Hi everyone! I’m new here at Smexy Books, but a lot of you will recognize me from my long tenure (6 years OMG) at Fiction Vixen. Fiction Vixen will be shutting down soon and right when I was deep in the middle of a FV closing depression Mandi asked me to come and join the lovely ladies at Smexy. After my excitement died down a bit, I said ABSOFREAKINLUTELY.
So here I am.
This post will be short and sweet since I’m still in transition mode, but I plan on reviewing, posting my TBR list and updating everyone on great books I discover in KU every Monday.
What I read this week:
Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid– My absolute favorite of the series so far. I didn’t think anyone could top my love for Cletus and Jennifer, but Roscoe and Simone are ahhhmazing. Seriously. I had no idea what to expect from Roscoe’s book and can honestly say I was very, very happy to be introduced to the love of his life and childhood bff Simone Payton.
Saint or Sinner by Cynthia Eden– Every time I see a new release in this series I immediately hit the one-click pre-order button. I love this world so much. This is the story of a fallen angel and the vampire badass who is charged with bringing him back in to Luke. She doesn’t know that he’s been obsessed with her for quite some time and he has no idea that she’s got more than vampire tricks up her sleeve. Good stuff.
My KU reads this week:
It’s a Charmed Life ( The Grimm Chronicles #1) by Selene Charles– So I saw this cover and read the blurb and I was instantly hooked.
Welcome to a world of fantasy, fairy tales, and murder most foul…
My name’s Elle. Princess Arielle, for those who know about my past. Cursed by my own father, now I’m banished to Grimm. I’m a siren, killer, and one of the best damned cold-case detectives in all of the bloody realms. I don’t stop until I discover the truth, no matter where that truth leads.
My next case sends me to Wonderland, a harrowing place of madness and dark secrets. I’d rather be landlocked than step foot on that tainted soil, but I don’t have a choice after discovering Alice’s bloodstained ribbon and a bandicoot’s claw covered in blood beside two stiff’s at the Charming’s sprawling castle. My insatiable thirst for truth leads to a conspiracy that will not only rock the Grimm world but also my own.
No one ever walks away from Wonderland unscathed… No one.
The cover art was created by Dan dos Santos, which explains why I couldn’t pass it up. I found this world incredibly intriguing. If you can’t tell from the blurb, it’s set in a Grimm/Wonderland/Neverland world. All the characters have familiar names, but will completely surprise you once you get to really know them.
It took me a bit to get into the story because every time a new character was introduced I had to adjust to the new Alice or Ichabod Crane or Prince Charming. Alice runs a brothel, Ichabod is a police detective and Prince Charming isn’t very charming apparently. Despite the familiar names and themes borrowed from popular and well-loved fairy tales this world is very different from what you might expect. It’s complex and dark, at times twisted and quite sexy. I’ll most definitely be reading the second book in the series.
The Alien Assassin’s Convenient Wife by Ruby Dixon and The Alien Assassin’s Stole Bride by Michele Mills– I’m mentioning these together because you really should read them together. Each book focuses on a brother that is sent to Earth to stop a bad guy from doing bad guy things and in the process meet their forever mate. These are super fast reads (I read them both in the same afternoon), and if you’ve enjoyed these author’s previous works you’ll probably enjoy these. Keep in mind the novella length page count so you won’t be disappointed by the insta-love and insta-sexy times.
My TBR for the week:
To See the Sun by Kelly Jensen– Currently reading this one and it’s really good so far. Review will post next week.
Barefoot in the Dark by Suzanne Enoch– OMG, I’ve missed Rick and Samantha so much. I cannot wait.
Stand & Deliver by Rhenna Morgan– The latest in the Men of Haven has been sitting in my TBR stack for a while. It’s about time I get to it.
Traitor by Emmy Chandler– This was one of those series I discovered because of Twitter. Twitter recs are simply the best. I’ll be reading it in KU when it releases on Wednesday.
Okay, so it wasn’t as short and sweet as I intended. LOL. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!