Audiobook Review: Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Audiobook Review: Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Neon Gods by Kate RobertAuthor: Katee Robert
Narrator: Zara Hampton-Brown, Alex Moorcock
Series: Dark Olympus #1
Audience: +18
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Length: 10 hours
Release Date: June 03, 2021
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: Spotify
Blurb (from Goodreads):

He was supposed to be a myth.
But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell…
…he was, quite simply, mine.

Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.

With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth…a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.

Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…

A modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.

If there’s one author I trust to write a good Hades and Persephone retelling, that is Katee Robert. I first heard of this project around winter 2020 and I’ve been excited for it ever since. Then surprise surprise, but the book was put up by Sourcebooks Casablanca on Spotify. So you know… summer made! I also have to say that I read this book during what I like to call my Katee Robert month, because it was mostly made up of reads from her backlist. Anyway.  I am very happy to say that Neon Gods lived up to my expectations.

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Book Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley ColeAuthor: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #1
Audience: +18
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: September 29th 2015 by Pocket Books (first published March 28th 2006)
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: My Copy
Blurb (from Goodreads):

In New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sizzling series, a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire become unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. Emmaline Troy is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

Sheltered Emmaline finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

I’ve decided that 2021 will be the year of rereads. I feel like this is a reward for myself for holding on to what little sanity I have left after the crazy year 2020 has been, and the way 2021 is continuing down the same path. And as such, I’m rereading Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole, and also doing a buddy read of it with Jamsu @ Jamsudreams. I first read this series… I want to say around 2010-2011? so many, many, MANY years ago. Unlike all other paranormal and urban fantasy series, this is my first time rereading this series (kind of…you’ll see what I mean!), so it’s kind of like reading it for the first time again, but also knowing the general idea of each story. It’s strange. Anyway.

The reading experience is vastly different now than it was 10 years ago, and I’m here to tell you why. Let’s get started!

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Book Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

It Happened One Autumn by Lisa KleypasAuthor: Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #2
Audience: +18
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: September 27th 2005
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: My Copy
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

It happened at the ball…

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.

It happened in the garden…

When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn’t even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed… thank goodness they weren’t caught very nearly in the act!

It happened one autumn…

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable… as his bride?

It Happened One Autumn is the first book I read in 2021 and honestly, I couldn’t have picked better book to be my first read of the year. Also I had it as one of my resolutions for 2021, to start the year with a book by the same author as the last book I read in 2020, and I kinda want to make that a thing from now on. We’ll see how that goes. Anyway. On to talking about Lillian and Marcus.

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Book Review: Dare To Be A Duchess by Sapna Bhog

Book Review: Dare To Be A Duchess by Sapna Bhog

Dare To Be A Duchess by Sapna BhogAuthor: Sapna Bhog
Series: N/A
Audience: +18
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Release Date: February 8th 2021
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: Publisher
Blurb (from Goodreads):

He’s a powerful duke. She’s his uncle’s ward. They have forever been at war, until one night, one masquerade, and one kiss…

Lara Ramsay is no stranger to scandal. As the orphaned daughter of a British colonel and his beloved Indian wife, whispers follow her everywhere. Not even the protection of the formidable Duke of Wolverton, a man she can’t stand, keeps the gossips at bay.

The audacious Lara has driven Tristan Wentworth, The Duke of Wolverton, to distraction since the day his uncle took her in—and he’s quite certain doing so is her favorite pastime. After catching her and his younger sister at a salacious masquerade, he’s had enough scandal and issues a marriage ultimatum: find a husband within six months or one will be chosen for her.

Unfortunately, no one in the ton appeals to her. Except, perhaps, the duke himself. The battle of wills has only just begun, and when Lara kisses him, their fate is sealed.

Sometimes even the most proper duke needs to break the rules to win the heart of the woman he loves…

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Engangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As such my review may include reference to topics and themes intended for a mature audience only.

My journey into historical romance continues with Dare To Be A Duchess by Sapna Bhog. I have to credit Sam @ Fictionally Sam for telling me about this book, and I happily fell off of my self imposed ARC ban wagon for it. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I picked this book up, except for a great time. And I got that so I win. And so do you, because I’m here to share all my thoughts and feelings.

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Audiobook Review: In Cold Chamomile by Joy Avon

Author: Joy Avon
Series: A Tea and Read Mystery #3
Narrator:  Laurel Lefkow
Audience: +18
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Length: 6 hours and 55 minutes
Release Date: February 11th 2020
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: Spotify, Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Just in time for the holidays, In Cold Chamomile is sure to be a cupid’s arrow aimed straight for your bookshelf.
Tea party organizer Callie Aspen learns that Cupid’s arrows can be deadly when a Valentine’s Day soiree ends in murder.

Callie Aspen can’t think of a more appropriate place to spend Valentine’s Day than her adopted hometown of Heart’s Harbor, Maine. When she’s not helping out at Book Tea, her great-aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Callie’s adorning Haywood Hall with hearts and roses for the big Valentine’s event, where townspeople will fall in love with sweet treats, heartwarming music, and delightful books. But tension is brewing: The librarian argues with the expert who is on hand to appraise precious volumes. And Iphy is shocked to recognize the baritone who’s slated to sing at the event as an old acquaintance–one she’d hoped she’d never meet again. And then, when a dead body is discovered, the stirring spoon of suspicion points at the many people who had reasons to want the victim dead.

When Iphy’s old acquaintance draws the attention of Deputy Ace Falk, Callie finds herself in a spot. Ace, as usual, doesn’t want Callie involved, but how can she ignore Iphy’s anguish over the fate of a man she cares for more than she will admit? Bringing the killer to justice may endanger Callie’s budding relationship with Ace–and, quite possibly, her own life.

Callie and the Book Tea crew may think they have this case in the bag, but un-kettling truths are yet to be decanted.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review

One of the genres I’ve always meant to delve more into has been cozy mystery. I’ve read a few over the years, but this is the first time when I’ve read more than one in a month, and I’m very happy that I started delving deeper into the genre. The first one I read this month has been In Cold Chamomile by Joy Avon. It’s also my first book by this author and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Let me tell you all about it.

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Audiobook Review: The Kissing Contract by Amy Andrews

Author: Amy Andrews
Series: N/A
Narrator: Shirl Rae
Audience: +18
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Length: 9 hours and 25 minutes
Release Date: December 10th 2019 (first published April 8th 2019)
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: Spotify, Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Marshall Dyson wants one thing and one thing only: to raze his grandfather’s island to the ground. Everything is ready to go––except for the freakin’ bunnies! Hundreds of the furry critters hopping about and multiplying before his eyes. And then there’s the American Bunny League, along with one distractingly beautiful veterinarian, taking him to court to save them…

Dr. Augusta “Gus” North can’t believe the grumpy–and annoyingly hot–builder she’s facing in court cares more about demo-ing some cabin than the lives of 200 bunnies. But when the judge orders Marshall to stay on the island and help her rehome the rabbits – the entire month – she knows they’re going to need to lay some ground rules.

Like, for example, absolutely no kissing. Might as well go ahead and get that in writing. Sure it’s on a napkin, but that still counts.

How hard could it be to keep their hands off each other amidst all the fighting? Surprisingly, harder than wrangling 200 bunnies…

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As such my review may reference content intended for an adult audience

In my quest to read as many ARCs as possible during this year’s edition of ARC August I decided to check and see if I could find any of them as audiobooks, because why not multitask while working? Thankfully one such book was The Kissing Contract. I knew I was going to enjoy it, because it’s an Amy Andrews book, but I didn’t quite expect the story to be this cute. I remember when I saw it on NetGalley and I knew I wanted to read it, because it was Amy Andrews, and even then I did not look at the blurb. Unfortunately, I’m a mood reader, so sometimes that means I don’t read certain stories right away. Thankfully I was in the mood to read it now, and guys, I am very happy I did. Let me tell you all about it!

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Book Review: The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan

Author: Rachel Morgan
Series: Creepy Hollow #2
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date:  May 1st 2013
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: My copy
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Action, intrigue, and romance to swoon for!

With graduation just weeks away, guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is determined to claim the top spot in her class. But first, she’ll have to survive her final assignment–and the guy she’s been forced to partner with.

Her confusing feelings for Ryn aren’t the only thing making life difficult, though. With enchanted storms wreaking havoc in the fae realm, a murder within the Guild, and an Unseelie prince still determined to possess Vi’s special magic, graduation is about to become the least of her problems.

It’s graduation time for Violet and Ryn, and things aren’t exactly going as planned. That’s right, guys, me and Jamsu are back with another buddy read, this time for book 2 in the Creepy Hollow series by Rachel Morgan. I enjoyed the second book a lot more and, unlike before, I was completely taken by surprise by certain events. Let me tell you all about it.

The Faerie Prince picks up about a month after the events from the previous book. Violet is trying to understand what happened with Nate, her ex, while also stressing about her final assignment. At the same time, Violet has made a deal with Ryn, a truce of some sorts, to try putting the past behind them and become friends.

What I loved about this book was that there were a ton of surprises that I did not anticipate. It all started with that final assignment. It looked too easy on paper, so I was fully prepared for things to go sideways, but I didn’t anticipate how much it would land Violet and Ryn in trouble. I adored seeing Ryn sweat a bit because of Violet. To be honest, he has a lot of groveling to do before Violet (and the reader) forgives his past behavior.

Next we get to the Seelie Court and some stuff happens there that made me a bit angry. I don’t understand the motivation of a character, even though they explained stuff. I’m weary of them, even though Violet seems to trust this person.

I liked seeing Violet grow closer to Ryn. She starts to slowly forgive him for being an asshat, and starts seeing his nice side. Ryn, on the other side, is trying to make amends. He is totally groveling, as he should, but he goes beyond that in order to make things right between them. There’s this one scene that was adorable and I’d forgive him completely.

I liked the pacing of this book. It’s not non-stop action, but almost. I loved the ending. It’s all left under a giant question mark. Is everyone okay? Who died? Who attacked them? What happened? Everything is left to the imagination, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book to see how Violet’s part of this story ends.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and I’ll definitely keep reading the series.

Remember to visit Jamsu @ Jamsudreams to read her review of The Faerie Prince.