Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises by Ilona AndrewsMagic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #6
Published by Recorded Books Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

My gosh! This series just keeps geting better and better!

I’m usually a stickler for figuring out how the story title fits into the story, but for a huge protion (about 85%) of the time I was listening to Renee Raudman’s narration of Magic Rises I kept forgetting its name lol. I was so caught up in what was going on in its story that the title didn’t matter.

I’m not going to repeat myself on how awesome and compatible Curran and Kate are both together and as individuals because they definitely exhibited that. The plus side of this story, well there are a lot of positives, but the one I focused on most was how they both kept getting better and closer with each installment in this series, especially Magic Rises.

The key elements that made Magic Rises so entertaining and intense was its story contents. Ilona Andrews took the team away from their home in Atlanta and took them to where there would be no advantage to have and where their allies would center, maybe, on those that came with them.

The beauty of having favorite authors is that you make it a habit of not reading the synopsis of any book you pick up of theirs. So while I don’t know what’s to happen in Magic Breaks, I’m super excited for what it could contain and bring to this series.

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. WardThe Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings #1
Published by Penguin Random House Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

Goodness, when I stopped listening to The Bourbon Kings way back when, I never thought its story could get better, bolder, and more edge of your seat worthy.

As I was listening to Alexander Cendese’s narration during my first time trying this story – by the way he’s amazing – The Bourbon Kings seriously had a Dallas, Dynasty feel to it. In realizing that, I knew that I wanted to experience its story more up close and personal.

The Bourbon Kings was unlike any J.R. Ward story I’ve read before and yet you can still detect the bold and unique pen strokes that has made me a repeat reader of her work.

Tulane was a hero that I still find myself trying to label. He’s not 100% an alpha male, or a boy-man that you might think from that opening scene. Any assupmtions you come up with by the playing field Ward lays out for his character early on won’t quite hit the nail on the head when it comes to him either. Plus, he holds no resemblance to any of the billionaire “playboy” heroes that permeates the romance genre today. Matter of fact Tulane isn’t your typical “playboy” because he remains outside of the scope of the stereotypical “playboy.”

Oddly enough it was Lizzie’s character that made Tulane more appealing to me and I think it could’ve been because of her attraction to him. The way that she saw him and interacted with him made him more appealing and worth my attention. Lizzie’s character was sort of the one I focused on since she seemed to drive the storyline.

I am particularly stoked to get to book two, The Angel’s Share, because I need to know what’s next in the Bradford family saga/drama.

About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

So I Married A Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks

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.

So I Married A Sorcerer by Kerrelyn SparksSo I Married A Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #2
Published by St. Martin's Press Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars

What I’m about to say doesn’t say much about So I Married A Sorcerer and yet it still applies.

I never really have an issue with jumping into new historical romance, or even fantasy/paranormal historical romance, reads that grab my attention, but it’s always the second installments that makes me hesitant about diving in. I only bought this up because I was hesistant in diving into So I Married A Sorcerer because I’ve been burned more than once by both the first and second installment of quite a few series. The stories that prove me wrong and turn out to be better than expected end up sticking with me more than the initial finishing of said story. This scenario was what happened, to a certain extent, with So I Married A Sorcerer.

While I was hoping for another of the supporting characters from How To Tame A Beast in Seven Days to be featured in So I Married A Sorcerer, everything that happened in its story has me seriously loving the genuis behind the planning of this series.

Brigitta was just the right mix of innocence and maturity that as she battled with Rupert’s stubbornness, seriously appealing form, and mysteriousness you really begin to believe in Brigitta. Usually a heroine who is innocent in a lot of ways feeds off the sometimes solid mature stance of the hero or dominant character within their circle. Or maybe conform is a better word, or maybe adapt to certain qualities is more accurate. But because Brigitta knew who she was – not her birth circumstances or background – to the core she was never in danger of this adaptation which Kerrelyn Sparks established very early on in So I Married A Sorcerer.

Because Rupert was unike any man within this world Sparks created, there’s hardly any predictable behavior or responses to come from him. He even stands out from Leofric although they are both Embraced.

Since both of the main characters were far from predictable, my only issue came from the sequence of events close to the end of So I Married A Sorcerer. Of course there needed to be conflict between Rupert and Brigitta but I felt that the conflict was sort of predictable and a cop out. The Chameleon would’ve been a great villain for the cursed Embraced instead of causing issues in So I Married A Sorcerer and then to escape cature…again.

Out of the two installments in this series I will have to say that So I Married A Sorcerer was the weaker of the two, but only slightly because of the dragons that were introduced. I mean dragons!!

Despite the tug of war between these two stories I believe that Eight Simple Rules For Dating a Dragon, book three in Spark’s Embraced series, will be my favorite out of this series. It won’t take a genius to know why lol.

I’m Only Here For the Beard by Lani Lynn Vale

I’m Only Here For the Beard by Lani Lynn ValeI'm Only Here For The Beard by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC #4
Published by Self Published on May 31, 2017
Pages: 497 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Sean is a man with needs—needs that a lot of women were ready and willing to fulfill. Yet, the only woman that he wants to fulfill them dumped him for another man. A man who’s a member of his MC and is someone he has to see every single day and twice on Sundays.

He’s bitter and angry. He’s definitely not in the right frame of mind when it comes to dealing with women. Which is unfortunate for his new partner, Naomi, a fresh-out-of-school and totally green paramedic.

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Naomi’s got enough problems on her plate. A brother who’s self-destructive and doesn’t care who he takes down with him. A man who she’s in love with but who doesn’t love her. A job that she hates because it is a constant reminder of what she can’t have.

Desperate to distance herself from her problems, she runs, taking the first job in her field that she finds willing to take on someone with so little experience.

The last thing she needs is a perpetually pissed off partner, especially when he sets her blood on fire.

But life doesn’t ask how much you can handle when it dishes out challenges. It just keeps piling them on until you’ve bested them or you’ve buckled under them.

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Sean really doesn’t want to like his new partner, Naomi. He just wants to be left alone to live his life however he damn well pleases and without complications.

Naomi doesn’t care what he wants, she can’t be anything but herself. It isn’t long before she’s breaking down his walls and making him feel again. She’s trying to pull him closer and he’s pushing her away.

It’s not long before Sean sees the error of his ways.

It’s too bad, though, that by the time he realizes she’s the one, Naomi’s already gone.

I know I should be slightly uncomfortable with I’m Only Here For the Beard becasue of certain things within it, but I just can’t get over how smooth this story was, and let’s not forget entertaining.

Sean and Naomi balanced each other and had such great chemistry that other than Aaron (Fatbaby) and Imogen they’re an easy favorite.

It is starting to get irksome when Lani Lynn Vale introduces certain story threads and doesn’t follow through, I would’ve really like to know why Sean’s ex-wife was popping back up now after all this time had passed. I really wish that I could overlook this missing part in her stories but I can’t dub her books well-rounded if it’s not.

I was also bothered by how everything was honky dory with Jessie James and Tommy Tom’s sister situation, like he essentially stole a brother’s girl and this same girl could’ve caused issues with the brothers because she was confused about who she wanted. In any other MC story this would’ve been frowned upon and certain parties would’ve been punished or reprimanded.

Certain things in this series time and time again show me that the Texas chapter and Alabama chapter are so different in how they run things, and that how The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC will always be my preferred series when it comes to the true MC series by Vale.

I’m Only Here For The Beard was entertaining for what it was, and I thoroughly enjoyed the romance between Naomi and Sean.

About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Romantic Suspense and has a love for all things romance. Lani is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world…that is until her husband and kids demand sustenance in the form of food and drink.

Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen AshleyRock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley
Series: Rock Chick #0.5
Published by Evil Eye Concepts Incorporated on January 3, 2017
Pages: 207 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

From New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, comes the long-awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, Rock Chick Reawakening. A prequel to Kristen’s Rock Chick series, Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloane—one of Denver’s most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground’s most feared crime bosses—into finally making his move to win the heart of the woman who stole his.

Nothing could’ve prepared me for the gut punch and love story that Rock Chick Reawakening produced between Daisy and Marcus, not even the other Rock Chick books.

I will admit that outside of who he was for Daisy I never paid much attention to Marcus, and after finishing Rock Chick Reawakening I’m both happy and sad about this. If he somehow exhibited everything that makes him freaking awesome in the previous Rock Chick books I would seriously feel like I missed out, and if he didn’t I’m glad that I was able to officially meet him in Rock Chick Reawakening.

Right out the gate Rock Chick Reawakening had me all in my feelings, crying and junk – y’all know how KA’s books can be. I wasn’t ready nor was I expecting this immediate of an emotional response.

I know that it was alluded to Daisy having a catastrophic background but my goodness. In my eyes Daisy is the ultimate Rock Chick, and not even the originators (Ally or Indy) could now take that spot.

I will love Marcus forever after Rock Chick Reawakening, I’m even debating with myself on whether I could dub him the ultimate book husband.

Rock Chick Reawakening was perfect on all cylinders, but just so y’all know, reading the full Rock Chick series isn’t a must with Rock Chick Reawakening. I do believe going through the entire series and then reading this installment of Ashley’s Rock Chick series will magnify everything Daisy and Marcus went through to the galaxies and beyond.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.