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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Reaper’s Claim by Simone Elise

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

In my motorcycle club I’ve earned the name ‘Reaper’ and now I have my claim on Abby Harrison.

Reaper:
I didn’t know what love was, but I knew what want was, and I wanted Abby. When I walked out of the club and saw her I was stone cold sober. She was quietly beautiful and unlike any other woman I’d had before. But she was the daughter of the president of Satan’s Sons MC and completely out of my reach.

Abby:
Everyone knew The Reaper and how he got his name, so I never expected him to be my salvation when my sisters drunk boyfriend wanted to lay hands on me. I thought my innocence would be lost in that alley, until he showed up and saved me. I know being with Reaper will lead to trouble, but I don’t know if I have the strength to stay away.

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

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REVIEW:

A slew of leather vests, tattoos, an MC and a fight for love… Give me a motorcycle club romance and I am a smitten kitten.

I was immediately pulled into this novel, the first I’ve read by Simone Elise. The author did a great job of drawing the readers attention instantly and I was hooked. This novel definitely has the bones of a well thought out motorcycle club romance and I found myself not being able to put it down. I was surprised at the length originally and I found that there were parts the author could have omitted but all in all I really enjoyed the overall story. I found myself yelling at my iPad a few times and felt my heart break along with the smiles and joy throughout this emotional roller coaster.

I loved the star-crossed lovers story and the way Kade and Abby’s romance started out made me fall in love with the characters even more. Kade is one sexy biker and Abby is a gorgeous ball of sass and together they are explosive in the best kind of way. The secondary characters were just as frustrating and charming – Kim, Roach Trigger and Brad. Ah, Brad, the sweetest, rough and tough biker had me swooning. That explosiveness turns into danger and I enjoyed how Elise merged the two into a riveting story line.

I will tell you that I was so shocked that I couldn’t turn any more pages and the cliffhanger Simone Elise leaves you with is maddening in the best way. I will be waiting for the next novel… in the meantime, I’m off to find me a Reaper.

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Lindsey R. Loucks – The Grave Winner Book Review!

Nothing better to do on a rainy day other than curling up with a new book – today’s happened to by Lindsey R. Loucks – The Grave Winner # 1

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Genre: YA, Fantasy Supernatural, Urban Fantasy

Description: 

Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead — just like the prom queen did. 

While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.

She should have listened.

Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth. 

With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, she’ll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead – herself.

REVIEW:

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a review! 

The Grave Winner is one that is intricate and complicated in the best of ways when it comes to a YA novel. 
Leigh Baxton is heartbroken as she stands within the midst of her mother’s funeral with her father and sister. With the help of her eccentric best friend Jo she enters back into the world of high school and tries to forget about the scene after standing at her mother’s grave. Sarah, the dead prom queen who rose from the ground. 
Leigh is left with more confusion as word spreads about the dead coming back to life and she does everything she can to keep her mom in her grave all while the world around her drastically changes along with the strict warnings from Scary Boy Tram in which she chooses to ignore. 
Leigh struggles with her heart between Jo’s older brother Cal and Tram even in the midst of the return of the dead, alternate realities, sorceresses and spiders!
Even though it took me a few pages to get into the story by the end I was saying “What’s going to happen next!!??” 
A suspenseful story full of action packed dark twists and turns! An enjoyable read. 

About the Author:

Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

She’s been with her significant other for almost two decades.

Check out her website for more information and to contact her. She would love to hear from you!http://www.lindseyrloucks.com 

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Briana Lawrence – Double Hue Book Review!

I didn’t intentionally rhyme the title but turned out well I think! 🙂

Last night I curled up with Briana Lawrence’s novel Double Hue!

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Genre: Urban Supernatural, Thriller, Gay & Lesbian

Description: 

When there’s red, close your eyes and try again.

“Maybe he’s right. Maybe I am the cause of this. Maybe you were normal before meeting me.”

When something tragic happens, you want nothing more than to close your eyes and make all of the pain go away. For Gable Peterson it’s a little more complicated than that. When detective Maurice Ashford shows up at his door with news that his boyfriend, Avery Blair, has been found dead, Gable is left devastated. Seeking some sort of comfort, Gable closes his eyes and imagines a world where none of this happened.

Only, when Gable wakes up, he’s surprised to see that Avery is still alive.

REVIEW:

Briana Lawrence weaves a tale of mystery and suspense into a gripping page turner.
When Gable Peterson wakes up one morning to a knock at his door, the last person he expects to see is Detective Maurice Ashford telling him his boyfriend Avery has been killed.
Gable just wants to pretend it didn’t happen, that Avery is still alive and everything is back to normal. So he closes his eyes and recalls on those memories, what he doesn’t expect when he awakes is the ability to change the past. The question Lawrence continues to ask the reader is, does he have the ability to keep Avery alive this time?
I found myself intrigued and asking the same thing. Briana Lawrence tells an intricate story where the reader needs to pay full attention to detail. A couple of times throughout the novel I found myself a bit turned around but I was able to quickly find my way back.
I was pleasantly surprised at some of the twists and turns Double Hue had in store. Briana Lawrence was able to take me on a gripping story full of danger and desire, suspense and love.

About The Author:

At the age of nine, like most kids, Briana Lawrence had a dream. She wanted to be the best “WRITTER” in the whole wide world. Her fourth grade class laughed and wondered how one hoped to become a “writer” if they couldn’t even spell the word. Back then her stories were created with crayons and construction paper. As she grew older they progressed into notebooks and colored ink pens of pink, blue, and purple. When she lost her older brother, Glenn Berry, in a car accident, she stopped writing.

Dreams, however, have a funny way of coming back.

Before she realized it she was grabbing her notebook and pens again. She would write stories that ranged from high school romance to her imagination running wild with the likes of Goku, Vegeta, and the other characters of Dragonball Z. This continued throughout college where she would always end up writing about the space exploits of the pilots of Gundam Wing and other works of fan fiction. Soon she realized that she wanted to do more than that. Her head was full of ideas, full of original characters and worlds that she wanted to share with others.

Thus, she stepped into an English Major with some Women’s Studies on the side.

She graduated Iowa State University in 2006 and moved to Minneapolis with her partner. Here, she tried to get into graduate school, but things didn’t pan out the way she wanted. She ended up working retail, her dream becoming buried by Black Fridays and other busy times of year. Once again, however, that dream returned. She went from immersing herself in geeky fan fiction to actually writing about the geeky things she loved for several anime and video game review sites. However, it was her discovery of National Novel Writing Month that made her go back to creating her own characters and plots.

Now, here she is, an author in the writing world.

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