Self-Professed Book Hoarders

Self-Professed Book Hoarders (SP Book Hoarders or SPBH for short) are book bloggers who love angst filled reads. If its paranormal, fantasy, new adult or young adult romantic fiction we are right there with bells on. We liberally sprinkle our reads with contemporary, historical romance and urban fantasy. We have a staple of main stream authors that we love but it is the indie or new authors that we love to feature. Overall, its all done for the love of reading. Happy Reading Everyone!

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Hard Rules (Dirty Money #1)

Hard Rules - Lisa Renee Jones

Lisa Renee Jones just put the smack down with this one! Okay, folks ... let me take a moment and just breathe ...

 

So, this ticks off so many boxes for me:

 

1. Sexy Male Lead

2. Feisty & Smart Female Lead

3. Angst. Seems simple but I need that push & pull between the characters.

4. Low Down Dirty Bad Guys

5. Characters skating the razor's edge between good and bad

6. A fully developed story

 

You know how you read some stories and they are just predictable and a bit humdrum? As the reader, you're just reading to get it over with? Well, this isn't the case in this nice little tale (I say little but there isn't anything little about this) and I can see this particular series picking up a real following.

 

To me, a good male lead can make or break a story and the same goes for the female lead. Here in Dirty Money #1 not only is the reader introduced to strong leads but equally as strong secondary characters. Shane Brandon is the sexy, smoldering (yep SMOLDERING) and dominated male lead who commands the reader to pay attention. The second son of the Brandon empire is home to save the family business from his corrupted family members. But among them, who can he really trust?

 

The feisty lead, Emily is on the run. Who is she running from or what caused her to give up her former life? We never really find out but the author delivers snippets of her past throughout the story that will have the reader glued to the pages to find out what her deal really is. What's important here is how well her character works with her male counterpart. So often some characters are lacking while the other is fully developed. Well, this isn't the case here and the interactions between these two is just compelling. The tension between all the characters is just so palpable and delicious.

 

This read was smoky and sexy with plenty of blurred lines. The author placed such great elements in this one that makes it such a worthwhile read.

 

Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016/08/review-hard-rules-dirty-money-1.html

Defending Hayden

Defending Hayden: A Second Chances Novel - L.P. Dover

L.P. Dover writes another good one. Defending Hayden is one of those stories that is so easy to get totally engrossed in. I mean, growling and throwing crap at people when they come into your space trying to disturb you.

Our leading lady (Hayden) is smart, gutsy and pretty to look at. She is one of those beautiful women who don't know they're beautiful. Exspecially, if the ex boyfriend is a real dingle berry who berated her to cover up his own misdeeds. So, the pretty Hayden is determined to stand on her two feet and make her way in life. As most know, life is forever a trickster and sometimes place people in your path when least you expect it.

Well, life decided Hayden needed Derek and that Derek needed an anchor. Spiralling out of control Derek needed something ... someone to prove life was worth living. With the death of his girlfriend Brianna and the baby she carried, life wasn't worth it. The handsome linebacker thought that happiness would forever be out of reach. Until Hayden.

Another good entry for the series (Second Chances) where both main characters are developed and secondary characters are just as entertaining. Overall good stuff.

 

~~☆~~Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.~~☆~~

Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016/09/review-finding-hayden-by-lp-dover.html

Self Defense Against Vampires

Self Defense Against Vampires - E.J. Kahn Jr.
J.A. Kahn's Self Defense Against Vampires is a very interesting concept. Its a fictional novel that reads as a possible textbook or self-help book. It skillfully takes jabs at popular vampire romance (the Twilight series especially) and pokes fun at individuals who may have contemplated becoming a vampire. The book discusses the anatomy and physiology of vampires in a way that no other book has and it fed my need for background and detail. Especially, if the reader of this book is a believer in vampires or just likes vampire based fiction, then this is the book for you. The author provides so much detail about the creatures physical appearance, likes/dislikes, thought processes, historical background, habitat and behavior that the content is totally believable. Now, this is not for those looking for a nice and neat vampire romance. Nope, not in the least but the read was very entertaining and informative. 


Thank you to the author for providing his work in exchange for an honest review

Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016/09/review-self-defense-against-vampires.html

Catching Summer

Catching Summer: A Second Chances Novel - L.P. Dover
Catching Summer by LP Dover is the sixth entry in the Second Chances Series and it was absolutely fabulous. Sometimes, the contemporary romance genre can become saturated with so many similar works and the reader starts to expect the predictability. Though I started the series at book six I quickly caught on to who was who and once I started reading, I absolutely did not want to put it down. Of course the book was romantic but it was those other suspenseful elements that made the story hard to put down. For those who pick this up thinking it’s going to be one of those humdrum reads … well you would be mistaken. 
 
In Catching Summer we find the heroine (who happens to be Summer) recovering from loss of her husband and it is taking her everything she has to get over one last hurdle and reenter the world fully. For Summer reentry is a little scary but she’s lucky because she has a strong family base and good friends who will help her when she struggles. On the sidelines, we have the sexy and caring hothead of a football player Evan. He’s been keeping a respectful distance from Summer but if given the chance he’ll gladly become the second part of her life. This couple made such a neat match for one another, with him ready to throw down with anyone messing with his Sunshine and her ability to calm him down makes for romantic gold.

Please don’t get the idea that everything is sugar and roses because it isn’t. What’s a good romance without a couple of whack-nuts? Believe me, they have to run an obstacle course full of nut jobs. I love a romance with ex-lovers behaving badly and spurned suitors who just can’t take NO for an answer. The authors skillfully wove all of these elements into her tale and made it thoroughly entertaining. So, those who are fans of jaw dropping angst (which I am) and leading males and females who get the job done, then this is the read for you.
 
~~*~~ Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.~~*~~

 

Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016/09/review-catching-summer-by-lp-dover.html

Highland Wolf Pact

Highland Wolf Pact: A Scottish Werewolf Shifter Romance - Selena Kitt

Highland Wolf Pact was a very entertaining read. The contain some of my favorite reading elements. The first being werewolves, the second being big/strong men, the last big strong men in kilts. Yep, the combination makes reading fun but a solid and entertaining story makes it better. The author has achieved this with boneheaded over protective highland wolf and a English bride that is headstrong and full of spunk. Throwing in a cowardly dill hole as the villain and his cowardly minions makes the read even better.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Treasured Find (Royal Pride #1)

Treasured Find: A Multiple Shifter Paranormal Romance (Royal Pride Book 1) - Nancy Corrigan

This story is really neat. Shifter PNR can be really monotonous. You know the same repeating ideas and situations. It’s refreshing to come across an author who takes a different approach to the subjects he/she is writing about. In this case, the difference is the shifters and the creation of their race/races. I've often thought about having shifters that could shift in multiple forms and the authors delivers on this with enough history and back story that isn’t overwhelming.

Nancy Corrigan’s Treasured Find book one of the Royal Shifters series is a damn good introduction. Royal Shifter, Rafe Alexander is on the trail of kidnapped shifter children but while on his search he never expected to come across someone as enticing as Jasmine (Jazz to her friends). He’s lived a long time and he just can’t believe that his goddess may have blessed him with the biggest gift of all – his true mate. Jasmine just wants to stay unnoticed. She knows the danger that’s around her and she would rather for everyone to just stay the hell away. Even her college sweet heart Josh is kept at arm’s length. Unfortunately, what we want and wish for doesn't always come true and we just have to play the hand that fate deals us.

Like most shifter males in a lot of different stories Rafe is tall, well built and handsome. His character is over protective and a bit domineering but this works for a heroine who is better suited for the damsel in distress than Mrs. Kick-Ass. Like always the chemistry between the two main characters is off the charts but the author did well to introduction some friction in the form of ex-lovers for bother characters. I really wanted to know more about the villain Jon because I think that his character needed a little more exploration. His character was off his rocker and would have loved more time with him. Besides the main characters, the kids were another highlight. Especially, the little girl. You’re left wondering how her character is going to impact the storyline in future installments of the series.

Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016/08/review-treasured-find-royal-pride-1.html

Wolf of His Heart (Salvation Pack Book 7)

Wolf in his Heart (Salvation Pack) - N.J. Walters

Just a quick note first. The cover art for Wolf in His Heart accurately depicts the main character Sage and I think that that's absolutely fabulous.

Now, this is book seven of the Salvation Pack Series and the first time I've read any of the books. Honestly, I'm on the fence with this one. I liked it but there was something in the back of my brain going hurry up get to the point. I guess I expected certain things to happen with the main character that didn't. Not to mention I wasn't too crazy about the female lead.

Sage Gallagher is a 3/4 werewolf organic farmer and all the things the reader expects to encounter when it comes to male leads. He's tall, protective, well built and handsome with a heart of gold. Not to mention he has the patience of a saint. Unable to embrace the wolf luring under his skin, he sometimes feels inadequate compared to some of the full blooded males around. Heck, his identical twin (Reece) can shift but Sage just happen to draw the short end of the stick. His handicap doesn't get him down because he's more than capable of taking care of his mate and family if the need arises. Our female lead Rina is on the run. Banished from her pack for refusing a forced marriage, she finds herself alone and gaining the attention of one of the locale crazies. Forced to abandon the life she just started to rebuild for herself, she has no other option than to run from the men chasing her. Don't worry her rescuer is the wolfy farmer and he'll anything to protect her.

While reading you're able to feel the love and compassion but I got the feeling that the courtship between the two main characters was kind of lopsided. His character was overly indulgent while I found her's to be a little selfish. Its understood that the females lead's background plays a part in her behavior but in this instance it was a turn off. There's an underlying current that the hero isn't really good enough but he'll do. This was a solid read that neatly ties into the next installment.

Thank you to RockStarPR for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.

Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016/08/review-wolf-of-his-heart-salvation-pack.html

Bitter Ashes

Bitter Ashes: Acts One, Two, and Three (Bitter Ashes Book 1) - Sara C. Roethle

This book was a good start to the Bitter Ashes series but I just couldn't get on board with the story 100%. There isn't any denying that the writing is good and the world building is okay ... it was just that some aspects of the story was flat out confusing. Mainly, the confusion has to do with what the main and secondary characters are. Spent most of my time while reading trying to figure out if they're fae, shifters/were or some other creature that I cannot imagine. Due to the uncertainty of species of the characters (the book states that they're Vaettir) I had to look this up to find out at least what the word meant. Without a clear distinction between the characters and their natures made it hard to stay focused. The story was entertaining but I found the heroine (Maddy) to be extremely naive and a bit annoying. The story presents other characters along with the heroine that are much stronger. Hopefully, as the series progresses her character will grow and be able to balance out the male leads (Alaric and James).

Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016/08/bitter-ashes-by-sara-c.html

Willows of Fate (Lands of Sun and Stone #1)

Willows of Fate (The Lands of Sun and Stone Series Book 1) - Suzanna J. Linton

Where to begin?

First, lets start with a bit of praise. Willows of Fate is wonderfully imagined, well written and very, very well developed. In this first entry of the Lands of Sun and Stone Series, we encounter Desdemona (Des) who has come home to be with her ailing mother. Des is a troubled, she can see and hear things that no one else can. She is afraid to labelled crazy and who wouldn't be afraid. Especially, when you're the only one seeing knights in golden armor or mythical beasts. She soon finds out she isn't going crazy and there is a world of creatures and a land that outshines any fairy tale that she has read.

This story was a really great blend of subject matters. It hit on things like religion (polytheism vs. monotheism), betrayal, hurt, self sacrifice, gender equality and greed. In this installment of the series, the author spent a lot of time with world building and succeeds in creating a very convincing backdrop for her tale. I would have loved to have more interaction with the mythical creatures mentioned in the story as well as more displays of magic from the people of the Sun. The most important part of any story is how the characters work together. Here, both main and secondary characters fulfilled their roles well. The heroine (Desdemona) is a bit naive (in some aspects) and headstrong. She has finally found where she belongs and has found her purpose. The book concluded with an exciting rush to the end where their isn't a true happily ever after but the scent of one gently blows in the breeze. So, there is a sense of "this can't be it" because by the end of the book the author has hooked you. I am honestly looking for to what happens next.


~*~ Thank you to StoryCartel for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review ~*~

Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016/08/review-willows-of-fate-lands-of-sun-and.html

Hard Rules (Dirty Money #1)

Hard Rules - Lisa Renee Jones

Lisa Renee Jones just put the smack down with this one! Okay, folks ... let me take a moment and just breathe ...

So, this ticks off so many boxes for me:

1. Sexy Male Lead
2. Feisty & Smart Female Lead
3. Angst. Seems simple but I need that push & pull between the characters.
4. Low Down Dirty Bad Guys
5. Characters skating the razor's edge between good and bad
6. A fully developed story

You know how you read some stories and they are just predictable and a bit humdrum? As the reader, you're just reading to get it over with? Well, this isn't the case in this nice little tale (I say little but there isn't anything littleabout this) and I can see this particular series picking up a real following.

To me, a good male lead can make or break a story and the same goes for the female lead. Here in Dirty Money #1 not only is the reader introduced to strong leads but equally as strong secondary characters. Shane Brandon is the sexy, smoldering (yep SMOLDERING) and dominated male lead who commands the reader to pay attention. The second son of the Brandon empire is home to save the family business from his corrupted family members. But among them, who can he really trust?

The feisty lead, Emily is on the run. Who is she running from or what caused her to give up her former life? We never really find out but the author delivers snippets of her past throughout the story that will have the reader glued to the pages to find out what her deal really is. What's important here is how well her character works with her male counterpart. So often some characters are lacking while the other is fully developed. Well, this isn't the case here and the interactions between these two is just compelling. The tension between all the characters is just so palpable and delicious.

This read was smoky and sexy with plenty of blurred lines. The author placed such great elements in this one that makes it such a worthwhile read.

Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review

Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016/08/review-hard-rules-dirty-money-1.html

The Theory of Deviance

The Theory of Deviance - Rebecca Grace Allen The Theory of Deviance by Rebecca Grace Allen, in my case, happens to be a unique read. It’s unique (at least in my opinion) because it openly questions faith/religion, ideas of sin and personal belief. I can definitely say when I opened this on my Kindle this story wasn't what I expected.

More than anything, The Theory of Deviance is a coming of age story and a story of self-discovery. Like most young adults Mickey (our hero) is trying to figure out where he fits in life and at age 25 he’s kind of a late bloomer. Stuck behind the wall of parental expectations and social appearances, how can he be honest and true to himself? You see, Mickey is a 25 year old bisexual virgin whose personal religious beliefs and the idea of disappointing his parents have him spinning in a merry circle. Unfortunately, he believes that he can confess away his bisexuality or find that one miracle woman that will satisfy both halves of himself. Then sometimes, yes sometimes life gives you just the right amount of lemons for that lemonade.

Krissy has some personal demons of her own. Suffering from mental illness (she bi polar) she to is looking for the place where she belongs … that one safe place where there isn’t any judgment. The last piece of this trifecta is Rafe (Krissy’s roommate with benefits) who has some parental issues of his own. He’s been Krissy safety net almost from the beginning of her diagnosis but he’s yet to find the love he deserves.

This is my first time reading anything by this author and I must say that she made a bold move by bringing religion into focus in this story. This story deals with subjects (that I believe) are at the heart of the LGBT community when dealing with bisexuality and family pressures. The story is classified a contemporary /new adult romance but unfortunately I didn't find it very romantic. I found this story to contain mild angst, memorable characters and a whole lot of naughtiness.

~~~ Thank you to RockStarPR for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review~~~


Dark Lily

Dark Lily (Shadows) - Jenna Ryan

 Many of us have shyly confessed to hearing or seeing things that we couldn't quite explain. A bump here, trinket out of place there or maybe a fleeting shadow out of the corner of the eye that's easily explained away. At least, with a rationalperson these instances have easy explanations. What if these things are your heritage … your normal? 

For Gaby Jordan talking to ghosts is as normal as breathing and she has dealt with the strangeness of who she is all of her life. What's strange is the sudden appearance of the very sexy Mitchell Stone, but the cop in him won't let him resist the request to protect Gaby from the crazed madman that has been hunting her family.

The author has penned a great story here and captures the smoky/seductive appeal of the Louisiana bayou. The suddenness of its storms to the mysterious nature of its nights, it seems that the author was able to dip her pen directly into the swamps inky blackness and transfer it directly to this story. It is always wonderful when an author does a beautiful job at world building because it really helps to set the tone for the story.

All the characters of Dark Lily (really have to read to find out why this title is significant) fit so well together. The villains were just that with some that may be redeemable but that didn't take away from their main roll. This contained a hero and heroine that didn't spend the entire time swooning over one another or a heroine that is completely clueless. Also contained good guys who came in varying shades of gray. This tale is chalked full of shoot outs, happy gators, dead people, overly active ghosts, a pyromaniac and one creepy ass dolly. Just simply good stuff.

Thank you to RockStarPR for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review

Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016

Dangerously Red

Dangerously Red - Kristin Miller Its such a beautiful thought, that a person's one true love will cross their path and each individual would be spared to grief of a lonely (possibly singular) existence. Once the fated lovers/mates cross paths then they will live happily ever after or at least that is what the fairytales would have you believe. Can these chanced meetings that result in insta-love really end in a HEA? I really can't answer that but Red really tried her damnedest to make that a reality.

Our Red is in a very complicated situation. She has to find a pack and obtain a mate all before her 25th birthday. She with the pack she wanted but the mate part is a bit complicated. She has two hotter than hades males clamoring for the job and all she has to do is choose correctly. Choosing the correct mate maybe the hardest task of her life and to find out who she chooses you're going to have read for yourself. What I can say is that the author has whipped up a fast paced conclusion to her three part serial (Dark and Dirty Tales ).

Both alphas (Reaper and his cousin Lukas) are intense male leads with appeal dripping from the pages and both characters are as different as night and day. Reapers is dark, large framed and just a big softy where Lukas is lighter in coloring, slighter in build and a definite control freak. These differences in style and appearance help to show the reader how the story will unfold. Though Red's (Ivy) choice is the focal point of this last installment, the other elements of the story aren't lost.

Dangerously Redwraps up with a tidy Happy Ending, but I can't help to think that there is possibly more to had from this story. Though you're left wondering what will happen to Lukas next. He is definitely the bad guy of this three part serial but I get the feeling there is more to be told about his character.

~~~Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review~~~

In the Line of Fire

In the Line of Fire - Jett Munroe

The pretty, Delaney Murphy is the product of a cheating/abusive husband and a verbally abusive mother. How was she to believe she was a beautiful person inside and out if the two people she loved most only beat her down? So, the shy uncertain Delaney is free to discover who she really is.

Neck breakingly tall Beck is just the man to help with all these new discoveries that Delaney is about to make. Beck Townsend is an ex Marine, handsome, tall and possibly every woman's dream, has been keeping his eye on Delaney . He hopes that she is the answer to his prayers, his dream of finding love and being accepted for who he is.

The characters in this tale were well developed and I would like to get to know more about the secondary characters. Especially, the other members of Beck's group. The story as a whole seems to have something missing. It seems that that the entire story missed some spark or some type of zap something ... something that would draw you further in.

~•~•~Thank you to Rockstar PR for providing this Arc in exchange for an honest review.~•~•~

 

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Source: http://spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2016/07/review-in-line-of-fire.html

Set Me Free

Set Me Free - Becca Van Had it. Read it. All I can say is Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki (fans of Fairy Tail know who I'm talking about). One of the villains just reminds me of this character. This wasn't supposed to be a funny (I think) but when one of the werewolf bad guys is all of 5'5", has a twin over 6 ft. tall, missing his nads and is the alpha of his own pack and then your mind conjures up

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Enough said.

The Abduction

The Abduction - Erin Durante This was definitely different but fun. Who knew a quick trip to Vegas could land you on an alien planet (abducted) to be some virginal kitty's mate. That's where Samantha found herself on a planet ravaged by war and a dying population of kitty people who have a female shortage.

Stuck between two brothers, Rikist a wounded sailor (hero in his own right) and her abductor Krissik (who is young and inexperienced). The trouble is which will she choose.

This was a good story with solid characters and some good world building. Personally, I would have liked to know more about the brother's home planet - just more description of the scenery so that I could get a total feel for this alien world. The big plus is that the leading characters were well developed and totally readable. Liked this and the overall rating is 3.25 due to some typos/missing words in the text.

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