Book Review: Hideaway (Devil's Night #2) by Penelope Douglas

Hideaway (Devil's Night, #2)Title: Hideaway 
Series: (Devil's Night #2)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Release Date: 10/1/17
Source: Bought
Format: e-Book
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Erotica/Suspense/Romance

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BANKS
Buried in the shadows of the city, there’s a hotel called The Pope. Ailing, empty, and dark—it sits abandoned and surrounded by a forgotten mystery.
But you think it’s true, don’t you, Kai Mori? The story about the hidden twelfth floor. The mystery of the dark guest who never checked in and never checks out. You think I can help you find that secret hideaway and get to him, don’t you?
You and your friends can try to scare me. You can try to push me. Because even though I struggle to hide everything I feel when you look at me—and have ever since I was a girl—I think maybe what you seek is so much closer than you’ll ever realize.
I will never betray him.
So sit tight.
On Devil’s Night, the hunt will be coming to you.
KAI
You have no idea what I seek, Little One. You don’t know what I had to become to survive three years in prison for a crime I would gladly commit again.
No one can know what I’ve turned into.
I want that hotel, I want to find him, and I want this over.
I want my life back.
But the more I’m around you, the more I realize this new me is exactly who I was meant to be.
So come on, kid. Don’t chicken out. My house is on the hill. So many ways in, and good luck finding your way out.
I’ve seen your hideaway. Time to see mine.
*Hideaway is a romantic suspense suitable for ages 18+. While the romance is a stand-alone, the plot is a continuation of events that began in CORRUPT (Devil's Night, #1). It is strongly recommended that you have read Corrupt prior to reading this.

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If you haven't read CORRUPT, then I suggest you do not read my review as it will contain spoilers for CORRUPT.  And if you haven't read CORRUPT, what the heck are you waiting for?!!!

* *  SECOND WARNING * *
This series contains strong sexual content and also some some scenes that may be triggers to some readers.

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Oh my! I spent the entire book fanning myself because it was so hot! There were times that I stayed in my office at work and read during my lunch break and I felt really uncomfortable reading certain scenes. LOL  But I guess, I wasn't that embarrassed because I kept reading. LOL


Have you ever read a book reeaalllllyyyy slow just so it wouldn't end? But you were conflicted because you wanted to read faster because you wanted to know what was going to happen?  Well, that was my dilemma with Hideaway. LOL I loved EVERYTHING about it.  I loved the characters, Penelope's writing, the smutty scenes (the closet scene hehe), and of course, the twists.  Penelope just knows how to keep us hooked the entire time and then just leaves us wanting more at the end. The wait for Kill Switch is going to be BRUTAL!


Now lets talk about Kai and Banks.  We met Kai in Corrupt, and honestly, I think he was my favorite, just don't tell Michael and Will that. LOL Kai is also a horseman and just like the other, is broken and has lots of secrets. We do get to discover a lot of them and they do explain a lot of why he is the way he is.  We also get to find out a lot about Damon and just how broken he really is.  I love Banks. She is such a strong character yet, loveable enough to get to Kai's heart. She really kept poor Kai on his toes. LOL

We also get to see the other characters from Corrupt.  I am now really intrigued by Will. After what Damon did to him, he just hasn't been himself and has spiraled out of control. I really hope we get more of Will in Kill Switch.

The Devil's Night series is dark.  it will push your limits and take you on a crazy ride. These boys, well, men, are intense and I LOVE them!! So if you are looking for a great drank romance and suspense series, The Devil's Night is for you! I promise you will fall in love with it!



** I also want to say that I am ecstatic because I am going to FINALLY meet Penelope Douglas next weekend at Shameless Book Con!  I am so nervous, I really hope I don't embarrass myself! LOL  I promise to take pics and post them on the blog.  So keep your eye out for them! **





Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Yummy Foods in Books



* Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. * * This week's TTT is:  Top Ten Yummy Foods in Books.  I didn't quite make a list of 10 books, but the ones here popped up right away when I started thinking about this topic. 




Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

The Whole Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

This is the number #1 book that made me want to eat everything they mentioned. The Hogwarts meals were incredible and the visits to Hogsmeade had me wishing I could be there for the food and not just wanting to be a witch. 


A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

This may be a weird one to have on the list. I didn't necessarily want to eat everything mentioned in this book, but I have always been curious about what people in the middle ages ate. It's pretty fascinating to me; how they stored food to last the winter, how they cooked without electricity, what they ate and drank. 



The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The world descriptions in here, including the food, were so rich that I wished I could jump in the book and experience them myself. This was one of my favorite aspects of the book. 


Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I loved reading about Anna's experiences in Paris and the different foods she was trying. I am not often taken aback, but there's something about experiences in Paris that get to me (as you'll see with another book or two here). 



Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

This book and the sequels are two of my favorites of all time. I especially loved reading about Allyson's travels by herself, the new things she tried. The foods she tried in other countries. It made it seem like I was on the journey with her, trying new things and experiencing culture with her. Especially when she tastes the macarons in Paris!



Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

You may be wondering why this is on the list.. there isn't much food listed in here at all. But, there's one scene that made me add it to the list. There's a scene where Will is describing to Louisa being in Paris at a coffee shop with a warm buttery croissant, and I wanted to be in Paris experiencing that exact thing. I would love to taste a fresh, buttery croissant in the beautiful city of Paris. 


To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

The main character, Lara, loves to bake and every time she made something, I was wishing I could try it! 


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I think the title explains this one, and I'm sure you're all familiar with this one. But a visit to a candy factory sounds awesome. I would have loved to try most of the Wonka candies mentioned throughout the story. I have enjoyed Wonka candy that I have tried so far :) 




It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
Book Journey * *
Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is
Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1) Origin (Robert Langdon, #5) 

A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell, #2) The Wedding Date

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
We love getting new books and seriously can't wait to dive into them.
How about you? What new books did you get?
Where I Live Here So Far Away Ready for Wild
Origin (Robert Langdon, #5) Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)



Book News! E.L. James' Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian Grey to Be Published November 28, 2017!!



Did you guys hear the amazing news??!  E.L. James just announced that Fifty Shades Darker told in Christian's POV will be releasing on November 28, 2017!



Here are all the details!

E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.
Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.
But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?
And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?



In DARKER, E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a retelling of Fifty Shades Darker from Christian Grey’s point of view.  Ever since the 2015 publication of GREY, the first book by James to employ a perspective shift, fans have been clamoring for a continuation of the series in Christian’s voice. “This new book is full of surprises,” said Messitte. “Readers are going to see a darker and more haunted version of Christian’s character. Fans of the series will have much to discover and even more to discuss.”



“The inside of Christian Grey's head is a fascinating place to be,” said James. “In Grey we got the first glimpse of what makes Christian tick, but in Darker we go deeper, into his most painful memories and the encounters that made him the damaged, demanding man Ana falls in love with. Writing this novel has been a journey of discovery, and I hope readers will find what I’ve learned as compelling as I did. Finally, it’s always a joy to work with the great team at Vintage.”



DARKER will be published simultaneously by Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Random House Canada, and Penguin Random House UK, and soon after, in territories around the world. A US Spanish language edition, published by Vintage Español, will be available in December.




Blog Tour + Excerpt +Giveaway: Sparked by Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous


Welcome to our tour stop on the Sparked Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Today we are hosting Helena Echling & Malena Watrous' next standalone book.  Make sure you check out the excerpt and enter the giveaway! 
Enjoy and good luck!


Title: Sparked
Authors: Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous 
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Geek & Sundry
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy


Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy. 
Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn't always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.





1. EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 13

This chapter takes us into the point of view of Peyton Andersen, a huge gossip, and one of the “mean girls” who have bullied Laurel since grade school. Peyton is the daughter of a powerful pastor, who is furious because she recently lied to him, and went to a party where she got drunk and disgraced him. In this scene, which takes place not long after that party, at one of her church youth group meetings, she starts hearing intriguing whispers coming from around the room—although no one’s lips seem to be moving. The gossip in her seizes the chance to get the dirt on a prissy girl her father idolizes… 

I wish I’d waited. 

At first Peyton couldn’t tell where this whisper was coming from. She scanned the refreshments table, where Hanna was arranging her M&M’s cookies on a platter. 

Why did I listen when Remy said that he loved me? 

Was that Hanna? It sounded like her voice, whispering. But her thin lips hadn’t moved that Peyton could see, and no one else seemed to have heard a thing. 

I was so stupid to let him pressure me. He hasn’t even texted in weeks. 

Yep. That was Hanna, no question. And Remy was the name of their camp counselor. He was cute but borderline pervy, always giving the girls back rubs, letting his fingers wander and linger. In fact, he was the same counselor that Peyton had claimed to have lost her virginity to. She was sick to death of being the pastor’s daughter—no guy dared to touch her with a ten-foot pole, lest her father bring the brimstone of his sermons to bear on them. When she’d spread the rumor about how willing she was to give it up to Remy, she’d hoped a few guys would be enticed enough to forget who her father was. But so far there were no takers. She still couldn’t believe the way Jasper had brushed her off. She scratched at her birthmark, but this only made it itchier. 

It seemed so real at the time, but obviously I meant nothing to him. 

That squeaky whisper again! Had Hanna—the blessed virgin—actually done what Peyton had only pretended to? No. Way. Besides, she was standing by herself. 

How did that guy get in my bed on Friday night? Where the hell did Mei go? 

This deeper whisper came from her left, where Stu was standing with his shoulders hunched up by his ears like he was trying to simulate his football padding. 

The room spun as Peyton clenched her fists and squeezed her eyes shut, wishing she could do the same to her ears. Schizophrenics heard voices. Wasn’t this the first sign of a mental breakdown? She dashed to the bathroom, locking the door and peering at herself in the mirror. Her cheek was covered with claw marks, cross-hatching her birthmark—it was horrifying. She wished she’d listened to her mother for once and brought her concealer with her. She looked like a crazy person.



About Helena and Malena:

Hello! We are both novelists, but if you've ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl's sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn't resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)
We've both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called "the Vortex." One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: "My apartment is a pigsty and I haven't eaten all day. #inthevortex." We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there's romance. You have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn't that the case with all the best kisses in books?  Website | Twitter





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10/2/2017- Literary MeanderingsInterview
10/2/2017- Zach's YA ReviewsReview

10/3/2017- BookHoundsGuest Post
10/3/2017- The Desert BibliophileReview

10/4/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
10/4/2017- Rachel's Book ReviewsReview

10/5/2017- Wandering Bark BooksGuest Post
10/5/2017- A Gingerly ReviewReview

10/6/2017- Rainy Day ReviewsExcerpt
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10/9/2017- Margie's Must ReadsGuest Post
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10/10/2017- Bibliobibuli YAInterview
10/10/2017- The Best Books EverReview

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