Friday, July 17, 2020

Blog Tour Book Review: Stealing Summer by Lexi Blake

Author: Lexi Blake
Series: Hunter #5, Thieves #10
Audience:  +18
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Release Date: July 14th 2020
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: Social Butterfly PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Lexi Blake comes a new epic-length story in her Thieves/Hunter world…

A daughter lost

Summer has spent her whole life wondering about the family she left behind. On the night she came into being she only had a few moments with them. In that brief time, she reached out to her father, looking deep into his soul, and gifted him the will to go on. But now she is the one in need. Once a child made of pure magic, she is forced to live as a mortal. Her power caused great harm, and she has sworn never to let it happen again. With her friends beside her, she tries her best to help those she can. If that requires her to do a little thievery, well, she is her mother’s daughter, after all.

Everything changes when a woman falls from the sky and Summer meets the handsome vampire named Marcus Vorenus. Just as her past begins to catch up with her, she might have finally met her future.

A mother discovered

Kelsey Owens went searching for Dev and Marcus but all she found was a trap. She was pulled through a magical painting and thrown smack into the middle of a battle on a foreign plane of existence. Luckily she’s good in a fight. Saving the woman targeted by the horde of brutal soldiers, Kelsey is shocked by her resemblance to her queen. As Kelsey investigates the mystery surrounding Summer Donovan-Quinn, she also hunts for a way back to the husbands and son she just claimed.

A queen exiled

Zoey Donovan-Quinn is not happy. The wizard Myrddin is back, her marriage is troubled, and she is sure those two problems are connected. But nothing is more worrying than Dev’s sudden disappearance. When she and Daniel go looking for him, they are drawn into a world thought lost to the Earth plane. Danger awaits them there, but so does the daughter they thought they would never see again. She hopes they survive their reunion.

Three heroines. One mystery. And an ending that will change the Thieves world forever…
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of his book from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

I just finished reading this book and my head is spinning. I don't even know how to put all my feelings into words right now, but I'll try my best. Because Lexi Blake has gone and done it again, folks. She's written a fantastic story, and I don't know how I'm supposed to feel right now. Let's get started, because there is a lot to talk about.

First of all, you get not one, not two, but three different points of view in this book. That's right people, not only do we have our regular Kelsey, but Zoey the queen, and Summer, the queen's daughter also get their own points of view. I loved it with all my heart. I never felt like I didn't know which POV I was seeing things from, and that is such a hard thing to achieve. I usually get lost in a story, but I never felt lost.

Zoey is tired of seeing her men act weird around the wizard known as Merlin. She knows something isn't okay with them, but she can't prove it. She ends up in a new world by mistake, and there's nothing she can do to go back. I love seeing things from Zoey's perspective. She's a mother, a wife to two (technically three) powerful beings, she's a queen. But underneath it all she's a woman who sacrificed so much for everyone's happiness and safety, and I felt her joy at facing a little danger. Not that she wanted to be hunted by witches, or be almost killed, but she wanted to do something to protect the people she loved. And if that involves going back to her tradecraft, stealing, all the better. She was the voice of reason a lot of times during this book, and I loved how she balanced her husbands, how she was able to make sure they both got what they needed, but also made sure they weren't going off on their own, putting themselves in danger.

Kelsey is always a fun character to read. I love how in this book we get to see a different Kelsey. We've seen the warrior, the woman in love, the hunter. This time we see all that, but also the mother. I love how she questioned herself and how her choices would affect her children, as well as the people around her. I loved where she was at in this book, mentally. Of course, she's still the same Kelsey I know and love, and she likes a good battle, so she didn't hold back from that.

Summer was a surprise for me. I'll be honest, it took me a while to remember who she was, but once I did, I knew I was going to love her. Summer is a huge surprise, for everyone. She looks like she could be the queen's twin, she may be the key to save all worlds, and she may end up being the true mate of a special vampire. I'll let you guys discover for yourselves what her fate is, so I'll only say that I loved her and her story.

The best thing that this book did was to connect all of Lexi Blake's series. Because we see some familiar faces from her Faery series, and we get mention of my favorite sarcastic human male, Ian Taggart. My heart did a weird thing when I read that tiny mention of his firm, I'll admit it!

This book is non stop action. I couldn't stop reading once I started, and I adored how complex this world has gotten. With every book in this series it seems that Blake adds yet another piece, and another, and another, and you know how much I love that. The ending was... mindblowing. I am very curious to see where the series goes from here.

All in all, amazing story and if you love paranormal stories with a dash of erotic romance, you should definitely check out this book.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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