Spectacle by Rachel Vincent ~ Early Review & Quote-tastic (@rachelkvincent, @HarlequinBooks ,@HarlequinAUS)

What a sequel Spectacle turned out to be! And I will be on edge waiting for more! So much happened and I know I'll be getting the next book as soon as it's available!
Spectacle (Menagerie, #2)
Title: Spectacle
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Expected Publication: May 30th 2017

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In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.

I must say, this book had my adrenaline pumping! Right from the first page I could feel that it was going to be an action packed read! I was on the edge of my seat as the story built and my jaw kept hitting the floor as twist after twist was thrown in. I'm going to say it, but I think that Spectacle was better than the first book and I am DYING for more.

Delilah and the rest of the Metzger's Menagerie cryptids only experienced their freedom for a little while, as they were captured and sold off to The Savage Spectacle. They soon found out they were nothing more than pawns and that money could buy anything. My heart broke as I watched them lose their dignity, were used and abused, and little by little, they lost their spirit.

The relationship between Delilah and Gallagher was as strong as ever, and I could see that Gallagher was struggling with his oath to her. Delilah continued to be passionate about their freedom and would do anything to save her fellow cryptids. I was glad that we got to see more of her furiae, too, as she defended those who needed it.

Rachel Vincent has proved to me once again how amazing her world building is. I loved the characters and the connection that they still have with one another, as well as seeing new characters introduced. Spectacle was told in two parts, and my mind was boggled as certain details were revealed! I couldn't believe how much time had passed and what may have unfolded! My chest ached for all the characters, being subjected to those conditions, treated badly and basically abused. I wanted them to fight back, hurt those that hurt them... I wanted the bloodshed, and I wanted to help! Spectacle will tear at your soul, as you too, would want to avenge these characters, and help them seek revenge!!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have two snippets today, because I had to share a couple of big moments from this book that made an impact on me!

“You want a show?” I whispered to Woodrow. He nodded, and I sucked in a deep breath. “Then hit me.”
“Why?” the gamekeeper demanded, suspicion evident in his narrow-eyed gaze.
“Because if he thinks I’ll pay for his failure, he’ll fight to protect me. But he has to see it.”
Woodrow glanced over my shoulder at Arroway. “Sir, step back please.”
Shoes shuff led against carpet as the guest moved out of the way.
The gamekeeper looked down into the ring, and I followed his gaze to see Gallagher still watching me.
I never saw the blow coming.

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“They wouldn’t let me see you after the party,” he said into the wet hair on the top of my head. “They wouldn’t even tell me if you were still alive, after what you did to that guard.”
“I’m fine,” I assured him. “They said you killed two men.”
“The slaughter would have been much greater, if not for the tranquilizers.”
I took a step back and looked up at him. “I asked you not to make trouble.”
“I swore to rip apart anyone who lays a hostile hand on you—to litter the ground with the corpses of our enemies—and my word is my honor, Delilah.”
“I know.”

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Rachel Vincent
A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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April flew by so quickly, that I didn't get my post together in time! So here I am, catching up once again!
By little girl turned 12 last month and she has a boyfriend! My hubby and I are still in a little shock! 
We are back into the swing of football and netball. so when I'm not working, we are playing sport.
I am still trying to read and blog as much as I can. I'm always behind, but I promise I will continue to catch up!

I plan on being better at the end of this month, and hope to keep on top... we'll see how that goal goes!

Click on the covers to take you to my reviews.
London Bound (Heart of the City #3)Twist (Dive Bar, #2)Turning Back (Turning #2)Riot Street

Book of the month...
It Ends with Us
Click on the covers to take you to my reviews.
Love in LingerieDirty Billionaire (The Dirty Billionaire Trilogy, #1)
These are the books I've picked up over the past month!
(Click on covers to take you to Goodreads)

Mister ORoyally Screwed (Royally, #1)Mister Moneybags
Ball Peen Hammer

Three books I received from Hachette Books Aus! 😊😊
Beyond the Wild River by Sarah Maine
Stars Across the Ocean by Kimberley Freeman
The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George

Turning Back (Turning #2)
I've read all of these except Ride the Storm! I'm so excited to read it, it's been a long time on between books!
Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8)Riot StreetThe Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona, #2)
Live Out LoudConfessions of a Former Puck Bunny

I got all these through newsletters.
Love, ChloeDangerous Secrets (Tall, Dark & Deadly, #2)Consolation (Salvation, #3)
Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up is a combined meme with the Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerBought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Braine @ Talk Supe and Stacking The Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
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Live Out Loud by Marie Meyer ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@MarieMwrites, @ForeverRomance)

I decided to pick up Live Out Loud to read my first Marie Meyer novel. It was a pretty enjoyable read, and I'm sure I'll be reading more from her in the future. 
Live Out Loud
Title: Live Out Loud
Author: Marie Meyer
Genre: Romance
Published: April 30th 2017

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I thought I'd live in silence forever . . . and then I met him.

I'll never be able to hear, but music has always been a source of comfort for me. Rather than listen to the rhythm, I can actually feel the beat pulsing through me. It's pure bliss. So the moment I saw Thorin playing his guitar, I was mesmerized. I'd never seen anything more beautiful . . . or intimate. I couldn't tell where his body ended and the song began. He's everything I need in my life . . . I'm falling fast, hard, and deep.

I want him more than anything. But while I live in silence, Thor lives in secrets. He's holding something back-something that's keeping this intensity, this longing from being real. And the silence may be too loud to bear . . .

Marie Meyer is a new to me author, and when I stumbled upon her book I had to give it a try. I really enjoy stories where the characters have to work hard because of the communication barrier between them. Thorin had a passion for writing and making music and their connection grew as Harper could feel it through the beats of his music.

I loved they way that Thor went out of his way to prove how sincere he was at beginning a relationship with Harper. He wanted to learn how to communicate with her, by learning her language. Difficult issues with his own family held him back a little, and he felt unworthy and determined that his relationship with Harper was only temporary.

Harper had never felt so accepted before, even by her own parents! She never expected a guy like Thor to see HER for the girl that she was. The more time they spent together, the easier it was for Harper to let Thor in, especially because he tried hard to make her feel normal.

I felt that this book didn't have the full impact that I hoped it would have. I missed a crucial moment between Thor and Harper in the beginning, right before their first date. Those moments when a relationship is first beginning are important to me as a reader. I was sick of Harper addressing Thor's by his full name over and over! Thorin Kline this and that, just Thor would've been ok. I was happy that Harper's relationship with her parents healed throughout the story, and that she had such a great friendship with her best friend Chloe. Overall, it was a sweet story of two people from different worlds that began a relationship, and a journey of a lifetime together.

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I have a few moments here that made my heart pitter-patter a little bit. I loved the passion that these two had for one another!

She licks her lips and that’s it, I can’t take it anymore. I need to fucking kiss her.

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His shoulders slump and he writes more. Because when I kiss you, I feel it right here. He beats his fist against his chest, right over his heart. And that scares the shit out of me, he adds to the page.

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Thor and I are so different. Tattoos and freckled porcelain. Hearing and deaf. But, when we’re together, the lines blur. Ink gets smeared all over the glass, and the contrast fades. We’re one. Without even a word, we know what the other needs. We reside in the other’s universe and understand.

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
Marie  MeyerMarie Meyer has been a teacher for sixteen years. She spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt romances that will leave readers clamoring for more. She is a member RWA (PAN) and a 2017 RITA® Finalist. Marie's short fiction won honorable mentions from the St. Louis Writers Guild in 2010 and 2011. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and bingeing on weeks of DVR'd television shows with her husband.

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Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe ~ Audiobook Review & Quote-tastic (@laurenrowebooks)

You are either going to love or hate Keane, with his direct and casual view on life! But you know I would love him regardless! With his blue hair and strong loyalties, he was a hoot to read about! I know I'll be reading more form this author in the future. 🙂
Title: Ball Peen Hammer
Author: Lauren Rowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 14th 2016

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Keane Morgan wouldn’t return any of my calls or texts, and I was pissed as hell about it. I didn’t want to drive from Seattle to L.A. with the guy any more than he wanted to drive with me, but I had no frickin’ choice in the matter--at least, not if I wanted to use his brother Dax’s coveted parking spot at UCLA.

Okay, so it turned out Keane was objectively gorgeous, and, fine, pretty funny, too. But did he have to be so damned in love with himself? I mean, jeez, the cocky way he flashed those dimples was just so orchestrated. And, honestly, what kind of guy uses the phrase “baby doll” with a straight face? Oh, that’s right: the kind of guy who’s a male stripper.

Yup, the cocky jerk turned out to be Seattle’s answer to Magic Mike, a stripper known as “Ball Peen Hammer”--which meant Keane Morgan was emphatically not the kind of guy I’d ever fall for.

Not. At. All.

No freakin’ way.

Well, until Keane convinced me to fall for him, that is.

Which I did.


Ball Peen Hammer caught my eye when it was first released, but it wasn't until recently, when it was on sale, that I snapped it up. And if you know me by now, I'm really enjoying audio reads, so you know that I listened to it, and I'm so glad I did! The Narrator's, Lauren Rowe (Author) & John Lane really pulled me into Keane and Maddy's world, portraying both characters perfectly! Keane was charming and confident, where Maddy was quiet and sweet, and I could feel that through their narration.

Keane and Maddy's relationship got off to a rocky start as he kept ignoring her calls. Once you get to know Keane you see he's like that with everyone, even his own family. But once things are sorted out they hit the road together and they strike up a great friendship. They are totally different people, from different worlds, but somehow they have this deep connection that allowed them to open up.

I liked getting to know Keane! He had a bubbly personality, and I couldn't help but like him! Honestly, he would be the type of character that people either love or hate. He said and did exactly what he was thinking, and he was pretty casual. He pulled Maddie out of her shell, so we could see the REAL Maddie Milliken.

Maddie was a passionate girl, who loved to film people, so it was no wonder she saw something in Keane. She grew a lot throughout their journey, although some issues in her past still affected her. But the more time she spent with Keane the stronger she become.

Ball Peen Hammer is the first book that I've picked up by Lauren Rowe, and I really enjoyed the world and characters. Keane and Maddy don't appear to match, but throughout the story I could see their connection strengthen and I was able to see how perfect they were together! It was an entertaining ride, watching these two interact and seeing the chemistry grow between them. Even getting glimpses of other family members had me curious, and I know I'll be picking up more reads by Lauren Rowe in the future! 

Here's a small taste of both Keane and Maddy, these two were entertaining!!

“I find you objectively attractive, but I’m not personally attracted to you—at least, not sexually. But, I swear, if I knew a girl who was looking to have one night of meaningless fun with a horny Smurf or a psychopathic bobble-headed troll-doll, I’d totally hook you two up.”

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“Don’t ever let me catch you covering those gorgeous tits up again, do you understand me? You’ve been doing the world a major disservice, keeping those beauties hidden all this time. Those fuckers should be in a shadow box in the Louvre.”

Kindle Page 176

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USA Today and internationally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever-patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her wonderful family, and narrates audiobooks. Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists. With enticing characters, enthralling situations and a general love of romantic fiction, Lauren has created a world of her own, full of wit and sensual desire.

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