Cover Reveal – Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Holy cow, y’all! We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s WICKED! WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy. It is being released on December 8th, 2014. So make sure you pre-order it today!!

 

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WICKED Synopsis:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

 

Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Review for White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

TITLE: White Hot Kiss
SERIES: The Dark Elements #1
AUTHOR: Jennifer L Armentrout
PUBLICATION DATE: February 25, 2014
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
PAGES: 304 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC
SOURCE: Publisher via NetGalley
RATING: 5 bows

Layla will never be normal, no matter how much she wishes she was. She’s half gargoyle, half demon, an unheard of combination considering it’s the Gargoyle’s duty to destroy demons on-sight. But that doesn’t make her existence any less real. All she wants is to be normal and to be with Zayne, the insanely hot Warden (aka Gargoyle) who she’s had a crush on since he walked into her life at 7. But there’s one problem, besides her despicable demon blood, and that’s she will take his soul if they kiss. She’s can’t kiss anyone with a soul without relieving them of that particular asset. But then she meets Roth, the gorgeous tattooed demon who keeps saving her ass. Trusting him could mean the end of life as she knows it and would be seen as betrayal by her Warden family. But there is something about Roth that she can’t resist. Would she happily follow him to her doom or will he be the savoir no one expects?

One day, I will read a JLA book and not be surprised by how awesome it is. That day is not today. I know I spend a portion of any review of her book raving about how epic she is, but really, I’ve yet to read something written by her that wasn’t awesome and this is no exception. Armentrout tackles this particular brand of supernatural creature as beautiful as she does everything else. This is everything I expect it to be and more, just as addictive as the Lux series.

Layla (love her name, by the way) is that misfit I think we can all relate to, taken to a whole new level. Not only is she the odd man out at school, but her very DNA prevents her from fitting in even among her adoptive family. Though she has forged a close bond with a few members of the Warden family, she’s still dislike by many and downright hated by some. She copes with it all rather well, all things considered, and is content (sorta) to spend her days in school, her afternoons tagging demons, and her nights lost in conversation with Zayne. Zayne, the ultimate crush she can never have. Even if it was possible to have a physical relationship with him, her demon blood would taint the Warden line, something the other Warden’s wouldn’t stand for. So when Roth enters the picture, she knows she should walk away and report the activity, but she can’t make herself do it. Roth is intriguing and doesn’t look down on her “bad” blood…and he’s gloriously soulless, meaning she doesn’t have to deal with that pesky soul-eating temptation she has to fight around everyone else.

Roth, oh dear Roth. You’d think that I’d get tired of JLA strolling out cocky bad-boy types by now, but it’s just not the case. What’s that phrase Katy uses, holy alien babies? That sounds about right. Roth is a self-serving demon with a sinfully hot body, a smart mouth, and several powerful abilities. He’s just…::drools:: He’s awesomesauce, k? He’s so damned confident that it’s impossible to even think he’ll fail at whatever he puts his mind to. And when he puts his mind to convincing Layla to trust him….damn. He succeeds with flying colors. I’m definitely team Roth, just so we’re clear.

Then there is Zayne, the other corner of this infuriating love triangle. Zayne is Roth’s polar opposite. He’s good and righteous and caring and equally as hot. The fact that a love affair would be impossible between him and Layla, along with the clairvoyant knowledge that he’ll end up with Danika, makes it impossible for me to root for him. I know Layla’s had it bad for him forever, but it’s just not meant to happen. Not to mention the major letdowns here. In many ways he fails Layla in this novel, forgetting her or downright ignoring her when she needs him. She does some bad things too, but never anything to deliberately hurt him.

Can I comment on JLA’s genius-ness again? This woman is quickly becoming my favorite author, with her ability to wow me in everything she writes. Here she shines with the Gargoyle lure, the badass demon, and the plot twists that I didn’t anticipate. She shines because I love this book in spite of the love triangle and the awful, horrid cliffhanger. That end and Roth and the revelations about her parentage and holy fucking cow, I feel traumatized. I can’t even….

So yeah, if you aren’t overly fond of cliffhangers or not knowing if a particular character is dead for good (AND THAT CHARACTER BETTER NOT BE! I’m just sayin’, putting that out there because that will make me angry and you won’t like me when I’m angry), then you might wanna wait until book 2 (and probably 3, because let’s face it, 2 will probably have a cliffhanger too) is out because the ending it’s the rainbows and sunshine I’d been dreaming of.

This novel is everything you’d expect from JLA, with cocky male leads, a sassy heroine, and enough romance and turmoil to keep you enraptured. The romance between the characters ranges from hot to sweet, managing to give you just the right amount of smut for a YA novel without going overboard. Even those who prefer smut-free novels should be fine with this. I keep trying to figure out the best way to summarize this review, but it really comes down to a simple statement: It’s JLA. I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait for the next one. Seriously, I may sell my first born child to get my hands on it if I can get any takers for that offer. Oh, and before I forget, there is an exclusive excerpt at the end of the novel from Roth’s point of view that will only be available in the print version, so if you’re planning on buying it, there’s a little extra incentive to get it in print. Trust me, it’s totally worth it. It makes you love Roth even more, if such a thing were possible.

****A huge thank you Lisa Wray and all the people Harlequin Teen for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****

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Review for Be With Me (Wait For You #2) by J Lynn

Be With Me by J Lynn

TITLE: Be With Me
SERIES: Wait For You #2
AUTHOR: J Lynn (AKA Jennifer L Armentrout
PUBLICATION DATE: February 4, 2014
PUBLISHER: William Morrow Paperbacks
PAGES: 299 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC
SOURCE: Edelweiss
RATING: 4 bows

Teresa Hamilton has had a crush on Jase Winstead from the moment he stepped through her front door to check on her brother. There is just something about him that draws her and she can’t shake the attraction, especially after a mind-blowing kiss. But after said kiss, Jase avoids her like the plague and an injury to her knee could be the end of her dance career if she isn’t careful. A semester off from dancing at the college her brother (and Jase, his BFF) attends may just the thing to get Jase to give them a chance. Jase is trying his damnedest to ignore his feelings for Tess. Besides the fact that she is his best friend’s baby sister, he has other responsibilities that take precedence and doesn’t really need to be involved in any kind of serious relationship. But he can’t seem to avoid her now that she’s on campus and the attraction is getting harder to fight. Can the two work it out or is their quasi-relationship doomed to fail?

Tess is just as I remember her from Wait For You, beautiful and determined and smart. She’s a bit down on herself because of the knee injury and the possibility of never dancing again, but you can still see the fiery personality underneath. I can’t say I would be any different if my lifelong passion had nearly been ripped from my grasp. Her love of dancing is something I thought would bring her closer to Avery, but the two don’t become as close as I was expecting. Maybe they are saving that for later. I hope so.

Jase is a even more guarded here than the glimpses of him we catch in Trust In Me. He obviously plays things close to the chest and has a difficult time letting anyone get close to him. Watching him try to be all noble and stay away from Tess when it’s obvious the two are meant for each other was both comical and heartbreaking. It causes so much heartache for Tess that it is hard to get behind the idea of these two being together. Will Jase ever get over the need to push her away to “protect” her as well as himself? I hate that, so much.

I was pretty excited when I got approved for this because it gave me a legitimate excuse to read Wait For You & Trust In Me which I had been dying to read. After all, I have to read them to understand this, right? So I dived in and LOVED them both. Seriously, Cam Hamilton is awesome and I love him to bits. I was then excited to see him placed in the brotherly role instead of the love interest. Anything offering me even the tinsiest new slice of Cam was exactly what I was looking for. While I truly enjoyed this, it doesn’t quite live up to it’s predecessors. Jase doesn’t even come close to comparing to Cam’s level of awesome, so while I liked the idea of him and Tess, I wasn’t swooning over him. And every damn time he pushed Tess away, I was torn between wanting to punch him and wanting her to move on so we could truly see him suffer. She doesn’t, though, because this wouldn’t be much of a romance novel if she had, but I was almost wishing she would.

Another issue was it was predictable. I know we don’t read romance for jaw-dropping originality, but I saw every single twist come. Every. Single. One. ****SPOILER****The minute you see Jace with Jack, it’s obvious it’s his kid not his brother. The minute you see Debbie with Erik, you know he’s abusing her. As soon as Tess hits the floor, you know she’s fucked up her knee for good. When Tess finds Debbie dead, it’s so fucking obvious that Erik killed her, and it wasn’t a suicide. ****END SPOILER****All of it was just so glaringly obvious.

From the review, you’d think I didn’t really enjoy this novel, but I did. Despite the hangups, this is written in addictive way we’ve come to expect from JLA. She’s a master at making you desperate to keep going and then utterly depressed when you realize you’ve finished the novel. What the fuck am I supposed to do now? Move on to the next novel? I’m too emotional involved with the characters to do anything else but crave more! It has everything necessary to make a great New Adult romance, with steamy love scenes, witty dialogue, and characters you can’t help but care about, in spite of their idiotic actions. If you liked the previous novels, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. If you haven’t read the previous novels…what the hell are you waiting for?

****Thank you to William Morrow Paperbacks for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

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Review for Trust In Me (Wait For You #1.5) by J Lynn

Trust In Me by J Lynn

TITLE: Trust In Me
SERIES: Wait For You #2
AUTHOR: J Lynn (AKA Jennifer L Armentrout
PUBLICATION DATE: October 22, 2013
PUBLISHER: William Morrow Impulse
PAGES: 352 pages
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 5 bows

Cameron Hamilton is that hot guy that can get any girl he wants, so when Avery Morgensten turns him down flat, he’s intrigued. She’s gorgeous and more than a little awkward and he’s entirely fascinated with watching her emotions play across her face. It’s obvious she’s hiding something, but she won’t let him close enough to figure it out. He refuses to give up, though, continually asking her on dates and pushing past her barriers. Will she finally relent and give him a chance or will she remain stubborn and continue to refuse?

Dayum. Did I mention in my review for Wait For You that Cam is awesome? Because, seriously, he is. If you loved him in book one, he’ll steal your heart even more here. He’s the same nice guy hiding under that cocky exterior, which shines even more here. He’s so fucking confident about his awesomeness that it’s impossible to argue the point with, though I don’t know why you’d want to. He’s just so terribly sweet to Avery and so fucking charming. The fact that he constantly refers to her as Shortcake in his head had in an endless giggle-fest.

Avery, via his perspective, is even more skittish than she seems in hers. There isn’t much to say beyond that, besides it’s really obvious she is hiding something. And it’s even more frustrating watching her refuse to open up to him when you are reading his thoughts. All he wants to do is comfort and protect her and she won’t allow him that opportunity.

I think I have said at one point that I’m not a huge fan of the type of books like this, where it’s the exact same storyline as the previous one via a new perspective, but Jen may have changed my take on that. I would gladly have read any new scene or rehashed scene she wanted to give me though Cam’s eyes. For a lot of authors, it becomes incredibly boring to read the same damn scenes in a voice that sounds too similar to the original one, but here, they both felt so distinct that it was impossible to confuse the two. I also really love getting more of Ollie and Jace, plus the preview for Be With Me because you can feel the attraction rolling off Jace and Teresa, whether Cam wants to admit it or not.

Bottom line? This is everything you’d expect out of a JLA sequel. It makes me want to say to hell with my carefully laid out reading list and binge on her novels. Cam is just….there aren’t words, okay. He’s almost better than Daemon, which should be recommendation in and of itself. If you liked Wait For You, you’ll love this. If you haven’t read Wait For You, then remedy that and then you’ll love this. Don’t read this first because it obviously gives away major spoilers….unless you don’t care about spoilers, in which case the sequence is up to you. 🙂

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Review for Wait For You (Wait For You #1) by J Lynn

Wait For You by J Lynn

TITLE: Wait For You
SERIES: Wait For You #1
AUTHOR: J Lynn (AKA Jennifer L Armentrout
PUBLICATION DATE: September 3, 2013
PUBLISHER: William Morrow Paperbacks
PAGES: 384 pages
FORMAT: Audiobook / ARC
SOURCE: Borrowed / Won from Krita’s Dust Jacket
RATING: 5 bows

Avery’s life changed at a Halloween party five years ago and she has ran clear across the country for college to get away from the aftermath. She’s determined to succeed in college and, hopefully, make a few friends along the way. But when she literally falls into Cam’s arms, her plans change. She knows avoiding him is the best thing she can do, but Cam makes her want things she never thought she’d want. Cam’s gorgeous face is everywhere and she quickly learns avoiding him isn’t possible. The two become so close that when Avery begins receiving threatening and insulting emails and texts, Cam demands to know what’s going on. Avery knows she can’t hide from her past forever, but she’s damn well going to try, even if it destroys her relationship with Cam. Can Cam get the truth from her?

Holy fucknuggets Batman! I am beginning to believe that Jennifer L Armentrout can’t write a bad book. Actually, I’m starting to believe that she can’t write anything that isn’t fucking epic and overly addictive. I started this on an audiobook, just planning on listening it to it some around the house….yeah, about that. I ended up spending an entire afternoon listening while I did other things (::coughs:: played Pokemon X) and then switching to a the ARC I won forever ago and staying up until 2 in the morning because I couldn’t stop. This book is just as good, if not better, than the Obsidian series. Cam and Daemon are equally hot and I can’t pick between the two. That alone is a massive compliment. Okay, enough fangirling.

Avery, oh Avery. I love her and I understand her situation, but she really should have told Cam about her past long before she did. Cam’s devotion to her is obvious and she should know that it won’t lower his opinion of her. She’s so damaged and fragile, but strong at the same time. She survived that horrible event and waited for the opportune moment to get the hell away from those assholes she has to call a family. Her family, by the way, left me speechless. I don’t understand how people can react that way.****SPOILER****You daughter was raped and instead of hiring a lawyer with the epic amount of money you have and suing the pants off the man responsible, you accept a bribe from his family and force said daughter to sign a nondisclosure agreement? WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU? When his parents showed up, you should have told them to fuck off and informed the police that they were attempting to bribe you. This is your only daughter and he hurt her in a way that is beyond unacceptable, but you don’t seem to fucking care. I don’t have kids, but I sure as hell know my reaction would have been completely different. I’d probably be in jail for murdering the fucker, no lawyer or justice system necessary.****END SPOILER****

Then there is our swoon-worthy Cam. Tall with piercing blue eyes and a body that would make a saint sin, he’s the man of every girls dreams, except our dear Avery. Watching him befriend her and ask her on a date, repeatedly, was thoroughly entertaining. Hell, watching Cam do anything would be thoroughly entertaining. Can I have him? Please? New book-boyfriend material here!
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Seriously, this guy goes out of his way to help Avery in anyway he can. He’s so fucking sweet to her, even though she’s a damn idiot and still pushes him away for the better part of this book. Come on people, he has a pet tortoise name Raphael! He’s hot! He’s smart! He’s not a flaming jackass like the majority of guys! What the fuck more could she want? I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating, Jennifer L Armentrout really knows how to write a swoon-worthy male lead. They all seem to have that “I’m hot and I know it” attitude that comes off as cute instead of annoying.

The writing is amazing, but that was expected, right? It has everything I need, with the mystery of trying to discover exactly what happened to Avery (and if she’ll ever say yes to Cam), humor with lots of witty banter between the main two, and romance with so many smexy scenes, I probably couldn’t read it in public without blushing. It’s the first NA I’ve read with an unabashedly detailed masturbation scene, which was an interesting change. Being a NA, we get a good douse of swear words, which always puts a smile on my face, as well as the avoidance of the dreaded insta-love, love triangle, and cliffhanger. There is only one interest for Avery and Cam, each other, and their story wraps up relatively well.

I’m officially adding everything J Lynn to my TBR list and to my list of “good” NA authors. I never really questioned that it was going to be good, but I wasn’t quite it expecting the epicness that I got. If only all NA could be this good, then I’d constantly be in heaven…and also I’d never be able to make myself go to work. Who can work when so many amazing words wait ahead? There is no question here, if you like NA or are just a Jennifer L Armentrout fan, read this. Like now. It’s worth whatever you are not give up doing instead, trust me!

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Review for Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L Armentrout

TITLE: Bitter Sweet Love
SERIES: The Dark Elements #0.5
AUTHOR: Jennifer L Armentrout
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1, 2013
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
PAGES: 105 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC
SOURCE: Invitation from publisher, E-ARC provided via NetGalley
RATING: 5 bows

Jasmine and Dez were always meant to be. As Gargoyle Wardens, they have been officially paired to mate, as long as she accepts the proposal. But when he disappears the day after the announcement is made, Jasmine is sure she’ll never be the same without him. Now, three years later, he waltzes back into her life expecting to pick up where they left off. Good luck, buddy. Jasmine is beyond pissed off because she has spent the last three years grieving the loss of him and isn’t sure she can ever trust him again. How do you trust someone who just walked out of you? How can you truly believe that he’ll never do that again? She agrees to give him a chance to prove he’s back for good within the seven days she is allowed to deliberate over whether to accept the proposal to mate or not, using him shamelessly to experience things that she would never be allowed to do on her own. Things like traveling to New York or learning to drive. Can he convince her to trust him again?

I’ll be completely honest, when I got the email requesting I read and review this, my answer was immediate. You’re with Harlequin Teen and you want me personally to read and review a novel from your publishing house?

Yes, I’d love too. Oh, it’s about Gargoyles?

Even better. Oh, it’s by Jennifer L Armentrout?

Gimme gimme gimme…I mean, ::coughs:: I would be delighted to review this for you. To say I was overjoyed at this opportunity was a massive understatement. I could post a hundred flailing happy gifs and it still wouldn’t equal my level of excitement. But, instead of doing that, let’s get down to the review, shall we?

Jasmine’s character is one I could immediately sympathize with. She just wants to be free, but the antiquated views of the male Wardens (aka gargoyles) keep her caged in the mansion she calls home. They believe that whole women are the weaker sex and must be protected at all costs. The idea that maybe if they trained them to fight then they would constantly be the causalities of demon attacks is preposterous. No, it’s better to hide them away and homeschool them until they are old enough to be “mated” and then keep them barefoot and pregnant. Jasmine is about as irritated with this idea as I am. The only upside in this is that there are so few females that they get their pick of any male. The males make an offer and the female gets 7 days to make a decision, yes or no. If she says no, the male must accept it and move on. The downside, beyond the chauvinist outlook, is that virtually none of the mated couples are love matches. Jasmine is a romantic, so that’s very disheartening.

Holy crap. I just realized part of why I loved this so much (apart from JLA’s typical awesomeness) while I was writing that. It’s just like a fucking historical romance novel: sheltered women, men running society, lack of love matches.

Seriously, I’m a bit mind blown at the similarities. I didn’t think I could fall in love with this anymore, but I was wrong.

Dez, our leading male, was cocky, lovable, and oddly vulnerable. I think Jennifer really has writing swoon-worthy males down to a science. Amazing body?  Just the right amount of witty banter?  Cocky, but not annoyingly so? Completely head over heels for our heroine?  And tada! There you have it, a swoon-worthy male. I was a bit unsure about him in the beginning, but his obvious devotion to Jasmine won me over. It’s clear that he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back. I almost wish this had been just a tinsy bit longer just to draw out their relationship a bit.

You get a peak of Layla, Zayne, and Roth, the stars of this series. Dez and Jasmine are secondary characters. I’m a little sad about them not being the main love birds, but I can understand why their story is in the background. Once they get over this little issue, I think they won’t have any major conflicts and conflicts are the center of all novels. Layla is definitely going to be an interesting character to follow and I’m already so in love with Roth that I’m foaming at the mouth for me. Smartass demon who bucks the rules? YES PLEASE!

The writing is exactly what you’d expect from Jennifer. She has that amazing ability to write a wholly believable story, even when it’s a preposterous concept. The Warden lure, though only briefly explained, is fascinating. I’m really excited about reading more of this particular supernatural being we don’t see often (or ever) in YA. It’s probably the most original idea for a young adult novel that I’ve read all year.

There is no question that this is a novella everyone will enjoy. It has romance, a bit of action, a little suspense, and a whole bunch of JLA awesomeness. It’s a new spin of a supernatural creature that doesn’t get much attention these days. Grab your copy December 1st so you can experience this breath-taking story for yourself.

****A huge thank you to Lisa Wray at Harlequin Teen for giving me the opportunity to read this and for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you just doesn’t seem strong enough, but it’s all I can say, so from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank you!****

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Sneak Peek: Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L Armentrout

TITLE: Bitter Sweet Love
SERIES: The Dark Elements #0.5
AUTHOR: Jennifer L Armentrout
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2013
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
PAGES: 105 pages

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

The series will go like this:
Prequel: Bitter Sweet Love (Dec 2013)
Book 1: White Hot Kiss (March 2014)
Book 2: Stone Cold Touch (November 2014)

For the sneak peek, just click the image below and enjoy!
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Review for Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daimon by Jennifer L Armentrout

TITLE: Daimon
SERIES: Covenant #0.5
AUTHOR: Jennifer L Armentrout
PUBLICATION DATE: September 10, 2011
PUBLISHER: Spencer Hill Press
PAGES: 62 pages
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 5 stars

Wow, just fucking wow. I shouldn’t be this shocked because I knew Jennifer could write extraordinarily well , but fuck I just wasn’t expected this.

This novella follows Alexandria Andros on a journey away from everything she has ever known. The half-blood daughter of a god, she was yanked out of the school for half-bloods by her mother who would never explain why they had to leave, simply saying “it’s not safe.” That was three years ago and they are still on the run and she still has not explanation for why they had to leave. Then the daimons arrive and everything for her changes drastically again. Running for her life with a scant few hundred dollars and no one to turn to, Alexandria must find a way to stay alive, by any means necessary.

To be so short, this was utterly captivating. Again, I don’t know why I’m so surprised by this fact because I felt the same way about Jennifer’s Lux series. I loved Alexandria immediately. This is no shy, mousey heroine who is too caught up in her own drama to notice the outside world, no sir. I have a feeling that by the time I finish this series, Alex will be the very best example of bad-ass heroine. Once again, I get left with a cliffhanger but since the next book in the series (in fact the next several books) is already available, I’ll save that exhausted tirade for another day. I don’t mind it as much in her books because she has yet to fall prey to that second book syndrome and her books always seem worth the wait. With all that being said, please people, ignore the few negative reviews out there and get a copy of the novella. You’ll definitely enjoy it.

Review for Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout

TITLE: Onyx
SERIES: Lux #2
AUTHOR: Jennifer L Armentrout
PUBLICATION DATE: August 14, 2012
PUBLISHER: Engtangled Teen
PAGES: 366 pages
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: Borrowed
RATING: 4 stars

***If you have not read Obsidian, this will give away spoilers***

Onyx picks up right where Obsidian left off. Daemon turns on the charm to try to win Katy over while she fights with her hormones to resist him. All the while, they are trying to figure out the freaky alien connection that has opened up between them since he healed her after the epic battle. Katy dear is still stupidly denying that she feels anything for him and then a new guy shows up in town and suddenly Katy has a new date. You can imagine how Daemon feels about that. But when Katy starts moving things with her mind, we come to learn that Blake (the new kid) is just like her and can train her to control these new abilities, things get intense pretty quickly. Chaos, tension, intrigue, and mayhem are all ingredients in this installment of The Lux series.

As completely in love with this series as I am, I spend the better part of this book screaming at Katy. If she were a real person, I probably would have hunted her down just to smack her in the face and scream “WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?” at her. Though this book doesn’t feature a love triangle, she does date 2 different guys in this book. She is still doing that flirty dance around Daemon, but she also goes on several dates with Blake, much to Daemon’s irritation. While I understand the thrill of someone liking her and the frustration of Daemon trying to tell her what to do, this is unacceptable. Lady, you have DAEMON pouring his heart out to you, what the fuck are you even hesitating for?!?!?!? When you walked away from him saying that you couldn’t excuse his dickheaded-ness, he started trying to….well the word “woo” doesn’t seem to suit Daemon, but it’s the only word that comes to mind, so he started to woo you in earnest. You finally get to see more of the guy beneath the ass, the one who is nice and thoughtful and downright sweet. How can you say no to that? How can you even think of another guy, much less date him when Daemon is offering to defy his very species to be with you? You can’t, you just can’t. So you Katy-bug get an epic fail for this book. You do the wrong thing, the exact wrong thing. The whole time Daemon is telling you that he doesn’t trust Blake and you assume it’s nothing more than jealousy, but you are wrong.

I won’t spoil what happens, but I will say that there were some things that went down that I do not approve of. That being said, it was still an emotional rollercoaster ride and I loved every minute of it. That’s the mark of a good writer is that even when I hated Katy, I still couldn’t stop reading. I was still rooting for her to fix her stupid mistakes ****SPOILER****which she doesn’t, she just keeps being stupid and not trusting Daemon enough to tell him the truth and then Blake finally shows his true colors and Adam ends up dead just when things were starting to get good between him and Dee. Which really fucking sucks. I was not amused at all, I may have actually cried.****END SPOILER***

Finishing this book left me in whatever the opposite of a book high is. Book depression? Book melancholy? I rushed through these two novels because they were so good that I couldn’t get enough and even though I know the journey isn’t completely over because Opal will be release in December, I still can’t bring myself to feel anything but incredible sadness. I can’t believe it’s over. I can’t stop thinking about this story. It’s been all I could do all day not to go back and start re-reading it….I might have even read a chapter of Onyx to refresh my memory which is absurd considering that I just fucking finished it at 10 last night. I had to physically stop myself from reading. To add impact to that statement, I don’t really re-read many things because I feel like I have too much to read and can’t justify revisiting a story I already know, which the exception of a few scant things that I just can’t help but go back to and I think these novels are going to be added to that list.

Review for Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

TITLE: Obsidian
SERIES: Lux #1
AUTHOR: Jennifer L Armentrout
PUBLICATION DATE: May 8, 2012
PUBLISHER: Engtangled Teen
PAGES: 335 pages
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: Borrowed
RATING: 5 stars

Damn….dayum…just fucking wow. I….it was….how do I……I think my brain just exploded into a puddle of pure joy.

Far warning with this review, it’s gonna be a hell of a lot of fangirling and might be a bit rambly because it’s killing me to wait the tinsy bit of time it takes to write this to read Onyx.

I was beginning to think I was too damn picky to love anything these days. It seems like every book I pick up is good but not great. Amusing but not hilarious, I like it but it could be better. And this was just perfect. One word people, just one, Daemon. He’s hot as hell and he fucking knows it. Oh, and he’s an alien. He’s also a dick to Katy for the majority of the book, but she doesn’t just roll over and take it. Nope, she tells him to back the fuck off and mind his own business.

…Okay people, I am truly sorry, but I can’t review this book. Seriously, all that is pouring out of my mind is rabid fangirling which can only carry the review so far. Just know that this book is amazing and if you like fantasy, paranormal romance, aliens, and kickass heroines, this is for you. SO GO READ IT NOW. (I’ll try to review it again in a few days when the fangirling has (hopefully) subsided).

Alrighty, let me try this again. I started this book because over half the blogs I follow are rabid fans of this series and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. To be quite honest, I’ve been rather disappointed with most of the books I’ve read recently. Everything has been irritating me. They have love triangles or cliffhangers or mediocre writing and I’ve been getting rather frustrated. I don’t know if I’ve become more picky or maybe I’ve just had a bad streak of book choosing but either way, I was hoping with all the blogger hype, this would be the great book I’ve been searching for. And fuck, it really was. I should also preface this by stating that I was a huge fan of the tv series Roswell, so I have a huge soft spot for aliens when they are done right.

We follow Katy in her move from Florida to West Virginia. She is less than thrilled about the move, even though she understands her moms reasons for uprooting them, she still misses her life in Florida. After a few days of pushing from her mom, she finally ventures out into the world, walking next door to ask the neighbor for directions. But when Daemon Black answers the door in nothing but a pair of jeans, she is floored because Daemon has more muscles on him than any seventeen year old boy has the right to. He also has a smoking face, with high cheekbones, full totally kissable lips, and gorgeous green eyes. She is completely enraptured by him….until he opens his mouth. He goes from completely date-able to the lowest level of scrum within a few scant seconds with his bad attitude from hell. After leaving His Royal Dickhead, she goes in search of the grocery store with his begrudgingly give directions and runs right into his twin sister. Dee profusely apologizes for Daemon and soon the two become fast friends, which seems to piss Daemon off. Katy doesn’t know what he’s problem is, but he keeps trying to blatantly push her away from Dee. Like hell, Katy isn’t going to let some overbearing, overprotective dickhead keep her from a being friends with Dee. But it’s obvious that Dee is keeping something from her. She doesn’t want to pry, but she can’t help but question why Daemon keeps saying Dee doesn’t need “friends like her”. Then she accidentally walks out in front of a truck and Daemon stops time to keep her from becoming road kill. Why? How can he do that? Because they are aliens. And things just get weirder from there.

Now, before any of you run screaming with the whole “I don’t do science fiction, no aliens for me!” bit, let me just say that this isn’t really scifi. It comes off as paranormal YA and for those of you who think aliens can’t be sexy, just watch one episode of Roswell and tell that you don’t want Max Evans saving your life! This series has so much to love and I think people who won’t try it simply because it’s aliens are really missing out.

I’ll start with Katy. I loved Katy, like really loved her. She starts off shy and quiet, but working to overcome it. She also is a book blogger with I found highly entertaining. I’ve read so many books where it’s mentioned in the beginning that they love to read, but you never actually see them pickup a book or show interest in them and that’s so not the case here. This lovely heroine would rather spend her days lounging in her living room reading and reviewing books than anything else and that doesn’t change when Daemon and Dee start making her life a three ring circus. I love that she stands up to Daemon and doesn’t let him push her around. In fact, she typically does the opposite of what he wants. He tells her to stay and she goes, he tells her to be quiet and she rattles on just out of spite. I loved that she was fowl-mouthed as well. Not super bad, but she calls Daemon a dickhead on more than one occasion (and he usually deserves it).

I also really loved the dynamic between these two. It’s one of those “I hate you, but I’m attracted to you” things and damn does it work for them. There are times when I’m not sure which would be better, watching them finally get together or watching them kill each other with insults. It’s obvious to everyone that they are head over heels for each other, everyone that is, except Katy who refuses to admit she likes him. She’s in denial so deep I’m not sure she’ll ever figure out the truth.

I loved almost all the characters in this, especially Katy’s mom. In most YA’s, the parents are absent without a legitimate reason, but bless Jennifer Armentrout because she explains it all before I could even ask. Katy has always been a good girl and since her father died, mommy dearest works extra nursing shifts to make ends meet and have extra money. So when Katy’s off running around with Daemon and getting in trouble, we know why her mom isn’t popping up with questions.

Now, on to the fangirling bits. I will state that you can skip the rest of this review without missing anything of substance, just me raving about how awesome Daemon is. Where to start? Let’s start with appearance. Tall, with wavy brown hair and bright green eyes, not to mention the muscles…..::swoons:: With his penchant for answering the door shirtless, can he just move next to me? I can deal with the foul mouth, in fact he doesn’t need to speak at all….anyway, when he does speak, he’s arrogant, stubborn, cocky, and sarcastic as hell. That’s right, he knows he’s awesome and he knows you think so too. And he doesn’t want Katy anywhere near his world. It’s not safe and he doesn’t want her involved. So, he’s a total dick, doing things to purposely piss her off, but he always gets unexpected results. When he tells her that he doesn’t want her sitting at the lunch table with him and his sister, that she is unwanted, he expects her to walk away with her tail tucked between her legs. So when she dumps her tray of food on his head, he is surprised to say the least and he can’t help but admire her. Underneath the asshat, hides a sweet guy who is just trying to make the best of a bad situation. He must protect his sister at all costs and that means pushing everyone who could present a danger away. So yeah, it’s a bit of the typical, “I’m only pushing you away because I want to protect you, but secretly I want you so hard it hurts” thing, but it’s so believable coming from him that it’s okay. Besides, he really does get a kick out of pissing Katy off. If you don’t fall in love with this guy from the story, there is an extra scene at the end from his perspective that will change your mind. And I think the cover model they got for him was beyond perfect. Have you seen the cover for Opal?

Look at it! Look at him. Not only am I head over heels for the character, but also for the amazing looking Pepe Toth, the model. Damn…just fucking damn. That admiration is only depended by the fact that Pepe is total and completely in love with his co-cover model, Sztella Tziotziosz. But seriously, look at them:



::drools:: how can you not love them?…sorry, they are just so gorgeous, I want to share it with the world.

When it comes down to it, I recommend this book to everyone. It is so amazing and keeps you begging for more. This is easily the best book I’ve read all year and it’s clear that it will be one that I go back to over and over again when I’m looking for something to make my heart race with excitement.