Bitter Sweet Love

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In continuation of my Dark Elements special, a review of Bitter Sweet Love, the series prequel! I must say, I 💖LOVED💖 it.

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Synopsis:
Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyles Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny-fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.
And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, and ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all of her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart-or shatter it all over again…

Boy do I love the official synopsis. Which is why I didn’t sub one of my own. 🙂

Review:
Okay, so I’ve giving 5 stars. Phenomenal. Gripping. Hot. I love Jen’s work as a rule (I’d buy anything she wrote without a synopsis, or even if the synopsis sucked, which is a HUGE pet peeve of mine), but Jas and Dez are my new fave couple of hers.
Jas is sassy and spunky and still so very vulnerable. I felt like I was having a conversation with one of my besties about her guy troubles to the point that I actually gave her advice while reading. I literally felt with her every second.
And Dez…I admit to reading the first few pages and being ready to full on hate the poor guy for Jas’s sake. But from the second he comes on scene, he’s perfectly irresistible. Sweet, funny, protective, loyal, and oh-so-hot. Even when Jas throws down her conditions, he rolls with it. Even throws in one of his own.
It’s a roller-coaster of emotion, with the bitter sting of betrayal tinging Jas’s view and decisions, and the sweetness of a first love that by Jas’s own deciding is more of a forbidden temptation as Dez gets down to seducing on his deadline.
In short, I absolutely adored it to the point that I kept going long after I meant to go to bed. I foresee reading it over and over and over again, and a can’t wait to read Layla’s story, now that I’ve finally gotten my copies of  White Hot Kiss and Stone Cold Touch. All of my fellow readers out there who started the Dark Elements with WHK, give it a read. All of you who like Jen’s work but are leery about gargoyles in YA / NA (raises hand sheepishly while simultaneously shaking head st own foolishness), give it a go. And all of you out there who are trying Jen, gargoyles, or even NA (New Adult, the sexy older sister to YA ), I say you HAVE to give it a shot. It’s worth the read, and I can’t believe I’ve had it on my TBR list just  because I was waiting until I picked up WHK. (Face palms).
Available on all digital platforms, as far as I know.
Go check it out! And stay tuned for my reviews of White Hot Kiss and Stone Cold Touch. Following which it’s my intention to do a Candace Knoebel special for Halloween, and then the Highland Shifters bundle as individual releases (I’m about a week behind on everything this month).
Happy Readings!
Kate

Fall for New Reads

 

Ten New Adult and Young Adult authors team together to bring readers some hot new reads this fall season. So while the weather’s cooling down, your e-reader is just warming up! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to WIN a $10.00 Amazon gift card and an eBook prize pack from one of the featured authors. The eBook prize packs are showcased next to each author’s bio. Enjoy, and good luck!  

Featured authors:

International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Get updates from Mary Ting by signing up for her newsletter here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: FROM GODS, CROSSROADS, SOMETHING GREAT & MY CLARITY. 

 

Bella’s motto has always been that you can choose to watch life pass you by or your can be the one spinning the world. You have to get out and live, life won’t come to you! Bella has always seen things in the world with a different view and has been an avid story-teller. She is enjoying putting her crazy musings into print for others to enjoy. To her, one of the most exciting parts of writing is getting a chance to interact with readers. To stay current on new releases please consider joining Bella’s mailing list here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: The INK Series. 

 

Amelie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. Stay connected to Amalie and receive current updates by “liking” Amalie’s Facebook page here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: SEA MONSTER & THE ALMOST GIRL.

 

Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy, with the first five books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion, Power and Wrath available now. Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. Keep uptodate on Kristie’s books and news by “liking” her Facebook page here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: The Book of Phoenix Series. 

 

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. For more updates on Raine and her books, sign up for her newsletter here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: The Ascendant Series: books 1 & 2.

 

 

From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself. To keep in touch and receive updates on sales and new books, sign up for Trisha’s newsletter here.

GIVEAWAY eBooks: THE DARKEST PART & LOSING TRACK: first & second novels in the Living Heartwood NA Contemp series. 

Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally-charged New Adult and Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures. Allie Juliette also creates captivating YA worlds through the magic of ink. She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Stay up to date on Allie’s new releases by signing up for her newsletter here.

GIVEAWAY eBooks: TRUE NORTH & HUNTED.  

 

 

I write fiction for teens and adults and teach writing and literature at a university in San Antonio, where I live with my husband, three kids, and two dogs. I’m also an avid reader. I’ve always said I never want to give up reading for writing or vice versa. I want to do both. Keep in touch with Eva Pohler and receive updates on new releases by signing up for current updates here.

GIVEAWAY eBooks:  The Gatekeeper’s Saga & The Purgatorium Series Book 1 & 2.

 

Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently resides in North Carolina with her children (human and furry) and her husband, who is a United States Marine. Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. Get updates of Cambria’s sales and new release by signing up for her updates here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: Take it Off Series.

 

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Stay connected to Alexandrea and get current updates on her books by “liking’ her Facebook page here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: THE BONDAGE CLUB & COVER TO COVERS.

 

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Kate

Stone Cold Touch Release Day

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Alright guys, I know I’m running late, but I’ve been stuck at a couple airports today and my phone isn’t cooperating.
Happy release day to Jennifer L. Armentrout!  Stone Cold Touch is live,  people!  Go out and buy it if you haven’t already preordered. So, for you today I have some pix, and an excerpt (which I will put up as soon as humanly possible).
And, for the rest of the week, I will be doing a special on The Dark Elements series, with some reviews of Bitter Sweet Love and White Hot Kiss.
Enjoy!

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And, don’t forget to vote for Zayne or Roth at: http://thedarkelementsseries.com/
Voting ends November 11, and whoever gets the most votes will be the guy Layla chooses!
Happy Readings
Kate

Waiting on Wednesday & In My Mailbox

Alright, so I’m still waiting on everything I listed last Wednesday, but of course I have a few more to add to that list this week.
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer Lynn Armentrout
Her Purrfect Match by Milly Taiden
Redeemed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
Awaited by Lynn Rush (which I won a signed copy of)
My Midnight Kiss Release Party prizes (signed copies of):
Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon
Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Into the Darkest Fire by Juliana Haygert
Catalyst by Jennifer Snyder
And, since I love Milly Taiden, here’s a teaser of the 3rd book in her fabulous Paranormal Dating Agency series:

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And, as for in my mailbox, the collection Wicked Hot Reads came out yesterday! So excited to get started on that.
Limited time collection that’s only 99 cents on Amazon!

Happy readings!
Kate

Teaser Tuesday

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Midnight Kiss:
A special, limited time, collection released for Halloween, each set in New Orleans, and each including the very special Madam Kalisa and her shop, The Midnight Cauldron.
Sarra Cannon adds onto her fabulous Peachville High Demons series. Alyssa Rose Ivy expands her Crescent Chronicles. Julianna Haygert adds onto her Into the Darkest Fire. And Jennifer Snyder presents a novella tied to her Tethered Trilogy. All wonderfully captivating (my full review to follow later).

The Blurb:
This Halloween, prepare to be haunted by a kiss…

Midnight Kiss is a limited edition collection of four BRAND NEW, NEVER RELEASED novellas, all set in New Orleans on Halloween night.

AFTER MIDNIGHT by Sarra Cannon
From the outside, Becca Goldberg looks like any normal freshman girl at Tulane, but she’s been keeping a terrible secret. She’s really Allison Moore—a young witch from Peachville hiding out from an evil coven of witches known as the Order of Shadows. She thinks she is safe until an unexpected accident occurs. Now, she only has until midnight on Halloween until her identity is discovered.
She must turn to the hottest, most elusive guy on campus for help. Will he help save her? Or will her life come crashing down around her after midnight?

THE MIDNIGHT TEST by Juliana Haygert
Being the weakest witch of her generation, nineteen-year-old Hazel is convinced she’s supposed to live a normal, human life—except for the occasional ghost hunting. When Hazel moves to New Orleans, the most powerful witch coven in the world grants her a chance to join them, but only if she passes a dangerous test on Halloween night. Everything is going fine until mysterious Sean steps in Hazel’s way, putting her entire test at risk.
Will she be able to ace the test and keep them both alive at the same time?

SEDUCTION’S KISS by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:
1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper.
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates.
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero.
Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.

KISS OF AWAKENING by Jennifer Snyder
With one kiss, everything will change…
When a mysterious letter arrives from her estranged mother, twenty-one year old Kenna Blake and her best friend, Bree, make a trip to New Orleans hoping for a little Halloween fun and to get away. The mystifying Crescent City has something else in store for her though.
Cryptic messages, a hot tour guide, and a new sense Kenna can’t seem to explain are just the beginning of this eye opening trip. Will Kenna accept what awakens with in her or will she crumble under its reality?

Teasers (one for each novella):

After Midnight by Sarra Cannon
I had never in my life seen a man cast magic. “Are you a witch?” I whispered, knowing it was stupid before the words even left my lips. He smiled. “Not exactly,”

The Midnight Test by Julianna Haygert
“We decided it’s time for us to meet.” My heart skipped a beat. I truly wasn’t expecting this. “Really?” She went on as if the excitement in my tone didn’t amuse her one bit. “Tomorrow evening. At the appointed place and time.” She waved her hand and an old, rolled parchment blinked into existence right in front of my face. I snatched it. “Don’t be late.” Shadows surrounded her, and just like that, she was gone.

Seduction’s Kiss by Alyssa Rose Ivy

You’re probably not going to believe a word I say. If you’re like everyone else I’ve told, you’re going to read this and tell me to get help. That’s fine, because the only thing I care about is finding my winged hero. So whether you believe me or not, if you see him, tell him I’m searching for him, and I have no plans to give up. Because when a man can kiss like that— can make you feel alive in every grain of your being— there’s no comparison. The only clue I have to find him is his first name. Owen.

Kiss of Awakening by Jennifer Snyder
“Choose your own adventure.” When I was a kid, I assumed my father’s motto was nothing more than a pun on the type of books I enjoyed reading. You know the kind— the type where, if you decide to go through the secret passage, flip to page twenty-two, but if you decide to bypass it and continue down the hall, flip to page forty-nine. Now, looking back on this motto as an adult, I realize that my father was the wisest man alive. He understood that with every choice we make our ending changes.

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Currently 99 cents on Amazon!
Happy Readings,
Kate

C.C. Hunter Fan Club

Any C.C. Hunter fans out there?  She’s started an official fan club (Street Team Lite) that I was lucky enough to get to be a part of. My fan club goodies came in yesterday. But she put up today that she’s looking for 35 more members.
Even if you’re not a fan already, If you like YA paranormal, check it out. There’s also a giveaway up for a signed copy of Chosen at Nightfall, the 5th book in her fantastic Shadow Falls series.
Check it out, people:
http:// http://cchunterbooks.com/blog/

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(My fan club goodies)

Happy readings (and I’ll be back later with a Teaser Tuesday post)
Kate

In My Mailbox, Waiting On Wednesday, and also a late Teaser Tuesday

So, the other day I won a giveaway over on My Book Addiction. Which was a signed copy of The Space Beyond by Kristie Cook and a Kristie Cook swag pack. And today it came in! 😍

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And there it is, all beautiful and stuff. Also, Midnight Kiss, a 4 novella collection from Amazon special for Halloween came out today. So that’s in my virtual mailbox. Its only 99 cents and it’s very good. Check it out.
Kristie Cook is a fantastic author, and I can’t wait to read The Space Beyond (second installment of the Book of Phoenix trilogy) now that I have it. A big thank you to Toni over at My Book Addiction! By the way, for those interested, The first book, The Space Between, was free on Amazon and Barnes and Noble the last I checked. If it’s not anymore, it’s included in: Curses, Fates, and Soul Mates-a collection that’s 99 cents up on Amazon (a great collection you should get even if you already have The Space Between).
Anyway, now for the Teaser I meant to put up yesterday:
“It starts with the people you know and love, and before long, your whole existence will be completely forgotten by this world.”
The Space Between by Kristie Cook
And, since its Wednesday, I’ll throw in what I’m waiting on:
Relentless by Karen Lynch (which I won at the release day party for Souls by Ednah Walters)
Hidden Worlds (a 20 book collection going for 99 cents and coming out in November)
Black Moon Draw (a book about a reader who gets sucked into a book, which also comes out in November. Also, follow the author on Facebook and pre-order, she’s giving out extras for those that pre-order)
Legendary (another collection that’s only 99 cents, which includes several fabulous authors as well as the fantastic Nikki Jefford)
EverNight (by Candace Knoebel, out on Halloween)
From Deities (by Mary Ting, out on the 12th)
Happy Readings!
Kate

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