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Friday, November 28, 2014

Review: Never a Hero by Marie Sexton

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Never a Hero
by Marie Sexton
Series: Tucker Springs (#5)
Published by: Riptide Publishing
May 13th 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, GLBTQ
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

     The only thing that I didn't like about the book was that it was on 1st person POV. I would have liked to be inside Nick's head too.

     As for the rest of the story? Brilliant!! I loved how Ms. Sexton proved that no matter the physical limitations of a person it is not an impediment to have a normal life. I really liked that Owen was able to rise from his past and his hateful mother and be the better man (even if it took him some time) with the help of Nick and his as yet un-revealed and unacknowledged love.

     I almost had a heart attack with Nick's story! I was so looking forward to his story since Second Hand but not in my life would have I thought that was his background. I now know why he was such an issue on Covet Thy Neighbor although he wasn't mention by name and not that I made the connection until Nick took Owen on a tour of the Light District on Halloween.

     I hope to read more of this series. I'm guessing the next book by Ms. Sexton is about Nathan? Can wait to read him too.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Review: House of Saints by a. c. Mason

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House of Saints
by a. c. Mason
Published by: Decadent Publishing
February 24th 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Rating: 3 Stars

     I really liked the story but there are just to many points that influence my rating. One is that for being a book taking place in the 1890's I didn't feel like I was there at all. The form of writing just wasn't to old world.

     Then there is the fact that I wanted more of the story. I don't know specifically what but there was something missing on it. There is too the fact that Simone was in a house that serviced "mythical" creatures but she was mostly confined to her room.

     I did like the connection between Simone and Eravas. It was beautiful how even as he teach her and try to keep everything professional he ended up caring and eventually falling for her. And how she didn't let him hide from her.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: The Flesh Cartel: The Complete Collection by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

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The Flesh Cartel: The Complete Collection
by Rachel Haimowitz, Heidi Belleau
Series: The Flesh Cartel
Published by: Riptide Publishing
August 4th 2014
Genre: GLBT, BDSM, Thriller/Suspense
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
Rating: 4 Stars

     Sublime service, made to order.
     The Flesh Cartel: an international, multi-billion-dollar black market that trades in lost souls. Or more specifically, their bodies. The Cartel trainers are masters at breaking a human mind. Fortunately for their ultra-rich clients, they’re just as skilled at putting people back together again—as perfect pets, well-trained and eager to please.
     Two orphaned brothers caught by the Cartel learn just how far the human spirit can bend—and how badly it can break. But with support from each other and a determined FBI agent, they may also learn how to live—and love—once again.

Season #1: Damnation

Episode #1: Capture
     This episode is just what the title suggest. Mat—a professional MMA fighter—and Dougie—Mat's brother and Psych PhD student—are captured and "erased" from their lives. I was left feeling murderous and sad in their place. They are mistreated, specially Dougie, but they don't know why. They think it has something to do with Mat's underground fighting.
     Then they are humiliated and forced to do things against their will to stay alive. This book repulses and makes you want to keep reading to see what it's to come for this two brothers; and makes you hope and pray that they get out of this and soon.

     This Episode made me feel murderous! After days of been locked up in padded rooms and endless pain, humiliation and rage, Mat and Dougie finally learn why they were taken, when they are up for auction as if they were the most precious of diamonds for the highest bidder (which for this buyers they really are).
     I really feel sorry for this men and what they are in for. I like that even with everything going on around them this two brothers want and are doing everything they can to stay together and get out of this alive. It is really sad to think that even if this is fiction this might be happening in real life.

Season #2: Fragmentation

     After been bought by Nikolai—a slave trainer—as a request for a client, Dougie and Mat are transferred from the processing center where they've been held to his house. From the moment they were bought Nikolai Has been training them—even when he has not been there to oversee it.
     It is very heart wrenching seeing how Dougie has been treated and how Mat is still the one suffering all the pain. Nikolai is to good at what he does and I fear that Mat and Dougie are in for some hard and painful truths and that they might not come out of this with everything they have and hold dear. Just poor bastards is all I can say.

     In his quest to train Mat and Dougie properly, Nikolai is trying to pin the brothers against each other, separate them in order to have the finished product he's clients look for. But he's work is cut out for him because the bond the brothers have is stronger than he thought.
     As I read more about the brothers and their 'situation' the more piss I get. And I hate Nikolai with a passion that make a mockery of Mat's pain and Douglas' self-disgust. But so far I'm more sorry for Dougie, for wanting to not hurt, than for Mathias as he is still the strongest of the two. But I really wish they didn't have to be apart.

     In this episode we mostly see how Nikolai is trying to break Douglas. He implements every kind of torture he can think of to make Dougie cave and it is staring to work. Meanwhile Mat is trying to stay strong physically—trough the fitness equipment Nikolai has supply him, after all his client wants a 'fighter'—and mentally. But we can see the cracks in his armor starting to show too.
     As much as I hate Nikolai I am impress with his control and his way to read what Dougie and Mat are thinking. Or an approximation of it. It really tells how good he is at what he does. I'm really starting to think he has a psychology PhD or something too. And as the story unfolds more and more is shown of Nikolai which makes me think he was brainwashed too—albeit in a different form.

     Nikolai has recruited the assistance of Mathias to help brake Dougie and although it goes against everything in him he agrees. Douglas suffers more pain and humiliation and when he calls to his brother to help him he finally realizes that the only person that can help him is Nikolai but only if he is obedient and do what he is told.
     It broke my heart how Nikolai was able to sever the connection between brothers in Dougie's mind. And how Mat is and will suffer because he still loves and wants to save his brother. But what gives me hope is that deep down—reallllllly deeeeeeep—is his heart, Dougie knows that Mat would have to have a good reason for not saving him.

Season #3: Transformation

     Mat is at the end of his mental rope feeling guilty and not worthy of even the memory of his brother and starving himself to death because of the depression his in. Meanwhile Nikolai is spoiling Dougie but it might come with consequences that Nikolai can not afford.
     I am dancing with glee here at seeing how even after all he's been though Douglas keeps a part of himself that not even Nikolai can reach. That part of his heart that is pure and that no matter what still holds hope for himself and Mat—even if he's not aware that's the reason but in my own heart I know it. I'm just sad about Mat and can help but pray he gets out of that funk quickly.

     Okay so Dougie is confusing up with down and right with left and still not near the end goal Nikolai wants but he's getting there. He is to much on his head and questioning and demanding but Nikolai is getting in his psych little by little and changing the settings. As for Mat he is back in the game and stronger that ever.
     It is a matter of time for all the pieces to fall into place and I just can't wait to see what Mat brings to the table with this new change in him. I was getting a little tired of Douglas and his whinny ass and his coming and going. I can't wait to see what is in store for Mat's training as Nikolai's client wants Mat complacent but not broken like Dougie will probably end.

     As Mathias tries to convince Nikolai that he will be perfect slave as long as he lets Mat see Dougie, Nikolai is plotting and planing to twist that reunion to his favor. But then it doesn't go as plan and the two brothers have until morning to fix everything between them—it only Mat could talk.
     Oh my freaking's about freaking time something happened here! I'm a little bit nauseated with the 'cock warmer' thing but cheering for Mat and Douglas to finally make their escape. But I'm starting to wonder if they ever will. I mean can Dougie be anymore Stockholm Syndromed? I been Mat would have punched him instead. Dude is getting on my nerves.

     After a failed escape attempt—which was a 'test' from Nikolai—Mat and Dougie are punished for it, but Dougie is the one who suffers the worst treatment until he breaks and finally severs his ties to his old life and his brother. And then Mat's punishment is the most psychologically damaging than what Douglas want through—IMO.
     I can't give this particular book more than three stars. I liked the story but it when a little to far for me with Mat's second punishment at Douglas hands and the performance at Douglas "come-out ball." I know that there has been some 'things' here and there that suggested that might happened but I didn't really think that the authors would actually write it and in so much detail. I just hope I don't have to read anymore on it.

Season #4: Liberation

     Douglas and Mat have been finally purchased and Nikolai has only a week or two more to make final preparations to send them to their new master. Which include—among other things—making sure Mat protects his brother as best he can and letting go of his attachment to Douglas.
     After the intense 10th episode I find this one the perfect way to come down from all that. Mathias and Douglas are branded as part of the 'initiation' protocol Nikolai has and then are given a reprieve from the agony by being pampered before being sent off—also to give the brand time to heal. We are also introduced to Nate, a detective interested in the brothers disappearance because of a crush he has on Mat and who doesn't look like he will be giving up on finding them.

     After been on the road a long time to reach their new master, Mat and Douglas are left to figure out how to please their master and how to survive on their own. They are in a private island with no hope to escape but this in no way makes Mat loose hope of escaping even when it looks futile to attempt it.
     Poor Douglas is left to try and make his way in a situation that look to be going from bad to worse with his fellow 'Pleasure' slaves. Mat in the other hand doesn't know what is it that Allen want even when he employs every thing ever told to him by Nikolai. And after he's new frenemy is killed in front of him—sort of—he finally figures what is that Allen want from him. I just hope they survive at the hands of Allen and can escape before is too late.

     Mat is turned into an underground fighter and his life consists now of fight after fight. Allen doesn't bother him anymore just as long as he keeps fighting, which is a blessing—or not. And Douglas is finally happy, or kind of happy anyways, as ha is now Allen's wife Penny's slave. His only duty is to make her happy—which is no burden—and keep Mat motivated to fight, just be alive so Mat can be blackmailed.
     This episode made me sad. There are just somethings you are not able to come back from and I'm afraid Mat might not come out whole from this. He is just going to keep suffering until he can escape, which thankfully the time just came. Meanwhile Douglas is content to please Penny as she treats him like a man and more importantly like a human, not a slave. He loves her, just as he loves Nikolai—but a little different—and is reluctant to escape with Mat—he has truly been brainwashed. I can't wait to see what comes next and if Mat truly can escape this time.

     Mat has been successful in running away from Allen—with Douglas help—and is now in protective custody with the FBI. Nick is with him and is doing everything he can think of to find anything of the Cartel so they can find Douglas. But it is proving to be not enough and the only solution that comes to Mat might scar him for the rest of his life.
     Poor Mat is going crazy trying to keep it together when people touch him or get near him. The only person he trusts is Coach Darryl who treats him like he always has—even if he might be feeling sorry for him in private—and doesn’t let him wallow in his pity party. But little by little he is coming out of his trauma and might eventually pull through—if he really comes out of this completely and not get caught up in the PTSD, the nightmares and the things he’s had to endure to survive.

Season #5: Reclamation

     After endless tries to somehow infiltrate the Cartel it is decided that Mat will have to let himself be recaptured by the bounty hunters. After much plotting and planing they set everything in motion and after a few days he if taken and tortured to make sure it wasn't a ruse. They obviously buy it and take Mat back to Nikolai for reeducation.
     Mat is suffering trough all this since every day that goes by is a day he doesn't have Dougie with him. But even when everything brings the baddest of memories he is willing to put everything aside and push forward if it gets him a step closer to finding his brother. But he will not like what has been going on since he's escape. It might all be too much. I just hope that he is a good actor or everything will go down the drain.

     After weeks of waiting the teams are ready to move and go rescue Dougie and make a mayor dent on the Cartel. Mat is psyching himself up for the job ahead of him but he doesn't want Nate there to see him like that. But after Nikolai inspect the agents who will go as slaves there is one of them who will be likely to ruin the operation so Nate decides he will go on his stead.
     This episode is a 5 stars for me. It made me laugh, it made me mad and it made me sad. Allen is trying to break Douglas' spirit and hopes with lies and Douglas is starting to see that Nikolai has manipulated him (although his training is fighting him too to not loose fate). I just hope that when it's all over Nate can still see Mat as he always had and not with pity and/or disgust and that they can have something together.

     After they 'rescue' all the slaves are taken to different institutions to give them the help the need. Doug is rebelling and going against what the psychiatrist's are advising they do—though not enforcing it, after all they want the slaves to have their freedom. Meanwhile Mat is trying all his best to fix things with Nate, who avoids him like the plague.
     As Mat is doing well with his therapies he is released form the facility with Doug's custody as Doug is not doing good with all those slaves around. They are given an apartment and new identities and after settling in their new temporary home they feel like their old selves—if only for a day—and it was good to see that. To see that after everything that's happened to them there is still hope to go back to be as close as they used to be.

     After a day of care free abandon it is time to go back to reality and that reality is that Doug is a headcase and Mat is trying to help him by giving him back his freedom and the power to make his own choices—but is Doug ready for it? Doug keep rebelling and trying to do what he wants—which is trying to find a master or mistress to tell him what to do—while Mat is trying to make his new relationship with Nate work but not give to much away to protect the trial.
     Oh God! This episode get a 5 stars too! I was crying by the buckets. Poor Doug if fighting his instincts but the training is so instinctive that he's having problems and Mat it's not taking any of it well either. They keep trying to find ways to coup with their new lives but it just to hard—specially for Doug. There are some up and downs but that ending gives me hope that this is going to end well for them. And I hope to see more of Corinne.

     In this final episode Doug has come a long way from where he was and after the trial's ending he is able to confront Nikolai and come out the victor even when all seemed like it wasn't going to be the case. He and Mat have been able to come together again as brothers with the past not come between them even when they have a long way to go.
     I feel like this was the perfect ending to this serial. Mat got his HEA and a HFN with endless possibilities in front of him. It was a nice surprise to see Leslie—she got to me in the brief time she appeared—and see that she will be okay too. They have a lot more to recover from but the important people are already there and hopefully not going anywhere. As for Nikolai I hope he has an infection that make his dong fall off! (That was a surprise little chapter)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride

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An Uncommon Whore
by Belinda McBride
Series: An Uncommon Whore (#1)
Published by: Loose ID
January 25th 2010
Genre: Erotic Romance, GLBTQ, Sci-Fi
Format: eBook
Source: Broad Universe (Netgalley)
Rating: 4 Stars

     I don't know what to say. It was a really good story!

     There is Pasha, a slave with no memory, who he's master uses to distract people so he can more easily take their money. He wants to escape, but he's previous attempts have failed, so he needs a new plan. When he sees the attractive stranger at the tavern he knows his escape is coming if only he can make the stranger notice him. He's ploy is successful but he doesn't know what he's really gaining with this arrangement.

     Griffin has been looking for King Helios for years and when he fins him he is surprised with what he finds. But more so because he doesn't remember anything from his previous life, or even his name. But he will free him from his enslavement and try to return his memories to him. They just have to get to their destination without been caught.

     I like to think that this story is of second chances as Griffin and Helios have loved each other since they were younger but couldn't do anything about it. What with Helios been king, needing an heir and all that. But now they are able to express their love it every way they can. Even when he doesn't remember him, Helios heart knows Griffin and knows to trust him and love him.

     Their story doesn't end with this book but it stands on his own too. I would definitively be reading the next book and see what comes for this two as Helios struggles with his returning memories.

Monday, November 24, 2014

ARC Revised Edition Review: Sanctuary by Eden Bradley

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by Eden Bradley
Series: San Francisco Dom (#1)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
December 2nd, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
Rating: 4 Stars

   First of all please read thoroughly so you can understand. Now I'll say that I didn't like the first chapter. It was rushed and everything happened very fast. I understand the book is a short story and things have to happen fast but I think it was more like the author was writing everything down in a rush to not forget but forgot to go back and edit. After that, I can't really complain. It was a really good story and it was moving.

     There were some things that left me stupefied, like the fact that...caution spoiler...Shaye has a piercing in the underside of his cock and they are doing it from behind and Devin likes that it rubs her g-spot, but then they are doing it against a door with her legs around his waist and she feels it against her g-spot again...spoiler ends...

     Anywho, I really would have liked the story to be longer and see more of Sanctuary but as for the rest, I can't complain. I'll be definitively reading the next book.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: Covet Thy Neighbor by L. A. Witt

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Covet thy Neighbor
by L. A. Witt
Series: Tucker Springs (#4)
Published by: Riptide Publishing
March 25th 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, GLBT
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3 Stars

     First I have to mention that I gave this book 3 stars because it was in 1st person POV and I don't like that POV much.

     Now that that is clear I have to say that it was a good book. We have Seth the tattoo artist that has always being skittish around religious people-specifically Christians-because of his past. But when Darren-a Christian minister-moves to the apartment across from his his resolve to steer clear of those kind of people will be tested.

     As he is constantly interacting with Darren he will see that not all people are the same and he will have to make a choice to oversee this minor-or huge depending on your view of it-detail of Darren's life in order to find happiness or regret his choice for the rest of his days.

     As I said it was a good book in this series and I can't wait to read more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Make Me, Sir by Cherise Sinclair

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Make Me, Sir
by Cherise Sinclair
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands (#5)
Published by: Loose ID
February 1st 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars

     This time is Master Marcus'. After a bad divorce he has swear off sassy subs, but when he is entrusted with Gabrielle he might change his mind. He can figure out why Gabi acts so rebellious when he knows (as all good Doms are wont to find out) that she really doesn't want to act this way. To find out he'll employ the only thing he thinks might get him the answers he seeks. But how much will this little act will cost him?

     When Gabi is discovered by the Masters of the Shadowlands to be a decoy for the FBI in a case she is furious with Marcus for abusing her trust and make her confess when she was must vulnerable. For it to keep going he'll have to grovel to her but she might not be so willing to listen. But really what good sub can resist the command from a Dom. When all is said and done and Gabi returns to the club it might be for the last time.

     After being kidnap along with Jessica (Master Z's sub) this two will show their captors what really means to be a sassy sub.

     It is very inspiring when we get to witness people who have being victims in any way be the best person for it and dedicate their life to help other people who have being by the same (or in this case read about it (even if it's fantasy as for me every fantasy comes from a kernel of truth))

     Now I'm off to read the next one and hope that Master Raoul, latino extraordinaire (what I'm latina so I'm permitted to gloat!! lol), keeps me up at night as have all the other Masters! ^_^

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ARC Review: Three of Hearts by Kelly Jamieson

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Three of Hearts
by Kelly Jamieson
Published by: Riptide Publishing
November 17th, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, GLBT
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
Rating: 4 Stars

     There are so many great aspects to this book. We have Hayleewho is a singer to the band Three of Hearts—who is going through a rough time when she discovers her boyfriend of six months is seeing another singer who is the girly-girl type, unlike her tom-boy self. She then suggests her two band-mates, Ben and Luke, have a threesome with her and after the fact, things get a little tense and awkward for them all.

     It is up to all of them to figure what is wrong and how to fix it but Haylee is the one who takes the initiative but there are some misunderstandings and with Haylee's low-esteem and Luke and Ben's inability to explain things everything goes south.

     There are some heart-warming and heart-wrenching moments that made me teary-eyed and some that just pissed me off. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the genre. I didn't give it 5 stars just cause it's in first person POV and I don't like that POV. And I like multiple character's POVs with me reading. But besides that, it is a really great read.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: Blyss by J. C. Cliff

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by J. C. Cliff
Series: Blyss Trilogy (#1)
Published by: Self-Published by Author
September 14th, 2014
Genre: Dark Erotica
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Rating: 4 Stars

     I have read books about slavery and human trafficking but this is a different story. We still have drugs and no real consent but there is a difference in this drugs. This drug lowers the women's inhibitions making them slaves to their sexual desires and willing to do anything or be with anyone to quench their appetites.

     Julianna is the daughter of a very rich and powerful man. She is kidnapped from her house by the men of a man who's been obsessed with her since he saw her at a dinner party her dad threw. He has been planing for her capture for years and when the time came he made his move to acquire her.

     She is taken to a facility to be trained to be the perfect woman for Nick without breaking her into a mindless, spineless robot. There she captures the attention of Travis, her trainer. He tries to keep it impersonal but he feels things he hasn't with any other woman and he's helpless to resist her charms.

     Julianna takes every opportunity to thwart their plans to turn her into a sexual nympho and retain her ability to make her own choices. She is successful, but at what cost?

     The story and characters are well developed, there is a lot of things going on in a short amount of time (the book develops mostly in just one week) and although it leaves you with many questions of what's to come it also leaves you satisfied with what is already been revealed.

     The only reason this book is not a 5 Stars for me is that it's in first person POV and I just HATE that POV.

Monday, November 17, 2014

ARC Review: Julie's Butterfly by Greta Milán

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Julie’s Butterfly
by Greta Milán (Translated by Allison Layland)
Published by: Amazon Crossing
November 18th, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

     Wow, what a story. This is really something different and it really shows us what it is for patients of Epidermolysis Bullosa to deal with insensitive and cruel people that don't really understand what they're going through.

     The story is about Bastian—a reclusive photographer who has EB—and Julie—a woman who is still trying to find her calling in life. Julie is really attracted to Bastian but he is rude to her when they meet at an art gallery for Julie's friend Isabelle's expo. He makes it clear on several occasions that he doesn't want anything with her but it was more because he is afraid than anything else.

     But it's not going to happen as fate throws them together again the next day when Bastian has to photograph some antiques for Julie's mother. After two days of photographing Bastian is somewhat relax around Julie and things go on from there.

     It was really sad to see Bastian struggle with accepting himself and realizing that there was really nothing wrong with him. That there are just idiotic people in the world that don't deal well with what they don't understand.

     I would like to read a story about Luke, Elena, and Isabelle. They were really interesting characters.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Miss Firecracker by Lorelei James

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Miss Firecracker
by Lorelei James
Series: Wild West Boys (#2)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
June 30th, 2009
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Rating: 4 Stars

     As always Lorelei delivers. I really loved this book.

     Although it was short it was sweet it was full of hot, sweaty, steamy scenes. I, in particular, loved the cherry one *blush* and the intensity of the characters. Also that even if it was short there was no confession of love but the promise of it.

     I almost died laughing at the confrontation of Blake and Willow's daddies!!

     I would like to read a story about the West cousins Chet? and Whoever the other is... ^_^

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe

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Crazy Thing Called Love
by Molly O'Keefe
Series: Crooked Creek Ranch (#3)
Published by: Bantam
January 29th 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3 Stars

     This story had me, about half of the way in, wiping out the Kleenex. I love a good story that makes me cry. I loved the chemistry between Maddy and Billy. I liked the history between them and the little glimpses we had of their past. Of how, no matter what, they stayed true to their love. Even years later.

     What I didn't like was how stuck up Maddy was and the way she went to all this trouble to keep away from him. For at the end she couldn't resist the strong pull of love and familiar history.

     This book had me laughing, crying, cussing and a bunch other emotions, not unlike the characters. And one thing that had me going was Becky and Charlie and how it all ended for them. And that ending WOW I didn't even expected it! I really loved it and I can say it was good and maybe better from the first two. At least for me.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: Love Hypothetically by Anne Tenino

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Love, Hypothetically
by Anne Tenino
Series: Theta Alpha Gamma (#2)
Published by: Riptide Publishing
August 27th 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance, GLBT
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3 Stars

     Well, now I know why Paul was such a prick towards Brad. I really feel sorry for him. To have the one person you trust betray you like that, it can really hurt and leave a huge mark.

     I'm just glad that everything worked out for him and that his hypothetical is not so hypothetical any more! I love that part were he's hypothetically explaining the situation to Toby. So funny.

     I like the book over all and laughed a lot with it. Specially the part were he was talking about Toby's roommate "boinking" (he seriously said that ^_^) a girl.

     The only thing I was kind of annoyed was that Paul said 'damn it all' a lot. But overall it was an entertaining read.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review: Cowgirls Don't Cry by Lorelei James

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Cowgirls Don't CryCowgirls Don't Cry
by Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders (#10)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
November 9th 2010
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars

     There is something said for second chances. I liked that this book took a sad story and turned into something happy and worthy. I was kind of saddened by Jessie and her life with Luke but I have to admired Brandt for taking up his brother's slack and proving that not all McKay's are attached to that family "reputation".

     Also I would have like they could have Luke's son closer to them. It really shocked me what his mother told Jessie. It was kind of crazy to do that, but I think in that time and age and with her parents religious stance it was inevitable.

     I love this story because it shows us that ever though blood runs thicker that water it doesn't have the same effect on members of the same family. We all are unique!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Review: Boots and Chaps by Myla Jackson

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Boots and Chaps
by Myla Jackson
Series: Ugly Stick Saloon (#1)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
January 3rd 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon Free Promotion
Rating: 3 Stars

     I started this book some time ago but couldn't finish it. Maybe I was reading too much “porn” at the time or something but it just wasn't doing it for me. I've been on a readers block lately so I decided to give it a try again and what did you know it has potential.

     I really liked the whole mystery dancer with the mask and all that. The BDSM portion of the book was a little bland but I understand that Jackson was not a born Dom and they are all wadding the waters in that respect.

     What I found difficult to understand was the fact that neither Jackson, Luke nor Mark put together the fact that Audrey was really Kiki. I mean if she was mute during the encounter I can see how but she was speaking. And even if she changed her voice it is (if they are doing it correctly) impossible for her to keep the charade with her brain scrambled.

     Anyhow I will be reading the next book just to see if the story better holds my attention. If not I’ll have to say bye-bye to this series.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Review: Morgan's Surprise by Jayne Rylon

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Morgan's Surprise
by Jayne Rylon
Series: Powertools (#2)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
January 25th 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3 Stars

     Again a really short story with no concrete explanation as to how the characters met and/or fell for each other.

     This book's about Morgan, who is Kate's best friend, and Joe from the crew. Morgan is a "chef", "pastry chef" (it really doesn't specify) and the crew is there to build her shop at the recommendation of Kate. And then all else I leave to your imagination till you read it! ^_^

     I really would like it if the author made them longer and explained some things more in depth. But for those of you who don't mind if your story has romance this is a great book with much camaraderie.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

ARC Review: Crave: Tales of Vampire Romance

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by Marian Tee
Series: The Master and His Soul Seer Pet (#1)
Published by: Jaded Speck Publishing
October 15th 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Author

Rating: 3 Stars

     This is a new author for me and although it was a really interesting story, I did find some things that I didn't find...likable?...
     First there is the beginning of every chapter. I'm guessing it's way in the future? I kept hoping the book cached up to it but it didn't so I'm guessing it's for future writing? I just hope it's not a trend to the books. I know not everybody likes those kind of cliffhangers (myself included) and they can get old fast.
     That been said I really liked the story. I was a little skeptical what with they already been pet and master but then I realized it has a prequel so I'll be definitively going to read that.
     Alexandru is a dark brooding vampire warrior who is fixed on not showing Zari how much he feels about her and in doing so she gets the wrong impression and thinks he doesn't really want her. She for her part wants only to give her all to Alexandru even if what he wants is not what her heart desires.
     I am will be reading the next book on this series to see what's coming next and will be checking out this author as well.

Review: Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker

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Rev It Up
by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc. (#3)
Published by: Casablanca
October 2nd 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

     It was a good book to read. I liked the different POVs, the chemistry between characters, and the fact that just because one story has being told the characters don't up and disappear (with the exception of "Ghost" who is in his honeymoon).

     I loved the story and the fact that the characters are made to look very human with their way of thinking (everything is done for the best and the best ends up being NOT the best at all). Many authors think that because they are fictional they can make them some kind of Superman.

     I swear "Snake" has more lives than a cat. But I did like how it all turned out to be. And is true what they say, adrenaline takes you to the end of the world. Because as soon as Shell was safe, down he went like a tree cut from its trunk.

     I hope next book is "Rock's" and Vanessa. I loved their scenes and I want to know what is "Rock's" other job, as I'm sure we all are!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Review: Commando Cowboys Seduce Their Woman by Paige Cameron

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Commando Cowboys Seduce Their Woman
by Paige Cameron
Series: Wyoming Warriors (#3)
Published by: Siren Publishing
May 12th 2012
Genre: Erotic Romance, Menage
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3 Stars

     Okay so this series keeps getting better and better. I really liked this book. Specially the fact that Ellen confronted her past and fears and came out victorious with two hunks to prove it.

     What I really like about this series is that even though there is many sex scenes the author doesn't go overboard with the descriptions. You get hot and bothered but you don't get bored of the same thing for about five pages.

     There is also the mating ceremony. I think is very symbolic and romantic that it starts at dawn. We got a glimpse of the next characters and I can wait to see what comes next, till next time!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

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Shifting Shadows
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson
Published by: ACE
September 2nd 2014
Genre: Paranormal
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars

     I don’t read anthologies often because I don’t know what to expect about the authors I don’t know. I’m not a person to take such risks. If I’m looking for new authors I go to the library, check out whatever book catches my eye and if I like the author then I can make the conscious choice to but his/her books. That’s why the few anthologies I've read are like this one. All stories by the same author because they are part of a world they've created.

     Even though a few of these books have been previously released it’s the first time I've read them. The first one Silver was very sad and gives us a deeper glimpse to Samuel and Ariana’s story. A story which I've been wanting to read and thought I’d never get the opportunity. When Ariana was introduced and Samuel’s affection for Mercy was ‘erased’ (that how I feel) I was left confused—where this this girl come from? How do she and Samuel know each other? Why is she so afraid of werewolves?—this are some of the questions that arose. Well now I’m not so mad that they just fell into each other without there been even a thought that Samuel knew someone else who he might have loved but his wife. And I hope we can see more of them or have another short story that can give us closure to that chapter of Mercy’s world.

Fairy Gifts
     This story is about Thomas, a vampire who’s ‘talents’ were exploited by his father’s illegal trading in the old days. In the underground tunnels of an old mine while delivering the next round of clients he sets to explore and finds Margaret a fae. She is in a predicament—if you can really call it that—and he sets out to help her, thus earning the gift of his freedom. Many years later he is summon back by an unseeing force that he can’t deny, which is how he ends up rescuing Maggie again and having her as a reward. Even though this story doesn't have any of the characters from Mercy’s stories it is still a captivating tale and it shows us that there is a bigger world out there than the one in which Mercy and the Columbia Basin Pack live.

     Elyna is a vampire turned who was not expected to survive the change but who against all odds did and payed a high price for it. She has broken the hold her Mistress had on her by killing her and because she doesn't want the responsibility of other vampires—as she is suppose to take her Mistresses place—she runs away. She knows if she stays she will be killed too as she is weaker than other vampires who want the position of leader of the cover. She goes back to her old house where she used to leave with her husband and contracts some workers to help rebuilt it thous making them 'hers.' which means that when her old cover takes the foreman in order to lure her in she has to go get what's hers back. Even if it means death. But she has the help of her husband's ghost. And of course she gets her man back. I just wish Briggs would make this into a stand alone story. Or expand it a little more on another short story. What will happened with the workers when the apartment is finish? How will she make them stay with her? I would really like to know what comes next for Elyna and her gang.

Seeing Eye
     I haven't read the Alpha and Omega series yet so I hadn't met this two before so it is good to have this back story before going in to that series (I'm fine with going in backgroundless with the Mercy characters I don't need more, TVM). There is something different to this story; that is that we have a blind witch that doesn't miraculously starts seeing again. Though she does start seeing again—kind of. With her magic she is able to see through Tom's eyes by touching him. Tom seeks out Moira so she can help him look for his brother who has been kidnapped by a witch coven. But there are some interesting twist and turns here and there that are intriguing and captivates the attention of the reader. This is another story I wouldn't mind Briggs to expand. Even if it's a short story or a stand alone.

Alpha and Omega
     As I started above, I haven't read this series. This is a nice start to the series and it definitively sparks the readers curiosity as to what comes next. Anna was turned against her will. Been a woman and surviving the change is rare enough but she is an Omega wolf which makes her even rarer. She is treated by her pack like she is nothing and abused by her alpha and others. She calls on the Marrok when she suspects what her alpha is doing is wrong and he sends Charles—his youngest son, his enforcer. From the first moment they meet at the airport Charles' wolf claims Anna as his mate and there is nothing any of them can do. But what Charles CAN do is help Anna understand that she is not just a submissive wolf but an Omega and that she is more valuable than she is led to believe. And of course find out what is going on with her alpha's pack and solve it.

The Star of David
     David Christiansen first appears in Moon Called and though I have to say that as soon as he left the scene I thought of him no more I'm glad to have this story of him. It gives us the story behind his 'story' and a kind of closure to it by helping his daughter—who looks more like his grandma than his daughter—to solve the mystery behind a case with one of her foster kids. She suspects something paranormal behind the 'temper tantrum' the kid has thrown with his new foster parents destroying a lot of furniture and other things in the house. Needless to say that her instincts where on the money and things get ugly fast. But between David, Stella and Devonte they take care of the problem and in the end things turn for the better for David and his daughter with love and forgiveness winning at the end—as it should.

Roses in Winter
     In Blood Bound Kara's dad—who is a reporter—seeks help for her because she has been bitten and turn into a werewolf, which is rare enough she been female but even more because she's only a child. Which is how she ends up with the Marrok's pack trying to control her wolf. Asil, the Moor, is mention on Mercy's books too and is illustrated as this crazy wolf who would kill you just for looking at him. He is portrayed as the 'big bad wolf' and all things bad. But in this book we see a softer side to him. A kind of father figure. After three years of been a wolf Kara isn't able to take control of the wolf and change back and forth between wolf or human and according to the Marrok's laws they all have one year after the change to accomplish it or they have to die. So it goes without saying that many of the wolves are not happy by this—even when it's not her fault that her she was left for dead and her parents didn't know what to do but have her caged every full moon. It is Asil that helps her when her 'trial' comes and she has to show the pack and assorted guests that she isn't exempt to the rules. With the help of his past and some music he helps her calm the wolf and take control. As I haven't read the Alpha and Omega I'm not sure but I hope there is more to Asil and Sage.

In Red, With Pearls
     I have to say that Warren is my favorite wolf. Ever since he made an appearance in Mercy's books I've been in love with him. I have wanted to read more about him and Kyle forever. And here I have my wish. Warren works for Kyle's firm as a detective so he is present in the office at the end of the day when a woman comes looking for Kyle and then attempts to kill him. From there Warren starts looking for the person responsible for trying to kill his mate starting with some clients exes. What he uncovers leaves you stupefied, in a didn't-see-that-one-coming moment. I can't believe how this turn out. And I love this alpha side of Warren, it really shows us who he is and that he is underestimated by his sexual preferences. I want MORE!!

     When we are first introduced to Ben he is an a**. I disliked him and wanted to kill him myself. And the stories progressed we were shown a slightly kindred side of Ben. But in this story we are shown what a true big heart he has and though he is still an a** he is one with a purpose and a protective nature. Throughout this story he is trying to protect the secretary of his DBA department who is been sexually harassed by Mark Duffy—an IT junior director—but making it look like he doesn't care about her. It isn't until he is confronted by he's alpha Adam Hauptman that he knows what it's truly going on with everything at work and why he feels so protective of all who work in his department. Ben is really warming up to me—he just needs a little more smoothing around the edges!

      Mercy makes an appearance again in this story after almost dying in Night Broken to help a man who's wife is been hunting him. She is sought by Lisa a gardener who works for Rick—a man accused of having killed his wife—who has witness what the ghost of his wife does to him. She goes with Zack—the new submissive male wolf of the pack—who is her guard since she is reluctant to put the poor wolf in a position where he has to go against his alpha's orders—after all he is submissive and she is the alpha's mate—and Adam is exploiting that little fact. After meeting with Rick she knows what the situation is and what she has to do, but in real Mercy fashion it is not safe for her or poor Zack. This is really Mercy story and I can't wait to see what's next for this kick ass heroine.

Takeout from Silver Borne
     Here we get to see how after so many years Samuel and Ariana, despite Ariana's fear of her beast coming out, rekindle their relationship and start moving forward with their future. It was short but sweet and I can't be happier for them.

Takeout from Night Broken
     This is a really short retelling of the final moments of Night Broken from Adam's POV that shows us how Adam feels about his mate and how Coyote really feels—in his own way—about he's daughter. They kind of bond in this takeout and I hope to see more of Coyote in future books.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: Final Lap by Erin McCarthy

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Final Lap
by Erin McCarthy
Series: Fast Track (#8)
Published by: Berkley
October 7th 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Rating: 4 Stars

     The beginning of the book was on the slow side for me but once it picked up I couldn't put it down.

     First we have a very immature twin-switch. Harley—the shy of the pair—has a crush on stock car driver Cooper Brickman. She doesn't think she's sexy and bold enough to attract his attention so she agrees to the hair-brained proposition from her sister.

     Charity, who doesn't have to beg her twin much, wants to switch identities with her sister because she thinks that Jeff Rawlings—owner of Cooper's car—wants a more conservative woman since he hasn't even hinted at been attracted to her.

     I loved every second of getting to know this characters. This book made me laugh, cry and even rant a little. Like in other books we see glimpses of previews characters and some interaction with the MCs—which is one of the things I love about series.

     I hope this is not the last book on the series as I've read around the web and if it is I am really sad to see it end.