Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: The Wrong Kind of Compatible (Love Undercover Book 1) by Kadie Scott

Love Undercover Book 1
Title: The Wrong Kind of Compatible
Author: Kadie Scott
Series: Love Undercover #1
My Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2

Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.

For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

If you are looking for a light, fun read, then look no further than The Wrong Kind of Compatible! This is a fast read that is full of charming dialogue that will put a smile on your face!

The story focuses on Drew and Cassie, who are each quirky and awkward in their own way. They both feel a little off beat from everyone else, and as if no one really fully gets them. However, as luck would have it, it just so happens that Drew and Cassie are perfect for each other. They practically even speak their own language, which by the way is full of innuendo. 

Even with all of the fun and flirty dialogue, I couldn't help but want more. The story went by so much quicker than I wanted it to. I wanted to know more about all of the characters, including Drew, Cassie, their coworkers, and their families. I feel that knowing more would have made for a more dramatic criminal reveal at the end. I would have liked to get to know the characters and guess who the culprit was. Instead, the story focused solely on Drew's and Cassie's attraction to one another. Don't get me wrong, I did love reading about their relationship, but the crime buff in me just wanted more about the cyber crime component of the story. 

Despite me being left with wanting more, I still enjoyed this read! One cannot crack open this book and not find Drew and Cassie completely adorable! They are completely right for each other!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Book Review: Black Orchid (Svatura Book 4) by Abigail Owen

Svatura Book 4
Title: Black Orchid
Author: Abigail Owen
Series: Svatura #4
Pages: 224
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Heartbroken... Adelaide Jenner feels nothing... she is completely numb inside. Her te'sorthene, her fated love, abandoned her and joined their enemy. On that day her sister turned off all Adelaide's emotions in order to save her from a heartbreak that could push her over the edge of sanity. But great power wielded without compassion or love can only lead to pain. Deceived... Nate Pierce believes Adelaide used her extraordinary powers to deceive him all these years. So he destroyed a relationship he thought to be false and hungers for revenge. Now, Nate serves Maddox, unaware that his new leader is using him as a pawn in a bid to enslave all Svatura. Unraveling... The only hope of finally defeating Maddox is for Adelaide and her sisters to combine their growing powers against him. But the the key to a Svatura's power is the heart, and Adelaide is still missing hers.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

The last installment of Miss Owen's Svatura series was full of twists. I think I even experienced more emotions than Adelaide did throughout the book (and trust me, she goes through a LOT)!

It was nice to finally get to know Adelaide and Nate more. In previous books, they have served as more quiet, reserved characters. Who knew Adelaide had such an attitude...or that Nate loved The Princess Bride so much (who can blame him; it's a great movie!).

All of our favorite characters play a role in Black Orchid, which I absolutely love! The ending was everything I wanted it to be! My only problem is that there wasn't more! I am super sad to bid some great characters farewell. Over the course of this series, I have gotten to know each character more and more with each installment. Even though all the characters are great, I have to say that Lila may be my favorite!

This was a great series full of surprises! I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read them, and I can't wait to see what else Owen has to offer!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Book Review: Avenging Heart (Ignited Book 4) by Desni Dantone

Ignited Series Book 4
Title: Avenging Heart
Author: Desni Dantone
Series: Ignited #4
Pages: 354
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Kris Young wants nothing more than to be a normal girl. Thrust into a life she didn’t ask for, and faced with a future that she does not want, she sets off an adventure that she hopes will lead to her freedom. With her best friend’s life, the future of the Kala-Skotadi war, and her own soul at stake, failure is not an option.

Old and new allies unite on a quest against the demigods and Kris’s half-sister, Circe, the mastermind behind it all. Together, they fight to sever Kris and Alec from their evil ties once and for all, and rescue Callie from her own doomed fate. But Circe has other plans for them.

When an unexpected loss strikes the group, will Kris lose the will to go on? Or will a need for vengeance drive her to finally succeed?

Find out how the story of Kris, Nathan, Alec, and Callie will end in the epic conclusion to The Ignited Series, where, in the race against time and evil, all bets are off . . . and no one is safe.

Avenging Heart was a true treasure, and I absolutely loved it! I admit, after reading the synopsis I was afraid of what was going to happen and pretty terrified to read it. I had fallen in love with these characters, so of course I didn't want anything bad to happen to them...however, at the same time, I had fallen in love with them, so I just had to know what Dantone had in store. Of course, Dantone completely blew me away!

This installment was packed full of action, emotion, and of course mythology. Also, not only do you get to see different sides to Nathan and Kris, but you also get to know some of the more "background" characters. And, they are pretty great! I was determined to dislike Lillian, but instead found myself liking her more and more.

I am also happy to say that I found myself blissfully satisfied with how this series wrapped up. Dantone did a perfect job! There weren't any unanswered questions and I didn't find myself feeling let down. It was just perfect! Don't get me wrong however, I would be up for getting some more Nathan, Kris, and Alec!

"Either outfit combined with the high black boots Lillian had set on the floor would make me look 'street corner on the wrong side of town' ready."

"And some plan it was. Wild...crazy...maybe even stupid. But necessary."

"My incredibly sexy, hard-nosed man needed help. It was enough to make a girl swoon."

Monday, April 3, 2017

Book Review: Salvaged Soul (Ignited Book 3) by Desni Dantone

Ignited Book 3
Title: Salvaged Soul
Author: Desni Dantone
Series: Ignited #3
Pages: 384
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Life in paradise isn’t exactly what Kris thought it would be. Treated like a prisoner and forced to keep her romance with Nathan hidden, she struggles to adapt to island life with the Kala. Worse, her specialties are coming in faster than she can control, and she fears the Skotadi within her will soon win the battle for her soul. Her only hope is to embrace her Incantation lineage, master the skills she’s supposed to have, and free herself of her destiny. If only she could figure out how to do it…

The ghosts of Nathan’s past still inhabit the island. Adapting to the Kala way of life again is something he will grudgingly accept, as long as they agree to help Kris. But falling back into the Kala system means being a Kala soldier, and when the gods ask for help, he cannot refuse. Sent around the world on a mission, he faces new dangers and stumbles upon a startling discovery that could change everything…

Together, they face their biggest hurdle yet and put their relationship to the ultimate test. When old temptations arise, new enemies emerge, and emotions run high, can their love survive?

Once again, Dantone does not disappoint!! Just as with both Ignited and Sacrificed, I found myself instantly sucked in by Salvaged Soul!

The world that Dantone has created in her Ignited Series is a remarkable one. It is full of mythology, drama, and some amazing scenery. Despite Kris' complaints about how she feels like a prisoner at the Kala homebase, I wouldn't mind being there. It's an island surrounded by beautiful blue water! Which, of course, makes for some pretty great beach scenes 😉. Additionally, if that isn't enough, part of the book takes place in Greece!

To put the cherry on top, this book also alternates between Kris' and Nathan's points of view. I really love finally getting to see what goes on in Nathan's head, However, I wish the author would have gone one step farther and threw in Alec's point of view, because it would have been super entertaining, and not to mention he is one of my favorite characters!

I can't wait to see how this story plays out, although the synopsis for Avenging Heart has me a little nervous about the fate of some of the characters. I'm sure though, that it will be just as fantastic as its predecessors!

Alec grinned. "Honey, I don't need to use my paranormal skills to charm any girl, including you. It's called charisma, and I have it."

" were right. I was wrong. It doesn't happen often, so I'll let you bask in the glory...for now."

"The way I see it, I've been told to go to hell so many times, I figure it's about time for me to go see what all the fuss is about. I'm looking forward to it."

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Review: Sacrificed (Ignited Book 2) by Desni Dantone

Title: Sacrificed
Author: Desni Dantone
Series: Ignited #2
Pages: 346
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Kris Young is no normal seventeen year old.

She’s the worst thing to come along since the black plague, and she will do anything to alter the destiny she was made for. Failure is not an option. But if the shadows of evil overcome her…

Only one person can stop her.

When she meets Micah, she doesn’t expect him to save her life, or to offer his help. They were born enemies after all. Though he boasts noble intentions and a belief that, together, he and Kris could swing the tide of the war to the side of good once and for all, Kris can’t help but suspect that he is hiding something.

They have a plan…

Strengthened by new allies, Kris and gang take their fight to the Skotadi. As they discover shocking secrets and grow closer to learning of the evil-doers ultimate plans, Kris worries that time has run out. Struggling with her inner demons, she does the only thing she can to protect the ones that she cares about most, even if it tears her heart in two.

Question is, where will her heart lead her?

Miss Dantone really blew me away with Ignited, so I had pretty high expectations for its sequel. I am extremely pleased to say that she did not disappoint!!  Sacrificed was just as good, if not better than the first!

Kris is a pretty no-nonsense girl that somehow manages to get herself involved in a lot of drama. At times, I think she may just be a drama magnet. Somehow, not one...not two...but three, yes three, guys waiting in the wings. So, obviously there is quite a bit of drama in this book, which, of course makes it super interesting!

In addition to the boy drama Kris faces, there is also the drama that goes along with being what she is. Along with this revelation, new twists and turns keep coming up. I really love where Dantone is taking the story, it's really exciting! So far, I love this story and cannot wait to read book 3!!

"Awesome. Just what I wanted to be - the weirdo in a herd of black sheep..."

"It was a little unnerving, Alec being quiet. I wasn't used to it."

"If anything could stunt the despair brought on by the events of the last thirty-six hours, it was bacon."

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