TILL DEATH by Jennifer L. Armentrout BookTrailer Reveal!

Till Death releases on 2/28/17

In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

Check out my review of TILL DEATH by Jennifer L. Armentrout here

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Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

TITLE: Till Death
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 400
PUBLISHER: William Morrow
SERIES: Standalone
SOURCE: eARC kindly provided by author in exchange for honest review
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: February 28th, 2017
In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . . 

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

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(synopsis taken from Goodreads)


I remember telling everyone once that if Jennifer L. Armentrout wrote a book about boxes, I would read it. And probably love it. It should come as no surprise then that when I heard about Till Death and how it was being labeled as an adult thriller/suspense, something you may know I tend to avoid reading, I decided I would put my trust in her and I am SO GLAD that I did. This book is not lacking at all in romance and witty banter that has me announcing to everyone that Jennifer is my favorite author!

"Never say never."

Till Death follows survivor Sasha Keaton, the only survivor of the Groom, who is returning home after ten years away, ten years she spent trying to heal and move on from her past. Sasha arrives back to her hometown wanting nothing more than just to follow her dream of running her family's inn the Scarlet Wench and helping out her mother. But, not long after arriving home, things begin happening and Sasha is thrown into a dangerous game once again.

"Being with Cole had made me feel like I was on the edge of a cliff, more than willing to fall off."

Cole Landis is everything I could ever want in a book-boyfriend. He is smart and kind, the perfect amount of gentle that is this beautiful balm to Sasha's tormented soul. It doesn't hurt that he is an FBI agent as well. I fell instantly in love with him and those pale blue eyes and found myself rooting for him and Sasha the entire time. I mourned with them both over the loss of time and what could have been but also celebrated their second chance at something breath-taking and once in a lifetime.

"His kiss...damn, he always kissed like a man who believed he wouldn't get another chance."

This book is already in my top reads of 2017. I'm calling it now. It had me on the edge of my seat, yelling out "Oh no!" and at one point in particular I paused long enough in my reading to randomly announce to my husband that she should not open that door. I'm not a vocal person while reading so for me to have these gut-wrenching reactions was incredible.  This is a book you try to drag out reading because you know when it ends you will miss the characters and want to re-read immediately just to absorb JLA's glorious writing.

Till Death is a pulse-pounding adventure that will take you on a ride unlike any other and have you wondering who the Groom really is and what dark secrets lurk in the most unlikely of places.

Thank you JLA, for this wonderful book, for helping me to see the light when it comes to thrillers. I am so glad that I put my trust in you and you did nothing but go above and beyond my expectations.






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Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

TITLE: Neighbor Dearest
AUTHOR: Penelope Ward
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 275
PUBLISHER: Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
SERIES: Standalone but related to Stepbrother Dearest
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING STANDALONE NOVEL that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a friends-to-lovers story with sexy new characters.

After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec.

Damien was a hotter version of my ex.

The neighbor I'd dubbed "Angry Artist" also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking.

He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall.

Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist.

The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities.

We got to talking.

He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup.

He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn't be anything more.

Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same...because his heartbeat didn't lie.

I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien.

I just hoped he wouldn't shatter it for good.

Author's note - Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)


This book was nothing like what I expected. In fact I went into it not knowing really what to expect and I could not be more happy with the outcome! I've read books by Penelope Ward before and this is by far my most favorite title of hers to date (not including the ones she's written with Vi Keeland).

Chelsea is coming out of a long term relationship with a man she thought she'd one day marry. Needless to say she's a bit emotional and trying to understand why he ended it when to her everything was perfect. She begins talking to a long distance therapist who supposedly excels in helping a person overcome their breakup. While have a particularly interesting phone conversation with said therapist where it is explained to her Elec left her for his 'unicorn' we are greeted with the brilliant humor of her hot landlord Damien who has been listening into her conversation (possibly innocently...) through a hole in her wall she didn't know existed.

I wish I had Damien's endless words of wisdom when going through breakups. Chelsea and Damien begin a friendship of sorts after numerous albeit hilarious run-ins. Hello Firestarter! This book moves at a steady pace and not once did I feel the need to skim ahead to get to the good parts because all of it was good! Penelope Ward is a solid writer who always is able to present such unique and original story ideas. I really loved Damien and was so glad to see that he was more than meets the eye.

Chelsea and Damien face some rough challenges very early on with each other and I honestly did not see that particular plot twist coming. I felt for both Chelsea and Damien and fell in love with Damien over and over again. His dedication to those he loves (and the Double D's!) is so beautiful.

I highly recommend reading this book it has everything a reader could want in a book and so much more!





Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

TITLE: Torn
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 299
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
SERIES: A Wicked Saga #2
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)


*Ques internal screaming* I feel like I waited forever for this book. And OMG am I glad to have it finally. The cover is absolutely gorgeous just like Wicked's was and speaks volumes about the book!

 I would like to take a moment to appreciate all that is Tink. For real. He should come stay at my house and be my BFF where I will feed him sugary goodness all day everyday and we will Amazon shop till our hearts content. I need a Tink in my life. He is probably my most favorite character in this series (sorry not sorry Ivy and Ren). I loved him in Wicked but in Torn he just...mic drop.

Torn picks up right were Wicked left off and suddenly we are all back in NOLA sweating our butts off with Ivy. There are some awesome plot twists that I never saw coming in this book and we are introduced officially to probably one of the best bad guys I've read about in a long time! We really get a better peek into all that is Ren in Torn as well which is something I was seriously craving. He's always been a bit of a mystery to me and his dedication for Ivy is tested this go around. I have to say, I was on the edge of my seat freaking out right alongside Ivy when it came to wondering what Ren would do.

Ivy has to make some hard choices in this installment to the Wicked saga and I surprisingly supported all of her decisions (while yelling at her when she was at Ren's house during that one scene we won't talk about...) She is such a fantastic character and I'm so glad she stayed true to herself. Though there was a bit of a gap between the release of Wicked and the release of Torn I was so happy to find that JLA did not let us down and instead was able to toss us right back into this incredible world she has built.

I'm not going to lie when I say that I think JLA is one of the Queens of the Dreaded Cliffhangers. We saw it in Wicked and we see it again in Torn and I cannot wait until the release of the third and final book in the series, Brave (goodness what a title!). If you enjoy a little fantasy, a head strong and bad-ass female lead and a mystery and swoon-worthy guy then I highly recommend reading the Wicked saga!



Wait For You (Wait For You #1) by J. Lynn

TITLE: Wait For You
AUTHOR: J. Lynn
RATING: 5 Adoring, loving stars!
PAGES: 332
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
SERIES: Wait For You #1
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…
(synopsis taken from Goodreads)


Wait For You is the first book in the Wait For You series by Jennifer L. Armentrout writing under the pen name J. Lynn. I feel the extreme need to immediately blast to the world my endless love for Cameron. Seriously I don't think I would ever be able to choose between Daemon or Cameron (I'm sorry Daemon I still love you!). This book is one of those books that you will remember forever, the characters will forever be written into your heart. I don't say that lightly because I know how after reading so many titles eventually things begin to blur together but Avery and Cam are forever.

This book is one you want to read when you need to be reminded of the goodness in love and people again. How love is selfless and enduring and how the right person can appear in your life when you least expect it. JLA's exquisite writing is once again on point and her character's voices and thoughts are real. I've always loved how easy it is to connect with her characters but in Wait for You I felt like I actually knew them.

Avery has her challenges and a past that isn't rainbows and sunshine. But she is a survivor and I admire that quality in her. Choosing to attend a college far from home to escape a less then superb past she is the new girl on campus. And of course we have the incredibly talented Cam who likes to cook and turtles. He is a total dreamboat! This is not an insta-love book which is something I really appreciate because as they get to know each other the feelings develop naturally and seem more realistic. And poor Avery rushing to reach her first class only to smash into a delicious wall of a man!

"He was gorgeous in all the ways that made girls do stupid things."

I could go on about my love for Cam for days, months even.

“It’s like we’re a catastrophe waiting to happen.”

If you're into new adult reads and need something fresh and creative that will breath life into you I highly recommend this book. The characters are beautifully developed and the love they feel is so awe-inspiring. J. Lynn has gone above and beyond with this title.



Onyx (Lux Series #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

TITLE: Onyx
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 366
PUBLISHER: Entangled Teen
SERIES: Lux Series #2
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…
(synopsis taken from Goodreads)


There is a reason JLA is my favorite author. She has brought her A game to the second addition of the Lux series! Daemon Black is back and my goodness I have missed him! Daemon and Katy now have a weird alien connection thanks to Daemon's "alien mojo". Strange things begin happening to our heroine Katy, un-explainable things. Meanwhile they discover they may have a larger threat then just the Arum looming above their heads.

"Daemon was a total babe, but he was stab-worthy, which, at times, zeroed out the babe part."

Not only has JLA brought her A game in writing this book but boy oh boy is Daemon bringing it! Seriously he is the epitome of book boyfriends. We finally get to see another side to him that was hinted at in the first book Obsidian, a sweet side. And I totally fell even more in love with him. The same witty banter I loved in Obsidian makes an appearance again here in Onyx and I have grown to adore it more and more. JLA stays really true to her character's personalities while allowing them to grow at the same time which is an incredible feat!

“Resistance is futile, Kitten.” “So is your charm.”

Ugh. Swoon! I was always a huge fan of Katy as well. She's an incredibly likeable character and someone who is so easy to relate to (especially for us book worms). But in Onyx we get an entirely new side of her as well and it is amazing! I'm am all for kick-butt females who are equal to their counter parts and JLA has delivered that to us in the form of Katy. I warn you though, be prepared to binge read the entire series especially after reading Onyx because...dat cliffhanger though!

"Oh, holy alien babies everywhere…"