Title: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave Series: Charley Davidson #12 Author: Darynda Jones Released: October 31, 2017 Pages: 289 per Goodreads Format: EGalley
Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones' New York Times bestselling paranormal series, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave.
Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that's not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings--some corporeal, some not so much--as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she's not uncovering a murder. This time she's covering one up.
Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture--the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford--out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican's inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it's time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she's loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she's worked so hard to protect?
So I had been behind on this series. Then I binged all of them over last summer. So when this book came out - I was way more than ready. Charley and Reyes, omg, right? I'm really late on this review, but here I am. Better late than never!
Title: Don't Let Go Series: Evergreen Grove #6 Author: Elisabeth Staab Released: January 23, 2017 Pages: 250 per Goodreads Format: Ebook received for review
Left behind by everyone he’s ever loved, Alonzo Grover lives as if he’s got no tomorrow. The discovery of a letter from his deceased boyfriend breaks him out of his rut and spurs him to right an old wrong, but the local stick-in-the-mud sheriff’s lieutenant seems determined to ruin his plans.
Lieutenant Sebastian Haas despises tangling with his small town’s most promiscuous party kid. Alonzo’s youth and recklessness drive him crazy in more ways than one… So does the uncomfortable secret they share. But when Haas’s estranged family arrives in town to throw a wedding he wants no part of, he jumps into Alonzo’s car to avoid the family drama.
Together, they wind up on an unexpected road trip. With one setback after another, it looks like they might kill each other before they make it home to Evergreen Grove. That is, unless they find something better to do than fight.
You know I love this series. I've gone on and on, it's definitely one not to miss! So here we are, book 6. M/M romance, and so wonderful in all of its pages, I was not let down!
Alonzo and Sebastian. Alonzo is young, and wild - and a bit damaged by the past. Sebastian is older by 10 or so years, and a police officer in Evergreen Grove. I love that right off the bat, wild meets the law. These two have skirted around each other, picking and poking, and pretending they didn't care for each other at all. Sort of an enemies to lovers, aside from the fact that neither one hated the other.
What I really loved is that Alonzo and Sebastian are two opposite sides of the same coin, but in the middle where they meet, their metal is the same. They are both deeply caring people, affected by their past. Yet they both show tremendous care for others, time and again. They have these giant hearts, and that is what made me fist bump my kindle when they finally start clicking and realizing there is more there than just an adversary. A little adventure along the way also adds to the excitement of it all.
Staab has a way of pulling me in, every single time. I love this entire series, and I'm not sure I could ever get enough. I'd love to make her write another book that revisits each of the couples and gives some updates.
Why do I want updates? Well, some big things happen in this book. That's all I can really say about that. But other than a couple super quick cameos, the previous characters don't really show their faces all that much. And I want to see their faces more!
Evergreen Grove is an amazing place. The people there all seem magnetically drawn to this town. And I can't blame them. I want to live there too. I can picture each place in it, and I can see the people just as clear as I can see this screen in front of me. Staab does a lovely job bringing two opposite people together in Don't Let Go, and I couldn't be happier.
Elisabeth Staab loves passionate stories and happy endings. Her books have been called “emotionally delicious,” “action-packed,” and “gloriously snarky.” When not writing romance, she enjoys date night with her husband, reading Harry Potter with her kids, and marathoning her favorite books or TV series.
Title: Imbalance Series: Heart Lines #4 Author: Heather Hildenbrand Released: May 29, 2017 Pages: 252 per Amazon Format: ebook received for review
She has come to right the balance. He seeks to destroy it…
Somewhere on another astral plane, a lover’s quarrel between gods, millennia old, has come full circle.
Ea, a dark and ancient god and the father of the first Werewolf, is hell bent on destroying his supernatural offspring. And he’ll use anyone and everyone he can to get it done even from beyond the physical. For now, his vessel is the evil and mysterious Indra, a witch whose powers only slightly outweigh her penchant for hitting on the help.
Too bad Alex is cured and once again immune to Indra’s invasive magic. A healing from which Sam almost didn’t come back.
Hina, the wolf mother goddess, has sworn to protect her cubs. And she lives on… inside Samantha Knight. Sort of like that still, small voice of reason. Except MAGICAL and pissed at her ex. If Sam can’t find a way to heal the wolves and stop Indra from harming them, the goddess will take matters into her own hands.
But an appearance like that promises destruction, chaos, and worst of all: no more Sam. Indra isn’t holding back.
Sam is on the run. Alex is in a cage.
The clock is ticking.
Just a note for transparency - I haven't yet finished this book. I'm about 80% done, but the days on the calendar have come through quickly late and my schedule the past couple weeks didn't allow for as much reading as I had hoped. However, I have read enough that I feel I can leave a fair and honest review.
Book four and going strong. Something I notice about reading lately is that my attention span just isn't what it used to be. Just being honest there. It takes something I really love nowadays to keep me interested. Sam and Alex have managed to do that.
Title: Piece by Piece Series: Evergreen Grove #4 Author: Elisabeth Staab Release Date: September 20, 2016 Pages: 280 per Goodreads Format: Ebook received for review
ETHAN’S HIT A ROUGH SPOT
So I caught my dad in bed with my ex-girlfriend.
My best friend cancelled our plans to celebrate my birthday.
Decided to drink away the betrayal.
Made out with a cardboard cutout of a celebrity in front of my new roommates.
Got in a bar fight.
Hooked up with that pretty bartender whose sad smile I’ve secretly been painting pictures of since forever, but she shoved me out the door without a word.
Did I mention the tattoo I don’t exactly remember getting?
And that’s only Saturday.
Now I need to pick up the pieces of my messed-up life.
LEEANNE’S HAD A TOUGH LIFE
What do you do when you’ve lived in the same small town your whole life and you feel as if you’ll always be stuck in the same rut, like a piece of busted wagon wheel? Well, maybe you start by hooking up with the first decent guy who walks into your bar.
Maybe once you do, it’s hard to get him out of your head even though you try. And maybe, just maybe, you find out he makes you laugh even more than he makes you want to shout his name.
If you’re me, you don’t even know what to do with a guy like him. A little piece of happiness…that feels downright dangerous.
If I have said it once, I've said it a thousand times - I love this series. Book four and I am not bored yet. Elisabeth Staab is delivering book after book and each time I am anxious to meet more people from Evergreen Grove. This time around it's Ethan and Leeanne.
Title: Esperance Series: Heart Lines #3 Author: Heather Hildenbrand Release Date: April 27, 2017 Format: Ebook received for review Pages: 227 per Amazon
She is his only hope. If only he wanted to be saved.
Alex is cured... sort of. After letting the mysterious Indra work her magic, the venom is gone but so is Alex’s ability to feel. He’s not dead, but he’s not really alive either. Numb inside, he turns his back on Sam and everyone else. The only person he’ll really listen to is his new master…
Sam’s angry and lost. Her destiny was to heal, but so far, all she’s done is hurt herself and others. When Alex chooses another woman’s healing over hers, Sam’s doubts and fears become the very thing that separate her from her true potential. Despite Sam’s broken heart, she is determined to make her magic work, no matter the cost. No price can be higher than the one she paid watching Alex walk away.
Sam will do whatever it takes. And she’ll never stop trying to change Alex’s mind—and his heart.
But Alex has his orders and he doesn’t care who they affect. Love hurts. But in this case, it just might kill…
So, just as I had hoped, the excitement returns in book 3, Esperance. Sam is really immersing herself in this new world and taking on new challenges, and that's exactly what I wanted to see.
So I've thought long and hard about this. I've just not been as active on my blog as I used to be. I'm not shutting it down, but I am going to allow my fictionalcandy.com domain expire.... I think. I'm going to look into pricing options etc. I think it expires in the next week or two, at which point it will revert back to my http://fictionalcandy.blogspot.com URL. Got that?
and I am definitely giving up my GoDaddy email, because it is just too expensive to cover all of the storage I would like to keep. I am slowly going through and transferring what I can, but from now on please feel free to contact me at:
Title: Inheritance Series: Heart Lines #2 Author: Heather Hildenbrand Release Date: March 27, 2017 Format: ebook received for review Pages: 367 per Goodreads
You either use magic or it uses you…
Sam has regained her memory—and with it, the Knowing. There is magic inside her; strong, powerful and old as the Earth, it is more than enough to heal the sick werewolves. If only she could figure out how to use it.
Alex Channing has finally done something selfless and walked away. For the first time ever, his reasons are not about his own interests. He knows full well Sam is the only one who can heal him. But Alex knows better than anyone: magic always comes with a price. And he refuses to let Sam get hurt because of him. He’d rather die than cause her pain—and he plans to do just that. The more rabid werewolves he can take with him, the better.
Well I just finished reading Inheritance this weekend. It was a pretty good book, I'd have to say. Although not quite as exciting as Remembrance, it really let you get a longer peak into the minds of Sam and Alex.
Title: Remembrance Series: Heart Lines #1 Author: Heather Hildenbrand Released: Feb 2017 Pages: 306 per Goodreads Format; Ebook received for review
She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.
Two years ago, 20 year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As Beyoncé would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass.
Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival.
Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.
Recently in my reading I’ve been avoiding PNR. I was just so over it, ya know? But then this book popped up on my radar, Remembrance. I’ve read Heather Hildenbrand before, so I thought, “Why not?” I’ve read this author a few times before, and I’ve always fallen in love with her books. Turns out that was a great decision. Remembrance has everything I love about PNR, and books in general. Read more »
He thinks I want him because of the rumors around town. Because I think he’s easy. I want AJ, because he’s AJ.
No liars. No suits. Absolutely no straight guys…
AJ Fabin’s list of rules keeps him safe. Since getting kicked out of his parents’ home and a vicious attack by a former escorting client, his rules and his life in the tiny town of Evergreen Grove provide a quiet haven. He may be lonely, and he may stick out like a sore thumb, but the folks like him well enough. When he’s not dodging his old pimp, things are peaceful.
Hayden Price is having a quarter-life crisis. Engaged to a woman he can’t connect to and working a job he secretly hates, he comes to Evergreen Grove to help his mother through a health scare. Returning to his childhood home makes Hayden re-evaluate a lot of things, including himself. When he meets AJ and finds he can’t stand the mouthy jerk—almost as much as he can’t stop thinking about him—he has a lot more to change than his career.
To be together, they’ll both have to break all of their rules.
Good morning!! So a couple weeks ago I posted my review of By The Rules, which I absolutely adored. Well today I have an excerpt for you, so you can get a taste of the wonderfulness that is AJ and Hayden! Hope you enjoy!