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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: Nobody's Lost by Kallypso Masters

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Nobody's Lost
by Kallypso Masters
Series: Rescue Me Saga (#5)
Published by: Self-Published by Author
December 9th, 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3 Stars

     I find myself with mixed feelings about this book. I love the story and how Megan helped Ryder and all the romantic things Ryder did with Megan. But even if it's being a while I remember that the previous books have more context to them and the time frame is longer. This story was just too insta for me. And it also leaves you wanting more of the BDSM aspect of things.

     Ryder like every Marine character from previous books served in Fallujah under Adam's command and has PTSD from that mission. Megan is Adam's half-sister and she knows how to deal with PTSD since her other brother is also a Marine that has served in the war and came home with night terrors.

     The characters don't have much interaction with others and that is in part what it makes it cute and romantic but it is also what makes it such a fast-paced read that leaves you wanting more. I guess this also has to do with the fact that this characters were not introduced in previous books but were just mention in passing.

     I hope to have better luck with the next book since is one of the couples I've been looking forward the most.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: The Thief by J. R. Ward

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The Thief
by J. R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (#16)
Published by: Ballantine Books
April 10th, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Stars

     I never know with J. R. Ward books if I'm giving it 4 or 5 stars because there is something that annoyed me so much during the reading that I can't ignore or I loved it so much that I can't think of anything that I didn't like. This book is more of a 3.5 read just because I am so over and done with the Vishous shit. Like I posted on my Instagram, Ward should just kill the fucker and be done with him.

     What I did love about this book was Sola and Assail's story. I know many will disagree with me but I think every story so far has developed at the exact time it should and this one is no different. Assail needed to clean himself of his addiction and Sola needed to see him almost dying for this couple to appreciate what they have or could have.

     What I like about this books is that we see a side to this characters that is sweet but, even with the women, it does not make them weak and vulnerable, on the contrary, it gives them character and make them feel more real.

     I can't wait to see what this new turn in the war will bring and how some of the secondary stories will develop further in upcoming books.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: Big Bad Wolf by Linda Jones

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Big Bad Wolf
by Linda Jones
Series: A Faerie Tale Romance (#2)
Published by: Love Spell
February 27th, 1997
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Gift
Rating: 4 Stars

     I love what Linda Jones has done with all this fairy tale retelling mixed with historical romance. Two of my favorite things together. The retelling of children books with an adult twist and my favorite genre, historical romance.

     Molly is on her way to visit her sick grandmother when she comes across a stranger that steps out of the woods. She is drawn to this stranger and feels no fear even when she realizes is Wolf Trevelyan, a man that has a dark past and who no one wants near their innocent female women.

     Wolf feels this inexplicable pull to Molly and he needs to have her no matter the cost. What he can't explain is why she doesn't behave like any other woman he knows and why he can't buy her into her bed. Everyone has a price, he just needs to find hers.

     I fell in love with this book since the first encounter between Molly and Wolf. The way Wolf was puzzled by Molly, the way Molly treated him in spite of the rumors, the way Wolf kept trying to look for an explanation as to why Molly was different, and the way Molly followed her instincts instead of what people said.

     Even their time in New York at which point the story deviated from the Red Ridinghood story was fascinating and engaging and infuriating and so many more things that capture my attention and hold it firmly. I will, of course, be reading more of this stories the next one being Someone's Been Sleeping In My Bed since I was gifted that book too.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

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Burn Bright
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega (#5)
Published by: Ace
March 6th, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Stars

     Anna and Charles' books are ones that I like a bit more than the Mercy Thompson's series books only by the fact that it is told in third person. Aside from that, I love both series as Mrs. Briggs puts this characters thru the wringer and then some.

     Charles receives a call from one of the wildlings (Bran's more damaged of werewolves) to come help. He and Anna are then racing against time to find out what is going on and who's fault it is. There is a traitor on the pack and they have to uncover him/her before they can find what they're looking for.

     The beginning of the book was slow and gave some information that I think was more to fill out the pages than it was part of the story plot but once Charles and Anna got to their destination the story picked up and it was one oh sh*t moment after the other.

     I find the way Brother Wolf is evolving very intriguing and I hope that it develops into something that will give us more plots, twists, and turns than just wanting to communicate with Anna.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review: Last Chance Cowboy by Leigh Riker

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Last Chance Cowboy
by Leigh Riker
Series: Kansas Cowboys (#2)
Published by: Harlequin: Heartwarming
May 1st, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2 Stars

Disclaimer:

This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of it or the content of my review.

     I am in love with cowboys (at least the ones in books) and when I saw this one on NetGalley I couldn't help myself. I had to give it a go. This is the second book of the Kansas Cowboys miniseries and it can be read as a standalone but it makes you curious about the first book.

     Grey has been having troubles with his ranch and with the people of small-town Barren, Kansas because of an accident ten years prior that killed a young man. Even though he was cleared of any wrongdoing he was still blamed for it.

     Shadow is the sister of the man that was killed and she was Grey's sweetheart until the shooting. Shortly after the death of her brother Shadow left town and didn't come back for ten years and when she came back was to revealed to Grey some things she's left hidden for so long.

     This is like the publisher says a heartwarming story of second chances and forgiveness. But it was a quick read that left me wishing for so much more.

     That more that I was looking for includes a better storyline as it was kind of repetitive. Better editing as there were parts where something happens; like Grey taking off his vest; and a paragraph or two later he takes it off again and it is worded the exact same way as the first time you read it.

     Other things that bother me where the fact that Shadow and Grey kind of stayed on that time ten years before and sounded young and uncertain and at times annoying.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Audio Review: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

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Dragon Bound
by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races (#1)
Published by: Tantor Media Inc.
July 25th, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 5 Stars

     While listening to another series I saw that the narrator had been switched to Sophie Eastlake and since I have trouble finding narrators that I like before I got to the book in the series where it starts with her I decided to researched a bit and found this book to listen to. Needless to say, I liked her very much and as an added bonus I found another series I have fallen for.

   Pia is on the run from a formidable Wyr after she was blackmailed into robbing from him. She makes plans to leave and clear herself from the blackmail and she's able to succeed, except she made a tiny mistake that will change the course of her life forever.

     Dragos is a dragon with a big... hoard and she knows the moment he is robbed but is unable to be on time to stop the theft. He needs to get his property back by any means necessary and Pia inadvertently left him a clue to find her.

     I love every second of this story. The story was so well crafted. It had me on edge to find out all the hidden secrets; especially Pia's; and it gave them to you slowly but not so slowly that you lost interest. Dragos was very dominant and possessive but very sweet and (with some effort) understanding.

     I can't wait to start the next book on the series and even though I'd like more of Pia and Dragos I'm hoping I catch glimpses of them throughout the series. I still can't wait to fall in love with other characters we see in this book and find out more about this exciting world and the different races of magical creatures.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Audio Review: Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill

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Friday Night Bites
by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires (#2)
Published by: Tantor Media Inc.
January 10th, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 4 Stars

     Several months have passed since the events of book 1 and Merit is ready to move out of Mallory’s house and into Cadogan’s house to better serve it as it's Sentinel. Like the first book, Merit is thrust into the middle of a vampire mess that she has no idea about but is her job to fix.

     This new threat includes an ex that Merrit didn't know as well as she thought she knew him and an old rival that will stop at nothing in the quest for vampire dominance.

     I am falling in love more and more with this series and although there are some things I'd like different I can't complain about anything Chloe Neill has shown me so far. One of my favorite characters (aside from Merit) I'd have to say is Catcher and every time he gets airtime I find him more and more kickass.

     The only thing I'll complain about this book is that Merrit didn't even give Morgan a fair chance to win her heart even with the little time they were together. Other than that I can't wait to read/listened to more of this newly changed vampire and all the trouble she'll get into.

Monday, March 26, 2018

ARC Review: Eight Simple Rules For Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks

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Eight Simple Rules For Dating a Dragon
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced (#3)
Published by: St. Martin's Press
March 27th, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 5+ Stars

Disclaimer:

This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of it or the content of my review.

     Of all the sisters Gwennore is perhaps the only one that can be determined her ancestry just be looking at her because of her pointed ears. She hails from Woodwyn where the elves rule. Because of how the elves are that they attack with no visible reason; they attack and don't take gold or food; they are the most hated of all the kingdoms and because of it, they are seen as savages. And so Gwen is judge by this and thought of no better than her race.

     While trying to prevent Lucianna's daughter from being kidnapped by a dragon she is taken too. Her gift as an Embraced lets her read peoples health and what is causing their illness so when she discovers that the queen is been poisoned she is coerced by the general of the Norveshki army to help him prove that what is happening in the kingdom is not a curse but has a logical explanation.

     Silas Dravenko is a member of one of the Three Cursed Clans and is about the only one that doesn't believe in the curse but can't find a way to prove it without it been said that he is succumbing to the madness of the curse. When Gwen confirms his suspicions he cannot let her go without having her help him prove what he already knows.

     This so far is my favorite couple. The chemistry between this characters is off the charts and it is not just the insta lust/love but the way the couple, especially Silas, make fun of each other. I also think it has to do with the fact that although innocent in the ways of men Gwen is now naive. She knows people can and will be prejudiced and cruel.

     I also like the fact that the bad guy has a purpose. He is not just the bad guy on this book but on the two previous and I'm guessing of the next ones too. He is not just there to create angst but to move the story along and to connect all the stories too with one common goal. We also get an expanded view as to why the Chameleon does what he does giving more substance to the enemy of all kingdoms.

     I am loving this series more and more with each page and I can't wait for the next one and what else Kerrelyn Sparks has in store for these women and their men. I just hope that Maeve ends up with Brody I just love them together and I can't wait to see her reaction when she finds out Julia is a boy!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Review: Lauren’s Barbarian by Ruby Dixon

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Lauren’s Barbarian
by Ruby Dixon
Series: Icehome (#1)
Published by: Self-Published by Author
October 20th, 2017
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 4 Stars

     Since I discovered Ruby Dixon last year I have loved her books and this one is no exception. I never thought blue, horned and plated (or four armed or any other crazy way Dixon can think off) was going to be sexy, but boy does Dixon knows how to work it.

     In this book, we go back to the Ice Planet where the Barbarians live. Now it is the turn of Lauren and her group of stranded humans (and some decidedly not humans). After the barbarians of the Ice Planet Barbarians (IPB) series save the group from the stasis pods they are in, Lauren and Marisol get into a bit of trouble and get separated from the group ending up in a tropical island.

     K’thar and his fellow islanders are very different from the barbarians of the main island. They are divided into different groups. The Strong Arms who have four arms, the Tall Horns who have very big horns and the Shadowed Cats who have body/facial hair.

     I loved this book so much. I think this story has much more flesh than the couple of books I’ve read in the IPB series. This book took me back to the beginning when Georgie and Vektal were trying to communicate. Although not as hilarious as that one it was still pretty funny.

     I do recommend that if you haven’t finished reading the IPB series you do so because although this book is a stand-alone if you’ve started the IPB series you’ll be a little bit lost. That being said I cannot wait to read the next story in this new spinoff. In the meantime, I’ll be finishing the IPB series.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review: Boss Bear by Scarlett Grove

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Boss Bear
by Scarlett Grove
Series: Timber Bear Ranch (#1)
Published by: Self-Published
April 17th, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 3 Stars

     Boss Bear is the first book in a new series connected to Fate Mountain, the place of Rescue Bear and Bear Patrol series. I love it every time I can read a spin-off series and get to see a glimpse of the characters of the other series. There are so many little details that connect the series’ like the mate.com app and the hyenas and other things.

     Leland Kincaid returns home after learning that his dad died. He then learns that his dad has named him alpha of the Kincaid clan and just in how much trouble his family is in.

     Sylvia Barker is sent to fate mountain to audit the Timber Bear Ranch and then find out it belongs to her mate at which point she wants to find a way to help Leland keep his land.

     It was obvious to me a miracle had to happen and I kind of figured something like what saved the ranch was going to happen but it still felt anticlimactic when it happened.

     I liked the book well enough and since I’ve read the Rescue Bears and the Bear Patrol series and given 4 stars overall to both series I will be reading the next book in this series. I just think that I read this one at the wrong time in my reading life.