Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Beautiful Blue Death


Review copy provided via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review

Summary: A Beautiful Blue Death

On any given day in London, all Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, wants to do is relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist another chance to unravel a mystery, even if it means trudging through the snow to her townhouse next door.
One of Jane’s former servants, Prudence Smith, is dead – an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prudence dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by an elusive lack of motive in the girl’s death. When another body turns up during the London season’s most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence? Or was it something else entirely, something that Lenox alone can uncover before the killer strikes again – disturbingly close to home?

Review:

I have to start out saying over all this is a well written story, with characters, whom you fall in love with. Charles is very believable as is Lady Jane and many other characters, which become an intricate part of the plot. The story flow is nicely paced and you don’t feel anything is left out.

Here’s the problem this story is supposed to take place in the 1800’s during the Victorian era, but the language used isn’t even Queen’s English its American English, which takes away from the story.  

Conclusion:

Would I recommend this book to others? NO

Would I read other books by this author? Yes as long as they don’t take place in a different era or country.  I like his over all style and flow of the plot line.

Is this a Novel or Novella? Novel

Is this book priced correctly? Over priced for paperback and ebook…… I’m a budget buyer and I wouldn’t have paid these prices.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Prince: Legacy of Darkness

Review copy provided via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review

Summary: Prince: Legacy of Darkness

Before earth there was light.

Before light there was darkness.

Join the world's first vampire, as he narrates a tale that starts before the universe was created, and into a future that might bring forth the end of days.

Prince: Legacy of Darkness is a fast-paced thriller that will leave readers spellbound to a world filled with vampires, witches, werewolves, dragons, angels and demons in a freshly imagined beginning to a story never told. A classic in the making!

Review:

This book is a DNF, I couldn’t connect with the story line, which I find weird since this is my favorite genre. I’ve spent eight days trying to connect with this book, but couldn’t even get past the first chapter.

Summary:

Would you recommend this book to others? NO, because if I couldn’t connect with it I doubt any of my friends could.

Would I read other books by this author? Unsure

Is this book a novel or novella? Nice length Novel

Is this book priced correctly? Way over priced I’d never pay that kind of money for a paperback book.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lost in his eyes

Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Lost in his eyes

Harlee Wagner didn’t expect to fall in the well when drawing water, and she certainly never expected to be rescued only to find her entire family gone. Logan Carruthers, her handsome hero, insists she rest up before she starts searching and then leads her on a trail consisting of hints and guesses. Will she find her family, or will she discover love? There’s something about his gorgeous blue eyes and broad shoulders that makes her heart flutter.

Review:

Logan who comes from a rich family who has been in Oklahoma for a while and has an established ranch, is asked from his dad to go and check out the ranch which they had just heard was now vacant wanting to expand their operation, he is thirsty so drops the buck into the well to draw some water, and it hits Harlee on the head.

This leads them on an adventure to find out what happened to her family and why they left her. At the same time, they fell in love, so when they do find her family Logan asks if he can marry Harlee.

I didn’t find any grammatical errors, which makes the reading so much more enjoyable.

Summary:
Would I recommend this Novella to other? YES

Would I read other books written from this Author? YES

Is this story a Novel or Novella? Novella


Is this story priced correctly? It’s on the top end of what I’d pay for a Novella, but it’s worth the price.  

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sutherland's Secret (Highland Pride, #1)

Sutherland's Secret (Highland Pride, #1)
By Sharon Cullen

SUMMARY
Terror reigns in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. As British troops obliterate the last traces of the Jacobite cause, Brice Sutherland, the Earl of Dornach, risks everything to arrange a covert escape route to Canada for his fellow Scots. But when he encounters a dying Englishwoman, hauntingly beautiful though scarred by manacles and unable to speak, Brice’s true courage is put to the test. Nothing but ruin could result from helping her, or worse: falling in love.

The pampered daughter of a marquess, Eleanor Hirst was the talk of the London season when she wed the Earl of Glendale. Little did she know that his posting as an officer in Scotland would be their undoing. Now her husband is dead and Eleanor is a fugitive in a hostile country. Desperate for help, she throws herself on the mercy of Brice Sutherland, a handsome Scottish warrior who should be her enemy. Instead, he cares for her tenderly, reviving her shattered spirit—and awakening urges unlike any she’s ever known.
 

REVIEW

5 Great Stars!

What a great read! I really loved this book! It was suspenseful, dramatic, action filled, and sexy as hell! I couldn't put it down, but had to clean the house before I went on vacation so it took me a tad longer to read, or I would have vegetated on the couch till I was done! 

I loved Eleanor! She was a wonderful heroine and her character growth was wonderful! Brice was a sexy Scot rivaling my love for Jamie Fraser! He was strong brave and honor bound! Yet vulnerable and so very loving at the same time! 

Great book and I am sure I will be reading more from this author!

Received a ARC from NetGalley for a honest review!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Forgotten Promises

Forgotten Promises
By Jessica Lemmon

SUMMARY
Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.
 
It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.
 
He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.

REVIEW
Five Stars!

Wow! This was an intense read and I could not put it down once I finally got into it. At first I was like this is just not my book and then it picked up after chapter 2 and there was no stopping! This is a very intense story and deals with some very dark issues. Abuse to a child is a horrible thing and I can't even imaging the horror and lasting scars it leaves. Travis has a great deal of mental and physical scars and he wants to put an end to it ever happening to others. He is a dark hero, but his intentions and heart are so beautiful. I didn't like Morgan at first I thought her spoiled and dramatic, but she pulled herself up from that and became the catalyst to help Travis to start healing!

The last 25% of the book is nonstop and had me holding my breath! It is a great emotional evoking read! This is the first book I have read from this author and I am excited to see what other offerings she has!

Great great read! I received an ARC from NetGalley for a honest review.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Shattered Lies

Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Shattered Lies

She wants to know the truth, but some secrets might be better left alone… Kate Thayer has a good life as a veterinarian, running the family horse farm—until she uncovers an act of unimaginable treachery by those she trusted most and learns that everything she knew about herself was a lie. Her paternal grandmother, the woman who raised her, is behind a number of devastating secrets Kate is compelled to discover. But the deeper she digs, the more betrayal she finds, changing her life in ways she could have never foreseen.

Review:

From the very first page, you are sucked into this story and can’t walk away. Each of the characters comes alive, and you slowly learn which one’s to hate and which one’s to love.  This book is an ARC, so there are some spots, which need work on, but over all this book has what it takes to be a number-one seller.

This is one of those books, which touches the heart, and opens our mind to the truths, which so many try to hide. The characters all feel so real you forget your reading a fiction story. The development of the story as a whole is complex, and you can tell the author did much research to make the story feel as real is it does.  The flow is perfect; the style of writing is very clear, which helps to make the story feel so real.

In my review, I normally go into the grammatical and punctuation errors I find, but since this is an ARC, and I expected to find some, but didn’t. I did how ever come across a few area’s, which need some work to make they flow and connect with the readers more.

Page 20 PDF format “Kate had raised the female from a foal.” Nobody who raises horses says female when referring to their horse it’s always mare. I run a small ranch where I own and board horses.

Page 46 PDF format “The foals were her fourth litter born to her in the last six years.” Nobody in the horse world would say litter… Cats and Dogs as well as pigs have litters…  to make this sentence flow and connect with the readers it should have read. “The foals were her fourth born to her in the last six years.” Just take out the word litter. Also on this page the sentence, which reads, “He was their pride of the farm – a show horse champion….  In all my years around horses, I’ve never heard anyone say it that way so in my minds and in the minds of most people who are around horses it should read. “He is their pride of the farm – a Champion show horse.”

Conclusion:

Would I recommend this book to others? YES

Would I read other works by this Author? YES

Is this book a Novel or Novella? Nice length Novel.

Is this book priced correctly? The e-book price is alright, but the paperback book price is on the high side in my eyes, as I’m a budget buyer and won’t spend that kind of money on a book unless it was a hardback.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Submissive Seductions

Submissive Seductions
By Christine d'Abdo

SUMMARY
Purchasing a Dom from a charity auction was the wildest thing Liz had ever done. The chance to bring her secret fantasy to life, to be a submissive—even just for one night—was worth any price. And Gareth was everything she wanted in a Master. He touched, he taught, he tantalized. He opened her world to pleasures she’d never imagined. But was it enough? 
 
After one night turned into a blurred-line relationship, Liz’s feelings for Gareth went beyond desire. Yet the kink, no matter how hot, had her wondering if she could ever have a normal relationship. Her Dom was a man with a tragic past and he’d put rules in place from the start.  If Liz chose to break them would she lose the intense passion she’d just discovered—as well as the man she loved?...
 

REVIEW

Three stars

I am a tad torn with this book. I really really liked it at first, but the I just stopped caring and I could not figure out why. It was interesting the journey she was taking to find herself. Then there was a time jump and I felt disconnected. It seemed like we never really get into Gearth's character he has no real warmth or feelings. He is like just there. He says he is messed up but he shows no real emotion just matter of fact like. Then a time jump again and all of a sudden she doubts everything she has ever wanted just by hearing someone else talk about how people who are into kink have something wrong with them. She spent the first part of the book saying how he lovingly treated her and wanted to protect her, but she believes these women.

This book had a great premise, but just didn't live up to what it could have been.

Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Persuasion (Sons of Odin MC, #1)

Persuasion (Sons of Odin MC, #1)
By Violetta Rand

SUMMARY
Lang Anderson may be the new leader of the Sons of Odin motorcycle club, but his personal life is in shreds. He’s struggling to take care of his three young sisters in the wake of tragedy, while rumors of drug dealing within his ranks jeopardize everything he’s built. The last thing he needs is another distraction—like a bar brawl over a woman—but Lang is a sucker for a damsel in distress. And this one gets him roaring like a finely tuned engine.

High school guidance counselor Lily Gallo is no fender bunny. So why can’t she get Lang off her mind? Lily’s head says the rugged, rough-and-tumble biker who came to her aid is bad news. Her body begs to differ. But when Lang’s troubled kid sister walks into her office, Lily’s determined to help, even if it puts her in the crossfire of a gang war. On a crash course with danger and desire, Lily partners up with Lang to fight for his family—and for love.

REVIEW

Wow what a great read! I couldn't put this down till I was done! 

This had everything! Hot sex, drama, love, loyalty, and friendship! Lang was a very interesting hero with many conflicts and lots of choices to make. It was nice to see him grow up in this story with his choices, values, and way of looking at things. I know he is an adult, but he sure had to change to become the man he did. Lily too had lots of growing to do. She started off weak in lots of ways, but found her footing and turned into a strong woman. The characters were well written and brought a great deal to the story.

The sex was HOT! I am talking shower inducing! WOW, nothing like a dirty talking biker bad boy! 

I can't wait for the next book! I hope it is about Tina and Vincent!

Book is well worth the price and I would have bought it.

Received a copy from NetGalley for a honest review

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Coming Back (Ink & Chrome, #3)

Coming Back (Ink & Chrome, #3)
By Lauren Dane

SUMMARY

Mick Roberts, the newest partner at Twisted Steel's custom hotrod and motorcycle shop, looks like a man with everything. But secretly he still craves the connection he lost when his best friend Adam and the love of his life Jessilynn walked out. Then, he wasn't ready for the pleasure they promised. Now, things have changed.

Rich, powerful, and insatiable, Adam Gulati is used to getting what he wants. And there's nothing he wants more than Mick and Jessi. He hasn't seen either in over a year, but the second he sets eyes on them again his memories-and his desires-can't be denied.

After trying to live without them, Jessi Franklin realized no one else can satisfy her like Adam and Mick. The three of them need one another-in more ways than one. It's time to stop pretending and submit to the hunger they all share. But once they go down this road, there's no turning back. As deeply devoted as they are, no one knows what great bliss their forbidden fantasy will find-or the price they may pay.


REVIEW

More like 3 1/2 stars

Alright read, but a good finish to the series.

Again the issue of dragging it out. The same things get hashed out over and over in the chapters.  I did skip some just to get to the ending.

The sex is hot it got like way kinky and I am not truly into pain not my thing.

Parent issues were abundant again at least some one had good parents...Jessi.

Adam was intense and it seemed more his story the Mick's.  I felt Mick was kinda left out in some ways.  Kinda disappointed.

Not sure if this one is worth the price.

Received a copy from NetGalley for a honest review.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Falling Under (Ink & Chrome, #2)

Falling Under (Ink & Chrome, #2)
By Lauren Dane

SUMMARY

Duke Bradshaw, co-owner of the custom motorcycle shop Twisted Steel, is great with his hands and not afraid to get dirty . . . especially in his fantasies about his redheaded neighbor Carmella Rossi.

Carmella has been secretly lusting after her hot, tattooed neighbor for the last three years. His gravelly voice combined with the throaty purr of his custom bike never fails to send thrills down her spine. When Duke asks her to join him at the shop, she can't say no. Soon their days together spill over into nights that bring her pleasure beyond anything she imagined. But Carmella grew up with bikers, and knows how bad a bad boy can be. Can she put herself at risk for someone who has heart-breaker written all over him?
 

REVIEW
Good  read again. I would give 5, but it dragged again in spots like the first. I just wanted to get to the point.

I have to say the characters have terrible parents! Each one has parents that didn't understand them. So they were both closed off and didn't communicate well at times. Everyone has daddy or mommy issues.

Duke and Carm had great chemistry and the sex was hot. It is nice to read a story about adults and not young adults in their twenties that don't have a clue about life. The characters have lived and have lots of experiences to draw upon and aren't wild, crazy or stupid.

A good read, but a tad expensive.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Opening Up (Ink & Chrome #1)

Opening Up (Ink &Chrome, #1)
By Lauren Dane

SUMMARY
The men of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop are great with their hands... and they're not afraid to get dirty.

PJ is exactly the kind of woman Twisted Steel owner Asa Barrons doesn't need. The last thing he wants to do is mix business with pleasure, and PJ has some of the best custom detailing he's ever seen. But the chemistry between them won't be denied, and soon he's introducing her to a whole new world in the bedroom, pushing her far beyond anything she's ever experienced. PJ finds she can't get enough, but how far is too far before he consumes her completely


REVIEW
Enjoyed this book!  I really like PJ and Asa.  Their chemistry was hot and the sex even hotter!  But there was a good story around the hotness.

I really felt sorry for PJ.   Her family was terrible to her and I am glad she had the guts to just go her own way.  The book talked about how women are seen as weak even though they are more knowledgable, more savvy, and have more talent.  I thought we were out of the dark ages, but apparently there are way too many ignorant men out there!

I would have gave it 5 stars but it seemed to drag out the "I am too old for you" theme.  Hey if you are happy and that person makes you happy it shouldn't matter.  I liked the other characters they seemed interesting and I can't wait to read more!

Great read, a tad expensive for a spend thrifty girl, but I am glad I did spend it!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Taking it Off

Taling it Off
By Claire Kent

SUMMARY
Can't get enough Magic Mike? Let bestselling author Claire Kent introduce you to Matt Stokes, the sexy-as-sin male stripper and club owner who knows what it really means to bare everything.

Preschool teacher Elizabeth Marks isn't exactly thrilled to be attending a college friend's bachelorette party at a male strip joint. The sights—screaming women, half-naked hunks—are just as sleazy as she expected, with one exception: the man standing at the back, radiating sensual heat despite being fully clothed. When Elizabeth takes refuge outside, he chases her down and dares her to stay. It turns out that her mystery man is the owner—and, as tonight's headliner, the one guy Elizabeth wouldn't mind seeing naked.

Matt Stokes lives his life one day, one dance at a time. But as he challenges Elizabeth to get in touch with the passionate, impulsive woman behind her prim fa├žade, she brings out another side of him as well. This girl isn't just another pretty face—or paying customer—and Matt can't help wanting more. Onstage, he's used to exposing his body. Now Matt will have to expose his heart. Because when it comes to real love, that's the one striptease that matters

REVIEW
I am unsure not a solid 4 but not a 3 either...I guess 3 1/2.

I really didn't like Elizabeth at first she was such a superficial witch. I hate when people think they are better then others, God made everyone equal. She was so fake. I am glad she grew as a character, but I just couldn't love her. Matt at times was just as bad, but I related to him more.

The sex was hot darn they about did it everywhere except a bed. I swear they never got naked either.

It was a good read, enjoy.

Received a ARC from NetGalley for a honest review.
 


Friday, November 20, 2015

Avenge (Abuse, #3)

Avenge (Abuse, #3)
By Nikki Sex

SUMMARY

Grant Wilkinson, the scarred and decorated war hero, has always seen himself as a monster. He's finally getting his life on track by embracing the help of Renata Koreman, the equally damaged self-proclaimed mouse.

Together, they address their inner demons amidst a backdrop of secrets, scandal, murder and abuse. AVENGE is a satisfying conclusion to the ABUSE trilogy, full of healing, twists, turns and surprises. 


REVIEW

We finally get the ending and what an ending it was. I think have never shed so many tears over a book in my life. My husband thought I was insane. It was a great ending to the wonderful series. I only gave it four stars because it tended to drag in the middle and I really wanted it to get to the point.

It sadness me that this book is not just fiction in some ways. There is so much evil out there and they prey on young children. It is so sad that the abuse one suffers at an early age can just wreck your whole life unless you deal with it. The whole family had issues that they suppressed and the results were disastrous. I am glad the author showed how the victim is just that a victim. They are not to blame and should be ashamed. I like how she gave us the whole spectrum of victim to show how each person deals with things in a different way. I also liked how she showed how standing up to the abuse can make a difference in so many ways.

Even though this was a very deep, deep topic, the author let the love shine through in the story. Grant and Renata re wonderful together and balance each other out. Their story is touching and beautiful. You can see how much they have grown from the first book and how much they love each other. They really show how a relationship should be: honest, beautiful, hot, and full of love. They are wonderful!!!

This was a touching ending to the other three books. It truly made you think and understand in so many ways. This is not for the faint of heart. This book is very dark at times, but the author let the characters see the light which makes it very uplifting and positive. In the world to day that is very important.

This was a great series of books, but you do have to read them all to understand everything. It is well worth it and it will touch you. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Uncovered (Colours of Love, #2)

Uncovered (Colours of Love, #2)
By Kathryn Taylor

SUMMARY
She's fallen for him - hook, line, and sinker. Grace knows exactly how dangerous her feelings for Jonathan Huntington are, but her love for him nevertheless grows stronger each day she spends near him. Is he really as indifferent as he seems? Does Jonathan only see her as a willing plaything? When Grace tries to force him into showing his true colors, it leads to disaster ... 

REVIEW
I was kind of let down by this squeal. There just seemed like something missing. I had more questions then answers. The characters in the first book seemed more in depth and you could really relate to them. By midway through this one I just couldn't figure out they both seem so one dimensional. The characters didn't seem to grow or change even though they said they did. It just felt flat and not true.

The sex as hot as always. Wow Grace and Jonathan sure know how to light it up with each other! I can truly say they get you hot and bothered during the read!

I was very disappointed with the reasons behind Jonathan being so standoffish and unfeeling. I understand the guilt part but I was waiting for that connection to Yuuto. I always felt that Yuuto had sinister plans and helped bring Jonathan to the unfeeling person he became, but that never came to fruition. This was never truly explained. Nothing explained Yuuto's rash behavior at the club and why he was so upset. There has to be a connection or a reason and it never was brought out, even with Jonathan's father's connections to Yuuto's family. That was so underdeveloped and not there.

I was also disappointed in how Jonathan just changed. It was never explained where he went while Grace was in America, he just pops back in and wham a changed man.

The story was good, but not as good as the first. I would love to hear Sarah and Alex's story!

Good read but a let down after the first.

Received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.
 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Unbound (Colours of Love, #1)

Unbound (Colours of Love, #1)
By Kathryn Taylor

SUMMARY
Grace is young and has led a sheltered life. She hasn't yet taken much of an interest in men. It's only while doing an internship in London, where she meets the alluring Jonathan Huntington, that our sleeping beauty is awoken from her slumber. Jonathan is rich, incredibly attractive, and stems from British royalty - but he is a far cry from Prince Charming. He lures Grace ever deeper into his world of sinister passion, and she is sucked further and further into the maelstrom of her own growing desires. But when Jonathan demands she do the unthinkable to prove her love for him, she realizes just how dangerous her feelings for him are.


REVIEW

Let me start by saying that is if anyone compares this to Fifty Shades of Gray, they don't know what they are talking about!  This is totally different and totally better!

Wow what an interesting book.  It sucked me in from the start and I just couldn't put it down.  The chemistry between Jonathan and Grace is instant and there is no turning back.  I really didn't like Grace at first because I felt that she was the type of person that would be so desperate that she would say or do anything, but that is not the case.  She does stick up for herself and really sees reality of the situation between her and Jonathan. It is the others around her that keep pulling her in, his sister his friend, that keep telling her he never acts this way and she is the first.  So she stays.   I got frustrated with her because she accepts his treatment of her.

Jonathan is very restrained and throughout the book he is very distant with himself and his feelings.  We get glimpse of feelings, but nothing solid.  The writer really conveys his distance very well.  He is hard to figure out.

There is hot sex, but unfortunately you can see that Jonathan has no attachments and doesn't treat her right after.  Trust me he treats her right during!  Shower inducing.  It is only natural that you get emotionally attached to the first person you have sex with, so I think Jonathan is expecting a great deal from her not to.  He is strange one minute he seems caring and the next he just ignores her or thrusts her into situations that she is unable to handle.  Something terrible happened to him, I am waiting anxiously to see what it is.  Someone had to hurt him very badly.  

Great read, I will be starting the next book the minute I am done writing this.  I am truly addicted!

There are a couple of off translations, but they are few and far between.  It doesn't ruin the read or the message conveyed.

Received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Releasing Her Dragon

Releasing Her Dragon
By Elianna Adams

SUMMARY
Trapped in her own body, she-dragon, Stella Montrose has no choice but to find her mate. Whether he likes it or not, he either has to claim her, or set her free, otherwise she'll lose the ability to shift. Sounds simple, only, every time she gets near him, he disappears. 

When Brycen Conners signs on to protect an annoying human woman, he never imagined he'd cross paths with his mate. Once the job is done, he'll do whatever it takes to win her heart. Until then, he has to stay away

REVIEW
Best short short story I have read! Wow! I really liked it. Although it was short you really got the essence of the hero and heroine! I really like Stella she was no weakling and ready to take charge of her destiny even if it didn't include her mate. The villain dragon hunters are definitely that and I am sure they will be back in future installments. This is a great kick off for the series! I am in hook line and sinker. The chemistry is hot and the sex is hotter! I love dragons and lately what has come out has not been that good, but this is good and for .99 cents it isn't over priced! Great read can't wait for more!

Received an ARC from NetGalley for a honest review


Family Values (Lone Star Lovers #8)

Family Values (Lone Star Lovers, #8)
By Deliah Devlin

SUMMARY
When coming between three brothers, it’s best to just let go.Lone Star Lovers, Book 8Angelina Flores lived a perfect ranch-kid childhood, complete with three princes onhorseback who treated their housekeeper’s daughter like a princess. At age eighteen, the fairytale came crashing down when she realized she had to choose between Brand, Nate and Eli McAffee.And when she did choose one—she lost all three.She’s older now. Wiser, thanks to her college education and a few years’ distance. Adistance she’d planned to maintain…until her mother begs her to fill in at the ranch while she takes care of a sick relative.The minute her boots hit the front porch, the memories come flooding back, rightalong with the hunger. It’s tough to put the past behind her when temptation is so close.Especially since the brothers seem bound and determined to woo her. Separately. Together.Whatever it takes to keep her right where she belongs—in their arms.Warning: Three cowboys all aiming for the same goal, and one woman with the cajones to give it to them—or wipe the floor with their butts, if necessary.

REVIEW
This was short hot and steamy. This very short but was well developed and all the characters got their due. It did move extremely fast, but the characters had a past that was explained, so it wasn't like they all just met on the street. It did seem somewhat cookie cutter and a tad unrealistic. There were no real true conflicts that you think would come with their idea of relationship. I thought there should have been some kind of something. Brand was developed more then the other brothers. I have to say that if did not receive an ARC I would not have paid $2.66 for a 73 page very short story. I think it is way over priced for the amount of pages and your "bang" for your buck.
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Highlander Who Loved Me

The Highlander WhomLoved Me
By Adrienne Basso

SUMMARY

A Highlander Is Always Worth Waiting For

Scottish Highlands, 1329. Sir James McKenna, second son of the powerful McKenna Chief, knows he has found his destiny when he falls in love with sweet Lady Davina Armstrong, niece of the Armstrong Chief. Orphaned in childhood, Davina has always felt like an outsider, and with James finally feels that she belongs. But their plans for a happy future are shattered after a brutal attack by a band of rogues. Horrified, Davina's overprotective family quickly shelters her from everyone--including James. . .

Five years later, James is a changed man. His fighting skills sharpened to perfection, he is hardened by the war and destruction he's endured as a Scottish knight--and by the loss of Davina. Weary, he returns home--and is shocked to find Davina there. Is it too late for them to start anew, or will the past dare to lay claim to their future once more?. . .

REVIEW
Received an ARC from NetGalley for a honest review.

This was a Scottish romance for sure.  Lots of handsome men in kilts, a woman in distress, and a mysterious villain.  I loved the development of the heroine.  Davina started out  as just a weak mouse, but as the story goes on she grows and gets her footing and becomes a strong woman.  James is the man and once his broken heart mends he turns into our Scottish alpha male!  Their chemistry is outstanding and the loving is hot!  Our mystery villain is a surprise!  Looking forward to the next story about Malcolm!  Great Story, Read!!

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Wedding Chapel

Review copy provided via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review

Summary: The Wedding Chapel

For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.
Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—the wedding chapel he built for Collette Greer, the woman he fell for back in ‘49. But now an offer has come to turn the chapel into what it was meant to be—a place for love—and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto his dream any longer.
Photographer Taylor Branson is trying to make a life for herself in New York. Leaving her hometown of Heart's Bend, Tennessee, she put a lot of things behind her, including her family's abysmal marriage rate. But love surprises her when she falls head-over-heels for Jack Forester, a top ad man. Their whirlwind romance results in an elopement, and a mountain of doubt. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to overcome his own demons to find the words of his heart.
When Taylor takes an assignment in Heart's Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time.
When Taylor's journey intersects with Coach's, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.

Review:

This is a DNF (did not finish)  I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in the book; this is really rear for me. I’ve been trying to read the book since the 24th of Oct, and I just can’t connect with anyone.  I can tell that this is a quality written story. In the almost 200 pages I read, I didn’t see any grammatical or punctuation errors, which mean a lot of time and effort, went into making sure this story was perfect before publishing it. I liked the style of the story. A book of this length normally only takes me a day and a half to read.  I tried multiple times to restart it and see if I could connect with anyone, but after trying for two weeks I give up.

Summary:

Would I recommend this book to others? No, since I couldn’t finish it I can’t honestly recommend this book.

Is this a Novel or Novella?  Novel, which is close to 400 pages.

Would I read others books written by this author?  I’d like to give her another shot, as I did enjoy the writing style.

Is this book priced correctly?  Unsure since this book was a pre-published copy.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dragon Marked (Supernatural Prison, #1)

Dragon Marked (Supernatural Prison, #1)
By Jaymin Eve

SUMMARY

There are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey.

Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders. She’s a wolf shifter, and her father leads the town council. She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world. Especially the biggest secret of them all.

She is dragon marked.

Jessa only knows what she’s been told about the dragon marked, that they are dangerous and must be eliminated to prevent the rise of the dragon king, the powerful warmonger who had his head removed a thousand years ago. So now Jessa's on the biggest hit list of all. Dragon mark hunters are lethal and her only hope to evade detection is to keep the energy contained.

As more secrets unfold she finds herself locked up in Vanguard, the notorious American supernatural prison. Thankfully she’s not alone. Braxton, the dragon-shifter has her back. Together they must survive long enough to free themselves and the other dragon marked.

Because it’s time for the dragon marked to rise.


REVIEW

Five solid stars!

This story was out if this world good!  I am waiting on the edge of my seat for the next installment!  This has everything: --action, shifters, unresolved sexual tension, friends, long lost sisters, and mystery prophecy.  Jessa is a strong alpha female and is a great role model for any female character!  She is not wishy washy, she is not ruled by her lady parts, and she stays rational most of the time.  I like her confidence and I can't wait to find out who her mate is...Max or Braxton?  Well written and keeps you wrapped up in it till the end.  LOVED IT!


Received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Strip You Bare (The Deacons of Bourbon Street, #4)

Strip You Bare (The Deacons of Bourbon Street, #4)
By Maisey Yates

SUMMARY
Micah Carpenter hates New Orleans. Hell, after ten years he no longer has much affection for the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, either. But when the brotherhood calls, Micah answers. Joining the hunt for their mentor's killer, he crosses paths with a Southern belle who exudes class—and sex appeal. Micah knows better than to mess with ice princesses: No matter how hot things get, they never melt. And yet he can't stop himself from offering her a taste of the wrong side of the tracks.
 
Sarah Delacroix understands that reputation is everything. The daughter of a prominent family rocked by scandal, she's desperate to restore their good name. Micah's exactly the kind of man she should be avoiding. Behind his sleek and sophisticated exterior beats the heart of a predator—and she knows it. But, like the tattoos beneath his tailored suit, his rough edges are irresistible. And all too soon Sarah finds him getting under her skin . . . and living out every one of her hottest fantasies.
 
REVIEW

Really 3 1/2 stars.

I really loved the book before this one and I have to say this one just didn't hold up to it.  We had the good girl go "bad" and the "bad" boy realize he had some good in him.  Ghosts in the closets aired for all.  Great story line, but fell flat.  There just wasn't any chemistry between them to me.  It all seemed flat kinda forced and the justice sought to me wasn't had and very unsatisfying.  There was just something missing the zing the I can't put this down factor.  It isn't bad it just wasn't thrilling like book #3.  Good read enjoy the end of the series.

Received an advanced copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Human Cure

Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review

Summary: The Human Cure

Kate Plesser is leading a dead-end life as an office assistant with a penchant for bad relationships. She is lost. When Kate is kidnapped by Hunter, a gorgeous stranger, she assumes he is just some sick psychopath. She never suspects he is actually a vampire, and that she is about to be plunged into a world stranger than her wildest dreams. In the underground city where Hunter lives, she encounters his otherworldly cousin Chase, who holds the key to her freedom. She is thrust into a village where humans are farmed for feeding and breeding. In this mysterious new world, Kate discovers she is capable of feelings and strength that she never could have imagined.

Review:

Very intriguing take on vampires, it’s a very fast passed story, which flows great. You quickly connect with the three main characters Kate, Hunter, and Chase. This is, one of those rare books, which once you start you can’t put it down.  The overall development of the characters and plot is very well done.

The reason for the three star rating is this; there are some grammatical errors, which made me have to reread sentences a few times in order to understand them. Anytime I have time I run across grammatical errors it takes the story down to three stars sometimes lower if the editing is horrible.  This only had two or three spots, but still they take away stars because to me published, books shouldn’t have any errors, I wanted to read stories with grammatical or punctuation errors in them; I’d read online stories through many different sites, with just as many genres to choose from. 

Conclusion:

Would you recommend this story to others? Yes, but I’d warn them of the grammatical errors, so they aren’t surprised by them.

Would you read other stories written by this Author? Yes

Is this story a full length novel or a novella? Novel on the shorter end, but novel.


Is this story priced correctly? The ebook price is in the correct price range, but the paperback is over priced.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Releasing The Demons


Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Releasing The Demons

Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren't over yet. Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he’s still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze’s mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.

 Motivated by her sister’s gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life’s goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he’s not only innocent, he isn't a man at all—he's a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze’s life, a life full of darkness and horror she can’t even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can’t seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she's ever known.

Review:

Now this is the way to start a series. There is nothing better than a book which is more story, than sex.  Yes, we all like hot sex, and this book has some very hot sex, but the sex is just a small part of this awesome story, which grabs you from the very first paragraph. You’re intrigued by Blaze Knight and just want to know as much as you can about him, then enter Valerie Medeiros, and before long you’re wanting these two very strong people to fall for each other and when they do, the sparks start flying.  The love story is truly the back story of this series.  It’s more about the Hybrids and their fight with the vampires.

I loved this new take on vampires and the Hybrids; it's new and refreshing. The story keeps you reading from the second you start the book to the end, when you say awe, come on there so much more to learn, then you remember this is book one of a series, and you go YES.  Now I’ve got to sit and wait for who knows how long to read the next book in this awesome series.  I can’t wait to see whose adventure into the night we get to share in. This is an adventure I’m looking forward to.

Conclusion:

Would I recommend this book to others?  YES

Would I read other books by this Author?  YES

Is this a Novel or Novella? Nice length Novel


Is this book priced correctly? Wow I’m shocked to me this is under priced.  What a bargain read, I’d pay double for this quality of a book.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Catalina and the winter Texan

Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Catalina and the Winter Texan

Catalina Reyes has sacrificed everything to own a beach-front recreational vehicle Park. Widowed and struggling, her Park falls on hard times and needs extensive renovations to stay open.
When Manuel Batista, a widowed and successful contractor rents a slot at the Park, he's immediately attracted to Catalina and captivated by her fiery spirit and determination. Manuel helps Catalina to renovate her Park. Working together, their relationship sizzles, but Catalina realizes Manuel will return north after the winter. Unwilling to start a long-distance relationship after a painful breakup in her previous marriage, she must learn to trust again.
Can they overcome Catalina's fears and bridge the gap of hundreds of miles between their homes and families to find a second chance at love?

Review:

First of I’ve got to say you hit this one out of the park. As a person in this age group, I’ve seen my step mom find love after my dad’s passing, as well as seeing my mom find love again and my step dad was the best thing that ever happened to my mom until she passed a few years ago. It doesn’t matter how old we are, we all deserve someone to love.  Now to explain why I’m only giving this story a four star when I feel you hit it out of the park.  I don’t speak Spanish and had to look up meanings to words.  You might want to put a glossary of the words in the back of the book. This is also why It’s taken me over a month to write the review, I’ve been thinking hard on how to approach this and being blunt I feel is the best way. Not everyone knows and understands Spanish words after all we are Americans.
From the first paragraph you feel the connection between Catalina and Manuel and you keep saying to yourself Catalina you’re being stupid if you don’t take this chance. You have a way of putting the reader right there on the scene like we are watching a movie unfold right before our eyes. You’ve captured each and every emotion, so the reader is laughing and crying as they are reading this story.
The editing was perfect I didn’t stumble across any grammatical or punctuation errors, which always ruin a book for me.

Conclusion:

Would I recommend this book to others? YES

Would I read other books from this Author? YES

Is this book a Novel or Novella. Novella


Is this book priced correctly? Yes it’s at the top end of what I would pay for a Novella, but with the quality of writing Miss Roman does it’s spot on.