ARC Review: The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost

The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Broken Destiny #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: June 27th 2017
Links: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback• Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

The breathtaking second novel in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Broken Destiny series finds Ivy and Adrian rekindling their alliance—and passion—as the struggle for the fate of the world begins…

Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous—and dangerously sexy—Adrian. Ivy isn’t sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between the demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who’s decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.

At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he’s vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins. But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them—will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined…

It’s been about three years since the release of the first Broken Destiny book, so as excited as I was to read The Sweetest Burn, I was afraid I just wouldn’t be able to get into the story because it’d been so long since I was immersed in the Broken Destiny world. Thankfully, this didn’t happen – as soon as I opened up the first page of this long-awaited sequel, I was sucked back into this new(ish) world Jeaniene Frost created. It was almost as if I didn’t have to wait three years to read this, which impressed me immensely. If you were a fan of The Beautiful Ashes and have been waiting anxiously to continue the series, wait no more! Ivy and Adrian are back – and even better than they were before.

As the last Davidian, Ivy is the only person capable of wielding the three artifacts that hold the power to destroy demons and save humanity. Adrian is fated to be her enemy and downfall, but somehow fate got a little twisted and these two fell in love with each other. At the end of the first book, after finding the first artifact, Adrian had left Ivy for her own good – but now he’s back and ready to help Ivy again on her journey to finding the second and third artifacts, all the while proving his love and devotion to her.

“I didn’t want to know you, like you, need you, or most of all, love you, but I did. I still do. You are my destiny, Ivy, just not how everyone predicted. Now, when I think of the future, I think of spending it with you.”

Much of the first book felt like it was a set-up for the rest of the series. It had potential… and that potential was finally realized in The Sweetest Burn! I have to say I enjoyed this sequel so much more than the first book, mainly because of how much more I liked the characters. I felt like we get to know Ivy and Adrian a lot better, after all the trials and tribulations they overcome and still have waiting for them in the future.

This book was pretty fast-paced and easy to read. The action was intense and exciting, but it was definitely the romance that had me hooked onto the pages. I loved how determined Adrian was to win Ivy’s heart – he’s so lovable, charming, and protective! Ivy herself is a great heroine – a little too self-sacrificing, but I admired her strength and how she took to learning her newfound Davidian powers.

I’m SO excited to see how this series will end. There’s a little twist at the end of The Sweetest Burn that I’m sure will stir up a lot of trouble in the next and final book of this trilogy, and I can’t wait to see how it goes! I’m also so glad we don’t have to wait for another few years for the last book – it’s only a few months away in November!


lacey

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Reading Order: Broken Destiny series

  

#1 ~ The Beautiful Ashes: My ReviewEbook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ The Sweetest Burn: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback• Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ The Brightest Embers: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads


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Blog Tour + Review & Giveaway: Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon!

Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Deadman’s Cross Trilogy #1
Publication Date: May 9th 2017
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon debuts a sweeping new epic saga sure to appeal to her millions of fans!

Deadmen tell their tales . . .

To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane―an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn―an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates . . . gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn’s behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen and, together, they are humanity’s last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms.

But things are never so simple. And one of Bane’s biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn’t just a vessel, she’s also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged and who in turn wronged him during a centuries long war between their two races―a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and almost extinct race against Bane and his cause, and watches humanity fall, or she puts faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity―let’s hope Bane can sway her favor.

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Praise for DEADMEN WALKING: A Deadman’s Cross Novel

“Kenyon (Born of Legend) puts the lie to the old adage “Dead men tell no tales” in this jam-packed, appealing first book of her Deadman’s Cross historical fantasy series…this piratical tale is filled with swashbuckling, death, glory.” ―Publishers Weekly on Deamen Walking

“Kenyon’s writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative.” ―Boston Globe

“Arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days.” ―Publishers Weekly

“[An] engaging read.” ―Entertainment Weekly

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This is the first of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s adult books that I’ve read. I’ve enjoyed her Chronicles of Nick series, but her Dark-Hunter series has been on my TBR forever. When I heard that she was coming out with a new series featuring pirates(!), I had to take a chance on it, mainly because I don’t have enough pirate books in my life. Deadmen Walking was interesting, to say the least. It has a lot of potential, and I can see how the series has the chance to get even better. As it is the first book in the trilogy, there is a lot of info-dumping, but besides that, if you’re in the mood for something epic and magical and action-packed, I’d definitely recommend this one!

Starting Deadmen Walking, I was honestly a little confused about who the main characters were. We’re introduced to Cameron Jack, a woman disguised as a man who is trying to find her missing brother. Her only hope is in Devyl Bane, a powerful, notorious pirate. Little does she know, but Devyl is captain of a crew of cursed men – Deadmen. The Deadmen are creatures brought back from their deaths by Lucifer’s son and given the chance to redeem their souls by being the gatekeepers that protect humanity from ancient monsters.

It turns out that our main couple is Devyl and Marcelina (Mara) the Sea Witch, who is Devyl’s ex-wife’s sister. The two of them have a twisted, dark, bloody past, but with the close proximity that comes with saving the world together, there is bound to be some chemistry between them. But the romance is just a small part to the overall action and adventure.

There is a lot going on in this first installment of the Deadman’s Cross Trilogy. The author sets up much of the world-building to prepare for the rest of the series, so I have a feeling it can only get better from here. I also realized while reading this that it has plenty of connections to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s other series – those connections went over my head, of course, but fans of the author will probably enjoy all the cameos that are in this book. If you love SK and are familiar with her work, then you should definitely check this new series out! And if you love fantasy, action, and a hint of romance, I’d say you should give this a try.


lacey

Reading Order: Deadman’s Cross Trilogy

#1 ~ Deadmen Walking: EbookHardcover • AudibleGoodreads

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New York Times and International Bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2003, she had placed more than 75 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick, Lords of Avalon and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter, Lords of Avalon and The League are being developed for television. Join her and her Menyons online at her website and Facebook.

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Audiobook Review: Lacybourne Manor by Kristen Ashley

Lacybourne Manor by Kristen Ashley
Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation #3 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: January 24th 2017
Length: 16 hours and 52 minutes
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Links: Audible • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

In 1522, the very night they were wed, Royce Morgan and his new bride, Beatrice Godwin, were murdered on their way home to Lacybourne Manor. After the cruel deed was done, a local witch came across their bodies, witnessing firsthand the tragedy of star-crossed lovers. Vowing that Royce and Beatrice would someday uncross those stars, using magic mixed with murder as well as true love, she linked their spirits together with hers (because someone had to protect them) forever…or until their reincarnated souls find happily ever after.

Now arrogant, forbidding Colin Morgan lives at Lacybourne, knowing, from lore (as well as the portraits of Royce and Beatrice that hang in Lacybourne’s hall and the small fact that he looks exactly like Royce Morgan), that he is the reincarnated soul of his ancestor. One stormy night, flighty, free-spirited, scarily kind-hearted Sibyl Godwin comes to Lacybourne and it doesn’t escape Colin’s notice that Sibyl is the spitting image of Beatrice. However murder, magic, a warrior’s heart beating in a modern man’s chest, a woman bent on doing good deeds even if they get her into loads of trouble, a good witch whose family has vowed throughout the centuries to protect true love, distrust, and revenge make a volatile cocktail.

This means the path to happily ever after is paved with tranquilizer darts, pensioners on a rampage, Sibyl’s bad morning moods, heartbreaking misunderstandings, and all kinds of magic, good and bad.

Lacybourne Manor just might be my favorite Ghosts and Reincarnation audiobook I’ve listened to so far! It was the kind of story that I was waiting to get from KA that I didn’t from the last two books. They were good, but definitely didn’t feel up to KA par, but Lacybourne Manor wowed me in the best way possible! I adored listening to Colin and Sibyl’s story – it’s a true reincarnation romance, so if you’re interested in that sort of thing, I highly recommend giving this a listen!!

Hundreds of years ago, newlyweds Royce and Beatrice were murdered on their wedding night due to a spell that was meant to keep the lovers apart. When a witch came across their bodies, she cast a spell and set in motion the reincarnation of the two star-crossed lovers. In present day, Royce and Beatrice are now Colin and Sibyl. Colin has always been told stories of him being fated to find and love the reincarnated Beatrice, but by the time she arrives to Lacybourne Manor in the form of Sibyl, Colin has been too jaded and broken to believe in fate or love. He treats Sibyl poorly, not believing that they’re meant to be together.

Sibyl has also had dreams of finding her one true love, the man of her dreams, and has long since given up finding him… until she meets Colin. But the cold, callous jerk surely can’t be her fated soulmate, right? Colin and Sibyl have a rocky start, but after getting to know Colin deeper, she finds that he’s not as terrible as she first thought. Slowly they warm up to each other – but is their newfound love enough to break a centuries-long curse that threatens to tear them apart?

I loved listening to Lacybourne Manor. In the previous books in the series, I had a hard time paying attention to the narration for some reason, but it wasn’t the case with this audiobook, because I was HOOKED onto the story. Sibyl and Colin’s star-crossed romance was a heartfelt, emotional listen, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Abby Craden’s narration has definitely grown on me too. I really hope the rest of the Ghosts and Reincarnation series will come out in audio soon!

Lacybourne Manor is now available on Audible: http://amzn.to/2lv26qF

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lacey


Reading Order: Ghosts and Reincarnation series

 
  

#1 ~ Penmort Castle: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Sommersgate House: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Lacybourne Manor: Ebook • PaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Fairytale Come Alive: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
#5 ~ Lucky Stars: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads


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Audiobook Review: Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley

Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley
Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation #2 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: January 24th 2017
Length: 14 hours and 32 minutes
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Links: Audible • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

Douglas Ashton is the cold and unfeeling owner of the gothic Victorian Mansion, Sommersgate House. Julia Fairfax is his stubborn American sister-in-law. After tragedy strikes, Douglas and Julia are forced to live together at Sommersgate and raise their newly orphaned nieces and nephew.

Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister’s children nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a new country without much help from impossibly handsome but even more impossibly remote Douglas. Not to mention, she has to deal with the active hostility of Douglas’s frosty, Attila-the-Hun-in-a-skirt mother, Monique.

Douglas decides the best way to give the children what they need, get his mother to behave and give himself what he wants is to marry Julia. When he tells her (yes, tells her) she will be his wife, Julia thinks Douglas is (probably) insane. And anyway, she’s decided if she ever has another husband (since the last one wasn’t so great), he was going to be short, balding, have a paunch and worship the ground she walks on (none of these characteristics define Douglas in the slightest).

One more thing, Sommersgate House is haunted by the ghosts of the man who built the house and the woman who was the love of his life. They both died mysteriously at Sommersgate months after it was finished. When they did, a curse settled on the house making it seem strangely alive. And the only way for the beautiful but frightening house to rid itself of this curse is for its owner to find true love.

It’s so easy for me to dive in to a KA audiobook marathon, because I love long audiobooks and KA always gives me a story worth listening to. The Ghosts and Reincarnation series might not be my favorite of hers, but I’m starting to warm up to it more and more, especially since I’m getting used to the narrator. Sommersgate House is the second standalone in the series, and it’s another long romance mixed in with a subtle ghost story. If you enjoyed the first book, Penmort Castle, you’ll most likely enjoy this one too! It’s got a similar vibe, but there’s a bonus – adorable children are involved!

When Julia Fairfax’s brother and Douglas Ashton’s sister die in a terrible accident, their children are left to Julia and Douglas’ care. Douglas, who is cold and unfeeling, doesn’t want to deal with the emotional upheaval that taking in his niece and nephew will bring. Julia welcomes them with open arms, wanting to fulfill her brother and his wife’s dying wish, so she makes the trip across the pond to stay at Sommersgate House. Douglas and Julie couldn’t be more opposite, but Douglas comes up with the perfect idea to handle the house, the children, and even his mother – he’s going to marry Julia.

Even though she’s wildly attracted to Douglas, she rejects that ridiculous idea. She was burned once in her previous marriage and has no plans for that to happen again. But when Julia and Douglas grow closer together as they pick up the broken pieces of their family, creating a new family of their own, emotions begin to grow on both sides. Can Julie learn to believe in love and marriage again, and can Douglas let her and the children into his heart?

I have to say that the children were my favorite part about this audiobook. They are so adorable, and Abby Craden gave them such unique voices. They added so much warmth and heart to the story – I loved them! Douglas and Julia took me a while to warm up to, but in the end I enjoyed the way their romance played out. It’s another classic KA love story with an alpha male and tough but endearing heroine. I’d highly recommend this if you loved the first Ghosts and Reincarnation story!

SOMMERSGATE HOUSE is now available on Audible: http://amzn.to/2kVjZm7

3.5 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Ghosts and Reincarnation series

 
  

#1 ~ Penmort Castle: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Sommersgate House: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Lacybourne Manor: Ebook • PaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Fairytale Come Alive: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
#5 ~ Lucky Stars: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads


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Audiobook Review: Penmort Castle by Kristen Ashley

Penmort Castle by Kristen Ashley
Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation #1 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: January 24th 2017
Length: 16 hours and 52 minutes
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Links: Audible • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

Cash Fraser is planning revenge and to get it he needs the perfect woman. So he hires her. Abigail Butler has lost nearly everything in her life and she’s about to lose the home she loves.

Cash meets Abby, who is posing as a paid escort, and the minute he does he knows he’s willing to pay for more than Abby being his pretend girlfriend. A lot more. Abby needs the money or the last thing that links her to her dead family and husband will be gone. The deal is struck but both Cash and Abby get more than they bargained for.

Cash realizes very quickly that Abby isn’t what she seems and while he changes strategies, Abby discovers that Cash’s legacy, Penmort Castle, is like all the tales say – very, very haunted. Making matters worse, the ghost in residence wants her dead.

Abby’s found herself in the battle of her life so she enlists Mrs. Truman, her nosy neighbor, Jenny, her no-nonsense friend, Cassandra McNabb, white witch and clairvoyant with a penchant for wearing scarves (and lots of them), and Angus McPherson, dyed-in-the-wool Scot (which means he hunts ghosts in a kilt) to fight the vicious ghost who has vowed that she will rest at nothing to kill the true, abiding love of the master of Penmort.

The only PNR books I’ve read/listened from Kristen Ashley are her The Three series, which I love, so when I heard her PNR Ghosts and Reincarnation series was coming out in audio, I got so excited! I usually don’t have time to read her looong books, so I’m a big fan of her audiobooks. Penmort Castle is the first standalone in the G&R series, and while I can’t say it was up to the level of The Three books, I can say that I did enjoy it. It’s very light on the PNR, so if you’re not a big fan of that genre but you love KA, this might be the book for you!

Cash Fraser is hell-bent on revenge – he wants to take back ownership of Penmort Castle, which is his by birthright, from his scheming uncle. But as part of his plan of revenge, he needs a woman to pose as his girlfriend. Luckily, or unluckily, Abigail Butler happens to be where Cash is – except he thinks she’s a professional paid escort, which is why he offers her a deal to play pretend-girlfriend. Abby is offended, but she needs the money – the house she inherited from her grandmother is in dire shape, and since the death of her husband, she’s in financial need. So she accepts Cash’s offer, which starts off a whirlwind affair full of passion, secrecy, and an evil ghost.

Though the relationship is fake, the chemistry between Abby and Cash is very real. Soon enough, neither can tell the difference between their feigned and real feelings, because once they’ve gotten to know each other, they want more. But Abby is still hung up over her late husband and feels guilty for wanting another man. Cash’s alpha-male tendencies won’t allow her to feel ashamed over their relationship, because when he wants something, which is Abby, mind, body, and soul, he’ll have it.

I loved Abby Craden’s narration in Until the Sun Falls from the Sky (my review here), but I can’t say that I loved her narration in Penmort Castle. It sounded a little off and awkward, probably because of the British accents in the audiobook. It didn’t flow very well and took me out of my enjoyment at times. This was one of the main reasons why I can’t rate this higher – that and the ghost plot of the story. I almost wished the ghost wasn’t included as part of the book because it was honestly a little boring to listen to.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the romance aspect of this audiobook – it’s classic KA with its feisty, endearing heroine and sexy, alpha-male hero. I’m looking forward to the rest of the Ghosts and Reincarnation series – hopefully they’ll all be out in audio soon!

PENMORT CASTLE is now available on Audible: http://amzn.to/2l09OMP

3.5 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Ghosts and Reincarnation series

 
  

#1 ~ Penmort Castle: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Sommersgate House: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Lacybourne Manor: Ebook • PaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Fairytale Come Alive: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
#5 ~ Lucky Stars: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads


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