Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme where we have the opportunity to let others know about books that we are eagerly waiting for.

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Listen To Your Heart
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult
Find it on Goodreads

Releases on: May 29th 2018!!

 Talking to other people isn't Kate Bailey's favorite activity. She'd much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school's podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she'll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate's surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend ... until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West's adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

Why I'm waiting:  This sounds super adorable, and Kasie West always has the cutest book covers!  I've still only read one book from Kasie West (Lucky in Love) but I've got two more on my shelves that I've been meaning to give a try (P.S. I Like You & The Fill-In Boyfriend).

What books are you excited about?

Review: Alasdair by Ella Frank

Monday, October 23, 2017

Title: Alasdair
Author: Ella Frank
Series: Masters Among Monsters, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication date: October 13th 2015
Find it here: Goodreads, Amazon

 A dangerous allure…

Alasdair Kyriakous is one of the most feared and ruthless vampires in existence. Bestowed eternal life by the Ancient Vasilios, his name carries much weight across the continents. 
But he is a mystery to his kind, an anomaly among the self-indulgent. While he enjoys the pleasures of the flesh, he is exceptionally particular in who he takes them from, priding himself on his ironclad self-control. 
Yet with one look, and one man, his control will become a thing of the past, and Alasdair will discover—eternal life doesn’t always last forever…

A deadly attraction…

Thrust into a world he never knew existed, Leo Chapel has awoken in his worst nightmare. One that is being orchestrated by the dangerously, mesmerizing vampire, Alasdair. 
He’s taken him hostage, convinced that Leo is hiding something after he managed to incapacitate him, and has vowed to do whatever is necessary to discover what that is—even if Leo himself has no clue.

A forbidden desire that could destroy a race…

Brought together by a force neither are aware of, both Alasdair and Leo are ignorant that they are pawns to a higher power. All they know, is the more time they spend trying to uncover the others secrets, the stronger the attraction becomes. 
But enemies are watching, from afar and from within, and when decisions that will alter lives and destinies have to be made—can a dead grey heart learn to beat again?

I've read a couple of Ella Frank's MM romances and I enjoyed them for the most part, so I was really excited when I found this series available through Kindle Unlimited.  This series is so different from anything that I've read from her before, and I love vampires, so I couldn't say no.  Every year around Halloween I find myself wanting to read thrillers or books with vampires to help me get into the spooky holiday spirit. lol!  While I really loved the world that Ella Frank created with all of the vampires and mythology, I thought the romance aspect fell a bit short.

Alasdair is a "first sired" vampire, meaning he is one of the most powerful and feared vampires in existence. He was sired by Vasilious, who is even more powerful than he is. Vasilious owns him and can command him at will.  Alasdair is ruthless with a magnetic sexual appeal. His looks have lured plenty of humans to their death, while experiencing a pleasure unlike anything they've ever experienced. He's also a vampire of particular tastes, so not just anyone experiences the pleasure of receiving his carnal attentions. But after seeing Leo one night that seems to change everything for him.  He finds himself drawn to him, even if he doesn't understand why.

Leonidas Chapel has a dream involving a sexy man, but quickly learns that it wasn't a dream like he thought.  He remembers being bitten and then waking up in a room alone.  He is thrust in a world unlike any he's ever imagined existed. He finds himself inexplicably drawn to Alasdair, while also fearing Alasdair will end his life at any moment. Every time they kiss Leo receives visions from the past, and they find that they may be connected more than they originally thought.

There was A LOT of sexual tension and chemistry in this one but not very much "follow through", if that makes any sense.  Things were built up and built up but then halted, so when things finally did happen, I wanted a little more and I also felt a little let down.  I'm still really confused about how this relationship is going to pan out.  Is it truly Alasdair and Leo, or is Vasilious also going to be part of their relationship too??  I don't really know, but I seems like that may be the case, which kind of bums me out.  We spent the whole book feeling the chemistry between Leo and Alasdair that it felt really frustrating when Vasilious involved himself repeatedly.  Maybe after I see how all three interact in the next book, I can get more on board with them all together but as of now, I don't love it.

This story had a pretty slow start and took a while to get going but I was really into it by the end.  Things still aren't completely clear to me as to what is really going on, but I'm hoping that is going to be a little more clear in the next story.  I was really disappointed with the ending in this one.  There's nothing gradual at all about it.  Nothing is figured out, but there isn't really a huge cliffhanger moment either.  It just ends.  It felt really abrupt and strange.

Even though I didn't absolutely love everything about this one, I feel intrigued enough to continue on with the next book in the series because I need to know what happens.  The next book in this series is going to be a M/F romance, but it will still involve all of the characters we met in this book.  Although the next book is supposed to focus more on Isadora, I'm still hoping for a little more insight on how things are going to work with this couple from Alasdair.

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