Review: Brand (The Donnovan Dynasty #2) by Sierra Cartwright

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Title: Brand
Author: Sierra Cartwright
Publisher/Year:  Totally Entwined Group 9/22/15
Length:   253 Pages
Series:  The Donovan Dynasty #2

Overview

Book two in The Donovan Dynasty series

He wants her subject to his will. She’s scared she may never want to get away.

The first time Sofia McBride meets the strong and determined Cade Donovan, he warns her to keep her distance. She tells herself to heed his words, but she’s stunned to realize her depth of attraction to this intimidating man.

She knows she should stay away from him, but try as she might, she’s unable to resist him or his sexy, erotic demands. The deeper she becomes ensnared, the more she realizes she may never want to escape.

All his life, enigmatic rancher Cade Donovan has chosen women who don’t expect too much from him. But when a storm strands him with Sofia, his lovely, won’t-take-no-for-an-answer event planner, all his dominant and protective instincts flare.

Cade wants everything she has to offer, but he soon discovers Sofia’s beauty hides a determination he hasn’t counted on. Her untamed responses send him on a journey that will banish his demons and change them both forever.

My Thoughts

I’m enjoying this look into the different brothers lives and how they are intertwined or not.  I think that the way that Ms Cartwright is telling this series is a nice smooth progression since each story gently rolls into the next.  When we first met this family, we met Connor and Lara through their interesting story – and here we are with Cade now – the brother who’s always been a bit distant from the family – not really because he’s a half brother since everyone has accepted him but because he feels that he shouldn’t be getting the bits of life and family that he has.

So that’s really where we come into this story.  Connor and Lara are celebrating their marriage in Houston,and Sofia’s event company has managed all of the arrangements.  It’s when they meet on that day that things change completely for them.  There’s a chemistry and link between them that you know they have to act on, and it’s just a matter of how they choose to do it.

It’s when Cade’s family suggests that Sofia help plan the centennial event of their family ranch that things start to fall into place. During a tour of the property, Sofia’s eyes are opened to a side of Cade that she expected somewhat based on what she knows of his brother connor, and well, things fall into place after that – since you know that they can’t possible just tamp that one down.  It’s full on heat ad steam and naughty bits all together.

What we always get from Ms Cartwright in her writing is something that comes through here in full force.  Both of our main characters have a past that’s not so stellar and they’ve either chosen to let it make them stronger or to become a crutch. Sofia decided to be better from it, while Cade lets his demons eat at him and knowing that Sofia will push and push to get that to come to the forefront – it’s also the same thing that will break them apart.

The journey we take here is twofold.  The first is of sexual exploration – we know that Sofia hasn’t had the most experience and Cade’s the one to give it to her – but what boundaries will be pushed and what does that mean.  Then on the flip side, Sofia will push Cade, and we know that he can’t be pushed, and that leads us down a very bad path.

It’s through forces of nature around them, family coming to support and do a bit of ass kicking and just realization that you’re better together than alone – well…it’s all something that has to happen and does happen.

I think that the place where this story ends, and leads into the next installment is such a natural flow.  You only want to see good things happen for these brothers but they are their own worst enemies.  It’s no surprise that they have each other’s backs to the extent that they do, and i can’t wait to see how it plays out in book three.  Enjoy and HAPPY FRIDAY!

Review: Willful Violation (Lawyers Behaving Badly #3) by Cleo Peitsche

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Title: Willful Violation
Author: Cleo Peitsche
Publisher/Year:  Pouch Productions 6/7/16
Length:   121 Pages
Series:  Lawyers Behaving Badly #3

Overview

Maisie’s life is spiraling the drain. She wants to get her job back, but her rich, powerful bosses have ordered her to stay away from their law firm until things settle down.

Ethan Brennbach, Trent Banno, and Raphael Lattimore are dominant men who are used to being obeyed. Their decisions are final.

But when Maisie’s college rival sets her sights on Ethan, Maisie makes a tough decision, knowing she’ll have to accept the consequences.

Can she survive a punishment tailor-made for her, or is her pride too strong?

My Thoughts

Oh do things keep getting better and better here.  We know that there’s a case being built against the lawyers for the murder of one of their client’s estranged husbands – and we don’t know who is behind it all, but we know that there’s a case being built.  The complicated bit of course is that the deputy chief of police is the deceased brother, making it personal as well as an investigation into a death.

If that weren’t enough, we know that Maisie was fired, and she’s being questioned by the police as well – so her life just about sucks.  Her ‘frienemy’ Heather pops up again, reaching out to get an intro (again) to Ethan, and that puts Maisie on jealousy high alert, so she does something that ultimately gets her into even more trouble.

The path we take in this installment is that no one knows the truth behind the murder and the lawyers themselves know how they can get their names cleared.  On top of that, they’ve found that Maisie is almost the perfect submissive for them, and if that weren’t enough, we get in this story EXACTLY what Cleo Peitsche is best at – some amazing group scenes that are so hot that they make you wonder if you should be trying out not just a threesome but something more.  It’s not just the steamy description of things, but the real connection that you feel between the characters – and how it’s more than sex – there’s romance and true love and feeling.

Where we are left off – well Maisie is yet again a pawn, with decisions of her future being made for her without her choices – and that means that we’re going to see a spicy, feisty version come out for sure.  I can’t wait to see what happens and what role Heather will continue to play.  I’m also really curious on Ethan’s back story since that keeps on coming up and never with the say path to progression of the story.  So  – onto the next.  Have a great night all!

Review: Ascendancy (The Van Winkle Project #2) by Karri Thompson

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Title: Ascendancy
Author: Karri Thompson
Publisher/Year:  Entangled Publishing 11/30/15
Length:   248 Pages
Series:  Van Winkle Project #2

Overview

I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated-again. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity and respect. I’m the one who’s supposed to save humanity, right? I’m the one with the power to re-populate this dying world. But the clones want to control me, force me to give birth over and over again. And my daughters will face the same fate-unless I change it.

My awakening into this future should have been a chance for a new life, but it just promises a living death. With Michael on my side, though, maybe I can save us. He’s the only person I can trust.

I hear rumors of others… A secret society is growing. Tension is building.

A rebellion is imminent.

My Thoughts

Where we ended book 1 was an intense place – knowing that Cassie and Michael were on the run w/ baby Victoria in the hopes of finding their twins that were taken and creating a version of the Van Winkle Project that they could all get behind.  Things do NOT seem to be going well for them as folks that they felt they could trust are proving otherwise and they have really no idea where they are going and what’s next.

This 2nd installment of the series takes us on quite a roller coaster.  They trusted the leader of one of the regions to lead them to a safe haven in Tasma, not only to be reunited with their twins but to jump start the VW project in a safe way to really help society thrive.  Of course things aren’t always what they seem though, and others who seemed to be on their side are not to be trusted, and what results is a lot of death, chaos and another fight for their lives.

We spend much of this story with Michael and Cassie, trying to find their way to safety, figuring out where their children really are, trying to find out who’s behind a secret society and what it’s truly about.  and of course, just trying to keep life growing since she’s really the only line of life with fertility as an option.

What i love about this series so far though is the way that the character dynamic continues to evolve and play out.  I still don’t know who to trust and our main characters are constantly faced with the question of whether someone’s for them or against them.  There’s the expected teen romantic angst, jealousy and what not, but knowing that Cassie was forced to grow up a lot faster once she was awakened – well she’s dealing with the future of humanity on her shoulders and it’s an interesting place to be.

The key word ‘newlywed’ is their savior most of the time, and it’s kept them alive so far.  At the tail end of this 2nd book, we are reunited with Travel (Victoria’s father) or the close that we ‘think’ is travel – so i think that’s going to be interesting to see if it’s him or not.  We also see that the evil president Harrington is back and perhaps behind everything – so we’ll have to see how that plays out.  We have VW2 in our sights, but no sense of where Victoria is or VW3, so that’s yet another complexity to it all.

I can’t wait to see where book 3 takes us.  Are we going back to the Regions, are we going to Tasma?  will Shen Lung be found?  and what’s the deal with the Society?  is their rebellion reality and what will it mean?  who’s truly behind it and how much information do they have and know?  On that note – Happy monday – and i’m searching out book 3 already!

Cover Reveal: Fractured Lies by Abigail Davies

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Title: Fractured Lies
Series: Mac Security #1
Author: Abigail Davies
Cover Designer: MG Book Cover and Designs
Release Date: June 20th, 2016
Goodreads:
 
Synopsis:
LIE – NOUN
AN INTENTIONALLY FALSE STATEMENT 
Some days I didn’t know where the lies finished and the truth began.
It happened with one innocent lie and before I knew it I’d created a whole web
of lies.
Nobody likes a liar.
But.
What if you had to lie? To protect yourself and your child?
If those lies were revealed, I would be a shell of my former self.
Fractured into a thousand tiny pieces.
I just hoped I could be put back together.
 
*** WARNING ***

This book contains
scenes that readers might get upset about. This book does have a Cliffhanger.
Author Bio:
New adult author Abigail Davies grew up in the UK with a
passion for words and story telling. Now following her dreams of writing she
can be found talking to her characters, often out loud. When she’s not writing
she’s mom to two daughters who she encourages to use their imagination as much
as they can as she believes the imagination is a magical thing. An avid reader
if Abigail is not writing a book, you can be sure that she’s reading one.
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Review: Demand (Careless Whispers #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title: Demand
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Gallery Books 5/31/16
Length:   220 Pages
Series:  Careless Whispers #2

Overview

Still struggling with amnesia, Ella questions everything she’s known about Kayden Wilkens—the alluring stranger who claims to have found her unconscious in an alleyway a month earlier. But was he truly a stranger—or did Kayden know her before his supposed rescue? Tormented by the potential betrayal he denies, with fleeting memories of a bombshell in her recent past, Ella must face a hard reality. Every action has consequences . . . and trusting Kayden, the one thing she most desires, might result in the direst consequences of all.

My Thoughts

I love how this story keeps us really confused about what we knew from Sara’s story and what we know or don’t know now.  Every time i feel like Ella is about to make a breakthrough to something that we know about her, it turns out to be something different, which keeps me incredibly intrigued.

In this 2nd book, we know that Ella is slowly getting bits of herself back, she’s getting flashbacks time and time again that give her little glimpses into her life before coming to Italy.  Kayden is amazing in how he cares for her and how he’s protecting her, however we see in several of the flashbacks, there are things that she recalls that are exactly what he said, and that makes her wonder.  not doubt- but wonder.  On top of that, there are phrases that she recalls from what her father told her that make her even more curious.

Anyhow – throughout this story, we see that there’s a strong undertone of trust, protectiveness and everyone man out for themself.  We see that in full force with Giada – she goes about everything in the wrong manner.  We see that in Adriel, someone who we still don’t know if he can be trusted.  Ella gets a sense about him, and i trust her instincts for some reason.

Along with that, we have a really hot romance here between Ella and Kayden, and that’s something that i’ve come to not only expect but appreciate as well.  If we didn’t see these hot and steamy scenes, the passion that comes between a couple, well, i think that it wouldn’t be typical of Ms Jones.

I think that where we are left off in this one, not sure who’s safe, who’s after whom.  What side everyone is on – that’s a great place to keep us waiting.  There are so many nuances to the relationships that we’re seeing – even between Kayden and Niccolo, and the police and everyone else.  i’m sure it’s going to get really dicey and i can’t wait to see what that all means and who’s going to come out alive and well.  Enjoy!

Review: The Epidemic (The Program #0.6) by Suzanne Young

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Title: The Epidemic
Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher/Year:  Simon Pulse 4/19/16
Length:   278 Pages
Series:  The Program #0.6

Overview

Can one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel to The Remedy and companion to the New York Times bestselling The Treatment and The Program.

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee has spent her life acting as other people. She was a closer—a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased in order to give their families closure. Through this process, Quinn learned to read people and situations, even losing a bit of herself to do so. But she couldn’t have guessed how her last case would bring down her entire world.

The only person Quinn trusts is Deacon, her best friend and the love of her life. Except Deacon’s been keeping secrets of his own, so Quinn must set out alone to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who’s been trying to control her life. The journey brings Quinn to Arthur’s daughter, Virginia, who tells Quinn the truth about Pritchard’s motives. The former closer will start to see that she is the first step in fighting an epidemic.

But Quinlan doesn’t want to be a cure. And with all the lies surrounding her, she realizes she has no one left to rely on but herself—even if she doesn’t know who that is anymore.

My Thoughts

We have grown very close to Quinn, Deacon and even Aaron throughout these companion books to The Program series, and i think that it’s really great to see how things all came into play since we know that there was an epidemic of suicides which spawned the creation of the Program and it’s not from a good place.

At the end of The Remedy, we learned that while Quinn has been living her life as a closer – pretending to be someone else, she’s actually a closer herself.  She learned at the very end of the book that she’s been living as Quinn and that’s not her true identity.

So we pick up when Aaron and his GF (a non closer) were running away to live a ‘normal’ life as best as they could, and Deacon and Quinn were running to Roseburg to find the dr who’s responsible for the grief department and all that the closers have been doing.

On this journey though it focuses a lot on trust – who you can trust, what everyone’s motivation is, and whether there’s going to be any resolution to the nonsense that’s been going on.  Quinn begins to feel like Deacon again isn’t being honest with her and actually feels that he’s against her given that he received a text that was looking for her – so she runs from him as well, and just when she thinks that she’s safe, she realizes that someone else is trying to harm her, and off she goes again.

It’s a roller coaster to be honest – emotions all over the place, new characters being introduced all the time and old ones coming back to make things even more complicated.  Marie – their adviser plays an interesting role in all of this, and i think that Virginia herself is something of an enigma.  She’s at the center of the suicides that started all this for Quinn and even back home where Virginia lives, so it’s just a matter of time before things really begin to get dicey.

Bits of the Treatment and Epidemic are coming out as we learn more – and we see that even closures aren’t immune.  Folks that we care for die, and folks that we want to have hope for lose it.  I still don’t know if at the end of this prequel, that we know who we can trust.  Tom – Quinn’s dad isn’t what he seems, and neither is Marie.  I feel like Deacon, Aaron and Quinn will continue to have their struggles too and it’s not going to be good.

The nice setup here though is that if you haven’t read the rest of the main series you get a glimpse into the set up of it all, and you’re not seeing it as a spoiler.  There’s also a hint into the characters that we really fell in love with from the other part of the series as well and i think that it’s really great to see how the evolution of it all happened. Suzanne Young is def becoming one of my favorite authors because of how she’s able to weave the stories together without making you feel like you’ve had to read the others to get it.  it’s impressive.

Anyway – have a great wednesday all and i’ll be back soon!