ARC Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace

TheWitchDoesn'tBurnInThisOneThe Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace

Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on March 6, 2018

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Poetry, Feminism

Pages: 208 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

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Book Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

CityofBrassThe City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Published by Harper Voyager on November 14, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical

Pages: 533 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

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Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for.

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Mini Romance Reviews: Not Another New Year’s & Smut

Apparently 2017 was the year I actively started seeking out romance novels and enjoying them which kind of makes me super happy. They make for quick reads and all the feels so I totally plan to keep finding ones I like. So here are two more mini romance reviews!

NotAnotherNewYearsNot Another New Year’s by Christie Ridgway

Published by Kindle on September 20, 2011

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 382 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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After all, this year brought Hannah Davis nothing but the memory of her wandering fiancÉ marrying someone else behind her back. Now, sitting alone at a bar in Coronado, California, on December 31, she decides to do something radical . . . and lets a brooding good-looker take her to bed. But when a hysterical woman bursts into their room much too early on New Year’s Day, Hannah realizes this guy’s more complicated than she thought . . .

Ex-Secret Service Agent Tanner Hart screwed up, big-time! Hoping to temporarily boot some of the ghosts from his life, he hooked up with this sexy stranger for a hot one-night stand—only to discover she’s the woman he’s agreed to protect . . . from men just like him!

But a new year is a time for fresh beginnings. Despite the danger, the hoopla, and the hangovers, if Hannah’s brave enough to risk her heart again—and Tanner’s wise enough to realize he deserves it—maybe this one will be different.

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ARC Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

DownbyContactDown by Contact by Santino Hassell

Published by InterMix on January 16, 2018

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages:  Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…

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Book Review: The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova

perf5.500x8.500.inddThe Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova

Published by Keymaster Press on December 5, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 500 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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A new rebellion rises from the still smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

This final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova’s Loom Saga, The Rebels of Gold will reveal the fate of Loom’s brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants.

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Mini Romance Reviews: Illegal Contact & Wrong to Need You

November is apparently the time of year I really dive into romance reads so I’ve got a couple mini reviews for you today!

IllegalContactIllegal Contact by Santino Hassell

Published by InterMix on August 15, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 251 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

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New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

Santino Hassell’s work kept popping up on my Twitter feed so I thought I’d take the plunge. Turns out the hype is real folks! Illegal Contact was an absolute delight to read even if The Barons series is centered around football. It’s got hate to love, fiery characters, and a healthy dose of serious issues which pretty much pushes all my favorite buttons.

Gavin is a hardcore athlete forced off the field by a legal incident. He’s moody, angry, and altogether a tough nut to crack. Noah though could pass as an innocent boy next door if it wasn’t for his snarky mouth. Their association together starts out pretty rough, but after a slow build the two of them develop a deep bond. And yeah the sex scenes were incredibly hot.

The writing was amazing, delivering incredible dialogue that was honest and at times gritty. There was plenty of emotion woven throughout and I found myself both laughing and crying as I turned the pages. Hassell even manages to take on homophobia in the NFL as well as the realities of poverty. Overall I highly recommend Illegal Contact and cannot wait for the series to continue!

WrongtoNeedYouWrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

Published by Avon on November 28, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 368 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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He wasn’t supposed to fall in love with his brother’s widow…

Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Jackson Kane fled his home, his name, and his family. Ten years later, he’s come back to town: older, wiser, richer, tougher—and still helpless to turn away the one woman he could never stop loving, even after she married his brother.

Sadia Ahmed can’t deal with the feelings her mysterious former brother-in-law stirs, but she also can’t turn down his offer of help with the cafe she’s inherited. While he heats up her kitchen, she slowly discovers that the boy she adored has grown into a man she’s simply unable to resist.

An affair is unthinkable, but their desire is undeniable. As secrets and lies are stripped away, Sadia and Jackson must decide if they’re strong enough to face the past…and step into a future together.

As I’m in love with Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series, my need for this second book was heady, so much so that I ran to the bookstore on release day to read it immediately. Having already been introduced to Jackson and Sadia, I knew this book would be a winner. He is a soft-spoken dream come true with his kitchen skills and activism. She’s a bisexual supermom working two jobs and occasionally putting her needs first.

The complex family dynamics truly continue to set this series apart. This time around Jackson is dealing with betrayal and loss, returning to his hometown as an outcast while Sadia struggles to feel like a success in a family of overachievers. Of course there’s the overarching Kane/Chandler drama that plays with my heartstrings but the angst isn’t over the top.

The romance itself is quite precious. Once childhood friends, Jackson and Sadia know each other pretty darn well. It was so easy for them to fall back on that trust. Plus the tension between them was off the charts, making the end game all the better. Overall Wrong to Need You was a wonderful sequel that had a fulfilling story and brilliant characters. I’ll be here impatiently waiting for the next one now.

Have you read either Illegal Contact or Wrong to Need You? A fan of romances?

Let me know in the comments below!

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

LittleFiresEverywhereLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Published by Penguin Press on September 12, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Literary

Pages: 338 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

5/5 Stars

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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned — from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. 

Enter Mia Warren — an enigmatic artist and single mother — who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. 

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

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