Saturday, May 19, 2018

Review for Ice Moon by Lisa Kessler - 4 out of 5



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One touch and she is his…

Jared Ayers works outdoors, embracing a solitary life, hiding from his inner demons. But after so many of his Pack brothers have found their mates, he starts wondering if there might be a mate in his future too. His world turns upside down after he's hired by the "Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe". One touch is all it takes. One touch to send the wolf howling within...

A gifted psychic with pyrokinesis, Taryn Goldstone wields fire beyond her control– sometimes with dire consequences. With Jared, she discovers that some flames are meant for passion–and healing. She has enemies who covet her powerful gift, but they are about to learn just how far a wolf will go to protect his mate.


MY REVIEW -

*Slight Spoilers*

The writing is great, the story is interesting, and I love this series! I listened to the audiobook version, which I enjoyed and would recommend. There are 2 narrators; one male and one female. Both did a great job! Love shifters and I really like the addition of the psychic powers. In Ice Moon, Taryn has pyrokinesis (fire starter), which I found to be a cool idea. I liked both of the main characters, but I didn't quite connect with them and each made choices that bothered me. Taryn puts on an ice queen persona because she's scared that her power will hurt someone because she can't control it. What got on my nerves is that she has a child that she hasn't had any physical contact with because of this fear for 9 years! In the whole 9 years, she didn't try to control her ability?! But then she meets a guy, and all of the sudden she wants to try. A guy is incentive, but your own child isn't. I felt so bad for her son, Charlie. I get that she was scared to hurt him, but still, I feel she could've done more. I also felt she was unnecessarily rude at times. I liked the connection that Taryn and Jared have though, and they are sweet together. I was really ticked at Jared for withholding important information from Taryn, and getting Charlie to withhold information from his mother. Lies of omission are lies. I needed more from Jared on this aspect, he had so many good opportunities to tell Taryn very important information, but he was just a scaredy cat. Taryn and Jared aren't my favorite couple of the series, but the story was great. A member from the evil NERO corporation is causing problems for Taryn and Jared, so there's some dangerous situations occurring, which I love in a story because I love suspense! Definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this series!

Review for Deceived by Ann Gimpel - 4 out of 5



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The sea may have been a harsh mistress, but Viktor longs for the challenges of wind and weather, for the sound of waves crashing over his hull. Turned by a Master Vampire, he hates what he’s become, but there’s no escape. Not from Ushuaia that’s turned into a city of bones, or from the Vampire who rules him.

Ketha and eleven other Shifters traveled to Ushuaia to harness the power of an eclipse and were trapped there when the world turned upside down. Ten years later, they’re staying one step ahead of Vampires who blame them for the cataclysm.

With her luck running low, Ketha turns her badly depleted magic on the Vampire assigned to lock her away and gets sucked in by her own spell. Maybe magic can’t save the world, but love might be able to salvage what’s left.


MY REVIEW -

Entertaining and I loved the premise! It's been awhile since I've read a vampire book, and I really enjoyed Ann Gimpel's storytelling. Vampires and shifters are trapped in a city by a magical barrier. The whole backstory for why this happened is interesting, and I loved the magical elements. I also really enjoyed the dystopian feel. The time period is current, but the story felt more old-fashioned. I listened to the audio, and the narrator did a good job; some of the accents were a little weird, but overall, I enjoyed the listening experience. There's a bit of Romeo and Juliet thing going on between the main characters, which I liked. The connection between Viktor and Ketha is really sweet, and I liked both characters. The shifters were more like witches that could shift, and each has a different animal, but it's mainly Ketha using magical elements to figure out how to escape the barrier. Those trapped in the city are running out of food, and the water is tainted, so they need to get out of there before things get worse than they already are. There are those that don't want that to happen, and the vampires aren't exactly the most friendly. The idea of being trapped isn't a unique idea, but I think Gimpel's story is uniquely told. Looking forward to reading more by Ann Gimpel!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review for Kin Selection by L.B. Gilbert - 4 out of 5



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Animal activist Denise Hammond had no idea the wolf cub she just rescued was a shifter--not until the werewolf sent to recover him kidnapped her.

Saving a wolf cub from an animal-testing facility changes everything for Denise Hammond, a feisty and dedicated animal activist. Determined to protect the innocent pup, she's shocked when the cub shifts into a toddler right before her eyes.

Yogi, a wolf shifter, is bound by honor to keep his species' existence a secret. He kidnaps Denise and takes her to the cub's family to make her prove her trustworthiness. Knowing a hellion with curves likes hers is the ultimate temptation for the other males in his pack, Yogi stays close to Denise, fighting to keep his desire for her under control. But she just might ignite the animal within him.



MY REVIEW -

I like the premise for this story, and I enjoyed that the story is a bit of an adventure. Denise is an animal activist, she breaks into labs and frees the animals. On her latest adventure, she comes across a baby wolf pup, but little does she know, he's not an ordinary wolf pup. Yogi is tasked with finding out what happened to one of the packs missing baby wolf shifter, and when he finds Denise, he's not sure what to make of her. Or what to do with her because the shifters need to protect their secret. This one starts a little slow for me, and I didn't love Denise, but overall, I really enjoyed it. I liked the animal activist angle because it added a danger element. Yogi was great! His name isn't, but the rest of him was terrific. I would've liked a bit more depth to the characters, but Kin Selection entertained me from beginning to end. I've read other L.B. Gilbert books, and I've loved all the ones I've read, so I'll definitely continue to read more. Fun, sweet short story!

Review for Bear Space by V. Vaughn - 5 out of 5!



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When Bella decides it’s time to settle down and find a long-term relationship, the last thing she needs is hotter-than-hell Cade, one of her clan’s warriors, offering to help. When he suggests he be the one to teach her how to be friends with a man, she knows she should decline. But even though Bella is the clan’s witch, Cade is the one who traps her in his spell. When a life-threatening event shows Bella the truth of her destiny, she’s finally ready to believe. But her alpha isn’t, and Bella has to prove to her clan leader what her heart’s known all along.


MY REVIEW -

This started out a little slow for me, but I ended up really enjoying it! The romance is sweet, and loved the chemistry between Bella and Kade. I'm glad this is a short story because I couldn't have handled the "just friends" scenario. I love the mix of magic with the bear shifters, and I always love the mate bond scenario. The only thing I didn't like was that they've been dancing around each other for years before now. That doesn't ring true for a mate bond for me, but I get each author has their own take on it. If there's a mate bond, then they shouldn't be able to just go on with their lives for years. But, I still loved the story, and am really enjoying this series so far! Look forward to more.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Review for Rebel Dragon by Anna Lowe - 4 out of 5



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Can this rebel dragon learn to play by the rules when his destined mate’s life is at stake?

Off to Maui for a relaxing vacation? Surfer Jenna Monroe can only wish. Instead, she’s on the run from a stalker who lusts after her blood. She’d rather comb the beach for lost treasures than venture any deeper into the terrifying world of shapeshifters. There, even the good guys are hard to trust — except for the hot-blooded rebel she can’t get out of her head.

Connor Hoving and his band of Special Forces shifters were planning to leave trouble behind by moving to Maui, but destiny has other ideas. His whole future — and that of his brothers — depends on acing his new job as head of security at an exclusive seaside estate. But Connor can barely get his inner dragon to focus with alluring, off-limits Jenna around. Can this rebel dragon learn to play by the rules when his fated mate’s life is at stake?

The closer Connor and Jenna become, the higher forbidden passions blaze. The more they give in to simmering desire, the more impossible love seems. And the more secrets they uncover, the closer their enemies creep. Vampires and ruthless dragons lurk in the shadows, and it’s impossible to tell whose side fate will take. Only one thing is certain: great heroes don’t get to pick their destinies — only the choices they make.


MY REVIEW -

This is a spin-off series from my favorite series by Anna Lowe so far, The Aloha Shifters. This story features characters from those books, so for me this series is like a continuation of that series. In Rebel Dragon, there are POV chapters from each of the 2 main characters, Connor and Jenna. I love getting POV from both main characters! It's great to see each of their perspectives. I listened to the audio version, and the narrator does a good job. I would've loved to hear this with a female narrator for the female parts, and a male narrator for the male parts because there were some times that Connor came across as feminine, but that may be some of the word choices by the author. I still really enjoy the audio though, and recommend it.

I enjoyed the action in Rebel Dragon, and I do like that magical items are involved in the storyline. I do wish that the storyline was more different than the previous Aloha series, but I still enjoy that type of storyline. This story moved a little slow for me, and I didn't quite feel the connection with the characters that I had with most of Anna Lowe's characters. I'm not loving the other characters yet, but I'm still looking forward to their books, and seeing them develop. Right now, it seems like they are all basic, but I know Anna Lowe will have some great stories for all the characters. I liked both Connor and Jenna, and they are sweet together, but I didn't quite feel the depth of love most of the other mate pairings have felt. Connor and Jenna are more of a fun and light-hearted mate pairing, which isn't a bad thing, I just love a bit more Alphaness. They do have some steam though! I was disappointed in Jenna with how much she overreacted with her sister's husband, but I appreciated her standing up for herself other times. She's a tough cookie. I always love dragon shifters! I'm on the fence about part mermaids, but it was still a fun scenario. Some under the sea adventures! Overall, I really enjoyed Rebel Dragon, and it was fun and entertaining! I'm interested to see where this series goes!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Review for Harvest Moon by Lisa Kessler - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Some wolves were never meant for a mate...

Dr. Jason Ayers unleashes all of his rage and his frustration through fists and brute force in an underground boxing ring. The werewolf may be the pack’s doctor, but he can’t even heal his coma-stricken father after the Nero Organization’s attack stopped his heart. And as his Pack brothers settle down around him, he still refuses to believe in the fairy tale notion that every wolf has a true mate...

In hiding and on the run, nurse Kilani Akamu is a loose end that Nero is desperate to tie up. She can't afford to be attracted to a doctor—especially one as unexpectedly hot and complex as Jason. Yet the sexual sparks arcing between them are undeniable...and Kilani's precognitive senses warn her that temptation is inevitable.

All it takes is one touch to send Jason's wolf howling. But even if he could protect her from Nero, he can't protect her from himself...


MY REVIEW -

I love this series! Shifters, mates, mystical elements, all of that I love! I love seeing characters from the past books, and I'm excited to read more! The suspense and action are always fun and enjoyable, and Nero is still being a pain in the butt. I'd read the previous books before starting with this series for a more enjoyable experience, but each book has a different couple. I really enjoyed listening to the audio on all the previous books, but this one misses some. The female narrator is great, but the male narrator didn't fit the character of Jason. I believe another reviewer mentioned that he sounded like an action movie narrator, and I totally agree. He's over the top most of the time, it made me laugh sometimes with how much. He also made the other characters sound so weird; especially Adam, but I'd still recommend it because the story is good. This installment isn't my favorite, but I still really liked it. Jason acts too much like a baby in this one, and he doesn't use his intelligence. He does have his moments though, and I still liked him, but I didn't feel the level of growth I expect from him. Kilani was okay, but I didn't really enjoy her backstory. The romance is still sweet, and the story is still exciting. Looking forward to the next book!

Review for Blood Moon by Lisa Kessler - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

One bite can change you.
And one kiss can change your destiny...

Nadya Dalca has been handed a death sentence. She's been bitten by the last living genetically enhanced werewolf―part of the Nero Organization's disastrous Moonlight project. With the poisonous blood now coursing through her system and pushing her to the limits, it is only a matter of time before Nadya's fate is sealed...

Gareth Takoda told himself he couldn't get involved. Caught up in a maelstrom of grief and bitterness, he has been isolating himself from his Pack. But when he is charged with watching over Nadya's first transformation―or bear witness should it go horribly wrong―Gareth is torn further by unwanted desire and the need to protect what is his.

One kiss changes everything. One shattering, all-consuming kiss. And with it, Nadya and Gareth face either salvation...or death.


MY REVIEW -

This series is great! Love the shifter aspect, and it's great to not only get wolf shifters, but jaguar shifters as well, and I love the mystical aspects. There's also a bit of the native American aspect, which I really enjoyed. I like the action and suspense added with the evil Nero corporation up to no good. Plus, there's always a dose of some sweet, sexy, sultry romance! I listened to the audio, which has a male and female narrator for each of the POV's. I thought they both did a good job, and I enjoyed the listening experience. I'd recommend reading the previous books because the previous characters make appearances in this book, and it makes for a better reading experience. I was excited to get Nadya and Gareth's story because I love the gruff, silent types, so I was down with all of that. Nadya has been bitten by Nero's lab experiment of a rabid wolf, and there's a very strong chance she may die. Gareth has lost a lot of people in his life, and he's ready to get out of Reno, but a wrench gets thrown into his plan when he finds his mate. Lisa Kessler always teasing with the near skin to skin touches! I love that moment when the touch happens! I love the whole mate bond scenario. Time is ticking down for Nadya, so she's not always thinking clearly, so that causes some problems. Entertaining, and super great read! I'll definitely be checking out the next book!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review for The Soul's Alliance by Wendy Knight - 5 out of 5!



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Konstanz is pretty sure her best friend is a demon hunter. A demon hunter with a broken heart.
That's a very dangerous thing indeed.
Being the good friend that she is, Konstanz will protect Navi from any more heartache, even if it means putting up with Bryson, the guy determined to make Navi forget she ever hurt in the first place. Never mind that Konstanz can't stand him and he likes her even less.
Until he doesn't. Feelings change, people change, and Navi's dangerous secrets put them all in danger. In the shadows of monsters, Konstanz loses her heart only to find that Bryson has dangerous secrets of his own.
Secrets that threaten everything they've fought for.

MY REVIEW -

I'm loving this series!! I totally loved the first book, and was super excited to read book 2! I loved the first book more than book 2, but I still loved this one. I liked that there was more action and battle scenes in book one. This book still has some of that, so that's good, and I liked seeing the other side of the story presented in book 1. This book takes place at the same time as the first book, but it's in the POV's of Konstanz and Bryson. It's great to see the relationship between Konstanz and Bryson developing. I prefer Navi and Alec to Konstanz and Bryson, but their romance is sweet. Interesting and fun read! Entertaining and Unique series!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review for Wildest Bear by V. Vaughn - 4 out of 5



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Clan witch Tally knows she’s fortunate to have married Marcel. Before the alpha of the Ouellette clan allowed it, witch and werebear relationships were strictly forbidden. And now she realizes there may have been a very good reason for the rule. Their toddler twins are shifting in a clan where that doesn’t happen until after puberty. And it’s taking place in a world full of humans who don’t know werebear exist.

While Tally could try to use magic to control her children until they’re old enough to understand the implication of spontaneous shifting, it’s not foolproof. And it’s not a chance she’s willing to take, because the humans who do know werebear exist want them wiped off the planet. Now that Tally and Marcel’s twins are a danger to the clan, Tally must find a way to keep everyone safe. But she fears that because her children are half werebear being a witch might not be enough.


MY REVIEW -

This is a sweet short story. Tally is a witch that is married to Marcel, a bear shifter. They've been married for awhile and have children, but Tally worries that Marcel will find his destined bear mate, so she's feeling a bit down about that. Also, her children are starting to show signs of shifting, and she's not sure if she's up to the task of helping her children. The romance is sweet, and the story is entertaining. Tally gets into her own way sometimes, but I liked her. Fun, quick read. Enjoyable!

Review for Pucked Up by Helena Hunting - 3 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth, and he was drafted into the NHL during his first year of college. After five years of deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies across the Continental US and parts of Canada, Miller is ready for a girlfriend. A real girlfriend of the non-bunny variety. One he takes on dates and doesn’t jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.

Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike Alex Waters, center, team captain and all round nice guy—who happens to be dating his step-sister—Miller’s manwhore reputation is well earned, and not blown out of proportion by the media. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about having a girlfriend. But he’s determined to make it happen.

What he doesn’t take into account is the amount of time and effort relationships require, or that constantly letting bunnies take selfies with him to post all over social media isn’t going to win him any points in the boyfriend department. Miller learns—not so quickly—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.


MY REVIEW -

I like the writing, and I enjoy some of the humor, but I had a hard time with this one.

The positives: I listened to the audio version, and the narrator did a good job. He has a nice voice. I wasn't in love with his voice for Alex, and he made all the females seem shrill and airheaded, but they kind of were, so maybe that was spot on. The writing flows smoothly, and it's fun. Miller is a sweetie for the most part, and it was nice to see him change his ways. I can't stand a manwhore. The romance does have sweet moments, and the sex scenes are generally hot.

The negatives: I didn't like that this is not dual POV. It is all in Miller's POV, so the reader doesn't get to connect with Sunny. She seems very immature. She uses an ex-boyfriend to make Miller jealous, she sunbathes topless in front of said ex-boyfriend, let's everyone else's opinions matter over common sense, and still lives with her parents. I get that she's young, but she's so ditzy. I don't feel she cares enough for Miller. It seems she only cares about the sex. Miller is trying to have serious conversation with Sunny, but she just turns it into sex. Sunny makes some stupid mistakes, and she really needs to make more of an effort to apologize, but just thinks about sex the whole time. Plus, she uses a sick kid in the hospital as an excuse to meet up with Miller, which I found really cold-hearted. She comes across as vapid and dim. Helena Hunting really did a disservice to Sunny's character by not having her POV. Another thing I hated, is how horrible she made Violet. She's just a comical caricature now. Helena Hunting has taken away any brains she had in the first book. I really liked Violet in the first book, but she is horrible written now. She's just a joke of a character. I like Hunting's writing, but her female characters leave a lot to be desired. Another thing that rubs me the wrong way, the other hockey players are totally disgusting. Lance is horrible. The whole puck bunny is just ewww! Maybe the hockey has knocked the brains out of these guys.

I already have the next books, so I'll continue with the series because I was entertained. I don't particularly like the premise for the next book. I hate the let's have sex without emotional attachments thing because it's so obvious that is never going to work. The girl always thinks they can handle that type of situation, but surprise, surprise, they can't. Also, from what I saw of Lily, I'm not a fan. But, I'm willing to give it a shot because I really enjoyed the first book. Maybe this is just a slump in the author's writing.