Review: Miss Taken

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Love……………………The Ultimate Loss of Control

Rain and Raven Medici are identical twins. Although they come from a loving close-knit family their childhoods couldn’t have been more different. Raven went to school and was exposed freely to the outside world. Rain on the other hand was born with a blood disorder and denied many normal childhood experiences.

Once grown, Raven becomes a lawyer at their dad’s firm Kane & Medici in NYC. Rain along with her only childhood friend Tommy Conte, builds a very successful business as professional photographers. Traveling between Europe and Manhattan, and enjoying a world that was kept from her, Rain vows never to be controlled again.

Dominick Kane is a product of his upbringing. He’s powerful, self-assured and knows he can achieve anything he desires. Nothing gets in his way. There is only one thing he has ever failed at. A relationship with his father Vincent Kane. Upon his father’s death, Dominick vows revenge. The events he sets in motion put him on a collision course he himself will be unable to control.

In a bizarre twist of fate, Dominick kidnaps Raven as part of his plan for revenge. Only to discover afterward, he has taken Rain by mistake. Rain knows she can never survive being confined again. So she strikes a bargain with the devil and agrees to help Dominick get back what he feels rightly belongs to him. His father’s share of Kane & Medici.

Dominick decides to use the strong attraction growing between Rain and himself to control her in every way imaginable. Too bad no one ever taught Dominick you can’t control the heart. Nothing could have prepared him for the effect Rain would have on his.

Will this plan of revenge turn into unconditional love? Or will Dominick and Rain’s need for control ultimately destroy them and any possible chance for a real future
together…….

(Blurb from Goodreads)

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I kept going in cycles in this book. I love it….I’m getting bored, did Rain just take him back again? And repeat.

As you can see from the blurb (because I hate giving anything away) Rain falls for Dominick aka her kidnapper. While I actually don’t have a problem accepting that, I do have a problem with how fast it happened, and how she just agrees to things that I feel like don’t benefit her. Sometimes I was just like, why are you staying?! Why are you helping him??

But.

The fact that I had such a reaction means that I was invested in the book, and therefore Ms. Scornavacca did a good job. 🙂

Like I mentioned above, I did have a lot of back and forth liking and getting bored problems with this book, but overall I DID like it. I just wished that Rain had a bit more of a backbone.

My Rating: 3 1/2 stars

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Review: Death Wish

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IN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE.

The Ceruleans: mere mortals infused with power over life and death. Five books; one question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint? 

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. Butsuicide? It makes no sense.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.

As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power.

What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death.

To believe the impossible.

(Blurb from Goodreads)

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 Death Wish is book 1 in the Ceruleans Series, and what a great start it was! Ms. Tayte does a fantastic job with her debut novel. You immediately get lost in the story. The characters have depth, and nothing is predictable. How refreshing for a book! I hate when I can figure out the whole story of a novel without even trying, but that wasn’t the case at all in this book. In fact, I still don’t quite understand everything that’s going on, lol, but that’s okay. I’m assuming it will get cleared up as the story progresses.

I think after reading a ton of books, especially young adult paranormal romance ones, I feel as though, how could this author make it different, make it more interesting and not the exact same thing, same scenario as sooo many other YA books out there. But somehow, Ms. Tayte does make her story unique and unlike all the rest, and thank goodness for that.

One of my favorite parts was when Scarlett starts mentioning all the Guinness World Record statistics off to Luke. It made me laugh. Plus, my husband has a Guinness World Record too, so I’m probably a  little biased. 😉  It was a funny part though.

So if you’re looking to get lost in a great book this summer, check out Death Wish by Megan Tayte.

My Rating: 4 stars

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Review: Ivy by Dahlia Donovan

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Widowed photographer Ivy Langdon avoids people in general after her husband’s death. She ventures out days before Christmas for last minute gifts and stumbles into the middle of a terrorist attack in London.  Will her luck ever change?

Steven Samuels and his partner Gareth Richardson are called in with their company, Blackbird Security Firm, to rescue the hostages.  They never expected to find their perfect mate while saving the world.  The more the two wolves learn about Ivy, the more that they want to make her theirs.

Love is never simple or straight-forward and life is often stranger than fiction.

Ivy finds herself drawn into a strange world of shifters and human traffickers.

Can love’s true bite find her before trouble does?

(Blurb from author’s site)

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***This review contains spoilers.***

Donovan has the great ability to pull you into the story immediately.  I just wasn’t expecting Ivy to be the girlfriend of two wolves.  I had always pictured that one wolf, the alpha, would be territorial, you know what I mean?  So the fact that Ivy ends up with both Steven and Gareth turned me off a bit; just because it isn’t my thing.

The other thing that bothered me a bit was that Ivy just went along with the fact that the men she was interested in were wolves.  I feel like the book was good, but could have benefited from more.  More character development.  More time to form the relationship between them all.  And especially more time for Ivy to accept the fact that they were werewolves.

I really don’t mean this to be a negative review; I’m just writing what stood out to me.

That being said, Ivy was a fun, quick read that held my interest.

My Rating: 3 stars

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Revenge Review

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Title:  Revenge – Volume 1

Author:  JJ Knight

Published:  2014 by JJ Knight

Genre:  New Adult

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Jess moves to LA for her dream job as a music intern. On her first day, she bumps into Dylan busking on a street corner.

Dylan Wolf has a gritty voice. His eyes are soulful. His incredible body is to die for, tattoos and all.

When Dylan looks at Jess, she feels emotions she’s never had before. He can be sweet, but his dark moods scare her. When he sings, the whole world falls away.

Jess and Dylan’s meeting hasn’t gone unnoticed. At her job, Jess is summoned to the mysterious ninth floor. Her new assignment is to get close to Dylan. By seducing him.

One thing is for sure: If she takes this assignment, Jess will never be the same.

(Blurb from author’s website.)

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I read Revenge the other night.  Yup, you read that right, I read it the other night, in one sitting.  Holy moly.  It was fantastic.

As you read in the blurb, Jess moves to LA for her dream job.  Jess lives with two girls, and their lifestyle isn’t like hers at all.  For instance, they bust in on her in the bathroom to use the shower, and have no issues getting naked in front of her.  But Jess has this amazing personality; she doesn’t like it, but she goes with it, and moves on.  She’s adaptable like that.

While she’s walking the streets of LA she sees this cute guy who’s about to start playing the guitar.  He notices her too, and starts singing a song about Jess’s blue shoes.  The song ends and Jess gets mugged and either punched or elbowed in the eye.  The guitarist runs after the mugger, returns the wallet, and ends up walking away giving Jess the bird.

What?

Well, I can’t give anything else away.  You should read it without spoilers.  🙂

But seriously, I was so engaged in the story and was so disappointed when it ended.  My only complaint was that it was way too short!  I went on Amazon to find the next one and I guess the whole series is about the same length, around 125 pages each book.  It’s times like now that I wish I had Kindle Unlimited.

But anyways, if you’re looking for another series to suck you in, read this!  I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2!

My Review:  4 1/2 stars

 

 

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