Review: Ruled (Honor Bound #10) by Angel Payne

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Published: December 11, 2018

Author: Angel Payne

Synopsis:

When the lines are erased, the passion begins.

Lines define Tracy Rhodes’s life, and she has no say in the matter once she is sworn in as second-in-command of the free world. But the lines are crushed beneath the boots of her security team’s special advisor during a high-profile event in Vegas. The towering warrior with the haunting stare shatters her composure, invades her libido, and makes her yearn for things she shouldn’t. Sweaty, illicit things…with her body pinned beneath his…

John Franzen, six and a half feet of rigid composure on the outside, is a lost man on the inside. What’s he doing here? A guy isn’t supposed to survive eleven years in Special Forces, especially after the crazy missions he’s been assigned. Accepting the security gig in Vegas is just a favor to a friend—a way to fill time that’s become too damn empty lately. Until the cushy “babysitting job” becomes the most treacherous mission of his life, and the politician he’s protecting becomes the woman in his bed. The lover beneath his bonds. The submissive he longs to claim forever.

She’s destined for marble halls and an oval office, and he’s wired for jungles, dirt, and violence. Will her passion be enough to tame his demons? To claim the ultimate warrior as her own?

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Opinion:

The men of Honor Bound always leave me wanting more, and I’m happy to say that Angel signed on for two more books in the series!

I’m so glad we finally got Franzen’s story! And equally as glad that he met Tracy. This story is such a suspenseful, dramatic addition to the series, and I loved every minute of it.

The ROMANCE in Ruled is unlike any of the others. It’s as unique as the characters and I found it really helped me understand the BDSM dynamic.

If you are late to the Angel Payne train, it’s not too late to hop on! Start with the Honor Bound series today!

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Misadventures with a Country Boy (Misadventures #17) by Elizabeth Hayley

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Published: December 4, 2018

Author: Elizabeth Hayley

216 Pages

Synopsis:

Brooke Devereaux has a lot she wants to escape from: a career she never asked for, a future she doesn’t want, and parents who’ve only ever seen her as a business opportunity. But in her desire to experience life, she quickly realizes she’s lacking in one very important skill—how to survive on her own.
Former soldier Cole Timmons is an expert at running away. Whether it’s from his rural hometown, alcoholic father, or painful memories, Cole doesn’t hesitate to leave… Until he encounters an out-of-place woman at a gas station in the middle of nowhere. The wealthy “princess” couldn’t be more different from the country loner, and the pair get off to a rocky and misadventurous start.

But sometimes exteriors are armors meant to deceive. Sometimes what’s beneath reveals more than anyone ever realized. Sometimes, in order to stop running away, a person simply needs to find something to run toward.

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Opinion:

Alright, alright, alrightttttt. Cole and Brooke. Possibly my new favorite Misadventures couple. We’ve got two people running from what’s wrong in their lives and coming together to find what they were missing. We’ve got mystery, adventure, drama, and just an overall captivating mix.

Cole, our steamy main man, is fresh out of the Army, on a journey to visit his friend in Oregon, when he runs into Brooke at a gas station. Brooke, well, we don’t know much about Brooke, without spoiling the story that is. But, we do know she’s stranded without a car at the gas station where Cole stops for gas and coffee. Good guy Cole offers Brooke a ride, and so we embark on our journey.

Elizabeth Hayley is actually two women, Elizabeth and Hayley. They have such a unique writing style, as they write together, but the story flows seamlessly. I felt a connection to Brooke and Cole that I haven’t felt with the characters I’ve read about lately. Elizabeth Hayley made Brooke and Cole relatable to, in my opinion, anyone who has never felt whole or fulfilled, like they were missing something or just have never felt good enough. I’m sad to let Brooke and Cole go, but I cannot wait to continue on my Misadventures journey and get my hands on Elizabeth Hayley’s next installment in the series.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Double Double Toil (Netherfeld Trilogy #2) by Amber Elby

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Published: October 1, 2018

Author: Amber Elby

Synopsis:

Six months after the events of Cauldron’s Bubble…

Alda is stranded in her remote cottage, unable to recreate the magical object that allows her to travel between time and place. Meanwhile, Dreng’s home with Miranda on a distant island begins to crumble. They both escape to Fairy Land, where they become embroiled in a battle of immortals as the clans of Queen Titania and King Oberon fight for supremacy. In order to restore order and return to their worlds, Dreng must rely on his adversary, Caliban, while Alda discovers an ally in the mysterious Ophelia. In a realm where only humans can die, will Alda and Dreng save themselves and, more importantly, each other? Or will they succumb to the fantastical powers in play? 

Double Double Toil continues to build on the world introduced in Cauldron’s Bubble by intertwining Shakespeare’s plays in a unique and exciting way, introducing their stories to new readers and established Bard fans alike. Elements and characters from Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet combine in this fast-paced tale of magic and adventure. Read on…

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Opinion:

This series is almost impossible to put down. Elby truly captures Shakespeare’s works with her adept writing. Double Double Toil is similar to a puzzle, in my mind, that Elby pieces together beautifully.

Cauldron’s Bubble introduced us to Alda and Dreng, and Double Double Toil continues taking us on their whirlwind journey. We travel across realms with these two, settling mainly in the fairy realm in this novel. 
No one is who they say they are or who they seem to be. Secrets are uncovered and loose ends begin to be tied. The main question hovering in my mind is WHO IS DRENG?

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Review: Debutante (Davenport House #0.5) by Marie Silk

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Book Details:

Originally published: April 21, 2017
Author: Marie Silk
Followed By: Davenport House
Pages: 74

 

Synopsis: The family saga begins in Debutante, a prequel to the best-selling Davenport House series. A life of luxury for the Davenports means drudgery for the servants on the grand country estate. This is their story in 1909 America, six years prior to the events of book one.

While her father is away on business, sixteen-year-old Mary Davenport feels confined and alone, despite her privileged life at the family’s mansion. As the day of Mary’s debutante ball draws near, the servants are conflicted by instructions from Mary’s mother to starve her until she fits into a gown that was made too small. Mary is also under pressure to act the part of society while being forbidden from seeing her only friend, the servant boy who works in the stable.

In a shantytown hours away, a young girl called Abigail is hired to sew a gown for a dressmaker’s wealthy patron. Abigail gives up her education in order to provide for her impoverished family. Neither she nor Mary is aware of how connected their futures are destined to become.

 

Opinion: This was a very cute little welcome to Davenport House. It was a short story that is, I believe, set six years before the first novel. I do love reading historical fiction so this was a nice welcome back, so to say, to that genre. It was in a three point perspective, so you had Mary, Clara, and Abigail. I enjoyed how all the girls lives we’re tied together, especially Abigail’s, unbeknownst to them.

Was it so good that it made me want to read the series? Ehh. I wouldn’t mind reading the first book just to see, but I’m not dying to read it.

 

My Rating: ★★★

 

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My Name in Books – Tiffany

I found this tag over at Thrice Read and thought it would be a lot of fun to try it out!

You have to spell your name with books on your TBR shelves.

Caitlynn and Jenn said they had trouble with N and Y, so let’s see how this goes for me!

T- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niggenegger

I- In The Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French

F-First They Killed My Father – A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

F- A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) by George R. R. Martin

A- American Sniper by Chris Kyle

N- Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Y- Yes Please by Amy Poehler


Ok, so apparently, I didn’t want to read any books that started with Y. I had to search and find one I would want to read. I underestimated it a bit there.

If you’re reading this post, I tag you to give this tag a try!


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First Lines Friday

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years- if it ever did end- began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

The boat bobbed, listed, righted itself again, dived bravely through treacherous whirlpools, and continues on its way down Witcham Street toward the traffic light which marked the intersection of Witcham and Jackson.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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It by Stephen King

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Summary:

Derry, Maine is just an ordinary town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part, a good place to live.

It is a group of children who see – and feel – what makes Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT appears as an evil clown named Pennywise and sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing…

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, emerging again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.


I’m about one hundred pages in and it’s already scary…. You’ll float too….

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Review: A Dog’s Purpose (A Dog’s Purpose #1) by W. Bruce Cameron

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Originally published: 2010

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

Followed by: A Dog’s Journey

Synopsis: This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Opinion: I HAVE NEVER HAD FEELINGS LIKE THIS WHEN READING A BOOK. I put off reading this novel due to controversy with filming (I know, I know, that has nothing to do with the author) and I regret it so much. I have never cried both tears or joy and sadness so many times in one book.

This book address so many “controversial” topics that, quite frankly, needed to be addressed. Let us go down the list from start to finish (let me know if I miss any key points)

  • People with too many dogs
  • Pounds having to put animals down due to injuries and being “unadoptable”/lack of space
  • Puppy mills
  • Leaving your pets in hot vehicles with the windows rolled up (Leaving your pets in your vehicle PERIOD really)
  • Leaving gates open/not fixing fencing properly and pet getting out
  • Neglect, leaving chained up 24/7, not picking up poop in the yard, not providing food, water, and shelter
  • Dropping dogs off in the middle of nowhere because you decided you don’t want it anymore

I’m sure there’s more but those are the ones that really stood out to me.

This book is so touching and so real. It hits so close to home, especially Bailey’s story. I have two dogs myself and they are my pride and joy (I don’t have kids and don’t really plan on it.)  It made me view my dogs differently and I kept having the urge to cuddle them and pull them in tight.

The main point of this story is a dog finding their purpose. It’s the same dog reincarnated into different breeds, with different names, and different jobs and he just wants to know what his purpose is. Why does he keep being reborn? What is his purpose if he hasn’t found it yet? It’s a really sweet novel and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to feel a little tug on their heart strings.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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