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FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

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FURYBORN by Claire LegrandFuryborn by Claire Legrand
Series: Empirium Trilogy #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire Genres: Fantasy, New Adult


The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable―until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world―and of each other.

Author Claire Legrand’s novel FURYBORN is a fantastical novel featuring alluring, tenacious characters and an unforgettable heart-stopping story.

Furyborn is brimming with strong, fiery female characters that will have you cheering even as they do some dangerous and at times despicable things.  I was so taken with the blurb I could not wait to read this novel.  The idea of a story essentially taking place during two different lifetimes was intriguing, add in the fantasy, romance and action elements and I was hooked.  I was not disappointed.  Furyborn is enrapturing from page one.  It’s impossible to miss the life or death tension within the first few scenes.  I could feel my heart beating wildly as one OMG thing after another happened until my mind exploded with understanding of what was going to happen next.

At first, I was afraid that Legrand’s use of a nonlinear narrative would become confusing as I tried to discover how the two plots would sync up and remember the many characters that came with them.  Thankfully, Legrand is quite skillful with her pen. In Furyborn, she creates such unique, memorable characters and plotlines it is easy to keep track of everything.  The worldbuilding within Furyborn is without a doubt one of the most skilled I’ve read.  The imagery and plot make it easy to imagine yourself in the line of fire with the characters.

As a reader you always know going into one of these stories there is a good chance you’re going to find your heart breaking in some manner before it’s over.  In Furyborn, the chances of this happening are double since we are dealing with two heroines.  Rielle and Eliana are fiercely independent women with a passionate need to protect the people they love.  They have lives and ideals of their own, but they are thrown into the middle of a long-foretold prophecy within their kingdoms.  As this prophecy begins to take over their lives they are forced to discover what they are truly made of.  Following them both on their trail of self-discovery is intense and marvelous.  I love the fact that these women are not purely good or evil which is the conclusion other characters would like to draw about them.  Both Rielle and Eliana have many rich layers of personality, conscience and desires that drive them in fascinating ways.  The men in their lives are equally dashing and entrancing.

I did not want Furyborn to end and when it did I was left with a desperate need to discover what would happen next.  I will be counting down the days until the next novel in the Empirium trilogy releases.  I must know what happens to the characters that I’ve become insanely attached to!

Furyborn is a phenomenally haunting novel that will leave you breathless and extremely satisfied.  The remarkable drama, intense action sequences and the bewitching fantasy make Furyborn a Joyfully Recommended Read.

**Furyborn is classified as a young adult novel but due to the age of the main characters, violence and sexual situations I consider it a New Adult.

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

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WILDFIRE by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Published by Avon Genres: Paranormal

Nevada Baylor spent years keeping her truthseeker abilities under wraps.  Now that her secret has been revealed, she must hone her powers and learn to navigate the world of a Prime.  Power and politics are something Nevada has long avoided, but she’s in the game now, so to speak. At her side is billionaire Prime Connor “Mad” Rogan, but Nevada’s emerging status as a power player means that their relationship will be tested as others flock to court and manipulate her.  And that isn’t the only strain on their burgeoning relationship – Connor’s ex-fiancée’s husband is missing and she has come to Nevada for help.  Between damsels-in-distress, a new threat to the Baylor family, and a conspiracy that threatens all she holds dear, Nevada may start wishing for the days where her biggest problem was that all of Houston might burn.

 

Wildfire is an intense, electric read.  Passion, danger, love, and magic are all woven together to form an intelligent, incredibly engaging story.

 

Nevada and Rogan are fascinating protagonists and one heck of a couple.  They are both strong, intelligent characters who butt heads but also respect one another’s abilities.  Falling in love has given them new sets of vulnerabilities, and I loved watching them navigate their new relationship.  Their love story is by turns sexy, romantic, and intense and I was rooting for them to overcome every obstacle.

 

Speaking of obstacles, there are a lot thrown in Nevada and Rogan’s way.  I hesitate to say too much for fear of spoiling the book.  Nevada has to decide how best to protect her family.  Now that she’s a known truthseeker, her terrifying paternal grandmother has found out about her.  She also has a new case where Rogan’s needy ex-fiancée is wearing on her nerves and putting a strain on her relationship with Rogan.  Both of these storylines are compelling because they cause internal turmoil, which contrasts nicely with the external threat of the Caesar conspiracy.  This overarching series storyline is where the action ramps up to epic proportions in Wildfire.  Author duo Ilona Andrews brilliantly blends magic and mayhem for maximum thrills and I was so into this book that I hated it whenever real life intruded and I had to put it down.

 

Wildfire is the third book in the Hidden Legacy series and you definitely should read Burn for Me and White Hot before diving into this tale.  Rogan, Nevada, the entire Baylor family, and their friends have all grown over the course of the series and I loved watching each of them come into their own.  I really hope this isn’t the end of the Hidden Legacy series, because there is so much left to explore in this world.  The magic is phenomenally detailed and the way it’s used can be interesting, funny, frightening, and sometimes even sexy.  So while I finished Wildfire well-satisfied, I definitely don’t want to leave Nevada and Rogan’s world.  And trust me, you won’t either.

EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

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EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon WrayEvery Deep Desire by Sharon Wray
Series: Deadly Force #1
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary, Suspense



He's taking it all back
His honor, his freedom, and the woman he loves


Rafe Montfort was a decorated Green Beret, the best of the best, until a disastrous mission and an unforgivable betrayal destroyed his life. Now, this deadly soldier has returned to the sultry Georgia swamps to reunite with his brothers, and take back all he lost. But Juliet must never know the truth behind what he's done...or the dangerous secret that threatens to take him from her forever.

It took Juliet Capel eight long years to put her life back together after her husband was taken from her. Now Rafe is back, determined to protect her at any cost, and it's not just her heart that's in danger. The swamps hold a secret long buried and far deadlier than either of them could have imagined...

Author Sharon Wray’s Every Deep Desire is phenomenal! I’m officially obsessed with the characters in Wray’s new Deadly Force series.  Every Deep Desire is a modern Romeo and Juliet story filled with action and passion that will leave you breathless. This Romeo and Juliet must battle similar enemies as the original. Rafe and Juliet must take on their families, community and the past if they don’t want their story to end in a tragedy.

Rafe and Juliet’s love seems ill-fated.  The possibility of an Happily Ever After appears out of reach.  The burning yearning between Rafe and Juliet is palpable.  It’s impossible to deny the beautiful relationship between them. These two deserve a second chance romance.

I must say that Ms. Wray has done an outstanding job of building her Deadly Force world.  Wray has created many rich layers within the story.  It was fascinating taking the journey across the centuries learning about the history of Rafe and Juliet’s families and the rest of the families that live on the Isle’s off Savannah.  Ms. Wray has an uncanny skill when creating a scene. You could almost feel the sultry Savannah heat as we walk through the muggy swamps surrounding Juliet’s ancestral home.   Every Deep Desire has set up the rest of the series magically with many plotlines ready to unfold in future books.  I cannot wait to read the next book!  The characters are thoroughly engrossing with their many facets.  I especially look forward to reading Nate’s book.  He is such an interesting character and his attraction to Sara is sexy and sweet.

Every Deep Desire is a MUST READ for lovers of spinetingling suspense and endless love inspired storytelling.  I’m happy to Joyfully Recommend Every Deep Desire for January 2018!

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. KingThe Rogue Queen by Emily R. King
Series: Hundredth Queen #3
Published by Skyscape Genres: Fantasy


In the explosive third volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, the queen of fire faces off against a demon of ice.

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

**Possible spoilers below**

 

 

 

Our beloved characters are still reeling from the events in The Fire Queen as we leap back into the fantastical Hundredth Queen series.  Kalinda may be more wounded than anyone knows and people they love are missing.  Devon and Kalinda are once again pulled apart by their circumstances.  It’s frustrating but keeps the dramatic tension high.  Kalinda and Prince Ashwin are seeking allies while Devon is on a desperate journey of his own.

The Rogue Queen is visually stunning and features tons of intense action.  The stakes are staggering as we see some of our favorite characters lose their battle against the evil Rajeh Tarek.  It is exciting to be introduced to exciting new characters in The Rogue Queen.  Ms. King keeps expanding the Hundredth Queen world in magical ways.

Kalinda and Devon share a sweet and fiery passion that is stoked higher by the dire situations they often find themselves in.  I really enjoy these two.  They are complex characters facing incredibly dark and dangerous paths. Just when I think Ms. King cannot take things any further she throws a curve ball that turns the Hundredth Queen world upside down.  I’m dying to know what will happen next when we are reunited with the amazing characters once again in The Warrior Queen.

The Rogue Queen is inherently spellbinding with its eccentric world, unique characters and intensely satisfying plotlines. The Rogue Queen is my second Joyfully Recommended Read for 2018!

UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

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UNDONE BY YOU by Kate MeaderUndone by You by Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #3
Published by Pocket Star Genres: Contemporary, MM, Sports

Dante Moretti has just landed his dream job: GM of the Chicago Rebels. And screw the haters who think there should be an asterisk next to his name because he’s the first out managing executive in pro hockey. He’s earned the right to be here and nothing will topple him off that perch—especially not an incredibly inconvenient attraction to his star defenseman, Cade “Alamo” Burnett. Cade has always been careful to keep his own desires on the down low, but his hot Italian boss proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Sure, they both have so much to lose, but no one will ever know...

As Dante and Cade’s taboo affair heats up off the ice and their relationship gets more and more intense, they’ll have to decide: is love worth risking their careers? Or is this romance destined to be forever benched?

Undone by You is so damn hot!  Dante Moretti and Cade “Alamo” Burnett’s attraction is palpable.  They simply sizzle together.  I love so many things about Author Kate Meader’s Undone by You.  The sexual tension is through the roof.  The drama is intensely seductive as Dante tries to fight his attraction to Cade all the while Cade pursues him fiercely.  Dante and Cade will pull you in from page one and have you aching for more of their powerful romance.  Undone by You is a winner! If you like it forbidden and hot this book is for you! Dante and Cade’s romance is an excellent addition to the Chicago Rebel’s series.

I am happy to Joyfully Recommend Undone by You! It’s my first recommendation for 2018!

SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

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THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

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ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

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NATE by Celia Aaron

NATE by Celia Aaron

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WICKED BITE by Rebecca Zanetti

WICKED BITE by Rebecca Zanetti

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IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate Meader

IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate Meader

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THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

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ARCHANGEL’S VIPER by Nalini Singh

ARCHANGEL’S VIPER by Nalini Singh

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BOARDWALK SUMMER by Kimberly Fisk

BOARDWALK SUMMER by Kimberly Fisk

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SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh

SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh

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THE BILLIONAIRES by Calista Fox

THE BILLIONAIRES by Calista Fox

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BLIND TIGER by Rachel Vincent

BLIND TIGER by Rachel Vincent

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LION’S SHARE by Rachel Vincent

LION’S SHARE by Rachel Vincent

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MOONSHADOW by Thea Harrison

MOONSHADOW by Thea Harrison

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