Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review for Miss Match by Laurelin McGee - 4 bee's knees

I wasn't to sure about the whole matchmaking scenario because I knew what would happen before I even started reading, but the angst wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be, and I actually enjoyed the chemistry between Blake and Drea. I wasn't totally in love with the characters, but I still really liked them together, and once they got over their preconceived notions about each other, they were adorable together. Blake was very socially stunted and a bit stiff, but Drea was exactly who he needed to loosen him up and show him there's more to life then what is expected, and more then meaningless "relationships" with women. Drea was a bit neurotic, and she doesn't really have a direction in life, but she keeps her humor throughout some serious changes, and despite her fiery reactions, she's sensitive. I do wish Blake and Drea would've gotten a clue earlier than they did, and I wanted more from the ending; it felt a bit abrupt, but these two have lots of heart, and are really sweet together. I really enjoyed the sister bond between Drea and Lacy, they were lots of fun together, and I would read a book featuring Lacy, and hopefully get more glimpses of Blake and Drea. I did like the writing and for the most part the story, so I will be looking forward to reading more from Laurelin McGee, and I'll keep an eye out for a book about Lacy!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review for Keir by Pippa Jay - 5 bee's knees!

I loved this! It's an epic adventure! So much happens in this book, when I thought it was almost the end, the book would have more action going on. Quin, who is a badass, rescues Keir, who is so sweet, from being held captive, and then an adventure ensues to keep Keir safe from those who wish him harm, and Quin is in search of a friend of hers that was sent to some random place in time. There is magic, romance, and very excellent characters! What happens to Keir every since he was a young boy was heartbreaking, and his story is about finding acceptance for his differences, and realizing that he deserves love. Quin has lived for hundreds of years and she has the ability to travel through time, and to different types of civilizations, civilizations that include many varieties of non-human characters. Keir and Quin form a friendship, and as the book goes on their relationship evolves into more, and they have to band together to make it through some harrowing events. The chemistry between Quin and Keir was so sweet, caring, and they were absolutely adorable with each other. I'm a bit worried that there's another book in the series because I do not want these characters to be further tortured, but of course I'll read it! I'm very excited about it, and I can't wait! I hope all works out for Keir and Quin, and they won't lose faith in each other, and continue to band together, and be truthful with each other. Pippa Jay has written a truly amazing story!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Review for Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis - 4 bee's knees

I really liked this! I'm not quite sure why I didn't give it 5 stars, but I think I just wanted a little more in the ending, and the development of Jess and Cole's relationship. I really enjoyed all the characters, and I definitely want to read the previous books in the series! I'm especially looking forward to reading the first book in the series featuring Kyla and Decker, and I look forward to reading any future books in the series. I really like Maggie McGinnis' writing, I think she does a nice job of creating a full story. There are love scenes in this book, but they don't go into detail, they are just alluded to, and everything is pretty much wholesome. I liked Jess' tenacity, and even though she had a hard time standing up for herself, you could tell she is a strong woman who makes intelligent decisions, and Cole is wonderful, he's a manly cowboy with a fun sense of humor and a sweet heart. I like the ranch setting, and love cowboys, so that was a lot of fun and interesting. Jess and Cole are really cute together, and lots of fun, and they have an ease about them that just works. There's some tough things that happened to Jess, and Cole has a lot on his shoulders, but they both maintain a smile on their faces, and rooting for them was an easy task. A sweet, romantic read with 2 people who deserve happiness in their lives.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Review for Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland - 5 bee's knees!

I love this series! I loved the first book, and I loved this one; actually I tend to love all of Handeland's books. The witch angle was interesting, and I enjoyed reading about the main character having to discover her ancestry. I think Becca is great, she's intelligent, funny, and she's chill, and I loved how she goes for what she wants. I really liked Owen too, he's perfect for Becca, and they have excellent chemistry, and they were just adorable together. I like that the characters who have magic actually use magic; I hate when characters have these magic skills, and they rarely use them. The book kept interested the whole time, and having someone out to get Becca kept the suspense going, and I really like small towns; it makes for some interesting side characters. The author did a good job of having a good amount of both romance and the unveiling of the other storyline; I would've liked maybe a little bit more romance, but that's just because I love romance, but I still loved it. Having the addition of the other characters from the previous book show up was really great because I loved them in the first book, so I'm glad they carried over to this book as well, and I'm really hoping the characters from both books will be in the next book, and it's looking as if that's going to be the case. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series, I know I'll love it!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Review for Charade by J.S. Cooper - 4 bee's knees

This short story was good because I like to get all the perspectives in a story. I didn't like how far Bianca was willing to go to find out answers, and she seems really naïve to me in this story. Since this is part of a series, and shows us more of the origins of the story from Bianca's point of view, I think it's a good thing to read for fans of the series so far. Excited for more of this story!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Review for Crave by Jennifer Dawson - 3 bee's knees

hmmmm....This just wasn't really for me. Layla is the type of character I don't really like reading about, so with her being the voice of the story, makes liking this difficult. Her personality is just not for me, from the beginning of the story till the end, and I know there's a type of growth she has in the book, but she still never grew on me, and not liking the main character of a book makes caring about anything to do with her. Although, Layla is definitely a woman I don't connect with, I did like some aspects of this story. I liked the having to deal with Michael as a cop storyline, and Michael may seem to be too much for some readers, I didn't mind him and all his major alpha-ness. I also didn't mind the sex scenes, I'm not huge into BDSM books, but I liked that the scenes were just about them. I just wish Layla wasn't so annoying, and it's great to go for what you want, but when you are so needy that you can barely function without it, I find that to be a problem. She was just too needy, almost ruined the book for me. I get that she's grieving, and some of how she is can be put on that, but some of it is just how she is. Yeah, she just wasn't for me. I liked the secondary characters, and so I might read the next books in the series because I didn't mind the writing, and hopefully the rest of the heroines aren't like her. I did get a sense that they are all beyond submissive though, so I'll have to think longer on it.

Review for Arivaca by John Poulsen - 3 bee's knees

I liked this, but it was a bit slow at times, and it took awhile to get into the story. I didn't totally love the characters, but I did like how they evolved. I like the adventure and mystery in the story, and I'm always down for a treasure hunt! The scenes on the ranch weren't really my favorite, and I really just wanted to get to the mystery. Jesse did grow on me a bit, and I initially really liked Cedar, but towards the end I wanted more from her. I do hope Cedar and Jesse can work it out in the end. I'm not huge into religious storylines, but it does make for interesting reading and some cool relics to search for, and I don't feel like it deterred from the story. I think mainly I didn't give this more stars is because I just didn't really connect with the characters and the slowness, but I still enjoyed it, and it was an interesting read. I think I'll check out the next book in the series, I see the story really developing, and I think it could get really epic now that the initial set up is done.

Review for Never Loved by Charlotte Stein - 5 bee's knees!

I loved this! I love books that feature alpha males with hearts of gold, so this was perfect for me. Although, Bea was painfully awkward, I still adored her, and her straight forwardness. Bea's upbringing has had a serious affect on her, so she is a sheltered woman looking to break out of her shell and find herself, and even though she may seem naïve, I think she is very strong. Serge is absolutely wonderful, he's strong and manly, but he maintains this tenderness about him, and I think Bea and Serge are excellent together, great chemistry. There is definitely some intense sex scenes, but they were steamy while being really sweet at the same time, and I think they were great. I happen to like books about MMA type stuff, so I liked that aspect, and sweet romances always draw me in. I really wanted this book to be longer! I would of loved to learn more about Serge and Bea, and read more about their time together. I see this is part of a series, so I'm hoping I'll get my wish very soon! I hope all works out for Bea and Serge, and I won't be tortured in any future books. I really enjoyed this book and the characters, and I need the next book now!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review for Opening Up by Lauren Dane - 5 bee's knees

I was thinking of giving this 4 stars, but as I thought about, the things that I didn't enjoy weren't enough to knock it down a star. The things I didn't really like was some of the games by the male lead, and the language is quite crude, and it's fine to be openly sexual, but it was a bit much. I absolutely loved that PJ didn't let Asa walk all over her, and when he told her they couldn't be together, it was refreshing that she didn't fall all over herself to make him want her; she was her own person. It's nice to have a female lead not give in because "oh my god, he is just so hot, that I don't care what he does! I just want to have sex because that's all that is important!", I hate when females in books don't give a crap what the male in the book does because he's just sex on a stick, so I absolutely loved PJ for being strong willed. I did like Asa for the most part, I do love alphas with heart, and he was pretty much that, the visual of him was a little weird to think about, but once the story got moving, he really evolved, and I started liking him more, and I adored his protectiveness towards PJ. The sex scenes were of a BDSM nature, very kinky, and they were frequent and quite graphic, they may not be for the readers who like a more tame sexual approach, and I do think it would of been nice to have a more sensual sex scene, rather than all the kinky insane sex scenes there were; just one would of been good. I loved the hot cars with hot detailing aspect, and I enjoyed reading about PJ proving herself in a mainly male dominated area. She's a really great character with depth, and I think her owning her actions, proved that she is a strong woman with intelligence. I do look forward to reading more books in this series, so I'll be on the look out for those!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review for Falling Fast by Tina Wainscott - 5 bee's knees!

Loved it! Couldn't stop! Had to finish it in one sitting! Such a heartwarming story of hope and perseverance. I loved the characters, Raleigh was such a strong male character, who was manly while having the ability to show his heart, and Mia was a strong female character, she's a survivor through and through; keeping a smile on her face through some very difficult times. Both characters using intelligence instead of falling into the traps set before them. Reading about the reconnecting of their relationship made me feel the true depth of the character's souls, and made rooting for them the only possible course. Excellent, soulful characters with lots of depth. The chemistry between Mia and Raleigh was tangible, what they go through together is no easy task, and I think they handled what was thrown at them beautifully. The story had some heartbreaking moments, and my anticipation for a happy ending was at a high level through the entire course of reading this book, and Raleigh and Mia's stories were intriguing and a worth while read. This book was about so much more then just Raleigh and Mia's reconnecting, and the surprises were an interesting read that I hadn't expected. I'm really looking forward to the next books in the series, I think Pax is in for a rude awakening about his family; his brother in particular, and absolutely hope we get more from Mia and Raleigh. Excellent book, Amazing new series, and lots of heart and hope!

Review for Accidentally in Love by Laura Drewry - 5 bee's knees!

I absolutely loved it!!!! I read it in one sitting, and stayed up entirely way to late to finish it! I love small town romances, so I loved that aspect, and all the characters are fun and wonderful. This book was really sweet with bits of humor, and drew me into the character's lives. I adored the main female character, Ellie, and think she was fun, likable, and overall an excellent person. From her Walking Dead pajamas to her refreshingly blunt honesty, she was a joy to read about. I love the chemistry between her and Brett, the main male character, they are so cute together, and I love how they didn't play games with each other; they were just real with each other. The relationship between the two was one I could definitely get behind, and I had no issues with Brett or Ellie, and the build up of their romance was perfectly done, and I desperately wanted them work out, and felt bad when things weren't coming together. Having the added element of Ellie's Ex causing issues, and I was hooked, I do wish a bit more happened with that storyline, but that in no way derailed my supreme enjoyment of this book. It's nice to have characters who make intelligent decisions, and don't just fly off the handle and make stupid mistakes because they think they know best,and I am so happy when there is an alpha male who isn't completely overbearing in books; they can be strong without having to prove how macho they are. This is the first book I've read in this series, and I glad this came my way, I am definitely going to read the previous books and any future book. The characters from previous books are in this book, and although I would've liked to read those first, I don't feel it deterred at all from my enjoyment of reading this book. Alright I gushed enough, this was just perfect! Love!

Review for Risk It by Jennifer Chance - 2 bee's knees

Okay...I'm having a tough time with this one. I hate giving it 2 stars, but that's just how it has to be. This book just wasn't for me, and that's the main reason for the low rating. The writing is good, so that wasn't it, and I liked the previous book in this series, Want It, so I do think the author's writing has an appeal. Just the whole premise wasn't something I enjoy, and once I got to that first club scene, where Dani works, and Rand came in for the first time in the story, acting the way he acted, that made me instantly dislike anything else in the story; it was tainted after that. The way Rand acted was enough to make me not like him, and Dani's reaction to those actions was very unpleasing to me. I was having an issue liking the characters from the beginning anyway, and this just made reading further a tough act; it was almost a DNF, but I hate not finishing a book, so I persevered and continued on; I did have to skim some of the story though. It's difficult to care anymore, when I don't like the characters too much, and the rest of the book is mainly sex scenes, which are mainly of the BDSM variety, and I actually don't mind that, but reading about characters, whom I don't care about, being intimate just doesn't do it for me. Dani being a con artist was a turn off for me as well. So it's tough for me to accurately rate this when I just don't like the story idea. I actually really enjoy alpha males, but not when they do what Rand did in that club. I think those actions just turned me off to the whole rest of the story, and that's a shame. The ending was nice enough, I would have liked a bit more ending, but I think it was good. This book is all about Dani and Rand's relationship, and not much else happens, this is definitely a sex driven book, and I don't mind books that are all about the relationship of the couple because it shows the way in which their connection grows, so I enjoyed that aspect, and I knew what was going to happen, but I didn't see very much growth in Dani and Rand. All in all, this just wasn't for me, I stopped reading motorcycle books because if the crud that the guys do in those books, and Risk It, wasn't that bad in that department, but I prefer books with guys who are alpha, but sweet. Okay, Okay, I ranted too much, but that just shows how much it influenced my view.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Review for Commanded by Stacey Kennedy - 5 bee's knees!

This one is my favorite of the series so far! I'm not huge into BDSM books, so I like the books in this series that mainly take place outside of Club Sin. I generally really like the characters in this series, but I'd have to say Chloe is definitely at the top for me. I like that this story shows that you don't need to have people watching you do BDSM and you don't need to watch others in order to have some zing in your sex life. Obviously when you have a book about BDSM, there's going to be lots of sex, and while there was indeed sex scenes, I didn't feel like it was too much, and they were definitely spicy. I really liked the chemistry between Sawyer and Chloe, and I like the resolution of their relationship. I also liked the side story of needing to help Sawyer's sister. There was one time in the book that Sawyer said something about how being in a BDSM scene wasn't about sex, and I find that hard to believe, I mean even if you don't complete the act of sex, the people in the scene are getting pleasure, sexual pleasure from the scene, so if my man wanted to be in scenes without me, I would not be okay with that! Sawyer's viewpoint did not gel with me. I also don't like that the group of characters just sit around and have conversations with barely any clothes on, or sometimes none at all, that's just odd. If you aren't in a BDSM scene at the club, your tits don't need to be out while you are having a serious discussion. So weird! I'm very interested in the next book, Mine, that revisits Dmitri and Presley, since I enjoyed their original book, and I usually like the glimpses of the other characters from the previous books in the series, so I'm excited to read it!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Review for Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast - 4 bee's knees

I like where this story is going, this book was very much a tease for a more involved story. I do like books that have elements of Greek mythology; except for the ones where the gods are complete a-holes, so I liked that aspect of this story, and the action and mystery to the story kept me reading. What I didn't like was the character development, I didn't feel anything for the characters, they felt flat, no depth. Eva was immature and made bad decisions, and the same with her friend, Bridget, she's the typical party girl best friend. Why can't the main female leads ever have a best friend who isn't guy crazy, and who doesn't act like there isn't a care in the world except for what to wear? Bridget wasn't quite that bad though, so I actually still kind of liked Eva and Bridget, as odd as that sounds, I did like that they weren't teenagers because I feel it opens the characters up for more plotlines, but at this point, I don't really care what happens to the characters. Eva did start to grow on me a bit, and I liked Alek, and I liked Eva and Alek's interaction. I just hope there aren't a whole bunch guys that get thrown at Eva; it would be nice to not have a love triangle of some type, but I won't hold my breath. I think there's lots of room to grow for the characters in this series, and maybe that's the author intention to have some not so fab characters in the beginning, who grow into awesome characters as they evolve. Which is fine, as long as it doesn't take to many books to get to it. I also hope this series isn't going to be a gazillion books, I like 3 or so books, and not much more; it starts to become boring and annoying when a story goes on to long. I will read the next book because as I said the actual plot kept me interested, and I sense the plot is just getting started, and I have hopes that the characters will show more depth. I feel like the action is just getting started! Interesting beginning to a new series I feel I will enjoy reading!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Review for Masquerade by J.S Cooper - 5 bee's knees!

Okay, this was a good tease! I haven't read the previous books, but I want to now! I already have a love/hate relationship with Jakob, more hate at this point, but I have hopes for him. He has a lot of issues! He has mother issues, and issues of feeling inferior, so now he has to prove himself, and I hate guys who have sex with tons of women, so there's another negative on his list. I'm definitely intrigued though, and the previous books are definitely on my to be read pile!

Review for In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland - 5 bee's knees!

I absolutely loved this! I've read many Lori Handeland books, and I love her writing! This book was super great! I loved the ghosts and witches, and all the supernatural elements. I loved Raye and her kooky little town, she had a strength to her and I liked that she used humor in tough situations, and she keeps an even head when others would be freaking out. She's just very likable. I also liked Bobby, his character was manly without being overly alpha, he has a calmness to him that I enjoyed. Both of the main characters have depth and are easy to root for, and I think they were very complimentary to each other; they have excellent chemistry. I find ghosts and witches interesting to read, and I liked how there was the added element of suspense because of the hunters. It's nice to see characters make more smart decisions then bad ones, I hate when characters just keep making stupid decisions when it's obviously a bad decision, and anyone with half a brain would know that. I think all the characters in this book, even the side characters, were entertaining and believable. The whole backstory for Raye was really interesting, and I look forward to reading the next books in the series! I'm down for a Handeland book anytime!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Review for Going Home by Stacy Finz - 5 bee's knees!

I read the 2nd book in this series first, and I really liked that book, with the exception of Clay getting on my nerves, so I already knew a bit about the main characters in this book, Maddy and Rhys, and I liked both of them in the 2nd book, so I wasn't surprised that they were very likable in their own book. Maddy is going through a tough time in her life, and I felt for her, and I was rooting for her, and I think it's important that a reader wants the lead characters to succeed, and she really held it together, she was definitely strong. I liked that Maddy and Rhys relationship progressed at a natural speed. I don't mind instalove so much, but it's nice to have a book that doesn't have that element. I do wish it was a bit faster, but there was enough other stuff going on that I didn't mind it. I would of loved a bit more from the end, so I say my rating is a bit more of a 4.5 stars. All the Donner history was interesting, I'm not sure if all the info is factual, but I still enjoyed it, and I like books that have the character renovating cool older buildings, so that was already a plus in my mind. I didn't really enjoy the surrogate storyline; it just wasn't my thing. Maddy and Rhys relationship was really sweet, and they both are great people, who deserve happiness in their lives. The added element of danger to the story was a nice touch, and I was interested in the other characters in the book, especially Colin, I think his book would be interesting. The next book in the series is about Clay and Emily, Clay is mentioned a bit in this book, and although I don't really care for Clay, I still really liked the next book, so I'm enjoying this series so far! This series has sweet, slow-moving romances, that develop into strong bonds between the couple. I'd definitely read the next books in the series, and more books by Stacy Finz!