~ Review ~ A Hellion in Her Bed By, Sabrina Jeffries

 

FULL TITLE: The Hellions of Halstead Hall Series #2 – A Hellion in Her Bed By, Sabrina Jeffries

PUBLICATION: Pocket Books (2010)

GENRE: Historical Romance

MY RATING: FOUR (4) stars

SOURCE: Personal E-book

http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/books/a-hellion-in-her-bed/

Mired in scandal after his parents’ mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family’s brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can’t resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family’s foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans… and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one—and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart.

This is the second review I have written over one of Sabrina Jeffries’ books (Click HERE to magickally travel to the first review of the series). Although I really just became a fan of this author, I absolutely love her The Hellions of Halstead Hall Series. I adore the premise and especially Hetty Sharpe, the Sharpe’s feisty, independent grandmother… Anyway, let’s get into the thick of it, shall we?

A Hellion in Her Bed focuses on another of the Sharpe brothers – Jared Sharpe. As you read in the summary part of my post, Jared is a gambler and that is the main plot device that runs this whole book. The female main character of the book is Annabell and I loved the way the author wrote her character! She was, at times, shy and quiet, but, at others, she was playful and mischievous. I think the author paired the two of them well together. 🙂

I really enjoyed the plot device the author used – the wager(s) between Jared and Annabell. Although the feminist part of me was slightly upset over the lurking coercion in the action, I enjoyed it. It added humor, complexity, and depth to the story that might not have been there without it. All in all, I think that Sabrina Jeffries is an amazing author and I definitely will continue onto the third book in this series – How to Woo a Reluctant Lady! 🙂 That being said however…

I read my first review for this author over the first book in the series, The Truth About Lord Stoneville, and realized that I included a reason why I chose to give this author FOUR (4) stars instead of FIVE (5) stars. I give most of the books I read FOUR (4) stars, but it seems like so far on my blog Sabrina Jeffries’ book is the only one I have given FOUR (4) stars instead of FIVE (5) stars. 😦 I do feel like I need to explain myself… (see thoughts after the interesting tidbit section).

 

Read excerpt: http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/books/a-hellion-in-her-bed/#excerpt

I really enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t Kresley Cole amazing, you know? Do you think that’s rude to say? I always feel like I’m might insult writers when I don’t give their novels FIVE (5) stars. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

~ Jade

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~ Review ~ Sweet Ruin By, Kresley Cole

Before I get into the review and all that, I just wanted to rant for a moment about something. Before I began blogging, I wrote about 3 months worth of blog posts because I read so much about blogger burnout and wanted to avoid all that. A couple of days ago, I accidentally deleted all of the files (along with some homework assignments that I hadn’t yet turned in) and was unable to recover them. Because of this, I’ve missed a couple posts last week as I tried to find time to write a couple posts to put up. But anyway, I’m back on track and still as excited as ever! Enjoy my review and don’t forget to comment and/or like if you want to ! 🙂

 

 

FULL TITLE: The Immortals After Dark Series #16 – Sweet Ruin By, Kresley Cole

PUBLICATION: Gallery Books (2015)

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

MY RATING: FIVE (5) stars

SOURCE: Personal E-book

 

http://kresleycole.com/books/sweet-ruin/

A FOUNDLING RAISED IN A WORLD OF HUMANS

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was – just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl. . . to would-be superhero. . . to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A LETHALLY SENSUAL ENFORCER ON A MISSION

A threat to the Morior has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood – and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A BOUNDLESS PASSION THAT WILL LEAD TO SWEET RUIN. . .

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must now trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become unlocked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

 

Another review of a book written by my favorite author – Kresley Cole! (Yes, I am going to keep bringing her up… You might as well go check her out! 🙂 ).

When I first heard who the main characters of this book would be, I was like who? These were brand new characters that hadn’t been mentioned before in the series and I was real irritated. I mean, I had been waiting (and still am) on so many of my favorite characters to get their own books and Kresley Cole decides ‘Oh, I’m just gonna write an entire book about characters that we’ve never heard of before.’ *fumes.

After I read the book, however, I was real excited. I really enjoyed Josephine and Rune’s story for a variety of different reasons. One reason was that it was really unique compared to a lot of the other stories in the series. I mean, they’re all unique and interesting, but this one had a little something extra special, you know? First of all, the species of both characters were new. It wasn’t the regular old Lykae, Valkyrie, or vampire story. 🙂 I won’t spoil it for ya’ll, but 🙂 yeah.

*MINOR SPOILERS IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH!

Another plotline that was pretty unique to this story was how Josephine and Rune first met and the way Rune spent the whole book acting like his mating with Josephine wouldn’t change his job. Josephine first met Rune as he was screwing a bunch of nymphs… This doesn’t really sound like the best beginning to a story about matehood, but I think that the book was pretty good because of this. His main tool as a member of the Morior was his ability to glean all kinds of information from the nymphs by screwing them… He tries to convince Josephine (and himself) that he will continue doing so despite their matehood… 😛 That’s what I think of that!

*SPOILERS OVER

Another reason I really enjoyed this story was because we finally got a lot of information that had been hinted at through the series. We learn more about the Morior/the Bringers of Doom that have been mentioned throughout the series. We get more information and background on Thaddeus (who is one of the characters that I’ve been waiting on his book… I know, I know. He’s only 17, but give the boy a love!). The best part of the book, for me, was that we finally start moving ahead in the overarching plotline that ties all of the books together: the Accession.

 

Read excerpt: http://kresleycole.com/cole/wp-content/uploads/SWEET-RUIN-Excerpt-KresleyCole.pdf

Any horror stories about blogging ya’ll wanna share? Maybe something like mine that I mentioned before the review? If not, have you ever read Sweet Ruin by, Kresley Cole? YOU SHOULD! 🙂 Let me know in the comments!

~ Jade

~ Review ~ The Darkest Night By, Gena Showalter

 

FULL TITLE: The Lords of the Underworld Series #1: The Darkest Night By, Gena Showalter

PUBLICATION: HQN Books (2016) *REPRINT EDITION

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

JADE’S RATING: FIVE (5) stars

SOURCE: Personal E-book

 

http://members.genashowalter.com/page/the-darkest-night

His powers – Inhuman…

His passion – Beyond immortal…

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member – a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments… and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction — and a soul-shattering test of love…

Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive – and unimaginably powerful… Don’t miss the incredible new paranormal series from Gena Showalter!

 

MY THIRD REVIEW! YAY! 🙂 I think I’ll just jump right into it, if ya’ll don’t mind.

The Lords of the Underworld Series By, Gena Showalter has been on my TBR list for quite a while (at least a couple of years) and I’m finally getting around to it! 🙂 Gena Showalter is one of my top favorite authors (I’ve read her Imperia series as well as her Atlantis novels) and The Darkest Night reminds me so much of the sheer awesomeness of Kresley Cole’s novels. More specifically, I really enjoy world-building novels (like the Lore in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series) and in this book, Gena Showalter builds an entire world with gods, and humans, and humans OH MY! 🙂 Hence the FIVE stars! 🙂

As you can tell by the summary I stole from Gena Showalter’s website above, this novel focuses on Maddox, the keeper of Violence, and Ashlyn. Let me back up a little… So, the Lords of the Underworld each hold (or host?) a demon that they all released from Pandora’s box forever ago (demons like Violence, Disease, Misery, and on and on…). Okay, enough background…

Although I generally dislike insta-love/insta-love novels (They’ve been seriously overdone), Gena Showalter makes Maddox’s and Ashlyn’s love story plausible even though there is a little bit of that insta-love/insta-lust. She (Gena Showalter) uses the distrust that Maddox and the other Lords have of humans because of the Hunters – their mortal enemies that seek to destroy them for releasing those demons on Earth. Essentially, they blame the Lords for all the evil and suffering on Earth. This distrust that Maddox has of Ashlyn (He thinks she’s Bait, one of the Hunters sent to infiltrate the Lords’ compound) slows down their love story and makes it way more plausible. Also, it really revs up the emotions you feel from the story as they slowly fall in love, trying to fight it the whole way. 🙂 All in all, it was a great beginning to what I know is going to be a wonderful, amazing series! 🙂

 

Read an excerpthttp://api.ning.com/files/W9UALJII233t2P0GMevDX2xelStZy4vBrGyReA8kb-knTT7qXKu3ZWAorJSdcjMDBHBVAOQol5xGGcG9vQom6HpB7R*AQiJE/TheDarkestNight.pdf

 

If you read any of the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter, what is your favorite book and why? (Avoid major spoilers please!) If you haven’t, is it on your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

~ Jade

~ Review ~ The Truth About Lord Stoneville By, Sabrina Jeffries

FULL TITLE: The Hellions of Halstead Hall Series #1: The Truth About Lord Stoneville By, Sabrina Jeffries

PUBLICATION: Pocket Books (2010) *REISSUE EDITION

GENRE: Historical Romance

JADE’S RATING: FOUR (4) STARS

SOURCE: Personal E-book

 

http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/books/the-truth-about-lord-stoneville/

The oldest of the scandalous Sharpes—five hell-raising siblings tainted still by the gossip surrounding the “accidental” deaths of their parents two decades ago—Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville, like his brothers and sisters, has lived life on his own terms. In his case, as an unrepentant rakehell. Or so life had played out until Grandmother Hetty got a bee in her bonnet. Now the five Sharpe siblings face a daunting ultimatum: Marry by year’s end—or kiss their inheritance good-bye.

Oliver vows to fulfill the bargain in true Sharpe style—by bringing home a fake fiancé from a brothel! But his scheme backfires when he foils a robbery and rescues an American beauty instead. Maria Butterfield came to London to find her missing fiancé, but her prior engagement won’t stop Oliver from getting what he wants: Maria in his bed. His rebellious charade may just call Hetty’s bluff, but not before it becomes all too real—stirring up a love that tempts him to be a hellion no more.

 

My second book review! *gasps* How crazy! And amazing, and wonderful and… and… and… Enough of that, Jade! *scowls* On to the review!

In my last (and FIRST) review (Dark Skye By, Kresley Cole), I gave a lot of background information (I mean, how could I not? It’s KRESLEY COLE) and decided that for this review I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to focus more on the actual book itself. So, to that end, let’s dive right into it. 🙂

The Truth About Lord Stoneville is the first book that I ever read by Sabrina Jeffries. I have to be in a specific sort of mood to read historical romance, so, due to that, I don’t end up reading a lot of historical romance. Also, I like to read a specific type of historical romance and could never find the specific term for the type of historical romance that I like to read. This made it harder for me to find books within this specific sub-genre of historical romance. I have since learned that I prefer to read Regency-set historical romances.

Although I loved Maria and Oliver, my favorite character in this book was Hetty, the Sharpes’ grandmother. She is an amazing, yet real scary, older lady. Her ultimatum – All five of her grandchildren must marry within a year –  is the driving plot device throughout the whole series. I love that woman! Her desire for her grandchildren to be happily wed is admirable and she will stop at nothing to accomplish it.

Why four stars instead of five? Well, if you take a look at my Jade’s Rating System page, you’ll see that four stars indicates that I ‘Really Like It’ whereas five stars indicates ‘It Was Amazing.’ I didn’t really feel like this book was completely out-of-the-realm amazing, but it was really enjoyable. Sabrina Jeffries’ writing is wonderful and it really drew me into her book. I found myself really caring about Maria and Oliver and their happy ending. 🙂 All in all, this was a great read and I will definitely be continuing the series! 🙂

And that ends my second review on my new book reviewing blog! Thanks so much to all my peeps for all the comments, likes, follows, etc.! It really means a lot to me! 🙂

P.S. I just re-read through this review to edit it and realized that I STILL included background information… Maybe that’s something that I need to have in order to write my reviews? I don’t know. Let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂

 

Watch the book trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksTqUt-PLIQ

 

Have you guys ever read any other series by Sabrina Jeffries? In the comments, tell me your favorites! I’m looking to read some of her other books, but there are so many to choose from. I could use some suggestions.

Thanks in advance! 🙂

~ Jade

~ Review ~ Dark Skye By, Kresley Cole

 

FULL TITLE: The Immortals After Dark Series #15: Dark Skye By, Kresley Cole

PUBLICATION: Gallery Books (2014)

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

JADE’S RATING: FIVE (5) stars

SOURCE: Personal E-book

 

https://kresleycole.com/books/dark-skye/

ENDLESS YEARNING

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

CAN THE HEAT OF DESIRE BURN BRIGHTER THAN VENGEANCE?

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

 

OH, MY GOODNESS! MY VERY FIRST BOOK REVIEW! I am so excited and happy that I’ve finally reached this point after months of hard work on JSS. 🙂 I thought I’d start off my brand-new book reviewing blog with a review of one of my favorite books by my favorite author of all time – KRESLEY COLE! Yes, her name deserves to be in all caps like that – She’s amazing! 🙂 Anyway, on to the review…

I’ve been a dedicated reader of the Immortals After Dark (IAD) Series By, Kresley Cole since Pleasure of a Dark Prince (book number 9) came out in 2010. I read (or rather gobbled-up) that book and fell completely in love with the series, and quickly purchased and devoured the previous books. After finishing all the books in the series that had so far been released, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I just sat around and waited for the next installment to come out. This began my tradition of ‘patiently’ waiting until midnight on the day of the release, purchasing the book as soon as it became available, consuming it in 2 hours or less, and then starting my – usually year-long – waiting period. 😦

In 2014, I renewed this tradition with Dark Skye – book number 15 in Kresley Cole’s IAD Series. That means that this review is a re-read (if ya’ll care to note that 🙂 ). When Dark Skye finally came out, I had been so impatient for Thronos’ and Lanthe’s story since Kresley Cole first introduced them. Each year, I would wait on news from Kresley Cole about which couple would feature in her next book. I would hope each book was Lanthe’s and Thronos’ story, and get slightly disappointed when it wasn’t. 😦 Then, I would perk right up because no matter which couple is next Kresley Cole always delivers an amazing story! 🙂

*Minor spoilers in the following paragraph:

Unlike other novels in the series, Thronos and Lanthe meet the first time as children. Thronos – a Vrekener – instantly recognizes Lanthe – one of the Sorceri – as his mate. They hang out, as children do, until Thronos’ father, king of the Vrekeners, leads an attack on Lanthe’s family. (I should note here that Vrekeners are the enemies of the Sorceri and vice versa, in case ya’ll didn’t know that 😉 ). This and the resulting aftermath begins the centuries-long conflict between Lanthe and Thronos.

*See this link for more information about the Lore and the various species within it.

*Spoilers over!

I loved this book so much! Kresley Cole makes Thronos’ and Lanthe’s anguish, confusion, and feelings of betrayal so apparent on the pages that you can’t help but feel for yourself their roller-coasterly (Yes, I just made-up a word 🙂 ) emotions as you read through their story. I’m always eager to know just how Kresley Cole is going to weave a believable and heart-wrenching love story out of so much anguish and betrayal and with Dark Skye, she does not disappoint! It took a little longer for these characters to find their love for each other again… but OH THE FEELS! 🙂  Dark Skye was a compelling new addition to an already AMAZING series and quickly became, and still is today, one of my top three-ish (It’s so hard to choose!) favorite IAD novels. 🙂

 

Read an excerpt: http://kresleycole.com/cole/wp-content/uploads/DARK-SKYE-Excerpt.pdf

 

Have you guys ever read any of Kresley Cole’s books? If so, tell me which ones in the comments! I may have mentioned this before :), but she is my favorite author. So, if you haven’t read any of her books, check out her website and her Facebook page, and get to reading! 🙂 You’ll love her, I promise! *pinkie-swears*

~ Jade

 

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