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5 stars

Accidentally in Love With…A God? – Mimi Jean Pamiloff

Synopsis:

Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane has a secret friend. He’s powerful, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. In her dreams, anyway.

In real life, he’s an enigma. Maybe just a teensie jealous. Definitely overbearing. He’s also a voice only she can hear.

So who or what is he? He won’t say. But if she wants to be free, to be normal, Emma will have to trek to the jungles once ruled by the Mayans and find the forgotten ruin holding the answers.

However, the ruthless deity she’s about to unknowingly unleash on the modern world might not be so easily extracted from her life. Bottom line, he’s got enemies, and now, so does she.

Review:

I loved this book!  It is hilarious and it made me LOL several times.  This book is full of passion whether it be from angry flirting or all out fighting or just plain sexual tension.  The main character “Emma” is super stubborn and sarcastic and she is great with the one-line comebacks and name calling.  She is a strong female character which I enjoy.  “Guy” is overbearing and egotistical but it works for him and gives him an un-attainable aire about him.

The pace of the book is fast and kept me reading, I couldn’t put it down.  There is backstory thrown in to help you understand why things ended up the way they did in the present and I found that very helpful and imformative.  I personally like flashbacks because it has always made me feel like I was being “shown” the past instead of someone just telling me it happened (if that makes sense).

I would recommend this for young adults and up…there is language and lots of sexual situations.

List of Books in Order:

Accidentally in Love With…A God?

Accidentally Married to…A Vampire?

Sun God Seeks…Surrogate?

Accidentally…Evil? (#3.5 Novella)

Vampires Need Not…Apply?

Accidentally…Cimil? (#4.5 Novella)

Accidentally…Over?

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5 stars

Origin (Lux #4) – Jennifer Armentrout

Synopsis:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

Review:

I know I have said this before but I LOVE THIS SERIES!  I was going to say that I liked this one better than the previous books but that would be a lie…I can’t pick a favorite, they are all fantastic!

I did take me a little bit to get back into the swing of the story because some of it can be a little reptitive but it wasn’t too bad.   The story pretty much picks up where the 3rd book left off.  I love how you get “Katy” and “Daemon’s” POVs alterenating between each chapter.  I like feeling like I know both sides of the story.

This passion in this book is fantastic and spicy and the snarky and humorous back and forth between the two characters is very entertaining.

It is full of passion, betrayal, lust, love, humor and mystery.  You will find friends who aren’t really friends, enemies who aren’t really enemies and strangers who you have no idea whether they should trust or not.

I would recommend this for older teens and young adults and adults.  There is some language and some sex scenes (not overly graphic though).

List of Books in Order:

Obsidian

Onyx

Opal

Origin

Opposition (RELEASE DATE 8-5-14)

matched

3 stars

Matched (Matched #1)- Ally Condie

Synopsis:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Review:

I gave this 3 stars because the premise is great, it’s just the story is soooo slow.  I was expecting something along the lines of Hunger Games…not so much 😦

The characters were so “Stepford” in this…there was no emotion, not even from the “Officials”.  They never got angry at anyone even when they disobeyed.

I picked this up at the library because it had a beautiful cover.  Nothing really ever happened. About the last 3 chapters is what really had me wanting to read the next book.
The book cover boasts “tons of romance” but I didn’t see it. There was only stolen glances here and there but nothing to really make me swoon.

I understand that this series was optioned for a movie but I just don’t see how that can work. There was no action in the story to move the plot forward. It was all about the human condition. Like I said, great premise just really bad pace. I would love to have had more back story on the government and the main characters.

I will probably still finish out the series just because I can’t stand to NOT finish a series and it really is an easy read. It took me about a day and a half to finish.

I would recommend this for pre-teen and teens.   It’s an easy read.  There was no language, no sex…and as far as I can remember only 2-3 kisses.

List of Books in Order:

Matched (Matched #1)

Crossed (Matched #2)

Reached (Matched #3)

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5 stars

Onyx (Lux #2) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies

Review:

I will say it again…I am in love with this series.  The characters are so easy to fall in love with.  I love the sarcasm and wit in the dialogue.  There were several times that I actually laughed out loud while reading.  That is rare for me.  I am the type to laugh internally and not call attention to myself by laughing aloud.

The relationships in the 2nd book are much more developed and the passion and denial between “Kat” and “Daemon” still give the butterflies in the tummy effect.

The pace of the book is still fast making it easy to read and hard to put down.

This is going to be another series that I will have to purchase for myself even though I have already read it.  My favorite quote by Oscar Wilde is “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

I think this series is “multiple read” worthy 🙂

I would recommend this for older teens and young adults…there is some language and there is implied sex but nothing overt or detailed.

List of Books in Order

Obsidian

Onyx

Opal

Origin

Opposition (Lux #5) – To Be Release Oct. 2014

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Crave (A Novel of the Fallen Angels #2) – J.R. Ward

Synopsis:

Isaac Rothe is a black ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her can only lead to trouble-and that’s before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil.

Review:

I enjoyed the 2nd book a lot.  It took me a little bit to get into it because you kind of get attached to the characters from the first book.  Each book in this series is a different set of characters except for the fallen angels who are war-ing over their souls.  I didn’t feel like this book was as fast paced as the first but it was a very good story.  I could relate better to these characters and I really felt their passion and hunger for each other.

Recommended for adults who like romance and fallen angels.  There is pervasive language and sexual situations.

List of Books in Order:

Covet

Crave

Envy

Rapture

Possesion

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4-stars

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) – Samantha Young

Synopsis:

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

Review:

I enjoyed this book.  It is a little slow and anti-climactic but the story is good.  It kind of reminded me of Fifty Shades only insofar as one main character has intimacy/trust issues and the other tries to help, age difference, there’s an “agreement” to how the relationship will work and he’s rich and powerful.  There are several parallels to Fifty Shades.

Both characters are very relate-able and easy to fall for, especially “Braden”.  He is a very sexy character (to me anyway).

The writing kind of felt like I was reading a diary.  The tenses switched every now and then which made it felt like someone writing in a journal.  I kind of liked it that way.

The only thing I could complain about would be that it took entirely too long for the 2 main characters to come together.

It is a very easy read, I finished it in one day.

I would recommend this for adults who like romance.  There is a lot of language and descriptive sex situations.

List of Books in Order:

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1)

Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2)

Around Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) – Release Date: Jan. 7, 2014

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4-stars

Covet (Novel of the Fallen Angels #1)- J.R Ward

Synopsis:

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option.

Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. And then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  I thought that the storyline was original and well thought out.  There were only a couple things that I wish were different: 1.  It took me over 40 pages to get into it and I really had to push myself, but once I did, I was hooked.  2.  There really wasn’t any clear descriptions of the characters (if there was, I totally missed it) which made it very hard to picture anyone.

Keep in mind this is only the first book so I am only going off what I have read so far…the formula for this SEEMS to be that each book will be a new set of characters, except for the main fallen angels and demons.  I don’t know how I feel about that since you spend an entire book falling for the “victim/s”, for lack of a better word, only to leave them behind in the end.

It is a relatively fast paced book which makes it an easy read although it is long (at least to me it was…it took me 2 days to finish), 482 pages.

I would recommend to adults who like paranormal/fallen angel/supernatural romance books.  There is pervasive language and sex.

List of Books in Order:

Covet

Crave

Envy

Rapture

Possession Expected Publication Date: Oct. 1, 2013