That’s what HE said Thursday [8]

That’s what he said is hosted by chapterbreak.net! Every Thursday we post a favorite line from our book boyfriend to his heroine. Helloooooo! My favorite meme of the week is here! Like every week I have a specific book boyfriend in mind whose quotes … Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Heart Recaptured (Hades Hangmen #2) by Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole’s newest book cover is here! Heart Recaptured is the second book of the Hades Hangmen series, an amazing first MC book and I can honestly tell you I can’t wait to get my hands on this one, being … Continue reading

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you Kathy at The Novelty of Life for nominating me! I’ll answer the questions and provide some of my own for all the bloggers I’ll nominate to answer and here are the rules for this award: 1. Provide a link … Continue reading

That’s what HE said Thursday [7]

That’s what he said is hosted by chapterbreak.net! Every Thursday we post a favorite line from our book boyfriend to his heroine. Hey lovely people! Real life and all that kept me from posting my favorite meme but I’m baaack! This week I have … Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and everyone is welcome to join. I haven’t done a TTT in a long time because life and … Continue reading

Reignite by J.M. Darhower

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ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

5 out-of-this-world stars!

This review contains spoilers for those who haven’t read the first book, obviously.

Luce… oh how long I’ve waited for you and you didn’t disappoint! Over a year ago, I read Extinguish, I still remember reading it, it was night – like most of my reading when finally the house is quiet and I don’t have to leave the story in the middle every few minutes – I started reading it, thinking that I might not even like it because the whole evil versus good with a whole lotta love mixed in there is something that has been done before. But this is taking it to a whole other level. This is the Prince of Hell we’re talking about and Luce, from the first page till the last page of the sequel didn’t weaver from his dark ways. I didn’t even know there was a sequel in the works, I hoped for it but I didn’t know, till a few weeks ago when I saw the sign-up link for ARCs.

Me. From that moment till last night, today and forever.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,” Michael said. “Love never ends”.

It’s a fact that I love everything J.M. Darhower writes, she’s on my list of people that I would even read their freaking shopping list in a heartbeat. She know how to deliver a good story, with deep characters and thick plot that hooks you in from the first page and then takes you for a wild ride. Every. Single. Book. Of. Hers.

As much as I loved this one though, before I even read it, I loved it, I was kind of anxious because sequels have a way of being over the top and delivering more than they should and especially this one, I mean, how can Lucifer ever find redemption or a happy ending, it’s kind of impossible to do it but this one? ON THE FREAKING SPOT.

Reignite by J.M. Darhower

This one picks up where Extinguish left off so basically, even after a year, it felt like reading Extinguish but with a big break in between – yes, of course I have re-read Extinguish about a million times since then, I love it that much. Luce took Serah’s wings to save her from an eternity with him in Hell and in exchange for that kindness, her memories were stripped away and she was placed back to Earth. Let me say at this point that this is an example of Paranormal done right. I love anything Paranormal but I want it to be done just right, meaning, attention to details and making every action and reaction believable and backed-up by details. Which was never a problem with Darhower anyway, just pointing out a happy fact.

He once envied the humans because they were given the Earth, but looking at her, he wondered if maybe Paradise was to be found in a person and not a place.

Luce and Serah’s relationship is in a state of limbo at this point, she’s human and she doesn’t remember him and he’s the freaking Prince of Hell, the I-don’t-take-orders-from-anyone kind of guy and in this case, he really doesn’t!

But even as it is, those two together…

“It’s the combination of them together, son. Lucifer is sulfuric acid, sometimes dangerous but still valuable. Serah, on the other hand, is water, peaceful and pure. Mixed together, those two are fine, as long as you introduce the acid slowly. The other way around, you’re headed for destruction. Dump water straight into the acid and something may very well explode.”

Exactly! The gif basically describes them better than I ever could. Fire and water, a train wreck waiting to happen and yet you can’t stop watching.

Sinners run hot because they’re destined to burn.

Luce can’t stay away from her, even in her human form he is attracted to her and she to him. It’s inevitable and poetic at the same time. Beautiful to read and be a part of.

“You’re sleeping,” he whispered against her lips.

“You’re dreaming, angle. This didn’t happen.”

Did anyone else swoon? Cause I did! I swooned so much over Luce I know it’s illegal somewhere in the world to swoon that much over a fictional character !

What I loved and deserves to be highlighted is Darhower’s version of how Lucifer and Micheal came to be, we’re even traveling back and read about the Creation process and the Fall of Man which was just beautiful to read and of course Adam and Eve and what really happened, the author’s imagination is really something to admire with this one and while I’m at it, I loved Lucife’s interactions with MIcheal, true brothers right there!

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J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hit men and the women who find some hope in them. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing (or fangirling) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually always find her there.

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Extinguish (Extinguish #1) by J.M. Darhower

One… Two… Three… Four…

I Declare War

Serah always believed the world around her was perfect. As a Power, one of the warrior angels, she has spent her existence defending the innocent from evil. After tragedy strikes, tearing Serah’s brother from her life, she’s given the task of stopping the approaching apocalypse before it’s too late.

Only one thing, though: she has to venture to Hell to do it.

Lucifer—or Luce, as he prefers to be called—has been biding his time in Hell, longing for revenge against those who oh-so-easily cast him into the pit. When the heavenly beauty shows up at his gate, he’s just as captivated by her presence as she becomes of him. The attraction between them is palpable, and Serah’s willpower slowly slips. How can this charming creature, this scarred Archangel, be the one annihilating the world she so loves?

As the war wages on, the world entwined in chaos, Serah starts questioning everything she ever knew. When the light and dark, hot and cold, finally collide, she has to make a choice—a choice that sets her world on fire, black and white exploding into colorful flames.

Serah has questions. She wants answers.
Luce just wants to play a game.

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MY REVIEW

Kei

Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

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3 adorable stars!

First of all, every time I review a book with 3 stars I feel the need to explain myself and really, I shouldn’t. 3 stars are actually very good and shouldn’t be frowned upon. So there. This might contain minor spoilers.

Oh how much I enjoyed this book! I loved those two so much, even if they both could use a little shake to snap them out of it. I love stories with a twist or a little kick into them and of course I love forbidden stories, the chasing around, the hiding, being inside the main characters’ mind and see what they think of it, I just love it and this one had an extra kick to it because both MCs had this whole hate/love kind of thing.

First we’re introduced to Greta. Her step brother whom she’s only met once is coming to stay with her family for a while since his mom is going away on business. My first though was, okay, he will be a douchebag and indeed he was but what I didn’t see coming was the mouth on that guy! Elec is everything you could imagine. Bad boy, tattoos, dirty talking, the whole package. And of course, Greta is the opposite. And what do opposites do?

“Physically, he was my dream and in every other way, my nightmare.”

They attract and they explode when they come in contact. This was totally the case! Elec is the man-whore type of guy and how can Greta not be attracted to a hot mess like him? Rejection hurts though.

“You look different…than I pictured.”
He squinted at me. “And you look pretty…plain.”

Poor Greta, I really felt for her, being around the guy you’re developing an epic crush on is not an easy thing to do especially when that guy is slowly dating all your friends and he sleeps right next to you. Not an easy thing to do, so I get her attitude and the hurt, she went all teenager brokenhearted girl on him and they guy just doesn’t hold back.

“Have some self-respect.”

Ouch.

After the painful rejection to the unspoken thing between them – Elec is doing the whole, guy likes girl, guy pushes girl thing – they are both trying to establish a simple friendly co-existing and as time goes by they become sort of friends. The attraction remains an unspoken thing between the two, of course, so when they finally give in, it’s explosive and sweet in a love/hate unique way.

You can guess from there. They sneak around, testing this new thing but not for a long because Elec has to leave abruptly and go back home. This is were the story lost one star from me. Being eighteen and in love with your step brother is one thing. Being twenty-five, being apart from him for years with barely a text – through all those years is another.

The story did a huge time jump for me. I could understand a couple of years, or maybe four to five maximum but seven years later and one broken engagement for Greta and a soon-to-be one for Elec and a barely there contact was unrealistic.

After a family tragedy that brings them together after seven years, they both are at completely different stages of life and instead of being mature and act like grown-ups they tip toe around ‘the thing’ and unnecessary drama follows.

“You were the best thing that ever happen to me. I hope that someday I can say you were one of the best, but for now, it’s only you.”

I’m not going to spoil it – anymore than I might already have – but parts of this story didn’t fit in for me but overall, I loved the story and the cute games between them but most of all I loved the chemistry between the two and the genuine first love and of course the ending, that ending was amazing!

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Two Roads by Lili St. Germain

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ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

5 OMG stars!

Okay, so by now, I must sound like a broken record when it comes to the Gypsy Brothers but OMG what did I just read? Lili really knows how to break a girl’s heart and keep on smashing the tiny tiny tiny pieces that are left on the hard, cold ground. That being said, I loved every minute of that pain, because if you thought the previous books were hard to read, this will surprise you, it actually made me cry like a baby.

We, the readers through Julz’s story, have come a long way from the first book and each one is another punch in the stomach. Like always, I don’t want to spoil because that’s the beauty of this series, the element of – constant – surprise. Julz and Jase have been through hell at the hands of Dornan Ross and now that the worst seem to be over, I was curious to see how their new situation was going to affect them both.

“Two Roads. Two choices. To let go? To give up?
No. I would never – will never- give up.
I take the road less traveled. I write my own fate.
I deliver my own justice.
I wreak my own special brand of revenge.
And I won’t stop, until they’re all dead, until it’s all done, until I wipe Dornan Ross from the face of this earth.”

Their world, filled with vengeance and blood as it is, is a hard on to be a part of, so of course, along the way both of them have lost a part of themselves, the last book was about Jase’s story and how he came to be a part of something he wanted to have nothing to do with. And now, on top of everything they have both lost, they are facing another tragedy together.

That’s me when I think about it. Damn you, Dornan Ross!

What I found hard to read though, to think that Jase had to go through that, was his story with Julz’s father and how Jase ended up killing him in order to prove himself, well, sort of anyway.

After the ending, I’m geniunly afraid to read the next one because there is no way out of it right now and I’ve come to love those two and want a happy ending for them, as hard as that can be to achieve. For the fans of this series, grab some tissues and read it, for those of you that are waiting for it to be complete, grab some tissues and read it.

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Kei

Torture to Her Soul by J. M. Darhower

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ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book 1: Monster in His Eyes

NOTE: This book is a sequel not a re-tell of book 1 from his POV.

5 don’t-say-it-unless-you-mean-it stars!

You want to know what’s the best thing about J.M. Darhower? You are never afraid to read her sequels, they simply won’t fall under the same category of being too much or not enough.

What an amazing read, I had missed those two and being back into the story was great, Naz and Karissa have that kind of hate/love relationship that one can simply not forget that easily. For those of you that loved the first one as much as I did, this book is a delight to read. Being in Naz’s head in amazing, that man is full of surprises.

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As dark as Naz is, it was a joy reading from his POV – believe me, he is dark and love doesn’t change him one bit, it does make him question things around him though and he begins to see things clearly as Karissa becomes his primary focus – her family has more enemies than friends and that’s putting it lightly. He went from wanted to get revenge and not letting anything stand in the way to wanting to get a revenge and not letting anything stand in the way but kill everyone that can potentially hurt his fiancee.

When I started reading it I was curious to see how this one will play out because how do you stand to be with that one person that hurt you more than anyone could? That goes for the both of them. They both hurt the other one – in one way or the other and Karissa still keeps giving him the cold shoulder, and who can blame her, as much as Naz was hurt in the past it still is not easy to accept.

To say that Karissa changed a part of him would be an understatement. She didn’t make him less of the man that will get the job done no matter what – because he still  is that kind of man and he keeps proving it but she did make him want to finally be over with it, get his revenge and be done with it, live his life away from all the blood and the killing. He’s done more than enough for a lifetime, don’t you think?

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In no way did he turn into a softie though, on the contrary he is more determent than ever to tie loose ends and move on with his life, but getting out of something that, in his mind he’s not technically a part of, is not that easy.

If you enjoyed the first book, you will love this one ♥

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abouttheauthor
J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hit men and the women who find some hope in them. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing (or fangirling) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually always find her there.

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Monster in His Eyes (Monster in His Eyes #1) by J.M. Darhower

Maybe the stories got it wrong, I think.

Maybe Cinderella didn’t live happily ever after.

Maybe, come midnight, she wanted to run away.

Maybe her prince wouldn’t let her.

Mine didn’t.

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MY REVIEW

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TORTUREfull

Kei

Monthly Recap – September 2014

What a crazy month! Where did the time go anyway? To say I’ve been busy would be an understatement, apart from my book reading activities, I’ve been binge watching like crazy! Under the Dome anyone? Anyway here’s my monthly recap and I’m behind on some ARC reviews but I will post those tomorrow, that’s a promise!

My reviews ♥

Added to my TBR list ♥

My memes ♥

My cover reveals ♥

My release days ♥

Seeds of Iniquity (In the Company of Killers, #4) by J.A. Redmerski‏ with Excerpt & Giveaway

As you can see, I’M TOTALLY IN LOVE with my new meme That’s what HE said ♥ What have you been doing this month?

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