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Review: Spellbreaker by Blake Charlton

August 29th, 2016 @ 12:10 am
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SpellbreakerTitle: Spellbreaker

Author: Blake Charlton

Genre: High Fantasy

Series: Spellwright (Book #3)

Publication Date: August 23, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 480 Pages

ISBN-10: 076531729X (Tor/Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-0765317292 (Tor/Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Leandra Weal has a bad habit of getting herself in dangerous situations.

While hunting neodemons in her role as Warden of Ixos, Leandra obtains a prophetic spell that provides a glimpse one day into her future. She discovers that she is doomed to murder someone she loves, soon, but not who. That’s a pretty big problem for a woman who has a shark god for a lover, a hostile empress for an aunt, a rogue misspelling wizard for a father, and a mother who–especially when arguing with her daughter–can be a real dragon.

Leandra’s quest to unravel the mystery of the murder-she-will-commit becomes more urgent when her chronic disease flares up and the Ixonian Archipelago is plagued by natural disasters, demon worshiping cults, and fierce political infighting. Everywhere she turns, Leandra finds herself amid intrigue and conflict. It seems her bad habit for getting into dangerous situations is turning into a full blown addiction.

As chaos spreads across Ixos, Leandra and her troubled family must race to uncover the shocking truth about a prophesied demonic invasion, human language, and their own identities–if they don’t kill each other first.

Spellbreaker is the long awaited sequel to Spellbound, which was listed by Kirkus Reviews among the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2011. This final installment of the Spellwright Trilogystands alone as a complete story; however, fans of the series will find in it answers to the questions raised by the previous books about Leandra’s parents, Nicodemus Weal and Francesca DeVega.

Quick & Dirty: High fantasy novel with a complicated magic/divinity system that took me a long time to comprehend but after that it was a moving story that will stick with me.

Opening Sentence: To test a spell that predicts the future, try to murder the man selling it; if you can, it can’t.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Spellbreaker is a high fantasy novel that hooked me in with the first paragraph. I liked how ruthless Leandra was when she went up against a smuggler. Then the story waned a bit for more when it started to describe the neodemons, demons and divinities. Spellbreaker is tied into the two previous books but you could read this as a standalone like I did. I was unfamiliar with the story, I never once felt lost with past events, but I think having prior knowledge would have more impact with events that play out. Everyone in this story has their own motivations and secrets, when your world might be ending not everyone is on the same page.

Leandra is the daughter of Nicodemus Weal and Francesca DeVega. If you’ve read the previous stories then you already know who they are. Leandra is thirty-three years old so I’m guessing that some time has passed from the previous book to this one. Leandra has had a very difficult childhood. She has dealt with a deadly disease all of her life that not even her draconic mother can heal. Leandra is the Warden of Ixos and as such she must protect her citizens from Neodemons. She goes to great lengths to make sure her people are protected. When she buys a spell to see forward into the future she is surprised by all the different futures before her but they all have something in common: she will die, someone she loves will die by her hand, or if she ignores those two everyone around her will die.

Nicodemus is hunting down the River Thief and when he finally catches up with her, he unveils a shocking secret that ties with his daughter Leandra. As a cacographer, Nico destroys spells with his misspellings. His touch is even more dangerous to human skin. Nico is caught within the family feud between is wife and his daughter. He tries to bring them back together but they both are strong-willed and stubborn. He also unwittingly finds himself in a battle with his half-sister.

Francesca has her own talent in prophecy and when she sees that her daughter may kill her it doesn’t stop her from confronting her daughter. Francesca conflicted about her feelings with Leandra. She knows she could have been a better mother. The world is on the brink of war and she wants to be able to gain her relationship with her daughter before one of them dies.

One thing I really liked about this story was the reveal of secrets. The secrets hit when I thought I knew the story but then I realized I didn’t. Each character keeps secrets from each other and from the reader so I had no idea how crazy and secretive they were. Also, the story skips between the three main characters third person point of views so when something was revealed, it kept me hooked because I wanted to know how the other characters would take that news plus I had to know more from the character who revealed said information when their perspective came back around.  Another thing, this novel had quite a bit of humor to it. I really enjoyed the quips being thrown during conversations. I got quite a laugh at times.

The only thing that was really confusing for me was the magical system. Since I was new to the series, I didn’t really have a concept of it. I think what really got me was I never quite understood the difference between the neodemons and divinities because people created divinities through prayer but sometimes they were neodemons. My guess is that neodemons were uncontrolled while the divinities were controlled by the prayers and magical system. If I am wrong, I apologize to the author for being a dummy. ;)

Spellbreaker does have a message about the difference/unfairness of how people are perceived and treated. The way the story wraps up was satisfying and a bit heartbreaking. I would definitely recommend this novel for fans of high fantasy to check out.

Notable Scene:

“No one can hate you as much as you can hate yourself because no one knows you as well as you know yourself,” she said to her party. “In fact, loathing of similarities is underestimated in general. Think of all the attention we give to differences. We act as if all prejudice or injustice or war is caused by hating things or people who are different from us. I hate that woman because she wears different clothes. Or we fought that war becauase they worship different gods. We always say that sort of thing. We pretend that we could enter a golden age of peace if we could learn not to distrust foreign things and people.”

“We couldn’t?” Ellen asked, deadpan. The twins, as usual, were silent.

“No, the distrust of difference isn’t everything,” Francesca continued, warming to her argument. “Who can upset you more than someone who is similar to you?”

“But Magistra, you upset me all the time.”

“Exactly my point. I chose you as a student because you reminded me of myself when I was younger.”

“I find that very upsetting.”

“You see!” Francesca said, playing up her passionate voice against Ellen’s flatness.

“Magistra, I am astounded by your rhetoric.”

“What kind of hatred is worse than self-hatred?”

“Hatred of menstrual cramps?”

“Isn’t that usually a punch line from one of my jokes?”

“That’s why I thought it’d make you laugh. But given your present argument, maybe I should have guessed you’d dislike your own punch lines more that anyone else’s.”

“Well, regardless, isn’t that a form of self-hatred? Are you not hating your own uterus at that moment?”

“It is such a surprise,” Ellen said in a tone that indicated that it was anything but, “to find that you have turned my attempt at humor into substance for your argument.”

Spellwright Series:

1. Spellwright

2. Spellbound

3. Spellbreaker

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Spellbreaker by Blake Charlton

August 29th, 2016 @ 12:10 am
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Blake CharltonDark Faerie Tales has an exciting giveaway for fans of high fantasy novels! Spellbreaker the the final book in the Spellwright Trilogy is a crazy, wild story of gods, demons and the people that can hold the power over both of them. This novel was released on August 23, 2016 from Tor/Macmillan! Check out my review below this post or by clicking HERE.

A huge thank you to Tor/Forge for today’s giveaway! One lucky reader can enter for a chance to win Spellbreaker at the end of this post! This contest is open to U.S. addresses only.

About Blake:

Blake Charlton is now a proud dyslexic, but as a boy he hated the condition that kept him effectively illiterate. He learned to read fluently by sneaking fantasy novels into seventh grade special-ed study hall. Since then he has been (in no particular order) a JV football coach, an undergraduate at Yale University, bald, a high school English teacher, a chronically semi-employed writer, a special education advocate, and a medical student at Stanford University. He is currently a senior resident physician in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

Blake’s non-fiction has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, The British Medical Journal, and The New York Times among others.

Blake’s science fiction short stories have appeared in the Seeds of Change and the Unfettered anthologies. Blake’s novels Spellwright and Spellbound are published by Tor Books in the US and Harper Voyager in the UK. They have been translated into 9 languages. Spellbreaker is due out 2016.

You can visit Blake around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Blake Charlton?

Spellwright Spellbound Spellbreaker

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Aug. 23: Fantasy Book Critic

Aug. 24: The Arched Doorway

Aug. 26: Worlds in Ink

Aug. 29: Dark Faerie Tales

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An exciting stand-alone tale set in the world of acclaimed epic fantasy novels Spellwright and Spellbound 

SPELLBREAKER

Blake Charlton

Spellbreaker

 “«The worldbuilding and the conflict are expertly delineated, but much of the trilogy’s focus is far more intimate: a richly textured portrait of personal growth . . . Vivid, intelligent, and painful in an authentically laudable way.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“«There is significant emotional depth to the story, and ponderings on fate, love, and the purpose of human society give the novel some gravitas. Intricate plotting, strong characters, and a wonderfully imagined world make this a winner.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“«The thrilling conclusion to the Spellwright trilogy answers some lingering questions about Leandra’s parents and brings descriptive depth to her character. … It will appeal to readers who enjoy high fantasy, complex worlds, and characters that change and grow throughout the story.”

Booklist, Starred Review

Tor is thrilled to bring you a new novel from acclaimed fantasy author Blake Charlton, SPELLBREAKER (A Tor Hardcover; $26.99; On-Sale: August 23, 2016). This stand-alone tale set in the world of Charlton’s epic fantasy novels Spellwright and Spellbound has already received three starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and Bookish has named it a must-read fantasy book for the summer.

What if a prophecy predicts that you will either murder someone you love – or die yourself? This is the problem Leandra Weal, Warden of Ixos, encounters in SPELLBREAKER. But she doesn’t know who her future victim is – and there are a lot of possibilities.

Leandra’s quest to unravel the mystery of the murder-she-will-commit becomes more urgent when her chronic disease flares up and the Ixonian Archipelago is plagued by natural disasters, demon worshiping cults, and fierce political infighting. As chaos spreads across Ixos, Leandra and her troubled family must race to uncover the shocking truth about a prophesied demonic invasion, human language, and their own identities–if they don’t kill each other first.

As well as a stand-alone epic fantasy, SPELLBREAKER serves as the long-awaited follow-up to Spellbound, which was listed by Kirkus Reviews among the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2011. Fans of the series will find in it answers to the questions raised by the previous books about Leandra’s parents, Nicodemus Weal and Francesca DeVega.

Readers will enjoy SPELLBREAKER’s blend of a fascinating science-based magical system and complex characters, including two driven and ambitious women. Long-time readers and newcomers alike will appreciate the depth Charlton brings to his story, using his struggles with dyslexia as a basis for one of the characters and incorporating his knowledge of science and chemistry to create the magical system. SPELLBREAKER is a smart, complex epic fantasy for all fans of stand-out tales.

“« Charlton succeeds brilliantly here; this is no mere setup for the final installment. Absolutely not to be missed.”

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review for Spellwright

Spellwright is exactly the kind of book that got me into fantasy in the first place.”

Daniel Abraham, author of The Long Price Quartet

“« A well-written and cleverly presented fantasy with strong characters and surprising plot twists, this saga should appeal to…fans of Terry Brooks and L. E. Modesitt Jr.”

Library Journal, Starred Review for Spellbound

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This contest is provided by Tor/Forge!

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Spellbreaker by Blake Charlton!

Spellbreaker

Available August 23, 2016 from Tor/Macmillan

About this Book:

Leandra Weal has a bad habit of getting herself in dangerous situations.

While hunting neodemons in her role as Warden of Ixos, Leandra obtains a prophetic spell that provides a glimpse one day into her future. She discovers that she is doomed to murder someone she loves, soon, but not who. That’s a pretty big problem for a woman who has a shark god for a lover, a hostile empress for an aunt, a rogue misspelling wizard for a father, and a mother who–especially when arguing with her daughter–can be a real dragon.

Leandra’s quest to unravel the mystery of the murder-she-will-commit becomes more urgent when her chronic disease flares up and the Ixonian Archipelago is plagued by natural disasters, demon worshiping cults, and fierce political infighting. Everywhere she turns, Leandra finds herself amid intrigue and conflict. It seems her bad habit for getting into dangerous situations is turning into a full blown addiction.

As chaos spreads across Ixos, Leandra and her troubled family must race to uncover the shocking truth about a prophesied demonic invasion, human language, and their own identities–if they don’t kill each other first.

Spellbreaker is the long awaited sequel to Spellbound, which was listed by Kirkus Reviews among the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2011. This final installment of the Spellwright Trilogystands alone as a complete story; however, fans of the series will find in it answers to the questions raised by the previous books about Leandra’s parents, Nicodemus Weal and Francesca DeVega.

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Blog Tour: Burn by Suzanne Wright

August 26th, 2016 @ 12:10 am
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Suzanne WrightSuzanne Wright has a sinfully wonderful series called Dark In You that features Demons! This is a dark, delightlyfully erotic series. The first novel Burn will be released in paperback on September 1, 2016 from Piatkus while the second novel, Blaze, will be released in ebook the same day! Please check out my review for Burn below this post or by clicking HERE. My review for Blaze will be released in the next few days.

About Suzanne:

Suzanne Wright lives in England with her husband and two children. When she’s not spending time with her family, she’s writing, reading or doing her version of housework – sweeping the house with a look. She’s worked in a pharmaceutical company, at a Disney Store, at a primary school as a voluntary teaching assistant, at the RSCPA and has a First Class Honours degree in Psychology and Identity Studies.

You can visit Suzanne around the web here: Website | Blog Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Suzanne Wright?

BurnBlazeFeral Sins Wicked Cravings Carnal Secrets Dark Instincts Savage UrgesSpiral of NeedForce of TemptationHere Be Sexist VampiresThe Bite That BindsTaste of TormentConsumedFractured

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Burn SW

Available September 1, 2016 from Piatkus/Little Brown

About this Book:

Part of a small demon lair in North Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumored to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.

As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive, and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has. Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

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Review: Burn by Suzanne Wright

August 26th, 2016 @ 12:01 am
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Burn SWTitle: Burn

Author: Suzanne Wright

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Series: Dark In You (Book #1)

Publication Date: November 26, 2016

Format: eBook, 301 Pages

A-SIN: B018GWS5GE (Piatkus/Little Brown)

ISBN-13: 978-0349413150 (Piatkus/Little Brown)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Part of a small demon lair in North Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumored to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.

As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive, and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has. Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

Quick & Dirty: Dark paranormal romance/urban fantasy set in a world of demons that I really enjoyed.

Opening Sentence: From her seat in the large dome, Harper Wallis winced along with the other spectators as one of the contenders in the combat circle collided with the ceiling.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Demons are a part of the newest series by Suzanne Wright. If you have a love for the strange and possibly evil demons then you will want to read this series. Suzanne sets up a secret world of demons that seems as if it could be true. The romance is hot even if it is a bit of the insta-attraction. I don’t want to call it love, especially since one of the characters within has a hard time with that word too. I’ll delve more into the aspects of why their relationship was like that later in the review.

Harper Wallis is a demon but not just any demon. She is a “secret” hybrid that everyone around her underestimates. When I say “secret” that just means she doesn’t advertise what type of demon she is. They think that she is an imp (trickster) demon since that is what her family is but that imp trait has only made Harper stronger since she knows all their tricks. One night, Harper’s cousin gets into a bit of trouble and Harper takes her place in the battle ring.

Knox Thorne is impressed by Harper’s fight. When he brings Harper in for a “meeting”, he can’t get Harper to divulge why she stood in for the fight. As she leaves they shake hands, touching for demons is something that isn’t done without permission, and the impossible happens. Knox and Harper get the internal sensation that they are each other’s Anchor. When Knox realizes that the impossible has happened he doesn’t want to let Harper out of his sight but her stubbornness makes him realize that he is going to have to win her over before she will agree to be his Anchor.

Demons is this world are an amalgam of different types of creatures that are all “demons”. Examples include imp, cat, hellhound and many more. They have their human side and then they have their demon side which is almost a whole different person but they each carry characteristics of the other. Every demon has an anchor whether they find that person or not. An Anchor boosts the power for each demon making them stronger so when they find them they usually team up but not always. One thing about Anchors is that they are often lovers at some point but they are not Mates, sometimes Anchors can be Mates but that is rare. There is also a hierarchy that the demon world adheres to but in this story that hierarchy is being threatened with change that may or may not work.

Harper is a strong-willed, stubborn woman who has grown only to rely on herself. For the most part, I enjoyed her character. She wanted to keep her independence and she didn’t want the responsibilities of being an Anchor let alone an Anchor to the strongest known demon in the world. She is attracted to Knox but she tries to not act on her feelings. She fights off several attempts on her life while being drawn deeper into Knox’s world, she has to make a decision if she wants to stand by his side or forget about the attractive, moody demon.

Knox has many responsibilities as one of the strongest demons in the world. He has grown his empire with his loyal crew. He is moody and a loner. He doesn’t want the world to know what kind of a demon he is so it is one of the deepest, darkest secrets in the demon world. He has always assumed that he would be alone, he never figured he would meet his anchor let alone someone who could possibly be his mate. He didn’t bargain for the fight he would have with the stubborn Harper.

The story is dual point of view between Harper and Knox. My only complaint is that sometimes the thoughts would jump from character to character in the same paragraphs. I would have to reread because I would be like wait that character couldn’t have said that.

Overall, this was a fun, dark and sexy read. I enjoyed the growth of the characters relationship.  I went into this series thinking that it would be a paranormal romance that jumps to different characters but after reading the synopsis for Blaze, the second in the series, I think this is more of an urban fantasy, paranormal romance hybrid which I love. I absolutely can’t wait to see how these characters will grow in the next book.

Notable Scene:

Isla, having overheard the little exchange, peered at Harper. “And who is this, Knox?”

As he slightly tugged on her wrist, Harper stepped forward. Figuring it was best to get it over with, she said, “Hi, I’m Harper, Knox’s anchor.”

For a few seconds, Isla didn’t respond at all. Then her face hardened, her body tensed as if to spring, and her eyes bled to black. The demon glared at Harper with a promise of pain. Knox, Tanner, and Levi gathered closer to Harper protectively even as Harper’s dark protective power rushed to her hands, ready to deliver some soul-deep pain. Still, her inner demon literally charged to the surface and took control.

Alarm shot through Knox when a chill surrounded him and Harper’s demon rose to the fore. As it glared at the predator that lived within Isla, he saw a fierce temper – saw an entity that would protect Harper against absolutely anyone or anything.

“Don’t,” it warned Isla’s demon. “You won’t find me the easy prey you assume me to be.”

“You are nothing,” scoffed the other demon.

Harper’s demon smiled cruelly. “You are not what you pretend to be. I see it. I see what you are.”

Dark In You Series:

1. Burn

2. Blaze

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Review: His to Take by Shayla Black

August 22nd, 2016 @ 12:01 am
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His to TakeTitle: His to Take

Author: Shayla Black

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Wicked Lovers (Book #9)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Paperback, 4393 Pages

ISBN-10: 042525125X (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425251256 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Racing against time, NSA agent Joaquin Muñoz is searching for a little girl who vanished twenty years ago with a dangerous secret. Since Bailey Benson fits the profile, Joaquin abducts the beauty and whisks her to the safety of Club Dominion–before anyone can silence her for good.

At first, Bailey is terrified, but when her kidnapper demands information about her past, she’s stunned. Are her horrific visions actually distant memories that imperil all she holds dear? Confined with Joaquin in a place that echoes with moans and breathes passion, he proves himself a fierce protector as well as a sensual Master who’s slowly crawling deeper into her head…and her heart. But giving in to him might be the most delicious danger of all.

Because Bailey soon learns that her past isn’t the only mystery. Joaquin has a secret of his own–a burning vengeance in his soul. The exposed truth leaves her vulnerable and wondering how much about the man she loves is a lie, how much more is at risk than her heart. And if she can trust him to protect her long enough to learn the truth.

Quick & Dirty: A murdered family, a missing girl, can he put it all together and save her before it’s too late?

Opening Sentence: “Night pressed in, along with the rage crushing his chest.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Joaquin is on the hunt after his friend is brutally murdered because he took a case and discovered girls were being murdered. Joaquin knows that he is running out of time to find the right woman. After coming to his family for help, he quickly finds Bailey and decides that she is the woman he is looking for. So he kidnaps her, and she is not too happy about it once she wakes up. Joaquin explains that he believes that she is Tatiana, the missing daughter of a murdered Russian scientist. Bailey doesn’t believe him until he starts to describe her dream and he tells her that’s how the murders really happened.

Bailey discovers Joaquin is hiding her in a BDSM club and despite all the danger surrounding her life she is secretly intrigued. As they both delve deeper in the BDSM community and try to unravel why someone is so threatened by what she could remember they find themselves falling in love. Will they be able to figure out all of their deepest desires and help Bailey remember what she has worked so hard to forget?

Whew! This book is hot and steamy and so good. I have reviewed a later book in this series, so some of the names seemed familiar when I was reading this one. I just don’t think the BDSM aspect was in the later book so I was little surprised by that, however, still hot and a great book. Joaquin is a part of the NSA and he overhears some chatter between two people that have a connection to his friend’s death and the client’s death as well. He knows something serious is going, but just can’t get all the pieces together. Bailey is okay, probably one of those rare instances or maybe because the book was told from his point of view, she was just kind of not filled out enough for me.

The mystery though…one never gets tired of Russians doing hinky stuff or spy things. I mean seriously, look at that FX show The Americans, we clearly love this stuff. Bailey was adopted, only she doesn’t know that or remember that fact. She does have a recurring nightmare or dream about being covered in blood and being found by a couple. I want so badly to scream some of the spoilers, but I will hold my tongue. Needless to say, I didn’t see that coming at all.

I enjoyed every minute of this book, the mystery was great, the love was good, the sex was on point. I really can’t complain at all. A great way to spend my afternoon!

Notable Scene:

“It was probably stupid, but a pang hit Bailey’s heart. He’d lost someone he must have loved dearly at a young age. How solitary had he been since? How much had he been hurting because of it? Bailey wished she could help Kata- and Joaquin- because she knew what it felt like to be without family. She knew the pain of holidays spent around a Christmas tree by herself, about passing the milestones of life and not having the people she loved to share them with.

Just like she knew that Kata was subtly asking her to help heal Joaquin. It hurt even more to shake her head.”

Wicked Lovers Series:

1. Wicked Ties

2. Decadent

3. Delicious

4. Surrender to Me

5. Belong to Me

5.5 Wicked To Love

6. Mine to Hold

6.5 Wicked All The Way

7. Ours to Love

7.5 Wicked and Dangerous

7.75 Forever Wicked

8. Theirs to Cherish

9. His to Take

9.5 Pure Wicked

10. Wicked for You

11. Falling in Deeper

11.5 Dirty Wicked (November 8, 2016)

12. Holding on Tighter (February 7, 2017)

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of His to Take. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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