Echoes of Time (Surviving Time #3) by Calia Read
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Echoes of Time (Surviving Time #3) by Calia Read
|Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards, #1) by Sarah MacLean|
|How to Love a Duke in Ten Days (Devil You Know #1) by Kerrigan Bryne|
“‘Safe’ is one of those peculiar words isn’t it? It often means something different to those who speak it than those who hear it.”
|Broken Trust (Dark Legacy #2) by Jaymin Eve, Tate James|
Synopsis: They think they own me now. They think they’ve won, and that I’ll be their good little soldier.
Four dangerous, damaged, messed up boys. There used to be five, but one of them died, and I’m starting to suspect he was murdered.
I didn’t ask for this. No one would ask to be played, manipulated, seduced and betrayed. But that’s what happened, anyway.
It wasn’t enough for them to break me. Sebastian Beckett has decided that he can’t let me go, but I refuse to forgive and forget his betrayal so easily. His fixation is bordering on obsession, but when we begin to suspect a spy within Delta, there’s no time to deal with his feelings.
Someone is selling us out, and it’s having a dire impact.
It’s life and death hiding behind corporate greed.
Let the battle begin.
*This dark contemporary romance features four sexy, dangerous boys but is NOT a reverse harem.*
“Unconditional,” Beck added. “Our bond is unconditional.”
|The Celtic Connection: Kilts Book Four (A Kilts Book 4) by Jeanie M. Martin|
A hot Irish singer, a feisty Canadian woman, and a secluded retreat in the Pacific Northwest. What could go wrong?
Irish singer Michael O’Corrain has been looking forward to this retreat in the beautiful Puget Sound for donkey’s years. Well, since his Kilts tour started, anyway. Touring life can be a grind, and he has a major decision to make. A little peace is just what he needs to get his head on straight. Then he meets the retreat’s coordinator, the enigmatic and exotic Gus, and promptly forgets all about his troubles.
Gus Yu is the queen of research. But in all the retreats she’s been hired to run, she’s never encountered a group like Kilts. Handling all her curve balls with ease and humour, it’s Gus herself who’s kept off-kilter. She begins to suspect that she’s been hired under false pretenses, especially when she meets Michael, with his dimples and sparkling green eyes. Despite her best efforts, it doesn’t take long before the sparks fly.
But when old insecurities rise, on both sides, will they find the courage and strength to stay together?
The Celtic Connection is the fourth book in the Kilts Book series.
Publication Date: March 17th, 2019.
My Favourite Quote:
“The point is that you only need to follow your lights. Don’t get caught up in other people’s signals. Stay in your lane, keep your eye on your target, or your dream, or whatever.”
Links: Goodreads, Amazon.
*ARC kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley. The opinions and views stated below are my own and in no way influenced. Thank you for the opportunity.*
Frankly, I struggled a bit through the first half of the story. Simply because this was the fourth book of the series–something I had not realized initially–which meant that there was a world of backstory that I was missing out on. A world of characters, feelings, situations and moments that had brought these characters to where they are now.
It’s like seeing a single wisp of colour of the rainbow through a keyhole.
But just like with the glimpse of a rainbow, this book too, required only that much to somehow keep me at it. I didn’t want to stop reading simply because these characters had so much depth and life to them. I may not have always gotten their references or connected to their wives/children, but I could read about the fondness they shared. And though I felt an outsider to their stories, it doesn’t take away from the beauty of the relationships I did see. Be it between the bandmates, or between spouses, mother and son, father and children….or the protagonists.
The second half of the book made it up to me. Where the story just sinks into a depth that I almost was surprised to experience. I didn’t lose my footing even though I wasn’t prepared for it, but somehow, the second half of the book makes you steadier in your understanding of the story. Of the characters. The message in the book, the support that each character provides to one another in the time of need, the love they show one another were all a good-read worthy.
I appreciate the way the author had approached this sensitive topic of mental health and illnesses. They are very real. They are as serious and difficult as any physical illness. They are something that the victims are never meant to feel ashamed about or be ostracised for.
Four stars. I recommend this book, preferably read it as a series.
Fear nothing and fear anything. Accept nothing and accept everything. Live in duality. Live in respect of those who are different from you; live in love for those around you and don’t be afraid to be angry with them or sad or happy. Don’t be afraid to tell them how you feel.
Don’t be afraid of them. Be careful if you wish, but be around them. Try the things that make you afraid. Those very things may be your best friends for life. Or your greatest lessons.
Love even if you fear being rejected by them. Because only love given freely has the power to turn even rejection around. Don’t be afraid that you may be misunderstood or unaccepted. If what you are and feel is true and real, it will be revealed by time.
This is my message to all those who are different and trying.
My message to those who fear difference is a famous quote by Edwin Markham:
“He drew a circle that shut me out- Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle and took him in!”
|The Burning Shadow (Origin, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout|
#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with The Burning Shadow, the steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.
When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux―only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.
Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is―and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.
Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.
And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.
Expected Publication: October 8th, 2019.
My Favourite Quote: *subject to change*
“Nadia.” His voice cracked.
Links: Goodreads, Amazon
*ARC provided kindly by publisher via Edelweiss. Thank you so much for the opportunity! The opinions stated below are in my own and in no way influenced.*
The Burning Shadow was frankly nothing like The Darkest Star. It was so very very much more. The whole story seemed to be perfectly streamlined and every single chapter was crafted with something essential occurring in it. No part of this book–be it a word, paragraph or chapter–was…untrimmed or unnecessary.
The issues I faced in The Darkest Star, that I had mentioned in my review was that it had felt like half a book to those who’ve followed the Lux series and I also explained that the reason for that was that the Origin series was meant to be a standalone, so I got it. But JLA more than makes up for it in this book; because this book fills in the necessary gaps and creates the necessary spaces for bigger, harder questions that turn up. The book is un-put-downable. There is no two ways about it. I was constantly sending the time-estimator on my Kindle into spiralling shock; because this book is big and I was breaking all known time and space rules while reading it.
The book spills straight into the juicy centre of the plot and I swear at one point I thought I’d start gnawing on my Kindle because I was devouring the book. The sketching of the characters started to grow clearer, finer and we start noticing more about them–and given Luc and all that we know about him, the more that we find out is well-fitting to his…personality. The boy can be a little extra. *chuckles*
We get to see a lot more of the secondary characters as well, without removing the time that the main characters are seen. There was a strange kind of beauty seeing the relationships that Luc shares with them; the duality of it–of respectful fear and jovial snark that Luc can muster in/share with others.
Another aspect of this book that I feel The Darkest Star doesn’t match up to (and mind you it was my favourite and most awaited book of last year) is the emotional quotient. JLA turns it up and she keeps it there. Every single thing Luc does is drenched with romance and the kind of love the book-lovers dream of feeling.
The plot twists are both a little expected and also completely shocking–similar to The Darkest Star–and this is especially true to those who’ve stuck to the Lux series since the beginning. But that doesn’t take away from the story even a little bit because the book is revetting, enthralling, romantic, aggressively showing us the way that differences and fear of anything unknown is handled and so very worth the wait.
Five stars (and if I could give more, I would have). Congratulations JLA, you’ve brought your A-Game to the field. I highly recommend this book!