Bitsy Words: The Shadows by J.R. Ward

19th Feb 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Bitsy Words: The Shadows by J.R. Ward

Bitsy Words: The Shadows by J.R. WardThe Shadows by J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #13
Published by NAL
Pub Date: March 31st 2015
Pages: 592
Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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4 Stars

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...

So I finally made time and caught up with my favorite vampires via audiobook. The book is massive, so I thought this would be a faster way since I can listen while working. Best. Decision. Ever! I just flew through this one! And I think it’s because I know these characters and this world so well, that I can speed up the narration and not miss a beat. Other audiobooks I have to listen more closely to miss anything and take me a while to get through because the narration is set to normal speed. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s ok. lol Just go with it!

I’ll be the first to admit that Trez and iAm have never really interested me all that much. I mean, sure, for most of the series they were just these twins who were Rev’s muscle. After this book, I’m a fan of the twins! I loved that J.R. Ward was able to give these two guys their own story in one book, although I’m not sure that both of their stories are completely resolved with a neat little bow. I wonder if we’ll see more on that later.

While the Bastards and Assail are part of this overall journey, they’re not as heavily featured toward the end of the book. I did love seeing so much of Rhage though! And it has me wondering what the heck is going on there. Something is definitely up, so bring on The Beast!

Audiobook Notes

Jim Frangione has become the voice of The Brotherhood for me. I’ve listened to all the books on audio (when I reread them) and I can’t imagine anyone else doing this series reading ever.

 

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Review: The Veil by Chloe Neill

3rd Aug 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Veil by Chloe NeillThe Veil by Chloe Neill
Published by NAL Trade
Pub Date: August 4th 2015
Pages: 336
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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3 Stars

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

I hadn’t read an Urban Fantasy in quite some time! And I definitely hadn’t read a Chloe Neill book before. I enjoyed her writing very much.

The Veil is set in New Orleans, one of my favorite cities. It’s a post-war world where paranormals and humans are enemies. The Quarter is still there but a lot of the other areas were destroyed and part of the city is where they put away the paranormals. I really liked the concept and thought it was very interesting and different. Chloe Neill executed it very well. There’s a lot more magic than paranormals in this book, so don’t go in expecting vampires or something.

Claire is a great protagonist and Liam — I will love any character named Liam, btw — is one hot dude. EXCEPT! Little romance. There’s lots of buildup and tension, translating to lots of frustration for me. haha

Overall The Veil was enjoyable read.

 

 

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Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

27th Jul 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, ContemporaryRomance2015, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. WardThe Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings #1
Published by NAL
Pub Date: July 28th 2015
Pages: 420
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
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4 Stars

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal....

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

I’ve been a fan of JR Ward’s BDB series for some years now, and was so excited to find out she was writing a new, completely different series. I would definitely say The Bourbon Kings is a “setup” book. So much information and people are thrown at you. Lets see if I can break it down a little…

The Bradford Family – Bradford Bourbon Company

Virginia Bradford + William Baldwine: Parents. Current patriarchs of bourbon dynasty. Her status in this book is: unavailable. He is running the whole business. He’s also an asshole.

Edward Baldwine: Oldest son. He was the golden child, being groomed to run the business into the next generation. His dad does some really awful things to him that we only know at the surface level right now. He’s currently a very broken man, physically and spiritually. Oh, and he’s in love with the rival bourbon dynasty’s eldest daughter.

Lane Baldwine: This is really Lane’s book. He’s in love with Lizzie, the head gardener, or horticulturist if you’re fancy, at his family’s estate. He married Chantal Baldwine out of obligation and left Kentucky right after. He’s now back and ready to set everything right between him and Lizzie, starting with getting a divorce from Chantal. Easier said than done…

Maxwell Baldwine: Dunno. He appears in flashbacks, but his current location is unknown, so he’s not in this book.

Gin Baldwine: Oh, poor Gin (short for Virginia). Gin’s life is all about parties, men, and drinking. I think she really believes that’s all she’s good for, which is really sad. Got pregnant at 17, dropped out of college her freshman year because of it, the love of her life and her live to hurt one another, and her dad has essentially sold her to the highest bidder. Seriously, her dad made a financial deal to marry her off to this awful man. Also, she has some really heartbreaking scenes in this book. :(

Well, that’s the Bradford family for you!

The Bourbon Kings is a soap opera at its finest. JR Ward has given us some really juicy, unputdownable drama in this book. There’s romance, suspense, mystery, and I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface. Can’t wait to read more!

 

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Mended by Kim Karr – Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway!

29th May 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Blog Tours, Giveaways

Mended by Kim Karr – Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway!

Mended by Kim Karr – Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway!Mended by Kim Karr
Series: Connections #3
Published by NAL
Pub Date: June 3rd 2014
Pages: 304
Format: eARC | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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MUSIC HAS THE POWER TO HEAL ALL…BUT NOT ALL BROKEN HEARTS CAN BE MENDED.

Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.

After moving past her painful breakup with Xander years ago, Ivy was poised to become the next big name in pop music…when suddenly she withdrew from the limelight—the same day she announced her engagement to her controlling agent, Damon Wolf.

Xander knows he should keep his distance. But once they’re on the road, he can’t resist pursuing her for a second chance. Yet a jealous Damon can’t let her go—and he’s keeping dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.

When the three of them come together, everything falls apart. But if Xander and Ivy can hold tight to the bond that connects them, they just might have a chance at reclaiming the powerful love they thought they had lost forever...

 

Excerpt

Excerpt from Mended
Connections #3 by Kim Karr
© 2013 by Kim Karr
Published by the Penguin Group
Release date: June 3, 2014

 

Xander Wilde

The magic of rock and roll—it casts a spell on you. I’m no exception. I’m a band manager and I’m living the dream, touring with The Wilde Ones, helping them secure their well-deserved place in the music industry. I love being a part of it all, especially watching the band perform live—the crowds, the cheers, the music. It’s a high and a low all at once and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Every step of the way with this band has been fun, exciting, stressful—every possible emotion. Obviously we’ve had some breaks but mostly we all put in a lot of hard work—myself, Garrett Flynn, Phoenix Harper, River Wilde, and now Zane Perry.

“Can you hear me now?” he bellows.

I nod my head as my heart pounds in my chest. My hands feel cold and clammy and a nervousness that makes me weak and shaky takes over. Doubts race through my head and I’m questioning if he’s going to make it through this. A vague awareness that something bad could happen kicks around in my mind and I can’t shake it. The Wilde Ones are doing a sound check on stage and Zane’s not on his game.

It’s July and the weather has been brutally hot. But today it seems cooler. Maybe it’s the California weather maybe it’s the excitement of being home. The Beautiful Lies Tour bus finally rolled back into our home state of California after six months away. When we pulled into the amphitheater, we could see tanned kids in board shorts and bikini tops already lined up at the will call window. Security guards in polo shirts directed us to the artist parking lot, and we were officially home. Tonight we’ll be headlining our biggest show to date. We’re on tour without my brother, River, and still more than half of the shows are sold out, including tonight’s. River quit the band—touring just wasn’t for him but even so the album is on its way up the charts. Who knows it may even hit gold status. The songs on the album were written and sung by River but are performed in concert by Zane. Having him as my brother’s replacement has been the key to our successful transition in a world where replacing leads is normally unsuccessful—simply put, we’re lucky as hell to have him. River promised to make a surprise appearance at our next stop. It’s going to be epic.

But tonight is all about the arena—Mountain View and the Shoreline. “That’s enough,” I yell to the band and call rehearsal. This place is the biggest outdoor venue we’ve played and I couldn’t be more stoked—or more nervous. A sold out show and a rocking opening band—what a combination. But a lead singer with another cold and a weakened voice that can’t be heard throughout an amphitheater scares the shit out of me.

I head straight for the bus and spend the next few hours hashing out a song with Nix that he calls a jumbled mess of muscular sense and big-riff sunshine—whatever the hell that means. All I know is that it needs help and that’s why he’s turning to me. I hadn’t played guitar since I was eighteen but for some reason over the course of this tour I’ve picked it back up. At first I used whatever was lying around but last month I had my mother mail my old one to me and it feels like home. It’s a light blue and brown Gibson and I had to have it because it was the guitar that Slash played on. Playing again seems to help pass the time and brings a calm over me that I haven’t felt in awhile.

Hours pass and before I know it, it’s almost show time. We make our way over to the Amphitheater, do the typical festival schmooze fest, and then settle back to wait. Waiting for them to take the stage is always the most nerve-racking time. I’m sitting in the practically vacant makeshift meet and greet area back stage and sipping a beer in a worthless effort to calm my nerves when a voice travels through the sound system. It’s a powerful and emotive mezzo-soprano range that is nothing short of explosive. She sounds unlike any singer I’ve ever heard before—with only one exception, Ivy Taylor. I push back the memory of her name and the emotions it evokes—the memories are just too painful. I can’t see her on stage but I know that the voice belongs to Jane Mommsen. Her band Breathless is playing right before The Wilde Ones.

A hand on my shoulder startles me. I twist and glance up as Amy sits down beside me, crossing her legs. “Hi, Xander. I thought I saw you earlier at the hotel.”

She’s a beautiful woman—long, wavy dark hair, petite figure, very natural looking. She’s wearing jeans, a blue shirt with some kind of foil design, and silver sandals. Grinning at her I say, “Finally we catch up. Can I get you a drink?”

“I’d love that. How’s life on the road been?”

“You know, it has its ups and downs but actually not bad. You?”

“Jane’s been going full-force for a while now. But the tour ends with the summer. I’ll be glad to be back in LA.”

Standing up, I laugh. “I know the feeling. I’ll be right back, let me grab us that drink.” Tossing my empty bottle, I make my way to the coolers lined up under the tent and grab two beers. I know she’d rather have a glass of Chardonnay but beer it is. Amy is Jane’s assistant and I’ve taken her out more than a few times. We went to high school together and Amy and I know most of the same people so whenever I need a date, I ask her. Last time I saw her was almost nine months ago when I took her to River and Dahlia’s wedding.

Heading back to the table I hear Jane yell out to the crowd, “Are you ready for three of the hottest guys in music?” The audience starts screaming and the stage lights dim cuing the guys that it’s the fifteen-minute countdown until they take the stage. The band huddles together in their typical pre-performance stance. I’ll have a quick drink with Amy and then join them. As I hand her the bottle my fingers touch hers and we both grin, knowing that we will end up alone by the end of the night.

“You sticking around for the whole show?”

“I think I might,” she smiles.

“How about we ride back to the hotel together and grab a real drink at the bar?”

“Sounds like a plan.”

“Great. Time for me to get back to work.”

She rises from the table, I do the same. She stands up on her toes and kisses me quickly on the lips. “See you tonight,” she smiles.

“Catch you later,” I say and then cross the room to join the band.

“You’re late,” Nix snickers. “What’s with you two anyway?” he asks.

I shrug my shoulders. “Nothing. We casually see each other once in a while.”

Garrett raises an eyebrow. “Chicks are never cool with casual.”

Shaking my head at him, I don’t bother to disagree. Amy and I have been doing this for years. It works for her and for me. We like each other’s company but only see each other sporadically. I’ll call her once in a while and we’ll go out but we are in no way exclusive. I don’t ask her about other men and she doesn’t ask me about other women. I grab the bottle and pour the amber liquid into the shot glasses stacked on the cap. It’s our pre-show routine. A shot and a prayer, so to say. It’s Garrett’s turn tonight to ‘pray’ so this should be good.

He raises his glass. “Here’s to hoping Xander gets laid so he’ll get off our backs.”

Tipping my glass back, I quickly down the amber liquid. It burns as it makes its way down my throat. Once we’ve all drank our two shot maximum before a show Garrett follows his toast up with, “Seriously man, you need to get laid.”

The guys laugh and I actually join in. Jerking off in the small bathroom on the bus is definitely one of the downsides of touring. I’ve slept with a few girls at some of our stops but screwing groupies isn’t really my thing. I’m not one to have time for a girlfriend but I’m also not about to pull my dick out backstage, so it’s been a long six months.

Zane coughs after he slings back the shot and I look at him with concern. “You’re going to a doctor tomorrow.”

He shakes his head. “Yes, Mom, if you say so.”

“I’m not kidding. Your voice sounds like shit.”

“It’s a fucking cold. I took some medicine. I’ll be fine.”

“Doctor. Tomorrow. I mean it. I’ll have Ena set it up.”

“I can always sing,” Garrett chimes in and I smack the back of his head.

“Hey. I can.”

The lights start to flicker and I look at Zane with that feeling of uneasiness again. Second time this tour he’s coughing and hacking. We’re screwed if he really gets sick. He nods at me as I pat him on the back. Slinging his guitar over his shoulder, he heads out first raising his arm in the air. The crowd goes crazy. The six foot guy is a chick magnet and no one misses my brother tonight. Garrett heads out next yelling, “Great to be here Mountain View!” and Nix follows with his trademark nod. Zane skips his normal charming banter and I know he must be saving his voice. Again, I think about how we’re fucked if he gets sick.

I stand at the edge of the stage all night until they finally come to their last song. “It Wasn’t Days Ago,” is a simple but crowd affecting ballad and Zane belts it out. Shouts from nearly thirty thousand fans call for an encore. Turning away from the microphone Zane coughs again. Biting his thumbnail he looks over at me and I slice my finger across my neck.

“One more song for tonight,” he tells the screaming fans and my blood pressure rises. “This one is a cover, an ‘ode to’ I’ll call it. It’s for Xander Wilde, the band’s manager and it’s his favorite song. Everyone ready?” As he starts to sing Linkin Park’s “Iridescent,” I close my eyes and listen. When he hits the chorus his voice gets so low my eyes snap open. Zane turns to grab a bottle of water while the guys continue to play but I can tell something isn’t right.

***

Last night definitely didn’t go as planned—a visit to the ER, then sleeping in a chair next to Zane all night on the bus because the steroids he was given freaked him out. It’s noon and Amy and I are just arriving at the Pelican Hill Resort. Breathless was leaving right after the show last night so Amy had already planned to ride with us and meet up with them in Irvine. She invited me to some party being thrown by her band’s label that I would have rather not gone to but Ellie, the tour manager, insisted we all go for the good PR.

I’m exhausted and really need some sleep before dealing with the press and tomorrow night’s show. The paparazzi have been everywhere—by the bus as we exited to the waiting car in LA, outside the doctor’s office, at the gates of Zane’s father’s house, and now they’re here in Irvine at the hotel.

To avoid the chaos awaiting us in the lobby, I call Ellie, who is already here, and ask her to check me in and meet me at the pool bar with the key. Draping my arm around Amy, we head that way. I’ve been here a few times so I know my way around. Cutting through the grotto and over to the pool and cabanas, I steer Amy to the right and stop in my tracks as all the air rushes from my lungs.

My body floods with adrenaline and my gut twists. I don’t even have to do a double take because I’d know her anywhere. There’s no mistaking her. She’s just so beautiful—the elegant planes of her face, those high cheekbones, red lipstick, her platinum blonde hair shorter than it used to be tucked behind her ear, that face of an angel. She looks the same. No, she looks better. Her skin glistens in the sun and my gaze automatically follows the shape of her long legs. They look smooth and tan against her white bathing suit. An ache forms in my chest as I think about running my fingers up them. She’s still that eighteen-year-old girl I once knew but now she has the body of a woman—lean and toned and full of curves. When she moves it’s so familiar it doesn’t seem like a day has passed—and everything I ever felt for her, it’s all still inside me.

My pulse races at the mere sight of her. She’s lounging in the cushioned chair reading a magazine just outside a cabana. My heart slams harder in my chest when she sticks her earphones in her ears like she always used to do and it transports me back to the last time I saw her do the very same thing. We’d skipped school and were at my grandparents’ house—their pool. She was lying on the lounge chair listening to music and singing along—her voice so full of soul. I’d moved to sit with her under the guise of putting lotion of her back. She sat up and smiled that shy smile she didn’t need to have when she was with me. I squeezed the tube into my hand and after rubbing them together I slowly applied it to her back kneading my way up and down, touching every inch of her that I could.

It brings me back to the here and now when she suddenly sits up and looks over at me. Her eyes pin me in place. She looks at me as if she remembers me for who I was, what we were, not what I did to her. With my chest pounding, memories of us keep flashing through my mind. Fighting a smile, I wonder if she’s thinking the same thing—remembering what we were, what we shared, how we loved.

She quickly breaks our connection when she averts her eyes over to the man handing her a drink. I suck in a deep breath trying not to feel sick at the sight. He’s nearing fifty, wearing a terrycloth robe. He’s about my height, dark brown hair, meticulously groomed facial hair, and not exactly ripped but fit. He’s Damon Wolf, a man I’ve never actually met but hate all the same. I’ve seen their picture on TV and in magazines. He’s her agent, her fiancé, and I’m sure he’s the reason she’s not singing anymore.

She looks up at him with that same forced smile she used to give people she just wanted to appease and mouths “thank you.” I have a sudden urge to go over and deck him when her gaze shifts back to mine and he pulls her chin back to look at him. I can sense a discomfort between them. We could sense each other’s feelings even when we weren’t near each other.

Amy’s hand slides down my face and I have to blink a few times before I can hear what she’s saying. Glancing one last time at Ivy I see that she’s staring at me again. Then suddenly her mouth forms a scowl and she flicks her attention toward him. Hooking her arm around his neck, she pulls him down for a kiss and I think I might throw up.

“Are you okay?”

I nod. Not able to say a word.

“Isn’t that Ivy Taylor over there? The girl you used to date in high school?” Amy asks. There’s an irritated tone to her voice I’m not used to hearing and it makes me agitated.

“Yeah, it is,” is all I say. She’s not just a girl I used to date…she’s the only girl I ever really loved. She’s also the girl whose heart I broke. Seeing her now brings back all those feelings I blocked, ignored, tucked aside. So many times over the years I wanted to go after her and tell her the truth—but I never did. Why I don’t know. Then one day it was too late—she had gotten engaged.

Amy chatters on. “I think that’s Damon Wolf with her. We should go say hi.”

My body goes cold and my face blank at the thought. I straighten and just as I’m about to say, “No fucking way,” my phone vibrates in my pocket. Squinting at the screen, I see that it’s my brother. I look over to Amy and motion toward the bar. “Hey, this is River. I need to take it. I’ll meet you over there in a minute.”

“That’s fine. We can catch up with them later. I’ll go order us a drink.” She smiles and starts toward the bar.

Turning around to avoid staring at Ivy, I answer the phone. “It took you long enough to call me back.”

“I was in a meeting and stepped out as soon as I could, so don’t start. What did the doctor say about Zane?”

“He’s out for the rest of the tour and we’re fucked.”

“You sure? You’re back in LA for almost two weeks after tomorrow night right? Isn’t that enough time for him to heal?”

“Technically yes. But his old man wants him out. The doctor said that he couldn’t be sure how long the blood that accumulated under his vocal cords had been there but obviously last night, the amount of ruptured vessels was enough to cause his voice to change. He advised at least two weeks of rest before another evaluation to see if surgery is necessary. Zeak wants his son to take a longer period of time off. He’s just afraid that if Zane keeps singing and it keeps happening, scar tissue will build up and cause his voice to change forever.”

“Do you blame him?”

“No I don’t,” I tell River and I feel like shit that I have to put him in a position to do what he didn’t want to do in the first place. But I also know that if I don’t, the band won’t survive. If I have to cancel this tour—the Wilde Ones are done. So I ask, “Did you talk to Dahlia?”

He sighs. “Yeah, I did. She’s cool with it, Xander. I’m just trying to figure it all out.”

“You know I’ll do whatever you need me to do, right?”

“Shit why can’t you just be an ass and make it easy for me to say no?”

“Because you have no idea what this means to me.”

“Actually I do, and that’s why I’m going to make it happen. But Xander, remember I can’t play a twelve string.”

Laughter and relief take hold of me. I feel a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. “Right now I wouldn’t care if you only played the violin,” I joke.

He laughs and I add, “You’ll be here tonight?”

Now he sounds slightly annoyed. “I said I would. We might be a little late so don’t get your panties in a wad.”

“That’s cool. Thanks for everything. Hey, one more thing.’

“What?”

“Ivy Taylor’s here.”

“No way. Have you talked to her?”

“Fuck no. You know she won’t talk to me. And besides she’s with that asshole.”

“You should talk to her. Tell her the truth.”

“What’s that going to do now? She’ll just think I’m lying.”

“You want me to talk to her? I can explain everything.”

“No. I don’t need my little brother to fight my battles. I’ll talk to her if I feel the time is right. Do you hear me?”

“Whatever you say. Look, I have to run but I want to discuss this later. And Xander…you don’t know he’s an asshole. Just because Dad said his name once doesn’t mean shit.”

“Right. Okay, see you tonight,” I say and end the call. My head is spinning knowing that after all these years I’m actually in the same place she is. I want to talk to her, tell her everything but what would it matter now anyway. Glancing behind me, I catch another glimpse of her with him that turns my stomach. He’s such a slime ball. Since his father was hospitalized and he took over the business, he’s been scooping up labels, tearing them apart, and rebuilding them with bands he thinks are better fits. My guess is he picked up Jane’s label—that’s why he’s here. I heard they were having some financial difficulty and he’s just the kind of bottom feeder that would want to capitalize on not only being her agent but now also her producer. The sight of him touching Ivy makes my skin crawl.

Damon Wolf—two of the last words my father ever spoke to me before killing himself, and I never knew why. Of all the guys in the world Ivy had to end up with him—why him? I look up and they’re gone. But I’m anything but relieved. Rubbing my chin, I’m antsy, agitated, pissed as hell, but feel more alive than I have in years.

 

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About Kim Karr

Kim Karr lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions–writing.

Kim likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron – Spotlight + Giveaway!

14th Mar 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways

Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron – Spotlight + Giveaway!Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron
Published by NAL Trade
Pub Date: March 4th 2014
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback | Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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A poignant novel about loss, lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing her triumphant return to the art world, Kate’s world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago introduces herself.

Pree is the child Kate never knew and never forgot. But Pree has questions that Kate isn’t sure she’s ready to answer. For one thing, she never told Pree’s father, her high school sweetheart and ex-husband, Nolan, that they had a daughter. For another, Kate hasn’t spoken to Nolan for three years, not since the accident which took their nine-year-old son from them. But to keep Pree from leaving forever, Kate will have to confront the secrets that have haunted her since her son died and discover if the love of her family is strong enough to survive even the most heartbreaking of betrayals….

 

I’m really excited to be able to share with you guys PACK UP THE MOON! Thanks to Berkley, you also have a chance to win a copy!

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Blog Tour: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner Spotlight + Giveaway!

7th Feb 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways

Blog Tour: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner Spotlight + Giveaway!A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Published by NAL Trade
Pub Date: February 4th 2014
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback | Genres: Adult
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A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away....

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

“Like the golden threads of a scarf sprinkled with marigolds, Susan Meissner weaves two unspeakable New York tragedies—the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and 9/11—into a shimmering novel of love and acceptance. Meissner’s heroines, Clara and Taryn, live a century apart, but their stories are connected not just by a bright scrap of fabric but by love lost.  A compelling novel, A Fall of Marigolds turns fate into a triumph of spirit.”—Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of True Sisters

 

Today I’m happy to offer you guys a treat! Thanks to Penguin you have a chance to win a copy of A FALL OF MARIGOLDS!

About the Author

Susan Meissner was born in San Diego, California, the second of three. She spent her childhood in just two houses. Her first writings are a laughable collection of oddly worded poems and predictable stories she wrote when she was eight.

She attended Point Loma College in San Diego, and married her husband, Bob, who is now an associate pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, in 1980. When she is not working on a new novel, she is directing the small groups ministries at The Church at Rancho Bernardo. She also enjoy teaching workshops on writing and dream-following, spending time with my family, music, reading great books, and traveling.

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Cover Reveal: Mended by Kim Karr

13th Nov 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Cover Reveals

Cover Reveal: Mended by Kim KarrMended by Kim Karr
Series: Connections #3
Published by NAL Trade
Pub Date: June 13th 2014
Format: eBook | Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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MUSIC HAS THE POWER TO HEAL ALL…BUT NOT ALL BROKEN HEARTS CAN BE MENDED.

Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.

After moving past her painful breakup with Xander years ago, Ivy was poised to become the next big name in pop music…when suddenly she withdrew from the limelight—the same day she announced her engagement to her controlling agent, Damon Wolf.

Xander knows he should keep his distance. But once they’re on the road, he can’t resist pursuing her for a second chance. Yet a jealous Damon can’t let her go—and he’s keeping dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.

When the three of them come together, everything falls apart. But if Xander and Ivy can hold tight to the bond that connects them, they just might have a chance at reclaiming the powerful love they thought they had lost forever...

 

I’m super excited to be sharing the cover for Kim Karr’s MENDED, the third book in the Connections series. I absolutely love her covers!

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About Kim Karr

Kim Karr lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions–writing.

Kim likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow – The Daylighters Blog Tour: Rachel Caine says goodbye to Morganville

28th Oct 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Blog Tours, Guest Posts

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I am BEYOND thrilled to have Rachel Caine on the blog today. Please, ask her as many questions you want in the comments and she will answer them!! :D

Master storyteller Rachel Caine has her hands full with her bestselling Morganville Vampires novels coming to an end, and a brand new book (a retelling of Romeo and Juliet titled Prince of Shadows) on the way. But with speculation about Daylighters (Nov. 5, 2013), the series finale, at an all time high, she just couldn’t resist dropping some hints. She’ll be stopping by to answer your questions in the comments below, but she can neither confirm nor deny what’s true and what’s not!

 

Rumor #4: Eve and Michael get divorced.

 

From Daylighters:

[Fallon] said, “Michael, I know you’re here…watching. I know you can see Eve, hear her heartbeat, feel her anguish. She loves you, and even I can feel it. Don’t pretend to be indifferent.”

More silence. Fallon didn’t seem surprised; he only paused for effect, Claire thought, before he dropped his bombshell. “She says she is your wife, but she isn’t, you know. There can be no marriage between the living and the dead, neither in the eyes of God or the eyes of the state. Morganville’s mayor has passed a new law today, one that invalidates any marriages between vampires and humans…

“What?” Eve turned on him, mouth open, and in the next second, fury splashed color over her cheeks and she slapped him. Hard. All her fuzziness was gone. “You son of a bitch, you lied to me!”

“Yes,” he said. The mark of her handprint was red on his skin, but he hadn’t moved an inch. “It was necessary. Now, you get to choose. Michael’s made his choice; he could have stepped forward to take the cure, and join you again as your husband, but he’s rejected it, and he’s rejected you along with it. I’ll offer you now the opposite: reject him. Take off that ring and throw it away.”

 

PRINCE OF SHADOWS is out February 4th!
Be sure to watch the official book trailer [coming soon!] and read an excerpt!

Fair Verona is a town thick with secrets.

Benvolio Montague hunts the darkness as the elusive Prince of Shadows, stealing from his arrogant peers. Rosaline Capulet dreams of freedom from the prison of her family and the convent that looms ever closer. Mercutio Ordelaffi hides a forbidden, dangerous love. The collision of their secrets will lead to obsession, tragedy, curses and revenge. Only the Prince of Shadows can unravel the tangle of their fates before it is too late.

 

Daylighters Blog Tour Schedule:
Oct. 23: Awesomesauce Bookclub
Oct. 24: Supernatural Snark
Oct. 25: Chapter by Chapter
Oct. 28: Gone with the Words
Oct. 29: The Bookish Babe
Oct. 30: Two Chicks on Books
Oct. 31: Page Turners
Nov. 1: Girls in the Stacks
Nov. 4: My Bookish Ways
Nov. 5: The Story Siren

Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and, until recently, carried on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas, which so far as she knows does not actually contain any vampires.

 

Now, ask away!!

 

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Review: Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

7th Jan 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Black Dawn by Rachel CaineBlack Dawn by Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #12
Published by NAL
Pub Date: May 1st 2012
Pages: 367
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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4 Stars

With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home. But with the invasion of the vampire’s deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger—it’s dying…

Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

If you’ve not read this series, there will be spoilers for you in this review...you’ve been warned.

Black Dawn was for sure one of the more intense installments in this series. I mean, they’re all intense, and their lives are always hanging in the balance, but in Black Dawn you start to feel the beginning of the end. This time is not so much the humans in danger as the vampires. The vampires actually need the humans’ help this go ‘round. Still…hands down my favorite part of this series is the relationships…

Michael and Eve have such a delicate thread they’re hanging on by in this book. They’re trying to get over the fact that Michael completely lost it in the last book and attacked Eve. It wasn’t really his fault, but Eve can’t help how she reacts to him now. All I wanted was for them to work it out. They have such a difficult relationship as it is already, with him being a vampire and her being human, but they love each other with SO MUCH. With everything, really.

Then there’s Shane and Claire, who can’t catch a break. Will they ever be happy together?! One or the other is always in danger and having to save the other. But they have such a pure love, that I believe they will survive through anything. Though once again, Shane is put through another ringer. But while in it, we discover his most deepest dreams…and it breaks my heart!! I want all that for him too!! For them! SIGH!!

Myrnin is my second favorite thing in this series, and he kind of pissed me off in this book. I understood his reasoning, I guess, but I didn’t love it. You learn early on in this series that some of the characters you love will not live through each book. Someone dies in this book and it made me really sad. But I think the most shocking moment was the ending. I was NOT expecting that scenario, and I am SO scared of what’s to come. Especially with the two most powerful vampires in Morganville on your bad side. Bitter Blood, bring it! I have faith in my favorite fab four. :)

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Savy @ Books with Bite – “My final verdict, MIND BLOWN! Black Dawn features everything you want a a book.

Amber I. @ AwesomeSauce Bookclub – “This book was so addicting that I had Amber R reading it to me while we drove to Chicago for the RT book signing.lol

Miss Vain @ Miss Vain’s Paranormal Fantasy – “There’s a reason why after reading  Twelve books in this series I’m still obsessed with it! Rachel Caine has one of the most vivid imaginations out there in the fantasy writing world.

 

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a fictional character herself…a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and the upcoming novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regular featured in anthology collections.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Bitter Blood

30th May 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Bitter Blood

Waiting on Wednesday: Bitter BloodBitter Blood by Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #13
Published by NAL
Pub Date: November 6th 2012
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For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

 

That is a fierce cover, CB!! (CB = Claire Bear = Eve’s nickname for Claire) :) Can’t wait to read it!

 

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a fictional character herself…a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and the upcoming novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regular featured in anthology collections.

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Do You Believe In Ghosts?: Guest Post by Simone St. James + Giveaway!

12th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Giveaways, Guest Posts

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. JamesHello, friends!

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to read The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James and really loved it. (You can read my review HERE!) Today I have the pleasure of having Simone on blog, telling us all about what scares her most. Also! The nice people at Penguin were kind enough to offer a copy of this fabulous book to one of my readers! Be sure to enter below!

So, without further ado, here is Simone St. James:

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“Do you believe in ghosts?”

I get asked this question from time to time – having written a novel called The Haunting of Maddy Clare, it’s a fair question. I’ll admit, I’ve never encountered a ghost myself. And I’m just fine with that. Ghosts pretty much scare me more than anything, and I’d really rather not encounter one at all.

Actually, most things scare me. Dark basements. Weird sounds. Scary movies – just ask my husband. I had nightmares for two weeks after seeing The Blair Witch Project, and I still haven’t quite recovered from accidentally watching 28 Weeks Later. (I watched it accidentally, because my husband promised me it “wouldn’t be that scary.” I have never let him live it down.)

I’ve always found rural places pretty creepy, especially at night. All that open space, and quiet. I’d rather be in the city, surrounded with people. So I set my ghost story in a quiet town, surrounded with woods in which something terrible may or may not have happened. Because woods are also scary. Seriously. So are abandoned barns. That went into the ghost story, too.

The only thing that doesn’t scare me, ironically, is spiders. Spiders don’t bother me at all!

I probably sound like I’m pathologically afraid of everything, though somehow I do manage to get through the day. Why, then, would I actually, on purpose, write a ghost story? Well, fear is an interesting emotion. The only way to deal with it is to face it, I think. I wanted to explore my own fear. And, frankly, I figured that what scares me might frighten a few readers, too.

So I created a story that has some chills and ghostly happenings, but also has a heroine who gets to have an adventure with a gorgeous, brooding hero. A story with mystery and intrigue set in the 1920s, a historical period that has always fascinated me. What better time to hunt ghosts, when you think of it, than just after a war has ended?

I hope readers enjoy it. And here’s what I’d like to know from readers: What scares you?

 

Now! For the GIVEAWAY!

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Review: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

5th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. JamesThe Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Published by NAL Trade
Pub Date: March 6th 2012
Pages: 318
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Historical, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
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5 Stars

Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis – rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts – has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah’s task to confront her in death.

Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle. For Maddy’s ghost is real, she’s angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair’s assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance – before she destroys them all?

Winner of two RITA Awards from the Romance Writers of America and the Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada.

I have not been so scared by a ghost story in a very long time. This book is true thriller, with a mystery that will have you tearing through the pages seeking the truth. The way Simone St. James writes the scenes where Maddy makes contact with Sarah are truly chilling. They’re chilling because it’s how you imagine a ghost would reach out if it were to happen in real life. It felt so real in my mind. My imagination ran wild with it, causing me to have very strange dreams at night. Then I’d spend all day thinking about it.

As to the crimes committed against Maddy, the revelations only got more disturbing as the book went on. She was completely destroyed. I can’t say that I wouldn’t come back after death for revenge had that happened to me.

And that romance! Oh, the dark, broken Matthew Ryder. I think I’m in love! He was ravishing. It’s no wonder Sarah Piper found him the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen, even after first meeting the very handsome Alistair Gellis. The electricity between Sarah and Matthew was palpable.

The era this story is set in, while beautiful, was definitely heartbreaking. Post World War I, Alistair and Matthew are still recovering from their time there in different ways. Their friendship was truly admirable. I love seeing that kind of bond in men.

I was haunted, thoroughly haunted by The Haunting of Maddy Clare. Not only by the ghost of Maddy and what was done to her, but also by Simone St. James’ unforgettable writing. Simone’s writing is overall beautiful and engaging. I found myself completely enthralled by this story and characters. I don’t believe I’ll be forgetting this book soon, if ever.


Check back next week, when I’ll have Simone St. James on the blog, along with a giveaway for this great book!

 

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Review: Last Breath by Rachel Caine

24th Nov 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Last Breath by Rachel CaineLast Breath by Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #11
Published by NAL
Pub Date: November 1st 2011
Pages: 335
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace.

She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone who has just moved to town—a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville’s newest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn’t merely human. But is Magnus a vampire—or something else entirely?

One thing is clear: Magnus is to blame for the disappearances. And if vampires are turning into victims, what chance does a human like Claire have?

Oh, our dear Morganville gang. Last Breath was a rough one for you, wasn’t it? Rachel Caine really dragged you guys through the mud, didn’t she? And by the end, things haven’t only gotten marginally better. *sigh* Come here….you guys need a hug.

In Last Breath, every one is in danger. Vampires are being hunted, and in turn, the vampires want to “free” the humans and get the heck outta dodge. Also, have you ever wondered why the town of Morganville, TX was chosen by Amelie? We discover that in this book! It’s a crazy reason…but would you expect anything less? This whole book takes place in a span of two or three days I think, and they were INTENSE!!

The fact that it was an intense book isn’t really what got me this time…it was THE death. THE death that happens in this book and its aftermath completely broke me. It was looking pretty bleak for a moment there…but thankfully, Rachel Caine came through and mended my little broken heart. Be prepared, friends!

Before all the crazyness hits though, we had all kinds of problems with the impending nuptials of a certain couple who shall remain nameless. I’m talking opposition from all sides! I have faith they will make it happen though. :)

Myrnin gets his own paragraph, simply because he’s awesome. Although he doesn’t get any driving scenes in this book, it wasn’t for lack of trying on his part. I really hope to see him behind the wheel in the next book though, because it is hilarious! He also has some very real moments in this book. We get to see a side of him he doesn’t show nearly enough…his vulnerable side. I love you, Myrnin!!

I’ve been really impressed with the last few books in this series. Ghost Town, Bite Club, and now Last Breath, have all been really, really great. I look forward to the next four amazing books to come!! If you have not picked up this series yet, don’t wait much longer!

 

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a fictional character herself…a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and the upcoming novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regular featured in anthology collections.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Last Breath

28th Sep 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Last Breath

Waiting on Wednesday: Last BreathLast Breath by Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #11
Published by NAL
Pub Date: November 1st 2011
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With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

 

Last Breath! I am a very big fan of this series, and Rachel Caine just announced there will be 3 more books after this one and the next one!! WOOT! I’m ready for some more Michael and Shane time. :)

 

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a fictional character herself…a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and the upcoming novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regular featured in anthology collections.

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Review: Bite Club by Rachel Caine

26th May 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Bite Club by Rachel CaineBite Club by Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #10
Published by NAL
Pub Date: May 3rd 2011
Pages: 340
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...

In this tenth installment of The Morganville Vampires series, Rachel Caine puts Shane through the ringer, figuratively and literally! The book picks up soon after the conclusion of the amazing Ghost Town, which is one of my favorite books in the series, along with Carpe Corpus.

A gym has opened up in Morganville, one that will be teaching humans self-defense by way of martial arts and will be taught by none other than a vampire. This is apparently what Shane has wanted in town his whole life, a gym where he can work on his fighting skills, and is pretty much first in line to sign up. Soon after this though, things begin to get strange. I know…shocker! When is it not strange in Morganville?

What was surprising, and very cool, was that we get two alternating perspectives in this book, Claire’s and Shane’s. Since Shane began training to fight, he starts to lose his cool over little things more and more often, and we get to peek into his head after these freak outs. Let me tell you, it’s not pretty. It is completely heart wrenching. He is spiraling into this black hole and is not even aware of it. To top it off, he cruelly pushes Claire, Michael, and Eve away. Being the amazing friends that they are, those three won’t ever give up Shane, no matter how bad it gets.

Meanwhile, Myrnin and Claire are still keeping Frank Collin’s existence a secret from most everyone. It doesn’t stay that way for long. Myrnin and Frank together crack me up because they hate each other so much. And I can’t believe how unlikely a hero Frank has turned out to be these past two books! I’m also really intrigued by Amelie and Oliver’s relationship…are they? Aren’t they? Tell us!! :)

A lot of people get hurt in this book, physically and emotionally. But there were also some really tender moments between Shane & Claire and Michael & Eve, who by the way have an interesting secret they have been keeping to themselves. Not everyone’s excited or happy about this secret, but I totally was! No she’s not preggers. :P

I couldn’t have been happier with the ending though. It was just so touching. Now lets see what trouble they’ll get into in Last Breath. This series is so good and if you haven’t gotten around to reading it, you need to soon!

 

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a fictional character herself…a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and the upcoming novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regular featured in anthology collections.

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