Monday, March 24, 2014

Donna Grant's Dark Warriors #1 & #2

 

Okay, so about six months ago I decided to order a whole group of series-starts and among them was Donna Grant's Midnight's Master. After that, without even reading a book from her, I liked her Facebook-page and followed her because I love her covers. Seriously, I just did it at first for the covers. Then I finished another series by someone else and decided to just take a leap of fath and order book two, three and four of Donna Grant's Dark Warriors. While waiting for the books I started book one, already knowing that I totally and thoroughly would love this series.

I mean, hot warriors, strong, powerful, Scottish and wearing a kilt? COME ON. It's heaven!


And what can I say? Logan and Gwynn captured me right from the beginning. There's nothing better than a guy being clueless about something, basically totally lost in a time he never has known before, and still being all male and amazing! I loved how Donna Grant actually brings magic to the 21st Century. 

The story behind Gwynn leaving her home to find the father who never really considered her worth it actually made tears come to my eyes time and again. There's nothing more difficult than trying to find a spot where you belong in the world... Especially when not even your family seems to want you. Enter Logan... An unlikely hero in a kilt.


Upon seeing Gwynn Logan knows he needs her and I have to say, I totally don't mind that insta-love because it's insta-believable. And I mean that. 
It's wicked funny to actually see the world we know through the eyes of someone who has lived centuries back - making this book one hell of a charming read. It's fast-paced, has an amazing villian that you truly love to hate, a grup of people that grew together to become family and a couple that makes you hold your breath because you hope that they can work it all out. Go and pick up that book, because whatever it is you feel like reading, it's in this book.

Luckily, I got book two right away and could dive into Midnight's Lover without a break. I was super excited to actually get to Ian because I was worried. He's a warrior fighting his God for control - A task that he thinks is impossible... Man, I love Ian. Ian makes me weak.


Bring on Dani and the cutest first night scene ever. I mean, holy cow, when Ian rescues her and gets naked with her just so he can keep her warm... I mean... WOW, that scene was hot while being incredibly sweet. And let me tell you, it stays not the only hot scene...

And now, I have to put in a tiny spoiler here... 

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There is a scene where Ian and Dani actually have sex through prison bars. Okay, I admit it, that sounds majorly weird, but it's not. I thought it was soooooo good. Call me weird, but that's just what some books need: Something that hasn't been there before. Seriously, Donna Grant, that scene was just perfect.

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Ian brings Dani back to the castle he had spent most of his life in - Even though most of the time it feels as if Dani actually brings him back there. During all the struggles, all the fights, Dani stays consistent, hanging on to what means the world for her: Ian. It's incredible, believable and just right. 

This series about druids, magic and the hottest warriors ever is a read that will keep you occupied without making you realize that time actually passes. I badly makes me want to go to Scotland and see all those amazing things for myself... And who knows, maybe my warrior is out there, too! *wink*

Donna Grant, I bow to you. Thank you!


Yours truly,

Julie

(All images found on google.)





Sunday, March 16, 2014

Darker after Midnight (Midnight Breeds #10) by Lara Adrian


I have to say that this novel did feel pretty final... And still, I can't wait to read on. But, before I get there, let me talk about this book.

I might not fill endless lines with everything I have to say about this book and still keep the review spoiler free, but I still wanna say a few words.

I already have been worrying about Chase in book nine, really, really worrying, especially because he seemed to be already at the edge and beyond. I couldn't picture how Lara Adrian would manage to get Chase back from where he was. 
Having Chase and Tavia together from the beginning, and pretty soon locked together by more than circumstance seriously was the best thing that could have happened to that book. I mean, I wanted Chase to have a reason to get better soon, but of course that didn't work out that easy.

Two-hundred pages before the end I was wondering how things could ever come back together again. Chase was so far away from the order that I worried he'd never get back in. And Dragos was so far out of their reach that I worried there couldn't be a positive end.

Then there was the things going on with Lucan... It broke my heart, especially once he realized that Tegan was so much braver than he... 

I loved this book and I know that a lot of people think it should have ended here... I am certain that I will enjoy the next books nonetheless. I mean, if you start them, you know what's coming. If you don't like she kept writing, then stop reading at book eleven. Either way, I'm off to the next book now. 
Happily, as I might add.

Julie

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Secret North (The Wishes Series #4) - GJ Walker-Smith ***minor spoilers***



" Once upon a time there was a little fairy that was loved in all the lands. Her father was devoted to her, her mother never had possessed a more beautiful treasure and even the evil queen couldn't resist the little fairy's charm. She was a whirlwind and yet a sweetheart. 



A dreamer by nature the fairy never saw deceit coming. yet there was one guy, a beast on the outside, a soft prince on the inside, that had no respect for honor, and so he got the little fairy and convinced her to help him steal the heart of a pretty princess. The task wasn't as easy as it sounded because the beast already had broken the princess's heart once and the princess had moved on, trying to shield herself from heartbreak by refusing the beast's advances and not believing any promise he made her.

Yet, one day the beast and his clever side-kick fairy got the princess exactly where they wanted her: In the arms of the beast.


So, eventually all fairytales have a bump in the road and of course, being with a beast is not easy, especially when the princess always hoped to find the good in the beast. And finally it seemed as if the beast saw the light:

"What are you going to do about it, Ryan?"
"Do about what?"
He mentioned to Bente with an upward notch. "The girl who knows you and still doesn't think you're a dick."
I gazed across at Bente for a long time before replying. "I think I'm going to marry her."
- Secret North by GJ Walker-Smith 

But, not all is well in the realm of the fairies. Even though our little, beautiful fairy managed to make the beast and his princess happy, the princess still isn't fully content. Since she had been a little girl our princess had wanted to be independent and in love. Love she had found, but so far her beast, who more and more turned into prince, seemed to be the only way for her to get by. So who else could there be to help but our little fairy?"

And here I have to take a step back from the little story I am telling you because the time when Bente and Bridget spent time alone easily belongs to the most beautiful scenes I've ever read. Bridget taking Bente's sorrow serious, even with her short life experience, ready to catch a wish for her just made me weep with the sweetness of it. I can seriously see myself sitting on a bench, looking up into autuum-sky, hoping to find a leave falling on me just so I can have a wish. But back to the story I have been telling.

"The fairy and our princess spent a great day and what do you know? Sometimes wishes come true! But the beast wasn't called beast for nothing. He actually crushed our little fairy, telling her that something like magic wouldn't exist. Oh beast, if there wasn't magic, then how did you ever think you'd become the prince the princess could love until they lived happily ever after?

And not only that is a dark cloud in the happy realm of our little fairy, no, her daddy-dearest is unhappy and so seems to be the little fairy's mother. Sometimes a decision you once made isn't one for life and so, even though their home is a beautiful one, it isn't enough. Some things are never enough.

Preparations for a big party eventually took over the more or less happy days the princess and the beast had. With the little fairy out of the picture for a while, thanks to the beast's kick into her believes, the happy realm is covered in a sad cloud and it only seemed to get sadder by the day. Suddenly even the beast is realizing that magic, in the form of his little fairy, is a necessity. But will there ever be a happy day again in the happy realm?"

There is a lot I could say about that book, especially considered how badly I had wished for book four to be about Alex, but Ryan's book seriously is top-notch writing. GJ Walker-Smith has stepped up her game, making her story look even more like a fairytale hidden in a YA-Novel. Dreamers like me seriously can drown in that world and not at all be bothered by it. What only bothers me is that I need to come back up and realize that reality is still there. 
People who aren't dreamers can read that book and still enjoy the sweetness of the moments, the love between the two mains and the friendship and devotion that can be between an uncle and his niece.

Magic is everywhere and all we need is to see it. I miss having my wings, but I intend on getting them back...

"She knocked herself out trying to fly, Charli." I reminded. "You can't possibly think that's okay."
She put both hands flat on the counter, probably to stop herself lurching forward and ripping my throat out. "Perhaps if you hadn't stolen her wings, she might've done it."
- Secret North by GJ Walker-Smith

This book is an adult fairytale, and I mean that in the most innocent way possible. It contains magic and hope, sweetness and growing in every sense of the word. You need to get out and see La La land because there is nothing better, and I swear, it doesn't matter if you are fifteen or fifty-five. This is my favorite book ever... No doubt about that.

GJ Walker-Smith ... I'd say delivers, but to be honest, it's much more than that: She enchants, she captures and then she never lets you go. So what is there left to say?

And the end of the day, just dance it away.



Yours truly, 
Julie

(All pictures found on google.)


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breeds #) by Lara Adrian *Spoiler Alert*


Okay, when I started this book I was like:


I liked neither Corinne very much nor did I like Hunter, so basically I was rather interested to see where Lara Adrian would take this whole book. And I can already say that , even though I usually try to not dissect all things happening in the book, I will do it this time simply because so much happened that made me sit on the edge of my seat all the time. But for now let's start with the synopsis:

DELIVERED FROM THE DARKNESS, A WOMAN FINDS HERSELF PLUNGED INTO A PASSION THAT IS DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT.

At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well--the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.

Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos's most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he's hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he'll go to end Dragos's reign of evil--even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne's tender heart.


Okay, so Hunter bringing her away actually was unexpected and totally to my liking. Knowing where those two were headed of course made me go all:


No matter if I like the couple or not, I know Lara still makes the story around it just great! And truly, I loved it, especially the way we see Hunter and Corinne kiss in a little New Orleans bar for their very first time. I really enjoed reading how Hunter step by step comes to feel a lot of things he never thought he'd feel. And the scenes between those two were just so hot because even though it was for both of them their first time it was incredibly hot and sweet...
Corinne not telling Hunter about her son though was a twist I didn't like at all. I mean, I don't know why she'd keep that from Hunter, especially considering the fact that Hunter thought Nathan was her lover... Poor boy.
And ( I know I'm jumping around storywise, but I just remembered...) I was more than just a little sorry for Corinne by the way her adoptive father had betrayed her. I totally loved that the security guard stood up for her adoptive mother when the need arose, not making Hunter regret that he had let the low life live.

Then, I have to say, the moment Lucan, Tegan and Gideon stood at the compound, needing to destroy it:


That was so incredibly sad. I mean, of course it's just a building, but all the memories, all the things that happened between these walls... It made me cry. It was perfectly written and just so terrible... An epic scene, definitely.

And now for the biggest WTF?! in that book. Chase. I mean, everything that happened with him and around him. When I started to read the book and realized he was already deep in shit and still had almost two books to go until he was good again I was like: 


I seriously thought that this could not be happening... Hiding from his friends, knowing he has gone off the deep and and not wanting the help because he was ashamed... Oh man, I really have to say that this was the worst thing ever. Even though he tried to do the right thing and not bother the order without having hard facts, it wasn't really his fault things ended so badly. I felt so so bad for him and I am so glad that Chase's book is finally here.

All in all I can say that Lara Adrian wrote such an amazing book, it kept me breathless and reading even if I only had five seconds to read. I couldn't stop, not once, but when I closed the book I was feeling satisfied and very happy simply because I know there was more awesomeness to get where this book came from.



Thank you for your attention!

Yours truly,

Julie!

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








Monday, March 10, 2014

Worth the Chance (MMA Fighter #2) by Vi Keeland


Okay, besides the cover, that already is HOT, I can say that I was so totally excited for Vinny's story, you have no idea! Having met him in the first book 'Worth the Fight' I was happy we'd see more of Vinny... And boy, do we see a LOT from him!


I really loved the book right from the beginning. I mean, what could be hotter than a MMA-Fighter giving class? You can bet your pretty behind that I'd be in his damn class every saturday... And whenever else he's actually giving one. No matter what it would be on...

But now let's get the synopsis out of the way:

Meet Liv Michaels
It may have been seven years, but I'd know him anywhere. Sure, he's grown, filled out in all the right places, but his captivating blue eyes and cocky grin are exactly the way I remember. Even though I'd much rather forget.

Liv Michaels is almost there. She's smart, determined and weeks away from landing the job she's dreamed about for years. Time healed old wounds, even her broken heart from the devastation of being crushed by her first love.

Meet Vince Stone
Women love a fighter, especially a good one. Lucky for me, I'm damn good. But there's one woman that isn't interested. Not again, anyway.

Vince 'The Invincible' Stone is every woman's fantasy...strong, sexy, confident and completely in control. Growing up surrounded by chaos, he's learned never to get too attached. Love will drag you down. He adores women, treats them well, puts their own needs before his own...for the night anyway. With the biggest fight of his life coming up, his focus should be on training.

When fate brings Vince & Liv back together again, there's no denying the chemistry is still there. But can Vince erase the old scars their past left behind? Or will Liv hurt him instead?


All I can say is: Wow. This book was intense right from the beginning...


All the sweet little scenes between Liv and Vinny just made me want to giggle all the time. I wish I could have been the best friend, Ally, because I think watching this from the sidelines just would make me get out my popcorn, taking my time to let it play out just right.

When Liv and Vinny finally get together and he can be all the bad boy he wants to be with her, all you can think is that no matter what, this is the place they'll always reach. Of course, knowing books we know it can't be that easy but... I was really holding my breath through the entire end, meaning basically the last fifty percent. I totally and fully and extremely loved this book. like really. Fully. Honestly. And in case you didn't realize it yet, I really did love this book. 


Yours truly,

Julie

(All pictures found on google and not owned by me.)