Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Hunter by Addison Carmichael | Guilty Pleasure Books

Title: Hunter

Author: Addison Carmichael

Series: Book 4 in the Sons of the Alpha series

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Werewolf

Published: November 1st, 2019



Anthropologist Scarlet Lupis knows, because she spotted one of these dangerous humanlike creatures 15 years ago. Now she returns to Washington State to prove her suspicions and theories once and for all.

* * *
After another failed mission, werewolf Adam Bryant is pulled from active duty in their Pack military in order to get his head back in the game. Knowing the real issue, however, Adam returns to the place of his worst failure, determined to solve a nightmare that has plagued him for over a decade.

But uncovering old ghosts proves lethal for both of them when they cross the same monsters that have haunted both their lives. When Scarlet is deathly wounded her only hope for survival is Adam's own healing Wolf blood.

Now she exhibits signs of turning into a werewolf herself. Impossible, since she is human, all human.

Because one thing all were-kind know for a solid fact-
-a Wolf can't create a human shifter.

    Eek, eek, and eek!!
Okay, you guys have heard me rant about this series for the past year and I really enjoyed so many of them- but this one straight up is my absolute favorite!!


I'm not really a ''paranormal and romance'' lover, but there are certain 'sub-genres' if you will, that I do like to read. I'm still super picky and half the time put the books down because I just- they're sooo cringy sometimes. But this series is one that I'm happy to own and re-read anytime.

 Yes, Noel is a *sometimes* sucker for werewolf romance books. I guess you could call paranormal romances my guilty pleasure (and this may be the only time I admit to this!).

  Hunter is the last book in the Sons of the Alpha series, and Carmichael did so amazingly in this conclusion it made the series for me.
 If you saw my other reviews, then you know the first book wasn't my favorite- it was enjoyable but for me, I was in love with books 2 and 3 the most.
  Book 4 has officially knocked them aside.
  They have been ''de-throned''.

  I loved seeing all the characters from the other books again, and (FINALLY) our main characters in Hunter had been side characters that I'd been so curious about all throughout the series! (Again: Eek!!) 
  Scarlet and Adam were in and out of this series, but never had the spotlight until now.
  And goodness, did I love their romance.

  Yes, there was miscommunication scenes that made me want to hurl someone through a window (not sure who yet, I'm surprisingly very hard to piss off). But I loved how cute they were and their own stories that interweaved together.

There was some mystery in the plot to do with Scarlet's past, and her figuring out about her *supposed-to-be-a-fling* boyfriend being a werewolf. Mostly it was a steamy werewolf read, that the romance had my heart captured in; but I was very happy with the amount of action in it as well.

  And then Carmichael's perfect epilogue topped it all off with a cherry at the end! I loved finding out about what happened to past favorite characters in the series plus seeing where new ones were going at the same time.

  Do you have a guilty pleasure genre or subgenre of books?? (PLS tell me I'm not alone!)
  Thoughts on paranormal romance, or werewolf reads??

Thanks for reading loves!!
~Books with Noel


P. S. Keep an eye out for my next post! A review of Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Noel's Bookish Bouquet | Wrap Up & TBR

    I'm taking a big, deep breath and exhaling.
    It's been quite a long and busy minute since I last posted regularly. It's so so nice and actually relaxing to write here again!

    January brought me a beautiful cold front so I took advantage of my (usually unused) fireplace to read in the evenings. ๐Ÿ˜ I took some more bookish pictures to share the cozy vibes as well!

  As some of you know, I've been cleaning my bookshelves and was debating letting several books go..... call it an intense spring cleaning. So I've been hosting some giveaways and finally cleaning out my TBR Mountain as well as books I've had too long and will probably never actually get around to reading ๐Ÿ˜ฌ.
  Though I also managed to get rid of several books I finally tried and hated with a burning passion, so that was nice!

  How has your reading been doing? Have you set any goals and how are they going??
I only set two reading goals for 2020: my Goodreads challenge is to read a total of 69 books, and then I joined Tracy @ Cornerfolds 2020 Retelling Reading Challenge for 18 books.

I would like to think it's coming along nicely, but honestly, my main priority has been getting Chinese take-out lol.

I haven't been getting much reading done but I'm pretty happy with my progress still!

                                     ๐™น๐šŠ๐š—๐šž๐šŠ๐š›๐šข'๐šœ ๐š†๐š›๐šŠ๐š™ ๐š„๐š™

Pugs and Prejudice - ⭐⭐⭐
The Sunny Adventure - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Harley In The Sky - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Storyteller's Daughter - ⭐⭐⭐

                              ๐™ต๐šŽ๐š‹๐š›๐šž๐šŠ๐š›๐šข'๐šœ ๐™ถ๐š˜๐šŠ๐š• & ๐šƒ๐™ฑ๐š

For one of the book clubs I'm in, there's some reading challenges I'm trying to find books for:

♥ ~~~~~~ ♥
๐˜๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ

๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ด ‘’๐˜๐˜Œ๐˜ˆ๐˜™๐˜›’’ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ

๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ต

๐˜‰๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ

๐˜ˆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ

๐˜—๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ

๐˜ˆ ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ

๐˜ˆ ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข-๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ

♥ ~~~~~~ ♥

        My Bookish Bouquet for February includes:

What did you read in January? Did you find any new favorites or any books to recommend??

Have a lovely day!!
~Books with Noel

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Look-Alike | A Thrilling Cold Read

Title: The Look-Alike

Author: Erica Spindler

Published: January 28th, 2020

Genre: Thriller | Mystery | Fiction

Amazon | Goodreads

  About: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Girl and Justice for Sara comes a thrilling psychological drama about a woman who believes she escaped a brutal murder years ago—but does anyone else believe her?

Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she's returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.

In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head —that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear—that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake—he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?

As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?

   I got to read this suspenseful read back at the end of 2019, and it was really the perfect time because when I read it we had a bit of a cold-front finally! I love reading thrillers or cozy books (it's always one or the other, no in-between for me) when it's 'winter' in Florida.
 I have to wait all year for my favorite weather and season, so I may or may not *cough cough* go all out a bit ๐Ÿ˜….

I'm a moody reader, what can I say?

It wasn't hard at all to get into this novel, it was intriguing for me right off the bat actually. I was more on a kick for mystery and suspense and The Look-Alike delivered quite nicely.

 Sienna has some harsh memories of her childhood town, especially of an incident involving a dead body. She fled to her grandmother's for ten years only to come back to face her mother's mental illness and see the dark pieces from her past still waiting for her.

 Spindler already hooked me pretty well with that, but then I got immersed in the things that start happening with Sienna back in town. While Sienna has always known her mother's fears for her, she thought they were just because of her mental illness...but then some things start happening. And we start to see that maybe her mom has been right, and then from there...

  My goodness, y'all it was plot-twisting around to where I couldn't predict! I love predicting who did it in these kinds of books (whether that's because I still want to believe I have actual intelligence is still up for debate), but I didn't get irritated at all. The characters didn't make me want to slap them silly, in fact I was biting my nails at some points because I was trying to figure things out.

  The author's trail throughout the pages was wonderfully fast-paced and sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat. The clues to who did it and what was happening to Sienna and her mother were both misleading and perfect!

This author was quite the genius!

What kind of books do you like to read in the winter? Have you heard of this one? What did you think of it??

Have a lovely day!!
~Books with Noel