Saturday, November 14, 2015

Review: Banewolf (Book #2) by Eden Ashley

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Published: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Eden Ashley
Pages: 394

Source: Xpresso Book Tours / Review
New enemies are made.

New allies must be forged.

 Kali is beginning to regain her memories. In doing so, she discovers old secrets and betrayals that threaten to unravel her present and shake the foundation for Rhane's belief in her innocence. While her maturing abilities present unique challenges, a bigger problem arises when Kali learns her ex-boyfriend has made a misguided deal with the enemy in order to win her back-a decision that may ultimately cost him his humanity.

Keeping Kali safe has become a full time job for Rhane. And struggling to gain control of the immortal Banewolf isn't making that task any easier. The power to eliminate the growing threat against Kali lies at Rhane's fingertips, but using it means risking his friends to the insatiable blood lust of a monster. So Rhane is forced to forge a shaky alliance with creatures he has sworn to destroy. Despite these new allies, the danger pressing on their borders intensifies, culminating in a heartbreaking and shocking finale.

The strength of the bond between young and ancient lovers will be tested...and if Kali and Rhane are to survive, they must find a way to be unbreakable.

My Rating:

I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours for a review opportunity, all reviews and opinions are my own. 

I also have a review of the first book here.

It is a slow beginning but it more than makes up for that with that ending. Man oh man this book is a good one, it sets up for an epic third book with so many secrets left for one to wonder about. Kali and Rhane are back with even more problems than they had in the first book. Kali is learning more about her past which is something I really liked, how you got to see her re-experience her past lives and how they fit together to help her with what was currently going on.

I liked also how much Kali trains to get better and stronger instead of sitting around for Rhane and the group to save her, I know that is what they say they are there for, but I also understand Kali not wanting to be weak and wanting to do something for herself. We also learn a little bit more about Rhane and what he is all dealing with that the Banewolf is not all it is cracked up to be.

The only thing I keep getting hung up on is that Rhane is so much older than Kali. I know, I know they were lovers in Kali's previous life and age shouldn't matter but she is seventeen, that has to be effecting her judgement some what. Though I will say Rhane is a good guy he could use their past as an excuse to do almost anything he wanted but love doesn't take advantage of stuff like that so it is done well.

So now I am really excited to read the next one because of all the unanswered questions and it basically left off after an epic battle. I must know what happens next.

Favorite Quote of all Time:
"Rion, your balls taste wonderful."
Rion's face turned a bright shameful red. "Dude, you gotta get the terminology right. It's rock candy."

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review: Pure Justice (Book #2) by Liah Penn

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Genre: Dystopian, Mystery
Published: September 18, 2015
Publisher: Etopia Press
Pages: 345
Source: Red Moon Book Tours
Human trafficking. A kidnapped partner. Ina's case just got a whole lot darker. 

In an uncertain future where the Impures—genetic defectives—are banished to a ghetto territory, Detective Ina Stone and her rookie partner, Sam Fujimoto, constantly fight for survival. But when a murdered Impure is discovered in the projects with only a business card in his pocket, the clues lead them into the shadowy underworld of black market trade and human trafficking. After Sam is kidnapped by the Yakuza crime syndicate, Ina must hide her own defect to go undercover as a human trafficking victim. Accompanied by a Tebori master and a new detective with her own secrets, Ina must find a way to free Sam without exposing his role in the investigation, or getting herself killed in the process.

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Award-winning author Liah Penn is an attorney who practices law near New Orleans, Louisiana.  A former prosecutor, she has worked in a major metropolis, an Indian reservation and on the Mexican border.  She is an accomplished artist and is active in numerous arts organizations and boards in the New Orleans area.

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My Rating:

I received this book from Red Moon Book Tours for the book tour, all reviews and opinions are my own.  If you would like to check out the rest of the blog tour click here for the official schedule.

I also have a review of the first book here.

All I have to say to begin with is man that ending definitely will hit you in the feels, but I don't want to give to much of it away so on to other things. This one starts basically where the last one left off give or take a little time. More problems keep happening between the Pure and Impure people, which leaves Ina to clean up after everyone. Ina is in it by herself for the beginning since Sam is still recuperating from the end of the first book. So we see her dealing with the beginnings of pregnancy and trying to hide it for a little while until she can figure out what to do.

Her and Sam I feel have a lot to work through emotion wise. They seem like they will work it out but I feel they have to have a big conversation to get on the same page and unfortunately that didn't really happen this book since it was mostly about him getting captured and just Ina working to get him back. Though they do realize that they both still want and need each other when it all comes down to it, no matter the emotional problems. Ina is still working with the reason why she is an Impure, I know she doesn't let it hinder her physically but emotionally there is a block there and I think that is keeping her from being happy. Sam is happy with who he is and what is happening and I just think he is a little over excited and needs to take a step back and have some understanding that Ina won't want that all pushed on her at one time. I know these two are going to make it they just have to work through the differences like any normal relationship.

I do feel the ending was kind of rushed a lot of different things seemed to come full circle the last couple pages. I think two of them would have been fine but the third one could have been left for the next book possibly. The third point I am talking about is something that happened from the first book leads to something in this one but not till the end and it just kind of ends abruptly with out much of a fight or problem, it just seemed like filler that wasn't needed or needed to be flushed out a little more. Other than that the plot was really well and like I said the main ending will hit you with all the feels.


He lay face down on the pavement, his shoes missing, blood staining the concrete and forming an unlikely halo around his head. It was a fresh kill, and I was surprised it had been called in so quickly. A death like this could go unnoticed for hours, if not days, especially down here in the Rainbow Alley projects.

I felt a movement at my elbow. Melker had arrived with a new tech, Roselli, and they scurried to place screens to protect the integrity of the scene. I looked down at my feet. I hadn’t even put on protective footwear. I stepped back gingerly.

“Couldn’t wait for me, eh?” Melker tugged me gently out of the way. “Get your suit on before you contaminate my crime scene.”

He was right, of course. I should have waited until his arrival. I stepped over to the open tailgate of the Death Examiner wagon and dug into a supply box, pulling out a paper suit, shoe protectors, and a face mask. It was the middle of the night and I was dead tired. I perched on the wagon’s tailgate and put on the protective gear. My stomach churned while I waited for Melker’s permission to return to the body.

I felt the bile in my throat rise and I bolted around the side of the van, where I heaved my dinner into the gravel and dirt. I then pressed my cheek against the cool glass window and took several deep breaths. Damn, that was close. I swiped my mouth with my sleeve.

The two patrol guys who had answered the call were standing at the tailgate, waiting for me. They gave me a funny look as I emerged from behind the wagon.

“You OK, Ina?” Officer Jim Lee asked, his notebook in hand.

I nodded but I didn’t feel fine. My hormones were raging. I was only a couple of months in, but this pregnancy was knocking my socks off. I tucked my withered hand into a pocket. “What’ve you got?”

Lee looked down at his notes. His expression was passive, as if he saw this kind of thing all the time. “Called in at one o’clock, about an hour ago. I was here within four minutes of the call. Chuy was right behind me. The guy wasn’t dead yet.”

“He wasn’t?” I was surprised. I had been called out as a detective to an Unattended Death. “No paramedics?”

“By the time they got here, he was gone.” Lee fingered the pages of his notepad, then closed it with a snap of his wrist.

“So they left? I must have just missed them. I was here…”

“Within ten minutes,” Lee said, “I know. They got a radio call and took off. Sorry.”

I glanced over at Melker. Hadn’t he finished with the screens yet? The aged streetlight only partially illuminated the scene, coloring everything with an amber hue. I saw the new tech setting up a spotlight. It would be a few more minutes before I’d be allowed back over to examine the body.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Review: Ecstasy Unbound (Book #1) by Setta Jay

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotica
Published: January18, 2014
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 302

Source: Netgalley
As one of the twelve Guardians, Urian has spent the last several centuries in a constant battle to keep the inhabitants of Earth’s Realms under control. Humanity has to evolve, hell beasts need to die, and Immortals need mates. But lately, Uri's mind is overrun with thoughts of when his sexy voyeur will find him again, watching him from the shadows, continuing their wicked game. All Guardians are forbidden contact with the little goddess and her brothers, but his need for her escalating, he finds it increasingly difficult to keep from pinning her down on the nearest surface and making her his.

Alexandra has managed to evade the Guardians and being cast out from the human Realm for centuries, ever since the Creators sent the Gods to sleep for their sins against humanity and banished all Immortals. Always sensing that she was needed on Earth, only once has Alex gone against her instincts and the price she paid will forever haunt her. It is for that reason she forces herself to stay away from the only male who has ever truly enticed her. The only one who has ever made her long for what she knows is dangerous.

 In a desperate need to help her beloved brother, she will have to go to the enthralling Guardian, her dark obsession, and even though he will surely attempt to exile her, she won't go easily…

Warning: This book contains explicit and sizzling sex scenes with big dominant males. MFM, ménage, and light bondage.

My Rating:

I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review, all reviews and opinions are my own.

Warning this series is not for everyone, but it is definitely hot and heavy! Which of course my boyfriend did not mind in the least :P. I am glad the author has a warning that comes with her books because this is definitely a book that needs a warning, kind of like the males inside of the novels. I would have given this book a solid four stars if there was a bit more to the plot it just seemed like the plot was coming to something by the end of the book. I know first books usually set up for the rest and man do I mean it when I say I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

The Mythology is a nice touch to the plot line and I am excited to learn more about the Gods/Goddesses and about the Guardians past. This kind of reminded me of Sherrilyn Kenyon's books  at least with the Mythology aspect and the mating aspect of it. So I think that is why I really will like these books once I get deeper into the story.

I liked how at the end of this book it sort of sets up for the next one and now makes me excited to read about Gregoire. I really liked Uri and Alex they worked together pretty well and when Alex was feeling unsure in what to do next Uri reassured her and helped her bloom, in more ways than one. I am excited about getting to the next book in the series.