Zodiac Academy 6: Fated Throne by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the sixth book in the Supernatural bullies and beasts series.

Fate has torn us apart and sometimes I believe the stars have given up on us altogether.

Without my sister, the world seems darker than ever before and the shadows loom thicker, rising up to answer the call of the Shadow Princess and changing the face of Solaria for good.

Now Lionel Acrux has the strength to make a move for the throne, I’m not sure how much time we have left to stop him.

Our only hope is to find the Imperial Star before he does. We made the sacrifice the stars called for and we’re paying the price for that decision so it can’t be for nothing.

But with the stars turning against us at every move, and the last light in the world seeming to fade, I’m afraid we’re almost out of time.

Hope is a dangerous thing. It’s the key to us fighting on. But it could be what destroys us in the end.

One thing is for certain, I won’t stop until I have been reunited with my other half and together we will fight to take our crowns.

A war is coming.

The throne is calling for a new monarch.

And someone must answer its call.

I’ll try and make this series as spoiler free as I can manage, but this book wasn’t half a roller-coaster of a ride to read.

I absolutely love this series. It’s absolutely fantastic. The storyline is amazing, the characters are absolutely brilliant and the plot keeps developing well.

F#cking Lionel.

It was amazing how much I said those words. Jesus christ that man is a monster. I’ve never hated anyone a much as I hate that dragon. He’s just… Ugh. The whole way through this book he was ughh. He keeps getting worse and worse. I can’t wait to see that monster of a man die.

I felt so sorry for his family. Catalina, Xavier and Darius put up with so much shit. My heart went out for them with the way he treats them. At least there was a small bit of good in this book with Catalina.

I loved Xavier and Geraldine’s chapters in this book. I love them both. It was brilliant to see Xavier come into his own in the academy, and seeing him with Sofia and wanting to become the Dom. There was plenty of humour. Geraldine is just the best. I love her. Tory and Darcy are so lucky to have her support, even if she’s a little over the top at time. I love her relationship with Max as well. I seriously hope that they end up together at some point.

Caleb and Seth were both brilliant together in this book. I loved it when Rosalie made an appearance. I seriously hope these two admit their feelings to each other at some point. They were annoyingly close at one point.

This book seemed to be the King of interrupting good moments.

The Heirs in general all became fantastic. It’s amazing how I hated them at the beginning and love them all now. Their support for helping Darcy and Tory is brilliant, and their willingness to risk their lives for them is endearing.

Oh god, my heart went out for Tory in this book. Jesus christ, what she went through with Lionel. That monster of a man. It was so hard to read her being Guardian Bonded to daddy dragon. I loved what Darcy and the others did for her and eventually she owned that shit.

Lionel Acrux seriously needs to die though.

Clara is a phycho. I loved what we learnt about her though. It was satisfying to learn more about the Shadow Princess. I really want to see that bitch die though. Even at the end, the bloody shadows. Gah. What the hell had that bitch done to Darcy at the end? There better be a way to fix it.

Darcy was absolutely fantastic in this book. She was so fierce and strong. I loved that she got everyone pheonix weapons. I loved her relationship with Seth in this book. He’s a fantastic friend and I loved seeing him trying to make Lance jealous.

Lance Orion is the best. I’m in love with him. I loved what happened to him in this book, although it wasn’t freedom either. His relationship with Darcy is everything, and as frustrating as it is, I was kind of glad that she didn’t forgive him straight away. He needed to grovel.

I don’t want to spoil too much, but the moments at the end between them were everything

Amongst everything going wrong, there was still plenty of humour. Geraldine in general, Xavier and his dijazzle.

I loved the prophecies, even though they are very cryptic. Gabriel is the best. Thank god he’s there, because he is literally saving everyone’s lives.

The stars are arseholes.

Darius. Holy shit, what have you done? The ending. God, I seriously hope that there’s a way around it. That sacrifice. Ahh. I get that he needed to agree to it, because it was the reason that everyone got away at the end. But by the stars, there has to be a way to change it. I don’t think I can cope if there isn’t.

I loved the moments he got with Tory and the fact he agreed to that price shows his love for her. I hope they make the most of it and steal the moments they never got to have.

The ending was brilliant and rather than a cliffhanger, it was a more natural place to stop. The whole ending was excellent, exciting, tense, action packed. Par what Darius did, it was brilliant. I loved the fact everyone was there to help.

At least they had a small win against Lionel… Kind of. I have to hand it to our Celestial Authors…

Overall, this is one of my favourite series, and our Celestial Authors have completely outdone themselves again. This book was a emotional roller-coaster. I would completely recommend this series, although you have to start from the beginning with book 1. I can’t wait for the next book, the final book in the series.

P.S f#cking Lionel.

And apologies for the language, but that’s the best way I can sum up my feelings towards Lionel Acrux.

My rating: 5/5*

Power Shift (Twin Billionaires book 3) by M. T. Stone

This is the third book in the Twin Billionaires series.

The Mayhem Continues…

As things continue to spiral out of control, Trey has no choice but to hire some protection. Based on a referral from Jack Ryker, he hires the Alpha 9 for the job and they quickly go to work to stabilize the situation.

Able to move about without putting their lives at risk, Trey and Mandy are able to begin piecing together the clues in order to figure out what is really going on. Is Tommy responsible for everything that has been happening or is it Carly who is behind all of the mayhem. Was Vanessa an innocent victim, used by Tommy to manipulate Tyler or is she more deeply involved as well?

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was good and the characters have been great.

Mandy and Trey are both brilliant, especially Trey in this book. The things he did for Mandy without even asking were beyond thoughtful. I loved watching their relationship grow and develop, and they are definitely suited to each other. In such a short amount of time, they really become one.

I loved reading what they both did for that man at the bus stop. It was a really nice touch.

I enjoyed the detective storyline. It was interesting to see how Trey and Mandy were trying to figure out who was screwing with them. I enjoyed seeong everything slowly come together. The Alpha 9 protection was a nice touch, and they really helped them in uncovering everything. I also liked the way it ended up although I think if an epilogue is needed, then include it in the book and not have it separate.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. It had the right amount of romance to plot. The characters were great and the storyline was enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

Power Play (Twin Billionaires book 2) by M. T. Stone

This is the second book in Twin Billionaires series.

What A Bombshell!

As if things weren’t messed up enough, now Mandy’s father hits me with incredibly bad news. The news not only affects my relationship with her, but also has me rethinking my entire relationship with my father. I wish I had another chance to talk to him.

It’s no wonder Trey was acting so weird. I am appalled that Dad would do something like that to our family. I have to go home to visit my mother. I have been putting it off because life has been so busy, but we need to talk. She has been so sick for so long. I can’t put it off any longer.

As Trey and Mandy struggle with their emotions, they find themselves in a predicament that continues to grow more dire and complex. With witnesses and accomplices beginning to disappear, could their lives actually be in danger? It may be time to call in reinforcements!

I really enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was good and I love the characters.

Mandy and Trey are both brilliant. They really feed off of each other and I love the spark between them. Their relationship developed really well in this book and they really are meant for each other.

They both have stuff going on in their lives in this book, but ultimately, they link together. I loved how Trey is there for Mandy when she goes home. He really is a great guy.

The storyline was good. I love how it’s a bit of a detective plot. Who’s messing with Trey and his family? I’m enjoying seeing everything slowly unravel. I think there is something up with Tommy and I’m intrigued to see how that develops.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are great and the storyline is great and it’s developing at a good pace. I would definitely recommend this book, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

My rating: 5/5*

Beautiful Dream (Beautiful Series Book 2) by Paige Laurens

This is the second book in the Beautiful series.

Luci Cunningham had a heart-wrenching affair with her high school chemistry teacher. Beautiful Torment (Beautiful Series #1) told the story, ending with Luci, now a college senior home on winter break, bringing her sister a paper she forgot at home. Walking through the doors of her old high school is jarring, especially as she’s still trying to overcome her broken heart. The last thing she told Josh Harrington was to never speak to her again, so when she runs into him all these years later she’s caught off guard. Sparks fly, but it’s probably just old feelings resurfacing. She’s still furious with his lies and deceit, but more so she’s totally surprised when he asks her out on a date – the one thing she wanted during their time together.

For Luci Cunningham the pain Mr. Harrington inflicted remains in the forefront of her mind, but Josh Harrington is dead set on winning her back, no matter the cost. Just try not to fall in love with him as he works on getting Luci to forgive and forget.

I enjoyed this book. The characters are good and the storyline continue on well.

Luci is a great character. I like how there’s a time jump, because she grows up and matures in this book. I also love Josh. He’s a great character. I loved the duel point of view in this book and I felt getting inside both of their heads added to the story.

Luci had every right to be mad at him and I’m glad she gave him a hard time. I’m also glad that he managed to win her over. He needed to grovel. The spark between them was always there and I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other again, and properly. I found it sweet how neither of them was able to move on in their time apart. They were truly meant to be together.

The storyline was good. There was enough happening outside of their relationship to keep the story flowing, while also keeping the focus on both Luci and Josh.

The ending was good. It was a happy one and it was really nice to see Josh and Luci have the start of thir future together. It seemed like an end to their story so I’d be intrigued how the future planned books would lead on from that.

I dropped a star because there were a few obvious errors in this book, although they didn’t take anything away from the story. My other issue is that even though I like Josh and Luci, still after this book, I’m not as emotionally invested as I usually get with characters. As I said about the first book, there’s just something stopping me from completely becoming invested in them.

Overall, I would recommend this book, and I enjoyed the storyline and the characters.

My rating: 4/5*

Beautiful Torment (Beautiful Series Book 1) by Paige Laurens

This is the first book in the Beautiful series.

We both knew it was wrong.

But nothing has ever felt this right.

He’s a teacher.

I’m his student.

But that doesn’t stop us.

Some people fall in love at eighteen, and I guess I’m just one of them. Sometimes it lasts forever, and sometimes it ruins you. But that’s what love does, right? It makes you wish and hope for impossible things.

Luci Cunningham’s entire world is turned upside down when she walks into chemistry on the first day of school. She didn’t expect her teacher to be so… hot.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were good and the storyline was good.

Luci was a good character, as was Josh. The spark between them was good and I enjoyed how they were together. It was clear that there was a connection, and I enjoyed watching it build until they couldn’t keep apart. I loved the forbidden element to it.

The storyline was good. Josh did wrong though. I could kind of see where he was coming from with his actions, and I believed what he said at the end, so technically is it cheating? It doesn’t make the situation any less wrong though and I completely understand Luci’s reaction.

I’d like to see him grovel, so I’m intrigued to read the next book.

The only reason I dropped a star is because I didn’t feel as invested in the characters as I usually do. There was just something missing to stop that, although I can’t place my finger on what. That extra bit of emotional investment just wasn’t there. Nevertheless, they were still good characters and I still enjoyed the story.

Overall, I would recommend this book, especially if you like a forbidden teacher-student relationship.

My rating: 4/5*

Annihilate Him (Complete Vols. 1-3, The Annihilate Him Series) by Christina Ross

This is the boxset of all three books in the Annihilate Him Series.

Love is tested. Lives are claimed. Nothing is certain. In a flash, one can lose it all.

But what happens to those who are left behind?

Jennifer Wenn and her husband, Alex, must face just that when a crisis first takes hold of Wenn Enterprises—and then when a second, wholly unexpected crisis throws everything into turmoil. Is love enough to see Jennifer, Alex, Tank, Lisa, and Blackwell’s two daughters through one of the most terrifying events of their lives?

As this this harrowing love story and adventure unfolds, the suspense deepens, people rise up, enemies dig in, secrets are exposed, love burns hard—and a white-hot war takes place that will rattle Wenn Enterprises to its core.

This series was a roller-coaster of a ride, but I absolutely loved it.

After reading the Annihilate Me series, you already love and know Alex and Jennifer. They just became even better in this series. Jennifer was the same sassy character, but if anything, she became stronger. She knew how to handle Alex’s lifestyle with all those rich people better. Alex is just brilliant. I absolutely love him. Their marriage is so strong that it’s just brilliant.

The storyline jumps straight in. Everything starts going wrong right from the start, and the. As the books progress, they just get worse. Alex and Jennifer dealt with everything brilliantly.

The crash and the island were a great read on top of the already present problems that Wenn was having. They dealt with everything brilliantly.

God, Stephen Rowe was an ass. He took some low blows while they were lost on that island. He didn’t waste anytime in kicking Alex out.

I loved how Alex and Jennifer dealt with everything. They were clever about it, and in the end it paid off, even with everything they were dealing with personally.

Overall, I absolutely loved this series. It expanded on the Annihilate Me series well. Alex and Jennifer have been brilliant characters and the storyline was great and exciting. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

Annihilate Me (Complete Vols. 1-4, Annihilate Me Series) by Christina Ross

This is the compete Annihilate Me series boxset.

Description: The business of love is dangerous.

For Jennifer Kent, a recent MBA graduate who has been searching for work in Manhattan for four long months, time and money are running out. If she doesn’t find work soon, she’ll need to return to her native Maine, where the job situation is even more bleak.

And where her abusive parents lie in wait.

But when an unorthodox arrangement is proposed, Jennifer decides to take it. She agrees to be the “girlfriend” of Alexander Wenn, the reluctant, billionaire CEO of Wenn Enterprises, who is so devastatingly good looking, he needs a beautiful woman like Jennifer on his arm to “keep the wolves at bay.”

In this case, the wolves are other women, all of whom vie for his attention so aggressively, they keep him from focusing on business at the exclusive events he must attend. It’s there that deals are cut. What they want is his money and his power. Damaged by a past event, the only thing Alex wants to do is focus on work. And to forget the past.

But can Jennifer deny their white-hot chemistry? As she’s swept into this glittering otherworld of society and big business, she finds herself struggling to keep from falling for Alex, an almost impossible feat she nevertheless must meet.

Armed with her MBA, Jennifer Kent knows about business. But what she doesn’t know is what could destroy her–the business of protecting her own heart. And maybe her own life when it’s put on the line time and again.

I loved reading this series. I’m also glad that I read the whole boxset because the whole story just flowed well. I didn’t even notice when one book finished and the other started, I was that drawn in.

I loved the characters. Jennifer is fantastic. She’s got so much wit and sass, and I loved how she treated some of those overly rich people at those parties. She made a point that being rich was no excuse not to have manners. I loved how she was smart too. She actually earned her job with Alex. I loved her devotion towards Alex as well.

Alex was also a brilliant character. I loved him. He just wanted to get on with his work and progress his business when he first met Jennifer. She took him by surprise. I loved how he was with her, and I loved seeing their relationship grow. They were brilliant together and their devotion was second to none. You could see the love between them, and after everything they both went through in the past, it was satisfying to see them happy.

Lisa, Blackwell and Tank were also great characters. They each had their own personalities which added to the plot.

The storyline was good. It built up well and left you wondering until the last moment. It developed at a good pace and flowed well. Even though the parties could be a little repetitive, they got to the point. They added to the story instead of repeating themselves. It was done well.

Overall, I loved reading this series and really enjoyed it. I loved Alex and Jennifer.

My rating: 5/5*

The Stopover (The Miles High Club book 1) by T L Swan

This is the first book in The Miles High Club, although it can be read as a standalone.

I was upgraded to first class on a flight from London to New York.

The food, champagne, and service were impeccable.

The blue-eyed man sitting next to me, even better.

He was suave and intelligent.

We talked and laughed, and something clicked.

Fate took over and the plane was grounded, and we had an unexpected stopover for the night.

With no plans, we made our own.

We danced and laughed our way around Boston and had a night of crazy passion that no woman would ever forget.

That was twelve months ago, and I haven’t heard from him—until today.

I started a new job and met the CEO. You can imagine my surprise to see those naughty blue eyes dance with delight when he saw me across the mahogany desk.

But I’m not that carefree girl anymore. My life has changed, I have responsibilities.

I just got an email.

He wants to see me in his office for a private meeting at 8:00 a.m.

Naughty blue eyes have no place in the workplace.

What kind of private meeting does he have in mind?

I loved reading this book. The characters were great, I enjoyed the storyline and the plot developed at a good pace.

Emily was a brilliant character. She was strong, and was able to handle Jameson’s temper. She had a no crap attitude and didn’t let him get away with treating her the way he did at times. She also brought out the best in him.

Jameson was also a brilliant character. He had a bad temper when he got too stressed, and he was out of order at times, but I really liked him. He developed well as a character. He had a brilliant connection with Emily, and she was really able to destress him.

I loved the spark between them and the way it developed. When they were together, they were brilliant. They needed each other.

I was laughing so much when she took him camping. It was hilarious and brilliantly written. It was a moment when you knew that Emily brought the best out in Jameson, taking him out of his comfort zone.

The storyline was good and I enjoyed it. I liked their relationship at work, and I enjoyed her relationship with Molly and Aaron. I also liked Jameson’s brothers and how close he is with his family.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and I liked the storyline. I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

The Master (Manhattan Records Book 3) by M. S. Parker

This is the third and final book in the Manhattan Records series.

Nate: I made a mistake, thinking that I could be with someone like her. One glimpse of a part of me she didn’t like, and she ran. I’m not going to apologize for who I am. I had a life before I met her, and I’ll just go back to that life now. That will be best for everyone.

Ashlee: I had been a fool to trust him, to think that he was a better man than what everyone said. I didn’t need to be at Manhattan Records anymore. Making a clean break will be the best thing for both of us.

Nate Lexington and Ashlee Webb are trying their best to move on without each other, but neither one of them is able to forget how right they had felt together. If they’re willing to try again, however, will their relationship be able to survive the worst that has yet to come?

I’ve loved reading this series and I thought this book finished things off nicely. I enjoyed reading it, loved the characters and the storyline was great.

Ashlee really came into her own in this book. She’s been a strong character throughout, but in this book when everything went to hell, she found herself. Especially nearer the end when she just had enough and put her foot down.

Nate is great. He really developed as a character throughout the series, and became better because of Ashlee. He realised when he had messed up, and came to terms with how he felt and fought for her.

Together they were a great couple. They had their moments, but they started to talk about it and understood each other. They realised that they needed to be together outside of the bedroom as well. It was a great development.

There was a lot of drama in this book, but it all interlinked. I think Nate and Ashlee handled it well.

Finley has been great as well. I enjoyed seeing his relationship with Ashlee develop, as well as him getting to know her mum, and then his relationship with Nate too.

It was a nice touch to have Ashlee and her mum get their closure with Mona and the past.

I liked the ending and thought it was very fitting. It was satisfying to see Nate and Ashlee get what they deserved together. It seemed a little rushed though. I loved it when they both admitted their strong feelings together, but it skipped a proposal completely, and I would have liked to have seen that.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. Nate and Ashlee have been great characters and I enjoyed the storyline. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

The Dom (Manhattan Records Book 2) by M. S. Parker

This is the second book in the Manhattan Records series.

I make plans and follow through. I don’t take risks, not like this. But he distracts me in ways I never thought possible.
I know the danger, but I dare to hope that he’ll change…for me.

Manhattan Records’ employee Ashlee Webb knows it’s a bad idea to sleep with the company’s founder, Nate Lexington, but she’s helpless to stop. However, when Nate’s past comes to light, will it be the wake-up call she needs to break away, or can their turbulent fling survive?

I enjoyed this book. The storyline was great and I love the characters.

Ashlee is a great character. She’s trying to understand Nate even though he’s closed book. When he acts like an ass, she stick by her guns and waits for him to realise. She’s a strong character.

Nate can be a right asshole at times, but I really like his character. It was nice to see him drop his walls at times, and he was really making good progress until the end. It was nice to see him face and past and try to fix his mistakes. Ashlee brings out the best in him.

Their relationship developed well. They definitely have a spark and there’s a physical connection between which is on another level. Their problem is that they don’t communicate enough.

Ashlee’s reaction at the end is understandable, but Nate went straight into defensive mode instead of calmly explaining himself. I think of they talk about what’s happened, they can work it through. They clearly feel strongly towards each other, so I think they can move forward together.

It was nice to see Ashlee’s relationship with Finley develop in this book. I quite like how he’s trying to help Nate, someone’s he’s known a long time, yet trying to protect Ashlee at the same time.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the next. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*