August 16, 2017

Suped Up: Irresistible You by @KittyMeader #hockey #romance #blogtour

Series: Chicago Rebels 1
Format: ARC
Release Date: August 15, 2017 
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher 
Genre: Sports Romance (Hockey)

Irresistible You kicks of the all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series by Kate Meader, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?

He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

Sports has never been an area of interest for me. It's always been a need-to-know like if something major is happening like the Olympics then I will follow and even then, I won't go beyond the trivial stuff. Then I met my BF who is a HUGE sports fan! And so my "formal education" in sports began and I found myself falling in love with hockey. 

If you follow the sport or is a fan of some celebrity who is married to a hockey player, you probably heard that our home team, The Nashville Predators, made it to the Stanley Cup this year. Sadly we didn't win but the team's Cinderella season turned huge so much so that major news networks are covering the event and the street where the arena is now called (unofficially) Smashville.

August 9, 2017

A Shot of YA: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

Series: The Falconer 3
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Sci-Fi | Fantasy | Steampunk

The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series. Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her. Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, and publishing simultaneously in the UK, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer's story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.

The Falconer, one of the best YA fantasy series that deserves more coverage and hype IMHO. What is The Falconer about? Set in 19th century Scotland, the series has a fae-based myth revolving around the infamous Wild Hunt, the never ending war between the Seelie and Unseelie, and how the survival of the world lies on a human girl called The Falconer. 

To be fair, the bones of this series is familiar with tropes like forbidden love, class (creature) inequality, friends-lovers-enemies, etc., we've all reead this kind of plot at least once so a fair question to ask is what makes it stand out from the rest? I honestly don't have a specific answer for you except for how Elizabeth May portioned the elements of the story. Like for example, the romantic element is made stronger by muting the passion between the leads and replacing it with undying faith and loyalty; Or the deliberate demonstrations of everlasting friendship, and duty to one's purpose, or how unflinching Aileana is when faced with important decisions and difficult choices like choosing her own happiness or forfeit that for the sake of peace and everyone's survival. The human element especially in this last installment, THE FALLEN KINGDOM, is written so deliberate that even the most desensitized reader will be reduced to mush.

And perhaps the most stunning and possibly my favorite part of this series is how EMay didn't shy away from devastating her readers be it from a character dying or total annihilation. This author is as cutthroat as her villains when it comes to character development which, IMO, is that one thing that gives The Falconer a leg up from the rest of its contemporaries or at least puts it in the same category as one of the best out there.

To close it off, THE FALLEN KINGDOM concluded The Falconer series perfectly. I cheered, I was nervous and anxious, I loved, laughed, and even cried! And though this ended happily, it came at such a high cost that I took the HEA as nothing but a well deserved ending for everyone.

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August 2, 2017

Bourbon, Gypsy, & The Red by Tiffany Reisz

So is it me or is Bourbon (the liquor) everywhere from books like J.R. Ward (has any of you read Devil's Cut?) and Tiffany Reisz, to TV. Even my favorite liquor store has stocked up on different kinds of Bourbon!

July 27, 2017

Gush & Gripe: That Time When I Went AWOL Again

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Hey, friends of Talk Supe! It's been a while, I know, so many things going on so I thought I'd catch you up some on what I've been up to lately.

Simply put: life is great! The downside is Talk Supe is pushed to the wayside. I apologize for ghosting, but I don't feel guilty because I've earned this season in my life.

Short backstory: the past 7 years have been a trial where I was constantly comparing (and inspiring) myself to Job. It was chaotic, to say the least, and because I have a wild streak (party like a rockstar), I consciously chose to live like a hermit, cut myself off from my friends, focused on my mental health and swore off anything "fun". So I chose to seek solace in books and eventually found my way to Talk Supe.

It's been quite the journey, but boy, when my lessons were done, Life came for me hard and it came bearing gifts, confetti, and lots of craft beer. Craft beer is my new thing now, sours and barrel-aged being my top favorites. Oh and Bourbon too! All those Bourbon books got me curious & now I'm a little hooked!

Right now: I'm still reading and I'm currently collating the books I've read and will review, but a hermit I am not anymore. Surrounded by the right people in the right environment, I'm now social again. And in my brief hiatus I've also pondered how I'm going to incorporate Talk Supe into this phase in my life and as of now, it'll be a mix of books and life stuff. Don't worry, this isn't going to be "that" kind of blog, rather there will be more personal posts like this and mostly because this happiness I'm experiencing right now is overwhelming and I just have to be obnoxious about it once in a while. The Universe is a tough teacher, but it's the best too!

I apologize in advance for future silly posts. Then again I'm not guilty. I worked for this and I earned it.

Thanks again for your continued patronage and support. I love you guys!

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