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Review: Torch

Torch
Torch by Cambria Hebert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The problem with passing out is that upon awakening, you had to face the pain of whatever caused you to pass out in the first place all over again.

Katie Parks likes her quiet life. She’s alone–has been since she was fifteen–with her books most of the time. Until she awakens tied to a chair with flames around her and is saved by a daring fireman, Holt.

While the end reason for why Katie is being stalked is a bit thin, there’s no denying the chemistry between her and Holt. The heat between them flares quickly to instalove, and Katie gives herself to Holt before the bad guy is found. Holt is the most sensitive guy alive, always knowing exactly what to say–and it’s always the most sweetest thing of dreams.

Torch is a sexy, fluffy, sweet start to the Take It Off series. There’s so much heat, it’s a miracle the characters don’t go up in flames.

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Blog Tour: Sky’s End

Skys-End-VBTCheck out my review of this new sci-fi book here.

Blurb:

A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake. Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one
of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once. Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around–so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions
would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide. When Cassiel’s manipulate d into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all. Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother–even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking
her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

Review: Sky’s End

Sky's End
Sky’s End by Lesley Young
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Apparently I’m vulnerable to distraction by shiny objects…

Cassiel Winters has a secret. In order to find her missing brother, Daz, she’s enlisted in the Academy. But when her Hand to Hand test goes awry and she’s given a mission in exchange for her staying in ESE, she finds out there is more to her secret than she ever knew possible.

Sky’s End isn’t an easy book to get in to, but once there, the story flows along at a considerable pace. While there are still slow points, the incredible situations Cassiel gets herself into–and out of–maintain the reader’s attention despite strange words that are never quite defined or distracting repetition and over-used made-up words.

Cassiel’s voice is strong, but she is young and she shows it in many ways. She is reluctant to admit her feelings, yet she’s happy to slip anyone some tongue, once she starts. The intended tension didn’t live up to the ping-pong of Cassiel’s emotional roller coaster.

Sky’s End is an interesting start to a new world of sci-fi, where women are stronger than even they knew, aliens are super-sexy warriors, and finding yourself is only the beginning.

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Blog Tour: Hearts in Exile

 

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Don’t miss this one, folks! There’s also an excerpt and a guest post from the wonderful Mysti Parker! And you can see my review here.

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Title: Hearts In Exile

Series: Tallenmere (stand-alone)

Author: Mysti Parker

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Publisher: Melange Books

Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print

Release Date: June 3, 2013

Blurb: Somewhere, hidden in the waters of the Southern Sea, lies an island unlike any other. Within the amber glow of its pyrogem-laden cliffs, legend says the very heart of the dragon god Drae keeps the island, and its occupants, alive.

Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard’s High Priestess Arianne, had no idea what she would face when she arrived by boat ten years ago and was left alone in exile. All she knew about Draekoria’s inhabitants was written in one tattered notebook. Now, her life revolves around keeping Drae’s descendants happy. Never in her life did she imagine being a Dragon Keeper.

Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, has faced his share of hell, battling the evils of Emperor Sarvonn’s tyranny and the dark god Tyr’s abominations. But none of that compares to the ten years of hell he’s been without Loralee, presumed dead.

One freak storm changes everything. Now the two of them must fight to re-establish the delicate balance of the island before the dragons take things into their own hands. Through it all, they discover the secrets that kept them, and their hearts, exiled for a decade.

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Review: Renegade

Renegade
Renegade by Cambria Hebert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At least he didn’t try to tell me it would be okay. We would have both known he was lying.

Sam and Heven are picking up the pieces, and trying to come to terms with all they’ve lost. Now everything is at risk as Beelzebub brings his war home. Can Sam and Heven win this war, or will they lose too much in the end?

Sam and Heven, along with the rest of the characters from the series, join a few more in an effort to save the world from Beelzebub’s lofty plans. The characters continue to drive this story (series) onward, and the growth of Heven and Sam shines in this book. There were a few places where the action dropped or got diverted, and a few things that might have been tied up more completely. But all in all, the characters and the world were well done, vivid, and complex — even the side characters introduced throughout the series had their say and were fleshed out.

The final book in the Heven and Hell series wraps almost everything up into a nice package. The story lines all have satisfying endings, if not the ones readers saw coming. The twists, deceptions, and triumphs keep readers turning the page, eager for more.

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Review: Hearts In Exile

Hearts In Exile
Hearts In Exile by Mysti Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The alcohol has not dulled your sarcasm, I see.

Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard’s High Priestess Arianne, is exiled to a hidden island by events out of her control. Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, had finally found peace in Loralee, only to have her ripped away from him. Now, ten years later, fate has caught up with them.

Like the other books in the Tallenmere world, the characters rule. Previously a minor character, Sir Robert comes into his own in this heartbreaking tale of how the knight became who he is. The development of the boy into the man transforms his bitter sarcasm into painful longing that readers were unaware of — until now.

Loralee is a wonderful compliment to Sir Robert. While Robert’s companion Sir Francis is his most trusted friend, Loralee gives Robert a peace and purpose that he had never known before, or after, her. Her own story is filled with complications, trials, and the desire to do good by others. She is fiery and passionate, yet gentle-hearted and kind, and no one can compare in Robert’s eyes.

Fantasy setting with a lot of romance, dragons, witches, demons — Hearts in Exile has it all. If you’re read the other Tallenmere books, you won’t want to miss this one.

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New Release: Hearts in Exile

Happy Release Day to Mysti Parker! Her latest is Hearts in Exile, and it’s a wonderful addition to the Tellenmere world! You can check out my review, and don’t miss the excerpt below!

Hearts in ExileFINALBlurb:

In Tallenmere, fate has a way of catching up with you…

Somewhere, hidden in the waters of the Southern Sea, lies an island unlike any other. Within the amber glow of its pyrogem-laden cliffs, legend says the very heart of the dragon god Drae keeps the island, and its occupants, alive.

Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard’s High Priestess Arianne, had no idea what she would face when she arrived by boat ten years ago and was left alone in exile. All she knew about Draekoria’s inhabitants was written in one tattered notebook. Now, her life revolves around keeping Drae’s descendants happy. Never in her life did she imagine being a Dragon Keeper.

Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, has faced his share of hell, battling the evils of Emperor Sarvonn’s tyranny and the dark god Tyr’s abominations. But none of that compares to the ten years of hell he’s been without Loralee, presumed dead.

One freak storm changes everything. Now the two of them must fight to reestablish the delicate balance of the island before the dragons take things into their own hands. Through it all, they discover the secrets that kept them, and their hearts, exiled for a decade.

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