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Friday, December 26, 2014

Review: Barracuda`s Heart by Jayne Rylon

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Barracuda`s Heart
by Jayne Rylon
Series: Hot Rods (#6)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
December 23rd 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, GLBT, BDSM

Rating: 5 Stars

     I love a good romance. I think this is my favorite book in the series so far. The previous ones for me consentrated more in the group sex than in the individual couple. Don`t get me wrong, I like that each person in the group complements the others, but I still would have liked more one on one from that books couple.

     In this book we finally get Roman`s story. It was really sad what he went trough but I`m very proud that he got over it. If not for himself in th beggining then for Carver. Poor guy can`t take a break. But thankfully his brother didn`t have to suffer anymore.

     As for Meep, I felt like smacking him upside the head. When you are in a D/s relationship comunication is essential, more so when the needs of one of the individuals are not been met. Carver should have told Barracuda that he needed something more with their sex. Something stronger. That he was feeling the darkness encroshing him.

     I can`t wait for Amber`s book. I hope is something more like this one as Amber is  not in the "in"  with the gang.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

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Stepbrother Dearest
by Penelope Ward
Published by: Self-Published by Author
September 28th 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Rating: 4 Stars

     Oh goodness what a book!

     I loved that the story had two parts. One, the beggining of Elec and Greta's story. They where teenagers and they annoyed each other in typical teen fashion but were hidding there true feelings for each other; specially Elec. There was also the story with Elec and Randy. It just kept you reading just to find out the truth about their relationship.

     An then the second part of the story, which is seven years after Elec left. Greta and Elec get reunited when Randy dies and there supressed feelings come back to the surface. Even when they are both trying to do the right thing. Which is really hard for both. Here we get the story behing Randy's hatred for Elec and his true feelings for Greta all those years ago.

     I cried and laughed and was angry for Elec and with Elec, I mean can he be more of an ass! I couldn't put this book down ( which I should have since I have so many other books (ARCs) I need to read and so little time) but it was so worth it. I'm just sad it was over so soon! I'm just glad I tried this author. I will definitely read her again.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: Accidentally Maried to...a Vampire? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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Accidentally Married to...a Vampire?
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Accidentally Yours (#2)
Published by: Forever
March 5th 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Rating: 3 Stars

     This book was one surprise after another. It was really painful to watch Niccolo try to stay true to the prophecy and not give in to his "male urges", specialy when Helena didn't make it easy. I like the story's plot and the background story of the characters.

     I was not expecting a lot of the things that happened on the story (e. i. Reyna and Andrus) and was surprise with the ending.

     Cimil is bonkers and I can't wait to read her story. Half the things she says are crazy babbling but make me laugh so much that I don't care! And I look forward to see what is to come for the future as the series progress.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Heidi and the Kaiser

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Heidi and the Kaiser
Published by: Self-Published by Author
December 20th 2009
Genre: BDSM, Erotic Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Rating: 3 Stars

     If you don't like a lot of sex in your reading, do not read this book. There was a lot of it in the office and I am mistified to all the ways someone can have sex in a table/desk.

     I like the plot. Poor Heidi trying hard to ignore the designed dresses stolen from her just to keep Kaiser in her life. Afraid that if she told the truth he will want nothing to do with her thinking her a liar. And Kaiser making it impossible for her to talk to him about everything.

     What I didn't like was the fact that Kaiser was okay with Heidi giving Carvel a bj and that the only POV there was, was Heidi's. As for the rest; I know that everything happened to fast but it was a short story so I understand. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review: Light My Fire by G. A. Aiken

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Light My Fire
by G. A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin (#7)
Published by:
November 25th 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Rating: 4 Stars

     Oh goodness, this series keeps getting more and more complicated with each book. There are several plots going on at once. I love that there are not just the POV of the two MCs but several others, including the MCs of previous books.

     This book introduces us to a new species and continues developing old plots. It made me laugh so much with Elina's matter-of-factness and Celyn's insesant questioning.

     The "Abominations" have interesting abilities and each one different. The Five youngest of Gwenvael and Dagmar specially. I never even tought that what the dragon god did would affect everyone not just Annwyl and Fearhgus or Breic and Talaith.

     I can't wait for the next book. To know who is about and what is next to come for Garbhan Isle and the dragons.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: Cowboy Casanova by Lorelei James

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Cowboy Casanova
by Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders (#12)
Published by: Samhain Publishing
December 6th 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook

Rating: 5 Stars

     Now this cowboy is something else. I'm trying to figure out in he commanded me, will I do his biding too? Some things are better left behind closed doors, don't you think?...I thought so. Now I can say that I'm surprised Ben opened up to his family...even a little bit...but I'm happy for him.

     What I really like about this books is that they reflect what might really be happening to people with this same problems. But Bennett in particular. It might be something dirty is one of the parts was not into it. But for me I think if it gets you of and your partner enjoys it...well I'm happy for you.

     Now I know the position this put Ainsley on and I understand her point. But again I applaud Ben for realizing what was really important to him and taking action to rectify it.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: The Risk-Taker by Kira Sinclair

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The Risk-Taker
by Kira Sinclair
Series: Sweetheart, South Carolina (#1)
Published by: Harlequin: Blaze
January 1st 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

What I liked
     Well we have military men, isn't that enough? No? Okay we have a wounded war hero, a life long unreciprocated love and a stupid girl who is afraid to commit and makes a full of herself because of it. Still not enough? What about betrayal, guilt and fistfights? Ahh got you there didn't I? Well what are you waiting go read the dang book...

What I didn't like
     I ended up to fast!! Was it that short or was I that unable to put it down? *puzzled*

     I loved the story and the characters. There was something about this wounded man that got to me. Maybe because many of my cousins and one of my brothers are in the military. At some point in the story I was misty eyed which I love in a romantic story. As for that ending I could have leaped into the book and smack the crap outta her!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

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

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Hot 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 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 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

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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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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?


     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

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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

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His 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

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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.