Review; Chosen (The Warrior Chronicles #1) by K. F. Breene

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It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen.
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Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.

It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey.

But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.

War is coming. The only choice becomes: Which side do you choose?

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My Review

What an amazing book! The storyline is beyond original. The characters are all strong in their an right, yet entwine perfectly.

Shanti is a wonderful leading lady. OK, lady might not be accurate in modern terms, because DAMN she kicks ass!
Making her way on a difficult, at times nearly deadly, journey to save her what few people of hee nation that are left, Shanti finds herself half starved and in the care of a rag-tag crew of army cadets. She brings out the best of each boy through her innate leadership skills. Through all of this she also manages t irritate the city’s leadership; namely the captain and his commanders.

One of my favorite descriptions of Shanti:
“She was breathtaking. And extremely deadly.”

The Captain of the city, Cayan, is an amazing leader himself. The care and respect he shows not only his citizens, but also the “foreign woman” is proof of his character.

Shanti’s description of Cayan:
“He embodied his position and the power that went with it. He was just and right, a sword of death in his hand, heading into battle. He was upstaging her and it was slightly irritating.”

I loves them both!!!!!!

This is the first of what I feel will be K. F. Breene’s beat work yet. Better than Darkness, and I luuurrrrved that. There are few books I look forward tobas much as the next installment of The Warrior Chronicles.

About K.F. Breene
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K.F. Breene is the best-selling author of cotemporary romance, paranormal romance, and fantasy novels. She’s sold over 400,000 books worldwide. When she’s not writing, you might find her at a café, sipping wine and chatting with her girlfriends. She lives in San Francisco with her two children, one of which duped her into thinking he was a grown man. That was before her daughter came along, of course. She loves to hear from readers.

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The Top 5: January 2015

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Welcome to a new blog series! Instead of one long post about my favorite products, I’ve decided to narrow it down to five beauty or lifestyle favorites that I’ve enjoyed over the month. And let me tell you, that was very difficult! This month I have a lot of new products that I’ve been loving, most of which I’ve done a review post. Without further a dieu, here’s my January favorites.

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We are extremely pleased to bring you the cover reveal for Alyssa Rose Ivy’s THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND!! THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND is a New Adult romance and the fifth book in Alyssa’s Hazards Series. Add it to your Goodreads shelf! THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND will be available March 26th!!

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Cover Photography K. Keeton

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About THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND:

Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there’s no turning back.

When Kyle’s life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.

Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author PhotoAbout Alyssa Rose Ivy:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Blog Tour & Arc Review: Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

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Meet Till & Eliza in Aly Martinez’s newest fighter series!

Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it’s the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

 I’ve always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided fighting silencefoster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine.  I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn’t a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting for my career.

Fighting the impending silence.

Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

 I think that’s the sound I’ll miss the most.

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“That wasn’t yours to take away,” he exploded into the otherwise silent night. His words echoed off the surrounding buildings, each wave slicing me to the quick all over again. “That was our place. Not yours.” His voice cracked right alongside my heart.

“Yeah, well, there was a lot of stuff that wasn’t yours to take either.” I held his gaze, desperately trying to be strong, but as his eyes grew wide, I whimpered.

His long legs strode forward, stopping only inches away from me. He was crowding me, but he still leaned in closer to my face. “There is nothing in this world that was ever more mine than you,” he stated. Though it was the absolute truth, I wished with all my heart that it were a lie.

“Till,” I cried, swiping the tears from my eyes.

“Why!” he shouted, causing his muscles to tense under the force. “Goddamn it! I needed that place.”

Porch lights flashed on from the surrounding apartments, illuminating not only the dark but also my rage.

I shoved my hands into his chest. “What about what I needed? You left! I waited in that fucking apartment for weeks.”

He didn’t budge, but my bare feet slipped, sending me toward the ground. Impossibly fast, Till’s hand snaked out and caught my arm. I didn’t let his chivalrous gesture douse my fire. I had six months’ worth of words to say to the man I was irrevocably in love with.

“You took what you wanted. Then you left me.”

“Doodle,” he whispered.

I had been perilously close to the edge of insanity, and with one single word, he’d pushed me over.

I lost it completely.

Pounding my fists against his chest, I screamed at the top of my lungs, “It’s Eliza! My name is fucking Eliza! Not Doodle!” I spun to march away, but Till’s arms folded around me, lifting me off my feet to restrain me.

I was miniscule compared to him. There was no use in fighting, but I still kicked my legs, irrationally desperate to get away from him—but only because I knew I couldn’t keep him for forever.

“Stop it!” he growled into my ear. “I know your Goddamn name—probably better than I know my own.”

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My Review

I am going to admit, when I signed up for this blog tour I did it based on the cover. I didn’t read the blurb and I had never read the author’s work before. I just thought, “Oh a fighter romance…I LOVE those.” I had NO IDEA what I was in for.

Disclaimer: Foul Language Ahead. Like a lot. Like enough to fill 5 cups.

 

This. Fucking. Book. Holy shit. I was blow the hell away. This is so far beyond a fighter romance. So, so far. This is a love story in the deepest and most honest sense.

Till, our hero, is a fighter, but not like I thought. Yes, he becomes a boxer during the book, but that is only a small, small part of him. A poor kid from a bad home, Till befriends Eliza when they are thirteen. The friendship strengthens over time and they become each others’ rock. While you don’t agree with some of the shit Till convinces himself of (and you’re not supposed to) he is always trying to do the right thing for his family, including Eliza.

Eliza is one of the strongest heroines I have ever had the blessing to read. She is so very much in love with Till, and yet she is strong enough to demand the respect that she, Till, and their relationship deserve. She is no shrinking violet. Eliza is firm, kind, and sees the good in people. She fucking rocks.

I love love love how Aly showed that strength of character come from within. And no matter your beginning, it is what you choose to do with what you are given that matters. With asshat parents on both sides, our characters could have gone down the easy, dark path. But nope, Aly shows us that someone with strong character can choose to surround themselves with good, , and loving people and blossom.

About The Author:

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

 

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Dark Phoenix by Elise Faber ~ Blog Tour & Giveaway – Daughtry

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Title: Dark Phoenix
Author: Elise Faber
Series: Phoenix
Genre: Paranormal/New Adult
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

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From the author of Phoenix Rising, comes the second novel in the Phoenix Series. A tale of darkness, love, and mortal enemies…

Synopsis

Black magic. Immoral monsters. Death. And bone-deep, soul-to-soul love with a green-eyed man hell-bent on owning every part of her heart.

Daughtry’s life changed forever when she bonded with Cody and began to control her visions. Yet as she masters her magic, those very same abilities threaten to harm the people she holds most dear.

When an opportunity arises for her to fix a past wrong, does she dare risk using her magic in order to set things right again?

A soul sweeping darkness is lurking at the Colony, making the choice for her and threatening the world she’s built for herself. But Daughtry soon discovers that if she’s to have the future…

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It’s Live – Relent by Author Nina Levine – Book One of Sydney Storm MC Series. Grab it for Introductory Price of $2.99!

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Evie Bishop grew up loving Kick Hanson. He loved her, too. They were inseparable. Best friends who looked out for each other. Until the day scandal hit their families and ripped everything apart, changing the course of all their lives.

Kick follows a dangerous path that leads him to the Storm MC where he spends his days buried deep in a violent and lawless world that is slowly consuming his soul. Evie works hard to escape the hopelessness that threatens to swallow her after her family is ripped apart. She builds a stable life for herself, however it’s devoid of the one thing she has always longed for – Kick.

The love these two have for each other never wavers but sometimes in life, love isn’t enough. Even in the times they find each other again, they can never make it work. Kick fights against bringing Evie into his world and Evie refuses a life with Kick if he won’t fully commit to her. However, when circumstance throws them together again, Kick knows he must finally make her his. The trouble is, Evie’s done. She loves him but she believes their chance to be together has long passed.

When Kick finally stakes his claim, will Evie relent and give their love another go, or has Kick left it too long to go after the woman who has owned his heart forever?

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My Review

Nina Levine has outdone herself with the first installment of the Sydney Storm MC#1 series. I am a lover of biker romances, but Kick and Evie’s story is different from any I have read.

Kick is a bad-ass, hard-core biker enforcer. He has a no-questions-asked loyalty to Storm, which has lead to over a decade of less than legal acts. He feels that this involvement (which he will not give up ) made him unworthy of Evie, so he walked away. Now, even though he still battles with feeling unworthy, he isn’t willing to live without her.

Evie is scarred from what she saw as Kick walking away from her, twice, and isn’t ready to open herself up to him. As they grow close to each other again, she shows him just how loving and accepting she is, and you cannot help but fall in love with her.

 My favorite thing about this book is Kick. Murdering, violent, take-no-prisoners biker Kick. Why? Because he is one of the most openly vulnerable hero’s I have encountered in a long time. I was gutted by his confessions, both external and internal. The need/love/desire he has for Evie is amazing and long-standing. The ferocity of protection he bestows on Evie is inspired.

 I gotta say, as much as I love my biker romances, I was truly surprised by this. Seriously surprised. The believability Nina created in Kick’s character is a true testament to her talent as a writer.

 I was given an ARC of Relent in exchange for an honest opinion.

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Under the Influence KINDLE

Dalton,

I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, naïve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me.

Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again.

I loved you.

I raged for you.

I wept for you.

And now, I’m letting you go.

Author’s Note:  Under the Influence is the journey of two childhood friends that spans the course of five pivotal years in their lives. It is a story about their discovery of true friendship as it blossoms into first love, their experience of crucial sacrifice and ultimate betrayal, and their endurance of agonizing heartbreak on the way to finding lasting redemption.

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L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and
holds a degree in Biomedical Science.
She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years.  She lives with her husband and three
daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.