2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews has read 7 books toward her goal of 100 books.
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Monday, July 29, 2019

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang









The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Probably one of the most anticipated reads for a lot of fans, and this also has some major hype surrounding the book, So that alone going into this one had my expectations pretty damn high. But in saying that, I only gave TKQ 4 stars.
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The Bride Test was deferentially interesting, very unique and I see why so many loved this book, unfortunately for me I did not. Not because the writing was poor, I honestly did not care for the characters much, and the setting or not like the idea of  it maybe I am still unsure how to put my words in order but I did not hate the book, I just didn't gel with it.
 For me was OK.

This was a own voices novel, the main character or the dude main character is Autistic and this author does do a great job showing how he expresses his feelings and such.

Khai, is Michael's cousin from the first book. Esme is from Vietnam and cleans for a living, while living with her baby daughter and mother and grandmother. Khai's mother, travels there to try and find him a wife... obviously she stumbles upon Esme and there is a propersition and the story goes from there.

I found myself enjoying most of all the Khai moments, and him learning about sex,and how to pleasure a lady, I loved his brother and I hope he gets a book.

The whole time I was literally questioning Emse  and her feelings and that she dose not tell ANYONE about her daughter is messed up. I am a mum, so this struck a cord with me. don't be ashamed or whatever, I didn't like that at all and when she did tell, it wasn't even till really at the end of the book and she had no choice really to let anyone know. I dunno I didn't like that at all, and then like if you were away from your baby, you would be thinking and wanting and talking to her girl all the time or more then what was shown in this story. Because of this and another part where she was considering to hook up with the brother, didn't go so well with me. Then towards the end, like always with books like this the 70-80% of push and pull will I or wont I bullshit, the I don't love her, or I cant and I don't understand love. YOU PUT YOUR DICK IN HER.... Like a lot and you don't know how you feel.. but you can feel and like really enjoy sex .... anyways lets move on!

I thought it was impressive with the character coming to a new country and learning how to stand on her own, learning a new language and wanting a better life for herself and family. I can relate to that in some capacity, as I was young girl to move to a new country and start all over again, knowing my own parents wanted a better life for themselves and my brother and I. 

I did really enjoy the audio, if it was not for that I think I could have possibly given up my paperback. I gave this a 3 stars overall. 

Review: Until December












My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5

I’m a huge fan of the ‘Until Series’ by Aurora Rose Reynolds, and this book DID NOT disappoint!
This one is about December and Gareth. A little drama at the beginning, but not much. I loved that this was all connecting and family bonds, I think this was such a perfect love story.

The writing as always in great, I love the feeling I get wen i read an ARR book. The sense of being a part of the story, I think all fan will enjoy this one.

I am curious to know who is next, will it be a Until Him story or will it be Until Her, maybe Aprils?

Gareth is mega HOT, working Dad, and I was here for it all, hes the ultimate book boyfriend.
December is sweet, innocent and I just loved her way with Gareth and his boys.

I loved this book.




Monday, July 22, 2019

Tried & True by Charlie Cochet





Tried & True by Charlie Cochet


Tried & True

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When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….

With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation.

Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water.



My Thoughts.
 This is it, the very last book of the THIRDS series, and what a awesome ride it was. This book was really good, it brought it all to a fantastic closure. I was sad when it came to a end, each character and couple had a happy ending and I look forward to seeing them or hearing about them in the spin off series, TIN. I have read the new one it that and ill have some thoughts on that one too. I do not want to give away to many spoilers but the ad guys are here, and they kidnap someone and that some one is important to the team. There is a race against the time, lots of faces popping up and lots of butt kicking. Destructive Delta pull one more mission, giving us all the teams and characters and I was here for it all. I really liked how it finished up, it was a bitter sweet feel.

Darkest Hour Before Dawn by Charlie Cochet


Darkest Hour Before Dawn by Charlie Cochet

Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS, #9)


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THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.


My Thoughts.
Now, this was a treat. I gave this story 4 stars. I enjoyed that we got more of Sebastian Hobbs. I love that family. I was not sure about Hudson, it took a long time for me to like him and then by the time I did, the book was almost over. I think it was another good edition to the series, and it was good to see the men get a happy ending. I liked the newer characters we have been introduced to. And it was always good to see the other couples too. The overall arc is fantastic, with question asked, and only some answered.

Thick & Thin by Charlie Cochet


Hi Friends,  I have finished the THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet


Thick & Thin
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Book 8 Thick & Thin
In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.

After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.



My Thoughts.
This was overall a 3.5 Star, I felt like this story in the series was a short filler, I had a lot of questions, and none were answered. The team in strong and a lot of changes are or were to come, and I was not ready for them. Still did not like Sparks, shes a lady douche.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Smoke & Mirrors by Charlie Cochet



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Sequel to Catch a Tiger by the Tail
THIRDS: Book Seven

Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home and the arms of Sloane Brodie, his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s life forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.



Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS Book 7) by [Cochet, Charlie]


MY THOUGHTS
Wow, what a book!
I think I should take a moment before I move onto the next one, but this was intense. I did not see the twist and turns and the roller coaster ride of emotions I just went on. Like at one point I wanted to quit. A one point i hated Sloan with all my my heart, and I wanted to throat punch him myself. I then through out the whole story HATED SPARKS so much, I mean do I even like her now? I am not sure. But damn you guys this book was nuts. I can not believe who was the "bad guy" cos lets face it everyone now is kinda bad apart from our man group of thirds. Poor Tony, I LOVE him so much, he deserves so much love. He is the coolest Dad. SPOILERS COMING... Now Dex is a half breed because Sloan marked him, god damn i did not see that coming, well I kinda ha a niggling feeling that might happen, but then it happened. This book involves so much action, love and suspense. I was hooked, I could not stop listening to it. I am so excited to read the next one. This whole series has AMAZING world building that I am living for, this is what PNR is all about.


Book IN DEATH SERIES by JD Robb



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                                                                   Vengeance in Death (In Death, Book 6) by [Robb, J. D.]   
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In this In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb, Lieutenant Eve Dallas learns that when technology links the law and the lawless, predators and prey can become one and the same…

He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit—always solved moments too late to save his victims' lives. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his own home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ties to an ugly secret of ten years past—a secret shared by none other than Eve's new husband, Roarke.


MY Thoughts
I have become obsessed with this series. I think mainly it is Eve & Roarke, they have such incredible chemistry and with each book they grow closer and closer. I adore them, massive couple goals. This story in the series, really puts on the pressure of there relationship and at some pints you really think that they might not pull through this one, because in this one Summerset is being set p as a killer, and all of his and Roarkes past comes back to haunt them. One time in in the distant past Summerset had a beautiful young daughter who who madly in love with Rorake, she was brutalised by 6 men who, rapped, tortured and killed her. The police back then did not give a hoot, and no one was punished... or were they? This book was a heck of a ride, twist and turns to boot, and I was living for it all. That and the sexy time between our fav couple. I loved the pace of this story and the writing, I love that it is literally a police show set in the future. 


Holiday in Death (In Death, Book 7) by [Robb, J. D.]
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Lieutenant Eve Dallas tails a serial killer who has a passion for the "Twelve Days of Christmas" in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series.

No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer who likes to dress up as Santa Claus, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours. As the murders continue, Eve enters into an elite world of people searching for their one true love. A world where the power of love leads men and women into the ultimate act of betrayal...



MY THOUGHTS
This story is creepy, but I loved it's balanced by how innocent Eve is, or is it naive about her and friendships, love and everything that surrounds Christmas time. Under all that tough skin she portrays, there is this lovely sweet Eve that we adore, we see her open up more with Peabody, and her and Roarkes relationship is stronger then ever, also he works with her again through out this story with our new fav geek guy McNabb. When I finished I ordered the companion novel Midnight in Death because apparently it occurs during the same time as this and is the aftermath after this book. The twist and turn this one had was mind boggling, I cried because some of the subject matters is so sad. I just loved the growing friendships that she and Mira  have, I over all just adore this series.
                        

Catch A Tiger By The Tail by Charie Cochet






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Sequel to Against the Grain
THIRDS: Book Six

Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends since childhood, but somewhere along the line, their friendship evolved into something more. With the Therian Youth Center bombing, Calvin realizes just how short life can be and no longer keeps his feelings for his best friend a secret. Unfortunately, change is difficult for Ethan; most days he does well to deal with his selective mutism and social anxiety. Calvin’s confession adds a new struggle for Ethan, one he fears might cost him the friendship that’s been his whole world for as long as he can remember.

As partners and Defense Agents at the THIRDS, being on Destructive Delta is tough at the best of times, but between call-outs and life-threatening situations, Calvin and Ethan not only face traversing the challenges of their job, but also working toward a future as more than friends.

Catch a Tiger by the Tail (THIRDS Book 6)

Yes, friends YES!
this book was everything I wanted, need, and loved. Ethan and Calvin, Calvin and Ethan have been best friends since they were kids, and now they want more. The series has been leading up to them having there own story, and I have to say they are quite a couple and could possibly be near close to be a new fav couple, though Ash and Cael ere so good too. This time the focus was not on Dex and Sloan, but they were still here in the back ground I loved this story so much, we got to know these characters better, and understand them more, there is no doubt that they love each other and are meant to be end game. We understand more about Hobbs and is disability and how Calvin helps him, we learn more about his brothers too and families. It was paced very well, the writing phenomenal and the sexy times were HOT! Charlie has some mad talent, I love her writing and this series is easily become my a favourite. I am shook with the cliff hanger at the end of this book, I did not know that they story arc was heading back into Dex and Sloan's story line.  Filled with a sweet romance, action and a lot of un answered questions simmering leading us wanting to know what is going to happen next. The team of course brings the humour and friendly banter, they all have a amazing team, like family with  otherwise a serious story. The Thirds are in a hell of a ride I think, and I am here for it all.
 

Saint by Chantal Fernando







Oh Boy,Hey Friends.

It has been a hot minute since I have read a MC series, It only seems fitting that the first one I read in YEARS is Chantal's.

Saint is the start to Chantal Fernando's brand new series, Knights of Fury MC. Saint and Skylar had a great relationship. I enjoyed reading about them reconnecting, I liked that the conflict in the story did not take over the whole plot, and left plenty of the couple  to be on the pages. I enjoyed the mix of sweet, passion moments and the heart pounding ones with the MC as well.

I was quite upset when something sad happens, I was not expecting that. I really was like WHAT! because damn. 

Saint is Older and very experienced then Skylar and I was living for it. Because we all no I love me some sexy times, and this proved to me why i do like me some Chantal writing.

The plot, characters and overall everything was great, I was pleasantly surprised that for the first time in for a long time by this MC novel. I have not read one in a hot minute, as i said. Though i would not go looking for any more to read, because the ship sailed a long time ago, but it is nice to read one now and again. 

Will pick the next one up, and i really do look forward to it. Highly recommend.

A quick, enjoyable read. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley
3.85 stars










Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Reign Of Mist by D.G. Swank


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Book two of the Book of Sindal series. (Rowan)

Rowan might be the firstborn of the Whelan sisters, but her magic is far from first class. Outshone by her younger sisters’ rare and powerful gifts hasn’t been easy, but she has always taken her position as leader of their family seriously. Even more seriously when her sisters are endangered and they lose—yet again—the Book of Sindal, a magical tome of evil spells and incantations their small coven of three has been tasked to protect.

When the Dark Set, a group of mages determined to take over the magical community comes for Rowan, she turns to an unexpected and very human source. Local cop Logan Gillespie might not be a mage, but he’s not to be underestimated.

The question is why Rowan? As the weakest witch, she shouldn’t be of interest to the Dark Set. Yet they’re sure she’s the secret to unlocking the power of the book. 

Can she convince them they’re wrong? She has to find a way because the lives of her sisters, Logan, and possibly the world depend on it.


MY THOUGHTS.

This was really good, I couldn't believe the twist and turns this one provided us with. I am still in shock, and can not wait to rad the third and finally book when it comes out. We learn so much more about the older sister Rowan, and she is POWERFUL! Logan is fine, extra fine ;)  Reign of Mist has everything I enjoy in a story,suspense romance, mystery and action and I devoured this book in 1 sitting.


Let Me Show You by Becca Seymour



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Let Me Show You

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When a veterinarian and a construction worker connect, it takes mishaps, mistakes, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rex to show them they’re made for each other. 

Dr. Carter Falon is content living a quiet life in a small town caring for his animal patients. That doesn't mean he's not looking for a distraction. After finding himself precariously wedged… naked and at the mercy of a drop-dead gorgeous construction worker, Carter hires his savoir to renovate his home. 

When Tanner Grady’s best friend and new niece needed him, he uprooted and relocated without a second thought. His life has since been centred on work and spending time with his family, but when he comes to the rescue of a cute vet, Tanner finds he's a lot more interested in the homeowner than the house he’s renovating. 


MY THOUGHTS

I adored this book with my whole heart and soul! This is the case of sweet, funny, intense connection with that Delicious slow burn and I was here for all of it. I highly recommend this story, let yourself fall into it, get wrapped up in warm arms and just sit there feeling all them feels with a smile ear to ear. I loved the pace, and writing and I look forward to more.

I've got you by Becca Seymour


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When a single dad and a newly outed veterinarian meet by chance, it takes red-cheeked conversations, a tentative friendship, and the willingness to put their hearts on the line to show these men they’re made for each other. 

Single dad Davis Jackson is busy balancing his coffee shop and being the best dad he can be. That doesn’t mean he’s not lonely. After a fumbling encounter with a man who looks as gorgeous as he does unhappy, Davis is left wondering who the mystery man is.  

All Davis knows is that he has never felt such an instant attraction to anyone before, but when he discovers the brown-eyed man’s identity, it’s clear the recently out-of-the-closet veterinarian is lost and quite possibly broken.  

A low-angst stand-alone contemporary M/M romance featuring characters from LET ME SHOW YOU.


MY THOUGHTS.
I loved everything in this story, The author, Becca had me smiling ear to ear, giggling and swooning. I loved this story about forgiveness and redemption. Becca nailed this story with the perfect MC's and lots of emotion to make you feel all the feels with in a short story, which in my eyes was the perfect size. This was funny at the right times, passionate and heartwarming and I highly recommend this to everyone.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Rise & Fall, Against the Grain by Charlie Cochet, Thirds book FOR & FIVE Thoughts




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Rise & Fall (THIRDS Book 4)

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After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost.

With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies—however well-intentioned—begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who’s pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it’s up to Sloane to show him what’s at stake, and finally put a name to what’s in his heart.




My Thoughts.


HOT DAMN!
4.5 Stars
This book was so good, It picks up straight away from where we left of in the book 3. I was so emerged in this book I don't think I actually stopped listening to it at all. I Loved the character development, I loved the plot and pace of this story and with every book I read I think it just gets better and better. I loved the twist and turns we go on a  action packed. All the relationships among Destructive Delta are put through some interesting tests. This is fast becoming one of my most favourite series and I can not wait to read more. Highly recommended.


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Against the Grain (THIRDS Book 5)

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As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.

Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.


My Thoughts.
Yes!
 Wow wee, This story or continuation was everything. I loved Ash and Cael, I loved there relationship, I loved the way this was paced and the story literally picks up from where the last one stopped. I rely enjoy that about this series, that I am now 100% addicted to and can not wait to read them, I know. I know I just said that. But seriously this had everything I love, romance was perfect, the overall story was so good, the mystery suspense aspect was written so well, that I did not see the twist and turns coming. Action Romance at its best. I loved all the family time, as always Dex had me in laughing stitches, but to see Ash open up and claiming what was his was PERFECT. All round 5 stars. 

I personally listened to the audio books and I really enjoyed them, at some points I found my self reading along with the narrator. I would also recommend the audio books.

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