Book Review – Beloved Vampire (Vampire Queen #4) by Joey W. Hill

Ah what a book! I was intrigued by Lord Mason as soon as he was introduced to us, and even though I’m a huge fan of the Dommes in this series it was good to get a male Dom and an actual submissive. But don’t be deceived, their story was nowhere near easy.

Jessica’s dying wish is to visit the cave where Farida was buried. Her body is frail, so she knows this will also be her last resting place. And she loves that thought. Farida is a woman Jessica had never met but who gave her so much courage through her writings. See Jessica was the servant to Raithe – a vampire who tortured her for 5 years. But Jessica did what very few have done, she killed a vampire. But she was in the process of being 3rd marked, which means she’s dying as well. She discovered Farida’s journal in Raithe’s home, and so she read all about this woman and the love of her life, Mason. A tragedy but one filled with so much love.

Jessica visits the grave hoping to finally find eternal rest. But she finds Mason instead. Yet that can’t be. Farida’s story was set about 300 years ago. Unless Mason is also a vampire. Is she doomed to always be in the mercy in vampires? But she’s dying. Unless Mason can do something about it.

From the beginning I was hooked. I mean, I’d had a small crush on Mason from previous mentions but the intro, the circumstances… they pulled me in from the get go. While Mason wants to save Jessica, she doesn’t want to be saved. She’s had it with this life. Endured much more than anyone should. Yet Mason fights for her, tries to get her to realize that her fight isn’t over.

“Your war isn’t over, though you fought so long you cannot see it yet. What I can give you now is rest. Let me protect you… Do me the honor, and I will not fail you. I swear it, even if I have to destroy my own spirit to make it so.”

Oh Mason! What a hero! Unlike the other vampires in this series, he was a sensitive one from the beginning. He fell in love and fell hard. He lived differently, cared differently… it was just incredibly sweet to see him fighting so hard for Jessica. But he’s still a vampire, a Dom, he won’t take anything less than submission. And so he took control… wowza! I’m still fanning myself an hour after finishing the book!

Jessica is a natural submissive so it shouldn’t have been hard for her to submit to a man like Mason, but it was. She doesn’t believe there’s anything like a good vampire. Raithe and his cronies made sure she could never trust a vampire again. But she wants Mason, she can’t help but want him. And even though she wants to submit to him, can she be a servant? We all know how Vampires like to share. She could never stand another person touching her.

But Mason fights for her. He shows her how different he is. How life would be with him. But of course he has his own worries. He worries he will fail her the way he did Farida.

Sigh, an absolutely amazing story. So much pain but so much love. So much dedication. I want to live in Joey W. Hill’s world forever!

5 stars!

Amazon Buy Link -> Beloved Vampire by Joey W. Hill

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.

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Book Review – Breaking Him (Love is War #1) – RK Lilley

I honestly cannot imagine any way this book could be more perfect! It was everything I wanted and needed it to be…and then some. It’s not just the storyline (which is unique and amazing), it’s how its written. It’s the emotions I felt reading it, everything umped to the n-th degree. I was one huge ball of emotion from start to end. I read it fast because I couldn’t put it down. Then I read it slow because I couldn’t bear the thought of it being over. The thought of waiting for the sequel… sigh… I want to buy a ticket to the US and lock RK inside a room till she finishes writing this sequel!

But anyway, a synopsis. Scarlett hates her ex. She refers to him as The Bastard. He is the love of her life. And one of the reasons she hates him is that he remains the love of her life.

“No one would ever know me like he did. Understand and indulge the darkness and the lightness in me. The good and the bad. The strong and the weak. Take all the parts of me that were toxic and soothe them with the perfect antidote. We had all the ingredients of forever love.”

He was her first and only love. Theirs was truly one for the books… tragedy included. And yes, tragedy does happen and these two end up hating each other. Every time they meet they engage in the fiercest battle of wills.

“When our eyes clashed, and everything, every horrible , wonderful, painful, ugly, beautiful, torturous, ruinous, gory bit of us came back to me. It was bad enough when I didn’t have to look at him. But when I did – exquisite torment, with a touch of pleasure so concentrated, so brutally pure it had ruined my life. Broken my heart. Eviscerated my soul.”

And even though they’ll never acknowledge it, they relish their meets.

“It was the sweetest torture, the most delightful torment, to let the man that had ruined me for joy bring it back into my body for one brief instant.’

It sounds like your typical ex story, only it’s not. Their story is told to us in the present and the past. We get to see how they meet, how they fall in love, how they stay in love.

“The problem with us was that he and I had become deeply attached in our formative years. Young me had become essential to young him and vice versa. We were too precisely built together, each too profoundly shaped by the other. Every part of us had been assembled as one piece. Of course we did not function well after the construct had been ripped violently apart.”

But what we don’t know is what causes their split. We get hints, we get glimpses, but in the end, it’s one huge puzzle that the reader slowly puts together. And my heart was beating hard the entire time. Every time something new was revealed, every time a hint was dropped, I went crazy trying to solve the puzzle, and in the midst of all this I couldn’t imagine a more perfect love story.

Yes, there’s a lot of hate and hurt and everything in between. But you get to understand how that can happen, how wounds like those can be left to fester. But everytime these two came together I melted. It was just so destructive and intense and passionate. I loved it. And their past – don’t get me started on their past. For something so tragic, it could not have been more beautiful. Dante, the bastard, was everything, everything! The way he stood up for Scarlett, the way he fought for her, the way he loved her. He has definitely catapulted to the top of my will-remember-forever list. And here’s a little secret, this took me back to my first ever boyfriend. The little, erm, ‘let’s call them experiements… they made me smile because they were so reminiscent of my past but also because they all just rang true.

I guess that is what this book did, it rang true. It wasn’t just well written, it had heart. From the hero and heroine who you can’t help but identify with, to the secondary characters (oh Gram!) who you can’t help but adore. I just fell in love with it from the first word to the last. I’m even sure I let out an unintentional whimper once I tried to swipe to the next page only to realize the book was over. sigh.

I have another tidbit for you, RK Lilley’s Up in the Air series book #1 and #2 were the first books I reviewed on this blog. In fact, her books could be credited to why I started the blog. Like any other blogger, I followed a book reviewer who took forever to discover RK and that annoyed me. I wanted to scream about the Up in the Air books and decided if I couldn’t scream with others then I’d do it on my own. And let me tell you this is vintage RK mixed with a new even better RK. How that’s possible, don’t ask me. But it’s pure perfection.

I need book #2 now!

5 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> Breaking Him by RK Lilley

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Book Review – Loud is How I Love You – Mercy Brown

It’s getting harder and harder for me to discover new authors because I’m back to work and I have a baby now so I just don’t have the time to venture  into new things. I’ve found I prefer to read my favorite authors so that blogging is not ‘work’ but something I just enjoy. Which is why it came as a surprise when I received this book and decided why not? The even bigger surprise? I LOVED it! Such a refreshing new voice this author has!

But first a synopsis. Emmy is in a band. That’s all she’s ever wanted to do but she knows not many make it so she’s in university studying English Lit. Her band is made up of her closest friends – Joey and Cole, or as she called them, the Beat Brothers, and their guitarist Travis. Unlike other bands, they gel. They get along so well they’re sorta like family now. That’s why when Emmy sleeps with Travis, she knows they can never tell the Beat Brothers and neither can they ever do it again. Because relationships in a band never work out.

But Travis doesn’t agree. He wants more from Emmy. Only Emmy is determined to push him away. The band is the most important thing to her. They’re finally getting recognition. They need to stick together and not mess things up.

And there you have it. Quit a simple synopsis but what a different way of story telling! From the first word, I was hooked. I mean, the way this author rights, it makes you feel like Emmy is your best friend and she’s right there telling you her story. Emmy makes fun of herself, she’s sarcastic and witty and you immediately want to hang out with her. But she’s also selfish. At least that was my only caveat, that she hurt Travis over and over. I mean, I sort of get it. The band was the most important thing to her and she wanted to ‘make it.’ But she couldn’t see beyond that and that annoyed me at times.

That being said, I liked everything else about her. I laughed so hard reading this book! That and the character building made the story for me. You feel like you know these people. Not just Emmy and Travis but also side characters like Montana and Millie and Sonny… it was incredible how I felt part of the whole Jersey music scene. And that takes talent. I mean, it’s one thing to identify with the characters but it’s quite another to feel like you’ve climbed inside a book and you now live with these guys. Like I said, a very refreshing author voice.

I kept wondering where Mercy Brown has been all my reading life?! I mean, talent like this should be shared!

Absolutely cannot wait for the next book!

4.5 stars!

Amazon Buy Link -> Loud is How I Love You by Mercy Brown

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this ARC for my review.

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Book Review – The Score (Off-Campus #3) – Elle Kennedy

What a perfect perfect book! I’m counting my lucky stars for being on this amazing book train that just won’t quit with hit after hit, and this one is the icing on the cake!

So I loved The Deal, who didn’t? The Mistake was a ‘meh’to me and to be honest I wondered if I would continue with the series. So so glad I did! The Score blows those two out of the water! I mean, it is absolutely perfect in every single way. Ok, so first a synopsis.

Dean is the team’s ultimate player. We all know the rest are (or were before their women tamed them), but Dean takes it to the next level, and he doesn’t hide the fact. He loves sex, he hates relationships, and he’s upfront about it all. Then in comes Allie Hayes. Allie is Hannah’s best friend, so she knows all about Dean’s ways. And she would anyway since it’s known all over campus. But Allie doesn’t care because she’s not interested in Dean. She has her own problems. She’s just broken up with her boyfriend of 3 years and she’s heartbroken. She’s also very aware that she’s some kind of serial monogamist so she knows one night stands are not her thing. Until she’s left alone with Dean and can’t help it.

Ok, one night stand off the list. She’s done. But Dean isn’t. He’s left wanting round 2 which is very surprising to him as it’s never happened before. But Allie is back to wanting nothing to do with him. And so our amazing story starts :)

The thing I loved most about The Deal was how easy it was to read. It had it’s sticky moments but no overly angsty moments, and the Score lives up to that. I smiled from the beginning. How cocky-yet-not-really Dean was. How funny Allie was. How easily they gelled together despite their different backgrounds and outlook in life… their banter was THE BEST! Absolutely loved how funny the book was – and it’s all to do with the author’s voice. So easygoing and witty. She made me think I know Allie, and what’s more, she made me believe in Dean. By that I mean, both voices were uniquely theirs.

I find that it’s sometimes over the top and unbelievable when a female author tries to do a male POV. This one just worked. And don’t get me started on the steam. Man was Dean hot! I mean, so he’s alpha male like the other heroes in the series, but there was something so refreshing about him. So incredibly HOT! You’d think the whole player thing might be overdone but it wasn’t. I swooned the entire time and cheered them all the way to the last page.

All this to say, I LOVED the book. The best one in the series yet! And definitely brings back faith in the New Adult genre.

5 stars!

Amazon Buy Link -> The Score by Elle Kennedy

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I’d like to thank the author (and Nina!) for providing this ARC for my review.

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Book Review -A Vampire’s Claim (Vampire Queen #3) – Joey W. Hill

He was a lost soul. She was a vampire. Everything was bloody perfect.

Absolutely enjoying this series! Haven’t read anything else in weeks now!

A Vampire’s Claim is Lady Daniela and Devlin’s story. It’s set in the Outback, way back before we met them in The Mark of Vampire Queen. Dev is a stockman having a beer when he sets eyes on Daniela. She’s gorgeous, and something you never see in the bar like the one they’re in. But that’s not all that pulls him to her. He’s had a hard life, lost more than most people lose in a life time, he doesn’t have much to give but his body, and that he gives. Daniela enjoys taking it, but she finds she wants more. She’s never had a 3rd marked servant before, and Dev has her wondering how good it must be to have one. Bur Dev is no one’s submissive, no way he’s going to be a human servant…

… he sensed her scrabbling attempt, just as he sensed her aversion to the position he chose, as if she was used to to preferred to be on top. But when their eyes locked once more, it didn’t matter. Two puzzle pieces were two puzzle pieces, no matter what way you turned them.

After book #1 I knew I’d finally found one of those series that you can’t let go of till you finish the last book. I’ve had that once or twice before and definitely remember Joey W. Hill’s Nature of Desire series giving me the exact same feeling. The writing is poetic, just draws you in. Some words too sweet yet they still feel right. The characters are unlike those you’ve met before… it’s not just because the women are dommes, it’s how well we see their sensitive side yet know they’re the strongest heroines. It’s how sexy and strong and gentle the heroes are. It’s the storyline – different, engaging, so erotic… it’s basically the first to the last page  of just pure magic.

I will say Jacob and Lyssa (book #1 & #2) remain my favorite hero and heroine… but Dev and Daniela definitely gave them a run for their money. Dev was this gentle tortured soul. A man’s man, broken down by tragic events but still alive, still surviving, and perhaps finding something he wants bad enough to live for.

“You make things in me hurt, love. Hurt so bad I think I’d rather take a gut shot. But here I am, anyway.”

But as much as Daniela wants a 3rd marked servant, she knows Dev is not cut out to be one. Too alpha. Perhaps too sad, still living in the tragedy of his past. But that doesn’t stop her heart wanting him.

If she wanted something like that with Dev, she had to have his willing surrender. And for that to happen, she had to win his soul, down to the darkest level.

I loved this story. Loved the intense sadness, the action and suspense, the steamy moments (wowza!) Everything about it was beautiful, even when it hurt…  And after all was said and done…

Perhaps in the end, it wasn’t about vampire, human, or any other question of power and place. It was about finding the other half of the soul, in whatever vessel it rested.

4.5 stars!

Amazon Buy Link -> A Vampire’s Claim by Joey W. Hill

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.

 

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Book Review – Mark of the Vampire Queen (Vampire Queen #2) – Joey W. Hill

Wow… just , wow! This book definitely upped the ante! It was everything the first one was and more! It filled in gaps that I felt were missing in the first book, it sucked me in and refused to let me go till the last page.

So Jacob now has the 3rd mark. He belongs to Lady Lyssa in every way a servant can. he knows he means more to her than that. She knows it too, but she won’t admit it out loud. She’s lived centuries feeling so lonely and he’s exactly what she’s always craved. Everything about him fills the empty spaces she always felt within her.

For her part, she let him know how beautiful she though he was, inside and out. How for the first time in so long, she didn’t feel alone.

But she’s dying, and she’s going to take him with her, and she can’t bear the thought of that. Only Jacob doesn’t mind at all. For him there’s nothing beyond his lady.

 I’ll gladly go wherever she’s going, if I’m worthy to follow. I’ll know I’m in hell only if I wake and find I’m somewhere she’s not.

Jacob has grappled with the idea of being a servant, a slave. But his biggest test is yet to come – the annual kill. He wants to help Lyssa, he abhores the idea but he also knows she needs it to survive. But more than that, he needs to get her safe and sound to the next counsel meetings. there’s a lot she needs to accomplish there, before time runs out.

Sigh, what a book! These two just stole my heart, over and over again. Jacob proved his devotion to Lyssa. he won her heart, but only to risk losing her. He knows that Lord brian is looking for a cure, but he can’t talk to anyone about Lyssa’s illness. Yet at the same time it’s not in him to sit and wait for death. How he fought for her, gave everything for her. And even though some might say she was extremely cruel in book #1, she proves her love for him here, her devotion.

 Rex had tried to control and dominate her, but in the end he’d had no ability to do so because she never trusted him enough to let him into her soul. Now she’d put her heart and soul as well as her physical well-being into the hands of a mere human. and she’d never felt safer in her life.

Yup, this book had heart. I was swooning the entire time. Close to tears and my heart so full I was surprised it didn’t burst out of my body. But beyond the love and the sweet stuff, we get the steam. I’m just in love with how Joey W. Hill does steam. Kinky and just so hot I couldn’t bear to read anything but another of her books after I was done. And all that mixed in with politics, poetry, action and everything in between.

I don’t remember a book boyfriend before Jacob and I doubt there’ll be one to take his place.

Absolutely everything erotic fiction should be.

5 stars!

Amazon Buy LinkMark of the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.

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Book Review – The Vampire Queen’s Servant (Vampire Queen #1) – Joey W. Hill

I’m a huge Paranormal Romance fan and I’m a humongous Joey W. Hill fan, bring them both together and I was in bliss for two days straight! How have I never read this series before?!

The Vampire Queen’s Servant is the story of Lyssa and Jacob. Lyssa is a vampire, one of the few born vampires and highly respected in the vampire community. Lyssa, like other vampires, usually takes a human servant to feed all her appetites :) But she hasn’t had one in a very long time, since her last one, Thomas, died in very tragic circumstances. She’s decided she’s fated to be alone, until Jacob comes along. Jacob is Thomas’ protege. Thomas has shown him all the tricks to be the best human servant to Lady Lyssa. But some things aren’t learnt… things like fate. Jacob is an alpha male, never submitted to a woman before, but his heart recognises Lyssa’s. He is meant to serve her, be with her… and if that means submitting, well he will try. And while Lyssa doesn’t want a new servant, while she’s convinced Jacob will never be a submissive, she wants him.

And so begins our tale. And what a tale it was… with all the sex one could ever want and with all the preternatural happenings to make this exquisite paranormal erotica. I’ve only ever read one other male submissive book (not surprisingly a Joey W. Hill one) and I absolutely loved it. And here she captures that same essence with much more bite.

Lyssa is going to make Jacob submit. She recognises what she feels for him but that doesn’t mean he can escape what he is, a servant, her slave. He can either leave it or take it. And since he’s not leaving, then he has to submit. I loved the push and pull of these two characters. Watching an alpha male fall so hard for a woman he would do anything. The steamy scenes were out of this world – I mean, of course they had that inhuman quality but also, wowza!

I also loved the character building, the villains, the struggles… but this book was all heart to me. Watching Lyssa break down her walls and fall for Jacob. Watching her trust him and allow herself to be taken care of. Something a vampire queen doesn’t need, but something a woman definitely needs.

There were many formidable women, with or without vampire strength. But it was his experience that all of them had a need for love, unless damage to their heart had caused them to wall it off. They all desired to be cherished emotionally, and the art of conveying that through physical touch was one of the most potent ways to do it.

I will warn you though that there is pretty strong BDSM elements in this one. Jacob is made to submit in every sense of the word. But like I said, there’s lots and lots of heart in it… and I loved that there was a balance. I liked Lyssa’s character. She was a strong heroine, perhaps cruel at times but from what she had gone through, it was not surprising. Now Jacob I fell in love with. I absolutely love it when a man falls so hard he can’t see straight.

“He would seduce her with his body even as he told her with his tears he loved her. More than anything. More than his own life.”

What it did lack for me was world building. I do like my paranormal romance to be full of oohs and aahs… I love to immerse myself and forget the real world and this did not allow me to. At least not long enough. That being said, I have book two and I’m going in!

4 stars.

Amazon Buy Link – The Vampire Queen’s Servant by Joey w. Hill

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.

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Book Review – The air He Breathes – Brittainy C. Cherry

I wasn’t sure how I felt going into this book. On the one hand I was excited to try something different and so highly rated, but on the other hand I wasn’t sure I was ready for a cry-bucketfuls kind of book. And this definitely seemed like both.

Elizabeth moves back to her small town to reclaim her old life after losing her husband. She’s not sure she can ever be whole again or ever love again. Then she meets Tristan. Tristan is the town’s newbie, a recluse, kind of weird an definitely the talk of town. Elizabeth is warned to stay away from him, he’s angry all the time, arrogant, definitely not the kind of man she wants around herself or her daughter. But Elizabeth recognises something in Tristan.

He was hard to look at, because he was so broken, but every scarred part of his existence seemed to draw me in.

He’s broken too, he’s suffered the same kind of lose she hers. Perhaps worse. So while they might not fix each other, maybe they can help each other forget… or remember…

Her soul was scarred, and mine was burned. But when we were together, the hurting hurt a little less. when we were together, the past wasn’t as painful to take in. When we were together, I never for a second felt alone.

This book was definitely not my kind of read. Unfortunately it did very little for me. Death is an incredibly difficult topic for anyone, and I read it knowing it would be a trigger for some and at the very least tug at my heartstrings. For me it did not. I felt it was trying too hard to be an emotional read. Maybe I’m dead inside because I honestly did not feel. I knew where I was meant to cry, but I mostly rolled my eyes at the overly angsty moments.

The writing was also doing nothing for me either. I mean, there was the hilarious inappropriate best friend who made me smile even though at times I thought she went too far. But mostly the book fell flat for me. There were times where I thought it was too forced… the emotion and the overly emotional lines.

You know that place in between nightmares and dreams? The place where tomorrows never come and yesterdays don’t hurt anymore? The place where your heart beats in sync with mine> The place where time doesn’t exist, and It’s easy to breathe? I want to live there with you.

Maybe it’s just me.. probably. But I mean, too too much!

Overall, I seem to be the exception to the rule. People loved this book. They felt, they cried… I on the other hand wondered when it would end.

sigh.

2 stars.

Amazon buy link – The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Spotlight – Vampire Queen Series by Joey W. Hill

Joey W. Hill is one of my favorites of all time! And that list is short which means I could sing her praises all day long. And while I know (and LOVE) her Nature of Desire series, I just recently started this one and fell in love!

I’m only at book I, but book XIII, Night’s Templar, was released on Halloween’s! Book number XIII! That’s A LOT of Joey W. Hill, which means I’m in my own little heaven right now.

Book XIII is a BDSM paranormal romance / Male-male.

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Blurb: Lord Uthe, a member of the Vampire Council, was a Templar Knight centuries ago. Even up to the present day, he has attempted to honor the spirit of the Rule, despite the volatile and highly sexual nature of the vampire world. Yet now he’s caught the attention of the Fae Lord Keldwyn, liaison between the Council and Fae Court. Keldwyn challenges Uthe’s emotional isolation and dominant nature. When a quest from Uthe’s past requires Keldwyn’s help to protect both their worlds, Uthe will have to decide whether the Fae male is a gift from God to be cherished and trusted, or a curse that will make Uthe fail the Order he promised to serve all his life.

BUY LINKS / FREE CHAPTER ONE EXCERPThttp://www.storywitch.com/book-vqs-nt

HAVEN’T READ ANY OF JOEY’S VAMPIRE QUEEN SERIES? This is a great time to start. Joey did mention this is the 13th book, right? You have plenty to read! Since Keldwyn and Uthe’s story is pretty deeply entrenched in the culture of her vampires, she wouldn’t recommend reading it first. However, you don’t have to read ALL of the twelve preceding books to enjoy it; you just need more familiarity with the Vampire Queen’s world. According to her, Beloved Vampire (Book 4) is a standalone and a GREAT gateway book into the series with the sexy Lord Mason. Or you can read the first two in the series, Vampire Queen’s Servant and Mark of the Vampire Queen, because Lady Lyssa and Jacob started it all. Excerpts and blurbs for the whole series are here – http://www.storywitch.com/series-vqs. Each book comes with a recommendation on whether it can be read as a standalone or which books should be read as prequels for it.

She thanks you all for considering her vampires, so go on, read it with me! I’m currently reading Mark of the Vampire Queen and will start posting the reviews pretty soon.

Now to contact Joey:

Twitter: @JoeyWHill

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeyWHillAuthor

Website: www.storywitch.com

Happy reading!

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Book Review – Middle of Knight (Jack and Jill #2) – Jewel E. Ann

Why do I do this to myself? Another major cliffhanger that had me gasping for breath! Ok, so I do this to myself because I live on the edge, at least I’d like to think so but man, this one was a major one! (Sidebar: This review only makes sense if you’ve read book #1 in this series. Do yourself a favor, buy this series… the storyline is unlike anything you’ve read before.)

So this is the sequel to the amazing End of Day where we met Jackson and Jillian, or Jude and Jessica, depending on which part of their story interests you more… we were left with a cliffhanger then and this one starts right where we left off, with AJ… And while we get the continuation of this amazing story, we unfortunately get introduced to Ryn. I say ‘unfortunately’ because I’m sorry, this story bored me… but anyway, we meet Ryn.

Jackson has always been into older women and Ryn is gorgeous and 10 years older, so he wants her. And he falls for her. Immediately. I just didn’t get that. Ryn annoyed the hell out of me. She was so insecure and inappropriate. I mean, I get where her insecurity came from but coupled with talking about her big grandma underwear and her pancake boobs and how she wasn’t “groomed in certain areas”… I honestly just did not see what Jackson saw in her. It wasn’t that she was older, it was the way she just didn’t have herself together. And then he fell in love in a day… yeah, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this storyline and unfortunately it took up most of the first half.

I was quite disappointed because I absolutely fell in love with book #1 and I had been dying for the sequel. I’d already told my husband there would be no way this book would get more than 3 stars. But then the Jackson storyline was interspersed with the Jillian one and Jillian… sigh… a woman after my own heart. I just love everything about her character and how witty she is and how she loves and gives with everything in her.

So there was that Jillian – AJ storyline and the Jessica – Luke storyline and we got more of Luke this time. I was admittedly an AJ fan but I got to see why Jillian loved Luke so much… BUT, I still remain an AJ fan, despite that cliffhanger that nearly tore my heart out :/ But yet again I admired how well Jewel E. Ann created this love triangle… it’s really hard to not root for Luke even though I’m an AJ fan.

So Jillian/Jessica is falling deeper in love with AJ, when she never thought she could love again.

The man who would always have her heart was alive, but she would never see him again. The man who made her think love was possible without said heart was right next door, but he was on a cruel suicide mission and eventually he would die and she would never see him again.

Sigh, AJ’s story. My heart broke for him, and for his love for Jillian… and how they clung to one another even though they both knew the end was near…

“I love you, Aric James. You’ll never know how much I needed you to come into my life when you did. You’ve given my existence a life again. This feeling in my chest feels like… like a fucking heartbeat. I don’t even know how that’s possible, but it’s there… and I need it.”

Sigh… between this heartache, that crazy surprise near the end and the actual end? Just blew my mind!

In fact if it wasn’t for the Ryn storyline this would have been another 5 star read. But because of that…

4 stars.

Absolutely cannot wait for the last book because this just might be the trilogy of the year!

Amazon Buy Link -> Middle of Knight by Jewel E. Ann

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.

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