Tuesday, March 29, 2011

EdenFantasys Testimonial



For my EdenFantasys.com Testimonial this week I wanted to highlight a couple items that you may have not known that EdenFantasys.com carried. I find it very important that people know that EdenFantasys.com is much, much more than just a sex toy site. They have so many great items that will appeal to just about anyone. They have lingerie, massage products, bath and body items and of course sex toys. EdenFantasys.com carries an awesome line of bath and body products by Intimate Organics. Its a great line that is also completely Vegan! I have tried just about every item in there line of bath and body items and have fallen in love with them. So below is a few of their items. You can click on the link that features the name of the product and it will take you to the page where you can purchase them. Also use the code SHZ when you check out and save 15% on your order :)



                    

- This stuff is amazing! I use it as a shower gel, it comes in a coconut and lemongrass scent. Its vegan! I honestly think that this cleansing gel really does relax you, you get that coconut milk scent right off with an undertone of lemongrass... its amazing!






- This is one of the most hydrating lotions I have ever used. I am very prone to dry skin, with how much I bake I am always washing my hands, which leaves them very dry. This stuff is a dry skin doctor! and it smells amazing to boot. I got it in the Orange and Ginger scent, but it also comes in coconut and lemongrass, and cocoa bean and goji berry. 




So if you haven't checked out EdenFantasys.com go and check out everything they have! They have something for everyone :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Tale Of Two Goblins Review + Giveaway

Title: A Tale of Two Goblins (Dulcie book #2)
Author: H.P. Mallory
Publisher: Independent
Source: Bought via Smashwords
Kindle Lending: Enabled


Description:
Please note, this is book 2 in the Dulcie O'Neil series. Book 1 is To Kill A Warlock

A Dreamstalker— a creature that stalks and kills its victims in sleep.

A fairy in law enforcement determined to stop him.

A potions smuggler who possesses something she wants.

A vampire with his own agenda.

And a partner who couldn’t possibly be sexier or more frustrating.

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy working in law enforcement for the Netherworld.
When Knight Vander approaches her with a case regarding comatose victims, she agrees to help him, imagining the most difficult part will be combatting her attraction to him.

But, what Dulcie isn’t betting on is the fact that the case becomes personal when she learns all the victims are somehow linked to her.

When her best friend falls victim to the Dreamstalker, Dulcie must do everything in her power to ensure her friend’s survival, including associating with criminals and accepting the fact that desperate times do definitely call for desperate measures.



First off its no secret that I am in love with H.P. Mallory's writing and if you have ever read one of her books you will know why. All of her books take an original take on age old favorites in the paranormal and romance genres. She brings her books alive in ways I have never seen done before. If you haven't read one of her books... what are you waiting for?


Dulcie is a fairy that has retired from law enforcement in order to write a book. Although she has retired that doesn't mean she is out of the line of danger. Someone or something is putting people Dulce has known throughout her life into comas. Comas in which one person has already died from. When Dulcie's best friend is attacked and placed in a coma, she will stop at nothing to find the son of a bitch behind it. Even break some laws and reunite with an old friend. Oh did I mention Dulcie also has a super hot partner! Who is head over heels for her but Dulce can't help but fight her feelings for her.


I love how Dulcie is an independent and kick ass chick. She doesn't need to rely on anyone but herself and I love that! For once we don't have a belly aching, whining female lead. I do kind of wish that we saw a bit more happen between Knight and Dulcie in this book. I feel that it needed just a little more premise on the two main characters developing their relationship more. I felt that the relationship between the two was a little bit down played in this book compared to the last but I still absolutely loved the story line and how the story developed.


I was able to read A Tale Of Two Goblins in a couple hours, that was with making some lollipops in between lol. I just couldn't put the book down. It was one thrill after another. Packed full of action and adventure, with no shortage of paranormal creatures. Its everything I was waiting for and more!


I LOVED this book! I have been waiting since I finished the end of To Kill A Warlock for this book. H.P. Mallory is amazing with cliff hangers! and this book is no exception, it has left me wanting more. I can not wait for the next book in this series... and I have no doubt that it will be just as good as A Tale Of Two Goblins if not better! Go pick up a copy of A Tale Of Two Goblins!


OVERALL RATING

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Faustine Review

Title: Faustine
Author: Imogen Rose
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Source: Author (Thanks :))
Publisher: Independent
Kindle Lending: Enabled


Description:
Who is Faustine? When Faustine Spencer was five years old, she discovered a secret that changed her life forever. At twelve, her parents sent her to Bonfire Academy in Switzerland to ensure that she received the training needed to control her increasing powers. 
 
Three years later, Faustine returns to Manhattan. All she wants is to be a typical teenager, at least, one that's part of the in-crowd at her Upper East Side High School. When drop-dead gorgeous Ryker, her long-time crush from the Academy, finally notices her, she couldn't be happier. However, her desire for a normal life is shattered when her father, a prominent sovereign, disappears after naming her as his successor. Her siblings begin to disappear, and Faustine finds herself in the midst of a power struggle. With her life in danger, Faustine must learn to follow one of Bonfire Academy's most important rules: Trust no one.

Faustine has normal issues just like every other teenage girl. She has boy issues, trouble fitting in, bullies, oh and she is going to be queen of all the demons in London. Not to mention her dad has disappeared, she has 6 siblings she has never met and someone gunning to kill her... and she needs to get everything taken care of so that she can go home and finish high school.

Faustine is a young girl, not yet out of high school, when she is notified that her father (King of all demons in London) has disappeared. Not only has he disappeared but people are dying all over the place, and her father has named her as his successor. She is thrust into a world that she has never really been part of and is expected to understand everything and make decisions for a country that she doesn't live in, in order to control the demons there. All she wanted to do was finish high school.

I love the relationship that develops between Ryker and Faustine. I thought it was developed at a great pace. One thing that I didn't really dig is how they got together. We didn't know anything about Ryker and then BAM there he is out of nowhere and Faustine is smitten with him because he is "hot". I understand that yes, a lot of teenage relationships are like that, but Faustine seemed to be head over heels for him without really knowing anything about him. As the book starts to develop more I began to like the relationship a little bit more. It started to develop more as a relationship instead of just teenage hormones. 

Faustine has to deal with a TON of things with being 15! She has someone / something killing people related to her and random people that she doesn't know, in order to pass a message to her "Eat That, Demon Princess". 

I do wish that we saw a bit more romance between Ryker and Faustine, I am hoping that in the next book it might feature more between them. I would love to see something more happen with them. BTW Imogen thanks so much.... you are the queen of cliff hangers! I am wanting to read more NOW! and I have to wait :'( ... I am waiting on pins and needles for the sequel.

I loved the witty-ness in the book. Faustine reminded me a lot of myself when I was her age. She is very relatable. She is snarky and sarcastic, but sweet and brave. She is a very complex character that was expertly executed by Imogen Rose. 

I actually found myself being pulled into this book so easily. It has a quick but well explained story line, which makes for a fun and action filled read. I am beginning to believe that Imogen Rose can write anything and execute it in a way that appeals to every age. 

Faustine is a good read for any age. There isn't profanity or sexual situations. It is clean cut. Some scenes do have a violent nature so I would suggest maybe a 12 and up age group. But overall this is a fantastic read and I would suggest it to my 11 year old niece to read. In fact she will be reading it very soon. If i could rate this book any higher I would! 

OVERALL RATING

Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Title:  Overprotected
Release Date: February 9th 2011 
Publisher:  Grove Creek Publishing
Source:  Bought



Ashlyn:A lonely society princess living in NewYork City.




Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.


Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.


Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.


Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.


Daddy was wrong

My Thoughts:


I loved it!  Everytime I read one of Jennifer's works, I am hooked from the start.  She is one of my favorite authors.


Ashlyn Adair was kidnapped by her nanny when she was 5 years old because the nanny wanted to be with Ash's father.  She never hurt her but only threatened to if he didn't leave his wife for her.  Ashlyn's father decided that she needed protection from then on.


Ashlyn hasn't seen Colin in 5 years since she moved from California to New York.  She never liked him cause he use to torment and pick on her.  Now, he's in New York and has been hired by Ashlyn's dad to be her new bodyguard.  Her old bodyguard, Stuart, fell in love with her and had to be fired since Ash was uncomfortable around him.  At first, she doesn't like him and gives him a hard time.  Later she realizes that he has grown up and changed alot (emotionally an physically.)


Ashlyn soon starts developing feelings for Colin.  He's able to see her life from the inside and they are able to bond when she is in need of a friend.  With Ashlyn being a job, will he be able to resist her advances and protect her when she really needs it?


Overprotected took being a protective father to a whole new level.  He goes to great lengths to keep his "princess" safe, but what he doesn't realize is that its pushing her away and even putting her in more danger.


I love forbidden romance and I felt that is what this was, in a way.  Colin is supposed to be Ashlyn's protector, but through her eyes we are able to see little signs here and there that he is starting to like her more than a bodyguard should.  The only problem is that Ashlyn's father might fire him if anything is acted upon.  Daddy doesn't want her to fall in love and leave.  He wants to keep an eye on her always to keep her safe from being kidnapped again.


So, overall, this is a book I really recommend reading.  Danger, a HOT guy in shades with you 24/7 -yummy!,  romance, family drama, and oh- did I mention a HOT guy in shades yet?  This story has it all so you won't be bored.  What more could a reader ask for?  So go grab a copy.  I bet you'll love it too.



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

LoveKnots4Baby Review

I got the chance to review a really awesome scarf this week. Its called an infinity scarf... something I must admit I had never heard of until I received this one. It is a really neat accessory! I received this scarf from the very awesome LoveKnots4Baby etsy store. 


I got the black infinity scarf from LoveKnots4Baby. It is light weight and surprisingly soft. It was a nice deep black color... I mention this because I have received items before that claimed they were "black" and then received them and they were unbelievably faded. Not with this scarf! This is a gorgeous scarf. I am so glad that I got the black because I can wear it everyday with anything. I have found many different uses for this scarf. It doesn't need to be used only as a scarf. I used it when I was baking as a head wrap to fully cover my hair and twisted the back to form a bun then tied it. I used it wrapped around my neck as a scarf when I went out and the infinity scarf is surprisingly warm for being so thin. It kind of surprised me but in a good way.  My 12 month old used it as a lovey one day in the car.. I couldn't get it away from her... its soooo soft! My niece used it as a belt and it looked amazing... unfortunately I am not thin enough to try that but its an idea :)

This scarf has so many uses its not even funny... and it looks great no matter which way you choose to wear it. LoveKnots4Baby also includes photos (like the ones above) on each infinity scarf listing to show you a few of the ways that you can wear it. You can also come up with your own ways to wear it like I did.

LoveKnots4Baby also has more than just infinity scarfs in their shop. They also have handbags, checkbook covers, hats, placemats and more. So if scarfs aren't your thing (which they will be after you try the infinity scarf from LoveKnots4Baby) they have something for everyone! and great customer service. The owner to the shop is amazingly sweet and will make your buying experience the best it can be. Shipping was very quick... I received the scarf in just a couple of days, which was awesome!


OVERALL RATING


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Review: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Author: Gwen Hayes
Release Date: March 1st 2011
Publisher: New American Library
Source: Bought




Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.


As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.


And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

My Thoughts:

Theia awakes to a burning man falling from the sky.  She doesn't realize that from this moment on, her life will never be the same.

Theia lives with her father- a strong businessman who believes in raising his daughter in the most stern and strict way so she acts like a real lady.  She basically never gets to let loose and have any fun.

She dreams of a boy and later sees him ,in the flesh, in her school as the new kid.  All the girls want him, including Theia.  He seems to know her from the dreams too, but still tries to make her jealous.  Could he possibly be the same boy that she keeps meeting in her dreams or is it just a coincidence that he looks the same?

Haden, the new boy at school, is unlike any guy that Theia has ever met.  He makes her want to forget all her father's rules and go have fun.  He is sometimes nice to her, but also times he is short coming, mean and angry with her.  When he is in a good mood around her, she'll receive the sweetest comments from him.  When he is angry...watch out cause he could be sending people to the hospital if he can't control his temper.

Theia feels this connection to Haden and finds out that it is no dream and they really are meeting at night.  She'll go to great lengths to learn more about who he is and to be with him.  Once she discovers who Haden is, will she be willing to risk her own soul to be with him?

I think the plot of this story is really interesting.  It does have a bit of Twilight feel to it and even goes as far as talking about a sparkling vampire. 

The writing is what threw me off a bit.  I felt dumb as I was reading the book.  I kept getting stumped.  Gwen kept using big words that I had no idea what they meant.  I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I'm not the dumbest either.  I'm glad I was reading on my Kindle because the built in dictionary sure got some use during this book.

My favorite part was when Haden showed up in a big pickup truck.  He took Theia stumping which consists of " muddy logging roads, 4 wheel drive, and holding on to the 'oh shit handle' above the door."  It reminds me of when we use to go mud boggin' aka Muddin'.  We used to ride around in lifted trucks with huge tires and go splashin' mud all over the trucks.  I was always holding on to the "oh shit grip"  and can picture the adventure that Haden and Theia had from my own personal experiences.  What a great scene to imagine while reading!

The cover is what drew me to this story first and then I read the description and knew that it was something that I would enjoy.  Overall, I loved the chemistry between Theia and Haden and envy the feelings that they have toward one another.  The story was romantic, humerous, mysterious, and at times, just plain fun.  I was pulled in from the first page and wanted to read at any free time I found.  I can't wait for the sequel to see if they are together or not.


4 Stars

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

EdenFantasys Testimonial



EdenFantasys.com is is great sex toy site where you can find anything from sex toys to bath and body products. They have discreet shipping. Their packages come with Web Merchants on them instead of EdenFantasys, so no one but you will know that you purchased something from a sex toy site. The same Web Merchant name is also on your credit card bill. They even bill discreetly! This is a site that I personally have been purchasing from for sometime and have yet to be disappointed in anything that they have has to offer. They have high quality sex toys, lingerie and much much more. And your money will go far! They have some awesome deals every week to save you some money. How great is that? In this day and age we all need to be able to save a little now and then.

EdenFantasys also has great customer service professionals. They are friendly and aim to make your shopping experience the best possible. Not happy with your purchase? just contact them. They don't ask questions and allow you to return your item hassle free! That is so rare these days!  So go shop with EdenFantasys... you won't be disappointed!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Wither Giveaway!


Wither Giveaway
I loved Wither by Lauren DeStefano you can read my review HERE and Jamie's review HERE, but we both agreed it was 5 stars all the way! Luckily when I received my finished copy of Wither, I received an extra finished copy thanks to Simon and Schuster to giveaway to you :) So you know the drill enter below by leaving a comment ... include your email addy so I know who to contact to get mailing info.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tracy Jean Handbags Review and Giveaway



I got this fabulous purse from Tracy Jean Handybags on Etsy. First off its no secret that this bag is gorgeous! I had her shorten the handles of the bag a little, differing only slightly from the pictures above so that I could carry it under my arm. I received this bag only two days after ordering it from Tracy. Talk about fast! And it was everything I was expecting and more!

This purse is expertly made. It has perfectly pressed pleats, which give this bag a very fun feel. It closes with a sliver snap that is located at the opening of the bag and features brown cloth handles, which go with the blues of the bag really well. And to top of the bag is a cute little label on the bottom corner featuring Tracy's store name.

Inside it only gets better! If you are a mom, you know how hard it is going out with your baby or toddler. You have one bag for yourself and one bag for your baby, and you have to carry the baby too. All the while the baby is trying to get things out of your bags because they can! I can fit so much in this bag... and its organized. I don't have to scramble at the bottom of my purse for a binky and my wallet. It has nice big pockets that line the sides of the bag. A lot like pictured above, I carry diapers, wipes, a sippy cup, some binkys, my wallet, lip balm, wipes, my cell phone, my Kindle and a snack for both me and the bean and I still have room! I could easily fit at least a water bottle in there as well. So this is definitely a bag that can hold a ton... but doesn't look HUGE on the outside.

Overall this is an awesome bag. It fits all the items that I need for me and the baby and then some. But it isn't just a mom bag, this would also make a kick ass school bag. I wish I had something like this when I was in school. The side pockets can easily fit a book in it. You won't be taking out your book to read it and then DAMMIT! You bent your book while it was in your purse or bag. This bag will keep your book safe in one of its lovely pockets. It could also fit a laptop in the middle. I was able to fit my Mac in there.

So Kick ass bag... Book Bag... Baby Bag... Mommy and baby bag... School Bag... Laptop bag... you know what that combination sounds like to me? Why it sounds like a very lovely ....


VISIT TRACY'S STORE BY CLICKING HERE!


AND FOR A GIVEAWAY!
I liked Tracy's items so much that I got one for one lucky winner! Yeah you read right! I am going to give one away to one of you :)


I picked up this awesome headband and you could make it yours!


Description:

Adjustable Headband in Loopy Daisy


Approx size: 26" around and about 2 1/2" wide at the top. Tapers in around bottom with adjustable velcro closure.
Fits most all head sizes. Machine washable or handwash. Line dry



The last picture is an example of how it will fit.


How To Enter:
Head on over to Tracy's store and tell me which item you like best.
TO GO TO TRACY'S STORE CLICK HERE

Make sure and leave me your email addy so that I know who to contact when you win.
ENDS 3/16/11

EdenFantasys Gift Card Giveaway



EdenFantasys Giveaway

As always with the close of one giveaway comes another, so here it is! I am going to giveaway a $55 gift card to EdenFantasys.com, Its a great little sex toy shop but is sooo much more than that. They have things like bubble bath , massage items and lingerie as well. There is something for everyone!

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ENDS 3/16/11

NookColor Winner!

NookColor Winner!
***Drum Roll Please***

The Winner of The NookColor Giveaway Is...

Thanika S.
Of Colorado

Congrats Thanika, I hope that you enjoy your NookColor! It was sent out to you this morning.

I have contacted Thanika via email to let her know that she won. She agreed to allow me to post her response, which I found funny... but deserving of the event.

Thanika's response:

OMG OMG OMG OMG Are you fu*king serious? I think I may have pee'd myself. I never imaged that I would win. I am at a complete loss of words to describe how awesome this is so I will try OMG OMG OMG OMG. So when does Ashton pop out of my computer and tell me 'you've been PUNKED!".  I am so going to email you later when I have time to think so that I can thank you, I really can't believe this. I am crying.


I believe that Thankia's response was the best reaction ever! I loved it! And thanks so much for agreeing to let me post it on the blog.

PLEASE HELP ME CONGRATULATE THANIKA ON HER KICK ASS WINNINGS.... I AM EVEN A BIT JEALOUS!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

NookColor Giveaway Update and Other Stuff

Hey Guys! I know all of you are very excited to learn who our winner will be for the NookColor that we are giving away here on the blog. I will be announcing the winner on Thursday so please check back. I will be emailing the winner at some point tomorrow to announce to them that they have won and then follow up on the blog and Twitter on Thursday to let you all know :).

We had an overwhelming response to the giveaway and I just want to start by saying thank you to everyone that follows the blog, especially all of the active followers. I honestly believe that I have the best followers ever! I also need to thank the person that donated the NookColor to giveaway... but they requested to remain anonymous, which I totally understand... but thank you for donating it!

Other Stuff:
I haven't done a whole lot of book reviews lately. Its not for a lack of trying. I have been super busy and I am very sorry that I have neglected the blog a little bit because of it. I am hoping that once the bean is feeling better, that I can get back on the reading horse. I have almost completed Faustine by Imogen Rose... which is awesome by the way, so you should see that review here shortly, as well as an awesome swag giveaway for some Faustine goodies (hint: its more than bookmarks!...but they are included too!)

Anyways I just figured that I would pop on in and give you all a little update as to what to expect, and I have had a lot of people asking about when we will be choosing a winner for the NookColor. Which I don't blame you, I would be excited too... only I don't qualify :(  I am looking forward to new things on the blog and new posts and reviews.

LET ME KNOW WHAT RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO POST FIRST... IF YOU DON'T TELL ME... I WON'T KNOW! LEAVE ME A LITTLE COMMENT LOVE!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

EdenFantasys Testimonial


EdenFantasys is a fabulous sex toy shop, but what most people don't know is that they have way more than just sex toys. They also have some great lingerie, bath and body products and massage items. I personally love the contour line from JimmyJane, which is a line of massage stones. They are fabulous! and they look very unique. I have included pictures below for you to see them. They all have a unique design and shape. JimmyJane also has a great line of massage candles that come in a variety of scents and sizes. They even have a kick ass sampler so that you can sample all the scents! These also make a great gift! No one will ever know that you got them from a sex toy shop and all of EdenFantasys shipping boxes are discreet.  Also EdenFantasys customer service is amazing. They make sure that you have the best shopping experience possible.

All of these JimmyJane products are available from EdenFantasys the sex toy shop you can trust!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review: Wither (Chemical Garden Book 1) by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Wither (Chemical Garden Book 1) 
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: March 22nd 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source:  Simon & Schuster (Thank you!)


Description from Goodreads:


Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.


My Thoughts:

What an amazing book!  This book takes you into a world where there is a time limit on how long a person lives.  The girls live to 20 and the boys live till the age of 25.  This is all because of a virus that was created when the first generations tried to cure things like cancer.  The first generations are the ones that were born before the virus was created, therefore they live as long as they can, which means they live to become elders.

Rhine Ellery is 16 years old and she has 4 years left to live.  Her and her twin brother, Rowan, lost their parents in a lab explosion and are left to fend for themselves and keep an eye out for any Gatherers that try to take Rhine or orphans who are desperate for food and shelter and will do anything to get it.

Rhine is kidnapped and later sold to a wealthy man that is getting his son, Linden, some wives.  Rhine is not the only girl to be married to Linden.  She now has 2 sister wives- Cecily and Jenna.  Cecily is 13 and Jenna is 18.  Rhine marries Linden against her will and decides the only way to escape is to earn his trust and become a first wife and earn all the extra privileges like parties and social gatherings. 


What can be so bad about living in a mansion anyway?  Rhine has her own domestics, servants, and attendants that will do whatever she needs them to do.  She even starts to fall for her own personal attendant, Gabriel.  This leads her to want to escape even more back to her brother and take Gabriel along on her so they can both live the rest of their short lives in freedom.  Rhine does get to know Linden and sees that he really has no idea that his father, Housemaster Vaughn, is the reason she is there and that it's against her will.  They grow closer and she starts to care for him as he cares for her, but she realizes that she wants freedom more.  Instead of all the fancy dresses, meals, parties, and riches- Rhine wants freedom.

Her older sister wife, Jenna, tries to cause distractions and help Rhine through her journey to escape.  She even steals a lighter from a servant and sets the curtains on fire, just so Rhine can see Gabriel and make sure he's ok. What a brave girl!  Cecily on the other hand, wants to be there.  She is young and doesn't really know what real freedom is and wants to please her new husband in every way possible.

This truly makes you stop and think while reading this. What if the world really did become like this? It would be a scary place to be, I know that. To have to watch your back all the time and try not to get kidnapped and sold would be horrible and terrifying. Not to mention losing your freedom and having to "please" a man you don't want to "please" but have to if you want to survive.

Rhine is such a sweet and polite character that is full of determination.  She is always friendly to the staff and never complains about anything, unlike Cecily.  She is always willing to help out her sister wives when they need her.  Rhine finds out a lot of hidden secrets in the mansion and what she finds out only makes her want to leave more.  She realizes that it isn't as safe and honest as Linden believes.  He truly is clueless in this book.  He doesn't know as much of what goes on around the mansion as what he thinks.  His father is dishonest to him and tells him lies or does something because its more convenient than for Linden to know the truth.  Basically, (and I apologize for saying this) his father is an ASS!

I really love the storyline, but was kinda hoping that it would have a different ending. I'm not gonna tell you what I was hoping for cause I don't want to give anything away.  Lauren really created a masterpiece with this book.  I was really drawn into the cast of characters and their situations they were put in.  I can't wait to see what happens next in Rhine's journey!
 
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