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Someone Else's Skye - Men of Brahm Hill - Book One

Someone Else's Skye - Men of Brahm Hill - Book One - Christine Wenrick Dude, what? Why the heck have you all not read this book? Seriously!!! I love Kane. I loved him in the Charmed Trilogy, and I love him even more in his own book!
Someone Else’s Skye picks up right where we left the The Brethern boys in book three of the Charmed Trilogy. Kane is still the sexy beast he was in those books, but more so now that the spotlight has been shined directly on him. And yes he is a beast, he is a natural shifter after all. And that comes with some unique abilities on the fighting field and in more compromising situations.
Christine can write steamy scenes like no other author I have ever encountered. She cranks them up to ten and then goes over to an eleven. It’s intense and fun to read. But she’s got more than just sexy writing chops. She writes excellent characters who are more than the sum of their body parts, and great action scenes. You want to lose yourself in a book, then I suggest you pick up the Charmed Trilogy, and Someone Else’s Skye. I truly believe that this book can be read solo without needing the other books. Because it is a new series, but in the same world as the trilogy. But honestly, after reading this you’re going to want to read the other books. No you’re going to NEED to read her other works. She’s just that kind of author. I got lucky when she asked me to review her stuff, because it introduced me to her, but even if she hadn’t asked me to read the rest of the trilogy and Someone Else’s Sky I would have hunted the books down and bought them.
The paranormal world that Christine has built is unreal (as in it’s amazing), and fun. It’s sexy, dangerous, and fast paced. Things happen fast for these characters, and they hit hard. It’s a full impact type of read. You can’t not be attached to the story. I am simply in love with it. Just when I think PNR has nothing more to offer me I read one of Christine’s books and get sucked back into it! They are just so good!
I cannot wait for the next installment. As in I need it now! And I am begging for an Alec book. Are we getting an Alec book Christine? Pretty please!!!!!
Controlling the Dead (The Famished Trilogy, #2) - Annie Walls I could very well give Controlling the Dead five stars. I should actually be giving it five stars. But I can't. Because of the events that took place in this book broke my heart. I can't and won't spoil it for fans who are anxiously awaiting this book.
Controlling the Dead expands, explains, and then cloaks itself back under it's veil. For all the answers that we get, a few more pop up. For all the revelations, more things come to the surface. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? All I can tell you is that by the end of the book the only character I trust is Kan. So many things happen to her that I can see why she often wants to go back into her hole.
I can't wait until she lets me take a peek at book three!!!
The action and romance that you loved (or for some strange reason hated) is still here. So yeah, if you hated the romance aspect of the first book then you probably won't like this one.
I, for the record, can't stand reading books that are devoid of romance and sex. It's boring and not true to human nature.
Annie is still the queen of gross descriptions. Seriously. Ugh. It's so good, and bad that I could very vividly imagine what these things look and smelled like.
Kan spends a good time dealing with her attack at the end of book one. She also carries a huge load of guilt. It affects her and the choices she makes, but I never felt like I was wallowing in her pity party. She grows as a character, and the story grows.
Overall Controlling the Dead was everything I wanted. Kind of. But I can't speak of that. Annie knows what I am talking about. ;-)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Bailing Out into the Dead (The Famished Trilogy)

Bailing Out into the Dead (The Famished Trilogy) - Annie Walls Mac my love, how I missed you!

Deer in Headlights

Deer in Headlights - Staci Hart What can I say about Deer in Headlights that hasn't already been said? What I ask you?
I can tell you that it was an amazing read, full of steam, drama, and laughs! I can tell you that Staci's writing is great. I can tell you that her characters are likable! Yes I can! Deer in Headlights was a great spin on mythology, that made it fun and modern! I can't wait to move on to Snake in the Grass!

Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown, #1)

Welcome to Sugartown - Carmen Jenner For the month of October, until he decomposes and meets his final death, we will be having a guest reviewer chatting with me about the books we read.
His name is Zombie Derek, be sure to check out Contagious Reads for more from him, and us!
Welcome to Sugartown is the debut novel from Carmen, and what a debut it was!!!
L: Don’t you agree Zombie Derek?
D: I do, I very much enjoyed this edgy and darker take on New Adult romance.
L: Care to tell us more about the novel, just give us a bit of background.
D: Sure, the story follows Ana Belle and Elijah Cade as they fall in love in a very dramatic and fascinating way! It’s insta-lust. We both know, I don’t really swing that way, but man that Elijah…W.O.W. Elijah has a bunch of secrets and Ana has issues with his nature to hide things, and act a bit passionately. It’s got some pretty gory parts in it. Lots of blood, and skin carving…..skin….blood….brraaaiiinnnnss.
L: Okay. So, what was you’re favorite part of the book?
D: The whole thing! It was fun and fresh and a blast to read. It had plenty of naked bodies….with exposed skin, pink, rosey, alive….flesh.
L: Least favorite part?
D: Ummm lack of cats. Yeah. It needed some more cats. The author phonetically spells out the younger brothers lisp. It’s cute as hell, but did distract me the first few times he was speaking. By the end of the book I felt it gave him an extra flair, and made him unforgettable. Seriously, that kid was so cute I could eat him……*smacks lips*
L: And you wonder why I never let you leave the house! What about the writing? Clean? Clear? Engaging?
D: Yes, Yes and Yes! Once I picked up the kindle I was hooked! I even forgot to eat. Missing meals is never good for a zombie. But I couldn’t help it!!! Lucky for me you left the door unlocked!
L: Is that where the neighbors cat went?
D: I have NO IDEA what you are talking about. But yes, this book is unbelievably good. I cannot wait for it to come out so I can gush about it with someone other than you. Elijah Cade. I could eat that boy. For. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Seriously, he’s a tall dude, there’s a lot to him. And even though he’s a bad boy biker he has a big heart, and is pretty smart too. Oh and for the ladies (because I’m a dude, I don’t care about these things) he’s uh…packing if you get my drift. Total package. Delicious.
L: Well, uh thanks for sharing your thoughts on Welcome to Sugartown with us Zombie Derek!!! I have to say that I completely agree with everything you said. Well minus the cats part. I certainly didn’t notice a lack of cats around, not with all the steamy, and bloody action going on!!!
Thank you to Carmen for the review copy! We loved it!!!
Lori and Derek!
Blood Chosen (Blood Series, #3) - Tamara Rose Blodgett Wow. Just wow. This was full of twists and turns. So unexpected. It felt like there were fireworks exploding everywhere! Such a great addition to the series!

Having had a few days to absorb the full impact of this book, and trust me it's needed, all I can say is EPIC. From cover to cover Tamara takes us on a wild ride. It has it's ups, it has its downs, but it is always phenomenal.

For people who have a hard time following multi-pov's of the series, I have to tell ya, I didn't struggle as much with Chosen. And I am the beta that asked for the index. It's two parts, I knew who the characters are. Tamara really gave them a full range of depth in this one. It's just. The other two singers books were fantastic, but this one is fucking EPICsauce!

Blackballing the Dead (The Famished Trilogy)

Blackballing the Dead (The Famished Trilogy) - Annie Walls I think I am in love with Mac. That's what I think Goodreads.

Pretty When She Destroys (Pretty When She Dies, #3)

Pretty When She Destroys - Rhiannon Frater I think that this book made me an extremely happy girl!
Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma This book gutted me. Hard. I felt hallow after finishing it.
The Waking Dark - Robin Wasserman Hmm. That was interesting. And really dark. And pretty scary. All in all it was horrific, and OH MY GOD, I feel like this is happening right now!
I won't tell you the specifics but Oleander is a scary place to live for over a year. Walking down the street might get you ripped apart.
Good - S. Walden Loved this book from the depths of my soul. It was so thought provoking, and I had to read it back to back. No matter what you feel about Mark and Cadence's relationship you have to applaud the author for evoking such strong feelings!
Another fantastic book by S. Walden!

On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy, #0.5)

On Every Street  - Karina Halle #teamjavier

Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy, #2)

Shooting Scars - Karina Halle Yep. It was awesome! I love Karina Halle. Love her. Shooting Scars was hands and feet, and arms, and every body part available better than Sins & Needles.
I wish I could say I was team Camden, or Team Javier. But I'm not. Team Gus FTW!!!

Taming Cross (Love Inc. Book 2)

Taming Cross (Love Inc. Book 2) - Ella James Serious love. Serious girl boner for Cross. <3 Will write more....I promise.

Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies, #2)

Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies, #2) - Tarryn Fisher Leah is a bitch. No seriously she is. I hated this character, and yet I could not put the book all about her down. I think Leah would be happy with this book though. Even if it wasn't in the best light, she's more than a bit self centered. Anyway, I love to hate her. I think that's common theme throughout, and no I didn't find the book redeeming for her, I may have learned what her motivations where, but I still thought she was a horrible person.
This book didn't move me as emotionally as the Opportunist did, but that's okay, because I still loved it and I am still invested in this story.

The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1)

The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1) - Tarryn Fisher I read this in one sitting, and when I finished it I felt hallow and sick to my stomach. I wanted to smash my kindle into little tiny pieces. And dramatically sob, "Why, Why?" I was heartbroken, and mad, and everything in between. Fisher didn't just touch a nerve, she took all of them and ripped them out through my spinal column. I want to cry and rant and rave. I want to rage and listen to limp bizkits break stuff, and drink vodka. I don't even drink anymore, but I need one.
Anyway off to read the second book, and then the third. My bank account hates you Ms. Fisher. Remember that. It's looking at you with evil eyes, saying why are you draining me. I am so close to empty, you are slaying me!