30 Apr 2019

Chrysalis | Blog tour

Title: Chrysalis
Series: The Order #3
Author: Nikki Rae
Release date: 30 April 2019

Synopsis
After Wolf Manor, Fawn vowed to never be weak, broken, or scared again. She has wrenched her power from the Vultures, visiting them under the cover of darkness to deliver the same drug they’d given her. This version has a different side effect: death.

It doesn’t stop the nightmares, it can’t erase what happened, but revenge is the only distraction from Lyon Estate. Tucked in the wilderness, she draws back into herself until Master Lyon demands they make good on their deal. In order to continue her vengeance, he is to be her Owner—really this time.

While it is a small sacrifice to make, Fawn isn’t prepared to be pulled back into Elliot’s world, where the rules of the Order exist, but in a new way. Running from him sends her into the arms of others in House Chimera. People who should be off limits, but they also stir something within her wholly different than the emotions Master Lyon can conjure. Marius is patient, and she finds herself clinging to him more now than ever before. People like them don’t believe in love, but can they choose it?

Fawn is no longer the prey, but beyond the trees, a lone Wolf is hunting…


Review 
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Nikki Rae!

Chrysalis is the third book in The Order series and continues the story of Fawn/Doe and Elliot/Master Lyon.

In the beginning it was a bit hard to get into the story because it’s been such a long time since I read the second book in the series, Wilt, but when I finished the first two chapters I was immediately into the story. Chrysalis is just so fast paced and well written, like Bloom and Wilt, and I couldn’t get enough of the story!

The Order had given my Master the seeds; he was the one who had made them sprout into wild vines, covering every inch of truth I could have seen and making me question each second we shared.

I remember not knowing what to think of Elliot/Master Lyon because of how Wilt ended, but now I love him all over again. We get to see a different side of him not that everything’s changed and I love it. Marius and Odette are both interesting characters and I don’t really want to spoil anything but damn… And then my favourite character: Fawn/Doe. She’s changed so much from how we know her in Bloom and I loved her character development. She’s become stronger and more beautiful (as a person).

Marius had meant to offer me comfort, but the slice of moon outside mocked me. I was trapped. We all were. No amount of stars could make the Wolves stop chasing us into different cages.

Chrysalis was everything that I needed and it was well worth the wait. I highly recommend this series because I love how dark this series is and Nikki Rae is just one of my favourite authors, so I have to recommend her books! I’m looking forward to reading the sequel!



Read the other books in The Order series
Bloom (The Order #1)
When she was sold at the age of nine to a Suitor, Fawn believed he would protect her from the “Mainworld”, where those who know nothing about the Order dwell. Living with the cruel man who bought her freedom, she finds just what the Order is about: money, control, and status for the Owner and humiliation and abuse for those they own.

Unwilling to accept the expectations of being Owned, Fawn goes from golden girl to maid, content to live in the shadows of the Order as long as she isn’t Owned again.

It’s been ten years since she disgraced her former Owner’s name, and now the brooding Frenchman Elliot Lyon wants her. Master Lyon is kind, smart, and unlike any man she’s met. She doesn’t want to admit it to herself, but Fawn is drawn to him despite constantly planning her next escape.

Even the prettiest flowers have thorns, and Master Lyon is hiding secrets that will uproot everything she thinks she knows about him.


Wilt (The Order #2)
When she was sold to Master Elliot Lyon of House Chimera, Fawn could have never imagined he was the same person as Elliot, the man beneath a well placed mask. A victim. Just like her. She would have never thought he was grooming her for the Wolf she’d already escaped once. That he planned to deliver her to the beast’s jaws in exchange for his wife. Master Jäger will stop at nothing to have her—even if that means using others as collateral. With more than just their lives on the line, Fawn must become someone else, and Master Lyon distances himself further from Elliot as her transfer looms.

The roots of the Order run deep within them, but Fawn is beginning to realize another bond has formed between her and her Owner, a man she vowed to destroy along with the rest of their tangled branches.

In a world where trust is just a tool and love isn’t meant for people like them, Fawn is determined to beat the powerful at their own elaborate games of make-believe. Even the man who Owns her.


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Teaser from this bonus material (This is a chapter from Chrysalis in Marius' POV) 
      He slid the glass to his side of the coffee table as he sat down on the other end of the sofa.
      “We talked about this, mon coeur.”
      My heart. He’d started to call me that when we were boys. I remembered the blood on my chest and how he’d sewn me back together.
      “He’d said he’d rip out my heart if I didn’t obey.” 
      “You are my heart,” Marius whispered. “You must take care of it. What happens to you happens to me.” 
      Lifting the drink to his nose, Marius sniffed and grimaced. Yes, the very scent we often associated with the Vulture visiting our beds. “You don’t need to punish yourself, Elliot.”
      Marius went as far as standing, setting the half empty glass on the bar cart.
      But I did need to punish myself. I deserved so much more than the sting of memories. A need for something more substantial itched my spine, but satisfying any urge right now was out of the question.
      “I can’t sleep.”
      He wasn’t far, but I wanted to touch. I was selfish enough to crave this, yet I would not ask for it aloud.
      "Because Fawn isn’t near you.” He phrased it as though he were finishing my sentence, not a question.
      Folding my hands in my lap, I stared at the flames. “I wouldn’t ask that of her,” I said evenly. “I’m not a monster.”
      My voice broke and it sent a wave of rage through me. Of course I was. I was no better than the disgusting man who had Owned us.
Marius moved an inch or two closer. “I know that. She knows that.”


About the author
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

 

Chrysalis | Review

Title: Chrysalis
Series: The Order #3
Author: Nikki Rae
Pages: 253 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 30 April 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis
After Wolf Manor, Fawn vowed to never be weak, broken, or scared again. She has wrenched her power from the Vultures, visiting them under the cover of darkness to deliver the same drug they’d given her. This version has a different side effect: death.

It doesn’t stop the1 nightmares, it can’t erase what happened, but revenge is the only distraction from Lyon Estate. Tucked in the wilderness, she draws back into herself until Master Lyon demands they make good on their deal. In order to continue her vengeance, he is to be her Owner – really this time.

While it is a small sacrifice to make, Fawn isn’t prepared to be pulled back into Elliot’s world, where the rules of the Order exist, but in a new way. Running from him sends her into the arms of others in House Chimera. People who should be off limits, but they also stir something within her wholly different than the emotions Master Lyon can conjure. Marius is patient, and she finds herself clinging to him more now than ever before. People like them don’t believe in love, but can they choose it?

Fawn is no longer the prey, but beyond the trees, a lone Wolf is hunting…


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Nikki Rae!

Chrysalis is the third book in The Order series and continues the story of Fawn/Doe and Elliot/Master Lyon.

In the beginning it was a bit hard to get into the story because it’s been such a long time since I read the second book in the series, Wilt, but when I finished the first two chapters I was immediately into the story. Chrysalis is just so fast paced and well written, like Bloom and Wilt, and I couldn’t get enough of the story!

The Order had given my Master the seeds; he was the one who had made them sprout into wild vines, covering every inch of truth I could have seen and making me question each second we shared.

I remember not knowing what to think of Elliot/Master Lyon because of how Wilt ended, but now I love him all over again. We get to see a different side of him not that everything’s changed and I love it. Marius and Odette are both interesting characters and I don’t really want to spoil anything but damn… And then my favourite character: Fawn/Doe. She’s changed so much from how we know her in Bloom and I loved her character development. She’s become stronger and more beautiful (as a person).

Marius had meant to offer me comfort, but the slice of moon outside mocked me. I was trapped. We all were. No amount of stars could make the Wolves stop chasing us into different cages.

Chrysalis was everything that I needed and it was well worth the wait. I highly recommend this series because I love how dark this series is and Nikki Rae is just one of my favourite authors, so I have to recommend her books! I’m looking forward to reading the sequel!

Lucid | Blog tour

Title: Lucid
Series: Lucid #1
Author: Kristy Fairlamb
Publisher: Lakewater Press
Release date: 23 April 2019
Tour schedule: http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-lucid-by-kristy-fairlamb/

Synopsis
A terrifying power. A horrifying curse. 

Lucy Piper lives a lonely existence on the precipice between life and death. She possesses the horrifying ability to resurrect real-life tragic events in her nightmares, reliving over and over, as if she were there, the last few moments before the victim takes their final breath. Car accidents, drownings, plane crashes – Lucy has seen it all. No one understands what it’s like living death by night and fearing sleep by day.

When Tyler Sims and his family move to town to escape past traumas, Lucy is drawn to him. The two of them are linked through their dreams, and with Tyler’s trust and friendship, hope for a brighter future returns to Lucy’s world. But Tyler's presence awakens something else in Lucy, and with this new knowledge, she will be forced to make impossible decisions. Decisions that will change history, and the future.

Chilling, haunting and compelling, this novel is the first in a two-part series for fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Hidden Memory of Objects that will leave you breathless for days.


Review
This book was provided by the author through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Kristy Fairlamb and Chapter by Chapter! 

Lucid is the first book in the Lucid series and tells the story of Lucy and Tyler.

I really like the concept of Lucid, because it’s really interesting. I mean, dreaming about people’s death and then trying to save them is really original. I really liked Lucy and Tyler’s relationship and I liked reading about their friends and family.

I think that the ending was a bit predictable and I had a ‘solution’ in my head for Lucy and Tyler’s problem, but then again I get why Lucid didn’t end with my ‘solution’. I often thought that the dreams were a bit too long and that the story was a bit slow.

Besides that, I really liked the story and I thought that the writing was good. I’m interested in the sequel and I really want to know what will happen to Lucy and Tyler!

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Author bio 
Kristy Fairlamb is an Australian author of the Young Adult Lucid series coming out in 2019.

She spends her days drinking coffee and torturing her characters with loads of tension – both love related and the nail biting kind.

Long before her days of writing began she spent half her childhood in a make believe world; daydreaming about growing up, falling in love, and travelling the world.

She’s worked as a nanny in country England, a junior matron in a boy’s boarding school south of London, a governess in East Timor, and made coffees and cleared tables in the New South Wales snow fields.

She lives with her husband, teenage daughter, and two sons in the beautiful Adelaide Hills where they’re lucky enough to get occasional visits from the local koalas.

She’s terrible at gardening, likes her bookshelves sorted by colour, and recently checked off a lifelong dream of jumping from a plane.

When she’s not writing or daydreaming about her stories you’ll find her reading, cooking for her family, or doing anything to avoid the housework.

Lucid | Review

Title: Lucid
Series: Lucid #1
Author: Kristy Fairlamb
Pages: 235 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Lakewater Press
Rating: ★★★★
3.5/5*

Synopsis

A terrifying power. A horrifying curse. 

Lucy Piper lives a lonely existence on the precipice between life and death. She possesses the horrifying ability to resurrect real-life tragic events in her nightmares, reliving over and over, as if she were there, the last few moments before the victim takes their final breath. Car accidents, drownings, plane crashes – Lucy has seen it all. No one understands what it’s like living death by night and fearing sleep by day.

When Tyler Sims and his family move to town to escape past traumas, Lucy is drawn to him. The two of them are linked through their dreams, and with Tyler’s trust and friendship, hope for a brighter future returns to Lucy’s world. But Tyler’s presence awakens something else in Lucy, and with this new knowledge, she will be forced to make impossible decisions. Decisions that will change history, and the future.

Chilling, haunting and compelling, this novel is the first in a two-part series for fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Hidden Memory of Objects that will leave you breathless for days.


Review
 
This book was provided by the author through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Kristy Fairlamb and Chapter by Chapter! 

Lucid is the first book in the Lucid series and tells the story of Lucy and Tyler.

I really like the concept of Lucid, because it’s really interesting. I mean, dreaming about people’s death and then trying to save them is really original. I really liked Lucy and Tyler’s relationship and I liked reading about their friends and family.

I think that the ending was a bit predictable and I had a ‘solution’ in my head for Lucy and Tyler’s problem, but then again I get why Lucid didn’t end with my ‘solution’. I often thought that the dreams were a bit too long and that the story was a bit slow.

Besides that, I really liked the story and I thought that the writing was good. I’m interested in the sequel and I really want to know what will happen to Lucy and Tyler!

26 Apr 2019

Unsteady in Love | Cover reveal

Title: Unsteady in Love
Series: Fairlane #3
Author: Harlow Layne
Genre: Contemporary/Military Romance
Cover Design: Harlow Layne
Release date: 10 May 2019

Synopsis
Everything I ever thought I knew about him, everything I thought he wanted was a lie.

Imagine one day calling your boyfriend, the love of your life, the man you planned to marry and have kids with only to find out his phone has been disconnected, and he’s joined the military.

How could someone love you if they ran away?

That was four years ago when he shattered my heart into a million pieces and today I find that same man on my doorstep … pleading for forgiveness and my hand in marriage.

Our relationship isn’t what I dreamt it would be. The only way to see it through is to keeping the past pain buried and protecting my heart. It shouldn’t be hard when he’s half a world away, but when tragedy strikes causing Holden to come back to me half the man he was when he left…

I must decide if he’s worth giving a second chance. With a past as checkered as ours, I’m not sure love will ever exist again.

Unsteady in Love is a stand-alone in the Fairlane series. The series has crossover characters from each novel. It is not required to read the books in order but it is recommended to enhance the reading experience.

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Other books in the Fairlane series:
With Love, Alex (Fairlane #0.5)

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Hollywood Redemption (Fairlane #1)

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Hollywood Fairytale (Fairlane #2)


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 About the author 
Harlow Layne is a hopeless romantic who writes sweet and sexy alpha males who will make you swoon.

Harlow wrote fanfiction for years before she decided to try her hand at a story that had been swimming in her head for years.

When Harlow’s not writing you’ll find her online shopping on Amazon, Facebook, or Instagram, reading, or hanging out with her family and two dogs.

Standing Sideways | Review

Title: Standing Sideways
Author: J. Lynn Baiely
Pages: 319 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: J. House Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

When Livia Stone suddenly loses her twin brother, Jasper, she must learn to navigate her new life alone. As she faces tragedy and starts down a road toward self-destruction, Daniel enters Livia’s life – at a moment when she needs it most.

Standing Sideways is a poignant, relevant, and touching story of survival, courage, and compassion that will have readers crying, laughing, and most of all, debating the issues affecting the lives of parents and teens alike on a journey of hope and forgiveness.



Review

This book was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you J. Lynn Bailey and Xpresso Book Tours!

Standing Sideways is a standalone about Livia who’s struggling with the death of her twin brother and with alcohol.

Standing Sideways is the third book I’ve read by J. Lynn Bailey and I cannot get enough of her writing and storytelling. Standing Sideways was different from the other books I’ve read by her, but not in a bad way. It was such a heartbreaking story and just so beautiful.

Livia went through so much when her twin brother died and when you compare Livia from the beginning of the book and the Livia from the ending of the book, you can see two different persons. She changed so much, but in a good way. She’s such a strong character.

I really recommend Standing Sideways because it has such a strong message. I loved the characters and the story in general. I couldn’t help myself from crying because it was such an emotional read. I’m looking forward to reading more of J. Lynn Bailey’s books!

22 Apr 2019

Her Defiant Heart | Review

Title: Her Defiant Heart
Series: Damaged Hearts #1
Author: Monica Murphy
Pages: 200 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: EM Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★
4.5/5*

Synopsis

Life can feel like a cruel joke. I grew up poor and motherless, with a father who never got over his wife’s abandonment. But now he's gone too, and I'm dead set on finding the woman who so carelessly tossed me aside when I was a baby.

I want revenge. And I'm going to get back at my mother any way that I can.

I change my name. Start my new life in college, and just happen to cross paths with the gorgeous, ultra-rich Rhett Montgomery. He's immediately interested in me, not that I'm surprised.

You see, I planned it that way. I meant for him to find me. He's the one connection to my mother, and I'm using him, so I can destroy her. But I didn't plan on Rhett being so charming. Sweet. Sexy.

And I definitely didn't plan on falling for him either…



Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you EM Publishing and Netgalley!

Her Defiant Heart is the first book in the Damaged Hearts series and tells the story of Jensen and Rhett. 

Her Defiant Heart is the second book I read by Monica Murphy and it was totally different than the first book I’ve read by her, Saving It. I mean this in a good way because Her Defiant Heart was such an interesting and addictive read.

I really liked the main character Jensen because she kind of reminded me of Joe from the TV show You. She always talked to herself like Joe did in the TV show, and I kinda liked that she was a bit psycho. Rhett was also an interesting character because Jensen never believed him so you don’t trust him either.

Her Defiant Heart was such a fast paced read and I couldn’t get enough of the story and the characters. There were some plot twists, and I couldn’t help myself from buying the two other books in the series. I really wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters.

I think that the second book in the series, His Wasted Heart, was the best book in the series and I really recommend checking out these books!

19 Apr 2019

Wolf Freed | Review

Title: Wolf Freed
Series: The Last Shifter #4
Author: Sadie Moss
Pages: 208 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 25 April 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

This ends here. It ends with us. 

After seeing the horrors Strand inflicted in the name of research, I thought they couldn’t surprise me anymore.

I was wrong.

When we learn the truth behind Doctor Shepherd’s experiments, it changes everything. Armed with that knowledge, we may finally have a way to end the Shifter Initiative once and for all.

But even as we dig up Strand’s secrets and prepare for our final confrontation with them, I’m keeping a secret of my own. From my pack, and even worse… from my mates.

When they find out what I’ve been hiding, will I lose everything I’ve been fighting for?

Wolf Claimed is the thrilling conclusion to The Last Shifter series, a reverse harem story intended for ages 18+. This book contains strong language, violence, sexual situations, and a fierce heroine who doesn't have to choose between her men.



Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Sadie Moss!

Wolf Freed is the fourth and final book in The Last Shifter series and tells the story of Alexis and her mates.

Wolf Freed started where Wolf Claimed left off and I was on the edge of my seat until I read the last page. Wolf Freed was so well written, the right amount of romance, action and suspense! I finished this book in two days because I had to know what was going to happen and how to book was going to end.

I just love Alexis and her mates and every time I read about them, I couldn’t stop myself from smiling. I just love their chemistry and their bond. Something I also really liked was the M/M romance between Alexis and two of her mates. That was so hot!!


I’m so sad that this series if finally but I’m also really happy. Wolf Freed was such a beautiful ending for Alexis and her mates! I’m definitely going to check out the other book series by Sadie Moss because she’s an amazing author, and I cannot wait to read more of her books! I highly recommend The Last Shifter series!!!

17 Apr 2019

Eternal Night | Review

Title: Eternal Night
Series: Age of Vampires #5
Author: Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti
Pages: 405 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 19 April 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

When Montana wakes to an impossible reality she isn't remotely prepared for, Erik seeks to make the transition as easy as possible for her.

Callie struggles with the terrifying decision she made for her sister and fears what will happen as she and the slayers make their way onto Erik's estate to meet with her.

But while the fragile alliance between the slayers and the vampire royals is barely holding together, they are forced to unite against a common enemy. Valentina is taking to the streets, causing havoc in the city. And it seems the gods are helping her to do the unthinkable and rise to power over the New Empire...



Review

This book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti!

Eternal Night is the fifth book in the Age of Vampire series and continues the story of Callie, Magnar, Montana and Erik.

Eternal Night was just so good and I don’t know what to say. I finally thought that everything was going to be okay for the characters (even though I knew that there’s going to be a sixth book) and then the last few chapters happened…

The Age of Vampires series is such an addictive book series and I cannot get enough of every book. I usually finish these books in two days just because the story is so well written and packed with suspense, action and romance. Every book in this series is so fast paced, and these plot twists keep on surprising me.

I really love Callie and Montana, as I mention in every review. I just love that these girls are twins, they both been through so much, certain things happened to Montana, and they still believe in each other and love each other. They have such a beautiful bond! Erik and Magnar are definitely something else…

Eternal Night was yet again an amazing sequel and I cannot wait for the next book, Eternal Storm!

Books I DNF

First of all, let me explain what DNF means. DNF means ‘Did Not Finish’ so you’ve started a book but don’t feel like continuing reading the book because of a specific reason. Most of the time my reasons are that I don’t like the writing, I don’t like the characters, or that I just wasn’t the right time to read a book.

In total I haven’t finished 14 books according to Goodreads but I’m sure that I’ve DNF more books, but let’s just go with what Goodreads says. Seven of those books were ARCs and the other seven books were books that I own or borrowed from the library.

Let’s start with the ARCs:
  • Robbergirl by S.T. Gibson
  • Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson
  • Renegade (Black Dawn #0.5) by Mallory McCartney
  • Things I’d Rather Do Than Die by Christine Hurley Deriso
  • Valentine: Act I of II by Elliot Morreau
  • The Book of Songs (The Weaver Trilogy #1) by Louice Svedin 
  • Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander

And the other books:
  • The Kill Order (The Maze Runner #0.5) by James Dashner
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • Dingetje by Herman Koch (Dutch book) 
  • Dix-neuf secondes by Pierre Charras (French book)
  • Gelukkig zijn we machteloos by Ivo Victoria (Dutch book)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emilie Brontë
  • Visitors (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3 #18) by Laura Anne Gilman

Most of the time, I didn’t finish these books because I couldn’t connect with the story of the characters. There were a lot of times that I barely read 20% of the book or skipped a lot of pages, just because I couldn’t bring myself to read these books.

Sometimes it was also just an aspect that didn’t interest me at all, for example with Things I’d Rather Do Than Die. There was a big focus on God and I’m not really a believer so it kept on bothering me how they mentioned God in every chapter. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind reading about people that believe in God and I respect those who do, but this was just a bit too much for me.

I also don’t finish books because I just couldn’t care what the characters were going through or when it’s a book in the series and I disliked one of the pervious books. This happened with The Kill Order (The Maze Runner #0.5) by James Dashner. I loved the first book, The Maze Runner, but the second book wasn’t as good as the first one and the third wasn’t good at all. And then I wanted to give The Kill Order a go because it was a prequel but I couldn’t finish it just because I had such a bad experience with The Death Cure.

And the last thing I want to discuss is not reading the book at the right time. One of the books that I had this feeling with, was Wuthering Heights by Emilie Brontë. Wuthering Heights is highly praised on numerous websites, blogs and even in books but when I read this book I just didn’t feel like reading it. I couldn’t connect to the story or the characters and I think that was because I was too young. I’ve read Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley when I was 15 and I had a hard time reading it (even though I liked both of these books). I think that if I would try and read a classic again that I’d enjoy it more than when I was 15.

So yeah, as you can see, I DNF a few books and that’s okay. You cannot love or like every book you read and sometimes you have to make the decision to stop reading a book so you can spend your time reading a book that you do enjoy!

15 Apr 2019

June Kisses | Review

Title: June Kisses
Series: Wilder Irish #6
Author: Mari Carr
Pages: 206 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★★
4.5/5*

Synopsis

Kiss me once, shame on you. Kiss me twice, shame on me…

The first kiss with Landon, Sunnie blames on tequila. The second on adrenaline. He did save her and her Louis Vuitton from a mugger after all.

But then the kiss goes viral and sexy cop Landon is flooded with female attention. Now it’s Sunnie’s turn to save Landon – by pretending to be his girlfriend.

It’s all fake fun and games and a few orgasms until Landon’s ex comes back to town.

Now Sunnie has to decide if June is just for kisses or for love and commitment…

June Kisses is a standalone story in Mari Carr’s Wilder Irish series (book 6).


Review

This book was provided by the author through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Mari Carr! 

I never heard of Mari Carr until I saw her book on Netgalley, but that didn’t stop me from requesting this book. I really liked the cover and the synopsis sounded really promising.

June Kisses is the sixth book in the Wilder Irish series, but every book can be read as a standalone. June Kisses tells the story of Sunnie and Landon.

I requested this book with no expectations and I’m glad that I requested this book on Netgalley. June Kisses is such a good Romance. I couldn’t stop reading because I wanted to know how the story was going to end and whether Sunnie and Landon were going to be an item or not.

I really liked the characters, Sunnie and Landon, because they were opposites and I’m just a sucker for friends to lovers stories as well as best friend’s little sister love stories. And June Kisses gave me everything that I needed.

June Kisses was a hot and romantic story and I cannot wait to read more of the Wilder Irish books and the Wild Irish books by Mari Carr!

12 Apr 2019

Green cut crease | Tutorial

So I created another green look and I’m in love with it. I’ve been trying to create more cut crease looks because I really like the look of them. When I first started this tutorial, I wasn’t sure which colour I was going to use but then the green was calling my name… I feel like an alien princess with this green eyeshadow and highlighter!

I cannot recommend this palette and highlighter enough. These are two of my all-time favourite products and they’re so affordable! Both brands are cruelty-free and Makeup Revolution is also vegan!


1. Prime your eyelids and put a green eyeshadow in the crease.

2. Use concealer to make the cut crease.

3. Add a green shimmer shade onto the cut crease part and put green eyeshadow on the outer corner.

4. Use a white eyeliner to define the cut crease.

5. Create a fine line close to your lash line (helps with the fake lashes) and use the liner on your waterline. After applying the eyeliner, use a green eyeshadow to blend the liner.

6. Add mascara and fake lashes.

7. Use a green highlighter to give the look some extra green.

8. And lipstick! I forgot to take a photo of my lipstick, I’m a bad blogger I know, but I used the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mannequin.

And that’s it!

Chrysalis | Cover reveal

Title: Chrysalis
Series: The Order #3
Author: Nikki Rae
Release date: 30 April 2019

Synopsis
After Wolf Manor, Fawn vowed to never be weak, broken, or scared again. She has wrenched her power from the Vultures, visiting them under the cover of darkness to deliver the same drug they’d given her. This version has a different side effect: death.

It doesn’t stop the nightmares, it can’t erase what happened, but revenge is the only distraction from Lyon Estate. Tucked in the wilderness, she draws back into herself until Master Lyon demands they make good on their deal. In order to continue her vengeance, he is to be her Owner—really this time.

While it is a small sacrifice to make, Fawn isn’t prepared to be pulled back into Elliot’s world, where the rules of the Order exist, but in a new way. Running from him sends her into the arms of others in House Chimera. People who should be off limits, but they also stir something within her wholly different than the emotions Master Lyon can conjure. Marius is patient, and she finds herself clinging to him more now than ever before. People like them don’t believe in love, but can they choose it?

Fawn is no longer the prey, but beyond the trees, a lone Wolf is hunting…


Read the other books in The Order series
Bloom (The Order #1)
When she was sold at the age of nine to a Suitor, Fawn believed he would protect her from the “Mainworld”, where those who know nothing about the Order dwell. Living with the cruel man who bought her freedom, she finds just what the Order is about: money, control, and status for the Owner and humiliation and abuse for those they own.

Unwilling to accept the expectations of being Owned, Fawn goes from golden girl to maid, content to live in the shadows of the Order as long as she isn’t Owned again.

It’s been ten years since she disgraced her former Owner’s name, and now the brooding Frenchman Elliot Lyon wants her. Master Lyon is kind, smart, and unlike any man she’s met. She doesn’t want to admit it to herself, but Fawn is drawn to him despite constantly planning her next escape.

Even the prettiest flowers have thorns, and Master Lyon is hiding secrets that will uproot everything she thinks she knows about him.


Wilt (The Order #2)
When she was sold to Master Elliot Lyon of House Chimera, Fawn could have never imagined he was the same person as Elliot, the man beneath a well placed mask. A victim. Just like her. She would have never thought he was grooming her for the Wolf she’d already escaped once. That he planned to deliver her to the beast’s jaws in exchange for his wife. Master Jäger will stop at nothing to have her—even if that means using others as collateral. With more than just their lives on the line, Fawn must become someone else, and Master Lyon distances himself further from Elliot as her transfer looms.

The roots of the Order run deep within them, but Fawn is beginning to realize another bond has formed between her and her Owner, a man she vowed to destroy along with the rest of their tangled branches.

In a world where trust is just a tool and love isn’t meant for people like them, Fawn is determined to beat the powerful at their own elaborate games of make-believe. Even the man who Owns her.


About the author
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

 

Forgiven | Blog tour

Title: Forgiven
Series: The Nash Brothers #2
Author: Carrie Aarons
Release date: 11 April 2019

Synopsis
In a split-second, a car crash killed almost everything between them. Ten years later, can one accidental ride fix tattered spirits, uncertain futures, and broken hearts?

Lily Grantham has always done what she’s been told. The daughter of a senator, she grew up as the good girl of Fawn Hill, and carried that torch right on through to adulthood. Her only wild streak? Bowen Nash. She loved that boy since the day they laid eyes on each other, and it nearly ended them both. A decade later, and Lily still can’t move on. Even if Bowen has made it clear he doesn’t love her anymore.

Bowen Nash never wanted the life he’s trapped in. Destined for baseball fame and the love of his high-school sweetheart, that existence vanished in the flip of an old pickup. Now, he’s stuck in the town that produced his worst nightmare. Pretending to hate Lily Grantham guts him day in and day out. But to protect her from the ultimate secret, it’s necessary to break his own heart each time they pass on the street.

They’ve been fighting fate for as long as it’s been chasing them. And now, time is up.



Review
This book was provided by the author through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Carrie Aarons and InkSlinger Pr!

Forgiven is the second book in The Nash Brothers series and tells the story of Lily and Boden. Forgiven can be read as a standalone, but I still recommend reading Fleeting.

While reading Fleeting, I was always wondering why Lily and Boden acted so weird when they were around each other and now I finally know why. I loved that we got to know their story and it was so emotional. The double perspective really worked in Forgiven because you could read about both their feelings and thoughts.

Lily and Boden are both such strong characters. They both got their heart broken because of an accident and they don’t know whether the other person still has feelings for the other. Lily is such a sweet and kind girl, and I’m happy that she finally stood up for herself. Boden is more of an introverted person which makes it seem like he’s mean, but he’s not, and I really like him.

I also want to mention that I really love the covers. They’re so pretty yet simple. I really like that every book has a specific colour and I cannot wait to find out what the next colour is!

Forgiven was such a quick read and so well written. I really liked Fleeting and Forgiven was just such a good sequel! I cannot wait to read the next book in The Nash Brothers series!  

About the author 
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.

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