Friday, December 5, 2014

Review Box Set 1: Inked in the Steel City by Ranae Rose

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Hot InkHot Ink
by Ranae Rose
Series: Inked in the Steel City (#1)
Published by: Self-Published by Author
December 15th 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Author

Rating: 4 Stars



   I have been wanting to read this author for sometime but I haven't been able to for personal reasons, so when I saw that the author was willing to spare a few copies of the first three books of the series I couldn't resist to apply for one. I am SO glad I did.

     We have in this first book Mina a bank teller who is secretly crushing for her tattoo artist. She doesn't think any man will when something long term with her because she isn't able to give the relationship the time it needs. But then Eric shows her that he doesn't care if she has other responsibilities as long as she can spare some time for him and that he really understands where she's coming from.

     This is a very touching story. The characters are in sync and have spark when they're together and I liked that Eric gives Mina his understanding and support when dealing with Jess, Mina's sister.

     The only thing I didn't like was that everything was close (time wise) and that it jumped to a couple month later on the epilogue. I would have like to read a bit more in the interim before that last scene. But overall I loved the book.

Innocent InkInnocent Ink
by Ranae Rose
Series: Inked in the Steel City (#2)
Published by: Self-Published by Author
May 27th 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Author

Rating: 4 Stars



     This second book is about Karen, Mina's BFF, and Jed, Eric's boss and Hot Ink's owner. Karen started taking pictures for Hot Ink (that's how Mina and Eric finally got together) and since the first time she saw Jed she's had a crush on him. Jed for his part is attracted to Karen also but he doesn't want to make a move on her because he thinks it will hold her back with her photography business.

     When they finally come together they are explosive but still the fear is there in Jed's heart that Karen will leave to pursue a better path to her career. But when the time comes for her to make it big she realizes that what she really wants is to capture the special moments in peoples lives and/or things people will admire for years (like the tattoos).

     There was a little more intimacy in this story (I guess there is no teenager to schedule around) but still there are all the things I look for in a story. I liked this one a litter better because the timeline was about evenly distributed (not like in the first book where it ended and then it was a couple months later) and it was a bit longer (although I would have liked it to be longer).

Dedicated InkDedicated Ink
by Ranae Rose
Series: Inked in the Steel City (#3)
Published by: Self-Published by Author
July 29th 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Author

Rating: 5 Stars



     Okay, I don't know why but I like stories where the MC finds herself pregnant. Here Abby got pregnant after a one-night stand (even though she was on the pill (yes those things fail too)) and she doesn't know what to do. But what she isn't expecting is for the father of her baby to walk into Hot Ink with an appointment with her.

     After she confesses of been his twins they start a relationship but Sam doesn't want to be intimate with Abby for fear she might think he wants her for only a good time, meanwhile Abby feels like Sam doesn't want to touch her because she is getting big. When they talk it out there is nothing that can keep them apart from each other, specially with Abby's hormones all over the place.

     I like the timeline to this story. It was in a span of a couple months and when it ended I didn't feel like it needed more (not that I would have minded). There where parts of the story that had me misty eyed and that is huge plus in my book.

     I was afraid to start this author (I have bought some books that haven't been that good and wasted my money) but thanks to Ranae for this free copy I'll definitively be buying the next three, hopping for more and trying more of her books (the Lock and Key series looks amazing too ;P)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

ARC Review: Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker

Full Throttle
by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc. (#7)
Published by: Casablanca
December 2nd 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 5 Stars



     Since I started reading this series I’ve been dying to read this book. Why, well just because I’m Puerto Rican! And well let’s face it Julie Ann Walker knows how to write a good story.

     What I most liked about this story is that Steady was paired with the president’s daughter. I mean he is a maldito Boricua—which we are very much treated like dirt just cause we are latinos (although not by all Americans, but still plenty)—and she is the all American girl image. There is a lot of action in this book (you better bring me back my Ozzie lady, I’m not kidding!) and a bit of jungle adventure.

     Throughout the entire book Abby is trying to tell Carlos what happened the day his sister died but it is always interrupted by something or someone and that makes it all the more frustrating because you want to know, NOW! I also like that there are different POVs not just the MCs which gives the story more insight, like the Jemaah Islamiyah’s—or JI, who are the bad guys—commander.

     We also get to see Dan back on his feet after losing his wife all those books ago and I hope his book is the next one. I am really hoping he gets a HEA after all his been through.

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Summary

She Needs a Hero...

     Abby Thompson didn't sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she's content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father's policy of "not negotiating with terrorists" means she'll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there's one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he's the only man who can save her…

Black Knights, Inc. to the Rescue...

     Carlos "Steady" Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he's tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved-who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he's got. Plus there's the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him... for the second time?

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     So far, so good…

     The hum of the Ducati was reassuring, as was Abby’s tightened grip around Steady’s waist. They were riding down the devil’s own washed--out, rutted, rock--filled hell of a rubber tree logging road, and for the first ten minutes of the harrowing journey, while she’d still been suffering the lingering effects of the sedative, it was just as difficult to keep her on the bike as it was to navigate the frackin’ jungle track.

     But now they were clipping along at a steady, if decidedly slow, pace. No JI goons could be seen in his rearview mirrors—-though it was hard to tell exactly, given the fact that the forest encroached from both sides and above. And if his calculations were correct, a half hour or so more should see them entering the lovely kingdom of Thailand.

     See, he wished he could call and tell Dan, sometimes it’s better to Lone Wolf McQuade things…

     Abby squirmed against his back, interrupting his thoughts and alerting him to the feel of her supple thighs pressed against the outsides of his hips and legs. Which, in turn, immediately focused his attention on her soft breasts—-and distended nipples?—-grazing his back.

     Okay, so who was he kidding? Like he hadn’t been keenly aware of each of those things since the first moment. Even while worming his way through the dense undergrowth of ferns and vines after escaping the encampment and hiking back to the Ducati, he’d been hard--pressed to concentrate on anything other than the feel of Abby squeezed all nice and tight against him. Abby’s soft skin touching his. Abby’s sweet smell—-even sweaty and bedraggled, she still emanated a soft cloud of dryer sheets and cocoa butter lotion—-filling his nose and making his head spin.

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     Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as "alpha, edgy, and downright hot." Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review: Chasin' Eight by Lorelei James

11563858Chasin' Eight
by Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders (#11)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
June 28th 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars




     Oh poor Chase. It is so hard to live up to what people expect of you, but to have to hide in order to have something resembling a life is that much harder. He had to cheat to find again the joy of his profession and then to face reality with what happened to his young bull rider pal. Life is short and we have to live it as if it's the last day.

     Add to the equation Ava and we get a shit load of OMG and WTH. And I say poor Ava too. Trying to do a good thing and almost screwing up her relationship with him. But in the end all was resolved and I hope that video stays between them.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: His Mortal Soul by a. c. Mason

13083874His Mortal Soul
by a. c. Mason
Published by: Lyrical Press
March 5th 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Author

Rating: 3 Stars




     In this book Kieran is intercepted by a woman on his daily run that asks him if he thought everyone was deserving of God's forgiveness. When he responded from the depth of his heart she attacked him and turned him a vampire at only weeks away from his ordination into priesthood. When he couldn't take it anymore (he saw himself a demon by his faith) he decided to jump a bridge not knowing that God had other plans for him.

     Sephora swears she saw someone jump the bridge. But the only person there was Deacon Lorcan Kieran at the other end. After that day he is not far from her mind. He has awakened in her a longing she thought lost after she was attacked. When she goes out to have some fun and is almost attacked again it is Kieran who comes to her aid.

     After a night of passion Kieran is ready to leave this earth in order to protect her. But is she ready to let him? Or will she be to late?

     What I liked about this book is that we brown skinned girls got to have a HEA. I mean, why is it always a pale girl who gets the hot tanned man? What I didn't liked much was how fast she found out about him. But I guess not all books can be the same, right? That would be boring.

Monday, December 1, 2014

ARC Review: Play Me Wild by Tracy Wolff

Play Me Wild
by Tracy Wolff
Series: Play Me (#1)
Published by: Loveswept
December 2nd 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Rating: 4 Stars



     Loved this book. Although it was a very short read, the introduction of the characters and the instant attraction was well written and didn't put the characters in a very intimate situation the second they met.

     I would definitively like to read the rest of the books to get more depth to Sebastian and Aria. There is a story to Aria's past that has me intrigued and wanting to know the rest of it. Plus there is the fact that Sebastian even with all that money he can make from the unsavory guests his father has been dealing with, he doesn't let it ruin his morals and values. He sees beyond what is in the surface and digs deeper into the situation and sets to rectify it the correct and fair way.

     The only thing I didn't like of this book is that it's in 1st person POV but it compensated with the fact that it has Sebastian and Aria's POVs (although both are in 1st person and I was kind of lost at the beginning of the change of points before my mind got with the program of it been one or the other).

     But besides that it was a really good read.

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