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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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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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BLOOD KISSED BLURB~

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.

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First Five: Devil’s Mark by Megan Crane

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The bestselling author of Devil’s Honor returns with a deliciously sinful novel about a good girl who goes bad—and the notorious Louisiana biker who can’t resist the lure of forbidden fruit.

Holly Chambless is tired of being the squeaky clean daughter of Lagrange’s holier-than-thou mayor. When her father is charged with corruption, she realizes that her whole life’s been a lie. Now’s her chance to do all the things she never dared, like scoring a job at a bar where reputations go to die, or reconnecting with the biker who sparked a secret hunger in her all those years ago. Holly isn’t a wide-eyed girl anymore—and this time she wants a taste of what has always been denied.

Killian “Uptown” Chenier has no time for stuck-up princesses. He likes fast bikes and wild sex. Sure, he remembers Holly. He sent her running with a wicked smile and a lesson about prying eyes. And sure, she’s grown up smoking-hot, with a body he’d like to personally desecrate. But Devil’s Keepers business is real and intense. Her daddy stole from the club, leaving his pretty blonde daughter a walking target. And when Uptown takes aim at what he wants, he never misses.

 

FIRST FIVE: 

1) Killiam “Uptown” Chenier clocked the exact second pretty little Holly Chambless, the dirtbag mayor’s squeaky clean, sorority girl daughter with her famously sweet ass, high tits, and the glossiest ponytail in the entirety of southern Lousisiana, walked into Dumb Gator’s.

THOUGHTS: I’m intrigued by the location as well as the author’s willingness to share naughty truths within the first paragraph. 

2) So did everyone else with a dick.

THOUGHTS: Again, YAY to Megan Crane for being graphic right upfront. HOT!

3) Tick and Butler, the two degenerate fucks sprawled in Uptown’s booth, practically knocked over the table with their instant hard-ons at the sight of her.

THOUGHTS: Whoa. I’m still loving the straightforwardness. 

4) The perverts were his friends and full-patch brothers in the Devil’s Keepers Motorcycle Club–the outlaw club that pretty much owned every last person, place, and thing in the sleepy little bayou town of Lagrange, Louisiana. 

THOUGHTS: I’m not a fan of the long, run-on like sentences here and I’m pretty sure she could have been specific about the location without being repetitive, but no matter.

5) From the pompous aldermen who pretended to be horrified by the biker presence on Main Street to a rough and isolated dive bar like Dumb Gator’s that openly courted the “bad element,” everyone and everything in this little corner of southern Louisiana catered to the club.

THOUGHTS: This isn’t the sentence that convinced me to hit BUY NOW.

This is…

SENTENCE # UNKNOWN: Like a fucking Disney princess who might belt out a song at any moment, given the opportunity or the odd swelling soundtrack.

THOUGHTS: After Megan Crane worked so hard to create a seedy environment it was perfect to have this “fluffy” thought interjected. It was amusing, perfectly timed and one of many sentences I liked. Now, this is not a .99 cent read. Devil’s Mark is 3.99, but I don’t regret it and with this steamy narration, I doubt I will. Grab the book and leave your thoughts below. I’d love to read ’em. I’m off to enjoy some more of Uptown and Holly. Thanks Megan Crane!

 

****UPDATE*****

Finished the book. Loved every second of it. HOT! STEAMY. SEXY! I will be reading more of this author FOR SURE!

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First Five: Furbidden Mate by Jessica Snow.

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Plus-sized Katerina Headley is on a mission. She’s out to prove that real men do love curves. On a night out of fun, she attracts more than her share of trouble and the sexiest wolf this side of the universe.

Liam Greyson.

Heir to a billionaire fortune that just so happens to be a gorgeous wolf with a killer bod. But being with him will brand them both as outlaws. Bears and wolves don’t mix. It’s forbidden.

But that won’t stop Liam from helping himself to Kat’s curves. Or filling her belly with triplets.

They’ll face danger at every corner. Liam may need more than a killer set of abs and a tight ass to keep them all safe.

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FIRST FIVE: Katerina Headley, age twenty-three, half-turned from the full length mirror on the back of her closet door and looked over her shoulder at herself. Her gaze swept over the short, spaghetti-strap black dress that clung to her ample curves: bountiful breasts, solid hips, lush thighs. She glanced over the spill of dark brown waves that ran over her back and one shoulder, trying to school herself to look at her image admiringly instead of critically. Not bad, she told herself and did her best to believe it now that her confidence had taken a hit. 

THE GOOD: I’m gonna be straight. I picked up this .99 cent read because I LOVED the idea of a plus-sized main character finding sexy love. I was excited to start the book off with the MC seeking validation because, honestly, we’ve all been there. Dumped. Hurt. Rejected. In dire need of an ego boast. That’s what I thought the story was gonna provide and I was stoked to have that KNOWN right up front. Usually, authors will motivate the MC with an inner struggle that’s hidden to them and later discovered  While that’s not an awful approach, I NEEDED a story where the MC knew she was hurt, damaged and in need of loving. I NEEDED a MC that was gonna keep it real and that’s what I was sure, even after the First Five, this book would provide. 

THE BAD: I only made it %25 of the way through Furbidden Mate before shutting it down. Here’s why: the author seemed unsure of her stories direction. There were multiple, conflicting POVs that didn’t add real value to the parts I read, and though there was an interesting plot twist during that first %25, Jessica Snow’s voice was all over the place. One minute, it sounded on par with a hurt, young, motivated woman. The next, it sounded petty, immature and more than inexperienced. Kat, the MC, bounced between hurt and angry in the classic ways we’d expect, but there were other,  angrier, emotions peppered in there and those feelings made connecting to Kat extremely difficult. (Which was odd because I found myself connecting to Kat before I even started the book. Essentially, the author TOOK what I identified in the MC and muddied it up with a bunch of bizarre actions/cravings.) Before I stopped reading, I found myself wondering if Jessica Snow was young herself, or perhaps this was her first novel. Either way, for .99 cents I thought I’d give Furbidden Mate a try. 

THE OKAY: Jessica Snow has great potential. Many of her sentences capture images I’d struggle to provide. EXAMPLE: Dropping his gaze to the floor, Liam brought up an interesting half-truth. In this part of the book, it’s a different POV, BUT I love how Jessica doesn’t shy away from the ickier side of lying where Liam’s storyline is concerned. It made connecting to him easier than connecting to Kat, the MC. EXAMPLE 2: This was puzzling; normally Kat loved her some bread. But today it was about as appetizing as packing peanuts. This is solid writing right here. Funny. Informative. Descriptive. I love everything about it. Because there were so many GREAT instances of writing, I have decided to revisit this author. She has plenty of books to choose from all of which are priced just right. My hope is that this book and I just didn’t click. 

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I still plan to revisit this author, but did not find the rest of the read all that entertaining. Sorry.

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!!Messy Death by Jennifer Starks!!

MessyDeathCOVERI’m going to give you the First Five of my debut novel, Messy Death. I’m also going to let you know that for a limited time, you may download the ebook for FREE at Smashwords.com. I’ve done a search for it on the site, but haven’t had much luck finding it. At any rate, I’m having difficulties figuring out AMAZON.com, so I’m just making it free on Smashwords.com. Without further ado, here are the First Five of my book. 

MESSY DEATH:

1: Perspiration slicked my cleavage as I made my way across stage. 

THOUGHTS: Okay. She’s on stage. She’s nervous. She has cleavage. YAY!

2: Wearing a V-neck in front of horny adolescents  wasn’t classy by any means, but at least I’d have their attention.

THOUGHTS: She’s dressed kinda slutty on purpose. Okay. She’s in front of horny teens. Okay. Yeah. She definitely has their attention. (I’m not fond of this sentence, FYI. I could’ve done better.)

3: If that didn’t work, the tub of body parts I carried was bound to get some interest. 

THOUGHTS: Body parts in a tub? How very Dexter. It’s getting bloody! YAY!

4: When I learned public speaking was in my immediate future, I had one thought.

5: How the fuck am I going to talk about my job for thirty minutes?

THOUGHTS: Dropped the F-bomb in the First Five which means there’s liable to be a lot of swearing. If you’re squeamish about that sort of thing…oh boy. Within the FF, I have set up the area. Given you an idea of the MC’s voice, job and personality. Believe it or not, many characters aren’t nearly as snarky as my Vira Silk. I think, if I wasn’t the author, I would download this read for FREE or even for .99 cents. Why? The prose is right up my alley, wouldn’t ya know. LOL. 

Why am I offering this, you ask?

Well, quite simply, I’m thinking about changing Messy Death BACK to it’s intended ending before the release of the second book as the published ending has made the writing of book 2 VERY difficult. Considering all of my current life challenges, I need things to be as easy as possible. I’m not 100% set on changing/re-releasing MESSY DEATH yet, but I feel like it’s something to really consider. 

In the mean time, I would also like to drop the First Five of Messy Victory which hasn’t gone into SUPER EDITS yet, but will be published before book 2 of the Vira Silk series. Messy Victory - Jennifer Starks

MESSY VICTORY: AN EMON NOWL SHORT BY JENNIFER STARKS

1-5:  I have been with the Soul I am to Claim for a short while now. She is beautiful with large eyes and midnight colored hair. Her routine is not tiresome which is a great relief as most humans are monotonous creatures. This woman approaches each day with vigor and spontaneity. I have seldom known that to be the case. In the days leading up to death, some Souls can sense their demise. Some say they can even sense us. The Reapers. ©