COVER REVEAL: Maverick by Karina Halle


Maverick releases October 10th! 

Holy hell, this is a gorgeous cover 😍

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COVER REVEAL: Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

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I first met William McAlister when I was just a teenager.

He was handsome, had a beautiful wife and was on the verge of success, having just joined my father as his business partner. Mr. McAlister was full of smooth charm, but back then he was barely a blip on my radar. Just a family friend.

Fast forward ten years: I’m 25 years old and a single mom trying to make things right for her seven-year old son. I’ve made some mistakes, grappled with my demons and now I’m back in the city of Vancouver, getting a second chance at a better life.

I’ve started by working for my father’s production company as an executive assistant. My first day on the job and I already know I could have a promising career there.
That is until I see Will McAlister for the first time in a decade.

Now recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father’s friend and business partner to something so much more.

We’re both older, for one thing, and he just oozes this worldly confidence and stark sexuality. Combined with his tall, muscular build and sharp suits, strong jaw and bedroom eyes, Will has turned into one hell of a distraction.

A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity.

But it’s just a harmless crush, right?

It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right?

It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss.

Right?

Wrong.


 

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Black Hearts by Karina Halle (Sins Duet #1)

bh-3d-book-1-1Orginal title: Black Hearts
Year published: 2017
Published by: MetalBlonde
Number of pages: 295
First sentence: “Once upon a time, a troubled young con artist fell in love with her mark, the drug lord with ties to the man who ruined her life.”

Plot: 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.

 

My thoughts: I don’t even know where to begin.

I LOVED this book. But then again I always love books that where written by this lady. I don’t understand how she does it. How she writes these characters you can relate to even if they’re drug lords or soccer players. How does she write these places in such a way that makes you feel like you’re there?

The only thing I can really tell you is that you are in for a ride with this one. This story is something else entirely and I love it. Vicente is just a bit too much to be true and Violet is just a young woman trying to figure her life out.

 

You guys need to read this book!

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

51k9cpj5agl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Original title: Heat Wave
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.