Author Spotlight: Kelly Moran <3

Kelly Moran is one of my all time favourite authors. to the point i no longer read the blurbs to see if they sound good. She is an automatic buy for me. Every story she has written i have LOVED! If you love romance i HIGHLY recommend you check her out. From Contemporary to Paranormal, Moran does it all ❤

The Dysfunctional TestThe Dysfunctional Test 

Growing up in her large, crazy Serbian family, Camryn Covic became an expert at shutting down her emotions in order to maintain her sanity. But when she loses her apartment, her job, and her boyfriend all in one day, she hits her breaking point. Worse, if her family finds out she’s single again, her sister’s upcoming wedding will be a disaster. The bride-to-be has a plan, though. A plan that involves an old friend, a pretend relationship… and the probability of ending up in a padded cell. This time for real.

Troy Lanske agrees to the insane charade only because, when he was a lonely foster child, Camryn was his lifeline. But she isn’t the idealistic girl he remembers. She’s become so jaded that she doesn’t even believe in love anymore. He sets out to restore her faith in happily-ever-afters, but his plan backfires when the fake relationship begins to feel all too real. Falling for the one woman he can’t have could mean losing more than just his honorary family. He could lose everything.

Warning: Contains a Playgirl-material hero and a woman who thinks she couldn’t be any more wrong for him. Enter one “Big Fat Overly Romantic Serbian Family.” Sit back and watch the magic happen.

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Exposure

Noah Caldwell has spent ten years biding his time for the chance to tell his best friend Raven Crowne the truth. He wants her. With the threat that brought him to her in the first place finally behind him, they begin a hot affair he’s only dreamed about. And reality is far better than fantasy. Yet beautiful Raven has her own dark history, one he’s trying desperately to release from her. But as their passion deepens and turns into more, his past rises up from the shadows to claim one last victim… and Noah could lose the only person he can’t live without.

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IMG_21Sheer Luck

LUCKY ME: I’m Declan O’Leary, and my family is cursed. For the past one-hundred years, bad things happen if we fall in love. So I live my life one woman at a time. Until I meet Lily Durand and I find myself wishing for a forever that can never be. Yet our fate encounter and one week of bliss just might be enough to turn my luck around.

BLIND LUCK: I’m Aiden O’leary, and after losing my wife to the dreaded family curse, I’ve sworn off love. But now that my brother has claimed to turn the family luck around, I’m starting to wonder if I might not be able to try again. Sierra Reif, my best friend and son’s nanny, has always been there for me. And I want her. But just when it seems I might get a shot at normal, something happens to prove not everyone is destined for an ever-after.

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She’s a beauty, but he’s just a geek.

The world might think billionaire Xavier Gaines has it all, but he’s got a big problem. His successful software company is about to sign a government contract that’ll land him smack in the glare of the public limelight, and his lifelong battle with social anxiety has marked him as a cold, uncaring bastard in the eyes of the press. To dispel the unflattering image, he needs help, and there’s only one person he trusts with the job—Peyton Smoke. Gorgeous, kind, and funny, she agrees to be his media relations director and soon imbeds herself so deeply in his life, his world will crumble if anything upsets the balance. He cannot screw up their solid unit. No matter how achingly he desires her. Yet, how is he supposed to resist when she tugs emotions from him he didn’t think he was capable of experiencing? Especially since it appears he’s not the only one fighting their undeniable attraction.

Ever-after just might be possible…if he can convince her to believe in love again.

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P.S. XAVIER IS MINE; I WILL NOT SHARE. I’M PREPARED TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH IF NECESSARY, TO KEEP HIM. BEWARE!!

IMG_249 Covington Cove Series – #1 Return to Me, #2 All of Me

#1 Ten years ago, Cole Covington was just another rich kid who got everything he wanted-including young and trusting Mia Galdon. Then one night everything changed, and two hearts were shattered. Cole buried his guilt in the military, where love was just part of the past. Now Cole has come back home, emotionally damaged, guarded, and unprepared for what’s waiting for him.
At the urging of Cole’s sister, Mia has returned to his family’s coastal home in Wilmington as a private nurse to help Cole recover. With her uncertain personal life at a crossroad, Mia doesn’t have the luxury of saying no to the job. She soon finds out that the attraction is still alive. So are memories of betrayal. But Mia will discover more than the power of resilience. She’ll discover a secret Cole has held for years, one that will force them to confront the past, and give new meaning to letting go, forgiveness, and a future worth fighting for.

MY REVIEW

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IMG_248#2 For ten months, bestselling novelist Alec Winston hasn’t been able to type a single word, and he’s coming dangerously close to breaching his publishing contract. An invitation from his brother to spend the summer in Wilmington Beach might be just the thing to blast through his writer’s block. Yet Alec discovers more than a spark of inspiration on the sunny sands. He meets an amber-eyed muse who makes him think about much more than books . . .

Faith Armstrong has finally gathered the courage to leave her past behind and accepted a job as a private tutor, hoping for a fresh start on the North Carolina coast. This is the home she’s always longed for—not just a place, but a state of mind. She’s felt invisible her whole life, so the host of new friends and the attention of a sexy author have her head spinning.
But Alec has a secret that could prove this isn’t the life Faith dreamed of after all . . .

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Phantoms Series#1 Ghost of a Promise, #2 Give Up the Ghost, #3 Ghost of You

IMG_255#1 The ghosts of her family’s estate on the coast of Maine never troubled Ava Trumble. When she finally inherits the historic mansion, however, there’s a small string attached: Ava has exactly one year to solve a 200-year-old mystery of a missing girl, or lose her family’s home…
The lead investigator for paranormal TV show Phantoms, Jackson Granger, is prepared for any metaphysical encounter—until now. It’s not just the uncanny sense of “coming home” or even his reaction to the fiery redhead who seems to consume his every waking thought. No, it’s that the ghosts are using Jackson and Ava’s attraction to play out a centuries-old tragedy. Heartbreak. Loss. Overwhelming passion. Now Jackson and Ava must determine if they’re sharing something real…or if they’ve been possessed by a love that never died.

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IMG_256#2 Paranormal investigator Kerry Baker has seen it all. But nothing in her work with the Phantoms team prepares her for the most terrifying ghost of all?seeing her doppelganger. Rumored to be a foreshadowing of one’s death, the spectre shakes Kerry to the core…sending her into the arms of her best friend and fellow Phantom cast member, Paul Leake, for comfort.
Until a kiss changes everything.
Paul has been in love with Kerry for ages, unwilling to compromise their friendship. As their investigation in a ghost town grows more intense, however, so does the chemistry between Paul and Kerry. With her life in danger and their jobs on the line, giving into their attraction couldn’t be a worse idea?and yet they can’t bring themselves to stop it. Even if it kills her…

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IMG_257#3 It’s no secret amongst the Phantoms crew that lead investigator Sammy Hanesworth pretty much hates psychologist Cain McClutchen. The tension between them is taut with dislike…and unexpected attraction.

The Nebraskan site they’re investigating is more than creepy. It’s also Sammy’s hometown. As the sinister presence makes itself known, Sammy finds herself turning to the last person she ever expected—Cain. But nothing will prepare them for the evil they are about to face…

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Redwood Ridge Series – #1 Puppy Love, #2 Tracking You, #3 New Tricks

IMG_315#1 After a passionless marriage under the scrutiny of high society, Avery Stowe is taking back her life. All she wants is a little privacy and a quiet place to raise her autistic daughter, Hailey. Redwood Ridge, Oregon, seems to offer all the right ingredients. Except for the problem of the local sexy veterinarian. The last thing she needs in her life is to fall for his irresistible allure, even if he is a nice guy who keeps doing her favors. But the well-meaning patrons of her new hometown have other ideas, and it appears playing Cupid is one of them.

Cade O’Grady has never met a woman he couldn’t handle, but when Avery Stowe walks into his office late one night cradling an injured puppy, he’s struck stupid. Which might explain her total lack of interest in him. But now that she’s working for his family’s clinic, he doesn’t have to lust from a distance. He might just have a chance at convincing Avery—and her too-guarded heart—that falling for the right man isn’t a mistake . . .

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IMG_316#2 Gabby Cosette has always been dubbed the good girl of quaint Redwood Ridge, Oregon, and being permanently put in the friend zone has left her dating life stagnant. With no prospects in sight, she clings to her friends and resolves to not let loneliness drag her under. So when the town Battleaxes set their matchmaking sights on her, she figures it can’t hurt. Yet the guy they think is perfect for her just happens to be not only her boss at the veterinarian clinic, but her best friend. Sure, Flynn O’Grady is attractive and the nicest guy around, but going there with him would topple both of their carefully constructed worlds and there would be no going back. Even if he is starting to make her girly parts zing.

Having been born deaf, Flynn has already felt like an outsider most of his life. Aside from his brothers, Gabby is about the only person who’s gone out of her way to treat him as more than a handicap. Which is exactly why he’s banked his secret attraction for his sweet, beautiful vet tech. Except his meddling family is trying to play Cupid and ruin the best thing to ever happen to him. Without Gabby, his work as a veterinarian, never mind his personal life, wouldn’t flow. Determined to ignore the antics, he’s secure in the knowledge she’s not interested in him romantically. But then a kiss changes everything . . . and he’s wondering if taking the ultimate shot at love might be worth the risk.

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IMG_317#3 Loving someone is something you never forget how to do . . .

Zoe Hornsby has enough on her plate. Her pet grooming business tucked inside her friends’ veterinarian clinic is busy, and all her free time outside of work is dedicated to caring for her mother’s ailing mind. Dating is certainly not on her agenda. For all she cares, the town gossips of Redwood Ridge, Oregon, can set their matchmaking sights on someone else. Because no way would she consider sexy veterinarian Drake O’Grady her perfect guy. Once upon a time, she may have harbored a little crush, but he’d only had eyes for her best friend. And the crazy attraction building between her and Drake now? Down boy, down.

After Drake lost his wife to cancer, he’s finally clawed his way out of grief and beginning to feel more like a part of the human race. But he’s appalled to learn his prying family thinks he’s ready to jump in the dating pool. And the woman they thrust at him couldn’t be more inappropriate. As his dead wife’s best friend, Zoe is off limits. Even if they seem to share a common sadness, she is too potent a personality to get romantically tangled with. Yet she’s making his heart beat and blood roar like he never thought it could again. And he doesn’t want to just exist anymore . . .

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Cattenach Ranch Series #1 Redemption, #2 Benediction

redem#1 Nearly the last remaining member of Olivia Cattenach’s family has just died overseas and left her overcome by grief. But when a soldier shows up at her ranch with a final message from her brother, she finds new purpose. Nathan Roldan is as formidable as they come. Bulging muscles and inked to boot, he looks like every bit the bad boy he claims to be. Except, under his shuttered gaze and behind his walls lies a gentle giant. Determined to carry out her brother’s wishes, she chips away at Nate’s layers and discovers more pain than any person should ever have to endure. And a passion she never dreamed was possible.

He’s not the hero she thinks he is…

Nate’s mistake got a fellow comrade killed, and a deathbed promise to take care of the guy’s sister lands him in Wyoming with the hope of redemption. But he wasn’t expecting…her. Beautiful, witty, and sweet, Olivia is everything he doesn’t deserve. Born a nothing, he’ll die a nothing. Though guilt is a living thing, temptation is too hard to resist. Somehow, she’s unleashing his restraint and unearthing feelings he buried long ago. He wants her. More, he’s worried he needs her. She’s trying to save him, but when she learns the truth, he’ll lose the only happiness he’s ever known.

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bene#2 As a child, Nakos Hunt left behind the familiarity of his Native American Arapaho tribe for time on Cattenach Ranch. Now the foreman, he’s happily settled into his life, but the girl who befriended him all those years ago suddenly has him twisted inside out. He craves stability and purpose, and Amy Woods is anything but a calming presence. Though she’s unbelievably gorgeous and about the only person who can drag a laugh from him, he’s never been able to understand her. Then a moment changes everything, and an urgent need to protect her rises inside him. And doesn’t let go. So does an aching desire and a bond he can’t seem to control, no matter how hard he fights the need.

She’s no one’s version of ever-after…

Amy’s not a stranger to disappointment. She’s spent the majority of her life pulling up her bootstraps and flipping Karma the bird. Once, she may have dreamed of things like happiness and love, but those were for other people. Nakos has never been someone she deserves, yet the attraction between her and the meticulous sexy-as-sin cowboy is undeniable. And too tempting to ignore. Not only is he strong, patient, and respectful, he’s showing her a kind of romantic passion she didn’t think existed. But the secret she’s keeping could shatter their perfect bubble, and when an old nightmare comes crawling back from the past, she realizes losing Nakos will be the one thing she can’t recover from.

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About the Author

Kelly Moran is a bestselling author of enchanting ever-afters. She gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there’s always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself.

Kelly is Catherine Award-Winner, Readers Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and landed on the Must Read & 10 Best Reads lists at USA TODAY’s HEA. She is a proud Romance Writers of America member, where she was an Award of Excellence Finalist.

Kelly’s interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don’t tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and her hound dog. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.

You can stalk Kelly on: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Review: Axel (Corps Security #1) by Harper Sloan

axelTitle: Axel
Series: Corps Security, book 1
Author: Harper Sloan
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: July 8, 2013
Source: Purchased
Synopsis
Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch. Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.

For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband. When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.

Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.

How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?

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Isabelle has had a proper shitty life, she loses everyone she loves, ends up in a bad marriage, fate comes back and bites her on the arse again and again. Will things get better for Iz or is she destined to live a life of emptiness?

Do you re-read book? I do and I always worry I won’t enjoy it as much as the first time. Axel is one of those books I’ll be able to re-read multiple times and I’ll still laugh and cry at the same parts as if it’s my first time.

Izzy goes through absolute hell and you can’t help but feel sorry for her. She’s got it all at 17, her whole life planned out only to have the rug ripped from beneath her feet. At times she seems like a scared little mouse but deep down she’s a strong woman, with a kind heart.

Axel, oh wow, I love Axel. Okay so he acts a little like Tarzan with his caveman behaviour but it’s cute. Cute would not be the word to describe him. He’s a tall, muscular piece of sex on legs. Plus…Steffen Hughes right? He’s got to be one of my favourite models ever and makes me drools o to picture him in my head during all the sexy scenes, enter DROOL here…

My favourite character has got to be Maddox. He’s quiet and doesn’t show emotions often but he’s really a soft, understanding cuddly bear; at least towards Iz. I don’t think there was a lot he wouldn’t do for her, I loved how protective he was, their friendship was beautiful and made me cry a few times.

Overall, it was a sad read but filled with so much love and protection it was beautiful. You’ll go through many feelings and want to punch someone but at the end your face will be aching from the massive grin you’ll be sporting.

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE needs to read this series, Harper Sloan is an amazing writer *enter fangirl moment*

5 rating

Ashton

Review: Heart Song (Heart Song #1) by Desiree Williams

Heart SongTitle: Heart Song

Series: Heart Song, book 1
Author: Desiree Williams
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: June 2014
Source: Author
Synopsis
In Aldonnia, the evil of Varkadon overflows its borders. War ravages the lands…
For as long as eighteen year-old Alanna can remember she’s lived in hiding, sealed off from the outside world. Despite a future built around a steadfast rule of seclusion, Alanna dreams of the impossible. Of a life outside of her parents’ cabin. A life with more for company than just birds and woodland creatures. A life she knows deep down is impossible for someone with gifts like hers.
That all changes the day Alanna finds a man floating face down in a stream. Despite her parents’ warnings, Alanna pulls the injured man out of the water and heals him with her elemental talents. Just another good deed. Until the man wakes and Alanna realizes so much more has happened than simply a life saved. The healing she performed on the stranger bound her soul to Jerric, the prince of Aldonnia.
Alanna’s heart wants to keep the prince, but duty and destiny intervene. Alanna’s world is rocked as her parents are lost. Left in the care of family she didn’t know, Alanna learns more than she wanted to about the evil threatening the lands. There is much more behind her parents’ drive to protect. Alanna learns her gifts were bestowed in order to fulfill a greater purpose. A greater calling. One her enemies seek to destroy at all cost.
Alanna’s choice is clear. To either ignore her destiny and remain hidden, or boldly fight to keep what sings to her heart.
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Review
Alanna has led a secluded life with her parents, hidden away from the war. Alanna possesses powers unlike any other, she’s special and her parents fear they will use her powers to destroy. When Alanna finds a man injured they have to come out of hiding, saving the prince of Aldonnia has unexpected consequences. Alanna has to decide whether to keep hiding or embrace her destiny and fight for what is right.
I finished reading Heart Song in one day, it would have been one sitting if life hadn’t got in the way. It’s very well written, the words flow smoothly and capture your attention from the very start. Even after a chapter in I knew I was going to enjoy it and I was right, I really did.
I loved Alanna, she is kind, brave, protective and puts other before herself. When she sets her mind on something she is prepared to carry it out no matter what it takes. Her courage is admirable and always does what she believes is right. I don’t think Desiree could have written a better main character.
Poor Jerric, I had a soft spot for him, when he first appears he’s gravely wounded but Alanna and her mother help him only to knock him out and run when he’s better. How unfair is that? His determination to find her after they ran was amazing, he just wouldn’t give up.
I loved the story, it was full of love, protection, hatred, betrayal, secrets, magic and friendship. Everything you need in a good book. The different factions were fun to learn about. I definitely think the shifters were my favourite. Especially Dustan, he was so full of himself but funny and awesome at the same time.
Everything came together nicely, if you’re a fan of fantasy you’ll love this one. Now I need to wait for Shifter’s Heart (book 2) to come out so I can dive back into the story.
5 rating
Ashton

Review: The Dysfunctional Test by Kelly Moran

The Dysfunctional TestTitle: The Dysfunctional Test

Series: Stand Alone
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Source: Author
Synopsis
“You are cordially challenged to a test of true love. “
Growing up in her large, crazy Serbian family, Camryn Covic became an expert at shutting down her emotions in order to maintain her sanity. But when she loses her apartment, her job and her boyfriend all in one day, she hits her breaking point.
Worse, if her family finds out she’s single “again,” her sister’s upcoming wedding will be a disaster. The bride-to-be has a plan, though. A plan that involves an old friend, a pretend relationship…and the probability of ending up in a padded cell. This time for real.
Troy Lanske agreed to the crazy plan only because, when he was a lonely foster child, Camryn was his lifeline. But she isn’t the idealistic girl he remembers. She’s become so jaded that she doesn’t even believe in love anymore.
He sets out to restore her faith in happily-ever-afters, but his plan backfires when the fake relationship begins to feel all too real. Falling for the one woman he can’t have could mean losing more than just his honorary family. He could lose everything.
Review
Camryn loses everything in one day, her apartment, her job and her stupid boyfriend. She packs up and moves back home, and has her sisters wedding to attend. Not wanting to be laughed at she gets Troy, her brothers best friend to claim to be her boyfriend. But can they last a week of pretending or will it seem so real neither no longer know it’s a lie?
What a great tale Kelly weaves, the dysfunctional test is the first book I’ve read by Kelly Moran and it definitely won’t be the last. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so long or hard, to the point tears are streaming down my face and I have a stitch in my side. It was a funny as hell. One of my new favourite romance reads 🙂
Camryn hides her emotions well, people think she’s a tight-ass, ice Queen who doesn’t have any but she does, maybe more so than everyone else she just buries it deep. Looks can be deceiving and it’s true with Camryn. The poor woman, I felt so sorry for her. Can you imagine  being the butt of every family joke? People laughing at you, making fun of you constantly? If I were Camryn I’d have walked away from the crazy bunch a longgggg time ago.
Troy *dreamy sigh* is not what he seems at all. So at first he’s made out to be a womaniser, it’s a little true I guess but it’s not that he doesn’t want to settle down he’s just waiting for the right person. He’s so amazing, I spent the majority of the book gushing all over him, he just seems perfect
My favourite character by far has got to be Emily, Camryn’s niece. She’s just amazing and repeats everything everyone says, but mostly the naughty words. Not only that but she doesn’t say it right. My favourites have got to be cockporn (popcorn) and Camryn got an erection (eviction). Hilarious!!!!
The story was awesome, a mixture of sexy and sweet and Troy is definitely book boyfriend material. He’s moved to the top of my list. A truly great read, all romance fans should definitely read The Dysfunctional Test. You won’t be disappointed I assure you!
5 rating
Ashton

Review: Descending (Rising #2) by Holly Kelly

descendingTitle: Descending
Series: Rising, book 2
Author: Holly Kelly
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: March 28, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Publisher
Synopsis
When Xanthus cashes in a long-standing favor, Kyros is faced with doing two things he thought he’d never do—protect a mermaid and live on land. Dagonians loathe mermaids and Sara, Xanthus’s wife, is no exception. Also, a Dagonian standing on human legs? It’s just not natural!

As if being around the vile creatures responsible for polluting his home and killing his sister wasn’t horrible enough, Kyros has to deal with Sara’s troublesome human friend, Gretchen. This spunky human tries his patience and makes him feel things he shouldn’t be feeling—least of all for a land-walker! When Gretchen’s life is threatened, he is forced to become her protector. But there are two problems. First, how can he fight his attraction to her when he must keep her close? And second, when a mermaid wants you dead, no one can be trusted. Not even the ones you love.

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Review
Xanthus and Sara are returning to land, but not without protection. Xanthus recruits Dagonians to join them, one being his best friend Kyros who hates humans. When Sara’s best friend, Gretchen’s life is threatened Kyros places her under his protection. Things are not what they seem and the outcome could be deadly.

I’m a little confused right now! I can’t explain how. It feels like something is missing, or like I missed a few pages but know I didn’t as I checked and double-checked. Maybe my brain just didn’t connect all the dots properly, who knows?!

After finishing Rising in as so excited to get straight into Descending, I had high expectations and I’m a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it anyway but I expected more. When you read the first book in a series and it’s amazing you expect the next to be too right? It was good, just not as good for me :(.

Gretchen was a complete surprise, who would have guessed? I never saw it coming.

Mermaids, Dagonians, sharks, hot men, danger, fighting, love. What more could you want in a book? Besides your questions being answered of course ;).

I’m left burning with questions. What happened to Triton and Nicole? How does Sara know the things she does? Is that her gift? What’ll happen to the other Dagonians? Do they stay on land or go home? Xanthus still didn’t convince the humans to stop polluting the water, didn’t see much of that side at all.

3 rating

Ashton

Review: Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

UninvitedTitle: Uninvited
Series: Uninvited, book 1
Author: Sophie Jordan
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Source: Purchased (Hardcover)
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Synopsis
You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

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Review
Davy is a senior in high school when they discover she has HTS (the kill gene). She’s uninvited from her school, her acceptance to Juilliard is revoked and she’s sent to a school with other carriers. Things turn for the worst and the world gets deadly for the carriers. Davy must place her trust in another carrier, Sean and hope for the best.

There has been so much hype about Uninvited and after reading tonnes of reviews I pre-ordered it a fortnight before it’s release date because I was uber excited. What a waste of time that was. I didn’t hate it but I also didn’t love it. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it but I didn’t see it as anything special like most of the other reviewers I’ve seen do.

Davy is your average popular senior, she’s well bred, popular, has the perfect boyfriend and can play a handful of instruments amazingly as sing on top of all that. Everything is taken from her when she’s labeled a carrier. Her best friend, boyfriend, friends, school, freedom, even her parents. She’s scared all the time, but she puts up a good front trying to act indifferent. I love how she’s wary of Sean but can’t help feel something towards him anyway. It’s like she’s drawn to him like a magnet, unable to pull away.

Sean acts indifferent all the time, he’s even got the facial expressions down to pat. On the outside it looks like he doesn’t care where as we know that’s a front. He does care, he just doesn’t like showing it, he believes it’s a weakness. Sean is an awesome character, I lovvvveeed him, he always came to save the day, Davy was lucky to have him around. Plus he’s a bad boy, yum yum 😉

I enjoyed the plot. I thought it was a brilliant idea, something different and fun. Well, not quite fun as the characters would disagree with me but I thought it was a fun read. The rivalry and violent parts were the best parts for me, I had fun “watching” Davy kick butt!

Overall I enjoyed Uninvited but not to the point I have to fangirl all over it. It was a good read but not great. It’s definitely worth a read if your a fan of Dystopian.

4 Rating

Review: Shadow Embraced (Haven #1) by Cheree Smith

Shadow EmbraceTitle: Shadow Embraced

Series: Haven, Book 1

Author: Cheree Smith

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Paranormal

Publication Date: April 29th, 2013 by Dark Cherry Press

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis

No escape.

Those words haunt Scar’s dreams. She thinks the creature that terrorises her while asleep isn’t real, but when she’s abducted and taken to a reform school meant to contain creatures too dangerous to function in society, she starts to wonder whether she isn’t some monster.

She turns to an underground fight club full of vampires, werewolves and witches established by the students to control her urges, and who is she kidding, she loves to fight. When fighters begin to disappear, turning Scar into the prime suspect, she must race to prove her innocence before her true nature is exposed.

The only problem is that she’s not entirely sure she’s innocent.

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Review

Vampires, Werewolves and Witches, oh my!

Scarlet is taken from everything she knows to a school hidden from society in order to teach her control. Scar is a magnet for trouble and joins a secret club where she can fight. Students begin to disappear and unless the culprits are captured Scar will be held responsible.

The synopsis pulled me in. It sounded really intriguing and i couldn’t wait to read it. I’m a little disappointed but these things happen. The story had real potential, it just fell flat in my opinion. :/

Unfortunately, I couldn’t really see the point in this story, it just seemed to be all about fighting. Scar is punished for fighting with a fellow student and is then welcomed into the ranks of a fighting club where she fights anonymously with other students.Throughout the whole novel is mainly fights with the odd lesson thrown in, It just wasn’t for me.

2 Rating

Love Thy Neighbor by Kelly Moran

32463719Title: Love Thy Neighbor
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: October 3, 2016
Source: Author
Synopsis
Ever since her parents died when she was a girl, Marina has called St. Helena home. It’s quaint charm and beautiful vineyards soothe the loneliness inside, even if some of the residents are a little batty. But her giving nature and sizeable inheritance makes it hard to differentiate those who like her as a person from those that just want something. Except her sexy new neighbor. Josh Rossi wants nothing to do with her, and the constant banter is making her nuts. Then, a moment changes everything, shifting his cold shoulder into a hot kiss, leaving her to wonder if the bickering isn’t his own form of foreplay.

Beauty, brains, and adorable babbling aside, Josh needs to get as far and fast away from Marina Atwater as he can. No matter how much he desires her, she is the kind of woman who wants forever. And he isn’t the sticking sort. But as the quick remodel flip of his grandfather’s old house progresses, so does his feelings for his lovely neighbor. Her quirky dog and the even quirkier town are growing on him, too. Never having a sense of family or a permanent place to call his own, how is he suppose to contemplate setting down roots when home isn’t a possibility? Or is it?

A Kindle Worlds exclusive story set in Marina Adair’s St. Helena Vineyard series.

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Review
Short and sweet. Love Thy Neighbor is a nice, easy read. Its full of mischief, friendship, new beginnings & most importantly, love.

Marina & Josh had a rocky start to say the least but what started out as a sparring match later became friendship & acceptance. Something Josh has lacked in most of his life.
Thanks to Marinas stubborn persistence she managed to worm her way into Joshs’ life and i enjoyed being along for the ride.

I loved St. Helena, the funky named stores, the quirky residents and neighborly nosiness. Who doesnt love a nosey town?

I desperately wanted Josh to stay, to consider St. Helena his home. I found myself egging Marina on lots, in hopes of her convincing him.

My stomach still hurts from laughing so much. I wanted a read that wouldnt make me cry, Love Thy Neighbor was recommended as such but alas… it made me cry anyway. Im a sucker for a great ending.

If you’re looking for a quick, funny and emotional read… you’ve found it.

5 rating

Ghost of You (Phantoms #3) by Kelly Moran

ghost-of-youTitle: Ghost of You
Series: Phantoms, book 3
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: September 21, 2015
Source: Author
Synopsis
Ghost hunting just got sexy.

It’s no secret amongst the Phantoms crew that lead investigator Sammy Hanesworth pretty much hates psychologist Cain McClutchen. The tension between them is taut with dislike…and unexpected attraction. Cain knows full well that something about him rubs Sammy the wrong way. But now they’re on a terrifying case-with orders from the network to get along or else.

Filled with past horrors, the Nebraskan site is more than creepy. And Sammy knows it all too well. It’s her hometown and near the place where her mother was killed. As the sinister presence makes itself known, Sammy finds herself turning to the last person she ever expected-Cain. Even as darkness surrounds them, tensions gives way to something bright and unexpectedly intimate. But nothing will prepare them for the evil they are about to face…

The safest place is with the guy she doesn’t trust…

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Review
And she’s done it again! Kelly Moran has weaved a tale so captivating she had me laughing periodically, then sobbing into my pillow at 4:30AM. I kept promising myself one more chapter until i couldn’t see straight and called it quits for the night.

Sammy believes herself to be weak, has major trust issues and enough trouble in her life to damage anyone. But she’s such a strong character and i admired the hell out of her. Her attitude towards Cain made my stomach ache from laughing too much, they make a beautiful pair.

Cain, oh lovely Cain *sigh* My heart bled for him, i just wanted to put my arms round him, squeeze and never let go. Perfection, that’s the first word to come to mind when i think about Cain. Having suffered great pain at an early age he doesn’t give up, he keeps searching for that something to make him whole again. And he doesn’t half find it.

Ghost of You is darker than the others in the series, i think. The place they go, the history surrounding it, the ghostly inhabitants. Add them all together and they gave me a major case of goosebumps.

I finished this book a few hours ago now and i still cant stop thinking about it. Its one of the ones that stick to you like glue, such a heart-breakingly beautiful story. By far my favourite couple in the Phantoms series.

5 rating

Give up the Ghost (Phantoms #2) by Kelly Moran

give-up-the-ghostTitle: Give Up the Ghost
Series: Phantoms, book 2
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Source: Author
Synopsis
Ghost hunting just got sexy.

Paranormal investigator Kerry Baker has seen it all. But nothing in her work with the Phantoms team prepares her for the most terrifying ghost of all―seeing her doppelganger. Rumoured to be a foreshadowing of one’s death, the spectre shakes Kerry to the core…sending her into the arms of her best friend and fellow Phantom cast member, Paul Leake, for comfort.
Until a kiss changes everything.
Paul has been in love with Kerry for ages, unwilling to compromise their friendship. As their investigation in a ghost town grows more intense, however, so does the chemistry between Paul and Kerry. With her life in danger and their jobs on the line, giving into their attraction couldn’t be a worse idea―and yet they can’t bring themselves to stop it. Even if it kills her…

Sometimes the only way to find love is to face death…

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Review
I absolutely loved Jackson and Avas’ story. I’ve never really been into ghost stories or anything of the sort but, Oh My! Kelly Morans’ writing is just magical. And this series just keeps getting better.

My first thought was poor Paul, what an amazing character he is. I totally fell in love with him from almost the very beginning. Then again, i think anyone who reads this book will too (and you totally should, its AWESOME).

Kerry is such a strong character throughout most of the book. She has her moments of doubt, but who doesn’t? She’s not just beautiful on the outside, Kerry has got the whole package. Lovely on the inside as well as out. Always putting others before herself. I loved her too ❤

Paul and Kerry make a dynamic couple. They have a lot to sort out but i prayed they’d get through it and come out the other end smiling. As usual, Moran writes a fantastic story that i just couldn’t get enough of.

Still loved all the other characters from the Phantoms group. The new man was a great addition and i can’t wait to see what else he brings to the team. #FLOVE

I promise you wont be disappointed in this series. If you haven’t read them yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

5 rating