Friday, 11 August 2017

Review ~ Aim (Circle of Justice #3) by L.P. Dover

Title: AIM
Series: A Circle of Justice Novel
Author: LP Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: August 7, 2017
*~* STANDALONE NOVEL *~*
When someone asks what I do for a living, I answer it plain and simple . . . I’m a hunter. I hunt the dregs of society and I’m very damn good at it.
I’m Ian Chandler, FBI agent and a member of the Circle of Justice, an organization of justice seeking vigilantes. My mission is to solve a string of ‘accidental’ hiking deaths occurring around my Wyoming town. When Grace Myers –a woman who’s been missing for days –shows up on my land, it turns out she’s the key to it all. Someone is hunting her, and I make it my duty to keep her safe.
However, the deeper I get into the case, the more dangerous it becomes; especially, now that I’ve fallen for the woman I have to protect. If hunting is the game, I won’t fail. I always hit my mark.

My Opinion

You should all know by now that I love an L.P. Dover book. As soon as I finish one I can't wait to get my hands on the next. Her fighters are still some of my all-time favourite characters, and I'm glad she's still linking her worlds across her books.

Aim held my interest and kept me turning the pages until the early hours of the morning. This series started off a bit rocky for me, but it has grown on me with every book I've read. The Chandler guys are definitely more interesting and I enjoyed Ian's story.

I would have like a bit more backstory with Ian and Grace's, but I enjoyed their relationship and the suspense element intertwined with it. The characters gelled well together with very little drama in their love life. It made the book an easy read.

Overall, I'm jumping into Blocked next, but I can't wait for Bryce's story. That one seems like it's going to be a good read.

4

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Review ~ Enrage (Eagle Elite, #8) by Rachel Van Dyken

Enrage (Eagle Elite, #8)
ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: July 31st 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Part of a world I loathe.
Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.
Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.
I'm. In. Hell.
Also known as the Cosa Nostra.
My life was over the minute I stepped off that plane.
Son to a murdered mob boss.
Heir to a throne of murder and lies.
My name is Dante Nicolasi.
And there will be blood.



My Opinion

I think this is the first book I've ever stayed up and bought at midnight. I knew it was a mistake doing that seeing as I would get no sleep, yet I needed it. I haven't been able to read another book for the entire week because I've been waiting for this. Nothing else could pull me away from my intrigue over this story.

Now that I've read it, I'm so glad it lived up to my expectations and the other books in this series. Not that I really had any doubts on that. Eagle Elite is my favourite mafia series and Rachel is one of my favourite authors.

Enrage was a dark, emotional journey. I'm so pleased all of the original character featured more prominently in this book and were continued to be developed. I also liked Dante and El. The tension in their relationship was palpable and I couldn't stop reading.

I won't give away any of the story. But, if you're a fan of Eagle Elite this won't let you down. It was a great addition to the series and filled with everything I've come to love and expect of the characters and world.


I need the next book now! I can't wait until next year.

5

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise #2) by Aly Martinez

The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise, #2)
eARC received via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 27th 2017


Publisher: Self-published


Description:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Bullshit.

Words destroyed me.

“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”

“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”

“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.

Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.

“He’s gone.”

In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

My Opinion

I couldn't wait to start this book. The second I finished the first one in the duet I needed this. Unfortunately the ARC wasn't quite ready so I had to wait, which basically meant checking my email every hour of the day to see if it had arrived. 

The Brightest Sunrise picks up where The Darkest Sunset left off. For that reason I'm not go into any details about the plot since this is the concluding book. 

While I didn't feel this book broke me as much as the first, it was definitely packed with emotion. It held my attention well and I couldn't put it down. I thought the story was intriguing and a roller coaster of drama. It had its dark and light moments and the author did a good job of balancing everything so that the book was well-rounded. 

The only thing I will say is I wasn't too keen on the end. Maybe it's just me, but it came too quick. 

Overall, I still prefer this author's Retrieval duet. However, this was equally emotional and two of the most heartbreaking ARCs I've had the pleasure of reading so far this year. 

4

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Review ~ Exploited (Zero Day, #1) by A. Meredith Walters

Exploited (Zero Day, #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 25th 2017

Publisher: Loveswept, Random House

Description:
At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.

My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.

My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.

Until I fell in love.

Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.

My Opinion

As soon as I saw the blurb for this book I needed to have it. I love hacker books, but I didn't know what I'd get, since I've never read anything by this author before. As soon as I picked it up to start reading, though, I knew I'd love it.

Exploited was an engaging read. From the first page to the last, it kept me hooked and I struggle to put it down. Walters balanced tech jargon and the hacker side of things well with normalcy to create a book that sounded believable but wasn't overly complex. It remained easy to follow and the characters' emotions shone over everything else to keep me interested. I commend her for creating an authentic book without compromising on the plot or pace.

I won't say to much about the characters as I don't want to give anything away. However, I loved Hannah and Mason. I thought they complimented each other well and the secrets they kept created a good amount of tension as I waited for everything to boil over. I enjoyed how their romance developed and I connected with both of them emotionally.

Now, I will warn you this book ends in a major cliffhanger. I knew this going in so it doesn't bother me--well not that much. I'm dying to read the concluding book Aftermath and I hope it's releasing in the fall like it states in the back of book rather than January 2018 like it say on Amazon. No doubt I will probably have to wait until January, but it's on my list of titles to look out for.


Overall, Exploited was an engaging, fast-paced, and exciting read. The romance is mixed perfectly with the tension and I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend!


5

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Review ~ The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise, #1)
eARC received via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 13th 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.” 
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.” 
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

My Opinion

This author can be a bit hit or miss for me. I found her via a book signing and started with The Fall Up. If you saw my review for this book, I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. However, after seeing the buzz about her Retrieval duet, I gave her another chance, picked up those books, and absolutely loved them. For that reason, I decided to take a chance on this duet and I'm so glad I did.

I requested The Darkest Sunrise, but wasn't sure what I was getting into. What I got was an emotional read about two sets of people struggling to piece themselves back together after horrible events. Through their pain and darkness, they find each other and help each other through the tough time.

Martinez's writing in the book is beautiful. Everything flows, it kept me hooked, and I finished this book much too quickly. It reminded me of her Retrieval series in structure, so if you're a fan of that definitely check this out. It had the same tone and amount of emotion.

What I really loved though was the humour brought to this book. While it is a sad, intense, and emotional read, the author did a great job of injecting lighter scenes that balanced out the bad. It made the characters more likeable and developed the connection between them.

Overall, this is definitely one of the better books by this author. I would highly recommend it and I can't wait to conclude the duet in book 2.


4

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