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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: Simon Says, Mine by Cherise Sinclair

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Simon Says: Mine
by Cherise Sinclair
Series: Mountain Masters & Dark Heaven (#2)
May 25th, 2015
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Stars

     I felt cheated on this book. It was just to short! I need more, more I said...

     Once again Sinclair delivers a well constructed story full of sassy subs and commanding Doms. I can't even tell you how good I find Cherise Sinclair’s writing. It is refreshing every time I open one of her books and read all this emotional things that Doms make the subs go thru but that don’t diminish the sub n any way. They are not portrayed as doormats or weak willed women but have positions of power in their jobs or are very outspoken.

     In this book we get to go back to the Dark Heaven club and see what makes Master Simon tick. Lately for him every sub is just like any other and he is feeling lonely. When Rona walks into the club he starts feeling the excitement again of being a Dom.

     Rona wants to explore the kinkier part of sex (or at least something more exciting than the missionary position) so she goes to Dark Heaven. She has made herself a list to follow and one of the rules is to never have a second sexual encounter with the same person. As you can imagine there is nothing a Dom likes more than a challenge and Master Simon is up for it.

     Seeing Master Simon keeping Rona off balance is a fun, sexy, hot thing to read/think/watch. From the first “yes, Sir” Rona was lost to Master Simon even s she didn’t want to acknowledge it. I cannot wait to read Jake and Xavier’s books. They need someone to soften them up and who’ll take care of all their needs.

Monday, January 15, 2018

NBRC Cleaning Out the TBR Closet Reading Challenge

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Cleaning Out the TBR Closet

This is what I have so far. I will add more later on...

On my TBR since 2013
Stolen
Wyoming Bride
Playing to Win
Trained for Seduction
Without a Doubt
Some Girls Bite

On my TBR since 2014
Hidden
Gates of Paradise
A Love to Call Her Own
Edge of Sight
The Broken
Frozen

On my TBR since 2015
Intensity
Big Bad Wolf
When We Meet Again
The Lost Duke of Wyndham
Burn Bright

On my TBR since 2016
The Curse of Tenth Grave

Review: Sex and the Single Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

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Sex and the Single Fireman
by Jennifer Bernard
Series: The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel (#3)
Published by: Avon
January 29th, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 Stars

     Sabina Jones hates Thanksgiving and like every year she goes out of town to "celebrate". This year she gets into a bit of trouble when she takes it out on a fellow driver and ends up on the same casino/hotel as him. Things heat up between then and when things are getting good and hot she disappears for good. Or so she thought.

     Rick "Rock" Roman is looking for a new beginning for him and his son. After losing his firefighting wife he is not happy staying in New York and decides to move to California where his son can play baseball all year long. He is the new training chief at San Gabriel Station 1 and he gets a surprise when the woman who disappeared on him leaving him with unfulfilled lust walks into the formation.

     Sabina and Roman's story is fun, sexy and at times sad. I loved the interaction between not just the main characters but all the characters from Anu to Vader to Ella Joy the news anchor. Bernard gives us one hell of a story that touches the heart and makes you think really hard about the risk that firemen go through every time they get a call.

     I liked how the story evolved and the struggle both characters went through to keep their relationship professional and not let anyone know they had the hots for each other. In the end, everything worked out for them and I liked how it came to be. I knew Roman was going to go that route since he loved to relax that way.

     Even though this is the third book in a series you don't need to read the previous ones to understand it. I haven't and I loved it. That being said you can guess that I'll be trying to others too.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: Blood Fury by J. R. Ward

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Blood Fury
by J. R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy (#3)
Published by: Ballantine Books
January 9th, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 Stars

     I. Loved. This. Book.

     I cannot adequately express how much I fell in love with the characters of this book or how much Ms. Ward made me cried to the point I had to stop cause I couldn't see the pages.

     On one hand, we have Novo and Payton. Two trainees from the Black Dagger Brotherhood soldier's program. On the surface, Novo is a hard-assed female that takes no bullshit from others and keeps everyone at a distance. Deep down she is as scarred by her past as any of the Brothers and we get to see a side of her that does not diminish her tough exterior but that explains so much of her character.

     Payton is not far behind with all the crap he hides under that carefree persona. There is a male of worth in there that just needs a push (okay more like a shove and a two by four in the head) to get his ass in gear and do what is needed to come out on the other side of thing a new male. That is what Novo does for him and I am happy with how things moved along for them.

     On the other hand, we have Saxton and Rhun. I have loved Saxton's dignity and acceptance from the very beginning. He is a gentlemale and an awesome solicitor/lawyer (more so when having to deal with Wrath on a nightly basis). Rhun for his part was a mystery worth waiting for. His past and his personality were a heartache and a delight to read. I think J. R. Ward has a knack for writing wounded warriors and have them express their feelings without taking away from their manliness.

     And what a surprise Saxton turn out to be at the end. I didn't even think that behind those expensive clothes hid that kind of power.

     More and more I fall in love with J. R. Ward's writing and with the BDB world. I just can't wait until April for the next release of this awesome storyteller.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: Officer Next Door by Ranae Rose

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Officer Next Door
by Ranae Rose
Series: Lock and Key (#1)
Published by: Self-Published
May 30th, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Giveaway from Author
Rating: 4 Stars

     Alicia Dalton moved from DC to North Carolina and so far she is loving the rural life compared to the busy one she had in the city. It all had to do (for the most part) with having a gorgeous neighbor that is not used to have someone living in the house next door.

     Liam Alexander is more than happy to have a new neighbor to look at after a long day of dealing with criminals. Life in Raley county is heating up to by one of danger and excitement for both Liam and Alicia and for all the residents in general after two murderers get loose.

     I loved how Ms. Rose made this story feel real and at the same time give that romantic and sexy element we all look forward to. The sexy scenes weren't too over the top but they weren't so short that they let you wanting more.

     I also like the suttle paranormal element in this story. It gave it a little spice but didn't take away from the fact that it is a contemporary setting. Overall I love the story and I can't wait to read the next book. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Review: The Alien's Mail-Order Bride by Ruby Dixon

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The Alien's Mail-Order Bride
by Ruby Dixon
Series: Mail-Order Brides (#1)
October 30th, 2017
Genre: Sci-Fi
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 4 Stars

     This was a cute and sweet fast read that none the less felt me feeling happy and satisfied with all that happened.

     After having an accident that left him fending for himself and with too much time to think, Emvor decides that he needs a wife that will help him on the farm and give him children. He is not picky, he doesn't care what she looks like. When Shaiiri (I think that her alien name) comes to him he does not imagine what secrets she's hiding.

     Nicola's owner cannot fathom her been sold or enslaved and the two of them devise a plan to give Nicola a better future. They select Emvor's request for a Mail-Order Bride because it is a very remote and isolated place where she might not be found until it's too late.

     I loved the interactions between these two characters and how sweetly the story developed. I also loved that even if this is a stand-alone story Emvor is of the same race as the Alien's from the Ice Planet Barbarian series by Dixon too. It gave me something familiar and an insight of what could have been for the Aliens in Not-Hoth. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Review: Lure of the Dragon by Anna Lowe

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Lure of the Dragon
by Anna Lowe
Series: Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart (#1)
Published by: Twin Moon Press
April 18th, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Free Amazon Promotion
Rating: 3 Stars

     I struggled a bit with this book. I have been reading it for about 6 months and just now finished it. I liked the plot of the story but there was something in the writing style that didn’t let me got into it.

     Tessa is running for her life after discovering that there are more things in this world than humans. She is a private chef and was contracted to prepared dinner for a wealthy man that got obsessed with her as soon as he saw her and locked her up after transforming into a dragon in front of her. She is helped by another shifter and sent to Maui for protection.

     Needless to say her protectors are shifters too and one of them (Kai) is her mate. What they don’t know and learn piece by piece is why Morgan was so obsessed with her.

     A lot of times the chemistry between the main couple wasn’t there for me. There were a lot of thing that were rushed and others left in the air (or maybe they are there but as I wasn’t to into the story I didn’t find them).

     I did like ome of the other characters and I might try the second book just to see it it was just me that was not in the right mindset or not. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Review: Gone with the Ghost by Erin McCarthy

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Gone With the Ghost
by Erin McCarthy
Series: Murder by Design (#1)
Published by: SilverHart Publishing
May 22nd, 2017
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 Stars

     I chose this book as part of my 2018 Romance Roundabout Reading Challenge and let me tell you it was just a challenge to get my hand on it. I was able to finally find it in Google Books.

     This kind of book (cozy mystery) is something I've never dabbled into and I have to say I loved every moment of it.

     Bailey Burke is a home stager that has been grieving for her best friend for the past six months thinking that her confession of love was what sent him to the path of killing himself. It isn't until one morning she walks into her kitchen and learns the truth about Ryan been killed because his ghost told her so.

     Ryan has chosen Bai to help him solve the mystery of his death because the last thing he remembers is walking that morning into her house. From there is a roller coaster of possible suspects, evidence, and second guessings.

     I loved the mystery of Ryans death. Ms. McCarthy has you turning the pages faster than the speed of light with every new development trying to find the killer (or is there a killer?) and second-guessing yourself with every sentence written.

     At the end, I was very surprised at how things happened for Ryan and I can't wait to read the rest of the books. To see what other trouble Bailey gets to.

ARC Review: Wolf Hunger by Paige Tyler

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Wolf Hunger
by Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team (#7)
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
December 5th, 2017
Genre: Paranormal
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (via Netgalley)
Rating: 5 Stars

     This review is a little late but it doesn’t take away from the fact that I loved this story just as much as I’ve loved every one of the previous books in the series.

     Max Lowry, the youngest wolf in the SWAT team, finds his One when attending a DPD awards ceremony. She is a wolf just like him, trouble is she doesn't know it. Lana for her part is attracted to Max and wants to spend a lot of time with him but her father, deputy chief in charge of the tactical teams, doesn’t want her to.

     Like every book in the series this one took the span of less than a week but there is so much going on that it feels like much more time. I love the way Max was trying to handle the situation and trying to determine if Lana really didn’t know what she was.

     There were a lot of holy guacamole moments, what with the hunters and the shootings and stuff, that had me glued to my kindle and had me cursing people for making me do my job and not leaving me alone!

     This thing with the hunters is reaching critical points and I can’t wait to see what else is there for the SWAT guys to deal with. I hope the next one is Zane or at least that I don’t have to wait a lot for his story. I want to know what will happen to him after everything he went through in this book.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

NBRC 50 States Reading Challenges

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     I found about reading challenges a few years back and I've been hooked on them ever since. Last year was the only one that I was unable to participate and it was sad for me. This past year 2017 on the month of December I found about the Nothing But Reading Challenges group on Goodreads. I love it. It has so many different challenges for you to pick! Here is one of them.

50 States

Here are some of my picks.

Alabama
Alaska Stolen by Shiloh Walker
Arizona 
Arkansas 
Colorado 
Connecticut Death Overdue by Allison Brook
Delaware 
Florida 
Georgia On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
Idaho Incoming Freshman by Carol Lynne
Illinois Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Indiana 
Iowa 
Kansas 
Kentucky Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
Louisiana Intensity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Maine Big Bad Wolf by Linda Jones
Maryland 
Massachusetts 
Michigan 
Minnesota 
Mississippi 
Missouri 
Montana Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Nebraska 
Nevada 
New Hampshire 
New Jersey 
New Mexico 
North Dakota 
Oklahoma Hidden by P.C. Cast
Oregon 
Pennsylvania 
Rhode Island 
South Carolina 
South Dakota 
Tennessee 
Texas 
Utah 
Vermont 
Virginia The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Washington 
West Virginia 
Wisconsin 
Wyoming Wyoming Bride by Joan Johnston