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    Top 10 of 2017: Best Book Boyfriends


    Welcome to Day Four of the Top 10 of 2017

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

    And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

    I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I hosted Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader hosted Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway is at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway will be at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

    The Best Book Boyfriends of 2017

    I haven’t read too many YA books this year where it was all about the swoon-worthy guy. So most of my book boyfriends are of the non-ya variety. But I did read (if not always review) a few fantastic reads where it was all about the swooning.

    #1

    Who: Vlad Tepesh. Why? Because it’s Vlad.

    INTO THE FIRE (Night Prince #4) by Jeaniene Frost – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | AVONGOODREADS


    #2

    Who: Edward “Teach” Drummond. Why? Because Nicole Castroman turned the ruthless pirate Blackbeard into a swoon-worthy hero.

    BLACKSOULS (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | SIMON & SCHUSTER | GOODREADS


    #3

    Who: Titus Alexander. Why? Because oooh the chemistry.

    BLIND TIGER (Wildcats #2) by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOODREADS


    #4

    Who: Abyssian “Sian” Infernas. Why? Because who doesn’t love the King of Hell?

    WICKED ABYSS (Immortals After Dark #18) by Kresley Cole – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #5

    Who: Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual. Why? Mmmm… sizzling romance.

    THE DARKEST PROMISE (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | HARLEQUINGOODREADS


    #6

    Who: Abel. Why? Okay, so he’s not exactly human. Or even living in the “normal” sense of the word. So, he’s definitely not a typical book boyfriend. But he’s amazing and adorable and funny and swoon-worthy. So I had to include him here. After all, I’ve swooned over vamps and demons, so why not…

    DEFY THE STARS (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUNDWEBSITE | GOODREADS


    #7

    Who: Max Holden. Why? Ahhh the angst!!!!

    KISSING MAX HOLDEN by Katy Upperman – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLANFIERCE READS | GOODREADS


    #8

    Who: Porter Roth. Why? Read it and you’ll know why… *grins*

    ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | SIMON & SCHUSTER | RIVETED LIT | GOODREADS


    #9

    Who: Alexander Hamilton. Why? Okay, so maybe he’s not particularly swoon-worthy. And in reality he did not sound like such a great catch. But the fictional version was just so delightfully romantic and played the underdog well. And this is all about book boyfriends… so I couldn’t resist choosing him.

    ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


    #10

    Who: Leo – the Beast of Benwick. Why? He’s lethal. Oh, and not to forget…. the slow-burn romance of it all.

    HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (The Embraced #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS


    I don’t have any honorable mentions, as most of the books I’ve read were about tragedies, strong heroines, life experiences. And while it’s entirely possible I forgot a few reads where I swooned a bit over the “hero” I’m perfectly happy with my ten choices.


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    A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY Blog Tour: ‘Character Phobia’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be a part of the A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring. I love, love, LOVE this series and was over the moon that it did not end with THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS.

    I may have been a little late to the party – I only just got the chance to devour this installment – but OMG this book. So many, many feels. It was thrilling. And nerve-wracking. And heartbreaking. And maddening. And holy wow, was it sexy.

    I never thought that I could like Camilla Marks. But that happened. I never thought things could get worse for the slayers. But that happened too. I knew I would be heartbroken for Frosty. I knew I would be reluctant to read about Frosty and anyone other than Kat. I knew I would love getting glimpses at what was going on with Ali and Cole. And I did not think Frosty’s story could as hot as Ali and Cole’s, but yeah, it was.

    Anyway… for my stop today I get to share Milla’s phobia. If you asked me how much I loved the idea of hosting Milla before I read A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY it would have been “not at all.” Though I would have loved to have known what she was afraid of so I could wish that whatever it was she feared would come true. Now, though, I am totally stoked to host her. And if you’d like to know what her phobia is, be sure to check out the phobia graphic below.

    And if you’d like to know what five other characters’ and six bloggers’ phobias are, be sure to visit the other stops on the tour.

    I’d thought about rambling about some of my phobias, but then this post would go on endlessly. I was also afraid to share my list in case someone I knew decided to use my fears against me… hmm… I guess I’ll have to add that to my list of phobias. But I will reveal a couple – fear of fire, fear of spiders… or any insects. *shudders*

    There is also an amazing giveaway as part of the tour. If you’d like the chance to win some fab prizes, enter in the Rafflecopter.


    About A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY

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    Title & Series: A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY (White Rabbit Chronicles #4)
    Author: Gena Showalter
    Release date: September 29, 2015
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 448
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The battle rages on.

    Ali Bell and Cole Holland’s crew of zombie slayers thought they’d won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular—the love of his life, Kat Parker.

    On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond—Kat’s spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat’s death.

    But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn’t through revenge, but in letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future.

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    About Gena Showalter

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    Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

    Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

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    About the White Rabbit Chronicles

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    Inspired by the classic Alice in Wonderland, The White Rabbit Chronicles series features romance, high-action zombie slaying, and shocking twists that will leave readers gasping for more.

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    Other Books in the Series

    Alice in ZombielandTitle & Series: ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
    Release date: September 25, 2012
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

    Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

    Her father was right. The monsters are real….

    To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

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    Through the Zombie GlassTitle & Series: THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (White Rabbit Chronicles #2)
    Release date: September 24, 2013
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…
    Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.

    After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.

    She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole’s secret and learn to fight the darkness.

    But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they’re all doomed.

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    TQoZHTitle & Series: THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS (White Rabbit Chronicles #3)
    Release date: September 30, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    I thought I had nothing left to give. I thought wrong. They started the war. Now I will end it.

    In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her… until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a zneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realises only the worst has only begun.

    As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies… and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing — and turning — her boyfriend’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima — even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

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    The Giveaway

    The team at Harlequin TEEN is offering up for giveaway…

    • A complete set of the White Rabbit Chronicles – to ONE (1) winner
    • A copy of A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY – to THREE (3) winners

    ***Giveaway is open to US/Canada***

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    The Tour Schedule

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    THE DARKEST TORMENT by Gena Showalter: Cover Reveal Blitz + Giveaway

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    I can’t wait for the release of THE DARKEST TORMENT – May 31st seems so very far away. But in the meantime, I am thrilled to be able to share its yummy cover and a giveaway for the 11 books in the Lords of the Underworld series.

    If you haven’t yet met any of the Lords of the Underworld there’s no need to wait for THE DARKEST TORMENT’s release. You can check out each one of the books in the series via the links at the bottom of this post.

    Of course if you have met them all and are as anxiously awaiting THE DARKEST TORMENT as I am, check out the book’s description below and add it to your TBR pile or visit any of Gena Showalter’s online sites (linked below) for the latest news.


    The Details

    Get ready for the 12th and most epic book in the Lords of the Underworld series yet, THE DARKEST TORMENT, available May 31, 2016! I think we can all agree on one thing…

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    Click HERE to read a note from Gena on why she chose to write about Baden.

    Here is your first glimpse at what THE DARKEST TORMENT is all about:

    New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him…

    Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

    Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

    But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.


    The Cover Revealed

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    Title & Series: The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld, #12)
    Author: Gena Showalter
    Release date: May 31, 2016
    Publisher: HQN Books
    Pages: 448
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    The Giveaway

    There is an amazing blitz-wide giveaway, courtesy of the publisher, for…

    • A complete set of all 11 books in the Lords of the Underworld series to ONE winner – US/Canada.

    ***Giveaway ends Sunday, October 25th at 11:59 p.m. ET. Prize will be sent by the publisher.***

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    About Gena Showalter

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    Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series.  In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours!  Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

    She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfan.

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    FIRST & THEN Book Superlative Blog Tour + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be today’s stop on the FIRST & THEN Book Superlative Blog Tour. Not only because I had such a fun superlative, but because it’s FIRST & THEN’s release day!

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    This was such a fun idea for a tour, and I loved checking out all the stops to see what each of the bloggers had to say about their superlatives. If you’d like to follow along, the tour schedule with direct links to all the stops is at the bottom of this post. And if you’d like to check out the tour page on Fierce Reads, just click the banner at the top of this post or the tour graphic a bit further down.

    For my stop today I get to talk about the “Friendliest Author(s) on Twitter.” And while I normally ramble endlessly about who I think is awesome and why I think they’re awesome, I decided to do so in a way that was less words, more pics. And of course there are plenty more than just the authors I chose to include, but I managed to narrow it down just a bit.

    My tour stop also includes a giveaway for a copy of FIRST & THEN. This is an amazing book and a total must read. If you’d like to know what I thought about it, my review is HERE. But if you haven’t yet heard about FIRST & THEN check out the description – with a link to an excerpt – below.

    And if you want to see who I think is super sweet on Twitter, scroll down just a bit further to find out!


    About FIRST & THEN

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    Title: FIRST & THEN
    Author: Emma Mills
    Release date: October 13, 2015
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
    Pages: 272
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive jock, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them–first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

    With wit, heart, and humor to spare, First & Then is a contemporary novel about falling in love–with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

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    Friendliest Authors on Twitter

    This list is by no means all-inclusive. But I have listed a few of my favorite friendliest authors on Twitter. And of course I had to list the very awesome author of FIRST & THEN – Emma Mills – first, because her tweets are as super sweet as her book.

    If you’d like to follow any of the authors below on Twitter, just click their graphic and you’ll be taken to their Twitter.

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    About Emma Mills

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    Emma Mills is a debut author better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify. She is also cocreator and cohost of the “life skills” channel How to Adult.

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    The Giveaway

    ONE (1) finished copy of FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills – US ONLY

    • Prize will be sent from the publisher
    • Giveaway is US ONLY
    • There will be ONE (1) winner
    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway ends on October 25th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

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    Review + Excerpt: THE DARKEST TOUCH

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    Title & Series: THE DARKEST TOUCH (Lords of the Underworld #11)
    Author: Gena Showalter
    Release date: November 25, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin HQN
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Mass Market Paperback, audio eBook

    Description…

    From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

    Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

    She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

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    Note: An ARC was provided by the publisher for the review tour in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    THE DARKEST TOUCH is an absolutely delicious addition to Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld. When the fiercest of heroines, the Red Queen, meets one of the most feared Lords of the Underworld, the keeper of Disease, sparks fly, as do vows of vengeance. Theirs promises to be a relationship that is tumultuous, fraught with danger, and filled with the most exquisite temptation.

    Imprisoned for centuries and having her power muted due to having put her trust in the wrong man, Keeleycael is primed for revenge. Almost fully restored to the powerful being she once was, the death of her friend Mari nearly undoes her. So, before seeking out the man who betrayed her, she will make Mari’s killer pay for what he did.

    Even if the circumstances that put Mari in his path weren’t his doing. Even if he didn’t want her to die. Even if the guilt he feels for what he did is enough to cause him to tear his own heart out. And even if he’s proved himself to be strong enough to challenge her, bloodthirsty enough to excite her, and handsome enough to entice her, Torin will suffer for destroying the only person who’d shown her kindness, who kept her from turning dark, who bonded with her.

    Having chosen battle before romance, always thinking there would be time, never imagining he’d be forced to host a demon that would prevent him from ever coming into physical contact with anyone, Torin was resigned to the fact that he would never know what it was like to be touched by a woman, be with a woman, be loved by a woman.

    But when he set eyes on Keeley, The Red Queen, his hatred for his demon and his wish for a different fate was reignited. His desire for her was stronger than it had been for any woman. He could not imagine anyone more beautiful or more tempting. And he was not sure he would be able to resist the temptation to touch her, do more than touch her. Even if she currently wanted to kill him. And even if it was likely that his touch would kill her.

    Filled with page after page of sexual tension, sizzling chemistry, the deadliest of touches, ferocious battles, witty and cutting and flirty and seductive banter, steamy romance and a building anticipation for even more heat to come, Gena Showalter has delivered yet another installment in this series that will keep readers riveted. And with a smoking hot, ruthless yet guilt-ridden and indecisive, and incredibly protective warrior and a fierce but fragile, temperamental, and wickedly vicious temptress of a queen, the author has created characters who readers will love getting to know.

    THE DARKEST TOUCH is a stormy, sexy and utterly delectable romance that will put readers on one heck of an emotional roller-coaster. It has a lightning-fast pace that will make the nearly five hundred pages fly in an instant. It teases and tantalizes, leaving readers breathless with anticipation. It’s a wildly entertaining read, set in a world that is dark and dangerous and totally addictive.

    It’s a must read addition to this series that can be enjoyed whether or not any or all of the previous installments have been read.

    The Rating

    05


    About Gena Showalter

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    Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.

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    The Excerpts

    Excerpt One

    They would be a couple, she decided. Touch— pleasure—had been denied her for far too long. A fact his presence had never allowed her to forget. He’d had other girlfriends so he knew how to handle a romantic relationship. They could do this, could make this work. And they would be vigilant, cautious, never courting danger.

    All she had to do was get him to agree.

    There was no better time to try. “I’m dirty,” she announced. “Absolutely filthy, and I’m going to take a bath.”

    “Good for you.”

    So mocking.

    So unaware of his coming fall.

    “Be a dear and help me remove my dress,” she said.

    A strangled sound left him. “It has no ties, no zipper. You tug it on and off.”

    “Well, good news, then. As strong as you are, you shouldn’t have any problems.”

    His gaze swept over her and heated. He licked his lips, as if he could already taste her. “What game are you playing, princess?”

    “Does it matter?”

    “Yes. And why the hell are you looking at me like that?”

    “Like what?”

    “Like I’m a hero. I’m not a hero. I’m a villain.”

    Did he not realize that only made her want him more? “Well, be a good little villain and help me out of my dress.

    “No.” His tone dovetailed into guttural as he added, “I’m not going near you.”

    He’s definitely tempted. How thin was his control?

    “Very well. I’ll near you.” Hips swaying, she closed the distance between them. She reached out.

    He jerked away only to return—closer.

    She wrapped her fingers around his wrists and guided his hands to her hips.

    He resisted. At first.

    “Relax, warrior. We’re protected by our clothes.”

    His fingers clenched around her and held on tight. Did he think she would f loat away like a forgotten balloon?

    “What’s…next?” he gritted.

    Not exactly surrender, but close enough.

    She leaned forward, careful as her breath fanned over his ear. “All you need to do is feel good.”

    “I can do that.” He tugged her against him. Suddenly they were f lush, the softest parts of her cradling the hard- est parts of him. A growl rose from low in his chest as if, in this stolen moment, he’d regressed into little more than an animal. “I’m doing it right now.”

    The pleasure…thoughts of being careful evaporated like mist. “Would you like to do more?”

    “More. Yes.” His lips parted as he fought for breath. Eyes glazing with a wildness she’d never seen from any- one other than condemned prisoners, he squeezed her hard enough to bruise. “I’m going to take more, and you’re going to like it.”

    Excerpt Two

    She appeared in front of him, displaying more tanned skin than she concealed, her hair falling around her face in lush, golden waves. Her eyes glittered with remnants of her anger. Her lips were slightly swollen and pinker than usual.

    “Temper much?” she quipped.

    His relief was palpable. She hadn’t forgotten him! But the relief was quickly replaced by concern. “Are you all right? Did someone hit you?”

    She blinked with confusion. “No. Why?”

    “Your lips are swollen.”

    She rubbed them, color heating her cheeks. “Someone didn’t hit me, but someone sure did hit on me.”

    Hit on her. As in kissed her.

    Already on edge, Torin. Utterly. Erupted.

    He forgot everything he’d planned to do and say and got in Keeley’s face, snarling, “Who was it?”

    Her eyes widened. “Hades. Why?”

    “You dare ask why? You belong to me! We agreed. You do not kiss other men, Keeley. Ever. Have you for- gotten my rules?”

    Her jaw dropped, and she gasped out a few unintelligible words as if she couldn’t quite figure out what to say to him.

    He stood in place, breathing too quickly, too heavily, his throat and lungs burning. He reached for her, but as so many times before, fisted his hands and dropped them just before contact. This is crazy. I’m crazy. I have to leave.

    “Are you…thinking about touching me?” she asked, her eyes widening again.

    No, she had to leave. He could not be in public right now. “Go shopping. Buy yourself something pretty. My treat.” He basically tossed his credit card at her. He should be calm by the time she finished. “Come back in an hour. Maybe two. Actually, we’ll reconvene to- morrow.”

    “You are,” she said. “You’re thinking… Even craving me. You don’t like the thought of another man’s hands on me, and you want to replace the memory with your hands.”

    That. Yes. Hades would die, and Torin…Torin would touch this woman and never stop.

    He gnashed his molars. “Last chance, Keeley. I sug-gest you take it and leave.” Soon. His control was almost completely shredded.

    “No way. You’re the big bad warrior, yet I’ve had to come on to you time and time again. I’ve had to battle within myself—worth the price or not worth it. Well, it’s your turn.”

    “There is no damn way you just suggested I haven’t done the same. I’ve battled.”

    “When have you ever caved without prompting from me? You’ve resisted me so easily, always walking away. Sure, you’ve snarled while you’ve done the walking, but still you left me behind. So, tell me. When did you ever—”

    “So easily?” he roared. Had she just said so easily? She had no clue about the intensity of his need—but he would teach her better.

    Torin cupped her by the nape, yanked her close and smashed his mouth against hers. The kiss was a brutal assault meant to silence her, to dominate and possess. He held her still, making her take it, take everything. But the moment she softened against him, welcomed him inside her mouth, the darkness churning inside him switched gears. From the need to punish and master to the need to seduce and please.

    This was Keeley. His princess. She deserved his best. He gentled the pressure, rolling his tongue inside her mouth, learning her all over again, tasting her. Summer berries and melted honey. So sweet. And mine. All mine. He framed her cheeks, angled her head and rolled his tongue just a little deeper. This time, she met him with a roll of her own.

    That was his undoing.

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    Review: THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS

    TQoZHTHE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS by Gena Showalter will be released in the U.S. on September 30, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS is the third and final book in Author Gena Showalter’s The White Rabbit Chronicles.

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    I have a plan.

    We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

    Either way, only one of us is walking away.

    Alice ‘Ali’ Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.

    As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC borrowed from another blogger.


    The Review

    THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS is an epic finish to an absolutely phenomenal series. There is not a page, not a moment, that isn’t riveting. The action is intense, the story is suspenseful and exciting and heartbreaking, the romance sizzles, the characters are interesting and engaging, lovable and detestable. It’s an all-consuming read that is utterly unputdownable.

    Everything has been leading up to the explosive finish pitting the slayers against Anima Industries. But it’s not a battle that will easily be won. There will be casualties along the way. There will be heartbreaking loss.

    Even with new allies, their victory isn’t certain. And even with Ali’s new ability she will not be able to save everyone she loves or keep herself safe from the danger that their enemy poses. But she will not go down without a fight, even if the price she has to pay is her own life.

    This final installment in the series is filled with even more heart-stopping action, even steamier romance, and even more devastating, heartwrenching loss. THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS introduces new characters as it says goodbye to characters readers have known and loved, it introduces each chapter with a title that will make readers grin, and ratchets up the tension as it builds to its incredibly climactic conclusion.

    There will be shocks and surprises accompanied by tears and heartache along the way. But there will be moments that will make readers cheer and others that will make them swoon. Lingering questions will be answered and by the story’s end everything will be wrapped up with a final note from one of the remaining characters.

    Gena Showalter pulled out all the stops when writing THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS. She did not hold anything back and in turn delivered an amazing series-ending story that is unequivocally a must, must, must read.

    The Rating…

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    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a Personal Note…

    Best book in the series. That is all.

    Oh… I have to say something else? Like why it was the best. Or why when I finished reading it I was a complete wreck. Or why that last little bit at the end made me smile even though I was totally destroyed.

    Well, I can’t reveal any of that or it would be super spoiler-y.

    So maybe I have to talk about how many times my jaw dropped because of what just happened. Or perhaps I should share just how often I said, “Wait…what? Did that just…? Are you kidding? No way… No way! Noooooooooooo!” Let’s just say it was often enough that by the end of the read my jaw was killing me and the looks I was getting for shouting at an inanimate object weren’t friendly. But I wasn’t embarrassed… not really.

    Because THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS tore my heart out. It left me in tatters. It made me scream and sob. But it also made me cheer and smile and I never lost hope for a happy ending for Ali.

    There were quite a few twists and turns in this last book. I guessed a few of them correctly, a couple others I did not see coming until I was completely steamrolled by them. As hoped for there was plenty of action. There was a ton of nail-biting, nerve-wracking tension and suspense. I was angst-ridden from page one until the very end.

    Of course I would have loved this to be a longer series. I would have loved this series to go on for at least a couple more books. I would still love it if there were spinoff novels planned for certain characters – who I won’t name as I don’t want to reveal what happens to any of the characters in this series.

    But it was an amazing ending to an absolutely phenomenal book and series. And even though there were all sorts of tears throughout the read, with moments that left me feeling completely gutted, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

    So, yes it was an emotional roller coaster, that often felt more like I was being shoved off a tall building. And yes, it was definitely a bittersweet addition to this series. And, yes, I am devastated about the fact that this has ended. But I couldn’t have loved it more.

    Favorite Passage…

    As I don’t want to risk spoiling anything about this book, I am not going to reveal my most favorite passage from the story. But this one, from very early in the story, is all sorts of yummy.

    “You can look at me now,” he said. “I won’t bite. Very hard.”

    Our gazes locked, and I was inexorably trapped by a yearning that had plagued me since moment one. For him…this…more.

    A slow grin lifted the corners of his wicked mouth.

    Dude. He should totally come with a warning. Possible Panty Melting. Moonlight spilled over him, illuminating him, and for a moment, I thought I heard angels singing. His black hair stood out in adorable spikes, as if he’d plowed his hands through it one too many times. Eager to see me, perhaps? His gorgeous violet eyes were framed by lashes so thick and black he always looked like he was wearing eyeliner. (He wasn’t.)

    And his body…

    Good glory! I knew what waited under his clothing. Skin bronzed to perfection. Muscles honed to perfection. A perfect chest covered by the most perfect tattoos. One of his nipples was pierced—meow!—and it was, you guessed it, perfect.

    He feathered his knuckles over my cheek, the slight touch electrifying me. “I missed you.”

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    Cover Reveal: THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS + Giveaway

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    Coming September 30, 2014

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    I am so excited to be able to reveal the amazing cover for Gena Showalter’s THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS on the blog today. This cover is wicked awesome and it makes me really nervous about just how insane things will get in the final book in this series.

    ***Prepare yourself for the cover love***

    I love how all these covers have a three-dimensional feel to them with the playing card framing. I love that this cover differs from the first two with its brighter and bolder color choice for the font and accents, but yet still is visually cohesive.

    I love how the cover model’s expression has gone from sweet and innocent to one that is quite mad. Which ties in perfectly with this book’s tagline. I love that in the background behind the model on this cover there is nothing but blackness.

    And I just love the fact that each of the covers in this series pays homage to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and are a little bit quirky, a little bit beautiful, a little bit whimsical and a little bit lavish.

    From the hairstyle to the ruffled blouse to the ornate chair Ali’s seated upon, this cover screams “mad queen.” And it makes me even more desperate for the days to pass quickly until its September 30th release.

    And as these covers are even more amazing in print than on a computer screen, I cannot wait to see just how stunning and vibrant this cover will be.

    There is just one thing I’m curious about… On the first book’s cover the tagline ended in a period. On the second book’s cover it ended in an exclamation point. On this third book’s cover there is no end punctuation at all. Is it meant to be unfinished – has madness done away with the need for punctuation? Or is it still to be decided as to whether that statement deserves a a period, an exclamation point, ellipses or perhaps even an interrobang? I await my finished copy to get that answer.

    Do I love this cover? Absolutely. Will I love this book more? Of that I have no doubt. Has revealing this cover made me that much more desperate to read it? YES! YES! 100% YES!

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    Description…

    I have a plan.

    We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

    Either way, only one of us is walking away.

    In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

    As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

    Series: The White Rabbit Chronicles #3
    Author: Gena Showalter
    Publication date: September 30, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    WEBSITE | FACEBOOKAMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY

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    About Gena Showalter

    Gena Showalter

    Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, the Angels of the Dark, the Lords of the Underworld, and the Otherworld Assassins series.  In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.

    She lives in Oklahoma with her family and menagerie of dogs, and truly believes love conquers all.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Alice in Zombieland

    Title: ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND (The White Rabbit Chronicles #1)

    Publication date: September 25, 2012
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS

    Description…

    She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

    Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

    Her father was right. The monsters are real….

    To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

    I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
    I’d tell my sister no.
    I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
    I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
    Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
    I’d tell them I love them.
    I wish… Yeah, I wish.

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    Through the Zombie GlassTitle: THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (The White Rabbit Chronicles #2)

    Publication date: September 24, 2013
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS

    Description…

    Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…
    Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.

    After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.

    She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole’s secret and learn to fight the darkness.

    But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they’re all doomed.

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    The Giveaway

    This reveal includes an amazing giveaway courtesy of the publisher, Harlequin Teen, for a complete set of The White Rabbit Chronicles to ONE WINNER.

    The first two books in the series will be sent at the conclusion of the giveaway. The first hardcover copy of THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS will be sent to the winner once it’s available.

    Giveaway is US/Canada ONLY.

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