Review: The Longing of Lone Wolves by Lana Pecherczyk

The Longing of Lone Wolves by Lana Pecherczyk
The Longing of Lone Wolves
Lana Pecherczyk
Publisher: Lana Pecherczyk
Publication Date: June 8th 2021
Series or Standalone: Fae Guardians #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Sexual assault; physical assault; violence; torture; death of a pregnant woman

I was in a moody reading rut and decided to pick this up after seeing @bookdragontee binge-read it and rave about it. The Longing of Lone Wolves is an exciting start to the Fae Guardians series. The thing that sold me on the book by the end was the world, even if the world-building dominates this book a bit too much.

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Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews cover

Review: Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
Emerald Blaze
Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Series or Standalone:Hidden Legacy #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Gore; murder; violence; blood; gun violence; panic attacks

As much as I adore the Hidden Legacy series, Emerald Blaze is probably my least favorite of all the books. This is still a solid story and an important addition to the series, but it didn’t blow me away like the other books. 

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ARC Review: Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean

Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean
Heartbreaker
Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 23, 2022
Series or Standalone: Hell’s Belles
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Violence; blood; child abuse

This review is a tough one for me to write. I’ve had to sleep on my rating for this book as there were many things I liked, but a few things stopped me from loving it. Weirdly, I think this is a book I’ll enjoy more on reread than on the first read.

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ARC Review: A Duchess by Midnight by Charis Michaels

A Duchess by Midnight by Charis Michaels
A Duchess by Midnight
Charis Michaels
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: July 26, 2022
Series or Standalone: Awakened by a Kiss #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

A Duchess by Midnight is a smart, fun twist on the Cinderella tale in the final book in Charis Michaels’ Awakened by a Kiss series. While I enjoyed reading this book, it felt like something was missing and I cannot quite put my finger on what it is. 

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Review: Lothaire by Kresley Cole

Lothaire by Kresley Cole
Lothaire
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #11
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Rape; suicidal thoughts; murder; violence; blood; torture

I went into this book with sky-high expectations – it is Lothaire, the Enemy of Old, after all! I’ve been intrigued since he first popped up on the page way back in A Hunger Like No Other and built up how awesome his book was going to be in mind. 

Unfortunately, this one didn’t meet my overall expectations, though it was more BONKERS than expected. Honestly, I was not expecting Lothaire to rip his LITERAL heart out as an expression of love, yet here we are. Seriously, so many limbs and organs were lost in this book. And that’s saying something for this series, as there is at least one limb lost per book. 

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Review: Demon From The Dark by Kresley Cole

Demon From the Dark by Kresley Cole
Demon From the Dark
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #9
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Slavery; sexual abuse; rape; violence; torture; kidnapping; murder

I will fully admit, it’s been a few months since I read this, as I’m still playing catch up on some reviews, so this might not be as detailed as usual. 

Demon From the Dark is book nine in the Immortals After Dark series and kicks off a bit of a dark phase on what has been dubbed in the book community “Torture Island.” I enjoyed this one while reading it as it starts with a bang and continues to take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance, heartache, torture, and so much more.

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Review: Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long

Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long
Since the Surrender
Julie Anne Long
Publisher:Avon
Publication Date: January 29, 2008
Series or Standalone: Pennyroyal Green #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Kidnapping; infidelity/cheating; sex trafficking

Who would have guessed that this book would have so many puppets in it and that the puppets would actually be so important to the story? I certainly didn’t expect that going in, but somehow Julie Anne Long has a way of making the unexpected work. I’ll be honest – this one felt like a little bit of a letdown after how amazing Like No Other Lover was. That’s not to say this is a bad book. I still really enjoyed this one, but it felt like it was missing that special something to make it truly shine. 

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Review: Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey
Hook, Line, and Sinker
Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2022
Series or Standalone: Bellinger Sisters #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

After not liking It Happened One Summer, I went into this book with slightly lower expectations. And I’ve got to be honest – my feelings on this are a bit mixed. I liked the beginning and the build-up in Fox and Hannah’s relationship (something sorely lacking in Piper and Brendan’s relationship), but the final act of this novel is where the story lost me and made me a bit iffy on my overall feelings on it. 

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ARC Review: The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh

The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh
The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes
Eva Leigh
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Series or Standalone: Last Chance Scoundrels #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been trying to sort out my feelings on The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes for about a month. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading it and liked the story, but I also found it not all that memorable in the long run. I feel like it was missing that special something to make it stand out. All that to say is I did enjoy it, but I don’t think I loved it. 

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Review: The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
The Warlord Wants Forever
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: September 25, 2017 (originally published February 7, 2006)
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #0.5
Links:
AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: sexual assault; non-consensual sexual encounters; confinement; violence

I totally missed reading this book when I started diving into the Immortals After Dark, so I decided to revisit it after reading Untouchable to finish all the books focused on the Wroth brothers. As a note, I read the revised version of this story released in 2017. While I’m not sure precisely what was changed, from what I’ve seen and heard, the changes were to make this book a bit less problematic, though it still is problematic (more on that later.)

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