After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.
MAJOR book hangover! While this series was over three years in the making, with agonizing gaps between books, it was worth every second. The mere thought of being without these character has left me feeling a little lost and empty. I guess that means it’s time to start the series all over again!
These books are not for the faint of heart. I don’t mean because they’re graphic or gory, because they can’t be described as either of those, but because they are looooooooong and so detailed. There are also impeccably researched, and I always seem to learn something unexpected when reading them.
When there is so much time between books, I always experience an adjustment period. I tend to forget the little details from the previous books, and it takes a skilled author to help me transition back into the plot. In this final book, I was able to slide right in, almost seamlessly.
Deborah Harkness has been tied up in this series for so long. Now that it’s finished, I’m excited to see what she comes out with next! Will it be a spin off or prequel? A new series or standalone? It won’t matter to me. It’s already on my must-read list.
Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.
When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.
I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.
At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.
Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.
It had been years since I’d seen Elec.
When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.
And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.
I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.
Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.
**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+
Stepbrother Dearest was a huge release. I’m sure most of my book friends have read or are planning on reading this book, so I’ll just keep my review short and sweet. Stepbrother Dearest was a bit more than I expected. I kinda thought it might be a lot taboo, and heavy on the sex. Which it was, but there is a lot more to this story. It actually has a heart, and you don’t have to dig under the smut to find it. This book really surprised me when the heart and feelings of the story overshadowed the erotic scenes.
The characters where more dynamic than expected too. Overall this book far exceeded my expectations. I am going to go give more of Penelope’s books a read. I highly recommend this book.
Fallen Down Fourth by Tijan
My mother tried to destroy me. She doesn’t exist to me anymore and my father, the one who raised me and the biological one, are both works in progress. The only two people that I can trust are Mason and Logan, and they’re the two people who I could lose. It won’t happen. I won’t let it. No matter the truth, no matter who loves me, I won’t let anything or anyone come between us.
They’re my world. They’re my life.
They’re my family.
Do you love Tijan like I love Tijan? I read Fallen Crest Academy last year, and just about died over how dramatic and awesome this series was. I love Sam, and I love Logan.
Fallen Down Fourth was still a great book, but I want MORE LOGAN. I can say that the editing, the weird sentence structure and over all looseness of the writing is gone in Fallen Down Fourth. It’s a much cleaner book. The drama, the sex, the violence that you love about the Fallen Crest series is still very much alive and kicking in Fallen Down Fourth and I cannot wait to read the next book. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed for MORE LOGAN!!!
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