What shall I say… I knew this book would be worth a freaking, shiny, ten gold stars. No one can write like LJ Shen. No one is as creative when it comes to metaphors. No one breaks all those f******* editing rules like a pro and shows writers how it’s done. Her writing is simple with no endlessly long sentence, but straight to the point. Her word choice is crazy good. Her ideas are awesome. And I think I only found one typo in all the 300+ pages she wrote. This woman really gives 100% percent every time.
After reading all her other books, I’m seeing a pattern, of course. LJ likes to write about f****** up moms and rich-a** trust fund babies, always include the “frenemy” who wants to take the girl at some point. But it’s TODOS SANTOS, right? :D The place where all the sinners are born.
Don’t know what more to say – great plot, great characters, great ending. I wasn’t surprised to see her hit the Amazon top 10 yet again. You deserve it, sister! 😊
Three years ago, I read the first book in Stephanie Hudson’s Afterlife saga. Now, about 10 books later, I’m still as obsessed with this story as I was back then. I have to admit, I was skeptical when Stephanie announced the 2 “Happy Ever Afterlife” books. The first book of the two didn’t meet my expectations, to be honest, because I found it too much information about things that don’t push the story forward, but Stephanie excelled herself once again with the second book. I can’t believe what Stephanie managed to put into that story by now including all the enemies Keira has to face throughout her journey, and it is insane how well the puzzle pieces fit together, now Draven’s demon being the one Keira has fight. What I also love about Stephanie’s books are the various settings and locations and all the history stuff she manages to stuff into the story flawlessly. It’s really cool that Draven and Keira have their honeymoon in Scotland (and not on one of his private island’s as I suspected :D), and I had to laugh so hard when I read the scene about Pip and the Loch Ness monster! Truly imaginative once again! I can’t wait for the next book which, as far as I know, will be Vincent’s story, and I’m so glad because, seriously, I NEED to know what’s going on with him and Ari!!! Thx for this awesome book, Stephanie – you are and always will be the best author in the universe 😉
After diving into King last week – my first book by T.M. Frazier – I was super excited to start Tyrant, Book2 in the series, also because Book1 ended with a major, gasping-like-a-fish-out-of-water cliff-hanger! Tyrant didn’t disappoint and was at least as good as King. I was very happy with the ending (no spoilers, don’t worry) because I already feared T.M. wouldn’t solve this issue, but she did so perfectly in the end.
As with Book1, I can only give 4 stars even if I enjoyed every second of the book. Why? I’m usually not prone not harsh language and violence, but this book in downright frightening. It’s one thing if George Martin includes these scenes in Game Of Thrones, but it’s another thing entirely if they are used in romance, if it’s more on the suspense side of the genre. It gives the appearance as if the author always wanted to include the most violent and raw scenes just to give the book more peaks. And as with Book1, I doubt that everything that is included in the story is compliant with the Amazon guidelines, but if you look at the amazing reviews, I guess people don’t complain (which I find really funny, because I read below-the-belt bad reviews if an author includes scenes of deception when a couple is already married, but r***** of minors and nearly cutting out a baby with a rusty knife is ok…???). Anyway, it’s not a big issue for me, but I think the story could have done without the exaggerations.
I was also a little bit disturbed because in Amazon it’s categorized as “Romantic Suspense”, which is totally misleading. This is a raw, gritty, super-dark, very sinister romance that should wear 3 stamps of warnings.
Frankly, I won’t dive into the other books in the series – mostly because I don’t want to go from King’s POV to Bear’s (I prefer reading a series from one main char), but this is just my personal preference. But I’ll definitely keep an eye open on her next releases!
I've never read a book written by T.M. Frazier, and I'm so happy I stumbled over it! I read it in 2 days which is rare for me with having a full-time job and being an author myself, but I just couldn't stop reading. King is a very dark romance (if you can even call it romance), something I usually don't dive into, but the story T.M. created was very unique and different from the usual MC Biker stories. There were a lot of parts in this book that really surprised me - (attention: spoiler) like King's decision in the end to trade Doe for his daughter. It breaks the reader's heart, but you can also sympathize with him. He thinks Doe is better off without him anyway, so his decision makes sense to a certain part - let's see how that turns out in the next book. I was super shocked about the ending and didn't expect it to end on such a mind-blowing cliffhanger, so I'll definitely dive into Tyrant - Book2 soon because I HAVE TO KNOW how the story continues! I gave only 4 stars because there were a few parts in the book that were seriously disturbing and on the verge of complying with the Amazon guidelines I think (because as far as I know, explicit r*** scenes and sex with minors is not allowed). Still a fantastic book and can't wait to read the others in the series! Thanks, T.M., for the great story :)
Oh my, it’s been a long journey through the Afterlife saga, and I’m glad it’s not over yet! Now I usually tend to give Stephanie Hudson five glowing stars as her talent to describe—be it characters, feelings, landscapes or even clothes—and the rich content with which she created this huge, incredible saga are unbelievably good, but I had to cut one star because I found myself doing what I never do—I scanned over the book and skipped entire paragraphs.
I know that Stephanie has a very unique writing style. Instead of following the usual story structure, she likes to linger on scenes that, let’s say, don’t push the story further but are just there for the reader’s satisfaction, like overly long declarations of love or stupid banter. Stephanie “warned” about that in her author’s introduction at the beginning of the book, but I still have to say she overdid it a little bit here. The first chapters confused me because there were so many flashbacks woven together chaotically that I didn’t know what was present, past, and future anymore. The first time something really interesting happens is after about 40% of the eBook which is way too late. For example, the IKEA scene was funny, but I don’t need an entire chapter. There were also a few repetitions that annoyed me like Keira’s constant arguing about why Draven was so mean to her in the beginning although she got the answer five times already...
But when the story finally got interesting, and an enemy came into play, it played out really well and as usual, I loved the ending (well, not really ending as Part 2 will be released soon). Will definitely read the next book—I’m part of this saga for too long now to back out which might have been Stephanie’s plan from the beginning after all 😊
So, this is what's coming next! The JAYLIOR series will get a little prequel set 7 years in the past and written from Chris' POV. This book is going to be a novelette which means it's shorter than a novella but longer than a short story (actually, I wanted to write a short story but as usual, it became longer than intended).
Writing this book was a big a challenge for me because I also wanted it to be a standalone, so people could read it without having read the Jaylior series first or to dive in right in the middle. This meant to introduce people into this fantasy world super quickly without repeating everything should they decide to read the main series. I hope I did a good job, but my editor praised me already, so I think I've got nothing to fear :)
Chris knew he was different. Just like Gina was. Except she was so much more…
He didn’t want to move to the Baltimore compound to start his training. He didn’t want to live with his kind. He didn’t need their help.
But he had no choice, not if he wanted to get his ability under control. He was a Fighter. His strength was growing every day, and if he didn’t learn to keep it in check, he could do some serious damage.
And Gina? She was a saint. An angel with the sweetest smile and the biggest heart. Whereas his power meant to destroy, hers was to revive. Whereas his hands were intended to inflict pain, hers were supposed to heal.
Chris thought he knew her race, knew what she was hiding behind these stunning pair of appion eyes. But he couldn’t have been more wrong…
Okay, I think it’s really not necessary to say that LJ Shen’s books are gorgeous to a fault. Each of them. I suppose it’s mostly because her writing style makes each thought so damn personal even if the sentences defy the laws of grammar most of the time. I’ve been obsessed with her work ever since diving into Vicious, Book1 in the Sinners of Saints series, and I’ll definitely read all of her future books.
BUT… Two things I need to complain about. First, this book isn’t really a sports romance. The only thing ‘sporty’ about it is the cover. In Vicious, Baron was also into football (or was it baseball? I can’t remember), and there were just as many ‘sport scenes’. Second – and I already mentioned this in my review for Midnight Blue – this book is basically the same as Vicious and Midnight Blue. As I already said, I love her writing style and her permanent sarcasm and her sense of humor, but all her books have the same storylines. A) The hero is always the epitome of a bad guy – cocky, arrogant and rich. B) The heroines all have the same characters (and funny hair colors like ‘purple’ or ‘strawberry’ – what’s wrong with plain old brown or blonde?). C) There’s always a guy who’s the third wheel (like Dean in Vicious or Mark in this book) who makes the hero realize what he really wants. So, the story enfolds always in the same way which gets a little old…
Also, I don’t need ten different descriptions about ‘Trish’ smoking like a chimney, I already got it the first time when she had ash in her hair (a little exaggerated?). And – I always have to laugh when that happens in books – who the hell doesn’t hear their boyfriend out when he tries to explain why he hugged another girl? I mean, it wasn’t as if Sage kissed Amber or made out with her. If you truly care about someone, you’ll give them an opportunity to explain, especially after something innocent like a hug. The same goes for the extended epilogue where she finds the lipstick. Really, the first thing she does is calling her mother and telling her Sage is cheating on her? And then he flies back all the way from Colorado? This is just a tactic to add drama, something LJ really doesn’t need. I hope she’ll cut it down a bit in her future books because I’d really like to read something new from her!
Another fantastic read by Annette Marie! I think Book#3 is even better than Book#2, but really, the entire series is absolutely gorgeous. Authors like Annette are the reason I still dive into the YA PNR books once and again while putting all the other contemporary romance books aside, because she’s one of the few who knows what a good story is made of. I love how each character has their own agenda, how you can empathize with their feelings, and how you can easily understand their trail of thought.
I also love the freaky relationship between Ash and Lyre – they are friends and enemies at the same time, but it’s more a bond of mutual trust and an understanding of what’s important. They go out of each other’s way all the time, but no matter what, they always meet again and help each other out. I also liked how Annette gives a little more insight into Ash’s character. After reading the Steel & Stone series (all 5 books plus the collection, of course) this was great additional information.
What Annette absolutely excels at are action and battle scenes. She has a talent for using always the right wording so the scene unfolds easily in front of your mental eye. The only thing I have to complain about a little is that she some battle scenes are way too long. Don’t misunderstand me – I love long books, and I love it when an author goes into detail, but after half an hour of reading about a fight, I tend to get a little restless, but this is just my personal opinion.
I’m glad the Spell Weaver series is not finished yet, and I can’t wait for the next book! Great work, Annette, as usual 😊
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