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Book Review: Take Me Tomorrow

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Book Review: Take Me Tomorrow

Take Me Tomorrow is a dystopian novel written by Shannon A. Thompson and was published July 17th of this year. Unlike most of the dystopian novels I’ve read, and I have read A LOT of them, this one was different, and that intrigued me. Even though it is a relatively small novel, with only 150 pages, it managed to captivate me in a way my recent books have been lacking.

 

Take Me TomorrowSynopsis:

Two years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.

But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.

Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.

He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

Review:

Overall, I give this book a 7.8 out of ten. 

Unlike most dystopian novels, this one felt the most real to me. Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE all dystopian novels, but for me, this seemed the most likely to actually happen. Like most dystopian novels, we see society after an epic war, this one is called the massacre, (weird how its always a war and not like a zombie apocalypse or global warming or something), and instead of the 50 states as we know it, there are only a few “states” left, and the leader is now a tyrant who enforces strict rules and policies to keep the people in line. Now, it wouldn’t be a good plot if there weren’t people working against him, and the ones that are fighting against the tyranny use drugs as a weapon, particularly one drug. Tomo is a hallucinogenic drug that can allow people to ‘see’ the future, and the rebels use this to spread hope for a different tomorrow.

And then there’s Sophia. While she is no stranger to breaking the laws, after all her father participates in illegal forgery, she has never thought of going against the order Phelps has created for his citizens, until Noah. Noah is wild, and quick, and thanks to the tomo he consumes, almost all knowing, but he’ll need the help of Sophia and her friends if he wants to save his sister, and ultimately save the cause he has sacrificed everything for.

The novel could get confusing, it follows the POV of Sophia, and for a majority of the time, she doesn’t really understand what is going on or why. Thrown into a world she is not accustomed to, and asked to do unspeakable things, she is simply trying to play catch up and understand why it seems like everyone else knows whats going on except her. Add that onto the ever expanding character list, often with little introduction or information on them, and it could get tough to follow the plot. But, as you read, it does become a little more clear. Most of the characters are male, and while some people may say that seems unbalanced, to me, it fits perfectly. In the novel, the boys are fighting for a cause, they break laws, set bombs, and carry out rescue missions, so having most of the characters male fits, and I like how they’re are only three major female roles. Even though Sophia doesn’t always understand, she’s strong, smart, and cunning, and often times, she and her best friend Lily are the reason the plans work at all.

The major thing that both irked and delighted me was Sophia’s relationship with Noah. While it is obvious (at least to me) that they are attracted to each other, neither really acts on it. Sure, they’re are subtle, harmless flirtations, and Noah does seem overly protective of her especially, we really don’t see a relationship form until it is almost too late. I would’ve liked to see that develop a little more. Noah seems hardened to the world with no weaknesses, yet the way he acts around Sophia changes everything. Sophia is a strong girl trained (illegally) by her father, she is no wilting wall flower, and only Noah really sees her strength and knows what she is really capable of. Together they are unstoppable, except they are never really together.

If you are looking for a short read that is both a thriller and a romance, than I’d highly recommend Take Me Tomorrow. It is an excellent read and I hope (really really hope) that there are many more to come after this book (I am WAY too invested in the plot for this NOT to become a series).

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Craving Absolution is written by Nicole Jacquelyn and was published on July 21st, 2014. It is the third installment of the Aces series and is a MC Romance (motorcycle club romance).

Craving AbsolutionSynopsis:

Farrah Miller and Cody “Casper” Butler have a longstanding relationship that both refuse to discuss.

It isn’t romantic.

It may not even be classified as a friendship.

Casper’s been saving Farrah from herself for longer than he’d care to admit, watching silently as she drowned herself in alcohol. Then, when she finally got her act together, he left. He told himself he was giving her time to sort herself out. He tried to give her space.

But getting shot in the chest can change a man’s perspective, and Casper’s done waiting.

When he shows up on her doorstep one night, everything changes.

He’s the man who’s seen her at her very worst.

She’s his weakness.

He runs when things get hard.

She never lets anyone see below the surface and is terrified of being abandoned.

He knows it’s a long shot, that there’s a good chance she’ll never drop her guard for him—but he has to try. Because a life with Farrah is exactly what he wants—even if he has to fight her for it.

Review:

When I bought this book, I did not know it was part of a series, let alone the last installment, so I’ve kinda done this whole series backwards yet still found enjoyment in the book. This wasn’t my favorite MC Romance, and I’ve read a lot of them. I love the idea of the rogue rough and tough alpha with a tough as nails yet slightly vulnerable female together. LOVE IT. But in this book, we get a man who seems almost wrong.

Casper is super smart, his family sending him away to boarding school when he was just 7 years old, and it seems like he should be going places if his family didn’t always drag him down (and I mean this in the least offensive way possible) but I feel he would have been even better if he had followed a different path in life, he just doesn’t seem super committed to the MC and its ideals. Farrah is the most self-destructive character I have read about. She’s vulnerable yet she isn’t, anorexic, and weak willed. She witnessed something horrible when she was younger and after experiencing a tragic lost, she turns to drugs, alcohol, and random hook ups; all while Casper follows her around like a lost puppy.

This novel is full of conflict and drama, almost to the point of obnoxiousness. Casper and Farrah are always on the outs over something trivial and it seems to me that they can never find a good place in their relationship. The jealousness we see over Casper and Farrah’s ex, Echo, seemed promising, yet disappointed me when the author didn’t go into detail about the past relationship beyond snide remarks said during spats. The conflict would have been more realistic if the readers know more about Farrah’s relationship with Echo and why it had devastated her so badly when it ended so horribly.

All in all, it was a decent light summer read, and I would rate it a 6 out of 10. If you like drama, make-up sex, and everlasting love (no matter how many spats and arguments) then this is definitely the MC book for you. The other two installments of the series are as following: Craving Constellations (Ace #1) and Craving Redemption (Ace #2).

Series Review

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So I realize that I have been more than slacking when it comes to book reviews, but that is because I have been working on a series, and rather do individual reviews fro the books, I figured I would just do an overall series review for all the books. A couple years ago I got into this series by V. J. Chambers that I really enjoyed. It was a paranormal romance, but it took a spin that I hadn’t read before. Anyways, long story short, I discovered recently that the author had continued the series and so I bought the missing ones and re-read the whole entire series. So, with that preamble out of the way, here goes the review, I hope y’all enjoy! The series itself is broken into three trilogies that all encompass each other, so bear with me, this could be a really long post.

Trilogy 1 : The Jason and Azazel Trilogy (or the first three books)

Book One: Breathless

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Synopsis:
What if the messiah and the anti-christ fell in love? Azazel is seventeen and sexually frustrated. Her biggest issue is trying to figure out why her seemingly normal boyfriend won’t sleep with her. Then Jason races into her life. He won’t say where he came from or who’s chasing him. He’s a delicious puzzle, a boy who has no problem using his fists to solve arguments or quoting Plato to justify his actions. Azazel is drawn to him. She’s obsessed with finding out his secrets. What she doesn’t know is that Jason’s secrets are entwined with her own town’s secrets. Her friends and family have conspired to use her as a pawn in a violent scheme. Soon, she will have to choose between protecting Jason and staying loyal to everyone she’s ever trusted. A story about forbidden love, fate, and free will, Breathless is Rosemary’s Baby meets The Da Vinci Code

Review:

Okay, so I really enjoyed this book! It was innovative and different. I had never read a book with this kinda spin on demons and the messiah and secret societies that basically run the entire world? Fascinating and soo interesting!! Definitely give this book an 8 out of 10!  

Book 2: Trembling

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Synopsis:
Lilith’s back, and she’s got her eye on Jason. Jason doesn’t think Azazel’s new best friend Jude is really gay. Someone put a bell, engraved with a picture of the sun rising over water, in Azazel’s purse. Azazel’s worried, but Jason thinks she’s paranoid. Jason and Azazel might be at the beach, but the clouds are rolling in. . .

Review:
This novel is all about how Jason and Azazel react to an environment where they aren’t on the run. Azazel starts having these “dreams” and drinks herself blind, yet the whole time being paranoid and refusing to believe that  they’re safe. Jason tries to forget that anything has ever been anything but normal, and while he’s worried about his girlfriend, he thinks nothing of her paranoia. This is the first book where Jason and Azazel both have to deal with jealousy and their relationship outside of danger. Overall, it was pretty good. It kept me on my toes, and you never really knew who to trust and who to believe. 8 out of 10.

Book 3: Tortured

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Synopsis:
Since she arrived in Italy, Azazel hasn’t been able to stop having nightmares. Sometimes her boyfriend Jason is covered in blood, grinning at her like a demon. Sometimes there is a gun in her hand, and she’s shooting the people she loves the most. The only way to stop the dreams is to drown them in liquor. Azazel can hardly concentrate on anything else. Not the library located in the Sol Solis School. Not the secrets about Jason’s origins they need to discover there. Not the prom. Not the fact that she can’t have orgasms. Azazel feels like black water is closing over her head. And she doesn’t know if she can breathe anymore.

Review:
So Jason and Azazel are on the run from the bad guys again, can you see the beginning of the pattern for the rest of the books? They go to this school, where they are supposed to be safe (there are a lot of places like this I discovered) but weird things are happening. Suddenly, all the ‘cool’ kids that hated them before are looking up to them, and waiting on their opinion to decide their own. Characters you thought to be dead make an appearance and broken off members of the Sons of the Rising Sun pledge to keep them safe with their life. Again, Jason doesn’t really seemed concerned, only Azazel is, when she is sober that is. It was a decent book, a little boring and drug out but an overall good story line. 7 out of 10.

Trilogy 2: The Jason and Azazel Apocalypse (books 4-6)

Book 4: The Stillness in the Air

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Synopsis:
The electricity went out months ago, all over the east coast. Due to her special powers, Azazel is employed by the government to help keep the peace as civilization crumbles around them.

Azazel, Hallam, and Marlena lead a rag tag group on a mission to get west and get help, but there’s someone in the way.

Jason.

He says he still loves Azazel.
But she can’t ever love him again.

Review:
So the novel starts out with the readers not really knowing what had happened, but it is soon explained. Azazel and Jason are no longer together, and it has slowly been driving Jason crazy. Now he will stop at nothing to get her back, even hurting those who are trying to help her get across to where the electricity is. Azazel sees Jason again after years and tries (but mostly fails) to deny her feelings for him. Can she ever forgive him for what he’s done? Can their love survive this? I found this book a little random. I thought this series was originally just a trilogy and didn’t really like the suddenness of it (if that makes any sense). It was an okay book, just mostly jealousy and the readers get to see exactly what Jason and Azazel can do with their powers when on opposing sides. 7 out 10.

Book 5: Between the Heaves of the Storm

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Synopsis:
Azazel arrives at Jason’s community calling herself Joan, with no memory of who she is or what they’ve shared together. But Jason recognizes her, and once he realizes his powers of persuasion work on her now, he’s willing to do anything to keep her with him, no matter how macabre or immoral.

Kieran wanted to use the grimoire to purge Azazel’s powers, but instead he’s transferred them to himself, along with her memories. When he discovers the Order of the Fly wants to use him to control the world, he sets off to find Azazel, determined to return her powers and memory so that she can stop the OF’s attempt at world domination.

Review:
So this book really gets into the magic side of things. Azazel’s power has been stolen, along with her memories. She finds herself again with Jason, but this time, she has no idea who she is or what happened between them. Jason runs a compound now and is acting as his people’s ‘spiritual’ leader. He controls everything and uses his power to make the people want to please him (he now has his own harem) and work together. When Azazel shows up, he uses his powers to make her happy and love him (eventually he stops and she still loves him). But not all is sunshine and rainbows (that would be a really boring book). Kieran and his recently acquired lover are on a mission to make sure the power is placed in the hands of the right people. This book focused on Jason’s desperation to keep Azazel happy and in love with him, no matter how violent and crazy it makes him. 8 out of 10.

Book 6: The Last Onset

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Synopsis:
Jason wants to punish himself for all the horrible things he’s done, and so he’s been lying low and wallowing in his guilt. When he discovers that Kieran and Eve are threatening his son, Chance, he finds Azazel so that the two of them can stop Kieran and Eve.

Kieran and Eve, now in possession of Jason and Azazel’s powers, have the world in a chokehold. They see everything, know everything, and control everything. The only way to stop them is for Jason and Azazel to take back their powers.

But in order to do so, they must go through a series of tests, each pushing them deeper into their own darkness. If they get their power back, they run the risk of becoming the very evil they want to fight. But if they don’t get the power, Kieran and Eve win and Chance is lost.

Review:
This novel was actually going to be V. J. Chamber’s last novel for Jason and Azazel, but due to her reader’s demands, she continued writing a whole other trilogy. I personally really wished she had stopped with this book. She had everything nicely tied up and what I thought was a really good ending to everything. Loose ends were resolved, issues put to rest and everything as it should have been. This book could be a little hard to follow if you didn’t remember the little details from the other books. Was really disappointed when the other books came out. 7 out of 10.

Trilogy 3: Ambrosia

Book 7: Shudder

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Synopsis:
Jason and Azazel wake abruptly from their coma, their powers gone. But they are healing quickly, to the confusion of everyone in the hospital. A team of specialists comes in the middle of the night to whisk them away. When Jason and Azazel offer resistance, they are sedated.

They awake in a strange, institutional place that seems to have no exit. They are prisoners there, being filmed by an unseen presence. Others are trapped with them as well. Some have been there for years. No one knows how to get out.

Jason and Azazel may not have the ability to control minds anymore, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with. And if anyone can find a way out of this bewildering prison, it’s them.

Review:
This is where I think the series gets a little weird. Suddenly Jason is a half god and Jude survived by being kidnapped by the Sons of the Rising Sun (yea, I thought they were dead too). I just didn’t really get into this book. It was too random and inconsistent with the other books for me to really enjoy it They should have never continued this series. In this book, Jason and Azazel get captured and have to work with other nephilim to escape. They escape, Jason and Azazel fight, and we are back to the beginning of the cycle. 5 out of 10

Book 8: Falter

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Synopsis:
Azazel relishes the chance to be on the offensive for once. Chased all her life, fighting one enemy or another who intended to kill her, it’s nice to be pursuing the bad guys instead of running from them.

Of course, Jason doesn’t agree that they’re bad guys. He doesn’t think they have the right to make moral judgments like that. Not after all the horrible things they’ve done. He chooses to stay home and get to know his son, Chance.

Jason spends his days playing with Chance and going to parent-teacher conferences. Azazel spends hers hunting down and killing people who sell Nephilim blood. Jason tries to pretend he doesn’t long for a life of action, but deep down, he misses violence. He craves it.

The strain of domestic life is getting to Jason.

It won’t be long until he snaps.

Review:
So Azazel wants to fight what she believes are the bad guys and Jason just wants to try to live a normal life. This plot remind you of anything? It’s basically the second book but with a few add-ons. Jason thinks they are out of danger and wants nothing to do with Azazel’s mission to purge the world of the evil vampires. When Jason refuses to help, its back to her and Jude being BFFs and partners in crime. It’s a good book, its just predictable and redundant. 5 out of 10.

Book 9: Gasp

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Synopsis:
Azazel vowed never to tell Jason that she and Jude accidentally ingested the aphrodisiac and had sex, but now she’s pregnant with Jude’s child, and she can’t keep the secret from him anymore.

Jason never intended to harm any other redheaded girls, but he finds himself compelled to stalk them and capture them. He can’t let anyone find out.

But Imri knows Jason’s secret, and he also knows that Azazel’s unborn child is powerful–too powerful to be allowed to live. He will do everything he can to get at that child, no matter what he exposes, no matter who he destroys.

And despite their pain and confusion, Jason and Azazel must rally together to protect this child. Because no matter what, two things are true about them.

Their love cannot be broken.

And they will always survive.

Review:
This book was like all the other book plots crammed in one. Azazel is in danger and Jason will stop at nothing to protect her. There is a baby to keep safe from a man who wants it dead, and their friends are dying left and right. Jason is holding on to his sanity by a thread for Azazel and Azazel is trying to once and for all purge him of his guilt. Was actually a pretty good book. While the plot was familiar it was ended nicely and I’m glad that the series is over. They are complex conflicts and the struggle between what is right and what Jason will do to save the one thing he loves above all; Azazel. 7 out of 10.

Book Review: Pure Will

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I realize I have been lacking in the book review departments, but I have been trying to catch up on my TBR pile and honestly hadn’t read a book worth writing about, until now. Pure Will, written by Kristi Pelton grabbed my attention and captivated me. It was a complex, juicy, drama-filled novel that I fell in love with from the very beginning.

Synopsis:

Growing up without a mother, Camden never learned the rules of sex until introduced to them by a bad boy who took advantage of her innocence—breaking her.

Will spiraled into a world of darkness following an unbearable hurt…in turn using women and alcohol to dull the pain.

Two wounded people…coming together under awkward circumstances…healing each other…until the bad boy from Camden’s past finds her…

Does Will have the power to fight for someone worth fighting for?

Camden Biggs, the daughter of a professional baseball player…lost her mother at age 9. Eager to be loved, she fell in love with the hottest, bad boy she’d ever met at age 15, Max. Totally off limits and living under the same roof, she succumbed to his manipulations until he was forced out of her life—hanging on to a promise to only give herself to him.

Will Denton raised by a trailer trash father and a trust fund mother had a taste of both worlds and all sorts of women—especially when he dove into a world of darkness following a tragedy and loss of his own.

Camden, now a senior at the University of Kansas where she tutors the hottest, most talented athletes hides behind her outgoing roommate Kate—who is sexually active enough for both of them; Camden lives vicariously through Kate while still trying to heal her wounds from the past—until Will Denton comes home with Kate one night. Though he slept with Kate, he sets his sights on Cam.

Camden finally succumbs to the gorgeous eyes and body of Will Denton. And as Will is finally starting to tear down the walls that Cam has built over the years…Bad Boy Max makes a reappearance to reclaim what was once his

Review:
Okay, so from the very beginning, I fell in love with this book. It has everything you could ever want from a delicious, it has juicy drama, jealousy, vengeful, violent ex’s and horror-filled past that tends to get in the way of new relationships.

Camden doesn’t trust men, and with good reason. At just 15, she fell in love with bad boy Max. The only problem? Max was her step-brother. But that wasn’t the worst part. Max was manipulative, and violent; often times doing cruel and painful things to Cam and making her feel pleasure from it. Now Cam is in college, and doing well. Living with her outgoing best friend, Kate, she is well on her way to get her engineering degree.  But she isn’t really living. She goes to school, tutors her group of super attractive athletes, and goes back to her apartment, leaving all the partying and one night stands to Kate. Until Will. With Will, maybe she wants to try. With Will, maybe she can face her demons and finally be at peace and maybe she will finally be ready to let go and move on.

Will, a trailer trash baby born with a silver spoon in his mouth has had a taste of both the rich and poor sides of life. But after losing his little brother to the marines, and then have the call no one wants to receive about their family, he turned to alcohol ad women to soothe his grieving heart. All he wants is the next one night stand. Until Cam. Cam is different, even if she is does seem sad. Will Cam be his salvation?

Will and Cam don’t meet the traditional way. They meet after Will hooks up with Cam’s best friend, Kate. While Cam doesn’t necessarily shun Will, she makes it perfectly clear she’s not interested. But things change, and their relationship grows. When Cam’s past comes up to bite her in the ass, they see just how much their love can endure.

This book was fantastic and funny and romantic and at times sad. I would recommend this book to everyone needing their next literary fix. It’s drama filled without being too much and is never really predictable, it keeps you on your toes about what will happen next. This is a refuse to put down, quite your day job, and read through the entire night kinda book. I give this book five stars, whole heartily.

Book Review: A Shade of Vampire

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I would like to start off by apologizing for my lack of activity, I didn’t purposefully neglect it just got caught up in senior activity.

17255435Anyways…so I posted a Sunday Spoilers about a month ago on the novel A Shade of Vampire, and honestly wasn’t too interested in the book until that sneak peek. But I was pleasantly surprised by what I read. A Shade of Vampire is drama filled as 17 year old Sofia Claremont is abduct from her world, and taken where even the sun doesn’t dare to shine; an island called, The Shade. Meant to be a homage to the waking Prince Derek Novak, something happens, the cold monster harboring the face of a model melts a little. Maybe it’s her beauty, or courage, or selflessness and sincerity that make something stir deep within Derek that hasn’t been there in centuries, his humanity. The bond between slave and master is strong, and as time passes, the line between who really holds the power over who is blurred. But things can never be simple in The Shade, for such beauty has a price, as obstacle after obstacle stack against them. When a surprise appearance enters Sofia’s life, she is left with a choice, stay and be with Derek, or return to the world of sun and continue the life she used to live. Love is never easy where vampires are concerned.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Significance

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Significance is the first novel in the Significance series written by Shelly Crane.

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Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who’s had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but her mom left, her dad is depressed, she’s graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she meets Caleb.

She saves his life and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing, but she’s supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. Things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.
They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she’s ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb’s enemies know he’s imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him.
Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?
Review:
Okay, so right of the bat I loved this book simply because it’s a paranormal romance about something new, which is pretty hard to do now-a-days. Shelly invents this race called “Aces”, which are part human, part….mystical. They look, talk, act just like a human, but they have one tiny difference, they have abilities. Now, before your imagination runs wild, let me explain. When Aces imprint (its what they call finding their one true mate, and every Ace has one) the couple Ascends (gains their ability), it is only through the ascension that they receive their  abilities, and they only get one each. The cool part? Every ability is different and no two Aces will have the same ability. So legit points to Shelly Crane for coming up with that. Really, I applaud you for it.
Now, to talk about the actual story line. Right from the start, we are introduced to a super yummy yet really awkward love triangle between Maggie, Caleb (here mate/soul mate/lover/super hot boy toy) and Kyle (Caleb’s cousin who has been in love with her for forever….see how it’s super awkward?). Maggie and Caleb meet in an unconventional way, with Maggie just barely saving Caleb from being run over by a truck crossing the road. It was fate from then. They imprint and immediately Kyle starts to loathe it. When things spiral out of control with a rival clan, we find out just what Caleb is willing to do to protect the girl he’s fallen madly in love with, but will fate be on their side? I won’t give that giant spoilers away.
This book is the type of book you read until you finish and then go onto buying the whole series. I rate this 9.5 out of 10. It was AMAZING!!
Happy Readings!

Book Review: Carter Reed

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Carter Reed is a novel written by Tijan, and it is SUPER MEGA LEGIT!

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Synopsis:

Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision
she made because she found her roommate being raped by the boyfriend. She had
two choices. Call the cops and be killed by his family’s mafia connections or
kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the
bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her. Carter Reed.
He’s a weapon for the rivaling mafia family, but he’s also Emma’s secret. Not
only was he best friends with her brother, but she’s the reason he became that
weapon in the first place.

Review:

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this novel really isn’t for the faint-hearted. Not because its bad, but because it really delves into the mafia and mob stuff. On the other hand, this book is freaking fantastic! For those of you who are looking for a romance book with a bite, this is definitely the book for you! 

This novel has everything; a hot, strong alpha male and an equally strong minded women. They go well together, even though at the beginning it was a little tense. But then again, killing a man and moving into your dead brother’s best friend’s house, who just happens to be called the Cold Killer and extensively connected to the mafia and mob, to ensure the safety of your friends may be a little stressful.

I thoroughly enjoyed this simply because it wasn’t like most YA romance. Most YA romance novels are all about love at first sight, strong males, weak women, and having the men do all the protecting and dangerous stuff. But not in Carter Reed. Besides, a mafia lord would need a strong female, and no other will do except for Emma, the girl he would destroy the world for. Carter Reed would do anything for the women he loves, and he proves it over and over again. Keeping her safe her whole life, even when he wasn’t in it. He became what he is just to keep her alive, so when she arrives at his club a crying mess, dirtied and about to fall over, she is whisked to his penthouse. Someone has hurt his strong, brave women, and he will destroy the tenfold for it.

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When we got there, he let go, but I took his hand again and led him into the bathroom. His face had been battered from the beatings. There was dried blood over him, in his hair as well, and he stood there watching as I inspected every wound. He winced as I probed his ribs, so instead of having him lift his shirt over, I took a firm hold at the top and ripped it. It fell to the floor. My eyes took it all in. His chest and ribs had taken the brunt of the kicks, at least the ones I saw. The tips of my fingers softly grazed over him, and he hissed from the pain. My eyes caught his. I saw the pain and took a deep breath. Strength surged inside of me. He needed mine so I pointed to the counter and murmured, “Sit.” My voice came out hoarse, and I bit down on my lip. Pain sliced me when he made a motion to vomit. When he didn’t, I let out the breath I’d been holding and warmed some washcloths. Pressing it to the cut on his nose, the washcloth immediately turned red from the blood. He hissed some more when I continued to his swollen cheek, then his swollen eye. “You should see a doctor.” He nodded, closing his one eye. Slowly, he leaned forward and rested his forehead on my shoulder. His lips moved against my skin as he answered, “I had to see you first. “My hand lifted to cradle the back of his head. I drew another deep breath in and rested my head against his. My eyes closed. I felt his pain and I hated it. He shouldn’t have been hurting, but I knew he put himself in that situation for a reason. So many questions flew in my head, but I refrained from asking. My fingers began to massage the back of his head, delicately at first and they grew stronger when he didn’t grimace or flinch away. Instead, his hand moved to the small of my back and he pressed me tighter against him. As I kept massaging, he grew more and more tired. His weight leaned on top of me until all of it was there. He had fallen asleep. I was holding him up and I stood there. I continued holding him. I would’ve stood there for hours, standing for him but a small movement caught my eye and I looked up. Amanda had a hand to her mouth. She watched from the doorway. As she did, a lone tear slipped down. Then she mouthed, “He’s asleep?”

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