Review: The End Game by Kate McCarthy

Title: The End Game
Author: Kate McCarthy
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports
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Blurb:
“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.

My Review:
Wow. Just wow. I had wanted to read this for a while and I finally got around to it last night. I don’t have time to write a full review so I apologise if this is a bit of a brain dump.

Exceptionally brilliant. Fantastic character development. Heart-felt, gritty, raw emotions had me swerving from laughter to tears in a nanosecond. I adored the football and soccer setting, and could really relate as that’s what my gang are into. Romantic and sexy, swoon. Amazing writing and perfect pace. Yeah, I totally loved it! Will definitely be checking out more of this author’s work when I get through the backlog of review books on my list.

If you enjoy well-written NA sports romances with complex characterisation and steady plot development then you will LOVE this book. Highly recommended. 5+++ Stars

Some fav quotes:

“Home will follow you if you follow your heart.”

“You play with a fire so bright it hurts my eyes.”

“It means they deserve forgiveness from those who were expecting too much, and from those who were supposed to be there supporting them when it got too hard.”

Book Blitz: Myths & Legends Week 3

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for the Myths & Legends Boxed Set. This is the third post during this tour. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

I’m introducing a few of the participating authors and showcasing some of their books/back catalogue as well as some graphics for this box set.

Myths & Legends is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads currently available to pre-order for only 99c, including works from New York Times, USA Today, Bestselling, and various Award-Winning authors! Details of how you can pre-order this special box set are included at the bottom of this post. First off, let’s meet some of these amazing authors!

Meet Genevieve Jack
Genevieve Jack

Genevieve Jack is the international bestselling author of weird, witty, and wicked-hot paranormal romance. Coffee and wine are her biofuel, the love lives of vampires, shifters, and witches her favorite topic of conversation. She harbors a passion for old cemeteries and ghost tours thanks to her years at a high school rumored to be haunted. Although she calls the Midwest home, her heart belongs to the beaches of the southeast, where she spends her days with her laptop and one lazy dog.
You can learn more about Genevieve Jack on her website.

Check out her book Vice!
Vice

Some cravings can’t be denied.

Werewolf Laina Flynn longs to break from the patriarchal expectations of Fireborn pack. But when a wolf is found murdered on Fireborn shifting grounds, Laina will do anything to protect her pack, even if it means posing as a waitress at a club that flies in the face of her feminist ideals. Unfortunately, her inner wolf marks the club’s owner, Kyle “The King” Kingsley, as her vice—her metaphysical addiction. He becomes a hunger she can’t ignore…one that could threaten her life, her family, and her pack.

Meet Siobhan Davis
Siobhan Davis

Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.
You can learn more about Siobhan Davis on her website.

Check out her book Saven Deception!
Saven Deception

THE TRUTH DOESN’T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE

I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Meet S.L. Morgan
S.L. Morgan

International award winning author S.L. Morgan was born and raised in California. After 29 years of living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains there, she and her husband began their journeys of moving throughout the United States. Recently, S.L. Morgan and her family have returned back to their hometown of Oakhurst, Ca.
You can learn more about S.L. Morgan on her website.

Check out her book The Legacy of the Key!
The Legacy of the Key

Your journey to a whimsical dimension is one click away!

Reece Bryant is an average college student on Earth, or so she thought.

After setting out to finish settling the last of her father’s estate, she is not only faced with the grief of the horrific loss of her father again, but bizarre paranormal events that eventually lead her into a thrilling, yet terrifying situation.

Meet J.L. Hendricks
J.L. Hendricks

J.L. Hendricks is an independent author who enjoys many genres, as evidenced by her catalog of available books. She is currently focused on Scifi and Urban Fantasy, but has also written Paranormal and Christmas books.

Her latest series is a combination of litRPG and Military Scifi with a few space pirates for fun! Let her know what you think!
You can learn more about J.L. Hendricks on her website.

Check out her book Magic’s Not Real!
Magic’s Not Real

Do magic, vampires, and shifters really exist in the seedy underbelly of New Orleans?

Jenna is many things, Lead singer in the all-girls band Voodoo Dolls, shopkeeper extraordinaire, and sister to three awesome orphans, but what she isn’t is a wizard. Because magic isn’t real and people who think it’s real are posers, drunks, and the best customers at the Voodoo Doll House.

Until, you know, someone hits her with a death curse.

Pre-order Myths & Legends for 0.99$!
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The MYTHS & LEGENDS Boxed Set is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads, including works from USA Today bestsellers, Bestselling Harlequin authors, and various Award-Winning authors!

You can pre-order Myths & Legends for only 0.99$ here:
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Check out some of the pretty graphics for this box set and pre-order your copy today!
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During the book blitz for Myths & Legends there’s a tour wide giveaway! These are the prizes you can win:
– 5 Myths & Legends Boxsets
– 3 $10 Amazon Gift Cards
– Various signed paperbacks by the participating authors

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Release Day: Losing Kyler

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I am so excited that today is the release day for Losing Kyler! Losing Kyler is the second book in my Kennedy series. Scroll down for more information about this book and a giveaway.

Losing KylerLosing Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #2)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Upper Young Adult
Release Date: 27 March, 2017

Blurb:
Condemned to repeat the sins of the past…

Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence.

Everything she believed is built on a lie.

And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her.

Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden.

Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex re-surfaces—hellbent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without.

Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off.

But is it too late?

When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever.

But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?

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You can find Losing Kyler on Goodreads
You can buy Losing Kyler on Amazon

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Early praise for Losing Kyler

“Loved the drama … and the romance pulls you in all sorts of directions. Next book please!” Literary Dust

“Jam packed full of twists, turns, and revelations. I can’t wait for book three!” Danielle. Goodreads Reviewer

“Wow, wow, wow – best book yet!!! I have no idea how I’m supposed to wait for book 3!” Sinead. Goodreads Reviewer

“Non-stop action, drama, and a revelation you will not see coming. I hung onto every word of this book, devouring it…” Stuck Between Pages

“Amazing. Read this in one sitting. I had such a blast with this book.” Meghann. Goodreads Reviewer

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Start this series with Finding Kyler!
Finding Kyler
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

Finding Kyler is the first book in the Kennedy Boys series! You can add Finding Kyler to your to-read list on Goodreads

Buy your copy of Finding Kyler on Amazon for only $0.99!

Pre-order Keeping Kyler!
Keeping Kyler

Keeping Kyler is the third book in the Kennedy Boys series.
You can find Keeping Kyler on Goodreads
You can pre-order Keeping Kyler on Amazon

Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Losing Kyler. These are the prizes you can win:

– One signed paperback of Finding Kyler
– one $10 Amazon Gift Card

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Review: Leveling the Field (Gamers #4) by Megan Erickson

Title: Leveling the Field
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Gamers #4
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer—a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it—to take pictures for an upcoming article. No matter how badly he wants the woman…under him, over him, against the nearest wall…he has reasons for not wanting to be on camera anymore, and his scars are only one of them.

It takes approximately two seconds for Lissa Kingsman to recognize Ethan as the popular YouTube gamer who fell off the planet years ago. But this Ethan is different than the charming man she used to watch, and the crush she had on him then is nothing compared to the way she’s lusting after the brooding man he is today. If sex is all he can give her, fine. Why not use that bearskin rug in her studio for something other than a prop? But she’s determined to put a chink in his armor, no matter how much he resists.

My Review:
Ethan used to be E-Rad in a former life and now he’s the co-owner of a successful online gaming magazine. He crosses paths with Lissa when she is hired to do some photography for the magazine. She is secretly hoping he will agree to participate in a project that is very close to her heart but Ethan is abrasive and gruff when she meets him and she never gets to ask him.

However, there is no denying the electric chemistry between them and when they bump into each other at a wedding they get hot and heavy and agree on a loose arrangement regarding hook-ups.

Both mains are struggling under guilt and pressure as a result of tragedies in their lives. These tragedies have shaped who they have become. Whereas Lissa is channelling that in a positive way, Ethan is in self-destruct mode and he’s cut himself off from most everyone he loves.

I hated Ethan at the start and found it very difficult to warm up to him because I didn’t like how he treated Lissa. For her part, she wasn’t upset by his behavior, understanding their arrangement, but it didn’t sit well with me. He showed up, shagged her, and then hurt her with his words and cold manner and swanned off until the next time. Nope. Not liking you at all. However, he won me over by the end as Lissa was the one person who was finally able to get through to him. I do love a happy ending and we get one here.

The writing is great, the pacing is fine, voice and character development was good. It’s an enjoyable read that works really well as a standalone. I never felt like I missed out because I hadn’t read the first few books. Perhaps, I may have understood Ethan better if I’d read the beginning of the series but I don’t know how heavily he featured.

Overall, this is a good book and I’d recommend it if you are looking for a quick, entertaining read.

Thanks to Entangled for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Jaded (Jaded #1) by Tijan

Title: Jaded
Author: Tijan
Series: Jaded #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sheldon doesn’t care about anyone except Corrigan and Bryce. The three of them rule their school, but it seems someone else wants in on the action or that someone else just wants Sheldon. How many bodies is enough to prove their love to her?

This book is dark and edgy with sexual situations, drinking, swearing, murder, and more messed-up parents.

My Review:
This wasn’t my favorite Tijan read, even though it had that same addictive, page-turning quality that all her books have. I found it very difficult to warm to either Bryce, Corrigan, or Sheldon. On the surface, they are shallow and nasty and they rule by fear. I also thought the writing left a lot to be desired in the first half of the book. The second half was vastly superior and I started to understand the characters a bit better, and the plot really picked up pace. The chemistry between Bryce and Sheldon is great, and I love how this author writes romantic relationships. While I wasn’t mad about this one, I have already purchased the next book in the series because I still need to know where the story is going.

As an aside, one thing that annoyed me was the description of Bryce as an up-and-coming professional football player. I live in a house with three football players who are also FC Barcelona fanatics and I know that if that club had signed a guy like Bryce they would be insisting that he trained regularly to maintain his pace and fitness levels. In this story, he wasn’t allowed in case he picked up an injury. In reality, FCB would have lined up a training programme in a local partner club. I know that for most readers this doesn’t matter, but it bugged me.

Review: If I Dream (Corrupted Love #1) by K.M. Scott

Title: If I Dream
Author: K.M. Scott
Series: Corrupted Love #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
If I dream, will you dare?

All I wanted was my freedom. It’s all I’d dreamed of from the first time I stood in the ring. Until I entered Robert Erickson’s world. Until Serena. Cruelty and ugliness surrounded me, but she was beautiful and good. I wanted to protect her from her father’s world, even though I knew being with her could mean the end of me.

I wanted for nothing as the daughter of one of the richest men in the world. But all my father’s money couldn’t buy what I truly craved. Until Ryder. I wanted all he was, all he brought out in me. All he made me desire.

Our love was forbidden by the one person who had the power to harm us. We dreamed of more than living in that world, though. We dreamed of having it all, but did we dare?

My Review:
If I Dream is the story of Ryder and Serena, two young people trapped in a world where power, money, and control rule the day. Serena’s father is a very powerful, rich man who runs an underground fighting ring amongst other dodgy businesses. He “buys” Ryder from the man who previously owned him and moves him into his mansion, cautioning him against touching either of his daughters. Ryder and Serena strike up a friendship that turns to love and when her father finds out he separates them and they don’t see each other for two years. When she returns, they quickly pick up where they left off.

This forbidden romance is full of angst and longing and should have been right up my alley but the execution and character development were lacking and that dented my enjoyment. I had empathy for Ryder at the start but he became weak as the story progressed and I hated that he didn’t defend Serena and that he consistently bowed to her father’s will. It seemed contradictory. Serena was a sweet girl with spunk and she wasn’t afraid to fight for what she wanted in life. Her sister was a despicable character as was Oliver. The plot regarding her mother was weak in my opinion and could’ve been fleshed out better.

It took me a while to ship this couple because the author glossed over their relationship at the start. We were told they spent six weeks talking every night but we weren’t privy to those conversations which was a shame because I felt a big disconnect until the second half of the story, but, even then it was more about sex than any meaningful connection.

In the main the writing is decent and the pacing consistent. While this was an enjoyable read, I still felt let down by certain aspects of it, but that’s probably more of a personal thing. If you enjoy forbidden, angsty romance then you will most likely enjoy this one.

Thanks to author and Inkslinger PR for providing a copy of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Cover & Title Reveal: Fallen Crest Home by Tijan


Today is the Cover & Title Reveal for Fallen Crest Home by Tijan! This is the sixth book in her Fallen Crest series.

Title: Fallen Crest Home
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest #6
Genres: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
It’s been years since my mother was in my life.
I healed.
I learned to accept love.
I lived.
That’s all done. She was away, and now she’s back.
I’ve avoided her for a year and a half, but I can’t hide anymore.
Mason has an internship in Fallen Crest, so we’re heading back for the summer.
And when we got there—no one was prepared for what happened.

EXCERPT:
I had no time to stop and think.
I had to fight.
I had to hurt.
I had to protect.
Feeling someone behind me, I let loose with the bat, a scream erupting from my throat. Someone caught the bat and wrapped an arm around my waist. I tried kicking out. He dodged my feet and said hurriedly in my ear, “Damn, Strattan. It’s me, Channing. Stop!”
Channing.
He was friendly.
Stop.
I sagged in his arms, looking for Mason. Where was he? He was circling a guy, still fighting.
I started forward, but Channing caught my arm. “Whoa. Chill.”
I growled as I yanked my hand free and started forward again, but Channing grabbed my arm once more.
He got in front of me, holding his other hand up. “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Look. He’s fine. We’re here. He’s got that. Look. Look, Sam.”
My senses began to calm. The black around my eyesight faded. I could see more normally, and the buzzing in my ears subsided. I gulped for breath, tasting salt and dust in my mouth.
Channing was right. Mason’s eyes were deadly, but alert, his mouth set in a flat line. His shoulders were tense, but he looked in control.

Also Available in the Fallen Crest series

About the Author:
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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Book Blitz: Myths & Legends Week 2

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for the Myths & Legends Boxed Set. This is the second post during this tour. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

I’m introducing a few of the participating authors and showcasing some of their books/back catalogue as well as including details of a special pre-order giveaway where you can get 17 free books when you pre-order this box set.

Myths & Legends is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads currently available to pre-order for only 99c, including works from New York Times, USA Today, Bestselling, and various Award-Winning authors! Details of how you can pre-order this special box set are included at the bottom of this post. First off, let’s meet some of these amazing authors!

Meet Madisyn Ashmore
Madisyn Ashmore

Madisyn Ashmore is a bestselling contemporary and paranormal romance author. She is the winner of the BEA Writer’s Award, and is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

She writes stories about alpha males and the strong women who love them. Her characters are billionaires, vampires, shifters, time-travelers, and small-town American good guys.
You can learn more about Madisyn Ashmore on her website.

Check out her book Alpha!
Alpha

He’ll melt you from the inside out…

Aidan Channing is an alpha wolf shifter. He’s a ripped and protective male who knows exactly what he wants. And what he wants is the sexy young lawyer, Olivia Ryan, who just showed up in his small Alaskan town.

Meet Michelle Madow
Michelle Madow

Michelle Madow writes fast-paced fantasy novels that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She grew up in Maryland and now lives in Florida. Some of her favorite things are: reading, traveling, pizza, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.
You can learn more about Michelle Madow on her website.

Check out her book Remembrance!
Remembrance

They’re reincarnated soulmates. So why is he pushing her away?

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England… but she doesn’t know it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.

Meet Amber Lynn Natusch
Amber Lynn Natusch

If you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word “portfolio”. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being. At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.
You can learn more about Amber Lynn Natusch on her website.

Check out her book Live Wire!
Live Wire

Sapphira is a ticking time bomb.

Two years ago, she lost control of the unstable energies within her and caused a horrific supernatural incident. Since then, she and her family have lived in constant fear of another—and her freedom seems only a distant memory.

Meet Chrissy Peebles
Chrissy Peebles

Chrissy Peebles has always loved reading and writing fantasy from the earliest age she can remember. She lives in a busy city with her husband, two children, and one cat (Shadow) and three dogs. (Sparkles, Rosie, and Jack) Chrissy also loves to snap photos as her favorite hobby.
You can learn more about Chrissy Peebles on her Facebook page.

Check out her book The Alpha!
The Alpha

Logan is a werewolf tormented by his past and a need for revenge. The Falcar, half demon and half vampire, destroyed his life when they killed his entire pack. He’s the last royal prince werewolf, and the Falcar were determined to end his bloodline once and for all. Logan goes on a mission to find the Falcar and destroy them forever. When he meets an Ankh witch named, Sophia, his world is turned upside down. Can she save Logan from himself?

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The MYTHS & LEGENDS Boxed Set is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads, including works from USA Today bestsellers, Bestselling Harlequin authors, and various Award-Winning authors!

You can pre-order Myths & Legends for only 0.99$ here:
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Pre-Order Myths and Legends for $0.99 and get 17 free eBooks!
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Here’s your chance to get almost 40 books for the price of only $0.99 while the Myths & Legends set is available for pre-order! Here’s how it works:
1. Pre-Order the Myths and Legends box set
2. Send an email to mythsandlegendspreorder@gmail.com with your proof of purchase.
3. Check your email, your 17 FREE books will be delivered there!

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During the book blitz for Myths & Legends there’s a tour wide giveaway! These are the prizes you can win:
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Review: The Struggle (Titan #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Struggle
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Fantasy/ Mythology
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Blurb:
A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: EPIC. Loved every single part of this book. Can’t believe I read it so fast when I had every intention of savoring it slowly but it was unputdownable. I will never get enough of the Covenant world. Never.

Full Review:

Fair warning – the fangirl in me is out in force right now and this review is going to be cheesy and gushing in the extreme. I’m making no apologies – just letting you know in advance.

Waiting for this book felt like an eternity for me. The Covenant series is my all-time fav series, ever, EVER and I was so excited when Jennifer announced this new spin-off series and it is everything I was hoping it would be and more. I wanted Seth to get his HEA and I was really hoping we would see more of my fav couple, Alex and Aiden, and the other characters I have come to love, and Jen has delivered in spades. My respect and admiration for her are at an all-time high because every book in this series is even better than the last and I am salivating at the prospect of the next book already.

The Power ended explosively and I thought I’d die if I didn’t get my hands on this book. Finally, the wait was over and I had every intention of reading this one nice and slow to really appreciate the magnificence. But that is virtually impossible when it comes to this world and these characters (and this author.)

There is not one single thing I would fault about this book, and I’d give it a million stars if I could. I loved it. I loved Seth. I loved Josie. I loved Aiden (especially Aiden. Yum. Yum.) I loved Alex (she’s still such a bad ass) and Marcus, Deacon, Luke, Colin etc – I could go on. Told you I’d gush buckets.

The blend of action/adventure and romance was perfect in this one. The snarky, witty banter is there, the sexy times are there, the edge-of-the-seat suspense is there. What I really loved was the character development, especially Seth’s progression. And I enjoyed the fact that Aiden and Seth are starting to see eye-to-eye, yes they say they still hate each other but they don’t really.

Josie has grown on me since book one and I loved her faith and her loyalty to Seth in this one. I kinda guessed the two big things going on with her but they were still awesome reveals. Seth goes off to do something at the 96% mark and I swear I was legit afraid to read. My heart was in my mouth and I was turning the pages of my Kindle shielding my eyes. Really loved the end, even if the ending wasn’t quite as “bam-in your face” as The Power. Doesn’t matter – I’m still suffering from the worst book hangover and I’m already on a countdown to the next book.

The writing is superb (as usual) and the pacing is consistent and it was virtually impossible to tear myself away from this masterpiece.

The Struggle = Book Heaven for me, and I am on the verge of tears now because it’s over already and I want to slap upself up the head for devouring it so quickly. I have a ton of other books to read for reviews and I can’t do it. I just can’t let go of this one yet. Think I’ll have to re-read it instantly.

Thank you so much, Jennifer, for writing such an amazing spin-off series. Please let it go on and on. I for one will never tire of reading about these characters. I love them all.

ARC generously provided by the author. I have voluntarily reviewed same and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review: The Feeling of Forever (Love Unplugged #2) by Jamie Howard

Title: The Feeling of Forever
Author: Jamie Howard
Series: Love Unplugged #2
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood’s spotlight. While being America’s favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn’t one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can’t help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.

Felix Donovan had it all–stunning good looks, gorgeous women, and a spot as the drummer to a band that’s sitting pretty at the top of the charts. Until one life-altering decision left him paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when he wins this year’s Sexiest Man award, but the one thing he immediately does is send out a Non-disclosure agreement. Hiding his condition from the public is hard as hell, but he’s not ready to face the world while he’s still struggling to accept his new reality.

Except this year’s Sexiest Woman–Juliet St. Clair–never looks at him with pity, only desire. But falling for Juliet means a permanent spot in the tabloids, a decision Felix isn’t sure he’s ready to make. And when Juliet’s stalker re-emerges from her past, Felix’s secret isn’t the only thing at stake, it could cost Juliet her life.

My Review:
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I was totally sucked in by the blurb and cover on this one so it didn’t take much persuasion on my part to read this book.

This time the story is focused on drummer Felix who has been paralyzed from the waist down in a tragic accident. When we catch up with him, he’s in the depths of despair and struggling to accept his new reality. He meets Jules, a very successful, famous actress when they both win awards for Sexiest Man and Woman, respectively. There’s a spark and it’s the first time Felix has felt alive in a long time.

I loved Felix and I felt his struggles and his pain. He was hot and sexy and the chemistry between our couple was through the roof! I thought the romance and sex scenes were very well done. Through his connection with Jules, he finally opened up and was able to face the challenges ahead.

I ADORED Jules – she was an amazing character. Nothing fazed her even when her life was falling apart. She wasn’t a complainer and even though she’s had her fair share of struggles she still remained upbeat and hopeful. I also loved how she wasn’t a diva and she was grateful for her success.

I figured out the stalker plotline quite early on and I was disappointed that Jules didn’t figure it out. That wasn’t very plausible to me as Jules is portrayed as an intelligent woman and she couldn’t see what was in front of her eyes. That left me a little frustrated.

The writing is great, and the plot moved along at a nice, consistent pace.

The ending was a bit cheesy and felt rushed but then I find most epilogues are.

Overall, this was a great second installment and I’m very invested in this series and I look forward to reading Gavin’s story next.

Thanks to the publisher for supplying an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Actual rating: 3.75 Stars