Review of J.C. Valentine’s That First Kiss (Night Calls #2) w/giveaway

Review of J.C. Valentine’s That First Kiss (Night Calls #2) w/giveaway


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Title:   That First Kiss (Night Calls #2)

Author:  J.C. Valentine

Genre: Adult audiences 18+

Publication Date:  June 18, 2013

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Synopsis

 

Mercurial and charming, Tate Larson is a rising author and playboy who has a different woman on his arm every night of the week. Focused on his work, Tate has no plans to settle down any time soon. That is until he meets his pretty new assistant, Piper Donovan.

Desperate to escape the promise of backwater living, Piper ditched her Alabama hometown and never looked back. That was almost two years ago. Now that she is out of a job and her bank account is running on fumes, she’s desperate to find a job, fast. She finds the break she is searching for when she lands a position at Bookish Temptations. A little dancing and a lot of drinks with the girls seem the perfect way to celebrate. After a brief but explosive encounter with a man she was never supposed to see again turns out to be the same man she will be bending over backwards to please, her every instinct tells her to run. But when running means leaving the life she has struggled so hard to create, Piper decides her only option is to continue working for the devastatingly sexy Tate Larson…even if it kills her.

Unable to deny their growing attraction, they struggle to keep their distance in a relationship that requires anything but.

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 Review:

OMG.  An intelligently written book about two characters that I actually liked from the beginning.  Yes, Tate could be a douche but he was loveable in his own way.  Piper was a dream.  Smart, not willing to give up and falling in love with the man that she really shouldn’t have.

I will say that the trope of assistant falling for the boss has been done over and over but Ms. Valentine wrote in such a way that it wasn’t tired nor did I want to throw the Kindle at the wall.  Between the banter of Tate and Piper; Piper and her girlfriends and their own thoughts rambling through their heads…my emotions were all over the place.  I have girlfriends like Piper so I could so relate to their conversations and situations.  🙂

Tate was a dream.  Hot, sexy and a writer.  In fact, he might be the first hero that I have read that is a writer.  Nice job, Ms. Valentine.  I also appreciated the fact that this is a standalone story.  No cliffhanger, ended perfectly and while I didn’t read the first book in the series, I never felt lost when characters were introduced.  Everything makes sense to you while reading Piper and Tate’s story.

Also, can someone please tell why I loved the scene in the bathroom?  😉  It was hot, passionate and as much as I like the smexy times to have some sort of a build up, their hook up made complete sense.  Of course it was the perfect plot point for Tate and Piper but normally I don’t like that at all.  I completely melted into the couch when I read it.  I just worried that the smexy times would cool off and thankfully, they didn’t.

If you are looking for a great story about a tried and true trope of the assistant and boss falling in love…That First Kiss is for you.  Its not your grandmother’s Harlequin.  It’s an intelligent, well written story that will suck in from the beginning and have you swooning and sighing in the end.  I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Valentine.  I must remind Harlie of this…  🙂

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J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of erotic tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

Brandi Salazar lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream to become an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.

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Review & Blog Tour of Oh Stupid Heart by Liza O’Connor w/excerpt & giveaway

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As the final stop of the 2nd Craziest Blog Tour in the A Long Road To Love series, I’d like to review Carrie’s romantic choices so far. If you asked Carrie, she would say she’s only been around one man sufficiently to fall in love
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Yet I have thrown a great deal of men her way. I’ll admit, not all are winners, however, except for two, all behave marginally better than Trent, and I think two are better looking and in my opinion one would fit Carrie perfectly, if she’d only open her heart to the possibility.

Trouble is Carrie is like a train. Once you put her on a set of tracks she will run those track until a catastrophic wreck knocks her off course.

I’ve assembled a list of guys she knows well enough to compare them to Trent, so when disaster hits, I’ll be ready to offer her a better guy. Which would you choose for her?
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See what I mean. She has lots of choices, if she’d only open her eyes. And in book two she gets more choices, although I have to admit none of them are very good ones and some may be worse than Trent. Truth is, most the people she meets in Oh Stupid Heart (both male and female) worry me. They have agendas that could harm Carrie.

Okay, technically, we met Coco in book one, but in this book she’s serious trouble.
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Did you check out Ian’s painting? Be still my heart. I know he’s a seducer of women, but boy is he irresistible.

Jon is so nice I gave him my SkyRyders series (coming out next year) to claim as his. However, he’s married with four kids and a fun loving wife, Patty. So hopefully, nothing will go on there. I am totally against home wrecking.

Well, I think that’s all I can say about the series and Oh Stupid Heart. As you might have guessed, given all the pictures I’ve painted, I love the many characters in these books. I think you will too as long as you enter, knowing this is a LONG road to love and there are lots of life lessons Carrie must learn before seeing who she really wants to go through life with.

Who would you put her with? (You can say Trent, if you think he improves sufficiently by the end of the book.)

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Oh Stupid Heart

Book Two of: A Long Road To Love

Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance

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Liza O’Connor

Blurb:

Carrie Hanson is in love with a different species: Trent, a pampered, uber-rich socialite who’s also her boss. Everyone keeps telling her it’s a train wreck looking to happen, but her heart wants what it wants. So despite the billion and one reasons not to, Carrie commits to this inter-species relationship. But while she’s off being trained for her new job responsibilities, a beautiful ex fiancée is working hard to get Trent back and Carrie fired.

Excerpt:

As the train filled with lesser quality people all talking on their cell phones, the noise and cacophony of smells began to irritate Trent. If not for the pleasure of holding Carrie, he would have demanded the conductor stop the train and let them off so he could have his driver rescue them. The train barely picked up speed before it slowed down, stopped, and allowed more people on. They just kept coming and coming. His glare discouraged a few people from sitting on the other side of Carrie, but eventually an old, heavyset black woman collapsed in the seat with a sigh.

“Don’t normally get to sit,” she muttered, and released a heavy sigh of exhaustion. Her faded, crumpled, threadbare clothes looked as tired as she did.

The conductor stopped and demanded five dollars. She pulled out a coin purse and tried to pay him in quarters.

“No coins.”

The woman put a calloused hand to her forehead and shook her head. “It’s all I got.”

“Not my problem,” the conductor said.

“Take her fee out of the change you owe me,” Trent snapped. Why did the guy have to be such a jerk?

The guy clicked more paper then thrust a ticket into her coin-filled hand. Finally, he handed Trent three twenties.

“And a five,” Trent growled.

The conductor muttered softly and thrust his hand into his pocket and pulled out a five. He glared at Trent. “You’re only getting this, because of her.” He nodded at Carrie. “Otherwise, you’d pay a second service fee.” He handed Trent the bills and stormed off.

The old woman flashed Trent a weary smile, displaying brown and yellow teeth, which made him slightly nauseous.

His grandmother had always said “Never engage with the common people. Perform all charity at a distance.”

“Thank you for the ticket. They’re so expensive, especially since I got sick last month and needed medicine. I didn’t have any money left to buy a monthly ticket.”

“How much is a monthly ticket?” he asked.

“$125.00. But I don’t have it, so I’m paying ten dollars a day. And I only make sixty a night, forty once they take out taxes.”

“What do you do?”

“I clean an office building. Job starts at 8 p.m. and I have to be done by 5 a.m. with no excuses. If I don’t show, or I don’t finish, I get fired.”

He retrieved his wallet, culled two hundred, and added it to the change the conductor had returned. He passed it to the woman. “Here’s enough to buy the monthly ticket and a bit extra to put aside to buy medicine the next time you get sick.”

The woman studied the hundred dollar bills. “Are these real?”

“I assume so. I got them from the bank.”

The woman’s brow furrowed and handed them back to him, keeping the twenties and five. “I can’t afford to get arrested. I’ll lose my job.”

Never had a person refused his money before. It hurt his feelings and frustrated him. Damn it, I wanted to be charitable. Why can’t the damn woman just do her part?

Review:

As most know, I loved The Worst Week Ever.  Carrie stole my heart from the first page and she did again, Oh Stupid Heart.  Be warned though, this book is completely different from The Worst Week Ever.  Yes, there is still humor, dry wit, situations that you would think…NOT AGAIN but this one humanizes Trent more.  He tries to be charitable on the train and that backfires somewhat.  When he tries to be charitable to his friend Jon, it finally works.  Of course, he had a bit of help from Carrie and Mars, again.

Mars, Jack and Sam are back to help Carrie and Trent but my heart broke for Sam.  There is a secret that Jon shares with Trent that really through me for a loop.  😉  Great twist and explains alot of Sam’s resentment towards Trent but Sam deserves better.  He is still holding a candle for Carrie though.  In some ways, so does Mars but he views her as a somewhat savior to his own job with Trent.  Read the book and see if you agree with me.

I loved the introduction of Jon and Patty.  They are the ones that truly humanized Trent for me in this book.  I finally understood where Trent truly came from growing up and with talking to Jon, Trent realized that he could leave his former life behind and build a future with Carrie.  Plus, he’s a writer that I swear everyone had read and love except Trent.

The office situations were the best in the book for me.  Grant was a slime, Coco a complete bitch and Dan was the glue that made Carrie finally feel appreciated and  necessary when it came to her work.  Loved, loved how Carrie finally stood up for herself and got mad a Trent during a work situation too.  Of course, it broke her heart afterwards but I felt like Carrie was coming around to the fact that Trent didn’t always truly value her as an employee.  Sure, she was the glue that kept the company afloat but somehow in this book, Trent forgot about that.

This book read has fast as TWWE but it very well paced and of course, Ms. O’Connor can write dialogue with the best of them.  She makes her characters come alive on the page whether it be a word or maybe a raised eyebrow.  Plus, I still want Carrie’s house and garden.  😉

To answer Liza’s question of the right guy for Carrie…its hard to say really.  I liked Trent better in this book but I on the fence if he is truly the ONE for Carrie.  He’s about 80% there but he keeps reminding us of his track record.  I liked Joey, the cop in the first book but he was absent in this one.  If I had to pick, I would say Sam but then Carrie would be only a sloppy second for Sam and I want Sam to be truly happy in a relationship.  There is so much more to Sam that when you read this book, you will come to understand him more and more.  *sigh*

I highly suggest that read the series in order to understand all the characters and situations that Carrie and Trent go through.  Ms. O’Connor has written a brilliant tale about two different species (her words) that somehow find love but that road is long and the journey isn’t complete yet.

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Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.

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Prize is 2 “Fate Book” Prize Packs (1 each to 2 winners). Each pack contains an autographed print copy of “Fate Book”, a leather journal, and a sexy “Vampires Need Not Apply” and “Fate Book” bookmark from Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (prize image attached). Contest is tour-wide and ends Sept 21. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Rafflecopter Link is at the bottom of the post.  Good luck!

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by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

New Adult Romance

Categories: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Release Date: August 15, 2013

Heat Level: Steamy

Length: 60,000

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Description:

Dakota Dane is about to tell a lie she’ll wish she hadn’t.  Because her lie is dangerous, sexy, and just showed up on campus, angry as hell and looking for her…

Ugly duckling Dakota Dane has a new boyfriend. He’s male-model gorgeous, built to perfection, wealthy, and smart. He is also a lie. As in, 100% fabricated. Does it matter that Dakota has a perfectly good reason for making him up? Not really. Not when Dakota’s made-up boyfriend shows up on campus in the flesh.

So is she crazy? All signs point to maybe. But the walking, talking enigma with the deadly vibe isn’t about to give her any answers or let her out of his sight. And with college just around the corner, Dakota fears her dreams of a bright future have just collided with a dark rabbit hole…

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Excerpt:

Lord. Whoever had been on the other end of that phone was coming to my room. I had to get out of there. Because as much as I loved believing in miracles, those didn’t exist, which meant this guy was some psychopathic stalker, some frigging lunatic who’d convinced everyone he was my boyfriend.

I slipped from the covers and immediately had to brace myself on the edge of the hospital bed. My head pulsed with painful, dizzying jabs. I slowly stood upright and willed myself steady. My ribs and hip were sore, but I’d survive. That was, if I got the heck out there.

I blew out a breath and wobbled to the clear plastic bag hanging on the wall with my belongings. I had to find my mother. I had to warn her. What if this guy showed up and tried something?

I slipped on my jeans, sweatshirt, and sneakers, not bothering with the other stuff. I grabbed my phone and purse and tiptoed to the door.

I poked my head out, hoping to spot my mother doing rounds, but instead I saw—

The breath whooshed from my lungs. Santiago?

Cue slow motion and avalanche of conflicting, irrational thoughts accompanied by an imminent panic attack.

 

My stomach and heart squeezed into a brick and then dropped through the center of my body.

Lord, help me.

 

Because the man I’d invented—correction—the gorgeous man I’d stolen a picture of, stood twenty feet away, speaking to my mother, wearing low-slung faded jeans and a fitted white, button-down shirt.

I stared in wonderment while my eyes infused with his image and branded itself on my brain. He was lust, rock star, tough guy, jock, Prince Charming, and misfit rolled into one dangerous, rugged, well-groomed package. He sent my female brain into a tailspin.

I’ve lost my mind. That gorgeous man is not standing there. That’s not possible!

 

I willed my heavy feet to move, but my eyes remained glued to him. He was tall—around six three or six four—and, just like in his photo, built like a lean, mean predatory animal with broad shoulders and powerful-looking…everything. Especially those arms. And those legs. And those…yep. Everything. To boot, he stood with the sort of confidence that gave me the distinct impression he really might be deadly. And ate his meat raw. Possibly still squealing.

Santiago, who towered over my mother, leaned down and hugged her. Then my mother said something, and they laughed like old friends.

What? He hugged my mother? What was happening? Did she know him? Was the universe punishing me for lying? If it was, it was totally working. I’d never, ever lie again.

Review:

Omg, omg…this book was the BOMB!!!  Yes, the bomb!  I was a bit confused in the beginning but once the action really started…OMG!  Again, OMG!  This book had it all for me…snark galore, an awkward teenager/young adult, hot guy, parent issues that are relatable and friends that you can count on.

What really made the story was the relationship between Santiago/Paolo and Dakota.  It was real, funny, sexy and down right sigh worthy.  Yes, the question of just who Santiago was and why he just kept popping up everywhere.  I felt like the scenes in college were better but that’s just me.  Dakota had grown up at this point and didn’t take crap from anyone.  Especially Santiago no matter how much she was falling in love with him.

Santiago was a great character to hate and then fall in love with in the end.  He came off as way too Alpha for me in the beginning but those Alpha qualities were much-needed in the end.  😉  You could feel and understand his resistance to Dakota.  He made me blush a couple of times, just like Dakota.  *gulp*

The action/adventure is great in the book.  Like I said, the beginning is somewhat confusing but once the real action starts…BAM!!!  It never stops and Ms. Pamfiloff writes some great action/suspense scenes.  The book flowed in those scenes and you are definitely taken on a wild ride.  The end climax and epilogue were perfect.  🙂

This is my first ever book by Ms. Pamfiloff and Harlie swears by her paranormal stuff, so I’m off to read them on Harlie’s Kindle.  🙂  Don’t miss out on a great NA book with plenty of snark, action/suspense and two people that fall in love despite the odds.

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About the Author:

Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel. Or hosting the Man Candy Show on Radioslot.com! (Be very afraid!). She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh (or give you a mini-vacay) when you need it most.

Connect with Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Website – http://www.mimijean.net

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MimiJeanRomance

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There will be a tour wide giveaway that you can include in your post, with 17 winners in total.  Prizes are:

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Synopsis:

Everyone thinks of me as this happy and upbeat person. What they don’t know is that I carry a deep, dark secret. Something horrible happened to me a year ago, and I have kept it quiet all this time. I was fine for a while, but somehow it’s chosen this time to come back, and it’s eating at me–like a cancer.

I need to tell someone about it, I just don’t know how. I’m pushing everyone I love away, including my mom and my best friend Charlie.

Then there is Will. Handsome, sweet Will. We went out on a date a while back, but then the incident happened leaving me crushed and him confused.

How do you tell someone you care about all of your secrets, and will they still want you when the truth comes out?

Goodreads link:   http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17840836-heartstrings

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Review:

*sniffs*  *wipes nose and eyes*  I’m emotionally drained from reading this book.  I felt like I was reliving a moment from my past that I thought I had gotten over.  Let me know explain a bit further.  My big sister went through this experience when she was in her earlier 20’s.  I wasn’t supposed to know about it but Harlie told me about it when I got older.  I always felt like Harlie was holding something back from me but when she finally told me about it, I could see the strain of keeping this horrible secret slide from her face.  Her shoulders loosened up and she finally cried about it.  It brought us closer as sisters and eventually friends.  Harlie dealt with it the best she could then (25 years ago).  In fact, if you notice what she reads and reviews, the subject of this book is NEVER on her reading list.  She calls it a trigger for her.

Anyway, I can not thank Ms. Gunter for writing this book.  I think it should be a must read for every young woman who has gone through this experience.  There is nothing to be ashamed of and with Tori living with this secret, it tears her relationships to shreds.  Not to mention her new boyfriend Will.  Tori has kept this secret for over a year and it has damaged her emotionally and physically. As a teenager, Tori feels like she is can’t tell anyone about it because of the shame.  When she finally tells her story, this book really takes off.

Will and his buddy Mac try to find the person that did this to Tori.  Tori was so afraid that when Will found out that he wouldn’t want to be with her anymore.  Silly, girl!  It only made Will more determined to prove to Tori that she was not damaged and perfect for him.  More girls/women need to realize that they are not damaged and that the people around them will support them and help them heal.  It just took Tori awhile to realize that.

It’s my wish that women, young and old, will pick up this book and realize that they are NOT alone and that they need to talk about what happened to them. There is no shame, no guilt.  Talk about it, seek help and above realize that you are a beautiful woman and are worthy of love.

If you noticed I did not spoil it for you in my review.  Tori came out of the experience a much stronger person than she ever thought.  Ms. Hunter wrote a beautifully lyrical book about an experience that should never happen to a woman but sadly it does.  She doesn’t sugar coat it but writes her characters with depth, warmth and humility.  Again, pick up this book.  You won’t be sorry.  🙂 5harlies

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Heather is a devoted mother of three gorgeous boys.  She balances spending as much time with them as possible with writing, updating her Into the Night Reviews book blog and her day job.  Her love of animals sees her home in Canton, GA bursting with numerous dogs and ferrets.

Heather campaigns passionately for anti-bullying initiatives and has a strong conviction to reduce peoples suffering at the hands of bullies.

A talented singer, who once dreamed of pursuing a career in that field, she has put that goal aside in exchange for her writing.  A self proclaimed geek, whatever spare time she has is spent curled on the couch reading and listening to music.

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“When you’re a powerful witch, every guy in school wants to bite you.”

 Blurb:

“Attacked as a young witch and left for dead, Ashlinn is deathly afraid of being bitten again. Having survived until she’s almost eighteen without donating blood to any of her vamp friends, Ashlinn figures she’ll continue to live bite-free. After her crush reveals how powerful she is, however, the Vampire Council declares she be claimed as a familiar, which requires biting. Ashlinn doesn’t want to be owned, even by hot vamp, Conor. Luckily, her best friend, Matt, volunteers for the job. She is given one week to choose her protector, and the list of willing biters keeps growing. Will she go with best friend Matt, hot vamp Conor, or someone else to protect her? Will she be able to get her power under control by then? Will she overcome her phobia of being bitten? And who says she needs to be protected, anyhow?”

Excerpt:

I could tell he was still looking down at me. His hand rested on the shelf next to my head and his other hand came up on the other side, trapping me between his arms. I looked up shyly. How many times had I pictured being alone with Conor? It was like a dream, and I was frozen, unsure of what to do, unsure of what he wanted from me. What was he playing at?

He leaned toward me, holding my gaze with his. I forgot how to breathe, how to think. Then his lips touched mine, electricity exploding up and down my body.  Soft and gentle, they probed, tasting, testing. I didn’t move to touch him, just remained frozen. There was only the kiss. His mouth moved to my jaw, kissing his way down to my neck. His teeth grazed my skin.

I unfroze and found my voice. “No!” I felt a surge of power push through me.  Conor flew backward across the room. He crashed into a bookcase, sending an avalanche of books over him as he fell to the floor. He slumped there, holding his head, dazed. He looked up in confusion, mouth opened ready to speak. At that moment, my muscles remembered how to move and I ran for the door. It opened in front of me, not of my power, and Matt appeared. He’d probably felt my surge of power. I hadn’t meant to throw Conor.   Panic had overtaken me and I had lost control for an instant.

I flew into Matt’s arms and he embraced me. Matt was my rock. His presence calmed me, it always did. He was like a protective big brother. I knew he understood the whole scene in the seconds before I’d found his arms. I buried my face in the T-shirt pulled tight across his strong chest, and breathed in his scent, a mix of fabric softener and cologne. It was familiarity, it was home, and it helped to center me. I peeked out at Conor.   He stepped out of the pile of books and straightened his clothing.

Review:

OMG!  OMG!  This book rocked!  Hooked from the blurb and never let me go!  A story about a witch, vampires, blood bonding and it wasn’t too icky.  Plus, the characters weren’t boring, bland, or sparkling.  They had different personalities and they each served a purpose in Ashlinn’s story and how it concludes.  Ms. James has written an intelligent YA paranormal without all the usual angst and flip flopping back and forth between the two heroes.

Yes, there are two heroes in the book.  And no there is no so-called love triangle with kissing and stuff, so don’t be grossed out.  But there is a definite triangle with Matt, Conor and Ashlinn.  Its original and interesting how it all plays out in the end.  And no, I will not tell what happens.  You will need to read the book.  The ending was shocking but for me, it was the only way it could be resolved.  😉  Go Annika!

I know that some peeps will find the ending sorta like a cliffhanger and in a way it is but it satisfied me.  Yes, would I like to revisit these characters?  You bet because I connect with them as a group and individually.  I’ve really grown rather fond of the YA paranormal genre lately.  It’s not Twilight (Thank God) and again, Ms. James didn’t disappoint me in her debut.  From the stuff that happens at school, to the heartbreaking back story between Matt and Ashlinn, it flowed well, too.  I didn’t feel lost or had any head scratching moments.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about a roadmap to the world building.  It’s easy, breezy and fun.  Again, those last two chapters.  🙂

There are plenty of twists and turns, so pay attention.  😉  Again, the final two chapters were written brilliantly.  I honestly didn’t know how it was going to work out for Ashlinn, Matt and Conor so when I finished reading it, I did a fist pump!  I have found a brand new author to stalk.

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Author’s Bio:

Annika James lives in small-town Wisconsin with her husband and two beautiful kiddos. She spends her days working to pay the bills and her nights dreaming of more fun ways to do so. Her passions include writing, reading, music and traveling with her family. She dreams of a world where vampires and powerful witches really exist, because life would be so much more interesting.

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