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Tantalising Trailers: Grim Anthology

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Title: Grim
Author: Various
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 25 Feb 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today.

  

A brilliant addition to the Fractured Fairy-tale Reading theme

Review: Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe

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Title: Marked by Hades
Series: Bound by Hades #2
Author: Reese Monroe
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Publication Date: 14 April 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

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One choice away from eternity…

For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…

Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…

As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity.

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Continuing the action from Forged by Fate this time it’s Justin’s turn to take center stage. Theo’s brother and companion to his Gatekeeper, Justin has always shunned his destiny to take a mate. He doesn’t want the intensity of emotion he has seen from Theo and Sadie, leaving him out of control and vulnerable. That is until Yvonne.

I adore the whole soul-mate principle and Reese Monroe executes it brilliantly creating the perfect match for the male characters. The mates balance and complete them – utter swoon-fest here. Although there are a number of unforeseen twist where Yvonne is concerned, the revelations are spaced through the narrative adding to the back-story as well as the relationship. As you would expect from having a designated soul-mate chosen specifically for you by a higher power, the relationship is fast and intense. I completely and utterly love the way in which the male characters cherish the female characters. Doesn’t every girl want to be loved like that.

I originally picked up this series thinking it centered around Greek Mythology, with the word Hades in the title I am sure you would make that assumption as well. However, this series is an epic battle of good versus evil inter-twined with an equally epic romance throw in a heavy dose of fate/destiny versus freewill and you have a compelling story-line. Marked by Hades is a fast paced, action packed swoon-fest with plenty of twists to keep you on your toes.

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe

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Marked By Hades

Reese Monroe

One choice away from eternity…

 For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…

Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…

As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity. 

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Author Bio:  Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training to run her first marathon.

Reese Monroe is a contributing blogger at the widely popular siteNew Adult Alley and has been part of the New Adult revolution for years having penned over thirty novels in the exciting new category.

Connect with Reese onTwitter, throughFacebook or herwebsite. Reese also writes as Lynn Rush and you can find her alter egohere.

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Spotlight: Intoxicated by Monica Murphy

spotlight (2)We are so excited to share the cover for Monica Murphy’s INTOXICATED with you all! INTOXICATED is a sexy Contemporary Romance novella in Monica’s The Billionaire Bachelors Club Series, published by Avon Impulse. Available for Pre-Order: Links Below :)

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ABOUT INTOXICATED

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.

It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment.

It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?

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ABOUT MONICA MURPHY

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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Books I’ve Read: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Title: White Hot Kiss
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publisher: Mira Ink
Publication Date: 1 March 2014
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

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One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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OMG guys you are totally not going to believe this, you know I have a total freak-fest about snakes welllll I’m considering making an exception for Bambi (I know – colour me completely shocked).

Told in first person narrative from Layla’s perspective, being half warden and half demon she doesn’t feel as if she fits in anywhere. She is isolated, a problem exasperated by her ability to suck out your soul. Only a little problem, right? I despised the way Layla was treated, alienated within her own home, it made my heart ache for her.

There are many layers to the story and it is obvious that secrets about Layla’s origins are being kept from her. The justification for keeping things from Layla intensifies the plot tension. While a love triangle is hinted at, you have to consider the many forms of love, romantic and platonic and make up your own mind. Just have to get this out there but I have a total thing for Roth ;)

The exploration of free-will versus fate/destiny within the narrative was thought provoking while adding another element to the plot. Alongside this runs the nature versus nurture debate in an ingenious fashion, are we all doomed to become self-fulfilling prophecies? White Hot Kiss challenges preconceived notions especially regarding the ‘looks can be deceiving’ adage.

Jennifer’s trademark banter between her characters shines through the narrative and adds humor to the book as a whole while endearing the characters further. You know I’m a total sucker for sarcasm ;)

White Hot Kiss is action packed, tension fueled story topped with sizzling electric chemistry. I couldn’t get enough, the last page came way too fast yet not fast enough lol. This is one of those series where you have a countdown set to know exactly when you’re going to get your next fix.