An Ember in the Ashes(Full Review)

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Cover Art by Shane Rebenschied

Cover Design by Kristin Smith-Boyle

Copyright 2015

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Order your copy of An Ember in the Ashes and feel the adventure!

An enthralling tale full of heat, a bone chilling villain,  with amazing world-building to back a powerful series.

When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason against the Martial Empire , she has to decide to run and hide or run and fight. As a Scholar, she knows her people may not stand a chance against the Martials and their platoon of Masks. In fact, it was a Mask that destroyed those she loves but it will be hard to beat them without the help of the Resistance.

The Resistance wants Laia to go undercover as a slave in one of the most impenetrable places- Blackcliff Academy. Unfortunately, that means she will be the Commandant’s slave and could possibly be beaten, raped, or killed. Her unlikely ally will be the one she should hate and fear…Elias. A Mask Soldier- trained in the deadliest of physical arts and also the most troubled and the most handsome. She should stay away from him.

But can they stay away from each other?

My Reaction:

First of all, I knew nothing about this author or her books. My husband and I were in Barnes and Noble and I was looking for something different to read, adventures with a pop of romance. My hubby spotted this gorgeous cover on the shelf in the YA section of the store and I said, “Oh well, I’ll give it a try. I’ll judge this book by its cover”

With a smile I purchased it.

That was over a month ago.

Map of the Empire from An Ember in the Ashes(2015)

I finally began reading the book a week ago. Devouring the pages, smoothing my hands over the intricately drawn map. I am still amazed at how the author weaved such a generous story that is also easy to follow. I rarely read Fantasy such as this. Never been a Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones type of gal, however this one has action, sword fighting and it balances it with a juicy, yet unexpected love triangle that heats up the book. Anyways the character I fell for is Elias, the soldier. He is such a tortured soul that you want to hug him. He can’t help that his mother is sadistic and that he is trained to kill. It helps that he is hot and deadly though. Just sayin’.

This book is a five-star read, heck, a ten-star read, but what really gets on my nerves is Helene’s role in all of this. She is Elias’s friend and truthfully she can make an exit from this series and I wouldn’t lose sleep. Seriously. Yeah she is loyal, but nope.

The Commandant is a petite blonde woman and is probably the worst villain I’ve ever read… and that is saying something because I read a lot.

I can’t tell too much and spoil the story- I really want to, but I’ll say this: I hear that there will be a film based on these books?

It’s about time. I’m ready.

If you want more information about the book and ordering options, please help yourself to the links above. Remember, Prime members get special deals and perks(hint, hint!)

I just order Book 2: A Torch Against the Night. I hear that it’s even more addicting than the first one.

I”ll check in later. Continue to have a blessed and enjoyable summer guys! 🙂

Cold Hearted Rake, Heats Up The Pages! #LisaKleypas #HistoricalRomance

Devon’s head lowered, and he kissed the side of her throat. “I want you in my bed again,” he whispered. Working his way along her neck, he found a sensitive place that made her shiver and arch, the tip of his tongue stroking a soft pulse…(Cold Hearted Rake, Klepas, Lisa: pg. 192 2016)

I had to go back to one of my first loves…

Historical!

I used to go crazy and giddy with bookwormery when I would see a title like Rake, or Pirate, or Damsel, I love it.

This book did not disappoint, read the short snippet in the box below and then my reaction afterward.

A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?Blurb from Amazon.com

To be completely fair, Devon did not seem that cold-hearted to me, maybe except when he threw acidic words at Kathleen, perhaps once or twice. Maybe in his former life he may have been more of a cold-hearted rake but with Kathleen even when they butt heads or banter and it can turn fiery and passionate with a few charming, heart melting words from Devon. Kathleen was more coldhearted with her actions and her words. Given her familial background, it is somewhat understandable.

However, I had heart palpitations during the sex scenes…My God!

The book earns five stars for an amazingly tight plot, wonderful characters to revisit and amazing passion.

To learn more about the Ravenel series please go to Amazon and then learn more about Lisa Kleypas herself and other amazing stories from this author!

Fight For Love by Delaney Diamond(a review)

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Fight For Love by Delaney Diamond(Latin Men Book 2)

“Let’s get one thing straight,” he said. His calm voice held a threatening undertone. “There will be no ‘affairs’. While you’re my wife, no one comes near you.” (Fight For Love, 2011)

Want jealous alpha males? Sexy, Latin men, a wonderfully good romantic plot that takes at least 2 good hours to finish?

Try Delaney Diamond’s Fight For Love.

9 years ago Rebekah Jamison was married to the “Sexiest Wrestler Alive” Rafael Lopez. Their relationship did not work, but she does have a son with him. A son he does not know exist; so when Rafael shows up on her doorstep and sees a miniature version of himself, Rafael wants to pick up where they left off, but with so much past hurt and secrets will they ever rekindle the love they once had?

Rafael will try everything in his power to win his ex-wife back, and he is not above seducing her to give him a second chance…

My Reaction:

A very quick, yet satisfying read. I literally had no problems with it. I could be biased because I was in the mood for a “quick bang with happy-romance-forever whatchamacallit type story so yeah, this had it all.

First off I like how Rafael “bulldozed” his way back into Rebekah’s life. He took one look at her and realized that this was his forever girl and he will do anything to win her back. They’ve both made bad decisions in the past which led to their divorce but then again they did meet when they were nineteen,  and to be fair when I was nineteen I knew no better either. At that age, we make hasty decisions based off of anger and lust and not in that order, then pay for it later in life.

I enjoyed this one so very much and I know you will too.

Let me know if you’d enjoy more reviews like this one and stay tuned for more posts on writing and other stuff.

XOXO,

~The Write Web

Sin Bin is 800+ Pages of Delicious Heat

 

I’ve just finished one of the most scrumptious, delicious series ever.

Should you read these books in order?

God. Yes.  It will pack more punch..

Denver Rebels Order of Books:

#1 Wicked Games

#2 The Swede

#3 Sin Bin

 

I know Summer is soon on our heels, but these hockey players are hitting the ice and blazing the pages with romance in Maureen Smith’s Denver Rebels series. I read the first two already and you can view my review of them on my Amazon Page.

Right now, I want to review Sin Bin..

In Sin Bin(Book 3 in Denver Rebels), we meet Logan “The Bruiser” Brassard the tough, sexy sinfully hot hockey player for the Denver Rebels- and certified “manwhore”. With a past that left emotional scars that runs deep as his soul, Brassard constantly finds himself in the “Sin Bin”, constantly called out for fights on the ice. But then, he was always a fighter, especially back when he was a kid protecting Jupiter, the nickname for the little girl who was constantly bullied.

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The Swede Book 2 in Denver Rebels

Fast forward about fifteen years later, and the “little girl” Meadow Ryan is all curvy and beautiful; she finds herself leaving Sin City to find work in Denver. When she runs into her foster friend Logan, she can’t deny her attraction to him. He still calls her Jupiter because of her love of astronomy(so sweet!). Even though Meadow is attracted to him and it is obvious he wants her bad, she does not want to get hurt again and Logan’s reputation does precede him…

My Thoughts

First, this was 800+ pages of slow burn deliciousness and I am here for it. I tried to read it slower as advised by the author herself but darn it how can I?  Each one broken inside because of their past: Logan was abused and so was Meadow and now they’ve found each other. The book was well paced, even with their sex scenes. It was more than sex whatever Logan was doing to her, letting me as the reader know Meadow was definitely treasured higher than any “puck bunny” he’d lain with.

Secondly, I like how the author introduces social commentary while keeping the juice of the story flavorful. The mentioning of “pro black women”, sexual abuse, black men who don’t date black women comes up in a few conversations and it did not distract but added to the book.

I definitely can’t wait for Hunter and Cynara’s story. I know that one will be beyond explosive. It would be nuclear.

Check out the Denver Rebel Series for more information and purchasing options.

Review of Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

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“Tell me the answer, wise one.”

“Merely avoiding violence shows virtue, but it shows much more virtue to help end the fight and bring the combatants to a state of peace.”(Chopra, Deepak, Buddha: The Story of Enlightenment, 2007, pg.187).

Only a story of enlightenment can be written so exquisitely by Deepak Chopra. This book felt like a historical fiction feast for my soul and I want to share just the brief blurb with you before my reaction…

“Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping New York Times bestselling novel about the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.

A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father’s kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed by those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. Face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer will, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment.

Although we recognize Buddha today as an icon of peace and serenity, his life story was a tumultuous and spellbinding affair filled with love and sex, murder and loss, struggle and surrender. From the rocky terrain of the material world to the summit of the spiritual one, Buddha captivates and inspires—ultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and ourselves.- Blurb found on Amazon

My Reaction:

I enjoyed how Chopra gave us snippets of Buddha’s life in stages: Siddhartha the prince, Guatama(the wanderer),and finally the Buddha- each moment felt like a teaching moment even though I could not help but feel as if I were being sweetly and earnestly entertained. I say this in a good way because the way Chopra writes with such gentle sharpness and detail, I felt as if I were there as Buddha was birthed under a bright moon.

At the very last page, I closed the book and I did feel my blood run as ice- just for a moment, because the teachings are hard to swallow. They are not Bible thumped Scriptures that takes time to digest and preach about(although I am not against it), however, the lessons learned was through living vicariously through Buddha, watching how he learned and what he applied. It is truly chilling and rewarding.

I will keep this book and treasure it for a long time.

#AfrofuturisticBooks, Black Ghost by L.L. Farmer

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“Her husband had fought for a country that hated him. And she, well, she wasn’t hated. Pearl was rendered invisible through indifference. She didn’t count in the black struggle because she was a woman, and she didn’t count in the woman struggle because of her blackness.”(Farmer, L.L. Black Ghost: pg 293, 2018)

It’s Woman’s Month and while reading Book 2: Black Ghost of Warrior Slave series  I realize it has so many elements in it that I can only write about one.

Black Ghost picks up where Black Borne leaves off. The immortal demon hunter, Neema thought her biggest worry were demons, but nope. She has the ngoma to worry over. The ngoma are spirits of humans that want revenge and because they are not demons Neema has a hard time trying to subdue and banish them and she has already been killed by one before.

Flanked by Jasen(a former boyfriend from over thirty years ago who is now a cop) and demon Shapeshifter Alastor, Neema is about to learn that the past truly never dies.

My Reaction:

I could not put this one down. I tried hard to do other normal, human things, but to no avail. I enjoyed learning more about Neema’s power and I actually feel sad for her because she never got to experience real pure love- well, maybe she did with Priest but her life was cut down short and now she chases and kills demons. Even though I appreciate her skill with a sword and her hardcore badass-ery(yes that’s a word in my world), I sometimes want her to be looked upon and desired, maybe even held. Some scenes, small as they may be made me smile though because a little caress, a gaze, a word can go along way.

But isn’t this real life as well? When we are not rendered invisible with our styles mocked at the same time, we are treated as “strong”, nurturers, the side kick friend with great advice- I digress.

On to the serious stuff….A Spoiler or Two, Sorry!

The quote above sums up the experience of a black woman.

There is nothing worse than apathy which stands apart from love and hate. As a black woman, the ghostPearl was not seen as beautiful nor ugly by society, she existed to be ignored. It’s kind of like being a tiny ant. We know they are around and we see them, but we don’t care that our sneakers mess up their homes, we don’t mind squashing their bodies and spraying chemicals on them to kill them. They can’t fight back against us.

I know, crazy example, but it’s true. Black women always have to be the loudest and comical just to be heard and when we are quiet like a mouse- then we are considered stuck up.

Neema blasts through the stereotypes because she realizes her path and accepts it. She is tall, dark and is a protector but at least even she knows she need help every now and again.

I am excited about the next adventure for Neema. Book 2 ended on a note that begs for a continuation…

XOXO,

Ericajean

My Free Month of Kindle Unlimited(the experience)

 

When I had Kindle Unlimited for free for thirty days last month, I did not know what I would be getting into. It’s amazing what you discover when you are reading for FREE. During that time I wanted to look for books that were by black writers but not anything “too street”- even though there is nothing wrong with street, I needed a mix of “While You Were Sleeping”  with “Love Jones” and Whohoo! I found it.

Tiya Rayne’s Alpha was super amazing. It had everything:  love, sci-tech, action, hot sex- yum.

*To be honest, I don’t think it was EXACTLY 30 days, but whatever, it is cheap to have per month(9.99), and they were generous enough to allow me to read free books. If you haven’t tried Kindle Unlimited, you will need to. It saves money if you are a Book-a-holic like me.

Here’s a juicy review form me on Stay With Me” by Alexandria House. Follow all my reviews on addicting books on my Amazon Page!

Ryan Boye…Mm Mm Mm, a self-professed womanizer who never sleeps with the same woman twice, finds himself needing to lease a room from Angela Strickland a.k.a. 4C Angie(I know you have to remember her if you read House’s other books). Anyway, Angela leases the room to the fine Creole with the sexy accent and even though she is completely through with relationships, something about Boye makes her “love come down”. Boye is just as fascinated with Angela and it is so hilarious how he is breaking all the rules for her and doing crazy things just to get her attention, I think it is cute actually.

But in classic Alexandria House style, the intimate scenes are beyond the charts sizzling and each character has a past they can’t quite seem to let go.

Another winning book from House. Hands down.

Anyway, check out the links below so you can find out why these books kept me up late.

Alpha by Tiya Rayne

The McClain Brothers Series by Alexandria House

The Strickland Sisters by Alexandria House

Happy reading and stay tuned for more blog posts!

P.S. Affiliate links are sprinkled throughout this post 🙂