Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Fantasy, YA
Publisher~ Disney - Hyperion Books
Published~ October 6th 2015 

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .
 

My Thoughts
I am still learning and reading through Percy Jackson's adventures and other Rick Riordan worlds, but I had to stop and experience Magnus's story after reading the blurb and seeing that gorgeous cover.  I am so glad I did because I loved this story!  It has action, humor, a bit of a rebel (and who doesn't love a rebel), sentimental scenes, intrigue and villains..love having villains!

I can't decide who I liked the most or which scene was my favorite because this story is action packed with some great dialogue between the different individuals.   The creation of the stylish body armor might be up there in my favorite parts though!  I found the different skill sets that everyone had so fun and intriguing.  I am torn on which skill I would want if I was in that situation.  I mean the scream that is fun, but being able to change into different creatures..not to shabby!  The idea behind the hotel is morbidly fantastic.  Can you imagine knowing that you will/can die everyday, but will wake back up in that hotel..talk about holding a grudge potential!

As with the RR books that I have read this year I enjoyed the ease of reading and the world that he created through words.  I found this story captivating and cannot wait for the next adventure!

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Kincaid (Cerberus MC Book 1) by Marie James, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Romance, MC
Published~ March 10, 2016

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
I am Emmalyn Mikaelson.

My husband, in a rage, hit me in front of the wrong person. Diego, or Kincaid to most, beat the hell out of him for it. I left with Diego anyway. Even though he could turn on me just like my husband did, I knew I had a better chance of survival with Diego. That was until I realized Kincaid could hurt me so much worse than my husband ever could. Physical pain pales in comparison to troubles of the heart.

I am Diego “Kincaid” Anderson.

She was a waitress at a bar in a bad situation. I brought her to my clubhouse because I knew her husband would kill her if I didn’t. Now she has my protection and that of the Cerberus MC. I never expected her to become something more to me. I was in more trouble than I’ve ever been in before, and that’s saying a lot considering I served eight years in the Marine Corp with Special Forces.
 

My Thoughts
Hottt, but more than the steamy scenes and moments this book and the entire story is wonderful. This is a biker MC romance, but with a lovely twist.  Lately all the MC books I have read had some component of dealing drugs, guns, etc., but not this MC.  No, this MC has all of the alpha's, but many are veterans and the group helps the government out in bad situations...love this approach!

The build up and obstacles Diego and Em face in this story are so realistic and fun to experience.  Not fun as in a day at the zoo, but fun in that as the story progresses you get to see both POV's, can relate to both and want both happy so you are laughing at the miscommunication (I feel you Doc!) and cheering for their successes.  This is a standalone book, but it does answer the questions I had about Kincaid and what his role actually was in the last two Hale books!  I love how deftly MJ tied that together and it just made me love Diego even more.

Diego is a man's man.  He is strong, supportive, loyal, caring, and smart.  The way his men follow him and how quickly he reacts to those in need help make him a fantastic lead male. The cover of this book does his persona justice:)- Having his POV in the story was great because it allows actions that from Em's POV were horrible become explainable and see truly show timing is everything!  MJ covers some heavy topics in this book with domestic violence and veterans adjusting to being home.  I thought this book brought attention to these important topics brilliantly without overshadowing the action and romance!  Em is the epitome of a strong woman and survivor.  No matter what comes her way she is not out, but is still fighting.  I love that she never was a doormat and stuck up for herself even when scared or unsure.  They as a couple were adorable and I loved the dialogue and trust that they built during the majority of the book.

Once again MJ wrote a book that blew me out of the water.  Extremely well-written and obviously characters that are developed and interesting.  I read this in one setting and have thought about the characters and stories many times since I finished it! It has romance, relationships of all sorts (Kid and Kincaid, Kid and Em, Rose and Em, Rose and Doc, etc.), humor, action and more.  I can't wait to read more about this MC, their contracts with the government and hope (fingers-crossed here) that we get a story or at least more time with Kid and Shadow!

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*You can find my reviews to Coming to Hale here, Begging for Hale here, Hot as Hale here, To Hale and Back here & Love me Like That here*
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Disclaimer~ I received this book in exchange for an honest opinion.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Until my next post...love y'all!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event~ Charlotte, NC Edition!!

It's almost time!!  You know that excitement for a fair, time with friends, trying new things? Well that is the excitement I have over the GFAF Wellness Event that is coming to Charlotte, NC!  Do you or a fmaily member have to miss out on the fun food many times for health reasons? Not at the GFAF Wellness Event!
I know that might sound a bit cheesy, but it is so true..I love that I can attend this event and all the vendors have signs or are knowledgeable about their ingredients, other allergies, etc.  It is extremely nice to go and have fun and not stress over food reactions..extremely! I have attended twice now and both times I was blown away by the quality of the vendors, the organization, the presentations and the people.  I have brought family and friends with me who do not follow a gluten free lifestyle or have any allergies, but who have enjoyed themselves tremendously!

At the GFAF Wellness event you get to try product samples of food and drinks, learn about healthy products for your house, see different make-up/skincare brands that use healthier ingredients, find cookbooks that cover recipes for many different allergies (and the food still tastes great), can attend presentations that cover a variety of topics and more!  While there many of the vendors will have sale prices available...and some of these sales..you will want to stock up...not kidding!

What I always love is returning to my favorite vendors and stocking up on goodies, mixes, etc., but also finding a new vendor or product that just blows my mind.  Last year there were two vendors that were new to me and just blew my mind...needless to say I am thrilled that they will be back this year..Fields of Gold Farm (Gelato from goat milk) and Artisan Tropic!

So, enough from me..here are the details for you to be able to attend this event with your friends and family!

Date~ April 2, 2016
Time~ 10am-4pm (EST)
Location~ Oasis Shriner Auditorium (604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262)
Admission~ $10 per Adult, $8 Military or Senior (with ID) and Children under 13 are FREE

Want to know more? Volunteer?  Check out these links
Website~  www.gfafwellnessevent.com  
Twitter~ @GFAFWellness

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I have four tickets to giveaway.  This giveaway will have four winners (so each winner will get one ticket).

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This giveaway is open from 3/9/2016 @ 5am (EST) until 3/16/2016 @ 10:00pm (EST).

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Havoc by Nina Levine, Book Review and Giveaway!

Havoc (Storm MC #8) by Nina Levine

Genre: MC Romance Cover Designer: Romantic Book Affairs Release Date: March 8, 2016

While this is the eighth book in the series it has been written as a stand-alone so new-to-the-series readers can read and enjoy it without having read the other books.

MsMegV's Thoughts
I absolutely loved this book.  The Storm MC is a favorite series of mine anyway...I mean how many ways/days/times can I say that I love Blade?  But Havoc and Carla...I think they are my favorite couple.  Don't worry..Blade is still my favorite alpha, but couple wise..these two take it by a landslide.  Havoc is the epitome of an alpha biker, but my lord does he have a heart of gold.  Carla, she is a true strong woman who when she shows her heart and insecurities you know you would be great friends.

I think this story is great on its own, definitely can be read as a standalone, but if you want to see more of the MC and alpha's you won't be disappointed either.  For all of you who say Nash is number one..he is there and all angry/protective.  For those of us who like King..yup he makes an appearance and his normal crazy self.  J and Madison show up and so do a few more.  I loved the dialogue between Carla and Velvet.  It is honest, heartwarming, and so true to their individual personalities. The story has some violence, lots of intimate scenes and hilarious conversations between family members.

I mentioned in my review of Destined Havoc that Carla and Nash's mom must be a saint/hilarious or both..after this story..my lord the woman is amazing!  Talk about strength and wit.  Havoc's dad...he broke my heart and then became one of the most hilarious characters in the series (in my opinion).  NL is an amazing writer who provides detailed story lines, well developed characters and fantastic writing.  I never thought I would find a free book via Facebook, read the whole series in a weekend and then be hooked waiting for the next work from the author, but my friends that is exactly what happened!

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*You can read my review on Relent here & my review on Command here*

How hot is this cover though!*!*!*!*!*
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Meet Havoc...

I was happy doing my own thing.
No connections.
No demands.
No problems.
Just me, my club and a whole lot of dirty work to take care of.
She never wanted a biker.
She wanted stability and I gave up on that years ago.
We tried to fight it.
Neither of us wanted it.
But she calms my fury and I show her a man who accepts every part of her.
Now we're trying to figure out how to be together.
Because when the need for each other is this strong, to deny it will only cause complete havoc.

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Havoc Teaser 2

Excerpt

As I stepped through the bathroom doorway however, I found her. She was in the bath, plugged into her music with her eyes closed and her head resting on the edge of the bath.
I stopped and leaned against the wall with my arms folded across my chest. Watching her, my gaze travelled the length of her body. In the short time I’d known her, my appreciation of her body had grown. Where small tits hadn’t turned me on a month ago, I couldn’t get enough of hers.
Never letting me down, my dick grew hard while I took in her beauty.
“Fuck,” I muttered under my breath as I contemplated the wisdom of fucking her again.
I wanted to.
Hell, I fucking needed to.
She’s a brother’s sister for fuck’s sake.
I’d spent the last few hours going over and over that fact in my mind. My decision had been to head back to the motel, sleep on the couch and never taste her pussy again.
I hadn’t factored in having her naked body on display the minute I returned.
Shit.
“How long are you going to stand there staring at me?” she asked as she cracked an eye open to look at me.
“Until you get out and let me fuck you.” Both her eyes had opened and I pinned my gaze to hers, not letting her go.
Her eyebrows lifted. “I thought you were done with me.”
“Turns out I’m not.”
She stood and reached for her towel before stepping out. Continuing to hold my gaze, she slowly dried herself off.
Teasing the fuck out of my dick.
I fought the desire to reach out and rip the towel from her hands. My carefully constructed self-control was being tested and I knew it wouldn’t be long until I caved and took what I wanted.
Finally – finally – she finished drying off and closed the distance between us. “What if I’m done with you?” I knew she was full of shit by the breathless tone she used and the way her body leaned just that little bit too close to mine. It was like she was trying to hold herself back, but her body had a mind of its own and couldn’t stay away.
I lifted a brow. “Are you?”
“I should be. After the way you’ve been treating me, I really should be.” Still all breathy.
Still in this with me.
I unfolded my arms so I could curl my hand around her neck. Gripping her there, I said, “Yeah, you should be, but you’re not.”
I feel the same way.
With our faces so close that her breaths whispered across my skin, we stared at each other for a long time. The still air in the tiny bathroom consumed our apprehension piece by piece until all that was left was an unrelenting need to satisfy our hunger.
At the first sign of her softening, I tightened my hold on her neck and pulled her mouth to mine. She didn’t hesitate and a second later our bodies pressed together as hard as our mouths did.
The smell of her arousal overwhelmed me and I let her neck go so I could slide my hands around her ass and lift her. Turning, I held her up against the wall and groaned as she wrapped her legs around me. The urge to drive my cock as hard and fast as I could into her sweet cunt threatened to take over as the only thought in my mind, and I took a moment to work through that and get myself under control.
Resting my forehead against hers, I focused on my breathing while I gave myself a talking to.
Focus.
You’ve got this.
You’ve fucking done this enough times to know how to control yourself.
But I hadn’t.
I’d never fucked a woman like Carla.
Had never been with a woman who stole my control the way she did.
She invaded every fucking sense of mine until I didn’t know right from wrong, up from down, red from fucking blue.
“Havoc.”
My head snapped up and I found her staring at me.
Unsure.
“Are you okay?” she asked, lines creasing her forehead as she tilted her head, frowning at me.
I stepped back and let her go. “I need to slow this shit down.”
She stood naked in front of me with an expression on her face that seemed to be half confusion and half frustration. “What does that mean?”
I wasn’t sure I even knew.
“It means I want you sitting cross legged in the middle of the bed waiting for me while I take a minute,” I bit out. My head was so damn full I thought it might actually explode.
Too many thoughts.
Too many fucking feelings.
I jerked my chin at her and snapped, “Go.”
Her eyes widened a fraction and I pushed my breaths out while waiting for her to submit. When she didn’t, I growled, “Carla, I need you to go and sit on the bed. Now.”
“I’m giving you five minutes to get your head back in this. I’m all for bossy and shit, but I draw a line at whatever the fuck you call what you’ve got going on at the moment. Barking orders at me is a whole lot fucking different than dominating me.” With that, she stalked out of the bathroom.
Thank fuck.
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Let me introduce you to the Storm MC....by Nina Levine


Have you met the Storm MC yet?

If you love a dirty talking, alpha biker this bestselling series is one you should check out today!





Nina Levine will be releasing the next book in the series on the 8th March, so now is the perfect time to get started with the Storm men.





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Havoc will be out on the 8th March.

While this is the eight book in the series it has been written as a stand alone so new-to-the-series readers can read and enjoy it without having read the other books.







Havoc Sneak Peek
As I stepped through the bathroom doorway however, I found her. She was in the bath, plugged into her music with her eyes closed and her head resting on the edge of the bath.


I stopped and leaned against the wall with my arms folded across my chest. Watching her, my gaze travelled the length of her body. In the short time I’d known her, my appreciation of her body had grown. Where small tits hadn’t turned me on a month ago, I couldn’t get enough of hers.


Never letting me down, my dick grew hard while I took in her beauty.


“Fuck,” I muttered under my breath as I contemplated the wisdom of fucking her again.


I wanted to.


Hell, I fucking needed to.


She’s a brother’s sister for fuck’s sake.


I’d spent the last few hours going over and over that fact in my mind. My decision had been to head back to the motel, sleep on the couch and never taste her pussy again.


I hadn’t factored in having her naked body on display the minute I returned.


Shit.


“How long are you going to stand there staring at me?” she asked as she cracked an eye open to look at me.


“Until you get out and let me fuck you.” Both her eyes had opened and I pinned my gaze to hers, not letting her go.


Her eyebrows lifted. “I thought you were done with me.”


“Turns out I’m not.”


She stood and reached for her towel before stepping out. Continuing to hold my gaze, she slowly dried herself off.


Teasing the fuck out of my dick.


I fought the desire to reach out and rip the towel from her hands. My carefully constructed self-control was being tested and I knew it wouldn’t be long until I caved and took what I wanted.


Finally – finally – she finished drying off and closed the distance between us. “What if I’m done with you?” I knew she was full of shit by the breathless tone she used and the way her body leaned just that little bit too close to mine. It was like she was trying to hold herself back, but her body had a mind of its own and couldn’t stay away.


I lifted a brow. “Are you?”


“I should be. After the way you’ve been treating me, I really should be.” Still all breathy.


Still in this with me.


I unfolded my arms so I could curl my hand around her neck. Gripping her there, I said, “Yeah, you should be, but you’re not.”


I feel the same way.


With our faces so close that her breaths whispered across my skin, we stared at each other for a long time. The still air in the tiny bathroom consumed our apprehension piece by piece until all that was left was an unrelenting need to satisfy our hunger.


At the first sign of her softening, I tightened my hold on her neck and pulled her mouth to mine. She didn’t hesitate and a second later our bodies pressed together as hard as our mouths did.


The smell of her arousal overwhelmed me and I let her neck go so I could slide my hands around her ass and lift her. Turning, I held her up against the wall and groaned as she wrapped her legs around me. The urge to drive my cock as hard and fast as I could into her sweet cunt threatened to take over as the only thought in my mind, and I took a moment to work through that and get myself under control.


Resting my forehead against hers, I focused on my breathing while I gave myself a talking to.


Focus.


You’ve got this.


You’ve fucking done this enough times to know how to control yourself.


But I hadn’t.


I’d never fucked a woman like Carla.


Had never been with a woman who stole my control the way she did.


She invaded every fucking sense of mine until I didn’t know right from wrong, up from down, red from fucking blue.


“Havoc.”


My head snapped up and I found her staring at me.


Unsure.


“Are you okay?” she asked, lines creasing her forehead as she tilted her head, frowning at me.


I stepped back and let her go. “I need to slow this shit down.”


She stood naked in front of me with an expression on her face that seemed to be half confusion and half frustration. “What does that mean?”


I wasn’t sure I even knew.


“It means I want you sitting cross legged in the middle of the bed waiting for me while I take a minute,” I bit out. My head was so damn full I thought it might actually explode.


Too many thoughts.


Too many fucking feelings.


I jerked my chin at her and snapped, “Go.”


Her eyes widened a fraction and I pushed my breaths out while waiting for her to submit. When she didn’t, I growled, “Carla, I need you to go and sit on the bed. Now.”


“I’m giving you five minutes to get your head back in this. I’m all for bossy and shit, but I draw a line at whatever the fuck you call what you’ve got going on at the moment. Barking orders at me is a whole lot fucking different than dominating me.” With that, she stalked out of the bathroom.


Thank fuck.


















ABOUT NINA


Dreamer.
Coffee Lover.
Gypsy at heart.


USA Today Bestselling author who writes about alpha men & the women they love.


When I’m not creating with words you will find me planning my next getaway, visiting somewhere new in the world, having a long conversation over coffee and cake with a friend, creating with paper or curled up with a good book and chocolate.


I love Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Pink, Florida Georgia Line, Bon Jovi, Matchbox 20, Lady Antebellum and pretty much any singer/band that is country or rock.


I’ve been writing since I was twelve. Weaving words together has always been a form of therapy for me especially during my harder times. These days I’m proud that my words help others just as much as they help me.
















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