Wednesday, December 28, 2016
It's 1807 on the Scottish Isle of Eigg. Four-year old Maggie believes she has killed her mother by saying bad things and now she won't say a word. She's worried if she says anything else, she'll kill her da too. The trouble is, the consumption that really took her ma, has marked Maggie too. It forces Da to marry Janet so Maggie can have a woman to look after her. It gets harder for her to stay silent, though, because Janet tries to get Maggie to talk. She's not sure she can hold out when this new ma reveals secrets that make her squirm, that make her feel like Da is doing things he shouldn't be. It seems there's more to worry about than a few words. If she can just understand what Ma's ghost is telling her from the corners, Maggie will be able to face her fears and find her voice and true power. The question is: will that power be enough to bind the family together even against the darkest secrets?
MY REVIEW -
This book isn't really something I generally like to read, but the writing was really great and the story is interesting. If I based the rating on my liking the story, I probably would've rated it a 3, but the writing style definitely pumped the rating up a notch for me. I almost felt like I was waiting the whole time for the real story to begin, but this book is a slower building story with some real situations and it is a period piece, so everything seems simpler. The story takes place in 1807 in Scotland, and is really rather depressing, but the characters kept me reading and wondering where in the heck this story is going. Angus has lost his wife, who he had deep love for, and his unborn child, and after his wife's death, their 4 year old daughter, Maggie, believes it is her fault, so she stops speaking, and Angus worries for her, so he marries a spinster, so his daughter will have a mother figure. The relationship between Angus and his new wife, Janet, is strained, and both are dealing with a lot that has happened in each of their lives, and finding trust and connection between them is difficult. There's also lots of POV's, we get POV's from Maggie, Angus, Janet, and Angus' sister, Emma, who are all dealing with their own issues, and although it seems like a lot of POV's and I normally don't like more than 2 POV's, I think it was done well. This is a standalone, and I think the ending worked for this type of story. I've read other books by Thea Atkinson, and have really enjoyed her writing in each book I've read of hers, she has stories that go to lots of different genres, I for one happen to love Paranormal books, so I tend to favor her books that lean more in that direction, but I'm always willing to give books of hers a try that may not be to my usual liking, and I think that is a credit to her wonderful writing.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Review for Twice in a Blue Moon - Books 1 - Damnation and Book 2 - Temptation in the Blue Moon Saloon Series by Anna Lowe - 5 out of 5!
I listened to this on audiobook, and the narrator was excellent! She had a wonderful tone to her voice, and I enjoyed the listening experience! Below is a review for each of the books individually beginning with the first in the series -
He hasn’t forgotten her, and she sure hasn’t forgiven him.
Jessica Macks is a she-wolf on the run from a band of murderous rogues. When she finds a job at a shifter bar, it seems like a safe haven from her hunted life on the road. But the minute she walks through the swinging doors of the Blue Moon Saloon and comes face-to-face with the man she once loved, she’s tempted to march right back out. No way, no how is she risking her heart to that infuriating alpha bear again.
Simon Voss thought he lost everything in an ambush months before: his home, his family, his past. His new job at the Blue Moon Saloon is a desperately needed fresh start on life. Then along comes Jessica, the irresistible she-wolf his clan forced him to reject years before. When Simon is obliged to hire Jessica and work side by side with the one woman to ever make his bear go wild, he’s half in heaven, half in hell. He hasn’t forgotten her, and she sure as hell hasn’t forgiven him. Is this just another path to heartbreak or his last chance to claim his destined mate?
* A paranormal romance with adult content. The perfect read for fans of strong heroines, alpha heroes, werewolves and shapeshifters, red-hot cowboys, romantic westerns, paranormal suspense, action-adventure romance, and fantasy romance! *
MY REVIEW - 5 out of 5!
Loved this! Second chance romance with shifters, I'm all on board for that! Jessica and her sister, Janna, are starting new at the Blue Moon Saloon after their whole pack was wiped out by Rogue shifters. They are wolf shifters, and Jessica is very thankful to have found a place at the Blue Moon, but when she finds out her new boss is a past lover, she isn't too happy, but there isn't anywhere else for her and her sister to go, so Jessica is going to have to just deal with it. Jessica was deeply hurt by Simon when he broke things off with her without much explanation, and finds it difficult to be in his presence; especially since her wolf wants her mate, and Jessica is still affected by being near Simon. Simon is a bear shifter, and he can't believe it when Jessica walks into the Saloon; his bear growls mate and wants to make her his, but Simon hurt Jessica when he broke it off, so his bear is just going to have to wait. I love that there is POV's from both Jessica and Simon! Jessica is a strong and intelligent woman, and I really felt for her, when she lost her pack and when Simon turned her away. The romance is so sweet and wonderful, and Simon was adorable! I love that he rubs up on stuff! I know that sounds a bit weird, but it's a shifter story, so I think it fits. I love that he is a bit of a gruff bear, but his soft side comes out with Jessica. I also like that we get some action scenes, and I really enjoyed the writing! I also loved all the side characters, and I am super excited to read each of their books! This is a great shifter read, and I'm definitely looking forward to more from Anna Lowe!!
His darkest fears...her deepest desires.
She-wolf Janna Macks knows trouble when she sees it, especially when it comes in the form of an irresistibly broody cowboy like Cole Harper. Her fledgling pack is already in the cross hairs of a ruthless group of rogues, and falling head over heels in lust with a human will only endanger her loved ones more. The problem is, her wolf knows her destined mate when she sees him — and Cole is it.
Rodeo pro Cole Harper has never felt this off-kilter before. One minute, he’s lusting after Janna, the spunky waitress he can’t get off his mind, and the next, he’s growling at a dark inner voice demanding all kinds of crazy things — like howling at the moon and claiming Janna as his own. There’s only one thing stronger than the overwhelming need for Janna, and that’s the fear that without her, he’ll succumb to the strange inner beast wrestling for control of his haunted soul.
Behind the doors of the Blue Moon Saloon, alpha shifters confront their darkest fears and their deepest desires. This book is a complete standalone story that ends with a strong hook to the main character in the next book of the series.
* A paranormal romance with adult content. The perfect read for fans of strong heroines, alpha heroes, werewolves and shapeshifters, red-hot cowboys, romantic westerns, paranormal suspense, action-adventure romance, and fantasy romance! *
MY REVIEW - 5 out of 5!
I'm really loving this series! In this book, we get Janna's story, who is Jessica's sister from the first book, and we get to see how Janna and Cole's story unfolds. You should read the first book in this series, or there will be some spoilers in this book for that book, and Janna and Cole are introduced in the first book, but I suppose it isn't completely necessary, but I think it adds to the enjoyment of this book; plus that book is awesome too! Janna and her sister have found a new home at the Blue Moon Saloon with the 2 were-bears, Simon and Soren, and Janna is feeling a strong attraction towards a regular at the Saloon. Cole is a sexy cowboy with something in his past that is eating away at him, and on top of that, he is starting to feel and hear strange things, and his feelings for Janna have turned animalistic. Janna's wolf is also feeling animalistic towards Cole, but she doesn't understand it because Cole is human, and on top of her wolf acting weird, there is the threat of the Rogues. The Rogues don't believe in mixing shifters, and they definitely don't want shifters and humans mixing. First off, I enjoyed the chemistry between Cole and Janna, and I found Cole to be adorable. I like Janna too, but I definitely think she should have made it more of a priority to talk with Cole; that made me think of her as a bit more ditzy then I had thought previously, so I was a bit disappointed in that, but for the most part, I liked her. The story is interesting, and I liked the flow of the story. I'm excited to read the next book in the series, even if I don't really like the premise; I wanted more for Soren, so I'm disappointed with what I know so far, but since I loved the first 2 books and enjoy Anna Lowe's writing, I'm giving it a chance. Plus, I'm very interested in Soren! Looking forward to more of him, and more of the main couples from books 1 and 2!
Friday, December 23, 2016
"This, Andrea, is the royal mating room. Are you ready to use it?"
Andrea and Jake have made the jump and moved in together. Things have been going well--so far. But when Andrea gets sick, their bond will be tested in a way she hadn't ever considered.
Deep in the hidden subconscious of her mind, does Andrea truly love Jake Napleton?
If they met in a completely different context, would the two of them still fall for each other?
This surreal quick holiday novella is hot and steamy. Holiday Heat Wave can be read as a standalone, but you will enjoy it more if you read Playing Dirty first and get Jake and Andrea's full back story!
Either way, feel free to read as a standalone with an HEA! Enjoy!
MY REVIEW -
I loved this addition to the Playing Dirty series! Holiday Heat Wave is a cute, fun novella! We get more Andrea and Jake from the first book, Playing Dirty, which I feel it would be better to have read first, but I suppose you could read this as a standalone, but it's more fun if you read the first book before this one. In this book, we do get some more Jake and Andrea, but in a different way than in the first book, in this book it is sort of like an alternate reality for Andrea and Jake. Most of this book is in Andrea's POV, as she has to deal with being in an unique situation, and goes through some interesting situations; some of which are a bit supernatural. We get to see a more primal side to Jake, and I liked it! I definitely want a massage now! Well, I always want one, but definitely more so after reading this book! I still liked Andrea, but she does make a stupid decision that I felt didn't quite work with her character, but I figured since things aren't quite the norm, I'll let that pass. There's definitely lots of sexy times that get the blood pumping! The whole story is entertaining and interesting, and I also loved that we get some glimpses into the continuation of Andrea and Jake's life together. Lots of fun for the Holiday season!
Thursday, December 22, 2016
I'm going to teach Andrea to play dirty...she just doesn't know it yet.
Pulling in eight figures a year as star pitcher for the Chicago Jaguars, there's no shortage of parties, booze, and women. I'm a beast on the mound and between the sheets but when my social media presence becomes a major problem, the team’s owner brings in a PR expert to clean up my image. Andrea Diggers is the complete opposite of every girl I’ve ever met. She’s smart, classy, and completely off limits. Which makes me want her even more. I’ve always loved a challenge, and Andrea has no idea I'm about to get her to play...on my terms.
Cleaning up Jake Napleton’s image may be my hardest assignment yet, and not just because of the secrets he keeps deeply buried. Working alongside the six-foot-six arrogant, filthy-mouthed man is a challenge in restraint. He screams poster-boy for favorite mistakes with his chiseled abs and rippling muscles. And I want to take him up on every dirty word he’s said. But he’s not the only one with something to hide. Our attraction may be immediate. Potent. Dirty. But is it enough to withstand our shadowed pasts?
*Playing Dirty is a full length sexy standalone with an HEA.*
MY REVIEW -
Really enjoyed this! Playing Dirty had a lot more heart then I was thinking it would have, and I loved both of the main characters. Jake is a major league baseball player, who has a bit of a bad boy reputation, so the owner of his team hires a PR team to work on Jake's social media reputation. Andrea is new to the PR firm, but she makes an impression on the owner of the team, and gets tasked with turning Jake's reputation around. Andrea thinks Jake is one hot hunk of a man, but she doesn't want to get involved with some bad boy baseball player; especially one that is her client, but if Jake has anything to say about it, Andrea and him will be getting a lot closer. As Andrea gets to know Jake better, she starts to see a side of him that he doesn't let many people see, and they begin to grow closer together. Unfortunately, both have some issues in the past that may affect their growing connection, and both need to find strength in themselves to persevere above the difficulties in their lives. This is a great sports romance, and there are definitely some hot moments in the book, but the book goes into a lot more then just Andrea and Jake's relationship, and the character's actions felt natural and the story flowed smoothly. Andrea and Jake are hot together, and I actually would've loved a bit more of just Andrea and Jake together. Both are strong characters, and I liked that they have a fun banter with each other; it makes it seem like their connection is more genuine, and their relationship is built on more than just sexual attraction. There's some interesting side characters, and hopefully they will get books of their own; I especially am interested in what is going on with Jake's sister. I look forward to checking out more book by Mickey Miller, and hopefully get more of Andrea and Jake! Great first book by Mickey Miller!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Working with the ex you secretly love to save the souls of the innocent is almost as bad as working with a mighty battle unicorn who would be thrilled to watch you plummet to your death.
Scout is used to pain. Her body has been broken, her heart has been broken, and the only thing keeping her together is her relationship with her younger sister. Lil Bit believes in unicorns and terrifying monsters she calls soul stealers. But unicorns and monsters aren’t real…are they?
When Lil Bit falls prey to the mysterious disease sweeping the country, Scout has two options – believe the doctors who say it’s a pandemic or believe Lil Bit, who says it’s the soul stealers. She chooses her sister and goes looking for the unicorns who are supposed to save them. What she finds aren’t the cute pastel mythical creatures she expects. Battle unicorns are big and tough and full of attitude. Who knew?
Unicorns are real and so are the monsters. Soul stealers are reaping the souls of the innocent, and the unicorns are fighting to stop them. But to save the world, they need the help of humans – the enemy they’re dying to protect. And first to sign up for the fight is the ex-boyfriend Scout’s heart won’t stop loving, no matter how determined she is to hate him.
MY REVIEW -
This is super awesome!!! Unicorns!!! Love it! Scout was in an accident about a year ago, and her boyfriend, Trey, didn't come see her in the hospital and started dating other people, so she does whatever she can to avoid him because it is difficult for her to see him because despite how hard she tries not to, she still loves him. There's also something weird going on, people are falling into comas for no apparent reason, so people are afraid they to will fall ill, but Scout's little sister, Lil Bit, sees things and tells Scout that what may be causing the comas may be something more sinister and less explainable than a simple illness. When Lil Bit falls victim to whatever the mysterious force is, Scout will do anything to save her sister. Along for the ride is Trey, and unfortunately for Scout, Trey's girlfriend, but Scout can't let that stop her from finding out what in the World is going on. Scout and company find help in the form of Unicorns, which is totally awesome, and some epic battles take place. Scout has lingering pain from her accident, so she thinks of herself as weak and she needs to find her strength, and believe in herself. Scout is a wonderful character, and I loved her! She's doesn't always excel, but she doesn't give up and she gives it her all. Trey needed to catch a clue a lot sooner! Jeez, boys are stupid sometimes! I felt bad for both Scout and his girlfriend! Luckily, we get some chapters in his POV, so we get some insight into his thought process, so I actually liked the guy. Scout and his story is actually really sweet, and it was tough to read how hurt Scout is by Trey's actions. I loved all the different types of unicorns, and getting to see an unicorn utopia of sorts, and I loved all the magical elements. I read this book in one sitting! Interesting and entertaining till the very end! Love Wendy Knight's writing! I need the next one now!!!
A woman looking for a connection
Following her grandmother’s death, Sadie Burrows-King leaves the only pack she’s ever known in search of family ties. Crashing into Los Lobos, literally, she finds herself face-to-face with a man who calls to the lonely wolf inside her.
A man on the fringes of society
Orphaned wolf, Easton Quaid, survived the cruel years of Magnum’s reign by the skin of his teeth and the kindness of others, of the pack, but not really part of it. His world turns upside down when a new wolf blows into town. It will take every ounce of patience to claim her as his mate.
Set a task in the scavenger hunt, Sadie and Easton must work together. Proximity and attraction lead to stolen kisses and more between the pair. The mating call is strong, but is it too much for her to handle?
Secrets and celebrations
A new family, a new pack, and the temptation of a new mate. Sadie had everything she ever dreamed of, right? As the Winter Solstice celebrations get into full swing, old secrets are revealed. Sadie faces the decision of her life. Is she a solid, reliable Burrows, or a flighty, untrustworthy King? It’s not only her heart at risk if she makes the wrong choice.
MY REVIEW -
This is a cute, fun short story with a sweet romance, and I really enjoyed it, and it's perfect for the Winter season. Sadie is a werewolf, who is in search of her grandmother's pack because she no longer felt comfortable with her old pack. Sadie is traveling in snowy conditions, when she is left stranded, but luckily she finds help in the form of Easton. Easton and Sadie have a connection, but with Sadie being new to the area and a bit wary, the two begin a friendship. Sadie hopes to find a place where she can feel like she belongs, and Easton hopes it is with him. This was great! The chemistry between Sadie and Easton is wonderful and they are adorable together, and have some hot moments! I also love the shifter aspect, and I liked the jovial, quirky attitudes of the other pack members. Sadie and Easton are both likable, and I liked getting a bit of backstory on Easton. It really helped that we get dual POV's, so as readers, we can get a better sense of who both Easton and Sadie are individually. I would have been happy if this story were longer, but this story did feel whole to me, and was a satisfying read. I haven't read the other books in this series, so I don't know the other Character's stories, but after reading this, I would love to check out more books in this series and by Merryn Dexter.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Book 17 in the Dragon Guard series. The books can be read as stand-alone stories, but it is advisable to read them in order to get the most enjoyment from the series.
What happens when a Christmas elf with way too much sass for her little pointed ears finds a centuries old Guardsman buried in the snow?
Well, she takes him home and nurses him back to health, of course.
If only everything was that easy. With six older sisters, two baby reindeer and an evil gnome of an aunt hellbent on world domination, Elsa’s got her hands full.
It’s gonna take more than a little Elven magic and the love of her dragon to make to Christmas Eve, but this little elf is not giving up. She’s guarding her dragon with all she’s got and finding out the best things in life might actually come wrapped in glittering green scales.
This book contains explicit sexual material and violence. It is only suited for mature readers 18 years of age and older.
MY REVIEW -
I loved everything about this!!! Perfect for the Holiday season!! Cute and sweet and wonderful! Elsa is an elf, who finds a box buried in the snow that is spelled with black magic, when she gets it opened there is a man in the box that is frozen, and Elsa feels a pull towards the man, so Elsa takes it upon herself to rescue him. I love Elsa's feistiness! She's the youngest of 6 sisters, and I loved the rapport the sisters have and it had some fun comical value to the story. The romance between Elsa and Quinn is adorable and sweet and hot! I also like the bit of side story with Elsa's aunt, and solving the mystery of what happened to Quinn. Plus, there are reindeer! I would love to get more with these characters, and since Elsa has so many sister, they each could get their own stories! I'd read those, and anymore stories by Julia Mills! Definitely read this! Perfect!
Thursday, December 15, 2016
A gathering storm of violence is on the horizon. Whispered threats of the Acta Sanctorum’s return have the supernatural world abuzz. Only recently aware of the other world hidden behind our own, Kitara Vanders has barely scratched the surface of what being supernatural truly means. A special woman in her own right, she possesses unique telepathic abilities, gifts that have recently come under the scrutiny of the Acta Sanctorum, a fanatical organization whose mission is to cleanse the world of anything supernatural. Targeted and marked for death, Kitara’s only hope lies with the lethally seductive yet emotionally scarred warrior Nicholas.
Knowing full well the atrocities of which the Acta Sanctorum is capable, Nicholas is all too eager for the battle to begin. Fueled by pain and rage from the loss of his mate, he’s itching for a fight, but one thing stands in his way: Kitara, a beautiful dark-haired woman with unique psychic abilities and an unusual link to the Saints. Despite his resolve to remain focused on his mission, a purely physical relationship binds them together in a way neither of them expected. And when her life hangs in the balance, Nicholas finds his own is teetering on the edge too.
MY REVIEW -
I liked getting Nicholas story, and understanding him a bit better. Nicholas' mate was killed in one of the previous books, and he is still really hurting because of it, and Lysander wants to help Nicholas get past it and move on, so they go out for a night on the town. I just want to say that it has only been around 3 months or so since she was killed, so right off the bat, I'm thinking why are these people bothering him to get over it, so I wasn't happy with those turn of events, and it made Nicholas' relationship with his mate seem insignificant, so when Nicholas meets Kitara it's all a bit bittersweet for me. Kitara's boyfriend has joined the Saints, and has dumped Kitara, but she thinks he has been brainwashed, so she has come to Boston to find him and convince him to return home with her, which came across as very desperate to me, and some of the actions later in the book don't lead me to believe her feelings are deep enough for her to be so blind and devoted when it comes to her boyfriend. She ends up getting into some dangerous situations, and Nicholas ends up saving her. Kitara has a vague idea that there are other types of beings out there, but she is still pretty clueless; that's something I don't really like about this series, all of the females are sort of naïve and whiny, and make things worse a lot of the time, so I would have liked for there to be a strong female character that was capable and confident all on their own. Nicholas decides Kitara needs protecting, so he ends up letting her in on the knowledge about vampires, the Saints, and the rest of the supernatural world, but there is something about Kitara that isn't quite normal. Once I got past Kitara's desire to get her boyfriend back, I did like her and she does have some feisty to her that I enjoyed, and she handles things fairly well, and there is some chemistry between Nicholas and her. The sex scene is hot; except for Nicholas thinking he is out of practice even though it has only been 3 months! There's also some good action in this book, and it's well written; kept me entertained till the end. All in all, this is a good addition to the series, and if you liked the rest of the series, you should definitely read this book!
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.
You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…
Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.
Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.
Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.
He’s off limits.
And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel at times—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.
Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.
Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.
But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.
Full of scandal, dysfunctional families, teen soap-opera-style angst and drama, secrets and lies, mean girls and catfights, lust and love, book one in the unputdownable Kennedy Boys series will have you flipping the pages’ way beyond bedtime!
Only recommended to readers aged 17+ due to mature content and language.
MY REVIEW -
I absolutely love Siobhan Davis' other book series, True Calling and Saven, so even though this series is a bit different from those series, I was excited to get my hands on Finding Kyler, and I enjoyed it! Siobhan Davis knows how to create an involving story, where once you start the book, you don't want to stop, and Finding Kyler definitely kept my interest. In Finding Kyler, Faye's parents have died, and since she is only 17, she needs to leave Ireland and go live with her mother's rich brother in America, and Faye is not happy about it, but she doesn't have a choice. When Faye arrives, she meets her 7 male cousins and her Uncle's wife, and the boys aren't exactly welcoming, but Faye has sass, so she isn't having it. Among the most rude of the cousins is Kyler, he definitely has a chip on his shoulder, but Faye feels a connection with him, but his coldness towards her, makes her determined to fight her draw to him, but despite her best intentions, she doesn't last long. Also, Faye has to deal with the rich snobs, mean girls who think they are god's gift, catty bitchiness, and the dysfunction of her new family. There's lots of drama to be had in Finding Kyler! Finding Kyler takes places in a Richie Rich world, and deals with the pretentious, so be prepared to dislike most of the characters. Luckily Faye is a good character since the whole book is in her perspective, Faye is tough and independent, and after the initial meeting of her character, I really liked her. Kyler runs hot and cold most of the time, so I'm not in love with him yet, and the rest of the cousins are obnoxious and immature, so there wasn't any book boyfriend material as of yet, but lots of room for these boys to grow. Now, the whole thing of Faye and Kyler being cousins didn't really bother me too much, I think I'm more forgiving when things are in books, then if it were in actual life, so I was cool with that, and Siobhan Davis doesn't just gloss over the issue, she faces it head on in the book. Now, there is a huge bombshell at the end of the book, so this is a cliffhanger ending, so I'm definitely anticipating the next book. I definitely feel like there's something else going on behind the scenes of Faye's family; especially past transgressions of members of Faye's family, so I'm excited to see where Siobhan takes this story, and I hope the next book doesn't make me wait too long before I get some answers!
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Andrew Newton owns one of the largest chains of adult content sites in the world. Spending his days looking at dirty pictures should be the ultimate dream, but only one woman matters. Mercy Rowe is the one who got away. When he’s invited to her wedding, he sees the chance to put the past behind him. He doesn’t expect her younger sister Susan to be far more trouble, temptation, and innocence than Mercy ever was.
MY REVIEW -
Despite a few things I could've done without, I enjoyed Renting Romance, and the story kept me interested. In this book, Susan, who is Mercy's sister from the first book in this series, meets Andrew, who is one of Mercy's best friends and who was also her lover at one time, Andrew is in town for Mercy's wedding and to work with Mercy on his ad campaign for the porn company he owns, when he comes across Susan and helps her out of what could've been a bad situation. Andrew and Susan feel an attraction for each other, but Andrew has some reservations about being with Susan, and when Mercy voices her opinion on the matter, that causes Andrew to hesitate further, but Susan and him do begin to build a friendship, and as they grow closer things begin to blossom into more, but insecurities begin to take root causing problems for the two. I liked Susan, I like that she was honest about how she was feeling and that she went for what she wanted. I also liked Andrew, but I could've done without hearing about his past sexual conquests with women and men, and I also don't like that he slept with Susan's sister before, but it wasn't too bad, so I still enjoyed the majority of the story. I was also weary of him being in the porn business, but for the most part, I could look past that to see there was more to Andrew then that, and Andrew is actually a good, decent guy, who is still growing up and working on himself. I do wish there was a bit more depth to the characters, but Andrew and Susan do have good chemistry, and they do have some hot and sweet moments. I like that there is POV's from both Susan and Andrew, and I liked how there relationship developed. I haven't read any of the other books in this series yet, but I'd like to, and I think it isn't necessary to read them to enjoy this book, but there are some spoilers about Mercy's story, so you may want to read the previous books first. The writing was good, and Allyson Lindt tells a good story, so I'd also like to check out some of her other books.
Prepare yourself. It’s a competition like no other.
Think: The Hunger Games meets The Selection.
The last one standing wins the man.
Meet Morgan LeFaye Woodenson. She has her life planned out. She’ll marry Sawyer, the love of her life, and they’ll run into the sunset to be nomads, surviving off the land, not reporting to anyone, free to live their lives as they see fit.
At least, that was the plan until the imprisonment.
When reagent Orinthal’s wife dies suddenly, Faye is forced from her home and thrown into an arena to compete with every other nineteen-year-old girl in Sector Sixteen for the highly coveted place at his side. If she doesn’t win, she dies; if she does win, she loses everything she loves.
Deception and ruthlessness fill her, and she’s determined to find a way to hold on to her dreams—even if that means becoming someone she never thought she’d have to.
MY REVIEW -
This was entertaining, and as it says in the synopsis, definitely has elements of The Hunger Games and The Selection. When the regent's wife of Faye's sector dies, girls who are 19 years old are taken from their homes to fight to become the new wife of the regent, and Faye just so happens to be 19, so she is taken to the regent's palace where she trains to kill the other girls there. Faye isn't happy about this, since she has to leave her boyfriend and she doesn't want to be involved with the regent, so she wants to find a way to escape, but there are other things at play, so things don't go quite as Faye may have planned, and on top of that, she is finding herself drawn to one of her guards. I really enjoyed all the action and magic use, and the story was fast-paced and kept me reading. I liked Faye alright, but I didn't really like how teeny-bopper she is, but she's only 19, so I suppose it is too be expected, and she does have her moments when she did kick butt! Also, the romance was cute, but there were some weird moments between Faye and some other characters that I could've done without, and I wished the romance felt a little bit deeper in emotion, but I still enjoyed that aspect. There's also lots of cool, strange creatures, and the story was interesting. This is the first book by Jo Michaels that I've read, and based off of this, I would check out more of her books.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Now that Jesse’s home, he’s even more off limits than ever before…
Jesse Valen – the star quarter back of the Jets - is coming home. I always wanted him so bad, but I knew he just thought of me as a kid. I used to love it when he’d let me rub down his muscles in the hot tub after practice. But I was too shy and innocent back then. If it were now, I would rub my hands over more than just his biceps, and pecs, and abs, and way down…well you get the idea.
But I can only dream. I’m off limits, you see.
He’s my brother’s best friend… or at least he was until the accident.
Some things never change.
My home town looks the same, and the girls still throw their panties at me just like when I was the high school football star.
And some things do change.
Bill hates me now. I don’t blame him. Hell, I can hardly live with myself.
But what’s changed the most is Mary, Bill’s kid sister. Only she’s no kid no more. She’s turned out to be cutest piece of ass even city girls would envy. Yep. I’m gonna f*ck her as much as I can before I go back to New York.
But if I do, it’ll be just another reason for Bill to hate me even more...
MY REVIEW -
This was okay, but really lacked depth for me. This is a short story, but I've read plenty of short stories that felt complete and had good character development, but this story didn't reach that. In Big Bad Baller, Mary is working 2 jobs and going to school in order to take care the bills and support her brother. Mary's brother, Bill, used to be a big time football star in high school, but an event derailed his dreams of playing pro, so now he is lazy and morose, so all the chores and bills fall on Mary. When Mary reads that another local football hero, who made it to the pro's, is returning home for a little bit, she is excited because she has always had a crush on Jesse, but Jesse and her brother have had a falling out because of the events that happened in the past, so the road to happiness isn't exactly easy for Mary and Jesse, and causes some drama. Mary comes across as desperate when it comes to Jesse, and I actually felt she was a little pathetic, so I had a hard time connecting with her. There's also a scene when she meets him at a party and he has a girl on him, and then he says something along the lines of, "All these girls chasing me, saying nice things... it's hard to resist.", and granted this is before anything happens with them, but really who wants a guy that says he can't resist when girls come on to him; especially since he is in a job where he will be traveling a lot, but this barely even phases Mary, and leads me to believe her feelings for Jesse weren't based on much, and all she cared about was catching Jesse. There also was no substance to Jesse, he was just flat, and really nothing to swoon over. The relationship between Mary and Jesse felt very surface to me; not much feeling involved, and they didn't really have any chemistry. The sex scenes were okay, but really if there isn't any emotion to the sex scenes, I don't really enjoy them. I felt the story had good bones, but the meat wasn't added to those bones, so the story doesn't make an impression. This is the first book I have read by Tia Siren, and I suppose the writing was okay, but I'm not sure if I'll continue on with anymore of her books.
Her perfect man is an alien god … if she can trust him
Bridget Gideon’s day has just gone from bad to bizarre. On the run from her drug-dealing ex-boyfriend, she falls through a rip in space-time and lands on a frozen planet inhabited by an alien species — who turn out to be the Celtic gods of old.
The planet may be chilly, but the sexy prince who rescues her is all kinds of hot. Ciarin has spent centuries in solitude since a vindictive curse locked his planet and his people in an icy sleep. His unexpected visitor may not thaw the world, but she soon kindles his desires.
As they work to find a way for Bridget to go back home, the heat between them blazes out of control. Then Prince Ciarin is offered a shocking choice: he can save his planet, but only if he sacrifices the woman he’s come to love. Has Bridget found the man of her dreams, only to be betrayed once more?
MY REVIEW -
Loved this! Bridget is trying to escape from her drug dealer boyfriend and one of his cohorts, when she is transported to a different planet. The planet and its inhabitants have been cursed, and the land has turned into a treacherous frozen wasteland of perpetual Winter, and the majority of its inhabitants have also succumbed to the freezing temperatures and have become frozen themselves. Bridget doesn't know what has happened to her or where she is, but she knows she needs to find shelter before she freezes, but along the way she is put in a perilous situation and is in need of saving, and luckily for her, she is saved by one of the remaining inhabitants of the planet, Ciarin. Ciarin is the youngest prince left on the planet because the rest of his brothers have been frozen by the curse, and he also feels guilt because some of his actions may have led to the condition the planet is in, so he is in a sort of exile from any remaining inhabitants of the planet. After Ciarin saves Bridget, they need to travel across the frozen tundra to another area on the planet in hopes of finding a solution that will allow Bridget to return home, but Ciarin may have different plans in mind for Bridget. Both Ciarin and Bridget try to withhold themselves from the other, but as they travel, they begin to grow closer, and a connection begins to grow between the two, but with secrets and outside forces coming at them, it is becoming more difficult for their connection to grow further. I loved this whole book, the world was really cool, and I loved both Ciarin and Bridget, and I love that we get both Ciarin and Bridget's POV's. Bridget starts out seeming rather young and naïve, but as the story progresses you see her strength and her heart. Ciarin is wonderful and manly, and adorable! The romance between the two was really sweet, and they have some hot and steamy moments. Sigh...so great! Once I started this book I couldn't put it down! I'm really excited to read the next book in this series! This doesn't end in a cliffhanger per se, but there is still a lot more to be had from this story. Looking forward to it!
Thursday, December 1, 2016
This is my stop during the book blitz for Secrets & Shadows. This box set contains novels by Kelly St. Clare, Siobhan Davis, Sophie Davis, Angela Fristoe, DelSheree Gladden, Laxmi Hariharan, Melissa Eskue Ousley, Kristin D. Van Risseghem, Rhonda Sermon and Susan Stec.
This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 30 November till 6 December, you can view the blitz schedule here.
You can buy your copy of Secrets & Shadows for only 0.99$ for a limited time on Amazon. It's also available through Kindle Unlimited.
Secrets & Shadows
by Kelly St. Clare, Siobhan Davis, Sophie Davis, Angela Fristoe, DelSheree Gladden, Laxmi Hariharan, Melissa Eskue Ousley, Kristin D. Van Risseghem, Rhonda Sermon and Susan Stec
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 30 November, 2016
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With over a million words and more than 900 combined four and five-star reviews, this is your ultimate young adult collection of mesmerizing paranormal, action-packed urban fantasy, enthralling time travel, gripping dystopian and captivating space operas from 10 Award Winning, New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling authors!
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About the Authors:
Below are the authors who have a book in this box set
USA Today Bestselling Author DelSheree Gladden
USA Today Bestselling Author Angela Fristoe
International Bestselling Author Rhonda Sermon
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Susan Stec
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Laxmi Hariharan
International Bestselling Author Kelly St. Clare
USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin D. Van Risseghem
International Bestselling Author Sophie Davis
International Bestselling Author Siobhan Davis
Award Winning Author Melissa Eskue Ousley