Dirty Secret (The Burke Brothers, #1) by Emma Hart Blog Tour – Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway!

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Release Date: December 1st, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:

Conner Burke never expected Sofie Callahan to come back.Where she’s been for the last two and half years is a mystery, and so is the reason she left in the first place. Now, though, she’s back in their hometown of Shelton Bay, South Carolina, at the same time Conner’s band Dirty B. is home on a tour break.

Sofie Callahan has spent the months since her father’s death avoiding anything to do with her hometown. But with her brother in Afghanistan, she has no choice but to return and sort out her father’s house, even if it means facing the boy she fell in love with and revealing the reason she left.

Conner has questions, and when his broken heart and her guilty one collide, Sofie has to start answering them. Their present is rocky, their future unknown. Only one thing is certain: Sofie’s daughter will change everything.

 

BUY LINKS:

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Review:

*I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dirty Secret is a second-chance romance featuring Conner Burke, lead singer of Dirty B, and Sofie Callahan, the girl next door. Sofie disappeared 2 years prior without a trace, leaving Conner heartbroken and confused. Now that she’s back, Conner is determined to find out why she left in the first place and if they can mend what’s broken.

I liked Dirty Secret, a lot. There were many times I was left breathless from the chemistry between Sofie and Conner, and many times I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall because of them. I love when a book can make my heart race from equal parts excitement and anger.

I have to admit, I was not a huge fan of Sofie for the majority of the book. I think her actions were immature and irrational and I really wasn’t on board with her reasoning. I also could not for the life of me understand why she would be upset when Conner was angry with her. I think he had every right to be angry and I think he treated her more respectfully than most people would in his situation.  I think her saving grace for me was that even though I didn’t agree with her logic, I could on some level understand it and forgive her naiveté.

Conner, however, was another story. He’s a rock star with a down-to-earth attitude which is seriously hot. I found him to be endearing and although he was pretty quick to forgive Sofie, I think he was the more mature of the two characters and I respected that. I loved his Southern charm and I loved the way he loved Sofie and Mila. His interactions with Mila may have been what made this book for me. I could feel myself smiling and my heart swelling with every interaction between the two.

My favorite part of reading a new series from Emma Hart is meeting all the characters. I think she is fabulous at creating characters with distinctive personalities. I have never found one unmemorable.  I am so excited that this will be a series because I cannot wait to see more form the Burke brothers, especially Tate. I found Tate’s stand-offish behavior to be intriguing and I was ecstatic when Mila was able to deflate his tough guy persona. I was also a really big fan of Leila, the Burke sister. She was such a spit-fire and I loved that she had no problem telling Conner and Sofie when they were being childish. I know this series is called The Burke Brothers but I would be more than happy to read Leila’s story. (hint, hint)

Dirty Secret is chock full of romance, drama, and hilarity. I was furiously turning pages to find out what was going happen next between Sofie and Conner, would they or won’t they? Although I struggled with Sofie as a character this didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the story itself. I don’t have to like a character but I need to be able to at least know the why of their behavior. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next Burke Brothers book!

Giveaway:

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Excerpt:

That kid that could be mine. I get up and let the empty bottle drop to the floor. The woods are eerily quiet, as if it can sense my anger. As if it knows the bitterness that lingers in my veins, as if it knows the burn of not knowing anything.
Like the woods, I’m left in the dark. Completely.
Branches and twigs crunch under my feet as I increase my pace to a gentle jog. And again, to a slow run. Then to a sprint.
The need to know increases with every footstep, as evenly paced as the ticking of the clock. It doesn’t matter that I’ve probably drunk too much beer to be here or that we’ve only been back for a matter of days.
I can’t be in this shithole full of memories without knowing. I can’t move on until I know. I can’t forgive her for a single fucking thing until I know—and even then, maybe I won’t be able to.
Maybe she’s unforgivable.
Instead of knocking on the back door like I did yesterday, I round the side of the house to the front door. The front room light glows softly through the curtains, but the rest of the house is dark.
My chest heaves with the exertion of my run here and I grab the doorframe to balance myself. I’m definitely too fucking drunk for this conversation, but what the hell.
I bang on the door, once, twice, again and again and again. “Sofie! Open the fuckin’ door!”
“Shut up!” she hisses, yanking it open. “The hell’re you doing here?”
I smirk, leaning against the wall. “Shouldn’t I be askin’ you that, princess?”
“Are you drunk?” Her voice rises a little at the end, and her eyes widen.
Those eyes. Fuck, those baby blues that have always undone me.
“Drunk? No. If I was drunk I’d be sitting at home like a miserable bastard and not here facing the cause of my misery.”
“You’re being an asshole. I don’t have to listen to this.”
She pushes on the door, but I wedge my foot in front of it. I let go of the wall and grab the edge of the door.
“Actually, you do.”
She can’t overpower me, and she knows it, because she lets up and the door swings open. “Why are you here, Conner?”
“You have a kid.”
She smacks her lips together. “Yep.”
“When? When did you have her?”
Sofie takes a deep breath in and presses her hands to her stomach. They’re shaking, even as she links her fingers to hide it. I can see that fucking tremble.
She whispers something but I’m too pre-occupied by her hands to hear it.
“What?”
“August last year,” she repeats, still a whisper.
August. Last year. My stomach clenches as I meet her eyes. “When? When in fuckin’ August, Sofie?”
“August fifteenth.” Her voice hitches halfway through the ‘fifteenth.’
Almost seven months to the day she walked out on me and the rest of Shelton Bay.
Adrenaline hums through my body, and I stare at her. At the tears building in her eyes, the quiver of her lips, the bob of her throat as she swallows harshly.
It’s no different from the burn in my chest, the twisting of my stomach.
“Is she mine?”
She shudders and a tear drips from her eye.
“Sofie. Is. She. Mine?!”

 

 

About the Author:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

Find Emma online at:
Blog: http://www.emmahart.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EmmaHartBooks
Twitter: @EmmaHartAuthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6451162.Emma_Hart

 

Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3) by K. A. Tucker Audiobook Review

Release Date: November 4th, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
When a gorgeous young dancer walks through his door, a strip club owner must decide whether to follow his rules or his heart in the third novel by the author of One Tiny Lie and Ten Tiny Breaths.Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control…and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can’t get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.

 

Review:

I listened to Four Seconds to Lose via the audiobook so I will first speak to the writing and then the narration.

I think the Ten Tiny Breaths series is such a great example of the New Adult genre. K. A. Tucker is fantastic at creating interesting and complex characters and stories. I honestly wasn’t sure I would like Four Seconds to Lose since it was Cain’s story. He just hasn’t been a huge player in either Ten Tiny Breaths or One Tiny Lie and what small role he did play made me think he’d be an incredibly dull character. I was, thankfully, one-hundred percent wrong.
Four Seconds to Lose is told in dual POV, switching between Charlie and Cain. The story starts out with a bang, giving the reader a glimpse inside Cain’s life before Miami and Penny’s. It’s rare that I find a prologue that hooks me so completely but I was instantly more intrigued by Cain’s story and realized there was probably a lot more to him than I thought.

Both Charlie and Cain are a bit of mystery to everyone around them. Cain runs his strip clubs with strict policies put in place to protect his employees, his end goal to help each and every one of them get out of the sex-industry. Charlie is just looking for a job that will make her enough money to get allow her to run far away from her illusive past.

This book is full of enough deception to make your head spin. I was so completely absorbed by the twists and turns and revealing Charlie’s secrets that I’d sit in the parking lot when I got home from work and sneak in a few more minutes of listening time. There were times I was so shocked and appalled by the things both Cain and Charlie endured throughout their lives at the hands of the people who should have loved and protected them.

My favorite part of this story was the slow build-up between Charlie and Cain. It is immediately obvious that they are attracted to each other but both are governed by strict rules, Cain doesn’t get involved romantically or physically with his staff and Charlie doesn’t get emotionally attached. I loved watching them get to know and push each other. I thought the chemistry was really well done and although their attraction was instantaneous I never felt that their relationship was rushed. In fact, there was so much tension mounting between them when it hit the boiling point I wanted to scream “about time!”

As for Charlie and Cain as characters, I really liked them both. I have no complaints about Cain; he was a really great guy. He was fiercely protective of the people he loved and although he had his skeletons and indiscretions he wasn’t a bad person. I just loved how quiet he was but when he had something to say, he was definitely heard. His sarcasm and abruptness made me giggle on quite a few occasions, especially his interactions with Ben. Charlie definitely wasn’t the most rational character ever but she had a lot going on and I thought she handled it in the best way she was prepared for. Of course there were times where I wish she would have just spilled all her secrets but understandably she didn’t in order to protect her friends. So I was able to look past some of her decisions and show some empathy for her situation.

I loved that we got to see some familiar faces with extended interaction rather than just cameos. I loved getting a glimpse into the lives of the previous books’ characters. I also think if you wanted to read this as a standalone you could. Although it would spoil aspects of the previous books, there is enough character background given that I think readers would be able to keep up.
Overall this book was really good. I enjoyed that although it was part of a series it was new and fresh and didn’t recycle the other storylines. It was suspenseful and romantic and K. A. Tucker’s writing will have you desperate to keep turning the pages.

The Narration:
I LOVE Sebastian York. He was the perfect Cain with his deep voice and range of emotions. I’ve listened to a few books he’s narrated and each time he gives the character their own respective voice. As for Elizabeth Louise, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to separate Livie from Charlie since she narrates both but she was able to capture Charlie’s attitude so well! I also enjoyed that they sounded like 20-somethings and not teenagers or elderly. It annoys me when a book has a teenage or adult character but the narrator sounds much younger/older. I was definitely impressed with the narration choices and their ability to bring Cain and Charlie to life.

Final Call (Call#2) by Emma Hart Release Blitz – Review & Giveaway!

Release Date: 6/16/2014
Summary from Goodreads:
In the highly anticipated sequel to LATE CALL, Dayton and Aaron learn once more than not everything is as straightforward as it seems, and if they have any chance of getting their long-awaited happily-ever-after, they’ll have to work for it…We crashed and burned like a falling plane. Hard and fast with an inevitable explosion. Another few weeks together changed my life the way the first did. At twenty-four, I became naïve again. I became a dreamer again. A believer. And walking away hurts just as much as it did seven years ago.
But over doesn’t have to mean over-at least in Aaron Stone’s mind. His pursuit is relentless, his determination unwavering. He’ll go to any lengths to keep me and prove that I belong to him. Unfortunately, love isn’t easy, and whether or not I forgive him is irrelevant to his past catching up with us. Once again, our relationship is haunted by a secret, one that could destroy everything, and the secret is born from the need to protect the other…
But the tables have turned, because the secret is mine.Final Call is the second and final book in the Call series and is the conclusion to Aaron and Dayton’s story. It’s is not a standalone and Late Call must be read first.

 

Both LATE CALL (#1) and FINAL CALL (#2) are on sale for $0.99 thru June 20th, then they will return to full price. ($2.99 and $3.99.)

PURCHASE LINKS:

Final Call Links:
Late Call links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
B&N

Review:

Final Call is a sexy, sizzling, and addictive read. I freaking LOVE Dayton and Aaron. They are a powerhouse couple. Honestly, I didn’t think I could adore these two anymore after book one but I was so completely wrong! Final Call picks up right where Late Call left off. Dayton is still reeling (and rightfully so) over Aaron’s skeletons and has resorted to locking herself in her house/Liv’s apartment by herself eating ice cream and forgoing showering. After the required mourning/self-pity period Dayton decides to go back to work but interestingly enough, she isn’t getting booked for the jobs she’s used to. If you’ve read Late Call it will be no surprise that despite Dayton’s quick and heartbreaking exit from Paris, that Aaron isn’t about to give up.

Dayton, being the stubborn and intelligent woman that she is, isn’t going to just give in to Aaron. That wouldn’t be like her at all, and let’s be honest, what makes Dayton so likeable is her quick-wit and fiery personality. She has a no BS attitude and has enough self-respect to make Aaron work for forgiveness. It takes a little push from both Monique and Aunt Leigh to get Dayton to truly give Aaron another chance but when she finally comes around to the idea, things get interesting. While Dayton is trying to patch things up with Aaron, Naomi decides to stir things up.  As if she hasn’t caused enough problems for Aaron and Dayton already, Naomi lays out her cards and Dayton is forced to make a choice. Her decision, no matter what it is, could cost her the future she desires.

My favorite thing about Aaron and Dayton is that they are equals. Dayton isn’t afraid to take Aaron head on and vice versa. The push and pull in their relationship is done without insult or injury to the other. The tense moments are made better by the even more intense moments and there is a level of tenderness between the two that really displays the love in their relationship.  Aaron and Dayton’s relationship is one I can firmly get behind and I was rooting for them from the get-go.

Unsurprisingly, I found the Dayton and Aaron’s story to be captivating and full of my favorite things (lies, betrayal, blackmail, lust, love, beautiful men, London, Paris…I could go on and on). What I didn’t expect was to find myself enthralled with someone other than Aaron Stone but alas Tyler Stone intrigued and surprised me. With his devil-may-care attitude and cavalier love-life I didn’t expect a friendship to blossom between him and Dayton but it did and I appreciated that she had someone on her side during hurricane Naomi.

Final Call provided a stellar ending to Dayton and Aaron’s story, tying up loose ends from book one without feeling forced. I appreciated getting to see this couple’s relationship grow into something deeper and more mature. There are a lot of sexy times but like Late Call I never once felt that they overshadowed or took away from the plot. Final Call proves what I stated in my review of Late Call, that Emma Hart’s writing gets better and better with creative story lines and strong, sophisticated characters. Now…about Tyler’s book…

Giveaway:

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Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn Review

Release Date: April 5th, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind – and paid the price for it – she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase. Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa. So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.

 

Review:

I read Emancipating Andie during a major book slump. It had been sitting on my Kindle for months and a friend of mine had been insisting I read it so I figured now was as good a time as any. I was elated and simultaneously kicking myself mentally for not read this book sooner. It was really, really good. So good, in fact, that I read it in one sitting.

Glenn begins the story with Andie and Colin on their first date. Colin brings Andie to his friend’s engagement party. Little does Andie know that she’s about to walk into a mansion. Andie has always been cautious, always does what she’s supposed to…what’s expected of her. However, when Colin leaves Andie alone for a few minutes her curiousity gets the best of her and she finds herself wandering the house. She comes across a wine cellar and heads inside, hopeful she isn’t caught snooping around. Unfortunately the cellar doors shuts behind her and she’s trapped inside with no way out and no cell phone. Unbeknownst to Andie, she isn’t alone. Chase McGuire is also locked in the wine cellar with Andie and he seems to find the whole scenario extremely entertaining, much to Andie’s annoyance. Chase doesn’t just annoy Andie, he infuriates her, knowing exactly what to say to shake her calm façade.

The story then fast-forwards and Andie and Colin are still going strong over a year later. Andie’s life is seemingly perfect, full of order and continuity, just the way she likes it. Of course that doesn’t last long. Andie and Colin are set to head to their friend’s wedding in Florida. Andie decides she wants to drive there and Colin asks his friend to accompany her. Loe and behold, who shows up but Chase McGuire. This throws a wrench into Andie’s precise and efficient travel schedule. Andie wants to drive straight through, only stopping for necessary bathroom breaks and a night of sleep, but Chase would rather sight-see and enjoy the scenery. It becomes a point of contention between the two but Chase’s easy-going personality begins to ebb some of the tension. Chase challenges Andie, allowing her to be more than what’s expected of her and begin to feel more than what she has allowed herself to feel in many years.

I really liked Chase and Andie. I thought they were really well-fleshed out characters. Andie was more than just the neat and tidy person she presented to the world. She had some deep-seeded vulnerability and wildness within her. It was just hidden beneath layers of routine and a bit of OCD. I never really found Andie’s personality to be annoying, as it easily could have been. Her little quirks, like writing a 3-month expiration date on her mascara, actually made me like her even more. Chase’s tendencies to make up hypothetical scenarios and steer conversations towards the philosophical side of things is what really tugged at my heartstrings. He was an inherently a good person. I appreciated that he wasn’t intimidated by Andie’s personality and encouraged her to look inside herself and be the person she wants to be. I thought their evolving friendship was really well-done. This story could have easily headed into a stereotypical love-triangle scenario but it didn’t.  The tension built between Chase and Andie was unbearable at times but I can’t lie and say I didn’t love it. I love when characters become friends first and later evolve into something more.  But don’t worry for those of you who aren’t fans of cheating, there’s none of that. So please don’t shy away from this book assuming infidelity is a major theme.

Emancipating Andie is a well-written, engaging, and funny story. I enjoyed everything from the plot to the characters to the way Glenn captured the essence of the road-trip. This was definitely a story about taking a risk and learning a little more about yourself in the process. I can tell Glenn really has a way with words and I’m excited to read both Back to You and Coming Home!

Favorite quotes:

“We judge people by our own standards of happiness … What makes you happy might not make that woman over there happy. But human beings have a terrible habit of thinking they know what’s best for each other. ” 

“Are you gonna put your shirt back on?” she blurted out. 
Chase froze, looking over his shoulder at her with the most maddening smile. “Why? Is this bothering you?”
“I just…” Andie sputtered, floundering through her response. “I mean, what if we get pulled over or something?”
“If we get pulled over, this could only work in your favor,” he said, running his hands over his chest.
Andie tried to stifle a laugh. “My God, you’re insufferable.” 

Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle Review

Donners of the Dead released on Monday and it was one of my most-anticipated reads of 2014! I am so glad I read it as soon as it came out because I really enjoyed it!

Karina Halle Donners of the DeadDonners of the Dead by Karina Halle

***A Standalone Horror Romance***

Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive

The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.

What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.

***This is NOT New Adult***

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ILZWYPA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00ILZWYPA&linkCode=as2&tag=nobsborebobl-20

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/411985

Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really, really enjoyed Donners of the Dead. It was the perfect mix of horror and romance and I had a difficult time putting it down. Karina Halle is really in her element and her writing is pure craftsmanship. There never seems to be a story element, dialogue, or character that isn’t meaningful.

This was my first purely zombie book. I’ve always been a little nervous to pick one up because let’s be honest, I’m a wimp. I don’t like gore and when I watch The Walking Dead I spend most of it with my head in my fiancé’s shoulder. However, when Halle announced the blurb for Donners of the Dead, I had to read it. I don’t care what she writes about, I will inevitably read it, she’s that good.

Donners of the Dead takes place in the Sierra Nevada’s, home of the notorious tale of The Donner Party. If you don’t know about The Donner Party, they were a group of pioneers who ended up trapped in the Sierra Nevada one winter and resorted to cannibalism of their dead to survive. Halle takes a few liberties with the actual historical tale (obviously) and makes a story all her own. I loved the mix between history and fantasy. It was well done and I could actually feel myself in a different time period.

Eve’s father goes missing and she is left behind with her now mute mother and her aunt’s family. Due to her unique heritage, Eve isn’t treated like a normal family or societal member. Since Eve’s father was Native America and her mother is white, Eve is considered a different class. She isn’t allowed to go to school with other girls her age and is forced to do work around the family farm unlike her cousin Rose. When a band of strange and seemingly dangerous men roll into River Bend, Eve is given to them by her uncle to act as their tracker and bring home a lot of money for her trouble. The men are tracking one of their missing relatives, a man who was part of a search party looking for The Donner Party. Eve, her best friend and crush, Avery, and neighbor Donna set out with the search party, but waits in the bleak, snow-covered, mountainous woods is beyond any of their imaginations.

I loved, loved, LOVED Eve. Despite her living in 1850 she wasn’t afraid to get her petty-coats dirty. She was fierce, courageous, and quick-witted. I liked that she wasn’t constantly portrayed as a damsel in distress, not that she didn’t need a helping hand from time to time. Despite her naiveté, Eve was still apprehensive about being a tracker for this strange group of men and definitely kept her wits about her which was better than her falling prey to a whole bunch of debauchery.  She also didn’t put up with crap from the men-folk; I’m looking at you Jake McGraw, which I loved. There is nothing better than a female MC who isn’t afraid to stick up for herself when a male MC is being a huge jerk.

Jake McGraw is a former Texas Ranger and real American cowboy. He’s gruff, crass, and chock-full of prejudices of all sorts. Unfortunately for Eve, his biggest intolerance lies with the Native Americans. Although there is a major reason why Native Americans are not in his favor, his treatment of Eve is cruel.  However, he did redeem himself with me when he learned to look past his preconceptions.

As for the romance aspect, Halle is a sure artist at creating a slow-building romance. I know a lot of readers had an issue with the pacing of Eve and Jake’s romance was too quick, I thought it was just right. The time-span of the novel isn’t very long but Halle creates a believable foundation for Jake and Eve. They must learn to trust each other through many life-threatening circumstances which would in most cases, lead people to become close. Also, it’s the 1850’s, people got married the day they met each other back then for crying out loud.  So, all in all, I’m on team Eve and Jake.

Although I don’t read a lot of zombie/horror books, Halle pulls me in time after time. Donners of the Dead is definitely no exception to this rule and had me unable to put it down or sleep when all was said and done. Plus, I will always say this about Halle’s books, your imagination while reading is your worst enemy.

About Karina

Karina HalleWith her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

Connect with Karina Online

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karina-Halle/140649372629593?ref=br_tf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetalBlonde
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4785031.Karina_Halle

Mead-Vember: Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid #3) by Richelle Mead Review

Summary from Goodreads:

First, Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men, can’t have sex with her gorgeous bestselling author boyfriend Seth Mortensen–in case she inadvertently kills him. Second, Georgina’s under demonic orders to mentor the new (and surprisingly inept) succubus on the block. Third, someone’s manipulating her dreams, draining her energy and supplying eerie visions of her future. Georgina seeks answers from Dante, a dream interpreter with ties to the underworld, but his flirtatious charm only leaves her more confused–especially as the situation with Seth reaches a crisis point. Georgina needs to rein in her out-of-control love life and go toe-to-toe with an enemy capable of wreaking serious havoc among mankind. Otherwise, Georgina, and the entire mortal world, may never sleep easy again…

Link to Goodreads

Cover:

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Review:

Richelle Mead likes to torture me. I came to that conclusion a long time ago. Those feelings were reinforced after reading Succubus Dreams. I swear she’s a super secret emotional ninja and enjoys tormenting her readers.

Anyways, I really enjoyed Succubus Dreams. This book made me laugh, it made me cringe, and it made me cry. On top of her ever complicated love-life with Seth, so many other things happen, the first being that Georgina is given a succubus trainee, Tawny. Let’s just say Georgina is not happy about this. I don’t entirely blame her because Tawny seems to be quite naive when it comes to men (ironically) and causes more headaches than anything else. Another issue Georgina faces are vivid and somewhat heartbreaking dreams that cause extreme energy loss. No one, not even her demon boss, has any idea what’s causing this energy loss.

On top of these new complications, Georgina is playing hostess to some new, mysterious angels in town. She has no idea why they’re here but they have invaded her life in the most literal way, they’ve decided to make Georgina’s apartment their home base. Although I love all the characters in this series, the angels might be some of my favorites. Carter is especially hilarious. He’s so cryptic but he may prove to be one of Georgina’s best allies and friends.

As for other happenings in this book, Seth. Ugh, I am so unsure of how I feel about Seth after this book. I don’t even know how I feel about Georgina and Seth’s relationship. It’s always so precarious. I felt like they didn’t grow in their relationship but rather caused each other unnecessary heartache. Anyways, we’ll see what happens next.

I love the Georgina Kincaid novels. None of them have disappointed me yet and the characters and witty dialogue are on point. I highly recommend this series to adult urban fantasy lovers.

Shark Out of Water (Grab Your Pole Series #3) by Jenn Cooksey

Summary from Goodreads:

With the Amazon Bestseller Shark Bait, the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, debut author Jenn Cooksey delivered a fun, snarky, and realistic beginning to a larger story that has found its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Thus, many were unprepared for what was coming in the second installment of the GYP series, The Other Fish in the Sea, when Cooksey took us on a runaway roller coaster ride of emotion and solidly landed hit after hit, including a brutal sucker punch that left readers around the globe reeling.

In Shark Out of Water, the highly anticipated third installment in this humorous yet honest and real coming of age story, we delve even further into the lives of the GYP gang and many questions are sure to be answered, however, are you really ready for what lies ahead in the continuation of their adventure? Well, grab your pole and let’s find out.

Link to Goodreads

Cover:

Shark Out of Water (Grab Your Pole, #3)

Review:

I am going to attempt to write a coherent review without either a) drooling on my keyboard and b) flailing around like a cracked out squirrel.

This book…what can I say without giving the whole thing away?! It was amazing and the way Jenn wrote it was brilliant. She has a real talent for writing as if she’s really and truly a teenage girl and even more interestingly (and in my opinion awesome) a teenage boy.

After a turbulent and surprising ending to The Other Fish in the Sea Shark Out of Water picks right back up.  In true Jenn Cooksey fashion answers are revealed in round-about ways and if you pay close attention to the breadcrumbs you may just piece together some vital information before the curtains are actually drawn.

But what do I really love about this series? Like I’ve raved about time and time again in both my Shark Bait and The Other Fish in the Sea reviews…the characters make this series what it is. These eight guys and girls are awesome…sometimes awesomely frustrating…but awesome nonetheless.

This time around we really get to see a more “human” side of Jillian. She’s not just the mistress of dark that many perceive her to be. Behind that mask of so-called sociopathic tendencies, Jillian does instead show us she has a heart and is willing to use it when the time arises. Jillian in the best and for a 13-year-old she’s pretty wise and down to earth. So if anyone ever says she’s a sociopath again… I have the written word to fight you with. 😉 As for Kate, Melissa, and Camie – each has to deal with their own struggles in dealing with heartache, tragedy, jealousy, and insecurity. What I love about these girls is that they may not always handle things with the utmost grace and tact but they eventually find their way and give me reason to keep rooting for and loving them.

Now onto the boys. In SOoW we truly see Tristan’s not just a gorgeous behemoth with no emotion or moral code. In fact, he spends a lot of the book evolving into a man and developing said code. There is way more to Tristan than meets the eye. Since he is a much beloved book boyfriend I was happy to get a little more of him, as always. Dear Jeff! I love him. I will always love him. I had all kinds of feelings for him at the end of TOFitS. Pride, sympathy, love. He’s such a great guy. Even though he had some questionable moments in this book, they were no unexpected nor necessarily unwarranted given his situation. Pete and Brandon also showed their true colors. Both had been sort of quiet but deadly in the previous books. In SOoW both Pete and Brandon are given their time to shine and provide many opportunities for wisdom and hilarity. I love all four of these boys so much!

Shark Out of Water is a difficult but enjoyable read. Jenn Cooksey is not afraid to create challenges for her that challenge not only them but the readers. However the ride is well worth it and I highly encourage people who love a more mature YA to read this series. I freaking love it and the characters and it is among my favorites.