“That Shelf Life” is a weekly meme by Leona @ Literary Treasure Chest. It’s all about book hauls and un-hauls; what books join my shelves whether they’re for review or my reading pleasure, and what books I am relieving of their duty of taking up space on my shelves both virtual and physical. For abbreviation definitions please go here. book surprises aka books for review The Medium by C.J. Archer (AB) Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh (MMP); duplicate copy resulted from my one-click finger(s) Royal Majesty by Chrissy J (AmK) Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (AB) Soaring by Kristen Ashley (AmK) Train’s Clash by Jamie Begley (AmK) Untainted by Shanora Williams (AmK) Dirty Mother by Lani Lynn Vale (AmK) Winter’s Touch by Jamie Begley (AmK) Controlled Burn by Lani Lynn Vale (AmK) Thief by Alexa Riley (AmK) Tempting the Law by Alexa Riley (AmK) Untouched by Alexa Riley (AmK) […]
Month: November 2016
NICO by Sarah Castille “A deftly plotted page-turner that will leave readers panting for the next installment” –Publisher’s Weekly New York Times bestselling author Sarah Castille is back with NICO (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, $7.99, December 6, 2016), the first book in her Ruin & Revenge series. With reminiscences of Romeo and Juliet, Castille presents a modern twist and a powerful bad boy spin on the classic tale. RT Book Reviews raves about Castille’s BEYOND THE CUT saying, “Castille continues to raise the stakes… giving readers the compelling romance they crave,” and that continues brilliantly in this new series. In NICO, Las Vegas Mafia boss Nico Toscani is used to getting what he wants, whether it’s having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are […]
Finally! The story I’ve been waiting for out of the Last Rider and Biker Bitches series has finally arrived and I couldn’t be more happy with the way things played out between Train and Killyama. With Train’s Clash started off the way it did all the assumptions and preconceived notions that I had about Train and Killyama’s story were left without any merit. I will admit that I was disappointed about that, but when it was revealed that Killyama wasn’t African American as I always thought that she was my disappointment sort of took a whole new life. Out of all the books since Killyama and the Biker Bitches stepped on the scene I always envisioned her as a black woman. From the way she talked and carried herself my imagination immediately went to her imitating many a black woman that I’ve met and who are reflected in my family. […]
Goodness gracious. When I picked up Winter’s Touch recently I didn’t know what I was going to get from its story. I knew that it was about Winter and Viper along with the problem of Winter wanting children and Viper against it, but I would’ve never been able to imagine the craziness and the self-induced heartache that both characters would go through. With the way things ended in Merry Blissmas I wasn’t too sure about the strength of Winter and Viper’s marriage. You could tell within that story that there was something going on, so I was both apprehensive and excited to know what the heck was going on. When all was revealed, though, my heart broke a little (a lot) for these two. The one thing that I find myself having to tolerate with a Jamie Begley story are the women of the club. In almost every story of […]
Controlled Burn didn’t so much go wrong for me as it left me almost puzzled and unsatisfied; I wasn’t wowed by its story basically. The transitions from the different situations that July and Dean faced was very choppy, therefore it left me feeling as if pieces were missing from its story. I found myself really liking July, the character development done for her was perfect. There was never a moment when I didn’t feel as if I was left wondering about what she was thinking or how she would respond to a certain situation. The predictability of her character really fit for Controlled Burn, more so than the hero’s character. Dean, aka PD, was someone that I wished I had paid more attention to in the previous books of this series, because I was left wanting when it came to his character. Every scene involving him was as choppy as the […]
Wolf with Benefits is unlike any other story in the Pride series for a number of reason, but the main one being the refresher it gave this series. Since this series has a multitude of characters there has to be stories put in place to reignite the reader’s attention, and Shelly Laurenston has consistently done this with her Pride series; first was Beast Behaving Badly and now it’s with Wolf With Benefits. When Ronnie Lee Reed from The Mane Event came onto the scene, she introduced us to her crazy brothers, Rory, Reece, and Ricky Lee who have been dubbed by the all the Smith Packs in the USA as The Reed Boys. Even after Reece (baby brother) was mentioned in more than one book prior to Wolf With Benefits it was his brother Ricky who ended up getting his story first, and in a way I’m grateful for that because by Reece’s actions he […]
When the author posted news about working on the sequel of Tainted Black I about burst at the seams in excitement. Untainted was everything I could’ve hope for in a HEA for Chloe Knight and Theo Black. While I didn’t give into any tears, whether of happiness or anguish from the rocky road that these characters were going to have to walk to achieve that HEA, my heart sang and sang and sang in gladness and joy for all that happened in this story. At first the author wasn’t even thinking about providing a sequel for Tainted Black, and it took me a moment to fully accept this because the love that Chloe Knight and Theo Black shared was something that I felt seriously needed a happy ending. What helped me accept the author’s choice (if I didn’t, there really wasn’t much I could do about it) was in knowing that […]
Tome Topple Readathon Duration: November 18th – December 1st 2016 The next round of the Tome Topple Readathon will take place from midnight in your time zone on November 18th to 11:59pm in your time zone on December 1st! The whole point of this readathon is to read big books (over 500 pages). You don’t even need to read a lot of them. You don’t even need to finish one. The point is that we are all reading those big daunting books at the same time and supporting each other.
Characters You Used to Love but Don’t Anymore These are the characters who you used to adore, but now you don’t. Maybe they changed a lot. Maybe you outgrew them. Maybe your outlook changed and now you can’t stand them. Maybe you don’t even hate them, you just are neutral about them when you used to run a fan blog about them.
I don’t know what it is about the first books in Kristen Ashley’s series, but wth almost each one I have had mediocre thoughts about the book and Penmort Castle was no exception. On the heels of a book that I really wished that I hadn’t been introduced to I decided that what I needed was a good Kristen Ashley book, and since I didn’t want to go back in time and re-read some of my faves I chose to move forward with a new-to-me series. But it was in the beginning of Penmort Castle where warning bells were going off in my head. I was so not feeling the vibe that was coming from the hero and the heroine of this story for many reasons, but mostly because they were entering into an arrangement that I knew was going to back fire in the worst way possible. To my […]