Good morning and Happy Labor Day!
I have a date with my husband at the Astros game this afternoon and I can’t think of a better way to spend the day! Cheap stadium wine, baseball, and my lover… all my favorite things.
Be sure so come back later today and check out my review of How to Dance an Undead Waltz by Hailey Edwards.
What I read:
They would have to go through the two of us. Many had tried before, and all of them had failed. Even my father.
“We’ve got this,” he said. “We’ll kill them all.”
Our son snored in his car seat without a care in the world. As he should.
Curran was right. We would kill them all.
I read this back in July as soon as it hit my Kindle. I don’t have a whole lot of willpower, and when it comes to Ilona Andrews what willpower I do have goes away completely. I had a heck of a lot of stress going into this last book in the series, simply because it WAS the last book in the series. I mean this was it, the war between Kate and her father was happening and I expected chaos and destruction and blood and death. I almost felt like I wanted to bubble wrap all my loves to keep them safe. I know the pressure on these authors to put out the perfect ending to this much beloved series had to be enormous, but I always had faith. This author duo has never let me down.
This series finale gives readers everything they could have possibly wanted. Action, adventure, mystery, and closure. Kate becoming a mother and Kate ferociously protecting her cub. Kate and Curran welcoming parenthood and discovering their son is unique and powerful and special in ways no one could have predicted. The biggest conflict of the series requires every ally Kate has ever made, and a few she didn’t know she had, to come together. I wasn’t sure how Kate would defeat her father and save her family, and I was surprised, but also absolutely, 100 % satisfied with how it all came to be.
In the end, all my favorites made it through and thankfully there were plot threads left dangling and questions left unanswered. I’m hoping this means readers will get to revisit these characters in a spin-off series in the future. Maybe several. I know Hugh has several more books to come in his series, and I’m hoping Derek will decide to follow Julie wherever it is she’s going and we’ll see them together again.
I love Kate Daniels. I love Curran and Derek and Julie. I love Christopher and Martha and Raphael and Robert and Desandra and Barabas and Ascanio and Andrea and Dali and so many, many more. I’ll miss them.
What I read in KU:
“If we can’t fake a simple kiss, we shan’t fake an entire marriage.”
“I can fake a kiss. I can fake a kiss better than any fake kiss you’ve ever faked.”
“Let’s get on with it then.”
Pippa Grant is an author I discovered via Twitter and I fell hard and fast in love with her wacky, fun, crazysexyhot romantic comedies. Nine books in and I feel like each book gets better than the last. Better written, sexier, funnier. And while each book can be read as a stand-a-lone, I feel like I should be posting some kind of a character chart because each book is connected through previous secondary characters.
Viktor is the bodyguard to Prince Manning from Royally Pucked. He is perfectly content in his position, until duty comes calling and he suddenly finds out he is the heir to the throne of his native country. Only one problem… he must be married and in love in order to claim it. Enter in Peach Maloney, best friend to Joey from The Pilot & the Puck-Up and Gracie from Royally Pucked. She has her own troubles and they all take the shape of one teenage girl, her half sister Papaya. As luck would have it, a judge has ordered Peach to find a husband if she ever hopes to complete her adoption of her troubled sister.
He needs to marry to secure a throne. She needs to marry to secure an adoption. They don’t like each other and do nothing but squabble and argue, but they need each other. At least for the next year.
Lord have mercy do I look forward to this author’s books. They are so much fun. I never, ever know what I’m going to get. Dick cookies, weiner mobile thefts, hockey sex, talking monkeys, and now heart shaped crumbling down castles and the hero and heroine getting sexy (and falling through a shower wall) after a polecat spraying. (Think skunks) ANYWAY, you never know what is about to happen when you open a Pippa Grant book. Which is why I love them so much. Viktor and Peach were complete opposites in all the best ways and their chemistry was wonderful. He’s straight-laced and full of decorum while she’s a whole lot of southern, in your face, boldness. As you can imagine there are a heck of a lot of laugh out loud moments as they are doing the whole running a country, keeping tabs on an out of control teenager and falling in love all at the same time thing.
I read this book straight through and enjoyed every single bit of it. I highly, highly recommend anything by Pippa Grant. Especially if you want something light and sexy and easy to read.
Final Grade- B
My TBR and what’s up next:
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren– I love this author duo. I’ll have my review up in my post next Monday.
Blade & Rose by Miranda Honfleur– I really, really want to read this one, but it’s like 680 pages or something. LOL. Keep me in your thoughts guys. This is available in KU and I’ve heard good things.
Rough Ride by Kristen Ashely– I have this and the latest Chaos sitting on my Kindle and I really want to get caught up. For some reason the last several KA’s haven’t worked for me, but I’m hoping that getting back into my favorite KA series will spark something. Fingers crossed.