Sunday, July 31, 2016

Book Review: Pennies

Title - Pennies
Author -  Pepper Winters
Series -  Dollar #1 
Genre -  Dark Romance
Published - July 20th 2016
Format - Kindle Review Copy
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Buy it on (Amazon)
Two covers each unique. I can't decide which I like better. 

"I'm not the hero in this story, girl. You'd do best to remember that."

At eighteen years old, I was murdered. 

I wish my tale ended there. 

However, my killer resuscitated me and sold me to the highest bidder, sentencing me to a world worse than Hell.

For the past two years, I've lived a life of torment as a man's property. I suffer in silence and wish for freedom, but I never break.

I can't.

I won't.

But then he arrives.

The first stranger since I was killed.

Elder Prest, a thief with a heart as black as his soul, arrives as a guest in our twisted home. He has business with my owner, but his interest lies in me. He pretends not to notice my bruises and hides his knowledge of what I am, but the way he watches me makes me feel more human than possession.

As his eyes tear through my walls and his voice demands answers, he challenges my owner for one night with me. 

I've survived two years of torment because I no longer believe in hope, but Elder is the only man who promises me pleasure instead of pain.

Trusting him is dangerous, wanting him is deadly.

Is he my ticket to safety or my ultimate end?


Whoever he is, whatever he wants...I can't say no. 
Review
 I received Pennies in return for an honest review from the author. 
Tasmin may not have had the best childhood growing up but she did what she needed to do to survive because that is who she is. On the night of her murder and rebirth everything she new changed taken from her mother thrust into a world she’d only heard of. Tasmin is now known as Pimlico forced into the world of human trafficking sold to the highest bidder as a slave. 

Now known as Pim she is taken by a man who’s whole house is nothing but white, and now is his new prized possession. While Pim is determined to not let Master A have all of her buy refusing to speak at any cost. To keep that piece of herself she will have to survive what Master A has in store for her but it just may to be much for her. Her only glimmer of hope is when a dark stranger shows and after a night with her will he be able to leave her knowing what her future holds?

I love Pim she’s this girl who’s survived unimaginable pain and assault but while most would have given up she still holds that piece of herself. I kept hoping she would get the chance to get away but it never happened clearly he wasn’t her first slave girl. I like Elder way more than I should have because while he’s not a good guy he’s also not the same kind of bad guy that Master A is. They both have issues but maybe together they can find what they need to make each other whole again. 

Pennies isn’t my typical read I tend to avoid books that have a darker abusive theme to them. I knew going into it would be tough but after getting a chance to know Pim I knew I had to see how it would play out her moment of finally tasting freedom. Pim’s story is an emotional roller coaster but captures your soul stealing a spot in my heart. I just really connected with Pim on a deeper level and I actually can’t stop talking about her story. Pennies is an emotional read it had parts that made me choke up with tears but I pushed on and I’m glad I did. I found the authors writing style while even telling this dark haunting story beautiful it’s just so easy to get lost in the words. I can say without a doubt Pim’s story is one that will be sticking with me for a while. I honestly enjoyed the Pennies way more than I ever expected to. I’m anxiously waiting for the next installment because I want to know what happens with Pim and Elder. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post
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The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer~ It's a chance to share new ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

I hope everyone is staying cool and having a great weekend. 

Finished a couple of manga and 2 books might get one more before the end of tomorrow we will see. It's been a busy week running errands, shopping for back to school, and just hanging out with the kids. I'm ready for summer to be over they have cut into my reading. I have some reviews to write tomorrow. It's been a triple digit hot week here in Northern California and baking or canning isn't enjoyable. Hopefully next week. 

Posts this past week you may have missed at TRD
Book Blitz: Sweetness
Cover Reveal: Forever My Soldier
Trailer Reveal: Brewer Archives
Cover Reveal: If I Could Do It Again
Cover Reveal: Beneath The Void 
#DustOffYourBookshelf Thursday
Book Blitz: Daemoneum
Book Blitz: The Promise
Cover Reveal: Acca
Book Blitz: Daemoneum
Cover Reveal: Hollywood Demon 
Book Blitz: Ice Crypt 
Book Blitz: The Chronicles of Hawthorn
Cover Reveal: Bound
Book Blitz: Cheat
Book Blitz: The King in Stone
Book Blitz: Copper Veins
Book Blitz: Graham
Book Blitz: Aria & Ethan 
Book Blitz: The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland 
Book Blitz: Lavender in Bloom
Book Blitz: Crow
Book Blitz: Vampire Creed

Review
Pennies by Pepper Winters (To Come)
True North by Nikki Jefford 
Pet Shop of Horrors Vol 9 (To Come)
Pet Shop of horrors Vol 10 (To Come)


Just a quiet week with a few ebooks.  

For review

Plus a whole bunch of kindle freebies. I just can't help myself. 

Crafty projects & Baking & Cooking
I'm working on a knit handbag but it's not come very far so I'm holding off to share till next week. I'm still a newbie when it comes to knitting. 
I've got zucchini bread to bake this weekend but I haven't gotten around to it just yet. We've been busy. I also have some canning to do the next week.


Around the Blogophere
Coyer is in full swingHave you signed up yet? (Sign up
Parajunkee has an amazing must read Article about Bloggers (Here)
Can You Read A Series In A Month Challenge  I signed up have you? (Here)

This coming week @ TRD
I've got some fun posts and reviews.

I'm still an instagram addict you should check it out lots of fun!!!!

Find me (Here) I working on 8K followers 

I hope everyone has a great week. 

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves
Stacking The Shelves July 30th 2016
Stacking the Shelves is a meme by Tynga Reviews that let's bloggers share their new books and swag, whether they are physical or virtual. I'll include books I've been sent, emailed, purchased, won and for reviews. 

Just a quiet week with a few ebooks.  

For review
None 

Purchased
What did you get this week?

Book Blitz: Sweetness


Sweetness
Sierra Hill
Publication date: July 26th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
I’m the girl from the school of hard knocks.
Nothing has ever come easy for me. So forgive me if I’m a bit reluctant about Kincaid Griffin – born-with-a-silver-spoon in his mouth, conceited college hoops player. A guy who could get any girl he wants, and yet, is suddenly everywhere I am trying to woo me. The more I protest, the more persistent he becomes.
I’m a lucky bastard.
Let’s face it. As a college athlete, I don’t chase girls – they come to me. I’m as arrogant and cocky as they come, getting nearly everything I want, whenever I want. But there is nothing sweeter than a girl who plays hard to get. And Ainsley Locker is so full of confidence that she knocks me off my feet from the moment I meet her. She’s a challenge. And I like challenges. So I go full-court press to win her over.
But when a stupid mistake turns viral, slam dunking all over my life in a media frenzy, my spot on the team may be in jeopardy, along with my shot at winning the girl.
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TEASER SWEETNESS

Author Bio:
Sierra Hill wrote her first full-length romance after a corporate acquisition led her to a stint of unemployment. Since self-publishing her first book in 2014, she’s found her creative passion, writing about the fictional characters that live in her brain, who constantly shout for their own love stories to be told.
Sierra frequently indulges in what some might consider to be an unhealthy dose of reading, dark chocolate goodies, and way too much coffee. She hates cold weather, and frequently finds herself traveling around the country to see her favorite live musicians in concert.
Sierra resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of twenty years and her long-haired, German Shepherd. She is currently working on her next book.
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Cover Reveal: Forever My Soldier



Forever My Soldier
Alison Mello
(Love Conquers Life #3)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: August 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

All Patricia Fitzgerald wants is to live happily ever after with her soldier…
With their relationship finally out in the open, and Carter on the fast track to recovery, Patty spends Black Friday helping him with his charity event. Their attempt to spread Christmas cheer is interrupted, though, when Patty’s ex-boyfriend Ben, who has been harassing her for months, shows up. Fearing for Patty’s life, one of the men on the protection detail springs into action.
Patty finally thinks her worries are over, but the media won’t leave her alone…
The press is everywhere. Patty wants to move on with her life, but they’re relentless in their badgering about the circumstances surrounding Ben. If that isn’t enough stress to endure, someone spikes Patty’s drink during a New Year’s Eve event, and it isn’t her meddling ex. Luckily, Carter is there to save her when she collapses, but this constant threat to her life isn’t going away.
Planning a wedding becomes tedious instead of fun when you’re constantly looking over your shoulder…
A cake tasting is supposed to be one of those days as a future bride when you get to sit back and take a break from the chaos of planning the ceremony. Someone new is out there, though, and they aren’t happy with how Patty handled Ben and her newfound fame in the press. Can Carter manage to keep his fiancĂ© safe long enough to put their ordeal with Ben behind them for good and finally become…
…forever her soldier?
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Author Bio:
Alison Mello is a wife and stay at home mom to a wonderful little boy. She lives with her amazing family in Massachusetts. She loves playing soccer, basketball and football with her son.
After having her son, Alison started reading again and fell in love with Contemporary Romance. Reading made her happy and gave her something to do when she had downtime. As she started to read more, she started to noticed things she really enjoyed in a book and things she didn’t. She began to have ideas for writing one of her own. One day she literally woke up and started writing. She realized that if there was ever a time for her to write, it was now. She had a part time job to give her something to do. The hours at work were slow and she was bored with what she was doing, so while her son was off enjoying his friends over summer vacation she got started.
Alison finished the first book in two weeks and decided that she really enjoyed writing, so she kept going. She already had ideas in mind for books two and three, so she kept writing. That is how the Learning to Love Series was born. Somewhere along the line, one of my Beta readers convinced me that Michael, a character from Finding Love, needed his own story. That is when Alison added the fourth and final book. Alison hopes you enjoy her books as much as she enjoyed writing them.
She’s so glad she started this writing journey and hopes you will stay with her for the ride. Chasing Dreams is scheduled to release in April and the first two books of the Love Conquers Life series will be out this summer!

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Beginnings on Friday & The Friday 56

Book Beginnings on Friday & The Friday 56
Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence of your current read and post it.
The Friday 56 is hosted by hosted by Freda's Voice 
Grab a book turn to page 56 or 56% share a sentence or a few

I'm honestly not sure about my current book. it's out of my comfort zone but has me captivated. I prefer the black over the white cover. What about you?
My Current read is: 

Pennies 

by Pepper Winters
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Share the first sentence of your current read and post it.


Freedom. 

Grab a book turn to page 56 or 56% share a sentence or a few


WE WERE ALONE. 
My bedroom had a door.
For the first time in over a year. 

Synopsis
“At 18 I had pennies, but money didn’t make me bold. At 19 I had dollars, but it didn’t dull the pain of being sold. At 20 I had hundreds, but then I met him and was found. At 21 I had thousands, but all I wanted was to be bound.”

“At 23 I had dollars, but life changed and made me rich. At 25 I had hundreds, but it wasn’t enough to stop my killing itch. At 27 I had thousands, but my reputation didn’t set me free. At 29 I had millions, but I met her and could finally see.”

Tasmin was killed on her 18th birthday. She had everything planned out. A psychology degree, a mother who pushed her to greatness, and a future anyone would die for. But then her murderer saved her life, only to sell her into a totally different existence.

Elder went from penniless to stinking rich with one twist of fate. His lifetime of crime and shadows of thievery are behind him but no matter the power he now wields, it’s not enough. He has an agenda to fulfill and he won’t stop until it’s complete.

But then they meet.

A beaten slave and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is ultimately what destroys them.

She was poor.
He was rich.

Together…they were bankrupt.
What teasers do you have this week?

Follow Friday

Follow Friday

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The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!
Recently Feature & Follow has gotten a makeover now each week we will have a prompt to respond to. 

Any other way you like.  
My email followers are low and I'm working on changing that. However, you are welcome to follow in your preferred form.  If you want to follow via GFC just in case it goes away I ask you follow a second way, email, Linky, Bloglovin'. Thanks!!!!

This Week's Prompt:

What is your take on DNF books. Do you review them? Choose not to review them?

Answer:


This one is a tough one because I hate to DNF a book to start with. I try really hard to give each book a chance trying to read at least 30% of the novel in question. I don't have a lot of DNF novels in general because I always try to find something I like about the book. Most of the time I just put them down and move because I would hate to dissuade someone who might actually enjoy the book, of course, there is the exception to the rules. Sometimes I do share a snippet of my thoughts if I feel like it's worth reading. 

This week was a little tough what is your most interesting bookish memory or experience?.

Trailer Reveal: Brewer Archives



Brewer Archives 
Meisha Camm
Publication date: December 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Ophelia Brewer’s life was embarked by numerous strange occurrences which her parents shrugged off as innocent coincidences. The capabilities of healing, foreseeing the future, traveling through time in the present, soaring in the air and possessing remarkable physical strength manifested early in her life. She was submerged into layers of mystery and self-discovery. She uncovered the existence of part angel and part witch within herself. Some relatives were cautious of her powers; meanwhile, others craved her uniqueness for their own will. Brewer Archives is a timeless story about the recurring choice we all face between the good and evil in our lives.
BOOK TRAILER:

Author Bio:
Meisha Camm has written the following titles: Hidden Intentions Part 1 and Part 2, Mistress and You Got To Pay To Play. Her novellas entitled: The Pact, Greed and Torch have been featured in the popular book series, Around The Way Girls. In the summer of 2007, her books were highlighted in the SORMAG Online Book Tour. In 2008, she was interviewed by radio host, Chris Caliente on 103 Jamz. Brewer Archives is her eighth book. Newest book out now Brewer Archives available at Amazon.com.

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Cover Reveal: If I Could Do It Again



If I Could Do It Again 
Ashley Stoyanoff
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Romance novelist Victoria Clarke seems to have it all: adoring husband, successful career, beautiful home. At least that’s what outsiders think.
In reality, her husband is emotionally abusive, and their marriage is falling apart. Victoria is miserable but suffers in silence until she encounters the charming Joshua Larson while researching a new book.
She meets him in the most unconventional way—through a prisoner pen-pal website. Though Victoria is hesitant at first, she’s drawn to this intriguing, misunderstood man. He was charged with murder for his part in a bar fight, implicated for wearing the colors of his motorcycle club. She believes him when he says it was self-defense.
The two exchange letters and then talk on the phone. Joshua gives Victoria everything she’s been missing—support, confidence, affection, and passion.
Victoria can’t help but ponder a new life, leaving her awful husband and Canada behind for her new friend in the United States. After all, Joshua will be free in four years, and she’s beginning to believe that he’s the love of her life.
If she takes a leap of faith, will Joshua turn out to be her soul mate, or is he hiding something sinister?

Author Bio:
Ashley Stoyanoff is a romance author for young adult and new adult readers. Stoyanoff published her first novel, The Soul’s Mark: FOUND, in 2012. She has been the winner of two Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in the categories of young adult and newbie fiction. When she's not writing, she most likely has her nose stuck in a book or is at the mall buying far too many clothes. You can visit her at www.ashleystoyanoff.com.

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Cover Reveal: Beneath The Void



Beneath the Void
Elisa Dane
(Fighting Chance #2)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: August 9th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Sadie Reynolds is drowning.
Months have passed since Ian Daniels and Newton Daily opened fire at Atwood High school, killing dozens of students before turning the guns on themselves.
Determined to pay tribute to her fallen classmates and teachers, Sadie’s thrown herself into the memorial project at the newly rebuilt school. But it’s not enough. Horrific dreams of the shooting intertwined with memories of the night her mother was murdered keep her up at night and haunt her during the day.
The constant stream of hate raining down on her from faceless social media trolls only make matters worse. Her boyfriend, Hayden brings the only source of relief when he sneaks in to sleep next to her on nights her dad is at work.
Desperate for normalcy, Sadie fills every waking moment of her day with anything to take her mind off her pain. If she’s exhausted, she’ll be too tired to acknowledge the new threat gunning for her.
BENEATH the VOID is book 2 in Elisa Dane’s Fighting Chance series, a hard-hitting and unapologetically raw look at teen violence in schools and the aftermath of learning to pick up the pieces and heal.
Sequel to:
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Author Bio:
ELISA DANE is a self-proclaimed book junkie. A lover of handbags, chocolate, and reality television, she's a proud mother to three All- Star cheerleaders. Writing is her absolute passion, and it's her mission to create stories that will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but help you find a new respect and interest in the sport of All-Star cheerleading.
Elisa is no stranger to the publishing world. She writes steamy paranormal romance under her real name, Lisa Sanchez. Her adult works include the Hanford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold, and Faythe Reclaimed), Obsessed (an erotic suspense), and a paranormal novella, Cursing Athena. Elisa lives in Northern California with her husband, three daughters, and a feisty Chihuahua who stubbornly believes she's human.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Book Review: True North

Title - True North
Author - Nikki Jefford
Series - Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #6
Genre - Urban Fantasy Young Adult
Published - July 2016
Format - Kindle Review Copy
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Aurora has spent the past year fighting for survival, freedom, and justice. Now she’s about to face the biggest battle of her life. Field agents are turning up dead and everyone is working to stop Jared before he starts a full-blown war between vampires and hunters.

Fane’s resolve and support has never been stronger. Aurora’s feelings for him are as constant as the North Star, but their future is teetering on thin ice.


Aurora will make the ultimate sacrifice to protect her family and friends. In order to persevere, she must accept who she is and embrace the cold.

Review
 I received True North in return for an honest review from the author. 

Aurora and her friends have been after Jared after everything he’s pulled even before she joined the agency. He’s on the run and until she can get justice she can’t leave Alaska to be with Fane just yet. As it get’s closer to Christmas it’s clear that the chance to find him before the new year may not happen anytime soon. All but Noel live on base but she’s willing to take the risk since Aurora has always been Jared’s obsession. 

When a ladies night turns horribly wrong Aurora finds herself delivered to Jared by someone she thought she could trust. However, this gives her the chance to take care of Jared once and for all she just has to bide her time because he is determined to add her to his odd little family. Jared is also running with her old fellow agent Valerie who he also had a hand in creating and has gone off the deep end. Will Aurora ever get the chance she needs to take care of Jared?

I love Aurora she’s my favorite vampire hunter even if she just happens to be one of them herself. It’s not like she asked to be a vampire but at least she’s doing something good with it. She’s not had the easiest time with the agency but she’s made some amazing friends who have supported Aurora. For a long time I was torn between Fane and Dante but it all works out in the end at last. 

I hate to admit I dragged on this one but it isn’t the books fault. I didn’t want it to end because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet to Aurora and her friends. I was savoring every moment of the final showdown forcing myself to put it down after a chapter or two so I wouldn’t devour it all at once. That control ended last night when I had to finish the last half of the book and know how it would all play out. A truly unique concept that takes vampire hunters to a whole new level even if they have some corruption to deal with. I love the characters they are easy to connect with you can’t help falling in love with Aurora and her friends. True North is a captivating installment in the Aurora Sky series that doesn’t disappoint. I’ve enjoyed the authors writing style because she’s created a beautifully written story that captures the heart as well as the imagination. While I know this is the end for dear Aurora I secretly hope we will see more of her in the future. I highly recommend if your a fan of vampire hunter’s that you check out her series. 



#DustOffYourBookshelf Thursday

#DustOffYourBookshelf Thursday
Dust off your Bookshelf was originally created to share books that have been on my “to read pile” for a long time. Some so long I’ve forgotten that they are there, and have purchased duplicate copies. Each week I will share on my blog as well as Instagram a new title. Some may be newer and some so old I have forgotten they are there. I do have issues with buying books and never reading them. I’m hoping that by share them I will be motivated to read them. Plus it’s always fun to find new books hiding within the bookshelves. Feel free to join in and share on Instagram or your blog. Just let me know so I can check out your choice this week too. Just use #DustOffYourBookshelf

This weekly makes me feel like a hoarder when it comes to books because deep down I really am. I have so many books that I keep adding to my shelves but they never end up getting read. I keep saying one day they will all be read. 

I've had this one on my TBR list for far too long. 

My book choice this week 

Destiny Binds
by Tammy Blackwell 
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Scout Donovan is a girl who believes in rules, logic, and her lifelong love of Charlie Hagan. Alex Cole believes in destiny, magic, and Scout. When Alex introduces Scout to the world of Shifters, men who change into wolves or coyotes during the full moon and Seers, women who can see your most private thoughts and emotions with a mere touch, the knowledge changes everything and everyone Scout thought she knew. 
Feel free to dig through your shelves and share what you find. 
Please leave a comment telling me where I can check it out.

From the Review Pile

From the Review Pile 

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.

I know that a lot of you have a huge pile of books that you want to read/review, but it understandably takes a while to get around to reading them all - here you can give a book (or two!) some of the publicity that it deserves, even if you haven't read it yet!

While browsing my old meme posts I used to do I happened across this one. I haven't done one since 2013 but I am ready to start it up again. I love talking about all the wonderful review books I have. 

I just received this one in the last week. I'm so excited to read it but haven't gotten to it yet. I hope to soon one of my most anticipated books. 

It Ends With Us 
by Colleen Hoover 
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Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 


With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

What's on your review pile
this week?