Book Review: Origin

cover-originTitle: Origin [Lux 4]

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

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Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout was tense from start to finish. I think out of the entire series thus far, this book was without a doubt the most action-packed. It was thrilling and gripping from the very first page, and I know more is to come.

Once again, the characters, world-building, and writing were excellent. I have no complaints. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and this series as a whole, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA Romance and Science Fiction.

Book Review: Resurrecting Ghosts

review-cover-resurrecting ghostsTitle: Resurrecting Ghosts [Kings of Chaos 4]

Author: Shyla Colt

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 2 Stars

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Ruthie Gregg was the independent woman who had everything together. A homeowner with a successful job in advertising, and a busy social life, she never wanted to get serious with a man. Things with Kings of Chaos member, Skull, were meant to be fun and light. Then she made the mistake of catching feelings without discussing their relationship status. Misunderstandings and indiscretions lead her to call things off. But life is a cruel mistress who wasn’t done uprooting her perfectly managed existence. To get the life she’s dreamed of, she must put her past behind her, and fight for her future with a man who just may be the love of her life.

Tritt “Skull” Matthews was a man who wanted nothing to do with love. After watching the four letter word and mental illness destroy his family, he opted to take the path of a permanent bachelor. His brothers in the Kings of Chaos MC were all the family he needed until he took up with Ruthie. The mouthy red head with her vintage style and a strong back bone derailed his plans. When denial, drinking, and self-sabotage doesn’t shake her from his soul, he starts a new mission, to get her back at any cost.

Happiness is within their reach if they’re willing to lay the resurrected ghosts in their lives to rest. The things they fear the most holds them captive in invisible chains. Breaking free is imperative, lest they are doomed to repeat the past.

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I just could not get into Resurrecting Ghosts by Shyla Colt, and I tried—I really did.

Technically speaking, the book was well edited. There were only a handful of typos, grammatical issues or punctuation problems to speak of. Unfortunately, I went into this series having not read the first three books, and this was one of those books that started mid-relationship, so by the time the story began, I already felt as if I’d missed part of the story that probably would have gone a long way towards endearing the characters to me. Instead, the pacing often felt rushed, and so I found it hard to connect to them. Their relationship seemed, well, terrible to be honest. Skull seemed to pay little consideration to Ruthie, often steamrolling over her decisions and doing things that decent men normally wouldn’t even consider under those circumstances. Other than the chemistry they insisted they had, I didn’t see much that endeared me to either character or their romance.

To be frank, I didn’t like the characters—any of them. They were foul-mouthed and a bit dim-witted, often prone to making rash, even dangerous decisions. They were often crass with their language and actions. Couple that with the raunchy sex scenes, and I was just turned off by the book in general. This isn’t the first biker romance I’ve read, but it was the first I felt the need to back away from. It just wasn’t for me, and not something I’d actively look for as a romance.

Overall, I just didn’t like the book. I think if you enjoy raunchy biker erotica full of foul language and gun waving, you may enjoy this book more than I did, but it isn’t going to be for everyone—it certainly wasn’t for me.

Book Review: Into The Flames

review-cover-into the flamesTitle: Into The Flames [Firehouse Fourteen 4]

Author: Lisa B. Kamps

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 5 Stars

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Dale Gannon has sworn off women. He’s seen more than his share of crazy and not all of it has been during his job as a firefighter. His youngest sister, Lindsay, is currently in jail awaiting trial for the attempted poisoning of his other sister, Lauren. Guilt still eats at him, making him wonder if there was something he could have done to prevent Lindsay’s fall. Could he have been more supportive? More encouraging? What if…no, he was done with what-ifs. Done with women. Done with people, period. What he needs is peace, quiet…and time to come to grips with everything that’s happened in the last six months.

And then he meets the neighbor from hell: a sassy free-spirited woman who quickly turns his life upside down.

Melanie Reeves has always seen things differently, viewing life as an array of color. Bright and vibrant, dark and moody. She captures them, breathes them, gives life to them on canvas. But her obnoxious neighbor is a mystery, one she can’t solve, one she can’t even read clearly—and one she tries her best to ignore.

Until she discovers the deep guilt that plagues him—guilt he won’t admit to or even acknowledge. Can she help him find his way to the surface before the darkness completely engulfs the inner vibrancy she senses in him? Or will he drag her with him into the flames, where they both run the risk of losing who they really are?

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I love a good romance read—it’s one of my favorite genres—and this, by no means, was any exception. The book was wonderfully well written. I didn’t run into any grammar problems, typos, or other technical errors. The narrative was clean and flowed smoothly from beginning to end at a nice pace that was neither too slow nor too fast. I have no complaints.

The characters were interesting and dynamic, though I’ll admit, Dale was by far my favorite of the two main characters. Melanie, though artistic and spunky, just wasn’t my cup of tea. I couldn’t get a real handle on her strange penchant for seeing… well, I guess the closest thing word would be “aura’s”. She saw people’s moods as colors, and while it fit her artistic personality… I guess I kind of viewed her as a bit spacey and odd. Dale, on the other hand, was a solid character. He had some definite baggage and issues to work through, but despite those problems, he never came across as needlessly brooding or angry as I’d expected.

The romance between the characters was steamy, and complicated, and full of humorous moments that made it a pure joy to read. I loved the use of the nicknames for the characters, and how those little endearments soon became part of a complication for the couple. Overall, I loved it. It was a solid, quick read, and I have no major complaints about it. If you like Steamy romance with some humor thrown in, you’re probably going to enjoy this book. I definitely did!

Book Review: Before The Dawn

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00037]Title: Before The Dawn [The Ending 4]

Author: Lindsey Fairleigh & Lindsey Pogue

Genre: Post Apocalyptic, New Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopian

Rating: 4 Stars

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A year ago, the Virus killed off most people in the world.

A year ago, strange things started happening to those who survived. Some of them transformed into something dark and sinister, while others evolved, becoming something more, something beyond human.

A year ago, Dani and Zoe were lost. They traversed the country to find one another, losing some of the people dearest to them along the way. They fought for their right to simply live, uncovered long-buried secrets, and discovered irreversible truths. And after everything Dani and Zoe have been through—even with the battle wounds that they bear—they’re still not safe.

It’s time for the struggling to end, for survivors to take back their lives, their families, their safety. It’s time to really begin to live, and to do that, they must wait for the first rays of dawn.

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I can honestly say that I was somewhat surprised by this book. I’ll admit, the third book in the series was probably my least favorite, and reading the third and fourth book in the span of just a few days had me a little burned out. I went into the fourth book full of trepidation that it was going to be yet another long drag through a narrative where very little happened. Luckily, that wasn’t so.

Let me first say that the writing in Before The Dawn was pretty damn flawless. I didn’t notice any obvious typos, awkward sentences, or grammatical errors. Not a single one—which is pretty amazing. The narrative flowed smoothly at a nice pace throughout, and other than a few short moments at the beginning of the book (Anna’s sections of the book weren’t my favorite), I didn’t feel the need to skim.

The characters were unique and complex, and though I sometimes had difficulty throughout the series telling Dani/Zoe and their respective J-named boyfriends apart by tone, I enjoyed their company. Their world was rich, fraught with danger and uncertainty, and unlike the previous book, had some pretty great action oriented moments. This was probably one of my favorite books in the series thus far—it may even be my favorite. The story felt wrapped up by the end, and though it had it’s stab at an HEA ending, it wasn’t perfect—which kept it from falling into the familiar romance genre trope that often ends with everyone pregnant, married, and all the bad guys defeated. Okay, so maybe there’s a smidgen of trope involved, but it was pulled off really well.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and I think it was a fantastic ending to the series. I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s been following the series thus far—including those who, like me, may not have enjoyed the third book quite as much.

Devil and The Deep – Release Day Party + Giveaway!

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It’s an exciting day today here at Author Unpublished! Earlier this month I was given a chance to take part in the Devil and The Deep Release Day Party + Giveaway, and I was more than happy to jump in and participate. The Ceruleans series by Megan Tayte is one of my recent favorite series. I’ve read through the first three books already (Death Wish, Forget Me Not, WIld Blue Yonder) and gave them all 5 star reviews.

Btw, Books 1, 2, and 3 are FREE today for the Release Day Party (September 30)! So go check them out! Go! Go!

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Devil and the Deep coverDevil And The Deep by Megan Tayte, Ceruleans Book 4

STORM CLOUDS ARE GATHERING, AND THEY WILL RAIN BLOOD.

Scarlett is living her happy-ever-after, back in the real world. Only the ‘happy’ part is proving problematic.

For starters, there’s the isolation. Being a Cerulean among humans is fraught with risk, so her time with people can only be fleeting. Which means being with Luke but not being with Luke.

Then there’s her Cerulean light, her power over life and death. Less awesome talent, as it turns out, and more overwhelming responsibility. And it comes with rules – rules that are increasingly difficult to obey.

But what’s really pushing Scarlett to the precipice is something much bigger than herself, than her life in the cove. A force to be reckoned with:

Blood.

When long-buried truths are exposed, will Scarlett keep her head above water – or will she drown in the blood-dimmed tide that is unleashed?

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EXCERPT

It began with screaming. Shrill, ear-piercing, horrified screaming.

A girl shrieked, ‘Blood! Look, look – it’s everywhere!’ and pressed her hand to her mouth.

A man shouted, ‘Good grief!’ and another, ‘Great Scott!’

An old lady swooned gracefully and would have tipped over the balustrade of the riverboat had a lanky lad not caught her.

The cause of the excitement – a woman lying slumped on the long table on deck, cheek on her bread plate, headdress in the butter dish – twitched a little.

‘She’s alive!’ cried a lad beside her delightedly. ‘She moved!’

‘Did not,’ argued another.

‘Did too!’

‘Gentlemen,’ interjected a short, portly man with a twirly black moustache, ‘if you will forgive my intrusion, it must be noted that this woman has a bullet hole in her head and is logically, therefore, quite definitely deceased.’

Another old dear folded to the deck with a prolonged ‘Ohhhhhh’ and her husband grabbed a feathered fan and began wafting cool evening air in her face while calling, ‘Smelling salts – does anyone have any?’

I tried to keep a straight face. Really I did. I bit my bottom lip until I tasted my cherry-red lipstick. I pinched my leg through the cream satin of my gown. I dug my long cigarette holder into the sensitive flesh of my arm.

But it was no good.

The ‘What ho, chaps’ posh accents.

The buxom woman sagging in the arms of an elephant hunter wearing Converse All Stars.

The production of smelling salts in a bottle whose label read Pepto-Bismol.

The corners of the little round man’s moustache coming looser with his every word.

The fast-pooling puddle of pinkish blood on the bread plate, buffeted by the steady in-and-out breaths of the corpse.

Take it from a girl who’s really died – death on the River Dart, Devon, is hilarious.

‘Dear me, Ms Robson here appears to be quite overcome with shock,’ said the guy at my side suddenly, and he slipped an arm around me and turned me away. ‘Come, madam. Let us get some air.’

I smiled at him. Then grinned. Then choked back a guffaw. Thankfully, by the time full-scale hilarity hit me I’d been led to the rear of the boat, away from the rest of our party, and could bury my face in the bloke’s chest and shake mutely with laughter.

The gallant gentleman rubbed my back soothingly as I let it all out and said loudly, for the benefit of any onlookers, ‘There there, pignsey, there there.’

‘Pigsney?’ It was the final straw. My high-heeled sandals gave way and I melted into a puddle of mirth on the deck.

‘I’ll have you know, Scarlett Blake,’ hissed Luke, my boyfriend a.k.a. gallant gent, hoiking up his too-tight corduroy trousers so he could squat down beside me, ‘I Googled “old-fashioned terms of endearment” and pigsney’s a classic.’

I wiped tears from my eyes, dislodging a false eyelash in the process, and tried to catch my hiccupping breath as Luke went on.

‘Means pig’s eye. No idea why that’s appealing, but apparently in the seventeenth century, calling a lady pigsney was the very height of courting.’

Through his fake specs Luke’s blue eyes fixed me with a stare so earnest I almost managed to stop laughing.

‘But this is a Death on the Nile-Stroke-Dart murder mystery night, Luke,’ I managed to get out. ‘Set in the nineteen thirties, not the seventeen thirties.’

‘Ah,’ he said, ‘but my character tonight, Mr Fijawaddle, is a historical fiction writer, isn’t he? So as well as dressing like a brainy recluse – and I’m warning you now, I won’t hear another slur against this tweed jacket – he’d know all kinds of obscure terms. Like ginglyform and jargogle and nudiustertian and bromopnea and farctate and quagswag and philosophunculist.’

His showing off sobered me just enough to control the giggles. ‘You made those words up,’ I accused, poking a crimson talon into his mustard-yellow shirtfront.

He blinked at me innocently. ‘Did not. I told you before we left the house, I did my homework.’

I narrowed my eyes. ‘All right then, Mr Fijawaddle, what does that last word you said mean?’

‘Philosophunculist?’

‘Yes, that.’

‘Er…’ Luke gave me a sheepish grin.

‘Spill it,’ I said menacingly. As menacingly as a girl dressed up as a vintage Hollywood starlet with cute little pin curls and rouge aplenty can be, that is.

‘Philosophunculist,’ recited Luke. ‘Noun. A person who pretends to know more than they do in order to impress others.’

I threw my head back and laughed. ‘Busted!’

Luke slipped an arm around me and pulled me close. Really close.

‘Bet you like it when I use long words,’ he said huskily, eyes fixed on my too-red lips.

‘Bet you like it when I wear a clingy nightgown as a dress,’ I replied, eyes fixed on his too-kissable lips.

‘Brazen hussy,’ he growled at me.

‘Randy boffin,’ I murmured back.

Then neither of us said another word for quite some time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Megan Tayte

Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. ‘Write, Megan,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.
Thirty-odd years later, Megan is a professional writer and published author by day, and an indie novelist by night. Her fiction – young adult romance with soul – recently earned her the SPR’s Independent Woman Author of the Year award.
Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in Robin Hood’s county, Nottinghamshire. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a palaeontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.
You can find Megan online at:

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My Review

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I’m still in a little conflict over how I feel about Devil and the Deep by Megan Tayte. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book… but it wasn’t my favorite out of the series. The front half of the book felt a little slow to me. Not a lot happened. I read the book 20% at a time, and I didn’t feel like I was itching to get back into the book each time I put it down… If I’d put down the book halfway through, I would have shrugged and moved on—but, I am glad that I continued to read because the second half of the book was much better.

Technically speaking, the book was well written. The pacing was steady, the writing was fluid and easy to follow. I ran into a few minor typos, but nothing that distracted me from the text, or would have made me put the book down. Once again, I loved all the characters…. even Evangeline. It was a solid addition to the series as a whole up until this point. But, like I said, the first half of the book just didn’t engage me like I’d expected.

The ending was great. There was drama and chaos and lines were being crossed, and I was engrossed. When that last line hit, I bemoaned the end of the story. I wanted more.

Overall, I really liked the book. Was it the best book in the series? For me, no. Was it enjoyable? Definitely. Would I recommend it? Yes. If you’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series, you’ll probably enjoy this one too. I can’t wait for the fifth book!

Book Review: Devil And The Deep

review-cover-devilandthedeepTitle: Devil And The Deep [Ceruleans 4]

Author: Megan Tayte

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

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Scarlett is living her happy-ever-after, back in the real world. Only the ‘happy’ part is proving problematic.

For starters, there’s the isolation. Being a Cerulean among humans is fraught with risk, so her time with people can only be fleeting. Which means being with Luke but not being with Luke.

Then there’s her Cerulean light, her power over life and death. Less awesome talent, as it turns out, and more overwhelming responsibility. And it comes with rules – rules that are increasingly difficult to obey.

But what’s really pushing Scarlett to the precipice is something much bigger than herself, than her life in the cove. A force to be reckoned with:
Blood.

When long-buried truths are exposed, will Scarlett keep her head above water – or will she drown in the blood-dimmed tide that is unleashed?

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I’m still in a little conflict over how I feel about Devil and the Deep by Megan Tayte. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book… but it wasn’t my favorite out of the series. The front half of the book felt a little slow to me. Not a lot happened. I read the book 20% at a time, and I didn’t feel like I was itching to get back into the book each time I put it down… If I’d put down the book halfway through, I would have shrugged and moved on—but, I am glad that I continued to read because the second half of the book was much better.

Technically speaking, the book was well written. The pacing was steady, the writing was fluid and easy to follow. I ran into a few minor typos, but nothing that distracted me from the text, or would have made me put the book down. Once again, I loved all the characters…. even Evangeline. It was a solid addition to the series as a whole up until this point. But, like I said, the first half of the book just didn’t engage me like I’d expected.

The ending was great. There was drama and chaos and lines were being crossed, and I was engrossed. When that last line hit, I bemoaned the end of the story. I wanted more.

Overall, I really liked the book. Was it the best book in the series? For me, no. Was it enjoyable? Definitely. Would I recommend it? Yes. If you’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series, you’ll probably enjoy this one too. I can’t wait for the fifth book!

Book Review: Independence

review-cover-independenceTitle: Independence [Significance 4]

Author: Shelly Crane

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary

Rating: 3 Stars

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In the fourth and final installment, Maggie and Caleb must tie up all the loose ends of their lives and make a way to be together completely on their own. With everything that happened with Bish and Maggie’s father, she’s almost reluctant to move on and move out. And now she must figure out all of this…stuff…with Haddock. But of course, nothing can stay simple for the Jacobsons. Enemies who were thought to be dissolved have decided to not go down so easily. And old flames come calling for more than just Maggie. Caleb is torn between leading his family and personal wants. Maggie is torn between Caleb and being the leader of their people. But neither will let what they need most to be pushed to the wayside. They are determined to make it all work, design a plan toward destiny, and make everything right again for themselves and their family.

And then there’s a wedding…

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Meh. That about sums up my feelings about Independence by Shelly Crane. I adored the previous three books in the series—absolutely loved them. So, going into Independence, I was certain that I was going to love this book equally as well. I didn’t. In fact, I’m not even sure I liked it (hence the meh.)

This book took me weeks to finish. For someone who reads 1-2 books a day, that’s a little crazy. I just couldn’t get into it. The format had changed from the previous books. Instead of one POV (Maggie’s), the book was written in a strange back and forth of Maggie/Caleb, that in my opinion, didn’t work. Caleb’s POV chapters were boring, and his voice was honestly a little irritating. Maggie’s were okay, but the narrative seemed to skim. A lot. Events were barely touched upon, and conversations that should have been delved into, were peeked at and set aside. The whole thing seemed incredibly rushed, and it made it very hard to follow.

By the time I was half way into the book, I was over it—but I pushed on. By 80%, I was done. I wanted desperately to set the book aside (and did, for three weeks), but I kept thinking “I’m almost done. You can do this.” I pushed on. Honestly, I can barely remember what the book was about at this point. Nothing seemed to happen. The tension and mystery of the previous books was sadly lacking from this one, and the narrative was overly sappy and lovey-dovey throughout. There were two epilogues (2 1/2 and 5 years after the story), neither of which added anything new to the story except the typical “and they lived happily ever after with children” ending that is so stereotypical of the romance genre.

Am I glad I read this book? Yes, because it was the last book in the series, it wrapped things up in a nice, neat little bow, and I was genuinely curious to see what was going to happen to the characters from the previous three books in the series. Did I like it? Not really. I don’t know what happened between the last book and this one. The previous three books were so good… but this one just…. lacked. It lacked engagement, tension, an in-depth plot… If this hadn’t been the last book in the series, I probably wouldn’t have gone on to read the next after this one. It just didn’t resonate with me.

Book Review: The Heir

cover-the heirTitle: The Heir [The Selection 4]

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 3 Stars

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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

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What can I say other than I’m disappointed? I loved the first three books in the Selection series—in fact, I gave them all 5 and 4-star ratings… but the fourth book in the series, The Heir, didn’t live up to the hype. I was so excited when I learned that a fourth book had been written. I’d assumed after the first three that the Selection was over. Now, I kind of wish it had ended.

Eadlyn was hard to like. She was self-centered, arrogant, and childish. It was impossible to like her—and though I understand that she was in a difficult position, I found it hard to empathize with the spoiled princess. Honestly, I’m a little mystified how America and Maxon’s daughter could turn out to be such a brat.

My inability to empathize with Eadlyn wasn’t the only problem, however. The plot was basically a rehashing of the entire three books before it. I don’t know that I needed to see the selection again enough to warrant a re-start. It felt like the whole process was already hashed out with the first three books, and suddenly we’re back at it again. I enjoyed it the first time around, but this time, it felt a little tired. I was over it. Sure, I appreciate the role reversal of the main character being a princess rather than a prince or a contestant, but I honestly think the contestant’s point of view is more interesting in this case.

Pouring yet another round of salt onto the wound, the romance and intrigue of The Heir was a bit too fluffy for my tastes. By the end of the book, there is no clear love interest for Eadlyn. Sure, there are a few boys she likes, but none that jump out as being possibly “the one”. The romantic tension I was expecting just wasn’t there. I almost feel as if nothing was accomplished. The romances were never really developed, the threat to the monarchy was vague at best and only a distant threat. Other than gaining a few friends, Eadlyn didn’t change much throughout the book, and nothing happened. When the end of the book rolled around I was genuinely surprised. It felt unfinished.

That isn’t to say it was all bad though. I did like quite a few of the male characters in the book. There’s a special spot in my heart for Erik, Henri, Kile, and a few other of the boys. Most of them were better written than Eadlyn, and I wish they had gotten more “screen time” so to speak. It was also nice to see America in her role as mother—her character seemed more put together and well rounded in this installment to the story, and she came across as a strong figure.

The writing itself was well done. I didn’t notice any awkward sentence structures, punctuation or spelling mistakes. Despite my dislike of the main character, the narrative was easy to follow and engaging.

Overall, the book was okay. I’m glad that I got another chance to peek inside the world of the selection, but I wasn’t blown away. The book just didn’t deliver what I was expecting, and I can’t say that I’d recommend it.

Book Review: Total Surrender

review-cover-total surrenderTitle: Total Surrender [Sin Brothers 4]

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Military, Paranormal, Suspense

Rating: 5 Stars

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Piper Oliver knows she can’t trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won’t be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she’s done. Something isn’t adding up, though, and she won’t rest until she uncovers the truth—even if it’s buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers—even kidnap the gorgeous woman who’s working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won’t let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for—and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second brining him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUEB EYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I recently received an ARC of Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti in a Good Reads Giveaway—I’m a huge fan of romance, even formulaic romance, so it’s no surprise to anyone that I was looking forward to giving this book, and the Sin Brothers series a chance. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed.

Now, I’ll admit, there were a few errors in the copy I received—I found three—but, keep in mind that my copy was an ARC (advanced reader copy) that probably wasn’t done with it’s final bout with the editor—so I hesitate to dock it any points. Overall, the writing was phenomenal. The sentence structure was well done, easy to read and follow, and concise. Not once did I stop and cringe at an awkward bit of wording or flowery language.

As for the characters: I fell madly in love with Piper and Jory as a couple. Sure, Jory could be domineering and arrogant, but it worked with his character and even when he was pushing Piper around it was obvious that he did so for her safety—not because he was just an ass. Piper was by far my favorite character. She was foul-mouthed and full of spunk (my favorite kind of heroine), and despite being no physical match for Jory, she held her own verbally.

The one major detractor from this book, unfortunately, was that it was very formulaic. It had your usual tropes of a domineering alpha male and the petite gorgeous woman who loved him. As with most sure-read romances (as I like to call them), the ending of the book was an idealized vision wrapped up in a neat little bow complete with a three-part epilogue where everyone was snuggling and talking about kids and marriage. If you don’t like happy ending romances, you may have a problem with this book.

Personally, I don’t have a problem with formulaic romances, and in all honesty, I sought this book out because it was one. Sure-read romances are the bread and butter of the romance genre, and one of my favorite types of books—it’s like curling up in a cozy chair with some hot cocoa and a box of chocolates. Even though I pretty much know how the book is going to end, that doesn’t lessen the appeal to me. Sometimes you want a cozy read.

That aside, the book is fantastic. The writing was exquisite, the characters were loveable, and the action and romance scenes were enough to set my heart racing. If you want a hot, fast-paced romance filled with gun fights, hacking ordeals, and sassy verbal wars, you’re going to enjoy this book. It isn’t going to be for everyone because like I said, it was a tad predictable, but that doesn’t make it any less of a good read. I’ll definitely be tracking down the other books in the series and more from this author in the future.