This duology felt like it was way more than just 2 books. There was so much world building, parallels worlds, past lives, a smidge of time travel.
Infernium was a bit more grim than Nightshade. While there is a love story to the book the romance was more dark and painful than fun and spicy. Overall the story was well built and complex. While the outcomes of the story were predictable the story line didn’t pay out how I thought it would at all.
⁃ Lots of crazy twists and turns
⁃ New snarky side characters that I loved
⁃ Demon infested labyrinth
I found my self rushing through the book a little bit to get to the end and find out what happened, some parts of the book felt repetitive and I didn’t feel the continued flashbacks to young Jericho added to the story. If the book had some of the extra cut out I probably would give 5 stars.
The Dark One, Vicious Lost Boys Book 2 Overall: 4/5 Steam: 4/5 Check your triggers, while there is emotion involved in the acts its not a “love story” Reading Rate: 5/5 These are short, action-packed installments that can be read in a day or two. After reading The Never King I was hooked on this twisted Peter Pan inspired story. I love that all the characters are truly bad, and it makes it difficult to really root for one person or group. While I did predict the cliffhanger ending…. I truly have no idea how things are going to turn out. – Things definitely got steamier in this second installment. – I love that all the characters are dark and slightly unhinged – The nods to Peter pan and really entertaining, it so fun to see the twists on classic characters. I cannot wait to meet Croc!
I spent most of my life feeling dead inside — until I met Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.
It wasn’t until Pan and Neverland that I finally felt alive.
But things are not all full of magic and sunlight on the island. There’s something darker and more sinister haunting the forest.
And worse, the fae queen and Captain Hook are ready to fight for control of Neverland and they will stop at nothing to get what they want. Including using the one thing Pan never thought he wanted or needed — me. I’m a descendant of the Darling family and now I belong to him and the Lost Boys.
War is brewing — can the Never King get his shadow back and assume his rightful throne? And if he does, where will I fit?
Or will all of Neverland be in jeopardy right along with my dark, twisted heart?
This book is the second in the fast-paced RH Triad series by Isaly. I loved book 1 and was so excited to get to read book 2! This is a true series so make sure you read book 1 first, as this book picks up right where the cliffhanger at the end up book one picked up.
What I liked:
Fast paced and no time wasted getting to the action, never a dull moment.
I loved how Isaly makes her female characters a little broken and unhinged where as most series only let their male characters show those flaws.
What I struggled it:
The story was a little all over the place in this book, but it kind of goes with the mentality of the characters.
There was supposed to be a big cliffhanger/twist at the end but I unfortunately saw it coming so it was a little anticlimactic for me.
Overall I cannot wait for the next book to come out and get to know more about the characters.
My boys found me, but a rift has formed.
Weeks ago I was steadily gaining their trust, finding my place in their lives and their beds. Now, it seems I’m the wedge driving the three of them apart.
I’ve been beaten, starved, and kept in the dark. All to come back to three men who can’t agree whether I’m an ally or a mole. But we have bigger problems to solve.
There’s a new player in the game.
The latest contender for the Dulca throne just so happens to be my favorite cousin. He was my best friend, my partner in crime. If I can get my boys to trust me long enough to keep them from starting a war, my family’s secret weapon could end up being the key to bringing our organizations together.
But I have no clue what Motshan is hiding up his sleeve, and we might not be able to come back from the carnage it could cause.
Romance/Steam: This one is really hard to rate, this book is very dark and while there are steamy scenes they are more about dealing with demons than sexy.
Reading Rate: *****
Recommend if you liked: Ecstasy by K.V. Rose, Haunting Adeline
I loved this book! It was so dark and you knew from the first page that is was going to tear you apart, this story falls in my “hurts so good” category.
What I liked:
I loved the broken characters, I don’t think I have ever seen someone like the FMC Lyra highlighted in a book before and I really enjoyed it.
This story reminded me of what a real world Joker and Harley Quinn would be like
Short and fast paced read, I finished it in one sitting (about 3.5 hours).
I completely loved that it was not a happy ending.
What I struggled with:
For sure check the trigger warnings if there are sensitive topics for you as this story contains a lot of content that could be upsetting. I do feel that all of the darkness was necessary to tell the story to its full potential.
I am the monster that lurks in your nightmares.
Evil incarnate. A sociopath. A murderer.
I kill women who are guilty of nothing other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Women like Lyra.
Her yellow raincoat flapped in the cool breeze when she walked by, that blonde hair making her look like a drowned rat as she stopped to taste the rain.
She wasn’t like the others, but my demon wanted her.
We followed her. Watched her. Obsessed over her.
She is ours. Of that I’m certain.
We will pull her into the depths of our darkness and keep her imprisoned there.
Until we meet our end.
I am ordinary in every way.
Average looks. Mundane job. Boring life.
But when he looks at me, I become something else entirely.
His gaze stalks and tracks me like a game of cat and mouse, his eyes licking fire over my skin every time they glance in my direction.
My thoughts are consumed by him every moment he’s out of sight.
He is my obsession. I can’t let him go.
And once he shows me his true form, I know I’ve captured him forever.
He is mine. Of that I’m certain.
I will follow him to the depths of darkness and happily submit to his madness.
Overall: **** I will say that this book as a complete standalone I would only rate at a 3 but as a companion to Book 1 Founded on Goodbye it really enhances the story.
Romance: *** Less romance and more hook up style than FOG. Although you do get to relive a lot of the feels from book 1 through the storyline.
Reading Rate: ***** I think I finished this book in less than 24 hours. Short and sweet read.
Genre: Hook up Romance
After reading Founded on Goodbye earlier this year I was so excited to find out we were getting more about the characters in this world.
What I liked:
I loved to see the glimpses of what was happening with Nora and Nash from other points of view. Even though this book was not meant for them to be the main characters they still stole the show for me.
The characters were so fun to get to know, Sebastian just runs away with you.
The HOOK UPS!!!
Kat also primed us for the next book/couple in the series throughout and I am already ready to dive right in!
Also I still cannot get over how amazing these covers are!!
What I struggled with:
This book is really not set up to be a standalone as it is the same timeline as FOG and really just fills in the gaps of what was happening with Riley and Sebastian while the bigger Nash and Nora story were going on. Make sure you read FOG first, or even better it would be really fun to read them together to put the full timeline in place.
There is a trope done in this book that is a HUGE pet peeve for me ruined a lot of my fun, but I didn’t hold it against the books star count because I know a lot of people love it.
Reading rate:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 almost finished in one sitting
Recommend if you liked: 50 Shades of Grey
I was so excited for this book I was ready to beg for an arc and was over the moon to receive one. This turned out to be a deliciously taboo student teacher, age gap and priest romance. The story dives right in with Tinsley the Fmc being dropped off at father Magnus catholic reform school for girls. Tinsley is prepared to raise hell for freedom from her old money dynasty family and Magnus us ready to do whatever it takes to bring her to heel.
The story was fast paced and I could not put it down
Totally took my heart for a ride because you know what is coming and you want it to happen but want to stop it all at the same time!
While it does have taboo subjects I do not consider it a dark romance, there are elements of the MMCs past that could be considered dark but they are only highlighted at high level and nothing in the non-Con space
For me was the wrap up and ending of the book being predictable, I really wish there had been some sort of twist or shocker
I also found myself lacking in any sympathy for Tinsley’s family predicament as she only seemed actually found by the whims of her mother if she did not want to give up for money and lifestyle.
There’s no absolution for the things I’ve done. But I found a way to control my impulses. I became a priest.
As Father Magnus Falke, I suppress my cravings. As the headteacher of a Catholic boarding school, I’m never tempted by a student.
Until Tinsley Constantine.
The bratty princess challenges my rules and awakens my dark nature. With each punishment I lash upon her, I want more. In my classroom, private rectory, and bent over my altar, I want all of her.
One touch risks everything I stand for. My faith. My redemption. And even my life.
As if that could stop me. I need her pain, and her heart, and she needs my lessons in sin.
Reading Rate: *****/5 I finished the book in a single day
Recommend if you liked: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
The story hits the ground running with Nora accepting a “deal with the devil” so to speak to move her career forward and try to outrun her own demons.
Fast paced and engaging story, there was never a dull moment
I loved the premise of the dancer and the musician, I wish I could hear some of Nash’s music in real life
Even though I knew whatwas coming from Page 1 of the book my heart still want not ready! This was for sure a “hurts so good” book
The story for being short and fast managed to have some great side characters
The bedroom scenes were more romantic than steamy but I didn’t mind it at all, it fit perfectly with the vibe of the book and I wouldn’t change it at all.
I loved Nash but found myself mentally shouting at Nora the whole book. She could have easily put a stop to the main issue early on, but I guess there would not have been a story if she handled it responsibly
Then ending of the story felt a bit rushed to me, I really wanted to see more of a redemption story for both characters.
Overall I really enjoyed the story, I would 100% read more of this word and will definitely be reading more of Kat Singleton’s works in the future.
Thank you to NetGalley and Kat Singleton for a copy of Founded on Goodbye in exchange for my honest review.
His songs were better when he had a broken heart.
That sentence would change my life after my dream job was dished to me on a shiny, silver platter.
All I had to do?
Hurt Nash Pierce enough to get him writing good music again.
The pop icon’s songs were no longer the phenomena they used to be. His team needed another breakthrough album—like the first he’d penned, using his heartbreak as fuel.
The plan was simple: I’d go on tour with him as a backup dancer…and make him fall in love with me. I was hired to inspire—to become embedded into every lyric he wrote. Then, I was to set fire to it all—to destroy every feeling we hoped he’d develop for me.
It seemed simple enough. Easy, even.
I didn’t expect to be consumed myself—to see so much in the man displayed in the tabloids. I didn’t foresee falling for him. It didn’t occur to me that, while attempting to break his heart, I might just shatter my own.
Most of all, I never thought I’d fight so hard to hold on to a relationship that had always been founded on goodbye.
Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for Gild by Raven Kennedy hosted by MTMC Tours! By bestselling author Raven Kennedy, comes the first book in a stunning new fantasy series where the myth of King Midas is reimagined. With romance, intrigue, and danger, the gilded world of Orea will grip you from the very first page. Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas and Jennifer L Armentrout!
Title: Gild Series: The Plated Prisoner #1. Author: Raven Kennedy. Publication Date: December, 2020 Genres: Adult Fantasy
Synopsis: The fae abandoned this world to us. And the ones with power rule.
Gold floors, gold walls, gold furniture, gold clothes. In Highbell, in the castle built into the frozen mountains, everything is made of gold.
King Midas rescued me. Dug me out of the slums and placed me on a pedestal. I’m called his precious. His favored. I’m the woman he Gold-Touched to show everyone that I belong to him. To show how powerful he is. He gave me protection, and I gave him my heart. And even though I don’t leave the confines of the palace, I’m safe.
Until war comes to the kingdom and a deal is struck.
Suddenly, my trust is broken. My love is challenged. And I realize that everything I thought I knew about Midas might be wrong.
Because these bars I’m kept in, no matter how gilded, are still just a cage. But the monsters on the other side might make me wish I’d never left.
The myth of King Midas reimagined. This compelling adult fantasy series is as addictive as it is unexpected. With romance, intrigue, and danger, the gilded world of Orea will grip you from the very first page.
Please Note: This book contains explicit content and darker elements, including mature language, violence, and non-consensual sex. It is not intended for anyone under 18 years of age. This is book one in a series.
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——- About Raven Kennedy:
Raven Kennedy writes in a range of genres, including fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, dark romance, and romcoms.
Whether she makes you laugh or cry, she loves creating worlds and making characters you can root for.
She is a California girl born and raised, drinker of tea, and lover of dark chocolate. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching The Office and The Great British Baking Show, or with her nose stuck in a book.