Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review for Loving Kalvin by Siobhan Davis - 4 out of 5



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Lana
I knew it would end in disaster, but I didn’t listen to reason. I didn’t care. Because I loved him so much.
Kalvin Kennedy ruled my heart.
Until he destroyed it.
Shattered it so completely that I became someone else. Someone I loathed. Someone who repeatedly lied to her loved ones.
So, I ran.
From him. From myself. Desperate to hide my new reality.
But I could only run so far.
When he reappears in my life, I’m terrified. Unbelievably scared of facing the consequences of my actions.
Never mind that I still love him and want him so badly—there’s too much at stake now.
How can I trust him with the biggest secret of all when he’s likely to rip my world apart again?

Kalvin
Lana was always far too good for me. Everyone knew it but her.
I tried to stay away, but I was weak.
And I hurt her.
Crushed her until she barely resembled herself. Forced her to follow a path she would never have willingly chosen.
And then she was gone.
And my world has never felt as empty, as lonely.
She begged me to stay away. Not to find her. To forget she ever existed.
But that’s like asking me to slice my heart in two and toss half aside.
I’ve never believed in fate, but when I rock up to the University of Florida, I’m ready to eat my words.
Because she’s here. Like I hoped she would be. And I’m determined to prove I deserve a second chance.



MY REVIEW -


Siobhan Davis is one of my favorite authors, and I always love her writing! The way she writes her characters emotions really resonates with me, and I can feel the depth of those emotions as I read her books. Lana isn't my favorite, but after reading Loving Kalvin, I understand her a bit better, and although, I can never condone her actions, I can imagine the pain she must've felt in order to do something so egregious, so I think this story is important to understand some of her though processes. After reading Loving Kalvin, I'm still not completely sold on Lana, but I really enjoyed Kalvin and her story. I loved that they have a backstory with each other, and I think Siobhan Davis did a great job of showing what the consequences are for Lana's actions. The writing is a 5 star for me, and the only reason I went with a 4 star is more of a storyline that I don't enjoy being involved in Kalvin and Lana's story, so it's a personal preference thing rather than a quality of the story thing. I can always count on Siobhan Davis' books to be entertaining and to keep me enthralled in her characters stories. Loving Kalvin is a great book, and I read it in one sitting. Both Kalvin and Lana have needed to grow up rather fast, so I often forgot that they are so young, so I would find it odd when there ages were mentioned; Kalvin doesn't act at all like a 17 year old, but that just goes to show the maturity these characters exhibit, which I like because sometimes with NA or even some Adult books, some older characters act like they are little children with their actions, so I really appreciate that these characters generally use their intelligence to make decisions. Lana has a lot of guilt over her false accusations against Kalvin, and keeps pushing Kalvin away, when he will do anything to have Lana back. The love Kalvin displays to Lana is so sweet, and the connection these two have with each other is wonderful. I also loved that we get a little bit of Faye and Kyler! I'm excited to see more in the next books, and I know I'm going to want to slam Brad's head against a wall multiple times while reading his story, so I hope he catches a clue quickly! Siobhan Davis' story telling is off the charts terrific, and I will always want to read any book by Siobhan Davis. Definitely check her out!

Review for Deception by Anna Lowe - 5 out of 5!



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Nothing is more dangerous than forbidden love.
She-wolf Summer Smith is desperate to make up for a past she can’t deny — and the best way to accomplish that is to take on a deadly mission for her new pack. She’ll sacrifice anything to clear her name and protect the people she loves. With the future of shifters across the Southwest resting in her hands, it’s the worst possible time to fall in love — with a bear, no less.

Burly bear shifter Drew Kovacs hasn’t traveled to the Southwest to look for trouble, and he sure isn’t looking for love. But the second he lays eyes on the she-wolf with a mesmerizing smile and haunted eyes, he knows she’s the one. There’s just one problem — Summer is about to plunge head-first into danger, and he sure as hell won’t let her go alone. But he can’t show up and blow her undercover mission, either. Unless…


MY REVIEW -

Another awesome story from Anna Lowe! I've read about 6-8 books from Anna Lowe, and have loved all of them! She does a really good job of creating an interesting story with passion and great characters. Deception can be read as a standalone, but it does feature characters from previous books, so you may want to read them first; plus they are great too, so no hardship there! In Deception, Summer, a wolf shifter, is dealing with some guilt from unintentionally helping out some bad guys, so she's trying to prove herself to the pack she is staying with. Drew, a bear shifter, has ties to the pack Summer is trying to impress, and feels a connection with Summer, but before Summer and Drew can really bond, Summer is tasked with going into a dangerous situation to discover important information. Summer and Drew have some hot times! Drew is beyond adorable, and I love how sweet he is! I love the bear shifter characteristics! They are too cute! Summer and Drew have some sexy times in the wild, which were super steamy! I find all of Anna Lowe's books entertaining, and Deception didn't disappoint! It had some mystery, which added some nice suspense, and there's the continuing storyline of shifter purity, which I enjoy seeing how that story plays out, and there's a bit of action too. Great shifter series!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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



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You have the right to remain sexy.

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

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

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

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

***

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


MY REVIEW -

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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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



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GALEN

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

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

She's mine.

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

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


MY REVIEW -

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

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



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

Or so he thought…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



MY REVIEW -

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review for Mated by Katie Salidas - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

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


MY REVIEW -

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

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



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



MY REVIEW -


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

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



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


MY REVIEW -

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

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



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


MY REVIEW -

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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



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

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

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

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

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


MY REVIEW -

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

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



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



MY REVIEW -

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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



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

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

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

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

The clock is ticking...


MY REVIEW -

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review for Bribing the Boss by Allyson Lindt - 5 out of 5! - *This story is part of the Forbidden Anthology*



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Prohibited but irresistible. It’s time to satisfy your cravings…

You know you shouldn't, but the temptation of forbidden fruit is too sweet to pass up. Whether you prefer the taboo of student-teacher, the allure of a wickedly handsome stepbrother, or a dangerous mafia prince, this anthology will ignite your fantasies.

Indulge your hidden desires this summer with FORBIDDEN, a scandalous anthology collection comprised of 16 new and exclusive short stories from today’s bestselling and award-winning contemporary romance authors.

One click today to discover what it’s like to live a life full of passion and secrets.


MY REVIEW -

*This story is part of the Forbidden: a Contemporary Romance Anthology, which has multiple stories by multiple authors. I've only read Allyson Lindt's story, Bribing the Boss, so this review is only for the story.*


Loved the forbidden romance between Liv and Owen. Owen is Liv's brother's best friend, and has been told to stay away from Liv, but through a case of mistaken identity, Liv and Owen begin a hot romance, but Liv is withholding some secrets that could destroy any type of relationship she has with Owen. This is a fun, sexy, short story! It was great for a quick read, and I enjoyed how the story played out. Allyson Lindt managed to give the story some heart despite this being a short story, and the sex scenes and chemistry between Liv and Owen was spot on. Very enjoyable read, and it's a sweet story.

Review for Reluctant by Allyson Lindt - 4 out of 5



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Jodie’s got the perfect life plan—finish her graduate work at Stanford, land an internship at the most advanced transplant-research firm in the country, and become an innovator in the same field. There’s no room in her life for the random variable and a one-night stand with a guy who has no interest in sharing the responsibility of a child. The only person she can turn to is the stepbrother who made her life a living hell in high school.

Logan is intelligent, sexy-as-hell, and asinine to a fault. He’s got his kind moments, but they tend to end with him and Jodie screaming at each other… or screaming each other’s names, after they lose all their clothes. If they can’t stop the fighting-mixed-with-passion long enough to find a solution for the pending new arrival in Jodie’s life, they risk three futures.


MY REVIEW -

I loved the forbidden romance aspect between step siblings, and Logan and Jodie were sweet with each other, so I really enjoyed those aspects in this story. I wasn't in love with the pregnancy scenario, but I enjoyed the rest of the story, so it didn't bother me or anything. Jodie gets pregnant by her douchebag of a roommate, who wants nothing to do with her or the baby. Logan is Jodie's stepbrother, who has always been a pain in the butt to Jodie, but when these two spend more time together, the sparks begin to fly, and these 2 have some hot moments. I found Logan to be adorable, and I like how he stepped up to be there for Jodie, and he didn't shy away from difficult situations. This is a quick, cute read with some steam, and I was entertained till the end.

Review for Survivor by Nicole Blanchard - 5 out of 5!



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I knew falling in love with him was bad for us both, but I did it anyway.

For a brief moment, we had it all. Even though he was leaving to join the Marines and I had four years of college ahead of me, he was everything I ever wanted and didn’t think I deserved.

But real life has a way of dashing dreams—and that happy future we envisioned together? It disappeared at the hands of a monster.

Ten years have passed and I’m not the same naïve girl that believed in happily-ever-afters. When unforeseen events draw me back to our hometown and I find myself caring for my two teenage brothers, the last thing on my mind should be reconnecting with the hottie-turned-hero who I loved at seventeen.

As the past begins to repeat itself and old threats resurface, I’ll have to trust him with the secrets that tore us apart if I want a second chance at his heart.



MY REVIEW -


Love second chance at love romances, and I love the connection between Jack and Sofie (there were two spellings for her name in the book, so I'll go with the spelling from the text; rather than the spelling from the chapter separations). Jack was heartbroken when Sofie broke up with him without much explanation, but when she returns to town 10 years later to help out her family, Jack and Sofie can't deny the chemistry between them, and Jack wants to know why Sofie has walls built up. I don't really understand Sofie's reasoning for leaving and why she has a bit of attitude with Jack at times, but I get that she was young and that she was a bit frantic, and that she is trying to make it so Jack stays away, but 10 years is quite a long time to stay gone; especially since why she ran wasn't quite an issue for a lot of those 10 years. Jack is wonderful, and I loved how caring and protective he is. He's a really good guy, and doesn't let Sofie's prickliness push him away. The romance is really sweet and passionate, and I loved the little glimpses we got of when they were together when they were younger. They have some things to work through in the present, and I felt so bad for them! Jack really got a raw deal! And poor Sofie! I enjoyed the bit of suspense in this story, and loved seeing a couple past characters. Entertaining read! I've really enjoyed this series!

Review for Tied to His Betrayal by Stacey Kennedy - 5 out of 5!



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Darius Bennett can’t live without supreme control. A self-made billionaire, he’s rich enough to get anything—and any woman—he wants, yet he’s still haunted by a broken relationship. Five years ago, Darius let Taylor Erikson go because he knew he could never give her what she truly wanted: his heart. But the moment Taylor walks back into his life, bruised and beaten, Darius blames himself. To make good on his betrayal, he vows to help her heal—in and out of the sheets.

Once upon a time, Darius was Taylor’s world. Now his fierce embrace is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet. But Taylor pays a heavy price for her sizzling nights with Darius. As the emotional ties become stronger than ever and the paparazzi hunt her down for their next juicy story, Taylor must face some hard truths. They can’t go back. And to move forward, the key to loving Darius isn’t about keeping his secrets—it’s about exposing them.


MY REVIEW -

Love this series! Love the depth of emotion the characters have for one another, and enjoy the little subplot with the "mole"; it added some mystery to the story, and I love second chance at love stories, so this one was perfect! Darius and Taylor feel very deeply for each other, but Darius doesn't feel worthy of Taylor, so they break up because he thinks she'll be better off without him. About 5 years later, Taylor is in a bit of a situation and Darius feels protective of her, and the two begin a "friends with benefits" type of situation, and we all know how those type of relationships work out; they don't, that's how. These two have some intense chemistry, and they have passionate, kinky sex that scorched the pages. Plus, they have some really sweet moments that show how much they really feel for each other. This is a great series, and I'm really excited to see what's going to happen with the remaining guys in the men's little BDSM club group!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review for The Rising: Dark Fae Hollow 3 by Eileen Cruz Coleman - 4 out of 5



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In Crimson Hollow, darkness rules, and those who seek the light are eliminated.

Twenty-one-year-old fae, Isabel, is kidnapped and tortured by a half-vampire, half-fae hybrid who is part of an army raised with one goal: the enslavement and killing of all good fae and humans. During her captivity, she vows not only to escape but also to lead a rebellion against the dark army.

But when her rebellion is ambushed, she is recaptured and imprisoned until she can be brought to the treacherous Hollow Council for trial and punishment.

Isabel is sure she is going to die, until Adriel, the hybrid soldier assigned to her charge, helps her escape. Now, on the run with Adriel at her side, Isabel must stay alive long enough to reach a secret camp of hybrids who wish to stay hidden and somehow convince them to join her rebellion.

To restore peace and light to Crimson Hollow, Isabel will risk everything...including her life.

Order your copy of The Rising today and immerse yourself in a world filled with magic, suspense and romance.

The Rising is a standalone contribution to the Charmed Legacy Dark Fae Hollows collection. Stories can be read in any order.


MY REVIEW -


I loved the world building, and the open scene totally drew me in! Great way to start and set the tone for the story! The Rising takes place in a bleak world, where Vampire/Fae Hybrids have enslaved or killed humans, Fae, Vampires, and other supernaturals. Isabel has been tortured by a Hybrid, but escapes and vows to lead a rebellion to defeat the Hybrids and Queen Crimson. I loved the premise for this book, and the story had lots of unique elements that I enjoyed. Isabel is a strong and vulnerable character, but I would've loved a bit more depth with her and other characters. That's the only thing that didn't quite work for me, I would've loved more with the characters and the romance, but as the title suggests this book focus more on The Rising, which I enjoyed, but just wanted more character evolvement. I still liked all the characters, and this story is entertaining, so it didn't affect my rating too much. Quick, interesting, and different! I enjoyed it!

Review for Edge of Regret by Molly E. Lee - 5 out of 5!



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Leading man on the new E.D.G.E. series reality show? Check.

Stunt-double for the star in the latest, multi-million-dollar funded military movie? Check.

Work with a sexy female military expert? Holy hell, check.

When I signed on to do stunts for Hollywood’s eagerly awaited war-thriller, I thought it would be like every other gig—go in, try not to get killed, and leave with a fat check and an adrenaline rush. This time? Not so much.

Mackenzie Patterson is the on-set expert. She knows topographical layouts, government lingo, speaks four languages, and is one of the best explosive disposal leaders the Air Force has ever seen, so she’s more than qualified.

She’s also the woman who turned my teenage heart to ash.

I can’t ignore the darkness that has appeared in her eyes, or the urge I have to take it away.

Quitting isn’t an option, but the more I see her, the more I want to make her mine. And that can never happen because our past is twisted with heartbreak, hate, and regret.

Every second I spend with her is a battle between holding on to the anger in my heart—and giving in to the love that never left.


MY REVIEW -

I love second chance romances, so I was loving that aspect of Edge of Regret, and add in the military aspect, and I was loving this book! Wade is wonderful, and my heart hurt for him! I hate when people make decisions because they think it's "for your own good" type of thing, that's just bull to me, and that's why I wasn't totally for Mackenzie. She makes bad decisions; some decisions that could get people killed, so I was getting ticked at her, and I wish she would've caught a clue a lot sooner, but that's really my only peeve about this book, and I get that she has been through a lot, so I wasn't totally disliking her, she just needed help. The romance is so sweet, and I love Wade and Mackenzie's relationship story! Their chemistry is wonderful, and they have some hot times! I enjoyed the stuntman scenes, and the military scenes, they added some intensity to the story. This book deals with some difficult things, and I felt so bad for Wade and Mackenzie! I would've loved this to be longer because I wanted more! Entertaining, quick, heartfelt read, and Wade makes this whole book! Looking forward to more!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Review for Just the Thing by Marie Harte - 5 out of 5!




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A FLING MIGHT BE JUST THE THING...
Gavin Donnigan left the Marine Corps a shell of a man, hounded by guilt for deaths he couldn't prevent. But teaching a self-defense class at the local gym brings some stability to his life―along with a gorgeous leggy woman who won't give him the time of day.

Zoe York lost her twin sister to a freak car accident a few months ago. She's been struggling to bury her grief, but it isn't until she signs up for a self-defense class with its distractingly hot instructor that she begins to come out of her shell again. With the memory of her sister telling her to live a little, Zoe decides a fling with buns-of-steel Gavin Donnigan might be just the thing.

Soon they're sparring both in and out of the gym. And for the first time in a long time, each is looking forward to tomorrow.


MY REVIEW -


I'm loving this series! This is another great book in The Donnigan's series! This book has all the wonderfulness of the first! Fun and entertaining family dynamics, lots of heart, and some intense passion! This book features Gavin and Zoe, Gavin has PTSD, so he's been doing what he can to handle it; some good and some bad, but he's trying his best to deal with his PTSD. Gavin works at a gym as a trainer, when he meets Zoe, Zoe has heard about Gavin's conquests, so she doesn't want to give him the time of day, but Gavin is persistent, and Zoe can't resist his charms. Gavin and Zoe don't quite know what they are to each other, but they do know that they want more. Gavin and Zoe have a really sweet connection, and they have some interesting sex! These 2 are a bit kinky! I love all of the scenes with The Donnigan family! So much fun! Love the chemistry and emotion that Marie Harte's characters have! Definitely read the next!!

Review for A Sure Thing by Marie Harte - 5 out of 5!



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Meet the Donnigans
With the eldest Donnigan brothers adjusting to civilian life, their younger sister constantly in trouble, and their little brother clueless about life in general, falling in love is the last thing on anyone's mind...

Can this Bossy Badass Marine...
The Marine Corps was everything Landon Donnigan ever wanted in life...until a bullet sent him home with a medical discharge. Teaching a self-defense class at the gym is old-hat for a marine, but when he meets sexy Ava Rosenthal, his combat skills are useless for protecting his heart.

Be her Mr. Right?
Ava can take care of herself and likes quiet, bookish men-not muscular warriors who think women need to be coddled. But Landon is more than he seems, and when they come together, the results are explosive.


MY REVIEW -

Loved this! The writing is great, and I loved the humor and heart in this story! The family dynamic between The Donnigans is fun and wonderful! I also loved the banter between the main characters, Landon and Ava, they definitely have chemistry and heat! Loved their connection and intensity of emotion they feel! Ava has some idea for who she thinks her "perfect" man is, and she keeps thinking Landon isn't it, but Landon is a force, and is out to prove to Ava that he's her "perfect" guy. There's lots of passion in the bedroom and out of it, and all of the characters are wonderful! I'm super excited to read the rest of The Donnigan's books!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy - 5 out of 5!



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Real estate mogul Micah Holt exerts absolute control over all aspects of his life. He keeps his dark side hidden away from the press, who will chase down any hint of scandal. He’s always in command of his world, careful to expose his closely guarded secrets only to those he knows he can trust. Then Allie Bennett shakes his legendary discipline. She’s beautiful, pure, untainted. But is Micah willing to sacrifice her innocence for his own selfish obsessions?

When that sexy smile makes her body burn, Allie tries with all her might to ignore it. For one thing, Micah's her new boss. For another, he's as complicated as he is devastatingly handsome. Still, Allie can only fight so much before she gives in to his dangerous games. She knows he's got dark secrets. But when she discovers the true depth of his pain, Allie must decide how far she's willing to go to light the way for love.


MY REVIEW -


Floved this! It had intense passion and heat, and deep emotion, and I loved it all! Micah and Allie have a combustible connection! The sex scenes have some kink, and Micah has particular tastes sexually. I enjoy some kink, so this was great! I don't like some BDSM because I'm not a fan of books that take place in BDSM clubs, but I still want the kink! And this book fills that need for me. Allie is strong and smart, and I really enjoyed her character! Micah is mercurial and sweet, and I just loved how he acts towards Allie! Once they meet, they both try to deny the pull between them, but the pull won't be denied. Micah is dealing with some inner demons that could destroy the connection Allie and him have before they even really get going. I loved how vulnerable Micah is with Allie. Stacey Kennedy's writing is wonderful, and I'm really looking forward to reading about Allie's brother! That's going to be amazing! I love second chance love stories!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review for Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun - 5 out of 5!



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Veronica’s first date with Sebastian not only stirs up a powerful attraction, but also a series of supernatural events that will tear them apart.

After countless hours of dead end online dating, Veronica meets up with Sebastian at a reportedly haunted restaurant, since he knows she has a fascination with the paranormal. While enjoying their meals and each other’s company, they share a shocking supernatural experience. Their romantic connection is overshadowed by the ghosts of their own pasts that threaten to destroy their budding relationship. Veronica decides she must return to the restaurant to face her past and dig up more answers. Unfortunately, she realizes she must go back, this time with a reluctant Sebastian. In the end, they join forces against the evil that stands between them, but will they make it out alive?


MY REVIEW -

Loved the writing on this, and I really did enjoy the story! This one is brutal though! These poor characters have to deal with a lot! I'm sad! Why would Veronica feel the need to do what she does! Oh man! Curiosity and all that. I like the twist of sorts to the story, and I loved the addition of ghosts. Veronica meets Sebastian online, and they decide to meet up for dinner. The start is a bit rocky between the couple, but they begin to connect. At dinner, they see a couple at the next table, but something is off about them. Veronica and Sebastian grow closer, but when strange things happen, Veronica and Sebastian need to solve the mystery, but they may have gotten more than they bargained for! This is a very quick read, and I was entertained till the very end!

Review for Larson by Juliana Conners - 4 out of 5



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They’re coming for me. But so is she.

I was a f*cking American hero. I have the medals to prove it. But time’s changed everything and now I’m running from the law.

After what happened to my family, I have no emotion left in me other than bitter hate. The only thing I’m living for is revenge. I’ll make them pay for what they took from me.

The last thing I need is a f*cking distraction.

But along comes Brynn, with her gorgeous eyes and sexy curves that beg me to take her now.

Poor darling’s never even ridden a motorcycle before.
Or me, for that matter.

She has no f*cking idea what’s in store for her.
But then again, neither do I.

I just wanted one night to have my way with her.

She's the complete opposite of me: a lawyer at a fancy firm. And the single mother of an adorable little boy, which is something that hits too close to home.

But she’s like a drug and I’m addicted.

She wasn’t supposed to be here; she’s not a part of my plans.

But plans change, and now I can’t let her go.


MY REVIEW -

I really enjoy Juliana Conners' writing! I'm not huge on MC romances, so I wasn't sure I'd enjoy Larson, but I did! I think it may have been because there wasn't any scenes at the MC club, which may be a disappoint for some, but I like that. I loved that this started out during Halloween time, that made some fun moments, and I loved the creepy clowns scenario! Great for Halloween time! I also don't really read single parent books, but although, I didn't love that part, it didn't deter from my enjoyment of the story. Larson and Brynn have some hot chemistry! The sex scenes were on point; minus the slut talk, and they have some sweet times too. I would've liked a little more emotional connection between the two, but this is a quick read, so I'm not hating on that too much. Sexy, fast, interesting read!

Review for Professor With Benefits by Mickey Miller - 5 out of 5!



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Rose:

I’m studying to be a sex therapist, and I haven’t even had sex yet. Which is why I decide that Professor Hanks is going to be the one to take my virginity.
I want Professor Hanks to be my Dom.
Hung Hanks. That’s what they call him. All the students know Professor Hanks’ reputation since he grew up in Blackwell.
Small town high school football star turned Harvard Ph.D. Only in town to care for his dying mother. Too good for ‘local’ girls.
I’ve done my research, and he’s the perfect candidate for what I want. Hot, smart, dominant.
Did I mention hung?

Cole Hanks:

Sixty Days. That’s all she wants from me.
Not even a full semester.
Rose Allison wants me to be her Dom for two months, and then she’s done with me. She wants me to show her how to be the perfect little submissive and then move on.
But the thing is, sixty days isn’t nearly enough for me. Once I get started, I have to finish her.
There’s just one big problem.
She’s a student. I’m her professor. Our romance isn’t exactly in line with school policy.
Sure, you’ve heard of student teacher romances before.
Except this one has an ending no one saw coming.
Not even me.


MY REVIEW -

This book is such fun! I love Mickey Miller's humor and all his unique, quirky characters! Plus, there's some hot scenes with a bit of kink! I love a good forbidden romance, and this one deals with a relationship between a professor and a student, which I really enjoyed! Rose wants to be a sex therapist, but she is naïve in the ways of men, so she asks her new professor, Cole, to help her out in the sex department by taking her virginity and showing her how to please a man sexually; of course, this is strictly for her career, so they'll just go back to their lives after a couple months, and everyone will be totally fine with that! Yeah, right! Emotions always get involved! So, anyway, I enjoyed the connection between Rose and Cole, and I liked that he is only a little bit older then her; I think huge age gaps are what tend to keep me away from student/teacher romances, but this one was just right. I'm not huge on the whole, you're my master type thing, but I do enjoy some good spanking and pushing the limits a bit, so Professor with Benefits hit that mark with me. Rose and Cole have some really sweet moments too! Rose and Cole have a great connection, and I like that they both are a little awkward. There were a couple scenes where I felt like the characters disconnected with each other, and therefore, disconnected with me, and I would've loved to have a bit more depth to the characters, but Mickey Miller tends to write a lighter read, so that didn't affect my rating. I would love if he would write something on the darker side with some angst! But I'm thinking that may not be his style, but one can hope! I really enjoy his take on romance! The town of Blackwell is full of interesting and odd characters, which add some levity to the story, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series! Excited to see whose next!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review for Skin by BB Easton - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Because BB Easton had so much fun writing her bestselling, award-winning, gut-busting, panty-melting memoir, 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN, she decided to give each of her four men his own steamy standalone! SKIN is the first book in the 44 Chapters spin-off series—a gritty, taboo, forbidden love story overflowing with '90s nostalgia, dark humor, and heart-wrenching teenage angst. It is based on a true story.

In 1997 Ronald “Knight” McKnight was Peach State High School’s only skinhead, and hands down the meanest, most misunderstood boy on the planet. Knight hated everyone, except for BB—the perky, quirky punk chick with the locker next to his.

Brooke “BB” Bradley liked everybody, except for Knight. She was scared sh*tless of him, actually. All BB wanted was to marry Prince Eric-lookalike and king of the Peach State High punk scene, Lance Hightower, and have a million of his babies. Unfortunately for her, Knight was even better at getting his way than she was, and once he got under her skin, BB’s life would never be the same.

*SKIN is not intended for everyone. It contains themes that might upset or offend sensitive audiences. Please consult the introduction for a list of triggers.



MY REVIEW -

First off, I listened to the audiobook version of Skin, and the narrator was absolutely perfect! She did a super incredible job! If given the opportunity definitely get the audio version of this book! Okay, now on to the story. My heart hurts! This story is raw and deep, and my poor heart was taking a beating! Knight is totally someone that you shouldn't love because he is violent, destructive, and a total loose cannon, but the way he cares for BB, and the letters he writes her, make my heart melt! He's a sweet psycho, and I don't know how, but I loved him. I suppose if I knew him in really life, I'd probably runaway, but books allow you to see deeper into someone, and feel connected to someone you wouldn't normally. This book deals with a lot of harsh situations, so here's a bit of a warning for future readers, this book is not for everyone. This may be slightly spoilerish, but not too bad. There's underage drug use, violence, and minors having sex that goes beyond the normal kink factor; there's blood and pain play, so be prepared for that type of thing going on. These characters are deeply flawed, and my heart sighed (sorry for all the heart talk ;-))that Knight and BB found each other. Normally, I would hate how this book ended, but since it's based off of actual people, I get that it had to go the way it went, but as I said earlier, my heart hurts! I haven't read BB Easton's 44 chapter about 4 men yet, but when I was half way through this book, I wanted to see Knight's fate, so I cheated and did a search for Knight in 44, and I was so sad about the events that happened in that book! I wasn't sure I could handle continuing on with Skin, but I'm glad I did! I need as much Knight as I can get! So, if you think you can handle a deeply intense relationship that rips out your soul; rearranges it, and slams it back in, then this is for you! Don't let the fact that he's a skinhead dissuade you from reading this book, that point doesn't even scratch the wonderfulness that this story holds. Oh, and Skin is funny and quirky! BB Easton's humor is adorable! I'm definitely going to read the next book in the series Speed! I look forward to seeing to seeing what other craziness BB gets herself into!

Review for Laralynn's Turn by Joann Herley - 4 out of 5



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Jario thought he had escaped capture when he fled Black Thistle Castle and Alltree Island, but he has traded one capture for another. Mistress Violeta of the Firelight Castle has ordered Jario to bring her the Singing Sword or face his final death. Forced to return to Black Thistle Castle, Jario takes on a new identity and eagerly accepts Lady Kayleigh's invitation to the Black Thistle Masquerade Ball. Discovering Jario was behind the mask of antlers, Baxter and Laralynn are tasked with capturing him. One wrong turn hurls them all into a hidden world far beneath Wintergreen Mountain called Alabaster. Will the bitter cold tendrils of death seek a new victim, or will all survive to tell the tale of what lies beneath the mountain?


MY REVIEW -

This was fun, and the premise was unique and interesting! I like the world that Joann Herley has created, it's sort of a medieval/Pride and Prejudice setting, and I loved that this book has characters that use magic! There's a cursed Queen, a disreputable vampire, and adventure to be had by Laralynn and her beau, Baxter, it was entertaining! Jario, a vampire, has need for a magic sword, so he devises a plan to steal the sword, which causes Laralynn and company to do what they can to stop Jario, which leads Laralynn and Baxter into some new lands and a tense situation with the royals of that land. I haven't read any of Joann Herley's books previous to this, but I wish I had because I was thinking this was a standalone, but the story has many of the previous characters from the Evergreen Series, and I think I would've developed more of a connection with the characters of this story had I started from the beginning book. This I suppose could be read as a standalone because I wasn't lost in the story, but there's just too much backstory that would've been beneficial to know before starting this book, so in my opinion, read the previous books first. I enjoyed all the characters, so I'd like to check out their stories too! I do wish that the characters had a bit more depth at times, but this book is more adventure driven, rather than character driven. I also found some of the character actions weird, they have a seer tell them that "someone" is going to try to steal something from them, so they say they'll be on the lookout, but they don't do anything of the sort! Also, a character is chasing another character on horseback, when they see who they are chasing, the character shouts at the person they are chasing, which causes that character to escape. Also, for some reason these characters wait long periods of time during dire circumstances, a character is severely injured and another character has healing abilities, but waits a couple days to help because they were too distraught, which was just odd to me. There's was a couple other times like this too, so I would've liked for the characters to be more present in the situations happening in the book. I did enjoy Laralynn's Turn though, and I look forward to checking out the previous books.