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Always Red #WattpadSuperstars

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Always Red by Isabelle Ronin

Publication Date: Sourcebooks Casablanca(November 7, 2017)

You might want to order Always Red today! (Kindle Edition)

*Galley provided for free from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

Always Red is definitely slightly better than Chasing Red in that there’s more background and depth to the story, promising subplots, and incredibly incendiary love scenes that are just wild!

The book picks up right where Chasing Red ends, with Caleb hurt over Beatrice-Rose’s betrayal and Red suddenly realizing that she may lose him. The page turning craze begins when Red tries to find new ways to contact Caleb to win him back. Is it possible that she can? Will Caleb even accept her?

It goes back to the saying: “You never know what you have until its gone.”

Her new friends Kar and Beth definitely kept me laughing and as I mentioned, their own plots in the story is promising. I can definitely see some books written based on their lives, however Always Red amps it up with the passionate scenes and crimes of passion as well.

There is definitely more truths being revealed and you pray everyone makes it out alive.

Red is not one of my favorite characters. I tried to like her in the first book, but now I see that Caleb, as sweet and hot as he is, is the more sensitive one in this situation. He will do anything for Red but it seems like it takes a herculean effort for her to show how much she loves him. I give her an A for effort…

I am saying this because, the gorgeous drifting rock star, Damon, who calls her “Angel Face” once again is always to her rescue and she just goes to him. Nothing wrong with that, I mean, she is a grown woman, but when Caleb feels some way about it, she never addresses it appropriately in my opinion. Her upbringing was kind of screwed up which can account for her being a shelled individual.

All in all a great conclusion to the series and I will definitely read more of Ronin’s stories on Wattpad!

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4.5 Star Review · African American · book review · Five Star Review · Romance · Uncategorized

September 2017 Reading Recap: Fae books, Slave Ships, and Black Romance

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Images of book covers are courtesy of Avon Books, Delacorte Press(“Captured and Forbidden” text titles created by Ericajean using Canva

Below are Very brief summaries of the four books I read September 2017. I read books about faeries(not the kids’ faeries), the adult fae books, as well as some black romance. Please click  the(affiliate) links to grab up  these 4.5 and 5 star reads!

 

  • First up is Iced. I was  unaware of the controversy surrounding Iced, because I’ve read the Darkfever series from 2009-2011 and stopped when I realized Iced would be in the POV of 14 y/o Dani O’Malley, but Moning did a great job of keeping the dark sensuality and sexual tension in there while also keeping the voice of the fiery Dani.

Some felt that Dani was too young to be placed in a world filled with centuries old males and that was borderline on taboo however, in a crazy violent fae driven world, Dani is more intelligent and grown up and again, Moning did a fine job of treating issues delicately concerning Dani.

In this world, ice is freezing up places in Dublin, Ireland and Dani must team up with Ryodan, Dancer, and the Unseelie Prince Christian, to dodge gut stealing hags and faeries who could sex you to death- literally!

  • In Burned, Mac and Barrons are back(after Shadowfever) and are now dueling growing potholes in the atmosphere and Mac still has the Unseelie King’s copy of the Sinsar Dubh inside her and relying on it for any power could prove fatal for her and the world if she isn’t careful. Some fans did not care for Burned because Iced reeled us in and now we want more of Dani’s story.
  • The next two books I read are by Beverly Jenkins. An African American Author who writes titillating historical fiction you just cannot put down. In Forbidden(Old West, #1), the sexy green eyed Rhine Fontaine is descended from a line of African Queens and his white father was a slave owner. To survive, Rhine lives his life as a white man until he meets the beautiful Eddy Carmichael who makes him forget about his fianceé .
  • Captured was filled with pirates, violence and sweet seduction. I loved every minute of it. Clare Sullivan, a slave, is captured by the ruggedly handsome Dominic Le Veq. LeVeq, a free black man known for bedding down women all over the world, just can’t help himself when he meets the very intelligent slave woman. The problem is, he wants her by his side: free. But if they are found out she could go back to being a house slave or possibly killed.

Another point to remember: Beverly Jenkins love using marmalade in her novels. I’ll never think of the treat the same again!

Well, I hope you get to read some of these books because they surely kept me up at night and they are definitely certified 4.5/5 star reads so it will not be a waste of your time.

Let me know what you think about any of these stories if you have read them.

What are you currently reading? 🙂

~The Write Web

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Iced by Karen Marie Moning ( review)

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Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Published by Delacorte Press(2012)-Hardcover

ISBN13: 978-0385344401

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Bull-fecking-Crikey, Dani Mega O’Malley is here! Word to the wise: This book pushes boundaries. How in the magical world was Moning able to weave in action, magic, and some serious sexual tension all from the point of view of fourteen year old Dani? Well, most of it is in her POV. Anyways…

It is 1 AWC(After the Wall Crashed all fae hell broke lose) Dani Mega O’Malley carries the sword of Light. It can do some serious damage to the fae, particularly, the Unseelie variety. She is on the run from Mackayla “Mac” Lane since she revealed she killed Mac’s sister Alina.

Read my 3-line review on Goodreads and make sure to get Iced for yourself. Join the fight!

On top of everything else going on, various places are freezing and Dani finds herself joining up with none other than Ryodan, Chester’s dark, brooding nightclub owner. He wants to know what is going on too and with Dani’s superhuman sight and speed she proves useful.

I can’t explain how sensuality was woven in this book. All I can say is, 14 year old Danny has a line of suitors waiting for her to grow up.

So what lead to the full five purple heart rating?

  • C’mon! It’s Karen Marie Moning, for feck(got “feck” from her books) sake. Only she can use words to work you up like a tightly wound guitar string, then make you go POP.
  • She was genius in her taste of words and scene structure.
  • Iced was extremely hard to put down because when you read a KMM novel, you are in an adventure. Point blank period. You get comfy, lie down and open up a whole new world.
  • I actually like that Dani was not treated with kid gloves because the girl isn’t stupid and she is strong, so, yeah. It all worked out.

I am glad to be rejoining the fight to save Dublin..to save the world. One page at a time.

Have you read any of KMM’s books? Share here!

 

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A Compassionate Pirate in This Beverly Jenkins Story

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Captured by Beverly Jenkins

 

Captured

HarperCollins e-books 2009

ISBN: 978-0-06-197631-5(Adobe Digital Edition)

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Synopsis: Clare Sullivan, a slave, is captured by one of the most virile, ruggedly handsome pirates- Dominic LeVeq. At first the capture rattled her so, but after getting to know him, she learns more about him and that knowledge leads her down a passionate, adventure filled road…

I enjoyed this book for many reasons:

  • Sailing on the open sea.
  • A handsome pirate.
  • A courageous, intelligent heroine.
  • Last but not least, steamy unforgettable scenes.

*Purchase Captured today to get swept away by an amazing story!

So, yes right off the bat I can tell you this is a five heart read. It is about more than pirates and slavery. It begged the question: How far will you go for love?

As usual, like in other books by Beverly Jenkins, you get a history lesson along with an amazing story. Also like usual: the female lead character is pure(either a virgin or never “been loved properly”) and sometimes in her stories, the woman can not stay. She has a mission. Clare has a very important mission and she will die trying to complete it.

Dominic is iron wrapped in soulful kisses and intelligence. Yes, he’s a pirate and may forever be, but he proves to not only be caring and attentive–he’s also trustworthy and resourceful and he had a crew that trusts him.

“He placed his lips against her ear, murmuring, “I could kiss you until the sun becomes the moon.”(55)

Some of the events are tough to swallow but it was a reality Jenkins’ had to paint for us since it took place in the late 1700s. The enslavement of blacks and the rise of pirates was very real during that time and so some incidents definitely made me cringe but the storytelling was great, sweeping across the Atlantic, to Savannah Georgia and the Caribbean’s.

Have you read any of Jenkins’ books? Do you also enjoy sailing on the sea kind of tales? Share and discuss below! 🙂

~The Write Web

Five Star Review · Youth/Young Adult

Show Your Room Love With These Amazing, DIY Tips!(a book review)

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DIY Room Love image courtesy of Capstone Young Readers

 

Room Love: 50 DIY Projects to Design Your Space by Heather Wutschke

Published: Capstone Young Readers(September 1, 2017)

ISBN:978-1623708177

*Book received for free from Netgalley

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“Statistics say you spend at least one third of your life in your bedroom…why not make it the most amazing place you can imagine?”(Quote from Room Love, pg.5, 2017)

This season, don’t let your room go shabby or remain a place only nightmares are made of. Try some DIY tips from this gorgeous book filled with colorful photos, tips and cautions on how to get your room looking sweet and inviting.

It all starts with Moodboards and De-cluttering….

Then you grab this book and oh! the ways you can heal your room.

What I love most about this book are the colorful pages and easy to read instructions.

I’ll be honest.

I did not know this was a book from the Young Adult category until I realized there were warnings like: “Ask parents about heat resistant lampshades!” Or Make sure to consult your parent about…”

That kind of thing. This is what makes the book so special though. When I was a teenager, the most sprucing up I did with my room, was add a few posters, buy a new comforter with cute kittens on it and maybe move the twin beds around.

But Wutschke takes decorating a step further: You can have a furry desk chair with confetti pieces on your wall(as shown on the book cover). Create a super cute charger station, magnetic makeup boards, and beautiful hangers to grace your closet with style.

I truly enjoyed the cozy pictures and brilliant ideas for rooms. I am no longer a teen but the principles of designing a room is great for anyone to read and take notes from.

So get that Washi tape,fabric or acrylic paint and start transforming your room into the most beautiful space ever.

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Highly Recommended: Wild Sweet Love ( a historical romance review)

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Wild Sweet Love by Beverly Jenkins

HarpersCollins e-books(2007)

ISBN: 9780061757549

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It has been quite some time since I’ve read a good, and I mean good historical romance. There was a time I read them all day. Thanks to Beverly Jenkins, my love for historical has been rekindled by reading Wild Sweet Love(2007). I seriously did not want to leave the story behind. It has roped my heart in.

Teresa July is a known outlaw. When she is finally captured, she is sent to a corrections house but released early for good behavior. One catch: She cannot go back out West but to Philadelphia to live in the city and learn to be a lady. For one year she can no longer drink, shoot a gun, or get caught doing anything wrong.

“You’re pretty combative aren’t you?”

“And you probably prefer your women a lot more docile. Docile women don’t make the newspapers.” (Wild Sweet Love, pg. 28, 2007.)

Madison Nance does not know what to think when his mom brings in a short haired, ashen, petite woman into his home. When he learns it is the infamous train robbing Teresa July he is astounded, but as the weeks go by and Teresa blossoms before his eyes, he can not help to think that maybe he is not destined for a princess but someone who is wild yet sweet.

The book has so many strengths: historical accuracy, fully developed characters and settings that place you square in the moment.

What really held my attention to this book of course was Madison and Teresa. Teresa is very strong willed and I enjoyed the progression of her going from appearing unattractive to Madison, to her “enthralling him” with her black Seminole eyes and skin. Their banter had me laughing out loud and cheering on the love I knew would sprout between them.

The juxtaposition of the two lovers was also important. Madison, a banker, used to be a gambler too. A wily one at that. Teresa is the gun slinging, fast talking rebel and little did she know, Madison is not all prim and proper as she once thought. The passion shared between them two was so darn hot and sweet; seemingly a perfect blend of tangy and spicy.

It was also interesting to read about a fascinating, hot headed woman of color. The characters were diverse of course and even though at some points I felt as if I were given a history lesson(complete with dates) instead of seeing it play out, the book was incredibly good.

Teresa July’s transformation was not forced either. I loved how the author allow us to see Teresa grow while still allowing her to remain who she was. Madison was by no means a weak male. He was an alpha male who respected and desired his alpha woman.

Definitely a five star book. Highly recommended if you enjoy historicals filled with romance and outlaws.

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The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox, Surprising Facts About Your Sleep

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The 8 Hour Sleep Paradox by Mark Burhenne, DDS

Are you having a brain fog?

Can’t concentrate at work, feeling dizzy?

Gaining weight?

The cause of your afflictions may be as minor as you think but still so critical.

It is sleep.

The very first chapter of Mark Burhenne’s book The Eight Hour Sleep Paradox begins with the question:

Why is a dentist writing about sleep issues?

It begins when his daughters complain about his snoring one day, but come to learn it was his uber health conscious wife who had the sleeping problems. More specifically, interrupted sleep breathing.

“The people who suffer the most are perhaps the people who seem the healthiest.”(pg. 17)

Mark warns us that it is our teeth and their placement that literally affects how we breathe at night. For example, “the placement of your teeth in your mouth affects the placement of everything else including your jaw, tongue and facial muscles…among other things crowded teeth reduce the amount of space you can use to breathe.”(pg. 5)

Now we understand in part, how teeth affect our sleep.

The power of this book rests in the caring tone Mark Burhenne have for readers; born from care for his own family. He was saddened by the loss of his father in 1996 who suffered dementia, and Mark wondered if sleep could have changed his dad’s fate. Now that there is more research conducted on the topic, is there more we can learn from sleep? Can it save us?

What you should know about the sleep paradox now

  • Common types of people with undiagnosed sleep disorders are: athletes, allergy sufferers, children with ADD/ADHD, petite women(?) and those who grind their teeth.
  • Monitor your sleep(there are apps for that, by the way).

One key takeaway I got from the book is that it is not about getting 8 hours of sleep, it is the quality of how you are sleeping. If you are getting up in the middle of the night or after hearing your own interrupted breathing via a monitor, chances are you will not be at your optimal self the next morning.

Word of advice? Don’t end up like The Sleepless!

I highly recommend this book!

Thank you again, to Mr. Mark Burhenne for gifting me this book!

~The Write Web