Obsessive Book Nerd http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com Where book nerds obsess about books! Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:05:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 68170104 Audio Book Review: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/the-perfect-stranger/ http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/the-perfect-stranger/#comments Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:05:00 +0000 http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com?p=8802&preview=true&preview_id=8802 This book. This book grabbed hold of my mind and wouldn’t let go until I finished. The Perfect Stranger was thought provoking, mind-melding, and an overall great listen. This was my second Megan Miranda book and I can not wait... Continue Reading →

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Audio Book Review: The Perfect Stranger by Megan MirandaThe Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
Narrator: Rebekkah Ross
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on April 11th 2017
Length: 9 hours, 48 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller
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Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

This book. This book grabbed hold of my mind and wouldn’t let go until I finished. The Perfect Stranger was thought provoking, mind-melding, and an overall great listen. This was my second Megan Miranda book and I can not wait for the thriller/mystery she releases. The same narrator, Rebekkah Ross, who narrated All The Missing Girls performed The Perfect Stranger. She is easily one of my favorites.

I really enjoyed Leah, who is the narrator of the story. And I loved how as the details unfolded, I liked her even more. The whole cast of characters, from supporting, secondary characters to just random extras, they are mattered to the story. They all played a role.

What I love about Miranda’s writing style, is that it’s very simple. It’s all easy to follow. It’s simple, “I said” and, “He said” and, “she asked”. But this works so well because the story is so deep, you find yourself understanding so much better. I just really loved the way this story was written.

About Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda is the author of the young adult novels FRACTURE, HYSTERIA, VENGEANCE, and SOULPRINT. Her next young adult novel, THE SAFEST LIES, will be published by Crown BFYR/Random House on May 24th, 2016. Her first novel for adults, ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, will be published by Simon & Schuster on June 28th, 2016. Megan has a degree in Biology from MIT and currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and two children.

 


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Review: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/until-it-fades-by-k-a-tucker/ http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/until-it-fades-by-k-a-tucker/#comments Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:02:00 +0000 http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com?p=8665&preview=true&preview_id=8665 Like always, K.A. Tucker draws me into her story from just a few short paragraphs. Before I realize it, I’m coming up for air and I’ve finished the book. Tucker said that she needed to write Until It Fades because... Continue Reading →

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Review: Until It Fades by K.A. TuckerUntil It Fades by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on June 27, 2017
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

Like always, K.A. Tucker draws me into her story from just a few short paragraphs. Before I realize it, I’m coming up for air and I’ve finished the book. Tucker said that she needed to write Until It Fades because she needed something light. But I don’t think there is anything light about this book. It was so rich in plot and character growth. It was a loving, heart warming romance that kept me turning the pages.

At first, I didn’t love Catherine. She was a complicated teen in love with her art teacher. I knew that the book was going to follow Catherine as an adult, but we start the story with her at 16. I loved that we got to see how Cath changed and grew right from the start. And let me tell you, book boyfriend Brett….swoon! He was wonderful. I loved him so much. He was just so perfect for Catherine.

I just loved everything about Until It Fades. The romance, the personal growing the characters did, the supporting cast, and the storyline. Arg! I want to still be reading this book. It was a long one and I just wish it had been a bit longer, only because I loved it so much!

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Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


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Obsessive Bookish Nerd News – 6.25.17 http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/obn-news-6-25-17/ http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/obn-news-6-25-17/#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:01:00 +0000 http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com?p=8851&preview=true&preview_id=8851 Hello, Obsessive Book Nerds! Here is my bi-weekly update on some bookish things in my life. From what I’ve read and what I’m listening too, and some other bookish news. Check it out. Currently Reading: Jilted (Love Hurts #2) by Sawyer Bennett Currently Listening: Lord of... Continue Reading →

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Review Tour: Salvaged by Jay Crownover http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/salvaged-by-jay-crownover/ http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/salvaged-by-jay-crownover/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:04:00 +0000 http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com?p=8839&preview=true&preview_id=8839   Salvaged, just like all Jay Crownover novels was emotional and beautifully written. It’s deep and thought provoking. I always need a cold drink after finishing a Crownover novel to give my mind a rest from the amazingness that is... Continue Reading →

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Review Tour: Salvaged by Jay CrownoverSalvaged by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #4
Series Rating: four-stars
Published by William Morrow on June 20th 2017
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary, Dark Romance, Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
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Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

 


Salvaged, just like all Jay Crownover novels was emotional and beautifully written. It’s deep and thought provoking. I always need a cold drink after finishing a Crownover novel to give my mind a rest from the amazingness that is Jay Crownover’s writing. She doesn’t do light and flirty. Her characters mate for life, it raw, gritty, and beautiful.

We already knew Poppy and Wheeler from previous books in the series. Both characters were wonderful people that life kicked around. It was great to see what Jay did with two already struggling but good characters. Usually, one or both of the main characters have some rough edges and you question how good they really are.

Like always, there is a lot of internal dialogue and the sex scenes are hot. I always wish for more character interaction but am never disappointed in the story line. Whenever I finish a Crownover book, I always need a break with a fun and flirty read but am left wondering, “What is she gonna write next!?”


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Being native Coloradan is a source of pride if you ask Jay. She loves all the things her home has to offer, and that is why she set her books in this familiar place. Writing about what she knows is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.

This cutting-edge author likes to write New Adult novels because she remembers being in her early twenties and thinking she had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong time and time again. When she looks back, she see's that those years defined who she is today, and, good or bad, those decisions ultimately set her current path.


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Cover Reveal: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/cover-reveal-dear-bridget-i-want-you-by-penelope-ward-vi-keeland/ http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/cover-reveal-dear-bridget-i-want-you-by-penelope-ward-vi-keeland/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:05:00 +0000 http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com?p=8845&preview=true&preview_id=8845 We are excited to bring you the next cover from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland. DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU is the next standalone Contemporary Romance Novel from this... Continue Reading →

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DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU is the next standalone Contemporary Romance Novel from this sensational duo releasing on September 18, 2017!


Model: Philip Van den Hoogenband – Chadwick Models Melbourne
Photographer: Brian Jamie
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.

So, here goes.

We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.

But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

I want you.

The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.

So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.

No questions asked.

Think about it.

Or don’t.

Whatever you choose.

It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.

–Simon

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 9-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is the author of nine novels. Her book RoomHate hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Stuck-Up Suit and Cocky Bastard (the latter two co-written with Vi Keeland).

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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is an attorney and a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today Best Selling author. Over the last three years, eleven of her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller lists and four on the New York Times Bestseller lists.

In 2013, she released her first romance novel and never looked back. To date, she has thirteen novels released, with PLAYBOY PILOT also releasing in 2016.  Her novels have appeared on #1 on Amazon and are currently being translated into German, Polish, Portuguese, Korean, Hebrew, French and Italian.


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Review Tour: Tycoon by Katy Evans http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/tycoon-by-katy-evans/ http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/tycoon-by-katy-evans/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:05:00 +0000 http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com?p=8808&preview=true&preview_id=8808 Katy Evans is becoming a favorite author of mine. While I’ve read a good mix of her books, so I’ve loved and like, some I haven’t, I still enjoy her writing. Normally, hot guys on book covers don’t cause me... Continue Reading →

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Review Tour: Tycoon by Katy EvansTycoon by Katy Evans
Published by Author Published on June 20th 2017
Pages: 252
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Social Butterfly PR
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He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult.
Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me.
That man is gone.
In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city.
He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.
The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin.
It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.
I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.
And he doesn’t.
Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone.
Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says.
He's assessing every piece of me, to the point I've never felt so bare.
I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me.
Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself.
Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.


Katy Evans is becoming a favorite author of mine. While I’ve read a good mix of her books, so I’ve loved and like, some I haven’t, I still enjoy her writing. Normally, hot guys on book covers don’t cause me to read the book, I’m not a huge fan of man abs on book covers, but Tycoon. I was pulled in by the cover 100%.

Fortunately for me, the book kept me hooked and I read the whole book within the day. I was obsessed. This book. It was so good. I loved the main characters so much. And let’s talk about swoon, ladies. Aaric was one swoon-worthy book boyfriend. Sigh.

Tycoon is easily a top 2017 read for me.


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I hop off the train and walk several walks to his building.
It’s a brownstone in Park Avenue, one of the most elite of the elite spaces in town.
My lungs feel a little bit overworked from awe as I head up the steps to the double doors, grateful that I came dressed to kill in a little black dress, a jacket, and pumps. Simple, but effective.
See, I may be feeling a little awkward, but at least I don’t look it.
I’m greeted by his maid. She’s dressed in black and white, her hair drawn back in a neat bun, her expression stoic and formal as she leads me down the hall to a gorgeous study.
I catch my breath when I notice all the books and shelves.
It’s like a reader’s paradise in here. There’s a sleek chrome bar, a modern mahogany glass-topped desk, and two huge whiskey-colored leather chairs that almost swallow me up when I’m instructed to wait in one.
I drum my fingers, inhaling the scent of leather and wine, remembering a guy I knew with his mechanic navy-blue uniform, black streaks on his jaw, his big nose always the first thing you’d see, which was a pity because he had beautiful eyes and a really sinful pair of lips.
He’s living in luxury now. Wow. Good for him.
I hear footsteps approaching and the little hair on my arms prick at attention. My head turns as a tall, dark figure steps into the room, and the most intimidating guy I’ve ever seen enters and crosses the room toward the desk. He walks like he’s the shit…his strides proud and composed, elegant and powerful.
Christos, I hear myself breathe in surprise.
He’s so tall now…six three, at least. Dirty-blonde hair, gold-green eyes, chiseled jaw, and a gorgeous profile.
All in black, he looks very much a New Yorker.
He’s wearing a black jacket, black pants, and a black turtleneck beneath the jacket…
I stare at him, my jaw hanging a little bit open. The man is….all man. Testosterone. Muscles. Height. Width. My chest hurts all of a sudden because I realize…
The boy you knew is gone.
I force myself to stand. “Thank you for seeing me.”
He heads to the bar to pour two drinks, then he prowls over, takes the whiskey leather chair across from mine and leans forward, pushing a glass of cognac with one finger across a small table, toward me.
And he waits.
In silence.
But my stomach dips as if he’d said something ultra-sexy and decadent.
“You might not remember me, I’m sorry to be reaching out like this,” I say, nervous.
“What do you want?”
There’s a pleasant shiver as he speaks. Recognition of his voice, even though it’s far deeper than I remember.
“I was told you sometimes invest in startups.”
“I’d say more than sometimes.” He raises his eyebrows as if I should’ve done my homework better.
Ugh, Bryn! Focus! Be SMART! Make yourself and your business irresistible! A silence settles as he eyes me, slowly setting his drink down as he leans forward and finally, unexpectedly, smiles. At me.
It’s just a smile.
But the world tilts under its impact.
“Hello, little bit.” Amusement touches his gaze as he tilts his head and watches me. “You know, I’d think you’d have grown up the ten-plus years since I last saw you. At least an inch.” He leans back in his seat, seemingly displeased. Wow, this guy is not the lanky kid I knew once. This guy oozes danger.
Every ounce of “boy” is gone. Oh God. For a moment I wish that we could go back in time and I could discuss my startup with the guy I knew before.
But time travel is not really my talent, and it seems like I have yet to see if I even have any special talents at all—depending on what this guy thinks.
“I grew two in width,” I shock myself saying.
He laughs then, his eyes drinking me in openly.
“Shame on you, you’re not trying to see if it’s true?” I ask him, frowning now.
He shrugs casually, his lips curved at the corners. “I can’t help it. Something has to have changed.”
“Why?”
“Because nothing good ever lasts. Even you, little bit.” A smile touches those unforgettable gold-green eyes.
A shiver runs through me. Because…
Christos recognized me.
“I can tell you’re as incorrigible as ever.” I shake my head, but I’m smiling, truly just relieved that he recognized me.
“I try to be,” he purrs dangerously.
I’m feeling warm all of a sudden. I can’t believe I’m staring at him so much, but it’s like I cannot take my eyes away. He looks achingly familiar, but at the same time, so different I cannot help but stare and track the differences in his features. The way his jaw squared out even more, the way his body filled out with hard, lean muscles that shift and ripple beneath his expensive designer clothes. I cannot believe that this is a guy I knew once.
He seems to silently be taking in my changes too, his keen stare allowing me to see that he seems to approve of it all. Even the dress I’m wearing. “You changed enough for the both of us,” I blurt.
“Really. How so?” he asks.
“You grew into your nose.”
“Really?” He chuckles as if despite himself.
“Width and height too. Quite a bit,” I add.
“Anything else,” he prods, one eyebrow rising.
“You learned how to dress.”
He looks down at his black suit. “This old thing?” He grins, then shifts forward, sobering up. “What can I do for you, Bryn? Considering I’m rather surprised to see you here, I’m eager for you to satiate my curiosity.” His stare becomes keen.
“So am I. I didn’t expect to be here,” I admit, and for a moment when I look into his eyes, all I see is someone I’ve seen before. Someone who belonged in my life long ago. “You know when you had that misplaced crush on me and told me one day I’d know what it felt like to throw pebbles at someone’s window wanting them to open? I’m sort of throwing rocks here.”
“Not to sing me a love song,” he says flatly, his eyes shuttering.
“No. Well, you know that was never….I mean…” Don’t bring up your rejection of him, Bryn! “It’s for something better. Business.”
“Go on.”
“I knew that’d get you.” I smile privately. “So it’s true your love is money now.”
“She gives back what I put in. Though her ass isn’t as juicy as I like,” he says nonchalantly.
“Wow. No matter how polished you look, your mouth is still as crude as ever.”
“Thank you,” he purrs, his eyes grinning at me.
I laugh. Then I sober up and realize he’s waiting for me to speak. “I’m looking for money for my startup,” I say.
“How much.”
“One hundred thousand.”
“I don’t invest less than a million.” He twirls his whiskey in his glass, eyeing the liquid.
“Well then, I’ll ask for a million.”
He raises his brows, setting his glass down. “It’s not how much you want to ask for, it’s how much the company’s worth.” Eyebrows up, he skewers me with a cold, intimidating look.
“It’ll be worth more than a million, trust me,” I bluff.
“Good for you. Except…” he leans back with a rustle of clothes, every athletic inch of his black-clad body flowing sinuously like a feline with the move, “considering that has yet to happen and I’ll need to trust you on that, my trust needs to be earned.”
This version of Christos is even more intimidating than the old one, unfortunately.
I try to hide it, keeping my voice as level as possible. “How does one earn your trust?”
“I’d tell you if I were interested, but I’m not exactly sure that I am.” He eyes me as if debating in silence.
This guy is the only guy in the world that unnerves me in this way, and I can’t seem to slow the fast pounding of my heart in my chest as I try to remember what I came here to say.
“I have a full presentation for you. I’m not taking no for an answer.” I reach into my briefcase.
“Darling. Are you ready?”
I start at the female voice and glance at a gorgeous woman striding into the study. Christos continues looking at me as he stands and reaches for the cell phone the woman extends out.
“We’re done here,” he answers her as he pockets the phone, his gaze remaining on me.
“I’ll wait for you in the car.” She leans up and kisses his jaw, her hands proprietary on his chest, then sends me a woman-to-woman claiming look, before she swishes away, all glittering jewels and lean body.
There’s a silence as he approaches, and for a second all I can hear is the sound of a toilet flushing, taking my only opportunity with a possible investor away.
“I’ll think about it,” he says.
“Christos.”
“I said I’ll think about it,” he says from the door.
“Please do,” I say as he exits the room. I cup the sides of my mouth, “I’ll be back tomorrow. Same time?” I say jokingly.
I’m surprised when I hear footsteps returning. He pauses when our eyes meet. “I’ll make contact,” he says, raising his eyebrows meaningfully, “If I’m interested in hearing more.” He nods. “Nice to see you, Bryn.”
“Nice to see you. Christos.”
Well, that went sort of awful.

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Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then all of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world, with over a million copies sold worldwide.


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Book Spotlight: Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain Series Now in Paperback! http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/kristen-ashleys-colorado-mountain/ http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/kristen-ashleys-colorado-mountain/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:01:00 +0000 http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com?p=8826&preview=true&preview_id=8826 ANNOUNCING THREE BEAUTIFUL NEW TRADE PAPERBACK EDITIONS FROM THE COLORADO MOUNTAIN SERIES! Buy Now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Target Buy Now: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Target Buy Now: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Target Giveaway! a Rafflecopter... Continue Reading →

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Book Spotlight: Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain Series Now in Paperback!The Gamble Series: The Colorado Mountain #1
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Life isn't meant to be perfect. It's meant to be lived . . .

Nina Sheridan thought she'd found the perfect man who would become the perfect husband. She was wrong. When Nina realizes the man she planned to grow old with doesn't know her at all, it's time to rethink her idea of perfect. And what better place to get her life in order than a remote Colorado mountain town halfway around the world?

Gnaw Bone, Colorado, may not be flashy or cosmopolitan, but it's got a brand of hospitality all its own. Nina isn't entirely sure she's ready to trade the life she thought she wanted in England for cozy evenings in her mountain retreat, and she definitely isn't sure she's ready to handle the connection she feels to the owner of her rental house, Max Holden . . .

Nina didn't come to Colorado to find love, but even the best-laid plans can go awry. Now, if Nina can let go of her past, Max-and a future in Gnaw Bone-might just be the perfect second chance she's been waiting for.

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When you lose everything, anything is possible.

Lauren Grahame needs a whole new life. A simpler life. After leaving her cheating husband, she moves to Carnal, Colorado, takes a job as a waitress, and realizes she might have finally found the hometown she'd been searching for. Except things are about to get a lot more complicated . . .

Lauren's fresh start does not include her growing feelings for her boss, Tate Jackson. She'll take the new friends, the new job, not to mention the incredible banana bread from the local coffee shop, but love is not on the agenda.

However, the people of Carnal know chemistry when they see it, and they're not about to let Tate and Lauren miss their chance.

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All you need is a little luck.

Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. You name it, Lexie has probably survived it-or worse. But there's only so much bad luck a girl can take, and now one promise is all that stands between her and a brand-new life.

When that promise brings her to Carnal, Colorado, Lexie isn't sure the rough, yet strangely charming, town is for her. But there's something Carnal has that might just make staying around worth it . . . and that's Ty Walker.

For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Lexie knows there's a difference between vengeance and justice, and she'll do everything she can to make sure Ty gets the latter. And with the good people of Carnal on their side, Lexie and Ty might finally find their luck is changing for the better.

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Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Review Tour + Giveaway: Chaos Unbound by Brian S. LeonChaos Unbound by Brian S. Leon
Series: The Metis Files #2
Series Rating: five-stars
on February 22, 2017
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
Genres: Fantasy, Urban, Mythology, Paranormal
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Framed for the murder of a high ranking member of the Unseelie Court of Fae, Steve Dore–also known as Diomedes, Guardian and protector of mankind–goes on the run. He’s determined to uncover the real culprit and clear his name.

But the assassination may be the beginning of a more sinister plot that involves not just the Fae and Humankind, but all the races of the world. And what if the real assassin is a boogeyman even the Fae don't believe is real?


I’ve never read the first of The Metis Files, risking the possibility that I would have absolutely no understanding of what was going on in this series installment. I debated purchasing the first book to get myself up to speed, but I decided against it. What better way to test how well an author educates the reader on a series than to jump into the middle of things? Young adult fantasy series, such as nearly everything by Rick Riordan and the Harry Potter series, typically provide recaps throughout the series. They’re both refreshers and a fantastic way to bring newcomers up to speed. Adult fantasy books, however, seem to find it beneath them to bring readers up to speed (I’m looking at you, A Song of Ice and Fire and The Witcher).

Not only was I able to read Chaos Unbound without any knowledge of its predecessor, I’m now eager to read the first book.

The Metis Files, in its basest sense, is a bit of Percy Jackson for adults. The protagonist is Greek hero Diomedes from the Trojan War, who was favored by the goddess Athena so much, she made him a Guardian for humanity. He’s immortal, looks pretty much the same as he did thousands of years ago, and it’s his job to make sure the fantastical world does not interfere with the human world. Case in point, the Trojan War itself was essentially caused by three goddesses. However, the deities are not the only ethereal beings at play; the world is filled with fae, dwarves, ogres, trolls, and pretty much every other fantasy creature ever imagined. The reason why we aren’t aware of them is because the Guardians’ job is to stop them from meddling in human affairs.

While the idea may not seem to be innovative, how author Brian S. Leon implements it is. His interpretation of most of our wars and catastrophes throughout history is interesting, to say the least. Many of them make more sense with the supernatural renditions, if truth be told.

On this particular day in Diomedes’ life, he discovered that he’s been framed for two murders amongst the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. As he uncovers the truth behind the killings, he finds the culprit to have a hand in several areas of unrest throughout the world, such as Syria and Omar Gaddafi’s death in Libya. It’s a wild ride across the world, and the only thing that is more entertaining than the nonstop action is Diomedes’ humor. I laughed out loud numerous times, especially when Diomedes found humor in the most dire of times.

Diomedes is certainly my new favorite Greek hero, and I even enjoy Leon’s interpretation of the gods in a modern world than Rick Riordan’s. I’m definitely picking up Havoc Rising, and I can’t wait to read what mess Diomedes finds himself in with the third book.


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Chapter 1

San Diego, September 2011

Selkies. Thirty-five miles offshore in the Pacific Ocean, and I’m dodging freakin’ selkies in my fishing boat. It’s like they’re seagulls, and I’m dropping French fries at the beach. Man do they screw up the fishing. Worse, when they appear, bad things tend to follow. And it’s just my luck. Of all fae to show up randomly, it had to be these shapeshifters—the kind that could transform into seals and even into sea lions, which scare the crap out of the fish. Every pile of floating kelp we’d fished around so far had one of these fairies under it. Every kelp except the paddy right in front of the boat.

“Captain Dore, look! Another seal,” the woman said, reaching for her camera.

And that selkie made it a perfect five for five.

I couldn’t help but hang my head. My clients—a simple Midwestern family of Mom, Dad, and Teenage Son—considered it endearing to see a seal poke its head up from inside the kelp, but I could see their true bulbous heads, seaweed-like hair, and pudgy gray-green humanoid forms. Their giant, shiny-black eyes fixed on me as if they knew exactly who I was.

The creepy shapeshifters were part of the Unseelie Court—fairies that are decidedly unfriendly to humans—and the fact that we kept encountering them was starting to unnerve me. Encountering one in the Pacific was rare. In fact, I couldn’t recall one off Southern California since an entire tribe of them showed up around Catalina Island in the 1980s. That appearance had led to a spate of unidentified submerged object and alien sightings, not to mention a few mysterious plane crashes around the island and a heap of sunken boats.

“Hey what’s that big fin?” the father asked, pointing at the rapidly approaching triangular object sticking out of the water and heading straight at the paddy from the opposite side.

“Shark,” I said with a sudden smile. “Damn big one, too. Great white, from the looks of it. Rare for us down here in San Diego.”

“Oh, swim, seal! Swim!” the mom said as all hell broke loose around the paddy.

“Wow, really,” the kid said. “It’s like a real National Geographic moment.” He whipped out his phone to video the event.

I was the only one on the boat rooting for the shark. If they’d known what that shark was really chasing, they probably would have thought it was more like a National Enquirer moment.

Knowing the selkie-shark conflict would ruin the fishing within a mile of that paddy, I pushed farther out, always on the lookout for signs of life other than selkies. As long as we could avoid them, we found lots of small football-sized yellowfin tuna while we trolled, and I’d even managed to convince the anglers to release the little guys, in hopes of finding bigger ones. The small fish kept me blissfully busy until we made it back to the dock at around four in the afternoon—so busy, in fact, that I forgot about how screwy the presence of selkies was until I realized my buddy Ned was storming down the dock toward my boat as I pulled in.

As usual, Ned was dressed in a Hawaiian shirt with colors usually reserved for Las Vegas neon. The fact that he resembled a derelict version of Santa Claus usually drew people’s attention. It was either that or the fact that he always smelled like beer-soaked seaweed washed up on a beach. It could be worse given that Ned was in fact the Titan God of the Sea, Nereus, in self-imposed exile.

As I secured the boat to the dock, my cellphone, stashed inside my captain’s bag within the console, chirped the unique ring my buddy Geek had helped me assign to Sarah Wright. I felt guilty for avoiding her over the past two weeks. Despite scrambling to reach the annoying device before the call went to voice mail, I wasn’t quick enough. I tossed the phone on the console, thoroughly disgusted with my wishy-washy-ness regarding our relationship—or whatever we had. I was pretty sure we both wanted to take things to the next level, but I was conflicted about what that would mean for both of us since my situation wasn’t exactly normal.

I’ll call her back as soon as I can. I sighed, watching my three clients stumble off the boat, trying to adjust to sea legs on land after a full day on the water. They chatted excitedly about sharks and sea lions as they went. Ned stood down the dock, waiting, staring intently at me with his hands on his hips and one flip-flop-clad foot tapping away. The trio barely managed to get past him before he charged the boat.

“Diomedes, dude, glad to see you made it back okay.” Ned’s shoulders dropped a bit as he exhaled heavily. “Now get yer ass off the damn boat and back onto land.” He dipped his head slightly and glared over his sunglasses at me, his brow deeply furrowed.

I stopped taking rods out of the rod racks under the gunwales and stared back at him. Something had him on edge, and that was saying something. Normally, he made people on Prozac appear edgy. In over a thousand years, I’d never seen him like this before.

“Now, dude. Now!” he said, raising his voice and gesticulating wildly.

The myriad of seagulls and pelicans gathered around the boat awaiting leftover bait and fish carcasses took off in a sudden deafening and chaotic commotion.

“Whoa. Relax, Ned. What’s got your panties in a bunch?” I said, getting back to my after-charter chores. “Sheesh. Besides, I think the dad left a few beers if you want them.”

Normally, Ned’s first question to me would have involved the possible presence of abandoned beer. Instead, he fixed me with a withering stare. His hands were back on his hips, and his foot again tapped on the dock. When we’d first met a few thousand years before, he’d naturally emanated an aura of power. Though he’d since willingly given up most of his other-dimensional essence, the preternatural blue glow was now visible.

“Dude, which part of ‘now’ ain’t you understandin’?” He spoke through a clenched jaw and pointed at the dock forcefully, like a parent demanding a child’s immediate presence. Over his sunglasses, his eyes darted everywhere, keeping watch around us.

“Okay, okay,” I said, eyeing my fish-slimed gear and all the sardine scales and scuff marks marring the deck. “Who’s gonna clean all this up? You know if I let it sit, it’ll be even harder to clean later.”

“I’ll take care of it,” Ned replied. “Just get yer ass off the water. Right. Now.”

“Fine.” I kicked at my rods like a petulant child. “Let me get my damn gear bag, and I’ll leave.”

I grabbed my captain’s bag and stormed down the dock in a huff, glaring at Ned. I didn’t even bother to take off my grungy gray rubber fishing bibs. He avoided making eye contact as I passed him, which only pissed me off more. Instead, his eyes continued to dart around the marina. Whatever.

I got to my truck, threw my gear bag in the bed, then stripped off the rubber bibs. While hopping around on one leg like an idiot, trying to get the bibs off over my deck boots, I worked myself up from a huff to a tizzy. Who the hell did he think he was ordering me around like that? Athena? Throwing my bibs into the bed with the rest, I glanced over my shoulder, toward the dock.

Just as I was about to get into my truck, a more pressing question hit me: Why? Ned actually yelled at me. In over two millennia, I had never even witnessed him raise his voice. What’d I do to him?

I instantly felt like I owed him an apology, without even knowing what I’d done. I headed back down to the dock.

As I approached the top of the gangway, Ned was in a heated discussion with something in the water on the other side of the dock from my boat. I couldn’t get a clear view of who or what Ned was talking with, or hear what was being said. The only things evident were the loud and freakish sea lion-like barks and Ned’s wild and very uncharacteristic gesticulations. Instinctively, I searched for something to use as a weapon—a boat hook was leaning against the fence next to the gate down to the dock.

Then a putty-colored round female head covered in thick yellow-green hair popped up just above the dock and peered directly at me. Ned noticed me, as well, and all at once, the creature disappeared below the water’s surface creating a wake that tossed the floating dock and rocked the boats tied up nearby. She was definitely one of the selkies I had encountered earlier offshore.

I stopped dead in my tracks. Ned shook his head and stomped toward me, which couldn’t have been easy in flip-flops. His eyes were ablaze—literally. His awakened aura pulsed from white to blue like a lightning storm.

I shrugged and raised my eyebrows as his gaze fell on me. The temperature began to drop, and the water around the dock changed from a drab green to black and turned rough, as if it were about to boil. The disturbance bounced the moored boats against their bumpers and the dock, and the rigging on the sailboats began to clang. Even the remaining birds evacuated—only noiselessly.

“Boy, who did you piss off this time?” he said at me more than to me in a voice that reverberated through my skull. It wasn’t loud, but it was insistent in its tone.

“I… um… I, ah… what?” I asked, vapor trailing from my mouth in the cool air.

I couldn’t recall having done anything to anybody since chasing down that witch, Medea, a few months back, and as far as I knew, everyone I could have pissed off doing that was dead.

Ned continued up the ramp from the dock toward me, somehow appearing larger than normal. His face, especially his eyes, darkened. “Don’t play games with me. You got selkies chasin’ yer ass all over the Pacific, and they had to travel around the world to get here to do it. Nytrocyon herself is here to find you.” He pointed back down toward my boat. “She says Mab wants you. Says you killed Lord Indronivay.”

“Nytrocyon, ruler of the selkies? Seriously?” My teeth started to chatter, and my jaw muscles clenched in the frigid air. “Wait… she said I killed who? Lord Indronivay, Mab’s warmaster? Are you kidding me? Why the hell would I have killed that uptight belligerent asshole?”

I’d never even met him, but his reputation as a jerk was legendary. Even as a Guardian and protector of humanity, I knew him only through stories that suggested he was a giant at nearly eight feet tall and was about as friendly as a shark with a toothache. All I really knew about him was that he personally ran every major war and military campaign Queen Mab of the Unseelie Court had waged for tens of thousands of years. Hell, the guy might have charged into battle against Queen Titania of the Seelie Court on the back of a triceratops.

“You’re sayin’ Nytrocyon is lying?” Ned’s voice boomed through my head, shaking me back to attention.

I shrugged again. “Now why the hell would I do something like that? Honestly?”

Ned’s shoulders dropped slightly, and his pulsing aura faded. Though his face brightened and his bushy beard and mustache split, revealing his white teeth in a broad smile, the rest of him remained rigid. “Good. I didn’t think you were dumb enough to attack a member of one of the fairy royal courts. That’d be grounds for war. Only problem is then, dude”—he slowly slipped back into his normal relaxed and carefree persona—“you gotta ask yerself one question: why does she think you did?”

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Brian S. Leon is truly a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. He writes just to do something with all the useless degrees he’s accumulated over the years. Most of them have no practical application in civilized society, anyway.

His interests include mythology and fishing, in pursuit of which he has explored jungles and museums, oceans and seas all over the world. He has also spent time in various locations doing other things that may or may not have ever happened.

Always a picky reader, Mr. Leon enjoys stories by classical masters like Homer and Jules Verne as well as modern writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, David Morrell and Jim Butcher. These books, in combination with an inordinate amount of free time, inspired him to come up with tales of his own.

Brian currently resides in San Diego, California. You can visit his website at www.briansleon.com or follow The Metis Files on Facebook at /TheMetisFiles.


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Review Tour + Giveaway: I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/i-knew-you-were-trouble/ http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/i-knew-you-were-trouble/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:10:00 +0000 http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com?p=8793&preview=true&preview_id=8793   While Lincoln’s story was by far my favorite installment in the Oxford series, I Knew You Were Trouble was a very close second. I really enjoyed Taylor and Nick. While they were oil and water, they clashed in the... Continue Reading →

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Review Tour + Giveaway: I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren LayneI Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #4
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Loveswept on June 13, 2017
Pages: 215
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.


While Lincoln’s story was by far my favorite installment in the Oxford series, I Knew You Were Trouble was a very close second. I really enjoyed Taylor and Nick. While they were oil and water, they clashed in the best possible way and I loved it.

Taylor was horrible at showing and sharing her emotions, so it was easy to see her as a snob. But she wasn’t and for a while, Nick was the only one who saw through the iciness. I just loved the plot and the whole, “when will their timing match up?” I Knew You Were Trouble was fast paced and pretty darn steamy.


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Bradley froze when he saw her, and she was pretty sure she saw the urge to turn and run flicker across his face.
Again she felt a stab of disappointment. In him. And in herself for apparently having misread him. She’d thought he was better than this.
Bradley’s eyes moved between her and Nick, and though he didn’t look all that surprised at seeing them bickering, his gaze grew hard as he saw Nick’s hand on Taylor’s face.
Nick, naturally, took his sweet time removing it, and she resisted the urge to kick his shin.
“Morning, Bradley,” Taylor said, pleased that her voice sounded calm and friendly. As well it should. She’d had plenty of practice over the better part of a year pretending that she and Bradley were nothing more than colleagues.
Other than a few close friends who knew they were dating, they’d done a mostly decent job of hiding their romantic relationship from coworkers. Better than she and Nick had done hiding their antagonistic one.
“Hey, Taylor. Nick,” Bradley said.
He entered the room and reached for a coffee mug, turning his attention toward the other man. “Didn’t realize you’d taken on another assignment. What for?”
“Not sure,” Nick said, checking his watch. “Have a meeting with Cassidy in a few to find out.”
“Here’s hoping it’s an offsite gig that takes you far, far away. Maybe he needs someone to cover Siberian winters,” Taylor said to Nick, even as she watched Bradley out of the corner of her eye.
“Don’t need to travel to find severe winter. It doesn’t get any chillier than right here,” Nick retorted, waving his hand over her head in a storm cloud gesture.
She shoved his hand aside, her attention still on Bradley, who was determinedly avoiding her gaze.
Coward.
It was going to be darn hard to get him to see reason when he wouldn’t even make eye contact.
Nick, ever too perceptive for his own good, noticed the tension and gave a quick look between her and Bradley, his gaze turning speculative.
She shot him a warning look that clearly said, Don’t.
He shot an answering smile that clearly said, Watch me.
“Bradley, don’t suppose you’re in the market for a roommate?” Nick asked, his voice deceptively casual.
Bradley’s head snapped up, and finally, finally his blue gaze collided with Taylor’s. Dammit. Why did he have to be so beautiful? He was like a mischievous angel, all twinkling blue eyes, dimples, a sexy cleft in his chin, dark blond wavy hair . . .
“What?” he asked Nick distractedly, still looking at Taylor.
“Taylor here wants to share her original crown molding with someone.”
Bradley winced, and Taylor felt a little surge of gratitude toward Nick. He couldn’t have known it, but it was the perfect jab. She and Bradley were both into prewar architecture—had eaten up the broker’s description of all the building’s original elements.
Taylor should be sharing that crown molding with Bradley. And he damn well knew it.
His eyes met hers in silent misery—an apology that she wasn’t quite ready to accept. Heck, she wasn’t even ready to acknowledge it, because she had no intention of being dumped. Not by him, not by any man.
Taylor ignored the guilt written all over Bradley’s face as she held his gaze. “Yes, it seems I unexpectedly have a free bedroom and more rent than I can afford. If either of you knows anyone looking for a roommate . . .”
Bradley’s handsome face twisted regretfully, and he set his coffee aside, taking a step toward her, apparently forgetting—or not caring—that Nick was still in the room.
“Taylor. Damn it. I told you—”
“Actually, I do,” Nick said, interrupting.
Taylor forced her gaze away from Bradley’s pleading face toward Nick’s smug one. “You know someone who needs a roommate?”
“Yup.” He crossed his arms and watched her.
She made an impatient gesture with her hand. “Who? It can’t be one of your ex-girlfriends—I don’t want to inadvertently hear any gross details about you. And not one of your frat-boy guy friends—my living room isn’t cut out for Call of Duty.”
“Yeah, because that’s all I do all day.”
She rolled her eyes. “Okay, for real, who is it?”
His grin was slow, sly, and the very definition of trouble. “Me.”

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Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.


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Review: Halo: Fractures by Various Authors http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/halo-fractures-review/ http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/halo-fractures-review/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:30:57 +0000 http://www.obsessivebooknerd.com/?p=8765 I mentioned in my last Halo book review that I sometimes find more pleasure in reading the short stories of the extended universe more than the novels. This latest prose (not comic) collection of Halo short stories only reaffirmed my thinking. Halo: Fractures... Continue Reading →

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Halo: Fractures - Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon by Tobias S. Buckell, Troy Denning, James Swallow, Matt Forbeck, Kelly Gay, Christie Golden, Kevin Grace, Morgan Lockhart, John Jackson Miller, Frank O'Connor, Brian Reed
Series: Halo
Series Rating: four-stars
Published by Simon Schuster Audio / Halo Books on September 20th 2016
Format: Paperback
Genres: Video Game, Science Fiction, Military Science Fiction, Short Story
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Launch once more into galaxy-spanning conflict and legendary heroism…shards of an ever-expanding journey where human and alien alike find their finest hours in facing their greatest challenges. These scattered stories span untold millennia, from the age of the ancient custodial race known as the Forerunners…to the aftermath of the Covenant’s bloody war against humanity…and even the shocking events surrounding the resurrection of the mysterious Guardians. Halo: Fractures explores mythic tales of bravery and sacrifice that blaze brightly at the very heart of the Halo universe.
Featuring electrifying works from such acclaimed authors as:
Tobias Buckell • Troy Denning • Matt Forbeck • Kelly Gay • Christie Golden • Kevin Grace • Morgan Lockhart • John Jackson Miller • Frank O’Connor • Brian Reed • Joseph Staten • James Swallow

I mentioned in my last Halo book review that I sometimes find more pleasure in reading the short stories of the extended universe more than the novels. This latest prose (not comic) collection of Halo short stories only reaffirmed my thinking. Halo: Fractures is the second anthology of Halo short stories, and I can’t say if I liked this collection or Halo: Evolutions better. Each contain phenomenal stories from the best authors in the Halo extended universe. The biggest difference is that the two collections take place in different points in time. Evolutions stories primarily took place either pre-Covenant era or during the original Halo game trilogy. With Fractures, the tales primarily took place between Halo 3 and Halo 4, the Forerunner era, or after Halo 5: Guardians.

I already read a few of the short stories in Fractures, such as Saint’s TestimonyShadow of Intent, and the first part of Smoke and Shadow. Those stories aside, the brand new tales within painted incredible pictures of various “but what happened after that?” points in the extended universe. For example, what happened to the planet Meridian after its governor abandoned them to follow Cortana in Halo 5: Guardians? After Halo: Last Light, what happened with the newly recruited Veta Lopis and the remnants of the unwanted Spartan-IIIs? After the Librarian sealed the Didact and Mendicant Bias fired the rings, what happened with Bornstellar? How was the Domain locked away?

Not a single short story was dull; not even those regarding the Forerunners. I hated that trilogy of books, simply because I find the Forerunners to be a very arrogant and boring civilization (perhaps it’s a good thing they are all gone). Yet, I found the short story about them rather riveting. I can’t point to a single story that could be considered the weakest link. The entire collection is worth getting, even if you have read some of the short stories and novellas already released.

The Halo franchise continues to dominate in the video game world when it comes to extended lore. I haven’t found another brand that comes close to the number of great stories this series has produced over the years.


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