranced and wanting more.

Jack’s only focus in life has been his job. That is until one night and one fluke, or as some would call it, fate, when the sweetest voice he’s ever heard changes everything. When plans for the future are shattered after a mission goes haywire, the only person Jack can rely on is the woman he’s never met. The same woman who holds his heart.

Writing a strong female lead like Cameron Savage, hers and Jack’s story was a long road but worth every struggling idea until it became everything their happy every after deserved. As Jack and Cameron grew, so did I, learning and laughing and falling in love right along with them.

I hope reading about my Savages bring you just as much joy as they bring me writing about them.

Warm Wishes & Happy Reading!

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She was his angel, the woman of his dreams. He could almost see her, her face blurred by the wall of smoke in front of him. She stood among the chaos; the screams filled the air around them, the rancid smell of death permeated the wind whipping through her halo of raven hair. The war around him continued as his focus remained on her, only her. Always her. He needed to get her out of there, it was too dangerous for the woman of his dreams. Children cried and women screamed, echoing the nightmares of the violence that was currently tearing their world apart. He could feel the bullets fly past him, the heavy weight of the guns in his hands. He distantly heard his own voice, barking orders to the rest of his team. They followed his word as they were trained to do – yesterday, today, and they would continue following him tomorrow. No one seemed to notice her but him. The only beauty in the stifling, malevolent darkness, she stood stoic, serenity wrapping around her.

He felt the darkness lifting from his nightmare, the dull, early morning sun warming his face. He didn’t want to open his eyes because he knew, no matter how imagined, she was his only peace.

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Savage Promise now available!

Some exciting news – SAVAGE PROMISE, book 2 of the Savage Series is NOW AVAILABLE! 

I sincerely appreciate your patience with this novel and my, ahem, extended deadlines in this hectic summer, but we got there!

Excerpt: 

CHAPTER ONE

Max Savage scrubbed a hand over his face – damn he was tired. He just had to get through this debrief and then he could go home and fall into his bed. He could almost hear it beckoning him – pillow top. His eyes burned with exhaustion and he couldn’t remember the last time he’d slept in a proper bed. He’d just come back from his third back to back mission and every part of him hurt. His muscles screamed at him for a break but he ignored the pleading and powered through. He knew he needed a break, he was running on fumes but a break was the last thing he wanted. Seven months ago he was the one telling his brother Logan that he needed to slow down when he demanded every mission that came through Savage Security. Now the tables were turned and Max was the one dreading the times everything was still. Because during the calm, his mind would take over and the last place he wanted to be was in his own head. Logan had settled down since he met his fiancée Zoe and Max had gladly stepped into his shoes.

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Writing Max and Brie’s story was all I had hoped for and more. Before I had even started writing Max’s story I was already smitten with his charm and mischief. As their story developed, Max and Brie stole my heart as they battled for each other’s and I hope they do the same for you.

I thought I knew Max Savage with his magnetic suave and shit eating grin but as their story developed and secrets were uncovered, SAVAGE PROMISE took even me to places I didn’t realize either one of them possessed. As each of their layers are revealed, so is the danger that threatens to pull them apart before they can come together.

I hope you enjoy reading how Max and Brie turn a hot passionate night into something so much more, as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Warm Wishes & Happy Reading!

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Savage Promise, book #2 in the Savage Series

Hey stranger…

I hope your summer has been filled with laughter and sunshine as mine has! Mine of course, has also seen many hours behind my laptop as I finished writing Savage Promise (which I am now waiting rather impatiently for from my fabulous editor!)

Thought I would post the novel’s description because, really, I just can’t sit on it any longer.

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When Brie Murphy moves back to Vancouver she can’t help but think of it as a new beginning… but it’s the dark and charming playboy from her past that continues to consume her fantasies with a passion she has only felt during one heated night.

Only, she never expected to see Max again, or be drawn into his untamed magnetism as he threatens to expose her true feelings… and the secret she has been guarding for seven months. 

Max Savage can’t believe his eyes at the halo of unexpected blonde hair – the one woman he has been trying to find and who clearly wanted to stay hidden. It’s her fiery independence and the wild seductress she keeps just under the surface that touches a part of him no other woman ever has… his heart.

Little does Brie know that Max is a man whose charisma has never been refused and he’s not about to let her secrets or her denial get in the way of what he wants. But when faced with an imposing threat, can Max’s determination and Brie’s resilience overcome even the most dangerous of enemies?

Series Synopsis – Gilded Feathers

I was asked recently to put together a series synopsis for my Gilded Feathers series – so I did, and I thought I would share!! 

GILDED FEATHERS SERIES SYNOPSIS:

When university student Cole Evans realizes the secrets hidden in the horrifying illusions of her slumber, she is faced with alluring choices and fantastical revelations. Drawn to the dark and untamed Drex and his true Guardian identity, she finds herself in the middle of an obscure fantasy and a dangerously bizarre reality. And the converging of two separate worlds. 

Across this four novel series, Cole and Drex, along with their friends Chloe and Jayde, Tommy and Heychex, struggle with the balance of danger and guilt, desire and temptation. And the impossible, devastating and profound realities at the heart of entangled passions. Fate is illuminated. An altering course is imagined. And fears and dreams, loss and love converge into a symphony of spectacular gilded feathers. 

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Take a look at my newly revamped website – http://caesarsandstraws.com/ – and all my upcoming new projects – including my new contemporary romance series!!! 

I just received the first novel – SAVAGE SEDUCTION – back from my editor and I’ve been working my buns off to get it ready to set free into the world! (very soon, I promise!)

 

Where have you been all my life?

Well, that’s a good question! 

I have clearly lost track of time, and quite possibly my mind! 

It’s crazy how fast time goes when you’re writing – and writing I have been! Truly, I’m not even sure what month we’re in right now…  

I’m already in love with this new series – the characters are strong with passion and wit, not to mention romance! Scurrying to finish this first book, I’m adding in the final edits before it gets shipped off to my editor! 

In case you haven’t been to my website, caesarsandstraws.com, to see the amazing cover art, here’s a peek! (cue the oooh’s and ahhh’s)

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News of a new series…? oh, tell me more!

Hello Lovelies, 

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and stuffed your faces full of completely unhealthy food, because that’s what I did and I really don’t want to be the only one! 

Just thought I’d let you in on what I’m doing… started a new series – a contemporary romance series, no paranormal in this one! I am very excited about this! The series is called the Savage Series and even though each book is linked, they can each be read as a stand alone as well. I have mapped out the ideas for each and have already started writing the first novel. So follow me on Twitter (@jwoodsauthor) or on Facebook – J. Woods Author to keep up to date with the progress! I’ve set an almost unattainable goal for myself with these books so let’s hope I can keep up with it. 

I have absolutely been reading this holiday season so there will be a few reviews coming up very soon, hopefully I can put them up in the next couple of days… 

Keep warm and Happy reading