Cupid’s Chance by Tina Creek

Summary

Carter Lockhart has everything going for her; a job she excels at, a wonderful home, a dog she adores, and a cat she tolerates. Everything except for someone to share it with her. She’s given up on love after a painful break-up, but love hasn’t given up on her.

Carter Lockhart. Just another name on the list of a Cupid, Archer Valentine. His job is to find Carter true love. He promises to find her perfect match. A Cupid can’t always keep his promise, but he can sure as hell try.

Characters

Although Carter started off really dull and stubborn, she did grow on me by the end of the book. I was a little disappointed in her decision making a few times but overall she really grew with the book. Archer was like a child in many ways, but he does some growing of his own. Evony felt a little silly and over the top more than once, but she did create some good definition for Archer. The rest of the supporting character were a little flat at times, but grew with the book which was nice.

Plot

It was a romance with other things happened, circling around the central theme. Absolutely unique idea wrapped around a familiar plot. I appreciated that most of the cupid lore was brought up and hinted on. I did appreciate that Carter had friends (Troy) and there was more going on in her life than falling in love. It brought another dimension to the book that is sometimes missing in romances.

It didn’t take long for Archer and Carter to just become so cute! That being said I did struggled with a few of the scenes being necessary. I remember thinking ‘I wonder when this is going to come up later’ and then it never did. (Side note I thought the epilogue was unnecessary – I would have preferred an entire book dedicated to that last little quip.)

Overall

If I had picked this up off the shelf for fun reading, I probably would have quit about 15% in because it was VERY slow and uninteresting. The author took too long to get to the starting point. That being said after that point the book really picked up steam and got better and better. By the end I was a little sad to see it end and a little frustrated that more wasn’t revealed—showing how much the book sucked me in!

Fair warning that although there is chemistry between the main characters, the sex scenes aren’t detailed. I can usually take it or leave it on these, but with how much the author built up to it, not having it was both surprising and somewhat disappointing. Also I don’t normally like to mention this in the review, but this book needs a thorough editing job—badly.

Rating

4 stars

I like it! Between the shaky start, massive amount of editing errors, and questionable filler, I just couldn’t give this book a resounding 5 stars. It was a little silly, but absolutely adorable!

I received this book for a free and voluntarily review

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Zendar #Giveaway – #Fantasy #romance #book TODAY ONLY

Update 12/10/2017: Winner was Brandee! Congrats!

If you love romantic fantasies, this is a must enter for you. You’ll get a kindle copy of Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand just in time for the holiday season! The giveaway is today only so act fast!

Zendar Giveaway

Summary:

Can enemies become something more? Find out in the steamy romantic tale on the sandy planet of Zendar. 

Blood is how it all began, and only by blood can it end. Chaos has reigned in Zendar for years since the rise of the seven Bloodlines. The Liege Aleron Corvinus ruthlessly seeks revenge for the mistreatment of his ancestors. His ambitions will only be sated when he claims the world under his family’s name; he will only stop when all of Zendar is his and the other six Bloodlines pay their weight in blood.

Azel Undel was born into this world of blood and sand. She is of a dying Bloodline, a feared one, but most coveted. Promised, in exchange for money, to a man she had never known; Azel travels across Zendar. Her ship is attacked and she alone survives, setting the wheels of fate in motion. She did not expect to become her enemy’s captive or that he would demand her submission to him.

Loyalties are tested, secrets are uncovered, and Azel will have to make a choice: remain loyal to her family and everything she ever stood for or be loyal to her own heart.

Also, for the next three months Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand will be on Kindle Unlimited! Check it out here: Amazon.

Happy Holidays!

 

Living Dead Girl by Chris Keaton

Sumamry:

Amanda Bock can see ghosts. She can communicate with the dead and has grown used to helping them move on. Amanda’s finally ready to take a shot at having a normal life like a regular sixteen-year-old. But when a mysterious stranger rips his way into her life and threatens Amanda’s loved ones, she’s propelled on a journey to discover the true strength of her own will and the power she has inherited.

Characters

Amanda is what I’d consider an average high school girl (angst and all) with extraordinary abilities. Her mother and aunt don’t seem like much of parents to her, but there are reasons for that (albeit shaky ones). Where the aunt and mother didn’t grow on me, or Adam (the shaky love interest), Amanda did. She grew a bit, but she was still true to her character – foolish and impulsive.

The villain by contrast was the shakiness character. Although vicious and going after revenge (that I get) his bigger game plan was completely lost on me. We do get to go into his head and see what he is doing, so getting some insight would have strengthened the character and their motives. The loose “world domination” is thrown around but undermined the characters villainy rather than building it up.

Plot

This is a Young Adult without question. It starts off painfully familiar without anything interesting: Girl with ability to see the dead is an outcast at school and at home. It isn’t until Amanda has a life and death situation that the book really started to shine. After that I was gripped, the author brought new aspects and revealed some clever twists that they had lulled you into with a familiar start to a paranormal novel. This was the turning point.

Overall

The writing was easy to follow and enjoyable. It was brief and to the point without any embellishments, which meant a fast tempo. It is a shorter story (novella) so you could theoretically read it in one sitting. For sure a young adult, so beware of teenage angst and impulsive decisions. I’d hope to see Amanda grow, but that’s for future novellas. In the end it was the subtle strings of unsolved pieces that really got its hooks in me. Like what’s up with Cass? If you pay attention you’ll know right away. There are more but I don’t want to give them away!

Rating

3.5 Stars (one up and one down)

‘I liked it’ accurately reflects how I feel about this book. Get past the all to familiar start, ignore the weak characterization of the villain, and this novella really rocks! If you like Young Adult Paranormal books, this novella is a good one!

I received this book for a free and voluntarily review.

The Strange Life of Brandon Chambers by Scott Spotson

Summary

Ten-year-old Brandon Chambers is suddenly thrust into a national scandal when his father, a top-ranking captain in the U.S. Army, is implicated in a tragic explosion on the army base while spearheading a top-secret weapons project. During the aftermath, both his parents are labeled as traitors, and he’s haunted by visions he can’t understand.

Brandon struggles through adolescence and college, still troubled by hallucinations that are also witnessed by others, leading him to believe that someone—or something—is deliberately laying clues in his path. Doggedly pursuing one clue at a time, Brandon seeks the answers.

Characters

This story is all about Brandon. He is an affable character that you get to see from for about 2 decades of his life. There are a barrage of supporting characters: Derek, Amy, and Justin. I think the reason I liked Brandon is he was flawed but not too flawed which made him both easy to relate to and likable. I don’t want to go into too much detail other than, this is a deep dive in Brandon and his life, so hold on.

Plot

It is difficult to describe this plot without giving anything away but it is very bizarre! There is this overall feeling of “is this real or just in his head?” The author does an excellent job building up this question. It kept me guessing for most of the book on a few items. That being said I felt like this could have gone way weirder than it did, but it was an out there ending to be sure. In short Brandon does indeed have a very strange life.

Overall

The flow of this book was the most difficult part to get over. The first half of the book felt slow and overly detailed, while the  last 10% of the book felt sluggish.  That made the end feel like an information dump and took away from the overall hype and conclusion. An epilogue may have helped even out the ending.

The writing kept me engaged and was easy to fall into. There were a few areas where I questioned Brandon’s decision making, but they didn’t feel overly contrived to the plot, so they were easy to pass over. I also want to say that despite all that Brandon went through, I felt there were parts that he got off easy on (you’ll understand). That in a way his fate was not his own, but he decided to try and hold on to it despite the outside influences.

Rating

4 stars

Despite its bizarre nature and uneven flow, it is a solid 4 star book. Brandon is an interesting character to feels very human. If you enjoy speculative fiction with a flair of bizarre intrigue – this is a great book for you!

I received this book for a free and voluntarily review.

Diamond Marked (Tale of El’Anret #1-3) by Melody Klink

Summary

Inside a mortal girl lies the heart of the Queen of Diamonds, true ruler over El’Anret, the world of Faerie.

Inside a Half-Human, Half-Fae boy lives the soul of a Stag King, mysterious and powerful creature of legend, capable of transforming worlds… or destroying them.

And neither of them belong.

In a world of myths and monsters, it will take them both to usurp a renegade queen— one who stole the crown and made the whole of El’Anret bend to her will.

The Faerie world will never be the same.

DIAMOND MARKED: The Tale of El’Anret combines the stories of the Faerie and Mortal worlds into a single collection. Queen of Diamonds, Jack of Diamonds, and King of Diamonds are included in their Author Preferred text editions.

Part 1: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS

I didn’t realize it at the time but this was like watching the first season of Once Upon A Time – terrible but necessary. And just like that first season I don’t know if I would have continued reading from this first ‘section,’ it was very YA and the writing was stilted and somewhat boring. At parts it was even over the top and full of YA tropes. Even though the first book wasn’t very good, it didn’t stay that way. I’m not going to give too much away but I am going to say that I appreciated the end of this. That it wasn’t ‘happily ever after’ and that there were consequences for their actions. I did not connect with Leigh or Gideon which may have been the biggest problem.

Not very good but if you can get through this, I promise the next two parts are worth it. – 2.5 stars

Part 2: JACK OF DIAMONDS

As disappointed as I was in the first book, that quickly faded once Jack comes into the works. It becomes more complicated as it sheds its overly YA skin and takes on a whole new form of awesomeness. Suddenly it is highly imaginative, the plot opens up and even gets a little dark. It was engaging and I found myself turning pages and staying up later than I should to find out what happens. The irritation with the young character in the first section is balanced out here and Jack is such a likable character. I was also really happy to see Leigh come into her own.

I absolutely love this one the best – even with the cliffhanger at the end. – 5 Stars

Part 3: KING OF DIAMONDS

A great conclusion to these short novellas. This book went much darker and showed some overall elements of society that go poorly. That evil wins when good people do nothing. The world also expanded and grew and the battle scenes at the end, though a little long, were awesome. I felt like I finally had a great picture of what the author was trying to portray. The writing also improved and had better flow. Though Leigh’s undying love I came to like Gideon.

It also had a very sweet after ending that was very satisfying. I’m not always happy about those, but in this instance it was wonderful. – 4 Stars

Overall:

If you are going to buy them, you might as well get this box set and read them all the way through. Where Leigh felt a little flat, Jack eventually balanced her out and she came into her own. The world building greatly improves from book to book, as does the writing.

Rating:

4 Stars

Overall I enjoyed this collection of stories. The further I went into the story the more I enjoyed them. If you like YA stories that have fairies – this is a worth while read.

I received this book for a free and voluntarily review.

My Author Interview – Booklattes

I’d like to thank Hannah with Booklattes so much for these awesome questions! If you have any questions be sure to ask them. 

Ya’ll NaNoWriMo starts TODAY!! Where has the time gone?? I’ll mainly be working on edits for AT this year (aka my book with a super secret title) but good luck to everyone participating and cranking out those novels! K.T. Munson is one of my lovely author friends and I send her some writing questions recently […]

via Author Interviews: K.T. Munson author of “The Sixth Gate” — booklattes

Asael’s Nature (A Series of Angels #3) by Joel Crofoot

Summary

When the fallen angel Asael returns to earth, he slips back into his old ways as the angel of punishment by performing in night clubs until he gets an interesting new client – a demon who enjoys his punishment shows.

Isda, a young healer, gets dragged into the ongoing war for her research into a new drug and attracts the attention of demons. Asael is assigned to protect her and the relationship begins to bloom, but her feelings are at odds with everything she has been told about how to behave, and can she compete with the demon that shares a passion of his?

Characters

Asael is adorable. I don’t know any other word that describes him perfectly. Yes he is sexy and dominating but for some reason he just was too cute! Isda was a great balance for him. It was really nice to have such a smart female lead. Then there was Heather and Audrey. Audrey is a demon that is starting to rise like Jahi did—I was impressed with her and I hope to see her in future romances. Not to mention her super cute friendship with Heather.

Plot

There was more going on here then just the romance, but I’ll talk about it first. Asael and Isda have this attraction that sizzled off the page. If you like a little dom and sub, this had it in a tasteful way. Asael There was Audrey’s story and the demon’s plan. Not to mention Heather and one of the angels…I won’t ruin it for you. It was very enjoyable.

Overall

If you loved the last two books, this one is a for sure great read. If you haven’t read them, they bring so much more to this third book so go and get them so you can read this one! I can’t wait to see where the author is going with this story but I’m in suspense about the next book!

Wonderful writing that is easy to follow. Interesting characters who are starting to feel like your friends that you get to visit with every new book. Even the few inconsistencies from book 1 & 2 to book 3 were easy to overlook because of how good this is. I was a little disappointed by that, but it was so minor.

Rating

5 Stars

I loved it! Another amazing book in the series that I’m looking forward to the next one.  If you love you Paranormal Romances, this is a must read!

I received this book for a free and voluntarily review.