Book Review – Fury’s Kiss

Hello, wonderland in. Happy Sunday I hope that the start of your week is great. For me it’s about 10 AM so I have been up since six finishing this amazing book. I hope you guys really enjoy this review and I hope your week is going great and that I’ve inspired you guys to pick up this awesome book.

Author: Nicola R. White

Narrator: Elizabeth Tebb

Length: 9 hours 2 minutes

Series: New England Furies, Book 1

Publisher: Strange Roads Press

Released: Sep. 18, 2017

Genre: Paranormal Romance


Tara Walker dreams of more excitement than slinging plates of seafood for Cape Cod tourists, but as she learns when she is attacked and forced to fight for her life, fate sometimes has a funny way of giving you exactly what you wish for. Faced with strange new powers and embroiled in a murder investigation, Tara must now race to uncover the secrets of the ancient Fury that has woken inside of her – and of the evil that stalks her.
As if Tara’s life hasn’t gotten complicated enough, she is forced to ally herself with Jackson Byrne, witness to her assault and uncle to a pint-sized oracle whose fate is intertwined with hers. Skeptical, stubborn, and oh-so-sexy, Jackson wrestles with demons of his own. He is determined to ignore the attraction rising between them even faster than the body count, but like it or not, he and Tara need each other if they are to unravel the mysteries that surround them.



Nicola R. White comes from a small city on the east coast of Canada where ghost stories and superstitions abound. Although she is a lawyer by profession, her passion is reading and writing fiction. In 2016, Nicola’s debut novel, Fury’s Kiss, won the $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Romance. She is currently producing her first graphic novel.

Nicola is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. She is a frequent guest and speaker at literary events such as Word on the Street and Hal-Con, the largest sci fi/fantasy convention east of Montreal.

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Narrator Bio


I am a literacy specialist with experience performing in a number of roles. Having spent a great deal of time speaking publicly as both an educator and an administrator, I have accrued a varied skill set that I feel confident I can use to advance and advertise bodies of work. My passion for literature drives me to bring the voices within it to life.

  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.Fury’s Kiss was the first audiobook I produced. Since I self-published this book, I wanted to do the same with the audiobook. I used a marketplace service offered by Audible.com for authors and narrators to connect and produce audiobooks that will be distributed through the site. Potential narrators submitted auditions and I selected the wonderful Elizabeth Tebb!
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?Absolutely! I always think about the possibility of my books being adapted into all sorts of different mediums, whether audio, film, graphic novel, or something else I haven’t thought of yet.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?Elizabeth and I kept in contact by email and touched base every month or so, but I don’t like to micromanage anyone so I trusted her to let me know if she needed support from me. I provided her with a character sheet and notes about accents and pronunciation of some unusual names, but that was pretty much it! When she was done recording the book, I listened to the chapters and provided feedback for minor revisions.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?My problem tends to be the opposite of burnout – I always have more enthusiasm than time! I usually have several projects on the go at one time so that I don’t get bored with any one project in particular. Right now I am working on a comic book and a game script in addition to my usual romance writing schedule. For me, burnout is more of a problem in relation to my day job, so I have taken steps to make sure I have enough energy for my work as a writer (which is my real passion).
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?Of course! I love the way a good narrator can make you feel as if the story is coming to life. I also like the convenience of being able to multitask while listening to a good book. My favorite place to listen to audiobooks is in the car.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?I don’t know that I did actually celebrate at the time. I am a lawyer by profession and I finished the first draft while I was studying for the bar exam. I started writing this book as a way to de-stress while I was in law school and didn’t start seriously thinking about publishing it until I had re-written most of it several times over. The real celebration happened when I published Fury’s Kiss and it won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize a few years later.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?As a reader and an author, I prefer a series to a stand-alone. From a reader perspective, if I like a book, I want more! From an author perspective, books in a series are easier to sell and readers seem to prefer them. It’s fun to create and explore a world in detail, although the con is that it can get hard to keep track of everything (especially if the series is based on mythology, like in the New England Furies series!).
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?Don’t give up! Even if it seems like things aren’t working out the way you hoped, writing is really just a numbers game. If you keep working at it long enough, you will eventually enjoy some degree of success, whatever that looks like for you. Learn as much as you can about the business side of publishing and never sign a contract you don’t fully understand. Finally, don’t compare yourself to other people. Roosevelt was right when he said that comparison is the thief of joy.

Nicola whites wrote an amazing story. I have found myself gravitating towards Greek mythology and fantasy-based stories recently. I don’t know if it’s just the kind of mood but I am really into it right now. Fury’s Kiss is an amazing story. I have never really thought about fury in terms of books before. I have seen a lot of TV shows that have to do with Greek mythology and furious were in them. I think Elizabeth Tebb really brings the story to life. When a voice actor takes on the role as a narrator for an audiobook I really honestly believe that they will either make or break the store him. It’s all about the experience when listening to an audiobook.

Nicola as I said wrote an amazing story. The overall mythology I found to be really interesting and I really want to sink my teeth into the next Book this way I can just keep myself immersed into this world. I really like the idea that furies aren’t just to these killing machines. I know that they are meant for revenge and justice. I learned that they can also help people and well into justice they can help protect people as well. They don’t need to just kill. To learn about the sisterhood of the fury is really cool. In some sort of way they kind of remind me of Valkyries I know that they’re not the same thing but if I had to think of something comparable it would be the Valkyrie. Again I know completely different jobs but at the same time Valkyries or women and there’s a sisterhood there and they need one another to help bring warriors to help that final battle. I would love to get more into the mythology side of all of this. And where the furies ever just themselves?

Also, I think I should’ve mentioned that this book in my opinion would be classified more as a new adult novel. So if you are under the age of 17 I would ask your parents because there are sex scenes in this novel so and they get pretty hot and heavy so please keep that in mind if you want to read this book I would definitely get the parents permission if you are under the age of 17.

This is just one of the many questions that I have and I hope that will be answered in one of the later books. I know that there are four books out total and this one that I currently read is the only audiobook.

When I was a kid I hated reading physical books so I always turn to audiobooks. Even as an adult I still prefer audio box to regular reading because to me it’s so much easier to visualize and I really think that Elizabeth does a very good job in Helping me create such a visual that is not only pleasing to me but really helps immerse myself in the experience of listening to this book. This is the first book that I’ve ever read by Nicola and this is also the first book that I have heard Elizabeth narrate.

Elizabeth does an amazing performance. Her voice is so rich and smooth that I had to stop myself from nodding off a time or to. For me this is a really good asset when it comes to an audiobook because it means I can just fully relax and let my mind wander back into this world and having a voice actor who is able to do that I love. I have a lot of go to narrators that I will listen to and a lot auto buy storytellers that I will buy their audiobooks. For me I just want to immerse myself in the box that they are narrating and Elizabeth has definitely become one of them for me. I will have to say though that I found the range of voices for males to be kind of limiting. There were a total of two different southern accents that were good and one British accent that I foundTo be authentic sounding. Now for me when I listen to an audiobook I typically tend to listen to it at double the speed or triple the speed. That’s just how I personally tend to listen to my audiobooks. When I do start off though I will started at 1.6 times the speed just so I can kind of hear what a narrator really sounds like and their speech patterns. When a voice actor tends to talk really fast I don’t have to speed up the audiobook too much because then I won’t be able to catch what they’re saying. Elizabeth when she speaks she enunciate every word so it’s a bit of a slower tone. Which is great for people who can’t really keep up with fast talking. I find for me that if a narrator talks a little slower it really impacts my view of the story. And I really don’t enjoy myself as much. Having the ability to speed up the track I find that for me it just makes it a more enjoyable experience.

When I first started listening to it I did hear a lot of white noise. And when Elizabeth was going into the fury’s Voice she had to make her sound more snake like and I found that when she exaggerated her ass a little bit I really didn’t like what I did to the audio. If that made sense when I did end up speeding it up I found that that went away. Another point I would like to bring up is that because I do speed up my audios it’s important for me that the tone of the story doesn’t change too much. I know that when you speed something up the voices time to go a little bit higher in page and it doesn’t sound like how the voice actor should sound. I have to say I didn’t find that with this book. Which for me is pretty phenomenon.

I would definitely highly recommend this audiobook to people who I love audiobooks or somebody who wants to get in to listening to audiobooks. Whether I can say I would prefer this over the physical book I definitely have to say I prefer this over the physical book. I have the choice I would always prefer to go for the audiobook.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nicola R. White. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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Book Review – Power of Five

Hello, wonderlandians. How are you guys today? I know I always say this but I am really excited for this review.

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Image result for power of five reverse harem fantasyAuthor: Alex Lidell

Narrator: Victoria Mei

Length: 5 hours and 27 minutes

Publisher: Alex Lidell⎮2018

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Series: Power of Five Book Series, Book 1

Release date: Apr. 29, 2018

Synopsis: Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow – or resist.

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out… Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn.

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to… a female. A mortal female.

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing – a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone… especially for Lera herself.

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel.

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Review 

I am in awe of this book. When I first started it I didn’t think I would give it a five star rating to be totally honest. I thought it would be a three star from me. Alex Lidell takes you on a ride in this story. This world and magic system is other worldly. I have not read a reviser harm novel before this one. I own a lot of them but never actually sat down to read one of them. This whole genre really intrigues me. I have to say that I am living for it.

This story is about five people and the bond that they share.

Each one of these characters will get under your skin and you want to jump through the pages of the story and fight along side them or fight with them depending on where you are in the book.

Everything about there group works. I don’t want to give to much away because it’s such a short audiobook at 5 1/2 hours. The end for me though is what really solidified my rating for this book. I can’t wait to pick up the next book.

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Victoria Mei is our voice actress for this book. This is the first book that I have heard Victoria narrate. I wanted to see what else she has done and I found on Audible she has done 12 other projects which I will check out most of them. Victoria’s performance was amazing. She had a lot of voices for all of the characters and most of her accents were amazing. I must admit that when she broke out into an English accent it was different and I found it was not my favorite of her accents. She does a Scottish one and it was perfect. By the end of the story though I really liked the British accent.

The sound quality was good and clear without any distractions. There was at points some inconsistent sounds levels in the book. This only added to the story. There was some white noise in the overall sound of the audio which added the feel and the intensity of the story. 

I would recommend the audiobook. This is my stances on any book. I have always like audiobooks better than physical books. To me when I’m listening to someone read me the book it takes me to another place and adds another level to the whole reading experience.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alex Lidell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Alex Lidell is the author of Amazon best sellers AIR AND ASH and WAR AND WIND (Danger Bearing Press, 2017) and an Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books.

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Book Review – Greek Millionaire: Unruly Wife

hello, wonderlandians. I hope you are having a great Sunday night. Today I have a review for you over Greek millionaire unruly wife. So I hope you guys enjoy it I do have to start this review off by saying that this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. As you guys know I am always honest and my reviews so I hope you enjoy and I will see you all in my next post.

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Greek Millionaire, Unruly Wife

A tempestuous fling…a marriage…a betrayal?

When Michalis Leonadis’ bride jumps ship at the first sign of rough waters, he’s annoyed. When she costs him a marriage and a billion-dollar deal, he’s furious; but when he discovers she ditched him whilst harboring a secret…he’s out for revenge.

Ex-model, Julia Armstrong gave up everything for Michalis but when she catches him with another woman, crushed, she jets out of his life. The proud Greek blasts back into her world seeking retribution—in exchange for a divorce, he demands she relinquish the one thing she cannot. Her daughter. Only one other bargaining chip remains…Julia herself.

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Review

Ok, overall I liked this book. It was quick and easy to read. Which for me lately is what I’ve been going for in a book. I find that at this time of the year I tend to slow down with my reading and I need shorter books. I have reviewed a book for this other before it was called the Manhattan Cinderella. I thoroughly enjoyed that bug. I would probably have to give this book three stars. The reason being is because while I did enjoy the book and it was a quick read I found myself a little irritated. I had stupidly read some reviews before finishing the book and then I’m gonna have to agree with some of the reviews that I read. There was a lot of miscommunication and there’s bug and I feel that a lot of their issues could’ve been solved if our main character would have stayed and talked through the issues that occur in this book. I will say this though this book did teach me two things. One is that in a relationship you Need open and honest communication in. If you don’t have that then honestly what’s the point of being in the relationship. And these two characters never really had that open communication and I feel that’s where a lot of their problems fell together. Then the second thing that this book taught me why you need to not jump to conclusions. Which is what our did at the beginning of the book. So those are two things that I’ve learned from this book even though it is really short. I will have to say that I do feel it ended very abruptly.

I have so many questions for this author and I kind a want her to read the second book on this couple so I am able to get some kind of closure. The author doesn’t amazing job when it comes to writing. And I feel that this book needs more or it should’ve been longer honestly.

Sun photo-1Author Bio –  Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for HarperImpulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaires’ series’. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With aMasters Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration!

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Book Review – The Opal Blade And The Onyx Hourglass

Hello, wonderlandians. Today I have book review for you. I am so excited about this book. If you follow me and Instagram I have been posting about this book a lot. The author is a new to me author. She is very sweet. I have been talking with her daily in her author group. I must say the time that she dedicates to talking with her readers is amazing. I can’t say enough good things about this author.

I would like to state that this going to be a double review. So I will be reviewing the first book in the series as well as the second book in the series. As I know that my second review isn’t going to be as long as my first one. Because it is the second one in the series so I don’t want to do any kind of spoilers.

Lets get on with the review.

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When Sephy Sinclair is forced to sign a contract taking over her father’s business empire, she’s not happy. What she doesn’t know though, is that in having her Father’s legacy thrust upon her, she’s about to discover the secret lives of her parents, and most importantly that her lineage is steeped far deeper in ancient myth and magic than she ever anticipated.

Journey, with Sephy, through The Hollow and find yourself among the sinners of Mortaria, The Underworldian City ruled by a council of Gods made mortal. Here, she will seek sanctuary beneath a purple sun and vermillion sky, ruled by Haedes, a man broken beyond repair by an incident far too close to home.

Unfortunately for Sephy, it is Haedes alone who can teach her how to wield her newfound powers. Will he overcome his personal loss in time to save Sephy as she is hunted by the Demon Lords of Ancient, or will Sephy be used as a bargaining chip to bring Mortaria to its knees?

This book is perfect for those who love the style of Anne Rice, Jodi Picoult, and Angela Carter- including supernatural elements mixed in with high fantasy detail and stunning romantic storylines, which intertwine seamlessly to create a gothically dark otherworldly experience like no other.

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Cover 

I really enjoy this cover I think it represents the content of the book while. Once you’ve read the book you will understand how the cover definitely plays into it. A lot of the time I see you covers that don’t have anything to do with the book and I think the person who made the cover and the author did a really good job of combining a vision and creating something that perfectly suits this story.

Review 

Let me start off by saying that this book is thick. Okay. We are talking 487 pages thick. It is a big book. If big books scare you as they do me most of the time don’t worry this is an easy read. Now I need to say that this book get very descriptive. I tend to stay away from books that get very descriptive because tends to bore me. I will be honest here. With that being said I don’t really read fantasy books. So this book took me a really by surprise. When I started reading it I couldn’t put it down and it takes you on this wild ride of emotions. There is so much that happens throughout the entire book that I don’t want to spoil anything. One thing that I do like is there is four Points of view from this book. Typically when an author times to write with that many points of use a lot of them I feel are unnecessary but I think to this story it is 100% valid for the author to put all of these characters together. Now I will say there was one perspective that wasn’t my favorite and I didn’t really connect with. The four characters are Sephy, Zion, loose who is Lucifer, and Pandora. The one that I have to say that I didn’t really connect with and honestly could’ve done without was Pandora. Although her point of you is kind of crucial to the story.

The one perspective I wish we could’ve gotten what is Hades in this novel. I absolutely love his character his dialogue is amazing. But I will go into that more when I talk more about Haedes.

Kristy does an amazing job of giving you a world. Yes there is a lot of world building. This is a fantasy novel people so get over that fact. I didn’t find myself getting bored at all with the world building because the way she writes it really does paint a picture and it plays out like a movie in your head. The way she describes the characters and the scenes it’s like she’s putting you there. So every point of you that pops up you are that character. That is a very hard thing to do in my opinion and the fact that this is an author who is Is relatively new to the scene is incredibly impressive to me. She has written 10 books and I think a year and a half. She has become one of my auto by authors anything she puts out I will buy it. Every book in her series is interconnected in some way shape or form so with every book you read it builds upon this Intricate world that she is building. She is working on the third book in the series. I will have my review for the second book down below so you guys can check that out as well. I felt they are doing a double review for this would’ve been a good idea because I don’t want to ramble. I will say the ending of this book it guts up.

Image result for Madelaine Petsch gifI honestly think that the girl who plays Cheryl from Riverdale would be the absolute perfect person to play Sephy. Anytime I picture her character this is who and my head is playing the character. Madelaine Petsch is perfect for the role. She plays a sassy and fiery character on Riverdale

There are three other characters in the book that I can’t really honestly picture anybody playing them. That would be Pandora Lucifer and Xion.

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I picture Micheal Keaton as Haedes. Anytime that I read his dialogue he pops into my head. This character is so funny. Everything about him is comical. Thought I think of the Disney Hades. Michael Keaton plays beetle juice and to me at least that is the closest I can think of Haedes. I love it so much.

Honestly, I would recommend this book wholeheartedly so please go pick it up and support those are there she is one of the sweetest people that I have met. She’s very humble and her work is absolutely incredible.

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Book Two

Now before I get into this part of the review book two was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I have bought the book for myself as well. I believe in the author and just because the book was sent to me I have purchased my own copy with my money to support Kristy. Receiving the book in exchange for a review in no way changes my opinion of the book and I will be honest with you as I always am.

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It’s been six months since Xion and Haedes began their search for The Book of The Dead, and with the arrival of a warning from above, they know they can’t be far from their goal.

Meanwhile in Mortaria, Luce and Thane are left scrambling to keep things running, putting their relationship under more strain than ever before and making Luce question her ability to wield the dark magic she finds so alluring. Then there’s Pandora, who has been quiet ever since that night at the colosseum, but why? Demon numbers are seemingly decreasing, and yet animalistic murders in downtown Chicago, which are leaving local authorities stumped, seem to indicate a shift in the way the Demon Lords are operating from the traditions they have observed for thousands of years.

Can Sephy be brought back?
And if she can, will she return as the sassy, sarcastic Sephy Sinclair we all know and love, or will something else entirely return from beyond the grave?

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Cover

Now this cover is awesome and once again once you read the book you’ll understand the cover. It fits right in. It’s sort of mimics the first one which I like it’s the covers are consistent so if you have the paperback copy of the book then it’ll look great sitting on your shelf. The cover design or did an amazing job.

Review

So book two. What can I say about books to buy this review is going to be about how this book made me feel. Reason being it is a second book and I don’t want to give any spoilers away. It’s like one good thing happened and then all hell breaks loose please excuse my Pun. I’m sorry while reading this book I wanted to throw my iPad across the room. It’s not a bad book at all quite the contrary it is a really good book. It builds and gives you more information from the first one. I found myself crying within the first three chapters of the book. Now is an author can make me cry within the first three chapters of a book this author is worth looking out for it. It takes the right kind of all there to invoke such emotions from me. And that’s what she does. Now we get all the same perspective is that we get in the first novel. And I said in the first book I really didn’t care for Pandora’s point of you. But as we get into the second book her point of you-you really should understand her character a little bit more and why she does what she does. I’m not gonna give it away by you really start to feel for this character.

I really don’t know where to go with this review because I have so many emotions where is this book in towards these characters and our main characters Sephy She goes through so much in this book and I really want to hold her in my arms and comfort her but I also want to slap her.

Lucifer goes down a dark path in this book. And you question why she’s doing it honestly I think she is having a bit of a mental breakdown in this book. After being warned her so many times to not go down there specific path she does and it really kind of makes you feel for her as a person. I was reading a review for the first book and something really resonated with me and I for the life of me cannot remember the name of the reviewer but the reviewer had said that the author makes the characters human. And I wholeheartedly agree with that statement.

The whole basis of the story is to look at Greek mythology in a brand new way. One of the ways the author does a semi see this in the first book is taking a typical banshee and making them into an animal instead of a woman with pale skin and screaming. I honestly like the fact that Kristy is not afraid to kind of push those boundaries and make up new creatures out of the ones that we already know. It’s not that she’s disrespecting the banshee or the history of it it’s honestly putting a new spin on it. And I haven’t seen a lot of authors do this. At the same time as I mentioned up earlier in the post I don’t typically tend to read a lot of fantasy so if this is something that fantasy all there is to do please let me know so that way I can crack myself. I’ve read a couple fantasy books but never anything to this extent.

Her writing from the first book to the second book is very consistent honestly it doesn’t feel like you’re taking a break at all. Both books are out right now actually so once you finish the first book you can go right into the second one. Jumping into the second book because there is that six-month time get out it is very easy to ease back into the book. The world, in all honesty, it’s like you’re coming home. Because the first book takes you on such an adventure that once you jump into this one it’s like you are returning home to family. I love when books do that especially sequels. There’ve been some sequel is where I came back to it I was like what’s going on if you like almost a different story to me but that’s not the case with this.

I hope you have enjoyed both of these reviews.

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Book Review – Fueled

Hello, wonderlandians. We are back in the world of Rylee and Colton. This is the second book in the Driven series. If you have not read my review on Driven I would recommend reading that first. You might get a little lost on what I am talking about in this review.

I do want to say that if I get a little ranty I am so sorry. This book had me feeling all of the things. We will get to all of that and more after we talk about the cover.

Synopsis

What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?

Colton stole my heart. He wasn’t supposed to, and I sure as hell didn’t want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.

Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. She’s seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she’s still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.

How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?

He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won’t let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.

How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there’s someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I’d never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I’ll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can’t be what she needs, so why can’t I just let her go?

We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love?

Cover

We have the three different covers. I personally have to say that I like the last cover the best. It is the newest cover. The starting from left to right left you to have the original cover, the middle one is the audio book cover, and the last one is the newest rendition of the cover. I have to say for me it is the most eye-catching out of them all.

Review

So I’ve actually given myself a couple of days before I went into this review. I thought I was going to get very ranty with this review. There are a lot of reasons why I thought I get this way. This book really makes you feel some type of way. Every emotion that you can ever feel you will feel with this book.

Before I go further into my review you guys know I like to give a disclaimer if I feel that there could potentially be something triggering to somebody. At the opening of the book, there is a flashback to Colton’s childhood that has to do with abuse. So take that as you well if you guys can’t handle childhood abuse which is very instrumental to this story. Then I really would suggest not going on with the story. There is, however, a reason why he goes through what he goes through. It shows throughout the book how one can overcome abused as a child. That’s all I’m gonna say about that because I don’t wanna ruin the book for those of you who decide to go on with the series.

So the last book ends on a cliffhanger. I was heartbroken by how the first book ended. Thankfully in the prologue, we get an understanding of why it ended the way that the book ended. So I love the author for that. Now I love this series. I don’t know if this Author is an evil genius or she just really likes to play with the emotions of her readers. I’m gonna go with she’s an evil genius. K. Bromberg writes characters that you 100% cannot forget. The way she writes Colton specifically to me he is so beautifully flawed if you well. His character has gone through a great challenge in his early years and I feel like he could be a very real person. Most books I don’t feel the characters are real. Like I love the characters and I would love to be friends with characters of other books but when I leave the story I don’t feel like it’s real life. Because honestly most books that I read they are paranormal or supernatural books. I definitely feel with this book that I am reading about my friends. I was so emotionally invested that I finish these books essentially in less than a week.

The author does write a book that you can read after you finish the series or you can read it before you read the last book. This is just scenes from Colton’s perspective. She ends up giving a little note before the scene in explaining why she did what she did. So I really enjoyed that fact. But I definitely wouldn’t read it before this book. It’s called Raced. That book has scenes from the first book and a from this book.

Now again I’m going to be talking about three of our main characters. And then I will be getting into more information about the movie that is coming up. It has been announced that they are making all three books in the series into movies. So I will be using pictures from the movie that’s coming out I believe next year. So we can kind of put some contexts to the characters with the people who will be playing them.

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Rylee Thomas – I gave glowing reviews about Rylee in the last book. I don’t know what it is about her in this book in particular but she had me so freaking frustrated through the last half of this book. She is probably one of the most stubborn characters I have ever met in a book. Now don’t get me wrong I understand why she was the way she was in this book specifically. I am really trying not to give spoilers away but again this is the second book. Now I’m going to have to say for maybe 10 to 12 chapters towards the end she was so irritating. And I don’t mean irritating as in I didn’t like her. Again I am so invested in these characters that when they’re hurting I am hurting. I honestly feel like Rylee is like my girl and I wanted to shake her and just wake her up. I was crying for Rylee at the end of this book. There is something that happens to her that has me still thinking about it and has me shook I was crying for Rylee at the end of this book.

I was bawling my eyes out at one point. Because what happens to her is so heart wrenching and you’re like is the author just that mean to these characters or is it really plot driven. What happens to Rylee is 100% plot driven. I feel while there was a lot of growth for Rylee’s character in this book there were 10 chapters where I felt she took a lot of steps back but she did end up redeeming herself and in all reality that’s all matters for me is that she redeemed herself. And I love her to death.

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Colton Donavan – Actually did you hear from his point of view in this book and I love it. The author she did the dual perspective very well. For me, it takes a very talented author to write a dual perspective that is amazing. Colton for me is up there with my favorite characters. He has a lot that happens to him in his early life which really carves out who he is as a person. Being the fact that he was abused in his early life you get a sense of why he is the way that he is today. You get these moments throughout the book with Colton and Rylee where they are so hot and cold with each other and most of that is due to Colton. He does have a coping mechanism that I have done in my life. As you guys know I have OCD and depression and one of the coping mechanisms that he specifically has is he will try and push everybody away one to prove that he can as well as to know who’s really going to stay with him. That is something I could very much connect with the character. A lot of the time from his perspective we get the insight of why his thought pattern is the way that it is. So I really enjoyed that the author did give us that perspective. Otherwise, I really would be yelling at Colton the entire time and not really like him as much as I really do.

He tries to fight so much against her felt for Rylee and one thing Rylee is is a fighter so she will fight for both of them. If you’re with Rylee you’re with her boys. Colton’s interactions with the boys are very important to the story because he gets very attached to them.

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In a way, I feel that the boys really end up helping Colton grow as a character and I enjoy that fact so much. There is a lot of times when an author will just focus on the two main characters and yeah still have the side characters in an out by in romance it really is about the driving force of the two main characters. So the fact that she not only includes the best friend and the boys as such a part of the growth of the characters it really shows at least to me what the author is really capable of. Most of the time I don’t find that connection with the secondary characters as I do the main characters.

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Zander – I love this boy so much. Zander’s character in this next book grows so much. When we first meet him he doesn’t talk in the first parking is very very shy and really the only one that gets him talking you can is Colton and bond that they have is amazing.  Now he and Rylee have a very special relationship. I honestly feel that he has the closest bond of mother and son at least this book. He has been with her the shortest amount of time but the relationship that you feel between the two of them is incredible. Colton and Zander have a relationship that I feel Rylee won’t understand. They both come from very similar backgrounds so you can tell Colton loves him immediately. Colton doesn’t do love.

Zander, as I’ve said, goes through a lot of progress in this book is interacting with people more it seems that he’s a lot less scared around people and he’s also talking to people. I’m in love with this little boy so much that I’m kind of sad that there is more of him in the book. That’s OK because the parts of him that we get to see interacting with his family. It’s amazing because it shows that just because you are related to somebody by blood that doesn’t necessarily make them your family. Rylee has taken these seven bully and it made a family with them. She gets to be a mom to these boys. Well, they don’t call her mom that’s exactly what she is to them. The bond that she has with Zander is very amazing. Zander relies on Rylee so much and when he’s up that she’s upset which ends up making you upset.

One thing that I do want to point out that kind of didn’t sit right with me is the fact that describe Rylee’s inner monologue through some of the harder parts of the book. She uses the term my Schizophrenic thoughts. I personally wouldn’t have used get the term schizophrenic to describe thoughts. I guess for me that’s really the only “negative” thing I could say about the book. I don’t know what do you guys think would you ever use a term like that describe somebody’s inner thoughts no matter how scattered they are. I personally would have gone with my racing thoughts.

Narrator

Tatiana Sokolov is amazing as always. She never disappoints when reading a book. Every time I hear a book but she narrates I am at peace. That is the one thing that I love about audiobooks is the fact they can put me at peace.

Sean Crisden this is the first book that I have heard him narrate. His voice is so smooth when he reads. Sean and  Tatiana are amazing together when reading. They do a lot of books together and I have been finding that when you have a girl and a guy who read the other day typically tend to read a lot of books you have there. They complement each other so well. His voice I could fall asleep to him talking every single night. He has such a vulnerability about him when the scene calls for it in the book, Also I find that when he does a woman’s voice I do not cringe. That Is one of the biggest things I find with male narrators that when they do a female voice I cringe so hard. There was none of that he was absolutely incredible. And together they are just magic.

Movie 

I said earlier in the post I was going to bring the movie news. The author of the series K. Bromberg did an interview in a private group on Facebook that now. She was talking about how she was very excited that her books are being made into movies. one piece of information that I really liked was the fact that she had said that the people in the movie  I’ve only read the first book because they didn’t want to be spoiled about their characters. This means that their reactions to what could be happening in the upcoming movies are going to be very authentic. Now when they go and film the other two movies I do have a feeling that they are going to be reading the book so that way they know what they’re character in the book was feeling at that moment. Although with the script I do believe that they would be able to tell what the character is feeling anyway. When they read the books will definitely get him or end up an idea of what characters are supposed to be like though.

There have been so many behind the scenes photos. I am so excited for this movie. Now you guys know I did a review of The Matchmaker’s Playbook after I read the book. I still need to get the movie review up I’m sorry I really do want to watch it one more time. I’m even more excited for this that I was bored The Matchmaker’s Playbook. That should tell you how fantastic these books are.

I hope you guys enjoyed this really long with you. I think this is the longest review I’ve ever done.

Thank you guys for joining us here in our little part of Wonderland. Please do not forget to feed the unicorns on your way out. They have been loving all the attention that you guys have been giving them lately.

Until next time

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Book Review – Driven

Hello, wonderlandians. I have a book review for you today. This is the one that I had for my What I’m Reading Wednesday. Well I finished it and I am shook. I will get into that soon.

Also, I should say that I am once again trying out a new format for this review.

Let as always talk about the cover or…well…covers.

Now in my post I did talk about the covers. I understand the need for different colors but when the covers are a variation of the original then I really don’t understand the point. Now there is one cover that if a little bit different. The model on the cover has a re thing flag wrapped around her. I personally really like this cover the most. If I were to see this one in a bookstore her that would be the one I would gravity thoughts. I think the are a really simple design for the cover and for this type of book I think that the more simple to book cover the better.
Synopsis
Rylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man
that just might make her enjoy losing it…

I am the exception to the rule.

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

I can’t give him what he wants and he can’t give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?

Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart?
Review

So I got this book off Passionflix. They are turning this book into their next movie. Well they are in the middle of several projects but this is the one they are currently advertising. If you guys remember I have talked about Passionflix in one of my other reviews The Match Maker’s Playbook. So I will be getting into my first reaction of the people who are going to be playing the main characters.

I’m floored with this book. I love it so much. It has quickly become one of my favorite books. At first I thought this was a fanfiction that was being published because I got a lot of vibes from Fifty Shades of Grey (one of my favorite series). Please take note though this book is nothing like the contents of that book in terms of content. There is no BDSM. I would say that the only thing that is like Fifty Shades of Grey there is so much self loathing that Colton has for him self. As he says he has a 747 truck full of baggage. Plus he is always warning Rylee away from him. I think these similarities stem from the book coming out in 2013 while Fifty Shades come out in 2011. These are where the similarities end.

Rylee is not without her own baggage.

Rylee is woman with a trouble past. She is working at a house with kids who are in the system and have no one to take care of them. Her boys are her world. One night when she was putting on a event to raise for the company she works for she me Colton the bad boy race car driver and they fire they have between them is hot. They really hit it off Rylee is going to get some paddles for an auction they are holding and gets locked in a closet. Now Rylee is claustrophobic. So being in that closet is a big thing for her. She is yelling for someone to come and help her when none other that Colton is the one to save her. This is their first meeting. Everything that happens from there is much like a trip around the race track high speed and intense of emotions.

I want to talk you about three of the characters that are really important to the story.

Rylee Thomas – She is a great character and goes through so much growth throughout this whole book. She gives all of herself to everyone. The people in particular are the boys that she looks after. She has a deep connection with each one of them while taking on a mother role. All she wants is for Colton to open up to her.

Colton Donovan – Is sexy and he knows it. He can have who he wants when he wants. As describe in the book he has a very mercurial personality and I have to agree. He is runs so hot and cold with Rylee but she is really the only one that can break through the fake person he puts on for the rest of the world.

Zander – Then we have out common denominator. Zander is one of the kids that Rylee looks after. He is 8 years old and does not speak. I don’t want to ruin his backstory for you. When he first sees Colton he has the first reaction to another person in I want to say 4 months. Throughout the book this little guy is able to help Colton bring down his walls and let Rylee see just a little bit of whole he is.

When it comes to this book you will be crying, yelling, laughing, and wanting to throw the book across the room. 5 out of 5 for me.
Narrator

Tatiana Sokolova is such a fantasic narrator. Her voice is very easy to listen to. This is the second book I have listened to her narrate and she is quickly becoming one of my favorites. She keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat while listening to the book. She has number of different voices for all of the different characters in this book. If you have never listened to a book she has narrated I would really recommend her.

Movie

I am so excited to see this movie. You guys have know ideas. This book would not even be on my radar if it were not for Passionflix. Now I have read one other book that they had turned into a movie. It was called The Match Maker’s Playbook. Which was the book. I’m not kidding you. They have a good reputation of sticking very close to the books. This is what other people have said as I have only read one of the books they have turned into a movie.

I can’t wait to see what they keep for this movie. There is so material to work with. I’m so invested in these characters. Another thing that I really like is how dedicated they are to keeping their fans update with BTS pictures.

Let meet the people who are going to bring to life these amazing characters.

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The lovely lady that gets to play Rylee Thomas is Olivia Applegate. She is a new actress to me. She has done a few things main stream things. One of the things she is know for is her singing ability. She was on America’s got talent. So I am very excited to see how she does in this role. I have seen one thing she acted in. It was a short film on YouTube called The Breakup. I really liked and think she can act.

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This is Casey Deidrick he is going to be playing Colton Donovan. I’m very familiar with his acting. He is most notably known for playing Chad DiMera on the longest running soap opera Days of Our Lives. This is a show that I have grown up on. It’s 50 years old. My mom was just a kid when the show first aired. So I am so very excited to see him take on this role. He is such a great actor.

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This is Christian Ganiere. He is going to be playing Zander. He is currently playing Parker on Days of Our Lives. I’m so excited to see him bring Zander to life. Zander is one of my favorite characters.

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So as you guys can tell they are far in the filming. They are going to be announcing some more cast members tomorrow and I am so very excited it. As I have said I have fallen in love with this book and I cannot wait to see how they are going to be turning this into a movie.

I hope you guys have liked this very long review.

Do you guys want me to keep you updated on the progress of the movie? Let me know.

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Book Review – A Clean Sweep

Hello, wonderlandians. Hope you Saturday is going great! I’m will be seeing Avengers – Infinity Wars today. The college where my mom works is hosting a nine hour movie premier with the guys who directed the movie as they went to school there.

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I will be checking on my blog at the intermission to hear what you guys thought of the review.

Disclaimer – This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. You guys know I don’t bullshit with my reviews.
A CLEAN SWEEP is a laugh-out-loud tale of love, lies and second chances.ACleanSweepcover (1)

Love comes around when you least expect it. Fifty-something widow Emily isn’t expecting romance. Nor is she expecting a hunky twenty-something chimney sweep on her doorstep.
Daughter Tabitha knows something isn’t quite right with her relationship, while her boss – Abba-loving Meryl – thinks she’s found the real deal. Are they both right, or pursuing Mr Wrong?
Emily’s sister, Celeste, has the perfect marriage … or does she? Can a fitness tracker lead her down the path to happiness or heartbreak?
Susan is single, overweight and resigned to a life of loneliness. There was the one who got away but you don’t get another try, do you?
Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of emotions in a book that will grab your heart, make you smile and wish you had a chimney to sweep.

Purchase from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2HcZrhl

The Cover

I really the artistic style of the cover. It gives me Mary Poppins vibes. The colors complement each other.
Review

So I had so much feeling about this book. It was slow in the beginning for me to get into because I just wasn’t really connecting with any of the characters. But then I found that even though I wasn’t connecting because of the age gap between me and most of the characters that I found myself growing to absolutely love them. And the author shows that no matter what age you are you can connect the stories of people. With every situation that Emily, Celeste, Susan, and Tabatha went through I found myself crying, routing and yelling at this book because you get attached to these characters.

I think one really cool thing that I did when reading this book is I applied to speed reading techniques. I was having issues with my Kindle freezing on me so I knew that I had to read quickly and I actually really enjoyed the speed reading than I did. I found myself reading faster and enjoying the story a lot more. So if you guys are ever in a bind and you have a short amount of time to read I would really recommend trying speed reading.

I really do recommend this book. I love this book.

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Author Bio
Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland. Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise. She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.
Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, less farm animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: ‘There’s been a murrrrder!’
After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat, humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.
Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well …
Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again. Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in – it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny, tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in May/June. After which she might have a wee lie down …
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