Photo Review – White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews

White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2)

By Ilona Andrews

Summary: Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice…

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Source: I purchased a Kindle copy


White Hot was a great sequel and just as awesome and action packed as book one. I am really enjoying this series, about as much as the Kate Daniels series with a unique premise and likable characters.


Photo Review – Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1)

By Ilona Andrews

Summary: #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

Source: I purchased a kindle copy

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As a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series, I bought this for Kindle as soon as it came out, but I have left it sit for ages because I thought it would be more of a romance and I just hadn’t been in the mood for that.

The cover is actually misleading. I was expecting it to be this over the top romance, but it’s more similar to the urban fantasy style of the Kate Daniels series than a paranormal romance, which was good news for me.

I felt the story was unique, interesting, and captivating and I devoured the book within a few hours!

Photo Review – F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher

F*ck Love

By Tarryn Fisher

Summary: Helena Conway has fallen in love.

Unwillingly. Unwittingly.

But not unprovoked.

Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered,

and not even a little bit careful.

It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.

Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.

Until she doesn’t.

Source: I purchased a kindle copy.

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I am always torn about Tarryn’s books. I feel so much, but part of me hates how much angst there is with little pay off. I mean, does anything ever work out? But I’m drawn to her books all the same. This was good, weird, and full of emotion. I kind of hate the whole plot where guys have this girl who is just baggage but never seem to end it type of borderline cheating storylines, though, which is why this gets 3 stars. Man up, communicate! But, there’s something realistic about it so I can’t totally hate on the way her characters act.

Photo Review – Flat Out Love by Jessica Park

Flat Out Love

By Jessica Park

Summary: Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

It’s not what you know – or when you see – that matters. It’s about a journey.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side … and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well … doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

Flat-Out Love comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages.

Source: I purchased a kindle copy

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Cute contemporary with a great message and fun romance. It was incredibly predictable, but a good pick if you want light and quick.

Photo Review – Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by Laura Thalassa

Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1)

By Laura Thalassa

Summary: They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

Source: I purchased a Kindle copy

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Pestilence in the perfect post apocalyptic romance for those who love villains.

It was problematic, of course, with Pestilence being one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Of course their relationship started out with violence and terror. She lit him on fire, watched him not die, and then he proceeded to drag her along his route of infection as torture.

It was awesome.

I definitely recommend, especially if you’re a JR Ward, Kresley Cole, Gina Showalter fan. It’s right up that alley, but unique and compelling. I will definitely read more of this series. And her other books.

Photo Review – The Cabin by Natasha Preston

The Cabin

By Natasha Preston

Summary: They think they’re invincible.

They think they can do and say whatever they want. They think there are no consequences. They’ve left me no choice. It’s time for them to pay for their sins.

A weekend partying at a remote cabin is just what Mackenzie needs. She can’t wait to let loose with her friends. But a crazy night of fun leaves two of them dead—murdered.

With no signs of a forced entry or struggle, suspicion turns to the five survivors. Someone isn’t telling the truth. And Mackenzie’s first mistake? Assuming the killing is over…

Source: I purchased a Kindle copy

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The book has pretty solid 3 star reviews, which is fair. It was fun and quick to read, but not very scary. It’s perfect for people who like the idea of horror, but don’t want to read/watch something actually scary. It’s kind of like Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer (are those references showing my age?)

It was fun to read, though, and I flew through it, eager to find out who the murderer was!

Photo Review – The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10

By Ruth Ware

Summary: Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

Source: I purchased a paperback

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I enjoyed this one, but it was ultimately forgettable. I have confused the plot with other yacht kind of murder mystery suspense novels a few times, so it didn’t stand out at all. Still, it was fun while reading it and I did enjoy the twist. Great “beach read” kind of book, but nothing spectacular.