Book Review–Hanover House by Brenda Novak

Hanover House (Hanover House Chronicles #0.5)Hanover House by Brenda Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hanover House is EXACTLY what I was in the mood to read, and the cover played a big part in piquing my interest. I love the black and white photo and striking red text. The structure itself, presumably Hanover House, is just creepy enough to intimidate without being too obvious. While the building resembles the manner in which haunted houses are portrayed, the reality of what–or who–will be housed there is much scarier than anything supernatural might be.

Dr. Evelyn Talbot has worked tirelessly to create a facility in which to not only incarcerate, but also study, psychopaths who have committed especially heinous crimes. Thus, this 40,000-word prequel sets the stage for future installments by contextualizing the doctor’s interest in psychopaths, establishing her relationship with a few of Hilltop’s townspeople, and giving readers a glimpse into what dangers might accompany her endeavor. In doing so, author Brenda Novak lays sufficient groundwork for suspense in addition to a potential romance: the perfect blend for satiating my reader’s sensibility.

I, for one, can’t wait for the release of Her Darkest Nightmare in 2016, as the prequel has me interested, invested, and impatient for more. Hanover House has successfully hooked another reader.

*Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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Book Review–Cowgrrl Up: Live by Jen Greyson (5+++++ Stars)

Cowgrrl Up: LiveCowgrrl Up: Live by Jen Greyson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a greedy reader, I’ve recently realized. But only when it comes to books that have me craving for more, like one might crave sleep or chocolate or approval.

Cowgrrl Up: Live by Jen Greyson is one of those books.

I don’t know how else to say it: I’m still so blown away by this book, to the point that I’ve agonized for weeks over writing this review because there’s just no way to do Cowgrrl Up: Live justice. I finally gave up trying—hence the shorter-than-normal review.

Main characters Kait and Race—their undeniable connection, the depth of feeling between them, their passion for all things ranch- and rodeo-related—sucked me in. Once invested, I couldn’t put the book down.

I can’t emphasize enough how well-written Cowgrrl Up: Live is. As an English teacher, I can’t help but notice the actual writing; by that I mean what’s beyond the storytelling or the premise, i.e. word choice, fluency, sentence structure, natural-sounding dialogue, etc. In Greyson’s latest, all of the aforementioned are incredibly on point.

In the spirit of not spoiling anything for future readers, I will only say, regarding plot, that the author kept me on my toes. The narrative wrung from me a gamut of emotions, one of the reasons for its making such an impression on me.

Hands down, with no doubt in my mind whatsoever, this is one of my favorite reads of the year: top five for sure, but quite possibly number one. I plan on gifting copies to my closest book-loving friends, the highest compliment I can pay to any piece of writing.

AFTERTHOUGHT: Because I just realized how vague this review is, I decided to include some of my favorite quotes that still shouldn’t spoil anything.

“I was on a precipice of peace, a wonder that I’d never known.”

“Had I known she was coming for me, I’d have waited forever. I would have forsaken every moment with every girl for this singular moment with her.”

“I hope she laughed like that often–but it charged from her throat like a rusty gate…”

“No one fits us perfectly. Despite our best intentions, edges remain that don’t match up. We aren’t simple rounded puzzle pieces looking for a perfect fit, but vast mountain ranges with scores of jagged edges, ragged peaks, and deep valleys.”

(That’s where I’ll stop, but this is only a fraction of what I highlighted while reading.)

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Blog Tour: Inked Brothers by Hilary Storm and Jacob Wilson

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WARNING- This book contains graphic scenes in sexual nature and language. Not intended for anyone under the age of 18… or those easily offended.

Jake Wilson is a very successful tattoo artist in California. He lives his life on the go and there’s not a shortage of women at his disposal at any point in time. His life is perfect for a man who has no desire to commit and the stories he could tell you would either terrify you or have you intrigued and hoping to become his next treat. What happens when he meets the first female to challenge him?

Addi Woods is a very successful club owner who has just recently relocated. Her partnership with Jax Wilson brings her face to face with Jax’s twin brother Jake. His sexy charm won’t work on her because she sees right through his intentions. What happens when Jake is determined to break through her sophisticated demeanor and show her his true personality? Will she fall for his wild existence or will she be the one to leave him always wanting more?

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I just finished reading Jake 2, and “highly entertaining” are the first words that come to mind. This book taught me some things (as did the first one, Jake), and it kept me on my toes. Most of the time I found myself laughing–enjoying Jake’s lifestyle, friends, and business. However, there were also some unexpected scenes that had me taking Jake (and Addi) a little more seriously.

In Jake 2, the characters are fleshed out with added depth, and we are introduced to a new friend of Jake’s (Golden) who added some variety and fun to the narrative.

One of my favorite things about both works is that they actually sound like they’re narrated from a guy’s perspective. In this series, we only hear from the male’s perspective, and it’s truly authentic. I’ve read a lot of dual perspective novels in new adult and contemporary romance, and I always doubt that what’s written from the male’s perspective is how guys actually think. In Jake and Jake 2, there’s no doubt. And I loved that insight into the male brain!

Some of my favorite quotes from Jake 2:

  • “I figure since I’m practically a canvas that people always stare at, I may as well have a great physique to go with it.”
  • “I do go ahead and give the facial hair a once over though; you can never pay too much attention to the beard.”
  • “She’s like my vodka angel.”

It’s rare for me to like the second in a series even better than the first, but I daresay Jake 2 falls into that category. (And I loved the first Jake, even going so far as to recommend it to close friends.) Jake becomes more three-dimensional in the second installment, more of a person than a sex object. I loved seeing his relationships–with his friends, his dog, and his family–flourish.

And that ending! Let’s just say, without revealing any spoilers, that I can’t wait for Jake 3 to come out!

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Jake Wilson is ready to step up to the challenge that is Addi Woods. She’s intriguing him beyond his own comprehension and his desire to get her is taking up most of his attention. Will she ever just give in and see how good it could be?

Addi Woods knows what a guy like Jake could do to her. She refuses to fall for someone like him again. She knows what the consequences will be if she lets him too close, so she makes it her mission to keep him at arm’s length. Will she survive his panty dropping charm?

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Hilary Storm

Hilary Storm lives with her high school sweetheart and three children in Enid, Oklahoma. She drives her husband crazy talking about book characters everyday like they are real people. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with an MBA in Accounting. Her passions include being a mom, writing, reading, photography, music, mocha coffee, and spending time with friends and family. She is the international best selling author of the Rebel Walking Series.

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