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Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

October 17th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kaitlin under Review Tags: Fantasy, Review, Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes, Snow Like Ashes Series, Young Adult

SnowLikeAshesTitleSnow Like Ashes

Author: Sara Raasch

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Snow Like Ashes (Book #1)

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062286927 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062286925 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed byKaitlin

Synopsis:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Quick & Dirty: Wow, Snow Like Ashes was a fantastic debut with amazing characters, plot twists, and romance.

Opening Sentence“Block!”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Miera is one of the last of Winter’s refugees. In a world where 4 kingdoms exist with never ending seasons, she is from the one where the people were killed or forced to work in camps as slaves. She and the other’s mission: free the Winterions, let them flourish again. But it won’t be easy. Spring has an evil, powerful ruler who has much magic. Plus, Miera is falling for someone she can never be with, so her problems aren’t easily dealt with. Their only chance might not be enough, at this point. And there isn’t anyone left to save Winter if they fail.

Oh my god, Snow like Ashes. This ones a winner, fellow readers, trust me. Where do I begin? The fantastic world building and kingdom? Okay, I’ll start there. Basically the whole concept of the four season kingdoms was exciting and original. I had so much fun conjuring up pictures in my head, especially of Winter: chilly, beautiful, covered in a cool blanket of snow and the clouds sending gentle flakes down to earth. I have always considered winter as cold, and though associated with skiing and hot chocolate, never as beautiful as the elusive, bright colors of fall or the scent of rain and budding newness of spring. This book changed the connotation of the word winter for me. It was that freaking good. Not to mention that each Season kingdom had different types of people, the Winterians with white hair and stunning blue eyes, the Springs with light brown skin and green eyes. The Falls had nutmeg skin and curly dark hair, and the Summers had golden locks paired with bright green eyes, as well as a good tan. It was a lot of fun conjuring the pictures in my mind, I can tell you that. In the first chapter she’s looking at Mather and commenting on how attractive his white hair is, and at first I thought “Wait, what?” When I realized all of the refugees had that color hair I was struck by a very “oh!” moment.

This book likes to toy with your emotions. It likes to tackle you with feels. Miera is always thinking about the kingdom, what has been lost, trying to reassure herself and her companions that it can be rebuilt. At one point, the character is trapped in a Winterian work camp, and oh my. Her very realistic struggle with hope and giving in was so sad to see. Speaking of the main character, I loved her. She was kicking ass the whole way through and I enjoyed her commentary and banter with fellow characters. She wasn’t too perfect, however; she had many doubts and sometimes succumbed to selfishness, but she was never horribly whiny. I hate whiny characters with a passion, let me tell you that. Miera always saw a tiny bit of positive in everything too balance out any crushing depression or trapped feelings that might be going along with it.

The love triangle was also very complicated. I kept going back and forth between my favorite of the guys. I have to say, Mather grew on me. At first he was a little annoying and never seemed like a good choice, but eventually I started to like him. Anyone who reads my reviews knows that a good or bad romance can make or break a story for me, and luckily enough this made Snow Like Ashes. Along with my love of the main character and setting, my interest just grew at the point when the love triangle became more intense.

Snow Like Ashes may become one of my favorite series, if the next books play out as well for me. It was atmostpheric, exciting, filled with action and humor and conflict and romance and friendship and themes and oh, how I enjoyed Snow Like Ashes. I had high hopes as all the high reviews rolled in and luckily enough they were correct. The ending was full of surprises, plot twists, and I was so happy with the development in Miera. She’s grown stronger and more aware of her values and beliefs over the course of the book and overall was just a great point of view. If there were any problems in this book, than they didn’t stick out to me. This is also an awfully long book as well, which is great, because I swallowed it up! Lots and lots of stuff was stuffed into the pages but the pacing seemed fine to me. One thing I’m interested in knowing the answer to is this: what happens when someone of different kingdoms have children? Like a Winter and a Fall, with their opposite hair and body tones, what would happen then? We know different seasons have had children before. For some reason this question really pulls me in, and I hope it’s addressed in the next book.

Notable Scene:

I aim my chakram at the captain, the one with his boots mucked up with sewer gunk. His eyes swim over me. “The Winterians are sending girls to do their dirty work now?” he sneers. “Why don’t you put that thing down before someone gets hurt?”

I push out my bottom lip and widen my eyes. “This?” I lower the chakram. It’s now aimed at the captain’s left thigh. “They gave it to me and said throw! I don’t even know how it works—”

The soldiers jeer, a deep-throated chuckle that says this is a fight they’re sure they’ll win. I let the chakram fly as the captain moves forward, my body bending into an arch. The chakram soars through the sewer, slices clean through the captain’s leg, and continues its spin back to me in one elegant circle of purpose. He screams and drops into the sewage, grabbing his thigh like, well, like I just sliced through it. “Oh.” I run one hand down the flat side of the blade. “That’s how it works.”

The Snow Like Ashes Series:

 1. Snow Like Ashes

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FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Snow Like Ashes. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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Review: Nash by Jay Crownover

October 16th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Contemporary Romance, Jay Crownover, Marked Men Series, Nash, New Adult, Review

NashTitle: Nash

Author: Jay Crownover

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Marked Men (Book #4)

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

Format: Paperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062333038 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062333032 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down… and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

Quick & Dirty: This was a beautiful heartfelt story that covers some very tender issues perfectly. Honestly, if you have not started this series yet you really should, it is one of my all time favorites!

Opening Sentence: THERE’S A MOMENT IN every person’s life, a point in time that will alter the course they are on, the path they are traveling, forever.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Saint Ford has made sure that she will never feel the pain that she felt as a teenager ever again. She made the mistake of falling for a bad boy in high school and she got really burned by it. Time and time again all the male figures in her life have let her down, her first love, her boyfriends, even her father. Now she has closed off her heart completely because she has come to realize that there is no such thing as a trustworthy man. She is not the girl she was in high school and she has worked very hard to get her nursing degree so she can make a difference in people’s lives. She is currently working at hospital in Denver and she feels like her life is finally on track. But then the beautiful boy that shattered her heart all those years ago comes waltzing back into her life and she realizes that even though she has closed of her heart, it can still be hurt.

Nash Donovan has always been a pretty easy going guy. Growing up he had a really hard time with his crazy mom, but he always had his uncle to take care of him. But he just recently discovered that the people that cared about him most have been lying to him his whole life. His life has turned upside down and there is no way he has time to figure out the gorgeous nurse that he keeps running into. But no matter how hard he tries he just can’t seem to stay away from Saint and all her goodness. She brings a light to his darkening world that he desperately needs. But can he convince her that he isn’t the same boy he was all those years ago or will he lose the only girl he could ever truly love?

Saint was a very unique character. She had some serious self confidence issues which made her very different from your standard protagonist. As a teenager she was slightly overweight and had really bad acne so she was made fun of a lot. She really took to heart some of the things that people said and even though she is beautiful now she doesn’t think that she is. Because of everything she went through it was really easy to sympathize with her and understand why she had so many confidence issues. Watching her come out of her shell and finally start to trust others was beautiful and very heart warming. Her journey was a tough one to read about, but it is one you can really learn from. Personally, I loved Saint and I am so glad I got to read her story.

Ever since I was introduced to Nash in the first book of this series I instantly loved him. He is so laid back and just one of those people that you can’t help but like. Of course he is gorgeous on the outside but he is someone that is truly beautiful on the inside as well. Yes, he has some serious flaws but for the most part I thought he was pretty near perfect. His relationship with Saint was very hot and cold, but the patience he has with her is beyond adorable. Their chemistry was undeniable but they also had a lot of issues they had to work through. Personally, I loved Nash and he is one of my favorite book boys!

This was a heartfelt story that had steamy romance, wonderful characters, and covered some really tender issues. I will be honest, I have never really had to deal with bullying personally, but I know that it happens on a regular basis to a lot of people. Crownover was able to address this issue with the tenderness and emotion it deserved, but she did a wonderful job making it realistic and something you could learn from. This entire story was an emotional roller coaster ride, but it was one I completely enjoyed. Another thing I have to mention is while I love all the characters in this series my two favorite are Shaw and Rule. Their story was so epic and still to this day remains one of my all time favorites. The reason I am bringing this up is because there are a few moments with them in Nash’s story that just made me so happy. I love that Crownover was able to show us tidbits of all the characters we have grown to love throughout this series, but she also added more characters for us to love. I loved everything about this book and I can honestly tell you that this series is my favorite new adult romance to date. While you can read each book as a standalone, I would personally recommend that you start at the beginning because it just makes the experience that much better. All romance fans this series is a must read!!!

Notable Scene:

His eyes got even darker, and it was like watching midnight fall over the sky. I was balanced on my toes, and he had a firm grip on my face, so when he suddenly pulled me forward I was both startled and off balance. I had to let go of his wrists to catch myself as I fell forward, and I swore the heat coming off his bare skin when my palms landed on the smoothness of his naked chest was enough to meld me to him forever.

I was going to ask him what in the hell he thought he was doing. I was going to tell him that I had stopped by more for his father’s sake than his. I was going to snap at him that he was the last man on earth I would let put his hands on me after the lasting damage his unnecessarily cruel actions and thoughtless words a lifetime ago had done. I never got the chance.

One of his hands snatched up the end of my long braid and wrapped it around his fingers like a rope. His other slid across the nape of my neck and unceremoniously jerked me forward until we were chest to chest, mouth to mouth, and I was plastered all along the very much undressed front of him. I pushed ineffectually at his rock-hard shoulders, tried to wiggle my way free, but he was too strong, had too good of a grip on my hair— and if I was going to be entirely honest, even drunk and sloppy he was one hell of a good kisser, so my effort to get away may have been halfhearted at best.

Marked Men Series:

1. Rule

2. Jet

3. Rome

4. Nash

5. Rowdy (October 21, 2014)

6Asa (April 14, 2015)

FTC Advisory:  I purchased my own copy of Nash.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Tease by Sophie Jordan

October 16th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Review, Sophie Jordan, Tease, The Ivy Chronicles

Tease SJTitle: Tease

Author: Sophie Jordan

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: The Ivy Chronicles (Book #2)

Publication Date: May 27, 2014

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062279890 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062279897 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who’s too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hookups carefully, and she’s never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.
Never fall in love.
Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control—a guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she’d buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . .

Quick & Dirty: Tease was full of amazing characters, hot romance, and crazy drama. It was an emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish that I didn’t want to end. This is a must read for all new adult contemporary romance fans!

Opening Sentence: “Are you sure this is the place?”

ExcerptYes

The Review:

Emerson knows how to have a good time and she’s not afraid to flirt. She likes to hook up with guys, but she has never been in a relationship, and she doesn’t plan to change that anytime soon. She is picky when it comes to the guys she chooses to hookup with and her motto is to always leave them wanting more. This method was working great until the day she met Shaw, a bad boy biker that is too sexy for his own good.

Instead of falling for her flirtatious teasing he is a total gentleman that doesn’t try to get in her pants. After saving her from a bad situation at a biker bar he takes her home without even trying to kiss her. Emerson has never been the type to step down from a challenge, even one as dangerous as Shaw. She vows to make him want her just like all her other conquests, but soon she realizes that she is way out of her league with him. He actually wants to get to know the real her and all the secrets she has kept hidden from everyone. Can she finally open up and take a chance at love, or will she runaway like she always has in the past?

Emerson was a very easy character to love. Growing up she came from parents that cared more about themselves then they did about her, which resulted in her being very insecure when it comes to relationships. She likes to party and hook up with guys but she doesn’t do relationships. As you get to know her you realize that her insecurities seed from some bad experiences in her past, but she uses that as an excuse to push people away. She is so broken, but once the right person comes along she finally has a reason to open up. My heart ached for Emerson and what she went through, which really helped me develop a strong emotional connection with her. I loved being inside her head and I am glad I was able to read her story.

I loved Shaw, he was seriously a very sexy man. Not only does he have a gorgeous body and a beautiful face, he also is a retired Marine which I think is totally sexy. He is extremely confidant and he has that bad boy air about him. He is a persistent person and doesn’t give up easily, especially when it comes to something he wants. And what he currently wants is Emerson. No matter how hard she pushes him away he doesn’t stop trying to win her affections by whatever means necessary! Obviously they have crazy hot chemistry and the pages just ooze with sexy times! I have had the pleasure of reading all three books in the Ivy Chronicles series and for me Shaw was my favorite out of the three guys!

Tease was an emotional ride that I didn’t want to end. From the moment the story started you are thrown into crazy drama laced with hot sexual tension. While the plot is fairly predictable there were a few twists that took me by surprise. The pacing was flawless and I pretty much blew right through the entire book in one sitting. Jordan does an amazing job creating characters that you can root for and fall in love with. This is a companion novel to Foreplay and lucky for us you get to see some of your favorite characters, but you also get to meet lots of new ones. The romance developed beautifully and felt very realistic. Of the three books in the series, I would have to say that this one was my favorite but all of them are phenomenal and I would highly recommend all of them to new adult contemporary romance fans!

Notable Scene:

It took precisely five seconds upon waking to realize that I was naked. Well. Mostly. I was wearing my panties and bra. My gaze shot around the room, and my next thought to chug through my mind was even more alarming. Where the hell was I?

The bed was big and comfortable. A contrast to my single bed back in the dorm. Not as big as the California king I had back home, but I spent so little time there that this bed felt vast and beyond strange to me. It smelled good, too. Like soap and freshly laundered sheets.

I racked my brain for memories of the night before. Not too difficult. I wasn’t so drunk that I couldn’t remember. I recalled perfectly Annie ditching me. And I remembered Shaw.

The Ivy Chronicles:

1. Foreplay

2. Tease

3. Wild (November 18, 2014)

FTC Advisory:  William Morrow/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Tease.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

October 15th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: All Lined Up, Contemporary Romance, Cora Carmack, New Adult, Review, Rusk University Series

All Lined UpTitle: All Lined Up

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Rusk University (Book #1)

Publication Date: May 13, 2014

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062326201 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062326201 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Quick & Dirty: All Lined Up is one of those stories that makes you wish you could fall in love all over again!!! I loved everything about this story and can’t wait to read more from this series!

Opening Sentence: In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip.

ExcerptYes

The Review:

Dallas Cole has spent her the last few years of her life trying to get away from football. Growing up she was raised by her single father that had a career as a football coach. They moved around every few years whenever there was a new coaching opportunity. Then she ended up dating football players and that also never turned out well, so Dallas has decided to swear off anything that has to do with football. She thought that college would be her chance to start over, but instead of being able to go to her dream college to study dance her father convinces her to stay close to home and attend Rusk University. Her father also happens to be the new head football coach so it seems that college is going to be a repeat of high school. Then Dallas meets Carson at a random party and it seems that maybe things won’t be as bad as she thought. But as luck would have it, Carson is the backup quarterback and Dallas has promised herself that she will never make the mistake of dating another football player.

Carson McClain has just transferred to Rusk University in hopes of eventually getting a football scholarship. He comes from a poor family and has never really been all that great at school. Pretty much the only thing he has ever been good at is football so to prove that he deserves to be first string, he works harder than anyone else. He doesn’t have time for distractions, especially not the kind that comes in the form of a beautiful redhead that happens to be the coach’s daughter. But no matter how hard he tries he just can’t seem to stay away and it may cost him everything he has worked for.

I totally loved Dallas, she was a very easy character to love and connect with. She is brutally honest and doesn’t take crap from anyone, which I really admired. She was an easy person to sympathize with and some of the things she deals with were similar to things I dealt with when I was her age. I also really loved the relationship she had with her father, it reminded me a lot of the relationship I had with my own father growing up, which made me understand her on a deeper level. She also had some faults like the fact that she let some of her past experiences keep her from letting people into her life because she was afraid of getting hurt again. But as the story progressed you got to see her open up and discover so much about herself. In a lot of ways this was a coming of age story for her and I really enjoyed reading about her journey.

Carson pretty much had me at hello. From the moment I met him, I was completely taken with how sexy and sweet he was. His work ethic was crazy good and the determination he had to succeed even when the odds were against him made me really respect him. Also, the way he treated Dallas was adorable. They had amazing sexual chemistry but they also were very compatible in a lot of other ways as well. I am going to admit that Carson reminds me a lot of my husband because not only does my husband have blue eyes and dark hair, his name also happens to be Karson. But that’s not the only reason I liked him, but it obviously didn’t hurt! I think he was the perfect love interest and I totally swooned over him!

All Lined Up was a beautiful story that really captured the whole experience of discovering yourself and falling in love for the first time. From the first page I was hooked and I loved pretty much everything about this story. Personally, I am a huge college football fan so of course that was a huge plus for me. I also really enjoy all the different relationships that were explored throughout the book. While the romance was a huge part of the story, it wasn’t the only plot point present. Speaking of the romance, it was done perfectly. It developed slowly and realistically, but it was also full of tension and drama. This is actually my first book by Carmack but rest assured it will not be my last. I can’t wait to dive into the companion novel that is coming out this fall!!!  Suffice to say this was a great read and I would highly recommend it to all new adult contemporary romance fans!

Notable Scene:

“Oh, Daredevil,” he murmurs. “I like you.”

I like it when he calls me that. My stomach swoops low in my belly in approval and anticipation.

This time, I kiss him, and his lips press back against mine so hard that a jolt of something coils down my spine. The hand at the back of my neck tightens, and his hand rests lightly against my knee. I know he must feel it shaking.

I can’t decide if him being a virtual stranger makes this kind of intimacy more or less terrifying.

His lips open against mine, his breath fanning over my skin, and I think more terrifying, definitely.

Rusk University Series:

1. All Lined Up

2. All Broke Down (October 28, 2014)

3. All Played Out (May 12, 2015)

FTC Advisory:  William Morrow/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of All Lined Up. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Deceiving Lies by Molly McAdams

October 15th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Deceiving Lies, Forgiving Lies Series, Molly McAdams, New Adult, Review, Romantic Thriller

Deceiving LiesTitle: Deceiving Lies

Author: Molly McAdams

Genre: NA Romantic Thriller

Series: Forgiving Lies (Book #2)

Publication Date: March 14, 2014

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062279931X (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-00622799314 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

The irresistible, blazing-hot sequel to New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams’s Forgiving Lies.

Rachel is supposed to be planning her wedding to Kash, the love of her life. After the crazy year they’ve had, she’s ready to settle down and live a completely normal life. Well, as normal as it can be. But there’s something else waiting—something threatening to tear them apart.

Kash is ready for it all with Rach. Especially if all includes having a football team of babies with his future wife. With his line of work, he knows how short life can be, and doesn’t want to waste another minute of theirs. But now his past as an undercover narcotics agent has come back to haunt him … and it’s the girl he loves who’s caught in the middle.

Trent Cruz’s orders are clear: take the girl. But there’s something about this girl that has him changing the rules and playing a dangerous game to keep her safe. When his time as Rachel’s protector runs out, he will turn his back on the only life he’s known, and risk everything, if it means getting her out alive.

Quick & Dirty: Heart pounding thriller that leaves you breathless and full of emotion. I can’t stress enough how much I love Molly McAdams and this story is her at the top of her game!!!!

Opening Sentence: I nervously flipped my long hair over my shoulders and smoothed my hands down my shirt a few times as I took deep breaths in and out.

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The Review:

Rachel survived a serial killer and she has finally found her way back to Kash, the love of her life. They are getting married in just a few short weeks and she couldn’t be happier. You would think that they have been through enough heartache a terror to last them a lifetime, but the worst is still to come.

Kash can’t believe that he has Rachel back in his life. He thought that he had destroyed any chance he had with her when he wasn’t a hundred percent honest with her about who he was and what he did for a living. Working as an undercover cop is very dangerous and Kash has collected a lot of enemies, but he never thought that the girl he loved would pay the price.

One dreadful night men come and take Rachel away. Kash will do anything to find her and he won’t stop until she is safe in his arms once again. Rachel is terrified, but her captor has somehow become her protector. She feels a bond with him that confuses her and she’s not sure who is the enemy and who to her ally!

Rachel is one of those girls you can’t help but love. She has a feisty attitude that goes on for miles. She can take all of Kash’s crap, but she also knows how to dish it out as well. Her journey has been very emotional. She lost both of her parents when she was in high school in a terrible accident. Then there was the whole serial killer business (that I’m not going to go into detail about because I don’t want to spoil the first book!). Even with all these obstacles, she hasn’t let them break her. Yes, she has a hard time and is still dealing with nightmares but she is still so strong. It was impossible not to respect Rachel and really sympathize with her. You would think that after everything she has been through she would get a break, but that’s not the case. She has one more obstacle she has to overcome and while it was heartbreaking to read about it, I loved the person she became because of it. Rachel is an amazing heroine that I loved and I am so glad I got to read her story.

Kash is just as sexy as ever. He is a man that knows how to get what he wants and if you are lucky enough to be a part of his life you should consider yourself lucky. His line of work hasn’t allowed him to let many people close to him because it is demanding and dangerous. When Rachel is taken I was introduced to a new side of Kash that I never saw before. You get to see what lengths he will go through to get her back and not everything he does is pretty. His devotion to Rachel never wavers and as a reader I fell even more in love with him.

Trent was the man charged with taking Rachel and holy cow, I think he was my favorite part of the entire story. He has been part of a gang for most of his life, but it was never what he wanted. Even though he has done terrible things to survive, deep down he is a good person. He didn’t have a choice when it came to taking Rachel, but he has done everything in his power to make sure that no physical harm comes to her while she is his captive. He is a very layered person and I loved everything about him.

Deceiving Lies was full of action, suspense, sexy times, and emotion. From the first page you are sucked in and it is one of those books that are just impossible to put down. I loved that the story was told from multiple perspectives, it helped me to understand and connect with all of the characters better. There’s not as much humor in this one as there was in the first book but there were still a few moments that had me cracking up. I love McAdams’ writing. Her stories are always entertaining and so much fun to read. I believe that this is the end of Rachel and Kash’s story, but there are companion novels for some of my favorite secondary characters in the works which makes me very happy. I will gladly read anything McAdams writes and I know that I will love it. I would highly recommend this series to anyone that loves a good thriller with lots of sexy times and humor!!!

Notable Scene:

“And why would I be in shock?” My heart started racing as Ramirez started hitting the OPEN DOORS button.

Ramirez shot us a strained, sympathetic look before ushering us out to the underground parking lot. “You weren’t informed?”

“Of what?” I was supposed to be in shock. So it had something to do with me. Everyone close to me starting flipping through my mind until a sinking feeling hit my chest and stomach. Oh God…Rachel. “What happened?”

“I’m sorry, I thought someone already told you, you were supposed to be informed already,” he mumbled to himself as he kept walking toward the lot. “Look I’m sorry I’m the one that has to tell you this.” He stopped walking abruptly and turned to look at me. His expression was one I had seen so many times, and had even had to use myself. It felt like time slowed as I waited for him to tell me one of fifty scenarios that were speeding through my mind. “A call came in to dispatch about an hour ago. It was your fiancée, Ryan. The only thing that came from her end of the call was her saying her name, someone had broken in—“

Forgiving Lies Series:

1. Forgiving Lies

2. Deceiving Lies

FTC Advisory: William Morrow/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Deceiving Lies.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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