Blog Tour – ARC Review for Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Hello lovelies and welcome to my Blog Tour stop for Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout hosted by TLC Tours.

From the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY and internationally bestselling author of the fantastical Dark Elements and the Lux series comes a new novel set in a world of gargoyle protectors, rising demons and one girl with an explosive secret.

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Published: June 11, 2019 by Inkyard Press (Original Edition)

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Format: Hardcover 512, Ebook

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Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

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A Flawlessly Capitivating and Utterly Addictive Paranormal Romance 

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This book definitely deserves a spot on your TBR! Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a flawlessly captivating and thrilling paranormal romance that had me glued to the pages.

JLA’s With You NA contemporary series is one of my favorites and I can never forget how much I LOVE Cam and Avery.  Now, I haven’t read any of her paranormal books, but I’ve been very interested… so much so that I started buying books from her Lux series. I haven’t started yet cause I’m planning on binging the series when I finally have them all. When I received an invitation to be part of the review tour for Storm and Fury hosted by TLC Book Tours, I obviously had to say yes. It’s a JLA book and I love her writing so I couldn’t resist.

I wasn’t initially aware that Storm and Fury is a spinoff of The Dark Elements series. Having said that, I didn’t find myself having trouble following the storyline, but I’m sure reading the original trilogy would have made it even more fun. I’m definitely intrigued now and planning on reading them really soon. This book is just so well-written and I devoured and savored every moment.

Protected by gargoyle shapeshifters known as Wardens, Trinity Marrow is an eighteen year old girl who’s hiding her unique ability to communicate with ghosts and spirits. If demons find the truth about her secret gift, they’ll end her life to gain more power. But, when reports about both demons and Wardens being killed are revealed, Trinity must work together with an annoying, but charming Warden she can’t seem to resist. Zayne, as fascinating as he is, is also keeping secrets. Secrets that can make things complicated and even worse for Trinitiy. Can Trinity trust Zayne enough to save her family and the world?

With masterful storytelling, alluring world-building, and complex lovable characters, this book had me wonderfully excited and engrossed until the very end. It’s quite different from JLA’s NA books, but just as entertaining, emotional, and addictive that I never wanted the story to end. The world JLA has created feels a bit familiar and have similarities to other paranormal books I’ve read, but I still thought it’s deliciously imaginative and fascinating. I enjoyed reading about demons and gargoyles and just being part of that world. I thought the plot was well developed and easy to follow. It’s engaging, suspenseful, intriguing and a lot of fun. The ending had me feeling all sorts of emotions and I’m so freaking eager to see what happens next.

Trinity is a fierce, unique and strong heroine. I knew from the first few pages that I would love her and I really do. She’s feisty, curious, funny, and incredibly brave. She may be losing her eye sight, but that never stops her from doing whatever she wants to do. I really admired that quality about her.

Zayne intrigued me so much since I wasn’t familiar with his character having not read The Dark Elements series. I found him undeniably charming, mysterious, and fascinating. He’s hilarious, honest, and quite the gentleman. I definitely swooned over him and he totally has my heart now and forever!

I loved the romance and chemistry between Trinity and Zayne. I think they are so perfect for each other. I enjoyed their bantering, flirting, and all their amusing conversations. There are so many swoony scenes between them and I absolutely loved them all.

The side characters are pretty awesome too. I liked Misha and my heart definitely ached for him. I LOVE Peanut, Trin’s resident ghost friend. He’s so funny and I enjoyed his friendship with Trinity. I found every scene with them absolutely entertaining and I honestly laughed out loud a few times.

This was truly an amazing and fantastical read. It’s utterly addictive and enthralling. There’s drama, intrigue, humor, romance, action, heartbreak, and the feels are EVERYTHING! Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a must read for paranormal and romance fans and if you’ve read anything by JLA, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy and love this book just as much as I do. Cannot wait for more and to be reunited with Trin and Zayne! Highly recommend this book!!!

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughs and opinions are my own.

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abouttheauthor

Jennifer-L.-Armentrout# 1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. Find her on Twitter @JLArmentrout or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

 

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Instagram tour:

Monday, June 10th: @bookstorefinds

Monday, June 10th: @bookclubwithbite

Tuesday, June 11th: @theliteraryllama

Wednesday, June 12th: @superspacechick

Wednesday, June 12th: @girlsinbooks

Thursday, June 13th: @theshybooks

Friday, June 14th: @thegraduatedbookworm

Saturday, June 15th: @lovelyreadergirl

Sunday, June 16th: @amberafterglowreads

Review tour:

Monday, June 10th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Tuesday, June 11th: @bookishly_tiff

Wednesday, June 12th: Becca Leighan

Thursday, June 13th: Treestand Book Reviews

Friday, June 14th: Book by Book

Monday, June 17th: @iam.caryn

Tuesday, June 18th: Audio Killed the Bookmark and @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Wednesday, June 19th: @thecityofdarkclockwork

Thursday, June 20th: Inky Moments and @inkymoments

Friday, June 21st: Lori’s Reading Corner – spotlight

Monday, June 24th: @booksandjil

Tuesday, June 25th: Moonlight Rendezvous and @moonlight_rendezvous

Wednesday, June 26th: @booktwinsreview1

Thursday, June 27th: From the TBR Pile

Monday, July 1st: Read Love Blog

Tuesday, July 2nd: Book Fidelity

Monday, July 8th: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Thursday, July 11th: @thebibliolife

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Thanks for stopping by bookish friends. Hope you have a wonderful week! Don’t forget to add this book on your TBR and grab a copy tomorrow!!

sincerelykjologo

Blog Tour: Review & Author Interview – A Torch in His Heart by Anna Belfrage

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Hello fellow swoonies and book lovers! Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for the first book in Anna Belfrage’s The Wanderer Series,  A Torch in His Heart. This blog tour is hosted by TLC Book Tours and you can check out the rest of the stops down below. I also have a short and fun interview with the author and a few of my favorite quotes from the book.

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Published: September 1, 2018

Publisher: Troubador Publishing

Genre(s): Romance, Fantasy, Light Erotica

Pages: Paper 394

 

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In the long lost ancient past, two men fought over the girl with eyes like the Bosporus under a summer sky. It ended badly. She died. They died.

Since then, they have all tumbled through time, reborn over and over again. Now they are all here, in the same place, the same time and what began so long ago must finally come to an end.

Ask Helle Madsen what she thinks about reincarnation and she’ll laugh in your face. Besides, Helle has other stuff to handle, what with her new, exciting job in London and her drop-dead but seriously sinister boss, Sam Woolf. And then one day Jason Morris walks into her life and despite never having clapped eyes on him before, she recognises him immediately. Very weird. Even more weird is the fact that Sam and Jason clearly hate each other’s guts. Helle’s life is about to become extremely complicated and far too exciting.

ADULT CONTENT: This book contains explicit sex scenes 

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A breathtaking and exquisitely written tale of passion, betrayal, revenge and love

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A Torch in His Heart by Anna Belfrage is a seductive, atmospheric, and intoxicating romantic fantasy thriller.

I have never read anything by Belfrage before, but this book absolutely made me a fan. I thought her writing style is immensely mesmerizing, sultry, unexpected, and affecting. Within the first few pages, I found myself completely enamored and could not stop reading. Belfrage’s storytelling is just so incredibly magnetic that even when some parts moved relatively slow, I was still really invested and intrigued.

The plot is engaging, suspenseful, twisty, and sensual. There’s plenty of tension, drama, and heartbreak that kept me turning the pages. It’s brutally intense at times, but the delicious anticipation of what will or will not happen had me on edge in the most amazing ways. I also liked the flashbacks and slowly learning what truly happened between Helle, Jason and Sam. I thought the concept of reincarnation was really interesting and I enjoyed the fantasy elements. The romance was scorching and sexy. I loved the chemistry between Jason and Helle and also liked their playful bantering. But what I really liked most about this story was the raw and relatable emotional aspects that left a wonderful burning feeling in my heart. Being able to feel and experience what the characters were going through was harrowing, but also satisfyingly exhilarating.

I loved all the characters and thought they were well-rounded. They’re perfectly flawed, wonderfully realistic and fascinating individuals that made me feel so many emotions. They’re deeply tangled in their own turmoil, anguish, and inner desires. I cared about them all in one way or another and wanted them to just be happy.

Sam is the absolute perfect villain – brutal, menacing, vindictive and cruel. He’s manipulative and will stop at nothing to get his revenge. He’s filled with so much pain, anger, and hate. I shouldn’t care what happens to Sam… he is the villain afterall and has been preventing Helle and Jason from being together. Yet, there’s something about him that made my heart ache. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about Sam later on, but for now… even knowing everything I know about him, I’m not completely convinced he’s purely evil. I’m really rooting for him to have a change of heart and redeem himself in the end.

Jason is the hero you dream about. He’s brave, determined, and passionate. He wants nothing but to protect Helle and just love her. He’s genuinely good and has such a big heart. However, he’s not without faults. He’s insecured and have made plenty of mistakes throughout the centuries. He can be impulsive at times and impatient. But, it’s those imperfections that makes him so much more lovable and the kind of hero who’ll steal a piece of your heart.

I adored Helle and really enjoyed her character development. She’s vulnerable in so many ways, but she’s also fierce, courageous, and driven. She’s caring, kind, and forgiving. I love that Helle fights for what she believes in, speaks her mind, and loves with all her heart and soul. Of course she sometimes doubts herself and makes rash decisions, but she overcomes her fears and admits her faults. She definitely grew into the type of heroine I root for and admire.

Aside from a few awkward moments and dialogues here and there, I truly enjoyed and loved reading this book. I thought it was a unique story and I really liked the concept and themes. It was an addictive read and I never wanted it to end.

A breathtaking and exquisitely written tale of passion, betrayal, revenge and love, A Torch in His Heart ignites, thrills, and surprises. Anna Belfrage beautifully balances intrigue, angst, humor, suspense and romance leaving readers utterly desperate for more. It’s so irresistibly twisty, steamy, and exciting and I honestly cannot recommend it enough!

I received a free copy of this book from the author for participating in a blog tour hosted by TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I do know that when I’m with you, when I touch you, I feel whole. When your eyes meet mine it jolts me to the core of my being, and to be without you would be unbearable. Had I known you forever or just met you, I think I would have felt the same.

This was not just love — this was a need, a pulsating ache when he wasn’t close, a paralysing fear that one day he would leave. It was a want, a sense of incompletetion in his absence, a glowing sense of wholeness in his presence.

This isn’t about romance. This is about the sordid reality of love in all its gritty, painful glory.

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Thank you Anna Belfrage for taking the time to do this interview. 

Describe this book in 3 words. Passionate, dramatic and intriguing
Have you always loved writing? Yes. Ever since I decided some book had the most unsatisfactory endings (read things did not end happily) I have written stories of my own, stories in which my poor protagonists suffer and suffer but at least get a Happily Ever After in some form
What is you favorite part about being an author/writer? I love the first re-write. Usually, I’ll write a first draft, let it sit for a while and then take it out and start a major re-write. This involves culling some parts, expanding others, assessing plot twists, considering just how realistic a scene is (poor hubby has to do a lot of standing in along the lines of “If you’re sitting down and I attack you with a knife, would you be able to save yourself?” after which I “attack” him with something to see how it all works out). Plus I do some serious adverb weeding during that first re-write.
Which authors have inspired your writing? Too many to mention, I think. But if I have to name a few it would be Sharon Key Penman, Barbara Erskine, Jayne Ann Krentz and Ernest Hemingway. Odd combo, right?
If there was a zombie apocalypse and you could only take 3 books with you, which ones will you choose? Three books I haven’t written myself? Agh! Well, Lord of the Rings is a given as is For Whom the Bell Tolls. I also think I’d take Shakespeare’s Collected Works.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I’d like to be able to fly. Imagine hovering like a hawk way up high and peeking down at all the people on the ground. I think it would involve feeling genuinely free – or scared silly at the thought of falling down
If you could have any other job/profession other than being a writer, what would it be? Well, I have another profession: I’m a financial professional with years and years of working at management level under my belt. Had I started anew, I would have liked to be a teacher of history and languages.

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smokeinhereyesSix months ago, Helle Madsen would have described herself as normal. Now she no longer knows if that terms applies, not after her entire life has been turned upside down by the reappearance of not one, but two, men from her very, very distant past.

Helle Madsen never believed in mumbo-jumbo stuff like reincarnation—until she came face to face with Jason Morris, a man who purportedly had spent fifty lives looking for her. Coping with being reunited with the lover from her ancient past was one thing. Having Sam Woolf, her vindictive nemesis from that same ancient past join the party was a bit too much. Suddenly, Helle finds herself the reluctant heroine of a far-flung, time-transcending epic story, one in which pain and loss seem to play a very big part.

This time round, Jason and Helle are determined to make it to the happily ever after. Unfortunately, Sam Woolf will stop at nothing to crush them. That ride into the golden sunset seems awfully far away at times… buyonamazon
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COMING AUTUMN 2019

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Instagram Tour

Monday, May 13th: @thecityofdarkclockwork

Tuesday, May 14th: @_ebl_inc_

Wednesday, May 15th: @novelgrounds

Thursday, May 16th: @mixed_matched_socks

Friday, May 17th: @nsiabblog

Saturday, May 18th: @sarahandherbookshelves

Saturday, May 18th: @book_hangover88

Sunday, May 19th: @4_the_love_of_books

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Review Tour

Monday, May 13th: Chapters Through Life – author guest post

Wednesday, May 15th: A Fortress of Books

Thursday, May 16th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Friday, May 17th: Treestand Book Reviews

Monday, May 20th: Stranded in Chaos

Tuesday, May 21st: Becky on Books

Wednesday, May 22nd: Bewitched Bookworms

Thursday, May 23rd: Lori’s Reading Corner – author guest post

Friday, May 24th: Openly Bookish

Tuesday, May 28th: From the TBR Pile – author guest post

Wednesday, May 29th: Reading a Page Turner

Thursday, May 30th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy – author guest post

Monday, June 3rd: Cheryl’s Book Nook

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abouttheauthor

annabelfrageHad Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a professional time-traveller. As such a profession does not exist, she settled for second best and became a financial professional with two absorbing interests, namely history and writing. These days, Anna combines an exciting day-job with a large family and her writing endeavours. Plus she always finds the time to try out new recipes, chase down obscure rose bushes and initiate a home renovation scheme or two.

Her most recent release, A Torch in His Heart, is a step out of her comfort zone. Having previously published historical fiction & historical romance, with this first book about Jason and Helle Anna offers a dark and titillating contemporary romance, complete with a time-slip angle and hot & steamy scenes.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and get to meet Jason, Helle and Sam! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour and add this book on your TBR.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments down below.

sincerelykjologo