Sunday, December 1, 2013

Jagged (Colorado Mountain #5)




An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn't interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara's lost her business, her marriage, and she's barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara's plight, he's on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham's faced his own demons, and he's learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he's meant to live. So when he hears that Zara's having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he's a changed man.

   
ebook, 528 pages
Published November 5th 2013
 
4.5/5 Stars
 
I absolutely love Kristen Ashley's books, but this is a new series for me cause I just recently found her. I know...I must've been living under a rock or something! I've read the Rock Chicks, Dream Men, Chaos series and started the Unfinished Heroes and loved every steamy adrenalin soaked minute of them and had heard of the Colorado series, but hadn't dived into them yet so when this book came up on Netgalley I figured it be the perfect chance to try it. I'm glad I did! Though, I must admit to taking a couple extra days to read it because the first 1/3 is completely emotionally exhausting....well, the whole book is emotional, but the beginning was rough. I admit to shedding a few tears. Zara was such a strong woman to grow up the way she did and to be able to deal with Ham the way she did. I honesty don't think I could've walked away. And Ham....what can you say about Ham? He's completely an alpha man that's for sure, but he's also kind, affectionate, protective, sexy, gruff, sometimes a little dickish, but you always know where you stand with him. Loved the entire book. Every bit of sadness, happiness, the incredible sex, the vishious fighting, just everything. So, why did I take half a star away? Well, he sounds like every guy in the above series I mentioned. The way they talk with clipped short sentences and certain mannerisms. As Ham is talking I can picture Tack or Mitch or Lee saying the exact same thing the exact same way. It's not bad, just the same. Would and will still recommend this book to every single reader I know.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gobble gobble!

 
 



                          Hope everybody is having a great holiday with friends and family!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Things that bug me in books....

 I'm sorry, but I've got to get this out. There have been a couple things that have come up recently in another blog post on a different website that I've been thinking about recently. It deals with the new trends in books nowadays. Hopefully you'll indulge me my opinion here.

#1. Billionaires. I don't get the obsession with them. Sure they're rich, but why would you want to deal with a man who has everything and buys everything he wants. I would rather have a down to earth man who's making a comfortable living and respects people for hard work. I'm sure it would be nice to just jump on a plane and fly to Paris or Hong Kong or wherever, but it would be nicer if you earned it. And it seems as if they're all into BDSM now.

#2. New Adult Genre. Every one of these books are pretty much the same thing. They're written in first person. They have an emotional/physically damaged girl. A bad boy who makes every thing better. Lots of clenching, throbbing, fluttering vaginas. And nothing is solved in one book; the author feels they must stretch the book out for multiple books, which brings me to....

#3. Episodes. Why must authors now write one book, but break it into 4, 5, or 6 episodes? If I buy a book I want to read a story from beginning to end. I absolutely hate to start a book and get to the end only to find out that it ends abruptly and I have to buy another book to find out how it actually ends. I hate paying for each episode and having to wait a month or more between each one. Honestly, most of the time I forget about them.

#4. Short petite woman. I have nothing against short petite woman personally, but it seems as if every book I've read in the past 6 months has the main female as under 5'5" and slim build matched up with big hulking 6' 2 and taller men. It could be the type of books I'm reading, but seriously? There are women out there taller then 5' 5" and weight more then 105 pounds. I'm guess most of my friends fall into the category of definitely weighing more then that and range in height up to around 5'11". Maybe I'm too picky, but when I read about a woman who is 5' 2" fitting perfectly with a man 6'5" all I do is laugh, because I honestly don't see it.

Keep in mind this is MY opinion and you are more then welcome to disagree.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2) by SE Jakes



When a tornado meets a volcano, nothing is safe.

Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.

Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too.

Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.

   
270 pages
Published October 28th 2013 by Riptide Publishing
 
5/5 Stars
 
Never has so much happened with so little action. That didn't come out the exact way I mean it. There is plenty of action, what with a hurricane, murders, police chases, swamps, alligators, stoners and even an air boat. But for most of the book it's just Tom and Prophet alone in a cabin in the swamp and believe me....that is such a good thing! They finally get to confront each other, their fears and their future together and they come out of that swamp with a better partnership then when they went in. These two strong alpha men realized so much about themselves and each other, not to say everything is all sunshine and roses, they are far from that, but at least they're on the same chapter if not the same page.

I loved everything about this book. The men, the storyline, the setting, the angst, and definitely the sex (no wonder that swamp was so steamy with those two in it). I can't wait for more in this series. I'm dying to know more about the über mysterious Cillian and those men following Prophet around doing good deeds without being seen. Love it love it love it! I think anybody who isn't offended by two men loving each other and loving hard would enjoy this book and hopefully fall for these guys too. They remind me so much of Ty and Zane (from the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban) mixed with a little Will and Taylor (Dangerous Ground by Josh Lanyon) and that is never a bad combination.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fundraising 101



So, here I am celebrating my great-nephew's 3rd birthday. That's my niece, Jessica, with me. I decided I'd try to do a little fundraising for a new van or at least a newer van. I've got a beast of a van, a 1985 Econoline, that only works if it feels like it which isn't very often. So Jess and I put our heads together (much like in the picture above) and having been on the look out for a legit fundraising site that didn't take too much of the actual donations and I finally found one with the help of my best friend, Megan. It's called GoFundMe and it is a fabulous site that has helped a lot of people.

I've filled out the necessary form, uploaded a picture and have now posted on Facebook and Twitter. I've sent emails out and now my final stop is here. If anyone is interested in helping out by either a donation or simply by sharing my link I would be forever grateful. Here is the link.......
 

 http://www.gofundme.com/4xso0o

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

If You Were Mine (The Sullivans #5) by Bella Andre




Can two people who have both sworn off love find forever in each other's arms?

The last thing Zach Sullivan wants is to take care of his brother's new puppy for two weeks. Until he meets the dog trainer, that is. Heather is bright, beautiful, and he can't stop thinking about her. Unfortunately, she just might be the only woman on earth who wants nothing to do with him.

Heather Linsey can't believe she's stuck working with one of the city’s top dogs, auto-shop tycoon Zach Sullivan. Especially when his focus is clear from the start—not only to learn how to deal with his temporary puppy...but also to make Heather his. Having sworn off love at seventeen when she realized it was nothing more than a pack of lies, she has stuck to her vow never to fall for a charming man.

But as Heather's determination to push Zach away only fuels his determination to get closer—and the sensual and emotional connection between them grows more and more undeniable—will the biggest Sullivan bad boy of all tempt her into believing in love again?

    
ebook, 194 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Oak Press
 
 
5/5 Stars
 
Zack is my favorite Sullivan now; it's official. I'm so happy I took a chance on reading this series because each book just keeps getting better with each sibling. I'm so emotionally invested in this family right now I feel as if I know them personally or maybe grew up with them and have reconnected after years apart. Heather and Zack were absolutely perfect for each other in every way. They each gave the other exactly what they needed. I think Heather will make a damn fine Sullivan too. I'm excited to read Ryan's story next, but at the same time I know I'm one book closer to the end of the series and I'm definitely not looking forward to that. Maybe there's some cousins hiding away somewhere.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
           

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Protecting His Witness (Red Stone Security #7)






Seven years ago she broke his heart…

Leaving Vincent was the hardest thing Jordan Alvarado ever had to do, but she had no choice. Now she’s back and looking for forgiveness so she can move on with her life. She doesn’t expect the smoldering attraction between them to still be there, burning hotter than ever. After the way she hurt him she knows things will never be the same again and that in the end, she’s the one who will get her heart broken when he walks away.

He’s not letting her go again…

Former SEAL Vincent Hansen never got over Jordan and the way she up and left him without a trace. After she suddenly reappears and explains what happened, he’s even more furious. He doesn’t know what he wants from her, but when she’s targeted in a series of potentially deadly attacks, he realizes he can’t give her up again. He won’t. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe and convince her that she was always meant to be his.

4.5/5 Stars

I'm fairly new to Katie Reus and have read a couple of her books in each genre she writes and have come to the conclusion that she is one hellva writer. This was my first book of this series and I can already tell you that I'm itching to go buy the rest of them. I didn't feel as if I lost anything in not reading the other books first, so this can be read as a stand alone. My only complaint with this book is it was too short! I want more Vincent and Jordan. There was the insta-love that I usually don't like, but with these two it worked since they'd had a prior relationship. I can't wait to read more from this series, but since I haven't read the first six, I definitely have something to tide me over.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Getting Rowdy (Love Undercover #3) by Lori Foster




An alpha hero's attraction to the one woman he can't have could draw him into a killer's snare in the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster
Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn't the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance-including a past that might come back to haunt them both.

Avery spends her nights working for tips...and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy's protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she's finally found...and the passion she's always wanted.


5/5 Stars

I have loved Rowdy from the very moment he burst into this series and have been looking forward to reading his story from the beginning. He so needed a HEA and I think Avery was perfect for him. At times his story was sad and other times I couldn't help but shake my head at his antics. He's just so damn lovable even when he's being a jerk. Hopefully there will be more books in this series (Dash and Cannon) because I can't wait to see peaks of his life as a married man and eventually a father (you just know he'll make a kick-ass father). Strongly recommend this book, but even though it can be read as a stand alone in order to get the full effect of his awesomeness it should be read in order.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Lost Wolf's Destiny (Harlequin Nocturne #167) by Karen Whiddon




A desperate mother. A scarred man. A powerful bond...

The moment he saw Blythe Daphne on the television news, Lucas Kenyon knew three things: she was a shapeshifter, like him. She was the most desirable creature he had ever seen. And she was in terrible danger.

Now, the wolf in Lucas is driving him to save Blythe and her young daughter from a man he knows is evil personified. A man who believes all shapeshifters are demons straight from hell. But Lucas knows he must never reveal the secret that threatens to tear him apart--not even to the one woman who could heal him.

    
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Harlequin Nocturne
 
 
2/5 Stars
 
This was the first book by Ms. Whiddon that I've read and I was looking forward to discovering a new author, but I'm not sure this is the author for me. I was first drawn in by the beautiful cover then the blurb sounded promising. I just found myself rolling my eyes enough to make me dizzy. I just couldn't stand some of the decisions made by both MCs and though the idea of the book sounded great it just didn't deliver. There was a lot of repeating, too. I guess maybe if I had read some of the prior books of this series I would've had a better understanding of what being Pack meant or was suppose to mean, but I found them almost as bad as the church. I mean, they steal the sick child away from her mother after the stuff she went thru with the church? But it was for her own good. Really?! There were other things I disliked but I don't want to write anymore spoilers. This is just a series I'll pass on in the future, but I encourage you to make your own decision.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille


 


He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more…

Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an underground mixed-martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Trouble is, at her first sight of the club’s owner she’s the one feeling breathless.

All sleek muscle and restrained power, the man they call Torment plays to win at any cost. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when to use a soft touch and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined…

    
ebook
Published September 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
 
4.5/5 stars
 
After reading mixed reviews about this book I decided that I just needed to read it myself. What I decided was that I really liked it which is odd considering there are so many things about the book that I usually find unappealing. For instance, I tend to stay far away from New Adult genre (IMO they all have the same plot...two people who are broken by some tragic secret can only be saved by each other) I hate reading about millionaires/billionaires who are into BDSM and I really dislike moustache-twirling bad guys (here there was a couple...debt collector #2, dudes from Geek Club). But somehow I found myself sucked into this story. I liked Max and just really liked the way he dealt with Makayla. He wanted to protect her so bad that it came out almost controlling but he knew she wouldn't put up with it so he compromised with her....sorta. Makayla definitely had some spunk to her and at times I found her quite comical other times I wanted to shake the stupid out of her but overall I liked her. I'd love to read more about these guys at Redemption, though I'd love to get rid of some of the nicknames.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hearts in Darkness: Nikki and Michael Book 2 (Nikki & Michael #2)




Private Investigator Nikki James has a lot to contend with. Her lover, Michael Kelly, walked out without so much as a goodbye, and what seemed like a simple case of stopping a runaway teen brought her face-to-face with another clutch of deadly vampires. But if that seemed bad, it is about to get a lot worse, because when Michael returns, it is not for her, but for the case.

Wealthy men are starting to vanish from a resort in Jackson Hole—which is exactly where Nikki’s runaway teen seems to be as well. Something nefarious is going on at the luxury spa, but what? The last thing Michael needs is a confrontation with Nikki—especially when his control over his bloodlust is still so tenuous. But posing as a newlywed couple at the swanky resort may be the best way for both of them to solve their respective cases. This time, Nikki is determined to make Michael see that life apart is worse than death. Yet before she can make him see the light, a specter from Michael’s past rises that could destroy any hope she has of a future with him. Because this time the threat isn’t physical. It’s a matter of the heart.

4.5/5 Stars

I'm really happy that the author decided to reissue these books because even though they were on my TBR pile they were way at the bottom of that pile. When I saw them offered at Netgalley I though it was a perfect time to read them and I'm very happy with that decision. Nikki and Michael are a great couple and their relationship is full of that delightful tension that compels you to want to read more and hope that they get together in the end. The secondary characters are well rounded and are actually believable as real people especially Jake. I can't wait to read the next book and hope there will be more in the future.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Against the Mark (Raines of Wind Canyon #9)




The perfect murder is a work of art

In one catastrophic instant, Haley Warren's estranged father was taken from her. She never got the chance to reconnect with him, so now she's doing it the only way she's got left: by proving the explosion that killed him was no accident.

When Tyler Brodie, the provocative and handsome P.I. hired by Haley, discovers that her father was investigating a suspected art theft, he knows his death is no coincidence. After all, tens of millions of dollars worth of stolen art could motivate a thief to go to any lengths--including getting rid of anyone poking around where they don't belong.

As Haley and Ty get closer to the truth, the truth gets ugly: Did Haley's dad know too much...or was he in on the take? And although Ty's a consummate professional, he's having trouble focusing on the facts of the case, and not the figure of his gorgeous client. The two are determined to get to the bottom of the case, even if it means they die trying.

www.KatMartin.com
    
ebook, 400 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2013 by Mira Books
 
 
 
5/5 Stars
 
Even though I just picked this series up with the last book I'm totally loving it. Its full of romance and adventure and of course very desirable men that make your blood run hot. In this book we have Ty, who I only met through the last book (and much too briefly) but I gather he has been in a couple previous books and his client/romantic interest Haley. With his laid-back country boy and ex-military background, Ty was pretty popular with the ladies (and me) even though he hadn't met that one lady he could see himself with until he sees Haley smiling at him. He agrees to help her look into the supposed accidental death of her father as a favor to her great aunt and his good friend, Ellie. That is when the fun began. Throughout their investigation they learn that her father was indeed murdered but more importantly Haley learns that taking a chance on someone isn't the scariest thing out there but living a life without Ty might be.

I really liked this book and its non-stop action; just when they thought they were safe something or someone else came along to shake things up. I really want to go back and read this series from the beginning because these characters are fascinating. Even though this is a series with reoccuring characters Ms. Martin does a great job of recapping the stories when it's needed. Can't wait to read more of these books.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Rake's Midnight Kiss (Sons of Sin #2)


It Takes A Lady

Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett knows how to keep a secret. Her identity as the author of her father's academic articles has always been her greatest deception—until a charming housebreaker tries to steal the mysterious Harmsworth Jewel from her. She doesn't reveal that she recognizes her father's devastatingly handsome new student as the thief himself. For Genevieve, this will be the most seductive secret of all...

To Catch A Thief

Sir Richard Harmsworth has been living a lie, maintaining a rakish façade to show society that he doesn't care about his status as a bastard. Yet long haunted by his unknown father's identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will confirm his claim as the rightful heir. But when Richard sets out to seduce the bookworm who possesses the stone, he instead falls for its beautiful owner. But even as she steals Richard's heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure...
    
ebook, 384 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Forever
 
4/5 Stars
 
I really love this series and find the concept of the Sons of Sins or a "bunch of bastards" (as they've been called) intriguing. We always read about the member of the Ton that's born out of wedlock, but we never get to read about how the status of being born a bastard really makes them feel. Most times the character isn't bothered by it and life goes on its merry way. In this book Richard acts as if he's not affected but deep down he just wants to be seen as the rightful heir to the baronetcy and thinks finding the family jewel will do that. That's when he comes to meet Genevieve and suddenly the jewel is the last thing on his mind.

I felt as if parts of the book dragged a bit but for the most part this was a great book full of romance and plenty of conflict between two suitors. I loved getting to know Cam a little better and can't wait to meet the woman who upsets his tidy life. Looking forward to many more books by Ms. Campbell.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Twilight Hunter (Execution Underground #1)



Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face-to-face with a stunningly seductive packmaster...and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind--or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace's skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both....

    
ebook, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2013 by Harlequin
 
4/5 Stars
 
            You gotta love a guy with daddy issues, smokes and drinks way too much and is a jerk for 85% of the book but still be sexy enough and vulnerable enough to save the day and get the girl and steal my heart.....oh Jace, you have done all that and more. I hereby claim him as my book boyfriend of the week! Jace completely turned out to be a great character that I wasn't sure I was gonna like when we first met him. As I mentioned above he was a complete jerk turning all his self hate onto everyone he comes in contact with excluding maybe his best friend, David. Once he met Frankie he fought himself even more and the attraction he felt for her. Their attraction was evident from the start and their sexual tension was off the charts. I think Frankie was a great match for him because she forced him to look within himself and to deal with his half blood status. If only they would've talked a little more they could've skipped so many misunderstandings.

I liked this world and am excited to read more about the group known as the Execution Underground. My only reason for not giving this book a 5 star rating is because of the group of guys. They have the big fight in Jace's apartment then we don't hear anything from them until the end when they come to the warehouse, but that's all we know....that they show up....nothing more. No interaction with Jace and/or Frankie at all. I guess it was left this way to help lead into the next book, but I would've liked some closure on Jace's issues with the group. Would still recommend this book though to anyone who likes paranormal romance.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Daysider by Susan Krinard



Human/vampire relations are in turmoil in a stunning new series by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Susan Krinard

Tensions between human and vampire factions are escalating. Peace hangs in the balance. And like two ill-fated stars, Alexia Fox and Damon are destined to collide. She's a seductive human operative on a mission to infiltrate an illegal vampire colony. He's a vampire and represents everything she loathes-and all that she desires. Their attraction is scorching, immediate...and could explode like the fragile truce they've both been fighting independently to preserve. Now the world's last hope hinges on their ability to work together. As enemies they are doomed, but as allies they just might save the world.

    
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Harlequin Nocturne
 
 
3.5/5 stars
 
This book was kinda hard to get into at first because of the amount of information that is given to us. There are humans, vampires that live in the night, vampires that can walk in the day, two different types of half vampire half humans and some weird creature that I'm still not sure what they are exactly. All these creatures live between three areas and there is lots of political fighting. That's just stuff you learn in the first couple chapters. Then mix in double agents and science experiments and it kinda confused me in parts and I had to reread a few paragraphs to make sure I knew what was going on and I'm pretty sure I've got it.....maybe. I definitely liked the second half of the book al much better. The relationship between the two MCs was one that I was actually rooting for since the second they laid eyes on each other. They were both strong fierce people that needed each other in more ways then they realized. Their sense of honor and commitment to their own factions was something neither one could overlook, but they both wanted to so bad you could feel it raidate of the page. Looking forward to see if there will be more about this unique world.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

20 Year High School Reunion



                                                               Class of 1993

Well, this past Saturday I attended my high school reunion. 20 years....where has the time gone? It seems as if only yesterday I had stars in my eyes as I walked across that stage to be handed my diploma. It seems I had such great plans to knock the world off its ass, but real life caught up to me and it seemed no matter what I did I kept making the wrong choices. I quit college thinking I'd go back the next semester and never quite got back into the swing of academia. So, I entered the work force (working my butt off for very little money) and deciding that I would be better off living on my own. Big mistake. But of course through the years I've also made some wise choices, traveled the country and made some incredible friends none of which I wouldn't have been able to do without the support of people I meet in high school. And when I had my accident 11 years ago I realized I still a great number of friends from school who stuck by me through the worse of it.

My point to all this babbling is that it was nice to reconnect with old friends I hadn't seen since that last day of walking the halls of Floyd Central and it was great to see where everyone ended up in life so far. I can't wait to see where we'll be in another 5, 10 or even 20 years from now. Some of my best memories where with these people and I hope we can make many more.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Night Is Alive (Krewe of Hunters #10) by Heather Graham

 
 
4/5 stars
 
I have enjoyed this series each time I've read one of the books, granted I picked it up in the middle and am slowly trying to catch up my reading and while most of the core characters are in each book it's not necessary to be strict about the reading order, which I really like. So this one takes place in Savannah and involves pirates (who doesn't like pirates especially gentlemen pirates?) and underground tunnels with a dash of ghost thrown in. When Abby is first introduced to Malachi she was a bitch that I wasn't sure I'd like but I guess I'd feel the same in her circumstances. Just graduating from the academy then losing my grandfather while everyone thinks I'm seeing conspiracy theories all around me? Yeah, I get it. I'd be prickly too. Malachi took it like a champ though. The actual mystery was a pretty good one....I kept changing my mind on who I thought it was and didn't figure it out til the very end. These books are always a recommend for me. Looking forward to more of these books.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
 
 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Finally!



I finally bought a new laptop after having my last one for almost seven years. I'm so excited I'm about to bust! Of course now I get to figure out all the new tricks and shortcuts. I'll also finally be able to starting blogging again instead of just hit and missing it. So, I'm off to play around for awhile.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sharpshooter (Shadow Agents #3) by Cynthia Eden

Heart-pounding action meets smoldering desire in USA TODAY bestselling author Cynthia Eden's Shadow Agents miniseries!

Two years ago Gunner Ortez saved Sydney Sloan's life on a mission gone wrong. And ever since then, he's been watching her back. Now a hostage-rescue mission is about to blow the Elite Ops agents' lives apart once again.

Working side by side back in the jungles of Peru, the heat between Sydney and Gunner is hotter than ever-and so are the threats to their lives. With the danger escalating, Sydney knows Gunner is her only hope at successfully completing their assignment. But the ex-SEAL who arouses passion she'd only dreamed about also poses the greatest risk to the secret she carries in her heart...and in her belly.




5/5 stars

 
I have no idea how I've overlooked this series because I am a huge Cynthia Eden fan. This is the first contemporary book of Herr's I've read and it didn't disappoint. Lots of action, plenty of suspense and a wonderful romance kept this book rolling. Gunner....such a strong man, the kind you definitely want at your back. The kind of man any woman would be proud to call her own. The kind of man you want in your bed cause you know he's all kinds of intense! Sydney, man that woman is strong. The things she had to deal with would've put me in my bed for months just trying to let it all pass. The two of them together? Phenomenal! Now I've just got to go back and read the first two books. Hopefully Ms. Eden will keep cranking these books out cause I'm hooked. I read this as a stand alone and had no problems knowing what was going on, but I'm sure they're much better read in order. Totally recommend.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

The Devil's Thief (The Saint’s Devils #1) by Samantha Kane

The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But when the towering and very naked occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a bargain—a night in his bed in exchange for the pearl—Julianna doesn’t know if it’s masculine heat or sheer desperation that makes his terms so tempting.

Alasdair Sharpe had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain. Planning to offer his little cat burglar carte blanche instead, he promptly loses himself in the delights of unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces sensual languor. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to use seduction to reclaim his stolen pearl—and find the key to Julianna’s heart.


4/5 stars

 I've had this book for awhile and kept skipping over it thinking it would be a typical historical romance novel, but gladly I was wrong. There were no dances and no interfering matrons instead we had a reformed thief, a bumbling jewel thief, a man on a mission, two very entertaining friends and one hoodlum with a huge heart. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more about these guys. Ms. Kane's books are always a great read.
 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dancing with the Devil (Nikki & Michael #1) by Keri Arthur

Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there's nothing left to surprise her. All that changes the night she follows teenager Monica Trevgard into the shadows-and becomes a pawn caught in a war between two very different men. One fills her mind with his madness, the other pushes his way into her life-and her heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be, but if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in a man who could easily destroy her.
Michael Kelly has come to Lyndhurst determined to end the war between himself and another brother of the night. For 300 years he has existed in life's shadows, gradually learning to control the life from death cravings of a vampire. Nikki not only breaches his formidable barriers with her psychic abilities, but makes Michael believe he may finally have found a woman strong enough to walk by his side and ease the loneliness in his heart. But will his love be enough to protect her from a madman hell-bent on revenge? Or will it drive her into his enemy's deadly trap?
Only together can they overcome the evil threatening to destroy them both. But the secrets they keep from each other might prove to be the greatest threat of all.

4.5/5 stars

 I had this book on my TBR pile for awhile and just never got around to it for one reason or another so once I got an ARC from Netgalley I no longer had an excuse for not reading it. I can honestly say I should have read this book much sooner. I really liked it. While it had the usual traits of vampires, drinking blood, sunlight aversion, and invitations to enter a residence, it also had a few new ones that I thought were pretty cool. Nikki's was a strong woman that had a bit of vulnerability to her that meshed really well. Her mysterious new friend, Michael, was just as vulnerable when it came to love. Good thing they hooked up together to figure it all out. Oh, and they solved the problem of a power hungry vampire while trying to deny their feelings. Jake was a great fatherly character too that held his own against vampires and irate fathers/clients. Can't wait to start the next book cause this one left me hanging about their relationship. Definitely recommend this to PNR lovers.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Archer (Hard Body #1) by Debra Kayn

She's on the run . . .

Jane Beaumont currently has in her possession: a cat, a hundred grand in cash, and a pistol. She's on her way home to Bay City, Oregon-and away from the nightmare of her violent ex-boyfriend. She'll lay low at Beaumont Body Shop, a car detailer that runs a private investigation agency in the back. The only wrench in her plan is Kage Archer: sexy, strong, and intent on protecting Jane at all costs. She's wanted Kage forever, but putting him in harm's way is not a risk she's willing to take.

He's not going anywhere

Kage is no stranger to the dark side of life, but he's always walked on the right side of the law. Yet when Jane expressed her interest in him years ago, he pushed her away for her own good. Now, after learning of all she's endured, Kage can't leave her side-or hide his need for her. When a frightening situation turns dire, can Kage convince Jane that the safest place to be is in his arms?


4/5 stars

 
I liked this book and look forward to reading more about the guys of Beaumont Body Shop. The series will be about the four best friends that work together at the body shop and also run a private investigation business. This book was about Kage Archer, a total alpha, who is trying to help his best friend's sister, Jane, who also happens to be the love of his life. He was a man who was also trying to stay clear of his family's legacy of running the criminal underground and so far it has been working. Enter Jane. Jane has finally left her abusive boyfriend and needs all the help she can get to stay away from him, although she doesn't think so or at least won't admit it. At times she does the dumbest things that actually puts her in more danger and drives Kage insane.

The relationship between Kage and Jane was a sort of rekindled romance that made it easier to see how they could jump into a relationship so fast after her recent breakup. It was hot at times and definitely sweet at other times. I thought at times Kage had the patience of a saint for putting up with her and some of the stuff she said or did. I liked the interaction between all the guys in the shop and can't wait to read their stories.

I recommend this to people who like to read Kristen Ashley and Julie Ann Walker. The guys are very alpha and know what's best for everyone especially their woman. Be warned the prologue is a scene of domestic violence that was pretty brutal.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Unseen (Will Trent #7) by Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling novels are utterly riveting and masterfully drawn. Her latest thriller, Unseen, pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil.

Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is actually a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton—the woman he loves, who cannot be told of the risk Will is taking.

Sara herself has come to Macon because of a cop shooting: Her stepson, Jared, has been gunned down in his own home. Sara holds Lena, Jared’s wife, responsible: Lena, a detective, has been a magnet for trouble all her life, and Jared’s death is not the first time someone Sara loved got caught in the crossfire. Furious, Sara finds herself involved in the same case that Will is working without even knowing it, and soon danger is swirling around both of them.

In a novel of fierce intensity, shifting allegiances, and shocking twists, two investigations collide with a conspiracy straddling both sides of the law. Karin Slaughter’s latest is both an electrifying thriller and a piercing study of human nature: what happens when good people face the unseen evils in their lives
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4/5 stars

 This book brought out so many emotions in me while I was reading it. There was disgust, not for the book or the writing, but because of some of the actions of a few characters. Sadness was the emotion I felt the most of as the book opened to a very sad exchange between husband and wife followed by more sadness with the hospital. Will and Sara were also dealing with feelings that were depressing, but very much needed. Happy wasn't something I felt a lot of while reading this, but there were a few times when it came up. Relief was felt as I finished because I could then go back and buy the first six books of the series. As per my usual habit, I picked up this without having read any of the Will Trent or Sara Tipton series beforehand and while it would've made the book a 5 star rating if i had due to the fact all the characters had been central figures in past books, I had no problem following along. I highly recommend this book, but be aware that it's very dark at times and there are parts describing non- consentual sex.
 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fire Inside (Chaos #2) by Kristen Ashley

Lanie Heron isn't looking for love-no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club . . .

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She's too polished and too classy for his taste. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can't say no. And he doesn't regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that's ever happened to him-in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.







4/5 stars

 
I love Kristen Ashley and have loved every one of her books that I've read so far, but I wasn't as excited by this book. It might be because I never warmed up to either character. Lanie was always the dumb bitch that followed her equally dumb ass boyfriend who was on the run from the mob. I've watched enough movies and read enough books to know that dealing with the mob in any fashion is a huge fucking mistake. And for some reason I always pictures Hop as an older overweight biker, so imagine my surprise to find out he was a tight hot guy who's just misunderstood. There also wasn't really anything going on but sex and fighting. Where was the kidnapping, the bad guys doing bad guy stuff, the gunfights and explosions? Granted there was a tiny gunfight (that had already been dealt with in the last book) and Benito's guys showed up for a couple paragraphs, but the usual KA drama wasn't there. Hopefully in the next book we'll get the over-the-top drama that I've come to relate to Ms. Ashley. Will I recommend this book? Absolutely. Will I read it again? Probably not, cause there are too many other KA books that are much better. At this point all the guys are starting to run together (they all look alike, talk alike and act alike) while the ladies are nice, polite, put together. Where are the crazy ladies like the Rock Chicks?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Forever (The World of Nightwalkers #2) by Jacquelyn Frank

After being brought back from death, police officer Jackson Waverly receives the shock of his life: he has become host to a Bodywalker, a spirit that is reborn in flesh and blood, and part of a proud, ancient race that uses its extraordinary gifts to battle dark, evil forces. Jackson’s spirit is a powerful one—none other than the Egyptian pharaoh Menes, who longs to reunite with his eternal love, the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut.

While Menes is obsessed with finding the perfect vessel for his queen, Jackson cannot stop thinking about Dr. Marissa Anderson, the gorgeous precinct shrink who keeps pushing him to confront his grief over the loss of his K-9 partner. But what Marissa really arouses most in Jackson is intense desire, which is exactly what Menes is looking for. To fight a great enemy, pharaoh and queen must join; but to host Hatshepsut, Marissa will first have to die. Fate has given Jackson a profound choice: save Marissa from Menes’ plan or keep an entire species from the brink of extinction.



5/5 stars

 
Loved this book, the second in the Bodywalker series. It picked up just a couple weeks after the first book, Forbidden, left off. I liked Jackson from the beginning and was excited that he got his own book, but he had such a strong presence and an unwavering sense of duty that he had to get his own book. Marissa was great too. The attraction they had for each other was like a living breathing thing that exploded off the page. I can't wait til the next book to see where they're headed in this war that they are caught up in and see how along with Ramses, Docia and Leo they fight this new enemy.

I've loved pretty much every book the very talented Ms. Frank has written and I'm glad to see that this series continues with Leo's story. I'm also really curious to see if the characters from the other Nightwalkers will pop up in any future books since they read the prophecy too. I tried reading this book before I had read Forbidden and didn't think I would've had problems with it, but quickly set it aside to read Forbidden first. Glad I did so that I had a better understanding about how the Bodywalkers worked. Highly recommend this series.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Virginity Mission by Cate Ellink

It’s lust at first sight when Mac sees Jason shirtless and sweating on the back of a truck.Jason is the army sergeant assigned to support the six‐week scientific expedition that Mac is participating in, and might just be the perfect candidate for another journey of discovery that Mac is desperate to undertake — sex.

Fraternization between students and staff might be strictly prohibited, but everybody knows fruit always tastes better when it’s forbidden.










3/5 stars

 
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars because it wasn't what I was expecting. I seriously thought it was a m/m romance! I mean, look at the cover....sexy manly chest. Okay, now read the description. No where in that description was the pronoun she or even he for that matter. The main characters name's are Jason and Mac. I read about 20% before I realized that Mac was a woman! I kept reading it though because it captured my interest and I don't read very many books set in Australia. Jason was definitely the strong silent chunky type of man that I love reading about and always want more of. Mac, whose real name is Willow Macintosh, was the very inexperienced virgin (never been kissed either). She was shy and sweet and seemed almost backwards at times. The building of their relationship wasn't rushed although out of six weeks they only spent a part of that together. Overall, it was an enjoyable book....even if it was completely different then I was expecting. So, I guess the low rating is my fault and has nothing to do with the story itself. I think the description needs to be rewritten.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bite Me (London Undead #1) by PJ Schnyder

Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that's not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the zombies catches his eye—and not just because of her way with a gun. Learning the beautiful woman is homeless and fends for herself only intensifies his urge to protect and care for her.

Maisie can't help but admit that she's attracted to her werewolf rescuer. She's drawn to Seth's strength and ferocity, and finds herself opening up to him in ways she never imagined, even though she's determined to not rely on Seth or anyone else. She doesn't want another person to get hurt—or die—for her sake. She has enough scars, physical and emotional, from the last time…

But when Seth realizes something is drawing the zombies to Maisie, there may be nothing he can do to save her…


4/5 stars

 
This was a great start to what is going to be a hellva series. We had humans and werewolves fighting together against zombies and were-cats and the fae were mentioned too. The story is set in what I'm assuming is present-day London were the military has set up barricades keeping the zombies in the city. Seth is the local pack alpha and while on patrol comes across a human woman, Maisie, shooting a horde of zombies and trying to keep a family safe. From that point on we learn the zombies are changing their methods of hunting and Seth and his pack are trying to find out why. Maisie and Seth also share a few stolen moments to romance each other here and there. I liked the characters that were introduced so far and can't wait to see where they're headed. I pretty much devoured this in one setting since it wasn't that long and I can only hope the next book will be a little longer. Highly recommend.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Night Is Watching (Krewe of Hunters #9) by Heather Graham

The dead of night
The Old West town of Lily, Arizona, is home to the Gilded Lily, a former theater...and bawdy house. These days, it offers theatrical productions geared to tourists, but the recent discovery of a skull, a real skull, among the props and costumes shakes everyone up.
So, who do you call? The Krewe of Hunters, a special FBI unit of paranormal investigators. In this case, it's agent Jane Everett. Jane's also a talented artist who creates images of the dead as they once were. But the Krewe always works with local law enforcement, and here that means Sloan Trent, former Houston cop and now sheriff. His great-great-grandmother was an actress at the Gilded Lily...and she's not resting in peace.
Then more remains appear in the nearby desert. As they search for answers, using all the skills at their disposal, Jane and Sloan find themselves falling into danger--and into love. 



4.5/5 stars

 
Heather Graham writes one hell of a ghost story. I didn't guess who the bad guy was at all. I mean, of course I had my suspicions, but then I rule them out and try again. So, when the bad guy was revealed I was pleasantly surprised.

The book is set in a small town in Arizona that is an Old West attraction with several reputed ghost sittings. The town sheriff is called to a case involving one of the towns most famous ghost and calls his friend, Logan Raintree, for help. Logan sends in his forensic artist, Jane, to help and ends up solving not just their present case, but also a case over 100 years old. Of course the sparks between Sloan and Jane were hot enough to scorch the pages or short out my e-reader.

The only thing I didn't care for was after the bad guy reveal it wrapped up to quickly. I can't wait to read more of this series and really wished Ms. Graham would write them as fast as I can read them. Wrote as part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Recommend to readers who enjoy a little ghost action with their romance.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Wounded Angel (Earth Angels #3) by Stacy Gail

A descendant of the Angel of Vengeance, Nate da Luca was gifted with an uncanny ability to find things. It made his job as a detective a breeze—until he learned the hard way that some things should remain hidden. After that, his powers vanished, along with his belief in himself. Which is going to make tracking down Gabriella Littlefield for his latest client a challenge.

Personal trainer Ella Little paid a hefty price for her life—now all she wants is to live it in peace. Then a sexy hulk of a man turns up in her gym, reigniting desires she thought she'd left behind along with her real name and hair color.

Desires she can't deny even after she discovers Nate's no stranger to her dark past.

Before he can convince her the attraction is mutual, Nate's going to have to earn Ella's trust. But a demon is playing for keeps in the world of humans, using Ella as bait, and the last thing they have is time.



4/5 stars

I think this has been my favorite of the series so far.  Nate was the perfect wounded angel and did a great job of bridging the books so far with the little computer conferences with the other angels.  Some of those angels we've met and some I hope we meet soon (the guy in Boston!).  I wasn't too sure about Ella at first just because she was so sketchy to begin with, but after learning her back story, I firmly believe she had every right to be so secretive.  I liked the two together and hope to see a little more of them in the future.
 




Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lady Vivian Defies a Duke (Beau Monde #4) by Samantha Grace

The Naked Truth

Lady Vivian Worth knows perfectly well how to behave like a lady. But observing proper manners when there's no one around to impress is just silly. Why shouldn't she strip down to her chemise for a swim? When her betrothed arrives to finally meet her, Vivi will act every inch the lady—demure, polite, compliant. Everything her brother has promised the man. But until then, she's going to enjoy her freedom...
 

A Revealing Discovery

Luke Forest, the newly named Duke of Foxhaven, wants nothing to do with his inheritance—or the bride that comes with it. He wants adventure and excitement, like the enchanting water nymph he's just stumbled across. When he discovers the skinny-dipping minx is his intended, he reconsiders his plan to find Lady Vivian another husband. Because the idea of this vivacious woman in the arms of another man might be enough to drive him insane—or to the altar.



4/5 stars

I'm sorry to see this series end, but at least it ends on with a good book. I love Samantha Grace's writing style and hope her next series will be just as good, if not better, then this one. Her writing brings to life the beautiful English countryside and the lush life lived by the characters she fleshes out.

Lady Vivian Worth is my favorite kind of heroine. She rides astride, shoots firearms, goes swimming and reads scandalous books. She's the exact type of girl I would want to be friends with. Luke Forest is, as Vivian points out, perfectly imperfect. Even though he's a duke he doesn't act as one and takes a quick liking to Vivian. They made a cute happy couple.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book and think anyone who likes the historical romance genre will love it. You don't have to read the books in this series in order to read this one, but in order to experience the full impact of the stories I would suggest you do. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Highland Wolf Wedding (Heart of the Wolf #11) by Terry Spear

Elaine Hawthorn is a gray American werewolf, currently out of work, and on a mission to share in a family treasure. When she arrives in Scotland, she nearly has a head-on collision with one hot, kilt-garbed Highlander, and runs him off the road.

Werewolf laird Cearnach MacNeill isn't happy Elaine ruined his car, but he quickly becomes her protector after a misunderstanding lands her right in the middle of two feuding clans. Now he's out to ensure that this sexy female wolf gets her fair share of her clan's treasure. He knows he should leave well enough alone, but it's too late to leave his heart out of it.








4/5 stars 


This series is such a delight to read. It has the perfect blend of romance and action. And for that action to occur in the Highlands of Scotland ....oh yeah baby. I mean, is there anything sexier then a wolf shifter in a kilt speaking in that Scottish accent? Terry Spear writes with such great descriptions that you feel as if you can smell the heather in the air mixed with a bit of the sea.

Cearnach was such an easy going man that it was easy to see why Elaine would fall under his spell. He just seemed to take everything in stride and kept his alphaness under control until she was threatened, then hold on to your panties cause he came out raging to protect her at all cost.

My only complaint is that everything happened in two days. I'm not a huge fan of the insta-love type stories. I would've liked the relationship to develop gradually, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

We also got to see Ian and Duncan with their mates again which is always nice. You seriously can't have to many Highlanders around. Now if we could just find a mate for the fourth brother, Guthrie things would be great. Oh yeah, and mates for all those cousins running around the castle.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sexy kilted wolf to snuggle up with. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for me to read.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Bare It All (Love Undercover #2) by Lori Foster

"A cop's craving to know more about the woman next door could prove fatal in the steamy new novel from "New York Times" best selling author Lori Foster"As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it...until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice's secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire--and into the line of fire....




3.5/5 stars

This is the second in a new series that's kinda a spin-off of the Men Who Walk the Edge series. I read and reviewed the first book, Run the Risk, back in September of last year and skimmed through it again before reading this one. I'm glad I did because it picks up immediately after the first book with Reece going to Alice's apartment to pick up his dog, Cash. We met Reece in the previous book; he was Logan's partner who was somewhat shady to begin with til we understood his motives. Alice came from Trace's book in the aforementioned series. She helped bring down the human trafficking ring.

I really liked Reece in both books, but especially in this one since we got to see so much more of him and his personality. I love his interactions with Rowdy. He also seemed to have the patience of a saint in dealing with Alice. I didn't understand the attraction he felt for her since she seemed clueless when it came to him, but noticed every little tick when it was everybody else. I mean, she noticed a lady's emotions across a parking lot, but couldn't pick up on Reece's when he was standing right in front of her. She was around sex for over a year, but seemed as if she didn't understand it at all. I guess she was suppose to be damaged, but came off as being kinda slow witted to me.

I'm definitely going to keep reading this series cause next up is Rowdy then probably Dash, Logan's brother. I guess this could be read as a stand alone book, but I think it fully enjoy it you should read the books in order. It was also nice to see Trace for a small bit. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What a Lady Needs (The Redgraves #2) by Kasey Michaels

Lady Katherine Redgrave has one mission—to find her deceased father's journals, which may hold the key to a traitorous conspiracy that puts Kate's family in danger. Kate vows to let no obstacle stand in her way . . . but when she meets Simon Ravenbill, Marquis of Singleton, her attention is diverted as the sinfully handsome nobleman tempts her beyond reason.

Simon has a mission of his own: to uncover the truth about the secret society he believes murdered his brother. All he needs is to get to the Redgrave journals before Kate does. The solution is simple—he'll romance the fiery beauty in hopes of distracting her from her quest, all while covertly searching for the diaries himself. Yet what begins as a charade soon becomes an all-consuming desire . . . one that could lead them down the most dangerous path of all.




4/5 stars 

This was an interesting book. The series revolves around a secret society that uses sex as a way to trap men into doing the leader's bidding. Who that leader is is still a mystery as is the members of the club. A few of the members have been exposed and most of those members have died under mysterious circumstances. Enter the Redgrave family. The Society was founded by the grandfather and resurrected by the father of the current Earl and his siblings.

In this book, the second of the series, Kate is on a mission to find the journals of her grandfather and/or father and since they're pretty scandalous her brothers send in someone to help her find them and keep her from actually reading them. The man tasked with that is Simon Ravenbill. But once they set eyes on each other they have more then journals on their minds.

I really liked the attraction that Kate and Simon shared and felt that they were a good fit for each other. Simon was a very understanding man and tried to keep the worst of the Society from Kate while at the same time not hiding thing from her.

I think people will enjoy this book and series, if for nothing else people will kick a kick out of Adam Collier. But seriously, it's a interesting read about the "hellfire" clubs and the threat of sedition in England at the time.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Midnight Secrets (Wildefire #1) by Ella Grace

On a hot southern night, with a storm on the horizon, a family is shattered. Three beautiful daughters—Savannah, Samantha, and Sabrina Wilde—go on with their lives, each significantly changed, as they bear the memory of the murder-suicide that killed their parents. For years, they have stayed away from Midnight, Alabama. Until Midnight calls them home.

Savannah is the first one back, when a grueling case in Nashville leads the young prosecutor to seek shelter in the quiet of the once grand Wilde mansion. But when she finds letters casting doubt on her family’s dark, shameful past, she realizes that peace in Midnight is a shallow façade and sinister secrets lurk beneath the surface. Zach Tanner, once the town’s bad boy, is now the new police chief and still has a wild hold over her. Zach can feel it, too, but he hurt Savannah once. As teenagers, they broke every rule together. Now it’s his job to keep her safe, even though he isn’t sure who her enemies are—or which ones might be his own.



5/5 stars

What a great start to a fantastic new series. It takes place in a small town in Alabama where a murder-suicide took place eighteen years ago. The daughters of that couple all grew up and left town ending up in different cities working in some type of law enforcement capacity.

After a big case in Nashville, Savannah comes back to get the old homestead packed up and sold. While doing that she runs into her first love from her teenage years, Zach, who has himself moved away for awhile and came back to become the chief of police. While dealing with a case Zach and Savannah are once again together and are fighting their feelings for each other. But due to past hurts it isn't a smooth courtship this time around.

I thought Zach and Savannah were perfect for each other and was rooting for their HEA right from the start. The story was full of twist and turns and a few creepy people that had me unable to put the book down (I read it one day). The secondary characters were pretty interesting too. I look forward to reading the stories of Samantha and Sabrina to see what kind of men makes those two women happy. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Against the Edge (Raines of Wind Canyon #8) by Kat Martin

A child he's never met. A danger he's never known.

That he's a father is news former navy SEAL Ben Slocum was not expecting. But once the initial shock wears off for the confirmed bachelor, he takes in the rest of what social worker Claire Chastain tells him: that his son is missing, abducted by a man who wants revenge against Claire and Sam's dead mother. And that Ben is now the child's only hope.

As Ben and Claire band together to track the two down, their concern for Sam draws them closer, each fighting feelings there's no time to explore. Because when their search takes them too close to Sam's abductor and his cohorts, the danger hits home-the son he's desperate to save, the woman he's desperate to love.... Ben's got one chance to take back what's his, and in one gunshot he could lose it all.



5/5 stars

Wow, what a book. This was my first Kat Martin, but after reading this book I've put the rest of this series in my TBR pile. This book started with Ben finding out he had a son and that his son was missing. From there the book didn't slow down at all. I really liked Ben and his determination to save Sam even though he had been kept from him for nine years. Claire was just as determined to save Sam any way she could. And of course together they stopped at nothing. They didn't make to bad a couple either. There was also couples from previous books that made an appearance or two. Even though this was the eighth book in the series I didn't feel lost in any way and don't feel as if you have to read the series in order to know whats going on, but I'm sure it would probably be more enjoyable. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hunter by Jacquelyn Frank, Jax (Pseudonym)

This can’t be happening to her. A random break down…an isolated mountain road, a seemingly chance meeting with a hotter-than-hot stranger. Tatyana is a modern gal who can handle any crisis, but before she knows what’s hit her, she’s sensing a hideous threat, not to her but to this man who draws her like a moth to flame. Hunter.

“I know things…I saw it.”

When the attack comes, she is his protection from a diabolical enemy, even as he initiates her into a startling world of magic, sorcery and sensuality. For in a moment of terrifying danger a spark has been struck, and neither can escape the erotic fire to come…






4/5 stars

I really liked this book, but it really confused me. I liked the world it took place in and the people were interesting. I love reading this genre of books and usually read about vampires and shifters so reading about witches and warlocks was a nice change of pace for me. My only complaint was that this book read like it was the second in a series. So much so that I put the book down and started looking around on the author's website and on other book related websites to make sure I hadn't missed the first book. I found no other book so I picked this one up again and continued reading. Super happy I did because the father into the book I got the more I liked it.

The whole good vs evil, brother vs brother and nature vs nurture was played out to perfection. I really liked Hunter and Ryce and thought their friendship helped move this story along. Hunter's internal fight to make sure he didn't turn into a monster like his brother was something I would've liked to see more of. Tatyana was a good fit for Hunter and brought a level of playfulness that he desperately needed after his self-imposed exile from his family.

I hope this turns into a series because I'd really like to get a better understanding of the other witches like Gracelynn and Lennox and especially Ryce. Plus they have all those fledgling witches hanging around. Maybe even a prequel telling Dimitre and Annali's story. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Trying to Score (Assassins #2) by Toni Aleo

In a captivating novel of second chances and healing hearts, the newest member of the Nashville Assassins pulls a power play to make things right with the one that got away.
 
Fallon Parker’s dream has always been to turn her family’s wine company into a runaway success and eventually start a cellar of her own. Since graduating from college, she has worked relentlessly to make that dream a reality, especially after taking a chance on love—and losing. By the time Fallon becomes an official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, she feels like all her hard work is finally paying off. And then the man who broke her heart skates back into her life.

On the ice, Lucas Brooks is the NHL’s leading scorer—at least when he’s not in the box. Off the ice, he’s a mess, with all his anger and misery bottled up inside. He threw away the most important person in his life and has regretted it ever since. But when Lucas returns to Nashville in a trade, he’s determined to convince Fallon that he’s a changed man. The attraction is still there. The tension is electrifying. But the odds are stacked against them—especially after Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a devastating secret.



4.5/5 stars

I've mentioned before about how much I love hockey and hockey men so reading about them is a such an easy thing to do. I watch the sport religiously and attend the games as much as possible, which isn't very often cause it's a four hour drive to both Nashville and Columbus so I only go once or twice a season when they play my favorite team. That being said, when I found this series I was so excited to read about the men who play and the women who are strong enough to hold onto them.

Lucas was awesome. He had been through so much before he was traded to the Assassins and needed that second chance that they gave him. And of course running into Fallom wasn't to bad either. That the two had a past history only made the story better. At times Fallon really got on my nerves. I just wanted to shake her and scream "it was seven years ago...give him a break!" but then I would try to think about if I were in her position I would try to protect my son and feelings too. Aidan was adorable and reading about his interactions with Lucas brought on a few happy tears.

I can't wait to read more books in this series and see how Ms. Also plans on topping this book. Definitely recommend this book to all lovers of the romance genre. You don't even have to be a fan of hockey either since it only plays in the background. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hot Blooded (Jessica McClain, #2) by Amanda Carlson

It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain.
Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge --- but Jessica is playing for keeps.
Because she's the only female werewolf in town...it comes with its own set of rules...and powers. Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.
All in a day's work for a girl.
The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...






5/5 stars

 This book was non-stop action from beginning to end. It picked up right after the first book, Full Blooded. We had Jessica, Tyler, Danny and Ray but we also added two new characters, the sibling vampire duo of Eamon and Naomi. This group of may not be on the best of terms, but they do learn to work together to rescue Rourke and make it back alive.

I really liked the new beasties we were introduced to in this book and look forward to what we'll see in the next book. The group was always on their toes to see what was coming at them next. And the final showdown was pretty intense. I kept looking for clues to see how they planned on taking Selene down.

This group definitely needs a vacation, but I see next up is the Vampire Queen's party so that's not going to happen anytime soon. Maybe in the next book Jessica and Rourke can have at least a day or two when they can actually relax.

Can't wait for the next book. Would also love to see a spin-off series cause these guys (James, Danny, Tyler and even Callum) need a little lovin' too.