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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review: Dearest Ivie by JR Ward

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Dearest Ivie
by J. R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (#15.5)
Published by:
March 13th, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 Stars

     What can I say, another win for JR Ward in my book.

     This short novella is about Ivie, a nurse from Havers' clinic, and Silas an aristocrat from one of the founding families and of course, you get the waterworks running.

     I'm not going to talk about what this book is about because I feel since it's a novella the book can be summarised in a few sentences. And this book in particular, although not from characters we've met before, should be enjoyed with no clue as to what's going to happen.

     Now what I'm going to say is that unlike other Ward books this one has just one POV and that is Ivie's but not first person (thank goodness). This gives Silas a mysterious light that captivates you and leaves you wanting to gobble up the story so you can learn all about him.

     I would like to have more novellas like this. Where the Brotherhood or Legacy characters make some cameo appearances but the main characters are completely unknown to us. An insight into the commoners' lives and how they deal with daily life.

Review: Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh

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Nauti Intentions
by Lora Leigh
Series: Nauti (#4)
Published by: Berkley Sensations
April 7th, 2009
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Stars

     It’s been a while since I’ve read this series but is as good as I remember. Lora Leigh is one of my top 5 Erotic Romance authors and I love that I still have books from her to look forward to.

     This book takes place six months after the last one. At the end of book three Natches, the hero saved his sister Janey Mackay from their psycho dad and aunt after discovering they were part of a domestic terrorist cell. After this events, Janey is been threatened by a stalker how wants the daughter of a traitor gone from Somerset.

     One of Janey’s cousins approaches Alex, a friend of the family, to help him tell her brother about it since Janey made him swear not to tell her family. Since Alex has been lusting after Janey since she was 17 he uses the opportunity to get near Janey and finally get her in bed.

     What I like about Lora Leigh is that even though there is lots of sex is the story there is a story. There is danger, an antagonist, and all that good stuff that give substance to a book. To have readers entertained and not just have the monotony of reading the same thing happening but in different places.

     The only thing that made me mad was the fact that Alex’s and Janey’s 14 years gap was such a big point of the story. I don’t mind the old man young woman trope but for some reason, it bothered me in this story. Janey and Alex made such a cute couple that every time the age thing was brought up it just made me go off the rocker.

     But no matter what I still loved the book and can’t wait to read the next one.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Audio Review: The Good, the Bad and the Undead by Kim Harrison

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The Good, the Bad and the Undead
by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows (#2)
Published by: Tantor Media Inc.
November 29th, 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 4 Stars

     Following the life of witch Rachel Morgan we go back to the Hollows and the misfortune that follows her after quitting the IRS (Inderlander Runner Service). A while has passed since the last book and Rachel is now in a relationship with Nick and things are still sketchy with Ivy.

     There are some revelations in this book that left me in shock and I just can't cope with it. I was sad that Ivy could do something like that. She is one of my favorite characters. I just hope things get resolved soon and that trust can be gain.

     Like always I am in love with Janx(?) the pixie. I would just have liked for Madalina to make an appearance. I love her too and I think that she complements her husband with her calm demeanor and patience.

     I again loved  Marguerite Gavin job narrating this story although there were times when she sounded stuffy nosed. I guessed she was sick? But overall one of my favorite narrators.

     I cannot wait to see what else is in store for these characters and I hope I don't get disappointed with what I want to happen versus what will happen.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Review: So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks

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So I Married a Sorcerer
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced (#2)
Published by: St. Martin's Press
August 29th, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 Stars

     Brigitta, the second oldest of the orphans raised on the Isle of Moon, has been dreading her future after Lucianna used the telling stones to predict it. On the way to go to Lucianna, since she's about to give birth, Brigitta's future starts to unravel even when it is not clear to her at the beginning.

     Rupert is a pirate known as a wind sorcerer because he is able to manipulate the wind thanks to being one of the Embraced. He hates the Tourian king and wants revenge for what has been done to his family. When Rupert finds out that Briggita is the sister of the king he wastes no time on kidnapping her. And it is there that this second book's story gets interesting.

     Like in the first book this story is one revelation after another that put the characters step by step closer to their destiny and what they want. I had the deep feels for Rupert's story and found Sister Fallyn funny and felt sorry for her at the same time.

     Some of the things in this story were obvious but it in no way took away from the story, in the end, I think these details help the story by taking your mind and focusing it on them so when other revelations came it was a great shock.

     With every word, every page, every chapter I can't have enough and when it's over I can't wait for the next. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of book three and can't wait to get to it.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

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How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced (#1)
Published by: St. Martin's Press
March 7th, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 Stars

     After reading Kerrelyn Sparks' Love at Stake series I found myself reluctant to start reading another series by her since its been my experience when I love a series from an author so much and it ends, the next one they release is not as good because I go in with high expectations. I am so glad I decided to try this one.

     Luciana thought she was an orphan raised by nuns of the Isle of Moon. She and her four sisters (they have adopted each other as such) have been together since birth with Luciana been the oldest at nineteen and Maeve been the youngest. But then in the middle of a rainstorm, Luciana discovers that she is not at all an orphan and her father has come to take her back home.

     Then we have Leofric of Benwick best known as the Beast. Everyone knows he is Embraced and he by law should be dead but his power makes him almost invincible. He can absorb lightning into himself and harness it to move really fast or shoot it from his hands. Nobody can touch him or they'll die.

     It was interesting seeing how this story developed, the rules or this world, how the Embraced come to be and what makes them special. As you can imagine there is not a lot of sexy scenes between the characters because of Loe's power and he doesn't realize that he can touch Luciana without harming her until later in the book but it gives the author for world building and to explain many facets of this new series.

     I was so into the story with all the thing that were happening that I didn't care about it. I think it was well written, the characters well developed and it left me with enough curiosity to want to keep reading the series. I can't wait to get my hand on the second book "So I Married a Sorcerer" and the release of the third one "Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon".

ARC Review: Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle

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Survive the Night
by Katie Ruggle
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit (#3)
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
February 6th, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 5 Stars

     Of all three K9 officers in the Monroe police department, Otto Gunnersen is the one I've been most intrigued by. I have been waiting for his book and I have to say that Katie Ruggle has delivered once again and I can't be happier with this book.

     Sarah (or Alice in her previous life) is like the women in the previous book, hiding from someone. She wants the chance of a real life and after finally tasting some freedom she doesn't want to give it up. Otto for his part is struggling with making headway with his rescue animals and when he sees Sarah he has the need to rescue her just as he does his animals. 

     This book for me reads more like a contemporary romance than a romantic suspense since we know from the beginning who is trying to kill the characters. Even so, I loved the interaction between Otto and Sarah, the camaraderie that's always there for the three K9 officers and transformation of Sarah from helpless victim to strong woman fighting for those she loves.

     I just realized with this book that Ruggle's Serch and Rescue series is connected to this one and I am beyond happy. I love that series too. The ending of this book gave me hope that the series doesn't end here. I can't wait to see if it's true and see what else Katie Ruggle comes up with for this rowdy bunch.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Audio Review: Playing to Win by Jaci Burton

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Playing to Win
by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play (#4)
Published by: Tantor Media Inc.
July 29th, 2013
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 4 Stars

     I have been in love with the Riley family since I read book one of this series years ago. What I love about this series is that the family is not just centered in one sport but in a variety of them. From baseball to car racing to ice hockey to football and more. So that as you follow this lively bunch you don't get bored with the same "gameplay".

     In this fourth installment, we have Cole Riley, bad boy wide receiver, who has been traded one too many times and his new agent (his cousin Gavin's fiance Liz) doesn't want the bad reputation that will be attached to her name if she can't turn him around. Everywhere he goes and every team he's being with the media is there to trash his name with blown out of proportion gossip.

     Enter Savannah Brooks, an image makeover consultant. She has been hired to fixed Cole's image since this might be his last chance before no other team wants to pick him up. The problem is that Cole doesn't think he is the problem, the media is and he makes Savannah's job hard, but she is used to the type of reception she receives from Cole. She will not be easily intimidated.

     The banter between these two characters and the way Savannah handled Cole had me glued to the story. The Riley's are a bunch of macho a-holes that are marshmallows inside thanks to the loving upbringing. I love all the family dynamics and how this is one big family that supports every one of their own no matter what they've decided to do in their lives.

     The only reason this book didn't get a 5 stars rating is because of the narrator. I didn't want to judge the book because of my not liking the narrator (it is not the author's fault I didn't like her) but I still couldn't enjoy completely because of it. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti

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Forgotten Sins
by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Sin Brothers (#1)
Published by: Forever 
January 28th, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: MassMarket Paperback
Source: Giveaway from Publisher
Rating: 5 Stars

     This book is the definition of suspense.

     Shane Dean has lost his memory and the police call his wife Josie after finding a picture of her in his pocket. What the police and Shane don't know is that he disappeared from Josie's life two years before without even saying a word. Now with the help of Josie, he needs to recover his memories before is too late.

     As pieces of Shane's past come to him and a series of dangerous events occur Josie is finding out that her husband is not the man she thought he was. This time Shane is willing to do things differently and hold on to his wife because he might not remember her but he does remember how much he loves her, and that he is not willing to let go again.

     I was hooked with this book from the very beginning and I cannot believe it took me this long to read it. Shane and Josie go thru so much together and Shane has kept himself so distant from his wife. I think the best thing that happened to him was loose his memory.

     He didn't have the caution to keep quiet about his past and was able to open up to his wife and win her back. The story developed at a steady readable pace. The details of the past, the danger, Shane's memory recovery. It all was revealed slowly and with the exact amount to keep you glued to the story and keep your attention wanting to see what had happened to Shane and his mission and who was behind the attacks; every single detail of the story.

     I am definitively reading the next one. This book pike my interest on the other brothers and their abilities and their connection to the commander and much more.

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.