Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cover Reveal - Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward

Coming September 21st...

Sins of Sevin
A Contemporary Romance
by Penelope Ward

New York Times, USA Today
& Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

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About the Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of Stepbrother Dearest, comes a new forbidden STANDALONE romance.

What happens when the one you want is the only one you can’t have?

My name is Sevin.

Homeschooled and sheltered by my ultra-religious family, I was always taught that lust was a sin.

Elle was the girl who’d been carefully chosen for me.

After a long-distance courtship, I’d be moving into her family’s guesthouse so that we could get to know each other in the months before the wedding.

Boundaries were set: no inappropriate touching, no kissing, no sex before marriage.

I’d accepted those rules and my fate.

Until I met the one I wanted to sin with.

That was when restraint became a problem…especially since the one wasn’t Elle.

It was her sister, Evangeline.

You know what they say about best laid plans.

My name is Sevin, and I have sinned.

Told in alternating points of view, Sins of Sevin is a full-length standalone novel. Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. Only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.

About the Author

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. 

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Book Review - Ties That Bind by Pippa DaCosta

Ties That Bind (The Veil, #5)
by Pippa DaCosta
Published 2015
292 Pages

This final installment in the Veil series is action packed, and takes us on a journey through Boston and the netherworld, where Muse faces one of the most challenging battles in the series. As a half-demon, her life has been most unconventional. And now things are really starting to heat up! Still discovering her true nature, and where she fits in between worlds, Muse is reunited with the beloved (yet formidable) half-demon, Stefan. And we finally discover the great mystery behind the Prince of Greed, Akil -- many surprises in store!

"'I am the same man you loved to hate.' He stood still, like the demon he was."
I was thoroughly impressed with the way the story came together. It was bittersweet, no stone was left unturned, and it felt like the entire series led up to this point. Where some series fall short in the conclusion, Ties That Bind was refreshingly complete. And although it was sad to see the series end, it felt like it couldn't go any other way. I laughed, I cried, and I read all through the night.

So, does Muse finally achieve the freedom that has eluded her her entire life? All I can say is there are heart wrenching moments, plenty of surprises, and some sighs of relief... some. And after I finished reading, I thought about all the moments in earlier installments that suddenly made perfect sense.
"Forget your emotions. I think you'll find it liberating."
Urban fantasy fans will love this exciting and original tale. The high quality writing, well paced plot, and fully developed characters combine to make each story in this series spellbinding and engaging. A must read! 

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie


Read my reviews for other books in the series: 
Wings of Hope (#0.5)
Beyond the Veil (#1)
Devil May Care (#2)
Darkest Before Dawn (#3)

Drowning in the Dark (#4)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Book Review - Conscience by Cecilia London

Conscience (Bellator Saga, #2)
by Cecilia London
Published 2015
420 Pages

In this second installment, we are seamlessly thrown back into Caroline's world. Told in flashbacks, interwoven with the present, the author delves deeper into the details of the story. Conscience brings depth to the plot, and reveals a few truths. While we learn exactly who Santos is, the full cause of trouble is still left as a mystery. 

We discover that the federal government is behind the overtaking of the States. And while Caroline is tormented beyond what anyone could possibly be expected to bear, and Jeffrey Murdock brings a new level of cruelty as her captor, she is further challenged by the reality that those she loves the most are at risk. Caroline has lost loved ones, coworkers, and allies, and is forced to endure the harshest brutality. The story reveals how quickly, yet subtly, the lives of the characters changed. It uncovers a gripping tale, not for the faint of heart!

This book is a sequel. You must be well invested in the first book before attempting to take on Conscience. It is a great political thriller -- darker, and more vicious than the first. And our heroine, Caroline, is a very believable character that is easy to sympathize with, and root for! 

I went back and forth between 4.5 and 5 stars, mostly because of the brutality. The tale is well written, and the author is exceptionally talented. So, if you have a strong stomach, this is a 5 star read. I am more on the squeamish side, and had a difficult time getting through the many violent scenes. But it's not reflective of the story. And in many ways, the details were necessary pieces of the complex puzzle.

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Andrea 

ead my review for the first book:
Dissident (book #1) 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Book Release - Conscience by Cecilia London

New Release and Giveaway!
(Bellator Saga, #2)
by Cecilia London

About the Book 

An escape plan foiled….

A determined woman….

One last tiny sliver of hope….

Jack will find me.

The Fed wants answers. And Caroline is determined not to provide them. They pull out all the stops, testing her sanity, testing her strength, testing her humanity.

Jack will find me.

Subject to cruel and merciless treatment at the hands of a government she once trusted, Caroline clings to her sole lifeline, her only chance at maintaining her tenuous hold on reality: her memories of her husband, Jack, her children, Marguerite and Sophie, and the friends who mean the world to her.

Jack will find me.

But what happens when hope starts to fade? How long until her interrogators cross over into the unspeakable sadism she fears ? How long before she finally breaks apart?

Part Two of a Six Part Saga, Conscience is not a standalone and must be read after the first book in the Bellator Saga, Dissident.
All books in the series end in a cliffhanger. For readers 18+. This book contains adult situations including graphic violence, explicit (consensual) sex and light BDSM, psychological and physical trauma, and an oftentimes raw, dark, and gritty plot.

Connect with Cecilia London!
Cecilia is my pen name. I may or may not live in San Antonio, Texas. I've been known to apply quotes from 'The Simpsons' to everyday life. I live for baseball season.

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Read our review for the first book in the series!
Dissident (book #1)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Book Review - Clearer in the Night by Rebecca Croteau

Clearer in the Night (Meredith Falls, #1)
by Rebecca Croteau
Published 2015
251 Pages

Initially, I was moved by the writing style and dreamy setting that filled the first few chapters of this book. But when things took an unexpected turn, I was left scratching my head. I could see where the author was going, and it was a commendable effort. But the result was a story that veered away from what could have been an exceptionally magical tale. 
I was kept waiting for answers that never came, or came too late. And it was hard to stay invested. Still, the story had merit. The concept was original, and I'm intrigued enough to want to know what direction the author will take us in future installments.

Having experienced a series of tragedies, Cait is troubled by unexplained events that are plaguing her life. Still mourning the loss of her father and sister, and dealing with a mother who overindulges in alcohol, she is unsure about what is really going on inside her head. She escapes into a world of risk-taking, with little regard as to the outcome of her behavior. 

"When you've brushed up against the dark side of the mirror --" "You see things more clearly."

Cait wakes up in a hospital bed, and is even more confused about what's going on in her life. Bazaar flashbacks of a brutal attack, and a handsome young man who sweeps her off her feet, fill her thoughts and dreams, as she regains consciousness. Then, the handsome man is in her room, telling her to keep secrets. It's the start of a romantic union that takes Cait down an even darker path, and into a surreal and frightening world. The handsome stranger, Wes, is protective of Cait. But soon she discovers his ulterior motives... and his true, deadly nature.

"You don't know what I am," he murmured into my skin. "You don't know what you're choosing."

I am still confused about certain elements of the story. Further, I am confused about what the unrelenting attraction was to Wes. When the supernatural world was explained I craved more of that world. Instead, the story focused too much on Cait's family history of abuse, which was important to the story, but started to feel repetitive.

Loose ends were tied up, but the pacing felt off. Overall, with a strong start, and the high quality writing, I had hoped for a stronger finish. More attention to character development and pacing would have made the story more compelling. 

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie