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Victoria is a lover of Romance, Fantasy, nd so much more. She especially enjoys books that have an assassin or thief. Some of her favorite books include strong/badass females, dark brooding men, deep rich worlds, and stories you cant help but stay up way past bedtime to finish reading. Victoria always has a book either in her hands, or in her head. When not reading she is usually either thinking of books, planning a trip to Disneyland with fellow bookseller Nick, playing video games or DND, or working on her own novel. 
 
 

Currently Reading or Looking Forward To

Belladonna  Luck and Last Resorts  Scandalized Court of the Vampire Queen

 


Newest Favorites 

The Dragon's BrideNIghtworkThe Murder of Mr WickhamOnce Upon a K-PromSo This is Ever After


Favorite Romance

Luck and Last Resorts  Fine Print Window Shopping Duke Actually Love Con


Favorite works of Sherrilyn Kenyon 


Stellar Fantasy/Sci-Fi


 

Gotta Read YAs  
 divesmack

Fav Audio Books


 

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Luck and Last Resorts Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593335444
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Published: Berkley - August 9th, 2022

Second chance romance meets Below Deck in this upcoming romance by Sarah Grunder Ruiz. Nina and Ollie (don't call him Oliver) are coworkers who get along- some of the time. Other times it’s getting hot in the kitchen, literally since Ollie is the chef of the yacht both of them work on. Nina, the chief stew, tries her best to keep Ollie at arms length. She has been burned by family, and doesn't know how to trust others. Even more so trust herself and her future. Ollie knows what he wants, and it's a future with Nina, and he isn't afraid to fight for that chance of happiness for both of them. He knows Nina is end game, now he just has to convince her that he is too. I absolutely LOVED this story so much. Sarah had me laughing, crying, gasping, the whole works. This will be one romance I reread again and again, and know I will feel all the same emotions when I do. 


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ISBN: 9781737507710
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Published: Lauren Asher - July 8th, 2021

I simply cannot get enough of Rowan and Zahra. An opposites attract, grumpy/sunshine romance with Disney aspects, that is just so much more than I expected. Rowan has 6 months to complete the task his late grandfather has left for him to gain his inheritance, and Zahra wants to get over past hurts that have left her afraid to take a chance, in more ways than just love. 

This is the first book I read in 2022, and it's gonna be a hard one to beat. Rowan and Zahra are two characters that have faults and make some fumbles along the way, yet they are simply just perfect for each other. They bring out the best in each other while not letting the other do anything but their best. From the moment I finished this book, I couldn't stop talking about it, nor putting into my coworkers hands. I cant wait to read the Declan's and Cal's stories and see the women they get their HEAs with give them all the rough time they deserve. Just like Rowan, they'll learn you have to let people in to get your fairytale happily ever after that inspired Dreamland. 


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ISBN: 9780062952080
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Published: Avon - November 16th, 2021

This book was a wonderful mix of Hallmark Christmas movies, spice, swearing, and humor. The whole story is full of charm and a thoughtfulness I wasn’t expecting. Max and Dani are what I will always look for in not only Christmas romance couples, but all others. I loved seeing their friendship grow from just acquaintances to best friends. Dani had a hard time trusting men, after her ex left her for someone 20 years his junior. Max realized this, and took that time building that trust back up, letting her know with more than his words, that he was there for her, and her dog (also named Max). This is not only a perfect book to read at Christmastime, but also anytime you need a pinch of that Christmas warmth to boost your soul.  
 


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ISBN: 9780593199053
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Published: Berkley - December 14th, 2021

THIS BOOK! Going into this book I thought I had an idea of who the characters would be, but man did Seressia Glass blow me out of the water. The love between Kenya (Keke) and Cameron was so pure, and so true, they were simply meant to be. Keke and Cameron have been friends since high school, and they both are in love with each other, yet can't believe the other would feel the same. Cameron is the purest of cinnamon rolls, who isn't afraid to get tough if it means protecting Keke from anyone who would make her stressed or unhappy, even if that person is her family. He just wants her to be happy and is willing to do whatever it takes to allow her to be happy, and don’t we all deserve someone like that in our life? -Victoria 

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ISBN: 9781534480506
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 20th, 2021

From the first page, I couldn’t stop reading this book. In Deeper Waters has so many things I look for in a book; pirates, magic, romance, fantasy, and characters that are so uniquely themselves. Tal is this precious cinnamon roll that just wants to live his life without others fearing him, and Athlen is the first person outside Tal’s family that seems to not be afraid. Their story was just so heartwarming, so rich and lush, that no matter what I was doing, the book was begging me to come back to its pages and read. 


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ISBN: 9781250256584
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Published: Tor Teen - May 4th, 2021

Full of twist, turns, and dark secrets, LAST GIRLS by Demetra Brodsky is everything I wanted, and more. The Juniper sisters, Birdie, Blue, and Honey, are doomsday preppers who live with their mom in a pepper community. They have been taught to trust no one, and always stick together, no matter what. Each sister has her own personality, way of dealing with everything life throws at them, and way of keeping their childhood imaginary friend Bucky alive. I love the way Demetra showed how the girls were going through their everyday life, not only worried about things going on in the prepper community, but also how they had to survive high school, and all the everyday concerns there. Honey was a character I instantly connected to, and was able to find parts of myself in her. Demetra is great at creating strong female characters, that while have weaknesses and faults, are still dynamic and strong. This is a book I will always go back to!


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ISBN: 9781335209979
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Published: Inkyard Press - May 4th, 2021

The whole time I was reading, I couldn't stop smiling. Karina and Ace’s story was so wholesome, charming, and sweet. What started out as tutoring turned into fake dating, ends up being a story about finding yourself, and the strength needed to be true to yourself. Ace truly cared about Karina as a person and just wanted her happy with her life and her choices. While Karina saw the true Ace, not just the bad boy everyone saw him as, and loved him for it.  Ace definitely made me ask, where were the guys like him when I was in high school.
TW: Anxiety, Anxiety Attacks
 


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ISBN: 9780312984830
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - December 7th, 2003

I always find my way back to Zarek and Astrid. Zarek is a man with a plan, and no one gets in the way of that. Not even justice nymph Astrid. These two clash when they first meet, especially since Astrid has to keep Zarek captive, without him knowing. Along the way they learn things about each other and themselves. I love the prickly-pearness of Zarek, and how he becomes soft and ‘tame’ with Astrid. He finds himself wondering how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?


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The Grey Bastards: A Novel (The Lot Lands #1) Cover Image
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Published: Crown - March 19th, 2019

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"Live in the Saddle. Die on the hog." 

I never thought I would find myself so drawn into a story where the main characters are half-orcs. But by page three I was hooked, and rooting for them. This book took what I thought I knew about fantasy and flipped it on it head. The main character is Jackal, a half-orc and a member of the Grey Bastards, a biker-like gang that rides hogs with snouts and tusks instead of wheels. He is young but also cunning and head-strong. Along with his "brothers" they patrol the Lots and do their best to keep full-blooded orcs away from the human world. Jonathan French created a rich world filled with boorish jokes, scheming, fighting, brotherhood, friendship, and betrayal. Each member of The Grey Bastards has their own charm. Some you end up liking more than others, like Oats and Fetching. The Grey Bastards was a book that I actually found myself laughing out loud while I was reading. The characters breathe life into the pages and leave you wanting more. 


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ISBN: 9781250762801
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Published: Square Fish - January 26th, 2021

This epic sea adventure is full of everything that I love; pirates, mermaids, magic, vivid imagery, and morally grey characters that remind me of Kaz Brekker. From the start this book had me hooked. The heroine, Amora Montara, is the next heir to the Visidia throne. Just like her father, and her ancestors she has to prove that she is worthy of the crown and the throne. When it is time for her to prove that she is capable, she slips and is forced to flee  in order to save her life. Along the way Amora finds herself a crew, led by a pirate named Bastian. In return for helping her prove that she has what it takes to lead her people, she promises to help him reclaim his stolen magic. Grace created characters that jumped off the page, even the ship, Keel Haul, had a life of her own. I loved this world and the people in it.


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ISBN: 9781524743956
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Published: Dutton - October 27th, 2020

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From the mind that brought you Dexter, a new bad boy we want to root for is in town. Riley Wolfe is a man with all the plans, and from the first scene he had me wanting him to take it all. He steals from the mega rich and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He is amazing at his job, but that has lead to him getting bored. Every job has become too easy, too predictable. So Riley decides to look for a job that is impossible, one that there is no way he can pull off. He decides to steal the Iranian Crown Jewels. Hot on his heels is an FBI agent who wants nothing more than to bring Riley in. I loved that we got to see all the planning that Riley did for his heist. Jeff Lindsay brought all of the humor and snark that he is known for in this new book. Riley is the bad guy, but I couldn't help but want him to get away with stealing anything and everything.


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ISBN: 9780393356182
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 6th, 2018

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With a voice like warm milk and honey, Neil Gaiman breathes life into his stories. Norse Mythology honors the tale’s past, but still has Neil’s distinctive style. Which is then enhanced by Gaiman reading the story aloud. Gaiman is able to create distinct voices for each of his characters, from the sly and cunning Loki, to the short-tempered, impatient warrior Thor. Gaiman took mythology that I already loved, created something even more enchanting. It is a collection of stories I could hear time after time and never grow tired of revisiting. 


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The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250250940
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Published: Square Fish - August 18th, 2020

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"Look after your own.”

Equal parts beauty and grit, The Merciful Crow is a novel that kept me up through the night. In the start of what is planned on being a duology, Margaret Owen filled her story with beautiful words, witty characters, and situations many can connect to. The world Owen created is divided into a caste system named after birds, which like many in the real world has an upper and lower caste, and the Crows are the lowest of them all. Owen sends the readers on a journey with Fie, a Crow Chief-in-training willing to do whatever it takes to protect her family, Jasimir, a Phoenix prince trying to outwit his step-mother, and Tavin, a Hawk bodyguard who is learning what it means to want something for himself. Along the way, Jasirmir and Tavin learn what it means to be a Crow and all of the discrimination that comes with being not of the "splendid castes." Even though they face discrimination and are hunted down, they still are able to find joy in life and survive. Fie hopes that with the prince’s help the Crows will be able to not only survive, but thrive. 

 


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ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

"No funerals. No mourners."

Six of Crows is that perfect mix of magic, chaos, and adventure. Think of the movie Ocean's Eleven, now throw in a pinch of magic and you have a hint of what awaits you in this novel. Kaz Brekker and his gang of misfits have an impossible heist to pull off, and it's more than money on the line for them to succeed. It's a book that get's you hooked from the first chapter, it had me from the first page. The Dregs come out of the book to share their close calls and small victories with you. You get pulled in and when the book ends you can't help but want another helping of Kaz Brekker and the Dregs. -Victoria


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ISBN: 9780062472106
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Published: William Morrow - August 16th, 2016

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This was my first taste of Neil Gaiman and I couldn't imagine a better starting point. Beautifully written, and full of surprises, American Gods crawls its way under your skin and lives there. Gaiman is an author whose stories are all about the details, and as they say the devil is in the details. American Gods is a story filled with old gods, new gods, coin tricks, and the possibility of getting your head smashed in for losing a game of checkers. Shadow Moon, our guide if you will, is out of jail and on his way to bury his wife. What starts as a simple plane ride, turns into a journey like no other. We learn what happens when gods are no longer worshiped, and the lengths that they will go to to stay remembered. The new deities of America are taking over, and the former have something to say about it. This is a novel that I have gone back to time and time again, and always learn something new. 


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Taking a Shot (A Play-by-Play Novel #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425245521
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Published: Berkley - March 6th, 2012

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This was my first taste of Jaci Burton’s work. I was initial drawn to the book because I love both romance novels and hockey. This seemed like it would be the perfect blend of the two, and I was right. Jaci created a story that had all the feel good moments of a “Hallmark romance”, with some steamy scenes thrown in. Her series, Play-by-Play, is full of characters that are perfectly-imperfect. You find yourself rooting for them, wanting them to go that extra step, and to not be afraid of love or failing. I found parts of myself in many of them, and fell in love with each book. Her books simply captured my heart, and made it impossible to put them down once I started reading. The stories she created are ones I never wanted to leave, and know will always have a special place on my shelves and heart.


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ISBN: 9780553499148
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Published: Ember - April 25th, 2017

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There is something unique about this book, and it is more than just the way it is written. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman created a story told through documents, journal entries, surveillance footage, emails, interviews, and more. I had never read a story told like this before. But I am so glad that I picked this one up. Illuminae starts off with a planet that's under attack and a break up. As the story goes on, you learn that not everyone can be trusted and that there is more than the human enemy after them. Kady, our strong heroine, is doing everything that she can to save the people around her, even her ex-boyfriend Ezra. With the AI system, AIDAN, going crazy and a virus wreaking havoc on the rescue ships, Kady and Ezra have to rely on each other to save themselves and the other passengers, even though Kady never wants to talk to him again.  


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Stygian: A Dark-Hunter Novel (Dark-Hunter Novels #22) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250102690
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Published: Tor Books - July 30th, 2019

Whenever I pick up one of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books for the first time, I have to mentally prepare myself for all the heartbreak. While this is a romance story, so it does end with some kind of happy ending, Kenyon has a way of making you earn that ending. Stygian is about Urian, who we first meet in Kiss of the Night. At the end of Kiss, he feels that he has lost everything. He’s not only heartbroken, but soul-broken, over the loss of his wife. In Stygian, he finds out that she’s alive, and in need of rescue from the pits of Hades. The woman he has to team up with he doesn’t trust, and he’s not sure who he can. More than his wife’s soul is on the line. Urian’s book is one I have been waiting for a long time, and it was definitely worth the wait. This book skyrocketed into my top 5 of her novels. It is full of all the “feels” and I wish I could read it again for the first time. 


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Foundryside: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525573845
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Published: Del Rey - May 21st, 2019

Foundryside, the first book in Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Foundry trilogy, not only got me out of my reading slump, but also it was a book that I just couldn’t put down. The cover grabbed my attention and the story surpassed every expectation that I had. Foundryside is about a thief, Sancia. She’s good at what she does, and her latest job has landed her in a whole world of trouble. She’s gone from off the radar, to Tevanne’s most wanted, and has to band together with some unlikely allies to make it out alive. We learn about the world Bennett created through Clef, a character who is unique and lovable from the start, who in turn learns from Sancia. It made learning about this new world as a reader more enjoyable than if it had just been told by the narrator. Bennett created complex characters, a world that is half tech, half magic, and a story full of heart. It was a story that I couldn’t get enough of and can’t wait to see what happens next!


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ISBN: 9781250132130
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - June 20th, 2017

Part vengeance, part fantasy, and all Kristoff, this book dug its way into my soul and took root there. Mia Corever is a talented young woman, who can speak to the shadows, and is being trained to become one of the members of the deadliest assassin's around. She has to best her competition in contests of poison, steel, and the subtle arts. If she is about to do this, she will be one step closer to getting the vengeance that she wants.  Nevernight  is the start of a trilogy that I always find myself going back to. I loved that the main protagonist is a strong, badass, take no prisoners girl. This book is dark, stabby, and beautiful. It took everything I love about fantasy and jacked it up to twenty. 

"Never flinch, never fear, never, ever forget."


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ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

This book saved my love of reading. I truly thought that I had lost that joy, but this book showed me that it wasn't lost, simply misplaced. Scythe sunk its teeth into me and didn’t let go. I couldn’t read this book fast enough. In this novel the world has conquered death, sickness, war. The Thunderhead in the sky has solved it all. It is now a world where no one dies, ever. You don’t even die of old age, you can simply turn back the clock and look younger. There is only one way to die in this new world, and that is at the hands of a Scythe. Two teens are thrown into the ring as apprentices, but neither Citra nor Rowan want the job. Neal Shusterman created a world, that despite all of its craziness, all of the things it made me question about myself and the world around me, I find myself wanting to be apart of. I wanted to sit in on the Conclaves, join Scythe Faraday for a while to learn from him and hear his wisdom, I wanted to sit and talk with Citra and Rowan to see what they learned, and even want a moment to talk with the Thunderhead.


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ISBN: 9780399584022
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Published: Berkley - July 4th, 2017

Have you ever watched a movie or read a book and wondered how the villain became the villain? Christina Henry did just that. Jamie, the first lost boy Peter brought from the other place, is an amazing character you can't help but sympathize with and want on your side, even knowing who he becomes. Jamie starts to see just who Peter Pan really is and isn’t sure that he likes the boy that has been his friend for as long as he can remember. As time passes both Peter and Jamie get closer to the other lost children. But while Jamie sees them as friends and brothers, Peter sees them as a way to make Jamie do what Peter wants him to do. After some time Jamie is tired of Peter’s games and isn’t sure that he wants to play anymore. But Peter isn’t ready to let him go and has one game left to play. Christina Henry draws you in and makes you want the “bad guy” to win, and the “good guy” to lose. As you read this tale remember the one lesson that Jamie learned, Peter Pan lies!


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Styxx (Dark-Hunter Novels #17) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250029898
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - March 25th, 2014

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One of my all time favorite books, even though it completely ripped my heart out. We finally learn Styxx's past and just what drove him to the actions that have made there way into previous novels. Like Acheron's story, it starts with his childhood and goes all the way to present day. I though I knew Styxx, boy was I wrong. I felt more for him than I did Acheron, and I didn't think that was possible. Styxx is a complex character that hides his hurt behind sarcasm and quips. While he seems tough to love, he has become of the characters that I know I will always cherish. This is a must read for all Kenyon fans. 


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Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel (Dark-Hunter Novels #11) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312949419
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - March 31st, 2009

This book made me laugh, cry, scream, swoon, the works! We finally learn Acheron's past and how he became the leader of the Dark-Hunters. The story starts with his past, good and bad. It also touches on scenes that were in previous books, so we get to see just what was behind his thinking and actions. The last half of the book is the present, where he meets the spitfire Tory. From the moment he meets her, his world is flipped and he doesn't understand why she doesn't seem intimated by him. This story is one that, while parts are hard to go back to, I always find myself wanting to return to. Sherrilyn Kenyon  It is a long, emotional read. But oh so good.