Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Review: Episode 1: Come Inside! (MythU) by Cunning Kimmy

Episode 1: Come Inside! (MythU)Episode 1: Come Inside! by Cunning Kimmy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book
What would you do if you received a scholarship to a college that doesn't exist, where the students and staff are all creatures from myth and folklore? If you’re the only human? If these same creatures want you, want to do things to you that you've only dreamed of? From the moment she steps off the bus and into the mist, Lisa Swallow must answer these questions for herself as beings beyond belief keep trying to get into her pants, more accurately under her skirt, or is she trying to get into theirs? Welcomed by a succubus, Lisa jumps head first onto a roller coaster of sexual awakening where her every hidden fantasy—and even some she’s never considered—is fulfilled.

Monsters, and Fairies, and Gods... Oh, my! Welcome to MythU.
Review
What to say? This read isn't for the faint of heart.  All of the scenes in this first episode is really in your face. That's not a bad thing but the build-up is what makes an erotic scene spectacular.  With this episode the build-up is missing.

Great concept and character development but lacks a plot. This is just episode one of this serial but I had hoped for more of a story. I can't deny that my mouth was wide open collecting flies while reading. Hopefully, in the following episodes reader's will be able to get to know the characters better and see more of the storyline. Overall this entry merits a 3.25 rating.

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          MythU: Episode 2 Pet Your Kitty               MythU:Episode 3: Too Much to Swallow

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: Stone Cold Fox (Cougarville #3) by Evangeline Anderson

Stone Cold Fox (Cougarville #3)Stone Cold Fox by Evangeline Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How to begin? Well, lets start with the fact that I really like the series and the angle which the author presents the shifter world. The author incorporates a little myth and other elements that help to separate this story from the others that are out right now. To me, the difference is a big PLUS considering most shifter tales can get a little too predictable. In the case of the Cougarville series there are enough little twists and turns that will have the reader coming back to see what happens next.

The male leads ... the alphas of the series are great. All three leads in this series have been compassionate, patient and understanding. Reese Cooper the fox shifter is the most patient of them all. His character had no choice but to be patient because his counterpart (rejuvenating Jo Farrell) is very, VERY irritating. While reading, I tried to keep in mind that her character was coming from a place of hurt and fear. Jo was just so ... I don't know ... distrustful and selfish. Jo made the second heroine in this series that I didn't really care for. Secondary characters like Fiona (the apothecary) more than make up the difference and I am really excited to see more of this character and find out more of her secrets. There are other secondary characters being introduced that could possibly have their own story soon and it will be interesting to see what the author does with them.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: Stud by Jamie K. Schmidt

StudStud by Jamie K. Schmidt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lets start with the book title definitely suits the hero. The readers first introduction to the finger snapping Mick Wentworth caused a double take. The sheer initial rudeness of the character was a bit shocking but later Mr. Wentworth's character is devilishly delicious. Wentworth is super cocky and larger than life. The up side his character is easily tamed by his heroine (Terri) whose presence adds balance to the hero. Now, Terri's character is smart and funny with the right amount a bad luck going on in her life. The heroine trials gives her character strength and helps to propel the story forward. The gamer in me likes the fact that the author added an element of on-line gaming in the story. Stud is just a drool worth and steamy read.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: Bad Deeds (Dirty Money, #3) by Lisa Renee Jones


Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book

Wall Street meets Sons of Anarchy, this smoldering, scorching third novel in the explosive Dirty Money series BAD DEEDS (St. Martin’s Griffin; August 8, 2017) continues Emily and Shane’s addicting romance right on the cliffhanger that left readers begging for more.

To save his family empire from the grip of the drug cartel, Shane is pushed to the edge of darkness, forced to make choices he might never make. His father is dying. His brother is desperate to rule the empire and this means war and all gloves are off. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. There is another war brewing though, and that one, is inside him, his battle between right and wrong, light and dark, and in the heat of the night, it is Emily he turns to for escape. Driving her to new limits, pushing her to accept a part of him that even he cannot.

In every one of Shane's seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel, his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. But he is losing himself, and that is a problem just as dangerous as her secret, that still lurk in the shadows, a threat to the Brandon Family waiting to erupt. No matter where she and Shane have traveled, or will travel in the future, she can't just sit back and watch him become everything he hates, everything he never wanted to become, everything she tried to save him from when she tried to run. It could be their undoing, the end. His end.

With one final book to come in the Dirty Money series, fans and newcomers alike are sure to be enraptured by the latest saga in Emily and Shane’s story and the Brandon Family. Praised as a “twisted telenovela-like” saga by Publishers Weekly, BAD DEEDS will have readers flipping pages late into the night as they catch up on all the sexy, fun drama of this habit-forming series.

Review

This can't be the end ... it just can't. This installment of the Dirty Money series is just too damn good to end. It ends with a maybe cliffhanger and I wasn't ready for the end when it thumped me in the forehead.

The Brandon family is the perfect combination of good, bad and everything in between. Shane the ever sexy younger Brandon brother proves why he is at the top of the pack and Pops aka daddy Brandon proves why he is a low down dirty so-in-so. Big brother Derek proves that their is a heart beating in his chest and mommy Brandon just so misguided. The combination of all these characters makes Bad Deeds one of the best contemporary romances I've read this year.  Now, the family dynamics are great in this tale because they are so very dysfunctional. With the addition of Emily, the cartel and all the other players just makes this story even better.

The pace of Bad Deeds is excellent and stays focused on the lead characters. Sometimes, when there is a great cast of secondary characters authors are sometimes sidetracked. When sidetracked authors will start to narrate the lives of the secondary too soon in a series and this removes the focus from the main characters. There isn't a risk of that here but what the reader gets in return is the perfect combination of heat and angst.

The heroine (Emily) is so much stronger but there was a constant hope of her having a more kick-ass role.  You know ... slapping a couple of the characters on my behalf.  Though Emily isn't kicking butt and taking names, this doesn't take anything away from her character. In this installment, the reader witnesses the heroine taking her appropriate position beside the hero. Her character possesses a nice quiet strength that was a pleasure to read.

As mention before, the book ended with a CLIFFHANGER. Personally, I am happy with that because I can go for another installment of the Brandons. There is definitely some unfinished business and this reader is looking forward to seeing it comepleted.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!


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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author LISA RENEE JONES is the author of the highly acclaimed Inside Out Series, and has now in development for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland). In addition, both her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensenseries spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today lists. Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books that have been translated around the world. Booklist says, “Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.”



Praise for The Dirty Money Series

“A page-turner with scorching heat.” 
- Publishers Weekly on Damage Control

"High-octane romance set above the glittering lights of Denver is enhanced by the dominance of a powerful man and the cunning sweetness of a woman who isn't cowed or swayed by his wealth." 
- Publishers Weekly on Hard Rules

"Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment.”
- Kirkus Reviews on Hard Rules

"Lisa Renee Jones excels at creating powerful men and women who are determined to live life on their own terms, and fans will be immediately drawn to the dangerous world of Brandon Enterprises." 
- RT Book Reviews on Hard Rules 

"Edgy, brilliant and all-consuming, Dirty Money is THE series of the year! Lies, danger, secrets, and a hero you will fall HARD for. A must read!" 
- New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans