Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Book Shelf: Assassin's Menace (Assassin's Magic #2.5) by Everly Frost

Never step between an assassin and his prey...

Nobody would suspect curvy, blonde bookworm Grace Kennedy of being a cold-blooded killer. She just wants to keep her head down and escape the violent secrets of her past.

But when Grace unwittingly gets between an assassin and his target, she becomes prey to Boston's most ferocious legion of killers.

If finding a way out of the life-threatening mess she created isn't hard enough, her unexpected encounters with Cain Carter prove even more unsettling.

Ruthless millionaire on the outside, sexy as hell in private, Cain is determined to make sure Grace survives her own secret power, as well as his.

When the Legion closes in and the power inside Grace threatens to tear her apart, Cain will have to sacrifice what he loves the most if he wants Grace to survive.

More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Assassin’s Menace is the third instalment in the Assassin’s Magic series by Everly Frost and introduces readers to a new voice and heroine in this kick-ass and riveting adventure full of action, romance and edge of your seat moments.

Bookworm Grace Kennedy isn’t who she appears, and she’s spent a lot of time and effort ensuring this is the case. No one would suspect that she’s actually a killer and she intends to keep it that way--- hoping to escape her violent past as much as possible. Then Grace unwittingly gets between an assassin and his target, becoming prey to Boston’s most vicious legion of killers. Help comes in the unexpected form of Cain Carter, ruthless millionaire and someone who is much more than he seems. Cain is determined to keep Grace alive even if it means going against his brother assassins, but for a girl who has never known kindness, Grace is sure Cain’s help comes with strings. Sexy as hell, Cain could become Grace’s weakness if she lets him, but with unforeseen powers simmering inside her, trusting Cain my be Grace’s only choice….if only she can trust him with her heart too.

Can I just say; Everly Frost is the bomb! Seriously this woman knows how to get my blood pumping and the adrenaline running with her edge-of-your-seat stories and exhilarating endings. Assassin’s Menace is the third instalment (book number 2.5 if you want to be specific) in Frost’s sensational Assassin’s Magic series and takes place between Assassin’s Mask and the upcoming final novel, Assassin’s Maze.

Stepping away from normal protagonist Hunter for the first time, Assassin’s Menace introduces readers to Grace Kennedy, an equally awesome and kick-ass heroine who quickly captured my heart with her determination, strength and capability. I’ll try not to give away spoilers where I can, but Grace is vital to Frost’s overall series, something that was fairly obvious to me heading into the novel. Readers of the series should catch on pretty quickly why and this will make it all super exciting as you discover Grace and what she can do.

It was fabulous to finally see Cain Carter meet his match in Assassin’s Menace and I couldn’t be happier that he was paired with Grace. Theirs is a romance that builds beautifully, and their chemistry is electric and driven. You knew where it was heading but that didn’t make seeing them fall for one another any less satisfying.

Everything really comes together with Assassin’s Menace. Everly Frost ties previous storyline arc’s together and allows the readers to discover where she was heading with certain hints and titbits that were suggested in the previous novels. I loved the inclusion of Cain’s sister Parker who is a real sweetie—and someone I’m hoping will be paired with Lutz Logan—and thought her inclusion to the story was really adorable.

Thrilling and so very good, Assassin’s Menace was another brilliant read in a series I genuinely adore. I can’t wait to see what Everly Frost has planned for the fourth and final instalment—I have no doubt it will be spectacular!

Rating:
Source: Read via Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Ever Realm Books
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: June 20th 2019
Buy: The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Final Thoughts: Another fabulous installment--I can't wait to see how it will all come to and end!


Monday, December 9, 2019

Owl Post #246


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Welcome to another Owl Post :)
 
I Bought:
- City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster 
I think this book sounds fantastic and I'm very much looking to getting around to reading it.

- Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White 
I've always enjoyed Kiersten White's novels and I'm keen to read this stand alone novel--it sounds very promising. 

And that's me this week. 
What did the owls bring you?



 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Blog Tour: Renegade by Chantal Fernando- Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Renegade by Chantal Fernando thanks to InkSlingerPR. Renegade is the second novel in the Knights of Fury series and a highly entertaining biker romance I am excited to share with you today!
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New York Times bestselling author of the Knights of Fury MC series Chantal Fernando is back with trouble in the form of a renegade .

Good girl Isabella wouldn’t miss the birth of her sister’s baby for the world. So when her car breaks down and one of the bikers next door offers her a ride to Vegas, it’s too tempting to pass up. Besides, she can think of worse travel conditions than wrapping her arms around Renny, otherwise known as Renegade.

Tall, dark and handsome, the man is pure sex on a Harley.

Between wild parties and rumbling motorcycles, living next to the Knights of Fury MC has always left Isabella curious, but after a night in Vegas, she gets a firsthand taste. Drinks in the club surrounded by burly bikers soon turns into a series of daring decisions, which don’t seem so bad until she wakes up the next morning. Married. To Renny.

Could she be more of a cliché?

Nothing complicates an annulment like lingering temptation, especially when Isabella and Renny give in to their need, putting their marriage where their mouths are. But as Isabella learns what outlaw life is really like, she’ll have to decide if she’s in love with a biker—or in over her head.


Add on Goodreads or check out my review!

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From Renegade......

Renny’s lip twitches, and he nods toward his black motorcycle. “Get on. I’ll try my best to get you there on time.”

“Thank you, Renny,” I say, grabbing my handbag from my car and crossing the strap over my body. I have my purse, ID and credit cards; anything else can be bought.

“Have you ever ridden before?” he asks as he helps me climb on, his large hands on my waist sending shivers up my spine.

“Yeah, I have actually,” I tell him, smiling fondly, remembering the times I’d ride with my cousin before he passed away. “On the back of one, anyway.”

“Okay,” he murmurs, studying me with a slightly narrowed gaze. I’ve always had a weakness for men with blue eyes, but suddenly brown is looking extremely appealing.

“I’ll skip the debrief then. We need to stop at the clubhouse first, but then we will head off. You have the address of where you need to be?”

“Yeah, I do,” I reply, reciting the name and address of the hospital to him.

He nods and hands me his spare helmet. “I’ll have your car towed to the clubhouse and it should be ready by the time we get back from Vegas.”

“That’s great. Thank you,” I say, feeling grateful it’s one less thing to worry about. “I just need to get there.”

The thought of Ariel in labor alone makes me feel sick to my stomach. The baby decided to come two weeks early, otherwise I would have been with her this entire time. The father is my sister’s ex and wants nothing to do with the baby, which makes my role even more important.

Renny gets on in front of me and fires up the engine. “Let’s do it then.”
Feeling awkward, I put the helmet on and hold on to the back of his leather vest, very aware of my personal space, knowing that I’m about to be pressed up against this man for the next few hours at least. I’m not exactly sure how I’ve found myself in this situation, or how this Renny ended up being my knight in shining armor, but I’m glad he was around.

I’ve heard a lot of things about the MC—like that they engage in criminal activities and are dangerous womanizers. I know they are judged in the community and that no one wants them here, but I want to form my own opinion. Even the real estate agent who sold me my house told me that he wished they would move away, because they are nothing but trouble.

But from what Renny is doing for me, they don’t seem too bad.

Or at least I hope they aren’t.

Because I just signed up for the next few hours at their mercy.

Ariel, I’m coming.

Want more? Get your copy of Renegade today!


New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty seven years old and lives in Western Australia.

Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon's Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.


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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Book Shelf: Renegade (Knights of Fury #2) by Chantal Fernando

New York Times bestselling author of the Knights of Fury MC series Chantal Fernando is back with trouble in the form of a renegade .

Good girl Isabella wouldn’t miss the birth of her sister’s baby for the world. So when her car breaks down and one of the bikers next door offers her a ride to Vegas, it’s too tempting to pass up. Besides, she can think of worse travel conditions than wrapping her arms around Renny, otherwise known as Renegade.

Tall, dark and handsome, the man is pure sex on a Harley.

Between wild parties and rumbling motorcycles, living next to the Knights of Fury MC has always left Isabella curious, but after a night in Vegas, she gets a firsthand taste. Drinks in the club surrounded by burly bikers soon turns into a series of daring decisions, which don’t seem so bad until she wakes up the next morning. Married. To Renny.

Could she be more of a cliché?

Nothing complicates an annulment like lingering temptation, especially when Isabella and Renny give in to their need, putting their marriage where their mouths are. But as Isabella learns what outlaw life is really like, she’ll have to decide if she’s in love with a biker—or in over her head.


More info on Goodreads..... 


Review: 

Renegade is the second novel in Chantal Fernando’s Knights of Fury MC series and is another fun and entertaining biker romance.

Good girl Isabella wouldn’t miss the birth of her sisters first baby for anything. So when her car breaks down and one of the bikers from next door offers her a lift to Vegas, it’s too tempting too pass up. Besides, travelling with her arms wrapped around sexy Renny, otherwise known as Renegade, isn’t exactly a bad way to travel. After all, living next to the Knights of Fury MC has always left Izzy curious. And during a wild night in Vegas, she gets a firsthand taste…..although not the way she expected. When drinks turn into dares, Izzy wakes up the following morning; married. To Renny. Reeling from her cliché Vegas experience, an annulment should be the next step…..but nothing endangers a potential annulment more than a sexy new husband who is also unexpectedly sweet. When Isabella and Renny give into the attraction that simmers between them, Izzy will need to decide if outlaw life is something she can handle….or if she’s in over her head.

Chantal Fernando is back with another enjoyable instalment in her Knights of Fury MC series. Proving once again she knows what she is doing with biker novels, Fernando writes an entertaining and effortless tale with romance, humour and action. So far this series has included two delightful tales that are quick reads and easily leave me satisfied---while also craving more.

Renegade unfolds through the eyes of Isabella, the next-door neighbour of the Knights of Fury Motorcycle Club and a kindhearted and easy to follow protagonist. Isabella is a friendly and nice young woman who finds herself drawn into the outlaw world when a night out in Vegas ends with her married to Renny, a member of the Knights of Fury. It was a cliché situation Izzy found herself in—drunkenly married in Vegas—but boy was it still fun to read about.

Renny was a softer male lead than I’ve seen in Chantal Fernando’s novels lately. He was more laid back and easy going. Don’t get me wrong---he was all for his woman, but he didn’t come across as being as alpha as many of the other club members do. He had a sweet relationship with Isabella. It was perfectly balanced with sexy moments, angst and softness.

As I said after I reading Saint, I’m looking forward to seeing some of the other Knights of Fury members get stories, but I’ll now add two more names to the list---Temper’s brother Trade and Isabella’s sister Ariel. I think they were super adorable and Chantal Fernando needs to give them a tale together!

Fast reading but enjoyable from start to finish Renegade was another great MC tale from Chantal Fernando and has me looking forward for when she will release the next instalment in the series---hope it’s soon because I need more!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by InkslingerPR and the author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: November 18th 2019
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts: Another great read; I can't wait to read more when the next novel comes out.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #295

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
The Betrothed by Kiera Cass 
Releases on: May 5th 2020 
 
A would-be queen. A handsome young king. A perfect match…or is it?

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series comes The Betrothed, a glittering royal romance sure to captivate her legion of loyal readers and lovers of courtly intrigue alike.

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.
 
Thoughts:
First lets just take a moment to admire that stunning cover---it's gorgeous! Seriously gorgeous! And the storyline sounds really good. Will definitely be reading this. 
 
What are you waiting on this week?
 
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Book Shelf: The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.


More info on Goodreads.......


Review:

The Queen of Nothing is the tantalizing and beguiling final novel in The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black and is a phenomenal way to conclude what has been a breathtaking series from the very first page to the very last.

After being crowned Queen of Faerie and subsequently exiled by her wicked husband King Cardan, Jude Duarte spends her time in the mortal world watching television with her brother Oak and sister Vivi and doing the odd job for the fae folk that live within the human realm. Having spent her life in the Fae world, a life in the human one is bland and uneventful….until her twin Taryn arrives as asks Jude for a favour. Taryn is in trouble and to help her, Jude will have to return to the world of Faerie. This means facing Cardan, whose betrayal still hurts but who Jude can’t help but still love despite his actions. When a curse is unveiled, Jude has no choice but become the first ever mortal Queen of Faerie to save Cardan and the world she reluctantly loves…..

Holly Black has entranced me with this series from the very moment I began reading The Cruel Prince. The beautifully written storyline, enchanting setting and layered, multi-dimensional characters bring the series to life with poise and excitement. I honestly believe that nothing I can say will do this series justice and eloquently describe how much I love and adore it. It genuinely does deserve all the hype surrounding it and is without a doubt deserving its place as one of the best fae series out there.

Continuing to follow mortal girl Jude, The Queen of Nothing picks up after the shocking conclusion of the previous novel and begins by detailing Jude’s time in exile. Banished from her home in the world of Faerie, Jude is struggling to assimilate in the mortal realm and yearns for the place from which she was expelled. Jude has been a fabulous protagonist from the very beginning of the series and I have highly enjoyed following her with each novel. Jude is a mortal in a world of wicked fae. At a disadvantage thanks to her human weakness and fragility, Jude has had to be as cunning and calculated as her fae companions, if not more so, in order to survive. Jude’s intelligence, capability and determination is something to be admired. As does her love for her family and those within her inner circle. I feel that Jude has grown into a formable young woman and now Queen over the course of the series and Holly Black has done her a real service writing her in such a manner.

Throughout the trilogy Jude’s nemesis, love interest and reluctant alley has been Cardan, former Prince of Faerie and now High King. What can I say about Cardan other than that I love him? I love him with his wickedly deceptive and devious nature. With his cheeky attitude and laid back approach; his reluctantly vulnerable and unexpectedly loyal personality. I love him in all his cunning and calculating magnitude; in all his glory. I just love Cardan and think he has been a fabulous character within the series to push Jude and fight Jude and fall in love with Jude.

Holly Black has written one hell of a romance with Jude and Cardan. Never have I seen two people be so good for and so bad for each other. They have been enemies and allies; have loathed and now loved one another. They’ve pushed and pulled; fought and bickered. Betrayed and supported one another. And it’s been absolutely thrilling to watch unfold! Their chemistry has been undeniable from day one. Black has slowly built their relationship from the first novel as childhood enemies and classmates, to a King and Queen who are now deeply in love with each other to a fault. There’s no pretty words or sugary promises between them—their feelings are crushing and awkward and raw……but I really like this. I think it suits who are as individuals and now as a couple.

Throughout the entire series the twists, turns, shocks and surprises have always kept coming. Eloquently detailing the story perfectly, author Holly Black has proven once again why she is one of the Queen’s of the fae with The Folk of the Air. As addictive and beguiling as its predecessors, The Queen of Nothing brings the series to an end in spectacular fashion with an exciting but satisfying ending. Though I’m sad to see the trilogy conclude, I look forward to reliving Jude and Cardan’s story time and time again and cannot recommend this series enough!

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me from Big W
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 19th 2019
Buy: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: The Queen of Nothing is an absolutely sensational conclusion to this trilogy that blew me away with it's brilliance. Holly Black has outdone herself with this novel--simply brilliant.


Monday, December 2, 2019

Free Ebook

Hi book lovers and happy Monday! Hope you're all ready for another great week :) To kick it off I have some Amazon freebies to share with you today.

Becoming Valkyrie by Brandy L Cunningham 
Angel Blue by Jennifer Silverwood 
A Kingdom of Exiles by S.B. Nova 
Dark Descent by Nicole R Taylor 

Animal by G.S. Banks
Blood Bound by Idella Breen  
Denver by Flynn Eire 
Biteclan's Daughter by Devin McRee 

Curses and Crowns by L. Danvers 
Once Upon A Wolf by Scarlett Snow & Tiegan Clyne
Hidden Gifts by Christine Pope 
Waters of Change by Amy Astorga  

Pledge by Christina Garner 
A Gift of Poison by Kate Avery Ellison 
Shades of Fury by Heather Renee 
The Last Gatekeeper by Katy Haye

Did you manage to snag something new?