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.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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

Bad Deeds (Dirty Money, #3)Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: Every Time He Leaves (The Raeven Sisters, #1) by Anna Karington

Every Time He Leaves (The Raeven Sisters, #1)Every Time He Leaves by Anna Karington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First things first … I never thought that I would hate the words condom and lube.

I am having a serious love/hate relationship with this book. I like the story as a whole but I am so disliking the heroine. Lana is just really, really negative … about herself, the hero, her life … just everything. Every time there is some negative observation on her part, as the reader, I just get more frustrated and pissed off. That’s just it, there is so much negativity and self-hate that it even resonates in the intimate scenes between the main characters. Actually, the intimate scenes weren't that appealing and seemed to be space fillers.

Our heroine, Lana is dealing with loss and abandonment issues. Not to mention, a gold digging opportunistic mother. As mentioned before, Lana is dealing with the loss of her father and soon after the love of her life. Since the two must important people in her life are gone, Lana becomes consumed with the idea that every negative thing that she has ever encountered is her fault. If everything is her fault, then naturally she is deserving of any ill treatment that comes her way. This aspect of her character was sad and irritating all at the same time. The reader spends over 90% of the book having to deal with her constant negativity and self doubt.

Jarek Dean, the male lead for this tale is okay with the typical good looks of most leading males. While reading, the reader never really had a chance to gain his point of view. A lot of the encounters between the two leads was very one-sided; the heroine is in her head about how hurt she is and the hero is silent or getting the lube. The best part of the book was saved for last. The drama between Lana and her mother or Lana and her older sister really gained my interest. . Honestly, I would have loved to see more of these interactions because seriously mom is a real piece of work.

Though the heroine isn't my favorite, the author didn't a good job of getting me involved with the main character, even though I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes and thinking not again with this is my fault or this is what I deserve.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review:Between a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spear

Between a Wolf and a Hard PlaceBetween a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spear

How to begin?

First, the title is misleading. I was expecting steamy and exciting but what I got was a really descriptive lukewarm Ghost Busters. The story picked up at the end and ended well.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: Cougar Bait (Cougarville, #2) by Evangeline Anderson

Cougar Bait (Cougarville, #2)Cougar Bait by Evangeline Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My thoughts .... I really, really, really, REALLY liked it. There are so many good elements to this second installment of the Cougarville series. Of course, there are the normal elements like the dangerously sexy hero and pretty yet feisty heroine. The author gives the reader a little bit more than the norm.

Both leading characters (Liam Keller and Samantha Becker) were first introduced in the first installment of the series (Buck Naked) where Liam is the good looking ass everyone loves and hates at the same time. While Samantha, is skeptical about everything she sees and learns. From the beginning of their interactions with each other the normal assumption would be that both characters are a natural fit but Cougar Bait demonstrates that there is much more to their characters. Liam is arrogant but not to the point that you would want to chase him with a broom. His character has more heart than could be first imagined (especially since the Liam in the first installment was a royal arse) and it was to discover Liam's true character. Samantha's character shows that she is confident in her work but really insecure in her personal life. The insecurity is understandable to an extent but soon the behavior becomes kind of annoying. It has to be taken into consideration that Samantha's logical world is changing right before her eyes and not all the changes are happy ones.

All in all, this was a fun, steamy and exciting read with a cast of interesting characters. Even the bad guys are interesting because those darned hyenas are up to something big. I'm really interested in seeing how this series develops.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: Buck Naked (Cougarville, #1) by Evangeline Anderson

Buck Naked (Cougarville, #1)Buck Naked by Evangeline Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Buck Naked is a fun sexy romp that was just hard to put down. I am a big fan of paranormal romance and just about anything shifter/were related. I say just about because I came across a book with weremoles and it wasn't some cheesy horror mashup like ATTACK OF THE MOLE PEOPLE. What I am saying is that I love an author who can take an established genre and put an interesting spin on it . The author accomplishes this beautifully in the first installment of the Cougarville series.

The brooding hero (Mathis) and the rejuvenating heroine (Sadie) were well developed and worked well together. Though, I'm usually not a fan of insta-love it works with the time line of the story. Mind you, when I say insta-love (in this case) it took a little more than a moment to get there. in some cases, the hero is a little too stubborn but this characteristic suits his character well. Due to his stubbornness, the idea that hero loved his heroine left a question mark for awhile. Rest assured by the end of the story they both work it out and the author is busy getting the readers interested in the second installment of series.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: 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. 

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

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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Review: Untitled History of the Human Condition (Book One) by Michael Gatti

Untitled History of the Human Condition Book One by MICHAEL GATTI
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Could be strong 3-stars if it is edited properly. I am a bit thrown with this story because I have never encountered a graphic novel with so much prose, I’m sure there are some that have them but I've never seen them. I know that in graphic novels they do, do an exposition in the beginning to set the scene (something that this story could benefit from). Don’t get me wrong, this story has great potential and a unique idea but it needs editing! I was unable to detect any plot or character development for that matter something that maybe is not set to come until later installments but something that should have been present in the first installments. The writing is choppy; unfortunately, the author does not finish one thought before he has moved on to the next thought- there needs to be better transitions between background and story. As for the background, it was more of a research paper than a narrative, which is something that needs to be worked on. I will reiterate that the artwork was fantastic and the idea is very unique and should be pursued it just needs some TLC.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Thirst (The Energy Vampires #1) by Jacquelyn Frank

Thirst (The Energy Vampires #1)Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thirst book one of the Energy Vampire series didn't leave me as excited as I wanted to be. The story as a whole was well written and as the reader I was able to get a clear idea of who all the characters were. It was the almost sterile nature in which it was written that threw me off. This entry has very good bones and would make an excellent series but with this one something was off.

Usually, in anything that I read there is one thing the draws me into the story but in the case of this one there is a couple of things that was just ... I don't know ... irritating. I know the sycophants are the bad guys of the story due to their impure nature but the sheer repetition of the term is distracting at best. Also, the constant clean vs dirty thing is chaffing but this is one of the main ideas of the story (clean energy sources vs unclean energy sources). Since, this is the case it is necessary to make this idea understood but it is just repeated so often.

As for the main characters, I wasn't drawn to them and even in their romantic scenes I didn't feel the fire but that isn't to say the appeal isn't there. All and all this is a good start to what should be a good series.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Review: Dirty Sexy Sinner (Dirty Sexy #4) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Dirty Sexy Sinner (Dirty Sexy,  #4)Dirty Sexy Sinner by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It must be one hell of a blow to find out that you have family you never knew about. Then have that new found family give you the stink-eye because your circumstances I life seem to be different. Dirty talking Jackson is just what the doctor ordered and makes an excellent closer for Dirty Sexy series. This series has provided four beautifully scared men for the readers to fall in love with and Jackson gives all those suffering from Clay withdrawal a much needed dose of the Saint.

The only drawback for the book is that there wasn't enough interaction between the siblings or the work missed out on angsty opportunities. Missing those opportunities is okay because the authors made up for it in other ways. Definitely sad to see this series end but there may be another series being launched from within the pages of this final installment.

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Review: Ruthless (True Brother's MC, #1) by Gillian Archer

Ruthless (True Brothers MC, #1)Ruthless by Gillian Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a rush and what a darn good story. Archer did a great job of bring Zag, Jessica, Reb, Bobby and the rest of the True Brothers MC to life. A good a story has to have believable characters and characters that are easy for the reader to relate to. So, the author scores points here as well. The True Brothers MC aren't one of those outlaw biker gangs but they don't where halos either. To have the straight laced Jessica stumble in Zag's world changes everything for the both of them. The story is fast paced with a smoking leads and interesting secondary characters. Has a bad guy that I wish made more appearances but when Preacher did show up it was definitely worth the reader's time. Overall, a really good read.


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Review: Rebellious (True Brothers MC, #2) by Gilian Archer

Rebellious (True Brothers MC, #2)Rebellious by Gillian Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even better than the first installment (Ruthless) of the True Brothers MC series. In this installment the reader has the opportunity to read the tale of Emily and Reb and man this was an entertaining read. In Rebellious is like the author knocked on my door and asked what I would like to see in a story and I must say that Ms. Archer delivered.

The good girl Emily mixes it up nicely with our hero (Reb the MC president). These two were a good pairing and it was good to see Emily come out of her shell and trust herself. Both lead characters have a damaged past and a horrible childhood. Emily’s softness helped to gentle Reb’s harsh edges just a bit. The author did something that I just love, the male lead didn't change into some whatever you say dear kind of character. Nothing kills a character more than changing that character's very essence. Reb leads a harsh life but that doesn't stop this character from showing compassion. His generous heart helps him to do good for those he cares for. The interactions between these two characters are a pleasure to read.

In my personal opinion, a good story (especially of this variety) has to have a healthy dose of crazy exes and even crazier rivals. So, the secondary characters in this entry were as entertaining as the leads. With a crazy so to be ex-wife, a young son (love little Tucker) and a rival MC, Reb had his hands full. Like I mentioned earlier it’s like the author asked me what I wanted to see in this story and then she granted my wish.

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