💖 THIS WEEKS SPOTLIGHT READS 💖
📚 04/26/20 📚
🛸 Shayn by Kate Rudolph
🌄 Credence by Penelope Douglas
🎞️ Torment by Tracy Lorraine
🐺 His Forbidden Omega by P. Jameson
💔 Bittersweet Legacy by R.G. Angel
👑 King of Shadows by Amelia Wilde
Shayn NaZade is looking for answers…
A Detyen father and Oscavian mother have left Shayn wondering whether he and his brothers will be forced to pay the Denya Price. Unmated Detyens die on their thirtieth birthdays, but will that hold true for someone with Oscavian blood? His question brings him to Oscavia where he finds his mate… and a whole lot of trouble.
Naomi’s a psychic, but she didn’t see this one coming…
My Thoughts 💭:
I seem to do this quite often 😳 this is my first time reading anything from this series and I can say from experience it can be read as a stand-alone though it did leave me curious about the previous books.
I found Shayn to be a somewhat docile(?) male lead. Oh, he has the Alpha gene when it comes to his denya and he has a secret weapon to back up his growl. But at times he seemed a bit complacent? Not even sure if that's the right descriptor. He is the caregiver, the careful one and it showed in his actions - most of the time 😉.
Naomi compliments his personality well. He knew she had the gift of sight so following her suggestions was never something he second-guessed.
They just clicked
Naomi was a bit more complex as she was raised to believe that she was helping that her sacrifices were for the greater good. In my opinion, those experiences are what provided her with such a strong sense of acceptance when things began to implode.
The flow of the story is pretty steady a couple "OMG No" moments and some very tender scenes between our two main characters.
However, I'm very curious about what happened to the organization -
I want to know more about the hows and whys of Naomi's childhood.
I'm also really curious about the other 'patients'
Also, what did they do to Naomi?
What does AI know that she's not telling? I loved her snark.
I didn't get all my answers but I did enjoy the journey and am looking forward to the next in this series as it stays with this cast.
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Credence by Penelope Douglas
From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Douglas, comes a new standalone!Three of them, one of her, and a remote cabin in the woods. Let the hot, winter nights ensue...Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore.As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.And as a part of them.She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.One of them has her.The other one wants her.But he...He’s going to keep her.*Credence is a full length, stand-alone romance suitable for readers 18+.
My Thoughts 💭:
“You’ve got this,” I hear her say.
I look up to see her watching me. “And you’re going to be okay,”
Ever read a story that left you drained?
Not in a bad way just took a toll on me
So much to process
Scenes that a hit close to home that exposed forgotten fears
It wasn't just what the author put on the pages - the black and white
It was the storm of emotions
it was the intent behind the words
it was all she didn't say but alluded too
“Some lessons can’t be taught,” “Just learned. Don’t you think?”
Tiernan was always front and center but never really seen.
She tried so hard to be seen -
Just one brief acknowledged moment would have made her complete.
Noah with his heart of gold just wanted to fly
Kaleb was trapped in the nothingness
Wanting to be heard but not knowing how to speak
Jake wanted forgiveness
A second chance
"because it’s only too late that they realize the journey is filled with people who are afraid. They didn’t have to walk alone."
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Torment by Tracy Lorraine
Sexy as sin
Deacon King is the devil and I’m unknowingly about to be his latest dance partner.
I’m captivated the second he arrives to do my interview. He’s the dangerous kind of sexy that women should run from. Little do I know, the simple promotional spread for the new reality show I’m starring in is about to become the beginning of a living nightmare.
We are connected in a way I never could have imagined and he’s set on making me pay for a life I had no control over.
Everyone thinks I’m a Park Lane Princess, but there’s much more to me than meets the eye, and I will not cower down to Mr. King no matter how hard he tries to break me.
Welcome to B.A.D. Inc. where our glossy pages only hide the dark and dirty world that turns beneath. If you like your alphas brooding and sexy then you’re in the right place. Get your e-readers ready because our new hot, suspenseful romance is going to set it alight
My Thoughts 💭:
It took a couple of chapters for me to get invested in this story but rest assured once I was hooked it was a bit like binge-watching your favorite show. You just have to know what happens next.
Mia tested my patience at times -
She is set on proving to herself and the world that she is more than a brainless princess who can post great selfies.
At first, she seems pretty likable and only a touch the spoiled brat
Her goals are commendable
But then her behavior completely flips and then flops back and well she left me a touch nauseated at times.
She figures out pretty quickly that she isn't the only fake personality in her predictability unpredictable version of reality
Hey it's reality TV and they are playing dirty
Deacon is harboring some serious daddy issues
Despite his demeaning overbearing self absorbed behavior
I liked him -
Sure at times, I wanted to toss him into traffic and watch him play frogger but ...
He doesn't (for the most part) pretend to be anything he isn't -
A low down dirty dog who likes to chase the skirts
As the back story slowly reveals I found myself in his corner
Oh and Karla honey - you might want to seek professional help
The physical chemistry between our two main characters is instant but it is believable.
Both are strong personalities that exude that confidence that draws people to them.
I liked how they both knew the other was up to something but felt they could overcome any frivolities, such as emotions, and come out the victor
Watching them fall - priceless
I look forward to the next in this series
His Forbidden Omega by P. Jameson
A rebellious wolf will bring this shifter king to his knees…
She changed my life as soon as I saw her at the party. No one knew who she was, but I didn’t care. I’d make her mine, no matter the price.
This beauty threatened to cost me everything.
She’s a lowly omega. The class of wolf my father declared the enemy at the beginning of this endless war. I’m the king now and breaking the rules for her could cost me my crown. Mating with a strong-willed omega is the least of my problems.
Will Zelene, with her dreams of revolution, bring the kingdom together or tear it apart?
My Thoughts 💭:
This is my first time reading 📚 this author/series
It was a quick attraction, fated mates romance
But it was done so beautifully
I was captive from the omega's first attempt of subterfuge to her final capitulation
Don't misunderstand at no point was she less than a 👑queen
Adalai was such a softie! Yes he was the Alpha King but he wasn't lacking a heart he was just a bit self absorbed I guess you might say
He never thought beyond the walls and the one man who should have kept him informed failed (though that is another story)
I do wish this was longer but it is the first in series so I hope as the author moves forward we get more substance
The series plot is laid out in this episode
We get hints and little bits but only enough to pique the curiosity... no solid answers yet
Lots of action
A possible betrayal
Mystery and suspense
Oh and the sweetest of romances
The author definitely used the carrot before the horse trick as I was left needing to know and am delving into book two next
Bittersweet Legacy by R.G. Angel
You don’t realize when your life is about to change forever, how a simple text can tear your world apart.
Esme Danvers doesn’t have an easy life but at least she is loved by her widower father... or at least that’s who she thought he was for 17 years. Enter William Forbes, top 10 of America’s 1% and her actual father - or rather the father of Esmeralda Forbes, the girl she was born to be, the heir to a legacy she’d never known or wanted.
Esme’s thrown into a world of glamour and money, smoke and mirrors, hate, pain and unspoken rancor. A world with a distant, calculating and uncaring father; Archibald, a brother who hates her; and Caleb, his best friend who is as wicked and mean as he is beautiful and charismatic.
Caleb, this broken boy whom she can’t seem to hate enough to keep him out of her bloodstream, a boy who doesn’t seem to hate her enough to stay away.
But as the past reveals itself in ways Esme didn’t expect, she finds herself in the middle of a swirl of lies, betrayals, conspiracy and even murder, with barely anyone to watch her back.
The only thing she really wants is to get back to being Esme Danvers, to find a way out before it’s too late.
My Thoughts 💭:
Esme suddenly finds that her life has been a lie. All the love and happiness - her very definition of family is about to change.
In a world where misogynistic beliefs rule Esmeralda finds that she must choose her battles carefully if she ever intends to escape with even a fraction of the woman she once was.
Archibald - the drawing of the man and boy says it all
Caleb - I'm torn when it comes to him. He is a touch on the psychopath side but I have to wonder if it is nature or nurture? Not enough evidence yet to sway me firmly to either side. Is there hope for him? I don't think so but...
Cal - I have hope for him and BB
Cal's dad? All the smiles and jovial personality? Don't buy that act for one minute
Mr. Forbes "father" Satan's spawn dude needs to be strung up
I had a feeling about the little secret that was exposed in the end -
This is a first-person read - not my favorite but the author did a bang-up job of engaging me. I had no problem connecting with the characters.
The story grabs right from the get and doesn't let go.
As always I have questions!!! I know, I know.
But come on so many breadcrumb trails and juicy tidbits were just tossed about how could I be anything else but wanting more?
King of Shadows by Amelia Wilde
Luther Hades has always been my family’s sworn enemy. He’s the opposite of everything we stand for—ruthless to the core.
I’m not afraid of him. It’s my mother who cowers and hides. All my life, she’s hidden me from him. Hidden me from the world. Not anymore.
I’ve planned my escape down to the last detail. But two steps outside the safety of my mother’s house, the devil comes calling. And nobody hears me scream.
Little Sepphie Anthela doesn’t know she’s in danger. That her fool of a lover has betrayed her. That her adorable plan is a death sentence.
She doesn’t know how men look at her.
And she doesn’t know the lengths I’m willing to go to protect her. She’ll be safe in my underground kingdom—even if it kills me
My Thoughts 💭:
Noooo you so can not leave me hanging like this 😯
Definitely would not call this a romance -
a 'lustmance' though -
This is an insta- capitulation story - normally that doesn't work for me - But with Persephone and Luther, it felt natural.
As the story progressed I found myself curious more involved
it was the little things -
That drew me in had me wanting to peek ahead just to reassure myself - I didn't though but it was tempting
I'm still trying to figure out Luther's weakness - besides Persephone -
He has everything a man(?) could want but for what Demeter can provide him, which I think I know but it doesn't fit, has me at a loss.
His character seems empty void of empathy, but if that was true what about Conor?
Persephone, on the other hand, is just a hormone-driven little nymph. She reminds me a bit like someone with a chocolate addiction. She knows better than to indulge but OMG the way it melts in your mouth, the burst of flavors on your tongue - more! I gave her a pass because for some reason despite her not so innocent innocence I liked her character.
Then there is sweet innocent eyed Decker who only wants to give Persephone the world (hack, cough)
This ends on a cliffhanger leaving me with all my original questions and even a couple more I didn't originally have because everything just changed
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