The Guilded Chain (Surrender #3) by Lauren Smith


You are cordially invited to the engagement party of Hayden Thorne and Fenn Lockwood—” With a pained gasp, Callie Taylor ripped the expensive cream card and blinked hard against the thick tears that started to drip down her cheeks. Fenn, the man she’d loved her entire life, was getting married to her friend Hayden. It was too much to process over the sudden and shattering pain inside her chest.

After her crush of multiple years suddenly finds the woman of his dreams, Callie is left with her heart in pieces.

There was a wildness to her anguish that was breathtakingly gorgeous and something in him had rumbled, like a deep quake beneath the earth. Her pain had unsettled him, and few things ever unsettled him. So he’d decided to stay a few days to make sure she was going to be all right. Of course, if anyone asked, he was only staying to check on the cabins. That was his story and he was sticking to it.

But when Wes Thorne sets his sights on poor, innocent, heart-broken Callie; things start to change quickly… for both of them.

I give this book a 2.7 out of 5 stars. I have to say that after reading the last two books in this series I was a bit disappointed with this addition. I didn’t feel as connected to these characters and I felt that they lacked the depth of their predecessors. Another thing that I was saddened by was the fact that the story for Wes and Callie didn’t run as smoothly and was a bit predictable. On the other hand Smith still has a way of describing things with just enough detail that you can have a clear picture of scenes and events in your head with out overwhelming you with extra tidbit (which is a big plus!). My favorite character in this book would probably be Wes, because he knows what he wants and he’s not afraid to fight for it. While I did like Callie, I felt that she was a bit too cliche. She was super innocent (and naive) and she never really stood her ground when she and Wes had differing opinions. While I did have some trouble with this book particularly some events that happened in the end (can’t tell you because… spoilers) overall I was able to finish the book and was even surprised at one point. This is the third book in a series but it can be read as a standalone (though there are references to the other books).

Check out my reviews on the first two books in the series!

The Gilded Cuff

The Gilded Cage

Confess by Colleen Hoover

“I’m sorry, Adam. I tried really hard not to cry.” His eyes grow soft with his response. “If you would have walked out of this room today without crying, it would have devastated me.” I stop fighting it with those words. I fist his shirt in my hands and begin to sob against his chest while he holds me. Through my tears, I try to listen to his heart, wanting to curse his whole body for being so unheroic. “I love you so much.” His voice is breathless and full of fear. “I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”

Auburn has lost a great love in her life and isn’t sure how to move on

Owen has lost his family and the only member he has left, his father, isn’t all he seems

“Well, since neither of us feels like talking at all, do you at least dance?” He glances over my shoulder at the small, empty dance floor on the opposite side of the room. I immediately shake my head. “How did I know that would be your answer?” He stands up. “Come on.” I shake my head again and almost instantly, my mood changes. There’s no way I’m dancing with him, especially to whatever slow song just started playing. He grabs my hand and tries to pull me up, but I’m gripping my chair with my other hand, ready to fight him off if I have to.

Will these two be able to overcome their losses and face the challenges set ahead of them?

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I really like Colleen Hoover as an author, I love that she is able to literally suck you into her stories. You are practically the character (there were a couple times I almost broken my kindle, I had the urge to throw it across the room but restrained myself). I have to say that my favorite characters are the two men that Auburn loves throughout the story (no, it’s not a love triangle either). I can’t tell you too much because I don’t want to spoil but man, she had some good men! Auburn herself is a bit annoying to me, I feel like she as a character should have been a stronger person, but I wasn’t unsatisfied at the end of the book (she had significant growth). I have to say that she did have a lot of manipulators in her life so that may have affected her, but thank goodness she changed (if she didn’t I really would have thrown my kindle). This is a standalone so feel free to read it all in one sitting!

P.S. A cool thing that CoHo did for this book was that she found an artist to actually paint Owen’s artwork and included them in the book!



The Truth About Him by M. O’Keefe

AVAILABLE 11/24/15!!!!!
Annie McKay came to slowly. Aware in pieces of her surroundings. The pebbled linoleum of the trailer floor dug into her cheek. Her ankle was twisted, wedged against something hard. The hot copper smell of blood made her stomach roll and she gagged. “Annie, I’m sorry.” That voice … oh God. It was Hoyt. Her husband. Standing over her.

Just when Annie thought she was safe to move on with her life… HE returns to smash it to pieces

If hope was hard for me, faith was impossible. Growing up Dylan Daniels among the thieves and killers and rabid animals disguised as humans that were my family, faith didn’t stand a chance. But goddammit—I was trying. I clutched hope and faith in my scarred hands. Hands far too used to shoving those things away.

Dylan must overcome his own demons in order to save Annie from hers…

I gave this book 4.4 stars out of 5. I have to say that I actually really liked Dylan and didn’t think that he was as bad as he swore he was. I think that he just didn’t see himself as worthy of Annie, which is funny because she didn’t think she was good enough for him either. I loved his struggle with what he thought was true and what she saw in him, and how at times he wanted so much to be the man she saw and held himself from it. I also liked how Annie continued to grow in this book. Plenty happened where she could have just folded into herself and there were times when she almost did. Luckily the people who are now in her life helped her through her crisis and showed her not only who she could be, but who she had already become. I really liked this series in that the characters were realistic  and they evolved as the story progressed. I was sad when the book ended, but I did get the closure that I needed (the end of the first book was a MAJOR cliffhanger and I almost died when I had to wait for the next one!)

Check out my review on the first book in the series!

Everything I Left Unsaid

Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

Two armed sentries passed us. Each wore a hooded camo poncho and carried a rifle. They nodded politely. Under my breath, I said, “Arcana don’t freak them out? Gabriel’s wings alone should throw them.” “At first, yeah. But they look to J.D. to see how to act. They hero-worship ‘the hunter.’ ” Charismatic Jack could be so compelling when he wanted to. “He uses our help to maintain order,” Selena said. “The Azey might have the twins, but J.D.’ s got three Arcana himself—a psychic, an exquisite bow-goddess, and an illusionist.”

Evie has return to Jack and the others from Death’s castle and she’s changed, they don’t know if for the better.

“Don’t let any humans know what we’re planning.” “Understood.” I furtively kicked Selena’s boot; she straightened and said, “Oh. Thanks, Gabe. I won’t forget this.” “It will be my pleasure, Selena. I look forward to it.” His eyes widened. “I mean, not that I am pleased about the occasion.” Selena let him off the hook. “I look forward to kicking serial killer ass.” He grinned. “Precisely.”

The action doesn’t stop just because Evie was gone… Jack and the rest of her alliance has tracked down the Lovers and hope to end the sadistic twins reign of terror.

When things get out of control and someone ends up in enemy clutches the two main men in Evie’s life must set aside their differences in order to save them.

I gave this book a 4.6 out of 5 stars. Ms. Cole doesn’t fail to provide the action in this latest addition to the Poison Princess series. As always she sucks you into the world after the Flash and you are forced (you have no choice, you have been sucked in after all) to follow Evie’s adventures in this post-apocalyptic tale. So, I still like Evie but Aric is my favorite. I have to say that I pretty much liked Aric from the beginning (not always sure why) but after learning more about him and his past, I love him all the more. I love his struggles and his attitude for the most part, though he is a bit too bossy for my taste (but he’s also from another time period and place so I forgive him, mostly). I have to warn you there is a MAJOR CLIFFHANGER at the end of this book, and the next book has yet to be released… so READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Everything I Left Unsaid by M O’Keefe

AVAILABLE 10/13/15!
Everyone minds their own here. They all keep to themselves. That’s what Kevin, the park manager, had said when I put down my cash for the trailer. It’s safe and it’s quiet and we don’t truck with no nonsense. Safe, quiet, and no nonsense made this little scrap of swamp a perfect place to end my week of helter-skelter traveling.

Annie is running

She’s finally escaped her own little piece of Hell and she’s finally getting a taste of true freedom

Then she answers the phone…

Make no mistake, Dylan Daniels was the beast. He was the bad guy in the stories. Some other asshole could be the hero, save the day and get the girl. Alone and gruesome, he’d stay up on his mountain with his money and his work, as far from people as he could get because that was how he liked it. It was better. For everyone. But every once in a while he got to worrying about the monsters that lived off the mountain and he called to check up on Ben.

Dylan isn’t looking for anything or anyone new, then he calls

And Annie picks up the phone

One phone call can change everything

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I have to say that I really liked the difference of the setting in this story. While it was pretty weird, I thought it was interesting how the main characters pretty much communicated solely by cell phone. What made this book so different is that these characters started to fall for one another all while never having set eyes on the other. They literally fell for the others personality and how they made each other feel. It was an interesting concept, I kinda thought he was a serial killer or something for a while but he won me over. This was a relatively fast read though there were a few times where the storyline did lag for the most part I had to know what was going to happen next. I think that my favorite character was Annie, even though she did frustrate me at times. I liked that she was sarcastic, funny, and eventually she grew a backbone. I liked that while her past did have a major impact on her life, she was still able to work at finding herself. I was really proud of her for her growth and while I didn’t agree with some of her decisions in the end they were what helped her to be herself and put her past behind her. This is definitely NOT a standalone and it DOES end on a CLIFFHANGER so while you should read it be warned…

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole

 

He stands chained against a rock, pinned at two places on each limb and once around his neck. Before him—an opening into hell that spews fire. Here he waits and suffers, offered to a column of fire that may weaken but is never-ending—never-ending, just like his life. His existence is to burn to death repeatedly, only to have his dogged immortality revive him again. Detailed fantasies of retribution have gotten him this far; nursing the rage in his heart is all he has. Until her. Over the centuries, he has sometimes heard uncanny new things in the streets above, occasionally smelled Paris changing seasons. But now he has scented her, his mate, the one woman made for him alone. The one woman he’d searched for without cease for a thousand years—up until the day of his capture.

Lachlain is a lykae (think werewolf) and he has been imprisoned in his own personal hell for decades… By vampires.

The human males she passed turned their heads slowly to regard her, frowns in place, sensing something, but unsure. Probably some genetic memory from long ago that signaled her as their wildest fantasy or their darkest nightmare. Emma was neither. She was a co-ed—a recent Tulane grad—alone in Paris and hungry. Weary from another failed search for blood, she sank onto a rustic bench beneath a chestnut tree, eyes riveted to a waitress drawing espresso at a café. If only blood poured so easily, Emma thought. Yes, if it came warm and rich from a bottomless tap, then her stomach wouldn’t be clenched in hunger at the mere idea. Starving in Paris. And friendless. Was there ever such a predicament? Couples strolling hand in hand along the gravel walk seemed to mock her loneliness. Was it just her, or did lovers look more adoringly at each other in this city? Especially in the springtime. Die, bastards. She sighed. It wasn’t their fault that they were bastards who should die.

Emmaline (Emma) is a very rare bird, even in the world of the supernatural. She is half Valkyrie and half vampire.

When Lachlain finds that a vampire is the mate he’s yearned for, he must make a choice.

I gave this book a 3.8 out of 5 stars. While it is very fast paced and interesting I felt that there was something missing at the end. This is the first book in a series, but the series is set up where each book tells about a different couple while still being interconnected. I hope that as the series continues, not only will I meet new characters but I will also get a bit more about the old ones as well. At first I didn’t really have a favorite character but as the characters grew my favorite became clear. Emma became my favorite character, I didn’t like her in the beginning because she was kind of depressing. She saw herself as weak and didn’t see herself as attractive, and it really annoyed me (she was a bit pathetic, but she would have times of inner strength which gave me hope). Luckily as she was forced out of her comfort zone she learned to believe in herself and began to unlock her true badass potential. Lachlain was another story, he was always strong but in my opinion he doesn’t really think before he acts most of the time (and it gets him in trouble, mostly with Emma). I mean yes, he was tortured for decades and that probably (definitely) had something to do with it too, but some of the stuff he did should have gotten him his ass kicked. I’ll just say that kidnapping Emma in the beginning worked for him in some ways but it really did burn him too. I love the way the Kresley was able to create this new world with some crazy characters and keep the reader interested and in the know (lots of explanations were needed but she wove them into the story). Anyway like I said, this is the first of a series but you do get some closure on Emma and Lachlain, which is good because I think there are like 12 books in the series so far.

King (King #1) by T. M. Frazier

Police reports are filed and and sometimes candlelight vigils are held in hopes the missing would soon return home. What they don’t ever show you is what happens when no one looks. When the loved ones either don’t know, don’t exist… or just don’t care. The police searched the missing persons reports throughout the state and then the country with no luck. My fingerprints didn’t match any on record, and neither did my picture. I learned then that being labeled a missing person didn’t necessarily mean I was missed.

King was born on the wrong side of the tracks but he’s accepted that he will never be the good guy.

Doe doesn’t remember anything about, well anything… She woke up in a hospital with amnesia and no one is looking for her.

Even when he was only a shadow I knew he was big, but in all reality I’d had no concept of the wall of man who stood before me. This guy didn’t look like he hung with the wrong crowd. This guy was the wrong crowd. “You?” he asked. His nostrils flaring as he glared down at me. I don’t know what I did to make him so angry, but getting a look at him in the light made me more fearful than I ever was of him in the dark, and I wished I’d just listened to my instincts earlier and ran when I had the chance.

When a starving Doe shows up to a party at King’s house things go from bad to worse.

What started as a venture to find a biker to protect her ends with Doe getting shot at and handcuffed to a bed.

What happens when Prince Charming doesn’t show up and you’re left in the Devil’s clutches?

I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I should probably start by saying that this book is NOT for the faint of heart. I didn’t think it was too bad but then again I love crime shows and what not (point being… lots of gore). Anyway… I have to say that my favorite character was Doe. She was literally at the darkest time in her life and she didn’t lose herself. She was strong and always inquisitive (though her mouth and questions did get her in trouble occasionally). One thing that I didn’t like was that she tended to live her life so that it wouldn’t adversely affect ‘her’ (that’s how she referred to herself pre-amnesia). Luckily both she and King did a lot of growing in this book, in between all the crazy stuff that went down. My second favorite character would have to be Preppy, he’s King’s best friend and the BEST guy EVER! I mean he wasn’t perfect and he went though a lot of stuff but he was always there to make a joke in a very serious situation and just make you laugh. In my opinion King was the most complicated character for me. He was the most complicated because he would go from scary to gentle to fierce in a matter of pages. He was also a bit stupid when it came to his own feelings and he would often do things that made me want to punch him (even if he is huge and could probably squish me easily…). This book is NOT a standalone and if you read it will also need the next book in the series TYRANT because… CLIFFHANGER!!!! (lucky for us book 3 will be about a different character so TYRANT will be somewhat conclusive).

Penthouse Suite by Chantelle Llyod

“Caleb you don’t have to do that, I’m fine now. I am literally five minutes away, no need to str-” I never got to finish my sentence because I suddenly felt my body being forcefully pushed to the right hand side of my car and into the glass, but my body didn’t stop there. It was launched out of the window, hard. I didn’t even have time to scream before my body hurtled out and hit the pavement brutally. I felt a warm and sticky liquid on my face and I heard a voice bellowing for someone to call an ambulance, which was only followed by the sound of people’s panicked voices.

Sophie thought that she had everything she ever wanted, a job she loved, and a best friend who understood everything about her

Until Xavier crashed into life… literally

In walked a tall man in a 3 piece black suit that fit him perfectly and definitely screamed RICH. Although his head was down he had a mop of brown hair that was styled in the sexy bed hair way. He looked muscular even with the suit and I wondered why I was checking him out. When he lifted his face, I saw his jaw chiseled and his cheekbones were high. My eyes made contact with his and I audibly gasped. I would remember those eyes from anywhere, even if I had been thrown from a car and I was nearly unconscious when I saw them.

But while Xavier is the charismatic billionaire

Sophie isn’t sure she can give him all her secrets…

I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. Sophie was my favorite character in that she was strong and she never let the fact that Xavier was a billionaire cloud her thoughts. She was always herself and she was determined to maintain her financial freedoms even though he could have taken care of her easily. She did have her short comings and insecurities but they were actually backed up in her crazy past. Some of the things that happened in her past could mess a person up, but with the help of her best friend Caleb she was able to move on and do what she wanted. I liked that Xavier was able to respect her opinions and decisions (for the most part) despite his controlling nature. Though he still did annoying things or they had their misunderstandings I liked that eventually one of them would initiate a conversation and they would hash things out.  I actually really enjoyed this book even though the ending was pretty much a Harlequin ending (if you’ve ever read a Harlequin novel you know what I’m talking about). I didn’t like that the ending was like that, it was cute but I felt that the author was rushed in the end and that it was a bit disappointing. Anyway this was a standalone and i read it on the Wattpad After Dark app (it’s a bunch of free books written by different people, you should definitely check it out)

 

Lead (Stage Dive #3) by Kylie Scott

Intimacy fled and awkwardness rushed right in like a tidal wave. I could almost feel his walls slamming back into place. Mine were slower, weaker, damn them. Someone, somewhere along the line, had swapped my titanium for tinfoil leaving me wide open and exposed. It was all his fault. For a moment he’d actually stepped down from his self-imposed pedestal. He’d been real with me, shown me his fears, and I’d just sort of mumbled some vaguely comforting shit.

Jimmy’s on the road to recovery, after he almost destroyed his relationship with his brother and nearly broke up the band.

Lena’s the one who was hired to make sure Jimmy stays on track. But she has her work cut out for her because not exactly the easiest guy to get along with.

He scowled at the wall, avoiding my eyes completely. “I just … I just wanted to say, ah …” “Yes-s-s?” “Well, that um, you were useful.” “I was useful?” My brows rise to dangerous heights, I could feel them. After everything we’d been through today, useful was as good as it got? A shrug. “Yeah, mostly.” “Mostly? I was mostly useful.” Slowly, I shook my head, biting back an incredulous grin. Lucky my sense of self-worth wasn’t dependent on him or it’d be a sad, shriveled wreck hiding out in the corner by now.

With Lena’s issue with man (she’s been screwed over one time too many)

And Jimmy’s issue with relationships in general…

Will they really be able to find love, and make it work?

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really liked the relationship between Jimmy and Lena, they can pretty much understand one another without words at all. Lena is really funny in that she is witty and very sarcastic. I really like Jimmy, but I’m not really certain why. He is really annoying at times and kind of bossy but I really like him. Maybe I just like the fact that for all his crazy antics, he’s not actually a bad person. He’s been hurt and mislead by the one person who was supposed to be there for him through everything and has closed himself off to the world. I guess I saw his potential and I know I was really happy when he started to change and grow. Of course all the characters from the other books are in this one as well and though it’s not really a standalone, it can be read like one (but you should totally read the other books too!).

You can find my reviews on the first two books of the series below!

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Fight with Me (With me in Seattle #2) by Kristen Proby

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I can do this. Pull it together Montgomery. I’ve posed naked in magazines. I’ve had dinner with gazillionaires and hung out with movie stars. I have four older brothers who tease me incessantly, and taught me how to kick ass. I can handle the sexiest man I’ve ever seen in my life for a few hours without ripping my clothes off and having my wicked way with him. I think. Probably.

Jules is hot for Nate

Nate wants to make her his

The only problem is Nate’s her boss and there’s this pesky no fraternization policy at work.

I climb out of the ring and Rich meets me once again to help me out of the head gear and to cut the tape off my hands. ‘Not bad, baby doll.’ ‘I have four older brothers. I had to learn to defend myself against them. Mom couldn’t always be there to referee.’ I grin at Rich. I like him already. The crowd thins again, all the guys go back to their own workouts and Nate joins us. ‘Ready to go?’ ‘Sure.’ ‘You come back anytime, girl.’ Rich hugs me-hugs me!-and smiles at Nate.’ You can come too, if you must.’ ‘Gee, thanks, dad.’

Can’t say whether rules will actually keep them apart… especially with all the sparks flying

They have to be careful, because sparks can light pretty big fires. And even the best laid houses can go up in flames… (dramatic, no?)

I gave this book a 4.6 out of 5 stars. My favorite character is probably Jules because she’s funny, strong and independent. One thing I don’t like about her is that she jumps to conclusions too often, especially without talk to the person in question (typically Nate). I liked Nate for the most part but he did manage to get on my nerves at times, I thought he was a bit manipulative. I have to say that I expected the characters to have more growth than they did so I was a bit disappointed there but otherwise it was great. I also like that the other characters from the first book in the series were present and active in this book. This can be read as a standalone, but it’s better when you start at the beginning!

Check out my review on the first book in the series:

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