Ride the Storm by Karen Chance ~ Early Review & Quote-tastic (@CasPalmerSeries)

What an action packed instalment this one was! With some moments that had me gasping! It was fantastic, but once again, I NEED MORE!
Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8)
Title: Ride the Storm
Author: Karen Chance
Series: Cassandra Palmer #8
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Expected Publication: August 1st 2017

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The New York Times bestselling author of Reap the Wind returns to the “fascinating world”* of Cassie Palmer.

Ever since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up on the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her burned.

But now she realizes all that was just the warm up.

Ancient forces that once terrorized the world want to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.

It's been another two years, but I've finally got my hands on the next Cassandra Palmer book! I was left a little frustrated at the end of the 7th book, Reap the Wind, so I was hoping that some situations would be resolved in Ride the Storm. It wasn't really hard to get back into this world either, despite the big gap between each book because the author refreshed my memory along the way.

Right from the opening page Cassie was right in the thick of it; she was back in the past, cuffed to a bed with Rosier beside her! She's certainly a character that finds herself in the most unusual situations! She's also a strong, fiery woman that will do anything to help those she keeps close.

This journey began in the past, as Cassie attempted to catch Pritkin. But there were so many hurdles she had to get past, and found herself thrust back to the future before she could get what she needed. As she's a determined woman, she found a way to get back so she could complete her task. She also had plenty of things in the present to deal with: the fifth acolyte, settling her court and her relationship with Mircea.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ride the Storm, it was chock-full of action and unexpected twists, some of which left me shocked! I'm continuing to enjoy Karen Chance's descriptive writing style, as she tells the reader exactly what is going on. My mind was boggled as I saw what Cassie endured, but was amazed that she continued to get back up despite how exhausted she may've been. I was excited about the bit of romance in this one too, and I have my fingers crossed that it will continue! I just hope the 9th book is in the pipe works already!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a beautiful moment, that had my heart aching!

“Listen.” It was gentler this time, and he somehow turned me around, made me look up at him. I was crying now, great ugly sobs that racked my body and tore at my mind, but I didn’t even try to hide them.
“I can’t,” I said brokenly. “Please don’t … I can’t.…
A filthy hand pushed the muddy hair out of my face. “I don’t believe that. I don’t believe there’s anything you can’t do.” He finally did something other than fight me, and the kiss tasted of smoke and ash and spent magic. “I think you might be the strongest person I know.”

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Karen Chance
Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in Florida near her family home.

Other reviews featuring Karen Chance
Cassandra Palmer Series
Tempt The Stars #6
Reap the Wind #7
Dory Basarab Series
Fury’s Kiss #3
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Trust by Kylie Scott ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@KylieScottbooks)

I have been so excited to read this new one from Kylie Scott, and boy, did she blow me away! It was a fantastic read and I hope we get to see more of the characters from this world!
Title: Trust
Author: Kylie Scott
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: July 18th 2017

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Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

I've read a few of Scott's books now, and the way this book started... just wow! I wasn't expecting that much intensity and my heart ached for all the characters involved. I could see that it would bring Edie and John together in some way. Even after the incident, Edie continued to feel the effects and lost trust in someone she considered close.

I thought she had a lot of grunt, deciding to start over in a new school. She made a few friends quickly, and wasn't that timid girl she used to be. She stood up for herself and didn't hold back. She became close with John, as he started a new, clean path in life. Their connection strengthened a long the way, although they faced their own trust issues. They had a bond that no one could understand, and heir feelings often messed things up between them.

I liked that Edie had a little spunk, and kind of rebelled, doing things she wouldn't usually do after what she went through. She decided she wanted to do more in her life and to experience things that she'd put off for later, so John helped her with a few of these. And of course she wanted to explore her sexual side, so I could see that the lines were going to blur between them.

I liked the change in John, even though he tried to keep to himself. He changed his life and grew into a strong young man. He looked after Edie, whether she needed him or not.

Kylie Scott has a way of drawing readers into her worlds, creating unique characters that touch you in some way. The supporting characters were developed well too, and I am keen to see more of them. Trust was a read that will be on my mind for a long time, it was powerful, sweet, intense and beautiful. 

A sweet moment and a yummy kiss... enjoy!

“Relax,” he said, flipping through the pages. “It’s fine. You’re making too big a deal out of this.”
“Bullshit,” I hissed. “Why is there one set of rules for you and another for me?”
“Because I never knew a girl I wanted to look after before.” That shut me up.

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His mouth slammed down on mine, stealing my breath. Warm, firm lips, and the thrill of his tongue tracing my teeth before sliding against my own. Kissing had never felt so good. Sure as hell, no half-assed fumbling in the shadows with other boys could compare. John’s technique deserved the highest of praise, but the best I could do was moan. My hands slipped beneath his shirt, exploring his skin, laying claim.

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Kylie ScottKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into six different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

Contact her at kylie@kylie-scott.com

Other reviews featuring Kylie Scott
Dive Bar 
Dirty #1
Twist #2
Stage Dive series
Lick #1
Play #2
Lead #3
Deep #4
Flesh series 
Flesh #1 
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The Scent of Roses by Sienna Blake ~ Review, Giveaway & Swoon Thursday

The Scent of Roses is now LIVE! I've been eager to get my hands on this one after the way the first book ended!
The Scent of Roses (Dark Romeo, #2)
Title: The Scent of Roses
Author: Sienna Blake
Series: Dark Romeo #2
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Published: July 13th 2017

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The sequel to Love Sprung From Hate, Dark Romeo #1.
The game becomes more deadly as the lies get bigger. Risks will be taken, loyalties will be tested, but will Roman and Julianna take the biggest risk of all…giving into their hearts?

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this is a retelling for mature audiences. Don’t enter the Underworld if you’re scared of the dark.

After how Love Sprung from Hate ended, I have been excited to get my hands on the next book in the Dark Romeo series, to see if Roman and Julianna would be able to get themselves out of the situation they were in. It was exciting, intense and just as sizzling as the first book in the series.

I liked seeing more to Romans life, and that Julianna was able to get to know Roman better as well. She also found herself in a situation that threatened her life that she needed to be rescued from. But each of these moments brought them closer. I liked seeing their relationship grow, but there was always something that would tear them apart. I know these two belong together, but the dangers and circumstances tore them apart.

I felt that this book had that middle book syndrome; it was a little back and forth, where they wanted to act on their feelings, did so, and then would pull back. The connection was definitely there, enough to say that their feelings were solidifying, but the dangers always threw them into jeopardy. I am keen to see where things will go to from here, though, and cannot wait for the final book!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

I have a few small teasers for you today, you can just see how much Roman loves Julianna.

“She is an angel. I…” he leaned in close, barely inches from Eddie’s face. “I’m no angel. I am the devil made flesh. And I would kill for her.”

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“Life is over much too soon,” he said. “If you love him, Julianna, don’t hold it back.”

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“I don’t want one more night,” he growled, leaning in so that his chest pressed against my swollen breasts. Dear God, he was everywhere. His scent and his heat rolling over me, his breath against my cheeks, his erection pressed against my belly, making my empty core ache. “I want all of them.”

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
Sienna Blake is a pen name for a USA Today Bestselling Author. She loves all things that make her heart race — rollercoasters, thrillers and rowdy unrestrained sex. She likes to explore the darker side of human nature in her writing.

If she told you who she really was, she’d have to kill you. Because of her passion for crime and forensics, she’d totally get away with your murder.

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• 1 Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet
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• 24 romance paperbacks I LOVED (full list in T&Cs)
• 1 Lucky winner!

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(The Scent Of Roses will increase to regular price July 17th)

Other reviews featuring Sienna Blake 
Dark Romeo series
Love Sprung From Hate #1
Bound Series
Bound by Lies #1

Bound Forever #2 

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Wrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey ~ Audiobook Review & Quote-tastic (@ElleCasey)

It's been a while since I've read the first book in the series, but I remembered it being a lot of fun. So you know I had to dive back in when I found it on SALE!
Title: Wrong Place, Right Time
Author: Elle Casey
Series: The Bourbon Street Boys #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 5th 2016

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Jenny’s single-parent life revolves around her kids and her job, which means that hours of Animal Planet and strings of computer code are about all she has time for. Not that Jenny’s looking for adventure or romance—she’s the type of woman who believes in playing it safe.

When Jenny is called upon to do some consulting for the Bourbon Street Boys—a New Orleans private security firm—she knows she should stay away. They conduct surveillance on known criminals and put themselves in harm’s way pretty much every day, so No is the obvious answer…Problem is, there’s a guy on the team with a body to die for and a dimple that just won’t quit luring Jenny in, tempting her to throw all caution to the wind.

Will Jenny take the risk or will she do what she’s always done—play it safe and wait for the right time?

I remember enjoying the first book in this series – the action, the snark, the sexiness – so I was hopeful that this book would be as fun too! However, Wrong Place, Right Time was a more serious read, with both characters being single parents and focused on their work.

Jenny was a mother of three, who was stuck in a job she didn't enjoy any more. Her kids were her number one focus and would drop anything for them. She struggled in the beginning and was quite insecure, but a long the way she grew stronger and stood up for herself. Her change in work was good for her, as she was able to find that work/family balance.

Dev was just a gentle giant when it came to Jenny. I enjoyed watching their attraction grow each time they were together. Dev had his own family drama, and I liked that he had that in common with Jenny. In the first book he trained May, and he had quite the collection of knives, so it was sweet to see this different side to him.

Dev and Jenny were amusing to watch, as both of them were reluctant to make the first more. They were keen to get back into the dating game and pushed one another to take the step. I just wanted them to open up to one another, because they skirted around their feelings for a long time! But once they made the jump, it was hot!

Like the first book, I listened to it on Audio. I think that the narration let me down in this one as it seemed so drawn out. There were long pauses between sentences, that were unnecessary. I would've liked the story to flow a little quicker and more consistent. The plot seemed a little drawn out as well, just when I thought things were wrapped up, there was a little more. Overall it was a good read, but lacked a little punch. 
Here's a fun quote, I laughed as they were starting to get all hot and heavy!

...It’s fine if you want to stay here in the kitchen.” I look to my left. “In front of the refrigerator.”
Next thing I know, my world is turning upside down. I let out a quick scream before I realize what’s happening. He’s holding me in his arms, and with his long strides we’re already halfway down the hallway.
I start laughing like a maniac. “What are you doing?” My hair dangles in the air, hanging over his arm, and my legs are flopping around as I try to get upright.
You’re making me crazy. You think I don’t want to go to your bedroom? You’re nuts.”

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Elle Casey
Hi. I’m Elle Casey, a full-time hybrid author (hybrid, meaning I publish some of my books myself and some with a traditional publisher – Montlake Romance). I published my first novel WRECKED on January 1, 2012 and have published on average a book every six weeks since. I quit my jobs as a lawyer and teacher early in 2013 to focus full time on my writing, and I couldn’t be happier. I love my work and even more so, my readers!

Other reviews featuring Elle Casey
The Bourbon Street Boys 
Wrong Number, Right Guy #1 
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His Turn by J.A. Huss ~ Release Blitz, Giveaway & Swoon Thursday (@jahuss, @XpressoTours)

His Turn by J.A. Huss has now been released! Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to read it as yet, but I'll get to it and bring you my review as soon as I can! 
His Turn (Turning, #3)
Title: His Turn
Author: J.A. Huss
Series: Turning #3
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Published: July 4th 2017

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I look her body up and down as I circle her.
I smile a devious, deviant, I’m gonna make you sorry you ever started playing this game with me smile.
And then I take her hand.
I lead her to the elevator.
We go up to my apartment.
I tie her wrists together with rope.
Raise her arms above her head.
And chain her to the ceiling.
It’s my turn.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

Here are a couple of teasers I just had to share! 

Originally inspired by YA Bound
JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (www.newadultaddiction.com).

If you're interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/JVhAr) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.

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Other reviews featuring JA Huss
Turning series
Taking Turns #1
Turning Back #2
SuperAlpha series
Anarchy Found #1
Anarchy Missing #2
Anarchy Chained #3
Mister series
Mr. Perfect #1

Mr. Romantic #2
Mr. Corporate #3
Mr. Mysterious #4
Mr. Match #5
Rook and Ronin series
Tragic #1
Manic #2
Panic #3
Happily Ever After #3.5

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