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Redemption of the Heart by Moni Boyce

Redemption of the Heart

 Redemption of the Heart by Moni Boyce

Release Date: January 8, 2019

E-book/Audio Book: 510/ N/A

Purchase Links:    Amazon    Apple    Barnes & Noble      Google Play    Kobo     Universal Purchase Link

Rating:

5 star rating

 

Summary:

After surviving an abusive relationship that landed her in prison, Gemma Peyton, just wants a fresh start once she is released. Her focus is to create a new life for herself and put men and relationships on the back burner so she can rebuild.

Alex Chambers hasn’t felt anything for another woman since his wife died a few years ago. His life is his restaurant until the moment he meets his new waitress. Something stirs within him that’s been dormant for a long time.

Despite the baggage each of them is carrying, neither of them can fight the attraction they feel for one another, even though they try to resist. As they fall harder and deeper in love a shocking incident from their past that they unknowingly share, threatens to tear their newfound love apart.

Once the truth is revealed, will their relationship be able to survive? Or will the revelation shatter the love that’s grown between them?

~Goodreads~

Review:

Alex and Gemma. I am not sure where I want to start this review. I guess I would first like to say that I am in love with these two. Gemma has had a rough life, and it’s great to see a woman not allow her past to ruin her future. Did Gemma have moments of self-doubt, yes, but don’t we all? Gemma was my beacon of hope in this story, I enjoyed seeing the transformation Alex took with his own issues, but Gemma was the star of this story. It is difficult for me not to love a strong-willed woman who doesn’t allow anything, even herself, to stand in the way of what she wants and needs in her life. For that, I have to applaud Gemma for being everything I see myself as, even though we have completely different backgrounds.

Now, on to Alex, our Alex. He is a heartthrob. Masculine, intelligent, hardworking and he loves cooking so much so that he owns his own restaurant? Yes, please! Although Alex is Gemma’s night in shining armor, I always love seeing a man in a vulnerable state where they put their emotions on the line and fight for what and who they love. I would have loved to see a little more of Alex’s history with his ex-wife. I also understand why we didn’t get as much information, it would have maybe left the story lopsided, with only the knowledge or flashbacks of Alex and Sam and little of Gemma and her ex-husband (he who shall not be named).

Some may say the story moved a little quickly, but as adults, we know when we’ve found someone we didn’t even know we were looking for. The pace was good, simple and not next day romance, but something that did build over time. This relationship moved like any other, and I felt as though I was experiencing every emotion with them.

I would love to see where these two end up later down the line. I have an issue with letting go of a storyline when I have fallen so deeply in love with the characters. Moni Boyce was able to capture the humanity in each character written and I am so happy I decided to pick this book out of the thousands in my Kindle library. Moni Boyce has gained a new follower and reader.

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Chosen by Shadows

Chosen by Shadows

Chosen by Shadows (The Original Demons Book 1) by Basia Pike

Release Date: November 2018

E-book/Audio Book: 201 pages, no audiobook

Purchase Links: Amazon

Rating:

3 Stars

Summary:

When there’s no way out, only the devil can help.

Hayley Saint unwittingly goes to hell to rescue her best friend from the devil’s sister, a violent, brutal, and savage fallen angel. And that’s on a good day.

Lucifer’s sister, Arianna, wants revenge on Haley for unearthing the gateway to hell, but the moment Lucifer sets eyes on Haley, he’s bonded to her in ways outside of his control.

If Lucifer’s mating bond to Hayley is discovered, he risks her life and his right to the throne. But the only other option is letting the woman he’s destined to love leave him forever.

Hayley just wants to get out alive. But when feelings for the devil start to surface, she must determine whether she wants to fight her way out of hell, or fight for the ability to stay.

Fans of Lucifer are falling for the devil in this addictive paranormal romance.

~Goodreads~

Review:

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I was initially captivated by the title and book cover. I am giving this book three stars. There are grammatical errors that need to be checked, and some editing and revision to make the necessary corrections to bring this book at least a star higher. This storyline is a slow burner, but you must know **spoiler** that Hayley is attracted to two brothers, both of the attractions are sexual in an instance.

I found the storyline to be interesting, there is a different outlook on the history of Lucifer and God, and I enjoyed the take on things. What I did not like had anything to do with the way the book was written but, is an overall pet peeve of mine: the love triangle, or sexual tensioned triangle. I find the entire exchange eye-roll worthy, mainly because Hayley is in hell for heavens sakes, sex would be the last thing on my mind.

Hayley gets so caught up in the sexy feels that she has for Lucifer and Gabriel that she doesn’t continuously raise questions or concerns about her best friend, Adam. He disappears for most of the book, randomly popping up out of nowhere. I would have liked to see Adam in her life more since he was supposed to be her best friend. You would wonder and worry about your best friend, especially if one of the siblings is treating you like crap and beating you.

Lastly, Hayley says in the beginning how she wants to escape Jane and the criminal life she is living to be with her sister. Hayley wants to reunite with her at least in time for her sister’s wedding. While Hayley is in heaven, the thought of her sister hardly crosses her mind. This issue is one of the biggest issues I had with the story besides Hayley not picking a guy.

Overall not bad, but I am not sure if I will be reading the next book.

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The Billionaire Obsession by J.S. Scott

The Billionaires Obsession

The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott

Published: November 30, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

E-book Pages: 290

Audiobook: 10 hrs 39 min

Purchasing Links: Amazon    Thrift Books

Rating:

5 star rating

Summary:

*****A NY TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER****

Down on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely, and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?

Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite, and he knows exactly what he wants…until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he’s never experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

Review:

Kara and Simon were such a cute couple. Simon was a real sweetheart, although the beginning of the book gave me a disturbing stalkerish vibe. I obviously quickly got over that when Simon swept in to rescue Kara while she was ill. Simon offering Kara everything she is in desperate need for at the moment is the start of their relationship. The feelings that are written into the story are so swoon-worthy. Kara comes off as warm and inviting, while Simon is sweet; he does have his secrets. This story was a cute read, not super steamy, but worth every page turn.

 

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Currently Reading;

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

 
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
 
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Mage’s Legacy

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To save his siren clan from the ravaging sea serpents, Gabriel must seek the help of a mage to recover the Legacy Stone and heal the oceans. That’s how he finds himself at Kerina’s doorstep, begging for her aid, and grateful when she reluctantly agrees.

Now Gabriel and Kerina must survive the perils of the cursed seas and challenge the demonic Tua and his seven monstrous children for control of the Legacy Stone—a difficult enough task for a lone siren warrior and a powerful mage…

Except, Kerina’s not really a mage. The real mage died weeks before and hadn’t even been cold in her grave when Gabriel arrived desperate for her help. Kerina hadn’t exactly been eager to correct his mistake then, and now her lie of omission could leave the world in danger of complete extinction.

Kerina’s not sure how long she can keep up the ruse, and she’s running out of time to confess.

Fans of Kiera Cass, Neil Gaiman, and Faith Hunter will find this dystopian-fantasy siren adventure intensely addicting.

Benzen

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After escaping their home, six aliens, including Benzen, hope to find freedom on a different planet. They end up crashing onto a strange planet, a strange culture, and even stranger inhabitants.

They expected to learn some new things. However, one didn’t expect to find love.

The Orba warriors are on the run from their people, now that their once peace-loving planet has been taken over by a hostile dictator, Palzu. They find out that they ended up on Earth and meet a young woman named Allison who takes them under her wing.

When Palzu’s soldiers come after them, the group splits up and Benzen stays behind to protect Allison. But then he starts to develop feelings for her.

What will happen when he’s forced to show her what he truly is? Will she accept him or fear him? And will they be able to escape Palzu’s forces?

 

Completed Readings;

Once Upon a Haunted Moor by Harper Fox

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His Human Prisoner by Renee Rose

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The Dark Door by Alan E. Nourse

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The New 52 Week One

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The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain

Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever

FS Jungle Fever

Exit Strategy

Exit Startegy

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Weekly Re-Cap 12/30/18

The new year brings new resolutions, so here I am taking a shot at reporting what books I’ve read throughout the week and what books I’m currently reading. What books were you able to get through, and what are you trying to finish this upcoming week?

Read

the black parade

 

the deadly seven

Currently Reading

she who fights monsters

As you see above, I am apparently starting off this year with a specific series, I came across book 1.5 first and read that when I noticed that I started reading them out of order. I had to backtrack and read book 1 which really tied things together for me, so here’s to book 2 and so on, hopefully, next weeks update will look similar.

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2019 Bookish Goals

Well, Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful closing of 2018, and are excited as I am about getting 2019 off to a great start. For my personal goals this year I’ve set the bar high, but I always say I’m working on my life every day and trying to push for bigger and better things. So here’s to my bookish goals for 2019;

  • Read 100 books
  • Read 10 physical books
  • Read 1 History Book
  • Read 1 Business Book
  • Read 1 book on Writing Novels
  • Keep up with all the books, read or attempting to read on Goodreads
  • Read at least 10 books from my TBR list
  • Participate in 1 read-a-thon
  • Listen to 12 new audiobooks
  • Write reviews on all books read this year, and finish reviews from last year. (This is an apparent difficulty of mine, but here I go attempting to get better.)
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Rum & Coke

Teaser 1
Title: Rum & Coke (Saddles & Racks, #4)
Release Date: December 11th
Price: $2.99 for release week. Will change to $3.99 on the 17th.

Purchase link for Rum & Coke: books2read.com/u/bwYGkY

Rum & Coke 

Not everything goes as planned …

Vincent Reed always believed he’d play professional volleyball in the Olympics, but when he’s injured his sophomore year of college, his dreams are crushed and he loses his scholarship. Instead of dropping out of school, Vinny began working as a male escort to pay for his education and fulfill his new dream of teaching children. Enjoying the life of luxury and travel, Vinny continues moonlighting as a male escort after graduation. He has everything he could ever need.

Everything happens for a reason …

Teresa Stewart never planned to get pregnant before she was married. She also didn’t plan for the father of her baby to die in combat before she could even tell him the news. Struggling to feed herself and her son, Colton, Tessa moves to Las Vegas where she hopes the cost of living will be cheaper and she’ll find a job in a popular hotel. But finding a job isn’t easy for Tessa, and a neighbor soon convinces her that stripping is the best way to make the money she needs to provide for her small family. All of life’s puzzle pieces are starting to come together, but Tessa knows something is still missing.

They say best friends make the best lovers …

At a bachelor party for his co-worker, Vinny meets Tessa. The sexual attraction is undeniable, but they each have something holding them back from moving forward. They grow even closer when Vinny becomes Colton’s teacher, and it seems as though all the pieces are finally falling into place.

However, sometimes the best-laid plans turn to hell …

Because murder will change everything.

I loved every amazing word of this book. It’s got all the right moves to captivate your attention and wanting to read it like crazy to see what happens next.” – Goodreads ARC Review
#romanticsuspense #Rum&Coke #KimberlyKnight

                                                                                                                                  Purchase link for Rum & Coke: books2read.com/u/bwYGkY 
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Black Friday Deals

If you are like me, you want to avoid the stores today. So I am here to give you some Black Friday deals on some of the best gifts we can buy ourselves, BOOKS!

Amazon, Black Friday deals;

Amazon, like usual is always updating their deals, normally on a daily basis. Well, the same goes for the Kindle books, every day Amazon will be updating their site to bring us new books for us to sink our teeth into while emptying our pockets.

Barnes & Noble,  Black Friday Weekend Preview;

Barnes & Noble tells you to bookmark their page; hopefully, this means the sales are worth the wait. They will be honoring Black Friday sales both online and instore, now the days/hours do vary so keep that in mind. Online shopping days are November 22nd – 25th, while the instore days are November 23rd – 25th. Now, just glancing at their page, a 50% savings on the selected categories is just wrong, now I can buy everything I want and save half on the item and then I’ll end up purchasing more.

Kobo, Black Friday Kobo;

This year on Kobo e-books are $4.99 and under showing up to 90% off original prices, is that a deal or what? It appears e-books aren’t the only ones on sale, audiobooks are showing to be $5 and below as well, better stock up while you can.

Well fellow readers, I hope this post helped to narrow down your Black Friday shopping until next time be sure to Read THS!

 

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New Reads Monday!

Happy Monday Readers,

Welcome to another new read Monday, where I post my latest reads.

Allien Warrior

Alien Warrior by Sadie Carter

Stuck on a military outpost in the middle of nowhere, Zoey had been praying for something to relieve her boredom.
She never dreamed that relief would come in the form of a seven-foot tall, sexy alien. One who claimed she belonged to him.
Delusional.
Except, there was something pulling her to him… a deep, hot attraction she couldn’t deny.
Dexanon Xa’a always thought his mate would be a sweet, obedient female. Instead, the Gods landed him with a maddening, outspoken, outrageous female who didn’t comprehend the honor that had been bestowed on her.
Dex might have a rockin’ body, but his ideas about women needed a total overhaul.
And she was just the woman to do it.

~Amazon~


So far so good. As of late I have been reading a lot of fantasy books, but that’s not completely true as fantasy is always a constant read for me. I do love the way this world is set up, with earth existing and the knowledge of other aliens out in the galaxies it makes for a nice paced read with interesting view points.

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New Reads Monday!

Happy Monday readers, what book have you decided to pick up this week?

Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Naughty Boss

Subject: My Boss.

Have I already told you that I hate my boss today?

Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch.

I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS.

All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER.

Your bestie,
Mya

PS–Please tell me your day is going better than mine…

Subject: Re: My Boss.

No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now…

Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.)

You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. )

No comment on your “fantasies,” although I highly doubt they’re “long over.”

Your boss,
Michael

PS–Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours…

A steamy, office-romance novella from New York Times bestselling author, Whitney G. 

~Goodreads Summary~


Short, sweet and to the point, this should be an easy read.

Until next time, be sure to Read THS.

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New Reads Monday!

Welcome back readers, once again we are starting our week with a new read.

The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott

The Billionaires Obsession

This complete collection of The Billionaire’s Obsession includes: Mine For Tonight, Mine For Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely

Down-on-her-luck nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely, and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems? Or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?

Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants…until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he’s never experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

This is an erotic romance and is not intended for YA listeners. It contains graphic language, explicit sex, and other subjects not appropriate for YA listeners.

~Goodreads Summary~


Obsession is a nice way to put it. Simon is not only obsessed but a little stalkerish, we’ll see how far his obsessive actions get him before they interfere with this new “relationship.”  Was that a bit of spoiler-y, sorry I’m just a little skeptical.

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New Reads Monday!

Happy New Reads Monday!

Bron in Fire

Born In Fire (Fire and Ice Book 1) by K.F. Breene

Winner of the Audiobook Listener’s Choice Award!

Heart pounding and laugh out loud funny, USA Today Bestselling author K.F. Breene will take you on a magical joy ride you won’t soon forget. 

Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.

So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.

Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.

Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

~Amazon~

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New Reads Monday!

Happy New Reads Monday!

Eternally Bound

Eternally Bound (The Alliance, Book 1) by Brenda K. Davies

Over the centuries, anything Ronan once found pleasure in has faded away to be replaced with blood, death, and the ever-constant battle not to give in to the more savage side of his vampire nature. Every time he wakes, he questions if that day will be the one he succumbs to the beckoning darkness.

As a born hunter, Kadence has been sheltered from the world for her entire life, never allowed to step beyond the walls of her home. It’s not a life she’s happy with, but it’s one she’s come to accept. Everything changes the day her father is slaughtered by a vampire and she escapes the walls that have kept her caged. 

After she’s attacked by the monster responsible for killing her father, Kadence is unsure how to react when she’s rescued by Ronan. Though raised to hate vampires, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ronan as she slowly begins to realize that everything she’s been taught over the years may not be true. Now, she must decide what she wants more; Ronan, her family, or the elusive freedom she’s finally found.

***The Alliance Series is a spin-off of the Vampire Awakenings series. You do not have to read the Vampire Awakenings Series in order to follow the Alliance Series, but it is recommended.*** 

Recommended Reading order for The Alliance Series:
Eternally Bound (Book 1)
Bound by Vengeance (Book 2)

Due to violence, language, and sexual content this book is recommended for readers 18+

~Amazon~

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New Reads Monday!

Happy New Reads Monday!

Invitation to Eden Book 7

Breaking Free (Invitation to Eden Book 7) by Cathryn Fox

“Cathryn Fox is one of my go-to authors for sexy romance. Her books always make my heart flutter and my pulse race.” – NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely

Spring Break at college is supposed to be a time of fun and parties, but Alaska Rossi, AKA Janey Smith, is on lockdown thanks to her father’s mafia dealings. She wants only to party down with the rest of her classmates. At least her hot, darkly mysterious bodyguard— deep undercover as her dorm’s resident assistant—gives her something to fantasize about during her boring nights in confinement.

When Alaska wins a campus radio contest, and is gifted with a special invitation to an exclusive island, she knows it’s her chance to break free. After all, Eden is a place where no one knows her name, so what danger could possibly come to her? But when danger appears in the form of a masked man who takes control of all her pleasures, tapping into her darkest fantasies, she begins to wonder if her undercover lover, and the mysterious bodyguard who’s deep undercover, are one in the same…

(New Adult, new experiences sexy romance, contemporary romance, alpha hero, biker, falling in love, escaping the past, beach read.)

~Amazon~