When you just want to be petty…

I do a lot of beta and ARC reading. Based on my history and education, it’s one of the few things I feel like I can do to help authors out. That being said, I have no problem not finishing books, even if it is an ARC, if I am not enjoying for any reason.

however

 

I stumbled across a book that I genuinely read out of pure spite, hoping the heroine would get what was coming to her.

Canva - Picture of Crying WomanNever in my life have I read a worse heroine. I think the author was trying to have her come off as a spunky yet whimsical dreamer searching for adventure. What we got was a spoiled brat who literally could not say anything unless it was snotty, snide, or sarcastic. Not only that but she spent the entire novel hating the hero over something that happened almost a decade ago when they were children.

This heroine was such a terrible person she made the book agony to read. I have read difficult heroines before but they typically either have some redeeming qualities or redeem themselves somewhere down the line.

This heroine did not. The best way I can describe her is a selfish spoiled brat so preoccupied with herself and her dreams of adventure and a dashing hero sweeping her off of her feet that she doesn’t even realize what childish and terrible person she truly was. She had absolutely no redeeming qualities and made each page a chore to read.

 

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The novel was an ARC I received. However, I loathed the heroine so much she ruined the entire novel for more. The writing was pretty solid for the most part and none of the other characters was horrible. But considering she was the focus of the story, it made it difficult to enjoy. I am still not sure why the hero still loved her after how terrible she treated him.

Ugh rant over. Sorry, but I just had to get it out.

❧ Arec

 

 

Tour/Review: Tempted by the Viscount by Sofie Darling

Tempted by the Viscount
by Sofie Darling
Genre: Historical Romance
Pub Date: June 27th, 2018
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for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!

London, April 1825
Lord Jakob Radclyffe left his past behind in the Far East. Or so he thinks until a ruthless thief surfaces in London, threatening to ruin his daughter’s reputation. With the clock ticking, Jake needs the scandalous Lady Olivia Montfort’s connections in the art world to protect his daughter’s future.
Olivia, too, has a past she’d like to escape. By purchasing her very own Mayfair townhouse, she’ll be able to start a new life independent from all men. There’s one problem: she needs a powerful man’s name to do so. The Viscount St. Alban is the perfect name.
A bargain is struck.
What Olivia doesn’t anticipate is the temptation of the viscount. The undeniable spark of awareness that races between them undermines her vow to leave love behind. Soon, she has no choice but to rid her system of Jake by surrendering to her craving for a single scorching encounter.
But is once enough? Sometimes once only stokes the flame of desire higher and hotter. And sometimes once is all the heart needs to risk all and follow a mad passion wherever it may lead.

Sofie spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized that she was no longer satisfied with simply reading the books she loved, that she must write them, too, she decided to finish her degree and embark on a writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.
When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles
whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.

 

Review: Waking to Black by V.H. Luis

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He shattered my defenses, and I was fragile to begin with…

The first time I saw Adam Black, I was between the arms of a criminal, a gun to my throat and even then, I knew I was staring at the most dangerous man in the room.

Maybe it was his confident, cerulean eyes, or the sex appeal radiating from his pores like heat waves on a scorching day, but by proximity alone he made my vision blur and my heart stammer.

The day I was nearly killed in a bank hold-up, I began to live—because of him.

Now, I’m praying for the first time in years, hoping the scars of my past, the secrets I keep, don’t interfere with my future…

 

A romance that is as erotic as it is emotional, Waking to Black is a power debut to a new series. Reminiscent of Megan Hart, it packs a punch with dynamic believable characters. Initially, the story may seem to be about a wealthy alpha male and the broken girl he takes an interest in. The story proves to be so much more than that.

The author is a talented writer, weaving a simple and yet intricate storyline around two equally as complex leads. Her descriptions are so well written the reader can feel their emotions as their own, whether it be frustration, anxiety, fear, of happiness. It is difficult not to be swept away by the beautiful chaos of it all.

Waking to Black is a phenomenal start from a fresh author. An emotional rollercoaster, it will rip at your heartstrings until you think you cannot take it anymore. Accompanied by a cast of secondary characters with issues of their own, this debut is the powerful new erotic novel you didn’t know you were looking for and is impossible to put down.

Be warned, however. The story ends in a cliffhanger to be continued in the next novel. If you have a hard time waiting, I recommend waiting til the second novel’s release.

 

❧ Arec

Review: Runes of Truth by G. Bailey

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Thief. Runaway. Assassin. What happens when your rumoured name destroys your life? When the very runes engraved on your skin since birth, are a death sentence? 

Evie doesn’t remember a life before she was on the streets, a life before thieving to live and killing to stay alive.
When a royal family she didn’t know anything about go missing, Evie finds herself thrown into the royal court of the protectors, and they demand her help.
Help in exchange for a chance at freedom and the name that’s haunted her, forgotten. A name she can’t even read, a name she doesn’t understand.
But when three Royal protectors are tasked with helping her, her demon ex who is literally from hell, stalking her…will Evie ever be free?

I wanted to like this novel. It had potential. Unfortunately, there were certain things that annoyed me enough to ruin the novel overall.

Recently, I have been seriously into reverse harem romance. Good ones seem difficult to find, however. Runes of Truth seemed to have promise but was riddled with problems.

Evie is a strong female lead, though at times she acts immature for her age. The writing overall felt directed at a younger audience than it should. There was little if any world development, which is a shame considering the author could have done so much with it. The fantasy part was the best part of the novel, but, while the reader gets a glimpse of things here and there, there is little explanation about the magic and races. Maybe that is why the reader is so confused at the end when the author brings about a certain aspect, leaving the reader scratching their heads. It wasn’t skilled writing that keeps the twist from being revealed. Just the opposite in fact.

I was also put off by Evie’s bad blood against Azi. I am always floored when I read romance/erotica where the female falls in love with a demon and then becomes upset when said love interest acts like a demon. Evie thinks Azi betrayed her, but her reasoning is so ignorant and just bad that I laughed out loud at it. It’s like when someone falls for a grim reaper and then becomes upset and takes it out on said reaper when someone close to them dies. It’s so nonsensical that it infuriates me. What did you expect them to do? Change their entire way of life just because you’re in a sexual relationship?

I was pretty much done with the novel as a whole when Evie starts making out with one of her male escorts as soon as she gets him alone. Well, that’s all good and well, but they are literally in hell where everything is trying to kill them. I don’t know about you, but when I am actively being hunted, I don’t really care about getting my rocks off. And then here comes Azi acting all jealous and possessive. I could excuse that a bit since demons don’t typically like their stuff being touched. But he went all alpha male, yelling the typical “she is mine” bs when he hasn’t contacted her for half a year.

I feel like the review turned into one big rant, which wasn’t my intention at all. When I initially started the story, I was exciting, soaking up each and every word. But the writing, lack of explanation for anything, and scenarios listed above ruined the entire series for me.

 

❧ Arec

Review: The Marquess’ Angel by Julia Sinclair

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Everyone knows that good missionary girls are plain and dull. And that’s just the way Blythe likes it! Lady Blythe Dennings has craved adventure her entire life, but due to her relation to the powerful Carrow family, there was no way she was going to get it.

So… she became a missionary.
Blythe’s prim missionary act gives her plenty of freedom to go to the cruelest parts of London to have her own adventure quests. But her plans are thrown into chaos when her uncle dies. This leaves her as one of the richest heiresses London has ever seen!

Suddenly, everyone’s looking at her. Including a dangerous enemy.

But … the person looking the hardest is Thomas “Demon Tom” Martin, Marquess of Amory, the eldest son of the Martin family–the Carrows’ sworn enemies.

Thomas loves gambling, he loves trouble, and maybe, he loves this supposedly prim little missionary as well!

Too bad Blythe belongs to the Carrows.

Can Blythe survive the darkness and danger around her?
And will their love be enough to quell an ancient feud between the two families?

An absolutely delightful debut to a new series, The Marquess’ Angel is a well-written novel filled with unique characters and action as well as romance.

The novel follows Blythe who is desperate for adventure, despite what her plain demure appearance would have you believe. Once night when helping a young woman escape her abusive protector, Blythe stumbles upon “Demon Tom”, otherwise known as Thomas Martin and enemy to Blythe family. From there, the author expertly weaves a tale of heroism and romance between two people who, by all rights, should hate each other.

Blythe and Tom are easily likable characters with believable motivations. Watching them grow both as people and a couple was as entertaining as it was endearing. The secondary characters are equally as fleshed out and engaging. Tom’s sister only adds to the story with hilarious takes-no-nonsense attitude while her cryptic knowledge fuels the reader’s interest in the mystery surrounding both families. Blythe’s cousin Tristan also furthers to deepen the story though his stubbornness can be infuriating.

Overall, The Marquess’ Angel is a wonderful read. Filled with action and romance. The story will captivate the reader until the very end.

 

❧ Arec

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