Friday, June 30, 2017

Review for Sweetest Taboo by J. Kenner - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

All eyes are on us . . . and there’s nowhere to run.

Everyone has their own ideas about Dallas Sykes: He’s a reckless billionaire, a devilish playboy, a man who gets whatever he wants the minute he wants it. But I know the real Dallas behind the money, bravado, and power—and he’s completely, blissfully mine.

We carefully guarded our secrets, and in each other’s arms we sought refuge from our dark past. Our pain became our pleasure, our control within the chaos. But we could only hide from the truth for so long.

Now we’ve let loose our inhibitions and are ready to face the future. And no matter what people think or say, coming clean is its own sweet reward.


MY REVIEW -

Wonderful conclusion to this series! Loved it! You definitely need to read the previous books before starting this one, since this book is a continuation of the previous books. Dallas and Jane have gone public with their forbidden relationship, and are facing lots of public scrutiny, but they are determined to be together. Dallas and Jane's father; through adoption, isn't taking the news of their relationship well and has disinherited them, but despite how hurt Dallas and Jane are, they know their relationship is the real deal. More and more information is being found out about their kidnapping, and the mystery person that has been sending letters to Dallas, ups their game and starts making more serious threats against Jane's life. This book has all the depth and passion of the previous books, and I just loved how devoted Dallas and Jane are, and I was so happy that there wasn't anymore of Dallas' manwhore persona! The sex scenes were once again powerfully raw, and passionate. The connection between Jane and Dallas is really wonderful, and I love them together! I would've loved more of an epilogue though! In this 3rd and last installment of this series, everything comes to an epic conclusion! I've really loved this series, and I am so glad all the books were out, so I could read them one right after the other!

Review for Hottest Mess by J. Kenner - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

No one can know about our love—and hiding only makes it hotter.

Dallas Sykes has a reputation. He is known for his parties, his money, and the countless women on his arm. Yet the Dallas I know is a different man—darker, smarter, and unbearably sexy. Just one look from him can leave me breathless; the anticipation of his touch can make me lose control.

Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other’s secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it’s the truth that threatens us most of all.

Dallas can be mine only behind closed doors, our passion as searing as it is forbidden. Yet nothing in this world has ever felt so desperately, deliciously right.


MY REVIEW -

So, I finished the first book and went right into this one because this series draws you in. It's intense and the connection between the characters makes my heart swoon with the depth of passion the main characters have for each other. You definitely need to read the first book before this one since this one picks up right where the previous one ended. Dallas and Jane have decided that they are going to be together, but they are trying to keep it on the down low due to them being brother and sister; even if it's through adoption, they know people; especially their parents, won't understand. They are also looking for more clues about their kidnapping, which means Dallas needs to continue with his manwhore persona, which I just hate, and really hate a conversation that Jane and Dallas have at a party towards the beginning of the book about threesomes, but I just skimmed those parts. Luckily those kind of actions and talk doesn't happen for long, so it didn't affect my rating. Dallas and Jane still have a deep, intense connection, and their relationship is just so sweet! Dallas has a lot of emotional and physical trauma he needs to deal with, and finds out some shocking information regarding Jane and his kidnapping; plus he's receiving some mysterious messages threatening Jane. The sex scenes are still raw, kinky, and primal, and Dallas and Jane are perfect for each other. This book focuses a lot on Dallas and Jane's relationship evolving, and working through past traumas. This one was just as entertaining as the first, and as with the first I needed to keep reading till the end. On to the 3rd!

Review for Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart.

The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me.

Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have.

Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.

We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.



MY REVIEW -

Okay, so the beginning of this book I was thinking ewww because...(SLIGHT SPOILER COMING UP, SLIGHT SPOILER COMING UP)...I do not enjoy when the male lead is shown in sexual situations with other women, and this book has that, and I had to skim past those parts, but I loved everything else about this book, so I didn't let that affect my rating. This is a forbidden romance, which I totally love those! And on top of that, the characters were kidnapped and tortured when they were younger, so they both have their issues, and are damaged in ways that are heartbreaking, so there is some dark elements to the story. I love how emotionally charged the characters are, and how they feel so deeply for each other. Dallas and Jane are siblings by way of adoption, and have been in love with each other since they were teens, but they've stayed apart because of the taboo of being brother and sister, but it's painful for them to stay apart; they do what they can to try to forget about each other, but there comes a point when the hurt becomes too much. My heart just melted for these characters, and how much they endure. I couldn't stand some of Dallas' actions, and I really felt for Jane, but you can't stay disgusted by Dallas, and he found a place in my heart. The sex is raw and carnal, and has a kink factor to it. I loved that this book has dual POV's because I really think romances benefit from knowing the true feelings of both characters. Besides the deep connection between the main characters, there are some intense scenes trying to discover information about those involved in the kidnapping of Dallas and Jane. This book definitely kept me reading and reading, and I'm going to go read the next book right now!

Review for Can't Forget by Colleen S. Myers - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Is it better to be safe or loved?

Four months have passed since the E’mani destroyed the Earth and scooped up the remains. Elizabeth “Beta” Camden was one of those taken. With the help of their enemies, the Fost, she escapes and confronts her prior captors successfully. Though she knows she should remain vigilant toward the E’mani, she follows her heart instead and falls in love with Marin, the sexy Fost warrior.


She should have trusted her first instinct.



This time the E’mani don’t come in force–they slip in silently. And any hope Beta had of a peaceful life is lost. She leaves in the dead of night to find the E’mani stronghold and end them once and for all. But love is a tricky bitch. It takes a threat to Marin’s safety to make Beta realize, if she can’t forget her past, she won’t have a future.


MY REVIEW -

Love the uniqueness of this story, and this story is really developing with this installment in this series. Elizabeth's memories are still unclear about her time as a prisoner with vicious aliens, and as the memories begin to become more clear, Elizabeth knows one thing, and that is that she wants revenge for the torture they put her through and all of the humans they killed when they invaded Earth. Luckily Elizabeth has found a new home with a different group aliens, and has found love with Marin, but all isn't blissful when they don't agree on the course of action that should be taken to deal with the vicious aliens. When the evil aliens begin causing problems for Elizabeth, she knows she needs to take action, and there is also the little issue of Elizabeth's one-time lover, Finn, who still wants a chance with Elizabeth. Elizabeth has to deal with a lot in this book, and she showed strength. Elizabeth and Marin's relationship is really sweet, and I loved their connection, but I was disappointed in some of Marin's actions, and even some of Elizabeth's actions. The whole Zara thing really made me super ticked at Marin, and I can understand some of the Finn stuff, but I think some of it stepped over the line of appropriate, so I was getting a bit ticked at Elizabeth for that, but I'm much more peeved at Marin's actions. I still like him though, and I'm looking forward to seeing how Colleen S. Myers is going to develop this story. There's some adventure in this book that I really enjoyed, and I liked that we get to see a bit more of the world Colleen S. Myers has created. There's still a lot of story to be told, so I'm hoping the next book will be soon! I want it now!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review for Must Remember by Colleen S. Myers - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth 'Beta' Camden is a survivor. When the E'mani-those pale alien freaks-destroy Earth with a plague of madness and scoop up the remains, Beta is one of the 'lucky' ones. For years, she endures their tortures, experiments and games. Then one day, she manages to escape their ship with her life, and no memory of her time with them. Stranded on their world, Beta wanders the mountains, looking for a way home. She stumbles onto the Fost-the E'mani's ancient enemy. Their war with the Imani is old and rooted in magic that the Fost once had and the Imani crave. Magic Beta soon discovers she's developing along with strange tattoos and disturbing glimpses of her past. The Fost take her in and train her in their ways. As she spends more time with them, she falls in love with their culture and with Marin-he of the hot hands and slit eyes. But the E'mani took her for a reason and they want her back-dead or alive. If Beta doesn't remember that reason soon, they're all going to die.


MY REVIEW -

Unique and very interesting! Loved the whole premise for this story! Elizabeth wakes up on an unknown planet missing some of her memories, she's taken in by a group of people. Elizabeth doesn't know if she can trust them, and they don't know if they can trust her, but an uneasy alliance is formed. When Elizabeth's memories begin to come back, she realizes something terrible happened to her, and seeks revenge. Elizabeth also has a couple of suitors that are trying to win her affections, which leads to some steamy and intense moments. I liked both guys, but I liked the direction it went. The romance has some really hot moments, and the connection between the characters is sweet. I do think Elizabeth is a pinch of a hypocrite at times, but I still liked her, and I like that she's confident. The world Colleen S. Myers created was very cool, and the story was entertaining throughout the whole book. I liked her take on an alien planet and the aliens that inhabit it. Really enjoyed this, and on to the next book!

Review for Immortal Winter by N.R. Larry and Margo Bond Collins - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

A princess locked away in an ice tower.
A handsome kidnapper who insists her savior-queen is a liar.
And a chance to break the curse that's bound them all.

Jayla Storm woke up today next to a dead body, with no memory of how it got there. Then Kip Stanton blew up her ice tower—the only home she’s ever known—and kidnapped her, insisting it was for her own good.

Now she's stuck with a group of rebels hell-bent on usurping the queen who saved Jayla's life. As her memories resurface, she's afraid to trust anyone, even while her feelings for Kip grow stronger.

But wherever Jayla goes, the monstrous ravagers follow. If she's going to survive, and perhaps save Kip and the others, she'll have to learn to trust someone—maybe especially herself.



MY REVIEW -


I loved this! This is a bit of Rapunzel and a bit of the movie The Huntsman: Winter's War. Jayla is a girl in an ice tower, she has been placed there by an evil ice queen. Jayla is rescued by a group of underground survivors, who know more about Jayla then she knows about herself because Jayla's memory has been messed with. Jayla doesn't know who to trust, but as her memories return, she knows one thing for sure; she needs to take down the ice queen. There's lots of cool elements in this book, and the romance is sweet and hot! I loved Jayla and Kip! Woo! They had some intense moments! There's some cool battle scenes, and all of the settings were really neat; great imagery. I loved the bridge of traitors! Super cool and wicked image! I would've loved to have a longer ending! The ending was good, but I always want more! I really enjoyed this!

Review for Making Bad Choice by Rita Stradling - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Culter Fuller came back into my life on the day my mother died, as if losing my mother wasn't bad enough.

We hated each other since childhood. Well, I hated him. He had a very different story.

When I moved to my dad's house to finish my last semester of high school, we went from bitter enemies to. . . something else. He was suddenly everywhere, occupying my space, determined to pull me into his life, filling me with thoughts I knew were wrong.

I knew that soon we would cross a line that should never be crossed.

I knew crossing that line could have very serious consequences; because Culter Fuller wasn't just any irresistible boy, Culter Fuller was my stepbrother.

But, I was always very bad at making the right choices.


MY REVIEW -

I really enjoyed this! I loved the forbidden romance aspect, and this one was a cute one. Cassie and Culter are step-siblings, who haven't seen each other in multiple years because Culter did something to Cassie that hurt her emotionally. Cassie's mom dies, and she goes and lives with her father and his wife; plus her half brother, and her stepbrother, Culter. Culter is a lot different than Cassie remembers, and the two begin to grow closer together. Culter is just adorable! I loved how protective he is of Cassie, and how he's always there for her. They have great chemistry, and they are really sweet together. I liked the whole feel of this book, all the characters were interesting; including the side characters, and the story is sweet and filled with hope. There were a couple things I didn't love, this may be a slight spoiler, but it doesn't have any bearing on the main story, so it's not too big of one: there's a stupid threesome type scenario with Culter, which I found to be just stupid; especially considering his supposed feelings for Cassie, but I just tried to not think too about it, so it wouldn't ruin my enjoyment of this story. Also, I would've loved a lot more in the ending; the ending is find, but I feel it was missing something. But, I still loved this book! And am looking forward to more from Rita Stradling!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review Bend by Molly McLain - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

The Hardass

Focused and in control at all times. Most people think I’m a prick—and I’ll be the first to admit that’s probably true. But I’d rather be a take-no-shit cop than the kind of man genetics says I should be. You break the law, you pay the price. I don’t give a damn if you’re the captain’s daughter or the Queen of friggin’ England.

The Princess

I have no patience for the cocky men my father oversees. Or maybe it’s just Sergeant Hardass who gets under my skin. Not only is he sexy as sin, he refuses to cut me a break. And now I have to work with the arrogant jerk.

I shouldn’t want him, but a secret part of me craves his unforgiving edge. He could give me everything I need, but, first, I have to break down his walls.

I have to make him bend.


MY REVIEW -

I enjoyed the whole premise of this book, and I liked the little bit of forbidden romance aspect between Trent and Kinsey. Trent is attracted to Kinsey, but thinks she too much of a good girl for him, so he hasn't pursued anything with her, but when Kinsey needs some police help, Trent is put on the case, and things begin to heat up. This is a bit of an enemies to lovers story, and I enjoyed the banter between the two. The sex scenes were hot! Trent has some walls built up, and doesn't feel deserving of anything other than a couple f*cks, but maintaining his distance is proving difficult. The romance is intense and sweet, and the characters are a good match. There were a couple things that were a bit weird, there was some weird threesome talk, that I was wondering why the author would include that little bit. Also, this is quite a short story, and I feel the story suffered a little from that, the case that Trent is working felt like it fizzled out, and didn't have quite the impact it could've. There was a great opportunity to increase the suspense and danger with that storyline, but it didn't feel fully fulfilled. Despite, the missed opportunity, I still really enjoyed this book, and I enjoy Molly McLain's writing!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review for Where I Belong by M. O'Keefe - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

THE GIRL I LOVED IS THE WOMAN I CAN’T HAVE

It was simple: Pay the debt and I stay out of jail. Pay the debt and I stay alive.

But I sacrificed it all for Beth.

I didn’t pay what I owed. I’m sure punishment is coming, but I can take it - as long as Beth is safe. Away from her mother and everyone else who would hurt her.

I gave it all up for two days with her. And it was worth it.

She always was.

THE SECRETS WE KEEP ARE WHAT TEARS US APART

We’re supposed to be done. Over. Tommy goes his way, I go mine. Cue the heartbreaking music.

I’m supposed to forget him, but I don’t think I can. And when the danger closes in on Tommy, we’re on the run again. From Bates. From my mother. From our past. And there are no safe places to hide.

Except one. And it’s the place that will hurt Tommy the most.

But maybe it’s time for me to face my past. My demons.

Maybe it’s time for me to save Tommy for once.


MY REVIEW -

After reading Lost Without You, I wanted this book immediately! I'm so glad it came out so soon after the last released because I hate waiting, and I wanted to see Tommy and Beth have their happy ending! This book continues right where the last book finished, and I think it's necessary to read the previous book first to get the full picture. Tommy's debt is still hanging over his head, and Tommy and Beth have suffered immensely, their upbringings weren't ideal, and their pasts have affected their current lives. Neither feels deserving of the other, so they don't verbally express what they feeling for fear of getting hurt, but Tommy and Beth need to fight past the facades they put up, and be real with each other, or they could really lose the best thing in their lives; each other. As I was reading, I was thinking there would be more drama from outside forces, but I quickly realized this book didn't need to go that route; this book shows two people fighting themselves to find their idea of happiness. This book is about the characters; their past, their pain, their struggle, and their hearts. The level of passion and connection that Tommy and Beth have is incendiary and intense, but also so sweet. These two steam up the pages! They both love so deeply and completely, and I just wanted to reach into the book and shake them, and tell them to wise up! Love like theirs doesn't come along very often, so stop the B.S. and stop letting petty things affect them, but oh how I loved it all! If you loved the first book, you'll love this one. I love Tommy so much! He's such a sweetheart, and I just wanted to give him a big hug and tell him he's wonderful! Okay, I'm rambling now, sorry! But anyway, loved this book, love M. O'Keefe's writing, and I'm totally excited to see how the others will deal with their debts!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review for Hostile Workplace by A.M. Madden - 3 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Sam Stanton knows these simple facts:
~ He is a great catch--successful, smart, gorgeous...but the wrong woman caught him.
~ He has the perfect girl who is madly in love with him.
~ He wasted six years of his life by playing it safe.
~ He is damn good at his job and intends to keep climbing the ladder.
~ He can't get her off his mind or out of his heart--no matter how hard he tries.

But, what he doesn't know is just as important:
~ Will he ever really move on and forget how badly she broke his heart?
~ Should he settle for a sure thing, even knowing it's the wrong thing?
~ Can he give up his career for a chance at happiness?
~ Does he correct one mistake with another?
~ What would he do if she were to return?

Confused yet? Welcome to Sam Stanton's life.


MY REVIEW -

This review may be slightly spoilerish. I liked the premise of this story, but I think there were too many unnecessary things in this book that took away from the heart of the story. Plus, it took way, way too long before the heroine was introduced. Most of this book is in Sam's POV, which I didn't mind, but the whole first half of this book is him with someone else besides the heroine, and there's descriptive sex; multiple scenes, of him with a different woman. The whole Judy thing was completely pointless, and muddled the story. When the heroine came into the story, I liked it better, but Sam still acted like a douche at times, so I had a hard time rooting for his happiness, but I still enjoyed reading their story unfold. Lydia was great, she felt more real then any of the other characters, and she's the reason I was rooting for Sam and Lydia. Sam and Lydia have some sweet moments together, and I enjoyed some of the flashback scenes. Sam and Lydia both got a raw deal. There's a bit of mystery to this story that I guessed very early on, and I always think that characters should know a lot sooner what the situation is, but it was interesting. So, I was entertained, but it just took way to long to get the story moving; I would've been totally fine if the whole first half was absent. Oh and the whole Romero's club addition wasn't necessary, and the epilogue wasn't satisfying. I've read A.M. Madden before, and really enjoyed that, so I'll keep reading A.M. Madden. I listened to the audiobook version of this, which had 2 narrators, 1 male and 1 female, and they both did a good job, and I enjoyed listening.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review for Sammie Jo: A 'Not Quite' Shifting Witchy Love Story - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Wearing the fur, waving the wand and wrecking the world! From Witch to familiar in one Bibbidi, Bobbidi, BOOM! It’s back to Asscrack to beg and grovel and pray to the Goddess that Zelda, the next Baba Yaga and Almighty Shifter Wanker will undo the mess I’ve made and return me to my beautifully curvy body on two legs instead of the four little furry ones I am sporting right now.

Let me share with you that smelling butts and having yours accosted at every turn by any random nose from any random animal who just happens to be passing by, is really not a turn-on. I’m ready to be human again in the worst way and willing plead and clean toilets (Gross!) if Zelda will just make with the magic and goofy rhyming spell.

Of course, there’s a hitch and I’m praying she doesn’t ask because if she does I might die of embarrassment before I ever get to wear my new Jimmy Choos. Can you keep a secret? This is just between us, right? Good! Well, the spell that went crazy and covered not only my backyard but also me in neon orange lava was a ritual of my design meant to find my one true mate. So, now I’m wondering if getting changed in a cat and having your magic go on the fritz is the Universe’s way of saying, “You, Sammie Jo, are doomed to live alone. Give it up and go be a cat, at least it’s better than a cat lady.

Sigh! I just hope I didn’t mess up something in the fabric of time and space and let a big, ghoul in because then there’s no way Zelda will save my ass. Yay! One more thing to worry about. I think I’ll go lay in the sun and take a nap, I’m about ten hours short of my required sixteen and I’d hate to get bags under these tiny little cat eyes.

Toodles and…keep the faith, I’m gonna need all the help I can get.

MY REVIEW -

This was another cute addition to this series! I love the humor in this series, and the romances are cute. I loved how she was turned into a cat in the beginning! That was lots of fun! The romance is sweet, and it was great to see some past characters from previous books do a quick stop by. This one did feel very short to me though, so I would've liked a little more content, but I still enjoy this series for a quick, light read.

Review for Prince in Leather by Holley Trent - 3 out of 5




SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

An inherited curse has kept depressed innkeeper Simone Bristol bound to a rundown beach motel for the past six years. Just when she has a chance to break free of it, some visiting guests check in and reset the curse’s clock. They may have foiled her getaway, but it turns out one of those guests could be her respite.

Heath Horan, Sídhe prince and leader of a crew of fairy, motorcycle-riding assassins, claims she’s his fated mate and her ticket out of there. Unfortunately, he also claims that her mother was a runaway from the fairy realm and that Queen Rhiannon—his mother—would love to see both women dead. It seems Simone has walked from one curse into another.

She may be able to get used to being the main squeeze of a sword-wielding prince in leather, but she’s not so sure she’s cut out to be an assassin, too. Unfortunately, if she wants to stay alive long enough to break her curse and help Heath subdue unrest in his realm caused by his mother’s antics, she might have to be.


MY REVIEW -

This is slightly spoilerish, but I think it's something readers should know before starting this book because if I'd know this aspect was in the book, I probably would've pass on it. The main characters engage in threesome activity, which is fine for others to read, but I just don't enjoy that type of thing; it diminishes the connection between the main characters for me, so I tend to stay away from book that type of thing. Also, it was a weird threesome, the guy felt like a creeper to me, so after that I sort of skimmed through the rest of the book because I felt off about the book after that. I do enjoy the premise for this book, and I liked the characters, so I was disappointed that the threesome stuff turned me off the story. If you don't mind that type of thing, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this book. It deals with the Fae, which I find super cool, and the author does have an unique take on the Fae, which was interesting. Also, the ending felt abrupt, and I felt dissatisfied with it. I listened to the audiobook version of this story, and the narrator does a good job, and I enjoyed her performance. Despite enjoying the premise for this book, I think I stay away from the next books in this series, and I may check out other Holley Trent books, but I'll definitely check reviews before I read any of them. Interesting, but not for me.

Review for Ensnared by Rita Stradling - 5 out of 5!


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by Rita Stradling

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Age category: Adult



Blurb:

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast



Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.



Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.



To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.



Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.




You can find Ensnared on Goodreads



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Rita StradlingAbout the Author:

Rita Stradling is the author of The Deception Dance series, the Dakota Kekoa series and The Fourteen Day Soul Detox Novella Serial. She has a BA in Art History and a particular love for modern and medieval art.



Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California.



She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.



You can find and contact Rita here:

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MY REVIEW -

Totally loved this! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales, so I love when there are retellings! I love that Artificial Intelligence, and other robotic type things were included in this story; that was a unique twist on the story. Alainn switches places with a very human like robot named Rose that looks just like Alainn, so her father won't be sent to prison for not delivering the robot to a rich, secluded man named Lorrcan. I enjoyed Alainn and Lorrcan's relationship, it's so sweet! It's interesting to see how Alainn and Lorrcan cope with Alainn supposedly being a robot. There's a bit of mystery to this story too because there's some nefarious deeds happening behind the scenes that cause problems for Alainn and Lorrcan. The plot is interesting and once I started this book, I didn't put it down! Stayed up way too late to finish it! The only thing that was a little weird to me in this book was the storyline of Alainn's friend, it felt like the book would've been just fine without that storyline, but it didn't bother me too much. Ensnared is a beautiful and entertaining story, and I look forward to reading more by Rita Stradling!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review for Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…


MY REVIEW -


Oh wow! I loved this! So sweet and heartfelt! Hearts Are Like Balloons deals with some intense, sad, and difficult things, and this story is just beautiful. May has recently lost her father, so to help her mother out, May decides to get a job at a used book store where her best friend works. May meets Nico, who also works at the bookstore, and the two have an instant connection that quickly becomes a friendship that turns into more, but when life throws another curve ball, will their relationship survive? May and Nico are so adorable! I love their little jokes with each other, and I love the depth of their connection. Their relationship is wonderfully sweet, and my heart hurt for them both during some trying times. The connection between all of the characters was wonderful, May's best friend and Nico's sister, were awesome side characters, and I loved the personalities of each character. I love the quirks that Candace Robinson gives to her characters, the quirks make the characters seem more real, which adds reality to the characters and the story. Hearts Are Like Balloons (Love the title by the way and the cover) touched my heart. Loss, Hurt, Hope, Love, and Heart. Loved it all.

Review for With These Wings by Wendy Knight - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Seventeen-year-old Phoenyx was taken by the aliens who were supposed to save humanity. But Phoenyx didn’t die. She escaped.

Changed, different. Terrifying.

Now she protects the people she used to call neighbors and friends, despite the fact that they don’t trust her. She looks like the aliens—beautiful, strong, and winged. And that’s why those she protects want her dead.

She doesn’t blame them.

All the while, she’s searching for Cole, the boy whose arms she was ripped from the night she was taken. When he shows up at their compound with a new love, everything Phoenyx has been fighting for is turned on its head, and she has to figure out what side she’s really on and who she really is before she loses herself completely.
Never trust beautiful things.


MY REVIEW -

Another amazing book by Wendy Knight! Love her strong heroines! Her boys need to man up more and not move on so quickly, but I still love them! With These Wings is another entertaining, unique, and super awesome book by Wendy Knight! Aliens have invaded Earth, and are killing and capturing humans. Phoenyx was captured by them, and had her DNA integrated with theirs, so now she is half alien, but despite some major differences (Wings!), she still holds out hope that she'll find her boyfriend, Cole, and her best friend, Enika, but the reunion doesn't go quite as she envisioned, when Cole shows up with a new "love". Wendy Knight's take on the aliens was really cool, and I loved the dystopian world she created. Lots of great action, and also lots of great characters! Phoenyx is amazing! She kicks major butt, and has a wonderful heart! Enika is awesome too! She's a wonderful best friend, and I love her with her axe! Totally cool! Cole needed to catch a clue, that boy was adorable, but as I said earlier, needed to man up! Still though, the scenes between Phoenyx and him were really sweet! I'm not sure if there's going to be a 2nd book, but I hope so because I definitely need more resolution between Phoenyx and Cole. Strong females, action, adventure, and sweetness made this an amazing read for me! Once I started I couldn't put it down! Definitely read this!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review for Wing Her Over by Amelia Jade - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Andrew Raskell had life just the way he wanted it. As a gryphon shifter and ambassador from his homeland of Cadia to the small human town of Cloud Lake, life is peaceful and uneventful. Mostly. But when he comes upon a wolf shifter trying to harm a human woman, his intervention changes everything. He never thought he’d see the short, blonde haired woman again, but a second chance meeting proved to him that it must be fate. Now, if he could only show her that he was right for her.

Karri Blaine had everything figured out. From a young age she’d driven herself harder than anyone else in the quest to take over her shifter-hating father’s company. The only problem? He wants to give it to her immature younger brother instead. All it will take is one slip up on Karri’s part and her father will have the reason he needs to strip her of her role within the company. Karri knows that she shouldn’t invite the shifter into her life. Not after what happened to her family two years before. This could be the opening her father needs, but she’s blinded by the sexiest, strongest man she’s ever met.

Her father isn’t the only problem that Karri needs to worry about. Andrew has unknowingly dragged her into the crosshairs of those who are gunning for his job, and they’ll stop at nothing to get there. Andrew is playing for keeps though, and he’ll do whatever it takes to win her heart, no matter the cost to him…


MY REVIEW -

This is the first book I've read by Amelia Jade, and I really enjoyed it! I'll definitely be reading more! I love shifter books, and was super excited that Andrew is a Gryphon shifter! Super cool! I haven't read a gryphon shifter book before, so that was great! Amelia Jade created an interesting world involving the shifter population, and I enjoyed the back story for the shifters and Andrew. Andrew's job is to keep the shifters in check in the human city Cloud Lake, when he saves Karri from being attacked by a bad shifter, he recognizes Kerri as his mate, but doesn't want to scare her away by telling her too soon, so he decides to take it slow with Kerri. Kerri is a tough, capable women, who helps her father run a large company, but her father is a pain in the ass, and is trying to find a reason to not pass down the company to Kerri because she is woman. Kerri feels an attraction for Andrew, but she is very business oriented, and she doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize her inheriting the company, so she's unsure of becoming more with Andrew. There's some devious outside forces causing problems for the couple, that adds some great suspense! Plus, Kerri's father is crazy! Wing Her Over is entertaining and unique! The romance is sweet, and I love their connection! I actually would've loved more romance scenes between the two! I also would've loved more ending, but I loved what was there. Great read!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review for Beneath a Blood Lust Moon by Jodi Vaughn - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Werewolf Braxton Devereaux would do anything to protect his mother from his abusive father, even commit murder. Or so everyone assumes.
Pack Law justice is swift and unforgiving when it comes to murder, and soon werewolf Assassins are out to balance the scales - Braxton’s life for his father’s. On the run, Braxton flees on his Harley to the anti-extradition state of Missouri, but before he crosses the border, he is felled by an Assassin's bullet, and an unsuspecting blonde.
Kate Wolph is in a legal battle to avoid losing her Bed and Breakfast to foreclosure. The last thing she needs is an injured wolf to care for, let alone a gorgeous man with blank eyes and a deadly smile. But the supernatural world of danger that surrounds him threatens to swallow more than just her life.
Can Braxton track down the real killer before the Assassins find him, or will Pack Justice cost him not only his life but the life of the only woman he’s ever loved?


MY REVIEW -

Loved this! I really enjoyed Jodi's take on werewolves! Braxton is falsely accused of murdering his abusive father, he sets out for neutral territory and to prove his innocence, but when he is shot and run off the road by werewolf assassins, he barely escapes with his life and luckily he finds Grace. When Grace finds an injured wolf outside of her bed and breakfast, she doesn't know that her normal life is about to get a bit crazy. Loved the passion and chemistry between Braxton and Grace! Sweet and hot! I love how honest Braxton is with Grace, and how Grace handles all of this craziness being thrown at her. I felt the connection between them, and I loved reading about their feelings growing. Loved all of the side characters! There's some great humor when some unruly romance authors enter the picture! Such fun! There's also some characters from the previous book in this book, which I enjoyed! I haven't read the first book yet, and didn't feel like I was lost with this story, so I don't think it's absolutely necessary to read book one first, but I definitely want to read it after reading this book! I listened to the audiobook version of this book, and think the narrator did a good job. He reads both male and female parts, and he did great with both. Heartwarming, Fun, Sexy, and some great action! Looking forward to reading much more by Jodi Vaughn!

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



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -


Sometimes Fate plays dirty...

Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino is an enigma. He lives alone, works alone, and will die alone. But the night he’s attacked by a female werewolf, nothing will ever be the same. And when his young niece is kidnapped, Sebastian, the deadliest assassin Nero has ever produced, will be forced to choose a side...

Isabelle Wood has never taken the easy path. As a bounty hunter and now a bitten werewolf without a mate, she’s searching for answers to her father’s disappearance while helping to lead an Alphaless Pack. The night she gets the opportunity to take out their enemy, with her blade at his throat, her wolf discovers her mate in the last person she can be with.

MY REVIEW -

Loved this one! Love this series!! Sebastian is sort of an anti-hero, which I totally love, and I really enjoyed watching him find love. Isabelle is a total kick butt female, which is another thing I totally love, and I enjoy reading about a romance that the characters try to deny, but they can't resist the pull towards each other. Along with the sweet, deep romance, there's lots of great action scenes, and I loved seeing characters from the past books; it's great to see the different groups come together! Sebastian is a Jaguar shifter, whose father is evil, and Sebastian has been his right hand man for awhile, so Sebastian has compiled quite the list of enemies, but he's beginning to see that his father's actions aren't working towards a favorable outcome. Isabelle is a werewolf shifter, who father disappeared when she was younger, she found out the Sebastian and his father may have had a hand in her father's disappearance, so she has plans to take Sebastian down, but when her wolf won't let her, she doesn't know what to think. I enjoyed reading about the differences between jaguar shifters and wolf shifters, and there's an element of suspense throughout the book that kept my interest. The romance is wonderful, they have some hot moments, and they are really cute with each other; I had several awww moments! Love them as a couple! When I pick up a Lisa Kessler book, I know I'm in for some wonderful characters, exciting storylines, and passionate, heartfelt romance! I'll definitely be reading more by Kessler!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review for The Debt and Lost Without You by Molly O'Keefe - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS FOR THE DEBT - AMAZON LINK -

LOVE AND SECOND CHANCES ARE NOT FREE

For the five kids who live at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles, life is a nightmare.

Carissa, the youngest, has been there the longest. And barely speaks. Rosa is sixteen and pregnant.

Simon keeps his head down and studies, hoping to get back the life he lost.

Beth and Tommy, in the middle of the darkness, have found each other, and all they want is to be together. But when they get caught making out at school, it puts everyone in danger. Tommy is used to the beatings from their foster father, but when Beth is singled out for punishment, Tommy can’t sit back and let it happen.

AND ALL DEBTS MUST BE PAID

What happens that night rips apart the lives of the five teenagers forever.

After the blood has been spilled, a bargain is made. A deal with the devil that should have solved things. It should have fixed everything.

But nothing is free - not love, not innocence, and certainly not freedom. And sooner or later, all debts must be paid...




SYNOPSIS FOR LOST WITHOUT YOU - AMAZON LINK -

ALL DEBTS MUST BE PAID

Tommy

Seven years ago, I thought I could save Beth, the girl I loved from the monster who was supposed to take care of us. I thought I could keep Beth and all the other kids at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles safe.

I failed. Badly. Now we all have blood on our hands and owe a dangerous man a very dangerous debt. We don’t know when he’ll come calling for payment, but when he does – we pay, or we suffer.

When my turn comes, I’m ready for anything.

Except seeing Beth again.

LOVE IS NEVER FREE

Beth

No one ever tells you that the cost of having your dreams come true is literally every single other part of your life. Yes, I’m a huge pop star these days, but I’m pretty much a mess, too.

I’ve spent my life hiding behind disguises, make-up and costumes, all to protect myself from the kind of pain that comes from revealing your true self to someone.

I did that once. With Tommy. The only person I ever loved. It didn’t turn out so well.

And now, with everything else falling apart around me, I’m suddenly in the backseat of his car.

Being kidnapped.

And the past we’ve both tried to run from is catching up with us.



MY REVIEW -

*The Debt can be bought as an individual book, which is free, or The Debt is also included in the beginning of the book Lost Without You* I read one right after the other, so I'm going to include my reviews for both books! If you are like me then you will want to read Lost Without You right after reading The Debt! Both are 5 star reads for me!

Review for The Debt -

The Debt tells the story of a group of teenagers in a group home run by a preacher and his wife. They are treated horribly in that house, and things reach a breaking point that will change the lives of all of the teenagers. Among the group is Beth and Tommy, these 2 have a deep connection, but they aren't free to express their young love in the group home. The Debt is sort of like the prequel to the main story told in Lost Without You, and I think it does a great job of showing us some of what shapes these characters as the adults that we see in the next book, Lost Without You, and I think it's necessary to read this to understand the whole story. I really felt for these characters and I want so bad for them to be happy! Molly O'Keefe sure knows how to draw you in! Once I finished this I wanted to see how this story would play out! Interesting, quick read with depth!

Review for Lost Without You - *May contain some spoilers for events that happened in The Debt*

Lost Without you picks up 7 years after the events that happened in The Debt, Tommy and Beth haven't seen each other in that whole time, and each has tried to block out past memories. Lost Without You starts off with Tommy's POV, Tommy has been living half a life, he's a person with walls built up, and no matter how much he tries he finds it difficult to forget the past. Tommy also has this "Debt" that he owes some mysterious person hanging over him, so when the debt gets called in, he's almost relieved to finally put it in his past, but also understandably weary of the task he must perform. We also get chapters from Beth's POV, and her life has taken quite a different turn than Tommy's, but she is also living half a life, and she is drowning. When Tommy enters her life again, she doesn't know what to make of this "new" Tommy; especially when she doesn't know if he's friend or foe. Tommy and Beth are on a path paved with difficulties; some they create themselves, and some that they can't control. The depth of feeling between Tommy and Beth warmed my heart, and they also made my heart ache with all the suppressed need both of them were feeling. I love the connection that they built when they were younger, and I love that they still feel a pull towards the other. There's a lot of mystery in this book that I'm really looking forward to discovering, and I'm still not quite sure where the story is going to go. I need the next book now!!! The story is intense, emotional, and entertaining! I love the feel of this story, it's feels a bit raw and gritty, but also feels like there is hope. I'm definitely reading the next book, and definitely checking out more by Molly O'Keefe!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review for Safe Mode by Becky McGraw - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

When you fall asleep in safe mode, they may bury you...

Dr. Grace Wentworth is at the end of her rope with her wild sister who is pursuing the pipe dream of becoming an actress and pawning her daughter off on Grace to do so. When her sister doesn’t come back from her latest audition, and Grace finds out she’s gone to a BDSM resort in Vegas, she has no choice but to go to Sin City to find her and drag her home.

Dexter Buchanan is just looking for a little well-deserved time off from Deep Six Security to wallow in geek talk with fellow techies at the biggest military electronics show in the world in Vegas. What he gets is far from relaxing, however, when he sees his former college friend-with-benefits at the airport being hustled away in a limo to the Silver Chains Resort. After a little research, he finds out the resort is a kink club and thinks his very vanilla former lover and family friend must’ve lost her mind or she might be in trouble.

Could his decision not mind his own business unravel secrets of his own? Would his interference result in him losing his job at Deep Six, and maybe his life to boot? Or would it be his chance to reconnect with his hardcore military family who thought he was a failure, if he didn't drag them down with his sinking ship?


MY REVIEW -

This is more like a 3.5, but I rounded up because it had a strong finish. The story is interesting and entertaining, and I enjoyed that there was some humor. In Safe Mode, Grace is trying to find her sister, who met some Dom online and went to his BDSM club/resort to make "movies", but Grace hasn't heard anything from her sister in over a month, so she decides to do something just as stupid as her sister, she contacts the same Dom her sister did and acts like she's into the BDSM lifestyle, but she knows little to nothing about that world, so she doesn't no what she has gotten herself into, but she'll do what she needs to do in order to find her sister. Dexter sees Grace, who he knew in college, in the airport and sees the Dom treating Grace poorly, so he decides to see what's going on because the Grace he knew would've never been into that type of sex play. Dexter is great, and I liked that he is a sexy computer nerd! He's adorkable! I also like the backstory with Grace and Him, and I loved his attitude! Grace on the other hand wasn't so great, she made stupid decisions all the time, and I don't like how she messed up Dexter's life after he helped her out with a really scary situation, but she did sort of grow on me, so it wasn't all bad, but she really was quite helpless. The action scenes were great, and this story actually deals with some intense stuff, which I found to be very interesting and I like that this story took a bit of a darker turn; it was unexpected. There's actually not much BDSM stuff in this book, which I didn't mind too much, but I would've liked more for the sex scenes that were present; they felt a little lacking and incomplete, but luckily, the story kept me interested the whole time, and the Deep Six Security stuff was really cool. I listened to the audiobook version of the story, and the narration felt a bit robotic in the beginning, but by the end it wasn't so bad. I don't know if I just got used to it, or the narrator just got into the flow of the story, but he did an okay job. This was the first book I've read by Becky McGraw, and after reading this book, I'd like to read more in this series, so I'll be checking out more from Becky McGraw!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review for Revolution by Katie Salidas - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Peace is an illusion. Blood, violence, and death follow Mira like shadows.
Battle lines have been drawn between human and Otherkin, and a bloody war is on the horizon: one that will end in either a shift in the world’s balance of power...or ultimate destruction.
In spite of their strength, powers, and a rage known only by the oppressed, the Otherkin are evenly matched by the superior numbers of the human army. To tip the balance in their favor, the Otherkin need more soldiers – and their only options are the Gladiators of New Haven city.
Mira is sent across enemy lines to recruit any able-bodied vampires to her cause. But what she discovers along the way will blur the lines between friends and enemies. Seeds of doubt weaken Mira’s allegiance, and she finds herself torn between the old masters who used her as entertainment and the new ones who consider her as nothing more than a weapon.
As the war draws near, Mira will have to decide what she is truly fighting for.


MY REVIEW -

Loved this addition to this series! Mira continues to kick lots of butt, and prove that she is definitely someone that shouldn't be crossed. Vampire Mira, human Lucian, and werewolf Stryker, head back to the city where Mira was held prisoner in order to save the other prisoners, and to hopefully find allies. Mira has hopes of peace between humans and the Otherkin (Vampires, Shifters, etc.), but everyone isn't on board with that plan, so Mira needs to watch her back. Mira has lots of enemies trying to kill her; some she expects, but others she doesn't see coming, so there's lots of dangerous situations that Mira finds herself in. Lots of action in this book, and it's great to see some people get what's been coming to them for a long time now! Mira's character also continues to grow, and I'm excited to see her continue to develop. There's a little bit of romance in this book, but Mira is still hurting over the death of her last mate and she also finds it very hard to trust others, so it's slow going. I love that we are getting to see a little bit softer side of Mira! Excited to see where this story is going to go next!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review for Salvation by Anna Lowe - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

One hero, assumed dead. One woman who refuses to give up. One destiny.
Anna Boone won’t give up the search for her cousin, Sarah, who everyone assumes dead. And she refuses to give up on the wounded bear found next to the ashes of her cousin’s house. There’s something deep in his eyes and in his soul she just can’t resist. Something special. Something…human, almost. When her search for the truth leads her to the Blue Moon Saloon, Anna finds more than she ever bargained for — and unwittingly leads a deadly foe to those she loves most.


MY REVIEW -

Love Anna Lowe's writing! I'm always excited when I read one of her books! Before reading this book, make sure to read the previous books! Mainly the book right before this one because it features a storyline that continues into this book, so definitely check that one out first! This book is Anna and Todd's story. Anna, who is the cousin of Sarah from the previous book, and has always felt like her cousin is alive despite what those around her think, so she sets out in search of her cousin, but she finds out a whole lot more than she ever expected. Todd, a bear shifter, who is the cousin of Soren from the previous book, hasn't been having a very easy life lately. He was severely injured during an attack, and when Destiny leads him to Soren and Sarah's doorstep, he finds out some surprising things that further complicate his life, but when he sees Anna, things start looking up for him, but he doesn't feel worthy of her, and there is a lot that Anna doesn't know. Todd and Anna are really sweet with each other, and I love how sure Anna is in how she feels about Todd. Some hot moments between the two! There's still the possible danger of the "Pure" group hunting down the shifters that mix with human and other types of shifters to add suspense and action to the story, which is always entertaining and fun to read. There's also some personal drama between Todd and Soren and Sarah, which isn't my favorite storyline, but is still an interesting one. I felt bad for Anna at times, and I was really hoping something would work out for her a little differently, and come to think of it, for Todd too, but in the end, I was okay with how it turned out. This is a heartfelt, hopeful story! Looking forward to the next book!

Review of Lure of the Bear by Anna Lowe - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

There’s not much that can get this grizzly shifter worked up — except a threat to the woman he has secretly loved for years. Then all bets are off, and he’s willing to risk anything — including the most closely guarded secret of his lonely shifter soul.


MY REVIEW -


Another awesome addition to this series! Each book in this series is about a different couple, but there is a continuing storyline throughout all the books, and previous characters appear from the previous books, so I'd read the previous books before starting this one. Lure of the Bear is Hunter and Dawn's story, and I love that Officer Dawn Meli already knew about Hunter being a bear shifter from the previous book, so I was really looking forward to seeing her reaction in this book, and how Hunter was going to claim his mate. Hunter is having a really hard time with Dawn after she found out that Hunter and his friends are shifters, and Dawn has some walls up due to some past events, so she has been really knocked off balance with the news that there are shifters in the World, and that the guy she has been crushing on is one of them. I loved Hunter! He is so sweet and understanding, and I absolutely love bear shifters! They are so adorable! And of course fierce! Dawn and Hunter are cute together! I loved the backstory between the two, and I liked that they were a little awkward with each other. This is almost a second chance at love story, which I love! I also love the continuation of the magical jewels storyline, which adds a cool magical element to the story, and this book as with the previous books has the suspense element, which adds to the danger in the action scenes, and I loved the Bridezilla aspect; it made for some humorous scenes! Oh and I loved the kitten!! Keiki is adorable! I'm really looking forward to Cruz's story! I love when the gruff ones fall in love! Action, Adventure, and Love!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review for Lure of the Wolf by Anna Lowe - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

She can’t remember her past. He wishes he could forget his.

Nina only has the vaguest memories of who she is or why two men tried to kill her one terrifying night. All she knows is how quickly she’s falling in love with her rescuer — a man with secrets of his own. With her, he’s kind, gentle, and fun — but there’s a ferocious, animal side to Boone and the group of Special Forces vets he shares an exclusive seaside estate with. Can Boone help her uncover the past before the killers catch up with her? Or will an unexpected twist of fate steal her only chance at true love?

If fate were to come knocking on the door of Boone Hawthorne’s beach bungalow, he’d shove it right back into the sea — especially if it started whispering any nonsense about destined mates. But one night, a woman washes up on his private stretch of beach. Before the wolf shifter knows it, he’s breaking every personal rule for her and making promises he’s not sure he can keep. Investigating Nina’s past means crossing paths with a powerful archenemy, cutthroat criminals, and a ruthlessly selfish ex-lover who will stop at nothing to get Boone back in her bed. Can he solve the mystery of Nina’s identity while protecting her — without risking his own heart?


MY REVIEW -

I am loving this series so far! Love the Hawaiian setting, and love the mixed pack! Dragons, a wolf, a bear, and even a tiger! Love the packs dynamic! Right in the beginning of Lure of the Wolf, the action gets started, Nina has been thrown off a boat and someone is trying to kill her! She manages to be rescued, but she has lost some of her memories! Luckily for her, she was saved by sexy, sweet wolf shifter, Boone. Silas tells Boone to pawn Nina off on the police, but Boone doesn't feel like that's the way to go, so he goes against Silas' orders, and helps Nina figure out her past and who was trying to kill her. Boone and Nina feel a connection with each other, but forces from the past interfere on their happily ever after. I loved all the suspense in this book, and I love, love amnesia stories! The mystery is such fun to discover! Oh man! Boone and Nina have some hot, hot, hot moments! As soon as "outdoor shower" was mentioned, I was like yes, please! Boone is such a sweetheart too! I love the secondary story with jewels, and I'm really interested in what's going to happen when they are all together! I also listen to this on audiobook, and Kelsey Osborne continues to do an amazing job with narration! So excited for the next book in this series!

Review for Exiled by Amanda Carlson - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Phoebe Meadows is on trial for her life.

After freeing her half-brother, Baldur, Phoebe is set to stand before the Council in Asgard to answer for her actions. The threat of exile if she’s found guilty looms, not to mention the added stress of meeting her real father for the first time.

Upon entering Asgard, Phoebe discovers new allies in a half-brother she’s never met as well as an oracle who is in possession of valuable information. A little added help couldn’t have come at a better time, because when Phoebe is tossed into an unknown realm, she’s only armed with Gundren, a jewel, and her wits.

When Loki shows up, all bets are off. The trickster god throws a wrench in Phoebe’s plans and kidnaps Fen, her only ally. And just when she thinks she sees the light at the end of the tunnel, Phoebe finds she has to defeat one last obstacle: The Norns.

And they aren’t planning to go down without a fight…


MY REVIEW -

I love this series!! I'm sad this is the last of Phoebe's books, but it seems there is definitely something new in the works with some of these characters, and I'm totally excited for that!!! Exiled is the 3rd book in the series, and picks up right where the last book left off, so definitely read the previous books first because this whole series is Phoebe's quest. Phoebe needs to go to Asgard with Fen, and stand trial for some of her actions, and then she needs to go save her brother from Helheim, and on top of all that she still has the Norns after her, and then Loki decides to put his finger in the pot to mix things up further. Can I just say, "The Gods are Boneheads!" They create so many problems! And don't listen to reason! I absolutely love when books go to Hell type places like Helheim or the Underworld, it's always interesting to see an author's take on that type of World, and I really enjoyed Amanda Carlson's portrayal of Helheim, and Hel. This book still has all the awesome creatures as the other books, and it also adds new ones! I love how detailed the story is! Phoebe and Fen are still going strong, and I fell even more in love with them in this book! So sweet! I would love to see even more of their relationship! Phoebe totally kicks butt in this book; although, I don't have any idea why she just doesn't say what she needs right away to certain people! It causes more problems for Phoebe than if she would just tell people her bargain, but luckily she's a survivor! I listened to this whole series on audiobook, and the narrator is super amazing! She does so many different voices! Human, Goblin, Troll, male, female! It doesn't matter, she does them all wonderfully! I have so much love for this series! And will definitely be checking out more from Amanda Carlson!

Review for Wolf Hunt by Paige Tyler - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

A STORM IS BREWING...
Remy Boudreaux is back in his hometown, New Orleans. He's there with three of his fellow Dallas SWAT officers for a week of training with the NOLA PD. On the eve of a tropical storm, Remy and his buddies prowl the French Quarter. One tantalizing scent captures Remy's senses, forcing him to follow until he is face to face with Triana Bellamy—his beautiful high school crush.

After reconnecting, Remy and Triana are close—very. Remy struggles to keep things casual. Ever since his partner—and first love—was killed on the job, he's kept women at a distance.

But when a mysterious wolf pendant ropes them both into danger, Remy's protective instincts kick in. He may have to reveal his true self...and hope Triana accepts him.


MY REVIEW -


Love that it takes place in New Orleans! I always find the setting of New Orleans interesting, and magical! I also loved the action scenes, and the whole SWAT angle was entertaining. I also loved that this is sort of a second chance at love story, and the sex scenes were hot! Remi is in his hometown of New Orleans with a few members of this Dallas SWAT team to do some training with NOLA PD, when he's out on the town, his senses lead him to Triana; a girl he was friends with in high school. Both crushed on the other in high school, but neither did much about it, so each jumps on the chance to connect on a deeper level, but both parties aren't on the same page, so that causes issues in the relationship. Remi feels drawn to her, but he has walls up around his heart that closes him off to a deeper, longer relationship with women; plus on top of that, Remi is also a werewolf, so he doesn't want long-term relationships. I would've liked the werewolf aspect to be a little bit more fleshed out, but I still love this element. I enjoyed the chemistry between Remi and Triana; they have some really sweet moments, and some intense, hot moments! I would've liked Remi to be more apologetic at times though, but I still really enjoyed their relationship, and was rooting for them to work it out. There's also the added suspense element of Triana looking into her father's murder, which adds some danger to the story, and it was cool that Triana's mom owns a voodoo shop! I would've loved more voodoo stuff! Action-packed, suspenseful, and romance! The writing was on point and entertaining! Looking forward to more from Paige Tyler!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Review for Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly... and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he's lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there's no turning back for either of them.

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she's one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she's not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she'll face even that hell again to save him.


MY REVIEW -


I absolutely love Rebecca Zanetti's writing, and I love this series!! I love that this series is an adult, romance dystopian! You should for sure read the previous books because they are awesome! And there is also a continuing storyline throughout the series, I suppose you could read this on its own, but you wouldn't get the full experience of this series. In this series, a deadly bacteria, Scorpius, has infected most of the population and many have died, but some of the survivors are doing what they can to find the cure, and to survive the disease and other people. In this book, we get the story of Tace and Sami, both are soldiers at one of the survivor compound. Tace and Sami have both survived Scorpius, but Tace is experiencing some effects of the disease because he didn't receive a shot that he needed on time. Tace and Sami have felt an attraction towards each other for awhile, but neither has acted on it because they are partners in the field, so they felt it wouldn't be accepted by their leader, but it's becoming more and more difficult for them to stay away from each other. Plus, both are withholding some very important information, so each has a bit of a wall up. I love how badass Sami is! She kicks butt! She's definitely not a damsel, and I enjoyed seeing her evolve, I was hoping that she wouldn't be so blasé about Tace's extra curricular activities right before her, but she probably more mature than I am, lol! Tace has a bit of a dark side, which I loved, and I love how protective he is. There is tons of awesome action going on, and I loved getting to see previous characters! I'm definitely reading more by Zanetti, and in this series! I want Grayson's book!!! So, if you want some action-packed, fast-pace, amazing storytelling, and deep romantic connections then definitely read this book and this series!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review for Complication by Katie Salidas - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Magistrate, Mira travels west, toward the coast. With three weakened human fugitives accompanying her, she searches for the mythical land of Sanctuary.
After encountering a pack of wolf shifters, headed by the charismatic—and brazen—Stryker, Mira learns that Sanctuary is real after all. Caldera Grove: home of the Otherkin. Hidden in the mouth of a dormant volcano, it has protected its residents from humans since the early days following the great cataclysm. For Mira— a vampire— Caldera Grove is a land of peace; an escape from the relentless persecution of the humans who once enslaved her, and an end to the daily struggle and bloodshed of being a gladiator.
For the humans accompanying her, Caldera Grove means death. Humans, greedy and untrustworthy creatures, are destroyed before they can penetrate its borders.
To plead her case for entry into Caldera, Mira must abandon her companions, albeit temporarily, and follow Stryker into the heart of the city. What she finds within Caldera Grove presents her with an unenviable decision between her own desires for freedom and peace, or honor and the human companions who risked it all for her.


MY REVIEW -

Love the action and the unique world that Katie Salidas has created! This book picks up right where the first one ended, so definitely read that one first, and is told in Mira's POV. Mira is a vampire, who has just escaped slavery with 3 humans that have helped her, they are in search of a place called Sanctuary, that is said to be a safe place for supernaturals, but the journey won't be easy because there are those out there who wish to harm Mira and her friends. Along the way, Mira comes across some new people, and she needs to figure out if they are friend or foe. I love that Mira is a tough chick, and she stands up for herself, and those under her care. I can see her character growing as this series progresses, and I like that she's willing to put herself on the line to help others. There's some new characters that I'm interested to see how their story will play out, and I like the direction this series is going in. I do wish a bit more happened in this book, but it's a fairly short read, so I understand that there couldn't be too much story progression. This story is entertaining, and kept me reading, and I'm definitely excited to see where Mira's story is going to go! Katie Salidas' stories are always unique and interesting!