Finding Our Next Read

Does anyone else have a hard time, sometimes, trying to find our next read? Every once in a while I take a few days off reading cause I just don’t know what to read. Most of the time I just fly through reading. I tend to read about one book a day but now and then I just don’t know what to read. I have a whole list of books I could choose from, authors that I love that still have books I haven’t read, great recommendations, and so on. Yet I still have no idea what I should read tonight! Every now and then I get these weird, cravings lets call them, for a certain kind of book but I just can’t put my finger on what kind of book I’m in the mood for. We all know that on occasion we read a book, that had we been in the mood for it, would have been awesome but because we weren’t really feeling that mood the book wasn’t a top read. This is kinda what I’m afraid off. I know I want to read but I’m kinda in the mood for a book with everything. Light, funny, great story line but not too deep, sexy, maybe a bit of suspense, great characters with an easy plot line, SEE I kinda want everything but have no idea what to look for! How do you search that on amazon? Looking for an amazing book with everything in it but not to angsty! It would return with either nothing or every book written hahaha.

After reading Kristen Ashley’s Honey series I went on a little bit of a re-read, actually it turns out the chaos series, books I hadn’t read in a while. When I get in a Kristen mood though getting out of it sucks cause I kinda want to read something like her’s but new to me. Something I haven’t read but the same kinda writing. The story line that sucks you in but has everything I want to read at the time. I’m not being too picky am I hahaha. So I guess the question is what should I do now? Should I just choose a book at random, grab something that is in the comedy romance genre (cause you know that can help with getting out of a slump), search some how for what I’m in the mood for (goodreads should come up with something), or what is the answer to this crazy question? Anyone? I’m sure everyone has been in a situation like this!

I’m truly not looking for my next favorite book or author even. I’m just looking for something that is a good read that doesn’t make me think too hard, or wince all the way through. Like I said something light but not a boring light. I think maybe I’m babbling and instead should be searching every reading blog or website I can find to find what I’m looking for! Or maybe one of my readers could help me out with suggestions! I am down to read pretty much anything at this point but if you have a suggestion leave a comment for me so I can find something to read haha. Good luck to anyone else with this problem and to those reading already enjoy your books! I’m off to search. Happy Reading!

The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley

  WOW just wow! I thought I understood Kristen Ashley’s talent but until I read this book I didn’t understand. I didn’t get how well she could really write. I didn’t get how she could infuse her stories with so much feeling. Oh I knew she was a great writer but after reading this I know she is definitely my favorite. I gush about Kristen all the time, I am a definite fan and could fangirl about her always. But this book blew me away! I know I won’t do this book justice in my review, there is no way I can put into words how awesome this book was. I highlighted so much, this book just got to me, it was everything a KA book is plus so much much more.

 She needed to stay strong. She was getting in there. She knew it. And she’d come to know that Branch was worth the ups. The downs. The wild ride. The fight. She just needed not to give up.

This girl, this heroine I think is one of Kristen’s strongest greatest character’s. Evangeline (or Angie as Branch called her) was such a strong, clear-headed, thoughtful, caring, fantastic character. Honestly I could go on Kristen wrote her almost perfectly, oh don’t get me wrong she had her problems occasionally (nobody is perfect) but she was the perfect heroine, and absolutely what Branch needed. Now I will say I am still on the fence about the Domme business however it work, and it really worked for these characters. It was actually almost needed. You’ll see, read it and you’ll get me.

“I got so much baggage, honey, not just her, I’m just scratching the surface,” he whispered. “You’re so tiny, it’d crush you.” She felt tears sting her eyes. He wasn’t damaged. She didn’t know what he was. She’d never seen it. The only way she could describe it was that he’d been destroyed.

Branch, oh what can I say about damaged, guilt ridden, stubborn Branch. This man had so much that he took on himself and he let himself feel every bad thing that happened to someone else as if it was his fault or it happened to him. You could FEEL his pain in the whole book. Everything he said everything he felt you felt along with him and you knew he truly believed it ALL. I am so glad she put his point of view in the book liberally so we could get into his head, it made you realize how much pain he carried around everyday. He said he wasn’t a good man but that just wasn’t true and you knew that just with how hard he felt every experience he had throughout life. The fact he didn’t think he deserved Angie or well friends in general proved he was a GREAT man.

“Don’t hate me when I’m gone.”

And against her lips he demanded, “Promise me or I walk out that door.” He gave her neck and ribs a squeeze. “Don’t hate me when I’m gone, baby. I can’t have you the only way I’ll have you when I’m gone knowing I did that to you. So promise me.”

The feels in this book were off the charts, everything was written so you felt it. I have never experienced a book like this where you feel every word written. I am not going to tell you any detail about the book. To me you should read it and go into it with nothing but knowing it’s going to rock you. Your going to feel the writing, the ups and downs, the love. Branch’s need to be loved strongly to bring him back from the edge. He didn’t just need the pain of a lover he need the undeniable, whole-hearted, strong love of a great woman.

“She’s the world I always wanted the world to be” 

These two characters were one of my favorites of any KA. I have read every book by Kristen and can’t decide who are my favorite but these two definitely moved up to the top even with the Domme stuff in it. I could likely rave on and on.

And Evangeline had learned she enjoyed living life, taking the goodness it gave her moment to moment, conscious of every second of it, aware of how remarkable it was.

I shared Kristen’s blog post about how ONE scene in this book took the top spot of all the books she’s written and how she couldn’t believe it come from her. Well not only can I believe it, but I don’t think it was just that one scene I think it was the whole damn book that was written amazingly! She has a serious talent but this book you just felt the whole way through, the writing was amazing and the love story even more so. I couldn’t pick another book up for 3 days after, which never happens. So what did I do, re-read another KA. I had to! I couldn’t move on from this book it just had everything! My advice read it, I clearly loved it with my gushing, total fangirling haha. Happy Reading!

“Don’t pretend you don’t know,” she whispered.

“Baby.”

“Fell in love with you in the red room the first second I laid eyes on you,” she informed him.

“Fell in love with you looking at you, beat to shit, finding it hard to breathe, not listening to Aryas telling me what he wanted me to do to that guy, just fighting the urge I already had when I got him not to kill him,” he fired back.

Amazing!

The Deep End by Kristin Ashley

To say I was a little uneasy to read this story would be an understatement. But I am so fricking glad I did. If anyone could pull off Domme story that I would fall in love with it would be Kristen Ashley. I have read everything that Kristen has ever written and loved all of it but this is my first review of one of her books, hopefully I can do it justice. Now first off I didn’t love the heroine Amelie right off that bat. She kinda came off a little hoity toity and stuck up to me, however I did learn to like her. She definitely isn’t my favorite character of Kristen’s. That being said it didn’t ruin the story for me, I was still able to connect with her and enjoyed the story without loving her. I did find that in the first few chapters it was a little bit of an info dump, I get Kristen was trying to set up the Bee’s Honey (the sex club that the group all knows each other from) but it wasn’t her typical style of explanation and it felt like we were being told about it instead of experiencing it like she normally does when setting the scene. But once that was all set up you got into the story a bit more. There was a LOT of sex in this book. She has never shied away from sex but this book had the most I have ever read in one of her stories or even a lot of other stories. I’m not complaining it was all very good but for about half the book it felt like that was all there was. Again I think she was trying to set up the lifestyle and this was part of the way she did it. Again it’s not a complaint just an observation.

 Another test. One it was essential he passed. He passed. 

Now this was one of the reasons I disliked Amelie at the beginning, she push Olivier extremely hard their first play time together everything he said he wasn’t real fond of she did and didn’t work him up to it. Which is something that drives me crazy during a Dom/sub book and it did in this one too. It’s your first time together you don’t need to push every boundary someone has. She’s lucky he came back,if that were me in any kinda situation like that I would have safe worded and never returned, for her at least. Especially him being an Alpha.

I wasn’t real sure how the Alpha sub business was going to work but of course Kristen blew it outta the water!

“You got a lot more experience, Amélie, but we both fuckin’ know that this shit, all of it,” he threw a long arm wide, indicating the room, “is about courtesy. And it isn’t ‘yes, Mistress,’ ‘no, Mistress,’ ‘please fuck my ass, Mistress.’” He lifted a finger and jabbed it toward her face. “ You are obligated to extend courtesy too. And, babe, you know exactly what I’m tellin’ you. I can see it on your face. And I do not have to stand with my hands to the door and my pants around my thighs like a naughty boy with your fingers shoved up my ass and take your shit.”

At this point I was still on the fence about Amelie and I was totally like “you go Olivier, tell that bitch” haha. However she did eventually redeem herself and the story started to go on from there. Olivier was a good character he had a bit of a temper and had to learn to not get heated so fast but he eventually got there. He had a few issues that he had to over come like,he wanting her to dominate him and like it as much as he did. He also had an issue with Amelie’s money, he had to learn that in relationships it’s not who can provide for the other/ take care of the other the best, it’s give and take and what the other person gets out of your part of the relationship that really matters. He came around to it and it was his dad that set him straight.

 “Could spend five years explainin’ to you what your mother brought to our home, our family, and our marriage that had not one thing to do with money. And to push that point home, I mighta made the lion’s share of what we had in the bank, but I was no slouch in bringin’ what this family needed, what she needed, to the table too. And none of that had anything to do with how much money I made. This life, money means somethin’, absolutely. But it doesn’t mean everything and the bottom line truth of it is, when you rack up what’s important, it isn’t even close to the top.”

In the end they ended up with a beautiful life that worked for both of them. This wouldn’t be a true Kristen Ashley without some up and downs and twist and turns and a little suspense, and she delivered. It ended up being a great story. I wouldn’t say it was my absolute favorite KA however it kept me turning the pages and really wanting to read the next book in the series (which I already did and will review tomorrow and phew just let me say fantastic). On a side note this book had one of the absolute hottest scenes I have every read in any book!

I could have done without Amelie calling Olivier her big stallion it got a bit weird for me but it clearly worked for both of them and that is what matters in a relationship so I say to each their own, just a little off-putting to read at times. That again was just me. Anyhow I say if you love KA and you enjoy BDSM don’t let the Domme thing throw you this series is great! Happy Reading!

“Nothin’ better, not in this world, nothin’ and I know that in a way I’ll know it until I die, nothin’ better than knowin’ you feel that too.”

Kristen Ashley

This author is fantastic! I have loved everything she has ever written! She seems to have an interesting voice in telling her stories and such a well-developed dynamic. All of her books have a little of everything humor, romance, mystery, great characters and in my opinion the ultimate Alpha males. I am not a re-reader of books but Kristen’s books have something special that I can just read them over and over again. I honestly get cravings for her writing and have to decide which one will cure it. If I get into a real reading slump I always go back to something of her’s to get me out.

Most of her books have that ultimate scene that pulls at your heartstrings, makes you feel like these characters are real and really connects you to them. They also stay with you and you never forget them. For instance the beach scene in  Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain Series Book 3), the stairwell scene in Rock Chick Regret (which is my favorite book of hers….. I think that changes all the time), the say something moment in  Deacon (The Unfinished Heroes Series Book 4), and the list goes on. If you’ve read a Kristen Ashley you understand what I am talking about!

The reason for this post is because she just released a new book from her Honey series last week and wrote a blog post stating this:

If the worst happened and some strange wind came and erased the dream I’ve been living since my books took off and all my books were blown away from memory, I’d hope and pray for just that one scene to remain. To remind me as a neurotic writer that I can do this.

Yes, that has always been that scene in THREE WISHES.

Until THE FARTHEST EDGE.

I do not say this lightly. The scene in THREE WISHES has held this top spot for me for so long, I thought nothing would skim past it.

But then…something did.

These are the kind of feels she puts in her books. Jeezes just reading her post makes me get a little teary eyed because you know this woman is the ultimate writer even from just a blog post. If I could put into words half as well as her I could be gifted but she just blows it out of the park! If you want to read the full post check it out it is awesome and everything she says is true. Those scenes are amazing it makes me want to go back and re-read all of those books just for those scenes alone. However I’ll have to do that later because I want to read this scene that blew herself out of the water. So I am going to do something I have been putting off. I wasn’t real sure about this new Honey series so I haven’t started it, I’ve been putting it off and a little scared. I have loved every book from Kristen not one complaint actually, maybe one or two that weren’t my favorite but I still enjoyed them so they don’t really count haha. That is where my fear is coming in, what if I don’t like it, what if it’s not for me, what if her voice has changed, what if it knocks her off the pedestal I’ve put her on, what if so many other reasons. But I think it’s time I put my big girl panties on and start the series already, especially so I can read this scene that has become Kristen’s favorite scene she’s ever written.

If I am ever asked for a recommendation I can honestly say I always start with a Kristen Ashley, so there you have it go out and read anything  Kristen Ashley kindle edition. If you’re in the mood for a specific type leave a comment and I’ll recommend one or just leave a comment with your favorite book or scene from Kristen. Happy Reading!

I’m off to read 

I’ll leave you with a little bit extra from Kristen! Damn can she write!

It seems almost heretical to say this, but most of all in the beauty I experienced with writing THE FARTHEST EDGE, I love it that Branch trusted me enough to give that scene to me so in turn I could give it to you.

Book Review: A Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews

  I have read the Kate Daniels series by this couple author and they are very good at building their world, their writing is very good and the action scenes are always really well done. I was in the mood a bit for something in the paranormal world but nothing too crazy and this series was on another blog as a great recommendation so I picked it up. I’m glad I did, the world building alone was very interesting and really well done. I do have a few issues with the heroine though, if it was just for her I probably wouldn’t have continued or ended up looking forward to the third book. She really got on my nerves, maybe not so much in Burn For Me but definitely in White Hot. I’ll get into that in a minute. The other issue I had which I never complain about is the details. By this I mean detailing houses, rooms she is in, clothes people are wearing and over describing what people look like (once is enough not every time they enter the room). Lots of authors do this and do it well and it never bothers me but this story had so much detail between different magic, different magic “houses”, Primes and everything else they built into their world that I felt there was just too much extra detail about regular things that they already described at least once, it became too much to just focus on the story. I found myself skimming over some of it but at the same time hoping I didn’t need to know what that room looked like for some action that may take place shortly. It just ended up being a little bit much if not a little repetitive.

Ok into the story…… I don’t want to give too much away because it really is super interesting and way better explained than I ever could explain it. So if you think you may be interested just click on the link up there and get your copy and get into the world of magic. Most everyone has some form of magic and there are many different kinds, some are very rare and both our Hero and heroine have rare kinds of magic. Some people have more magic than others and the ones that have the most are described as Primes and likely the head of their ‘house’ (this is what they describe as families that are very strong magic carriers). Primes can control their magic very well and are very strong. Rogan or Mad Rogan is a Prime that is the head of his ‘House’ and he has a very rare strong type of magic. People who are close to Rogan describe him as ruthless and very unemotional, he may not even feel emotion at all. But that is not the case he almost feels emotion too much. He cares deeply for the people around him and does everything he can to take care of them and keep them safe. This is one of the issues I had with the heroine, Nevada is her name, she spent a lot of time with Rogan through the course of both books and she still didn’t see him for what he really is she only saw the ‘Mad Rogan’ she wanted to see.

I couldn’t trust Mad Rogan. Not just because he was likely a sociopath but also because he was a Prime and head of an old House. To him I was a peon. If he needed a bullet shield in a fight, he’d use me without any hesitation. I was the hired help, the means to an end, and I had to draw some strict lines in the dirt for him and for myself, or I would come out of this crushed or not at all. And if I gave him any hint of being vulnerable, whether it was my love for my family, my pride, or my irrational craving to find out what his hands on my skin would feel like, he would use it against me.

Nevada was constantly thinking these kind of thoughts about Rogan, she even used things against him that saved her life multiple times. She kinda acted like a brat and didn’t want to even give him a chance. The first book wasn’t nearly as bad as the second it all seemed somewhat reasonable, in the second book she kinda acted holier then thou when really he was helping her and caring for her, she was just too afraid to jump in with him. She never tried to even get to know him but by about the last third she seemed to work that out and they got together. As for her actually character, she is bad ass! She is strong and her magic is very strong she just doesn’t know it yet. She had good ethics and morals and stuck to them. She is also very smart (maybe not so much with relationships but she’ll get there I figure). For the actually story line I really enjoyed her it was just the romantic part of the story from her point of view that threw me off.  I really enjoyed that they team up to private investigate and fight the bad guys together. It brought the story the extra edge it needed and it made me really enjoy these books.

I really enjoyed these two characters together. I had my few issues but it didn’t change how I enjoyed the books. I didn’t hate the Heroine just had a few bothersome moments. All in all I would recommend this series. I can’t wait for the third book to come out and it’s up for pre-order already coming July so not a long wait at all. The world building is fantastic I kinda wish I had some magic after reading these haha. If you’re looking for something with a good does of magic and good writing pick these books up! I’ll leave the pre-order link at the bottom for anyone interested. I’m also going to leave you with the little build up the author put at the beginning to start their magic world up. Happy Reading!

I n 1863, in a world much like our own, European scientists discovered the Osiris serum, a concoction which brought out one’s magic talents. These talents were many and varied. Some people gained ability to command animals, some learned to sense water from miles away, and others suddenly realized they could kill their enemies by generating a burst of lightning between their hands. The serum spread through the world. It was given to soldiers in hopes of making the military forces more deadly. It was obtained by members of fading aristocracy, desperate to hold on to power. It was bought by the rich, who desired to get richer. Eventually the world realized the consequences of awakening godlike powers in ordinary people. The serum was locked away, but it was too late. The magic talents passed on from parents to their children and changed the course of human history forever. The future of entire nations shifted in the span of a few short decades. Those who previously married for status, money, and power now married for magic, because strong magic would give them everything. Now, a century and a half later, families with strong hereditary magic have evolved into dynasties. These families— Houses, as they call themselves—own corporations, have their own territories within the cities, and influence politics. They employ private armies, they feud with each other, and their disputes are deadly. It is a world where the more magic you have, the more powerful, the wealthier, and the more prominent you are. Some magic talents are destructive. Some are subtle. But no magic user should be taken lightly.

 

 

Book Review: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost

 Alright this may have been my favorite in the series so far! I really liked this one. The action is non-stop and really well written. This series is getting better the farther I get into it. The heroine Cat still has her moments but even she has grown up and is much easier to read. Bones is still as awesome as ever! This story has really drawn me in and I am very interested to see where this author takes it from here. However with that being said I think I am going to take a short break from this series just so I can cleanse my palate as they say. Series like these aren’t always best read one right after the other or you become less likely to enjoy the series as much, so I am going to read something different for a book then head back to see what this gang is up to!

Cat’s mom is even worse in this book if that is even possible. She has no regard for the shit others do for her or the danger her daughter is in all the time. It’s actually a little ridiculous. As for the other characters they are all great additions to this story. I think that is what makes this series so great, every character is written well and helps increase the story really well! As for Tate, man that guy has got to get over himself and his obsession with Cat, it is extremely unhealthy.

Again because of this being a series I won’t go in to the story line but it is awesome and action pack, again my favorite of the series so far. A short and sweet review, mostly just a go read it haha. I’ll list the series reading order for all looking to get into the series. It does look like there is also a spin-off but I haven’t gotten into those myself but if anyone likes I can post those too.

Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel

One Foot in the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel

At Grave’s End: A Night Huntress Novel

Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4): A Night Huntress Novel

This Side of the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel

One Grave at a Time: A Night Huntress Novel

Up From the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel

Outtakes from the Grave (Night Huntress Book 8)

Happy Reading!

Book Review: One Foot In The Grave by Jeaneine Frost

 If you haven’t read Halfway to the Grave (check out my review) I suggest you should. This is an ongoing series, this being the second book, and I suggest starting with book 1. I am enjoying this series, it is well written and the world building is very well done. Lot’s happens in this book in such a short time. The heroine Cat has definitely grown on me in this one but still got on my nerves a little. She really does think about herself first. What I mean by that is she is always so fast to defend herself not ever thinking about what others may be feeling. She does this even in the third book so it is obviously just her character but it’s a little hard to feel for her when she is only thinking about herself. Cat is an extremely bad ass heroine and I enjoy these types of reads but I will say that she needs to remember she is half human and sometimes she’s going to have limitations but acts as if she doesn’t. I felt Bones took too long to come into the story. To me he is such a huge part of the story, the best part of it, and I couldn’t wait for him to enter the story. So of course when he did the story got so much better, for me anyhow haha. I like that he wasn’t real hard on Cat but she needs to learn from this huge mistake she made in book 1(I’m not telling haha huge spoiler) cause she makes a similar mistake by not talking to Bones towards the end and almost screws everything up again. It kinda goes a long with her thinking she’s a god and can do anything but she really needs to learn from her mistakes, and for the most part does, which is nice to see from a character cause that isn’t always the case. I won’t go into too much detail about the book cause you really need to read the first book before going into this one.

I have a few notes from the book I’ll share with you so you can see my thoughts while I was reading. They are straight from my brain so be warned haha. The first will be a quote from the book then my thoughts after.

So I couldn’t afford to let him know how much I still cared. All I could do was play it cool–and hope Bones bought the act enough to leave me this time. –  Bah really for such a smart woman she really is still very much naive and grates on my nerves!

“Isn’t this a proper flashback to her childhood? You’re bloody woman; can’t you see she’s choking?”-Fuck bang on description of her terrible mother

I’m not sure if her mom is written like such a bitch for a funny factor but it’s not funny at all. She is really awful and such a bitch to everyone including Cat, I don’t understand it.

I am enjoying this series so far it’s got a really strong story line and has kept me interested. I have already read book 3 actually and am just about to leave a review for it! So pick up the first book if you haven’t already read it or if you have, move on to this one, this series is a good one. Especially if your into vampires for sure. My review makes it sound like I didn’t enjoy it but I did I just kinda wrote my thoughts, and feelings because I don’t want to give away the story.

Happy Reading!