Friday, May 25, 2018

"Lennon Reborn" by Scarett Cole


SERIES: Preload #4
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: NetGalley

Lennon McCartney is not a broken man. Because being broken implies being whole once. When a horrific accident deprives him of the one thing he loves—his talent as a fierce and explosive drummer—Lennon is left with a life chained by an abusive mother, by crushing guilt over a tragic past. A life he doesn’t want. Dr. Georgia Starr is a legend. She’s one of the most successful neurosurgeons in the world, coming from a long-line of respected New York doctors. Her life is built around solving complex medical cases in order to bring relief and hope to sick children. But the one problem she can’t solve is how to live her life. How to be shake loose the burden of being her elitist, arrogant father’s daughter. How to be free. Can a man who despises his life and a woman who desperately needs to live find the answers, and love, with each other?


A dear friend of mine has been bragging about Scarlett Cole's books for quite a while now, and soon my best friend started to follow her example by highly praising her to me as well. So when both of them read this book, they made sure I HAD to give Cole a chance. Note to self: always listen to those who know your cup of tea.

"Lennon Reborn" is the fourth book in a contemporary romance series, but it's no issue for the reader to get into the story—or every character—without having read the previous instalments. If anything else, it just makes you want to pick the other books to hold on to all da feels a bit longer, no matter that you already know the outcome. This book starts with probably the most I-did-not-see-it-coming impactful event that left me hanging for a few moments before turning to the next chapter. It wasn't easy, but I needed to. The whole story is emotionally involving because of some dark and difficult subjects, a tragedy you can't shake offno wonder it affected Lennon the way it didand lousy relatives you'd better cross off your life. But can Lennon find the strength to let emotions hit him, and Georgia find the courage to stand up for herself?

Scarlett Cole wrote a really touching story and beautifully portrayed a broken character who is impossible not to want to love, comfort, and give him all he wants—even if he will never ask. If you haven't heard of this series before, I'd recommend you to check it out!


Monday, May 21, 2018

"From Duke Till Dawn" by Eva Leigh


SERIES: The London Underground #1
PUBLISHER: Mills & Boon
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: NetGalley
LINKS: Goodreads

The Duke of Greyland lost his heart—and a princely sumto a charming, beautiful and destitute widow who, after one passionate night, vanished without a trace. Cassandra Blair grew up on the city streets, picking pockets to survive. Greyland was a rich mark—to be fleeced and forgottenonly she’d never forgotten him. Years later, chance brings them together again, in a London gaming hell. Grayland is desperate to have her… never suspecting everything about his lover was a lie. But finding herself in dire financial straits, at risk of losing everything, Cassandra has no choice but to beg the man she betrayed for help. The proud Duke will assist her under one condition: she doesn’t leave his sight until her debts are paid! But can the real Cassandra—the smart, streetwise survivor—steal his heart all over again?


When I put my eyes on this book, the first thing that got my attention wasn't just that lovely purple dress, but also the title. Oh yeah, I see what you did there, and I really like it!

"From Duke Till Dawn" is a nice historical romance read with an appreciated twist, instead of a scoundrel for a hero, we get a swindler for a heroine. Doesn't that just makes things pretty interesting? Making a living is hard and, in certain periods of time, for women it proved to be quite a real challenge since they were left with very limited/poor options... In a way, readers can see Cassandra did what she had to out of desperation, in order to survive, but it's still impossible not to feel for the Duke of Greyland. He honestly showed more compassion than I would have imagined, he agrees to help Cassandra when he had every right to refuse—after being played and sort of getting heartbroken in the processbut that works well because we get a mystery to solve. So, it's not simply a re-kindle of passion we assist to, but a catch-a-swindler-to-save-another kind of adventure.

I enjoyed this story, if it hadn't been so easily resolved—and perhaps we got to see more of how it started it all—I would have probably felt a deeper connection and loved it. Yet, I can't deny I ended up having a nice time.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#68)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


This week's pick: BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
Expected publication: June 5th, 2018 by Entangled Teen

A lush, unique new fantasy trilogy about a girl tasked with stealing the prince’s heart…literally, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lovely Vicious series.

Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.


What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, May 11, 2018

"Passion Rising" by J.A. Huss and Johnathan McClain


SERIES: Original Sin #4
PUBLISHER: Science Future Press
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
SOURCE: Authors
LINKS: Goodreads

Old demons are back. Maddie’s dealing with the fallout of her choices. Safety and happiness are relative, elusive things she’s desperate to have. But they will forever remain out of reach until the demons of her past are laid to rest. Tyler’s mistakes resurface to haunt him and he’s just beginning to understand that money can’t fix a broken relationship. He must open his heart and search for answers he’d rather not find. She wants peace in a world made of chaos. He wants to rid himself of a lifetime of guilt. They’re soul mates, but that’s no guarantee. They’ll need to rely on each other to find their happily ever after. Because the fight never ends—it just gets easier with someone at your side.


The moment to say goodbye to this couple has come, but the good news is that we don't have to say farewell to Huss and McClain as a writing duo. In fact, they appear to have more in store for us in the future, yay!

"Passion Rising" wraps things up pretty well, giving an ending to a series that has been promising from the very beginning. While I had some reservations when I started the read—the first few chapters were a bit slow for me—I found myself pleasantly surprised when I saw the story taking an unexpected path. If action and extreme danger were running strong in the previous instalments, in this final book there's a healing process both Maddie and Tyler have to go through, which also helps the reader connect with them on a better level. These two surely have been through hell for quite a few years, but now that they are together they seem to have found the light, and finally realise there are things they need to face in order to really move forward. Can they put their demons at rest and reach their personal heaven?

I'm not just happy to have given this series a shot, I'm also glad I discovered two authors who know how to keep their readers engaged and on edge. I don't know about you, but I'm keeping an eye on their works!


Monday, May 07, 2018

"Hearts in Darkness" by Laura Kaye


SERIES: Hearts in Darkness Duet #1
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Purchased

Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call, the pin-striped accountant catches only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights go out. Caden Grayson is amused when a harried redhead dashes into his elevator fumbling her bags and cell phone. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare. To fight fear, they must reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?


This one was the first Laura Kaye's book I spotted and, although I really wanted to put my hands on that back it, I never—for absolute no reason whatsoever—grabbed it. How the hell I managed to refrain myself from reading it right away, and actually let YEARS pass, it's beyond my comprehension.

"Hearts in Darkness" is a fast read that feels anything but rushed. The pace is just right and the characters feel real to the point you think it's a plausible episode. Accident. Stroke of luck? I mean, I never liked the idea of getting stucked in an elevator, but if Caden Grayson was the one keeping me company, I would probably have a better chance with not hyperventilating—over the dark confined spaces, that is. A bit ironic considering how much he's terrified by them, isn't it? The reason behind this will warm your heart, though, and when you see these two strangers finding a common ground, you'll have no other choice but root for them. However, is it all an illusion created by the forced circumstance, or has Caden found a real spark of light in the darkness?

An enrapturing, alluring story I should have read a long time ago. If you are looking for something different, warming, enticing but also sweet, I'd suggest you to grab this book and, why not, the second as well. I did!


Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Me Before Darkest Sins . . .

Wait, it's May 2nd? 2018? Already?? Guys, it's Darkest Sins' Seventh Blogoversary!!!!!!! :D

Saying time flies is an understatement, isn't it? And yet, oh my, who would have ever thought I'd reach such an achievement?

Now, what can I do to properly celebrate? I believe it would make my blog very happy if I'd say something about how this amazing journey started and what path it has taken, but I also think you wouldn't mind a surprise or two at the end of it, huh? So let me tell you a story I'm gonna call ME BEFORE DARKEST SINS . . .

Who was I? Why, Silvia, of course! :P Alright, I'll (try to) be serious . . . I was a 20-year-something struggling with life in London, living in a flat that didn't even have a TV, looking for a(ny) job and exhausted of hearing: "You're too qualified for this". Oh, didn't you know? You are either still inexperienced for the job you dream of, or you are too well educated to do something 'below' your qualification. Thanks, that is surely a line of thought to appreciate (NOT) when someone is basically broke.

Feeling truly down and on the verge of crying every day, I would either grab a book or a manga and drown my sadness in my precious reads, until it hit me! What if I started a book blog? Could there be someone out there appreciating it? Would anyone even notice it? Oh well, what did I have to lose, right?

I kid you not, the whole process went like this in my mind:
  • STEP 1. Research blogging platforms and find the right one for you.
  • STEP 2. Come up with a name for your blog. *a few minutes pass* Do not panic, you can do this, you are so very creative after all! *hours tick by* Oh, what about tha— Nah. *the day after* That's it, I love this one and I don't care if no one will like it. -> Oh-oh, someone is already in denial.
  • STEP 3. Give your blog a personal touch.
  • STEP 4. Write your first post and schedule it.
  • STEP 5. What are you waiting for? Click on publish.
  • STEP 6. OMG, just do it already!
  • STEP 7. Chew on your nails waiting for your first follower/comment to show up . . . Will they ever?

Phew, see? In the end there was nothing to worry about, it's aaaall good! Then why am I still chewing my damn nails? Let me reveal a secret, even those who have been around for years never stop stressing, or getting a bit anxious. It's your baby we're talking about after all, you cherish it with your whole heart, and of course you want others to like it, too. Well, at least you hope they will.

Note to newbies: there is no real formula to follow, just be kind and always be yourself. Fear not, as long as you have a big passion driving you, it's going to be fine, and you'll mostly want to fight anxiousness with contentedness.

As you can see, Darkest Sins didn't just save me from a bad time in my life, it actually changed it. Thanks to this (still going) adventure, I became more confident and expanded my skills. I managed a book tour company for three years which offered marketing services for authors, I DO graphic designs and video editing works, and now I'm on Society6 as well. Oops, I haven't told you that last part before, have I? Still growing but please, check it out! Now, why wouldn't I want to add some fun in all this? And so I threw fan-videos in the mix! Believe it or not, I used to be a vidder back when YouTube wasn’t even born. I actually never stopped making that kind of videos, I just didn't post them until my sister asked me if she could upload a few of our collaborations on her channel. Fun fact, if you really love your lil sister, you can't say no to her. And good thing I love her so much because one of our videos has already 22k visits! How crazy is that?

To (hopefully) your joy, I finally uploaded a fan-video on my own channel. I'm pretty sure the title of this post and the animated gifs accompanying my words have given you a pretty big clue on what it is about, hehe. I'm a bookworm at heart, could I have picked something non-related to our beloved world to start with? ;) The video is right below, click on it and enjoy it! Also, if you feel like it, subscribe to my channel, where you can go through my playlists for more, different videos. Thank you!

Oh please, like I would EVER leave you with no International Giveaway. Don't you know me better than that? I've been around for seven years after all! :P To enter, use the widget below, in a week's time I'll draft the winner. Just know that after you have been contacted, you have 48 hours to reply and claim the Me Before You Trilogy I'll purchase for you through Book Depository. IF you guys already have the books and you win, you can then email me a friend's address and I'll send the gift their way instead :)


Me Before Darkest Sins

P.S. My readers and fellow bloggers are amazing, I appreciate each and everyone of you a lot, and I can't thank you enough for all the love and support you keep showing to me and my blog! Nevertheless, THANK YOU ALL <3

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