Title: To Hell and Back Series: The Lily Harper Series, book 3 Author: HP Mallory Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy Review: I am a beta-reader for HP
Lily Harper’s third mission into the depths of the Underground City finds her battling its demonic residents in the Toy Store, level four of the hellish afterlife.
Although Lily’s guardian angel, Bill, is by her side every step of the way, Bill isn’t much of a consolation when it comes to fighting things that go bump in the night. Instead, Lily would much prefer to rely on the brawn and brains of the two thousand year old Celtic warrior, Tallis Black. But Tallis is busy battling his own demons…the internal type.
While in the Underground City, Lily finds herself on the wrong end of a demon’s wrath. A surprising encounter with the Master of the Underground City, Alaire, not only ensures her survival but also leaves her in the unenviable position of being in Alaire’s debt. It’s no secret that Alaire harbors a strange and unsettling fascination with Lily but she’s more concerned with solving Tallis’s deep and dark mysteries hidden beneath his stoic exterior.
While becoming better acquainted with the master of the Underground City and coming ever closer to unraveling the enigma that is Tallis Black, Lily can only hope she makes it through hell and back.
Plan not to do a single thing for the next day or so because this book is all consuming!! Once you pick it up, it is going to be a struggle to put it down!
To Hell And Back is filled with action, romance, twists, turns and an epic cliffhanger ending that will leave you begging for more!!
We pick up exactly where we left off in The Underground City, and that is asking: "Where is Tallis?" Our favorite Celtic warrior has gone missing, but Lily will soon find out that his disappearance is the least of her worries.She finds him and that when everything goes wrong.
With a new assignment that will literally send her back to hell, the Master of the Underground City determined to make Lily his latest conquest and Tallis set on keeping Lily at an arms length emotionally, Lily soon learns that the only one she can count on is herself.
On her journey, Lily soon finds out that the ones she trusted may be the ones she should run from. When the world comes crashing down, will Lily be able to survive her trip To Hell and Back?
One word: AMAZING! I finished this book in one day because I could not put it down.
Tallis has so many layers to character: he is sweet, yet grouchy. Sexy yet damaged. But, we have just begun to scratch the surface of who he really is. He is hiding a secret that will change everything.
Lily has grown so much and she is truly taking charge of her life. She soon finds out that the only person she can really trust is herself. It seems that everyone around her has an agenda, and she is smack-dab in the center of it. Who can you really depend on when the chips fall? The answer is not as clear as it seems.
Alaire...oh Alaire. I love that I love him because he is ohhhh soooo baaaad. He is funny, sexy and absolutely dangers in the way only a Leader of the Underground can be. He takes Lily and the reader for a crazy ride so put your seat belt on folks because it is bumpy! You will love him, hate him then just hate that you love him. He is not just a bad boy, he's an evil one...and I love it!!
Bill is also back and funny as ever. One scene in particular made me love his character even more. Let's just say, he will literally carry Lily to safety if need be ;) Those that have read the book will know what I mean.
I love this book, I love the characters and the story will keep you reading through the night. It is an unputdownable read that will absolutely leave you wanting more asap. The only bad thing about To Hell and Back is that we have to wait for book 4 :)
Title: TAMED Series title: Club Sin Publisher: Loveswept
(Random House Publishing Group) ISBN: 9780553391206 Release date: 3/10/2015
USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy returns to the tantalizing world of Club Sin in an enticing novel of control and surrender.
Porter Marshall has nearly achieved his goal of becoming a Club Sin Master, but his new sub poses a much bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite their mutual attraction and red-hot dungeon sessions, Kenzie Hart plays her own games. Her bratty, you-can’t-break-me attitude masks terrible personal hurt—pain that only the exquisite touch of a skilled Dom can release. But when Porter suggests taking their connection to the outside world, Kenzie denies him . . . which only makes him want her more.
Kenzie can’t ignore the raw, fierce bond she has with Porter. But she can’t give in to his dangerous demands, either. Is the passion they share real, or is he using her to solidify his status at Club Sin? And yet, who else can she trust with the shattering secrets she holds within? As Porter expertly brings her to the point of no return, Kenzie surrenders her body—and, piece by piece, her heart.
Tamed is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy.
“Claimed sucked me in! Stacey Kennedy weaves together the intense BDSM lifestyle with the soft touch of a sweeter, more traditional love story in a novel with an engaging heroine at its heart.”—J. Kenner, New York Times bestselling author of Release Me
“Deliciously sexy, Claimed will captivate you at once, leading you on an erotic journey that you won’t want to end. A fabulous talent, Kennedy shines in this fast-paced and exciting novel.”—New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray
“Tender, emotional—and smoking hot!”—Savanna Fox, author of the Dirty Girls Book Club series, on Claimed
“Bared is a seductively haunting tale of control and surrender that will tantalize existing fans of the series while enticing new readers into the passionate world of Club Sin.”—Eliza Gayle, New York Times bestselling author of Submissive Beauty
“Bared is a hot blend of raw sensuality, and Stacey Kennedy is an author to watch!”—Eden Bradley, author of The Dark Garden and Dangerously Bound
Who else is excited for the release of Tamed?!!! I cannot wait for March!!
I think most of you who read my blog know that I absolutely love Emma Raveling and her Ondine Quartet series!! It is one that I can reread over and over again...and I am NOT a rereader....is that even a word? lol. I am so excited to be a part of Stuck In Books and Emma Raveling's Giveaway Hop that I am literally dancing with joy - be glad you cannot
see me :). I am one (if not the biggest) Emma Raveling fan and I am super
excited (and a little sad) for the new release of the final installment of the Ondine Quartet Series: Breaker, coming out in December!
If you have been on another planet and have not read my reviews or this series, check out
my reviews here where I talk all about this action-packed, emotional
rollercoaster ride of a read that will grip you from the very beginning and leave
you begging for more.The final installment of the series are due to be released
December 29th, 2014, so this will definitely be a very merry holiday season for me, and for some of my lucky readers!
Emma, being the amazing person that she is, is running a Giveaway AND a Sale! Those are two of my favorite words!! You will get a chance to win her amazing books, some bookmarks and signed posters! See below for giveaway details on how you can win! But first, let me give you a little snippet about the books, the sale and introduce you to Emma Ravelings Top Ten Quirks! I'm going to love this!!
WHIRL (Ondine Quartet Book 1)
Seventeen-year-old Kendra Irisavie is an ondine, a water elemental
caught in the middle of an ancient war with the Aquidae, immortal dark demons
who will stop at nothing to destroy the fragile balance of the Elemental world.
Fierce and independent, Kendra has always played by her own rules.
Gifted with the powerful magic of Virtue and trained to be a deadly fighter,
she has spent her life breaking hearts and getting into trouble.
When her life explodes one violent night in a northern California
city, a dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past. Alone
and with no one to trust, she must now navigate through a dangerous new world,
face the temptations of a forbidden romance, and remain true to her duty and destiny.
All while the Aquidae continue to hunt her down, in the hopes of
eliminating her forever.
Here is a sneak peek into Whirl!!
Magic. Secrets. Destiny.
Outspoken and independent, Kendra Irisavie has always played by her own rules.
She’s an ondine, a water elemental gifted with the powerful magic of Empath Virtue and trained to be a fighter. Pursued by Aquidae demons, she and her mother remain Rogue, hiding among humans to avoid becoming casualties in an ancient war.
Everything changes when violence erupts on Kendra’s seventeenth birthday. A dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past and stirring unexpected feelings in her fiercely guarded heart.
But as Kendra uncovers the truth about her heritage and future, she realizes just how deep the lies and deception run.
Now, in the face of unthinkable odds, she will need all her wits, skills, and magic to fulfill an extraordinary prophecy.
The first in a sweeping urban fantasy series, Whirl is the beginning of a young woman’s exhilarating journey for survival, love, and hope as she fights for her place in a world where she doesn’t belong.
Whirl Blurb Magic. Secrets. Destiny. Outspoken and independent, Kendra Irisavie has always played by her own rules. She’s an ondine, a water elemental gifted with the powerful magic of Empath Virtue and trained to be a fighter. Pursued by Aquidae demons, she and her mother remain Rogue, hiding among humans to avoid becoming casualties in an ancient war. Everything changes when violence erupts on Kendra’s seventeenth birthday. A dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past and stirring unexpected feelings in her fiercely guarded heart. But as Kendra uncovers the truth about her heritage and future, she realizes just how deep the lies and deception run. Now, in the face of unthinkable odds, she will need all her wits, skills, and magic to fulfill an extraordinary prophecy. The first in a sweeping urban fantasy series, Whirl is the beginning of a young woman’s exhilarating journey for survival, love, and hope as she fights for her place in a world where she doesn’t belong.
“I shouldn’t get involved.”
Rebellious and headstrong, sixteen-year-old Kendra Irisavie doesn’t have much respect for authority. An ondine with the powerful gift of Virtue, she uses her tough attitude and Empath magic to navigate through high school and keep others away.
Because being an ondine also means keeping secrets.
Kendra and her mother are Rogue water elementals in the middle of an ancient war. They hide among humans, their survival constantly threatened by monstrous Aquidae demons.
Along with a rigorous training regimen to mold Kendra into a lethal fighter, her mother has instituted four rules to keep her safe.
Trust no one. Relationships are weaknesses. Emotional attachments are dangerous. Be responsible only for yourself.
But when Kendra witnesses a classmate in trouble, she intervenes and her decision to break the rules comes at a price.
Sometimes, humans could be more dangerous than demons.
Ondine is a short prequel novella for the young adult urban / paranormal fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet. BILLOW (Ondine Quartet Book 2)
It has been six months since ondine Kendra Irisavie arrived in Haverleau, the hidden capital of the water elemental world. Six months
since she discovered her destiny as the sondaleur.
Six months since a series of devastating events left behind their
Now, as she enters the chevalier elite program in her final year
at Lumiere Academy, Kendra continues forward on her prophesied journey against
the Shadow. Obsessed with what she must do to keep those around her safe, she
struggles to balance her powerful magic and the demands of her fate with the
challenges of friendship, the complications of romance, and the bonds of family.
Meanwhile, the threat of the Shadow looms larger. Kendra and her
friends investigate a series of puzzling human and elemental disappearances in
the city of Lyondale and uncover a horrifying tactic used by the Aquidae in the
war. When danger strikes close to home, Kendra must separate the truths from
the lies and choose who and what to believe.
Even if it means facing what she fears the most.
Illusion. Power. Identity.
Tensions are reaching a fever pitch everywhere Kendra Irisavie turns.
Darkness settles over elementals as a new threat stirs suspicions of a betrayal from within.
Details of recent events spread through Haverleau, prompting doubts over Irisavie leadership. The mysterious Selkie Kingdom finally opens its doors, but the gesture only fans the flames of division. And despite the perils involved, Kendra finds it difficult to ignore the demands of her heart.
As the body count rises, pressure also grows to shift the tides of war. The sondaleur is on the hunt, but tracking the Aquidae leader is the greatest challenge she’s ever faced. With the Shadow playing a deadly game of obsession and horror, Kendra’s best chance to win is to unravel a tangled web of deception spanning back to the origins of the elemental world.
Nothing is what it seems and the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her pursuit for answers becomes.
When the unthinkable happens, Kendra must decide if survival is worth the sacrifice.
Conflicting loyalties, fierce passions, and irrevocable choices ignite in the electrifying third installment of the Ondine Quartet.
Emma Raveling writes urban fantasy and fantasy books for teens and adults. Hopelessly addicted to coffee and diet coke, she is currently busy at work on Crest, the third installment of her young adult series, Ondine Quartet.
Now that we know about her awesome series, let's get to know the genius writer behind it all!! Welcome the great Emma Raveling who is going to share her Top Ten Quirks! Being a quirky girl myself, I know I am going to enjoy this!! 1. I like my french fries plain and crispy with nothing on them.
2. I currently have a crush on Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow
3. . I need silence when I write. 4. I’m fueled by coffee in the morning and diet coke in the afternoon
5. I love putting dirty dishes into the dishwasher. I hate putting clean dishes away.
6. I wash my hands constantly. Everything else can be messy and collapsing around me, but my hands always need to be clean.
7. I love Japanese samurai movies.
8. I don’t believe in love at first sight. I also believe men and women can just be friends.
9. For a long time, I was a night owl and worked late into the silence of the night. But recently, my schedule has shifted and now my favorite time of day is dawn. I love the moment the sky turns lavender and the day opens up before me, full of promise.
10. I believe the journey is more important than the destination.
Isn't Emma awesome!! I cannot wait for Breaker!! Here is a sneak peak into Breaker!
War. Prophecy. Freedom.
She fought for herself.
She fought for friendship and love.
Now, Kendra Irisavie fights for the survival of her world.
War rages on, leaving no one untouched. Destruction rips through elemental communities and terror flourishes in its wake. Suspicion soars, order fractures, and loyalties crumble despite Kendra’s desperate attempts to protect everyone she holds dear.
When an organized Aquidae army launches a series of merciless assaults, Kendra and her friends set out to end the bloodshed once and for all. With the fate of elementals hanging in balance, the Shadow and sondaleur hunt each other down in a brutal match of cunning and will.
Kendra has trained for this her entire life. But in a ravaged world where trust is scarce and no life is sacred, she soon realizes her battle may be against an invincible enemy and that her darkest days lie ahead.
Twists and turns shape her harrowing odyssey, leading to a stunning climax that challenges everything she believes in.
Torn between destiny and autonomy, Kendra must finally decide whether the cost of freedom is too high.
Heartbreaking decisions, turbulent alliances, and shattering revelations collide in Breaker, the explosive conclusion to the Ondine Quartet.
OMG! I cannot wait for the release!! You get a free short story if you pre-order! So if you don't win, don't worry - you can still get a free goodie :) !
Breaker Pre-Order information
Special Pre-Order/release price of 99 cents
Pre-order special: Preorder now and receive a post-Breaker short story during Breaker’s release week (go to emmaraveling.com for info and details)
I was just randomly stalking.. looking at HP Mallory's website and there it was! The teaser for To Hell and Back!! I cannot wait for the third installment of the Lily Harper series. A kick-ass heroine, a sexy and seriously complicated hero, a hilarious side-kick and a never-ending array of dangerous and crazy adventures that will leave you wanting more!!
Here is the teaser posted on HP's page:
Lily Harper’s third mission into the depths of the Underground City finds her battling its demonic residents in the Toy Store, and later, the Graveyard, levels four and five of the hellish afterlife. Although Lily’s guardian angel, Bill, is by her side every step of the way, Bill isn’t much of a consolation when it comes to fighting things that go bump in the night. Instead, Lily would much prefer to rely on the brawn and brains of the two thousand year old Celtic warrior, Tallis Black. But Tallis is busy battling his own demons…the internal type. While in the Underground City, Lily finds herself on the wrong end of a demon’s wrath. A surprising encounter with the Master of the Underground City, Alaire, not only ensures her survival but also leaves her in the unenviable position of being in Alaire’s debt. It’s no secret that Alaire harbors a strange and unsettling fascination with Lily but she’s more concerned with solving Tallis’s deep and dark mysteries hidden beneath his stoic exterior. While becoming better acquainted with the master of the Underground City and coming ever closer to unraveling the enigma that is Tallis Black, Lily can only hope she makes it through hell and back.
Releasing October 28, 2014
Squeel!! I cannot wait! Have you read the The Lily Harper Series? If not, run and purchase it!! Which HP Mallory series is your favorite?