[ARC Review] Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 26th April, 2016

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[ARC Review] Ride Hard by Laura KayeRide Hard by Laura Kaye
Series: Raven Riders #1
Published by Avon on April 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars
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A shy and distrustful woman running from a controlling ex-fiance seeks shelter with an outlaw motorcycle club with a tradition of protecting those who can't defend themselves, and falls under the watchful eye of the club's mysterious and intense leader who's intent on discovering all her secrets

Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders . . .

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before . . .

I have been in this mini reading slump. I knew I needed to read something that was full of romance. Something that would get my reading juices flowing again. I didn’t even know what this book was book was about but in the word of Shia Labeouf, I knew I just needed to “just do it” aka in my world just read it. Ride Hard was everything I was looking for to help get me back in the reading swing of things.

I am a fan of Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series. When I saw this book up for request I was all over it like white on rice. Like I have said before, I didn’t even know what it was about. I just knew it had: motorcycles + hot guys + Laura Kaye’s writing = a must read for me. To my utter delight Ride Hard is a spin off series to the Hard Ink series. It is about the MC that helped Nick and his team. It stars the president Dare and one of the women they rescued from the Church Gang, Haven. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Dare and Haven. There were times I had to fan my face because it was so hot hot!

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I liked that the growth of Haven from a shy timid person to a fierce badass willing to anything to protect those she loves. Ride Hard was story about growth. Dare thinks he is too old and full of too much baggage for Haven. Of course, he tries to deny the attraction at first. Sometimes, age is just a number. Sometimes, it is also about maturity. Both Haven and Dare have a lot of baggage they have been carrying around. Sometimes, making a relationship is about finding someone else to help lighten the load. That is what I liked about this book it was a love story about two people lifting each other up out the darkness. I am looking forward to next book because I can’t wait to find out which Raven gets their heart stolen next.

If you are like me and are looking for a good book that has action, not too much angst, and smoking hot love story then read Ride Hard.

 

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[ARC Review] Nightstruck by Jenna Black

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 3rd April, 2016

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[ARC Review] Nightstruck by Jenna BlackNightstruck by Jenna Black
Series: Nightstruck #1
Published by Tor Teen on April 5, 2016
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
The start of a paranormal horror series from Glimmerglass author Jenna Black.

The night is the enemy, and the city of Philadelphia is its deadliest weapon.

Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents' divorce. Her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents' ambitious expectations of her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend. That all changes the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong.

Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds. As dark magic trickles into Philadelphia, strange creatures roam the streets and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises each morning. The moment the sun sets, most citizens shut themselves in their houses and stay there no matter what they hear.

The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off her responsibilities and join them.

Nightstruck starts out really really creepy and that insidious feeling never lets go the whole way through. Imagine a place where inanimate objects can come alive and murder people on the streets. Imagine a dark magic that can infect people to the point they are killing each other on the streets. I really liked this book because parts of it made the hair on my arm stand up.

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This review will be very short and sweet because I don’t want to give too much away. I think the best part of experience reading Nightstruck was that didn’t know too much about the going in except the basics. Nightstruck was exciting terrifying read that even by the end I still didn’t know what was going on. I like a good horror story that doesn’t explain everything away. The fear is in the unknown. I was definitely creeped out because I still know to nothing about where the dark magic comes from or how to fight it.

I don’t want to say too much else about this book. Again, I think readers should go into this with a certain as aspect of the unknown. I will say, read Nightstruck because it was creepy thrill ride and I have the goosebumps to prove it. After the ending I will definitely be picking up the next book!

[Giveaway] Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop

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[ARC Review] All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 31st March, 2016

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[ARC Review] All Chained Up by Sophie JordanAll Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
Series: Devil's Rock #1
Published by Avon on March 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
three-stars
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There are bad boys and then there are the men of Devil’s Rock . . .

Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse volunteering at the local prison, and Knox is an inmate who should be off-limits in every way.

Knox feels it too—a shocking animal magnetism that drives him to risk his own life to protect Briar’s. Paroled at last, he tries to resist her. She’s too innocent, too sweet, and she has no idea what Knox is capable of. But a single touch can lead to a kiss—and a taste . . . until the only crime is denying what feels so right . . .

 

This story wasn’t about a guy in prison that got framed. Nor, is it a story about a man trying to solve some problem with gangs when he gets out of prison. It is a story about a guy who made and has been paying for it ever since. Was this my favorite Sophie Jordan book? No. I can’t gush and love every book she writes. There wasn’t some big mystery or nonstop action. I didn’t end up hating this book it was just a sweet romance about two people learning to open up and find love. All Chain Up was a fast paced easy read that was what it was and nothing more: a decent read.

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Knox is not a nice guy nor is he a terrible guy either. Knox made a bad a decision when he was just a hot headed very young twenty something. He dragged his brother down along the path to destruction with him. Now years later, Knox serves out his sentence in prison just trying to survive day to day. He thinks he will die in prison. Until one day he saves the life the life a pretty nurse, a doctor, and gets released on parole for good behavior.

The beginning of this book is the most action packed scary part of the story. After Knox is released from prison the story is about forgiveness and moving on. It is just a sweet and oh so very sexy romance about two people learning they deserve happiness with each other. Knox has friend in prison who decides it is a good idea to help people kidnap someone very high profile. I think the next book in the series will have that element of mystery, conspiracies, and sexy fun times. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Devil’s Rock series.

[Audiobook Review] Freaky Days by Amanda M. Lee

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 22nd March, 2016

[Audiobook Review] Freaky Days by Amanda M. LeeFreaky Days by Amanda M. Lee
Series: A Mystic Caravan Mystery Book 1
Published by WichesterShaw Publications on January 5, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller
Pages: 296
Source: Audible, Purchase
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
The show must go on … even when monsters are afoot.

Poet Parker is Romani by birth and a fortune teller by choice. As a member of Mystic Caravan Circus, she’s spent the past ten years using her psychic talents to tell people what their future holds by day and hunting paranormal monsters by night.

You see, Mystic Caravan is more than just a circus – it’s also a force of good in a world that needs help fighting evil.

Poet is set in her ways – and happy with her life – until Kade Denton shows up and upends the entire operation. He’s loud and proud – and Poet doesn’t like anyone telling her what to do.

As the new head of security, Kade thinks his only job is going to be tackling drunken revelers when they get out of hand. He’s in for a rude – and bloody – awakening.

When monsters strike and the truth comes out, Kade finds he has to learn on the job with Poet as his somewhat reluctant instructor.

Sparks are flying – both real and figurative – and when a truly terrible beast targets the circus for extermination it’s all magical hands on deck for the final showdown.

Some things are born evil, but the people in Mystic Caravan were born to fight it.

Prepare to be amazed.

I admit I picked this book up on a whim. It was on sale on Audible and I have been trying to give more indie publications a shot, so I thought what the heck. The cover was definitely a bit freaky and I wasn’t sure what to expect so back, to my what the heck attitude. I began listening to Freaky Days. Imagine my surprise when I actually really liked this book.   I even quote parts of it to my friends and coworkers now.

Freaky Days is a murder mystery set in a traveling circus. But, Mystic Caravan isn’t just any circus. Mystic Caravan is circus made up supernatural beings who perform by day and hunt evil by night. When animals in a near by forest start showing up dead and one of their own shows up dead.   It is up to Poet, a mind reading gypsy fortune teller, to try to stop it before the evil doer can strike again.

I really liked Freaky Days because it is nice to find a good entertaining adult fiction story that I can listen to out loud in my office at work. Freaky Days was funny and suspenseful. That is what I like most in a good murder mystery. I especially like Poet’s werewolf best friend, Luke, and his wise cracks. He is the king of sexual innuendos. It is his remark to Poet when he is teasing her about her crush on the new guy that I quote to everyone. “You want to bag the bishop, roll in the hay and put the basilisk into the Chamber of Secrets.” Gotta love a guy who makes Harry Potter sound dirty.

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I liked Poet too. She was sarcastic, full of spunk and can take on bad guys. Poet’s fortune telling sessions were highly entertaining. Between some of those and her friend Luke it was a wonder nobody in the office thought I was crazy because I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. I thought the audiobook narrator did a good job. She didn’t detract from the story but that is all I really look for in a narrator. She did a decent job with the voices and she wasn’t a monotone reader.

The thing I liked most about Freaky Days was I never saw the murderer coming. Freaky Days such good fun that I lost myself in the banter that I forget to look for the clues. That to me is the sign of a really good murder mystery. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out what trouble Poet and her friends get into next.

[Review] Marked In Flesh by Anne Bishop

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 3 Comments 17th March, 2016

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] Marked In Flesh by Anne BishopMarked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #4
Published by Roc on March 8, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 416
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

The more books I read in The Others series the more I fall into even more like with this series. Marked in Flesh, the latest installment, had it all: touching moments, on the edge of seat thrills, moments of laughter, and even the seeds to a future romance.

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Marked in Flesh was all about “how much human should they keep.” Not just human survivors but human customs and human goods as well. I think the real question in this story is, who are the real monsters? It is easy for humans to be scared of things that go bump in the night like the terra indigene elders. It easy for the other side to be scared of a species that breaks promises and makes war. Finally both sides are starting to learn in order to survive extinction you have work together. It becomes a question of how much either side is willing to take from each other in order to live in a peaceful coexistence.

Plus, I am Simon and Meg shipper. There I said it. I think my investment in this ship is another reason why this series is a must read. There is something to be said for slow burn romance. Sometimes I think root harder for a couple when I have watched it grow from something as small as thought seeds into something that can stand the test of time.

I thought the beginning of this book was slow and kind of a jumbled mess with so many different angles going on but little by little it all starts coming together. It is worth the wait to stick with the story. There was a part toward the end that had me on the edge of my seat one minute and laughing the next. Ms. Anne Bishop reminds me again why I like this series because even the middle of a terrible and dangerous situation there is still a chance to learn. I felt like it was that spark of hope I needed to know that all the characters I care about might end up being okay and thriving by the end of this entire series.  I look forward to reading the next The Others book because I can’t wait to see how Thasia and all people who live there will do after the end of this installment.

[Audiobook Review] Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 6th March, 2016

I received this book for free from Audible, Netgalley, Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Audiobook Review] Into the Dim by Janet B. TaylorInto the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Series: Into the Dim #1
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 1, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Source: Audible, Netgalley, Purchase
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
Being “the homeschooled girl,” in a small town, Hope Walton’s crippling phobias and photographic memory don’t help her fit in with her adoptive dad’s perfectly blonde Southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She’s a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is actually trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope’s undoing.

I got an E-ARC of Into the Dim but there are just not enough hours in the day; so I decided to buy the audiobook and listen to this book while I was at work. I am glad I did because I really really enjoyed Into the Dim. It was full action, romance, and of course, time travel. I can say I liked this book even more because it was narrated by one of my favorite audiobook narrators: Amanda Ronconi. For those who don’t know who Amanda Ronconi is she narrates adult romance author Molly Harper’s novels. I just love the way she makes the wit and sarcasm in a story pop. She really made Hope, Phoebe, and the rest of the cast come alive for me. I really like it when a good narrator and good story come together.

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Into the Dim begins on the day of Hope’s mother’s memorial service. Hope is sent to stay with mother’s sister for the summer because her dad feels like it would be best if she got away for a while. The story takes off from there, as Hope finds herself thrust into a world full of time travelers. Hope comes from a long line of time travelers and she discovers a secret about her mother that will test her in ways she never knew.

I know I said this earlier, I really enjoyed this story. It starts out a little slow but once it gets going the action never stops. I really liked Hope especially by the end. She was sarcastic, clueless, sometimes strong, and sometimes a cry baby. In other words, she felt like a real girl to me. She was definitely someone I could relate to. I think my favorite part is when she is trying to stop a fight and she tells the two boys to “stop being such buttholes to each other.” I felt like her team member Collum in that at first she annoyed me but in the end I grew to really respect her.

I did learn a thing or two after listening to Into the Dim. I learned that when time travelling it is good to be prepared for any and everything. I learned that it is important to study history extensively as to blend in. Most important thing I learned is thank all that is good in this world for the Women’s Liberation movement. I have even more respect for the women of the middle ages after finishing Into the Dim. I would not want to grow up in a time when men could do anything and I mean anything to women. I learned that as woman time travel is a dangerous endeavor. Even with all dangers we women of today would never let men have all the fun.

In the end, I recommend Into the Dim audiobook. Listen to it at work or in the car on those long commutes to work or school. It is a highly entertaining story. Here are just a few of things I liked about Into the Dim: awesome narrator, time travel, kissing, cute boys, nuns in wimples, suspense, action, and my favorite, spunky heroines. I can’t wait to devour the next book!

[Giveaway] Lucky is Reading Giveaway Hop

Giveaways 52 Comments 4th March, 2016

Lucky-Is-Reading-HopWelcome to another great giveaway here at Romancing the Laser Pistol. As part of the “Lucky is Reading Giveaway Hop” hosted by StuckInBooks we are offering a prize pack which includes signed hardback copies of Truthwitch and Starflight as well as a $10 Amazon Giftcard. Good luck to everyone and happy reading!!!!!!! 

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[ARC Review]Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 28th February, 2016

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[ARC Review]Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya RodaleLady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale
Series: Cavendish #1, Keeping Up With the Cavendishes #1
Published by Avon on February 23, 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
In the first novel of Maya Rodale's stunning new series, an American heiress must learn to navigate London society and an infuriatingly irresistible rake . . .

Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint, and his better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.

Lady Bridget Cavendish has grand—but thwarted—plans to become a Perfect Lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the Dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.

It was loathing at first sight for Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy. But their paths keep crossing . . . and somehow involve kissing. When Lady Bridget's diary goes missing, both Darcy and Bridget must decide what matters most of all—a sterling reputation or a perfectly imperfect love.

I am big fan of Maya Rodale’s historical romance novels. When I saw this book up for review, I just knew I had to read it. I was definitely not disappointed. It was just like in a good historical romance: cute cheesiness, kisses galore, and swoony lords. Plus this story is a Pride and Prejudice retelling with a handsome Darcy in a wet shirt.

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Lady Bridget’s Diary was just the kind of read I searching for, meaning it is a light fluffy romance. The story is a Pride and Prejudice retelling so I don’t think I need to rehash the story. It had all the highlights: a stuffy Mr. Collins, botched proposals, runway sisters, and of course handsome infuriating men. I am a big Pride and Prejudice fan or to be honest a big Jane Austen fan. I thought Lady Bridget’s Diary did the story justice. I liked how the author turned our heroine into an American Heiress and also made the story her own. I felt like I was reading a tribute to Jane Austen rather than just another retelling. There is a reason why this story never gets old. We all love a good story about brave young women and the dashing men love to love them. We all love a good story about a young woman we can all relate to because she is not perfect. She jumps to conclusions and lets her prejudices get in the way of finding happiness. Most of all, we all love a good romantic story where love triumphs in the end.

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I recommend Lady Bridget’s Diary to anyone who likes light romantic feel good stories. In the end, I was left with tingling swoony feeling that all good romances should leave a person with. I am looking forward to the next book in the series in which one of Lady Bridget’s sister finds love next.

[Review]The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 25th February, 2016

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[Review]The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi HeiligThe Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl From Everywhere #1
Published by Greenwillow on February 16, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
three-half-stars
Amazon
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

I think the theme of this book should be:

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I kept thinking that over and again as Nix broods over and over again about her father.   Nix’s dad is a time traveler. He can take any map from any time and place and sail there. It is about all about belief and abilities. Nix was born in Honolulu in 1868. Her mother died giving birth to her while Nix’s dad was out traveling. Now, for as long as Nix can remember he is obsessed with getting back to the time before Nix’s mom met her dad because he sure he can change things. Nix is unsure what changing will do. Will she cease to exist?

While Nix’s dad, the captain, obsess yet again about changing the past; Nix is sure that love is nothing but an addiction. It brings me back to me theme of this book. Everyone willing to do anything for love but should they?  Or, should they just let go of the past and focus on what they have now.  I actually ended up liking this book and what I took away from it. I took way from the book that sometimes we have to put the past behind us and focus on the present. For the most part, I liked The Girl From Everywhere. I liked the sentimental ending. I liked the action packed build up it took to get the end. I just wished it didn’t forever to get there. I felt like this book dragged on and on.

In the end, I really didn’t hate The Girl From Everywhere. It was a decent book that left me with the warm and fuzzies by the ending. If you are like me and like history or are fascinated with time travel then this is the book for you. Just know that there is a lot of buildup but it is worth it in the end.