Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review for Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige and Sierra Simone - 3 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

You have the right to remain sexy.

Anything you say can and will be used to get you in my bed.

You have the right to use my body to give yourself a delirious, life-changing orgasm.

If you have trouble...don’t worry, I’m a bit of an expert in that department.

There’s nothing ‘thin’ about my blue line, if you catch my drift, and trust me, I know how to put those handcuffs to good use.

***

Livia Ward wants a baby before she’s thirty. And even though Officer Chase Kelly is exactly the kind of cocky jerk this librarian has sworn off, he is undeniably hot. Both of them think they can give each other what they want--a few nights of fun for Officer Kelly, a no-strings baby for Livia--but this hot cop is about to learn that sex, babies, and love don’t always play by the rules.


MY REVIEW -

First off, the writing is good, and the book is entertaining. Next, I listened to the audiobook version of this story, and the narrators did a great job, I like that there was a male narrator and a female narrator, and I liked that this book had POV from both main characters. The thing that ruined my enjoyment of this book was that the main characters annoyed me. Livia annoyed me the most, she's baby crazy, she thinks she's dying because she is/almost is 30, most of her actions make me think she isn't very intelligent, and a lot of the time she comes across as a witch with a "B". Now, I get that it's suppose to be a bit comical, but I just found it all annoying, and even the fact that she's a book lover couldn't endear her to me. Chase isn't too bad, but when he mentioned that he may have other babies out there that he doesn't know about, I was just thinking ewww...what a douche! Livia and Chase do have good chemistry, and they have lots of sexy times, but I had a hard time enjoying those scenes because I wasn't liking the characters, but they were still hot; minus the scene at the end. I just think the premise wasn't one I enjoy, so as I said, the writing is good and I was entertained, so there's probably plenty of people who don't mind the characters little "quirks". I'm just not a fan of the baby crazy scenario. I have read other books by Laurelin Paige and enjoyed them more than this one, so I'll keep on reading her books, and since this is the first book I've read by Sierra Simone, I would like to read other books by her to get a feel for her work.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Review for Waking the Watcher by Kim Loraine - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

GALEN

Lust.
My ultimate downfall,
And demise.
I'm shackled to a life I can't escape.
A life I never asked for.

Now, I'm trapped--soulless,
Burdened by a Watcher lurking within.
He wants out, he wants her.
But I can't let that happen,
Won't let that happen.

She's mine.

Somehow that doesn't matter.
I can’t have what I crave.
What I want.
What I need.

As the Watcher fights me,
Battles for control,
I refuse to succumb.
It's a power I'll never relinquish.
I can't unleash what lies beneath,
Without paying the ultimate price,
And losing her in the end.


MY REVIEW -

I loved this! It's been awhile since I've read a vampire story that I've totally loved! Kim Loraine's writing is wonderful, and I loved the unique premise for Waking the Watcher. Very interesting and entertaining story with lots of hot scenes! Loved it! I love the whole feel of this book, a bit macabre and spooky! Galen is a vampire, who meets Reese and feels a deep connection with her that he doesn't understand, but he can't help but pursue her. Galen isn't the only one that feels like they want Reese, Galen shares his body with fallen angel, Sariel, who has been dormant inside Galen's mind, but awakens upon Galen's meeting with Reese. Such a cool idea!! Sariel and Galen try to coexist, but everything isn't copacetic between the two, and creates tension between Galen and Sariel, but also between Galen and Reese. Reese is naïve in certain ways, she's naïve to the existence of vampires and she's also a bit naïve about men, so she doesn't know what to make of the intensity of her connection with Galen. The romance is smoking hot, and also very sweet. Galen is intense and adorable! The connection between Reese and Galen really drew me in! I also loved the suspense and mystery aspects in this story! I'm really looking forward to the next book! The story finishes satisfactorily, but there's still more story to be told!

Review for Being Alpha by Katie Salidas - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Newly-Minted Regional Alpha, Aeson Silverman hit the jackpot. Power, prestige, and wealth, he’s got everything a wolf-shifter could ask for.

Or so he thought…

Being the Alpha is not the playboy lifestyle he’d imagined.

Despite devastatingly good looks and an impressive wit, he can’t seem to get Emma MacBride, the hottie doctor from another pack, to give him the time of day.

Unfortunately a bruised ego is only the beginning of Aeson’s troubles.

Someone has been poisoning the minds of other territorial Alphas, systematically pitting neighbor against neighbor. And the moment he takes control of the Long Teeth territory the rising storm of dissension finds a way into his pack.

Allying himself with the powerful Olde Town pack, Ace chooses comradery over aggression and invites warring neighbors to join him for a meeting to establish peace.

Diplomacy comes with a reward earning him a date with the elusive doctor MacBride.

But every choice the young Alpha makes is under scrutiny and when his peaceful summit ends with the death of a high ranking wolf, the fate of his pack and his leadership hangs in the balance.



MY REVIEW -

The writing is on point, Katie Salidas creates an interesting, entertaining, and unique story. The only thing that usually doesn't click with me is the characters; I usually find them annoying, but I enjoy the story and Katie Salidas' take on werewolves that I tend to overlook that I don't care for some of the characters. Being Alpha has some really great suspense and intrigue, and it's great to see a different wolf pack. Emma is the lead in this book, and I didn't really like her from the previous books, and that continued into this book for me. I do like that she is smart and strong, but she just rubs me the wrong way a lot of times, and I hated the Brady scenario. Emma and some heavy players from her pack travel to join up with some other pack leaders to discuss enemies, and situations that need to be dealt with. Aeson is the pack leader being host to the other pack leaders, and once he sees Emma, he likes what he sees, and has hopes to begin something romantic with her, but she's a tough nut to crack, so their connection stalls out a few times. When enemies up their game, Aeson needs to prove that he is a strong alpha, and discover the enemy creating the chaos. I liked that there are chapters from Aeson's POV, I found him likable, so I enjoyed those chapters. This book felt a little unfinished to me, and I'm not sure if there's going to be another book, but if there were I'd like see more of what happens to these characters. Good read about werewolves!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review for Mated by Katie Salidas - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Brady Whelan, Second Son of the Olde Town pack is a confirmed bachelor, serial womanizer, and self-proclaimed sex god.
He wears those titles like a badge of honor.
Boyfriend or – a word that should never be spoken – mate...
No way in Hell!
He’d never let a woman tie him down… like that.
But Rachel Marsden might give him a reason to change his ways.


MY REVIEW -

The story is entertaining and the writing is really good, and I enjoyed the action and suspense. The thing that was lacking for me was the connection between Brady and Rachel, their connection didn't feel like it had much depth, so I was a bit disappointed with that. Their relationship was actually my least favorite thing about this book, and I don't think I really cared for either of them as characters, but despite that I loved the rest of the book, and it was great seeing previous characters. I do think the way the Rachel was introduced was very interesting, and I was really hoping to see Brady make a significant change personality wise, but no luck there. I loved the werewolf aspect, and I think Katie Salidas does have an interesting take on werewolves. So overall, the story kept me reading, and the writing is on point, and I enjoyed reading it.

Review for Star Crossed Hurricane by Wendy Knight - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

You don’t date your best friend’s ex.
Ever.
It doesn’t matter how head-over-heels, absolutely and completely in love with her you are.
Does it?
Sawyer met the girl of his dreams, and then found out she was the ex his best friend can’t get over. He’s forced to keep her in the friend zone, no matter how much it hurts him. And the fact that he knows she wants him, too, only makes it harder. But it’s a fight he’s determined to win.
Until they’re trapped together in a condemned house during a massive storm. For the first time since he met her, Sawyer’s not sure he can keep his heart to himself.



MY REVIEW -


Loved the setting for this story! A lot of it takes place in an old house that has lots of unique and interesting quirks, so that was fun to read about the characters discovering the house, and on top of that there's a major hurricane going on, so that adds danger and suspense to the story. Sawyer loves Savannah and Savannah loves Sawyer, but neither of them have acted on it because Savannah's ex boyfriend, Bennett, is Sawyer's best friend, and Bennett is still in love with Savannah, so Sawyer feels like he needs to remain true to bro-code and not go after Savannah despite how much he feels for her, but because of his decision, he's hurting Savannah instead. All the parties involved are part of their college track team, and the track team is staying at a hotel in a different state for a track meet, and with a storm a brewing, things are going to come to a head. The romance is really sweet, and I just wanted to shake Sawyer and say go for it! Bennett was a butthead! I loved that there's POV's from both Sawyer and Savannah, it really helped to understand the depth of feeling both Sawyer and Savannah have for each other. I actually would've loved to have more to the ending! But I'm greedy, so.... what are you are going to do! I loved the action and there was a little bit of a spooky aspect to the story that was a lot of fun! Entertaining story!

Review for Called by the Vampire: Part 2 by V. Vaughn - 3 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Maggie Evans loves her new job working for the Hart brothers, because it will allow her to live life in a big way. Unfortunately being attracted to both Sebastian and Alexander is messy, so she decides a nice human boy would be a better idea. When she sets out on a mission to add normal back into her life, the vampires she lives with have different ideas.


MY REVIEW -

I really enjoyed Part 1 of Called by the Vampire, and I also enjoyed Part 2, but not quite as much. Part 2 focused a lot on Maggie making friends from town, and that took away from the sort of macabre feeling I enjoyed from Part 1, but the story is still interesting, and overall, I did enjoy part 2. I was missing the progression of the story from book 1, but this book was still entertaining. You should definitely read Part 1 before this book to get the feel and picture of the whole story. I also liked Maggie's character better in Part 1 because she felt more naïve in part 2, and she didn't feel like a good fit for either of the vampires. The story did pick up towards the end, and I'm really interested to see where the story is going to go, and there's still the mysterious element going on that I enjoy, and we get a little steam in this book, which was nice, but I want to feel more of a connection between the characters; especially Maggie and the vampires, it felt like she's rather blasé about her feelings. I look forward to seeing how this story will play out with Maggie being stuck in the middle of the two Hart brothers, and also her need to be independent. Maggie isn't sure what she wants, and there's lots of secrets to still be discovered, so it'll be great to read where V. Vaughn takes the story. I'm not sure how many parts are going to be part of this story, but hopefully not too many because I don't like waiting for the full story. I'm a I want it now! type ;-)

Review for Called by the Vampire: Part 1 by V. Vaughn - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

When Maggie Evans had a heart transplant, she received more than a new organ from her donor. She also got a piece of the woman’s soul and now, Maggie can feel emotions she can’t explain. Emotions that help her decide to take a job for Sebastian Hart in a dark mansion on the coast of Maine. When she gets there, she discovers her heart had a good reason to make her go.
Sebastian isn’t the only Hart brother who makes Maggie’s pulse quicken. His younger brother, Alexander, captures the rest of her. While having her affections torn between two brothers who are her bosses is complicated enough, Maggie also learns the men are far more than they seem. Now she’s trapped in a world she never imagined existed, and it could be the adventure of a lifetime, or a lifetime in hell.


MY REVIEW -

I found the premise interesting. I love the whole weird job in a creepy mansion by the sea scenario, and then throw in vampires and BOOM!, you've pulled me in! Now, this story comes in parts, which I don't love, but I knew that going into reading this, so I didn't have a problem with it, but just wanted to make sure readers knew that, so they'd be aware that they are getting a portion of a story. This book is quite short, but did a good job of setting the story up, and I really enjoyed the authors descriptions, and I enjoyed V. Vaughn's writing. There's a nice suspense element and mystery added to the story with Maggie being naïve about the vampire situation and such. Maggie takes a job with Sebastian Hart without much knowledge of her duties, but Maggie has received a new heart and wants to live life to the fullest, so she is being less cautious with her decisions. When she arrives for her duties, she is surprised to find that there are two Hart brothers, and she feels a connection to both. This story felt a little stilted, and I'm not totally in love with the characters, but I really enjoyed the weirdness of the story and I'm looking forward to part 2!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review for Broken Magic by Catherine Vale - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Dragons, mages, witches and the weirdest creatures you'll ever meet.

Ever since Alice Stark's parents disappeared unexpectedly, she has been on a mission to find them. Her search has taken her to strange worlds of magic and mayhem and to dangerous realms filled with mythical beasts and dark magic creatures.

Her next adventure will be unlike any other before...

When Alicia finds herself stuck in an unusual world called Wonderland, she is forced to fight her way out. With her magic suddenly useless, it will take more than spell-work to survive. She will have to risk everything if she wishes to defeat the dark power that controls the world and her destiny.

Broken Magic is the gripping first story in the Worlds of Magic Series. If you enjoy stories filled with enchanting creatures, otherworldly monsters, inhuman allies, and a dash of romance in a fantasy setting, purchase a copy of this book! This story was inspired by Alice in Wonderland.


MY REVIEW -

This was wonderful! Loved that Broken Magic has elements of Alice in Wonderland in it! Super fun and cool! Alicia is a white witch, who has the ability to jump to different worlds, but when she lands in an unusual world, where she can't use her powers to open a portal to leave, she finds herself in some intense and dangerous situations. Alicia has been on a quest to find out information about her missing parents, who also have the ability to jump worlds, but have mysteriously disappeared. Alicia meets up with some interesting people, but she doesn't know if they are ally or foe. Loved the whole book! It's interesting, and the Wonderland was a great setting! Beautifully visual descriptions, and I really enjoyed the unique quirks Catherine Vale added to the Wonderland story. Alicia is a strong character, and I appreciated her tenacity and spunk. Catherine Vale did a great job of adding depth of emotion to the story, which made the characters more vivid and real. I'm definitely checking out the next book in this series! Super excited!!

Review for Cursed in Love: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance by Bethany Shaw - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Guardian Ethney Wallace’s job is to eradicate the lycanthrope threat before they can feast on unsuspecting humans in Savannah. Gifted with the ability to turn into a mermaid, she fights alongside the other eleven guardians. It’s not an easy job, but it’s one she enjoys, at least until innocent children get hurt. On a solo mission gone wrong, Noah, a stunning stranger who has been infected by the lycanthrope, rescues her. He and his young niece, Claire, need Ethney’s help, but she’s been down this road before and it has never ended well.
Noah Hawthorne and Claire survived a brutal lycanthrope attack, but they didn’t come away completely unscathed. Both were bitten and now risk becoming the very monsters that murdered their family. With the full moon two weeks away they are in a race against time to stop the mutation from spreading within them.
Together, Noah and Ethney search for a cure, which brings them closer. Resisting the budding attraction between them is arduous; a romance is forbidden, as Ethney is honor bound to destroy all lycanthrope. If she and Noah fail in finding a cure, she will have to destroy him.



MY REVIEW -

Really enjoying this series so far! It was great to see a continuation of the story Bethany Shaw started in Fated Souls, but this can still be read as a standalone even if you haven't read Fated Souls; this just has a continuing overall storyline, so you may still want to read Fated Souls since some previous characters are present. I loved getting to see mermaid shifter, Ethney, and to delve deeper into her story. The lycanthropes are still terrorizing people by capturing them and turning them against their will to create a deadly lycanthrope army, and Ethney has been tasked with stopping them. Along the way, she meets Noah, who has been infected, but hasn't fully succumbed to the lycanthrope madness, so Ethney and Noah team up in hopes of finding a cure and a way to stop the lycanthropes. Ethney is a strong, kick-butt female! It's great to read about a strong heroine, and I loved her mermaid aspects; super cool! The romance is really sweet, and I loved getting glimpses of previous characters, and look forward to getting the rest of the groups stories!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Review for The Homecoming by Tammy Tate - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Sydney is half human, half wolf, and has fallen in love with Kyle, a full-fledged shifter who for the last six months has been appearing in her dreams.

The next full moon, Sydney makes her first shift from human to wolf. The transformation won’t be easy. Thanks to her human genes, it could leave her disfigured. Or, worse. Dead.

Edward knows he can't rush Sydney to the hospital if something goes terribly wrong, so he sends his only daughter to live with his late wife’s wolf clan deep in Louisiana’s alligator infested bayou. Despite holding Edward responsible for her sister’s death, Susan agrees to help.

Sydney learns Kyle is in Bayou Fontaine. But, for the sake of the pack, the council has already chosen Emily, as his mate. The relentless she-wolf will stop at nothing to claim what is rightfully hers and teams up with Kyle’s twin brother, Justin, who’s hell bent on revenge.

The clock is ticking...


MY REVIEW -

I liked that this felt different then other shifter books I've read, and I enjoyed all the characters, and the setting was interesting. The romance was adorable, and I loved that they dreamed about each other before meeting! I always love that type of thing. This book has a lot happening, there's a few times that some craziness happens, and I'm thinking oh ok that's the climax of this book, but nope, there's a few of those, so that added to the suspense of this story, which I found entertaining. Sydney has to leave her home to go live with an aunt she's never met because she needs to learn how to survive her first change as a werewolf. Her Aunt lives in a secluded compound full of other werewolves, and isn't exactly the nicest lady. When Sydney gets there, she meets Kyle, and these two have an instant connection, but some outside forces aren't too happy about them being together, so these two have quite a road ahead of them to be together. Sydney and Kyle are sweet and I loved their connection, and I loved that they continued to fight for each other even when things were looking really bleak. Love werewolves, love the Bayou, and loved how entertaining this book is; it kept me reading! The ending did feel a little rushed to me, so I would've liked to see that unfold more, but overall, this book was an enjoyable read!