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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: Five

Five Five by J.A. Huss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "Don't get her pregnant" Stars

Wow. Just wow. I've said it so many times you are probably tired of reading it, but fffuuuuuuccccckkkkkkkk. JA Huss is beyond freaking brilliant. I can't even begin to describe the ride i just went on, but I'll see what I can do. Because really? It's #FuckingFive and I've been waiting for him since he made his appearance in Guns. We knew he'd be amazing as soon as he took his Princess's hand and told Aunt Ronnie that he would take it from there.

Because he did.

He took it from there. And every single decision made was because he wanted to protect his sweet, naive Princess.

"Then promise me, baby. Just say those two words. 'I promise.' As soon as you do that, I'll give you everything you want. OK?"
Dear, God. I expected something epic with Five, I really did, but I did not expect this level of epicness. That won't make sense until you read it, but just know that Huss has way outdone herself with this. Five is a dirty talker, he's a pleaser, he's a genius, he's a robot geek, he's a lover, and he's a fighter.

Life is short. Time is finite.
No one seems to know this better than the members of The Team and those Company kids who got out. It was always a matter of time. We always knew the sins of the father would catch up sooner or later. But when?

Five is the word of the day today. Five is the man of the hour. Five. Five. Five.
You'd do well to remember this. Five is the man. Hands down one of the best Huss men out there.

If you've been following this cast of characters from the beginning, you're going to love it when their names appear here. Seeing some of my favorite people show up in these books is like going home. Home to a time that was fucked up, but still home and still a place of love. And lies. And deception. But that's the beauty of a Huss book, it's all lies wrapped in deceit wrapped in a pretty cover. You want one thing--and you will probably get it--but you're going to hurt in the process.

I cried. I almost shed a tear when I read the section heading for Part One. I'm a crier, I admit, but damn. Just a heading? Yeah, I knew this ride would hurt. I knew it'd be fantastic. And I just had a feeling I knew where it would stop.

And I was so close to being correct (and really, if you've read The Misters, it won't come as a shock to you either). I cried. I cried for Five. I cried for Rory. I cried for Spencer and Ronnie, the Shrike siblings, and I cried for me. Because I'm a sap.

And if you already loved Oliver, you're going to absolutely fall in love with his bad ass 12-year old self. Yes, he's already a bad ass. What do you expect from Spencer Shrike's only son?

But Five and Princess? This show is all theirs. And it's a show you want to see time and again. It's a show that has me looking for the time to re-read all 13 books, plus the HEA, plus The Misters. That's 19 books--20 if you count Five--that I want to binge before Mr & Mrs hits the shelves.

I need this. I need this right now. I need you to say yes and make promises, and never forget them.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: The Alloy of Law

The Alloy of Law The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fact that it has taken me this long to read this book makes me feel like an idiot. I don't know why I waited. I mean, The Mistborn trilogy was fan-freaking-tastic. I love everything about it. I cried when it ended, I rejoiced when it all came together in a way that only Brandon Sanderson could fashion, and I wanted to be an allomancer more than anything else in the world. I wanted the ability to burn metals. I wanted the ability to push off a metal or pull towards a metal. I wanted to be able to enhance my vision, soothe emotions, or split into two.

I wanted it all with that series.

So, again, why did I wait to continue? Did I think it wouldn't stand up? Was I afraid that, since it's set in the 'future,' it wouldn't be the same? Was I afraid it would lose its appeal without Vin and Elend and Kelsier? Sazed?


Because The Alloy of Law surpassed all my expectations. It made me laugh, love, and want to fight. It gave me a reason to visit Elendel, carry a gun named Vindication, and believe in the many religions that came from the earlier books.

Wax and Wayne? OMG. I have never laughed so hard. The bromance is REAL in this book. Wax and Wayne are constantly one-upping each other. I can't even begin to describe how awesome these guys are.

And Marasi? Oh, goodness. She adds a level of sweetness and bravery that manages to keep Wax and Wayne in line.

Well, as much as those two could ever be kept in line.

So, long story short? If you've read The Mistborn trilogy and hated to see it end, grab The Alloy of Law. You wont' necessarily revisit the same characters, but you will see what their fight and sacrifice did for the future generations. You may even enjoy the addition of guns to the mix.

And you might find yourself wanting to go back to the beginning. Which is normal. You may not realize you miss Elend and Vin and Sazed and TenSoon and the others until you step foot in Elendel and visit with a Ladrian.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Keeper

Keeper Keeper by Amy Daws
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "I'm drunk on Booker Harris" Stars

I love Amy Daws. There. I said it. I'm in love with her. Oh, wait. I'm in love with her characters.
Vi and her need to mother her brothers.
Camden and his love for Specs.
Tanner and his beard and man-bun.
Booker and his Poppy.
Gareth and his secrets.

But Booker. Oh, Baby Booker hurts me. He makes me love and laugh and hurt and love. There's fire and passion and desire.

Poppy is Booker's best friend from childhood. They haven't seen each other in years. What better way to reconnect than by having Poppy move in to Booker's new flat with him?

Hint: there isn't a better way.

But Booker always told me to never stop chasing butterflies.
That's because no one knew Poppy better than Booker. Not even Poppy. And he knew she was meant for great things.

If you've never felt sexual tension leaking from the pages of your book, then this will solve that little issue, no problem. Amy has the unique ability to make the chemistry palpable. She brings London to life. She brings characters to life. She gives them heart, love, passion, drive, angst, pain, and every emotion you can imagine. And she does it flawlessly.

It feels like a dare.
Like she's daring me to stop her.
Daring me to grant permission.
Daring the world to crash around us.
Naturally, tension has it's breaking point. It will snap and explode and connect in ways beyond your imagination. Because Booker and Poppy are perfect and everyone can see it.

Except Booker.

This is when having an older sister and three older brothers becomes hilarious. Their meddling gives us some of the best scenes in the book. You're going to love seeing Cam and Tanner as they're being all sappy, while still being totally filthy.

I might have a new favorite Harris brother. I guess I'll know for sure when we get Gareth.

"Life doesnae always give a fuck aboot yer plans, Pop."

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: Complicated Hearts

Complicated Hearts Complicated Hearts by Ashley Jade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "We're gonna go down in flames" Stars

Wow. It isn't every day that I'm left without words to describe how a book has made me feel, but this is one of those books. And I've waited DAYS to write this review.

How does one do it justice?

How can one properly describe how one feels when reading something so completely and totally complicated?

How do you not spoil it for others?


You wait for-freaking-ever to write your real review. You wait and wait and wait.

And then you man the fuck up and sit down and write.

Because you just know Ashley Jade poured her heart and soul into this book. And she deserves kind words in return.

So, my kind words are finally here because Landon and Asher and Breslin won't be quieted. They will not be silenced or made to feel ashamed or broken. They will go kicking and screaming into the night and they will be heard.

You will hear them.
She is my chaos.

You have to read Complicated Hearts book One for this to make any sense. If you don't, don't even bother with this one. You won't understand the dynamic, the love, the heartache, the lust, the pain that flows from the pages of this book. And you need that to understand.
I'm hopelessly and irrevocably in love with two people--and both have completely fucked me up and ruined me for anyone else.
God, truer words have never been spoken. Or unspoken.

Ashley Jade threw some twists I would have never seen coming at me. I wouldn't have expected the story to go the direction it did. I was on the edge of my seat and afraid to finish because I really didn't know how it would end. I was terrified that they would all fall apart. I was terrified that someone would be left out. I was terrified that it wouldn't work and they would all be broken in the end, with no way to mend their hearts and souls.

And I had every right to be terrified because I really didn't know what would happen.

"Your lies taste delicious."

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Review: Misadventures of a City Girl

Misadventures of a City Girl Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don't let my 3-star rating fool you. This book is fun, light, sexy, and enjoyable.
I guess I just expected more...drama. Tension. Fight. Something.

Characters: 4 stars
Sex: 5 stars
Story: 2 stars
Average: 3.67

But, again, this book is still fun and flirty. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions and couldn't get enough of Luke and Mad. That's probably why I finished it in a matter of hours and only stopped to sleep--and I was reluctant to do that.

Add in the fact that this book was promo'd using the beautiful Brock O'Hurn and I couldn't stop the gorgeous images drifting through my mind. That kind of imagery is hard to ignore.

Madison is recently divorced and wants a break from the hustle and bustle of the city that has consumed her. The city that has plastered her ex-husband everywhere. She finds Avalon and immediately books a month long stay at the spa/springs/resort in the mountains.

Luke is ex-Navy. His self-imposed exile is one of necessity. He couldn't take the city life after his final tour and relished the quiet of the mountain. He enjoys working the land, the silence, and the routine.

That is, until Madison shows up on his property and throws his entire world for a loop. To say that Luke twists Madison up as well is an understatement. These two are drawn to each other immediately.

It's hot. The sex is hot. There is no question that the sex is the focal point here. And for good reason. Luke and Madison are young, hot, and DTF.

Pros of this book:
Brock O'Hurn is Luke. Or Luke is Brock O'Hurn. Doesn't matter because he's gorgeous either way you cut it.
The sex. Yes, oh yes! The sex is oh so good. You might want a little fan for Yes. That's it.
The banter. I loved the banter between Luke and Madison. They gave each other shit and didn't hold back. No coddling here. Just the way I like it.
Indigo. The Avalon owners. The "extras" that weren't assholes. Those are good people. Lou is good people. And he's great at the advice giving.

Cons of this book:
I felt like there were too many unanswered scenarios. Or scenarios that weren't played to their fullest. Like the guy with the camera? Where's the drama there? Jeremy? Susan? I think those things could have been more and this story would have done more than scratch an itch. It would have made me FEEL.
Nope. That's it. That's the only con. Or downside.

So, like I said, it may not really be a downside. I think it all depends on what you're searching for--at that time--in a book. Me, I guess I was in the mood for more story and less sex. Or at least more story. Not sure if I ever want less sex. If you want a light, fluffy read, then this is for you.

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