Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Review ~ Exploited (Zero Day, #1) by A. Meredith Walters

Exploited (Zero Day, #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 25th 2017

Publisher: Loveswept, Random House

Description:
At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.

My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.

My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.

Until I fell in love.

Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.

My Opinion

As soon as I saw the blurb for this book I needed to have it. I love hacker books, but I didn't know what I'd get, since I've never read anything by this author before. As soon as I picked it up to start reading, though, I knew I'd love it.

Exploited was an engaging read. From the first page to the last, it kept me hooked and I struggle to put it down. Walters balanced tech jargon and the hacker side of things well with normalcy to create a book that sounded believable but wasn't overly complex. It remained easy to follow and the characters' emotions shone over everything else to keep me interested. I commend her for creating an authentic book without compromising on the plot or pace.

I won't say to much about the characters as I don't want to give anything away. However, I loved Hannah and Mason. I thought they complimented each other well and the secrets they kept created a good amount of tension as I waited for everything to boil over. I enjoyed how their romance developed and I connected with both of them emotionally.

Now, I will warn you this book ends in a major cliffhanger. I knew this going in so it doesn't bother me--well not that much. I'm dying to read the concluding book Aftermath and I hope it's releasing in the fall like it states in the back of book rather than January 2018 like it say on Amazon. No doubt I will probably have to wait until January, but it's on my list of titles to look out for.


Overall, Exploited was an engaging, fast-paced, and exciting read. The romance is mixed perfectly with the tension and I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend!


5

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Review ~ The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise, #1)
eARC received via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 13th 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.” 
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.” 
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

My Opinion

This author can be a bit hit or miss for me. I found her via a book signing and started with The Fall Up. If you saw my review for this book, I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. However, after seeing the buzz about her Retrieval duet, I gave her another chance, picked up those books, and absolutely loved them. For that reason, I decided to take a chance on this duet and I'm so glad I did.

I requested The Darkest Sunrise, but wasn't sure what I was getting into. What I got was an emotional read about two sets of people struggling to piece themselves back together after horrible events. Through their pain and darkness, they find each other and help each other through the tough time.

Martinez's writing in the book is beautiful. Everything flows, it kept me hooked, and I finished this book much too quickly. It reminded me of her Retrieval series in structure, so if you're a fan of that definitely check this out. It had the same tone and amount of emotion.

What I really loved though was the humour brought to this book. While it is a sad, intense, and emotional read, the author did a great job of injecting lighter scenes that balanced out the bad. It made the characters more likeable and developed the connection between them.

Overall, this is definitely one of the better books by this author. I would highly recommend it and I can't wait to conclude the duet in book 2.


4

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Review ~ The Sinners Touch (A Manwhore Series Book 2) by Apryl Baker

The Sinners Touch (A Manwhore Series Book 2)
eARC received via Enticing Journey in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 25th 2017

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Description:
~Kade 

I fucked up. 

She was the best and worst mistake I ever made. 

I took the coward’s way out and ran. 

Now I have a chance to make it right, but she's being stubborn. It used to be cute, but this time it can get her killed. 

Boston's latest serial killer has his sights set on the only woman I have ever truly loved, and I will keep her safe even if it pisses her off, even if she hates me for it. 

All bets are off this time. I want her. He wants her. Only one of us will win. 

And I never fucking lose. 

~ Angelique 

He left me broken, shattered. Pain unlike any I’ve ever felt filled me in the wake of his absence. 

Six years later, I thought I’d finally gotten over him and moved on. 

But Fate is a tricky bitch. She likes to torture us. 

She brought Kade back to me, but I won’t ever hurt like that again. 

I just have to stay out of his bed until this is over. 

Fate is a cruel, cruel bitch.

My Opinion

I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I've been eager to read it since I finished Touch Me Not when it was released so I vaguely knew what this author's writing would be like, yet I didn't know what the story would entail so I went into this blind.

The Sinner's Touch held my attention from start to finish. It was darker than what I remember the first book being, yet I couldn't put it down. I won't give too much away as suspense is a key factor in this book, but I didn't see some of the twists coming. The book kept me on my toes and wanting to find out more.

As for the characters, I thought in general they were well developed. I liked the history and the second chance element. However, I would have liked Kade to do more work--although I guess that's going to be the point of book 2.

My only minor issue was the writing did become a bit confusing at times because of the head hopping. Written in third person it was okay until characters' thoughts started to mix. I got used to the style the more I read, but at the start it was a little jarring. I think scene breaks could have helped the clarity.


Overall I enjoyed this read. It does get quite dark and graphic at times so it might not be for everyone, yet it held my attention well and I'm looking forward to reading more romances by this author.

4

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Review ~ Wicked Intentions (Wicked Games #3) by J.T. Geissinger

Wicked Intentions (Wicked Games #3)eARC received via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 11th 2017

Publisher: Jack's House Publishing LLC

Description:
Ex special-ops officer and security expert Ryan McLean is getting a much-needed vacation. In the Caribbean for his best friend's wedding, his plans include nothing more strenuous than working on his tan. But when he meets a beautiful woman in the hotel bar, their connection is immediate and intense, and they spend a passionate night together with pleasure as their only goal.

Until Ryan wakes the following morning to discover the beautiful woman has vanished, along with millions worth of jewels from the safe of the Saudi prince staying in the suite next door. Realizing he was duped, Ryan becomes determined to find the mystery woman and bring her to justice. If only he could forget how explosive their chemistry was, how her kisses drove him wild like no other woman before.

A notorious thief known to authorities only as the Dragonfly, Mariana Lora only has one more score to settle until she can retire, but the sexy-as-hell Marine she spent one explosive tropical night with is hot on her heels at every turn. She has to outwit him to stay out of jail, but fighting their magnetic attraction soon becomes a game neither one of them can resist.

When Mariana’s last job goes dangerously wrong and she needs Connor’s help to survive, he has to decide if their game of cat and mouse is only a game, or if he can trust this beautiful thief with something no woman has ever stolen: his heart.

My Opinion

I only discovered this author a few months ago when I picked up one of her books for free on Amazon. If you saw my review for that book then you'll know that I loved it and couldn't believe I hadn't heard of JT before. Therefore, when I saw the tour request for this book I couldn't not sign up.

This book had everything I love in it and more. I loved both of the characters and how they constantly tried to outmanoeuvre each other. I especially loved Mariana. She was strong and independent. As a thief I wasn't sure I'd like her, but she won me over with her cunning and her story. I liked the twist that she was the criminal, and I liked the fact that she constantly pulled the rug out from beneath Ryan who was meant to be one of the best in the security world. Their personalities clashed to create humour and blended to create chemistry. I thought the author did a great job of balancing them both to create a fast-paced and enjoyable read. 

As for the plot, it held my attention well and I found the book hard to put down. The end section lost me for a few chapters where the pace seemed to slow, but it won me back over in the end and I didn't want the epilogue to end. 

Overall, I will definitely be looking at the books I haven't read by this author and looking out for new releases. I would highly recommend this book.

5

Monday, 10 July 2017

Review ~ I Need You Tonight (Pushing Limits, #3) by Stina Lindenblatt

I Need You Tonight (Pushing Limits, #3)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 11th 2017

Publisher: Loveswept

Description:
Old habits die hard. But in this sexy, heartwarming romance, a musician who’s addicted to the temptations of the road falls for a good girl who makes him want to clean up his act.

Mason Dell’s band, Pushing Limits, is a sensation, and he’s having a blast on their biggest tour yet. Then he gets a call from his best friend, who’s in the Navy, asking him to find out why his sister isn’t answering her phone. The dude once saved Mason’s life from a suicide attempt related to a gambling problem—so the two-and-a-half hour drive from L.A. to her small town is nothing.

What he finds is a sweet, successful boutique owner who’s too busy to notice when her phone dies. Nicole McCormick has nothing better to do than work. She’s bored of all the men she’s been dating: stable, career-oriented guys who are nothing like her destructive father. Mason’s is a breath of fresh bad-boy air. Their sexual connection is explosive, and with her shop undergoing renovations, Nicole even joins Pushing Limits on the road. But when Mason falls off the wagon, that’s one path she swore she’d never go down again.

While Nicole picks up her broken heart and heads home, Mason misses her like crazy. Although he wants to forge a future with her, he just doesn’t know how to leave the past behind. But for love, it’s time to learn.

My Opinion

Having received an ARC of book 2 in this series last year and loving it, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Although Jared and Callie still remain my favourite, this book didn't disappoint and I sped trough it faster than I expected and wanted. 

Mason and Nicole were interesting characters. I liked how they met and fell for each other. It was sweet and showed the good guy side to Mason. I thought the two of them worked well together to create an engaging romance where I rooted for them entire way through. 

In general I liked the way the plot panned out. If I'm honest I wasn't a fan of the ending before the epilogue. A couple of things were rushed to be tied up and I wasn't keen on a few of the characters' choices. However, for the mostpart it was an enjoyable read. 


Overall, although I still loved book 2 more, this one definitely lived up to the author's style and held my attention. It was a sweet and easy romance. 

4

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