The Beast by J. R. Ward

21 May 2016


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Publisher: NAL
Pages: 528
Summary:

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from...



I said this a few months ago when I read the first the BDB Legacy series and I say it again here: 

And the Brothers are back...

When the last BDB book came out, I put off reading it for almost a year but after reading Blood Kiss, the first BDB Legacy book, I thought I would read it and finally read it back in February. I was underwhelmed but I knew I wouldn't give up on the Brothers because they were hidden away there and I loved them too much to bail. 

This book is like the first few in the series, it focuses less on the side stories and more on the Brothers. I LOVED THAT! I have missed these boys so much and they are all in this book as much as the early days of the series. The other side stories are there but they take less of the main bulk of the story. I skimmed a lot of The Shadows because I got so bored but I loved ever second of this, there was the right balance of all the storylines.

Of course, this book focuses on one Brother in particular, Rhage. From the last book we know there's a distance between him and Mary and that comes to a head early in the book after a near death experience bring their issues to the forefront of their minds. They still deeply love one another but there is something missing in both their lives. A child. They have both come to a realisation that they want to be a parent, Rhage through seeing Beth and Wrath with Little Wrath and Mary through her work at Safe Place with a young pre-trans called Bitty. 

There are some amazing moments in this book between Mary and Rhage, you can just feel the lust and love radiating off of them both and you get to see a whole other side to Rhage in this book, a paternal side and if you think the man is loving as a hellren?! Wait until you see him father figure. My heart exploded so many times reading his interactions between Rhage and Bitty. So. Much. Perfect. I sighed and squeed out loud.

I loved reading Mary and Rhage interactions and they really are one of my favourite couples in this universe. I love how Rhage has eyes for no-one but Mary. He sees no-one but her and he is just so awesome. There's a moment in this book where Mary is crying and this is Rhage's reaction: 
"What's going on? Do I need to kill something for you?"
That just sums him up to a tee. He is prepared to do anything for her and so is his curse, The Beast, he is there for Mary as much as Rhage is and in the most epic way at the beginning of the book which I won't go into because I don't want to ruin this book... 

Of course, it's not all about these two, we still have Xcor to contend with (he kind of kind of gets his just desserts in this book and I loved that) and Layla's pregnancy. I loved seeing Qhuinn and Blay interact with her and how the entire Brotherhood were there for all three of them. 

There's also an human element in this book when Jo's friend record the beast during a battle and she starts looking into things. She gives up in the end but what she choses to focus on will bring her back to the world of BDB and closer than before. I can't wait to see the implications her discoveries have on not just herself but the Brotherhood.

This is hands down one of my favourite BDB books. It takes us back to the good days when this series started and I really think it's a turning point for me with this series, I just hope it stays this way and the series is on an up. 

Release Day Promo | Phoenix by Cecilia London (@authorclondon)

02 May 2016

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Summary:

One epic love. Two wounded souls. Three impossible words.

Ripped away from each other by circumstances beyond their control. Reunited in a place they never expected. Separated but never quite apart.

“You’re still the only woman I see. The only woman I need. I know you’re in there somewhere, sweet Caroline. We’re going to find you and we’re going to help you, until you come home to me where you belong. Then we’re going to finish what we started. Together.”

Her confidence shattered, Caroline finally starts to deal with what happened at The Fed. Jack is determined to convince her that she’s more than she thinks she is. That she wasn’t destroyed by her experiences. That their relationship is worth the fight. But will he give up before it’s too late?

Phoenix is the fourth installment in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first three novels in the series.


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Review: 

Where, oh where do I start? I have no idea but I know one thing: if I could give this book a million stars I would. I so, so, so would. When Sojourn came out I said it was my favourite book in the series and then my ARC of Phoenix landed on my Kindle and swiftly took over as my number one book in this series. 

I honestly have no clue where to start, Caroline is in a dark place after the hell she faced at the hands of The Fed and is finally back with her husband, something she never thought would happen, but she isn't with him how she used to be. I knew Caroline was broken but this book just shows you how broken she is, her physical wounds may have healed as best they can but she is in a bad place mentally (that is an understatement).

She pushes everyone who attempts to help her, including her husband, away and it broke my heart. Cecilia pulls all the punches in this book, there is so much raw, emotional angst and it killed me. I have to admit, at times, Caroline tested me. The amount of times I wanted to reach into the book and slap her were countless but in the same breath I also wanted to comfort her. She was fighting so hard and it was hard to read but she did everything she does in this book as a way to protect herself.

And then there was Jack. Oh Jack... if you like your hot male leads, you will love him. This book is Jack's book, you see a side to the man you never have and my heart broke for him just as much as it did for Caroline. This man, who had lived so many months believing his wife was dead, had her back but not in the way he ever envisaged. Don't get me wrong, he had his moments, and sometimes I wanted to slap him too but mostly I wanted to comfort him.

Throughout these books, we have never really seen this side to Jack. He is so vulnerable, he is trying to keep it together while leading a rebellion and fighting to have his wife back and he struggles, you get to see a lot of his struggles when he's with Natalie, the doctor who is helping both him and Caroline.

He isn't perfect but he is awesome in this book. Seeing his vulnerability laid bare killed me. He has the patience of a saint, and I think he takes everything Caroline throws at him (almost - there's one point where it's too much even for him, and that was a particular slap Caroline moment) because, deep down, he knows she will come back to him.

Gabe, Jones and Crunch are back in this book and they were amazing. They were as funny as well as protective as they were in the last book. There's a scene in this book where Caroline is arrested and one of her triggers for her blackouts is used on her. The guys are there and fiercely try to protect her. She means so much to them and nothing showed this more than this part of the book and, coupled with Jack's reaction when Caroline was brought to him, it was heart-wrenching to read. I wanted to hug them all!

I do have to say something about Natalie who I mentioned above. She really is amazing and she helps both Jack and Caroline with their demons and I really loved her. I hope we get to see a lot more of her in the books to come. I really think there is room for her to be a big part of Caroline's life if she lets her in. 

Cecilia certainly knows how to write a book that is equally gut-wrenching as it is heart-warming. For every gut-wrenching moment in this book, there is a powerful heart-wrenching moment. I just couldn't leave this book alone and just wanted to keep going (I stayed up until 1AM the other night reading it, but I blame Jack for that, he's hard to say no to). Just like last time we see flashbacks and they broke my heart, you see how happy they used to be versus where they are now and I just wanted to lean in and hug them both after reading those!

Oh and the end. The FREAKING end! Cecilia warned me when she first got in contact that each book would end with a cliffhanger but nothing prepared me for this one. I had a feeling something would happen so I read the last few pages of this book with my heart in my mouth and then I got there and wow! I need the next book now! Evil cliffhanger is evil!

There is so, so much I loved about Phoenix and I had moments where I wanted to have words with Cecilia (her poor DMs on Twitter know this oh so well - sorry Cecilia!). Ultimately, this book lived up to its name, both Caroline and Jack start moving on and rise up from the ashes to find themselves again after heartbreak and horror. There's a scene toward the end of the book, the last one between Jack and Caroline, that filled me with hope and I loved reading it. The light is at the end of the tunnel (I hope!)...

This entire series has broken my heart but I have loved it. At the end of Sojourn, the last book in the series, I had such hope for Caroline that, finally, she would get some semblance of happiness and Phoenix is the start of that (again - I hope!). I can't wait to see what the next two books hold for not just Caroline but for Jack and her friends too.

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Never Never Series by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher (@colleenhoover & @tarryn__fisher)


Rating:


Publisher: Hoover Ink
Summary:

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget.

I read this series of three novella's one after the other, all I knew going in was that it was about a boy called Silas and a girl called Charlie and that the first and second books ended in cliffhangers (hence why I waited for all three after seeing the hell people were going through waiting for the next one). 

I love it when I don't know much about a book and go in completely blind and I think that's the best thing to do with this book which is why I'm not going to say much about the plot (which is going to make this review difficult to write but I want to give away as little as I can). 

When we first meet Charlie and Silas they are both at school when their lives get turned upside down by a random event that affects the both of them a number of times but no one around them. They have to figure this out together and I loved that. They had each other to go through this with, I think had either of them been alone in this it would have made things a lot worse for them and considering all they had been through together before, it seemed right that they faced this fight together. 

Charlie and Silas were well-developed characters and can I just say, Silas is awesome. He is so cute and loving and you can see how much - once he knows what's going on - he loves Charlie. These two are just perfect for each other and I loved reading their journey in this book.

And then there's Landon, Silas' brother who is just awesome and in the end comes through for them both in a way that shows you how much his brother means to him. 

I loved the ending to this book, the reasons this was happening to the both of them and seeing them figure it out and finding out where they were headed. The final 20% of the last book is just too cute for words and I think I fell in love with Silas a little (not that I need another book boyfriend - but hey!)

I am glad I read these books one after another because I don't think I could have coped with these cliffhangers, especially the one in the second book! If I had had to have waited for the third book after reading that ending I don't know how I would have coped! 

I have never read anything by Tarryn but after reading this I think I will because I think I am missing out on some great books! 

Phoenix by Cecilia London (@authorclondon)

24 April 2016


Rating:


Summary:

One epic love. Two wounded souls. Three impossible words.

Ripped away from each other by circumstances beyond their control. Reunited in a place they never expected. Separated but never quite apart.

“You’re still the only woman I see. The only woman I need. I know you’re in there somewhere, sweet Caroline. We’re going to find you and we’re going to help you, until you come home to me where you belong. Then we’re going to finish what we started. Together.”

Her confidence shattered, Caroline finally starts to deal with what happened at The Fed. Jack is determined to convince her that she’s more than she thinks she is. That she wasn’t destroyed by her experiences. That their relationship is worth the fight. But will he give up before it’s too late?

Phoenix is the fourth installment in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first three novels in the series.

Where, oh where do I start? I have no idea but I know one thing: if I could give this book a million stars I would. I so, so, so would. When Sojourn came out I said it was my favourite book in the series and then my ARC of Phoenix landed on my Kindle and swiftly took over as my number one book in this series. 

I honestly have no clue where to start, Caroline is in a dark place after the hell she faced at the hands of The Fed and is finally back with her husband, something she never thought would happen, but she isn't with him how she used to be. I knew Caroline was broken but this book just shows you how broken she is, her physical wounds may have healed as best they can but she is in a bad place mentally (that is an understatement).

She pushes everyone who attempts to help her, including her husband, away and it broke my heart. Cecilia pulls all the punches in this book, there is so much raw, emotional angst and it killed me. I have to admit, at times, Caroline tested me. The amount of times I wanted to reach into the book and slap her were countless but in the same breath I also wanted to comfort her. She was fighting so hard and it was hard to read but she did everything she does in this book as a way to protect herself.

And then there was Jack. Oh Jack... if you like your hot male leads, you will love him. This book is Jack's book, you see a side to the man you never have and my heart broke for him just as much as it did for Caroline. This man, who had lived so many months believing his wife was dead, had her back but not in the way he ever envisaged. Don't get me wrong, he had his moments, and sometimes I wanted to slap him too but mostly I wanted to comfort him.

Throughout these books, we have never really seen this side to Jack. He is so vulnerable, he is trying to keep it together while leading a rebellion and fighting to have his wife back and he struggles, you get to see a lot of his struggles when he's with Natalie, the doctor who is helping both him and Caroline.

He isn't perfect but he is awesome in this book. Seeing his vulnerability laid bare killed me. He has the patience of a saint, and I think he takes everything Caroline throws at him (almost - there's one point where it's too much even for him, and that was a particular slap Caroline moment) because, deep down, he knows she will come back to him.

Gabe, Jones and Crunch are back in this book and they were amazing. They were as funny as well as protective as they were in the last book. There's a scene in this book where Caroline is arrested and one of her triggers for her blackouts is used on her. The guys are there and fiercely try to protect her. She means so much to them and nothing showed this more than this part of the book and, coupled with Jack's reaction when Caroline was brought to him, it was heart-wrenching to read. I wanted to hug them all!

I do have to say something about Natalie who I mentioned above. She really is amazing and she helps both Jack and Caroline with their demons and I really loved her. I hope we get to see a lot more of her in the books to come. I really think there is room for her to be a big part of Caroline's life if she lets her in. 

Cecilia certainly knows how to write a book that is equally gut-wrenching as it is heart-warming. For every gut-wrenching moment in this book, there is a powerful heart-wrenching moment. I just couldn't leave this book alone and just wanted to keep going (I stayed up until 1AM the other night reading it, but I blame Jack for that, he's hard to say no to). Just like last time we see flashbacks and they broke my heart, you see how happy they used to be versus where they are now and I just wanted to lean in and hug them both after reading those!

Oh and the end. The FREAKING end! Cecilia warned me when she first got in contact that each book would end with a cliffhanger but nothing prepared me for this one. I had a feeling something would happen so I read the last few pages of this book with my heart in my mouth and then I got there and wow! I need the next book now! Evil cliffhanger is evil!

There is so, so much I loved about Phoenix and I had moments where I wanted to have words with Cecilia (her poor DMs on Twitter know this oh so well - sorry Cecilia!). Ultimately, this book lived up to its name, both Caroline and Jack start moving on and rise up from the ashes to find themselves again after heartbreak and horror. There's a scene toward the end of the book, the last one between Jack and Caroline, that filled me with hope and I loved reading it. The light is at the end of the tunnel (I hope!)...

This entire series has broken my heart but I have loved it. At the end of Sojourn, the last book in the series, I had such hope for Caroline that, finally, she would get some semblance of happiness and Phoenix is the start of that (again - I hope!). I can't wait to see what the next two books hold for not just Caroline but for Jack and her friends too. 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (@jojomoyes)

19 April 2016


Rating:


Pages: 481
Summary:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.


I think I have had this book on my Kindle for years, I almost started it about a year and a half ago but then I changed my mind. It's been sat there for way too long and, since the film is coming out and I want to see it (I have to read the books beforehand), I finally decided to read it and oh boy did this book take me on a rollercoaster of emotions. 

Every once in a while, a book comes along that sucks you in and Me Before You did this for me and I found myself thinking, despite the fact that it ripped my heart to pieces, why in the hell did I take so long to read this?! 

When the book opens, we meet Will, a young, well travelled, active and successful City worker just before his life changes forever and he goes from a life loving young man to a young man now relying on others to get through life. He wants to end his life on his own terms and gives his parents six months and then enters Louisa Clark.

I loved Lou from the outset, she reminded me a lot of myself and she was a fun character to read. She has lived in the same bubble for years, going from work, to home, to her boyfriend's, living the same life with barely any variation. She loses the job she's had for years and desperate to find something new, she is employed on a fixed contract to help out Will. 

I loved seeing the affect Lou had on Will and seeing him go from being this closed off guy, barely tolerable of his family and primary carer, Nathan, to being a completely different person, someone who was open and caring. I think, knowing what we know of his life prior to the accident, Lou had a fundamental effect on helping him find a form of the man he was. 

The way they are with each other is like no other relationship in this book, they know exactly how to push each other's buttons and get the best out of each other and they do, not only does Lou push Will with her grand plan to get him out and doing things again but he pushes her too. He pushes her to realise that there is more to life than the small town she lives and works in. 

I had a feeling going into this book what would happen (as much as I didn't want it to) but I could not have prepared for what did happen. This book landed up tearing me to pieces and I was a snot sobbing state by the end. Jojo did a great job of making us feel everything Will and Lou felt, I really connected with the pair of them and wanted them both to be happy. 

The development of Lou in this book is amazing, you see her change in front of you and I loved that. She embraces her new life and does everything she can to help Will, planning trips, even one aboard and you can just see how much Will means to her. She wants to help him in the best way she can and I was rooting for her the whole way through. 

One of my favourite things about this book was getting to see the point of view of other characters connected to Will and Lou and helps the reader better understand them. I especially felt more for Lou's sister when I read her chapter, I started the book hating her but when her chapter rocked around I understood her a bit better but I still found it hard to connect to her. 

I didn't realise until a few weeks ago that there's a sequel to this and I will be reading it sooner rather than later.

Cover Reveal | Phoenix by Cecilia London (@authorclondon)

18 April 2016

Ever since Cecilia contacted me about the first Bellator Saga book I have loved this series and just couldn't say no in taking part in either the cover reveal or the review tour for the lastest book in the series.

My review will be up very soon so keep your eyes peeled for that but for now I am please to help reveal both the front and back covers for the fourth book in the series, Phoenix:

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About the Book:

Book Title: Phoenix Book #4 in the Bellator Saga
Author: Cecilia London
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Release Date: May 2nd
Cover Artist: Sofie Hartley at Luminos Graphic House

Summary:

One epic love. Two wounded souls. Three impossible words.

Ripped away from each other by circumstances beyond their control. Reunited in a place they never expected. Separated but never quite apart.

You’re still the only woman I see. The only woman I need. I know you’re in there somewhere, sweet Caroline. We’re going to find you and we’re going to help you, until you come home to me where you belong. Then we’re going to finish what we started. Together.”

Her confidence shattered, Caroline finally starts to deal with what happened at The Fed. Jack is determined to convince her that she’s more than she thinks she is. That she wasn’t destroyed by her experiences. That their relationship is worth the fight. But will he give up before it’s too late?

Phoenix is the fourth installment in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first three novels in the series.

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About the Author:


Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She's filled several roles over the course of her adult life - licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.




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