Waiting on Wednesday: The Roman

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Expected publication: December 2016 by Ever After

Raven and her sister, Cara, are at the mercy of a small detachment of Florentine vampyres, who are delivering them as a peace offering to the feared Curia in Rome.

Though she’s unsure William survived the coup that toppled his principality, Raven is determined to protect her sister at all costs, even if it means challenging Borek, the commander of the detachment.

In an effort to keep Raven from falling into the hands of his enemies, William puts himself at the mercy of the Roman, the dangerous and mysterious vampyre king of Italy. But the Roman is not what he expects …

Alliances and enmities will shift and merge as William struggles to save the woman he loves and his principality, without plunging the vampyre population into a world war.

This stunning conclusion to the Florentine series will take readers across Italy and beyond as the lovers fight to remain together. Forever.

I have so much love for this series and can’t wait for this book to be released! And that cover! ❤

{Monthly Recap} – January

Happy New Year and best reading month ever!

I feel like I always start the year off strong with my reading and then it’ll slowly start to decline. Finishing 10 books in one month is unlike me, but I’m pretty happy about it! Not only that, almost every book was a fantastic read! It’s going to be near impossible for me to choose a favorite. This was definitely one of the best reading months I’ve had in a long time – quality and quantity!

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Books I Read

F*ck Love – 5 Stars

Built – 3 Stars

He Will Be My Ruin – 4.5 Stars – Review to post with blog tour

The Shadow – 5 Stars

Behind Closed Doors – 4 Stars

Never Never: Part Three – 5 Stars

Fool Me Once – 5 Stars

What We Find – 4 Stars

One True Loves – 5 Stars

The Dirty Secret – 3 Stars

 Favorite Book(s) of the Month

One True Loves – 5 Stars

The Shadow – 5 Stars

F*ck Love – 5 Stars

Fool Me Once – 5 Stars

I couldn’t just pick one this month. I read too many awesome books!

Books Read in January: 10

Books Read in 2016: 10

 

Reviews

What We Find

Fool Me Once

One True Loves

Never Never: Part Three

The Shadow

Behind Closed Doors

Built

F*ck Love

Deadline

Christmas Ever After

A Single Breath

Other Noteworthy Posts

Top Ten Books I Recently Added to my TBR

2015 Releases I Meant to Read {Top Ten Tuesday}

2016 Goals {Top Ten Tuesday}


Things I’m looking forward to in February

Two books I especially have my eye on this month are Salt to the Sea and Find Her. I really hope to read them as soon as they come out! I’m also hoping to continue my awesome reading streak. I think the only reason I was able to read so much in January was because I have been sick with a cold/sinus infection for several weekends, and the only thing I had the energy for was reading. It helped pass the time and take my mind off of being miserable. I hope to be healthier in February, so the reading time may take a hit, lol.

As for running, I set a goal for myself to sign up for a 5k race at least once a month for the entire year. I ran one the first weekend of January, and am signed up for one next weekend. Here’s hoping the temps stay above freezing! My running the past few weeks has taken a major hit thanks to not feeling well, so I’m slowly working my way back into it, while trying not to over do it at the same time.

February Releases

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 What are you looking forward to in February?

Link up your Month in Review hosted by The Book Date.

Month in Review 6

 

{Review} The Shadow

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About the book

Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart…

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy.

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness…

My Thoughts

One of my favorite books of 2015 was The Raven, the first book in this series. I have loved every book by Sylvain Reynard that I’ve read, and he continues to amaze me with his beautiful writing. I was beyond grateful and excited to receive an advanced copy of the second book in the series, but honestly I was hesitant to dive into it immediately. I always worry that the next book in a series, by one of my favorite authors, may not live up to my high expectations. I was nervous and put off starting it for several weeks. Well, my worries were ridiculous, because this book exceeded all of my expectations.

There’s something about SR’s writing that feels a bit old fashioned – his prose is lyrical and beautiful. I become so engrossed in his stories and the writing that they’re impossible to put down. Then I’m sad when I’ve finished the book in only a few days and have to wait another year for the next one.

The book starts very intensely, picking up where the first book left off. And although I enjoy the suspense, the historical pieces, and the life of the underworld, it’s Raven and William’s love story that keeps me coming back for more. Their romance is beautiful, their passion so intense. Their relationship is tested by many outside factors that keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense. And a fair warning, this book ends on a pretty wicked cliffhanger, which I would normally not be a fan of. I’m only more forgiving of them when it’s a book by a favorite author.

Not wanting to give too much away, this book, this series, is one you have to read and will then understand why I have such a deep love for SR’s writing and storytelling.

Bottom Line

A story full of suspense, lyrical prose, and the most gorgeous setting – I can’t recommend getting lost in SR’s beautiful writing enough. A must read series.

5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal, Romance

Series (Book Two)

Published: February 2, 2016 by Berkley

Length: 320 Pages

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

This is a weekly meme now hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. If you aren’t already, I encourage you to join in on the fun!

Don’t scroll down and go into shock –  I finished THREE books this week!! I know, I can’t believe it myself. I am on a roll and so happy to have my reading mojo back. And to have read some really great books. Let’s hope it keeps up!

FINISHED READING

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I thought this was an excellent suspense. My review will post for the blog tour.

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SR has such a beautiful way with words. His writing may seem a bit old fashioned and lyrical, but I get lost in his books and hate when they end. This one lived up to all of my expectations, and although it ends on a cliffhanger (we know how much I hate those), it was fantastic. Review to come.

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WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK DID I JUST READ?! I’ve read some pretty messed up psychological thrillers before, but the horror behind this story is the stuff made of nightmares. I picked this book up late Saturday night, and refused to go to bed last night until I finished it. It’s sick and twisted, and really hard to stomach. And I’m not talking about blood and gore. I almost quit reading early on because I was so disgusted by the story – but something  kept me reading. I will do a proper review for this one later. Let’s just say this book really disturbed me, and if I’m still thinking about it, I guess the author did a great job.

CURRENTLY READING

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After finishing such a disturbing read, I need something light and romantic. Really excited I was approved for this one on Netgalley. It’s been awhile since I’ve read Robyn Carr. And how cute is that cover?!

WHAT WILL YOU READ NEXT?

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IT COMES OUT TOMORROW!! So, no matter where I am in my  other book, I’ll be starting this one immediately!

What are you reading this week?

 

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

This is a weekly meme now hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. If you aren’t already, I encourage you to join in on the fun!

FINISHED READING

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I can’t say enough how much I loved F*ck Love. You can read my review here. I didn’t love Built as much. Will post my review today.

 

CURRENTLY READING

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I was excited to get on this blog tour, and I’m really in the mood for suspense right now. Hope it’s as good as the hype!

WHAT WILL YOU READ NEXT?

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What are you reading this week?

 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading