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!

Thank you to Netgalley 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, 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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Thunder Moon (The Lavelle Trilogy #1) by Joanne Mallory

Thunder Moon  (The Lavelle Trilogy #1)Thunder Moon by Joanne Mallory
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The witch and the healer are drawn to one another and they don't know why. Thunder Moon is a good opening for this new series. Both leads are reader friendly and the story is filled with bits of magic throughout (though I wish there was more). I must mention that I had to Google several terms in order to know the meaning. The story is set in the UK and some of the terminology goes along with the local.

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Review: Torn Between Two (The Torn Duet, #1) by Mia Kayla

Torn Between Two (The Torn Duet, #1)Torn Between Two by Mia Kayla
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am all for an angst filled love triangle. You know the kind filled with ex lovers and those wannabes who just seem to get in the way. Well, some of the elements are there but while reading I didn't get the scorch factor I was looking for.

So, small town girl Samantha (an aspiring pastry chef) finds herself having to make a choice between two very different guys. Should the small town girl choose the rudderless rocker or the soon to be lawyer? They all have a similar troubled past but as I go along the destination of the relationships seemed to be simple/straightforward. You know, the girl recognizes the good guy and proceeds with the relationship with that character. Well, that isn't the case here and I wish it had been. The reason, the story is missing a definite scorch factor. There isn't any heat jumping off the pages. You know that something about the book or characters that make the reader never want to put the book down. Though, Josh the lawyer's character is endearing, there isn't anything drool worthy about him ... yet. As for Hawke, I didn't get any heat off of him as well.

Toward the end of this installment I was definitely Team Josh (yep using some Twilight ish) and I just wanted to get back to his family drama. So, hopefully the next installment is about Josh and his family issues. Overall rating is 3.25.

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