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Darkest Heart by Juliette Cross- 5+ Stars [arc review]

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This is my favorite work by Juliette Cross so far. Dommiel was a hard demon not to fall in love with... Are you looking for a great paranormal romance? You have found it! Darkest Heart may be a romance story, but it is also a lot more than that. It is a story of redemption and forgiveness. We all make mistakes, and we can all bounce back. In this case, starting with our demon Dommiel.

Roomies by Christina Lauren

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I know I am a little late to the party but better late than never right? I love Christina Lauren and this did not disappoint. It was a wonderful read and I really didn't want it to end... I find that I never want anything Christina Lauren writes to end... I mean, can we have another Beautiful Bastard book please? hehe Seriously amazing talent there! Loved it!

Vein of Love by R. Scarlett

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Hello Sunnies! Hope you are having a blast today. Vein of love was a great debut novel and the author certainly deserves praise for it. Her concept of demons was really interesting and well executed. If you like paranormal you will likely enjoy this read.

Unconscious Hearts (Hearts of Vegas #1) by Harper Sloan

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I loved this book. I did not like this book. This was one of those reads that falls right dab in the middle between amazing and catastrophic. I will explain...

Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland #1) by Chloe Neill [arc review]

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Wild Hunger was a fabulous urban fantasy story with a dash of the paranormal! As a paranormal lover I was impressed, it was well written and well executed. It was also fast paced (always a bonus), had a great story-line, and lovable relatable characters!

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2) by Vic James

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Tarnished City was even more intense than Gilded Cage. It was darker and more heart-wrenching too. There were plot twits and new information being thrown at you at every turn, which left you constantly at the edge of your seat. If you liked the first book there is no way you are not going to like this one too.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott [arc review]

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Hello Hello Sunnies! Another day, another beauty by Kylie Scott. It does not reach Stage Dive and Dive Bar status' of epicness (not sure many books can πŸ€”) but it was good. It is all about a forbidden romance, a young girl who fell in love with her father's friend/worker, and their paths inevitably crossing once again when she is older.

Seafire by Natalie C Parker [arc review]

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Sisterhood is Survival Seafire follows the captain of an all female ship put together after a tragic incident. Those fierce and loyal girls want nothing more than to take down the vicious warlord's fleet who has destroyed so many lives.

My Commander by Alanea Alder- 5 billion stars!!!!!!

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So far, my favorite read of the year! The latest book in this series came out this past April and I have been dying to start it. Immediately after I finished the first book I went online and ordered the rest. This book was phenomenal. I could not stop laughing from beginning to end. It had the utmost perfect balance between humor and romance. The perfect pnr!

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting [arc review]

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This was the usual Feel Good Romance that Helena Hunting writes so well! It is no secret that I love
her books and The Good Luck Charm did not disappoint.
"I was trying to be logical, because God knows nothing about the way I loved you was rational..."

Opposites Attract series by Rachel Higginson - 5 Stars

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I had the opportunity to meet this amazing human being at an author even this June and I got the first book in the series while there. It sounded way to good to be  left behind and it did not disappoint. I sat on my couch and read for 6 hours straight all the while either smiling or laughing. It was fabulous! More so, the books that followed were just as good.

The Traitor's Ruin by Erin Beaty - 4.5 Stars

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This was as lovely as The Traitor's Kiss. If you liked the first book you will like this one just as much. It had a beautiful romance, it was full of the same witty and clever scenes, the same beloved characters, and it had some new ones you won't be able not to fall in love with.

A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale- 3 Stars [arc review]

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When was the last time you read a book and just didn't know what to say? I am a little lost here. The parts of the book that were good were not just good, they were perfect. And the parts that weren't good truly bored me. My emotions and opinions in this book are all over the place and I am struggling to settle on a score... That being said, one thing is certain: have you seen the book cover? I love it!

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard - 2 Stars (Red Queen #4)

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Holly Mother of Pearl... this was LONG! This book is a beast, my wrists hurt from holding this massive thing.  There were a few good things about it but sadly the book felt short, specially the ending. I loved The Red Queen and King's Cage , but Glass Sword and War Storm let the series down big time.

Sixth Street Bands books 1-4 by Jayne Frost

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Think you can read four books in four days? With this series it is easy, these books have a natural flow to them. It is an easy and pleasurable read.
The boys from the Sixth Street Bands Series all have very different and unforgettable personalities. They are all lovable on their own way. And of-course, they are all drop dead gorgeous. It reminded of my all time favorite, The Stage Dive Boys by Kylie Scott! And since there is another book coming out soon... Get on with it Sunnies 🌞

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann - 2.5 Stars

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This pains me more than it pains you. Trust me on that.
I LOVED Illuminae and Gemina. Could not stop raving about it! Obsidio however? nope. Can't say I loved it. The book was predictable from beginning to end and more than once I considered putting it aside and reading something else. Why did I carry on? Because I still love Kady, Hannah, Nik, Ezra, and Ella. Because I needed to know how their stories ended. It was worth it, but gosh it was painful at times!

One Wild Night by Rebecca Shea and A.L. Jackson - 4 stars

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I love everything Rebecca Shea writes and this was no different. It is a very short little book but it packed plenty. It was fun to read, fast paced, sweet and sexy...  If you are looking for a short read one of these nights, definitely give this little beauty a try.

Waking the Dragon and Dragon in the Blood by Juliette Cross

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Hello Sunnies! I have missed my paranormal romance books, so this was a fabulous change of pace. Two days of bliss!  Waking the Dragon & Dragon in the Blood by Juliette Cross were fabulous reads and I cannot recommend it enough. There is action, there is romance, there are hot dragon-hybrid males....What is not to love? 😍

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller -5 Stars

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I am late to the party I know... but it is hard to get so many books read at once. I am sure all of you book fanatics understand that :) Daughter of the Siren Queen is the conclusion to Daughter of the Pirate King. If you liked the first book there is no way you are not going to love this one too!

Heart of Glass by Nicole Jacquelyn - 4 Stars [arc review]

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Heart of Glass was a really sweet read. Trevor's and Morgan's story was touching and memorable.

Bad for You by J. Daniels - A Masterpiece

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Holly Mother of Romance!!!!
If you are not on the verge of tears by page 5... well, that won't happen. And it gets more emotional, more touching, and more wonderful as the story progresses. This was a Masterpiece!

Dare Me by Rebecca Shea- Is a million Stars possible?

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WOW!!! What just happened? The Romance Gods have spoken:  Rebecca Shea's Dare Me must be read by every romance reader in the nation! Go Go Go

Book Sacrifice Tags

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I saw this in Story and Somnomancy's blogand I thought it was epic. Not that I am ever critical...  (don't laugh...) PS- I am only using as option books that I have the physical copies for πŸ™‚⚔




1. A Least Favorite Book

Situation: Apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

Acofas that would for sure be my answer! But since I don't... Ever the Hunted? Acowar? I didn't hate these book but I will never read them again either... I considered Night Circus, I liked that book less than these two. But it has such a pretty cover! hehe


2. An Over-Hyped Book



Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies’ only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked so you start chucking at the zombies?


The Hate you Give. The rant on this book is long and I am not going to bore you al…

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh- 3 stars

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Smoke in the Sun is the conclusion to Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. Although I liked it, it was not -sadly- her best work.
Synopsis: After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice—to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. 
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire.
This is not an ea…

Sandpiper Shore by Debbie Mason [arc review] - 3 stars

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This was cute. Not the kind of book that will evoke big emotions. It won't leave you in tears or get you laughing aloud, but it was a sweet pleasurable read.
Synopsis: 
Jenna Bell loves her job as a wedding planner and loves a happy ever after even more. Until the day she meets with her newest client and discovers that the bride's fiancΓ© is the man she's had a crush on for years. But she knows the #1 work rule: Never fall in love with the groom.

Secret Service Agent Logan Gallagher arrives at Tie the Knot to make plans with his bride-to-be. But coming face to face with Jenna after all these years brings back feelings that he's fought long and hard to forget. Does his attraction to Jenna mean that he's about to make the biggest mistake of his life?

This is meant to be the 6th book in the Harmony Harbor series but you really can read it as a stand alone. The story has a Cinderella feel to it. Evil stepmother, troublesome step sisters, a father who died and left everyt…

Explicit by Ava Harrison- 3.8/5 Stars

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Such a fantastic read. It owned me from beginning to end.
Explicit was an emotional rollercoaster. It was hard to put this book down once I started it.
The two main characters were broken. Both imperfect. And yet, they were perfect for each other.
I can't say I liked the title and blurb...I don't think it represented the book well. I was expecting something completely different. I mean, I am thrilled with what I got, it just wasn't what I was expecting...
So... the story is about Pierce and Lindsey. Both imperfect characters full of flaws and hurt. Both try to bury their pain on alcohol and drugs. Lindsey had an accident and is clean. Trying to get her life back together and get over the physical limitations her accident left her with. She is still healing both inside and out, but she is slowly getting there. She is tough girl! Pierce is another story all together. He doesn't know anything beyond alcohol, sex and drugs. He doesn't have anyone to trust, to be himse…

Demos at the Doorstep by Rachael Bell-Irving - 4.5/5 Stars

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Hello sunnies!
I just love discovering new authors. It is such a wonderful thing when a book meet all your expectations. Demons at the Doorstep was a wonderful young adult fantasy book and I am very happy that it landed on my doorstep!
Here is the blurb: ONE LATE OCTOBER NIGHT, THE CITIZENS of Toronto are startled to see strangely colored northern lights above their city. While most dismiss it as an odd phenomenon, Jessica Williams knows better. As a young witch living in the city, she is a part of a small handful of beings who know the truth. She sets out to discover the cause of the powerful magic, in hopes of stopping it. Making matters worse is the band of witch hunters constantly on her tail. Led by Connor Crowe and his brother Damien, the group is determined to purge all magic from reality. Jessica's world is thrown upside down when horrifically mutated demons begin to appear from the shadows. Now she faces her greatest challenge yet. She must destroy the nearly indestructib…

More than Words by Mia Sheridan- 5+ Stars [arc review]

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OMG!!!!!!! πŸ’“πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’› This is my very first read by Mia Sheridan and I am in LOVE. This was SO beautifully done! It was sweet, emotional, romantic, touching... ahhh *swoon* More than Words is exactly as the title says: it is more than words... you will all have to read it to understand its beauty! 
Blurb:  The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other's refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed her--Jessica's first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.
Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen's music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It's only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she st…

Remembrance by Heather Hildenbrand - 4/5 Stars

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Happy Weekend Sunnies!  I just finished this beauty and I am about to finish another book. All in three late night's work! hehe I am on a roll :-)
I was given a copy of this book by the lovely author for review purposes and I am very happy to say that I really liked it. I found that Remembrance follows a very particular style. Do you like the Evermore series by Alyon Noel? Or Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick? Or even the Fallen series by Lauren Kate? To me, all those series even though they have very different plots have similar styles. They are full of fantasy, teen/collage romance, are a tad cheesy, are long (4 books or more) but are easy fast reads too, and well...are not for everyone. Those series tend to either be loved or hated by readers. I happen to love them, so obviously I liked this one too.
It follows the story of Sam, a 20 years old girl who after experiencing a life altering trauma that she cannot remember changed her drastically. Once care free and outgoing now she i…

Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan 4.5/5 Stars

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I think by now you all know how I feel by Tijan's books: they rock my world! There has not been one single book by her yet that I did not love (and I have read a lot of them!).
Anti-stepbrother was no different.  My favorite thing about the book was how the main characters friendship blossomed into something else as the story progressed, it made it all a lot more believable and relatable. 
Another reviewer used this quote and I had to steal is 'cause it describes their relationship perfectly: LOVE IS FRIENDSHIP THAT HAS CAUGHT FIRE. ~Ann Landers
Anti-stepbrother is about Summer. She has had a crush on her stepbrother since forever. On her first night in college she finds him with another girl. Not just that, but the other girl has a boyfriend and he is asking for her. In other words, her stepbrother is a scumbag.
While trying to escape the whole thing she bumps into Caden, he is in her brother's fraternity house and isn't all that pleasant to be around. But, a couple of …

Reflecting on BookCon 2018

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I am finally back home from BookCon. It was crazy and I am dead tired. Did I love it? YeS! But will I go again? That is the current million dollar question. Not everything about BookCon is rainbows and roses, so sadly, that is not an easy question to answer.  

As you can see I met some amazing authors at BookCon. That was definitely one of the highlights of BookCon for me. All the authors were very friendly and kind towards their fans. 
BookCon has an autographing area that is ticketed prior to the event. I got tickets to see Kendare Blake and Renee Ahdieh. I liked the ticket system because it meant you would for sure meet the author you were waiting in line for. The downside? You had to buy a book in order to get your own signed. That was ok for Reneeh Ahdieh as her latest book (Smoke in the Sun) was days from being released and she had copies for sale. That was not ok for Kendare Blake. The only books she had were Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne and since they were no longer …

Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken- 5 Stars [arc review]

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Yes yes and yes! This was fantastic!
I read this book in one sitting while on the plane on my way to New York (BookCon, post on that coming soon).
It follows the story of Blaire, a PI focused on exposing the cheaters of the world. She is good at it too.  Her new assignment however is on an old friend and flame, the boy from her dreams that left her in order to pursuit his football career. To treat him like any other client proves difficult, she loved him once and is still attracted to him. Luckily for her his best friend is willing to help her out a little. He is funny and friendly and she is captivated by him from the start. As he is with her... One impossible job, two men she is attracted to, a cheater to be exposed... 
I  loved this book!  I laughed and got goosebumps often.  Blaire was a hilarious character. Some of the situations she found herself in while doing her job where priceless. From the first to the last page she did not fail to make me smile.
Jessie, her ex, has a compl…

Guest Blogger: Lacey from Booklovers For Life with a review for Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

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Our Guest Blogger this week is Lacey! Her Favorite read in 2018 so far is Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren and she has kindly agreed to share her review of it here in Glimpses of my Books. But before we get to her review, here is a little Q&A with her and the many ways in which you can go follow her after we are done!
Hi Lacey!
Tell us a little bit about you before we go into bookish questions… Where are you from? Have you always lived there? What are your hobbies besides reading?
Hi Anne! Thank you for having me on Glimpses of my Books :) I’m born and raised in SoCal, have lived in LA almost my entire life and then moved to San Diego for school for a few years. I love it here! I’d live here forever if I could. As for hobbies besides reading… does collecting books count!? Lol. But I do love finding new restaurants to eat at. I’m a huge foodie.

- When/What got you into reading?
I got into reading around 5th/6th grade. I was over at my cousin’s house and she had one of the books…

LifeLike by Kay Kristoff- 2 stars [arc review]

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Sorry guys, I know you are all waiting for this book and hoping it is yet another masterpiece by the amazing Jay Kritoff but sadly I cannot tell you that I enjoyed this book all that much. It was ok, but nowhere near as amazing as everything else he has written. There is NO comparison. 

For the blurb go here.

Here is what I liked: the last page! That was a very good ending and it has the potential of making a fantastic second book. I will read the next book because of that last page alone.
The rest was either just ok or on the verge of being the most boring book I have read this year. The first half was really slow, to the point I had to convince myself not to dfn it because it was a Kristoff book. I was tempted... so very tempted.
At that point it got a lot better. The story picked up and got more interesting. The problem than became predictability. The story of cyborgs turning against their human creators and of a human falling in  love with a cyborg is over used.  Why so many scif…

One True Love by Linda Kage- 4 Stars [arc review]

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I am a huge fan of Linda Kage and was super excited to read this. One True Love is Linda's first attempt at fantasy romance and she did a brilliant job! The book was sweet, romantic, beautiful, touching... all the wonderful things I have come to expect from Linda Kage with of-course a touch of fantasy. 
The Blurb:
Custom demanded that Prince Urban get a love mark tattooed to the side of his left eye as an infant, just like the rest of his people, but to him, the stupid things have only brought on the scorn of his father, the misery of his siblings, and caused his entire kingdom to go broke from fighting so many wars over the irritating ink stains.

When Urban’s sister must travel to Donnelly, the kingdom within the sand, for her arranged marriage to align two realms, he goes with her. But he no sooner steps foot inside their castle than his mark starts itching like a son of a bitch, telling him his one true love is near.
It just figures, though, that the woman meant for him is complet…

Guest Author Q&A with Janna MacGregor

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Hello sunnies! You know me… when I find a new author to love I must know more about them! So today I am very happy to have Janna MacGregor with us. She writes amazing historical romances and if you browse the blog a little you will find a review or two of her books. Her last book, The Luck of the Bride, was amazing. You must check it out 😊


Hi Janna and welcome to Glimpses Of My Books! It brings me great joy to have you here with me and my readers today, I hope you enjoy your time with us.
Thank you so much! I’m delighted to be here today! I’m so happy you enjoyed THE LUCK OF THE BRIDE.
When did you start writing? Was it a hobby at first or did you always wanted to be a writer?
I’m an attorney by day, and law school makes you learn to write quickly. However, I never really thought about writing romance until about five years ago when I took a Cherry Adair plotting class at the 2013 Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City. Within two days, I had the rough outline for my debut novel The B…