Trying to get caught up on my past due reviews, and this will really help! I thought since I’d read two JLA books this summer, neither as part of a tour, I’d just combine them into one review post together. One is the final book in a series, and the other is the first book in a series. Strangely enough, the first book in a series is the one I refer to as the older one because it came out a year ago, and the final book is the one that came out just last month. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Grace and Glory (The Harbinger #3):Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Harbinger #3
Published by Inkyard Press on June 1, 2021
Genres: NA Paranormal Romance, NA Contemporary
Source: Purchased, Pitchlit PR
Format: Hardcover, E-galley
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Danger, betrayal, and enticing forbidden love clash in book three of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Harbinger trilogy!
When Angels Fall
Trinity Marrow has lost the battle and her beloved Protector. Even with both demons and Wardens on her side, Trin may not win the war against the Harbinger.
Bringing Lucifer back to the world to fight the Harbinger is probably a really, really bad idea, but they’re out of options—and the world’s ultimate fallen angel is the only being powerful enough to impact the outcome.
As Trin and Zayne form a new and more dangerous bond and Lucifer unleashes Hell on earth, the apocalypse looms and the world teeters on the end of forever. Win or lose, one thing is certain—nothing will ever be the same.
So, I had waited to download this one from Edelweiss because it said only like 60 days before it would expire and I knew I wouldn’t get around to reading it until closer to the pub date. Turns out they didn’t leave it up on Edelweiss very long, and it was gone by the time I went back to download it. So I had to wait until it was published and purchase the hardback. Which is fine, because at some point I would have had to buy it even thought I’d read it as an e-galley because I must own all of her books in physical copies! I might have waited for paperback though, since that’s what format most of her books I own are. Enough about that. I loved the story. It had some definitely steamy moments, the pool scene for one! It had a lot of parts that reminded me of the Supernatural tv series, which I love, as well. Once I picked this one up and gave my full attention to it, I sped right through it, and loved the way it wrapped up the series.
If you want to read my reviews of the first two books, you can see those here: Storm and Fury and Rage and Ruin. And actually, I think I still need a physical copy of the middle book in the series. lol
From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1):From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Blood and Ash #1
Published by Blue Box Press on March 29, 2020
Genres: NA Fantasy, NA Paranormal Romance
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Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
So, this one came out right as the whole pandemic was starting in March of 2020. And I HAD to order it right away. I figured being stuck home last year I’d get to it right away. As you can tell, I did not. Then I planned to read it in October. Once again, review books, I think especially the Smarty Pants Romance books that came out last fall kept me from picking it up due to the size. Finally, I decided after book 4 already is being promoted for pre-ordering, that I’d better get going! I also saw an author that I’m a fan of, who I didn’t know she read JLA, talk on Facebook about how she’d just finished this and loved it. So, I picked it up, and put it by my bedside, and decided to read 50 pages a night. And that’s what I did, other than a night or two that I had a review book to finish or was just too tired once I got to bed to read anything. And I loved it! As I should have expected since it happens with every JLA book I read. Even though it is a fantasy type of story, a huge, over 600 pages book, I loved it. And in a way, it is not just fantasy, almost a paranormal romance type of story as well. As I got close to the end of the story, I knew I’d better go ahead and order the second book so that I could pick it up as soon as I was ready. And I did. But again, I haven’t picked it up yet. We’ll see how long till I get to it! But don’t let that deter you or make you think it isn’t good, because it was sooooooooooo good!
Oh yeah, there might have been someone mention something about a three-way in the series on the JLanders page on Facebook, and that might have spurred me to pick it up quicker as well. lol