Friday, September 30, 2016
A real hero can protect and serve, but a true hero knows how to love.
When a perfect new love is shattered, two hearts will do anything to pick up the pieces. In this sizzling novel from the bestselling author of Stone Walls, irresistible heat leads to sensual thrills—and a secret that changes everything.
Two years ago, Nick Farley was undercover as a bartender in Chicago. The tough-as-steel FBI agent was working all the angles to build a case against a local crime syndicate, but even his intense focus was no match for the sight of Angela Cavello’s plump pink lips pulling on her drink. All Nick got was one night—the longest, hottest, sweetest night of his life. It could have been the beginning of something real. Instead, she walked away—and Nick watched her go.
Angela has made some mistakes in her life, but Nick was never one of them. Nor was the baby boy he doesn’t know about. But Angela has been running from a stalker for so long that she’s forgotten how to feel safe. So when Nick suddenly reappears in her life, Angela faces a moment of truth. She wants to trust him and reveal her secrets—her life and the life of their son may depend on it—but first she needs to know that Nick can handle her past, and promise the one thing she most craves: a future together.
MY REVIEW -
*Spoilers for this book will be posted after the non-spoiler review*
I enjoyed the whole premise for this book. Nick is undercover as a bartender in a bar that is selling drugs for the mob on the down low, when he meets Angela. Angela is staying with her cousin after breaking it off with her boyfriend because he has begun to be controlling towards her. Nick and Angela feel a strong connection with each other, but Nick is unsure because he is undercover and Angela is unsure because she just got out of a long term relationship, but that doesn't stop them for long, and they have an intense whirlwind romance, and make plans to be together, but Angela ends up making some bad decisions; well I think they were bad, and Angela and Nick lose contact for 2 years. Angela is also keeping something from Nick, and since it is in the synopsis, I'll go ahead and say the secret, Angela had Nick's baby and never told him. When they come back into each other's lives, Nick is really hurt and angry over what Angela has done, but there are some circumstances that led to Angela's decisions, and lead to Nick needing to be involved with Angela and of course, his son. I'm not normally one to like a lot of male POV, but I didn't mind it in this book, and I did like Nick. Nick and Angela have some sweet moments, and the sex scenes were spicy; they have great chemistry. I definitely could have done without the Staci stuff, I know it is to be expected, but it went a bit further than I would have liked, and I don't feel like it added anything for me to the story; really I think it lessened my enjoyment of this book. I liked the bit of suspense, and I liked the writing. I wish there was actually more consequences of Nick's undercover work, but this book was more focused on Nick and Angela's relationship, and I didn't mind that, but it would have been cool to see a bit more danger involved. I look forward to reading more from A.M. Madden!
OW/OM Drama? Yes. Nick is currently dating Staci, who he isn't too serious with, but he's thinking it could become more serious. Even when Angela re-enters his life he still thinks about staying with Staci. Nick goes to break-up with Staci, and he lets her kiss him. We don't really see much of Staci, and it doesn't cause any problems with Angela, but I didn't want to hear Nick's thoughts about how great Staci is.
Cheating? Nick kissed Angela briefly when he hadn't broken up with Staci yet. Nick allows Staci to kiss him when he breaks up with her.
Violence? a little, but nothing major.
HEA? Standalone? Yes. Yes.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Landon has never seen his own reflection. He saw hers instead. He grew up watching this girl in the mirror grow with him. Grew up memorizing every feature, every movement, every horror she endured. He can see into her palace, into the darkness she’s trapped in.
When he was little, he told his parents about her. They thought she was an imaginary friend, and they humored him.
But she didn’t go away.
And when Landon was seventeen, he fell in love with her.
She is a captive of the Queen of the Damned.
Now he’ll risk everything to try to save her—his life, his home, his entire world.
The queen in the mirror.
Waiting to steal your soul.
MY REVIEW -
I loved this! This is a great series! I love how each book is written by a different author, and I love seeing each of their interpretations and the different worlds the skeleton keys open! As soon as I read the prologue in Princess of the Damned, I knew I would love it, and I did! In this book, every time Landon looks in a mirror he sees Eiress, Landon has seen her since he was a young boy, and now he is 17 years old and feels deeply for Eiress. Landon can see and hear Eiress, but she can't see or hear Landon, but she feels his presence and his soul, and she also feels deeply for Landon. Eiress was captured by Mary Tudor a.k.a Bloody Mary, and Eiress is trapped in a castle with a vast wasteland filled with horrible creatures at the gates of Hell. Landon does what he can for Eiress, but it is becoming increasingly more difficult for him to see what Eiress has to go through, so he wants to find a way to rescue her. The love story was really cute and sweet, and I liked both of the characters. I loved that Eiress was tough and that she stood up for herself! I loved the whole premise, and I loved the setting for this story. I loved that the author used Bloody Mary! I also loved that Eiress has a little dragon as a pet, so cute! I would have liked to know and see more about Eiress and her brother. There was a lot of different side characters that really added some zing! to the story. The story was unique and interesting from beginning to end! I will definitely read more books in this series, and by author Wendy Knight!
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Review for Moorigad: Dragon Collection: Age of the Hybrid Series Books 1-3 by Debra Kristi - 5 out of 5!
Moorigad: Dragon Collection is the 3 main books of the Age of the Hybrid series. I reviewed each of the books individually. I really enjoyed each of the books, and I loved the covers of them all!
SYNOPSIS FOR BOOK 1 - THE MOORIGAD DRAGON
Saving a life shouldn’t come with so many complications.
Saving Marcus’s life should’ve qualified as a good deed. Except, that’s not why Kyra saves him. She’s pulled to the deed by something supernatural. But then Marcus sees Kyra’s hybrid dragon and she finds herself bound to protect him. A bond already causing tension between Kyra and her best friend, Sebastian. Only, Kyra will find it is not easy defying Death. Yet, she is determined―even at the cost of her own life.
Bad things happen in the blink of an eye.
Sebastian has built his life around his tarot cards, more so since taking refuge at Mystic’s Magical Carnival. Trying to include Kyra in that part of his life goes all wrong. Now Kyra’s interest in Marcus stands between Sebastian and Kyra, and places Kyra in emanate danger. Sebastian needs to make her see, needs to steer her away from Marcus, needs to save her from the consequences of her decisions before it’s too late. If he needs to, Sebastian will bare his most guarded secrets to protect her.
MY REVIEW FOR BOOK 1 IN THE AGE OF THE HYBRID SERIES - THE MOORIGAD DRAGON
I enjoyed the majority of this book, and I loved that the story is unique. In this book, Kyra is a dragon of sorts, but she is a hybrid, so she has trouble fitting in, so she has left home, and ends up being part of a magical carnival. I loved the whole magical carnival premise! It's lots of fun! And I love that Kyra is a dragonshifter! So cool! I do like Kyra, but she did get on my nerves when she wouldn't follow her heart or trust her misgivings about people or things. Everyone in this book is too secretive, which of course leads to problems! Sebastian is great! And I really like the mystery around him, and what his story actually ends up being. In this book, the characters have to deal with the issues that arise when you butt into things you should've left alone, so be prepared for stupid decisions abound! I was thinking this was a YA story, and for the most part it reads like it is, but then BOOM! things make a turn for the dark side. This is sort of a spoiler, so you have been warned!!!!!!! SPOILER!!!!!!!
There is mind rape and actual rape, although the character being raped doesn't really get that she is being raped because of the whole mind rape thing, and it really came out of nowhere for me! I actually felt devastated when it happened because it was so shocking and it didn't fit the tone for the rest of the book.
I'm looking forward to continuing the next story, this book definitely kept me interested till the very end, so I expect the next book will as well.
SYNOPSIS FOR BOOK 2 IN THE AGE OF THE HYBRID SERIES - REAP NOT THE DRAGON
A Reaper with a mission.
Sebastian is finished following commands. Higher powers be damned. He has his own agenda - find Kyra and help restore her memory.
At first his plan goes better than expected. But as life starts looking up for the would-be Reaper, his metaphorical sickle becomes caught in a web of complications.
Things are never smooth for Sebastian and Kyra.
Best-laid plans sometimes rest in peace.
A detour―unexpected and unwelcome―delivers Sebastian into the depths of a grave situation. Misfortune and misunderstanding are the cards dealt to him. And events fail to flip in his favor.
Creatures from hell all want a piece of the young Reaper. If Sebastian ends up dead, that's okay. For he has a more grievous beast to worry about. To save the woman he loves, Sebastian will venture into the heart of an all-powerful fire demon.
Sebastian must find a missing dragon and the key to Kyra's memory without being devoured by sinister beasts or―even worse―consumed by his own inner demons.
MY REVIEW FOR BOOK 2 IN THE AGE OF THE HYBRID SERIES - REAP NOT THE DRAGON
** spoiler alert **
*This review will have spoilers for the first book in this series* *Slight spoiler for this book, but the spoiler is something that happens early in the book, so not too much of a spoiler*
I was so pissed off for most of this book, but I didn't let that effect my rating. I was so pissed off because it takes Sebastian waaaaaayyy too long to help Kyra! Especially in the beginning, a month! Really!?! In the last book, Kyra has been tricked by Marcus, and he has stolen her dragon. Kyra has lost her memory, and doesn't know this, so she is a shell of herself, and does whatever Marcus says. She also has sexual relations with Marcus, so even though she consents, I still consider it rape because her mind is screwed. There were a few POV's in this book, but it is mostly from Sebastian's POV, with Marcus getting the second most POV time. Sebastian found Kyra towards the end of the last book, and he knows some crud is going down, but for some reason he doesn't tell Kyra, so he just leaves her there! She is under the control of Marcus the douchebag, who is raping her, and he just leaves! I was so pissed! Now, Sebastian is trying to figure out how to save Kyra, but he ends up doing tons of other stuff before getting to it, and a month goes by, and still he hasn't saved Kyra! So Crazy! This all in the beginning of the book, so it isn't too much of a spoiler. I get that he has a lot going on, so that's why I don't hate Sebastian, but I feel if he cares about Kyra, he should've made her more of a priority. So, this book is about Sebastian having to deal with saving Kyra, finding out how to deal with what he is, and having to deal with new enemies. I loved that we get to see more of the Reaper lifestyle, and I enjoyed the introduction of the Maras! I've only read 1 other series that had Maras, so I found that a unique subject to read about. We also learn more about Marcus' plans. This is a very interesting read, and very entertaining. I love all the different entities! Dragons, Maras, Reapers, and all the other interesting characters! I'm looking forward to the next book!
SYNOPSIS FOR BOOK 3 IN THE AGE OF THE HYBRID SERIES - PLIGHT OF THE DRAGON
Kyra and Sebastian have again reunited, but their future remains as foggy as the mist around Mystic’s Carnival―uncertain and unpredictable. Fractured and torn, Kyra must restore her dragon-shifter state before her body rejects its divided status.
Mystic’s magic is on Kyra’s side, but the true key to her salvation lies within Sebastian, and for Kyra, he would do anything. Or so he believes. Can he give her up in order to save her? With his father’s crew of Reapers advancing on the carnival, the choice may not be Sebastian’s to make.
MY REVIEW FOR BOOK 3 IN THE AGE OF THE HYBRID SERIES - PLIGHT OF THE DRAGON
This was a great conclusion to a unique and exciting series! I was entertained through the whole book! I really enjoyed the writing and the world this series takes place in. In this book, Kyra still doesn't have her memories, but she has escaped from Marcus, so that's a plus, and she is with Sebastian, and both of them are trying to find a way to return her memories. Also, Kyra's parents are on the scene, and each of them has their own agenda for Kyra, and also the duo needs to deal with Marcus' plans. Kyra really grows in this story, and she begins to believe in herself and her strength, and that was definitely nice to see, especially after she was a shell of herself in the last book. Also, there was some really sweet moments with her and Sebastian, but there was also some difficult moments as outside forces cause problems in their relationship. It was great to see more of the dragons, and also more of the Reaper and Mara worlds. Great book and great series!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
He’s the gridiron god with magic hands…
…And fingers, and mouth, and tongue.
Chance ‘Gunner’ Adams – quarterback, superstar womanizer, and panty slayer extraordinaire. He wants me. He wants me bad, but I’m not about to become another notch on his girthy bedpost. I came to Los Angeles to get away from my past, to start fresh. I don’t need trouble, especially the muscly, abs-of-marble kind.
The problem? As team masseuse it’s my job to get hands on with this as*hole. I’ll be working on every hard, intimate area of his body. But if he thinks he can treat me like any other girl who stirs his pants, he’s wrong. After all, I’m a professional… right?
We both want a happy ending, but sooner or later my past will catch up with me, and the Mob’s not big on mercy. I need more than a smart mouth. I need a savior -- one whose talent for mayhem doesn’t end when the fourth quarter’s over. For once in my life, I need someone who knows how to play dirty.
MY REVIEW -
This was a hot sports romance! Some really great sex scenes with a dash of kink. I was a pinch hesitant to read this because I don't really like to read about arrogant manwhores, but after an initial jerky douchebag meeting between the main characters, the main male character's personality really went the other way. I think his turn around wasn't very believable though because it happens within a few pages, but I didn't mind because I would have hated it if the author went more into his douchebaggery. It also made me not trust his intentions for a little while because I did feel like it was such a change for him. In Drilled, Chance is a hot shot quarterback on a LA football team, and Chance has a reputation for being a ladies man and very full of himself. Sam has just been hired as the team masseuse after leaving a bad job in Vegas that has links to the Mob. Chance wants Sam, but Sam isn't sure about him because of his reputation. I liked the suspense with the Mob, and I liked the football aspect. The writing was good, and the sex scenes were hot! I don't really like books that take place in LA because of the false aspect of a lot of people, but it wasn't too bad in this books, but I definitely could have done without the name dropping. The author would mention famous actors often as people the characters knew, such as Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon, etc., and I wasn't feeling it. There is definitely a lot of sex scenes in this book; maybe a bit too many, but they were all interesting. I've never read anything by Teagan Kade, but I enjoyed this, so I will definitely be checking out more of her books!
Saturday, September 24, 2016
After her husband divorced her, Finn Dubose packed up her dog Scorch, gathered what was left of her dignity and set out on a twelve month adventure to find happiness.
After nine months of traveling from Florida, to Colorado, and then to Maine, all Finn wants is to go back to Charleston, South Carolina and spend the holidays with her grandmother. But reluctantly, Finn promises Gran she’ll spend the last three months of the year in Seattle, Washington.
The spectacular vineyards in Eastern Washington entice Finn to drive from Seattle to the small town of Vine Grove. What she finds is a place full of kind, generous people, including, Keaton Vanhorn, a single, attractive, veterinarian. Even better, he loves animals as much as Finn.
Sometimes, a bottle of wine and The Love List is all you need to find love. Stop by the small town of Vine Grove and maybe you’ll be lucky in love too.
MY REVIEW -
This is a very short holiday romance with a very small pinch of suspense. It is a clean romance with some very sweet making out. Finn has been through a divorce, and is traveling around for a year to help figure out what she wants in her life, it's the last 3 months of that year, and Finn lands in Washington State in a small wine centric town. The story spans October, November, and December with time jumps, so we get a pinch of Finn's activities of each of the months. Finn meets Keaton, and begins a romance with him, but since she doesn't know what her plans are going to be, that puts a little strain on their budding relationship, and also someone from Finn's past is also causing some tension. We get to enjoy some holiday time, and Finn coming to terms with what she wants. I thought this was really cute, and I enjoyed the romance! I happen to love Christmas books and such, so I was all on board for that. As I said, this is very, very short, so we don't really get to get to involved in the story, and some things don't fully flesh out, and I would have loved more Christmas stuff, so I would've liked for it to be longer because I enjoyed the characters and their story, and the side characters were great too! Love the addition of the puppy and kitties! Short and sweet!
After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music store. Instead of belting out powerhouse vocals to sold-out crowds in L.A., she’s stocking shelves and inspecting rental violins. But the shop isn’t all bad: When she’s vacuuming up late one night, she bumps into the guitar teacher with the smoldering amber eyes and the killer tattoo. And that’s when things take an interesting turn.
Presley soon finds that Paul Kellerman is as good in bed as he is on guitar. So why isn’t he stoked to share his band, Jukebox Bleu, with her? Turns out Paul has crippling stage fright, which he’s been self-medicating without much success. But when Jukebox Bleu’s lead singer gets called for military service, the other members beg Presley to front them. Even though she swore never to mix men with music again, the temptation to perform is almost as intense as her chemistry with Paul. Now Presley must decide what’s more important: a second chance at love . . . or rock stardom.
MY REVIEW -
I loved this so much! This book felt real and heartfelt, and once I started, I read the whole thing in one sitting. It is sweet, adorable, hot, funny, and wonderful. I loved that Ellie Cahill had multiple playlists in the book, and I loved the classic rock references and the Thursday night jam sessions at the music shop, and I'm not normally one for books that take place in the music scene, but this book is just the right type for me; it's more down to earth, soulful, and I loved the whole premise, and the writing was really great. The story starts off with Presley (21) being kicked out of the sort of successful band she started with her douchebag guitarist boyfriend because him and the other idiots in the band feel she gets too much attention, and they don't want the whole girl in a band gimmick thing detracting from them. Presley takes it really hard, and decides to move back home to Wisconsin. She moves back in with her parents, and starts working again in her parents music store; even though, she's having a difficult time being around music. Presley's parents are wonderful by the way! There she meets Paul, Paul is a guitar teacher, who also happens to be in a band, and they start off pretty hot and heavy, but also still sweet and light-hearted; the way their relationship evolves was handled really nicely, and it felt genuine and the connection felt deep. There isn't too much drama in this book; except what the characters make for themselves, and I found it refreshing to not have to deal with all the outside influences. These characters aren't perfect; they are real, and the character's actions and reactions felt like something believable. The drama comes from these characters dealing with personal issues that they need to overcome, and I felt the timetable was believable for how these characters dealt with what they needed to. I really enjoyed all the side characters in this book too! They added a nice balance to the story without overshadowing the main story and characters. Alright! Enough gushing! I will definitely read more books by Ellie Cahill!
Friday, September 23, 2016
What kind of assassin gets her alpha murdered.
The kind that is attracted to a human man apparently, and because of it, Shana is now at the mercy of her foster brother's lust for power as he uses mercenaries to take over the pack.
Now Shana must submit to him as bondmate or lose all she holds dear.
Trouble is, she's just not the submissive type.
MY REVIEW -
I loved this! The premise doesn't really describe what is actually happening in this book, so I was surprised with how dark this story really is. Shana is being held captive after her pack has been overtaken by a guy who has been close to her family ever since they were children. This guy is trying to force Shana to become his mate, so the rest of the pack will fall in line with his take over. The opening scene of this book was definitely interesting, Shana has hung herself in a ploy to show she would kill herself if forced to comply with the mating, but it doesn't quite go as planned, so that definitely set the tone for the rest of the book. This isn't a happy romance, and there definitely may be some hard things to read for some readers because there is a lot of violence against Shana, and some of it is sexual in nature. Shana needs to find a way to survive and escape her captives, and find out a way to save her pack. I loved Shana's tenacity and her sass! She's definitely a strong woman! There were some times I didn't really understand her choices though. I loved the shifter aspect, and I really loved the whole premise of this book. There is some romance, but like I said it isn't your typical romance, but it was interesting and at times sweet, and there are some intense sexual scenes. I really enjoyed the writing; there were some points where some of the scenes felt a bit disjointed though, and I also enjoyed the way the author lays out a story. There are quite a few typos, so I definitely think the author should give the book another edit, but I don't let things like that affect my rating. I'm definitely interested in reading the next book! I also plan to check out more books by Thea Atkinson!
Thursday, September 22, 2016
If you dream of shifters, this set of 20 brand new shifter stories featuring USA Today and New York Times best-selling authors has you covered. Whether you like them large and in charge or sleek and sexy, you'll find the right story to spice up your night in these pages.
A.J. Bennett — Masquerade
Becca Vincenza — Contracted
Blaire Edens — Frenzied
Carolyn Spear — Taming the Puma
Dara Fraser — Lion's Pretend Girlfriend
Desiree Holt — Shadow of the Wolf
Dominique Eastwick — Bearing the Hunger
Erin Hayes — I Found My Rhino
Ever Coming — The Mismatchmaker
H.D. Gordon — Blood Sport
Hazel Boyer — Accidentally Mated
Kate Richards — An Evening in the Superstitions
Lila Felix — Wolf Protector
Lisbeth Frost — Encounter on a Mountain
Louisa Bacio — The Luna Twins
Margo Bond Collins — Laugh Out Love
Marissa Farrar — Wolf Torn
Merryn Dexter — Bear Faced Lies
M.J. Haag — Escaping the Lutha
Rachael Slate — Untamed Lord of Thessaly
MY REVIEW -
*So far, this review is only for Margo Bond Collins' story, Love Out Loud, in this collection of 20 short shifter romances!*
This was a great start to what seems to be an upcoming series for Margo Bond Collins because this story ends a bit abruptly and definitely let me wanting more, and I was a bit disappointed it ended when it did, but before it ended I was loving it! Shadow is a hunter of shapeshifters, and she is a badass! I love a tough woman lead! But she is also lacking on the full information about shifters. She decides to go to the bar to look for someone to scratch her itch, and ends up meeting Jeremiah. The romance definitely has some heat, and for such a short story, Margo did an excellent job of showing the chemistry between the two. I love that Margo Bond Collins does different kinds of shifters than one would normally read about, and I really enjoy her writing! I'm definitely excited to read more by Margo, and to see where Shadow and Jeremiah's story goes!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Becoming a vampire saved Alyssa from death, but the price was high: the loss of everything and everyone attached to her mortal life. She's still learning to cope when a surprise confrontation with Santino Vitale, the Acta Sanctorum's most fearsome hunter, sends her fleeing back to the world she once knew, and Fallon, the friend she's missed more than anything.
Alyssa breaks vampire law by revealing her new, true self to her old friend, a fact which causes strong division in the group that should support her most: her clan.
Worse yet, her revelation entangles Fallon in the struggle between vampires and hunters and The Acta Sanctorum is ready to attack again, with a new army of hybrid creations: the Frenzy Soldiers.
If Alyssa hopes to survive and keep her mortal friend safe, she'll have to be willing to make a deal with the enemy, and regain her clan's support. It will take everyone working together in a precarious truce to fight against the Acta Sanctorum's new threat.
MY REVIEW -
I really love the visuals Katie Salidas creates with her writing; her descriptions were wonderful, and I really liked the flow of the book. I liked the first book in this series, but I didn't love it because the main character really annoyed me, and she continued to annoy me in this book, but I see some hope for her in this book! She makes some seriously damaging decisions in this book, that cause lots of problems for her friends. She doesn't think before acting, and although her intentions are good, her actions generally cause problems for herself and her group, so it is difficult to like her, but as I said, she is learning that she needs to think things through, so I liked her a bit more in this book. I loved all the action, and once the main plot started evolving I enjoyed a lot of the story. The romance definitely stepped up a notch in this book, and Lysander and Alyssa have some really sweet moments, and they definitely have a couple of spicy moments. In Hunters and Prey, Alyssa runs into some trouble, and ends up dragging her human friend, Fallon, into the vampire world, which is dangerous because a group of hunters is set on exterminating vampires, and a faction of these hunters has their sights set on Alyssa and her group of vamps. So, Alyssa needs to help rectify the trouble she caused by bringing Fallon into the vamp world, and she also has to deal with being hunted. I like that the book has a bit of gore, and that I can see the characters growing. I still wasn't love with the side characters; they all seemed rather dull, and I could have done without some of the scenes of Alyssa going feeding because it felt a bit repetitive to me. This book kept me interested and entertained till the end, so I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Self-made singer/songwriter Jolene Hart loves everything about being on top in Nashville. Well, everything except her very public breakup with Chance Rivers, her sexy masculine other half. Once the hottest duo on the scene, they turned Music City on its ear. Now their careers are as cold as their relationship. Which is why their manager has practically locked them in a remote cabin with nothing but a guitar, a bed, and time to do what they do best: make some beautiful music together.
As Nashville royalty, Chance has big boots to fill—and the pressure that comes with ’em. He fell hard for Jolene, but he couldn’t handle the spotlight, the crowds, and the fights that made headlines and killed any notion that love and success could go hand-in-hand. Still, Chance is more than willing to rekindle the one thing that worked: the wild passion behind their hit songs. Soon they’re making up for lost time, in the steamiest ways possible. But Chance finds himself wishing for the impossible: that their intimate hideaway could last forever.
MY REVIEW -
This was sweet, and for the most part I liked the characters. I usually try to stay away from books about musicians or actors because I don't like the world in those books because most people are phony, and I don't enjoy reading about them, but I love Erin McCarthy's writing, so I went ahead and gave this a go, and I ended up enjoying most of the book; I think it helped that the characters were sort of secluded for some of the story, and I also like that the characters were fairly down to earth. Heart Breaker is about Jolene and Chance, they were in a relationship; both personal and professional, but they recently parted ways. They are a famous country couple, and are being forced to work together to make another hit country album, so they go to a cabin, so they can work out their issues, and hopefully find a way to work together. The romance was cute; love the little notes, and spicy, and I liked Chance and Jolene's banter with each other. The reason they broke up was stupid, and of course, while apart stupid things happen; enter phony people, and they still really care for each other, but both have walls up to protect their hearts. I would have liked a bit more from the ending, and for a more grand gesture, but all in all, I liked this! I'll definitely continue to read more books by Erin McCarthy!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I thought I could save her.
A woman I've never met, whose name I don't even know, gambled her own life to protect my child. In return, she was taken by a mad man.
I'll put my career, my security, and my life on the line to get her back safely, even if it means risking my heart along the way.
MY REVIEW -
I love romantic suspense, so Anchor was just right for me! I loved the characters, the action, and the romance! I loved the flow of the story, and the writing was great! In Anchor, Chloe is boarding a ferry, when she sees a guy with a gun, and Chloe puts herself in risk to save a little girl, and for her trouble she and some other passengers get taken hostage on the ferry. Gabe is the father of the little girl Chloe saved, and since he's thankful, he wants to help save Chloe and the others from the hostage situation, and somehow through this intense situation, a bond and romance begin to brew between Gabe and Chloe. I enjoyed Anchor a lot! Chloe is wonderful and a badass, and Gabe is a sweetheart and also a badass himself. The chemistry was excellent between them, and the sex scenes were very well written and they were hot! The action was great, and I liked the whole premise for the story. The only things I wasn't loving were small things, so they didn't affect my rating. I could have done without the beginning scene with Gabe and his bed partner from the night before, and also the scenes with Gabe and his ex felt a bit too intimate emotionally for my tastes; I'm not sure why, but I felt like if the circumstances were right, they'd fall into bed together again, so I could have done without that as well, and I also would have liked a bit more time spent on the romance and a bit less time on the ferry. I'm glad I read this, and I'm looking forward to reading more from Nicole Blanchard and more books in this series!
Working two jobs to support her infant daughter is harder than anything Penny Richards has ever done, but it sure beats living under the rules of her stepfather, a television preacher who demands a picture-perfect family. And if Penny hadn’t struck out on her own, she never would have met Travis Calhoun. The intensely physical heavyweight brawler has a way of drawing out her wild side. But Travis lives fast, with no responsibilities—and that just isn’t for Penny.
Most of the women in Travis’s circle wear tight clothes, high heels, and tons of makeup—not pearls or plaid headbands. But once he works past Penny’s inhibitions, Travis discovers a kindred spirit who longs to trust someone with her body, and her secrets. Still, Travis can’t help but wonder if this rich girl is just slumming it before she returns to her privileged life. Now it’s up to Penny to prove that she wants her hard-edged, hard-loving fighter just the way he is.
MY REVIEW -
I really love this series, and the writing is really great! Despite loving the writing, I still wasn't in love with this book because I didn't really care for the premise because it just wasn't the type of thing I like to read about, but I think a lot of other readers will enjoy this book. I didn't really care for Penny's backstory, and I knew this before starting the book, but since I love the series, I wanted to read it anyway, and I did like some of it, but overall, I don't think I would have been too heartbroken if I had never read it. Stacked Up is about Penny and Travis and Penny's daughter, Belle. Penny grew up in a restrictive, religious household, she then became pregnant, and through some circumstances, she ends up having to care for herself and her daughter on her own, so she ended up in Tarpon Springs, where she met Travis. Penny and Travis have known each other for a year, and both feel an attraction, but Penny is unsure about entering into a relationship because she needs to focus on Belle. Penny also doesn't really tell anyone she has a daughter, which I found to be weird, and the fact that she pursues something with Travis without having mentioned this, was something I didn't like about her, and actually, I didn't really like Penny too much, she was okay, but I just didn't vibe with her. I liked Travis okay, and the romance was cute, but it just felt a bit contrived to me, but the sex scenes were good. So, Penny ends up having some problems, so Travis steps up to help out, and they grow closer while dealing with Penny's problems, but both are unsure if they can make it work long term with Belle, and Penny's problems. I liked getting glimpses of the other couples from previous books, and as I said earlier, I think the writing is top notch, so I will definitely read more books by Sidney Halston! Oh, also I hate that Travis calls Penny, Momma, as a pet name!
Monday, September 12, 2016
As the chief legal counsel for dot-com billionaire Liam Stone, Garrett Marsden has grown accustomed to being universally loathed. In fact, he welcomes it. Because the bigger the fight, the easier it is to run from his desire for someone he can never have: his stepsister. But when Garrett flies back to Julep, Mississippi, for Savannah’s med school graduation, a steamy encounter makes all his wildest dreams come true—and leads to his undoing. Because that’s when he meets Savannah’s boyfriend.
Five years later, Savannah Boudreaux couldn’t be happier as a small-town Southern doctor and single mom to a young son. There’s only one thing missing. Her stepbrother, Garrett, has just been released from prison, and although he may be a free man, he’s become a bitter shadow of the kind and caring man who once came to her rescue. Now Savannah will cross the line to save Garrett from himself: to prove that he can live his life, love whoever he wants . . . and be a wonderful father to their son.
MY REVIEW -
*I think I'm probably going to have to give away some spoilers, so you have been warned*
Okay....so this wasn't really for me, there were too many things that annoyed me, so the first 70-75%, I didn't really enjoy, but that doesn't mean this isn't a good book, it's just not my type of thing. It is written well though, and the last 25% was pretty good. Stepping Over the Line is a step-brother romance, which I tend to enjoy those types of stories, but I just didn't like how the female lead is. I felt like she was jerking the male lead around too much, and she is on her way to be a doctor, but I don't see much intelligence in her; I wouldn't want her to be my doctor, she has unprotected sex with 2 different guys within a day or so, and is surprised when she becomes pregnant, and doesn't know who the baby daddy is. Her decision making is seriously lacking, and I found her to be rather weak and naïve. I also hate that it takes a long time for the 2 leads to figure all the BS out, and get together, but when they were together it was pretty spicy. I liked the male lead better than the female lead, he doesn't make good decision also, but at least he knows what he wants, and isn't afraid to put himself out there. There are dual POV's and this is a complete story, so you don't have to worry about cliffhangers, I don't know if I'll read anymore in this series if the female leads are going to be like this one, but I'll have to read the synopsis and decide then.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Defeated by shattering news after only just surviving the Shadow Fae, Marla abandons both Faera and her future role as Queen. With King Telophy's aid, she returns to Earth, to the human family she knows and loves.
But nothing is ever simple.
With their immortality looming, Marla and her twin Lysander are soon plunged into a world they never knew existed, a world of magic, violence and lust, where a simple mistake could have devastating consequences.
Meanwhile the Shadow Fae are causing havoc on a breathtaking scale with Marla's loved ones facing dire peril.
MY REVIEW -
So, I was under the impression this was a final book of a series, but it wasn't, and I know that's my fault for not doing more research, but I was still disappointed. I haven't read the first 2 books in the series, so I don't have that to go on, but I think I picked up the gist of things well enough. I loved the world building and the writing was great. I didn't like how Marla couldn't catch a clue, and she made horrible decision, and since I thought this was a final book, I kept waiting for her to realize what the heck was going on, but since the story is continuing, my wish wasn't granted. There is tons of angst, and it made my enjoyment lessen. In this book, Marla is confused about tons of things, and reacts badly, which in turn causes multiple problems. Marla needs to decide if she is willing to give up her life as a human with her family, or if she is going to fully embrace being Fae, but without all the correct information, it is torturous to watch her make bad choice after bad choice. I still liked a lot of the story though; just not anything to do with the relationships, I was entertained with Marla's quest, and I liked all the Fae aspects, and I do want to read more of the story, so I'll be looking into the next book, but I believe I will wait to read it until the series is complete because I hate waiting. I think most people who like the Fae world will enjoy this one because the Fae world Wanda Wiltshire created was really great, and really made the story for me!
Bloodlust, fanatical vampire hunters, thousand-year old vendettas, and a pair of sharp, new fangs. Newly-turned vampire, Alyssa got a lot more than she bargained for when Lysander saved her from a pair of rapist on the college campus of UNLV. Immortality is not as pretty as all the books and movies had portrayed it, and Alyssa's having a hard time with the change.
"Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition, that's the hard part."
With danger looming on the horizon and the vampire hunters closing in, Alyssa will have to find the strength to accept this terrifying new reality. There's no turning back now. It's either, Carpe Noctem (seize the night), or final death.
MY REVIEW -
I had a bit of a problem rating this because I really liked the premise and the writing, but the main character got on my nerves! She is very bratty, whiny, and very immature. She's in college, I think it was mentioned she's 25, but she acts like she is frigging 12 years old, so I had a hard time rooting for her. The story starts with Alyssa being attacked and nearly raped by 2 guys, but luckily Lysander saves her, but it is too late for her to go to the hospital, so because Lysander is a vampire, he turns Alyssa into a vampire. Alyssa proceeds to complain and bitch about being a vampire; just being all around annoying. I mean, if he didn't turn you, you would be dead! Stop being so rude! Lysander is aloof and stiff, but I suppose since he is such an old vampire, that's to be expected. There is romance in this book, but I don't really feel the heat yet. So, most of this book is about Alyssa learning about vampires and how to live as one, which I like vampires, so I liked that stuff, and we also get to know some other vampires, but I didn't really care for any of them. I feel like this is a set-up book, so I am really hoping that throughout the series, Alyssa grows as a person and becomes a bad-ass. I liked the action scenes, and I'm glad about what happened with Kallisto because I didn't want that to drag out. Despite not loving this, I feel like this series could really turn into something great, so I am looking forward to reading the next book!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Revenge…it’s a way of life for psychic, Lily Saburi. Haunted since the brutal murder of her best friend and partner, she’s obsessed with retribution—a vigilante bent on striking a blow for humanity against the shadowed world of the supernatural. Prey turned predator she aims to even the score—one bullet at a time starting with the beast that changed her life forever.
Prepared for Armageddon she’s in for the fight of her life. But when mortally wounded by a diseased and insane Were, Lily is rescued by a most unlikely savior—Were-hunter, Sean Leighton. Sexy and powerful, Leighton is charged with destroying anything infected with the deadly pathogen threatening the survival of his pack, and that includes Lily. But their immediate attraction leaves them both breathless and confused. As Lily grapples with truth about herself, Leighton is faced with the looming reality that he will most likely have to kill the woman he’s falling in love with. Only time will tell if they are destined to be together or if they’ll fall victim to the Hunter’s Blood.
MY REVIEW -
I loved this! First off, the female lead is strong and kicks ass! Plus, I'm a sucker for werewolves and other were species, so I loved all of that, and I liked the way Marianne Morea handled the subject. I really enjoyed her writing! In Hunter's Blood, Lily is out for revenge for the death of her best friend, who was killed by a rabid werewolf. Lily has psychic powers, and at times works with the police to solve cases, but since her friends death, she has been consumed with the need to find the wolf that killed her friend, so she has begun hunting weres. Lily also sees the ghost of her dead best friend, which I loved, and I actually would have liked more to develop with that situation. Lily doesn't fully think things through because she feels guilty for the death of her friend, so she ends up in a bad situation, and ends up being saved by Sean. Sean is a werewolf, and he is in charge of a group of werewolves. Lily feels attraction for Sean, but she hasn't had the best picture of werewolves, so she isn't exactly a happy camper with her situation. Lily and Sean do grow close, but there are factors against them, and Lily is trying to find her way in a compound of werewolves, and to top it off, there is a virus of sorts among the wolves that is causing some to become feral. I loved Sean and Lily! I love when couples start out having a bit of resistance to their desire for one another, and I enjoy reading about the couple trying to fight it, but eventually not being able to stay away from the other, so I loved the romance. Sean was alpha, but he also wasn't over the top with it, and I felt like he is a great match for Lily, who is sort of erratic at times, Sean is smooth and in control; except when the need for his alpha to arise. They have good and spicy chemistry! The sex scenes were great! I loved Lily's sass! I also enjoyed how honest she is, and that she doesn't back down when she is confronted. I also loved how Sean shows her what she means to him by standing up for her! Sean has a lot of weight on his shoulders to do what is right for the pack, so I admired his commitment to protecting Lily. I was surprised when the book ended because I felt it was a bit abrupt, but I suppose it ended in a decent spot. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her skills as a hunter of men had gone from merely brilliant to full-on uncanny. Her mysterious rescuer wants her to put them to the test. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.
If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk.
And the way his arms wrap around Vinnie tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire . . .
MY REVIEW -
I really love this series! It has action, suspense, and of course romance! I recommend reading the previous books in the series before this one because there is a continuation of a bigger story, and there are characters from the previous books involved in this book. In Shadow Falling, the survivors of the Scorpius Syndrome (a virus that either kills people, makes them rabid insane people, or turns them into sociopaths) are trying to survive in a world that has gone to hell, and not only do they have to deal with a deadly virus, but they have to deal with people who will go to extreme measures to come out on top in a world in chaos; even those living within their own compound. The POV is mainly from the 2 main characters, Raze and Vivienne (Vinny), but there is also a couple POV's from a couple other people; I could have done without POV from the president, but I liked the other POV's; it was great to see Jax and Lynne from the first book have a part in this book! Raze and Vinnie are part of Jax's compound, which is sort of a safe haven from the dangers of this new world, and they are also trying to finding a cure for Scorpius. Raze is a tough bad-ass, who helps with security at the compound, but he also has a secret that isn't in the best interests of the compound. Vinny is a psychiatrist that worked as an FBI profiler, who was captured and tortured by the President of the United States; the president got the virus, and turned into a sociopath, so Vinny is dealing with the trauma and consequences of what happened to her, and she's hoping to find a place to belong. Raze helped rescue Vinny, so he feels protective towards her, and they start to grow closer. I liked the progression of their relationship, and I definitely loved Raze's alpha-ness, they also have some really sweet moments, and the sexual chemistry between them was excellent! Both have reservations because it is definitely hard to trust anyone in this new world, and each is withholding parts of themselves from the other. This book is action packed, and was very entertaining, and I couldn't put it down! I'm really looking forward to reading the next book!
Monday, September 5, 2016
The Cripple, is a preadolescent demon, summoned from his home realm to replace the soul of a peasant's still born son. While in the world of man, he sets out to educate himself on the ways of exploiting and manipulating others. He discovers humanity to be an inferior people to his way of thinking, leading him to underestimate those he seeks to control.
He sets out to manipulate a nobleman, through convincing him a local tavern maid possesses the ability to transform straw into gold. The Cripple then makes a bargain with that maid to turn the straw into gold on her behalf, in exchange for the things he requires to grow up and return to his realm as an adult demon. His pact with the girl however, may lead to the failing of his efforts and cost The Cripple his way home.
MY REVIEW -
The Cripple's Game is a darker version of the Rumpelstiltskin tale, and is told from the viewpoint of the "villain". This book goes into the origin story of the crippled man, which I found to be interesting, and how it came about for him to have magical capabilities, and it follows similar lines of the tale most know as Rumpelstiltskin, but with a twist. I remember liking the Rumpelstiltskin story when I was younger, but now that I think about it, that story wasn't really an endearing story because even though the woman figured out Rumpelstiltskin and got to keep her baby, the prince type guy only married the woman because she could make straw into gold, so it's not exactly a tale of upstanding characters. This book definitely adds a lot more darkness and grit to the story, and there are some grotesque, gruesome images portrayed, so the façade is peeled off of the story and characters; there really isn't any character in this book that you want to root for. I enjoyed the writing, the author created a vivid image in my mind as I read, and I think it flowed quite well. I do feel like I wanted the story to move a bit faster, but the story was interesting, so I didn't mind too much since the book is already fairly short. The Cripple was an entertaining, unique character to have a POV from because you don't like him, but he is amusing at times, so you sort of root for him, which he is really rather despicable, so you don't want to be rooting for him, but you can't help it sometimes! Some of his thought processes are just crazy, so there's a touch of humor to him, that makes him seem not so threatening. I like re-imaginings, so I'm glad I read this!