Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kiss Marry Kill: Iron-Clad Security by Sidney Halston

Kiss Marry Kill (Iron Clad Security, #1)Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first read by the author and I can say that I wasn't disappointed. Kiss, Marry, Kill was a roller coaster ride to the finish and it was worth the ride. This was a tale of missed opportunity, getting even and the author did well with the romantic and heartbreaking aspects of the book. The pairing of the two leading characters was well executed with Jax (male lead) the injured ex - Marine who is determined to keep the love he once lost safe and Megan (female lead) is determined not to let him go again. Kiss, Marry, Kill isn't the simple boy meets girl, comes to her rescue, have a brief wonderful time together and then fade into the background kind of story. It happily keeps the reader guessing about who the bad guy really is and how will the hero really save the day. The dynamic with all the characters is well put together and it is easy to see this series continuing with success.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: Firestorm (Dark Kings #10) by Donna Grant

Firestorm (Dark Kings, #10)Firestorm by Donna Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Firestorm is a great enter into the Dark King's world and author Donna Grant has done an great job of keeping the main story and all the side stories moving along seamlessly. Word of caution for those who haven't had to chance to read the previous installments of this series, you will be kind of confused/lost (like I was) without the background for the side stories. That issue aside, the story itself was great.

In this installment, the reader can see where the author is skillfully weaving together all the elements that make a great paranormal read. There is solid world building with solid characters to back it up. Though I am a fan of shifters in my stories, I've never really gotten into dragons. Well, this story is helping to change my mind. Dragon King Dimitri is duty bound and focused but not too focused that he can't recognize his destiny right in front of him. Protective and mindful of what's at stake, Dimitri just wants to stay on task but that will not happen if he can't keep his mind and hands off Faith. The ever curious Faith just knows she is on to something big and she will not let anything distract her. Even if the distraction comes in the sexy package of Muscles the Dragon King.

Now, I must admit that the heroine worked my nerves a bit. Her noisy scale was off the charts but what did I expect … her life is a life of inquiry. I found her to be passionate about her work and protective about the ones around her. There is great chemistry between the leading characters with plenty of action sequences and plotting/scheming secondary characters.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: Wild by Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, and A.C. Arthur

WildWild by Eve Langlais
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wild brings together the writing talents of Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur. All are great authors in their own right but with story collections like this there's bound to be some that a reader will like more than others.

First up is Catch a Tiger by the Tail by Ms. Langlais and I had to stop myself from laughing out loud in public. The heroine (Lulu) is kick-ass, funny and the back and forth with her male counter part is priceless. The hero wasn't too shabby either. Brody the were-tiger accountant has a lot to meow about and as a matter of fact his tiger meowed a lot. Well, I guess tigers can meow , especially if they are weretiger. Anyway, this first entry has a great plot-line, a descent dose of action and and characters that the reader would like to see in further stories. Especially, that sexy alpha Fabian. Now, he's one character to meow about.

Next up is Wild Passions by Kate Douglas. I have to admit that this entry did not capture my attention like I'd expected. Like all of Ms. Douglas' entries, this one was well written with well developed characters but there was just too many to keep track of in such a short story. Like most readers, I expected the head shifter in charge to have his HEA but that just didn't happen. So, I kept reading expecting a three way relationship to develop but that didn't happen either. I found the heroine (Meg the character that I assumed to be the heroine) boring. The secondary female characters stole the spotlight consistently throughout the story and I was foolishly hoping that the male leads (Traker the Alpha and Zach the fiancĂ©) would hook-up or that Zach would be a were or just something that would draw more interest. Don't worry too much about this because there are plenty of other characters with personal issues that will keep readers entertained.

The final entry is Her Perfect Mates by AC Arthur and this was a treat to read. It was a little dark and a little edgy with strong leads. The heroine (Caroline) is a great pairing with the two male leads (Malec and Channing). I truly wouldn't mind reading more tales centered around all the characters of this novella. Her Perfect Mateshas weres (both wolf and feline), Greek mythology (with a pissed off Zeus) and enough male character with issues to write many more stories about.



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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Review: Damage Control (Dirty Money book 2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Damage Control (Dirty Money, #2)Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book

With Hard Rules, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author kicked off her new Dirty Money series to acclaim from old fans and gained a new following of fans. Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosive Dirty Money series DAMAGE CONTROL (St. Martin’s Griffin; February 21, 2017) continues Emily and Shane’s addicting romance right on the cliffhanger that left readers begging for more.

The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart… Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire.

Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all – one hot touch and kiss, at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel, has set their sites on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

Filled with deadly seduction and family secrets, you won’t want to miss this dangerously sexy, high stakes drama. DAMAGE CONTROL is set on the glittering streets of Denver, introducing a new side of the city, and will have you hooked as it picks up on the heart pounding cliff hanger of Hard Rules. 




Review
Lisa Renee Jones delivers with Damage Control (Dirty Money book 2) and the reader is body slammed right back into the drama surrounding Shane and Emily. The romance is heating up and the reader can definitely feel the heat between the sexy leading couple but there is just so much more yummy goodness going on here ... oh my ... no words ... just read it.

There is conflict coming at Shane and Emily from all angles. Will their fall come from Shane's sexy brother Derek who is in deep with the cartels and is determined to take over the family's business interests. Will it be Mr. Brandon (calculating bastard) who is determined to maneuver everyone exactly where he wants them. Maybe, the matriarch of the family is working behind the scenes in order to steer the Brandon family's interests. It will be interesting to see who actually comes out on top. Not to mention, the not so sweet Emily has her own demons following close behind her that will add another level of danger for this leading couple.

This second installment to the series was an exciting read and I wish I had the next installment now. Damage Control is fast paced and will keep any readers eyes glued to the page. This series has that conniving family dynamic with villains you to love and hate at the same time. The book also has heroes that you want to pull right out of the pages into reality. As always, Happy Reading Everyone!

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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, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.


Praise for Hard Rules:

"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

"Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment.”
Kirkus Reviews

"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

"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

"...her impressive ability to captivate the reader by revealing only the slightest hint of the bombshell buried under the layers of her intricate story. I can't recommend this book enough."

—USA Today bestselling author A.D. Justice