Saturday, July 19, 2014

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: The Art of Wedding a Greek Billionaire

Once upon a time, there was an ordinary girl who grew up listening to bedtime stories where there were no knights in shining armor or Prince Charming. Instead, it had Greek billionaires and this little girl dreamt she'd one day have Her Own Greek Billionaire to live happily ever after with.

When this little girl grew up, she realized that not all fairytale weddings came with happy-ever-after endings. Sometimes, those who speak the words "I love you" don't really mean them, and those who can't utter the words end up being the ones who truly mean them.

This is my story.
I mean your story.
I mean, Mairi Tanner's story.
- Goodreads

It's ended! The frustrated and amazingly pure and demanding and make-a-girl-go-ballistic love story has finally come to an end, and it did so in such a perfect way, I couldn't imagine it ending in any other scenario. When Mairi first set her dreams on finding her Greek Billionaire (whom replaced those silly Prince Charmings lol) she locked eyes with Damen Leventis and knew right away that this was love at first sight. The feeling, however, was not properly returned. Damen lusted after her, but he didn't want her as a permanent partner- he wanted a forever mistress for the marriage his company had rearranged a while back.

Mairi was deterred at first, but then she realized that if she were to love him, they could overcome anything. And she battled through a lot of waves to get to where they are today.

They've gone through so much drama in this series. Over and over again he slowly let her into his heart only to forcibly kick her off the cliff when something triggered his suspicious mind. I'm not very happy with him for being such an asshole to Mairi, but at the same time I can't exactly blame him. He lived a loveless childhood with a mother who was never there for him where it mattered, so it would only be right for him to be a little more than suspicious with someone like Mairi; a young woman too pure in love to be real. But UGH at the same time, you want to choke him! Because just when he convinces you he loves her, something happens, and instead of believing in her, he believes in the enemy and shows that he didn't really love her after all. So sad. T_T

Her love for him did eventually change him, but shit- there was a lot of drama. O.O And don't even get me started on their miscommunication. People, communication is key. Their assumptions in this story had me cringing because their insecurities from the past made them think the worse of the other yet at the same time they still stayed with each other. I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time I read this, waiting for one of them to blow up. But they didn't. They stayed together, and I think I know why: because they came to accept that no matter what, they will always love the other. And it was that realization that it made the rest of the book flow nicely with its tying of the loose ends and whatnot.

funny gifsThe last novella is an epic epilogue, and I can't wait to see the mother get what's due to her! Oh man, this woman drove me up the wall! His mum Esther thinks of Mairi and practically sees Brooklyn Decker rocking the teeny-weenie bikini, marking her territory in Greece, hunting for a rich husband to catch. The mother truly is a wicked, wicked old woman with a nose job (yes I went there) but she got what she deserved in the end! And there's only more delicious payback to come. Mwahahaha. And OMG Marian, you just had to choose the name Acheron, didn't you?
*sighs happily*

Of all the characters Marian Tee has written, I've got to say that I had the hardest time with Mairi and Damen. Mairi had so many things going against her that it was heartbreaking to see her have to go through degrading things just to have the public realize how good and genuine of a person she really is. Damen was so stubborn and scared of being hurt that whenever something suspicious about Mairi came up, he chose to execute her for it rather than accept that she could never hurt him like the rest of the world could.

Another thing that makes this couple different from the rest of Tee's for me is what I like to call their 'touch with reality'. They were the first couple to be separated and have one of them be intimate with a third party. There was always drama and incidents with the other couples, but those had been vengeful and angry. This particular intimate moment had been out of friendship. It was an attempt at proving that the person still might have had a chance at surviving without their other half. It didn't work, of course, but it still pretty much traumatized me. O.o

This is one of the stories where I'm glad it's done, because I don't think Damen has anymore good points with me. If he fucks up one more time... smh. I recommend this to those who love sappy romance, hot sex scenes (yes there's sex!) and heady drama. What sold this story to me was Mairi's type of love that I don't really see in a lot of the pages these days, and who doesn't love seeing an arrogant man be put in his place with nothing but a loving hand?

Happy Reading :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Unwillingly Yours (WARNING: Love Moderately 1)

Nerdy. Boring. Unavailable. 18-year-old Jaike Hepburn is happiest when those words are used - and they always are - to describe her. Anything is better than the truth... until she meets a billionaire heir who makes it impossible to deny her true self.

Gorgeous. Charming. Friendly. As part of both a business and political dynasty, 21-year-old Derek Christopoulos is used to living his life in the limelight, pretending to be the embodiment of a modern-day prince. Throughout his life, he's kept his secret side leashed, waiting patiently for that one girl who'd find pleasure in belonging to him, body and soul.

Even as the feelings he arouses in Jaike pushes her into the arms of his rival, Derek knows it's only a matter of time before the truth between them is laid bare.

She is his, and he is hers.
- Goodreads

This is a makeover of Tee's WARNING: LOVE MODERATELY, and is currently being sold in a boxed set called Tangled. I was given an ARC of the set by Marian Tee (this story included). I'm totally loving the set so far!

This was a short story, with a peak at the lives of Jaike and Derek. The two both hide sides that neither wants the world to see, but together- and alone -they could set the freaking planet on fire with their passion. Unwillingly Yours was an entertaining piece, and it'd make a great novel. Just saying. *cough* *cough*.

Jaike is the typical shy girl who has an outgoing boyfriend that dotes on her and makes her feel loved. However, he's recently been acting distant and she doesn't understand what's happened until she sees him at a party with another girl practically humping his lethargic ass on the couch. She's humiliated and hurt, but Derek sweeps in to rescue her. Now if only she'd let him help without biting his head off.

They started on the wrong foot that resulted with Derek losing her to Dick (her now bf being humped), but it's that night at the party that we see the flashbacks of how they all ended up there, and the decisions they make that dictate their future. Jaike and Derek recognize that pull in one another, but with neither willing to risk their neck for it, their chance disappears and they go through all this drama before they finally end up together. I liked the whole build up of their shared passion and the characters themselves, but this was just so short that I couldn't enjoy them like I think they should be enjoyed. There was more drama and pain (ugh the PAIN) than gooey happy times between the two, but hey- they burn bright. Again, this really could've been an amazing book if it were longer. Otherwise, it was a really great tease to some good drama and yummy love.

I recommend.

Happy Reading :)

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: The Final Formula

To a master alchemist like Addie, impossible is just another word for challenge. When a fiery explosion destroys the Alchemica, the premier alchemy institute in the United States, she's left with nothing. No home, no colleagues, and no memory. Learning what happened seems impossible, but she still has one strength, and in her opinion, it's the only one she needs.

She hasn't forgotten a thing about alchemy.

Addie brews a potion to restore her lost past, but remembers only the flames of the Alchemica's destruction- and a man among the ashes. A man with the elemental power of fire, who just happens to be the leader of the magical community. He might know what happened, but getting him to tell her will require some... creativity.

The magical aren't fond of alchemists. 

Some say it borders on hatred, but Addie isn't one to back down from a challenge, even if that challenge happens to be a man who can turn her to ash with a thought.
- Goodreads

I downloaded it because it was free, and it's a very shiny and promising diamond in the rough! I really enjoyed this book! The characters all held their own against each other (including from fading into the background) but what I really enjoyed the most were the twists of the plotline and the building romance between Addie and Rowen.

Addled "Addie" Alchemist was found by four brothers, but it's the youngest one, James, that she bonds with, as the others are bullies who torment their little brother for reasons not yet known to us until after a few chapters in. It's been months since James found her that night the Alchemica was blown up, but Addie is bent on finding out what happened.

She had a wild adventure trying to get to the answers of her past. I loved the four elements- the dudes who overlooked the magicals -and really liked the thought of them living as brothers and sisters under the same roof. Rowen was a suave and very-in-control(freak) guy who could give Addie exactly what she needed: a challenge. Just like her, he tended to blow things up- what with being a fire elemental and all -but with more finesse. Their first meeting was hilarious. TBH I originally made up an older man (late 40s) as Rowen when he first entered the story, and then had to back-track because she relented to kissing him for a glass bottle she was stealing from him (cause she looks a few months over 19 lol). And she didn't even know it was 'him'! SMH.

These two were always bickering but it seemed to endear them to the other as the chapters went on. That's what I liked; the romance wasn't instantaneous, it was a slow build up of their company being shared and feelings being processed. By the time I wanted them to make out already, they finally admitted to possibly falling for the other. Addie's constant curiosity played a part in the comedic relief because it always came up at inappropriate times. XD And Rowen's restraint- and lackthereof -where she was concerned was just as funny. I shared his stress and worry for her.

On top of me getting my fix of romance and humor, I also got to be entertained with a mystery and the suspense of Addie's past. I had a feeling that her past wouldn't be a good one, but there were a lot of secrets revealed that made me cry. I felt so bad for her, and it totally sucked that Rowen and James couldn't forgive her for something she couldn't remember or change. She wasn't the same person from before! It's not ADDIE'S fault.

There is an ending with a tinge of a cliffhanger... don't know if I should say, though...

Oh what the hell, it's a spoiled blog. OK: everything gets solved and it's a full story, but because the guys feel betrayed, the story ends with them and Addie parting ways. That's the cliffhanger- not knowing how they'll make up, if ever. I'm definitely getting the "1.5" book and the second one. First thing tomorrow I'm heading to the bank to deposit some book change. XD My mind is buzzing with the anticipation of getting to read the second book. But TBH, the only thing I'm worried about is the synopsis. You can go read it for yourself, but she ends up with someone (for use of their lab) who used to be the enemy, and until I read the book, I can't tell if she's just an idiot for going back to the bad guy and setting herself up or if she was forced to go there because there was nothing left for her. Cause let's not forget, after the Alchemica blew up, she had nowhere to go, and since the guys are pissed at her, she's kinda homeless again.

I recommend this (FREE AS OF RIGHT NOW) book on Amazon. I took a chance on it and loved it! Addie's curious and fearless mind was amazing and I loved the build up of the romance because it made it seem more believable. I enjoyed the supporting characters and their parts in the plot. It was all marvelous.

If I absolutely had to add in any negativity, it'd be the small details with the bad guys. At some points, I got the impression that she already knew one thing about a character, but then three chapters later, something else would come up, and then she'd be surprised by what I assumed she already knew. So just stuff like that. Otherwise, it was a really great world that I cannot wait to go back to. I love it. :D

Happy Reading :)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: The Greek Billionaire and I

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Marian Tee

When the powerful, sexy, and gorgeous Greek billionaire Mykolas Sallis finds a misplaced cellphone and reads its messages, he becomes intrigued with its owner, a woman who seems to possess the rare combination of beauty, wit, and lots of snappy comebacks.

When curvy 24-year-old schoolteacher Velvet Lambert speaks with the Greek billionaire the first time, she knows right away she's out of her league. She does her snarky best to resist, but in the end she still finds herself saying 'yes' to a marriage of convenience, pretending she isn't head over heels with him, and trying not to lose hope even if she knows Mykolas only sees her as a prized possession.

This is a spin-off from the Greek Billionaire Romance serials. It is a standalone and no-cliffhanger (thank God!) novel featuring Velvet, Mairi's friend and fellow schoolteacher.
- Goodreads

The message he finds in her phone:
How about going for a movie tomorrow night?

Thomas, you're a good guy, so I'm
going to tell you the truth once
and for all.

What is it?

I'm a lesbian. I want your dick-
but not for the reasons you're
hoping for.

I thought I'd be immune to Marian's stories by now, yet here I am typing away with dry snot on my shirt and wet eyes. Marian, you owe me a new shirt. T_T

The introduction to their relationship through the phone was a brilliant, adorable way for them to get to know each other. And it brought a yummy reason for me to love phone sex all the more! Both have trust issues, and although both also have cynical views on the world and in the world of love, it is Velvet who finds herself sticking her neck out for the two of them.

With a secret life supposedly put behind her and the druggie parents she wishes she could forever forget, Velvet has a horrible secret: she may not be as strong as she's made herself to believe. Mykolas also has a secret, and it's his perception and conclusion that everything- even love -comes with a price tag. Both reveal their darker sides to themselves, but it doesn't stop him from proposing to her in order to keep her all for himself.

Love... Velvet freaks when she realizes that she loves him, though it's only been a day since she finally came to see him face-to-face. Months were put into their relationship over the phone, but surely even that is too short? She's terrified of how she's let things get away from her, but if there's one thing she's come to realize, it's that love makes you stronger. Even Mykolas struggled to accept it, but he knew she was genuine, and a week later, they were married.

And then a horrible misunderstanding had him thinking that she and another lover were scheming him for his money, and he does the worse thing he could ever do: have her walk in on another woman pleasing him to show just how replaceable she can be. It's the biggest dick move EVER and it completely shatters any trust Velvet ever had with him. Five weeks pass before anything is done and he finds out that he made a horrible mistake.

When he searched for her and humiliated himself to repent for the hurt he'd caused her, I cried like a baby. Hell, I cried when he let another woman go down on him. And when he told Velvet that he changed his last name to hers in order to show her just how serious he was about needing her to forgive him again. I wanted to DIE when she couldn't accept his apology after he found her- even after he told her he took on her last name -and it was just sad yet at the same time understandable. I wouldn't have been able to take back the man who broke me so readily without first shoving his pride aside to see the truth. Ugh.

But Velvet couldn't stand the humiliation he put himself in with the media and thankfully she rescued him and they made up and kiss kiss kiss. The epilogue was humorous and light-hearted, I really enjoyed seeing a slice of their happily-ever-after with each other. They're certainly a funny couple, what with one being a bit spontaneous and the other not knowing how to handle the other's next scare without adding another ten years to their white hairs. lol. Overall, I was thoroughly entertained.

I fell in love with sappy love again and heady lust. The trust that it takes to give someone their heart was a struggle, as illustrated in the story. It took courage and a chance at a great love, and a lot of people are afraid of doing that. One of the reasons why I love Marian Tee is because the romance she writes about are all one-time romances. They're the ones that are rare and could only happen with courage, sacrifice, and possible heartbreak- over and over again -before the innocence in the heart can heal it and bring the two hearts together. Reading about powerful and demanding alphas is a major turn-on, and I especially love reading about them changing for the better, and all because of a genuine woman in love.

Some say it's unrealistic, but I think it's possible. You just have to want to do it and have it.

I recommend this to all the heavy romantics out there who enjoy a good conversation between Witty and Stubborn, sexy hot sessions, drama that will make you cry no matter where you are, and a sappy love that can only ever really be appreciated through a heart's wish. Sappy, I know, but it's so good and sweet.

Happy Reading =^~^=

Friday, June 13, 2014

Drop Dead Demons (Divinicus Nex Chronicles 2)

Going on a treasure hunt...
Aurora Lahey finally knows why supernatural slayers salivate to slaughter her, but how to stop them? Not so much. Sure, she's discovered her own lethal powers, and has six sexy, super-charged, demon hunting Hex Boys watching her back- the hottest one watching every part of her. But when a seductive stranger delivers a deadly ultimatum, Aurora and the Hex Boys plunge into a do-or-die hunt for a legendary Mandatum treasure, which will finally shift power in their favor. Or unleash hell on earth.

Nex marks the spot...
Pursued by demons of mythical proportions, Aurora and the Hex Boys race deeper into the shadowy world of a centuries-old mystery and brutal conspiracy, where no one and nothing is what it seems. Where love and betrayal go hand-in-hand, and trusting the wrong person not only breaks your heart, but gets you killed.

Demons on your tail...
Uncovering shocking secrets from the Hex Boys' past, hiding her Divinicus Nex identity, lying to her pretend-wish-he-were-real boyfriend, dodging demons, breaking into ancient tombs, taking the unexpected side trip to the dark depths of the Waiting World, tracking a traitor, and passing Physics... Aurora could do that in her sleep. Or more likely, die trying.

Don't get caught
- Goodreads


I've waited for a century to hear the release of this bloody thing, and as soon as I saw it out and ready for me a few days after its release, I snatched it up and told Allycat! In the seven hours I spent reading it, I've got to say I was thoroughly pleased. A few things were a little 'eh' but let's not talk about that now. Time to fangirl and review later ^_^.

AURORA. She never ceases to amaze me with the things she thinks up! Again she went and thought that her "pretend" boyfriend was cheating on her, only to find out that he was getting lessons from his mum to better control his hot urges whenever he's around her! XD haha I will never get over that. And my Goddess, it looks like she's getting along a lot better with Matthias! He's such an adorable Aussie. (T_T) I'm sad Gloria wasn't in it as much. :( But I guess she had to keep herself busy protecting the Fam Bam and staying out of the 'Greek gods' way so she didn't freak them out. Hehe. I hear she's a total badass and that the baddies fear her XD. You go, girl.

The book's practically 600 pages but it still felt too short! The whole thing was about Aurora finding out these demons pretending to be Greek gods were going to bring their problems to her town, and if she and the boys didn't do something about it, they'd all be toast. She handled herself pretty well, but the delivery of the "great war" was... hmm, I don't know. It was a giant build-up of probable chaos if they didn't stop Aphrodite from coming to get them, but when the demons did come, it wasn't as... um, 'mayhem' as I imagined it to be. I was envisioning complete muggle-panic and casualties, but the way it turned out is good, too. ^_^ 

But Goddess! The intro to anything with Greek gods was a nice surprise, and the fact that their enemies were demons impersonating the gods to get a free buffet was brilliant. And that secret lair from the last Divinicus! What a juicy way to tell the loyal fans that she and Ayden can be together and not her and this Bellator dude she's traditionally paired up with LOL! The story of the last D+B though kinda disappeared on me. I get all this good stuff that she gets from a book she picked up and them BAM something else happens and it gets forgotten. D: Now I'll have to wait another 100 years before finding out more on that drama bit. T_T

The Hex Boys still kept their personalities, but they grew up! Logan was a little more confident (yay!) and Ayden stepped up his game. *wink*. Matthias was still an ass hahaha but he actually warmed up a bit, I think! Major step right there. Tristan... I didn't see that much of him compared to the others, but he's not any less loved. Blake... I love that dude. XD He's a lady killer at his finest with more of his tsk tsk comments towards Babe! haha. This was just all so fun overall and I'm glad the dialogue didn't change. If anything, I wanted more dialogue and less details on the rest of the story. Does that make me a bad person? XD

I'm a weeee bit bummed that it looks like it's Aurora and Ayden for sure. LOL. I'm still totally shipping her and Matthias together, but Ayden is a'ight. I guess. haha Nah he's a total hottie and adorable dork in his own hotness way, but Matthias is still my Hex Boy. I was so happy to see more of Matthias in here! I just love it when he comes up on the pages. *___* I- wait..... HOLD UP. Is there a reason why he's getting a little more back story??

Entering analytically insane mode.

Let's think about this. His mum and sister are supposedly dead but he (and possibly the others) don't believe that. He also wanted to know if anyone was there in the Waiting World when Aurora first went there. Maybe they're there? And he feels like it's his fault that they're missing. So what'd he do to send them there, or do something that possibly resulted in their final destination being the Waiting World?

I had this crazy idea that Gloria might be his mum, but that horse got shot down when Aurora saw his mum in a pic. XD haha so nvm. BUT ANYWAYS.

Here's my other theory. Could Matthias be her Bellator?!?!?!?! I mean there's a chance the Big B is that Italian guy, but maybe not, you know?? After all, The Voice she hears in her nightmares helping her out does sound familiar to her. She said so in the first book, and she even said that there was a slight accent. Maybe it's someone she's met? Like a Hex Boy? Like a particular irritated Aussie!??!?!?!!?! OMG I just freaked myself out. LOL. Nah, but seriously tho. How perfect would that be?!

The Somewhat "appropriate" Review:

This second installment had expectations to live up to, and it managed to do that and more. The boys are hotter, the romance is blooming, and the demons are uglier (sorry demons). It's a battle to stop the "Greek gods" from bringing a war to their small town, but with all these new discoveries coming up, Aurora will have a lot on her plate.

I thought there was a lot more detail to what goes on in the story. The pages of journeying and Aurora's thought process throughout the thing was a nice addition. Unless there's always been words and words of detail this whole time and I've just been distracted by the dialogue... in which case I'm a horrible reader. T_T But who could blame me? The guys are hot and the conversations they have are hilarious. Who wouldn't be engulfed?!

But anyways, I love the dialogue in this thing because it's so entertaining, and it tells the story at the same time! *thumbs up* The guys were a little more mature (well as mature as can be *looks at Blake*) from the last book, which is always a nice development. The relationship Aurora shares with the guys has also changed for the better. The characters have all kept their personalities without bleeding into the background, a hard thing to maintain when dealing with so much awesomeness. What I personally always enjoy is Aurora's family. They all hold their own light, contribute to her story, and inspire a certain solidity and closeness that I think all families should strive to have. Round of applause to the Lahey's for being legendary *claps ridiculously*. 

The story line has upped the expectations again, but I did feel like a lot of information was teasing me, because in the end only the 'Greek gods' were dealt with. I still don't know why or how Gloria is a bigger badass than the demons Aurora them defeated and helped; I don't know what became of Matty's (yes I'm calling him that) mum and sister. What happened to the scandal with the last DNex? And who the bloody hell is Aurora's Bellator?!?! I've been left with the same thing I knew from the last book, only now I know a lot MORE, and that will drive my analytically unnerved mind insane.

I was blessed to have come across this book while it was new and free. It's a perfect formula that no one else has been able to replicate, yet. A strong-willed (redhead!) girl, sexy boys with a rainbow of personalities and attitudes, demons and hunters, humor, and the amazingly adorable dialogue that never fails to entertain and enthrall. Allycat agrees when I say that this book is sadly unique (that sounds weird lol) because we're no longer satisfied now! So I highly recommend this to all fantasy lovers, and even if you don't like fantasy or it isn't your cup of tea, just try it. The teens and the way they take hold of their own story is amusing enough to get a few laughs out of you.

But that's just me.
Happy Reading :)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: The Art of Forgiving a Greek Billionaire

Once upon a time, there was an ordinary girl who grew up listening to bedtime stories where there were no knights in shining armor or Prince Charming. Instead, it had Greek billionaires and this little girl dreamt she'd one day have Her Own Greek Billionaire to live happily ever after with.

When this little girl grew up, she discovered a painful lesson. Not all wishes are meant to come true, not all broken hearts may be repaired, and not all Greek billionaires love forever.

Not even hers.

This is my story.
I mean your story.
I mean, Mairi Tanner's story.

The author gifted this to me so here's my intake on the book.

WHOA there are some major game-changers in this book!

Of all the books in the Greek Billionaire series, this was the hardest to swallow. Mairi and Damen's relationship was a shredded disaster in the last book, and this one picks the story up a few months after the big incident. Damen is desperate to get her back, and Mairi sees the humility that he faces with his battle against the rest of the world, but she still can't forgive him for the way he treated her. He more than shattered her heart on the cold floor of his home- he kicked her out of his life in the most humiliating way for her. She just isn't ready to so easily forgive him. How can she, when she doesn't even know what she feels for him anymore?

Drake from Tee's other series was brought into this to help Mairi survive her relationship with Damen, and it's their sexual play between each other that completely stabbed me in the heart. T_T Up until this point, all of Marian's heroines that I've read have been fools in love who couldn't imagine being with another guy, let alone think it. For Mairi to do anything more than kiss another guy was weird for me, but not for the reasons you think. I was so pissed at Damen for what he did, but when I read Mairi and Drake's scene, it didn't feel justified- it just felt sad. T_T I'm pretty sure it has to do with the fact that reality came into this series, what with the 'other person' or the possibility of actually being with more than one person. I'm not saying that's completely unheard of, it's just been absent from Tee's stories; a lot of her girls only ever were with their main interest.

The point is, Tee's stories were a fantasy escape from reality for me, but since a cold lesson from realiy was brought in, it's both shaken me and made things interesting. The ending just about made me cry my eyes out. It was pretty dramatic and the fact that she's only with him out of pity just made the series a lot more HARDER TO WAIT FOR.

I enjoyed this series so much, but this was a little short for me, especially when compared to her other series like The Moretti Werewolf Series (see how I shamelessly advertized that in there?) but otherwise it was an entertaining story. I'd recommend this author to my friends because her stories are just that squeal worthy for other hopeless romantics like me. She has a flare for leaving her audience with a flavor of 'anime' and 'korean drama' in their mouths after devouring her books- or is that just me? The drama is real in a all-or-nothing way, the sexual tensions between characters are great. I like her flow of writing, and her characters never irritate me (much *cough*-*Damen*-*cough*).

So far she's written a lot of varying genres and series and I highly recommend you check them out. One will catch your fancy. :)

Happy Reading =^_^=

Friday, March 14, 2014

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Dying for a Living

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself- or die trying.

- Goodreads

I was gifted this book by the author.

I thought this was a great read! For one thing, Jesse is hilarious with her sarcasm, but at the same time I found her endearing because of how I could relate to her and her walls that kept everything nice and simple. And speaking of walls...

Jesse's the first bi-sexual character I've ever had the pleasure of reading about, and this is significant for me because the experience of the whole story was so different that I felt like I got a lot more out of the book. And geez, with a best friend who was always there and a guy who's tempting to be more than a fuck buddy with, how is one to choose?!

The story of Jesse's near final death encounter and her trying to figure out why she's seeing angels that only one other Necronite (who was dubbed crazy) had spoken about was fun. At times I wanted her to be with the angel she saw, Gabriel, just because he was so silently suave and mysterious and supposedly helping her at the time. Then there's the promise of 'bad things' that he oozes off... sigh.

But what I also enjoyed was getting to see why Jesse is the way she is. I really commend the author for mixing in the unfolding of the story with small hints to Jesse's past. It made everything more suspenseful and showed a lot of depth. There were just so many things happening that it kept the story from ever getting boring, and it was funny enough to keep everything lively. I really enjoyed this, and I'll definitely be reading the next one!

I recommend this to those who love "zombies" or Necronites, hilariously witty and maybe kinda jaded heroines with a complicated task regarding love and finding out about a whole other world.

Happy Reading :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Soon To Be Blogged...

I haven't had any time to finish the books I've started reading, let alone blog the ones I have finished! A few are super fun and maybe too hot book bundles, and others are ARCs I've been given. It's probably not a good thing that instead of blogging, I'm getting distracted by other websites. :P I'll try to not make it a habit! But anyways here are the books I'll be blogging soon. Maybe this weekend.....


Don't miss out on this steamy, collection of ten romantic comedies by some of today's most popular New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors!

Let yourself be carried away by ten dreamy men- including a sexy bounty hunter, a hot undercover agent, a yummy caterer, a dashing Frenchman, and even a handsome fairy tale prince. Their stories of love and passion will tickle your funny bone and melt your heart.

This exclusive 10-book set includes two full-length novels and eight novellas. If you need a break from dark, damaged heroes and the women who love them, this collection is for you!

Jenny Rockfort, Secret Undercover Stripper by Aubrey Rose:
Sassy, spunky Jenny Rockfort just moved back to Las Vegas, and when her old high school crush offers her a gig as a undercover agent at a strip club, she jumps all over it... and him.

Gents 4 Ladies by Dez Burke:
When Tiana hires a male escort for a wedding, she's expecting dinner and nothing more. Unfortunately, Jordan, an investment banker, thinks he's expected to deliver the whole "package."

Shades of Pearl by Arianne Richmonde:
A beautiful forty-year-old career woman who has given up on love. A twenty-five-year-old French, social-media billionaire with a dark past. Jump aboard Pearl and Alexandre's passionate roller coaster ride of sex, lies, heartache, and love.

Catch You if I Can by Marian Tee:
If Ianne wasn't such a coward, maybe she could've been a cheerleader in high school. Maybe her dad would know she was his daughter, not his son. And maybe, she could've stopped Alex Rockford, her best friend and the hottest cover model for National Geographic, from leaving her for another girl.

Dewitched by Nelle L'Amour writing as E.L. Sarnoff:
What if the Evil Queen from Snow White was sent to rehab for her addiction to beauty and given a second chance at happily ever after? Wickedly funny and darkly shocking, Dewitched will make you see the evil legend in a new light as she rewrites her life.

Truth or Dare by Adriana Hunter:
Behind the microphone, radio disc jockey Wendy Jackson can be anything she wants to be, and her plus size frame simply doesn't matter. That is until the day when a caller from her past phones in asking her to dinner and she is forced to make a decision. Should she take a chance on love and dare to believe that anything is possible?

The Bounty Hunter and the Girl from the Coffee Shop by Terry Towers:
Bounty Hunter, Lincoln Kyle, has a rule - don't get emotionally involved with his bounties. But his attraction for Angelique and her claims of being framed has him bending his rules for her as he fights his sense of duty with his developing feelings for her.

Playing House by Abi Aiken:
Bookstore owner Lucy is still hurting from her ex's cheating ways when her housemate drops another bombshell. She's moving out, and taking her weekly rent money with her. To help pay the bills Lucy reluctantly allows the crazy-gorgeous Mark to move in. What will happen when their mutual attraction collides with Lucy's trust issues?

Sweet for You by Harper Ashe:
When handsome, brooding billionaire Stephen Blake hires cute and curvy Abby Branson to help him launch a new line of gourmet diet desserts, he soon discovers that she's more delicious than anything his company creates!

That Man by Nelle L'Amour:
When newly engaged Jennifer McCoy loses her job in children's television, she ends up working for a porn channel, not knowing that her sexy new boss, Blake Burns, is the man she kissed blindfolded in a game of truth or dare.


6 never-before-bundled novels and one bonus novella from New York Times Bestselling Author, Marian Tee.

Say hello to the Three Pussketeers, a trio of European billionaires made notorious by their legendary exploits in the bedroom. Powerful, gorgeous, wealthy, and arrogant, they think they can seduce women into doing their every bidding. Lose yourself in their stories as these alpha men find themselves inevitably falling for the trap of love as they find the women who want them only for their hearts.

In Chased, Courted, and Caged, the trilogy making up How Not to be Seduced by Billionaires. Romantic-at-heart Yanna Everleigh poses a challenge to her CEO Constantijin Kastein, who's also Netherland's #1 playboy. Court her the old-fashioned way or forget about her completely.

In When Fangirls Lie and When Fangirls Cry, the two novels making up How Not to be Sedcued by Rock Stars. Nerd-slash-fangirl Saffi March disguises herself as experienced groupie H (for "horny") in order to have one unforgettable weekend with Staffan Aehrenthal, a rockstar and also Sweden's #1 Sex God.

In How Not to be Seduced by Dukes, a twist of fate forced 18-year-old Mary Ashton to become the mistress of Rathe Wellesley, the Duke of Flanders and England's #1 Heartthrob.

In How Not to Marry a Billionaire, the question of marriage between Yanna and Constantijin threatens to tear the couple apart.

Indulge in nine scorching romances that will whisk you away from the winter chill... with steamy new adult, sexy billionaires, and alphas wielding ribbons and rope, these books by bestselling authors will take you someplace very hot indeed...

Hands on with the CEO by Cat Kalen
When a self conscious college sophomore take an au pair job in Greece, sitting for a gorgeous billionaire CEO, she knows he's just the guy to give her the sexual experience she's looking for. Too bad he's hands off. Or is he?

One Hot Winter Break by USA Today Bestselling Author Sharon Page
College student Mia Reynolds just broke up with her long-time boyfriend, Ryan, and gets an offer she can't refuse from billionaire's son Jonathan Powell: a week at an exotic resort. Jonathan's wicked games intrigue Mia. But ultimately, is it Jonathan she loves... or Ryan?

Something Borrowed by New York Times Bestselling Author Adriana Hunter
What do you do when the one man you were meant to be with already belongs to another?

For Dana Marshall, new wedding planner and curvy single, "always the bridesmaid, never the bride" is the story of her life. But when she is assigned to help manage a dream wedding for an important client, nothing can prepare her for the encounter with the insanely handsome groom...

Debt of Honor by New York Times Bestselling Author Opal Carew
Held captive by a domineering sheikh... and made to pay for a crime she didn't commit.

Angelica couldn't believe that hopping off a plane during a refueling stop to search for one-of-a-kind souvenirs could lead to so much trouble. Now she is detained in an exotic country by a devastatingly handsome sheikh... and ends up in his harem.

How to Train a Lover- A Savage Interactive by New York Times Bestselling Author Daire St. Denis
Tessa's off to spend some much needed R&R in the Greek Isles on the luxury yacht of playboy billionaire and sexual dominant, Alander Papadakis. However, when Alander breaks one of her golden rules, her holiday plans take a turn and she gets off- solo -to the island of Lesvos where she happens upon a mysterious young man from her past.

Vegas Heat by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Hawkeye
Anna Phillips and her husband Austin are in a marital rut. In a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, they decide to take a road trip. The destination? The Last Temptation Resort and Casino in Vegas... which is also a BDSM club... with an enticing stranger.

Breaking Free by USA Today Bestselling Author Cherise Sinclair
A submissive, Beth must yield to become aroused, but after a sadistic husband, she's too scared to give up control. The last thing she wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom. But that's just what she gets.

That One Time by New York Times Bestselling Author Marian Tee
23-year-old Ayah Chandler believes in love at first sight, and she should, since it only took that one time for her to fall head over heels for a man who looks like an angel but seduces like the devil.

Billionaire Nic de Koningh grew up trusting no one but himself, but all it took was that one time with the free-spirited Instagram-loving Ayah to question everything he believed and doesn't believe in.

As they meet once more in the exotic urban paradise of Hong Kong, Nic and Ayah finally have a chance to discover the answer to the burning question in their hearts.

Can love spring from a moment of connection or is it an illusion that will only scar them for eternity?
*I may or may not be a bit biased with some authors and their work... :P*

Think high school was complicated? Welcome to the after party! Filled with billionaires, pro athletes, a biker, a cop, a crown prince, and even a white knight or two, this collection gathers 12 of the hottest adult romance stories from New York Times, USA Today, and Nook and Kindle bestselling authors!

Saltwater Kisses by Krista Lakes
Winning an island vacation, Emma meets Mr. Right but bids him a bittersweet goodbye after a make-believe marriage. Shock follows when their picture hits the paper and she learns the man of her dreams is Jack Saunders, the world's most eligible billionaire.

Fight For You by Adriana Hunter
Born into a life of privilege, Angela is the girl least likely to capture street fighter and hustler Liam Cross's heart. Yet a chance encounter sparks an uncontrollable passion, until his past threatens to tear them apart and they must face their true nature and needs.

Sexting Curves by Christa Wick
When a cell phone skirmish with her best friend exposes Lillian's intense and very naughty crush on Major Jones, will the misdirected text turn fantasy to reality?

Skin Deep by Dez Burke
Hired to ease racing champion Shane Davis back into society after a crash left him disfigured, Angela is shocked by the hard want his simmering glances produce. Will the no-strings-attached affair convince them that booth beauty and scars are only skin deep?

This Crazy Little Thing by Tamryn War
When a wish has the original plain Jane waking in her coworker's size 2 body, she learns life for the perfectly proportioned isn't a fairytale-come-true... until she meets Jason Foxx, the billionaire ex-boyfriend to Jane's new body.

Tough to Love: Saving Avery by Ava Catori
Pro footballer Steel Brickman could be the white knight Avery needs to escape her troubled past, but her walls are tall and thick and the man is fierce. Will they find love or remain tangled in pain and desire?

Letting You In by Nora Flite
Leah wants to run from her past and every potential happily-ever-after. Instead, she runs straight into southerner Deacon Day. He talks like his mouth is full of syrup and smiles like every second is meant for laughter. Can he help Leah heal, or will she drag him down with her?

Mysterious Desire by Aphrodite Hunt
Working as a hotel maid to pay for college, Liz is seduced by a stranger at work. She doesn't expect to see him again, especially when she learns he is Crown Prince Alexander Vassar. Despite being engaged to another woman, Alex professes to desire only Liz. Is this true love or does Alex have an ulterior motive?

Stella & Dane by Deanna Roy
Stella wants to ditch her honky-tonk town when a brutally handsome stranger rides in on a motorcycle and their explosive love affair ignites disapproving locals. When a bar fight turns tragic, will the couple learn their love runs deeper than their reputations?

A World Away by Lila Lacroix
Sophie is getting over her ex with a semester abroad. But life and love in Paris are complicated. With her heart in danger of falling into the wrong hands again, will she choose local photographer Jacques or Philippe, the darkly attractive grad student with a turbulent past?

The Game of Love by Terry Towers
Facing eviction, Janelle signs up for a reality TV show. To claim the cash prize, she must fall in love- or at least convince the audience. Dedicated cop Mason Compton reluctantly agrees to appear on the same show. Can they find real love in a house of scandal, lies and sexy singles?

Unwillingly Yours by Marian Tee
Nerdy. Boring. Unavailable. 18-year-old Jaike Hepburn is happiest when those words are used- and they always are -to describe her. Anything is better than the truth... until she meets a billionaire heir who makes it impossible to deny her true self.

Gorgeous. Charming. Friendly. As part of both a business and political dynasty, 21-year-old Derek Christopoulos is used to living his life in the limelight, pretending to be the embodiment of a modern-day prince. Throughout his life, he's kept his secret side leashed, waiting patiently for that one girl who'd find pleasure in belonging to him, body and soul.

Even as the feelings he arouses in Jaike pushes her into the arms of his rival, Derek knows it's only a matter of time before the truth between them is laid bare.

She is his, and he is hers.


On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself- or die trying.

Stories from the classroom! How do they survive? Whether student, teacher or parent they will have you laughing or crying! Waterloo Road or Grange Hill meet Gervase Phinn - well maybe! With over twenty years teaching experience behind him, GJ Griffiths has brought to the reader some of the stories about the children he taught, in this amusing and often poignant book. All through the book we are made aware of the joys and disappointments experience by their teachers, Mr. Jeffrey and his colleagues. With the ever-present controversy about changing the education system (again!) this is a timely-illustration of what is to be found in the classroom of the contemporary High School.


Jason Christakos is a Greek god, but more than that he's beautiful inside, someone who loves so fiercely and selflessly without expecting anything in return.

Jason is the man who saved me from self-destruction, the man who knows all my secrets, and now the man whose broken heart I ache to heal.

Jason does not see me as a woman, does not believe I can truly love him, and does not think he is capable of loving any other woman that the one he lost to his brother.

In an all-out bid to win his love, I accept Jason's challenge. For him to give me a chance to own his heart, he demands that I do everything he wants, and what he wants is for me to realize that someone out there is better for me.

Too late I realize that Jason also thinks someone out there is better for him- but it's not me... and it might never be me.

I'm so stoked to read Marian Tee's Jason and Keanne, I just one-clicked it. :P I'm a pretty cheap flip but I'd buy her books XD Annnnd now I've lost like, five hours that were scheduled for laundry and studying (damn I really thought I was a faster typer than that). Sigh. I seriously need to work on my time management and like, not fail out of college. T.T

If only there were more hours in the day...
Happy Reading!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: The Art of Loving a Greek Billionaire

Once upon a time, there was an ordinary girl who grew up listening to bedtime stories where there were no knights in shining armor or Prince Charming. Instead, it had Greek billionaires and this little girl dreamt she'd one day have Her Own Greek Billionaire to live happily ever after with.

When this little girl grew up, she found what she was looking for. He loved her, too, but the whole world did not approve.

This is my story.
I mean your story.
I mean, Mairi Tanner's story.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

OH MY GOD?! Marian how could you end it like that????

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This one was the most intense. Mairi and Damen finally have their happily-ever-after, now that Damen's come to realize that he really loves her and doesn't think that she's some gold-digger, but the world is not happy, and they are out for blood.

True to their competitor's word, Mairi can't find any school to take her; she's been blacklisted. But most of all, she can't let anyone know what's been happening because if the world found out that she couldn't get a job, it'd be an embarrassment. And God knows Mairi would kill before letting Damen know (okay maybe not commit murder, but it's still very serious). However, Ms. Yay- as she was known at her last job -doesn't lie well, and it puts Damen on edge. Just what is his lover hiding?

That question plays on a lot of insecurities that he thought he'd ridden himself of, when he broke off his engagement to his competitor's daughter and proclaimed his love for Mairi within the same minute. But he brushes it off almost immediately, knowing that he cannot go down that dark path again if he wishes to keep her. However, incidents on poor Mairi's end keep popping up, and it only darkens his worry more until one day, he gets a two-thousand bill spent at a spa. From Mairi. And she keeps brushing off his small-worded concerns with light smiles and assurances that she's just fine and living the life of a billionaire's girlfriend, the life that he had always recommended she take but always felt reassured of her non gold-digger membership when she didn't.

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I really wish she'd told Damen, then. I'd have been more than happy to see that little weasel-dick straining in his ropes as he sinks to the bottom of the ocean! GRR--- *breathes* So that's why Damen got a two-thousand dollar bill, because she felt dirty and disgusting and tried to feel clean again. But she keeps it secret because she doesn't want him to kill the guy. And I'm so sad because it's here, when she starts acting weird (she's a really bad liar) that Damen starts having his insecurities come back. And. That's. Not. COOL!

Communication is KEY people! And hiding things from your significant other is never a good idea. Never ever ever ever!!! Why? Because if you keep secrets, your guy will think you're cheating on him and using his money as the gold-digger he always thought you were, and then the next thing you know, he'll be colder and meaner to you until one day he mistakes a meeting with another guy as a date and calls you a GOLD-DIGGING BITCH WHO JUMPS BILLIONAIRES AFTER SHE DRAINS THEM!!!!!

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The point is, secrets kept in the hopes of saving your loved one from pain only gives them MORE pain. But you know what?! I'm sick of DAMEN!!!! I was so pissed at him when I got to the ending. He mistook a dinner between friends (well, 'friends' to Mairi) for her cheating on him with another billionaire, and after an old high school nemesis (where the hell did this bitch come from???) gives him a printed out blog of Mairi's old diary with plans on getting her Greek Billionaire, he lets his insecurities fuse with his darkest fear and has them jump to the conclusion that because his business is being attacked by their competitor, she's abandoning ship and trying to snag another billionaire. I- what?

*He thinks that because his stocks are going down, he thinks she thinks he's getting poorer, and therefore needs to go get another billionaire who isn't going broke.*

And this dude is nothing but PRIDEFUL- guy's Greek and rich! -so that one assumption pushes him off the deep end and he waits until she's sleeping and comfortable before he tells his housekeepers to throw her out. Just like that! And then when she refuses to leave until he himself says so, he pops up from one of the rooms and yells at her right there! He calls her a gold-digging bitch, a liar and sore mistake for having chosen her over a "real lady like Alina"-aaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

That's it, I'm done with him. I hate him and his insecurities! You motherfucker!!! *breathes* Mairi is so shattered by this that she can't do anything but cry, even after he tells her that if she doesn't get off his property, he'll have her arrested for trespassing. And she does get arrested, numb and a complete mess. For her one phone call, the only person she can think of is Stavros, the guy she'd had dinner with, and he bails her out, utterly at a loss for a broken Mairi. He told Damen he'd kill him if he ever hurt Mairi, but the most he'll have to settle for is a good hunt down and a punch. A punch, I may add, that is both satisfying and applause-worthy, but of course it turns into a huge fight and they get arrested. Damen is disgusted but Stavros gets it through his thick skull that nothing happened. It's the beginning of dread for Damen at this point, and when he realizes- YET AGAIN -that he's fucked up, he-

Okay I don't really care about him right now, but he knows he's got a shitload of groveling to do and will have to PLEAD to the gods that her aunts even THINK about MAYBE letting him see dear Mairi again, cause if the aunts don't want you to know where she is...

I'm so mad at Damen but at the same time I just can't completely hate him for his insecurities. Like, seriously, I want to, but can't. The struggle is real. It was an amazing read for me, as always with Tee's work, and her Greek billionaires make me consider converting from my usual hunks of Highlanders... maybe. lol. If you've never heard of Marian Tee before, she's a great writer from the Philippines who writes innocently naive heroines with hearts light and persistent enough to chase away the darkness in her troubled and illegally sexy heroes. This author is on a roll and should be looked out for. Like all her books, I recommend this to those who love alpha males and sweet girls, but I suggest you read this from the beginning and start with The Art of Catching a Greek Billionaire.

Happy Reading :)

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Dagger Heart

"Erica was a good girl -most of the time- and didn't step on anyone's toes -for the most part. But sometimes a girl like her just couldn't help getting into trouble."
- Norway, 704 A.D.

The valiant King Ulfur defeated the evil that swept the seaside village of Nornor into despair; Morgan, the demon witch, has been dead for nearly twenty years. The truce between King Ulfur and the Queen of the Fae has remained intact since the day that Morgan's dark curses vanished. It seemed that peace had finally come to the wounded souls of the village.

But this peace is shaken when three curses that Morgan promised with her dying breath are placed upon the Norwegian village: who among them has cast the spell?

Seventeen-year-old Erica finds herself trapped in the middle of a witch's deadly revenge scheme with no way out but to fight for survival. On top of trying to end the curses devouring her village like a savage beast she finds herself at the center of attention when it comes to Viking King Ulfur's three sons: Kriger, Paul, and Finn.

Three of them will fight alongside her.
Two of them want to marry her.
One of them could be the son of King Ulfur... and Morgan.
- Goodreads

This was a pretty good read because it has my favorite things like royalty, medieval villages, witches and other magical creatures. And I'll admit, I was looking forward to three guys chasing after her. XD However, it could've better because the flow of the story didn't work for me. Yes, I might be a little disappointed that it was more of a 'one love' kind of thing, but that's not the point. The flow of it all came off as one of those, "Yes, do this. Now that. And because that happened, this will now happen, and you will act like this-" You know what I'm talking about? The beginning had a fine hook that lures its readers in without a problem. Erica is a young orphan girl in the forest all alone acting as a lone wolf, when she comes across a young boy; Finn, the prince and son of King Ulfur. They find a kinship in each other that day, and it's then that their wolf pack of two is forever formed and bound.

Years pass, and they're young adults. She's developed feelings for him, but he's made no move to tell her of his own feelings regarding the fiery-haired orphan that no one wants. And no one wants her. They call her a monster and cursed thing for having red hair like the witch that tormented them years ago. She's out-casted for such discrimination, but with Finn always waiting for her out in the forest, it never really mattered to her.

Then Paul, Finn's older brother, comes by and asks her out on a date to this thing that the village has, a day to celebrate the burning of the evil witch Morgan. At first she refuses because she loves Finn, but when he acts like an ass and her caretaker talks to her about 'wanting better for her', she decides to fuck it all and go with him. However, she sees Finn there too, dancing with another girl, and it takes a ridiculous amount of making the other jealous to have her feel embarrassed and run off to hide. That doesn't help, because Finn and the girl barge in unaware of her, making out like there's no tomorrow. I knew that he wasn't really into her, but Erica didn't know that, and he left with the girl before she could see anything else, though she assumed that they'd left to go find a more comfortable place, when in reality he was just trying to get away from the girl.

Zombies attack the village and she gets blamed (always blamed!) for it, but it's Paul who comes to her rescue, not Finn. I mean, it's not really a rescue because he tells her, "Marry me and I can get you out of your prison," but Finn does nothing. Maybe he tried, but he didn't try hard enough. He's supposed to love her, but it's his brother who comes to really defend her? Not cool, Finn.
*shakes finger*

So now there's a triangle, but it never really was that solid, because we all know she belongs with Finn, and Paul's pretty understanding about the whole thing. The plot about the witch and one of the princes being her son was pretty cool, but the "Big Reveal" on who was Morgan's son sorta fell flat for me. When Paul reveals himself, it wasn't very convincing. XD I can't explain it, it just lacked that finesse. So now everyone knows Paul's the bad guy, and he curses Finn to turn into a wolf. But then we later find out that Finn isn't really the king's son, but a fae's child that Erica's ("evil") caretaker stole and replaced. That came out of nowhere. I know it was a way to allow Erica and Finn to be together because it's also revealed that Erica is the real child of the king, but it was still weird- like, have a better explanation for stealing a fae's child in the first place, you know? But anyway... Erica visits the fae and finds out that the only way all of this can end is if the children of the king die. It'll reverse all curses (though maybe not Finn's, because Paul had poor control) so Erica sets out to kill and be killed.

She kills Paul and sends Morgan back to wherever it was she came from after she gets a newly turned human Finn to stab her, but she wakes up later and understands that the fae's food and drink offered to her from her visit had healed her. Finn is still cursed, but is allowed to be human on the Summer and Winter Solstices, since all magic is practically canceled out on those days. It ends with her leaving him for a moment to see her people- people who have named her their new queen -and comes back to her room only to find a note from him, saying he didn't want her last image of him to be spoiled by the curse. She's not mad, as she understands that "it is what it is", and uses her new role as queen to help distract her.

Months later, she and Finn meet up, and the wilderness has changed the boy she once loved, having made him more mature and sharp with a certain wildness in him that wasn't there before. She goes to him as he offers her the wolf skin that had cursed him, and she dons it, before taking his hand and running into the forest with him.

This just made my heart SO SAD because she can't be with him all the time, only two freaking days of the year! There's so many things that could go wrong- he might fuck a wolf and have cubs, she might fall in love with someone else- there's too many things that could happen to ruin the HEA. But at the same time, I'm completely, irrevocably in LOVE with the way the author ended the story. It's so perfect, tragically beautiful and amazing- I just- !!!! There's something about the depressing love story that resonates with me. I can't put my finger on it, but I just know that it's amazing and will forever stick with me. I can't tell if I'm in awe or if it's just permanently scarred me enough so I'll never forget. I'm still working that out.

I recommended it to a friend who's all for YA and she liked it, though it did depress her, and I understand. The only graphic thing in here are the action scenes of zombies and fights. Other than that, I'd say it's pretty tame (as in there's nothing R-rated). It's a pretty good read. The only problem I have with it is the flow in the middle and near-ending, but other than that, I recommend. I got it for FREE on Amazon, and it might still be so if you go and look for yourself.

Happy Reading =^~^=

Saturday, January 25, 2014

(W)REC(K) A BUNDLE: To Love A Shifter

*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

For the very first time, Marian Tee has her own book bundle consisting of all her comedic, heart-wrenching romantic lovelies- and there are two out now! The first boxed set, To Love a Shifter, has all her yummy shifters who make hearts pound, eyes, pits and pussies wet (yes I said pussy), but most importantly, enforce a strong belief in a kind of love that is both obsessive and pure. Because we all want to belong somewhere, and we all seek out our own special Alphas waiting for us to lighten up their worlds, just like Misty, Caylie, George, Deli, and Dazzle did for their men.

After reading this, you can bet your perdy socks that you will finish: out of breath; over-steamed; out of tears; and dreaming harder than ever for that unsuspecting guy that could be stalking with his sleek self a lot closer to home than you originally thought. Don't keep the predator kitty waiting, open those doors and windows!

Now, the first five books: The Werewolf Prince and I, A Royal Heartbreak, Suit and Fangs, The Demon Duke and I and Evren: Enter The Dragonette are titles I've already gushed about, cried over and reviewed the fuck out of on my blog. Marian won me over a long time ago with my first lovely, The Werewolf Prince and I with the Alpha Domenico Moretti whose plans originally were to use one of his sweet employees in an elaborate plot in his Were-Politics, except time spent with the terribly naive and innocent Misty Wall changes it all. Every carefully thought-out plan unravels where Misty is concerned, and the more she makes his heart beat, the harder he pounds into her, unused and unsure of all this new found blood suddenly making his organs pulse with vitality and... dare he think it, love? =^~^=

Misty was my very first heroine to be so ignorant of all the cynical rules of bad-assery. Instead of a coldly collected, cautious and doubtful woman who'd experienced much of reality and was changed because of it, I got a young woman who had dealt with more hardships than the regular status of a normal citizen and still whole-heartedly believed in having a good heart. It was like a breath of fresh air. All the shit that life threw at her didn't deter her from getting her happy ending, she simply washed it off, smiled, and thanked the gods for the wonderful shower of Ultimate Positivity. I'll say that none of Marian's girls are quite like Misty, nor are any of their stories. You'll definitely want to check her out, especially when her story continues in A Royal Heartbreak.

Suit and Fangs is a spin-off from Misty and Mr. Moretti's world a few years later in the future and takes on a younger perspective of two young vampires who have problems of their own. Luka is a very dangerously handsome Caros, and the only girl he's ever cared for, Caylie, despises him with a passion. It's the way he planned to have her think of him. He hates it, but it's their only option, because it's either that or accept her young love, have his possessive obsession with her body and soul consume him, and kill her solely for the cruelly satisfied idea of having her all to himself. One of those psychotic "hide you away from the world cause only I can have all of you" kind of things. But Fate doesn't let him get his way. She puts them both in a situation that rises the stakes (no pun intended) on not just their hearts, but their lives.

And gosh, The Demon Duke and I? Totally delectable! It was a whole new world that the talented Tee created, and I instantly fell in love with it. For one thing, it had all my favorite weaknesses: the old-time essence of renaissance skirts and carriages; the royal power of dukes; wicked witches and foul-mouthed geek bloggers... and... I'm forgetting something... Oh, right. Mother-Fucking-Hot-As-Hell-Alphas. Dudes were like four hot powerful friends straight out of an ani- anim- anime- ..... HOLY SHIT.
*runs out door*
*runs back in*

I just thought of something and had to run out to ask the author, but yeah, back to the story. Silviu is a demon duke who's lived long enough without a heartkeeper to keep him from Hell, but when George wanders into his dark domain, everything is suddenly changed. Now instead of dying and leaving his three friends to defend his city from the other power-hungry creatures, he has to not only protect George from assassins, but convince the woman herself that he is hers, and she is his. His lover, his companion, his salvation: his heartkeeper.

"Say what? Does he mean 'housekeeper'?"
*No, George, honey. Heartkeeper. A housekeeper won't gain his demon half a soul.*

Evren: Enter The Dragonette was one of her youngest and earlier works, and although I thoroughly enjoyed the drama in this little morsel as well, I didn't enjoy the romance that much. Deli is not the brightest crayon in the box and may even be a little shallow at times, but it doesn't stop her from having a good heart and wanting real love like any other girl. That real kind of love gets announced by a pair of brothers who rescue her from an attack and make her Evren, and although she's found a soulmate and kinship with one brother, it's the other one who's captured her heart. Lucian, however, has got to be the most sceptical one of all when compared to Marian's other guys, and he doesn't exactly play the part of Prince Charming. But that's always the case, isn't it? If it isn't dramatic, it isn't worth it. Personally, I would've flayed the little lizard a little more before forgiving him, but I guess that's why he got Deli for a Light- she'd be the only one to ever put up with his crap.

And now... for the new story that I hadn't read before.

This basically sums it up. It's kinda perfect, actually:
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Awakened: The Zombie Who Loved Me

Back-up dancer, Dazzle White, must find a way to protect her heart. Her bodyguard Varthan, a zombie-slash-Viking-warrior, is bent on seducing her. That wouldn't have been so bad if only he wasn't doing so because he considers it his "duty" to teach her about the art of lovemaking.
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First of all, I commend-commend-COMMEND you, Marian, on that little twist at the end! I just loved the way you planned it out. Varthan and Dazzle are so good together, she's the perfect girl to convince this Viking Draugar that he can overcome 1000+ years of being conditioned to not believe in love.

When Varthan first came to Dazzle's rescue after getting attacked in the alley by a granny goblin, he was a ten-foot body of rotten but dangerously strong meat. Without her glasses, she was practically blind to his "original form" that he shifts into, and was therefore blind to his hotness that is Viking. Varthan explained to Dazzle the bare minimum of their situation, but after she convinced him to let her go do her job before she got fired for skipping out, she finished the concert, sought him out with new contacts and-

Hubba-hubba. With her sight restored, Dazzle finally sees the Draugar that was once a Viking warrior before he was turned to protect the skat, treasures of the Goddess who were forever blessed from harm. Now Dazzle knows that she's in danger of love at first sight, but he's a zombie! Surely it's some kind of trick... but it isn't. Draugar were the roots of the zombie rumors, gossip particularly spread by their priestess Elsine. As he'd demonstrated earlier, Draugar have the ability to shift forms: whether it be the younger versions of themselves before they died; the versions of their older selves, had they survived well into their golden years; or even their special ten-foot zombie forms, a version that both started all the zombie myths and would've been their possible futures had they been infected with a vicious illness. The whole dead-guy-look is really just a disguise for their warrior selves, and it's a rather swell one, when you think about it.

Varthan takes her to the isle where his kind reside, and there she meets their priestess, whom she loses all her trust with when the woman takes her down to their prison and abruptly shoves her into a cell with one of their evil captives. Both she and Varthan freak out, but when the monster in the shadows only writhes in pain, Elsine takes her back out and proudly announces the proof of Dazzle's line being blessed by the Goddess. Elsine thinks she's made her point about Dazzle being safe from those who wish her direct harm, but for Dazzle, she's just added another category to her list of Untrustworthy people.

"That old lady was a goblin?" I was never, ever going to trust anyone above sixty. Ever.

Then she pushed me inside.
What the---
After helpless old grandmothers, mini blond bombshells were the next type
I'd never let my guard down with. Ever.

Dazzle still doesn't trust the priestess, but she gets a little hopeful when the petite blonde tells her that Varthan was in a major panic for her safety. Maybe it's a sign that he likes her? Maybe, maybe! Kite's up and flying high! Right? WRONG. When they're leaving Draugar Isle, they share a passionate kiss on the plane that quickly rises his hands to her pants' buttons, but she hastily stands up and tells him it's too fast. And then he comes back and says with confidence, "I am the man meant to take your virginity."

Say what? The way he says it sends her thoughts towards dark assumptions, but she has to ask, and when she does inquire about the number of times he's 'deflowered his skat' in the thousand years he's been a Draugar, he tells her. She does not like the answer. Before he met her, when he was a warrior meant to protect the treasures of the Goddess, he'd taken eight skat's virginities. He'd told her that he never believed in love, and when those other eight skat were nothing but women he helped learn about pleasure, the last thing she wants to be is Student Number Nine on his list. She might be in love with him, but she does not want to sleep with him just to be later forgotten and unloved.

During their time together of avoiding goblins and remaining safe, they get into a fight with the lot of them. She helps Varthan fight, despite his yelling and threats to stay in her hidey-hole, and when the fight is over, they yell at each other. And she accidentally let's it slip that she could be falling for him. Oops.

Now he knows that she seriously likes him, but when they're in bed (long story) he reveals that the eight women he protected only used him for pleasure. They loved the sex they gave him, but could never love a monster they feared. That hurts Dazzle, and she tells him that she could never hold his form against him. She loves all of him, for if not for his scary form, he would not have been able to save her as he always does. And then she realizes that she really does loves him, and she tells him that she's changed her mind. About the 'you can't take my virginity' speech she'd given him earlier. However, before she can tell him what she meant, he takes it to mean that she's changed her mind about loving him, and he starts ravaging her in an almost angry, possessive way, saying that she'll never want another and will always be his, and then he- well, makes her toes curl, and after he deflowers her...

   "Still thinking about changing your mind?" he asked.
   "I just did, didn't I?" I asked sleepily. "I let you deflower me."
   I forced my brain to work. My eyes flew open. "Varthan... surely..." I shook my head. "Varthan, you didn't think I had changed my mind about you? About my feelings?"

They're both a little stunned at the misunderstanding, but he admits that he doesn't think he'd survive if she left him, and although it isn't a declaration of love, it's the best she could get from a Viking who didn't believe in love in the first place. The epilogue comes, and in it, they're back on Draugar Isle, asking Elsine about making Dazzle immortal so she can be with Varthan forever. However, there aren't many easy ways to make a human immortal. The first way to give her immortality is to have her pledge herself to being a Draugar and wait until she dies a warrior's death. Obviously, Varthan shot that bird down. The second way to give her immortality, Elsine tells them, is to have them prove their love to each other. Again, an immediate reaction from Varthan has Dazzle flinching, because they both know that Varthan struggles with the L-word. He is hesitate in this option, but Dazzle agrees immediately to the challenge and the dangers and asks how they must prove their love.

In order to gain immortality with the one she loves, she must go to every single one of his lifetimes with a different skat and make him choose her over the other woman. The dangerous part? If she fails once, she's stuck in that time period forever. Dazzle's ecstatic that no goblins are involved. Varthan, on the other hand, is furious. They have sex afterwards to distract themselves from the scary future, and once calm again, he tells her that he wasn't a good man in the past, and worries that he'll cost her their grant of immortality. However, she tells him to trust in them, and with his arms wrapped around her, he sends kisses all over her back tenderly, something that he'd never done before. It ends with:

"Whatever happens, know that you are the only treasure in this life I shall never give up."

UGH, THAT LINE KILLS MEEEEEE. It's not bad, it's actually the sweetest fucking thing ever! What I'm worried about is all the heartache that he's probably thinking she'll get when she meets all the Different Faces of Assholes in his past lifetimes. I mean, think about it! She'll have to go back in time to when he was assigned to a skat, a skat that he is partnered to protect and "love"! What's going to happen when another skat appears? Will he ignore Dazzle because she isn't his assigned treasure to protect?! Will their love triumph and he'll choose her over his assignment, thus proving their love?!?!

I've gotta say that I'm pretty sure he'll choose her every time, otherwise this love story will have no point! But if that's the case, then you can only assume that there's going to be many other ways to cause heartbreak in the readers. And I. Am. Not. Looking. Forward. To. It.

I loved this story so much. God knows I cried in every chapter! Hell, I even daydreamed worst case scenarios and made myself cry even more! T_T This touched me so much because she loves him, but how can you survive from a fall with someone who still thinks his feet are firmly planted on the ground? She doesn't really have any real proof that he loves her, only her trust in the possessive way he loves and her belief in love itself. It's such a nail-biting ending.

But you know what this means? This means that we'll see them fall in love with each other a whole bunch of times! YAY! There will be times when we wanna sob our eyes out, sure, but let's not dwell on the sad parts. =^~^= *thinks positively realllllllly hard*

This was such an amazing read, and although I wish it were a full-length (300000000 pages) novel, it was still a very deliciously temptated masterpiece that touched all parts of emotions for me. I laughed at Dazzle's humor. I cried when Varthan couldn't return her love. And I burned through the paragraphs when Varthan showed her his love in the way he protected her, made love to her, and worried over her. It's obvious to me that he just doesn't know what love is, but that might just be me. XD

To Love a Shifter is a beautiful boxed set and one of Marian Tee's first bundle of all her books. Since I love all her books, I completely adored the fuck out of this. I'd recommend it to the world, but since everyone's got their kinks and peeves, I recommend this to those who love alphas, innocently naive women, hot sex, funny moments and sweet dialogues, but most of all, moments when that Dark Knight discovers his Sun, Moon and Stars for the first time after eons of cruel darkness.

Her second book bundle that is a part of this celebration is called Eternally Seduced, and I'll be tackling that down when I get that chance. I look forward to the last two- ooo the suspense!

Happy Reading