The Queen of All That Dies by Laura Thalassa

The Queen of All That Dies by Laura ThalassaThe Queen of All That Dies by Laura Thalassa
on January 15, 2015
Source: Purchased
three-stars

In the future, the world is at war.
For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.
All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can.
Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption.
Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.

I’ve started and stopped The Queen of All That Dies twice thanks to my Kindle Unlimited subscription, but since I took the plunge and bought this one and it’s sequel while it was on sale, I was determined to finish The Queen of All That Dies this time. Now that I’ve turned the last page, though, I can’t say that I was blown away. I believe my ‘meh’ feeling towards this read had to do with the fact that there was a lot of world building and a foundation being laid for the rest of the books in this series will stand on.

Serenity – the heroine of The Queen of All That Dies – irked me and at the same time had me wanting to shout a rallying cry. She was so strong and yet I felt it ended up becoming her downfall. You can change the appearance of a solider but you can’t change the fact that that person is and will always be a solider, and I believe wholeheartedly that this sums up Serenity’s character, 100%. When she was in certain situations where she could’ve run away and chose to live to fight another day, she would instead pick up the nearest weapon and jump to the front lines without a care that she was now the queen and just as important as Montes.

Another thing that I felt irksome about Serenity were the times when she had this hatred for all that Montes did but didn’t take one second to stop and think on the things that could’ve made him the way he was. Just as she was changed by the things that went on she didn’t apply that same reasoning to Montes – although you’ll end up finding out what his true colors really were and end up asking yourself if you’re still on his bandwagon or you want off that ride. Regardless, though, I was still able to understand her hatred for Montes, but at the same time she was so closed off from accepting the fact that there could’ve been another side to this conflict; I only say that because some of the people on her side of things were super shady, but she ends up finding that out for herself eventually.

Montes – the king and hero of The Queen of All That Dies – was a surprise and a disappointment. Seeing as Serenity was such a warrior I kind of expected him to be one as well, or to at least be able to defend himself and not run every time things got dicey. On the other hand, though, it was a great to see how he used his intellect as a weapon that was just as sharp and deadly as Serenity’s chosen weapon.

I’m excited for what comes next. The ending of The Queen of All That Dies had me feeling butterflies because I know things are about to pop off in the most epic way possible.

Mistress Auctions – The Complete Series by Alexa Riley

Mistress Auctions – The Complete Series by Alexa RileyMistress Auctions - The Complete Series by Alexa Riley
on March 22, 2016
Source: Purchased
three-half-stars

Welcome to the Mistress Auctions!
The Mistresses have been bundled together and now include the novella His First and Only, which was in the For the First Time bundle.
This book includes the entire BUY ME series, featuring a menage, a light BDSM story, a virgin hero and heroine, and a winter/summer romance.
There's a taste for everyone in here, so go on and take a bite.
Warning: BUY ME is full of alpha heroes, sassy heroines, and lots of gooey steam. It's sweet enough, dirty enough, and gosh darn it, people love it.

The only expectation I had, going into Mistress Auctions – The Complete Series, was to read some hot, uncomfortably (cough, cough) steamy, and sweet stories about over the top alphas and the women that capture their hearts. While this was present the treat hidden within the pages was that I was given so much more.

In each of the stories in Mistress Auctions – The Complete Series, we’re introduced to six alpha males – yes, there are six alphas in these five stories – who are the bosses of their particular trade. These males aren’t shy about their kink or about the women they know will complete them in every way. The one thing that really endeared me to these five short and sweet stories was the certainty that each of the males knew exactly who they wanted to spend the rest of their lives, sometimes they found this out through modern day stalking (having someone else follow them or hacking into their bank statements, etc.). By these alpha’s already identifying who they other half was stood out for me most was because sometimes less drama is good drama. I loved that the entirety of each story was given to these couples working out the kinks in their relationships, or more importantly trying to convince their women that should want to stay past the agreed upon date of the contract.

The only reason Mistress Auctions – The Complete Series didn’t receive a 5 star from me was simply because some of the stories within this collection were hard to connect with, but I would definitely recommend Mistress Auctions – The Complete Series. Heck, I would recommend any Alexa Riley story if you love overbearing, over the top alpha males, and their insta-love stories with the women who tame them.

His Piece of Peace by B. Love

His Piece of Peace by B. LoveHis Piece of Peace by B. Love
on March 20, 2016
Source: Purchased
three-stars

“Are you going to deny me of you? No one else mattered to me at the sight of you.”
The first time Benz saw Malachi it was after finding out about the latest scheme her ex pulled to get her attention – freezing their joint bank account. Tired, jaded, and frustrated, Benz storms out of the bank and into the broad chest of Malachi. With no knowledge of Benz, or her situation, Malachi hands Benz enough money to pay her bills for the month and have some left over.
The second time Benz saw Malachi it was after hearing shots fired in the Kroger parking lot – when he jumps into her car, points a gun to her head, and tells her to drive!
When Malachi is accused of killing a cop, his only hope is to flee Memphis while his Lawyer pleads his case. Because he helped her out, Benz saw this as the perfect opportunity to return the favor. Food? Sure. Shelter? Fine. Go on the run with you? No – wait, okay. Okay? Benz can’t believe the hold Malachi has on her.
She knows little to nothing about this man; yet she’s putting her life and freedom in jeopardy just to be with him. As if that isn’t a big enough burden to carry on their shoulders, they have to deal with lingering exes that won’t catch the hint that they’ve moved on. Landen and Porsha join forces to find Malachi and Benz before the police do.
Will Malachi and Benz make it to Cuba and live happily ever after? Will they be found by the police and face prison time or even death? Or, will Landen and Porsha find them and lay claim to their hearts and break up their union before it really even starts? Read His Piece of Peace now to find out!

His Piece of Peace was so different from the other urban fiction stories I’ve read. In closing the last page, I was kind of lost on my thoughts on all that it contained, hopefully I can work things out in this review.

His Piece of Peace was definitely an insta-love story. Their love story was so unique because it seemed like Malachi and Benz had known and fell in love with each other before; with how in sync they seemed to be with the other, and how quickly they both fell for each other within about the first two chapters. While they latched onto each other very early on in His Piece of Peace, and while they seemed compatible, they didn’t mesh together as well as I thought they should’ve.

Among all the bullets, blood, tears, and declarations of commitment and love I felt like I was on the outside looking in. Yes, B. Love does an excellent job of giving each of their characters adequate page time, and also giving their readers time to connect with each of the main players in His Piece of Peace, but sadly, a lot of times I felt like certain situations didn’t connect with those that preceded them. It wasn’t until the very end when everything came together that I finally got it.

His Piece of Peace was entertaining but with the abundant amount of close calls, which again happens early in the story, I found myself not really caring. The story’s premise was solid enough that it still would’ve stood tall if one of the main character died or was sent to jail, but, I think if we would’ve been given more back story on Malachi, Malik’s (Malachi’s brother, and another main character) and Landon (Benz’ ex-obsessive-boyfriend, and early on was another main character) I would’ve had more of an emotional connection with their longevity within the storyline.

The romance between Malachi and Benz was really sweet, but sadly it was underdeveloped. It was almost like the author was so excited to see them together that they forgot to include the wooing period, and with Benz on the run with Malachi, because she deemed she was in love with him after he kidnapped her, there was no room for that development to happen. The word “soulmate” was thrown around a few times, which felt extremely premature, but it was the fact that neither of these two characters knew each other that I stopped taking Malachi and Benz seriously. It would’ve been great if a bigger portion of the story was given to them, showing a scene of normality between them so that when the climax happened I would’ve had more of an emotional connection to the future of these characters instead of the apathetic attitude I had.

I’m on the fence about picking up and reding Malik’s and Rue’s stop since their first meeting at the end of His Piece of Peace was off-the-wall puzzling and slightly insane. Rue seemed to liked it, though, but I’m not sure I’m ready for that brand of crazy. And crazy their story will be.

When A Thug Loves A Woman by Charmanie Saquea | Short Review

When A Thug Loves A Woman by Charmanie Saquea | Short ReviewWhen A Thug Loves A Woman by Charmanie Saquea
on February 2, 2016
Source: Purchased
five-stars

When a thug loves a woman, things can get deadly.

Casino has his share of women throwing themselves at him but there was something about Bambi that he couldn't shake. When Casino finally gets Bambi to give in, not everyone is too thrilled about their union and there will be some serious repercussions.
Coming home from doing a nine year bid, all Canaan wants to do is lay low, stack his paper, and get acquainted with the son he never knew he had. Secrets that his first love hid from him start to come to the light and Canaan doesn't know who he could trust.
Lives and relationships will be put on the line and the betrayal will be high, find out exactly what happens when a thug loves a woman.

When I was looking for my next urban fiction read I never thought that When A Thug Loves A Woman would be the book that would get me out of my reading slump, or more accurately be another book that would give me reason to procrastinate in reading the books that were first in line. I don’t know if being bad has great results every time – I highly doubt it – but I’m thankful that I ended up loving When A Thug Loves A Woman. So freaking glad I took that leap of faith because it was so good.

With all the messiness in Casino’s life – by his own hand of course – it was a breath of fresh air when Bambi stepped on the scene. Where Casino was used to being obeyed and bowed down to and seen as more than a man but a king, having Bambi come along with her inner strength and gangsta – that was not to be ignored – set When A Thug Loves A Woman off to an explosive start, and it carried that momentum to the very last page.

It sucks that I have to wait for part 2, but I think I can be patient – I hope.

About Charmanie Saquea

Charmanie Saquea is currently enrolled in college, majoring in Criminal Justie. Her debut novel is titled Official Girl and she is currently signed to Royalty Publishing House.

The Trouble with Temptation by Shiloh Walker

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Trouble with Temptation by Shiloh WalkerThe Trouble with Temptation by Shiloh Walker
on May 3, 2016
Source: Publisher
two-half-stars

Love is the greatest risk of all.
After seven days in a coma, Hannah Parker remembers nothing about the accident that landed her in the hospital--or how she ended up pregnant with Brannon's baby, the man she's loved since high school. Her body and heart have burned for him for years, and when she wakes up, he's sleeping by her bedside, anxious to keep her safe at all costs. But as Hannah struggles with her amnesia, a threat looms closer--one that could have deadly consequences if she recovers her memories. She will have to trust Brannon completely if she is to keep what haunts her at bay…and their baby safe….
Brannon McKay spent the last ten years fantasizing about Hannah. In his mind, he's explored every passionate scenario he can think of while, in real life, Brannon took their budding relationship and threw it away with both hands. Hannah doesn't remember what happened but, now that she is awake, Brannon would rather die than watch her walk away again. When Hannah and his unborn child's life is threatened, Brannon must stake claim to the woman who has held his heart captive for years…or risk disaster tearing them apart…

The beginning of The Trouble with Temptation really made it hard for me to get into its story. Maybe it was the time in between have read the synopsis and requesting to read and review this, to the actual reading of The Trouble with Temptation that I forgot that this was a memory loss love story. The funny thing was, that even though I can’t stand stories where one of the main characters loses their memory I found myself intrigued by The Trouble with Temptation. What’s makes it even more funny – depending on your sense of humor – was that it wasn’t the romance between Hannah and Brannon that grabbed and held my attention, but the mystery of who killed the woman who was in the car with Hannah that resulted in her loosing her memory.

Where the disconnect happened, I believe, with the main characters of The Trouble with Temptation happened at the very beginning. There was a lot going on as soon as you open the pages to this book, but what I couldn’t ignore was the feeling that things weren’t how Brannon said they were when Hannah first wakes up. Wait, let me back up, it was when Brannon thought he could bumrush his way into Hannah’s hospital room that I started to look at him funny. When he couldn’t explain why he should be allowed to get into her room when Hannah’s brother confronted him gave me time to practice my side eye on him. Red flags were flying all over the place where he was concerned, not in a bad way mind you, but in a way that you’ll want to watch what he says and does a little closer.

With Hannah having lost her memory it gave readers a chance to get to know key things about her all over again, but I have to admit that I didn’t really care to. Out of everything that was happening she was the least interesting character, and I actually found my attention moving towards the secondary characters that made up The Trouble with Temptation instead.

The main storyline that kept my attention, though, as I read The Trouble with Temptation was the mystery that banked on Hannah’s memory returning. Finding out who the culprit was had me riveted, especially when we were given glimpses into the killer’s thoughts. Very chilling.

In spite of the romance and the progress Hannah was making in remembering things, I truly think that I probably would’ve connected more with The Trouble with Temptation better if I had read the first book in this series. I felt completely lost in the beginning because it felt like I had jumped into the middle of a story still in the works of finishing.