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First Five: Angel Unborn by Andris Bear.

This FREE Kindle read hasn’t been read all the way through, however it has made it to my TBR “pile.” (ToBeRead)

I’m going to give you the link and the back cover blurb PLUS my review of Andris Bear’s First Five Sentences. So without further ado: 

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Angel Unborn by Andris Bear:

Had your fill of Vampires and werewolves? Prefer your immortal warriors with a bit more legend? Jump into the Deadly Sins paranormal romance series with ANGEL UNBORN! It’s FREE for a limited time! 

Hell has literally come to Earth for one mortal and what’s worse, she is expected to leave behind all hope for a family of her own to stand in defense of humanity against the darkest forces of Hell. But when Satan offers her the normal life she covets, Joey must decide if the price of mankind’s salvation is worth her own damnation. 
Strong-willed Joey Benton is the half-mortal child of an angel with heavenly powers. She has no knowledge of her heritage or the power running through her veins until she meets a handsome stranger who forces her to question her life and the world around her. And she quickly becomes a key player in a battle that will define a victory for Heaven or Hell. 
Ursus, a sexy Archangel, doesn’t want the responsibility of another charge, especially when Joey is so defiant. Protecting her from Hell might very well be the biggest challenge of his immortal life. But when his feelings for Joey get in the way of his duty, it’s a challenge he refuses to lose. 

***For a limited time, you can get a Deadly Sins Novelette, Angel Redeemed, for free – click here to find out more > www.andrisbear.com (just copy and paste into your browser)*** 

Now, the First Five. I will review sentence by sentence.  

1) My high heels made a steady click on the sidewalk as I left the doctor’s office, relieved by my test results. 

Okay, so right here I’m happy that the character’s POV is first person. It IS my favorite POV. Also, she’s relieved by some test results. This immediately peaks my interest. Is the main character sick? How’s that going to work? Will it play into the plot? These are all great questions to be asking at this point. Good job Andris. Good job, indeed.

2) The neurologist had slapped a file into my hand, looked me dead in the eye, and forced his pudgy cheeks into a smile.

Solid second sentence. The news was good. For now.

3) “Joey Benton, you’ve got a healthy, happy brain.”

Again, the news is good. Now we know the main character’s name. YAY!

4) He then ran on about what the results of my CT scan actually meant.

Now we know what kind of doctor this character is seeing and what test results have come back. 

5) Long story short-not a bleed or tumor in sight.

This tells us how serious things could be. Sort of. This is good stuff. I’m tempted to give you more sentences, but I’m sleepy tonight and if you are anything like me you’re already interested in reading more, so go download the book and enjoy yourself a FREE paranormal, romance. To date, I haven’t finished this book, but I’m going to go to bed and read right now! Thanks for the read Andris Bear.

 

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Mine to Take by Cynthia Eden: First Five.

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New York Times & USA Today Best-seller! 

Skye Sullivan knows that someone is watching her. Not just watching–stalking her. Months ago, Skye was involved in a dangerous car accident. The accident ended her dancing career and sent her fleeing back to Chicago. Skye is convinced that her stalker caused the crash, and she fears that he won’t stop pursuing her, not until she’s dead.

When someone breaks into her apartment in Chicago, Skye turns to the one man she believes can protect her–Trace Weston. Once, Trace was her lover. Two lost souls, they’d come together in a firestorm of need and desire. But then Trace had pushed her away. He’d joined the military, vanishing from her life. She’d put all of her emotion into dancing, and she’d tried to forget him.

Now Trace is one of the most successful men in the United States. Rich, driven, and carrying dark secrets, he agrees to help Skye. He’ll protect her from the danger that lurks in the darkness, but Trace wants more than to just be a guard for Skye.

He wants her. And he’ll take her. The years have changed him, hardened him. He’s not just a poor kid from the streets any longer. Now, he can have anything–or anyone–that he wants. And the one woman he has always wanted has just come back into his life. He won’t let her go again.

But with the threats mounting against Skye, she suspects that her stalker may be intimately close. He’s a man who knows her too well. As his attacks grow ever more dangerous, she realizes that if she trusts the wrong man, she could be making a fatal mistake.

Lust. Love. Obsession.

Just how far would you go in order to possess the one person you want the most?

***HAVE NOT FINISHED THIS READ TO DATE***

 

SENTENCE ONE: Skye Sullivan stared up at the building before her.

THOUGHTS: Okay. She’s outside looking at a building. So far, I’m a little bored.

SENTENCE TWO: It shot high into the sky, its massive windows gleaming in the light. 

THOUGHTS: Good visual sentence. I like it.

SENTENCE THREE: There were too many floors for her to count.

THOUGHTS: Still, good visuals. Wondering why she’s staring though.

SENTENCE FOUR: Looking more like a fortress than an office, the place spoke of power.

THOUGHTS: Okay. This has me thinking she’s going for a job interview. Reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Tiffany Snow.

SENTENCE FIVE: And money.

SENTENCE SIX, PLUS: A lot of it. “Miss?” The doorman eyed her with a hint of concern in his dark eyes. Probably because she was standing in the middle of the street, gawking up at the place. Skye gave a quick shake of her head, pulled her coat a bit closer around her, and hurried inside that fortress. Getting out of that icy Chicago air was relief for her. 

THOUGHTS: I love the visuals. Love the new or possibly ‘new job’ feel. Love that this takes me back to KATHLEEN TURNER days. Ah. I miss her. This read, however,  is FREE so snatch it up. Cynthia Eden has managed to capture my attention with very little effort. I’m confident the rest of Mine to Take will be equally brilliant. (And so far, it is!)

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How Knot to Marry a Vampire: A Nocturne Falls Universe Story by Laurie London: First Five.

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Penelope Bechtel comes from a long line of mediums, so she shouldn’t have been surprised to see a ghost for the first time at the Waffle Emporium. But the gift he gives her puts her in terrible danger and sends her on the run…right back to where she started: Nocturne Falls and—

Is that a nearly naked, gorgeous vampire?

Luka Cavanaugh lost a bet, and now he’s stuck modeling at a wine and painting party, where he meets a beautiful woman who threatens to untie the knots around his cold, undead heart. The problem is, he doesn’t date supernaturals. Too many secrets. Too much baggage. And Penelope is no exception.

With danger looming and things heating up between them, maybe some rules are meant to be broken…

 

SENTENCE ONE: It was 11:10 on a Wednesday night when I saw first dead body.

 

THOUGHTS: Interesting. Everybody loves to start a book off by seeing a dead body.

 

SENTENCE TWO: And 11:11 when I saw my first ghost.

 

THOUGHTS: A dead body AND a ghost. YAY!

 

SENTENCE THREE: I’d entered my section at the Waffle Emporium to find Reverend Wainwright facedown on his plate of Strawberry Supreme Waffles with extra whipped cream.

 

THOUGHTS: That waffle sounds AMA-ZING! Wait…not the point. Sorry.

 

SENTENCE FOUR: It’s not like I wasn’t expecting something like this to happen at some point in my life.

 

THOUGHTS: Um…I don’t expect something like this to happen in my life. Am I being naive here? Should I be worried about bodies and ghosts. Oh, wait. I’m a writer. I already spend a good portion of time worried about weird shit. I guess I’m not that naive after all. Right? RIGHT?!

 

SENTENCE FIVE: Coming from a long line of mediums, I knew the day would eventually come when the dead would try to communicate with me.

 

THOUGHTS: There it is! The money sentence. This is the spot where my interest skyrocketed. Not that I couldn’t get that info from the BLURB, but I’m a rebel. Sometimes I skip the blurb until after I’m hooked. I know, weird.

THOUGHTS IN GENERAL: I haven’t finished this book (with it’s long name) yet, but I’m fairly certain it’s a good read. The Amazon.com link shows a nearly 5 star rating and the reviews are all pretty good. After coming off of KC’s Game Series books, I might be a little put off by the MC as she’s been described as “Penelope is portrayed as a cute, sweet, smart woman” in one review and though I like smart, sassy is more my bag, so we will see. I have not read HKTMAV all the way through yet, but I feel like Laurie London has done a great job and I can’t wait to read the rest of this book. This is a 2.99 read. NOT A .99 cent read, FYI. Not that I mind. So, if you’re in the mood for something a little less BDSM and a little more paranormal fun, this could be the read for you!

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The Professional Book 1 (The Game Maker Series) by Kresley Cole: First Five

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Meet the Professional.

Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksandr will do anything to possess her as well–on his own wicked terms.

He makes the rules.

Grad student Natalie Porter has barely recovered from her first encounter with the dark and breathtaking Siberian when he whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

In the game of obsession, two players are better than one.
Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Aleksandr spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-rich in Paris, the two lovers tempt each other’s boundaries to discover whether their darkest–and most forbidden–fantasies really can come true….

SENTENCE ONE: “Mommy issues. Serial cheater. Humor void. Two-pump chump.”
THOUGHTS: I don’t know who is getting judged here, but I find it amusing as shit. please continue.
SENTENCE TWO: With each guy who entered the campus bar, I ticked off my initial impression to my drunken friends.
THOUGHTS: Campus bar = FUN! Must keep reading.
SENTENCE THREE: I had an uncanny knack for sizing up males–I was a regular “manalyst.” 
THOUGHTS: How refreshing to read a character who’s not all naive to the less-finer traits in life. I like it.
SENTENCE FOUR: I always went negative, and the guys, well, they always accommodated. 
THOUGHTS: I can totally relate to this character so far. Loving it.
SENTENCE FIVE: The girls at the table–several of my roommate’s friends and a couple of mine–looked at me like I was a fun sideshow act, their carny pal.
THOUGHTS: I’ve both seen this and been this. Man, I’m loving this book so far. 
BONUS SENTENCES UNTIL I HAD TO STOP & HIT BUY: Drinks were perpetually free. After the week I’d had, my dinner of salt, tequila, and lime was hitting the spot. My best friend Jessica murmured in my ear, “You better be careful, you picky prude, or else you’ll take your hymen to your grave. Like a skin tag.” 
THOUGHTS: OMG! Jessica is a hoot. The MC is a virgin. There’s fun and frivolity happening so you know steamy is quick on it’s heels. Yeah. I hit BUY at this point. 
KRESLEY COLE THOUGHTS: This is NOT a paranormal read. What can I say, sometimes I like ’em…vanilla. (LOL. Ode to 50 shades right there.) This book is not Kresley’s usual read. It’s got some bondage style sex-play and REAL characters. By that, I mean HUMAN. Don’t assume though; that doesn’t take away from the sexy. AT ALL! The Professional is BY  FAR one of the best books (with really interesting and “particular” sexy times) that I’ve read in a long time. I’m going to be honest; not only have I finished (and loved) this book, but I’ve also finished and loved the other two. Where they as good as this one? No. That’s why I did a First Five on my favorite. This is NOT a FREE read, but it is a WORTH IT read, and for you Kresley Cole fans out there, you WILL NOT be disappointed. This was fabulous. Everything you would want in a 50 Shades type book, but with WAY better writing. If you’re looking for a “not vanilla/human” romance read with lots of yummy sex, this is the book. $$$ NOT WASTED.
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Born in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy Book 1) by K.F. Breene: First Five

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Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.

So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.

Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.

Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

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SENTENCE ONE: The sticky-sweet night embraced me like a satisfied lover.
THOUGHTS: Because I’ve already read the First Five, this sentence thrills me. It gives me an even deeper look, and feel, for the place it’s about to describe. My initial thought, however, was: bit overdone, but eh. Not shitty.
SENTENCE TWO: Raucous laughter crowded in close as people strolled up Bourbon Street with their green plastic drink holders fashioned after grenades. 
THOUGHTS: Oh man! I WAS THAT PERSON! Wandering the streets with a huge grenade drink. Mmmmm. So good. This sentence not only TOOK me back to NOLA, but it also made me want a drink. LoL. 
SENTENCE THREE: A little girl broke away from her parents and ran toward me, stopping much too close and snatching a string of pink beads off the street. 
THOUGHTS: I didn’t get any beads from NOLA that I can remember. Lucky girl. 😉
SENTENCE FOUR: She looked up at me with clear blue eyes sparkling with excitement. 
THOUGHTS: Of course she’s excited. She got herself some beads and didn’t even have to “work” for them. LoL.
SENTENCE FIVE: “Pink is my favorite color!”
THOUGHTS: Well…um…pink is obviously her favorite color. O_0 Duh.
BONUS SENTENCES: 
I stared back at her, struck mute. Only the naive would pluck beads off Bourbon Street. There was no telling what sweaty chest those had been on. I didn’t want to kill her dreams, though. She was so excited as she stood there, clutching the plastic string in a small fist.
THOUGHTS: Well. I’m loving everything I read so far. K.F. Breene really seems to know her stuff and the fact that this read is FREE for a limited time only should motivate anybody who enjoys a good FREE read to download this puppy now. Born in Fire is the first of three books, so go ahead. Get invested! It’s FREE!
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Blood Kissed (The Lizzie Grace Series Book 1) by Keri Arthur: First Five.

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In a world where magic and science sit side by side, and powerful witches are considered necessary aides for all governments, Lizzie Grace is something of an outlier. Though born into one the most powerful blue blood witch families, she wants nothing to do with either her past or her magic.

But when she and Belle, her human familiar and best friend, open a small cafe in the Faelan werewolf reservation, she quickly finds herself enmeshed in the hunt for a vampire intent on wreaking bloody havoc. 

It’s a hunt that soon becomes personal, and one that is going to take all her skills to survive–that’s if the werewolves, who hate all things witch, don’t get her first.

SENTENCE ONE: The silver bell above the door chimed, a soft sound that complemented the singing coming from the cafe’s small kitchen.

THOUGHTS: I’m going to be honest. The blurb is what drew me in, BUT I love the immediate solitude of a cafe setting. There’s something immensely creepy about the chiming of bells in a cafe. Keri Arthur is one of my all time favorite authors and this first sentence is exactly why. It prepares the reader for an entrance while keeping things light and creepy. I LOVE it. 

SENTENCE TWO: I looked down from my perch on a ladder across the other side of the dining room, where I was hanging fairy lights.

THOUGHTS: Does Arthur mean ACTUAL fairy lights or lights that have something to do with fairies? I’m curious. 

SENTENCE THREE: The woman who entered was tall, brown-haired, and wrapped in a  vivid red coat so bulky it hid the shape of her body.

THOUGHTS:  We’ve all wanted to hide our body a time or two. Good on ya, lady.

SENTENCE FOUR: Her complexion was pale, her face angular and, aside from the color of her coat, she looked no different to the half dozen other women who’d entered the cafe since we’d opened yesterday.

THOUGHTS: She looks human. Okay. Moving on.

SENTENCE FIVE: But the psychic bit of me–the bit that had caused so much damn heart-ache in the past–began to stir. 

THOUGHTS: Perfect way to end a paragraph. Give us a little bit of info, or a goody, that makes it impossible NOT to read on. Blood Kissed will be completed by tonight. So far, it’s living up to the Amazon.com reviews. Worth the $3.99 price tag if you ask me. 

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First Five: Deception (The Transformed Series Book 1) by Stacy Claflin.

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 What if your whole life was a lie?

Alexis Ferguson wasn’t blessed with social graces, but the ambitious high school junior has used her book smarts to get her where she is today. It’s too bad that everything she knows is wrong. 

After meeting a gorgeous stranger on a blind date, Alexis feels like she’s known him her entire life. Suddenly, dark long-forgotten memories swirl in her mind. She realizes she’s powerful, stunningly beautiful, and marked for death. 

As she faces the one who ordered her execution years ago, Alexis must learn her strange new powers and trust in unlikely allies to keep herself alive. 

Deception is the first installment in the young adult Transformed Series by USA Today bestselling author, Stacy Claflin. It’s a paranormal romantic suspense series that features gripping supernatural drama, surprising twists, dynamic characters, page-turning suspense, heart-pounding action, and angsty romance. 

Pick up Deception today and you won’t put it down until the stunning conclusion.

This urban fantasy romantic thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. In this book and the rest of the series, you’ll find a supernatural world far beyond the normal scope of vampires and werewolves. Buckle up and get ready for a ride full of twists and turns. It’s one for all ages – as long as you have an imagination and love surprises!

FIRST SENTENCE: My younger sister screamed. 

THOUGHTS: OHHHH. There’s screaming already. Continue! 🙂

SENTENCE TWO: Natalie ran across the driveway and pulled open the driver’s side door of the shiny, red BMW.

THOUGHTS: Damn! I wish someone would buy me a shiny, red BMW.

SENTENCE THREE: She moved aside the red ribbon from the giant bow and climbed inside the car.

THOUGHTS: Okay, okay. I didn’t get a shiny, red Beamer, but I did get a shiny, red JEEP, so I’m loved. I AM! I SWEAR. 😉

SENTENCE FOUR: The new car scent wafted over to where I stood with our parents. 

THOUGHTS: I bet she’s gonna give them a dirty look. Kids are always jealous of each other. 

SENTENCE FIVE: I glanced over at my used, hard-earned Ford. 

THOUGHTS: There it is! Fun drama is about to ensue. This is the perfect end to the fifth sentence BECAUSE I think Stacy Claflin has got a GREAT FREE READ HERE. Now, I don’t know how long this will last so give this one a shot. This FIRST FIVE has got me completely ready to read. FREE Ebooks, especially ones I’m excited to devour, have been far and few between as of late, so don’t waste a perfectly good opportunity to download Stacy’s book.Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 8.08.01 PM

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First Five: The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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First, I’m going to share some thoughts on this author. I have loved Jennifer Armentrout for a long, long time. I have some of her first, published editions on my shelf. Her characters are always memorable. She has a way of bringing them to life that just draws the reader ass deep. Jennifer also does a great job at shedding light on the physical aspects of a relationship. Basically, what I’m saying is that while this author isn’t newly discovered, she is forever loved. The Return is the first in a series.

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The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Sentence #1: The mansion was as silent as I wished the inside of my head could be.

Sentence #2: No noise–not even a ragged inhale of breath or a whispered word.

Sentence #3: Truly blissful.

Sentence #4: The scenery was a whole different story.

Sentence #5: From my vantage point at the top of the grand staircase, the opulent, open-floor design of the first level looked like a truck had backed up to the bronze double doors and dumped a load of SpaghettiOs all over the floor.

Thoughts: Pros: I LOVE that at this point you don’t know who is speaking. Male? Female? Is this truly the beginning or a bystander POV? Jennifer manages to pack so much into so few words and that makes everything, including two word sentences, impactful. The fifth sentence really pulls you in. The colors. Comparisons. Spacial awareness. It all fits perfectly and it makes it impossible for the reader NOT to go on.

Thoughts: Cons: While I love being unaware of who is speaking, I also hate it. You should know upfront, that these books are multiple POVs. Usually. I DESPISE this, but Jennifer really makes it work for this story. Without the multiple POVs, The Return wouldn’t work nearly as well. Now, I’m going to share this little snippet from Chapter two, because it really starts things off.

Chapter two snippets: His gaze flew back to mine and for a long moment he didn’t speak. A sense of hyperawareness rushed over my skin, forming tiny little bumps. Tension poured into the air like kegs of it had been tapped open above us. My pulse picked up as I drew in a shallow breath. A muscle spasmed along his jaw and his lips parted as he said, “What in the fuck are you?” 

This is so good. Now. Word of warning! This is not a .99 cent read. This series is in the 3.99 range, but it is so worthwhile. In fact, anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout is. So, get your “Pollyanna” on!  Also, books 2 and 3 are available.