1. Audio Book Review: Dark Prince (Dark, #1) by Christine Feehan

    April 19, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    Title: Dark Prince (Dark, #1)

    Author: Christine Feehan

    Publisher: Books in Motion

    Publication Date: January 19, 2006

    My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Blurb:

    Prince of the Night. 

    He came to her in the night, a predator — strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. His need. His darkness. His terrible haunting loneliness. Her senses aroused, she craved the dangerous force of his body. Burned for him. And he had only touched her with his mind.

    Lady of the Light

    She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged inside him, threatening to consume him, he vented his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that filled the waning night. And she answered, a ray of light, piercing his darkness. A beautiful angel. Her compassion, courage, and innocence awakened in him an exquisite longing and tenderness. He knew he must possess her, for only she could tame his savage side and lift the dark shadow from his soul. Apart they were desolate, bereft. Intertwined physically and spiritually, they could heal one another and experience an eternity of nights filled with love.

    My Thoughts:

    This is going to be short and sweet because honestly I don’t want to waste another second of my life on this damn thing. Some of my dislikes might be because I listened to the audio version. Maybe this would have been better if I’d read it, but alas, I did not.

    Likes:

        • The idea and the world-building: the setting was also a plus. It made me want to research this area of the world and look at maps and whatnot. As for the idea, it was a good one. But when you combine these two characters with all that has to go into the first  in any series (background information, meeting all the primary and secondary characters, lore and the world itself), it was a bit overwhelming.
        • Gregory: I hope he gets a book. I also liked the other Carpathians that we are introduced to, and are on Mikhail’s side. I just hope they aren’t as obsessive and possessive as Mikhail. (More on him, later)
        • I liked that Mikhail could ease the mental anguish Raven was going through because of her ‘gift’. Her gift was not one I would ever want, nor could I survive it. So him being able to help, a definite plus.

     

    Dislikes:

        • Raven: I didn’t totally hate her. However, I disliked how she would make ridiculous decisions (like walking in the woods, ALONE, when there was a nutjob out there), and then couldn’t help herself, like at all. And there were a lot of times that she came off as whiny and helpless. And if I heard how little she was one more time I was going to punch someone in the throat. Everything about her was little this, and little that. Except her hair. Her hair was heavy. All the time, that’s what you’re told, over and over! And at one point it was so heavy she could barely lift it, because she was so damn little! I mean, seriously!? One of my other pet peeves was her waffling: one minute she was terrified of Mikhail, the next she couldn’t imagine herself without him, and then the next, she was pissed off for him making all her decisions for her. If she was okay with him being a possessive nutjob, fine. But stop the back and forth!
        • Mikhail: Look, I like a alpha hero. I even like an alpha-hole at times. But dear god, this guy was a nutjob. Raven needed a restraining order, at the very least. I know, he’s 600 years old and needs some manners and also to read some of the basic books on feminism, but still, he was a bit much, even for me. And the fact he kept his secrets for as long as he did (and the fact that she didn’t figure it out despite the obviousness of it all) bothered the hell out of me.
        • The word and word phrase repetitions: velvet; fire; heat; burning; hard; There were so many times words were repeated to the point where I was rolling my eyes heavenward, begging for salvation. Seriously, if I heard it being said how hot or hard or burning or on fire they were, I was going to kill this audiobook with actual fire. However, I somehow fought my urge to do so. (Mainly because I don’t think the library would have approved of my methods.)

     

    So with all my dislikes and low rating you’d think I’d have just DNF’ed it, huh? Nope. Not me. I had to finish it and see how it all played out. Now, I do admit to zoning out a time or two when things were just…bad, but I am glad I stuck with it to the end. At least I can say I finished it, right? And oddly, even though I’m not entirely sold on the main characters in this world, I will likely read more of this series. If for nothing else than to see what happens with the other guys and who they find as their lifemates. I just hope that I can like them a bit more than I liked Raven and Mikhail. So, while I give a below average rating, I guess it’s the mark of a good storyteller that I want to continue with this series, despite that, right?

    Oh, and before I forget, here are some buy links, if you’re so inclined: Amazon and Barnes and Noble

    Have you read this book or series? What did you think? And was I crazy to keep listening? Have you ever hated a book but wanted to continue the series despite your dislike for it? If so, what was the series? Let me know your thoughts and comments below!

    *This audio book was on loan from the local library and all opinions are my own.*


  2. Book Review: A Kiss At Midnight by Eloisa James

    April 16, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    Title: A Kiss At Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1) 

    Author: Eloisa James

    Publication Date: July 27, 2010

    Publisher: Avon

    My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blurb:

    Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

    Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

    Gabriel likes his fiancée, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’tlove her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

    Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

    Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble . . .

    Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune . . .

    Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.

    My Thoughts:

    <3!!! I mean, I cannot give enough stars, hearts, and exclamation points for this book. Fairy tale retellings are some of my favorites so, I had a feeling I would enjoy this, but I didn’t think I would enjoy it this much.

    Kate is fun, funny and proud. And has an evil step-mother who I wanted to punch in the throat a few times. The step-sister, at first glance, seems like something that doesn’t fall too far from the tree. But, she is more layered than that, and I loved seeing her develop throughout the book. And the secondary characters, including Kate’s “godmother” were great.

    Gabriel–well, he was hot, and he was generally good. But man, he was such an idiot at times. I mean, talk about clueless! There were a few times I wanted to punch him in the throat, but he made up for those times, in the end. My main issue with him was that he went to the ball (I won’t say more than that or where Kate was at the time, because I don’t want to give it away), but I get that -at the time- he was tied up with his duty. And being a man, it took him awhile to get his head on straight and understand what his real priorities were. But still, it annoyed me that Kate was, well., there and he was going back and forth, like she was a secret that he had to hide. (And yes, I know they had to keep things secret, but still, I wanted to scream at him at that point.)

    This book provided a great balance of humor, sweetness and sexy times. And as I mentioned, the secondary characters and the way that so many of them were rooting for Kate, well it was just a true pleasure to read. Towards the end, when Gabriel told Kate what he and the others would give up to support the castle, and how he’d worked to get an advance for a book, all so he and Kate could get married and make it all work. She could barely tell him her news, he just kept going on and on! And his reaction when it finally sunk in made me giggle.

    And Chapter 41, well that was just splendid.

    Here are two of my favorite quotes from the book:

    “Well, I don’t. Because it’s better to live like a flame, Kate, to know a man and love him, even if he can’t be yours, than never love at all.”

    “He said it aloud, because there was no reason to be silent. “I am-undone. She has undone me.” And his hand closed around the glass slipper.”

    And the scene towards the end, with the funeral pyre. It brought everything full circle, all their conversations and time they’d spent together. It was like watching movie when Kate saw him. It was glorious and had me twirling around the room in happiness, grinning like a love sick fool. I’m looking forward to reading more from this series, in the very near future!

    You can find this book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine retailers.

    *This book was a self-purchase and all opinions are my own*


  3. Stalled: A ROW80 Check-In

    April 16, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    It’s cold here. Like, so cold it snowed last night and the snow stuck–as in, the ground is covered. What is that about? The weather is so bizarre. I wish Mother Nature could decide whether it’s spring, or still winter. This back and forth is driving me nuts!

    And I say this knowing that, by July, I will likely be lamenting how humid it is and how I need to get central air in my house. I think I really need to find a place to live that isn’t too cold/snowy in the winter and lacks the humidity we get in the summer. So far, I’ve yet to have any luck though. *keeps looking*

    But anyway, this week hasn’t gotten off to a great start, in terms of my writing or my revision plans. In fact, I’ve done little of it, spending Sunday and Monday (and part of Tuesday) doing my taxes instead. And I needed an escape from reality after all those numbers, so I read a book and finished the audio book I was listening to. I did the latter by walking, a lot, and enjoying the 80 degree weather we had Sunday and Monday. (See, totally crazy weather!)  I also managed to get some yard work done with the help of my mom and nephew. I’m still not able to do as much as I used to in terms of lifting and carrying and such, but I’m getting there. And it was nice to spend time with family and get things done. (Though now that it’s covered in snow, I don’t know what the results will be when it all melts…again.)

    Anyway, I’m going to stop babbling now. *grins* Here’s a recap of my goals for the week:

    1. Write 8813 words on “West Merriton”: 0
    2. Revise a minimum of 40 pages on “Wanted”: 0
    3. Check in for #row80 on Wednesday and Sunday
    4. Post “The Sunday Post” on…Sunday :)
    5. Post one book review This is done and scheduled to go up tomorrow. I spent the afternoon #row80 sprint yesterday finishing a second book review and starting a third. I am trying to do my reviews right after I finish reading and that way I don’t forget and have them in my queue, ready to go.
    6. Walk 5 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each time: I’ve hit 3 out of 5 walks so far, and each of those walks was a minimum of 2 miles (which takes anywhere between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on if I’m walking the dog, taking a leisurely pace, or speed walking). I’m taking today off though. I think. (This depends on whether it warms up at all when I get home. I’ve come to quite enjoy my walks and even with snow and cold, I think I might miss it.)

     

    As I said, I didn’t get anything done in either the writing or the revision areas. But that’s the tax man’s fault, in my opinion. Now that those are finished though, I should be able to catch up on my goals. *fingers crossed*

    How are you doing this week? Has the crazy weather had you as confused as I am? I hope you’re week is going well and good luck with your goals!


  4. The Sunday Post [13]: Another Week, Another Sunday Post

    April 13, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. As her blog says, “it’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.” For more information and rules, see here: Sunday Post Meme

     

    It is a gorgeous day outside and all I want to do is go outside and lay on the grass so I can soak up as much sun as possible. I won’t do this since the ground is still smushy from the rain we got last night, but the idea is there, so that has to count for something, right?!  I feel like the weather has really turned a page here in Central New York state. Today is in the seventies, so was yesterday, and Monday is supposed to be even nicer. It’s been great because I’ve been able to get my walking in and open a few windows in the house. I’ve also been able to open up the enclosed front porch which is my favorite place in my house. Last summer (before I got sick and ended up in the hospital), I had been cleaning it out and fixing it up so I could use it as an office during the nicer weather. For the couple months I had been able to use it, I loved it. I was so productive, feeling the summer breeze as I worked. But by the time I had come home from the hospital in November, it was closed up tight and too cold to work out there, anyway. It needed a good cleaning but I did that this morning, and I am already enjoying the benefits of it.

    And isn’t it just great, after a long winter, being able to open up the windows and let that clean air fill the house after being closed all winter? It might be my favorite time of year.

    Anyway, here’s what happened this week:

    On the Blog:

    ROW80, Round 2: Let the Writing Begin: this is where I set out my goals for the next 80 days of the ROW80 challenge

    ROW80: First Check-in: Check-ins are, generally, twice a week. I tend to forget to check in on Wednesdays, though. This week, I didn’t.

    Book Review: The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) by Gena Showalter

    The First Week of ROW80, in Review

    Around the Web:

    I got nothing for this. Between writing, reading, and the day job, I didn’t get to spend too much time looking around the web. I will try harder for next week. :)

    Books Bought and What I’m Currently Reading:

     

    I grabbed Mate of her Heart based on a review of the second book which really intrigued me. (I have to read books in order, even if they don’t need to be. I know…I’m weird. LOL)

    Dom Wars was free and since I had heard from others in some of the GR groups I’m in that it was a good book, I figured I would pick it up and get to it…eventually. When Wishes Collide was also a freebie and since I had the first in this series, I figured, what the heck?

    Moonrise, by Anne Stuart, was 99 cents so I had to snap it up. Again, an Anne Stuart novel for 99 cents?! I could not, in good conscience, pass that up.

    Black Angel was also 99 cents, and there were mixed reviews on this, but I went for it anyway. Whenever there are mixed reviews, I find I want to read the book even more since I want to see just how a book can get such diverse reactions.

    Courting Cate was also free (and something I saw on someone’s Sunday Post from last week. I can’t remember whose blog it was at the moment. Darn memory.)  And although it’s outside of my usual sub-genre, I have read a few Amish and inspirational romances that I’ve loved.

    Once again, I think I did really well keeping new book purchases low this week and my book budget -and budget in general- is happy about that. *pats self on the back for my restraint* Let’s hope it lasts!

    I am still, STILL, trying to get through Dark Prince by Christine Feehan. I don’t know if it is the narrator that is making me want to throw myself out a window, or the story itself. But I am determined to finish it-I won’t DNF it because (1) I’m hoping it makes sense when I get to the end-that all this angst and nonsense was for something; and (2) I’ve spent so much time already, if I just quit, I’ll feel like it was all a waste. . I just wish I knew how many chapters this was. For whatever reason, the audio version didn’t list them, though the narrator delineates them in the reading. I’m at 18. I’m just praying it will be over soon. [And if anyone has the ebook or kindle version and can leave me a note in the comments how many chapters in total this book is, I will be forever grateful. I might even name a child after you. Or a cat. Someday. :D ]

    I’m also reading The Will by Kristen Ashley. I was hoping to get this book done yesterday but a last minute day trip to St. Bonaventure University -my alma mater and where my cousin is considering going in the fall- scattered my best laid plains to the winds.It was a long trip (4 hours each way) but so much fun. I also stocked up on t-shirts and coffee mugs at the bookstore because one can never have enough Bona gear.

    Camp NaNoWriMo, ROW80 & Life, in general:

    I’ve been posting on the blog this week about my progress and you can check out the links in the “on the blog” section if you want to see how I’m doing. In a nutshell though, I’m still on track to hit my Camp NaNo goal (which is to write 40k words and complete the revisions of one of my manuscripts) by the end of the month. ROW80 -a writing challenge that has come to mean a lot to me over the years and through which I’ve met so many writer friends- also started this week and is helping me meet my Camp goals and my overall writing goals for the year. Even though I write, I still have a dayjob, so ROW80 helps me balance things like writing, blogging, and even my exercise goals. And that balance is a good thing, since it keeps me from flailing around like Kermit hyped up on caffeine.

    So, after this week of words, walking (I walked 6 times this week for a total of 11 miles. My feet are like “wtf are your doing to us?!), work (the grading of essays never seems to end), blogging and reading, I’m completely knackered. Next week I’ll have more of the same on the blog–a book review (or maybe two!), my ROW80 check in(s), and anything else that comes up. I’m thinking of doing some quick posts, maybe once a week, on music and my writing. All my books and characters have their “playlists”, so I’m going to try and figure out a way to share some of that with everyone out there. I will think on this and see what I can come up with.

    How was your week? Has spring finally arrived where you are? What are you doing to take advantage of the nicer weather? I hope everyone had a great week and see you next Sunday!


  5. ROW80: The First Week of the Round, in Review

    April 13, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    The first week of RoW80 is complete! I can’t believe it. It seemed like just yesterday I was putting together my plan for the year, and this Round. Does anyone else think that sometimes time seems to speed up, especially when goals need to be met?

    In addition to my goals for ROW80, there has been a lot going on for the day job. It’s that time of year at the college where students are coming to me asking me how they can pass the class. Though a good number of students who are in the A and B range in my EN101 classes, there are more students than I’d like at the D or F level. This is mainly because they just don’t show up and/or don’t do the work. It’s really difficult for me, because I hate failing students. But I can’t pass them just because I feel bad. The numbers are the numbers, and showing no effort in class, and no desire to do the work…well, there isn’t much I can do. Let’s hope the students who are failing get their acts together before the semester ends in a few weeks.

    Anyway, let’s get on with this week’s ROW80 check-in, shall we? Here were my goals from last week, with notes about my progress:

    1. Write 9340 words a week on my Camp NaNo projects (“Wanted & “West Merriton”):
      • I only wrote 6818 words this week but even so, I’m still on track to finish by April 30th so I’m not too worried about that.
    2. Revise a minimum of 10 pages on any WiP (or a combo of WiPs) per week
      • For “Lucy” I’ve revised the first 38 (as of Wed) pages. And this was not the plan, but it happened anyway. I had to add a scene in the beginning and the next thing I knew I had revised the first third. *facepalms*
      • As for “Wanted”, I’ve revised a significant amount of pages (about 60, or one third of the MS).
      • Thoughts for the week–> Revising is exhausting and for whatever reason revisions had my focus this week.  Next week I’m going to tweak this goal a little, to balance the writing and the revisions. 
    3. Blog: check in Wednesday and Sunday for ROW80
    4. Blog: post The Sunday Post on, wait for it…….Sunday This is done and scheduled to be posted later today. :)
    5. Blog: post a minimum of one book review per week–> The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
    6. Walk a minimum of 3 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each time
        • I squashed this goal! I walked six times this week! And using the MapMyWalk app on my phone, I can now figure out how many miles I’ve walked and how long it takes. This week alone, I walked about 11 miles. That’s just, crazy! I never thought I could do that, especially after being sick and my surgery. And the walking is helping me relax and sleep so much better, too. 

       

    My goals for next week are:

    1. Write 8813 words on “West Merriton” (“Wanted” is basically done in terms of “new” scenes/chapters. It had been part 1 of my Camp goal to add 10k new words to this WiP, and I did. So I will focus on revisions for this now.
    2. Revise a minimum of 40 pages on “Wanted” (I know, it seems like a lot, but I am going to ignore revisions on “West Merriton for the week”
    3. Check in for #row80 on Wednesday and Sunday
    4. Post “The Sunday Post” on…Sunday :)
    5. Post one book review
    6. Walk 5 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each time: I’m changing this from 3 times to 5. I’m feeling very motivated about this goal. 

     

    How did you do tackling your ROW80 goals during this first week? Does anyone else like to walk/exercise using the MapMyWalk app (or MapMyRun or similar app)? I hope you have a relaxing Sunday and see you next week!

     

     


  6. ROW80, Round 2: First Check In

    April 9, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    It’s only days after my ROW80 goal post but I wanted to post today, at the first check in.  In the past, I would always forget to check in on Wednesdays and this Round I want to try and be more consistent. My posts on Wednesdays might be short and I can’t promise I’ll post every Wednesday, but I’ll do my best to hit as many of them as I can.

    In terms of writing, I’ve been getting a lot of it in this week and I think I’m on track to meet my weekly word count goal. I’ll be trying to write a lot on either Saturday or Sunday as well, to get ahead if I can. I try to take one of the weekend days off from writing so my brain can take a break, and I plan on continuing this routine throughout Camp NaNo and ROW80. This means that I need to get those 9k words in over 6 days, but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The beat sheets I used to outline my “West Merriton” book have made this a significantly easier process. I need to use those for all my projects, new and old. I would probably have less headaches if I do!

    Anyway, here’s a quick reminder of my weekly goals along with the progress I’ve made thus far:

    1. Write 9340 words a week on my two Camp NaNo projects (“Wanted” and “West Merriton”): So far, I have 3050 new words
    2. Revise a minimum of 10 pages on any WiP (or a combo of WiPs) per week
    3. Blog: check in Wednesday and Sunday for ROW80
    4. Blog: post The Sunday Post on, wait for it…….Sunday
    5. Blog: post a minimum of one book review per week I completed this already with a book review of The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter. This was such a good book. I laughed at times, but oh the end, I cried so hard. Check it out if you’re looking for some pnr with demons, gods, and intricate (and interesting) world building.
    6. Walk a minimum of 3 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each time

     

    I didn’t think making a measurable revision goal would be hard to calculate but, given that one of the two WiPs I’m working on for Camp NaNo has more to do with revisions, and that the second project I have gone back and revised the first fifth so far, it is a bit tricky. So I’ve had to set parameters for myself so I can figure out what -for me- constitutes “new words” and what will count as “revisions”. I’ve decided that,when I add a large number of words, which I will subjectively state is 300 or more, to a scene or chapter, I will count them as new words, not revising. If it’s less than 300 words and more ‘revisiony’ (yes, I know that isn’t a word, but I hope you get my meaning *grins*), then it will count towards my revision goals.

    How has your week gone so far? Have you tweaked any of your goals or are you thinking of making any changes for the next check in? Or is it too early to tell? I hope you’re having a good week and see you Sunday!


  7. Book Review: The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) by Gena Showalter

    April 8, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    Title: The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1)

    Author: Gena Showalter

    Publication Date: May 3, 2008

    Publisher:  HQN Books

    My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Blurb:

    His powers – Inhuman…

    His passion – Beyond immortal…

    All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member — a man trapped in a hell of his own.

    Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments… and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction — and a soul-shattering test of love…
    Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive — and unimaginably powerful…

    My Thoughts:

    I have had this book on my Nook for awhile now. In fact, I meant to read this in February, for a Goodreads book challenge. But alas, things got busy and I didn’t get it read. So I promised myself that when I went on vacation in March, this would be the first one I read. I started to read it the day before I left, and couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late, or as late as I could, but finally had to close it, since I had a flight to catch in the morning. I read it on the plane. And then that first night, I finished it. Thankfully, I was alone, downstairs in my aunt’s house, because I was crying. Not sweet crying either. No, it was a total ugly cry.

    Ashlyn and Maddox were amazing characyers, as was the world that the author creates for the readers. The Lords are damaged, fragile, yet incredibly strong and, protective. Or at least Maddox was when it comes to the woman he meets on the hill. He thought her one of his enemies, at first. And yet, even believing this, he still wanted her. He had to have her. She was his, despite his better judgement.

    Ashlyn has a gift. A gift she didn’t really want, and that caused her much pain in life, but that allowed her to do great things. Or so she thought. Working for an agency chraged with studying the paranormal, Ashlyn thought she was helping people. But her mind was never quiet. She constantly heard the voices of others, their conversations from the past, whenever she entered a space. Whether it was outside or inside did not matter, nor did it matter if the conversations occurred a thousand years ago, or an hour ago. There was always noise, and never peace. Until that night on the hill.  She’d heard rumors of the Lords. Some thought they were demons, but some thought they were Angels. Ashlyn bravely scaled the hill, cold and alone (or so she thought), until she met Maddox. Scared, terrified even, she should have run. But she didn’t. Because when she was near Maddox, the world was quiet.

    The rest of this book is full of information about the Lords which had me totally enthralled. It was such a deep, tragic history, with twists and turns, and even two factions of these Lords. Each faction wanted different things, but chaos among the gods, and the search for Pandora’s Box, brought them together, even if it was reluctantly. I enjoyed how the author included the secondary characters in the story, without overshadowing the main couple. The scenes with Ashlyn and Maddox made my heart skip several beats and I might have sighed at their exchanges, both verbally and otherwise. But what made me cry was what Ashlyn went through, and then what she did, all for Maddox. When she made her decision I had to put my Nook down. I needed a moment to process what I just read. and then, getting two other Lords to help her, and that conversation, well that was a doozy. And finally, the act itself. I get teary eyed thinking about it, thinking about Maddox’ reaction. Dear god, it was terrifying and beautiful at the same time. She did what she did out of love for Maddox. She made the ultimate sacrifice and when she did, it was like I could “hear” Maddox’ screams, his torment at what she did, knowing that she did it for him. This book shattered me, while at the same time, warmed my heart. I could kick myself for not reading this sooner.

    The day after finishing this book, I went to the closest Barnes and Noble and -using my 20% off coupon- bought the second book. I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series. You can find this book at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and other fine retailers.

    *This book was a self-purchase. All opinions are my own.*