Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The idea of this meme is to answer three W questions, which are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
Just yesterday I started reading a new adult fantasy reverse harem romance series that evolve around Fae queen and her four irresistible male guards. This is a slow burn romance, without too many and too detailed sexy scenes so far, hence, it can be read by upper YA readers as well. So at the moment I’m already reading the last book – Seduced by Power (The Queen’s Consorts #3) by Elena Lawson. I have just started it but I enjoy this series, so I hope this will be a decent ending 🙂 As I don’t want to spoil anything, the I won’t be adding synopsis and lower in this post in recent reads part you can find synopsis for the first book 😉
Let’s look at my first read’s of March, so yep, I read 7 books in 5 days 🙂 And I started March on the top of the world by finally giving into my second most anticipated book of 2019 – The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black 😍 So of course I loved this amazing YA fantasy romance (5 stars). I love and hate Cardan at the same time. The story started on a slow side, but that ending. Oh, my heart, I’m dying here without the next book.
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
Afterwards, I read a couple of ARCs. First one was from one of my favourite publishers Entangled: Crush – 99% Faking It (Dating Dilemmas #2) by Chris Cannon, which was a sweet, cute, light, innocent and entertaining YA contemporary romance (4 stars).
Lisa is a card-carrying, book-loving Gryffindor. Solid. And that’s why everyone knows she’s awesome. Well, except for her crush, Matt. He only ever sees her as a friend. Plus, he’s got his eye on another girl. Oh well, plenty of fish and all that.
Good thing Lisa just read a book on the “wedding ring phenomenon”—you get more attention when you’re already taken. What if Lisa pretends to be Matt’s plus one? Maybe it’ll help Matt get his girl and Lisa can hook her own fish.
After the plan works, Matt suddenly claims he doesn’t like the view from the friend-zone and wants her instead… But she isn’t interested in being anyone’s second choice. If this guy wants to earn her attention, he’ll need more than some silly “phenomenon.”
He’ll need to go all out…
Disclaimer: This book contains multiple nerd-girl references, cute puppies, and snarky humor that will make you LOL!
Each book in the Dating Dilemmas series is STANDALONE:
* The Dating Debate
* 99% Faking It
Next one also was a book from Entangled Publishing – The Crush Collision (Southern Charmed #2) by Danielle Ellison, however it was nor what I expected, because this was a bit depressing, sad, heart-breaking and overall a very emotional story, with a sweet and innocent romance hidden behind that darkness (3.5 stars).
Haley Howell has had a hopeless crush on her brother’s best friend, Jake Lexington, for as long as she can remember. Too bad to him, she’ll forever be off-limits. But with senior year and acceptance to a college outside their tiny southern town of Culler, South Carolina, comes new confidence. Haley’s ready to get Jake to notice her—whatever it takes.
No one in Culler notices the real Jake anymore—to them, he’s nothing more than the star football player or the kid with the family tragedy. When one mistake lands him in community service, he’s shocked to find his best friend’s little sister there, too, looking cute as hell and threatening all his no-friends-with-benefits rules. But Jake isn’t ready to take a chance, no matter how crafty Haley’s willing to get to prove him otherwise…
After reading so many innocent YA books, I decided to enjoy something very steamy and sizzling for much more mature audience. So my next read was an ARC of a naughty alien romance – Defective (The Virgin Hunting Games #1) by Mel Teshco. This was super entertaining read and perfect for guilty-pleasure readers, as this book had many sexy scenes, danger, violence, bloody death and also trigger warning for attempted sexual assault. This book is a bit like The Hunger Games for 18+ audience (4.5 stars).
EARTH, YEAR 2324
Melody Simmons desperately needs to fill her bank accounts with credits that could help her family climb out of near poverty. And in the Virgin Hunt Games, that means enticing as many hunters as possible to bed her. The downside? Billions of viewers from all parts of the galaxy would be watching her fall from virtue with avid interest.
Alien Damon Banscott despises everything about the Virgin Hunt Games. Except the fact he can now legally destroy his enemy in the games. He is in this only for revenge. Then Damon sees one of the beautiful hunted and, for a moment, his heart stops beating. He’ll fight to the death before allowing another hunter to touch and deflower Melody.
But while the hunters get more credits by pleasing their captive mate sexually, the hunted women received more by finding their pleasure with any of the hunters who weren’t their assigned mate.
The hunt is on…
So I was still in a mood for some dark and questionable romance, so I picked up a new suspense romance – Protect Me (The Rossi Crime Family #2) by J.L. Beck and Cassandra Hallman. This book is not for people who can’t handle very dark themed romance, with violence and not your usual hero in shining armor, who is there to love and save a damsel in distress, nope, he is a hard-core criminal, so be warned and don’t venture into this world if you are not ready to put your moral standards aside and enjoy a dark, hot and naughty ride. I have read only one other dark themed suspense romance for 18+ audience, so this book was just what I was looking for (4 stars).
Damon Rossi is a ruthless leader, and an even more ruthless man to my body, and heart. The moment I meet him I know he could kill me with nothing more than his hands. He controls the room, demands attention and when my brother is murdered for a debt he owes I’m forced into his protection. But that doesn’t mean he has to care about me.
Or pretend he values my life, which he doesn’t.
He’s a savage, over the top, and scary as hell, and even as I’m pushed further and further down the rabbit hole and into his dark dangerous world of criminals, thieves, and sex. I cling to him, knowing he’s the only one that can protect me from them all.
And yet when secrets are exposed, and lines are crossed Damon proves to me just how deep his protection for me goes… but his protection comes with a price that I cannot afford, and so I become his property making the chances of escaping this dark world slip further and further away from me.
Damon might protect me from his enemies but who’s to protect my heart from falling for him?
**This is book two in the Broken Heros Series. It contains a happily ever after and is a complete standalone. It contains dark themes such as dubious content, sexual themes, violence, and swearing. Do not read this book if you dislike antiheroes.*
After such a dark read I decided to jump on a lighter and more relaxing NA reverse harem paranormal romance train – Claimed by Night (The Queen’s Consorts #1) by Elena Lawson. This was a perfect slow-burn romance fae story with some danger, a bit of action, magic, and sweet romance (4.5 stars).
Trapped on an island, Liana’s life has been a boring montage of skipping stones and listening to lectures, waiting for her mother to die.
Now the wait is over. The Queen of the Night Court has been assassinated, and the ship has arrived to ferry Liana back to her birthplace and claim her throne.
But not everyone at Court wants Liana to rule.
To make matters worse, she worries her ancestors haven’t graced her with magic, and an ungraced Queen could never keep her crown. Overwhelmed and filled with self-doubt, Liana finds solace and protection in the arms of four Fae warriors.
Charming, devoted, and maddeningly eager to please—it’s clear the males crave more than just royal favor. They want her… and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
Can Liana’s warriors help her claim her rightful place as Queen, or will she fall to the denizens of Night?
*CLAIMED BY NIGHT is the first book in a new reverse harem fantasy series featuring four irresistible Fae warriors and a Queen on the verge of becoming legend. Intended for Mature YA and up.
Today I finished the next book in the series – Bound by Secret (The Queen’s Consorts #2) by Elena Lawson, which had such a sweet romance. And it was a bit slower paced at the beginning, however the last 30 or so per cent of the book was entertaining and suspenseful (4 stars). As I don’t want to spoil the first book for you, then I won’t be adding the synopsis for this one.
As usually it’s hard for me to say what I’m going to read next but probably I’ll have to keep reading some of my ARCs, like Loving Dreams (The Sugar Daddies #3) by Trinity Blacio, Enchantress Undercover (Arcane Artisans, #1) by A.C. Spahn, Felyn’s Curse (The Witch King Trilogy #2) by Nancy Holland, and Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok. And I should finally read some of my library books, but I’m really not sure what I’ll be in mood for.
However, I’m pretty sure that the next book I’m going to read will be Convict Me (The Rossi Crime Family #1) by J.L. Beck and Cassandra Hallman. I just want to return to the Rossi Crime Family’s world, because I enjoyed the second book Protect Me way more than I should have been allowed, also I just can’t wait for the next book – Keep Me.
The day I meet Hero Miller I know he’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met before. Sheltered and raised around no one but my family all my life his darkness draws me in.
He was raised with violence, it oozes from deep within him.
I was raised by the bible my naiveness to save him proving just that.
He scares me, and excites me all at once. He’s obsessed and guarded.
He protects me, and hurts me. He pushes and I pull, but only because he doesn’t think he’s good enough.
His warnings are clear. He tells me about his past, and the people he’s killed. He tells me about the things he wants to do to me…about the things he will do if I stay.
The goodness in me wants to cure the stain of dark on his heart, but I’m not strong enough. The closer I get to Hero the further I get dragged into his darkness and eventually it starts to swallow me whole.
Murder. Crime. Money. Sex. It surrounds us, and when Hero’s past comes barreling towards us it won’t be him that pays the ultimate price..it will be me.
So this has been a very successful week of reading not just in the amount of books I read but also quality, as I loved most of these books. Tell me in comments – What books have you recently read, are currently reading or plan to read next? You can also share your WWW post link here in comments 😉
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