Book Review: Addicted (Outlaws #2) by Elle Kennedy

Addicted (Outlaws #2)Title:Addicted (Outlaws #2)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Signet Eclipse/Berkley/Penguin
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback ARC
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Erotica/Dystopian
       

Lennox used to live in a paradise on earth with his best friend Jamie, in a place where visitors came and went, allowing their desires to run free. But everything changes when a deadly attack forces them to take up with Connor Mackenzie’s band of Outlaws. Lennox knows Jamie is hung up on someone else, but he’s always believed he’s the man for her—and won’t let her go without a fight.
Even though Jamie is well aware that Lennox is one hot specimen of a man, she refuses to let sex ruin the most important relationship in her life. But when the object of her interest spurns her, she indulges in a little pleasure-filled revenge with her very magnetic, very willing best friend. One thrilling night with Lennox is enough to awaken Jamie’s unexpected desires for him. And now that she’s had a taste, she’s not sure she can ever give him up.
Well hot damn!  This book is HOTTTT!  Elle Kennedy brings up the heat in this baby! I knew what I was getting myself into with ADDICTED since I had already read book #1, Claimed last year. ADDICTED is the story about Lennox and Jaime.  They have known each other since they were little kids, and have been through some pretty tough stuff.  They kept each other safe after both of their parents died and even though they developed feelings for each other, they never acted upon them. Well, that is until now. Things are starting to change in the world and when they are sent to help Reese, the leader of a different group about 4 hours away, something sparks between them and clothes start coming off.  

There are some pretty intense sexual scenes in ADDICTED. I mean, really INTENSE! LOL  Not bad intense, but the kind that will give you goosebumps and make you get up to turn the AC down because the room starts to feel a little hot. Yes, that kind of intense. LOL  Here's the thing I love about Elle's books, even though there's a lot of sex, she ALWAYS delivers on a story plot.  I get so turned off by a book that is just sex and no story.  Elle is a master at combining both! She always gives us an addicting story that is hard to put down. 

There is one part that literally had me balling my eyes out! I kept asking myself, why???? I was literally crying on my couch with my husband next to me looking at me like I was crazy! I swear non-readers will never understand! I was so mad at her and I just couldn't understand how she didn't blame herself? I mean, I would! I would be devastated! And that is all I will say about that because I don't want to give anything away. 

If you haven't read Claimed, I suggest you do.  ADDICTED is a perfect way to describe Elle's writing, so take my advise and order this series! 

 


Book Review + Giveaway: Shadow Rider (Shadow #1) by Christine Feehan

Title: Shadow Rider
Author: Christine Feehan
Publisher: Jove
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Pages: 480
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance

           
Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.
While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…
With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her.


I know...

I know that most of you are going to want to murder me after seeing those two owls for a Christine Feehan book...

I know...but...

I really wanted to love this book. I really did, but it just fell short for me.

I started out loving everything about this book, and I do mean everything.

Gorgeous Alpha Male? Check!

Paranormal Romance? Check!

Fabulous Author? Check!

Interesting plot? Check!

Characters I loved? Ehhh...not so much.

Stefano. Gorgeous. Filthy rich. Shadow Rider. Alpha Male. All things I love and adore, with one huge turn off. He is controlling. Now I am not talking dominant. Dominant is completely different and something that I love. Controlling, not so much.

Exhibit A.
Francesca needs a dress to go out dancing in. Stefano has a stunning dress purchased for her. When he actually sees the dress on her, sure he compliments Francesca, but he follows it up with letting her know that from now on he will need to see all clothes on her, so that he can make sure that she is completely covered to his liking, before he will give his approval for purchases.

Exhibit B, C, and..well, you get the idea...
Francesca is not allowed to go anywhere by herself. She has a job, and two bodyguards are assigned "protect" her while she works. Both guards stand outside her place of employment the entire time she is at work. She must also check in with Stefano regularly, and if not he flips his shit. She also is not allowed to go to the bathroom by herself when in public places. Stefano or guards must escort her to the ladies room and wait outside for her.
Francesca. When I think of her, door mat comes to mind. Where is the independence Francesca? Where is your strength?  Where is your spine? Your backbone? Where?!?

In addition to having a dominant alpha male, books need to have a pretty badass female to balance him out, one who is worthy of him. Who can stand beside him. Francesca is not that female. She was weak. Not a woman I could relate to. Not a woman I wanted to be while reading the book. I just could not wrap my head around why she so willingly went along with whatever Stefano wanted, no matter that she did or did not want the same.
I have a brand new copy of this book to giveaway to one lucky person. U.S. only because shippping can be expensive. Must be 18 or older or have parent permission because I'm going to need your mailing address.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering this one simple question:
1. What is your favorite paranormal romance book/series?

P.S. Make sure you include your e-mail address so I can contact you!

I will throw all names into a hat, and pick a winner at the end of the month.

For an extra entry, share this post and leave a comment with a link to where I can find it!

Waiting on Wednesday: Run by Kody Keplinger


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week pick is:

Run

RUN

Author:  Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Expected Release: June 28th 2016

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who's not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn't care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter -- protect her from what, Agnes isn't quite sure.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it's the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.

So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn't hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo's dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and -- worst of all -- confronting some ugly secrets.

Blog Tour & Giveaway: How To Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler


Title: How To Disappear
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 14th, 2015
Pages: 416
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback ARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fiction, Mysteries and Thrillers

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.
Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.
Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.
As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

How to Disappear is the first book that I read of author Ann Redisch Stampler. The cover pulled me in immediately. The synopsis had me intrigued right away. I received a physical copy of the book and fell in love with it even more. And then, there is the first sentence of the prologue “There is a body in the woods”. Right after reading the very first sentence I thought to myself “What am I getting myself into?!?” I knew right away I was in for a delicious read!

How To Disappear is fast paced and packed with unexpected twists and turns. One minute you are smooth sailing and the next minute your sailboat is taking in water at a rushing speed! I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The few times I had to put the book down all I wanted to do was pick it back up. I stayed up a couple of nights reading until my eyes betrayed me and closed by themselves!

The story is told from dual POV which makes this book outstanding! From the very first page you are hooked. One POV belongs to protagonist Nicolette who is absolutely badass!!! She exceeded all of my expectations for a female lead. I have to say, she is one the best female leads I’ve encountered in a while. The other POV belongs to Jack...who is “good boy” with a bad reputation. The plot thickens between these two as a game of cat and mouse develops. The chapters are short and they interchange between the characters which makes the story flow beautifully. I don’t want to give out spoilers...so here is the bottom line. If you enjoy mysteries, thrillers and fast paced action then you need to read How To Disappear. It is that simple!


Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.

Tour Schedule:


Tuesday, June 14th:
· Book Briefs – Review
· BookHounds YA – Author Interview

Wednesday, June 15th:
· Ryley Reads – Review
· Fiktshun - Review
· Becky on Books – Excerpt

Thursday, June 16th:
· Just Commonly – Review

Friday, June 17th:
· Such a Novel Idea – Review
· Curling Up With A Good Book – Author Interview

Saturday, June 18th:
· My So-Called Book Reviews – Author Interview

Sunday, June 19th:
· A Gingerly Review – Spotlight
· Book Whales – Excerpt

Monday, June 20th:
· A Dream Within A Dream – Review
· Jessabella Reads – Character Interview

Tuesday, June 21st:
· Owl Always Be Reading – Review
· The Cover Contessa – Character Interview

Wednesday, June 22nd:
· Dani Reviews Things – Author Interview
· Fishing for Books – Review

Thursday, June 23rd:
· Once Upon a Twilight – Author Interview
· Classy Cat Books – Review

Friday, June 24th:
· Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review
· Lilians Book Stuff – Author Interview

Saturday, June 25th:
· Pandora’s Books – Excerpt
· Reese’s Reviews – Review

Sunday, June 26th:
· In a Bookish World – Excerpt

Monday, June 27th:
· Movies, Shows & Books – Review
· Wishful Endings – Character Interview


Cover Reveal: Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    The highly anticipated second book in #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout's Wicked Trilogy has a cover! The amazing TORN cover was created by Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations with photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton from K Keeton designs. Check it out below! TORN is set to release July 19th. Be sure to grab the first book in the series, WICKED, which is on sale for $.99 for a limited time!

    TORN - cover

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.
Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.
Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?
But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

 

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…
Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED, now just $.99 for a limited time only!

WICKED - cover



# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
         
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Book Review: Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry

Title: Alice
Author: Christina Henry
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Pages: 291
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy (Dark)

               
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.
In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…
Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.
Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.
And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
Intense. Dark. Twisted. Disturbing. Oft times downright gruesomely unsettling.

Exactly how I like my Alice in Wonderland retellings.

This is so NOT the Alice you remember from your childhood, nor is it like any other Alice retelling you have ever read before. This book is NOT for the squeamish or faint of heart.

Alice by Christina Henry is an utterly perverse tale of a young woman haunted by past atrocities and horrors so heinous, that her brain has refused to allow her to remember them. Until, that is, she escapes the insane asylum with a man who, if provoked, may literally axe murder her.

Alice and her "mad" companion must unravel Alice's past in order to destroy the Jabberwok, who has escaped his cell beneath the very asylum Alice has escaped from. Along their way they must cross paths with Cheshire, Caterpillar, Walrus, and Rabbit.

Who is friend?
Who is foe?
Can anyone be trusted?

Drink Me. Eat Me.

What will Alice do?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
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!
 
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