Soul Corrupted (Of Demon and Angels Book 2) by Lisa Gail Green

Soul Corrupted (Of Demon and Angels Book 2) by Lisa Gail Green

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

3 ½ stars!

When Josh saved Grace’s life and was given another chance at a better afterlife, with Grace at his side in Heaven. They are finally in each other’s arms, but Grace is having trouble adjusting to her new found happiness – worrying that she doesn’t deserve to be so happy when her family is still in such turmoil over her loss. And when her and Josh are put back on Anti-Christ lookout duty, Grace can only think of her family – her little brother Noah who seems to be headed down the path that Josh was once on, straight to the Boss himself. With Keira now battling for Noah’s soul and the Boss trying to distract Grace and Josh from the next Anti-Christ, the two heavenly beings start to feel the strain on their relationship.

And now that Josh has made a deal with the Boss once more, in an attempt to keep Grace out of harm’s way and save Noah from a terrible decision, Josh is forced to pretend he no longer loves Grace – which breaks her further, but also helps her pull herself together and realize what she wants and how she needs to get it. The only problem with Grace’s problems is everything – Noah may have already lost a losing battle, Josh might be heading back “downstairs”, and Grace could lose everything she ever loved. It’s a battle of good, evil, and the power of love.

I really enjoyed this book – it left right where the last left off, but with Grace’s guilt overwhelming her to the point of affecting everything from her “job” to her relationships. Josh’s all consuming love for Grace should be enough, but you can feel that there is something between them almost from the first page. I definitely thought there could have been a little more insight into Grace’s thoughts for her actions – I was left feeling a little confused and bummed (no spoilers though!). I am hoping that the final book in the series will answer all those burning questions I at least was left with…good middle, but certainly expecting something big for the next book!

Queen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) by Sherry D. Ficklin

Queen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) by Sherry D. Ficklin


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**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review**

4 stars!

With her son taken from her, the Empress on the verge of death, and her husband’s madness growing by the day, Catherine maintains her grace and royal demeanor.  Her life is not in her hands, but she intends to take it back and rule over Russia – with or without Peter by her side.  She is so calculating – but not in a spiteful way, but a way that an Empress should act.  The people all love her and see her as the ruler they were meant to have.  So when the Empress finally does succumb to her illness, Peter with all his ravings stands up to take his place as the Emperor – but he doesn’t go about it the right ways and Catherine finally sees her opening to take the crown.  Along with her, Catherine has the always present Sergei and her guard Grigori, who help her along every step of her journey.  But when Peter’s insanity rages so out of control he damages Catherine physically in the middle of a party he hosts, he bolsters her eventual reign.

While this was of course a fictional interpretation of a non-fictional person from history, Ms. Ficklin definitely had a lot of historical accuracy throughout.  I loved this series from the beginning, seeing how she when from Sophia to Catherine, and then to the Empress of Russia – so much pain and heartache for such a young lady, but the way she was able to remain so in control and so humble throughout her life; even in her death she is able to tell her children how sorry she wasn’t a better mother, but that she was a great leader.  I think that anyone who loves historical romances will be elated by this series – it was a smart series that was impossible to put down once I picked it up.  Great job Ms. Ficklin – here’s to many more :)

Darken The Stars The Kricket Series (Book 3) by Amy A. Bartol

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Darken The Stars The Kricket Series (Book 3) by Amy A. Bartol

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 ½ stars!

Now that Kyon Ensin of the Alameeda Brotherhood has finally gotten his ultimate prize and desire – the Priestesses Kricket Hollowell – he’ll stop at nothing to protect her and make her his in every sense of the word. But Kricket’s heart is still with Trey Allairis, the Rafe soldier that saved her from Earth and from the other Alameedans that would use her for her gift of prophecy. Kyon has taken Kricket to his own private island to get to know her better so when they are “joined” or married, she will be willing to submit to his will completely. At first, Kricket is bound and determined that Kyon is the jerk she first met on Earth – and that all he wants to do is control her every move. But as they get to know each other better, they form an alliance of sorts with the common enemy being none other than Kyon’s own father, Excelsior Ensin – the Chancellor of the Alameeda Brotherhood.

As their bond grows, Kricket begins to realize that Kyon may be the only one that is able to truly able to keep her safe from the Chancellor’s evil grasp. Also, through her out of body prophecy experiences, Kricket learns that her father, Pan Hollowell whom she thought had been dead since she was a little girl, is actually alive and well and leading a rebellion against the Alameedans – and he let anything or anyone, not even his own daughter, get in his way. And as Kricket slowly drifts her affections toward Kyon and away from Trey, she cements her decision to fight in the war alongside Kyon, for the good of herself and her stone heart. But when the war shows up on Kyon’s doorstep, Kricket must make a choice – Trey or Kyon, Ethar or Earth…when it comes to the war inside Kricket, there is never any easy choice, except to always protect herself.

Oh how I had mixed feelings about this book…I wanted to hate Kricket for betraying Trey like she does, but then Kyon starts really showing Kricket how he feels – not just for her ability but genuinely about HER. But when all is said and done throughout each book, the underlying fact is that Kricket is a fighter and a survivor – she overcomes every obstacle and roadblock that stands in her way, whether it’s an entire fleet of warriors or an overzealous dictator. These stories are about a strong young lady that overcomes in the face of diversity and hardship – and while I truly hope this is not the end of the series (I think I would still be really sad with this ending for Kricket!), I can say that Ms. Bartol has given us readers a strong and resilient character and story that will at times warm your heart or have you on the verge of tears at others. Here’s to hoping Kricket still has some stories left to tell!

The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly

The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

3 ½ stars!

In the small coastal town of Emerald Cove, Nova Morgan lives on the wrong side of the tracks – at least in the eyes of the “cakes” or rich kids that come there to their summer home every year. Along with her best friend Alex Pace, Nova is terrorized and tormented on a daily basis by the cakes while working in her grandfather’s bustling restaurant – one of which is her ex-boyfriend she thought she’d never have to see again. But this summer is about to be even worse than past summers…this summer, someone is on a killing spree.

At first it’s just animals mutilated and left with a beautiful yet poisonous Foxglove flower in their mouths…but when one of the cake girls goes missing, the breezy summer town turns upside down with talk of murder and the fingers start pointing of someone local being the culprit. And when Nova and Alex end up in the middle of mayhem – along with the local hoodlums Matt and Janika, the officials start looking their way. Especially when not just the one missing cake shows up dead, but two – and Alex is supposedly the last one to have seen one of them alive.  And so as soon as Alex goes missing, only Nova and her nemesis Janika believe in his innocence. But if it’s not enough, that could mean that a murderer goes free and Alex could be lost to Nova forever…

While I had a hard time digesting a lot in the story – like how the cakes answered to virtually no one, they always get their revenge, and their willingness to hurt people – I have to say that I didn’t see the ending coming from a mile away. It was so out of the blue – a little crazy and didn’t necessarily make the most sense for me as a reader, but it sure did catch me by surprise – that alone was worth the extra half star for me! While I really enjoyed seeing Nova and Alex’s relationship bloom and grow, I was left with a lot of unanswered questions upon reading the last line – it felt like a lot went unfinished or unsaid to explain the ending and the choices of the characters to the readers.

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

 The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 stars!

When 17 year old Morgan Dey signed up to be a Reducer – a person who’s brainmap file, or in essence their personality, is transferred into a Loner’s body, which is a person who needs to lose weight – she never thought it would be anything but an easy way to erase some of her family’s massive debit.  Boy, was she wrong!

The Body Institute is supposed to be a place for people to lose weight easily, especially for all of those that are “overweight” in the eyes of the government.  But with a corrupt director and an adamant group of protesters that don’t like that the government has the say over people – fat, skinny, tall, short…they just want people to live life, happy and in their own bodies.  After Morgan’s first successful Reducer job, all of her previous memories about how hard the work was are erased when her previous brainmap file is placed back inside her body that has been in stasis for the past three months.  Gone is the feeling that it was not worth it, or too hard – in fact when the director of the institute Leo Behr contacts her regarding a longer, more high profile Reducer job, with her family’s debit looming and threatening to send them to live in the Commons – the slums of town.  With extreme excitement at the challenge and the thought of the large pay that will help her with college and her family’s debit, Morgan decides to take on another Reducer job – for a teen girl with over 100 pounds to lose, which will take Morgan twice as long as a normal job.  But throughout the new job, Morgan is constantly noticing strange inconsistencies with the Institute and the promises they make to their Reducers, Loners, and families alike – there is something not quite right about the program, and Morgan intends to find out what that is.

Morgan’s story was very interesting – I loved the sc-fi feeling of brainmapping, high tech facilities, and Morgan’s strength and smarts throughout.  There were all the key points – a good cast of characters, a good story, a great premise – but it still felt like there was something missing from the narrative.  Some of it felt clipped or choppy – a bit jumbled or just plain overkill of words.  All in all, a good story about a strong young lady that sees changes that need to be made in the world and is brave enough to try to see them through, even if it means her life on the line.

Old Dog, New Tricks (Black Dog Book 4) by Hailey Edwards

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 Old Dog, New Tricks (Black Dog Book 4) by Hailey Edwards by Hailey Edwards

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

5 stars!

Now that Marshal Thierry Thackeray and daddy dearest Macsen, aka The Black Dog, have been reunited, Thierry’s life consists of practicing fighting and having her dad bunk on her couch.  That doesn’t leave much time for her and her hot incubus boyfriend Marshal Jackson “Shaw” to spend some quality time together.  Add all of that together with the fact that Thierry just found out that her mom and Mac are “back together”, she is feeling mighty frustrated with life right now.  So when Shaw goes missing, Thierry knows exactly where to look and who to ask – her “husband” Rook, the Unseelie Prince who tricked her into a marriage so he could take over the throne once she when back to the human realm.  But when Thierry and Mac travel back to Faerie, Rook and Shaw are nowhere to be seen.  In fact, word around is that Rook disappeared when the Morrigan overtook the throne from his temporary ruling.

Figuring that the only way to truly help Faerie is to destroy the six tethers allowing the Faerie inhabitants to travel between the two worlds – as well as the Morrigan to escape into the human world and have an endless human buffet at her fingertips.  But it is not an easy feat – Thierry and Mac will have many obstacles, as the tethers are all over Faerie in the different seasons.  They know that Morrigan will not let the tethers go without a fight.  As they go about the difficult task of destroying the remaining bridges back to the human realm and trying to save Shaw, Thierry begins to wonder if happily ever after is even a possibility for her.

I must say that I really enjoyed watching Thierry through her journey over the last four books – with exception of the first book, I really loved seeing how her life fell into place – good or bad (no spoilers here!).  She was in a strange place being a unique being – half human, half faerie, but she really was able to find her place in the world.  From Mac, to her mom, Shaw to Rook – Thierry had a lot on her plate and Ms. Edwards was really able to convey a very real young lady with real problems and real feelings.  This book was a terrific ending to a great series, even if I am sad to see Thierry go!

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He thought he left the battlefield
Logan Stone should be happy. More than
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he’s in. While he was focused on managing his PTSD, something much more
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“You know I like you, right?” Okaaaaay.  Not exactly what Logan expected to hear from Chad Thompson, head of Sutton Capital Security and Jack’s best friend and cousin.  Logan glanced over at the big man standing next to him and frowned. They’d gotten to know each other over the past few months, since Chad and Zach were friends, but he had no interest in talking about Chad’s feelings. And, Chad hadn’t really struck him as the touchy feely type.  The man had been an Army Ranger and he was built like a tank. He didn’t scream big giant teddy-bear.  “Uh, sure.”  Logan took a step to the side, inching away from Chad. There was an odd glint to the man’s eyes.  “I’m just saying, I like you,” Chad said and then let his gaze move to where Logan’s had been moments before. Across the room, Sam stood talking to some of the other women who worked at Sutton. “But, it needs to be said, if you mess with Sam, I won’t hesitate to implement a few of the more interesting techniques for dismembering bodies I’ve got tucked away.”  Andrew Weston, Sutton Capital’s Chief Financial Officer, and the third in the trio of best friends who ran Sutton and owned the majority of its shares, sidled up on the other side of Logan. He sipped what looked to be whiskey or bourbon of some kind from a glass.  “Here, here,” he said quietly, raising his glass in a toast.  Logan rolled his eyes.  “It’s not that I don’t appreciate the sentiment, gentlemen, and let me assure you, I have no intention of messing with her, but please. Don’t delude yourselves into thinking you can take me. Need I remind you of the fact that you’ve been out of the action for, what, ten years Chad?”  Logan had to admit, the conversation might have turned a tad juvenile after that, with he and Chad throwing insults at one another under their breath. Andrew cheered one side or the other on as the mood seemed to strike him. It didn’t have to be said that Logan had heard the warning and respected it. They loved Sam like a kid sister. Logan might be unreasonably attracted to her, but he was very well aware that his head was in the wrong damn place to be starting anything with a woman. Especially a woman like Sam. One who mattered. Given the fact that he wasn’t even sure he should be walking around civilized people instead of locked up in a hospital somewhere talking about his feelings, he wasn’t relationship material.  Jack joined the men where they stood still debating the training and prowess of the SEALs teams versus that of the Army Rangers. All three men laughed when Jack opened with: “So, Logan, you know I like you right?” as his eyes cut across the room to Sam.

Logan shook his head. “Yeah, yeah. I got it. You’ll kill me in new and interesting ways. We’ve covered it. Chad’s most recent plan includes filleting me from head to toe and Andrew has promised to bring salt to the party.”  “Hey, I said salt and margaritas,” Andrew said with a grin.  Jack laughed. “I thought we’d take you out on the boat, chum the waters, and see if a SEAL could swim faster than a shark.”  Logan had to grin at the creativity of the men who stood laughing around him. He saw Sam glance toward their group and his smile stilled. What the hell. He might as well be honest with these guys and let them know they had nothing to worry about.  “Listen, Samantha Page may very well be one of the sexiest creatures to walk the earth, but I’m not planning on dating her. You guys don’t have to—”  And, that’s where he broke off, because he’d just watched Sam’s eyes go wide and round with surprise, as though she’d understood every word he’d said. Every damn word.  “Jack. Would Samantha by any chance happen to read lips?” Logan didn’t take his eyes off Sam as he asked the question, and she seemed to choke on her drink as he asked the question.  Jack could hardly speak and Andrew and Chad seemed to be completely useless as they laughed at his blunder.  “Sure does,” Jack finally said as Logan continued to stare at a now red Sam across the room.  “Why do you think she sits in on every negotiation I go to? Real handy trick.”  Of course it is.

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writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. Her books range
from sweetheart to steamy in heat level. Lori published her first novel
in April of 2013 and has fallen in love with writing. She is the
author of the Sutton Capital Series; the Evers, Texas Series; and the
Triple Play Curse Novellas, a set of novellas with sexy baseball players
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Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon

Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

5 stars

How far would you go to preserve your reputation…?  Faced with a difficult predicament of being “un-dateable” due to her overprotective older brothers, high school junior Haley Patterson is in a complicated position.  Her twin brothers that are seniors at her school, and they look after her like a hawk – which means no boy will get within 10 feet of her as they are all too scared of her brothers.  But when an opportunity presents itself with the very popular and gorgeous bad-boy Bryce Colton, being a smart girl, Haley jumps at the chance to show her brothers that they’ve met their match and show other guys that she is completely dateable, despite her overbearing brothers.  So she blackmails Bryce into being her “boyfriend” for a period of three weeks.

At first, neither can stand the other and their acting skills are put to the test, but as they spend more time together they start to learn things about each other.  But as Bryce’s hoity-toity family is not great at showing emotions, he doesn’t know the first thing about acting like her really cares for Haley – like he’s in a real and meaningful relationship.  Seeing Haley interact with her family breaks down some of Bryce’s barriers, but when more poop hits the proverbial fan within his family, he starts pulling away and reverting back to his post-blackmail boyfriend ways…but is it a defense mechanism that he’s learned to put up when things get difficult, or is he really starting to feel things for Haley and it’s scary the heck out of him?   The real question is will either of them come away unscathed, or will they find a way to become something worth holding onto?

First of all, I’d like to say I can’t get enough of Ms. Cannon’s great writing!  She finds her way into your heart with her writing and leaves you with characters that you’d love to meet and befriend in real life.  Her characters seem to jump off the page and make you feel like you are a part of their world.  Haley, Bryce, and their friends are no exception – their ups and downs leapt into your hearts and brought a smile to your face.  This was yet another refreshing and clean story that is great for teens and adults alike!

Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire Book 2) by Sherry D. Ficklin

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Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire Book 2) by Sherry D. Ficklin

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 stars!

With power and societal position, comes heartache and pain. No one knows that better than Sophie, or as she is now known, Catherine The Great. When she became The Grand Duchess of Russia, she never imagined how much she could change in the short time since she married the Empress of Russia’s nephew Peter. Her every move is controlled and contained – not allowed to dress or eat without the assistance of her maids, but she’s also under the thumb of the powerful and oppressive Empress of Russia – who’s heart has become hardened to love and feeling. Catherine’s goal now is to bear a child who is to be the heir to the throne – but seeing as Peter has not so much as touched her since their nuptials; it’s making it difficult for Catherine to proceed with her intended purpose. Especially has Peter is more inclined to spend his time with his mistress Elizzavetta. But Catherine has a secret weapon in her pocket, in the form of her beloved Sergi. As Catherine slips deeper and deeper into the monarchy and comes to see what being a royal is all about, the only thing that keeps her feet rooted in the palace is the knowledge that by doing so, she has the ability to make some real changes – but with family such as Catherine’s, who needs enemies?

I LOVE how Ms. Ficklin is able to so seamlessly mesh the true history of Catherine The Great, but still add in saucy details that feel so real, even if they are from Ms. Ficklin’s imagination. The strength that Catherine exhibits should be mirrored by young girls today – even though she had no one, she had everyone right where she wanted them; poised to strike when the opportunity arose. A terrific combination of brains and beauty, Catherine’s story has surely never been told with such creativity and power has it does through Ms. Ficklin’s words. I am looking forward to September to see how Catherine brings the Russian Empire to its knees!