Book Stop – ARC Review – Finale by Stephanie Garber

Finale by Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publish Date: May 7, 2019

Series: Caraval #3

Genre: Fantasy, YA

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Finale was more than just the ending to a magicians game, it was the game of survival and a pick and choose between love, life, or power. Never before have I read a book in a series that instead of being riveted by the book itself I imagined the author writing it. My imaginings took me on a wild journey for book 3 here, in which the author started a series and the story becomes possessed and now the author has to fight to get the story to both come out onto the page as well as shove all the excess back in. All the while the author is battling the “beast,” the story is throwing idea after idea out at the author in attempts to distract her. Until finally she gets everything out she can, barely obtaining her well fought victory feeling exhausted and drained. For me this series has evolved in a manor that goes along with my above imaginings. Book one is calm and seductive luring you into the world just like it did for the author. Book 2 the possession becomes evident and the author is ready for the battle but the distractions being thrown into her mind keep winding up in the story creating a wild ride and mashup of things not seen in book 1. Then there is book 3, which seemed more like a last ditch effort and hail mary pass in an attempt to reach some sort of conclusion or finish line without tripping on any plot holes along the way.

Despite the book coming to a nice conclusion for the series I still feel a little rode hard and put up wet. The suspense created between the constant back and forth for all the characters as well as never knowing who is on top of the pile was quite exhausting for me. I also felt like in book 3 here all my “loves” from book 2 regressed into a hotmess mashup. Tella who in book 2 displayed a strong, driven, heroine personality regressed to naive, wishy washy, pawn here in book 3. Scarlet… in her attempts to become more like Tella causes even more chaos and through everything in this book I just kept thinking.. We have a book about Scarlet, we have a book about Tella, now we need a book where they and all their collected allies in the game tackle a problem together and learn to trust each other despite all the lies in the first 2 books.. Unfortunately this is not what happens. There really never was a “Eureka” moment. It was just every man for himself till the end basically. I felt like this was the book that should have brought everyone together meshed them cohesively and created some extra depth and for me it came up a little short.

The story itself was still enjoyable but it just lacked some finality that with a name like Finale should have been made a little more evident. I mean have they really wrapped anything up? I mean honestly? I feel like we are basically in the same spot as where book 2 left off but with a tad more “agreeable” characters, and some choices that should have been made back at the end of book 2 finally decided upon. I ended up just being disappointed that it still feels like we aren’t at a true end.

I requested and received an ARC of this via NetGalley and the publisher Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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Book Stop – ARC Review – Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

Publisher: Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates For Teen

Published: May 7th 2019

Series: Dark Shores #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Supernatural

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*Requested and received an ARC of this via NetGalley and the Publisher Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates for Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much for the opportunity to read and review this work.*

So I was completely sold by this blurb.. hook, line, and sinker… Super entertaining read with a really riveting premise. I have to say this wasn’t what I was expecting, and it did take me a bit to really become invested. This story really has some amazingly in depth and super original backstory and I honestly if there had just been more of it straight out of the gate I think this might have caught me up a little sooner.. There are also some really deep currents running here that we have just barely touched the surface. Some times a slow revealing backstory adds to the intrigue and mystery of the story and other times it just makes me antsy to get some info so I can make things make sense.

I was expecting more sea “scenes” as well as more of the supernatural aspect but the focus of this book was definitely character and relationship development focused which for me was a little disappointing because I think I was definitely leaning toward wanting more of the action/adventure vibes, rebellion etc. The author spends a lot of time developing both the characters and the character relationships which is great in the stand point that you get to watch as the main characters grow and slowly broaden their horizons; however, this also slowed down the plot a lot because it seems our characters, especially our FMC, are completely stubborn and really put up a loooonnnggg fight. So by the time the story ended I felt like we really hadn’t made all that much progress for a “check point.”

Teriana, our FMC, makes a mistake trusting a childhood friend with secrets that aren’t hers to tell and endangering not only her own people but people across the world as well, because these secrets end up in the hands of the West who will stop at nothing but world dominion. In Teriana’s world West and East must always remain separate and her people. The people of the sea keep them that way. Now Teriana must lead the West to the East in order to save her own people even if it damns her soul. Marcus, undefeated in the West, must lead his legions to the East because he has no choice. Black mail and deception are being used against him and in order to protect his family he must do as he is told.. he belongs to the legion.. orders are his life. The West is unprepared for what they have stepped off into however because the pagan gods worshiped by the rest of the world are way more real than myths and legends and it seems everyone may have stepped off into a war between them…

It boils down to this, there is so much more going on with this story than what the author chose to focus on here in book one. This is both a good thing and a bad thing, at least for me. The good is that I am super pumped to continue this series and get all the information and reveals that were just barely skimmed here in the first book. The bad is that alot of books that don’t put enough “skin in the game” in book one often times lead me down a plot hole road of disappointment. So for future books in this series I’m hoping for more nitty gritty and way more of the whole supernatural aspect to the story and less back and forth between main characters. What little we did get here in this story was enough of a sneak peak to keep me glued to the pages the entire book wanting more. Can’t wait for book 2!
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Book Stop – ARC Review – Vampire Hearts by Katie M. John

Vampire Hearts: Book One of Bathory Academy by Katie M. John

Publisher: BooksGoSocial

Publish Date: July 27, 2018

Series: Bathory Academy #1

Genre: Older YA, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think 3-3.5 stars for me. The premise and the uniqueness of the backstory really made the book for me. I am loving how really rich the world building is here, pulling together some of the oldies with a whole lot of newbie made for a really great read. The very clever and subtle name drops made me feel like I belonged. I had no trouble sinking right into the world and scenes and honestly there was enough going on that I remained invested from cover to cover; however all that being said it really did take us a while to really get anywhere and by the end of the book I really don’t feel like we made a lot of progress plot wise. If we really break it down there was a back and forth of scenes that instead of keeping up moving forward kept us kind of stagnant throughout the first book. This is interwoven with backstory and some reveals here and there as well as introduction to new characters so I never really felt bored but I can definitely see where the repetition of certain actions could loose some readers.

Alex, our MC, has just found out he is a born vampire (inter generational – meaning his parents were not vampires but the gene passed to him from his grandfather.) Rushed off to Bathory Academy school for supernatural, Alex is thrust into a hierarchical Vampire system that doesn’t quite sit well with his millennial upbringing nor his hero complex. He also is having a hard time with self acceptance, refusing to feed. Scarlet our FMC is the darling of Bathory Academy, also with some “revolutionary” views herself. Scarlet comes with her own drama and has conflict with how she was raised and her belief system herself. Alex and Scarlet have a somewhat instant connection which slowly reveals itself to perhaps being more than just fate. As Scarlet becomes a target from a religious group hell bent on destroying all vampires especially those from her line, and the Supernatural community becomes embroiled in more and more turmoil as the fascist system they have been living under for centuries reaches closer to a breaking point, the students at Bathory Academy as well as Alex and Scarlet must come to realize their parts in the future of supernaturals as well as deal with this mysterious connection.

I think we are store for a healthy amount of problems as the students aren’t in possession of all the information like the teachers/adults. The withholding of information always causes issues and drags a story out longer than necessary so I’ll have to keep that in mind for when the next book comes out. All in all though I thought this was an interesting and entertaining read and am looking forward to book 2 hoping we really get somewhere there.

I requested and received an ARC of this via NetGalley and the Publisher BooksGoSocial in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Stop – Requested Review – Legend of Griff by Richard Sparrow

The Legend of Griff by Richard Sparrow

Publisher: Independently Published

Published: December 27th 2018

Series: Legend of Griff #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Humor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars for me. So just to start off with the feel of the book I was getting “The Black Cauldron” vibes the entire time. I am not sure why.. maybe the pig farmer thing? The orphan and sword thing? I couldn’t shake it throughout the story. I really loved the “spoof” factor in the book. The author seemed to take popular fantasy tropes and basically make fun of them in a very entertaining fantasy story. Instead of the handsome young hero with a tortured past off to save the world with his magic sword that just appeared out of thin air, the reader basically get an anti hero. A foul mouthed Goblin with a penchant for thievery and a very healthy dose of survival skills who just so happened to accidentally kill the hero and now has to somehow find a way to weasel his way out of becoming involved with this journey.

In terms of originality I’d give it 5 stars lol. I think what kept me off that 4 star is the fact that though we are having an entertaining jaunt and a very detailed world building and backstory, the first book didn’t really feel like it got anywhere for me. I am not quite sure where we are headed plot wise. I feel like we never really reached the climax so to speak, however there are definitely things simmering on all the burners.. there are a lot of burners it seems. We have a complete cast here and get a whole heck of a lot of viewpoints. It was a little difficult to finally get everyone separated in the respective corners but by the end I felt like a had a pretty decent grasp. I’m afraid if too many more ingredients join in however the pot will be overflowing.

All in all this really was an entertaining flip on the popular tropes of the world of fantasy. The book was really well written and very easy to sink into. This is seeming to be a story that’s not about the destination but all about the ride. I’m down with that!

I was contacted by the author and asked to take a look at this book and leave an honest review.
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Book Stop – ARC Review – Ignite by Donna Grant

Ignite by Donna Grant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Expected Release: April 30, 2019

Series: Dark Kings #15Dark World #35

Requested and Received an ARC of this via NetGalley and the publisher St. Martins Press, in exchange for an honest review.

I felt this book was a solid 3 stars for me. I want to start off by saying this book does not work very well as a stand alone it is number #15 in a series and so has 14 books worth of back story and experiences that the characters have gone through, as well as 14 books worth of buildup of an ongoing secondary plot line.

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Book Stop – ARC Review – House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Expected Publication: August 6, 2019

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I requested and received an ARC of this via NetGalley and the Publisher Random House Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to read and review this work.



4.5 stars.. Whew I’m pretty sure this kind of blew me away. I’m still reeling, sitting here wide eyed and shell shocked. I was not expecting this fantasy with its bits of darkness, hints of horror, and touches of madness. Mind trip… that is what this book was. I went into this thinking it was going to be a simple retelling of a childhood tale but this is more Grim than fairy.. Maybe even more Grim than Grim themselves. I actually had to untwist my mind before throwing together this review. The anxiety and suspense almost put me down…

In this dark reinvention of the tale of The 12 Dancing Princesses the author Erin A. Craig brings hints of horror to a classic fairy tale. Annaleigh, our FMC, watches as yet another sister is given back to the sea. Its a curse the townspeople say.. First her mother and then 3 of her elder sisters, all have died under suspicious circumstances. Annaleigh is determined to find out what is going on and save the rest of her family. As she makes some discoveries everything seems to be leading toward dead ends literally. Not only that Annaleigh has noticed her younger sister making really disturbing drawings, and seeing things.. and now Annaleigh has started seeing them too. Being led to a dimensional doorway “of the gods” the remaining sisters turn towards balls and dancing all night long to distract themselves from the life of mourning they have been cursed to live. Annaleigh though, must unravel the mysteries surrounding her sisters deaths, as well as break this curse before her sisters dance themselves all to death… or maybe its all in her head…

There are some really intense scenes in this book some of which are incredibly heart pounding. The author definitely has talent for twisting things back and forth on top of each other until you can’t tell which way is up and you end up ass over ankles. I’m not sure if I’ll ever want to reread it again.. because once was enough for me to remember forever…
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Book Stop – A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
January 29th 2019

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Series: A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I did not read the blurb before reading this book. I just saw a lot of hype and jumped right in, so for me it was exciting when I discovered it was a retelling if Beauty and the Beast. I really like how the author made the retelling both obvious and original at the same time, reinventing many of the concepts but keeping the main points recognizable! It was good! Indeed it was!

Our FMC Harper, is kidnapped during a botched rescue attempt in which she was trying to prevent the mapper from grabbing a different woman. Once grabbed she is “whisked” away to a world of impossibilities. I will say that the “denial” phase was starting to get a little old, but the author did finally move on. Super hostile to her kidnappers, she isn’t taking any crap from any one. Rhen our MMC lives a cursed season, over and over again until his beast form overcomes him. He has long since given up hope that someone could fall in “real” love with him…and this may be his last chance. Thrown together Rhen and Harper decide to team up for a cause greater than Rhen’s curse, the saving of his kingdom that has long been neglected due to his beasts actions. An invader has begun conquering and terrorizing the people and Harper isn’t having it. I think that the most mind blowing thought that has stuck with me in this story is how the author has Harper point out to the beast that yes he has had all these attempts to make all these women fall in love with him.. but at which point was he ever willing to fall in love back? Never.. so he hadn’t ever really changed because once again he was just trying to get what he needed and not give love in return! 🤯. Never looked at it from that exact perspective before. I mean it was obvious that even in the Disney version the beast falls in love with the girl but it never occurred to me that in this version the reason no one had fallen for him is that he wasn’t willing to give of himself and in essence hadn’t learned his lesson…

In this story the FMC has a really mild form of Cerebral Palsy. The author did not elaborate on this illness and barely even called any attention to it. I’m not sure if I loved that fact or if I was irritated by it. Cerebral Palsy has such a wide range of symptoms varying in severity. Without more details on the actual character’s symptoms we can’t even form an accurate opinion on how it effected her during all her trials which bummed me because I feel like it lessened her greatness and at the same time it was almost like the author was intentionally not trying to call attention to her illness so that no preconceived notions could be formed, and Harper couldn’t be pigeon holed into greatness “because” she overcame an illness. The book portrays Harper as great because she is just a Bad A FMC, not because she had to overcome her trials *and* a disability. I understand that. Either way this had no real effect on my enjoyment of the story, I just personally would have liked to know more about our character’s CP.

I loved the retelling and am definitely intrigued on what direction the next book will take!

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Book Stop: ARC Review – A Game of Survival by T.R. Tells

A Game of Survival by T.R. Tells

Publisher: Self

Published: December 12th 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Series: A Game of Survival #1

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I joined an ARC review team for this book via Book Sirens in exchange for an honest review.

Triggers: Rape and Abuse of children and young adults.

I’m going to say 2-2.5 for this story. I really felt like the story started off really strong with a really dramatic entrance, but as the story progressed it as almost like there were too many ideas trying to converge into the story all at once and it became confusing, non cohesive at times, and honestly it felt like maybe the author didn’t know where the story was going until it got there. I also feel like the blurb was misleading and nothing like what story really turned into. The blurb gave me a “Children of Blood and Bone” feel but this is nothing like that.

We start out with our FMC seemingly being a magi, in a world where magi are being persecuted, but then we find out she is roma and we touch on what that means here and there but its never really explained and woven into the story cohesively. Apparently they aren’t the same thing. I also felt like there were many times throughout the story that the dialogue and plot line seemed to really drag on and even drift away from any end game or goals. There were several times when I had to make myself go back and figure out how we had gotten a certain place.

Thea our FMC kicks off our story pretty roughly, her sister telling her to be a boy as she is dragged off by the kings guards rounded up like all other magi. Her last words telling her to survive.. So she does, barely, doing some really awful things. Her rage causes her to weaken to allow demons to inhabit her. She ends up with a group of child thieves living basically on the streets stealing to survive. She is constantly getting caught. The inner demons/conscience talking to her trying to make her choose bad or good or just arguing with themselves in her head made scenes confusing at times. Eventually just as things are looking up they take a nose dive straight to hell as their rag tag group are found and basically used as sex slaves and thieves. The book skips forward between parts and Thea has even more people to look after as well as a lead to her sister. In all honesty, we start off headed in the direction of revenge but never get there and in the end it seems like we are going to be in the midst of a battle of the gods.

Usually I’m a huge sucker for some mythology, but the Norse mythology and how it was woven into this particular story with the “Roma” which was described more like gypsies those are from a whole different set of mythology “Romani” and the concepts sort of clashed for me. Then there was also the whole “demon” concept which comes from a whole different set of ideals. There were several concepts that I did like in the story, however, one being the whole conscience ideals. The story really seemed to take a lot from the Native American proverb of the 2 wolves existing in each man, one being good the other evil and the one you feed is the one that wins.

Really the mashup made for a really confusing read and it was hard to just grasp what the main plot of the story was until the very end. I kept trying to grasp one idea and hold on for dear life but this book was not having it. The frustration of trying to remain focused on the book made it just ok for me.
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Book Stop – Kindle Unlimited Binge Review Week – The Goods

I’ve been on a binge through Kindle Unlimited these last couple of weeks and I’m finding that it is really hit or miss most of the time. I’ve noticed KU getting some new stuff lately and I’ve definitely found some diamonds in the rough. Here are a couple of the really good ones!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: November 15th 2011

Series: Shatter Me #1

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Scifi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Whew, this book was a pretty intense start to the series! I was engrossed from the very beginning. I think the writing style was so impactful and dramatic, it was almost impossible to turn my gaze away! We do have a very slow revealing backstory but answers are coming so I never felt cheated or too terribly lost, but I am an impatient person.. I did feel that super young teeny angst, but it really didn’t bother me in this book like it does in others. I just feel like so much is going on, its hard to know where everyone stands especially when we don’t yet have all the information. I did like how the FMC, Juliette stayed true to her character throughout, there was no meekness to Bad A right off the bad. She didn’t turn vengeful or harden herself despite all of what is being done to her.

Set in an apocalyptic/dystopian type setting our FMC, Juliette has been imprisoned in a mental institute for a really long time now. Thrown in for being “different,” her touch being her very own kryptonite. Days fade into weeks into months and so on, until one day her routine is changed forever when they throw in a roommate, a boy, Adam. She remembers Adam, from before her imprisonment. Just as she starts to grow closer to Adam, she is taken from her prison cell, to be used by a monster who wants her ability, her touch. It turns out Adam has his own secrets, surprisingly Adam is also maybe the only person immune to her ability. Danger lurks everywhere as her captor becomes increasingly erratic and obsessive where she is concerned. Together her and Adam attempt to escape… but where is there to go where they cannot be found? Is there hope for a better life out there? What has the world become while she has been locked away with her tiny window.

I honestly wanted to dive right into book 2. I can’t wait to see where this series is headed! Now I feel like the real story is about to begin and I hope we continue to get some backstory and answers along the way!
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Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Hoover Ink, Inc

Published: December 7th 2018

Genre: Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book kind of blew me away! Twisted and creeptastic ride into imagined self absorption and sociopathy. I was expecting romance.. I was not expecting this gut wrenching, horror/suspense and the bone chilling confessions revealed in this book. I was so intrigued and at the same time disturbed and horrified out I just couldn’t stop reading, all the while peeking through fingers because I didn’t want to see anymore. I felt such a wide range of emotions so quickly I was catching some whiplash from my own mood swings. Afterwards I felt rode hard and put up wet.. and well basically speechless lol, sitting there in my shock.

Introvert writer and FMC, Lowen, is recovering from her mother’s death when on her first day out she witness a gruesome pedestrian vs car accident. Helped by a handsome stranger they speak and have a heart wrenching moment where they each confess their tragedy’s, his being the loss of his daughter, before going their separate ways only to amazingly meet up later in a meeting where Jeremy wants to hire Lowen to “co-write” and finish a series of books that his wife, also an author, started and is unable to finish due to a car accident. Against her better judgement she takes the job and journeys to their home to dig through “Verity’s” office and start her work. Upon arriving she sees a family on the edge of madness and despair, Verity needing 24 hour care, unable to move, speak, or interact at all with her environment. Jeremy barely handling his depression over his 2 lost daughters, and his remaining son Crew caught up in their tragic life. All is not what it seems however, this is truly a house of horrors. As things begin happening that make Low start to doubt that Verity is actually in the condition she seems to be in, she begins reading Verity’s “autobiography” and discovers some horrifying details about the authors past, as well as her relationship with Jeremy. At the same time she experiences this weird envy to be her. As details begin unfolding the terrifying truth comes to light, but her heart is already set on another woman’s husband… But what is truth and what is lies.. and is anyone really a good guy? What will you choose to believe in the end.

This book got me all kinds of twisted by the end and then chewed me, tied me and spit me out! Such a great read, though intensely nerve racking!
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I am always looking for KU ideas so feel free to send some recommendations my way or tell where to steer clear!! Thanks for stopping by!

Book Stop: Oldies But Goodies -My first Love, Historical Romance – Velvet Montgomery Annuals Quadrilogy by Jude Deveraux

Whew that title there quite the mouth/handful! I feel like re-reading series that you have loved in the past is crucial! Not only do we, as readers, sometimes need a little push out of slumps, we also need a reminder of why we love to read. It gives us a feeling of nostalgia and a reminiscence of past feelings. Occasionally, I will come to a different opinion based on my own experiences, or maybe I never really understood what an author was trying to put out there until I finally had the knowledge I needed to comprehend it. I re-read this series in February for the Gimme a V Challenge on Goodreads! Sorry, not sorry, Jude is still one of my all time favorite author’s! I’m pretty sure I own almost everything she has written! These books, along with a few others, some even by other authors, created a freaking mess of a monster when it comes to historical romances… oh so long ago! Even after many rereads my love for these stories continues and this family of Jude’s is one of my favorites!

The Velvet Promise by Jude Deveraux

The Velvet Promise by Jude Deveraux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Pocket Books

Published: January 1st 1991
(first published 1981)

Genre: Romance, Historical Romance

Series: Velvet Montgomery Annuals Quadrilogy #1The Montgomery/Taggert Family (Chronological order)

Reread Review
Leaving this at 4 Goodreads Stars.. probably 3 Deveraux stars though for me at least. I notice a lot of salt in the reviews, and I feel like I should remind everyone that this was written in the height of the bodice ripper era, as well as set in a time when women were viewed as nothing but property and sold to the highest bidder. This happened irl, in fact in some countries this still happens. I feel like some of the outrage seems a little over dramatic considering these points. There are a ton of historical romances that have these types of settings and the reason for it is most likely because that is actually history.. What I love about Jude Deveraux is even when the males in her books may act this way, she always makes her heroines stronger, better, and wiser than them and eventually they learn the error of their ways.

Judith, our FMC, of course is no exception, with the brains, as well as the go get it done attitude, she knows how to put a man in his place… eventually. This is actually the 3rd Montgomery book. I love rereading this series because I just love going back to the beginnings. These books started so many lines of Montgomery’s, leading to so dang many wonderful new series! In this book, Gavin Montgomery has to grow up very early, practically raising his 3 brothers after their parents die, and managing the estates as best he can.. which isn’t all that well.. In love with Alice, the epitome of womanhood in his eyes, she can do no wrong. Little does he know she is a scheming wench of the worst sort, and even a little Psycho. She turns his marriage proposal down and he is forced to marry another, the rich Judith who is basically sold to him by her father because he is desperate for male grandchildren. They meet on the wedding day and everything seems set for a HEA, however Alice has other plans and throws all kinds of wrenches in everything. Things just seem to domino effect for the worse afterward. Gavin of course, manages to practically mess everything up and make things a million times worse because he is probably the most unobservant, obstinate, and idiotic male in existence lol. Judith must open Gavin’s eyes to what a real woman is about, before its too late and he looses her forever…

I’ve read this series dozens of times over the years and Gavin is probably most like the very first Montgomery hero in The Black Lyon. In fact this story is quite similar to that one. Love doing rereads!
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Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux

Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Pocket Books

Published: first published 1982

Series: Velvet Montgomery Annuals Quadrilogy #2The Montgomery/Taggert Family (Chronological order)

Reread Review

Jude Deveraux is a freaking master… that’s all there is too it. This entire story is so complex, and yet when you pull everything away the whole book is about an arrogant hero and a stubborn heroine neither wanting to bend to each other and causing each other all kinds of problems. When I say that in other books a couple doesn’t have much adversity to “temper” their love its this kind of adversity I mean most I think. You know the kind of love that isn’t perfect.. it starts with lust, progresses to near hatred, begrudging respect and eventually after hardship and camaraderie comes love. I feel like that is “most” like love in real life except it it doesn’t end at that sentence.. the cycle starts over every day.. every week.. and so on and so forth. Both our heroine and hero are like-able and yet so flawed but eventually they realize their faults and own up to them!

This second book in the Velvet Series stars Stephen Montgomery and Bronwyn McAran. Both reluctant participants in a marriage contrived by the King. Of course Stephen sets off on the wrong foot because of events from the last book so better late than never right? Not to Bronwyn, who has the biggest pride and stubbornness of any female Scotland it seems. It is a battle from the beginning, a tug of rope that constantly moves back and forth neither wining and both starting to look ridiculous and wrong most of the time. Only by accepting each other and their faults can they move forward and give up their flaws to grasp a real love to last through time!

Another thing I really love about the series is that events are happening/overlapping with the other brother’s books so its like reading a really big book with all their prospectives as they explain away certain things. I just love this author and am excited to continue my reread of the series.
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Velvet Song by Jude Deveraux

Velvet Song by Jude Deveraux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Pocket Books

Published: June 1st 1991 (First Published 1983)

Series: Velvet Montgomery Annuals Quadrilogy #3,


Reread Review
In the past this was one of my favorites in this series because I loved Raine! I find that during my reread of this series that though, I still liked Raine through most of the book, he was quite exasperating! The arrogance and the pride.. OMG eye roll worthy! Yet another thing about Jude Deveraux’s books that I like is that the males are far from perfect. Even if they seem that way for a bit.. just wait they are going to do something ridiculous soon lol. This book continues the love to hate, hate to love, give up and love momentum lol. The biggest adversaries really in these books are the characters and their flaws! That is just so real to me because in life it is also true!

Raine Montgomery has been declared a traitor to the crown after becoming enraged finding out that Roger had taken Stephens bride Bronwyn, and taking the kings soldiers down to wage war on Chatworth! Raine finding nowhere to go and refusing to own up to his mistakes is now living in the wood with a group of other cast outs! Alyx raised in a small village has spent her whole life on a pedestal due to her uncanny vocal and musical talent. Treated like a saint because of her “gift from god.” That is until slimy Lord Pagnell happens by one day during her voice practice and decides to take her for himself.. Little does he know Alyx doesn’t put up with no crap, and after putting him in his place her world turns upside down as she battles the system serf vs lord for the first time and realizes she can never win. Her only choice is to run away into the forest to Raine and his camp. Posing as a boy her and Raine immediately begin their relationship of constant bickering as each character is incredibly stubborn and neither will bend an inch.. That is until Raine discovers there is more to this “boy” in his tent! Sparks fly, as a battle of wills ensue which may actually pull them apart…

This book is happening simultaneously with the 4th book so its kind of odd but there are some tiny spoilers there if you can catch them! I also love that there are multiple references to The Black Lyon in this one. Including Alyx’s Lion belt which was a big part of that story! On to book 4!
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The Velvet Angel by Jude Deveraux

Velvet Angel by Jude Deveraux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Pocket Books

Published: January 1st 1991 (First Published 1983

Series: Velvet Montgomery Annuals Quadrilogy #4,


Reread review
Sigh Miles! My favorite Montgomery brother in this series! I can’t ever decide if he is the best or worst rake ever written! Its a toss up! This book in particular has been my favorite during the rereads! Its crazy that with each book I have discovered different reasons for why I love this author’s works! In this book I realized I love Jude’s writing because it never ends at just “I love you.” Its like first comes hate, then comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a whole hawtmess of crap after that they have to work through all while dealing with their own character flaws and assumptions! In this book though all our wonderful females come together and bring their own talents to the table to rescue our boys.. because they are men and where would they be without us girls! (Rotting in dungeons probably.)

Elizabeth Chatworth, Roger’s sister is captured while rescuing a “songbird” and wrapped up and hand delivered to Miles Montgomery as a ploy to pit the Chatworths and Montgomerys further at each other’s throats. Elizabeth, however, can hold her own, she grew up with Edward she knows how to dip and dodge a defiler of women! Miles is instantly enchanted with this one woman who not only says the word no, but screams hell no! Keeping her and journeying to Scotland is his ploy to show her Montgomery’s aren’t the bad guys all the while planning to woo her! Elizabeth slowly learns how men are supposed to act but it seems as though it is too late, the hatred between their families seems way to much to overcome, as they battle their feelings for one another, their families hatred and anyone else who wonders in! Elizabeth must really search herself and her horrific past to find her confidence, and heal her heart just in time to maybe save her brother and his new lady and rid these families of this hatred forever!

This was one of the more entertaining books in the series with lots of laughter, food fights, belly dancing and finally all our female characters coming together to save their men! Love this series!
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