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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Review: Double-Sided Magic by McKenzie Hunter

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Double-Sided Magic
by McKenzie Hunter
Series: Legacy (#1)
Published by: Sky Publishing LLC
November 5th, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 4 Stars

     First person POV is not my thing and I find myself dreading it when I want to read a book so badly because of the cover or the description only to find out is in first person. But there are some times when it has paid off my taking the risk since I am a person that cannot not finish a book even if it's horrible. I am glad I did take a risk with this book.

     Levy Michaels is being hunted because of who she is and not what she has done. She is in hiding and staying away from anything or anyone that can figure out who she is. Even when people try to kill her she deals with them without resorting to killing.

     After she is found at the site a a triple murder with no memory of what happened she must find out what happened to her and why. She must do this at the same time as she has to dodge the incessant questioning from the head of the Guild a shapeshifter that can smell the magic on her.

     From the moment I opened this book I was hooked. Levy is quirky and strong and I just loved her. There were some parts where I found things repetitive but it wasn't something big. I was left with some questions that I hope are answered in one of the following books but this one ended great. It just left you with enough unanswered questions to pike your interest to keep reading the series.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Audio Review: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

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Dead Witch Walking
by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows
Published by: Tantor Media Inc.
July 23rd, 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 5 Stars

     They say third's the charm. After two previous failed attempts at audio books I have finally found a narrator I can and will try again. She was very diverse with her character's voices, stayed at the same pace with the narration and narrated this amazing story.

     Rachel is a witch runner on the IRS (Inderlander Runner Services) that is fed up with the crappy jobs she's getting lately. She decides to quit the IRS, even though no one voluntarily leaves unless they can pay their contract off so as not to have a price on their head.

     What she doesn't count on is that her friend Ivy wants out too and because she is the best runner the IRS have and she is pulling out to start a business with Rachel, plus she's able to pay her contract, the IRS puts a price on Rachel's head (even when Rachel quitting is what the head of the department wanted).

     I loved every second of this book and I love Janx(?) the pixie. He is just a cutie and hilarious. The things that Rachel went thru. This is true fantasy. The author knows she has no bounds with her creation and she took full advantage of it. There are no rules, no guidelines to follow and I think what is in store for these characters is more excitement and I can't wait to see what comes next.

     The books is written in such a way that even though it gives you closure it leaves you with some questions and speculations of what comes next. Like a good TV episode.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

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Kiss of Steel
by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk (#1)
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
September 4th, 2012
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 4 Stars

     This is the second steampunk book I've read and I am liking this genre by the book.

     In this story we have Honoria and her siblings, who are running from a bad man that wants to kill and/or imprison them for their knowledge of what their father was doing, some experiments for a vaccine to help starve off the virus that makes them turn into vampires after many years.

     Blade has guessed who Honoria is but he doesn't want to turn her in for the reward, after all he is a rogue on the run himself, but he wants to know what is so interesting in her that the man he hates most in the world has put a price on her head.

     I find it charming that Blade tries to keep Honoria at arms length and at the same time he can seem to be apart from her for long. Honoria for her part tries to hide or not acknowledge her attraction for Blade. After all he is a blue blood and they are all the same in her head.

     There were many a scene where I cried and some other where I got mad. The twists and turns taken by this characters and the decisions they had to make to save themselves and those they loved were executed perfectly and I can't wait to see what McMaster has in store for Honoria's sister and the verwolven.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: Her Favorite Mistake by Lina Greyce

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Her Favorite Mistake
by Lina Greyce
Series: Hot Fae Knights (#1)
Published by: Self-Published
May 15th, 2017
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5 Stars

     This is an interesting retelling of some Arthurian characters. Lina Greyce gives us a new and sexy perspective of the character of Merlin and Nimue.

     Nimue is a fae charged with the task of keeping Excalibur safe until that time when the rightful king, the one king that will help magic in the world can claim it. Merlin goes to seek the sword because he has found the king of the fae. From there Nimue and Merlin make one mistake after another.

     It is in present times where Nimue, now Illiana, gets the opportunity to make amends were she failed Merlin in the past. Simon, Merlin reincarnated feels a pull the Illiana even if he has no idea why but he is more than willing to see where it all goes. More so as he sees how well Illiana responds to his darker side.

     This story takes you back and forth between what happened to Merlin and Nimue in the past and what is happening with them in the present. Even with all the sexy parts the author was able to put just the right amount of story in between as not to overwhelm the story with sexual content.

     I will definitively be looking forward to the next book in this series. I cannot wait to see what Lina Greyce comes up with.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Review: Wyoming Bride by Joan Johnston

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Wyoming Bride
by Joan Johnston
Series: Mail-Order Brides (#2)
Published by: Dell
January 1st, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Stars

     What I liked about this book is that it is not your traditional Historical Romance where you have a lady or a debutante trying to either avoid scandal, a man or plain and simple has given up on ever finding a man of her own.

     Hannah has married a man that has promised to take her sisters with them so they can leave the awful orphanage they have been leaving in and being mistreated on. Their older sister left with their two little brothers in the first book and they are tired of wondering what happened with their sister and if she'll ever come for them.

     On the way to Cheyenne, Wyoming her husband dies of cholera leaving her and her sisters to fend for themselves. After an attack from Sioux Indians, she is separated from her sisters and near death when Flint finds her.

     From this point on it a roller coaster of secrets, lies and emotional scars that leave not just this two with a lot of thinking to do but Flint's brother Ransom and his fiance Emaline too. We get this side story that is just the perfect amount of distraction for all the time that goes in between (sometimes months) without letting you feeling like you lost something in the telling.

     I will definitively be adding a couple of Ms. Johnston's book to my growing TBR pile.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Audio Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

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On the Edge
by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge (#1)
Published by: Tantor Media, Inc.
December 21st, 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 4 Stars

     I have considered how to rate this for a while and I will not punish the story too harshly because of the narrator. There were sometimes in which I had a hard time getting into the story because my mind was busy criticizing the narrator. That being said I think if I'd read the story myself I'd have loved it.

     Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, a "veil" place where people with some magic live, in between the Broken best know as Earth and the Weird, where the strong magic users live. She has suffered because of her strong magic and the disappointment of people letting her down. She has her two brothers to take care of and her freedom depends on her being smarter and stronger than anyone else.

     Declan Camarine is a Blue Blood from the Weird comes out of nowhere and Rose will not be forced into marrying him just because he comes from the Weird and she has strong magic that can produce strong babies. After making her stand and challenging Declan for the right to own her Rose and Declan slowly but surely fall in love.

     I was fascinated by this story and heard the audiobook every chance I got to see what was in store for all the characters of this story. From Rose to Jake to Georgie to their grand-mere. The length which these characters go thru to solve their and the community they leave in's problems is compelling and a page-turner of the first degree. I can't wait to read the next book in the series (I might even try the audio again since the second book is narrated by someone else.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: Miss Fix-It by Emma Hart

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Miss Fix-It
by Emma Hart
Published by: Self-Published
October 31st, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Stars

     This was a fun and light read from the very beginning. I could not put it down.

     Kali Hancock is a home builder (handywoman) running the family business since her dad is semi-retired. She is damned good at her job but many people don't see past the fact she is a woman. But her satisfaction comes when she proves them she can do the same job as a man if not better.

     When Brantley Cooper contacted Hancock Construction(?) to fix his twins' rooms he was not prepared for Kali. From that first meeting on every encounter between these two was fun and flirty and full of laughter.

     I fell in love with the twin's antics and they stole my heart with their banter and their occurrences. It was heartening watching how Kali fell piece by piece in love with this two and their hot dad. I think Ms. Hart made the right choice in making Kali fall in love first with Eli and Ellie because of her thinking on children.

     I cried a couple of times especially when Portia was telling Kali how she came to love her and accept her for the daughter she never had.

     Emma Hart is a new to me author and I will definitively be trying her again.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Audio Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen
by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen (#1)
Published by: HarperTeen
February 10th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 4 Stars

     "Anyone Can Betray Anyone"

     This is a lesson that Mare Molly Barrow learned well. Throuought all this book I listened how Mare sacrificed all she was and all she believed in to help her family and friends. How she fell deeply and inexorably deeper into a world she knows nothing about and how she learned a painful truth that not everything is as it seems and you can't trust anyone.

     It had me at the edge of my seat with all the twists and unexpected turns that the story took. When I thought I'd figured things out there went Aveyard and threw a wrench in my logic and disrupted all the world again.

     I didn't give it a 5 stars rating because there were a couple things that didn't agree with me. First is that I had a hard time understanding the book at first, second is that some things were left in the air and last but probably not least is that sometimes I had trouble with the narration since I don't like first person POV.

     That being said I can't wait to delve into the next book to see what else the clever Victoria Aveyard comes up with for this group of misfits!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious by Mary Wine

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A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious
by Mary Wine
Series: Steam Guardians (#1)
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
August 7th, 2012
Genre: Steampunk
Format: eBook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 4 Stars

     I have read Mary Wine before and I've liked her books and this one is no different although it's a different genre.

     In this one, we get Janette Aston, a society lady that has to hide the fact that she is a curious intelligent woman because she is a lady and in her society knowledge is only for men. Women are only pretty decorations to be showed off.

      Darius Lawley is the head guardian of a cell from a secret order called the Illuminists and his job is to make sure their secrets don't get out to the general public.

     Darius and Janette meet when she goes into the Illuminists' (I think is called) Silent Chamber after donning the kind of clothing the Illuminist women prefer. She is a Pure Spirit, which means she can handle the crystals that power all the Illuminists' inventions without getting hurt.

     From the moment she and Darius meet is fun to see how they try to stay apart from each other and how Janette struggles to strip years of proper rearing. The book is a combination modern and historical that makes for an exciting read trying to imagine what it could have been.

     One funny fact about this book is the name of the Hawaiian King Kamehameha. It makes me think about Dragon Ball Z.

     I didn't give it 5 stars because of where some things that were left in the air or were rushed in the end that they left me with more questions than anything. Hope they get solved or explained in greater detail in book 2 which I will most definitely be reading.

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.