Cover reveal: Black Hearts by Karina Halle

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For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.

What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

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NOTE: Black Hearts is book one of the Sins Duet, with the sequel, Dirty Souls, releasing in March 2017.

These books can be read as a standalone – though they are a spinoff of the Sins & Needles and Dirty Angels trilogies, Black Hearts & Dirty Souls are set 20 years in the future and follow new characters. You do NOT need to read TAT or DA to enjoy or understand this duet.

 

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Books I couldn’t finish

Hi guys! It’s time for another post. This time I thought I’d talk about some of the books I couldn’t bring myself to finish. At least books I couldn’t finish in the last year or so.

My number one disappointment this year was The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. This book was so hyped and I really wanted to love it. I tried for months to read it but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t connect with the story or the characters. I loved the whole idea of using maps for time traveling and I thought that it would be an amazing read. But it just wasn’t and that really bummed me out. Maybe I’ll give it another go sometime in the future but when I DNF a book at 60% there’s something not right about it. I really hate having to DNF books.

A book I recently had to give up on was Denied (One Night #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas. I really enjoyed the first book but I just couldn’t get into the second book. You guys know that I love me some alpha male and while I did love Miller in the first book he kinda just annoyed me in the second. I’m not sure at what point I DNF’d but it wasn’t as far in as TGFE. I do recommend this book series for those of you that might have been on the fence about Fifty Shades of Grey, Miller is kind of similar to Christian Grey but there’s no BDSM involved, at least not what I can recall. Definitely try it out!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I know, I’m a horrible, horrible person. I’m on the goddamn street team for Christ’s sake. I haven’t technically given up on it though, it’s still “currently reading” on Goodreads. I’ll be giving it another go soon because as Windwitch gets closer the street team is getting busier. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, I really did, DO. But there’s something about the world building that makes it difficult to read. There’s so much information all the time. I love the characters and I love the concept and I love Sooz. Windwitch will be arriving here soon so I really need to get on this. I’m so sorry Truthwitch, you know I really love you.

There you have it, I hate myself for doing this, especially to my beloved Truthwitch. But life’s too short for bad books (not including Truthwitch here).

 

Hope you enjoyed this post, talk to you soon!

xx Kayla

Breaking the silence

Hi guys!

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t been here for a while. I know I told you I was taking a break but it ended up being longer than I’d thought. I’ve been reading but there hasn’t been a book I felt that I had to share with you until now.

I’ve been having some issues posting stuff but it seems to be fixed now, I hope.

My review for Heat Wave by Karina Halle is up and I really reccomend you guys to read it, both the review and the book.

I hope I’ll be back with another review shortly.

 

Lots of Love, Kayla

Heat Wave by Karina Halle

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Year published: 2016
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Number of pages: 307
First sentence: “I saw him first.”

Plot: They say when life closes one door, another one opens.

This door happens to lead to paradise.

And a man I can never, ever have.

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Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica “Ronnie” Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and have to move back in with her parents. So when a window of opportunity opens for her – running a kitchen at a small Hawaiian hotel – she’d be crazy not to take it.

The only problem is, the man running the hotel drives her crazy:

Logan Shephard.

It doesn’t matter that he’s got dark brown eyes, a tall, muscular build that’s sculpted from daily surfing sessions, and a deep Australian accent that makes your toes curl.

What does matter is that he’s a grump.

Kind of an asshole, too.

And gets under Ronnie’s skin like no one else.

But the more time Ronnie spends on the island of Kauai, falling in love with the lush land and its carefree lifestyle, the closer she gets to Logan. And the closer she gets to Logan, the more she realizes she may have pegged him all wrong. Maybe it’s the hot, steamy jungles or the invigorating ocean air, but soon their relationship becomes utterly intoxicating.

There’s just one major catch.

The two of them together would incite a scandal neither Ronnie, nor her family, would ever recover from.

Forbidden, Illicit, off-limits – sometimes the heat is worth surrendering to, even if you get burned.

(From Goodreads)

My thoughts: I started this book at about 8PM yesterday (on release day, which is rare) and I finished it just before midnight. It’s been a while since I read a book in one sitting but Karina’s books tend to make that happen. I’ve yet to read a book of hers that I didn’t like or love. This book was no exception. I was hooked after the first sentence.

Like all Karina Halle books Heat Wave is written in a way that makes you feel like you’re right there with the characters, in other words I went on a trip to Hawaii for $5, SCORE!

I loved everything about this book, the scenery, the characters, the relationships, the story, the sex. Yes, the sex was fantabulous. Logan is such an alpha and lord knows I love me some alpha. I loved Logan, such an amazing character and his story broke my heart.

I liked Ronnie as well but she kinda pissed me off with her stupidity and all that jazz. Sure she’s lived in the shadows of her sister all her life and that’s gotta be hard and I get why she acted the way she did but at points I felt like Logan deserved better. I got over that because it’s obvious that they’re made for each other.

Ronnie’s parents? Ugh don’t even get me started, I felt like murdering someone. Like for real.

 

I enjoyed this book till the very end and I really would love to know what happens in the future. Also Kate’s story. Yes, I need that.

 

 

April 16th 2016

Woah, I suck at this blogging thing. So from now on I’m making no promises. But, I did get married last month. Yay! So here are some pictures ❤

 

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We had a wonderful day with our closest family and friends and we’ve enjoyed out month as husband and wife.

Kudos to my mom who took the pictures.

 


That is all from me for now, I hope to be back soon with reviews and other fun bookish stuff but like I said, I make no promises.

 

xx Kayla

Taking a break

Hi guys. I’m sure you noticed that it’s pretty quiet around here. I’ve been taking an unofficial break for a while now and that’s going to continue until mid April (that’s the plan anyways) and then I’ll be back with a bunch of stuff. I know I should’ve announced it sooner but life has been killing me lately and I hope that you all understand what with the things being said in my post about anxiety. 

I’m still reading, though, albeit a bit slower than usual. 

I’ll be moving on April 2nd and getting married on April 16th so I’ll be busy until then but after that I plan to return to the land of the living! 

Thanks for sticking around, xx Kayla 

Anxiety = absence

Hello everyone! I just thought I’d write a post about why it’s been so quiet around here for a while. I really hate that I’ve been neglecting the blog but I needed to focus on myself these past weeks.

So what’s been going on with me? Well, what’s been going on has been going on since I was about ten years old but it hasn’t really been a problem until recently. I suffer from anxiety. Anxiety in the form that I worry about things constantly, I don’t function well without structure and my brain won’t shut up, which leads to me not sleeping properly. Until recently I’ve always managed my anxiety somewhat well but after lack of structure and a lot of stress I had two anxiety attacks within a week of each other. For me anxiety attacks are much like panic attacks, I have trouble breathing, I cry and sometimes I throw up. The aftermath of this is kind of like after you’ve had the stomach flu, you feel feverish and sick.

So, I decided to get help. And I did. I started my medication on the 20th of this month. I can’t say that I feel better because it’s going to take a couple of months for the drugs to have effect. I do however notice some things, like the fact that my mouth is dry, constantly and my brain I just kind of, not all there.

So while I’ve been dealing with this I’ve also kind of stayed away from people. I’ve felt that another anxiety attack hasn’t been far off so I’ve just kind of stayed away from things I know have made me anxious in the past. So I haven’t been on Twitter as much.

The thing is that ordinary, daily, mundane things just gets to be too much for me and I can’t go on the way I used too. Some days I feel fine and some days I just feel this anxiety creeping up on me. The anxiety is always there but some days it’s just *more* there. It’s hard to explain.

I have been reading, however so when I feel like I can manage to write the reviews there’ll be a lot of them up!

 

I know that many people keep quiet about these things, but I don’t see the point. I feel that in telling people what’s going on with me they might get a better understanding of why I do the things I do and why I act weird sometimes. I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy.

 

So that’s it. Know that I appreciate you guys very much!

 

Lots of love, Kayla