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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, April 11, 2013

Allison Parr's debut new adult romance is absolutely amazing! Rush Me is a refreshing contemporary novel that will have readers immediately wrapped up in the lives of its characters. Rachael is a saucy lead with a determined outlook on life. She wants to make it in the publishing industry and she has plans to stick with her unpaid internship until she finds her dream job. Ryan is is the misunderstood and underestimated pro football player that gets under Rachael's skin and will charm every reader.

I enjoyed every second of reading Rush Me. The plot is realistic and at the same time it's a storyline that will make you think it could only happen in dreams. Parr manages to bring Rachael and Ryan together even after their relationship started on rocky grounds. With a pacing smooth as butter and a high emotional drive, Parr has created a very engaging and entertaining story.

Between the characters with quirky characteristics and vulnerabilities and the fantastic romance, Parr will gain fans something to talk about. Many stories have been published under this newly popular genre but not all of them have that spark of connection, like Rush Me. It's officially one of my favorites so far and I'm also hoping to read more from Parr in whatever genre!

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Reaper's Legacy (Toxic City) by Tim Lebbon
Reaper's Legacy (Toxic City)

Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, April 9, 2013

Tim Lebbon set the stage for Lucy-Anne and Jack's frighteningly supernatural version of London in London Eye. He drew us in with a chilling premise and excellent execution of a city come undone. Fans of the Toxic City series will revel with its latest installment, Reaper's Legacy!

Reaper's Legacy is a grand extension of the first novel. The plot presents so many changes in the characters and the city itself. Lucy-Anne is following the enigmatic Rook to the North in search of her last familial connection. Rook, a mysterious character who also has a story of deep loss, fits in perfectly. I'm actually quite excited about Lebbon expanding his character because he adds a dark intensity to an already attractive set of characters. On the other side of London, Jack faces his own moving challenges along with Sparky and Jenna. The effect of Jack having been touched by Nomad begins to reveal that he's physically changing. Jack is coming into his own supernatural power, more than one it seems. While the Irregulars are dying from a suspicious sickness, Jack is bent on reaching out to his Superior father, Reaper, to implore that he join forces with Irregulars. The main goal is to save his mother and sister while bringing peace to the toxic city.

Lebbon has truly outdone himself. The pacing, tone, and style of the novel is consistent, but the plot will truly captivate readers. Lucy-Anne's prophetic dreams are brought into greater focus while Lebbon begins setting up a very explosive future for the series. While Lucy-Anne's side of the story is left clouded in obscurity, readers will end the story with something to ponder over until the third book in the series, Contagion. The fate of Lebbon's destroyed London is going to be even worse, but there's no predicting the events to come. Reaper's Legacy proves itself to be just as ingenious and intense as London Eye, perhaps even more so! No doubt, every reader who picks up this series will be gripped by it's adventure and dark mystery.
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Centauriad #02: Centauriad #2: A Gathering of Wings by Kate Klimo
Centauriad #02: Centauriad #2: A Gathering of Wings

Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, March 21, 2013

Kate Klimo doubles the action and adventure in the sequel to Daughter of the Centaurs! Malora Ironbound, now known as Malora Victorious, has settled into life on Mount Kheiron. The Apex allowed her to choose her hand as a blacksmith and has even given her a permanent residence. A Gathering of Wings sees Malora leaving her new home to hunt the 'Nightmare Demon' that shows her lead horse, Sky, in danger.

Within a series, the best feature possible is when the author kicks it up a notch with each installment. Klimo does so and more! A Gathering of Wings expands Malora's world as she leaves mount Kheiron for the marketplace in Kahiro. While there she and her centaur friends come across a variety of different hibes along with a lead on Sky's whereabouts. Even strands of mythology are highlighted in the fantasy aspects of the story now that readers are introduced to more intriguing creatures.

For me, the biggest drawing point for A Gathering of Wings is the burgeoning romance between Malora and the man of her dreams: Lume, the Wonder. It's subtle but Klimo's writing style, which is very expressive, makes it stand out against the fast-paced flow of the story. Lume is one of the few new characters presented, but definitely my favorite next to Malora. He proves himself to be a fierce warrior, angry and with a dry sense of humor. I could fill a page of descriptions for him, but Lume's smooth and protective nature is the most admirable.

Don't miss the next stage in Malora's journey. A Gathering of Wings is an exciting addition to the Centauriad series and Klimo has truly outdone herself!
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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, March 21, 2013

Alyssa Everett's Lord of Secrets is a dashing historical romance that surrounds readers with the complex lives of two strong characters. David Linney, Marquess of Deal, stands apart from society. He believes that his neighbors and friends shamed him because of his father's suicide. It's also the secrets he keeps that keep him fearful of letting anyone come too close. Rosalie Whitwell is young, optimistic, and struck with the need to help others. She's a lovely character that pushes so much hope into the lines of the story.

Rosalie loses her father coming back from their latest travels. Amid the tragedy Rosalie forms a fragile connection to David, the hero who stepped in when Rosalie was shocked by the death of her father and left with few options. Surprisingly, he proposes marriage out of concern for Rosalie's welfare, hoping to remain aloof and in tight reign of his secrets.

Everett's idea of romance is spectacular. Though the conflicts in Rosalie and David's relationship were internal, the fight for a happily ever after was passionate. I loved that Rosalie never tried to change David, but just tried to do everything she could to make their marriage work. She struggled to be her caring self and fit into David's world, never imagining that she would indeed have such a grand affect on him.

Lord of Secrets is not completely lovey-dovey, but features very shocking twists that spell ruin for Rosalie and David. The suspense of discovering David's dark secrets make the romance that much sweeter, because through all the drama and emotional distress, readers will come to understand and truly care for these characters. Everett's latest read will hold your heart captive and consume your thoughts!
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Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston
Black Helicopters

Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, March 20, 2013

How often do we want to admit that our heroes or heroines are the bad guys? It's always been a struggle for me to view the main character as the one in the wrong or the one with any faults at all. Blythe Woolston really increases that struggle as she tells Valkyrie White's thrilling story. Black Helicopters chronicles what brings Valley to this present day with revenge on the forefront of her mind and a bomb strapped to her chest.

Black Helicopters is considered a literary thriller, mostly because it makes you think about Valley's upbringing and why she makes some of the choices she makes. Her father trained her and her brother, Bo, the ways of life through chess and he taught them how to survive. It's easy to see that their father wasn't a man living an honest life because of all the secrecy and paranoia. Their hiding from the black helicopters actually seemed a very small part of the novel, but it set the foundation for the story's tone: dark and devastating.

One thing that I wish this story had was more depth into supporting characters. There weren't many scenes about Valley's brother Bo or Mabby. Sometimes it feels like the story is missing some filling, that information that could provide answers to those many unanswered questions readers will likely have by the end of the book. However, final thoughts about Valkyrie and what happens to her can be inferred from Woolston's writing, which is moving and dramatic.

Woolston keeps you on your toes in Black Helicopters. You never know what you'll find out about Valley's life or what might happen next in her story. It's a novel definitely worth reading and afterwards you'll want to explore some of Woolston's other works!
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