Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ace of Hearts by Chantal Fernando ......Review by Dawn

The New York Times bestselling author of the “swoonworthy and addicting” (Kim Karr, New York Times bestselling author) Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series is back with more bad boy bikers in this first novel in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series.

Erin Dawson had the perfect life growing up in a perfect home with a perfect family. Her parents gave her and her sister everything a child could want. But after learning that the man she’s called “dad” her whole life isn’t actually her biological father, Erin is determined to find the man who is.

Armed with her original birth certificate, she finds her father, but begins questioning if her mom had been right all along to keep this information buried. It turns out he is the president of a motorcycle club, which could not be further from the life Erin leads. But, she’s determined to get to know the man who she gets her striking blue eyes from. Despite getting what she wants and finding her biological father, it’s the slightly older, much rougher but incredibly sexy biker Ace that catches Erin’s eye.

As the new “princess” of the Cursed Ravens, Erin is learning a whole new world, but her father has made it clear she is off limits. Will Ace follow his President’s orders or will he put his heart ahead of his duty? A sizzling tale of family and passion,






Dawn's Review
This is the first Chantal Fernando book that I have ever read and..... I'M A FAN!!!!
I really enjoyed that we didn't have to wait for the story to be drawn out. Right from the get go we meet Erin, and know immediately why she has shown up on the door step of The Cursed Ravens MC. Erin, is on a mission to meet the father that she never knew was her biological father. She never knew the man that raised her was not her "bio dad." Family secrets have created this meeting and now Erin, is stepping into a world she knows nothing about. Meeting an man that could easily turn her away and crush her. Little did she know that day, she would be meeting two men that could crush her. 
Ace, is taken with Erin, as soon as he lays eyes on her. This urge to protect her form the eyes of his fellow Ravens is powerful. But, at what cost? She is the newly crowned Princess and is off limits and he is a solider in her father's MC. Rules and consequences be damned, when they collide nothing matters. 
This is a GREAT BOOK! I loved it. I loved that is was not a slow burn book, but also not an insta love story. The story flow was fantastic and the timeline was believable. I often get caught up in the little details and it casts a small black cloud on the book for me. Nope, not this one. 
There was the right amount of sexiness, mystery and angst. I would have loved for it to be a little longer, but that is the greedy reader in me, wanting more of Ace and Erin! 


5 Clocks for Ace of Hearts
by Chantal Fernando 


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Thank you.






I sit here and realize that I have been blogging now for 5 years! I can not believe it, it seems like its only been a minute since I launched Up All Night Reading, it's what I do and my blog, Abibliophobia: Reading It's What I Do.
I LOVE what I do, I mean it I LOVE IT! Finding one's passion at the ripe old age of 40, was the best thing to happen to me. I am happier, I am invested in others and I am SMARTER! I know that may sound strange, but it isn't. I have become this person who is obsessed with words, their meaning and most importantly their power. I love learning... who would have ever thought that I, would love to learn?
I adore the book community that I am apart of. The people I have met, I will always keep as friends. They are my kindred spirits, we get it, even if no one else does.
The author's that I have met and worked for, I admire and love. I have become friends with a few of them and I am honored to call them "my friends." I have met almost every author that I could ever imagine meeting. From HUGE industry mega authors, to the Indie author, putting her first book out. I am equally proud to support each and everyone of you.
I just posted my 442 review on my blog. This is not a BIG number, but considering I have been doing this as a 1 woman team for the last 3 years, I am happy with that number.
This is a post to say "THANK YOU" to my friends, family and dare I say "fans?" Kidding!!!! To those of you that follow my pages and take the time to purchase the books that I recommend, I, Thank you.
People, find your passion. Find what makes you happy. There is an entire world out there waiting on YOU to grab your slice.
I plan on doing some sort of giveaway between now and my birthday in July. So stay tuned.
Thank you all so much and I LOVE YOU!





Riven by Roan Parrish.... Review by Dawn




~Riven~

Theo Decker might be the lead singer of Riven, but he hates being a rock star. The paparazzi, the endless tours, being recognized everywhere he goes—it all makes him squirm. The only thing he doesn’t hate is the music. Feeling an audience’s energy as they lose themselves in Riven’s music is a rush unlike anything else . . . until he meets Caleb Blake Whitman. Caleb is rough and damaged, yet his fingers on his guitar are pure poetry. And his hands on Theo? They’re all he can think about. But Caleb’s no groupie—and one night with him won’t be enough.
 Just when Caleb is accepting his new life as a loner, Theo Decker slinks into it and turns his world upside-down. Theo’s sexy and brilliant and addictively vulnerable, and all Caleb wants is another hit. And another. That’s how he knows Theo’s trouble. Caleb can’t even handle performing these days. How the hell is he going to survive an affair with a tabloid superstar? But after Caleb sees the man behind the rock star, he begins to wonder if Theo might be his chance at a future he thought he’d lost forever.







Dawn's Review

This is my first Roan Parrish book and I was impressed. I had applied for this book back in February and received it and forgot what the story was about, I love going into a story blind. So, I really liked Caleb and Theo as individuals as well as a couple.  I enjoyed that there was a courtship and not insta love. This is an emotionally charged story. Caleb, you feel his pain and fear of relapsing. His sobriety is his number one priority. He has cut himself off the world , as he thinks this is the only way to keep the drugs at bay.  It is actually quite heartbreaking to read, the desperation is very believable,

And Theo, the reluctant Rock Star. He loves the music and the creating it, but hates the notoriety that comes with it. He is not really close with his band mates and doesn't really give them a chance to get to know him. Theo, escapes when he is with Caleb. He forgets the fame and just feels and his feelings run deep for our, brooding Caleb.
This story works in many ways, it is sweet and loving. It has a bit  of a "what do I do with my life?" as an underlying topic. There are many things that I think readers will gravitate to and enjoy. 

I am not a real big fan of sugary sweet romance and this had that at times. The beginning was a 
little slow paced and a bit wordy. But all in all this is an enjoyable and well thought out story. 


4 Clocks for Riven


Book Provided by NetGalley for
honest review. 












Sunday, June 3, 2018

Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn ....... review by Dawn





First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in a baby carriage. Just not necessarily in that order. . . .
 
Braxton: I should probably be dead or in jail right now. Instead, thanks to some tough love, I worked my ass off and now I own a string of tattoo parlors throughout the Pacific Northwest. And yet the one thing I’ve always wanted—a family—still seems out of reach. When my best friend gets married, I’m just hoping to blow off some steam with the super-hot maid of honor. But after Cara Thompson tracks me down to tell me she’s pregnant, she’s more surprised than I am when I tell her I’m all in.
 
Cara: For the first time in my life, I’m living for myself—not for my parents and their ridiculous expectations. I gave up on my MBA, dropped out of the Ivy League, and moved to Portland to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. And what’s the first thing I do? Get knocked up. For a tatted-up sex god, Braxton Henley seems way too eager to “be there for me.” Is this guy serious? Maybe. He sure is patient. Because he won’t back down until I admit what I know in my heart: that our one night stand might’ve led me to the one.


Dawn's Review

This is my first Stacey Lynn read and well, I am a fan. I really enjoyed this book so much. You get the title right from the start. No waiting around on the story to play out, we get it from page 1. I appreciate that, because too often the story gets dragged out with the leading lady trying to prove she can do all things alone. Nope, not this one, Cara needs help even if she does not want to admit it and Braxton, is having none of it.  


Cara and Braxton work so well together. The chemistry is off the charts. Their one night stand, was believable and the out come, I bought it as well.
The story had a beautiful flow to it. It was never hard to follow or keep up with. It tugs at your heart and you are rooting for these two people to make it.  Two people who are determined to make up for the mistake that happened, but never treating it like it was a mistake. They are in it for their baby, no matter the cost. 
The supporting cast are fun as well, and you even hate a few of them, just the way I like it. 
I am a fan of Ms. Lynn, now and I am looking forward to reading her past and future works.




5 Clocks for Knocked Up 


I received this ARC for my honest review 
from NetGalley

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MISADVENTURES WITH THE BOSS by KENDALL RYAN .....BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY

MISADVENTURES WITH THE BOSS
by Kendall Ryan
Releases 24th  April
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Synopsis
At age twenty-nine, Piper Daniels is having the longest dry spell of her life. When she agrees to be set up on a blind date, she never expects it to end with the hottest sex of her life.
But when she discovers that her very well-endowed secret lover is also her new boss, heartless womanizer and cutthroat CEO Jackson Dane, she chalks it up to a one-time mistake and puts up her best professional front. But Jackson isn’t used to rejection, and if Piper thinks it’s going to be easy to move on from their tryst, she’s underestimated his determination.
***MISADVENTURES ARE STANDALONE ROMANCES THAT CAN BE READ IN ANY ORDER***
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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Children of Redemption, book 3 in the Children of Vice series by JJ McAvoy.






“I do not come in peace.”



Life has never been easy for the second-born Callahan son, Wyatt. Trained as a doctor, but born a Callahan, his life has always been one of warring dualities.



But when the Callahan family suffers a massive blow, it’s time for Wyatt to step up and decide, once and for all, who he really is. Will Wyatt rise to the challenge as his enemies close in or will his actions lead to destruction of the world’s most powerful mafia family?



Dawn's Review 
I have had the pleasure of reading every word that Ms. McAvoy has printed and Children of Redemption is, once again an instant favorite. I hold McAvoy’s writing as some of the very best, so the standard is high. I am always excited when her latest work exceeds what I had previously thought was her best. I am left looking for the right adjectives and I fail miserably. I always come back to the same one...Brilliant.
I often use the terms “smart and the depth of her characters,” when talking/describing her writing.  Her Ruthless People and Children of Vice series are some of the best written books I have had the joy to read.  But Children Of Redemption, it is something very special. Pieces of puzzles that have been missing, are now solved, only leading to more questions. That is the hallmark of a truly talented  writer.
Wyatt Callahan, has always been the loose cannon for me. I was just waiting on him to join “the dark side,” but secretly not wanting him to. He is much more dangerous because it is so unexpected. His flashbacks with his mother we’re just perfection. When Melody was explaining why she wanted him to not fear water, it was genius.

Wyatt, don’t think like normal people think. Normal people are mediocre. Think like me, like your father, like a Callahan. You never have to control water. Water, air, fire, dirt. It’s all irrelevant. None of those things care about you. They do not change Course for you. Normal people try to avoid or fight those things. But I know, and now you know, you are a love the water, the air, the fire, and the dirt. The most important element is you. If someone dragged me to the bottom of this pool, would you be scared?” 
“NO”
“Why?”
“Because you can hold your breath for a really, really,  really long time! You’d get down there and punch ‘em for grabbing you, then swim right back up.”‘
She smiled wide. “Exactly,. Normal people would fight the water. Try to fight to get back up...why? Because they are scared people. Scared they aren’t strong enough or smart enough to Maine it out alive. But me? I know no matter what, no matter where I am , I will survive that moment. I like swimming because it reminds me that I don’t fear what kills others, because I am not like any other. I rise and thrive in anything and everything. Does that answer your question?



Wyatt, is stepping into some mightily large shoes while Eathan is “gone.” He is handling business as he sees fit. He dishes out punishment as he sees fit and that is very distressing to his best friend and closest confidant Helen. She is not liking the new Wyatt. She is afraid that he is liking the power a little too much and Helen, is one to call him out on his behavior. We see the dynamic change when Helen, finds out what Wyatt did as a teenager that altered the course of her life. Can Helen forgive Wyatt?  He has zero regrets for what he did and what he would do, when it comes to Helen.  Again, very smart writing, letting us know that Helen was not always a part of the Callahan family. It was a very important subplot that needed to be covered.

Redemption, is a book about coming together. Wyatt and Ethan finally see that they can run this family together better than fighting each other. Ethan, is destroyed when Wyatt is suffering. He is struggling with believing he let his brother and his parents down. Can Ethan bring him back or does Helen hold the key to bringing Wyatt back for the abyss?
There are so many things that could be said about this fantastic book, but it is best to let the story do the talking.  I am begging and pleading with Ms. McAvoy to get my grabby hands on the last installment in the COV series. But Wyatt's story, it is the best in this series , IMO.  Ms McAvoy has an amazing opportunity to take us to the edge in Vicious Minds. I CAN NOT WAIT!



5+++++++ Clocks for Children Of Redemption by JJ McAvoy  
Book provided by author for honest review.






Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kian: An Undercover Billionaire Novel by Melody Anne.... Review by Dawn


There was a time when surgeon Kian Forbes would have surrendered every cent of his vast family fortune if it could make Roxie Gilbert happy. That was before she skipped town, broke his heart, and sent him spinning through a string of forgettable one-night stands. He never even knew he’d fathered a child—with Roxie’s sister, no less. But in the wake of tragedy, little Lily needs a home. And Kian wants his daughter. But Roxie’s not giving in or giving up without a fight.
Fearful of her intense feelings for Kian, Roxie ran. Now that her sister’s death has brought her home, she intends to take custody of her niece and avoid Kian—easier said than done on both counts. With their wealth and power, the Forbes men are accustomed to winning. And as she and Kian are forced to spend time together for Lily’s sake, saying no to everything he wants proves impossible…even though it means risking both their hearts all over again.






Review

It has been quite a while since I last read Melody Anne, I was very much looking forward to this book. 

Kian, starts off with immediate drama and pain, I didn't mind that. We get to see Kian the doctor in the beginning and pretty much the only real time we see him in "doctor action," which I did not mind. Working as a trauma doc Kian, has seen his fair share of brutality, but he wasn't ready for this set of victims. 

Secrets are revealed and lives are changed in a matter of a few sentences. Giving you the set up for what you are sure is this angst filled book, not so much....that I did mind. With the truth bomb that is set off in this story and the reemergence of his "one and only love" who left him with no word 4 years ago... HELLO ANGST! But no, this brushes over things that normal ex's would yell, kick and scream about. I found myself a little let down in the drama department AFTER the first chapter. 
Roxie, I found to be a tad off putting. I didn't dislike her, I just never connected with her. She was an amazing mother, I'll give her that. She fought and was fiercely in love with Lily. I could feel that in the wonderfully crafted words describing her need to be with Lily. 

The story is steamy but not too much that it takes away from the story. This second chance romance and surprise child story is really a nice story with a HEA.