Happy Sunday!

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of assignments and stress now that I’ve reached the end of the spring semester.  It feels good to finally be able to kick back and relax with my Kindle/paperback in hand.  So as you may know by reading my last book review on A Court of Thorns and Roses, the sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury, is being released on May 3rd.  

*Mild Hyperventilation*

THAT’S.  IN.  TWO.  DAYS!!!

Talk about excitement!  I can’t wait to pick it up and spend my entire day ignoring everyone I know for the sake of literature 😀

In the meantime, I’ve been reading random books to pass the time until I can get ACoMaF in my greedy little hands.

This week’s book haul:

  • Captive in the Dark (1) & Seduced in the Dark (2) by CJ Roberts

Captive in the Dark

“Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.” -Goodreads.

Seduced in the Dark

“What is the price of redemption?

Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.

The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.

Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?

Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?” -Goodreads

Dark romance about a young woman who gets kidnapped and develops Stockholm Syndrome for her kidnapper.  These two books are very dark and twisted and are highly recommended for mature readers.  Very interesting read and while it isn’t necessarily my cup of tea, I did not feel as uncomfortable as I thought I would have.  The storyline is very intriguing and the romance feels real although it does stem from a twisted plot.  Keep in mind that the content is mature with sexual situations, violence, etc.

  • Sparrow by L.J. Shen
“Every Southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heart-throb with steel-blue eyes. “The Fixer” who can make or break you in this city.

Oh, and my new husband.

Sparrow Raynes

That’s me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life.
But then he caged me.
Kidnapped me.
And killed every chance I had to run away from the place where we grew up.
Put simply, Troy Brennan clipped my wings.

I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he’ll ever let me chase them. I have no idea why he decided to take me as his wife. But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.” -Goodreads.

I stuck with the kind of theme relating to the previous two books, but this one really was a disappointment for me.  Although it wasn’t as dark as Captive in the Dark Seduced by the Dark, it really was just a mild and forgettable read for me.  It didn’t evoke any emotion out of me (cue chest clutch and gasping) and in all honesty I wouldn’t recommend it.  It’s about a young woman who is forced into marriage with a man related to the Irish mob due to a promise the man made to his late father before his death.  If you think it’s right up your alley, by all means go for it!  Just wasn’t it for me.

  • Paper Princess by Erin Watt
“From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. ” -Goodreads.

If you’ve read any of the books out of Tijan’s Fallen Crest series and enjoyed them, this is right up your alley!  Very similar story as Fallen Crest, with a girl being taken in by a guardian and having some delinquents for “brothers”.  She’s gotta fight her way into their family and be included, and in the process she ends up falling for the family member that has it out for her.  This seems like a very taboo topic but in reality the guy isn’t related to her at all.  This one was interesting as just a book to pass the time with, BUT there is a huge cliffhanger and the second book doesn’t come out until July (*Bangs head against wall*).  

 

In addition to reading these books, I’ve had the time to write some more of Evolve and I’m extremely happy with my progress so far.  This book still has a lot to go, and I can’t wait to share more snippets and eventually be able to release the entire book once it’s finished!  

Anyone have any book recommendations for me?

-Gabrielle