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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekly Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners from last week.

Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

All winners have been notified via email and are posted on the Rafflecopter form from that giveaway post. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered. =)

ARC Review: Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig

I have to admit that I am a bit torn when it comes to Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig. This book was beautifully written and I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed so much of it, and yet I am not entirely sure how I feel after finishing it. One thing is for sure, this book was a great story and I was immediately captivated by these characters. 

Maverick has been in love with Killian Shepherd for years. But he broke her heart and married her sister Jillian. Maverick always thought that he would wake up and leave her sister for her, but when he doesn't Maverick decides to marry her best friend Kael, Killian's brother. Right before she is set to wed Kael, she gives Killian one last chance, but when he doesn't take the opportunity to be with her, Maverick and Kael get married and start their lives together. But now that they are one big family, feelings and secrets make their lives more complicated than ever. 

I felt invested in these characters right away. I knew things would be complicated going into this story, and they definitely were. I struggled with who I thought was the right man for Maverick, and I could see reasons why each one was perfect for her. I felt for all of them, and the impossible situation that they were in. Humans are so complicated and we can't control our feelings. Just because you love someone doesn't necessarily mean that you belong together. As this story unfolded, I was torn and I won't say if Maverick ended up with the person that I thought she should. Ultimately, there were so many things going on here and I think that while some will be unhappy with how things turn out that most will think that everything turned out exactly as it should.

Overall, I think that this is a book that will evoke strong reactions for readers and is one that is best experienced blindly. I really believe that this story is best experienced when you don't know what is happening. This book was completely unexpected and my heart hurt for these characters through so much of this book. They were in a situation where nothing was easy, and regardless of what I felt was the right way to go, they had to each do what they felt was right for them. While the writing was beautiful and the story was impossible to put down, there were something that personally kept me from rating this one at five stars. I think that this book is one worth reading, and if it sounds like something you might like I definitely recommend giving this one a shot. K.L. Kreig is a great writer, and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Feature: Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig

I’ve loved him as long as I can remember.

The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop.

Killian Shepard.


We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into a woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life.

He’d be back.

He was always meant to be mine.

He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me.

So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do.

I got my revenge.

I married his brother, Kael.

Now we’re one big happy fucking family.

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Audiobook Review: To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt, Narrated by Anne Flosnik

Since I started “The Maiden Lane” series I am hocked on Elizabeth Hoyt. When I finished that latest book “Duke of Pleasure” I jumped up and ran to see the first available book by her. Since I have a million books to read I picked an audio book to listen to instead of reading.  “To Beguile a Beast” is a part of the “Legend of the Four Soldiers” series not “The Maiden Lane.”  I looked at the reviews and really liked the plot.

This book is classic Hoyt.  The heroine is a beautiful woman with two children.  Helen is running away from her former life and at a friend’s suggestion she has ventured into the home of Sir Alistair Munroe.  Alistair is a recluse. After a very bad skirmish with the native Americans he is left wounded and permanently scarred. Alistair is a bitter man and that last thing he wants is a woman-even if she is a beautiful woman- and her two children.

Helen doesn’t have too many options. She is running away with her children and even though she is frightened by Alistair and slightly intimidated by his very callous attitude she has nowhere else to run to.  She sets her mind to it and decides that Alistair has to take her on as his house maid and she will fight until he does. 

First, although I really love alpha heroes, Alistair was very rough. He was not very enduring and his physical appearance had nothing to do with it. Second, it wasn’t until more than half way through that I really started to like him and want him and Helen to find their happily-ever-after.  Helen was an ok heroine at first. She seemed very undecided and weak bust she too grew stronger for me. The reason that I really enjoyed this story is because of all the deep and sweet moments that they all share.  There were many, many scenes that I clutched at my heart and just sighed because it really highlighted the pain and vulnerability of the characters.  Alistair really steps up and finally proves himself worthy of the hero title and I really liked that!  Just when Helen and Alistair are finally finding their way to each other Helen’s past comes to haunt her.  Alistair is way too involved and can’t turn his back on her.

Anne Flosnik is a great narrator. I’ve heard different books read by her and she really gets the characters and brings them to life. I really enjoy her narrations.  As I mentioned before, Hoyt is such a great author.  I’ve yet to read or hear a book of hers and not be moved by it. 

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Review: Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn

Sharon Shinn starts a new series with Troubled Waters. It's a book based in a world where nearly everything is defined by the elements. People tend to have personalities based either upon Water, Fire, Wood, Air, or Earth. These personalities also have an affinity with Blood, Mind, Bone, Soul, or Flesh respectively. In this world, people look to temples to give them random blessings to help guide their lives.

The main character, Zoe Ardelay, is a coru (Water/Blood) woman whose father has just passed away. He and Zoe had been exiled from the capital of the Kingdom (Chialto) for many years and only had each other. His loss affected her greatly, and it left her unsure where to go with her life after him. A few days after his death, a royal official from Chialto, Darien Serlast, comes to collect her. She is to become the King's fifth wife. 

An opportunity presents itself randomly to Zoe to escape this fate and she takes it. Her life then takes many twists and  turns as she tries to discover who she is. Turns out she is quite a lot more than she ever imagined. Throughout her adventures and discoveries, she tries to stay hidden from Darien, but she cannot help wondering about him and looking for him. 

Sharon Shinn really understands politics. I for one usually don't like reading anything resembling politics as it bores me, but Shinn writes about them like an art. The few action packed scenes are separated by all of these conversations that should be quite boring, but they're not. I had a hard time putting the book down to get proper sleep! The only thing I would have liked to see in this book was some of Darien's perspective. This is just personal preference, and honestly with how many secrets he held, it would have been difficult to do. I am excited to pick up the next book, Royal Airs!

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