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The Destiny of Violet & Luke – Jessica Sorensen

In honor of one of my very favorite authors, Jessica Sorensen’s, upcoming release of The Certainty of Violet and Luke (the third installment of Violet and Luke’s story and the 5th book in The Coincidence series) on September 16- yes, that’s 2 days, y’all! I decided to post reviews of the first two installments in Violet and Luke’s story! – I had already read these books prior to beginning this blog and so never posted my thoughts on them and decided now was the perfect, perfect time!

To today, I present The Destiny of Violet & Luke. Keep a lookout tomorrow for The Probability and on it’s release day I’ll post my review and tell you all how much I loved The Certainty of Violet & Luke!

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The Callie & Kayden captured my heart in the Coincidence series in the same way that Ella and Micha did in the Forever series, so when I found out Luke – Kayden’s bff and one of the most interesting supporting characters I’ve ever read- was getting his own book I was thrilled. When I found out the female lead would be Violet, Callie’s mysterious roommate, I was even more intrigued.

Let me tell you, the story of Luke and Violet is worth the read. I don’t love super dark stories and this one doesn’t have a lot- if any- comic relief, so it took me longer to read than a lot of novels do, but I enjoyed it all the same.

From the first page questions we’ve had about Luke since first meeting him are answered as we get some of his backstory to help us better understand him. It’s heart wrenching to read what Luke went through as a seven year old and allows us as readers to see Luke through a different light than we may have before.
We get a bit of Violet’s backstory from the start as well and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make tear up to read about her experience in foster homes.

They meet in an unlikely way at a party and despite their reservations and all the walls they each have up, they seem to immediately have a sort of soft spot for one another. Luke is reminded of his sister, who committed suicide and Violet is surprised by his willingness to offer assistance when she needs it, but won’t admit she does.

I don’t want to go into anymore plot detail – you know I hate spoiling anything for anyone, so we’ll just focus on the characters now!

I’m going to start with Callie and Kayden. It was so great to see them through Luke and Violet’s eyes. I always enjoy when Authors make mains characters of one book secondary characters in another because I love getting to see how everyone really sees everyone. I also just loved getting more Callie and Kayden- because, come on! Who wouldn’t? Though we don’t get to see much of them, that’s fine since this isn’t their story, but we get to see enough that we know they’re still doing well.

Seth and Greyson actually play a decently sized role in this novel. Seth, as we recall from earlier books and Luke seemed to click together pretty quickly – initially bonding over their similar vice of smoking. But now we know that Luke parties a lot with Seth and Greyson- who BTW I just love! They’ve become close enough that they invite Luke to live with them when they find out he has nowhere else to live. Seth is… himself. He’s a little too blunt and a bit judgmental of Violet due mostly to how he perceived her treatment of Callie while they shared a dorm. Greyson is a bit more laid back and actually makes an effort to befriend Violet. He be my new favorite of this series.

Luke. Luke is withdrawn and dark, but even if he doesn’t always see it, he is good. Even if he doesn’t always want to, he cares and he’s a good friend and he’s good to Violet. Sure, he’s a bit rough around the edges, with a past like his, who wouldn’t be? But there’s so much more depth to him than he even likes to admit to.

Violet, in my opinion at least, is the most tortured soul that Jessica Sorensen has written about. Ella had her issues for sure, Callie has plenty of issues and so does Nova, but witnessing your parents murder and then being forced from horrible foster home to horrible foster home and then having to deal drugs for your ex-foster parent just to be able to attend college… yeah. She is definitely the most tragic character I think I’ve ever read about. But that didn’t stop me from loving her. She is strong and unique and has more capacity to love and be loved than she knows.

I’ll admit that the tension and reluctance between the two to actually admit they have something gets a little frustrating – but in a good way. The tension and heat builds and GAH we just want it to happen already! (Love it!)

This is the start of a beautiful story and if you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend that you do.

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King Tomb – Scarlett Dawn!

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BAM! I still cannot get over how much I love, love, LOVE this cover! 

And if you love it to then you should know this is one instant where you can judge a book by its cover, because this book is every bit as awesome as that cover!

Have you read King Hall? Yes? Good! What about King Cave? Yes? Amazing! However, if you answered “No” to these questions I would advise you to take a a step back and seriously examine your life choices, because obviously, you’ve made some mistakes. And then you need to go to Amazon… or wherever it if you purchase books from and read these… then prepare yourself to read King Tomb! (Also, you probably don’t want to read this review until you’ve read the other books in the series) If you are a cool kid and you answered “Yes”, then I congratulate you on your successful path in life and encourage you to not deviate from that path by neglecting to read King Tomb.

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Here is the Official King Tomb Blurb:

From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spellbinding conclusion to the bestselling, first Forever Evermore trilogy. Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability. When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller’s private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns to a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment. They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.

Bam! If that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will. 

King Tomb has shown itself to be the perfect mixture of humor, violence and sexiness! You will not be let down by the end of Lily Ruckler’s story!

I received the ARC of this book last month and cracked it open immediately and could not put it down. I spent all afternoon reading the book and may or may not have completely forgotten that dinner existed- my husband ended up ordering out because I could not be bothered. :] This book is 100% a page turner.

I know, here you might have the same reservations I did. What if the finale doesn’t live up to the story you’ve fallen in love with? Many an author (even some I love so much) have left me feeling heartbroken after a disappointing end to the series. Well, let me clear those worries up right now, because King Tomb does not disappoint!!

If you’ll recall, ** King Cave Spoiler Alert**, the four young kings and queens had their memories of each other erased and King Tomb picks up right where King Cave left off. We start in Australia where Lily has spent the last several months viscously battling the humans and sinking further into the cold, guarded queen as a direct result of having her memory erased. This… slaughtering of humans is going well for her, right up until the point where she get’s orders to move back to the states. More specifically to the camp run by Ezra and his father Cahal.

Ohhhhhhweeeee! The drama is great! Ezra and Lily get to meet each other for the first time (for a second time) is perfect! It wasn’t love at first sight the first time around and it certainly wasn’t love at first sight this time- though maybe there was a bit more lust at first sight. Like Lily, Ezra has turned into a scarier, more heartless version of himself – but don’t worry, we still get glimpses of our sweet, lovable Ezra and you will abso-freaking-lutely swoon at his interactions with the baby.

While there is plenty of Antonio and Cahal to make us all smile, I found myself missing Pearl and Jack. They didn’t make much of an appearance throughout this novel, and as someone who is a complete shipper of Pack (Jearl?) this was the only thing about King Tomb that made me sad. That said, I complete understand Scarlett Dawn’s decision to have them play more minor characters in this installment- it would have appeared a little chaotic to have them remerge together. But don’t worry we do see them.

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Go preorder King Tomb now!!

Purchase link: Amazon: http://mybook.to/KingTomb iBookstore: http://bit.ly/1qAqkil Kobo: http://bit.ly/1lNFwZl Google play: http://bit.ly/1usPXC0 (Look for the Barnes & Noble link soon)

You can read this bad boy on Oct 8 so mark your calendars now, because in less than a month you’ll be diving right back into the world of the Forever Evermore series!

(Please note that while I did say a couple times that this is the end, I was referring to Lily’s story. The Forever Evermore series WILL have more installments, they just won’t be focusing on Lily Ruckler. So take solace in knowing that while we much say goodbye to one beloved character, we do not have to say goodbye to the enchanted world that Scarlett Dawn has created for us :] You’ll want to keep an eye out for Chosen Thief which is Caro’s story — I know who the heck is Caro?! I’m excited to find out sometime in early 2015… I think hopefully we’ll a know a release date soon. You can add it on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22985522-chosen-thief )

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Author bio: Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

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Volatile – Roxy Elms

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Volatile is the final story in the Seven Dirty Sins collection and one you don’t want to miss!

Hannah’s life as a pole dancer at the local strip club is as routine as it gets. When two mysterious brothers from her dark past find her again, her world is jolted out of place. Grant and Thomas Sully know more about Hannah than she cares to admit or remember. Will they be the end of life as she knows it or the start of a brand new one? This is one road that might take her down a darker, more sinister path of hidden motives and forgotten lies she’s worked so hard to bury. Hannah’s inner demons are addictions she doesn’t ever want to let go of, even if it costs her everything.

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Tattered Angel – Sklyar Cross

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Damien Cage fucks whoever he wants. As frontman for Platinum-selling band Eon Sphinx, girls throw themselves at him night after night. Concert after concert. But Damien is tired of groupies. He yearns for a woman of substance who is on his level.
While escaping screaming fans at an airport, Damien meets the one girl who rocks his world into a downward spiral of passion, turmoil, and wrath. Marcellina Montero has it all. Brains. Drive. And an ass that drives Damien wild. A former adult film star who’s recovered from porn and heroin addiction, she now wants to be a serious actor. She even convinces Damien to fund the movie she’s written.
Nights of throbbing delight. Days of sunny bliss. Fucking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Life is good.
Too good.
Because when Marcellina’s troubled past comes barreling back, even rock star Damien Cage may not be enough to save her.

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Sloth- Ella James

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The awesome Ella James’ story Sloth is featured in the Seven Dirty Sins Collection! Go check it out now- it’s only like 99 cents for 7 amazing, sexy stories!

My name is Cleopatra Whatley, but you can call me Cleo. I’ll be your Freshman Year Experience mentor. You’d never guess this, but I’m the first person in my family to go to college. When I was in high school, I was so poor I couldn’t even afford clothes from Goodwill. How do you like my Gucci sandals and my Michael Kors watch? You know how I endure giving you insipid freshmen tours of campus four times a week? By living dangerously in my free time. By the way, do you smoke pot? You like cocaine? ’Kay, here’s my number. Welcome to Bradwell University! I’m Kellan Walsh, and I’m watching you. This is my turf, and I don’t share with anybody.

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Lust- Melissa Andrea

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Lust by Melissa Andrea is a part of the Seven Dirty Sins collection… can you guess which sexy sin Melissa Andrew tackled??

One bottle
That’s all it took for a years’ worth of hate for Landon Tate to become forgotten in a sloppy line of shot glasses.

One Dare
Just have fun. It seemed simple and when looking into those persuading green eyes and not feeling that insta spark of annoyance for once, it was easy to give in.

One night
It was thoughtless. It was reckless. But giving into Landon was all it took to drown in complete and raw lust

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Filthy- Clarissa Wild

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Filthy by Clarissa Wild makes up one seventh of the Seven Dirty Sins collection that is now on sale for a steal of a price!

Take what you want. Claim it. Own it. Never let go. Playboy Jaret Paxon has no pride. He’s filthy as fuck, and he doesn’t care. He’s got it all… Expensive cars, a luxurious home, and a killer smile. Flirting with girls at local clubs, his money gets him whatever he desires. Tight pussy around hungry cock. Night after night. Life is good. Except it’s all a lie. Wealth. Love. A family. Education. None of it is real. Jaret’s life is broken. Fucking makes him forget. Until Lin, the only girl who understood him, stumbles back into his life. One kiss rekindles the sparks from long ago. Jaret wants her back, but he’s not the only one who screwed up. Dating the wrong guy got Lin into trouble. Now that Jaret’s in the middle, someone’s out for blood. Lies turn into shame. Shame becomes pride. And when Jaret’s proud of something, he won’t let go without a fight.