Friday Book Round-Up





I think I started and stopped about 5 or 6 weeks this week.  It isn't necessarily because they were horrible books, but I think I just wasn't in the mood for whatever they were about and part of it was because I was coming off of a book hangover.  Nonetheless, I just finished my 4th book this week - an ARC of Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas - so good (more below)!



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4.5 stars I nearly peed my pants when I found out that I got an ARC of Penelope Douglas' Kill Switch.  I've been waiting for Damon's story since reading Corrupt and Hideaway from the Devil's Night series.  This book was dark, gripping, and a bit twisted.  Full disclosure: I wasn't sure that I would like Damon based off his horrible behavior in the previous books.  However, this anti-hero wormed his way into my heart.  One of the unique aspects of this book is the heroine is blind.  While many would perceive this as a disability, Pen Dough did a great job of making Winter a strong, feisty, self-reliant character.  While each book in this series is about a different character I STRONGLY recommend reading Hideaway (#2), but especially Corrupt (#1) to get a better understanding of Damon and for this book to make more sense.

Release date: February 11, 2019


Synopsis:
"I've done far worse than what I went to prison for.
She has no idea how bad this can get." 


WINTER


Sending him to prison was the worst thing I could’ve done. It didn’t matter that he did the crime or that I wished he was dead. Perhaps I thought I’d have time to disappear before he got out or he’d cool off in jail and be anything but the horror he was. 

But I was wrong. Three years came and went too fast, and now he’s anything but calm. Prison only gave him time to plan. 

And while I anticipated his vengeance, I didn’t expect this. 

He doesn’t want to make me hurt. He wants to make everything hurt. 

DAMON

First thing’s first. Get rid of her daddy. He told them I forced her. He told them his little girl was a victim, but I was a kid, too, and she wanted it just as much as I did. 

Step two… Give her, her sister, and her mother nowhere to run and no fuel to escape. The Ashby women are alone now and desperate for a knight in shining armor. 

But that’s not what’s coming. 

No, it’s time I listened to my father and took control of my future. It’s time I showed them all—my family, her family, my friends—that I will never change and that I have no other ambition than to be the nightmare of their lives. 

Starting with her. 

She’ll be so scared, she won’t even be safe in her own head by the time I’m done with her. And the best part is I won’t have to break into her home to do it. 

As the new man of the house I have all the keys.

Kill Switch is a romantic suspense suitable for readers 18+. It is advised to read Corrupt (Devil's Night #1) and Hideaway (Devil's Night #2) prior to reading this book. 

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Corrupt

Hideaway




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5 stars I read this amazing book by Carian Cole called Tied.  I read the books in her Ashes and Embers rockstar series and I am always impressed with how she can do more serious books, humorous books, light-hearted books and tackle deep subject matter.  Tied was beautifully written, heart-breaking, and sweet.  You can read more about my thoughts on Anna's Bookshelf post.



Synopsis:

Two hearts tied together by hope and tragedy.
An unexpected smile.
A touch on scarred flesh. A kiss on waiting lips.
 
An undeniable love that overcomes all doubt...

My childhood and innocence were stolen when I was kidnapped at five years old and held captive for eleven years. Now, at eighteen years old, I don't know what love, happiness, or hope feels like anymore. I'm numb and lost, clinging to a childhood fairytale of a happily ever after with the prince I hoped would someday save me. 

I had no idea my prince would come in the form of a scarred recluse, covered in tattoo's, who won't--or can't--speak a word. 

The moment our eyes met I knew he was the one. My prince. The one I knew would save me. 

He's possibly as lost in society as I am, scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. Haunted by his tragic past, he's sentenced himself to a lifetime of loneliness. 

He saved my life that day he found me in the woods, and although he doesn't speak or smile, I can't stop thinking about him. I ache to hear his voice and see him smile. And I want nothing more than to be the one to break through his walls. 

Together, we found love, happiness, and a closeness that once felt impossible to have. But can I save him from himself, and the twisted past that ties us together?
** Tied can be read as a standalone, and has no cliffhanger. However, I do plan to write a follow-up book for this couple.

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5 stars This week, I had a strong desire to re-read Vicious by L.J. Shen.  This was one of those books that I downloaded off of Kindle Unlimited.  Later returned it without reading.  Then even later read Ruckus (book 3 of the Sinners of Saint series).  After loving that, I went back and re-downloaded Vicious and kicked myself for not reading it earlier.  This is the perfect enemies-to-lovers romance, I wouldn't say it is dark, but let's just say Vicious is a really nasty, arrogant jerk that you hate to love.  Millie is the quirky, sarcastic girl who is completely awesome.

Synopsis:
Emilia

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. He is a brilliant lawyer. A skilled criminal. A beautiful liar. A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.

Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.

Vicious

She is a starving artist. Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom. Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down. She paid the price.

Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate. That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t. So she hates me. Big fucking deal. She better get used to me

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4 stars The minute I see a new Penelope Bloom novel, I immediately download it and settle in for what I know is going to be a very humorous read.  Her Secret is funny, sweet, and entertaining with wonderful characters.  I loved how the author incorporated the characters from her other Objects of Attraction series book.  If you are looking for a light-hearted, romantic comedy, then you will want to check out Her Secret.


Synopsis:
I’ll admit it. I messed up. 
Mistake #1: Asking Peter Barnidge for a job.
Mistake #2: Accepting his offer instead of throwing it in his face like I planned.
Mistake #3: In the interest of stopping before #99, I’ll pretend my final mistake was withholding one, tiny little nugget of truth during my interview. 

I might have been so desperate to land the job that I glossed over a mostly irrelevant detail. I’m a single mom. Yes, he did specifically ask if I had kids and he did heavily imply that nobody with kids would survive the job. But what was I supposed to do? He was just looking for reasons to turn me down, and it wasn’t his business, anyway. Mostly not his business, at least.

So I kept a secret. Big deal. The man is arrogant, obnoxious, and if he didn’t happen to be so ridiculously attractive, nobody would put up with him. 

Unfortunately, he happens to be very ridiculously attractive. He’s the kind of good looking that defies being described as just “cute” in the same way crab meat rangoons from Chinese places defy being described as just “alright”. Basically, any woman with a pair of ovaries to rub together would have a hard time thinking straight around him. 

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not making excuses to explain away my behavior, because I’ve done nothing wrong. Sure, I’ve let my mind wander a few times. What would he smell like if he was pinning me to the bed and rumbling some sweet nothings in my ear? Or what would it be like if he bent me over his desk at the office and gave me a quick little slap on the rear to let me know I was slacking? But hey, I’d also wondered what I’d do if I got in a fight with a grizzly bear, and it wasn’t like I was about to go into the forest with honey smeared on my chest.

Besides, none of that matters to me. My daughter is the most important thing in my world, and so long as Peter Barnidge is an unrelenting, unapologetic bag of jerk, he has no place in her life. 

The business trip I’m taking with him next weekend isn’t going to change anything, either.

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Releasing Next Week:

Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas 2/11
Saving South by Amy J. Heart 2/11
Lust by Ker Dukey 2/11
Alice's Wish by Kay Harris 2/13
Battle of the Bulge by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff 2/14


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