Friday, February 28, 2014

Be With Me - more J.Lynn awesomeness!!

"Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.


Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.



As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…"



I've already fallen in love with Jase and Tess in the first two books. They only had one scene together really, but you could already feel the chemistry in those mere seconds. So the moment I heard they were getting their own books, I was fangirling
When the book started out, it was easy to tell that both of those two people had their own demons to work on. While Tess was dealing with an injury that kept her from following her dream of dancing, Jase had to deal with issues beyond Tess' imagination. 
When we find out what Jase has been dealing with the last few years, you're like: WHAT?? It's heartbreaking, painful and yet so beautiful. People that have read the book will know what I'm talking about, and for you others, let me tell you, simply the scene where Jase tells Tess about a secret he has held onto for such a long time it written so amazingly beautiful that it makes you tear up right there. Your heart breaks and then slowly gets stitched back together throughout the rest of the book.

We get to watch Jase and Tess try to work together, only to fall apart when things get too serious too soon. While Tess is plagued with self-doubt at first, it becomes clear that Jase is the one that is still hiding behind a facade he has tried to build up all those last years. 

This book is not a simple love story though. While we do focus on the love story of Tess and Jase, there is a whole different story line that deals with Tess and her room mate, who, as we find out, has an abusive boyfriend. Seeing it up close brings back memories for Tess that she has tried so hard to forget. And all of the sudden, things start to spiral out of control, and you can't even tell if there is anyone that can still save Tess. Not even Jase.
What I also loved about this book is that we get to see more of Cam and Avery as well. They are still so adorable and I LOVED that they weren't cut off. THANK YOU for that.

This story is so heart-wrenching, it pulls at all the different parts of you and makes you never wanna stop reading. It doesn't surprise me that this book is amazing, as it's a J. Lynn one, but I'm glad to be proved right once again. 

If you haven't read the first two books, you should, but it's not necessary to enjoy this book as a standalone. However, the whole series is so amazing that I enjoyed it so incredibly much.

Always,
Yvi

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Crown of Midnight - Another Must Read (Throne of Glass #2)


"An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.

But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. 

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?"


Book two starts off right where book one ended, and it dives right into the action. You can't take a breath, you are thrown right into the story line again. And it starts off with excitement as well. Just like with the first one, you cannot put this one down, because there are so many turns and twist, so many people suddenly thrown into that you have no idea what to think. The only thing you know at this point is that Celaena, despite what she did for living before, has changed and cannot fathom to do what she has done before. Throw in power that has been long forgotten and is suddenly rising again and Celaena has to work against powers that have not been seen in those lands for thousands of years. And it might be that she is thrown right smack in the middle of it.


While we do get to know a lot about Celaena in the first book, the second book provides even more insight into her life before the court, especially when she is supposed to kill one of her former assasin colleagues, so to say. As her relationships in this book blossom, so do her trust issues. It's a pleasure to see this other side of her, the vulnerable side that's attracted to a man without wanting to admit it to herself and the side that's also afraid of rejection. It's a feeling we all know too well. It's beautifully done though and written so well that you just feel everything she's feeling to the point.

With the action and romance in this book, it's the perfect mix again for any fantasy lover. Sarah J. Maas created a fantastic world that I absolutely enjoyed getting to know and dive into.

And with all the heart-stopping surprises in the book, you really have no idea what you're getting yourself into. It's kinda like: You managed to get your head in the game again after the first surprise and then there's the next one, and so on. So no, you can't take breather here, because it's non-stop action and excitement.


So, if that got you interested, then go ahead and read it. NOW. I loooooooooooooooooooved the book and wanted to start rereading again right away as well! Ask my friends, they can vouch for that!! LOVED it!!!!!!!!!

Always,
Yvi

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

"After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 


Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. 


Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined."


This story is one that I would recommend to anyone. It has everything you might want in a great fantasy novel. Excitement, lots of action and your romance all thrown in one. 

Celaena Sardothien didn't have an easy upbringing. Her parents died when she was young and she was taken in by the most feared assasin to be trained as his protegĂ©e. Celaena, after being chosen as the Champions for the Prince, sees a way out of her misery. No matter the nightmares that might await her, everything is better than staying in the mines, where only certain death awaits her. 

Being taken to the capital, she does what she's expected to do and takes part in a tournament to determine the Royal Champion, an assasin that will kill people on the king's order. Not anything that Celaena necessarily wants, but her freedom is at stack, so she does what she needs to. But when the tournament starts, weird things happen all of the sudden and like the synopsis said, all of the sudden you don't know who to trust anymore. Celaena has to work together with the people that she was least expecting to trust to figure out the mystery surrounding the tournament. 

While the story itself slowly unfolds, you as the reader, don't realize that you get sucked into this magical world, that isn't all happy and sunshine, but full of pain, brutality and fear. Celaena is a highly likeable heroine, no matter what she does for living. You see a raw, real character, that made the best of the situation she was thrown into. She's fierce, loyal and under that hard shell, there is a woman inside of all of this that also cannot deny growing feelings for the people around her. She wasn't dealt the easiest hand, so some of her choices might leave you to question her, but once you really get into this book, you understand her choices a lot better. She's badass, that's for sure. 

The characters itself are another reason I loved this story so much. They are diverse, you get to know them really well, greatly portrayed and highly enjoyable. While you might not like all of them, there is something that each of the different characters brings to this book that makes reading it such a great experience.

My favorite character was Chaol. With his brooding and I-don't-miss-anything-that's-going-on-here attitude, there's just something about him that draws you in, no matter how hard you try to resist. Slowly but steadily he worked his way into my heart and I just enjoyed his scenes all the much more. At some point I was just going like this:

Sarah J. Maas' writing style honestly did get some getting used to, but once I did I didn't want to put any of the books down again. You could get absolutely lost in the book and forget that you live in a reality, and not in this fascinating world that she created. 

If you are a fan of fantasy, with a new twist to it, you should definitely pick this book up. I LOVED it and once I finished I REALLY wanted to start reading it again!!!!

Love always,
Yvi

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor #4) - Lori Foster




He never saw her coming...

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.

Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero...


Well, well, well, I'd like to start of with this:


I totally love the whole idea and all things around Spencer and Arizona. Give it to Lori Foster to make just tiny things really hot and sweet. Already while reading at page ninety Spencer got me fully under his spell. 
He is different than the other three, but I can't say I like him any less. The book is healing and yet very steamy. I can't say if I liked that book even more than the others. With this series there is seriously no way I could pick out a favorite, but Spencer surely makes it hard.

Arizona's life certainly never was easy, never once having felt as if she truly belonged somewhere. And then she slowly but steadily gives her heart away after thinking she might feel something for Jackson - only to realize that guy is still hung up on someone else. And that is just part of her complex world. Seriously, Arizona is the woman I liked most from the series even though all of them had their own appeal. 

No matter where I was or how late or early it was, I needed to read just one more page... And now finished the last three hundred in one sitting only. As always, I wish I could write a longer review, but in all honesty, why make a million words when a few are enough? And here are my few:

Thank you, Lori Forster. Thank you. I'm off to read your next series now.

Yours truly, 
Julie

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Savor the Danger (Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor #3)



Synopsis:

The one woman he couldn't have was the only woman he desired…

She may be aloof, and more pretty than gorgeous, but Alani Rivers is the kind of woman a hot-blooded mercenary can't forget, no matter how hard he tries. So when Jackson Savor wakes up next to the naked, sleeping beauty—with no memory of what happened—he knows he's been drugged… even if Alani doesn't.

After she was kidnapped, Alani swore she'd never trust another man again. Still, something about this strong, sexy hero with the tender touch makes her want to believe him. As Jackson hunts downs a mysterious intruder, he swears he'll move heaven and earth to keep Alani safe. But what really happened that night? And will the truth bring them closer than they ever thought possible—or put Alani squarely in harm's way again?

Okay... So, I keep saying I love this one more than the book before, but I think in this case it's more a tie... Trace was HOT and AMAZING, Jackson is adorable and just... A tough guy with a really soft spot! I love the dynamics between all the people, especially Dare, Alani and Trace. It's just so nice to see the guys 'brother up' against Jackson to protect Alani. And I love it even more how Trace just has to admit that maybe Jackson is exactly what Alani needs.

About the crime/ exciting part of this book... It's new to have a guy wake up drugged. The whole first morning is just so sweet and I really enjoyed reading that from Jackson's POV because no matter how tough he acts, it's great that he actually knows he's doing something wrong. The way he treated Alani... He never wanted to act that way, but he still did and then he tries everything to make it up to her.... So worth it. Like totally.

I was most intrigued about the Arizona-mystery... I was on the edge of skipping the pages until I know what's going on. I didn't, but let me tell you, patience was not for me... :-D

Read. That. Series. Seriously.

Yours truly,

Julie

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Trace of Fever (Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor #2)


Let's get the synopsis out of the way first:

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme—until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.

With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent….

Okay, so I did love the first book When you Dare because I totally loved Dare, but frankly, when I got to meet Trace I loved him even more... 


Trace starts off just as exciting as Dare did and I have to give it to Lori Foster, she knows how to make a book good right from the beginning. I don't think there was one boring page in this little goodie... I get that some people maybe have problems with how Trace is acting during the the first pat down, or a few other times when he is acting as if he's the bad boy. They are men who walk the EDGE of honor for a reason... And I love them like hell for it. Like Dare Trace is amazing and handsome and sweet and lethal all the same. I know, I can get all excited over this book and it wouldn't bring on much info anyways because that book was just soooo intense! 


With this book I stopped in a place that was getting to be good and I dreamed about Trace the night after... It hadn't happened to me in a very long time... I woke up with a racing heart because I had tried to find Trace in the dream and warn him. I swear, the book is JUST. THAT. GOOD.

It's tough in some places and incredibly sweet in others, but above all it's hot because Lori Foster manages to just put the right spin on every guy she writes and she makes the situations come over very realistic, making her book run like a movie through my head. I'm so terribly glad that I started this series... I already ordered all other books, too... 


 Just saying! 

I love those guys and if you are into real man, you will, too!

Yours truly... 
Julie

(All pics found on google.)




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

When You Dare (Men who walk the Edge of Honor #1)


Okay, so I got that book a while ago just because I lvoed the cover and i wanted to try new series. Along with three other books it came and stood on my shel since I first had to finish whatever else I was reading. I will admit that at this time I had about six currently reading books (yeah, I know, how in the world did she do that? Easy, I couldn't decide what I want.) and through pure accident a friend picked up the book, too. I swear, I had planned on getting down from my million currently's before starting any other book, but then my friend (let's call her Jane here) told me that I'd be in love with that book. OKay, I still could resist the firt time she said that, but after the sixth time I almost ran down the stairs to grab my book from the shelf and start with "When You Dare" by Lori Foster.

Boy, Jane had been so right!


Synopsis:

The tougher they are, the harder they fall…

Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure.

Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancĂ© who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all…

I'm pretty sure that first line means us, the readers, because I think I was in love with Dare from the first page on. His sleeping habits (boxers only... *ehem*) might have a little to do with it, but what I liked even more about him was his whole ice-cold/silk-soft demeanor. I mean, he's fierce and he's brutal and he's the toughest piece out there, and yet they can get so terribly gentle and caring and sweet, it makes me weak.


Okay, but first things first. I have to say that the whole story with Molly was terrible... Alani and her had been through the worst and I totally loved that Dare actually kept Molly close because where esle should she have gone? I loved her, too... The way she tried to stay strong, the way she didn't show fear... How can a man not fall for that? The whoe set up of the story was gripping right from the beginning. I devoured the book and couldn't stop reading. It was bad... I seldom keep books close just so I know they are with me, but with Dare that's what happened. Hell, I couldn't stop thinking about him. And then Lori Foster put in that gym-scene... Maaaaaaan...


Not that I want to be in any dangerous situations or so, but if that's what it takes for me to meet an alpha male like him? I'd be game. 
The hunting of the guys responsible for Molly's abduction, the way Dare is with his dogs (yeah, another reason to fall in love with him) and the development between Molly and Dare leave nothing to wish for. That book was fast paced, sweet and hot as sin. You all should go and read it asap. I gave it to my best friend and she already is head over heels for the book as well.

Seriously, I dare you.

Yours truly, Julie

(Pictures all found on google, not owned by me.)