Thursday, April 30, 2015

Retro Thursday (30th April 2015)

It's Retro Thursday again which means checking out something we read this time last year. 

Katy, Elizabeth & Shannie did a Buddy Read together, (which is one of the reasons we met and why we are blogging together.) We read the Innocence series by Alessandra Torre. Brad-de-Luca is something else. 

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Our ratings mix from 4 to 4.5 to 5 Stars but because we all read this together we're just going to share our teasers, which explains a little how we felt about Brad and Julia. 

Suzanne read the Spin-off Novellas from J.A. Huss's Rook & Ronin series.

We advise you to read the Rook & Ronin books before you read the spin-offs just for enjoyment purposes, but that's not essential either as the spin-offs are standalone's (apart from Guns where you need to read all the books and spin-offs first to read that one). 

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Rook & Ronin Spin-Offs.



 Go back and read the books you skipped, including the novellas. Every book has clues and plot points, so if you have skipped books you will probably be lost immediately. :) 

BOOK BLITZ: Willfully Compelled (Unintentional Sacrifices #1) by Senayda Pierre **GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT**

A centuries-old legend foretells of twins who will one day save the earth. Lysandra and Leondra have been raised by their parents with the notion that they could possibly be those destined twins.

A once kaleidoscope-colored land is now brown. Water sources have become nonexistent leaving behind only lethal bodies of water. Animals and people disappear beneath the tempting waters never to resurface.

As the world falls apart the twins become separated. Alone and injured, Lysandra ventures forward trying to locate and reunite with her family. Instead she slips beneath the river's surface discovering a new world where no human has ever survived before.

A prophecy. A dying world. Twins, Leondra and Lysandra are compelled to make the ultimate sacrifice for an entirely new world.

Contains mature content.

Lysandra turned toward Phoebe. Her friend’s lips were blue. Her complexion deathly pale. She shook Phoebe hard. She wanted to scream at her best friend to wake up but she couldn’t afford to attract attention. She bent down to ensure that Phoebe was still breathing. Her best friend’s haggard breaths let her know how bad things were. She choked back a sob as she hoisted Phoebe up.

She sighed in relief and continued toward the river. Just being close to the river gave her a sense of renewed energy and hope. Her skin tingled with anticipation at the clear sparkling water in front of her. Her mouth watered as she stared longingly at the river.

She gently placed Phoebe down, a few feet away from the bank. A loud splash froze the blood in her veins. Her head snapped in the direction of the noise. Most of the herd had followed the leader but a straggler had attempted to get one last drink. Lysandra just saw its rear end as it disappeared under the water’s surface. The water buffalo’s legs kicked in desperation as it met its watery death. The other animals scattered as if a lion had approached the river.

She remained frozen with horror. For years she’d heard of the dangers of the water but had never seen it for herself. She looked around desperately. There was no doubt about it, they were in danger and Phoebe was dying. The harsh wind blew sand in her eyes. She put her chin to her chest and blinked hard. They’d learned the hard way to not rub the sand or debris from their eyes. She reached out touching Phoebe’s face. Her hand stilled. A sob escaped her lips as her palm touched cold skin. Even the viscous sun and heat couldn’t hide death’s frigidness.

Desolation blanketed her. She was too late. She couldn’t help her best friend. Lysandra leaned over Phoebe listening hopefully for small, haggard breaths. She frantically checked her pulse. Something to hint at Phoebe still living, but she found nothing. There was nothing there but a cold, lifeless body.

Lysandra tilted her head back. Her parched throat couldn’t let out the scream that resonated within her. Her body shook with tearless sobs. There was nothing left for her in this life. Her family was gone. Her best friend lay dead by her side. The world was literally a living hell. She jolted as Phoebe’s body jerked. A flare of hope quickly died as her addled mind registered what she saw. Phoebe’s body disappeared beneath the surface just like the water buffalo’s. She was too slow to catch her best friend’s body as something dark dragged her underwater.

She jumped in not caring if her loud splash attracted unwanted attention. Phoebe’s silhouette disappeared into the depths of the river. She frantically kicked to keep up with her friend’s body but it was too late. Lysandra lost all hope. Her lungs screamed to get to the surface but her heart sank with sorrow. In her previous life she would’ve cherished the peacefulness of the silent water world. She might’ve reveled in its beauty. But now it only represented death.

Sharp talons imbedded in her thigh yanking her down. She gasped in shock and terror before savagely kicking at whatever had hold of her. The talons gripped harder making her scream in pain. Lysandra inhaled deeply hoping to fill her lungs with water. She desperately wanted to drown before being eaten alive. She couldn’t see what held onto her as the surface got farther and farther away. Her body tensed. Her mind screamed that she was drowning. Her lungs expanded with liquid but didn’t burn. She wheezed as terror flowed through her body. She fought the black dots that raced in front of her eyes refusing to lose consciousness to panic.

The talons loosened around her thigh as she regained some semblance of control over her body. Her mind warred with itself as she fought for reasoning. Was she going mad? Had she blacked out and was only dreaming? How could her lungs take in water and treat it like air?

“Just get it over with” She whispered as she closed her eyes quietly sobbing. A quick and painless death was not meant to be though; whoever or whatever had planned for her to be cognizant throughout. Her eye flashed open as her body jerked to the left. She gasped as the talons dragged her into a cavernous room. She stared in horrified rapture as sunlight filtered through the oversized underwater cave.

“Interesting” a deep voice rumbled. Lysandra stiffened as the talons released its grip from her thigh and shackled her wrist to the rock wall. She refused to look in the direction of her captor. Her eyes flitted around absorbing her surroundings. The cave was beautiful. Colorful fish swam by unbothered by its occupants.

“Who grabbed her?” The same voice interrupted the peaceful silence. She sensed more than one presence in the cavernous room. So her captor was not this bastard with the deep voice.

“Sire” another voice responded. His voice was much closer to her. She scowled knowing it was this SOB who’d captured her. “She jumped in immediately after one of the sentinels grabbed the cadaver.”

Lysandra shuddered at the word cadaver and bit her lip knowing they were referring to Phoebe. She swallowed the boulder-size lump in her throat. What had they done with her best friend?

Senayda Pierre is a native Floridian who’s always had a passion for music, sports, reading and writing. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and three beautiful daughters.

Senayda is an identical twin. That’s right, sometimes people give her a second glance wondering if she’s the person they know! She’s never seen snow… Swears she’ll live in Hawaii someday… And she intends to travel the world…

Senayda’s had a long love affair with reading and writing. She loved to write short stories and poetry throughout her childhood. Now Senayda’s moved onto novels.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GUEST REVIEW: Reverence (The Excess #2) by Angelica Chase

I was a prick, but I never hurt anyone that didn’t deserve it.
Well … until Nina.
I was a very smart man who made a very bad decision, but the mistakes I was paying for were not just my own.
My behavior toward her, no matter how unforgivable, had always been about protecting her—from me, from my wife, and from the long line of mistakes I would never be able to rectify.
Nina was finally done with me, and I knew it was for the best. I could finally keep her safe from depraved people like me. I needed her as far removed from the situation as possible. I tried to force myself to be content with her decision to move on … until I found out whom she was moving on with.

My unyielding love for a corrupt man might have cost me the affection of someone worthy.
With Aiden, I had finally discovered a version of myself I could tolerate; then he dropped a one word bomb that ruined my new sense of self. Instead of listening to my voice of reason, I blocked it out, until it became a scream that refused to be ignored.
Now, I would give anything to quiet that voice.

If you are not a fan of cursing, erotic and extremely explicit sex, cheating, immoral behavior, dysfunction or sexual scenarios that may make you feel uncomfortable this is not the series for you. FILTHY EROTIC ROMANCE

4.5 "Possess Me" Stars

"Some things are to be lived in the moment only, they can't be captured."

Well, I must say, Ms. Chase is fast becoming one of my fave authors! There are so many serials out there today, but the best ones are the ones where the author can keep the momentum of the story, the development of the characters and not only sustain the feels of the story but kick it up a notch.

Angelica does this effortlessly as shown by her Awakening Series and now with the Excess Series. This is just as captivating and tantalizing as the first!

This second installment picks up where the first left off but with a twist, it’s now in Nina and Devin’s POV. With this we get more insight into what drives Devin and how he feels about Nina...

and how he feels about his wife.

Through his eyes, he takes us down memory lane with glimpses into his relationship with Nina and how it came to be the way it is now. Of course, among these are some sexy, deviant and demanding moments…

It's apparent that Devin's in a predicament and he's looking for a way out.

Like Devin, Nina is stuck too. She's paralyzed between two men - Devin and Aiden –

…much like most readers might be. Seriously, how could we not vacillate between two sexy, demanding and commanding men?

“The man (Aiden) was brilliant, beautiful, talented beyond words, and had a cock that could silence a porn star.”

“Devin was magnetic, raw, hungry, beautiful and ambitious.”

We learn more about Devin and Aiden although many pieces of the puzzle are still missing so that we can’t get a clear picture. And there are still unanswered questions about other things including what Taylor is up to. Ms. Chase, might we get a series on Taylor? Please?

Sorry, got sidetracked because there are so many interesting things going on! Also, Aiden makes an observation that sets Nina on alert and explains a lot about her for me.

There is no cliffhanger in this one, per se, but there is a climatic ending….

Whether your Team Aiden or Team Devin, it will rock your world! In fact, this book might have some of you switching sides or like me, it only served to solidify my preference. I don't know all there is to know and don't care, all I know is anything Aiden has me hot and bothered...

If you’ve not read Opulence yet and you love great writing and filthy erotica, you should read it now and then jump right into this one! I’m really eager to see how this ends.

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