The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

I’ve mentioned this series about 50 or 60 posts earlier in Pawn. Now I get to write a post on it! YAY!

Synopsis

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

Review

You guys, I really love Greek Mythology mixed in with fiction. One of those examples is Percy Jackson and the Olympians. But that’s a post for later.

This story is basically something that happens after Persephone decides that she is done being Queen of the Underworld. But the premise for this story is a bit different. It’s set in the present, close to the deadline Hades, i.e. Henry, gave the other gods to find a new queen.

This whole series is focused on Katherine “Kate” Winters. She’s really the only hope Diana, her mother, has to make sure Henry doesn’t fade. This is because she feels guilty about the whole Persephone thing. Kate, in turn, is a little hurt and resentful because she feels like she’s someone’s replacement and not her own person. I get it actually.

Okay there’s a reason it’s called Test. Kate has to do a series of tests, as mentioned in the synopsis. Does it really take six months to do seven tests?  Really? Nope. They literally could have tested Kate in like 2 months realistically. But that wouldn’t have been as entertaining and wouldn’t have allowed for the romance between Kate and Henry.

Speaking of which. Let’s discuss Henry. He’s kind of mysterious and very melancholy. As Kate gets to know more of Henry, we, the readers, do as well. I honestly LOVE Henry! He’s so sweet.

You know who really surprised me though? James and Calliope. Those two are definitely something else. There’s a betrayal and it turns out one of them is the one that’s been killing the other girls. Geez someone lost their marbles. Honestly, I really wasn’t expecting it.

I have a love-hate relationship with the ending. Sure, it ends how you’d expect, but the fact that James kinda takes over her 6 free months, i.e. The Goddess Hunt, makes me a little upset because of the whole betrayal thing I mentioned earlier.

It’s been awhile since I last read this novel. And it’s honestly still one of my favorites. I really, truly, do hope you enjoy this novel.

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Conquer Me (Royals #2) by Geneva Lee

So this is the sequel to Command Me, book 2 of 7 in the series. Let’s begin.

Synopsis

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Book

Alexander had the world at his feet and me on my knees until secrets tore us apart.
I should stay away from him. I should run. But I’m addicted to him…to the pleasure and the pain.
He warned me about his dark side…about his past. But I have a dark side, too. Together we’ll conquer our demons…if we don’t destroy each other first.
Love doesn’t always conquer all, but it can Conquer Me.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, this picks up a bit after the ending of Command Me. We get a little bit more of Aunt Jane and definitely more Clara and Alexander.

Belle, while her intentions were in the good place, actually ends up hurting Clara. Clara is still in love with Alexander. (After all, this is a romance novel-slash-series.) Okay, I didn’t really have an accent for Alexander in my mind because I haven’t really been around English people. But listening to the audiobook, his voice is definitely not how I pictured it, maybe a little bit like Matthew Macfadyen in the 2007 version of Pride & Prejudice.

I kind of wish there was more of the letters actually written out in the novel. But damn! Alexander had it just as bad, if not worse, than Clara. Those two are something special, that’s for sure.

You guys, there’s so much drama in this novel! There’s the Belle and Clara drama at the beginning. There’s the whole Daniel thing. Clara’s parents and their issues. I almost forgot about Edward and Clara’s sister. I’m glad things work out for some of these characters. At least partially.

There’s a whole conspiracy going on, I really can’t handle it. Thank goodness Alexander finally figured out what happened that night. But wow, this was kind of unexpected. Clara is kind of a baddie. So is Belle, I’m really glad those two have one another. Especially after the whole Phillip thing, although I didn’t really like him to begin with.

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Still Star-Crosses by Melinda Taub

There’s a show based on this novel. I started watching the show before I decided I wanted to read the book. Needless to say, it was a good novel.

Synopsis

Soon to be an ABC TV show by producer Shonda Rhimes! Still Star-Crossed follows the aftermath of the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again.

This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet will have readers pining for a star-crossed love of their very own.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, I actually loved Romeo and Juliet when I read it my first year of high school, like 20 million years ago (not really). It’s only been about 6 years. I always wondered what happened afterward. I have a compulsion for wanting an epilogue to what happens to the other character.

Onto this novel.

It focused on Rosaline Capulet and Benvolio Montague. And there’s trouble brewing in Verona. And apparently, it has to do a lot with what Romeo and Juliet did. But some  really don’t want peace.

There appears to be a bunch of love triangles, obviously since it’s a drama.

Anyway, if you have seen the show, the book is pretty much the same. Well, kind of. If you haven’t seen the show on ABC or read the novel, go check it out, it’s actually pretty great.

So the differences between the book and the show… as we know, most of the time TV tends to age the characters. They’re in their teens in the novel. That’s actually one of the more common differences in books and book-based shows.

Another is the whole Ghost thing going on with Lord Capulet. Then again, it’s TV and you got to keep things interesting.

But yeah not much that different. I’m honestly not shocked by the ending of the book. It’s a romance, hello. Actually, I didn’t enjoy Prince Escalus being manipulative. That was a crappy move Escalus.

So I totally would go on about the book like I normally do, but it has been a few months since I read it.

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Command Me by Geneva Lee

So this is like the third time I’ve actually read the book. And things are pretty intense. There are 3 books in Clara and X’s story, 3 in Belle and Smith’s and 1 that kind of follows Alexander.

Synopsis

When he kissed me, I was shocked. He was a stranger and still so familiar. It wasn’t until I woke up to my picture splashed on the cover of tabloids that I realized I knew who he was.

Prince Alexander of Cambridge.

Royal bad boy.

Exiled heir to the throne.

He isn’t Prince Charming. He’s controlling. He’s demanding. He’s dangerous. And I can’t say no to him.

We both have secrets—secrets that could tear us apart or drive us closer together—and as the paparazzi exposes each one, I have to decide just how far I’m willing to go for King and Country.

For readers 18 and up due to mature, erotic scenarios.

Formerly titled For King and Country

-via Goodreads

Review

I originally found this series on Facebook. Damned Amazon ads. But I’m glad for it because it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Okay, obviously this is a romance novel and the series follows Clara Bishop. Recent college grad who gets involved with the Crown Prince of England, Alexander. Hmmm, I see some Fifty Shades parallels.

Well only with Clara and Alexander’s relationship. Her family is kind of high-maintenance and his family just sucks. But seriously though. The only person in his family that you actually like, other than him obviously, is his younger brother Edward. Gaah, why aren’t these guys actual people? Oh well, I still love them.

Oh dang, paparazzi are a pain in the butt. Like, really? Why y’all gotta go and reveal personal info?

Okay back to the character. Clara is actually fighting a lot of her demons in this book. One of which is an eating disorder, and a previous relationship that was abusive. The fact that she was able to recover and become a survivor is kind of amazing.

Then again, if she weren’t this strong, she wouldn’t be an entertaining character. Can we talk about how sassy she is when confronting Pepper and all the other members of the “Royal Brat Pack.” She’s absolutely witty.

Alexander is actually an uber complex character. Even though we only get Clara’s point of view, we learn through her that X is actually really traumatized. Which is understandable, considering that he isn’t entirely sure what happened that night.

That mystery, along with what will happen between Clara and Alexander will forever keep me entertained and I will keep coming back to this series. Almost exactly like I keep going back to Vampire Academy.

Needless to say, this book was really good, but the ending…oh that ending. Yeah, can’t really talk about it. BUUUUUT it was both great and sad.

Happy reading!!

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A Harmless Little Game by Meli Raine

So I was first introduced to this book via Facebook ads. And let me tell you, this book got me hooked!

Synopsis

Four years ago I lost my virginity on live, streaming television.

Too bad I wasn’t awake for it.

The video went viral. Of course it would. A Senator’s daughter on camera? Wouldn’t you click “share”? Besides, that’s what three of the four guys in the video did.

Share.

They shared me.

But that fourth guy? The nondescript one in the background in the upper left corner of the screen, just sitting on the couch? The only one who did nothing?

Not one single thing.

That was my boyfriend, Drew.

And that was the last time I saw him.

Until today, when my father—now on a path to the White House—hired him as head of security for my new team as I return home after four years of “recovering” in an undisclosed location that involved white lab coats, needles, pills and damage control.

You see, the other three guys never went to jail. Never had charges pressed.

Never faced consequences.

Until today.

Game on.
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A Harmless Little Game is the first in this political thriller/romantic suspense trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.

-via Goodreads

Review

Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to begin. This poor girl has been through so much only to be locked away and hidden. What really kept me interested in this book though, was the mystery behind what the hell happened to Lindsay.

So we know something happened four years prior to the books beginning. But man this girl just can’t catch a break. Between feel is of betrayal and love towards an ex boyfriend and just anger, Lindsay has so much to deal with, especially as the daughter of a senator.

Literally this book takes place over the course of a few days. Not even a week. Like who does that??? Obviously I’m freaking out about it and am very angered by what is happening to Lindsay but feel just as powerless as she does. The only reason I’m still reading is because I want to know what happens between her and Drew, as well as wanting to know if she gets her revenge. The girl really needs it.

It ended with a cliffhanger, shockingly. And now I’m wondering, what is she going to do? What’s going to happen with Drew?

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Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay

Okay, so maybe this isn’t a series, but all the books are connected because characters from the other books do make cameos. Either way, I really did enjoy these books. This happens to be the last one in the set of standalones.

Synopsis

I was born into British aristocracy, but I’ve made my fortune in Manhattan. New York is now my kingdom.

Back in Britain my family are fighting over who’s the next Duke of Fairfax. The rules say it’s me–if I’m married. It’s not a trade-off worth making. I could never limit myself to just one woman.

Or so I thought until my world is turned upside down. Now, the only way I can save the empire I built is to inherit the title I’ve never wanted– so I need a wife.

To take my mind off business I need a night that’s all pleasure. I need to bury myself in a stranger.

The skim of Scarlett King’s hair over my body as she bends over . . .

The scrape of her nails across my chest as she screams my name . . .

The bite of her teeth on my shoulder just as we both reach the edge . . .

It all helps me forget.

I just didn’t bargain on finding my one night stand across the boardroom table the next day.

She might be my latest conquest but I have a feeling Scarlett King might just conquer me.

A sexy, standalone romance.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, so they obviously had great chemistry. And by them, I mean Scarlett and Ryder. Seriously, it was super obvious from the moment they met. But I actually kind of thought Ryder was a jerk when he’s first introduced.

Then there’s the sexy scenes where they are literally just wild and loose. Those scenes were definitely a little sexier than they were in Park Avenue Prince or King of Wall Street.

We saw the single Scarlett through Harper and Grace’s, as well as Max’s, point of view, but it was great getting to read her POV. She’s actually hilarious, and super vulnerable just like the rest of us. She was an extremely relatable character.  And her situation isn’t all that different from what thousands of people are doing. Yes, some people marry the first time because it’s convenient or they truly believe they’re in love.  If it’s the first, the second (or third) time around is actually for love. And if it’s the second, they just fall out of love.

Well I could go into detail about Scarlett and Ryder’s relationship, but that would be cheating. You’d have to read if you want specifics. It was actually really great to read. And it was a treat to read the evolution of a relationship.

And there was also the rivalry within families. That was actually an extreme version, at least in my experience. I don’t really know what else to say about this without giving spoilers. But it was very enjoyable

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Park Avenue Prince by Louise Bay

While this technically is a standalone, it still follows one of the characters from King of Wall Street. Let’s get started.

Synopsis

THE PRINCE OF PARK AVENUE FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH IN A FEISTY MANHATTAN PRINCESS.

I’ve made every one of my billions of dollars myself—I’m calculating, astute and the best at what I do. It takes drive and dedication to build what I have. And it leaves no time for love or girlfriends or relationships.

But don’t get me wrong, I’m not a monk.

I understand the attention and focus it takes to seduce a beautiful woman. They’re the same skills I use to close business deals. But one night is where it begins and ends. I’m not the guy who sends flowers. I’m not the guy who calls the next day.

Or so I thought before an impatient, smart-talking, beyond beautiful heiress bursts into my world.

When Grace Astor rolls her eyes at me—I want to hold her against me and show her what she’s been missing.

When she makes a joke at my expense—I want to silence her sassy mouth with my tongue.

And when she leaves straight after we f*ck with barely a goodbye—it makes me want to pin her down and remind her of the three orgasms she just had.

She might be a princess but I’m going to show her who rules in this Park Avenue bedroom.

A sexy, standalone, contemporary romance.

-via Goodreads

Review

While King of Wall Street was absolutely hilarious, this one was about following your dreams. After all, that’s what we should all do and not worry about finding romance.

Yes, this is a romance novel, but what I love about these stories is that most of the time it’s unexpected for the characters, not so much for us.

This novel follows both Grace, Harper’s best friend, and Sam. Both obviously have issues and are called out on them by several of the characters, including one another. There were so many heart-to-heart moments, it was all really very sweet.

But nothing makes me happier than characters overcoming their issues because they want to, not because their partner made them, those types of relationships don’t really work out anyway.

Sam has experienced some tragedy in his life, but he accepts it after what seems like forever because he realizes that that was no way to live his life. These books that Lousie Bay has written are definitely a work of art, and I freaking love it.

Really this all started because of art, it was fitting that it ended in such a way. You know how they say art and literature reflect what is happening in society? Well it’s definitely true. Between single fathers, someone being orphaned at a young age, and marriage after kids, we see a lot of our society in these books.

And there’s going to be another standalone… um YAY!!!!!!!!!! We get to see more of these characters. A post on that book will probably be up tomorrow. Hope you enjoy

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