Without You Here by Carter Ashby

Hmmm… What do I say about this book? To be honest, it’s an excellent story, but in my opinion it should have been written totally differently.

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After fighting with her boyfriend, Ettie’s only goal is to drown her sorrows in some Jack Daniels. But when she walks into a country tavern, her attention is immediately redirected to the sexy, older man at the bar. He looks lonely, and sad, and absolutely mouth-watering. Ettie can’t wait to put a smile on his face.

For the first time in two years, Wyatt finds himself jolted out of his grief—and by a spunky, vivacious young woman who somehow sees right into his soul. What follows is a passionate weekend full of more life, laughter, and pure joy than he experienced in twenty years of marriage.

Wyatt thought one weekend was all he had to give, yet in the days that follow, he can’t help dreaming up a future with Ettie. And then a chance meeting shatters his hopes, leaving him more lost than ever. Now Ettie must decide whether to walk away, or to fight for the love she knows they both deserve.

Without You Here is the sexy, heartwarming story of overcoming grief, embracing love, and learning to live in the moment.

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This story is about a 22 year old woman, a college graduate to be, who’s picking up an older gentleman at a bar right after dumping her boyfriend of two years.

The girl, Ettie, is bubbly, fun, spirited. She’s excited about new things, as simple and common as they seem, and she’s a breath of fresh air to Wyatt.

Losing a wife of over 20 years so young is hard. It’s taken a toll on Wyatt to the point of depression. When their weekend together is over and Ettie is heading back to school, she also finds herself several days later in a surprising situation.

I’m not going to say more, except the plot thickens….

I really liked the idea of the story, I loved Ettie, and The supporting characters. That’s where my problem begins. Enjoying the heroine and the supporting characters is great, but when the other MC’s voice feels forced and not quite believable, that’s where I’m tilting my head sideways while reading.

Then there’s the first thing that I felt that bugged me when I started reading – The changing POVs. You can’t just write first person alternating voices and switch to 3rd person alternating POVs. Stick to one view, and don’t alternate more than 2 characters. The writing could have been smoother, more elaborate and descriptive; in emotions, scenery, atmosphere.

So while the pacing was good, and the story interesting, the writing and the alternating POVs bothered me too much to feel comfortable giving this a higher rating. (Which it could’ve definitely get after some serious proofing)

My rating: 3star

 

Thank you CreateSpace and NetGalley for providing this advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Save the Date: Kate and Drew are getting hitched!!

’nuff said!

Dark Skye by Kresley Cole

Mmmm…. this Vrekner is yummy.

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In this highly anticipated fifteenth novel in the Immortals After Dark series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him—or vanquish him forever.

Eternal Obsession
As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Endless Yearning
Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?
With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

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We finally get Melanthe’s story. If you recall, she and her sister Sabine were prisoners of their brother who poisoned them making sure they will never leave his side by keeping up the poison supply.

Anyhoo, Lanthe, a sorceri, has been a floozy for the better part of the last 500 years, all the while escaping repeated attacks from Vrekners (demon angels aiming to do good). Sounds fishy, right? RIGHT!

Lanthe had a best friend when she was a teen, only to be betrayed by him and as a result – lost her parents. Her sister being all she had left, the two never parted for more than a few days and loved each other fiercely.

Escaping the island she was imprisoned in, along with more immortals being experimented on, she’s taken by a Vrekner. Thronos. YUM.

Lanthe and Thronos’s story is different. Being his mate, Thronos is determined to have Lanthe, only she wants to have nothing to do with him. The only chance he has in winning her over is believing her above others in his life, and accepting her as she is.

Lanthe, on her part, can’t seem to trust him (with good reason, too), but beginning to see not all she had thought until now is true, she opens herself up to the possibility of him. Only she won’t be with him just because she’s his mate.

These two go through hell together, a few stages of it, too. They lose each other and find their way back to one another, and while the pace of the plot was a little off at time, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Cole is a great storyteller, fantastic writer and her imagination knows no bounds.

The entire series is highly recommended. I can’t wait for the next installment.

My rating: 4star

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Beyond Addiction by Kit Rocha

Oh how I love the Beyond series. I find myself waiting for each installment with bated breath, I’m so gone over the O’Kane men.
Bree and Donna (the authors, if you didn’t know by now Kit Rocha is actually two lovely ladies writing together) are doing such fabulous job with these books, they just keep getting better. And I dare anyone to disagree *glares around*.

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She’s fought like hell to leave the past behind.

Trix changed her name and her life when she got clean four years ago. Now, she has a new family and a job she loves—tending bar and dancing at the Broken Circle. As an O’Kane, she’s happy, untouchable. Until a nightmare from her old life tears her away from her home and drags her back to Hell—also known as Sector Five.

He’s still living—and dying—in it.

Losing Trix was the kick in the head Finn needed to get sober, but working as an enforcer for a man he hates is slowly crushing his soul. The only thing that keeps him going is his determination to destroy Sector Five from the inside. Then Trix comes back into his life—alive, in danger—and nothing else matters.

Getting her home could be a suicide mission. The only thing deadlier is the old spark that flares to life between them. Soon, Finn and Trix are battling the one addiction neither of them ever managed to kick—each other. And it could cost them everything.

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Oh yeah, Finn. Is. Awesome. If it weren’t for Bren he’s probably be my favorite new O’Kane. Even though his induction into the O’Kane gang takes a little while, he’s one in my eyes from the very beginning.

See, Finn is originally from Sector Five, and he’s known Tracy when she was one of the sector leader’s girls. One of his drugged and hopelessly mistreated addicted girls. He was in love with her and when she died he never forgave himself.

And then Trix is kidnapped right from under Zan’s fingers and brought back to Sector Five after escaping it with her teeth years before. When Finn sees her, yet again under his boss’s hands, he acts, and they flee.

Finn is basically spends his days trying to atone for Trix’s fate. He’s gorgeous, scarred, hurting and desperately in love with her still.

Trix is blossoming in Sector Four. She came out of her shell when the O’Kanes took her under their wing. She confident, shining and determined. She’s stubborn as hell and will not be dragged back to being the helpless girl she was in her early days at the sector after her escape.

Finn and Trix’s story is incredibly emotional, very action packed and the sub-plots are very surprising. Not so much now that I’m thinking about them, since obviously we’re all very sharp after we know all the details *wink*.

Finn’s transition into an O’Kane is everything but simple, and since Trix is sticking by him it affects her as well. But O’Kanes will be O’Kanes and for Trix they all try. I did enjoy his journey into the O’Kane men fold, the way he earned their trust.

We get our fare share of the other males, I got a little too little Bren – since there’s never enough – and we get one hell of a great story.

I feel like this is a very superficial review, but I can’t bring myself to actually say much for fear of ruining the story for you guys.

My rating: 5

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** Thank you, Bree and Donna for the advance copy. It was wonderful, as always.

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