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Review – Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge @Lola_Dodge @InkyTheMonster

Book & Author Details:

Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge
(The Shadow Ravens #4)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Futuristic, Romance, Young Adult

Quanta Rewind.jpgSynopsis:

With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.

But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.

If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.

And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.

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Imagine this book as a car freewheeling downhill.  Starts off slowly, but gradually increases speed until finally coming to a rest at the bottom.  The pacing of this book is exactly like that.  Add in liberal amounts of tension and you have this book.

The author has created a story fraught with suspense and action.  I really felt thrust into the middle of the citadel with the crew, and whereas before we were dealing with confusion and instability, here we have desperation and a tangible sense of hopelessness.

For me, the quiet of the ending was perfect.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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purchase links

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About the author

LolaLola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Review & #giveaway – Faking It with Damian by DJ Hunnam @DJHunnamAuthor @xpressotours

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Book details:

Faking It with Damian by DJ Hunnam
Publication date: January 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance

Damian.jpgSynopsis:

I don’t do relationships… especially not with egotistical jerks like my new boss, Damian Wood. The man is vile, arrogant, condescending… and scorching hot. If he weren’t my boss and a grade-A a*&hole, I would turn on my world-famous charm and seduce the pants right off the man. But giving in to his undeniable allure might just cost me my job. Or worse yet, my heart.

I’m a prick…and Janice Holder’s new boss. Which means I should stay away, but I’ve never claimed to be a nice guy. If I don’t get my twisted fascination under control, it will only be a matter of time before I bend her over my desk and screw her. Hard. The way I’ve imagined no fewer than a thousand times since we met. I’m playing with fire and neither of us can afford to get burned, but landing in hot water might just be worth the risk.

Faking It is a full-length, standalone office romance. It contains steamy scenes with a ton of heat and strong language intended for mature audiences.

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I’m going to start this review by saying that, overall, I really enjoyed it.  However, I really struggled to like Janice.  She struck me as a somewhat arrogant and self absorbed character, and despite attempts to soften her, she never quite won me over.

Damian is also all of those things, but for me at least, he was easier to connect with.  I don’t think that this is me applying double standards, I just felt that the way he presented was more relatable than Janice.

And steamy scenes?  Oh my.  This office romance might easily be considered as NSFW.

The wider story arc is a reasonable one.  The connection between the two lead characters is compelling and well executed.

At the risk of repeating myself, overall, I really enjoyed it!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author

 

First introduced to the genre by her grandmother, DJ Hunnam is an author with a true love for great romance novels. After reading hundreds of them over the last twenty years, she finally decided to put pen to paper and craft her own happily ever afters (HEA). She loves to write about strong heroines who fall in love with even sexier heroes, while tackling real-world problems. Her books are packed with sizzling scenes sure to make you blush.

A scientist by day and author by night, DJ Hunnam straddles the fence between the mundane and the erotic on a daily basis. When she isn’t writing, you might find her curled up with a book, chasing her two wild sons, or pursuing her own HEA with her husband of ten years. She’s a sucker for dark chocolate, a good bottle of Malbec, and a sexy six-pack.

author links

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Review & #giveaway – Rough by Sybil Bartel @sybilbartel @xpressotours

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Book details:

Rough by Sybil Bartel
(Thrust, #2)
Publication date: March 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 

RoughSynopsis:

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I’m not your boyfriend. I’m not the guy next door. I don’t even play nice.

My hands twisting in your hair, my whispered demand in your ear—I’m the fantasy you’ll wish you never had.

When I’m through with you, every inch of your body will know where I’ve been. You won’t crave more, you’ll beg for it. Because I’m not just the cocky smile with military hardened muscles you paid five grand for—I’m the experience you’ll never forget.

One night with me and you’ll know exactly why women pay me to be rough.

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This book overlaps with the time frame in Thrust (link below).  I strongly recommend that you read Thrust first, although it is totally possible to read this this volume on a stand alone basis.

So to the book itself.  I’m not going to lie.  This book is seriously hot.  And you aren’t eased into it either. Oh no.  Prepare yourself for a full on, in your face, explicit ride.  And despite the candid nature of the narrative (give it a miss if you like clean romance) there is, somehow, an underlying feeling of insecurity and tenderness wrapped up securely within it.

I really enjoyed the teasing out of the connection and growth of the relationship between these two.  Her hesitancy, his unexpected response to her.

Overall, for me, I think that this was a stronger story than Thrust.  I had a better emotional connection to the character development.  I can’t wait to see what the author delivers with Grind.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

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giveaway

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