Monday, January 23, 2017

"Nova and Quinton: No Regrets" by Jessica Sorensen


SERIES: Nova #3
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

Today is the first day of Quinton Carter's new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces, but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day... but he's not ready yet. Playing drums in a band and living with her friends are just some of the highlights of Nova's life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way—a reminder of life's dark side—and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken heart... and into Nova's heart?


I meant to read this a long time ago because I knew Nova and Quinton had something special for their final chapter, but then life got in the way and books were all over the place... So yes, I delayed this moment too much, but I'm glad I finally put my feet down and didn't let anything distract me from the read.

New adult books can give you so much and surprise the hell out of you sometimes. Romance always plays its big part, of course, but there are stories—like this one—where tragic events turn your world upside down and make you connect with the characters on a different level. I honestly loved every single moment spent with both Nova and Quinton, their struggle, despair but also hope got me emotional and kept me rooting for them. Especially for Quinton, who needed to find the strength to come out from the dark place he lost himself into and get a hold of his life. Easier said than done, isn't it? But you gotta keep fighting.

Jessica Sorensen delivered a dark, touching, and realistic story. She also found a way to keep me longing for more... In fact, even if we have reached a closure for these two, you'll find there's someone else in the story who might be waiting and begging for attention. And perhaps some kind of a miracle.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#39)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


This week's pick: TRAPPED IN SILVER by Emily Sowden
Expected publication: February 7th, 2017 by Oftomes Publishing

Courage comes from a shadowed place in our hearts: a blurred line that straddles love and sheer stupidity.

Ava has always been told that she was made for better things, but she never believed them. In her seventeen years she has never been in love, but has known sacrifice in love’s name. While her father dealt with the grief of her mother’s passing, Ava put aside her skirts and took up the duties of a son in order to support them. That is until Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, crashes into her life and marks the end of her somewhat normal existence.

After a violent encounter with a group of animalistic men called Berserkers, Ava finds herself hunted by their leader, Stephan, after he forms a monstrous obsession with her. In order to escape his wrath, she must take refuge in an unfamiliar land full of strange creatures and unlikely allies. All she has on her is her bone-handled dagger, her old work boots and a silver locket that cannot be opened or removed. But when damning information surfaces, Ava must unearth the truth behind her relentless nightmares and discover things about herself that could lead to the Berserker’s, and her own, destruction.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Four Letter Word" by J. Daniels


SERIES: Dirty Deeds #1
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words 'wrong number' in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend's heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line. Brian Savage is living a life he's quickly come to hate—until Sydney's wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past...


I didn't know what I was getting into when I started this book, what I did know was that the title instantly caught my attention and I really wanted to know what the four letter word was—because opting just for the obvious one would be a mistake—and how it would play out.

Let me tell you, the author did a very good job with the concept of the title, clever and refreshing. The premise is catchy, the dynamic of Sydney and Brian's meeting is certainly engaging and it makes you root for them. I honestly couldn't wait to see how a oops-wrong-number conversation over the phone developed into something deep. However, I have to say that I liked the waiting part better than when they started seeing each other in person. Don't get me wrong, Syd and Brian have quite the chemistry going on, it's undeniable, but I kinda felt disconnected all of a sudden. Even with the steamy scenes, it all felt a bit flat to me. Also, the conflict only comes towards the end where, in my opinion, we find a too easy resolution.

Overall, it wasn't one of my fave reads, but I can't say it was bad either. I loved the first part of the book and there are things after that I still enjoyed, and a couple of secondary characters that surely helped with that. So much so that I'm thinking about reading the next instalment to see how these two figure things out.


Monday, January 09, 2017

"A Promise of Fire" by Amanda Bouchet


SERIES: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
GENRE: Fantasy
SOURCE: Publisher

In the icy north, where magic is might, and all-powerful elite—ruthlessly guided by a glacial queen—has grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the magic-poor south where, for the first time in memory, a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations. Stuck in the middle is Cat, circus performer and soothsayer, safely hidden behind the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she's more than she seems... Captured by the southern warlord, Griffin, Cat's careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, rival gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight?


I love fantasy, but I genuinely don't remember the last time I read a book like this. Or, better yet, a book that would remind me of the time when I couldn't read anything else besides this genre. I feel like I've waited an eternity for the emotions to resurface, but thanks to this author the magic is back, and the wait was worth it!

The author did a fantastic job combining Greek mythology and places with her own vision of Gods and rulers—some of whom are anything but what you'd expect them to be like—she created a charming world that is action-packed, full of intriguing plots and that also offers a different kind of romance. Cat and Griffin are amazing, their banters are a pure pleasure to read and the tension building is so well done that you might struggle at times because you are not sure if you want them to go for it, or make the wait last longer... Not many books make you feel like a masochist of some sorts, just for this you should be really intrigued!

Magic, Gods, mythological creatures, realms, and everything fantasy that comes to mind is in this book. Grab your copy, stick your nose in it—yes, sniff the pages because we all know that's one of the biggest pleasures for a book lover—and let Amanda Bouchet enrapture you with a magically wondrous story...

RATING: 4.5/5

This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Piatkus.

Friday, December 30, 2016

FairyLoot December Unboxing: Sci-Fi Adventure

How was your Christmas? FairyLoot made sure their subscribers had one out of this world!

In my November unboxing, you saw how blessed I was with some royally gorgeous goodies. Today, I'm showing you a different kind of gorgeousness that can only spark the day (and curiosity) of those particularly up for a stellar journey . . . Oh yeah, this month's theme was: SCI-FI ADVENTURE.

Get comfy and look what came from a galaxy far, far away . . .

Friday, December 23, 2016

Ho-Ho-Ho, Merry Christmas!


I'm not the only one super-excited to open the presents start the celebrations, right? Thought so! ;)

I'm about to get busy cooking (ok, helping in the kitchen), but mostly relaxing and having fun for the next few days. However, me and Darkest Sins couldn't really take off without sending you, precious readers, supporters, fellow bloggers, friends & amazing people around the blogosphere our personal Christmas wishes first, could we?

Really hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas! Will be back before the New Year kicks in, stay tuned, warm, and deliciously happy :)

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