Review ~ Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Obsession

Title: Obsession

Series: Stand alone spin-off of Lux series

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: May 31, 2013

Genre: Paranormal/Sci-fi Romance

This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa.

He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something… unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?

My ****4 Star**** Review

As you can pick up from the blurb, this is an ADULT(I’m talking lots of steaminess) stand alone spin-off from JLA’s Lux series. However, I highly recommend the WHOLE Lux series, and that you read this book right before the last book in the Lux series, Opposition.

So let’s talk Hunter. I can start with saying that if he was a real man, I’d be pressing some charges if I was Serena. BUT, somehow he still comes off as totally hot and sexy in the book. There were multiple places in the book that I was astounded at how I was still pulling for him.

Oh, but the sexual tension between the two of them is so very strong. It permeates the whole story, and I have to admit that there was a time or two where I wanted it to become less of the focus. When they do come together, though, it’s so very spicy!

Aside from that, I really enjoyed the little bit of parallel happening between this story and Origin. I liked getting another perspective about what was happening. Then of course there are clues for the final book in the Lux series.

So, this was a constant page turner for me, as is every other book I’ve read from Ms. Armentrout. No shocker there! If you’re into paranormal romance, then I couldn’t recommend this or her Lux series enough!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Stacking the Shelves #16

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I picked up 5 books this week. Technically I picked up more as one is a boxed set.

I used an audible credit to get Fractured Souls. I’m listening to this book now.

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I also purchased these kindle books:

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I finished reading Mud Vein yesterday (review coming soon), and I must admit to HATING this book while loving it. Someone please tell me if I’ll feel the same way after reading her Love Me with Lies series.

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I had already read the first 4 books in this series, but with it being only 99 cents, it was a deal to get the rest of the series this way. I finished reading Adore Me yesterday so you can expect a review soon.

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I devoured this the night of its release. I loved Thomas’s story! Watch for the review soon!

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This will probably be the next book I start. I’ve only read one Courtney Cole book, but it’s stuck with me enough that I can still remember it 100 books later. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten to more of her books. I guess it goes back to the usual more books than time.

You can also check out my Kindle Freebies post HERE to see what freebies I picked up.

So, what new books did you stack your shelves with this week?

Happy Reading,

Alison

Kindle Freebies ~ 1/30/15

Here’s today’s new freebies I picked up ~



Click on the title under the picture to open the link in a new window.



Always check prices as they are subject to change!!! Remember I will update throughout the day!

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Below you will find a list of titles with covers that may not be appropriate for children:

Figure Eight (Celtic Knot Book 2)
Tied & Twisted (Blue Room VIPs Book 1)

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Shadows

Series: Lux #0.5

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: Feb. 21, 2012

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

My ****4 Star**** Review

Not reading this book until way after I was fully in love with Daemon, I didn’t know how I would feel about Dawson. I knew I wanted the story, though. While I didn’t fall for Dawson like I did Daemon, I’m still so glad I took the time to read it.
It’s the type of story that I’m sure would leave any high school girl swooning. There are times that you’ll completely forget that you’re reading about aliens because the scenes are so very real, and so very reminiscent of falling in love for the first time.
I didn’t find myself emotionally invested in Dawson and Bethany’s story like I was with Daemon and Kat, but this book was still filled with some great scenes! I was surprised at the length of it, too. Usually when you get a .5 version of any series, its length is brief. JLA didn’t do that.
I definitely recommend this book to all fans of the Lux series, and if you haven’t already read any of it, WHY NOT?!?

About the Author ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Cinder by Jessica Sorensen

Cinder

Title: Cinder

Series: Death Collectors #2

Author: Jessica Sorensen

Release Date: Nov. 18, 2013

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Until Asher Morgan came along, nineteen-year old Ember’s life had always been about death. Being around Asher, though, and being able to be near him and touch him, changed her and made her feel alive for the very first time. But now he’s gone and she’s left dealing with her seclusion again, the emptiness of not being able to be touched, and the curse of the Grim Angel.

As a battle breaks out between Angels and Reapers, she desperately searches for answers about who she is, where she came from, and what she needs to stop the battle. But things get complicated when Cameron returns to her life and begins messing with her thoughts and emotions.

Ember tries to hold onto her sanity while the line between life and death begins to blur. Lives are threatened and taken. Murder is everywhere. She needs to figure out what’s real, what’s an illusion, and who she really has feelings for before it’s too late.

My ****4 Star**** Review

I have to say that I’m not wholly in love with this series. I personally prefer her Fallen Star series. However, I still want to keep reading and get all the answers. I can’t even figure out who I want Ember to be with now. In the first book I was all about Asher, but now I don’t know. It’s sort of driving me crazy! If you’re into love triangles, then this might be the series for you! Then again, if you haven’t read the first book, then you probably need to stop here and go do that before reading this review. 🙂

I have to confess that some parts of the story came across as a little weird for me and some parts were confusing. I was able to get the overall idea, but sometimes the details were so great, and yet so new with it being a whole world building thing, that I couldn’t keep up.

I think the worst thing for me, though, is not connecting with the characters emotionally like I do in most of Jessica’s other books. So Asher is gone at the end of the first book, and let me just say that that makes the beginning of this book drag. I was at 51 % before I really got into the book. Because of that, I wavered between 3.5 and 4 stars for this book. The beginning half I would have been closer to 3 stars, but then I started getting really interested in where it was going. So, the second half of the book is redeeming. It does end on a cliffie, though, and with a major love triangle going on. I almost think I’m leaning towards the dark side now…Nonetheless, I want to know how it all ends! Spark, the next book, is set to be released on Mar. 31st.

About the Author ~ Jessica Sorensen

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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Waiting on Wednesday #14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m eagerly waiting on:

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Release Date: Feb. 2, 2015

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it all.

Now that Erin has learned the truth about the girls who tortured her, and about the boy she loves, she finds her time before graduation dwindling at an alarming and exciting pace. What used to be summer break was now a countdown to her final days in Blackwell. Her parents, Sam and Julianne struggle with the fear that just when they’ve found Erin, they must let her go, and the tension is higher than it’s been since Erin discovered who she really was.

Finally with the girl he’s loved since childhood, Weston grows more desperate as the summer days pass. He and Erin will go to separate colleges. His biggest fear is that this means they’ll go their separate ways. Plagued with making the best of the time he has left with Erin, and finding a way to make it last, Weston finds himself in a different state of mind hourly. He is just beginning to realize that hope is like quicksand. The harder Weston struggles, the faster Erin sinks.

Why am I waiting? Well, this is one of those series that I just need to finish out of pure interest in where the heck it’s been going. I want to know the point of it all! I’m hoping to get all the answers & finish up another series in the process! I wouldn’t say that I enjoy this as much as Jamie’s Beautiful or The Maddox Brothers series, but it’s been an interesting read nonetheless. I’d be interested in hearing from other Jamie Mac fans on which of her series to start next.

What are you waiting on this week???

Happy Reading,

Alison

Hero Hobbies/Hot Jobs

So, I’ve been pondering heroes and their hobbies lately and/or jobs. I got to thinking how this can be very much like locations in a book. Often I’ll hear readers comment about how they loved reading a book set in a location that they live in or have lived in in the past – at least when it’s well-written and they recognize things. I was thinking about how hobbies or jobs can be very similar. For instance, my hubby races dirt track cars, and I was thinking about how I would love to read a book where the hero did the same.

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There’ve even been reality TV shows based around some dirt tracks. I always thought that it would make for a great book!

Another big thing in our family in hunting. I promise not to show any pics for those of you that might be offended by it, at least not of any animals. I have to share this cute pic of one of my kids showing how he hunts. HeHe

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There are some books where hunting is mentioned, but I don’t know that I’ve read one where it’s been painted in a good light. It’s a way of life for a lot of us southerners. It puts food on the table. Either way, I know there are lots of southern girls who would be all about a hunting – live off the land type hero.

Then there are things that don’t remind me of my hubby, but remind me of other things that are special to me. For instance, I once read a book about a Baltimore firefighter, and it really sucked me in. My grandfather retired with the Baltimore fire department. Because of that connection, I really embraced the character.

So, I’m curious. Are they any hobbies and/or jobs you wish you saw more of in books? Any that you love to read about in particular? Or, maybe there are hobbies/jobs that annoy you, or that you think are used too much??

Happy Reading,

Alison

Teaser Tuesdays #15 ~ When We Collide

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from ~ When We Collide

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From the bestselling author of Pulled and Take This Regret comes a gripping new tale of loss and love.

William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he’s reached a breaking point and something’s going to give.

Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.

When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he’s sworn to never return to again.

In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they’d once believed they’d have.

Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before.
But he never imagined what that fight might cost him.

A.L. Jackson gives you an intimate look into the lives of a family bound by an unseen connection in this new contemporary romance.

2%

I’d been desperate to save her from that path. But some things had been so deeply embedded in her that I doubted she’d really ever had a chance of breaking free of them.

48%

Our relationship was both the best thing I’d ever experienced and complete torture all at the same time.

I’m at 63% in right now and REALLY enjoying this book! It’s my first A.L. Jackson book, and I already know it won’t be my last!!

Be sure to share your teaser!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Deacon by Kristen Ashley

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Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.

From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.

He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.

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My ****4 Star**** Review

So, this was my fourth book in this series. I’ve loved watching how all the characters are connected together, and yet have completely different personalities. However, this book fell just a little bit short of that mark for me. While I could still see a distinctness in Deacon and Cassidy, there were things that highly reminded me of Raid. Cassidy’s repetitive use of the word “sorry,” for instance, was definitely something Hanna used often. Then Deacon’s mannerisms in general often made me think of Creed. Forutunately, there was still enough that separted them to keep me interested. I really liked that Cassidy was both mild-mannered and sassy when she needed to be.
The setting was definitely unique, and I loved the story of how they come to cross paths to begin with. There are some funny moments, and some very sweet moments. Most of their moments could only be described as HOT, though. If you’re into bondage, then some of these scenes would be very pleasing to you! I only didn’t like that there were a couple places in the book that seemed too much about sex and seemed to be lacking in plot.
The story has a feel of completion, and yet could be considered cliffhangerish. There are definite questions left unanswered. Kristen definitely left several avenues for more possible books.
Overall, I liked the series, and I’m anxious to see how it compares to her other books being that these are the only Ashley books I’ve read. I hear I definitely need to read Motorcycle Man, so we’ll see…

About the Author ~ Kristen Ashley

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

Happy Reading,

Alison