Author: Lisa Carlisle
Series: The Berkano Vampire Collection
Nalia has held a grudge against that Makara Coven since they turned her away as a child. In order to secure their assistance in helping save her village from the vampires, she swallows her pride and agrees to return to them for help. After an attack, however, she winds up stranded. As she is alone, and attempting to find her way, a starving vampire finds her and offers to help her. That help won’t come free, though. Nalia must make a tough decision. The wrong choice could prove devastating, and not only to Nalia herself…
Witches and Vampires from Lisa Carlisle…do I need to day more? Ok, fine, I will! The newest work is a standalone in the Berkano Vampire Collection (No worries, they can be read in any order!). This is the first of this collection that I have read, but I definitely want to read more! Carlisle’s world building was phenomenal, as always. It was so easy to get lost in this world, and just want to stay there. The character development was also as great as her other works. Each of the characters was fully fleshed out, and it was easy to see where and why they belonged in the story. I love everything that I read from Carlisle, but this is easily one of my favorites. I hope that you guys enjoy it as much as I did!
Author: Jordan K. Rose
Series: Romance in Central City
This novella finds us back in Central City, for the last time. Panthera has, somehow, figured out a way to make their Revenants stronger and more resilient. The Guard follows one of them back to his home, and watches as he dies in the arms of his sister. This horrific incident leads to Ricard, one of The Guard’s lead scientists, feeling very strongly for Jess- the Revenant’s shocked sister. By strongly, I mean in a bond sort of way. Obviously, this is not the time for a bond to pop up, but you can’t really choose when these things happen. Ricard is determined to find the answer to the question of how vampires exist. He knows that this is the answer to stopping Panthera. Jess is determined to obtain revenge for the loss of her family, brought on by Panthera. Can the two help each other find what they are looking for, and find their happy ending?
I have loved this series from the beginning. While I am a bit sad that it is over, the story was definitely ready to come to a close. Jordan ended it in the most satisfying way that it could have been ended. It feels complete, and fully realized. Saving Ricard and Jess’ story for the end was lovely. They are both dynamic, but vulnerable characters. They were given great depth, especially considering that this is a novella. If you’re looking for a great PNR short story series, I highly recommend this one.
Author: Lisa Carlisle
Series: Underground Encounters
Nike spends her days in a fast paced, high stress profession: she’s a firefighter. She likes to spend her nights, along with her best & fellow firefighter Maya, unwinding at an underground goth club called Vamps. This is all well and good, until one night when her fantasy crush, Michel, the hot guy from her climbing gym shows up. Little does she know that he has a deeper and darker connection to the underground world than Nike ever dreamed could exist. When her fantasy worlds and real life collide, what choice will she make? Will it be the right one?
Smolder kicks off, what is set to be, a new trilogy from Carlisle. If this novella is an indication of what is to come, it looks to be a great addition to her publications. The one thing that I have enjoyed the most in Carlisle’s writing is that she has the ability to give great depth to each of her characters, and she certainly did not waver on that in this novella. All of the characters were very well fleshed out, but there is still plenty of room for character development in future installments. The world building was wonderful (I kind of want to go unwind at Vamps this weekend, myself!), as always. If you enjoy a great PNR, and are looking for a fun new series, I would recommend this to you!
P.S. Book 2, Fire, has been released, and I have it in my hot little hands to read this weekend, so review to come! Here is the cover and the link, if you get through Smolder & want to continue on!
This story bundle is out now, and it looks amazing!!! It has some truly talented authors involved in it, so you should really check it out!!! It is a great deal!!!
Author: Caitlyn Jenner
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Most of us have known Caitlyn Jenner as Bruce Jenner for many, many years. Bruce Jenner is an Olympic hero, a one-time greatest athlete in the world. He then became the father in one of the most famous (whether you love them, or love to hate them) families in America, if not the developed world. Bruce had a secret, though. He was living a lie. He was living with Gender Dysphoria. A very real psychological illness wherein the person feels that they were born in to the wrong gender’s body. To put it simply: Bruce was born to be Caitlyn. It wasn’t that simple, though. It took him over sixty years to finally become her, the woman that he was meant to be. In this amazing memoir, Caitlyn details her livelong journey and her struggles to become her authentic self, and everything that entailed.
I’ve wanted to read this memoir since Caitlyn published it, but I wanted to wait until I was in the right place to read it. When I felt that my mindset was correct, and I finally sat down with it, I devoured this amazing book in no time. It was beautiful, heart-breaking, emotional, poignant, funny at times, and overall- brave. I think that this is the book that everyone who wants to see what Gender Dysphoria looks like needs to read. Caitlyn is honest about everything that she did, both wrong and right, and everything that she went through in becoming who she ultimately is. I am so glad that she wrote this, and I am so glad that I read it. This is not just another “Kardashian” ploy or money-making scheme. It is a beautifully written memoir, that I believe would be helpful to anyone that is interested in the subject of Gender Dysphoria. Thank you, Caitlyn.
Author: Christina Julian
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Samantha grew up as a good Catholic girl. Under the intense scrutiny of her parents, she did what any good girl would do, she married her best guy friend to get away! Unfortunately, that marriage took a jump off of a cliff without a parachute. Sam decided to follow the advice of her mentor, in work and in life, and she moved halfway across the country for a new career and lots of sex! Thus, her journey to discovering herself began. Following her heart, and the advice of every magazine that she can get her hands on, Sam is determined to find her happily ever after.
This was a rather enjoyable, quick summer read. Samantha Serrano reminds me of a combination of all four Sex and the City girls rolled in to one. She is snarky, hopeful, smart, sexy: everything that you hope to find in a great girlfriend. I think that most of us can say that we have turned to a women’s mag for advice at one time or another, but this girl takes it to the extreme, and the outcome is delightful. Julian does a wonderful job of putting forward a flawed and loveable main character, that is easy to see reflections of yourself in. I read this in one sitting. It was witty, laugh-out-loud funny, heart wrenching, and above all- hopeful. If you’re looking for a quick, fun, sexy summer read, this may just be the book you’re looking for!
Author: Ruth Ware
Genre: Psych Thriller
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
On a normal morning in June, Kate is walking her dog, Shadow, along the Reach when he runs in to the water to retrieve something. Soon after, Kate’s three best friends from boarding school in Salten, Isa, Fatima, and Thea receive a three-word text- “I need you”. The three don’t hesitate in returning to Kate, and to Salten. That message is never sent unless it is an emergency. They have a feeling that they know what the emergency is about. The Lying Game, a game that they played during their time at Salten, has never ended. It is a game with a myriad of rules, and it landed them all being asked to leave Salten in the fifth-year due to the scandal surrounding the disappearance of Ambrose, the art teacher- and Kate’s father. It is the lie surrounding this that the girls cannot let go of, and the one that may get them arrested…or worse. If you’re going to play The Lying Game, you must be ready to face the consequences.
I don’t know where Ruth Ware comes up with these stories, and I don’t care, as long as she keeps putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, whatever)! I can’t believe that I am saying this, but The Lying Game has just surpassed In a Dark, Dark, Wood as my favorite Ware book! It was awesome, like binge read awesome! The characters were all so well developed, that they were easily imagined. The descriptiveness of the Reach and Salten was phenomenal. I could see it very clearly, with minimal effort. Her writing, as always, was sophisticated and lovely. Much like In a Dark, Dark Wood, this one grabbed my attention from the beginning, and it did not let up until it was over. This is the experience that I look for in a great psych thriller, and I definitely got it with The Lying Game. If you’re looking for that, as well- Go. Read. Now!!