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Book Review: JUST ONE SIP by Scarlett Dawn @ScarlettDawnUSA

February 11, 2015 Book Review, Romance 0

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About the Book

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Scarlett Dawn, turns up the heat with two best friends, who were always meant for each other, in the first novella of The Club series, Just One Sip

Lucy Plume knows Jet Mak is the man she wants to marry. Her thoughts have never wavered to another. Lucy knows all of Jet’s secrets, his family’s secrets, and doesn’t give a damn. He is her best friend, her lover, her confidant…her all. But can she finally find the courage to say yes?

Jet Mak knows Lucy Plume is the woman he wants to marry. He’s known since they were children. Lucy is the only woman who can make him smile and groan at the same time. She tests his patience beyond what most men would endure, but he doesn’t care. He wants her, and everyone knows it. If only Lucy would say yes…

This is a multi-author project–you can find all The Club books at http://www.theclub.website/.

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

” ‘You know Jet isn’t the type of man to take just one sip from.’

My lips twitched. ‘Actually, you’re wrong. He’s the man I want to take just one sip from every minute of every hour of every day. For the rest of my life.’ “

Though it’s just a novella, Just One Sip still has all of the elements of a good read: intriguing characters that are well developed, even in a short format, a juicy romantic plot, and just enough steam. Jet and Lucy’s best friends to lovers story is sweet, hot, and satisfying.

The book’s timeline skips around a bit, so it’s important to check the heading when starting a new chapter so that you know where you are. It took me a couple of chapters to get used to it, but the story still flowed. It  made complete sense and the glimpses in to the past enhanced the story of the present. As with all of Dawn’s books that I have read, the writing style is uniquely hers: clear and well-written, with genuine dialogue and emotion, sexiness, and a quirky sense of humor.

Though Jet and Lucy’s romance is a story all in it’s own, it seems that there’s more going on in the background. There’s a mysterious air surrounding Jet and Lucy’s family, as well as The Club. I’ll be looking out for future books in the series to see where this story might lead.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of honest review.

 

About the Author

 

Scarlett Dawn is the author of the Forever Evermore new adult fantasy series, which include King Hall and King Cave.

She lives in the Midwest, where she loves to ‘people watch’ and daydream. She adores her music loud and her fries covered in cheese.

Scarlett Dawn’s website: http://www.scarlettdawn.net.

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5 Star Book Review: KING TOMB by Scarlett Dawn (@ScarlettDawnUSA) #FaveAuthor

November 21, 2014 Book Review, Fantasy Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult, Paranormal Romance 0

 

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This is the final book in Lily’s story, but there is much more to come from this series. Find out more HERE!

 

About King Tomb (Forever Evermore #3)

 

From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spell-binding conclusion to the bestselling first Forever Evermore trilogy.

Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.

When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller’s private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns to a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment.

They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.

 

My Review

 

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My Rating: 5 Stars

Note: If you have not read the earlier books in the trilogy, this review contains some vague spoilers. I highly recommend reading this series in order.

“And yes, I would be having many helpings of this man, no matter the obvious cost to my soul… because it was already beginning to feel like he completed it.”

King Tomb is an epic conclusion to an epic trilogy that has the most epic of love stories. Confession time: I cried writing this review. I spent the two books falling in love with Lily and Ezra, rooting for their romance, laughing at their antics, and feeling breathless at their intense and passionate connection. I tore me apart when their relationship was threatened and they were pulled apart. It was soul crushing watching two characters who so obviously belong together struggle to find each other all over again.

What would you do if you woke up in a world with no memory of your true love, only an empty, black hole where your heart and love used to reside? I don’t know what I’d do. Lily chooses to harden herself, to become a perfect killing machine and commit herself to winning the Com war. Ezra does much the same and they become hard, cold, and emotionless, with no recognition for the happiness they once had. So here’s the bonus: we get to see Lily and Ezra meet all over again, get all of that intense emotion and sexual chemistry all over again, and wait breathlessly while wondering if they’ll ever figure out what happened before. I bit my nails nubs and loved every second of it.

This installment is a fantastic addition to an already awesome series. It has everything I’ve come to look for from this series and this author, brave writing with exciting plot twists, action, adventure, mystery, mind-blowing sex, lovable characters, engaging world building, brilliant dialogue, and clever wit. This book felt just a bit darker but the characters are older now, have been through hell, and there’s so much at stake. I missed seeing as much of Jack and Pearl but was totally satisfied by Lily and Ezra’s story. I can’t recommend this series enough and absolutely can not wait to see what’s to come.

“My heart broke time and again, then blistered with agonized adoration. It pumped deep within my soul. The blackness that had consumed me was flooded with nothing but pure, gut-wrenching love.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of honest review.

 

About the Author

 

Scarlett Dawn is the author of the Forever Evermore new adult fantasy series, which include King Hall and King Cave.

She lives in the Midwest, where she loves to ‘people watch’ and daydream. She adores her music loud and her fries covered in cheese.

Scarlett Dawn’s website: http://www.scarlettdawn.net

 

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5 Star Book Review: SINK by Scarlett Dawn (@ScarlettDawnUSA) #FaveAuthor #SexySciFi

November 21, 2014 Book Review, Fantasy Romance, Mystery/Suspense, New Adult, Sci-Fi 0

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About Sink

 

The second installment to the bestselling Cold Mark serial launches with Sink, where fear and willpower battle from within…

Braita Valorn’s pampered existence with the Plumas of the west was cut short by her own hand. Being their Soul only complicates matters as she hides inside their enemy’s territory. Danger lurks, and Braita’s lack of knowledge of the planet, Triaz, is now abundantly clear.

Braita’s only strength against the deadly Mian is the blessed sun that lights the day hours.

On a mission to find her best friend, Jax, she must infiltrate the Crank Pit, a brutal complex where Mian enter, only to leave absent a heartbeat. Nothing transpires as planned. Braita’s reckless behavior lands her right into her adversaries’ custody—the Plumas of the east. Will Braita find the answers she’s been searching for…or will she sink further into a sensual world she never thought possible?

 

My Review

 

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My Rating: 5 Stars

“Huffing and settling under the covers, I muttered under my breath- in English, ‘Barbarians.’ Dark eyes, so very captivating against his white, long hair, held mine steadily. ‘That we are.’ “

As a reader, I’m a fan of the cliffhanger. I love the anticipation and the reward I get when I finally get to read something I’ve waited for; it makes it that much more exciting for me. Sink was well worth the wait. So worth it in fact that I’m questioning my devotion to the cliffhanger. I really don’t know if I can wait for the next one! (Note: If you are not a fan of cliffhangers I would wait until the completion of the Cold Mark Saga before diving in.)

I love edgy, exciting, fun, unique, and sexy sci-fi romance, and Sink is all those things. It’s totally transportive and easily and immediately pulled me deeper into the mysterious world of Triaz. We’re learning about the planet right along with Braita, and each new discovery adds another layer to the story that started with Fall. Braita is a really enjoyable female character to read, tough and brave yet vulnerable.

I can’t fail to mention that Braita is surrounded by some seriously hot, but seriously violent alien men. The combination of raw sexuality and danger is pretty captivating. The story is fast-paced and sexy, with exciting twists, turns, and surprises, all highlighted with the author’s clever sense of humor that I’ve come to love so much. I totally recommend this to fans of sci-fi romance, and if you’ve been thinking about giving it a try, the Cold Mark Saga, with it’s short installments is a great place to start. I’m waiting not so patiently for the next one.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of honest review.

We have to wait until February for Book #3, but check it out HERE!

 

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About the Author

Scarlett Dawn is the author of the Forever Evermore new adult fantasy series, which include King Hall and King Cave.

She lives in the Midwest, where she loves to ‘people watch’ and daydream. She adores her music loud and her fries covered in cheese.

Scarlett Dawn’s website: http://www.scarlettdawn.net

 


5 Star Book Review: KING CAVE by Scarlett Dawn (@ScarlettDawnUSA)

January 12, 2014 Book Review, Fantasy Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult 0

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Title: King Cave (Forever Evermore #2)

Author: Scarlett Dawn

Publication Date: January 1, 2014

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

About the Book

The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling, award-winning King Hall:the revolution is here, but the most dangerous attack may come from within…

The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.

It should have been too much, but she is not alone. Ezra becomes her rock, her best friend, the one person who understands. As Pearl and Jack struggle with inconsolable loss, Ezra and Lily work to keep the Mys community safe in their new home, and plan a deadly retaliation.

Their friendship saves them both…but it also draws attention. Whispers. Judgment. It’s not normal for Shifters and Vampires to be friends, and when a horrifying truth is revealed, their relationship morphs from unusual to unspeakable. Lily is good at keeping secrets that could get her killed. Is she willing to risk Ezra’s life as well?

 

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My Review

My Rating: 5 Stars

” ‘Open your eyes sweetheart. I want you to see who’s fucking you senseless.’ “

I’m heartbroken, and angry, and emotional, and in love with this book. Truth.

Why am I all of those things, you ask? Because once again, Scarlett Dawn has pulled me completely in to this world she has created, made me fall even more in love with these characters (if that is even possible), and then thrown this world and my emotions in to a tailspin.

Just as intense, if not more, than the first in the series, King Cave gives the reader a fully realized magical world, a brilliant cast of characters, heart-pounding action, danger, laugh out loud humor, heartbreak, friendship, love, and hot sex. Though I missed Jack and Pearl not being a huge part of the story, it was necessary in order to fully experience the chemistry and passion of Ezra and Lily. They are intense: one minute fighting, one minute laughing, and the next minute having amazing sex. I just couldn’t get enough of them. There are so many layers to their relationship: friends, lovers, and loyal comrades.

Every minute of this book kept my head and heart reeling, and the pages flying by. The unexpected just kept coming, and I’m once again impressed with the author’s bravery in the way she handles her characters and their story: she pulls no punches. The final pages of the book left me heartbroken, and just a tiny bit hopeful. It’s clear that even though we are well in to this amazing series, there is so much more story to come. I’ll let that glimmer of hope keep me going until the next installment.

“Straight to the crux of the matter. Duty, What we lived and breathed. I despised it most days… but hating it didn’t change the fact that it needed to be done.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started from at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

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5 Star Book Review: KING HALL by Scarlett Dawn

July 24, 2013 Book Review, Fantasy Romance, New Adult, Paranormal Romance 0

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Title: King Hall

Author: Scarlett Dawn

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Publication Date: August 1, 2013

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

About the Book

A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing:  survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.

 

My Review

Action-packed, exciting, fun, sexy, with a dark edge… King Hall is like Sookie Stackhouse, Harry Potter, and something else completely original all rolled into one!

This fast-paced and engaging series debut immediately tosses the reader into the middle of a world much like our own, but with an added population of Shifters, Vampires, Mages, and Elementals. King Hall is about the Mysticals, specifically four very special Mysticals who will eventually be in charge of their entire population. Because of the fast-pace, I found the very first sections of the book slightly confusing as I absorbed so much information about the characters and the added information of the back-stories. For a brief time, it felt like there was a first book in the series that I could have missed (I’m secretly hoping for a prequel!). But overall, the author does a very good job imparting all the necessary information while engaging the reader in the story. And let me tell you, I was hooked.

If it was the compelling plot that drew me in, it was the characters that held me there. Dawn has created a brilliant ensemble cast, each character unique and interesting. On their own they are fantastic characters, but together they are unforgettable. She forges an amazing, emotional, and palpable bond between the group, so much so that as I reader I simply couldn’t imagine them without one another. Though the story belongs to Lily, it is her friends that make her the amazingly strong character that she is.

“Jaw clenched, Ezra took five long strides in my direction and bent down, whispering against my ear, ‘Sweetheart, is today the day you run away alone in fear? Or the day you have the balls to trust in our friendship? Trust in the four of us. Together.’ “

 Okay, so here’s my favorite thing about this book: while reading it, I felt a little out of control; and I mean that in a GOOD way. The author’s writing style is incredibly brave. The story is not simply unpredictable, it’s much more than that. No one is safe and nothing is sacred.  It’s like the author gave these characters life, created a world for them to live in, and then let them go, like the story itself has a mind of its own. And then she brings the reader along for the ride. Brilliant.

Though there’s no graphic sex, the book has a constant buzzing sexual undertone. And even though it’s often dark and violent, the despair is equally balanced with a sense of humor. I loved this book, even the cliffhanger ending, which left me eagerly anticipating more of this fantastic story.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book (via Netgalley) in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started from at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

 

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