Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: Finding Kyle

Title : Finding Kyle
Author : Sawyer Bennett
ASIN : B01N22RA40
Edition : Kindle (Released January 14th, 2017)
Publisher : Big Dog Books LLC, USA
Page counts : 218 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.11 (per February 23rd, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : February 21st, 2017
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When you’ve lived your life as a criminal…
When you’ve done unspeakable things …
When your soul has become dark and stained…

The path to redemption begins where you least expect it.

Kyle Sommerville is in hiding and doesn’t want to be found by anyone. Certainly not by his quirky, free-spirited neighbor who’s managed to push her way past the walls he’s built around him. But Jane Cresson’s indomitable will and insatiable curiosity about her reclusive neighbor makes it impossible for Kyle to stay immersed in his dark world.

Little by little, she claws through his shell.
Day by day, she gets him to smile a little more.
Night by night, they both find pleasure they never knew existed.

When Kyle’s terrible past is exposed, Jane begins to think she’s in over her head. Can her love for this broken man finally clear his path to redemption, or will Kyle’s darkness extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?

I was just looking for something light (and definitely not a part of a series) when I looked at the cover. And then I was like, what the hell. I'll try it on. At first, the book started off ordinary, but unexpectedly, I got sucked into the whole story.

She is crawling under my skin, invading my senses, and turning me inside out.

As an undercover agent for ATF, Kyle Sommerville has done terrible and awful things, in the name of his work. Now that his undercover job is done, he needs to hide away while he waits for the trial date. And so he settles in Misty Harbor, Maine, still feeling conflicted and having nightmares about the past few years. But he's not expecting the crazy and adorable woman next door--Jane Cresson, who loves to cook but can't bake to save her life, and a woman insistent enough to always approach Kyle.

Jane is a force of nature that has the strength of a hurricane, and f*ck if she didn’t roll right over me.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Echoes in Death

Title : Echoes in Death
Series : In Death #44
Author : J.D. Robb
Edition : Kindle (Released February 7th, 2017)
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Page counts : 400 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Crime, Romantic Suspense
Average Rating : 4.6 (per February 13th, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : February 10th, 2017
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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES . . . The chilling new suspense novel from the author of Brotherhood in Death.

After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk.

After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband—and walks into a brutal nightmare.

Their paths are about to collide…

When the young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—wanders in front of their car, Roarke slams on the brakes just in time, and Eve, still in glittering gown and heels, springs into action. It’s been a long night for the tired homicide cop, and it’s far from over.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil” . . .

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked—and that he treated Daphne like a trophy wife—this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse as the first suspect. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

Eve wondered, though she was Roarke's first and only spouse, if some considered her a trophy.

J.D. Robb did it again. Each case manages to be as chilling, as unsettling as before. Apprentice in Death was crazy because behind the cold-blooded murders, something simple was the motive. In this book? Sheer craziness is the only reason.

Before starting on the murder(s), let's take a look on the background. It's February 2061, a few days before Valentine's Day. Eve and Roarke has just finished going to a party, something Eve stills despises, because she needs to put on a dress, make-up, and fab shoes. Their marriage is still going strong, and they just redecorated their bedroom and home offices. Fast forward a bit, they're going home (and Roake drives, not like the other billionaires XD) and this woman stumbles in front of their vehicle.

"When I put it together it was too much like looking in a mirror, or hearing too many echoes."

Thursday, February 02, 2017

February 2017 New Releases

Hello hello!
We're getting into February. I can't believe we already went through one month. The past couple of months, I didn't get to post New Releases, but seeing that on February we have sooo much great books, I'm going to post something. Well, before life sucks me under again :(

Of course, the books in this list are mostly what I got from newsletter. I might have missed something. As for reading plans, I didn't make any except for Echoes in Death. I learned, probably the hard way, that reading plans couldn't be followed all time.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review: First Grave on the Right

Title : First Grave on the Right
Series : Charley Davidson #1
Author : Darynda Jones
ISBN : 0749956046 (ISBN13: 9780749956042)
Edition : Paperback UK (Released November 2011)
Publisher : Piatkus Book
Page counts : 310 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Average Rating : 4.07 (per January 31st, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : January 26th, 2017
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Note : Winner of RITA Award by Romance Writers of America for Best First Book (2012), HOLT Medallion by Virginia Romance Writers for Best First Book and for Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy (2012), Golden Heart by Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance (2009)

Private investigator Charlotte Davidson was born with three things: looks; a healthy respect for the male anatomy; and the rather odd job title of grim reaper. Since the age of five, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross over. Thus, when three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered, they come to her to find their killer.

In the meantime, Charley's dealing with a being more powerful - and definitely sexier - than any spectre she's ever come across before. With the help of a pain-in-the-ass skip tracer, a dead pubescent gangbanger named Angel, and a lifetime supply of sarcasm, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn't nearly as dangerous as falling in love.

First Grave on the Right was not something I planned on reading. But I'm a sucker for a good review, especially when it comes from my go-to reviewer. This book is supposedly good, and when I got the book, I couldn't wait to read it.

Never knock on death's door. Ring the doorbell then run. He totally hates that.
- T-shirt

Well, there are several things to love about this book, and several things to hate #sigh

Charlotte 'Charley' Davidson is a licensed PI with a slight advantage--she can see and communicate with dead people. People who don't cross and still have unfinished business. That's why she could solve most murder cases, and often helps her Uncle Bob, a detective on Albuquerque PD. She's the Grim Reaper, one who's born every few centuries. She doesn't quite grasp what she can do, and what's the limit of her power is. For as long as she's alive, there is a presence, a dark entity she affectionately calls the Big Bad or just Bad. But recently, there is also something infiltrating her dreams, making her dreams more...let's just say sensual.

January Birthday & Blogoversary Party

I'll tell something about the start of this exchange of gifts :)
So, this year, BBI didn't host Secret Santa. I was part of the team arranging that annual party. I was, of course, saddened about it. Though a bit relieved because honestly, getting everyone to obey the timeline was kinda frustrating. Anyway, eleven members who have a birthday, blogoversary, or simply celebrating something decided that we should make our own version of Secret Santa.

So I got who my target is, and I was supposed to receive a package on my birthday, one from my wishlist. And I did get the package well before my birthday. Imagine my surprise when I received Pamela Clare's Naked Edge (Indonesian version), book four of her I-Team series. I was so happy and bemused because I didn't have the third book yet XD Not only the book, I also got a small file pocket, a notebook, a set of colorful page marker, and a pack of Allure green tea latte *yumm

Just like Secret Santa, I also received a riddle about my mystery giver. Given my track record of guessing riddles, I didn't think I'll get this right.

"Aku sadar langit dan laut tak pernah bisa menyatu, meski garis batas mereka tipis sekali. Aku menyukai laut, tapi langit telah memerangkapku. Dulu aku berdiri di tepi pantai, sekarang langkahku menjejak batuan. Tempatku mendekati langit, menjauhi lautan. Di sini, aku melihatmu sambil berselimutkan pepohonan serta rimbunnya palawija."

Loosely translated:

"I realized the sky and the sea could not mix, even though the line is blurred. I love the sea, but the sky had trapped me. I once stood on the shore, now I step on rocks. I'm close to the sky, away from the ocean. Here, I see you through the trees."

Honestly, I had no earthly idea about my mystery giver. She definitely loves the ocean, the waters, but then she has to live somewhere near the sky, which I assume, is somewhere in higher altitude than Surabaya and has an abundance of trees and greenery.

And based on several small clues, I concluded that my mystery giver is...

Dina Cahyaningtyas

Am I right? Or did I miss something? XD

Thank you for the gifts. I really, really loved everything. And I promise I'll jot down everything so that I don't forget *cry in the corner*

Friday, January 27, 2017

Review: Keystone

Title : Keystone
Series : Crossbreed #1
Author : Dannika Dark
Edition : Kindle (Released January 17, 2017)
Page counts : 319 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Average Rating : 4.31 (per January 27, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : January 17th, 2017
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Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn’t the only reason she’s hiding from the law. Half Vampire, half Mage, she’s spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian Shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe - a smug, handsome Vampire whom she’d rather stake than go on a stakeout with.

They're hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven’s chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature?

Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Crossbreed is a powerful new Urban Fantasy Romance series that will captivate your imagination.
Immortals live among us.

I always have a weakness for a good paranormal romance. It's my comfort genre, a go-to genre when all else fails. Well, not counting re-reading several books I love. If I got bored, I could always re-discover my love for reading via PNR.

"Don't you know who I am? I'm the Shadow. Legend has it that if a man loses his shadow, it means I ate it, and I'm coming for the rest of him."

Dannika Dark is a fairly new author for me. I've read Seven Years. Apparently, the world between her series is the same. While I was a bit unimpressed with Seven Years, I got better with Keystone. I just adored our main character, Raven Black. A Crossbreed between Vampire and Mage, she has the magic but also the characteristics of a Vampire. She's a vigilante, dealing her own brand of justice. Her luck changes when she's approached by another Mage who offers her a job in his own organization. She figures she can nail it. Well, until she finds out her partner is Christian Poe.

Christian reminded me of a cross between a handsome pirate and a serial killer.

Just a bit reminder, in case you don't know (I didn't either), Christian Poe is a major character from the Mageri series. He's a Vampire. And he's so condescending toward Raven, certain that she only wants to join Keystone for her own gains. Her loyalty is tested again and again. And Christian would love nothing more than to see Raven fails. Or worse.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Review: A Promise of Fire

Title : A Promise of Fire
Series : Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Author : Amanda Bouchet
Edition : Kindle (Released August 2nd 2016 )
Publisher : Sourcebook Casablanca
Page counts : 448 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
Average Rating : 4.22 (per January 16th, 2017)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
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Note : Read on 2016


“Cat” Catalia Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.


Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

"I conquered a kingdom and found a treasure." His voice turns gravelly low. "I won't let you go. Not now. Not ever."

So. This is my first review on 2017. A Promise of Fire was on a recommended list and as usual, because I'm a big sucker of Greek mythology, I downloaded it. From the blurb, you can see this book will be slightly different from other Greek-myth books.

What did I expect? An enjoyable read. A nice smooth ride. Maybe, just maybe, romance that will make me sigh. What did I get? A whole lot of awesomeness. Even if there are parts that just rang 'typical' and made me sigh in exasperation.

"I never know what to expect with you. Worldly cynicism or blushing innocence. It's enough to drive a man insane."

In this world, there are three realms on Thalyria. Fisa. Tarvan. Sinta. The closer you are to the North Ice Plains, the stronger your magic is. There are two kinds of people, Hoi Polloi--non-magic people--and Magoi. People with magic, Catalia 'Cat' Fisa, a Magoi, ran away from Fisa and joined a circus mastered (or mistressed?) by a Magoi who also happens to be Hades's lover. And then enters this southern warlord. He's Hoi Polloi. He doesn't have magic. He also happens to just conquered the realm of Sinta, and he's looking for a new weapon. Cat is the perfect weapon for him, since she's a Kingmaker, a woman who can detects lie and divines the truth. Not to mention, her magic is strong and she's a chosen daughter of Poseidon.


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