Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher



Title:  Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
Author:  Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Published:  May 4, 2009
Purchase:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.



Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.



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"'How long will you keep me?' I asked.
You shrugged. 'Forever, of course.'"
 
 
What words would you use to describe a man who abducts someone? A bad guy? Monster? Freak? How about the crime he committed? It should be an easy call to make. Black and white; wrong and right... except it’s not. Not even close. Stolen is a letter written by Gemma to Ty, the man who abducted her from an airport in Bangkok. But the things we learn about Ty and being able to experience Gemma’s captivity through her eyes make you realize nothing is black and white. There's so much gray, and I love the gray.

“It sounded weird to hear you talk so much; normally you only said a few words at a time. I'd never imagined that you'd have a story, too. Until that moment, you were just the kidnapper. You didn't have reasons for anything. You were stupid and evil and mentally ill. That was all. When you started talking, you started changing.” 

The spectacular, vivid descriptions of the Australian landscape that had me nearly feeling the hot red sand between my toes, and the emotional and thought-provoking passages in this poignant story make it a must-read. Stolen messed with my mind and it toyed with my heart. I questioned it, I was angered by it, I cried over it, and I fell in love with it. A beautifully written, amazingly unique concept that I'm so happy I read.

“And it's hard to hate someone once you understand them.” 

chelesiggy

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review: Truth and Humility by J.A. Dennam



Title:  Truth and Humility
Author:  J.A. Dennam
Published:  November 18, 2012
Purchase:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2


For over a century, two families have fought, shot, kidnapped, hung, burned, stolen from and accused one another. Danny Bennett knows that most of what keeps her family feuding with the Cahill clan is baseless accusations from both parties, but that doesn’t keep her from taking sides. After all, when her fun-loving brother, Derek – the person she idolizes the most – has been accused of murder, her loyalties lay solidly with him. But her loyalty to her chosen future burns just as strong.

 In a desperate quest to fund her college education, Danny applies for a dangerous job and soon lands herself in the bowels of the enemy camp. Accustomed to living on the edge, Danny welcomes a good challenge...until she realizes she has unwittingly fallen prey to her brother’s accuser.

Driven by hatred, Austin Cahill knows exactly what to do with the Bennett girl who saunters onto his jobsite under false pretenses: use her as a weapon against her brother, the man he holds responsible for his fiancĂ©’s fatal drowning. Derek Bennett must pay for his crimes, but Austin must coax a confession out of him first. His plan to “own” Derek’s beloved baby sister should break the man, but he soon discovers a much bigger obstacle...his burgeoning desire for Danny. When Derek comes for her, will Austin be prepared to let her go in exchange for the truth? Will his quest for vengeance destroy the woman he’s grown to care for? Or will it be the truth...that brings them all down?



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When Danielle Connor Bennett -- “Danny” for short -- starts her new job at a salvage company, she knows she’s risking everything just to earn some extra money to pay for the college courses her father doesn’t approve of. Her new employer is more than just the owner of her family’s rival company - he’s her brother’s ex-best friend and a member of the Cahill family. The very family that the Bennetts have been feuding with for over one hundred years. Little does Danny know that her attempt to slide under the radar by using her middle name instead of her last name is an ultimate fail. Her new boss knows exactly who she is and plans to make her life a living hell. Payback is a bitch, but it’s nothing compared to Danny when she’s been pushed to her limit.

The characters in this novel are such a treat to read about. Austin and Derek were best friends when they were boys. Sneaking around to hang out so their feuding families wouldn’t know. They promised each other the bad blood would end with them; but unfortunately, things transpired between them that would only escalate the decade-old feud and turn the once-best friends into bitter, mortal enemies. Both Austin and Derek were so well-written that I couldn’t help but love them, along with their families and Austin’s employees. Danny proved to be one of my favorite female MCs I’ve come across. This young woman knows the ins and outs of the demolition and salvage business and can lead a crew full of rowdy men three times her size while keeping them in line with nothing more than her sharp tongue and an excellent lower aim with a fast flying rubber band. She excels at climbing, knows more than most guys about fast cars, and still maintains every ounce of her femininity. She goes from hard hat and denim work clothes by day to hoop earrings and stylish shoes at night. Most of you know I have a few favorite fictional boyfriends from my books, but I think I just reached a first: fictional girl crush! Danny is so empowering and inspiring! I adore her fierce need to protect her family. She knows how to stand up for herself but, at the same time, is such a loving and caring individual.

It was so exhilarating to see how Danny worked to prove herself to her new co-workers, and I really enjoyed the friendships she made along the way. And then there’s the tumultuous but sinfully delicious relationship with Austin Cahill. Danny is living with the enemy... literally. But the man she’s supposed to hate is making it really hard to do just that. They drive each other crazy, but it’s so much fun to witness. Austin is there when she needs him, and a strong manly man swooping in to save the day is swoon-worthy, sure... but a woman who rescues him and everyone around her? This is the kind of heroine books need more of.

A family feud, a thirst for vengeance, and a forbidden love make Truth and Humility an incredible romantic suspense story that was impossible to put down.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.


chelesiggy

Teaser Tuesday (14): Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser comes from the following book:



Title:  Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2)
Author:  Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher:  Random House / Delacorte
Expected Publication:  March 12, 2013

Amazon  |  Barnes&Noble

It's been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she's counting. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily's dad monopolizes Calder's time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.

Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman's natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn't know what to believe—only that whoever's responsible is sure to strike again. . . .

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My teaser:

"Heat licked up at us from the sand, and his breath was hot against my face. 'Look at you,' he said, and his voice was disappointed."  - pg. 44

I'm just starting this one, but I am very curious to see where this teaser leads!
I'd love to know what your teaser is!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda



Title:  Hysteria
Author:  Megan Miranda
Publisher:  Bloomsbury/Walker
Expected Publication:  February 5, 2013
Purchase:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Rating: ★ ★ 1/2

Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets.

Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.

In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.


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I was really looking forward to Hysteria after getting my first look at its eerie cover and especially after reading the summary.

Unfortunately, Hysteria just didn’t deliver the thrills the way I had hoped it would. The pacing was slow, and I didn’t connect at all with the main character Mallory, who I found to be flat and annoying. I took issue with her parents sending her off to boarding school so soon after the traumatic experience of her murdering her boyfriend in self defense. Granted, I could understand if their motives were based solely on keeping Mallory safe, but her mother’s irritating instability and the fact that she was afraid of  her daughter instead of for her were off-putting and I struggled to stay invested in the story.

There were some enjoyable moments; and I liked Reid, although I felt his character was a bit underdeveloped. While this book wasn’t a win for me, it still was not a book I could walk away from. I stuck with it and was glad to have my suspicions confirmed in the end.

Bottom line: Boarding school, mean girls, and juvenile behavior made this a hard read for this not-so-young adult to appreciate.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  


chelesiggy

Waiting on Wednesday (14): Games of Fire by Airicka Phoenix

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine,
that showcases our most anticipated upcoming releases.





Title:  Games of Fire 
Author:  Airicka Phoenix
Expected Publication:  February 14, 2013


Sophie has enough problems in her life without Spencer turning her blood to fire, without his eyes freezing and burning her, without his hatred of her. Since his migration into the house next to hers, Sophia Valdez isn’t sure whether she wants to toss him under a bus or kiss that smirking mouth of his. But even as the temperature rises around them, leaping flames of passion, want and desire,everything either has ever known will be shattered by the lurking shadow hounding their every step, wanting revenge.


Spencer Rowth moves to the sleepy town of River Port with his mother and twelve year old sister, Suzy, to escape a deceitful father, an unfaithful girlfriend and a life crumbling much too fast for him to grapple onto only to be smacked upside the head by the last thing he wanted again. Sophie was everything he refused to want. Her temper, her wit, her laugh, her smile, the way her entire body goes up in flames under his hands are things he would rather slam a lid on and forget. Instead, he finds himself falling for the smart-mouth next door. But how long will he have before the evil chasing them catches up? How long before the very thing he never wanted becomes his only thread to sanity? And who is after them? What do they want and why do they want Spencer and Sophie dead?


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Love/hate relationships and lurking shadows seeking vengeance?  
Sounds like my kind of read! 

What book are YOU waiting to get your hands on?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (13): Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser comes from the following book:
 
 


Title: Onyx (Lux #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: August 14, 2012
Purchase:  Amazon Barnes & Noble

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…



The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own.

He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


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My teaser:

"Gasping, I arched my back off the bed,
and a strangled scream escaped the back of my throat. 
 Everything burned.  A fire raged inside me ten times worse than before,
and I knew I was dying.  I had to be..."  - pg. 16

So far, I'm enjoying this book even more than I enjoyed Obsidian.  Daemon is slowly but surely winning me over.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

I'd love to know what your teaser is!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: 'Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, and Karen Duvall

 

Title: 'Til the World Ends
Authors: Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, and Karen Duvall
Publisher: Harlequin
Expected Publication: January 29, 2013
Purchase:  Amazon Barnes & Noble
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden—as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems...

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre

After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside—in the Red Zone—is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they’ll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside... for good.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall

Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms—in the cosmos and beyond. And she’s not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She’ll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.


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’Til the World Ends is a wonderful anthology featuring three fabulous, talented authors.

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa:

I LOVED Dawn of Eden. This prequel to The Immortal Rules was fascinating, and Julie Kagawa drew me in as only Julie Kagawa can. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting this generation of the Archer family. Ben was so lovely and Kylie was a stunning combination of grace and fierceness. Samson angered me, but I believe his role in the story contained a very poignant lesson about forgiveness. I was not expecting such a detailed love scene, but my… oh my… well that was… erm… why is it SO hot in here? Reading this prequel and the appearance of a certain someone that I was very intrigued by in book one made me want to pick up my copy of The Immortal Rules and dive right back in... which is exactly what I did.

Note: Dawn of Eden is not a YA story -- definitely more new adult due to a steamy and detailed scene.

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre:

Oh, wow. At the start of this short story, I felt as though I was scrambling to keep up and trying to figure out what was going on. But I caught on quickly and ended up loving this fast-paced read. A strong female lead and an amazing "don’t-label-him-a-hero" male lead character make an unforgettable pair in Ann Aguirre’s Thistle & Thorne novella. I grow tired of the pretty boys in some novels and of being told why they are soooo handsome and swoon-worthy instead of being shown. I love that in our introduction to Thorne, he is quickly described as not handsome, large, and imposing. Add to that a silvery scar from eye to mouth and the fact that he’s risking everything for the greater good of the world, and I’m all-a-flutter all the way to my tippy-toes. THIS is a beautiful man, and he easily makes my list of desirable fictional beaus. The only problem I had was that this story came to an end. I could have continued reading about Thorne and Thistle for days. Ann Aguirre never disappoints me, and this is one of my favorites.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall:

Sun Storm was my first foray into the world of storm chasers and Kinetics, and I definitely don’t want it to be my last. This was so different from my usual reads and absolutely engrossing. I didn’t expect to feel quite as compelled by this story as the previous two since there wouldn’t be any parallel storylines or characters that I was already invested in, but Karen Duvall managed to give me two more characters to fall for with Sarah and Ian. I like that this story had more of an ending… a closure, and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Duvall’s work.

If you are a fan of short stories and the post-apocalyptic world, then definitely add ’Til the World Ends to your must-read list.


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.


chelesiggy

Congratulations!

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Congratulations to Misty B. at Kindle Obsessed 
on winning her choice of book in the Bad Boy Rehab Hop!
 
 
She chose Hush, Hush
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
 Patch is always a great choice and a fun bad boy to read about!
 
 
Thank you to all who entered!  I have a new giveaway going up next week!

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Year, New Books, New Ventures

I’m a bit late with this post, but like a lot of my bookish friends, I’ve been recovering from sickness, or as we referred to it at my house, “the death virus,” so my blogging break was a bit longer than I originally anticipated. I’ve missed you guys and can’t wait to stop by your blogs and catch up!


I completed my 2012 reading challenge last year and surpassed my goal by reading 107 books...



and challenged myself to read 100 books in 2013.




This year, I completed my first Debut Author Challenge, and a couple of the books I read for this challenge became 2012 favorites:


Debut Author Challenge 2012


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I won’t be participating in any challenges or tours this year, and I’m cutting way down on requests and ARCs. I am officially declaring 2013 the year of the fun reads. I want to read what I want to read when I want to read it, and the same goes for reviews.  No deadlines and no pressure.

The lovely Ari from Reading After Midnight posted this on her Facebook page last year and it has stuck with me:

  “I blog because I read, I don’t read because I blog.”

I don't ever want to lose sight of my reason for doing this.  No out-of-control TBR piles and not being able to read new releases because of being buried by requests.  That's just not what I want. I already have a job and blogging is my fun hobby -- my ‘me time.’ Life is too short to read a book I don't enjoy when there are so many amazing ones waiting on my bookshelves.

There are a lot of older books/series that I never got to, and I have so many recommendations from my favorite bloggers that I want to read as well. I'm looking forward to several much-anticipated new releases, and a few of my favorite trilogies will be coming to an end (*sniffs*). I’m also exploring some different genres this year - some that I have shied away from in the past. That’s right… some of them will be -- *gasp* -- monster-less books... but I’m braving the scariest genre out there: contemporaries. *quivers*

  I’ve already read several books since Christmas that aren't in my 'reading comfort zone':


EasyHopelessStolen: A Letter to My CaptorThe Perks of Being a Wallflower


 And you know what? I LOVED them. I’ve cried bucketfuls. One made me ugly cry/sob my guts out… and I think that may be why I cut such a wide path around these type of books, but sometimes we all need a good cry and, more importantly, to FEEL. I can't wait to share my reviews of these awesome books with you.

One of my favorite quotes from Hopeless is this:

“Should it matter what genre it is if the book is good?”

How fitting that I came across that line as I’m wading into these new reading waters!

Any great books you think I should add to my list? I'm taking suggestions!

I had an amazing 2012! I read some incredible books, I met some fabulous people, I got to know some of my favorite bloggers better, and I reached and even surpassed certain bookish and blogging goals I set for myself.

I look forward to meeting more book lovers and fellow bloggers this year, and I wish you ALL an amazing and beautiful 2013!    I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule on Monday. Until then, my lovely fellow readers… xoxo

Congratulations, Winners

 
Congratulations to Mikayla P. for winning the Christmas book giveaway. 
She chose Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.
 
Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)
 
I LOVED this book, so I was pretty excited about her choice!

 
Congratulations to Garrett D. for winning the $25.00 gift card in the
Happy New Year 2013 Giveaway Hop.
 
 
Thank you to all who entered and supported the blog.  I have many more giveaways planned, so stay tuned and Happy Reading :)
 

Review: Double Shock by Peggy Holloway



Title:  Double Shock
Author:  Peggy Holloway
Published:  March 13,2011
Purchase:  Amazon


When Ramona decides the only way to escape her abusive husband is to kill him and make it look like an accident, she feels she has solved her problem. When she begins to overhear conversations from some of the people of Addison, Georgia, she realizes everyone knows it was murder but are covering it up.


At first she is glad but when she begins getting clues about what's happening in the small Georgia town, she is faced with a choice between keeping herself out of jail and saving her country.


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Ramona had finally had enough of her abusive husband and decided to take matters into her own hands. Little did she know the death of her husband would lead to a cover-up, jaw-dropping secrets, and her realization that there is something very suspicious going on in the town of Addison, Georgia. And the residents of Addison… have no intention of letting Ramona in on their little secret.

I admit Double Shock is not in a genre that I normally read, but I thoroughly enjoyed this 1969 Georgian mystery. I struggled at first with the perspective in which it is written, but that was soon forgotten and I was really pulled into this intriguing who-dun-it (or rather who’s-behind-it) thriller.

Just when I thought I had everything figured out, the author would throw me for a loop with a twist I never saw coming. I would peg a character as a good guy or bad guy only to have the opposite revealed. This is a fun and fast read that will keep you on your toes all the way to the end!


Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.


chelesiggy

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bad Boy Rehab Hop

 
 
Bad Boy Rehab Hop
January 10 – January 17, 2013
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and The Book Hookup
We tried giving up Bad Boys for our New Year’s Resolution…..
but try to make me go to rehab and I said no no no.

Bad Boy (n.) person
1. A guy who has many characteristics of a naughty, naughty boy. OMG let  the drooling begin.
2. A heartbreaker with a five o’clock shadow. Rawrrrrrr!
3. Independent and willful. Does what he wants when he wants. Never follow trends, they follow him.
4. Someone that’s not looking for trouble, but there’s a serious sense of danger about him. We love danger!
Usable Note: A bad boy is a gorgeous man with MANY layers and is INSANELY irresistible to women. *raises hands*… YES PLEASE!


Thank you so much to the hosts for this super fun giveaway!  On my stop, I’m giving away one bad boy book of your choice from The Book Depository or ebook from Amazon or B&N. This giveaway is International, provided you can receive books from The Book Depository.  Since you get to choose your favorite bad boy, I thought I’d share my top ten. You can choose a book from my list (some of these are available in ebook format only and would be sent via Amazon or B&N), or you can choose any book featuring your favorite bad boy ($15 value):


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#1) Dean Holder from Hopeless. He was supposedly sent to juvie for a hate crime, but there's so much more to this bad boy than meets the eye. Dark, mysterious, a tattoo of "hopeless" on his forearm... but is he really hopeless? I just finished reading this over the weekend and can’t wait to share my review as soon as I officially return from my blogging break. Holder is the bad boy that may have just ruined all future fictional boyfriends for me. 


Easy

#2) Lucas from Easy. Tattooed, shaggy hair, lip ring -- darkly intriguing all the way down to his scuffed boots. And he makes a mean cup of coffee. Be still, my heart.




Dark Inside (Dark Inside, #1) 


#3) Daniel. Dark Inside. My toes still curl when I think about this mysterious, brooding hunk of hawtness.  If loving him is wrong...I don't want to be right.





The Last Echo (The Body Finder, #3) 

#4) Rafe from The Body Finder series. While my heart belongs to Jay in this series, Rafe is another character that I couldn’t get enough of and hope to find out much more about in the next installment.




Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) 


#5) Warner from Shatter Me. Ultimate bad boy that you just can’t hate, no matter how hard you try... until you finally stop trying and give in to the temptation.




Obsidian (Lux, #1) 


#6) Daemon from The Lux series. Snarky and infuriating. I originally wanted to smack him, but he makes me laugh out loud and oozes a sexy sweetness that makes him easy to forgive.




The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2) 

#7) Another Damon. This is a complete cheat because I haven’t finished book one in The Vampire Diaries series. I’m smitten with him on the show, though, and while I’m not sure how loosely based the TV character is on the book character…. he’s too much of a smoldering bad boy to not get a mention.




Fallen (Fallen, #1) 



#8) Cam from the Fallen series. The saving grace of this series for me comes in the form of this gorgeous, snarky fallen angel.





Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) 


#9) Patch. I’ve only read book one while the rest of this series waits patiently on my bookshelf. I can’t wait to get back to it. Patch has some great lines. Sarcastic, funny, and completely swoon-worthy.




Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2) 


#10) John Breed from the Beautiful Creatures series. John was a welcome bad boy addition to this series, and I would have loved to have known more about this absorbing character. I loved him and was left wanting more.




So there you have it -- my top ten bad boys (although I really had to refrain from making this list much, much longer).

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