Saturday, December 30, 2017

Book Cover of the Month - December

Our last book cover of 2017! I just love this feature, and will certainly continue it into 2018. It is just so much fun browsing all these book covers, which is something I do anyways! Covers are part of a book, lending it a visual metaphor for the story you are about to embark on. That is one thing that I miss about reading on my kindle, which is why I still very much enjoy physical books here and there.
Took a looksee at the book covers of new books for December and these grabbed my attention immediately!

I really enjoy reading James Rollins and also like his simplistic, yet powerful covers. The colors are loud, and it's hard not to pay attention to them. 

The cover of Brave is eerie, but magical and eye catching.  I have a hard time looking away, and really like the fact that she's a redhead because that just jumps out on the cover.

Nora Roberts' Year One is simple but impactful. 

My favorite is:
I love the simplicity of this cover, but how mysterious and gothic it is. Crows are my favorite bird, so maybe I am a little biased here, but the cover alone makes me want to read this novel, without even reading the synopsis. Of course, I will disclose that I love Nora Roberts stories, so I will probably enjoy this anyway!
Do you have a favorite of the three, or did you find another cover that was more appealing to you? Let us know!
Happy Reading!

Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 in Review - Part 1 - Best of the Best!

2017 has been an eventful year, not just on this blog but personally as well. At the beginning of this year, I was excited and pumped up to start reading and writing again. Even got to partner up with Erin, who helped me start this blog years ago, and her sister Samantha as co-bloggers. Erin has great talents in designing so she gave our blog a much needed refresher which I LOVE. It feels so chill and laid back, and since I read so many different genres, it fit well. I am also working with her on design for a new project in 2018 which I look forward to announcing shortly into the new year, so stay tuned!

Our 2017 review warrants two separate posts, because we did have quite a bit going on that I am proud of and want to recap.  

Today we look at the Best of the Best!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Book Review - One Night Stand, By J.S. Cooper & Helen Cooper

It was only supposed to be one night!

We met at a wedding. He was hot. And I’d been in a year’s drought.

He smiled. We got drunk.We flirted. We hooked up. I left early the next morning without saying goodbye. It was only meant to be a one night stand. I didn’t want the awkward morning after moment. Not at all.

Then I went home for the weekend. And he was there. Sitting on the couch chatting to my dad. Turns out he was more than just a stranger. Turns out that my one night stand was about to cause a whole heap of trouble. Turns out that it never just stops with one night.

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The synopsis alone made me jump at the chance to read this book. It seemed like there’d be so much drama, and I guess there was, just not the kind of drama I was expecting. The prologue really drew me in, made me not want to put the book down because I had to know what was going on. But after finding out what was going on I felt a little uneasy. I really felt like I couldn't respect Liv or Xander for the matter. I couldn't wrap my head around and be okay with the fact she was sleeping with her sister’s fiancĂ©. I know by the end of the book you find out why Xander and Gabby (Liv’s sister) are actually engaged, but it still made it hard to read about. For me no matter what relationship I have with my sister I would never do that. It’s just icky, for lack of a better word.

How on earth did nobody in her family suspect anything going on between Liv and Xander, with them doing nothing to hide their sexual relationship?! So many times they wandered off into a different room or just around the corner from her family, or just in plain sight at a club, and kissed or touched or had sex. Or when he acted like a jealous boyfriend over Liv, his soon to be sister in law! It made it hard to be realistic. The sex scenes were good, very sexy and full of detail but again I couldn't really get past the fact that she was doing all this with her sister's fiancĂ©.

So what started off making me jump to read this book, and then capturing me in a few paragraphs, really let me down hard… I would have to give this book a 1 star review, although I liked the way it was written, and it probably worked nicely in certain scenes to have both a female and male perspective, I did not like the storyline and how this went about.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Book Review - White Fur, by Jardine Libaire

When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn't graduate from high school. Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. The attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.

The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey's family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love but also for their lives.

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White Fur sounded like an interesting novel, but the type of romance that would be a little different for me. Yet I was very curious about this book, and was in the mood to read something outside of my usual.

This was certainly quite gritty, raw and darker than I thought it would be. Yet, it was so endearing, with a love that was stronger than I could have imagined between these two.

Elise is a survivor. She goes through life, day by day, doing what she needs to do to live life, make money, pay bills, and maybe have some fun sometime. To me, she seemed without clear direction, or even cared to have any direction. And she didn't give a shit. Ultimately, that's what I loved about her. She didn't give a crap about anything or anyone. She exuded a confidence about herself that was surprising for someone with her history. Yet, she had such a deep vulnerability that it took your breath away when she allowed you a glimpse of it.

Jamey is the stereotypical Prince that wants nothing to do with the crown. Rich boy living simply, moving through life like an automaton whose strings are pulled by rich daddy and mommy. He also doesn't seem to have a clear direction, because he is going against his nature. When he meets Elise, and they start to fall in love, it is truly amazing how they both enrich and redirect each other to paths that they both feel so much happier with, even when it goes against their previous nature.

This was a surprisingly beautiful yet gritty love story between two very different people. Great pace in plot and character development. It was an exciting journey and I really really enjoyed reading this novel.

This was an easy 

Happy Reading!
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Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.

Author Bio:

I'm a fiend for books, bookstores, lit journals, found poetry, libraries, graffiti, artist books, diaries, screenplays---anything that tells a story. My MFA is from Michigan, which is a dearly beloved program. For the last ten years, I've been living in Austin, TX, a city that is very sweet + kind to artists ;) Over the decades, I've worked as a motel chambermaid, real estate agent, dishwasher, bartender, assistant to a perfume designer, art model, copywriter, grantwriter, and restaurant manager. I worship at the feet of Willa Cather. Every Thursday evening, I facilitate a storytelling class at the Lockhart Women's Prison here in Texas, and I've learned more about life from the women in the class than I have taught them, I'm quite sure. Right now I'm working on a new book about a cheetah and a deaf teenager. 

Author Links: Website/Goodreads/Twitter 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Tis the season for gratefulness, family and joy.

And maybe a couple of good books, a warm mug of tea and some cozy new socks.

From us at Bookluvrs Haven, we wish our readers and their families a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays. And may 2018 bring you some wonderful adventures and great reads.

Happy Reading!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Book Review- Dragons Lair, by Chantel Fernando

When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid.

Or should I say, someone?

Because of that mistake, I’m now stuck in a world I don’t belong in.

I’m a law student. They’re criminals. He’s the vice president of a motorcycle club. I’m a good girl with a strict upbringing. He’s my ex-boyfriend’s brother.

And I’m screwed.

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This is the first MC book I've read and I cant say I'm disappointed. From what I've read about other MC books, this one is less raw, gritty and violent. Which I think I'm good with... I don't know how much more raw, gritty violence I could take with a book like this.

I liked the storyline, however I didn't like the characters so much. I found Dex to be very possessive and controlling, which is never sexy. I don't like how Dex got Faye to do what he wanted by intimidating her. I get that big scary biker dudes are supposed to be intimidating but how about you tone it down when talking to the woman carrying your child! I also didn't like how he put her in really dangerous situations when he could've kept her safe.

And Faye! Faye both really pissed me off and made me laugh. At first I found her to be kind of stupid. Who walks into a biker clubs "head office" while pregnant, not knowing if you're going to be safe or not?! And you haven't seen this man in a long time but you're trusting him with you and your baby's life. Then she started to get really mouthy with the other bikers and Dex... there was some really funny banter.

All in all I enjoyed this book a lot. I would give this book a 3 star rating... almost a 4 star but not quite a 4 because I did not like the possessiveness however I still really enjoyed the whole storyline. The family feel the biker club gave off, the funny comments from Faye and even the few dramatic situations they found themselves in made for a good read. But I don't think I will be reading the other books of this series... I don't really care to read about the other bikers and their life/story.

Author Bio:

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty seven years old and lives in Western Australia.

Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon's Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Handler by Tish Thawer

Tish Thawer
Published by: Amber Leaf Publishing
Publication date: December 19th 2017
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Our world was perfect––until we broke the law: Don’t go out at night.
Utopian by day, dystopian by night; this is the world I recently discovered. I now struggle with the fact that our whole society has been based on a lie. There’s only one way to change it––conquer the darkness we’ve all been raised to fear.
Live the lie; fight to the death; become a Handler. It’s the only way.
A sci-fi/dystopian novel.



Author Bio:
2017 - #1 Bestseller in Historical Fiction (Witches of BlackBrook)

2017 - Top 100 Bestselling in Paid Kindle Store (Witches of Blackbrook)

2015 - Best Cover - Penned Con (The Witches of BlackBrook)

2015 - Readers Choice Award - My New Favorite Book Awards (The Witches of BlackBrook)

Bestselling and Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.
Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received a RONE Award nomination (Reward of Novel Excellence), as well as nominations for Best Cover, Reader’s Choice, and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery).
Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Arizona with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.
You can find Tish on Facebook at
A common FAQ: "How do you pronounce her last name?"
Answer: Think "Bower" or "Thow-er". It's Persian!


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Vigilante by Summer Lane

Summer Lane
(A Collapse Story)
Publication date: December 15th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Thriller
I swore to protect her before I even knew her.

Now, it’s the creed I live by.

Uriah True is a dangerous man. His past is cloaked in secrecy, and he writes his future in the blood of the people he kills. After the Great Global War, he leaves the militias behind to prey on the scum that remain loyal to the cruel and tyrannical regime of the defeated enemy Omega in this dangerous and new post-apocalyptic world.
Some call him The Hunter. Some call him Death.
He calls it vengeance for what the war took from him.
Hunt, kill, repeat.
When he uncovers a plot that could bring death to the only person he’s ever loved, he’ll do anything to stop it.
The only problem? He may already be too late.
A thrilling novel from #1 bestselling author Summer Lane, creator of the smash-hit Collapse Series, Zero Trilogy, Bravo Saga, Unbreakable Seal, and the historical romantic thriller, Running with Wolves. Vigilante is a novel.
The moon shone brightly above my head. I glared at it.
It reminded me of fighting, of using moonlight to snipe. Shooting targets in the dark with Cassidy, popping rounds downrange and smelling the fresh scent of hot brass and cold dirt. Good practice and good times.
“Got any gum?” Cassidy asked.
“Yeah. But it’ll cost you,” I replied.
“Seriously? You can’t let go of capitalism for even one second?”
There was amusement in her voice. I held the piece of gum between my fingers for a moment. She made a move for it, and I backed away.
“Predictable,” I said.
“Then show me how to bring a man down,” she replied.
“You already know how to do that. You’ve got a rifle.”
“I want to know how to do it without a rifle. With my bare hands.”
“That’s optimistic of you.”
She was strong—agility and speed packed into a slender body, all lean, tough muscle. She would have been a good cop, I guess. Of course, they said the same thing about me, and look what happened.
“I’ll teach you,” I agreed. “But first, the price for gum.”
Gum. It was stupid. Even gum was a precious commodity now. I was down to my last pack.
“All right. Name it,” she huffed, rolling her eyes.
A kiss. That was what I wanted. To pull her to me and hold her body against mine and feel, even for a moment, that I deserved to be loved by someone like her.
I hesitated for too long. She blinked, slowly, and I knew she could read my mind.
She always could.
“You can keep it,” she said, brushing off my solemn stare. “Whatever.”
I tossed the gum to her. She caught it, neatly. No hesitation. Pure reflex.
“Thanks, partner.”
She was relieved: I could see it in her face. She had been afraid I would try to kiss her. That wasn’t allowed. She knew it and I knew it, but the desire was there, and I wasn’t the only one who felt it. Not by a longshot. That was what scared her the most…and nobody knew her better than I did.
“Got your six,” I murmured.
Memories. They’re fatal. You can’t get away from them.

Author Bio:
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 19 hit books, including the Collapse Series and hotly anticipated Resurrection Series. She owns Writing Belle Publishing and Writing Belle Magazine. She is also an experienced journalist and creative writing instructor. Summer lives in California with her husband, Scott, and their German Shepherd, Kona.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Review - The Fill-in Boyfriend, by Kasie West

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

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So apparently I like Kasie West... I unintentionally grabbed this book and didn't even realize it was a Kasie West book until I started writing this review. After realizing this was a West book I looked up a few more books she wrote and I had a few already on my “to read” list. I just hope they are as good or even better than the two I've read so far.

Her friendships annoyed me, why do you feel like you can't talk to your friends about things… true friends are supposed to always be there for anything & everything and they don't judge you over stupid things. The characters and their stories were pretty good, but I would've loved to see more on the main male's perspective.

This story flowed very nicely. West could've picked a more dramatic climax. Her brother making a movie about her addiction to social media isn't as dramatic or serious as it was made out to be. Although certain points I got emotional with this book, I'm definitely not going to admit I cried! (ok ok, I did, so what!? I was having an emotional day! Haha)

The ending left me wanting more. I feel it was left a little up in the air on certain points and it needed more closure. Overall this book was good, again I didn't feel like it was the best book out there, but I didn't feel like I wasted my time reading this. A 3 star review from me… good job Kasie West.

Author Bio:

I write YA.I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Book Review - Dead Sexy Dragon, by Lolita Lopez

The last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend’s kid sister showing up on his doorstep. He’s just minutes away from entering a mating phase. Sharing his isolated house with the young woman he’s desperately lusted after for quite some time is a recipe for disaster.

But Cora Cardenas has nowhere else to go. She’s in deep trouble with some really nasty people and Stig is the only one who can protect her. That he’s deliciously sexy and makes her tingle with the simplest of smiles is just a bonus.

Cora quickly realizes Stig is hiding something from her. To make matters worse, she’s plagued with breathtakingly naughty dreams starring a shadowed lover who bears a startling resemblance to her host. And just what the hell is going on down in the basement at night?

Stig needs to get Cora out of his house but his inner beast has other ideas. He’s found his mate and she’s not going anywhere...

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This is my level of impressed.

It was a bit disappointing right off the bat, when you can see that this can be a pretty cool story and instead of a good plot and character development you get 'cock' and 'pussy' before you even get to know your characters well.  Ok, these guys had a history of attraction, but I just met them both and need some lead up to this hot romance... and a good storyline too for God's sakes! Otherwise all you are giving me is some ok written porn to keep me warm before I go to sleep. 

My heart isn't skipping any beats though because poorly developed characters, with a weak storyline are just cardboard cut outs walking in a world built of shadows. There is no substance, no passion, no romance! They don't form in my head; their relationship or situations don't even seem to have any substance.  Not to mention, this heroine took finding out that this guy is a shapeshifter (and a dragon no less) like she just found out that he likes onion and peanut butter sandwiches! (Actually, she probably would have had a stronger reaction to finding out he likes onion and peanut butter sandwiches than the one she had when she saw him full of scales, sporting a tail and a snout.) Sorry, I probably would have been trying to pick out the largest knife in his kitchen or getting the F out of that house if I saw something like that in the basement.

Sex scenes were high on the heat scale, but everything else was lukewarm at best. I was actually hoping for a romance that expressed some true feeling and connection with a dash of the supernatural and the fantastical. There was potential here for a great plot and it is disappointing that it was completely overlooked.

This was a weak 

This novella felt rushed and most of the conflict completely glazed over. Storyline was a bust. Characters were meh. Romance was intended, but most of the page time on this one was spent on sex. Not a bad thing if that is what you are looking for, but this reader also wanted a good story.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Book Reviews - Before We Fall & The Resurrection Maker

This will be my last double review for two Netgalley titles this year. Both books are again so different from one another. But that's just me as a reader, folks. I have moods, and pick and choose my books to suit. Very rarely do I binge on one genre, and I like to just change things up.

Sometimes, one dark moment is all it takes to turn your world black...

For 24-year old Dominic Kinkaide, that moment took place on the night of his high school graduation. One dark incident changed him forever. He's a hardened actor now, famous in the eyes of the world, but tortured in his own. He doesn't care about much of anything, except for losing himself in the roles that he plays.

23-year old Jacey Vincent doesn't realize how much her father's indifference has affected her. She is proof that sometimes it isn't one specific moment that wrecks a person, but rather it's an absence of moments. She's like a bird with a broken wing-strong yet fragile, as she tries to float through life, finding acceptance in the arms of random guys, one after the other... to fill the void that her father left in her.

Until she meets Dominic.

After jaded Dominic and strong-willed Jacey are thrown together, his secret and her issues create a dark and damaged energy that will soon turn their attraction to each other into an explosive storm.

Even though when the clouds have cleared and the dust has settled, both of them are almost obliterated... they've learned a priceless lesson.

Sometimes, before we fall... we fly.

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Realizing that this was Book 3 of the Beautifully Broken series, I decided to grab the first two novels and read those first. I am that kind of OCD. I am sure that this novel would have been fine as a standalone, but I just have issues reading books out of sequence. I am the same way with TV shows too, even those that don't have to be seen in order. 

I really enjoyed the first two novels, and this one was enjoyable as well, but not my favorite of the series so far. I enjoyed Dominic's character and found him to be very interesting. His internal struggles and battles seemed very realistic, and I became quite emotionally invested in him, but I didn't really like Jacey as a character. She was so flakey and angsty, and her character overall didn't do it for me. I couldn't really sympathize much with her, and mostly wanted to shake her the majority of the book. 

It was still a pleasant read, but not my fave in the series. It was missing a certain intensity that I enjoyed in the first two books. I really enjoy the author's writing style and her novels, so I will continue to read her books, 100%.

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Echoes from the past guide Arthur Malory on a dangerous search for the Holy Grail, a quest that may shed light on the mystery of the resurrection of Christ.

From the thriller writer, Glenn Cooper, whose books have sold five million copies and have been top-ten bestsellers throughout Europe, comes his explosive new thriller, the most innovative and controversial book ever written on the Holy Grail and the resurrection of Christ. Arthur Malory, a seemingly ordinary Englishman, has a burning interest in the Grail, a passion inherited from his father. Thrust into a life-or-death quest to find the precious artifact, he will discover not only his own amazing heritage but the power that the Grail possesses, a power that informs the resurrection of Christ and explosively merges spiritual and scientific thought.

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I am still trying to figure out what happened here..... This is not my first Glenn Cooper novel, and in fact, I compared the one I read, "The Devil Will Come" , to one of Dan Brown's novels. That was fairly high praise, and I was fully expecting this novel to measure up in action and character development. But it was clear from the very beginning, that not only was this a little disjointed, but boring as hell. The information dumps were just insanely dull, not just to me as a reader, but to the characters themselves who were searching out information for their quest... It became so tedious that I did nothing but skim most of the time, and when the characters found something to be excited about, my interest was barely peaked. I never thought that the quest for the Holy Grail could be so boring, honestly.

Sadly, though I tried, I was not even able to finish this book. Won't write off Glenn Cooper yet, but this novel was a colossal fail for me.

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Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.

Happy Reading!


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