Friday, February 27, 2015

Stepsister Devotion Part One by Eve Cates

StepSister Devotion (A Stepbrother Romance) Part One

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book! The writing is phenomenal and to have it written from a male POV makes me squeel with delight. Especially when that male happens to be Sebastian; smoldering hot, sexy guitar playing, yumminess beyond words Sebastian.

Thank goodness this is only part one because I fell head over heels for this story. A forbidden love that has not only passion but depth. I can feel the torment these characters face knowing their love is looked upon as wrong. Of course the way Seb's father has treated him since that awkward moment when Seb was only thirteen doesn't help things. "They kept us apart and treated me like I was some sort of deviant for being attracted to my stepsister. They told me to stay away. They warned me to leave her alone. They just made it worse."

I will warn you, some of the scenes are HOT and a cold shower may be required after reading. Did I happen to mention how much I LOVE Seb?

Ciffhanger? You bet, but the best books keep you on the edge of your seat and have you begging for more. That's how I feel about Stepsister Devotion. I don't think I will ever be able to get enough. Hurry up part 2, I NEED more!

"I hate that we are reduced to this. I hate that we love each other so deeply and have to hide it away." One of the many lines that pulls at my heart.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

The Gryphon Series by Stacey Rourke

I have to share with you one of my all time favorite series!!  I was lucky enough to win the entire series and I plowed through these babies in record time.  Amazing!!!  
The Gryphon Series by the brilliant Stacey Rourke.

Here are my reviews for each book.  Remember you can start this series for FREE, get your ecopy on Amazon!!

The Conduit (Gryphon, #1)The Conduit by Stacey Rourke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was such fun to read and there was no way I could put it down. I loved how the three siblings actually acted the way most siblings do by making amusing remarks to each other, but when the chips were down they always banned together and watched each others backs. The banter between them, plus their eccentric grandma had me holding my sides as I laughed out loud countless times. Brilliant!

There was also plenty of action and supernatural beings thrown in to keep you on your toes. I honestly couldn't wait to turn each page to see what the author would throw at them next.

Exciting, funny and a true hit! This series is destined to be on the top of my favorites list. I leave you with a couple of my favorite lines from The Conduit.

"You want to try to reason with a demon, Keni? Maybe get him into an evil rehab group?"

"Kendall you're supposed to be halfway to Memphis by now!" She threw her hands up. "I'm going; I'm going! I just had to stop to pee. It's a long flight."

Embrace (Gryphon, #2)Embrace by Stacey Rourke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished Embrace and I am screaming at my kindle. How could it end like that? Thank goodness I have book 3 or I may have flung my kindle across the room. LOL Stacey Rourke knows how to pull you into her world and leave you breathless. The characters grab you in a way that you literally feel each and every battle or hardship they face. You also find yourself cracking up at the way the siblings go at each other,saying things that only family could get away with. She also knows how to keep you coming back for more with a cliffhanger from Hades. As soon as I finish this review I am starting Sacrifice, book 3.

Okay I need to take the time to say that I am so so so excited about mega sexy Caleb and smoldering, bad boy/demon Rowan. Prrrr...I am in love, with BOTH. They are beyond words and just delectable male specimens that need further attention. *sigh

Embrace had everything I loved from The Conduit and so much more! Hot new characters, more side splitting humor and an unforgettable story. I am hopelessly addicted to The Gryphon Series!!

Sacrifice (Gryphon, #3)Sacrifice by Stacey Rourke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have loved this series from the very beginning and I am not surprised that it just keeps getting better and better. Sacrifice is my favorite so far I think because it proved to be a more emotional book. After reading the other two books, I found myself attached to so many of the characters and when something affects them and causes them pain, well then of course my heart aches for them. I had a couple experiences where my ugly cry got the better of me and tissues were needed.

"I couldn't lose Caleb. He was my anchor in a sea of chaos." *sniffle

"How do you act normal when it feels like your world just imploded? Was it possible to go through the motions of normalcy when all I wanted to do was lay down and cry." *tear

On the other hand, the author still had the laugh out loud one liners I have grown so fond of. Her humor cracks me up and lightens the mood in some of the more painful moments in the book.

"If looks could kill, my boyfriend would've been on the ground twitching."

Sacrifice has the perfect balance of humor, action, and creepy demons out to kill the Conduit. Now with that being said, I cannot forget to mention that the author gives us MORE of the two hotties that we met in Embrace. Yes I am talking about the smoking hot Irishman Caleb and the super sexy pirate Rowan. They are even more drool-worthy and kept my pulse racing.

I can't wait to read more about Celeste, Gabe, Keni, Caleb and Rowan in Ascension. Amazing series that I can't get enough of.

Ascension (Gryphon #4)Ascension by Stacey Rourke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"She is like no other. She will draw strength from them all. Her need to protect them will be her catalyst. Only then can she do what must be done and become the hero we need her to be. Only then will she...ascend."

"You were chosen for this high honor, CeeCee. Because of your strong strength of character."

"One lone thought plagued me as those double doors slammed shut behind us; the very Council that created my team just tore it apart."

"The very people that hold magicks powerful enough to turn one of you into a lion and the other into a Conduit now believe you to be traitors."

Ascension is the fouth book in The Gryphon Series and brings Celeste to finally face her destiny head on. She never asked for this "honor" to be thrust upon her, but she realizes she has to save her family, her town and humanity. Through a series of attacks on her loved ones and the citizens of Gainesboro, Celeste recognizes that she may have to stand alone and be faced with losing everything that she holds dear. A feeling of isolation threatens to pull her under, but her determination and the passion of all who care for her,provides her with the strength she needs to go to war.

Ascesion is the emotionally charged ending to the Gryphon Series. It has everything that made me fall in love with it and so much more. Celeste has grown tremendously from the first book, not only in strength but her drive to keep her loved ones safe. This makes her a character that I could really grow attached to. Also one of my favorite characters, Gram, gives us a glimpse of her ability to keep the Garrett family together as the matriarch and often times the much needed comic relief in the turbulent events. She had so many hystrically funny one liners either from her or about her. I could visualize her with leopard print leotards, bright red nails and maybe even a bandana around her head while she sweats to Olivia Newton John's Let's Get Physical. LOL Maybe that's just me. "I give it two hours, tops, before she's in the middle of Main Street singing Lady Marmalade...again." Haha

Of course I can't leave out the two hot males that are both smitten with Celeste. To be faced with that choice would be so difficult. How do you choose between an Irish hottie that could make your knees buckle and the darker "pirate" that excites your senses with just one touch? "Separately, Caleb and Rowan could make any girl swoon. Together they were a symphony of lethal seduction. Dark and Light. Mystery and intrigue. Danger and promise." I could never get enough of them.

One of my ALL TIME favorite series. Highly addicting and beyond hillarious. I love everything about this series. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves paranormal that grabs you and makes you keep coming back and begging for more.
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Which will you cheer for?  Me, I am all about Rowan, but trust me I still love Caleb.  Desisions, decisions.  LOL

Another series by author Stacey Rourke, which is on my TBR list.
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