Sera is to meet her husband Marc for dinner with his best friend Jack. Going into the restaurant she runs into her ex-husband also named Jack. Could t...moreSera is to meet her husband Marc for dinner with his best friend Jack. Going into the restaurant she runs into her ex-husband also named Jack. Could that be the friend? After their meal and going to a strip club together the three of them return home and have a three-way. Sera is so turned on by it that when it is over and she is no longer under the thrall of it, she has problems. Marc does what he can but nothing seems to work for long. What can he do to make Sera happy again?
I liked Sera and Marc. They are good together. I liked the sex between them and with Jack. I loved that Sera got her way to go to the strip club. She even had a lap dance with Marla, their waitress. I could understand Sera's depression when her high from the threesome bottomed out. Marc's solution worked. Where the story felt flat was when Sera was down and not feeling sexual was that no thought was made to bring Marla into their bed. I would have liked to see Marc, Sera, and Marla together as well as bringing Jack in for a foursome.
I did enjoy the story. The sex was hot. It was a fun read.(less)
Katherine believes her fiancé is cheating on her. When she discovers him with his ex-flame she runs out on him and goes to a sex club where she has an...moreKatherine believes her fiancé is cheating on her. When she discovers him with his ex-flame she runs out on him and goes to a sex club where she has anonymous sex with a stranger. Little does she know how this stranger will change her life. When murder occurs Katherine has to decide how much keeping her trip to the club a secret will hurt others and herself.
I liked Katherine (Kay). She was blind most of the time to her fiancé's bad attitude and behavior. When she finally sees it for herself she develops a backbone and hardens her heart to him. YEAH!!!!! Josh (the fiancé) does not deserve Kay but he has played her like a rare violin that I had a hard time stomaching their scenes. He is trash! I liked her friend Michelle. She is outspoken most of the time but holds back on her feelings for Josh so as not to hurt Kay. Kay's parents are a piece of work. They are so wrapped up in themselves they would rather see their daughter unhappy just so they won't be embarrassed. Michelle's boss, Luke, is wonderful. He is attracted to Kay and full of jealousy when he learns of her on and off again engagement.
Ms. Eugene can write sex. The sex sizzles. The mystery is good. I was half right but I won't say which half. The development of the characters is well done. Each character is true to themselves (especially Josh and her parents.)
My only complaint is the editing. While the story is done in two people's first person points-of-view, it seems as if the story was originally done in third person point of view. Several times through the story I caught wrong pronouns being used. Instead of I, he or she was used. Occasionally the person's point of view changed to the other person telling the story in mid-paragraph or chapter with no defining change. But the story is intriguing enough to fix these errors in my mind.
I enjoyed the story, loved the characters, and will be reading more of Lisa Eugene. (less)
When Rusty turns 13, he is told the family secret. All males are werewolves. He is given the explanation about the Y chromosome but he is not buying i...moreWhen Rusty turns 13, he is told the family secret. All males are werewolves. He is given the explanation about the Y chromosome but he is not buying into it. He does not want to be a werewolf. Could it have possibly missed him? When he discovers it has not, he decides to find a cure. But is there a cure? Can he bring one to his family? Do they want one?
I loved this book! I loved Rusty. He is so uncertain and he goes against everything for which his grandfather stands. It is a battle of David and Goliath. I loved Rusty's underdog position and watching him overcome it. When the climax of the story happens I could not put the book down. I wanted to know who would win. I can see it as a movie.
The secondary characters are eclectic. They include his cousins and uncles. Most of them I booed. His parents were interesting. In one way his father supported him but in another his father seemed to be afraid of Rusty's grandfather. His mother, while not a big part of the story, seemed less than supportive of Rusty. I enjoyed Rusty's scenes with Jade, a girl he meets on the ski lift. She is a very interesting character. The interactions between them make the story. They complement each other very well.
Leader of the Pack brings in a new element to the series. It is not about a myth where the hero helps or protects it but it is about being the myth. This is not a scary story but a story where the hero has to decide to follow the crowd or choose a different path. It is about doing the easy thing or the right thing. This is my favorite book of the series (so far.) I eagerly await more.
I was given this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. (less)
Nate Dunning had been suspended from school for fighting and, since he lost, his parents thought it would be a good idea for his father to teach him s...moreNate Dunning had been suspended from school for fighting and, since he lost, his parents thought it would be a good idea for his father to teach him survival skills. Once he is taught his skills his father will send him out for a 24-hour on-your-own camping trip to use those skills. Nate is not so sure those skills will help him especially since he feels he is being watched as he makes an escape to the nearest outpost of civilization, the country store owned by Big Bob. There Nate learns about Bigfoot and that Big Bob is their friend. When Nate leaves Big Bob asks him to deliver the daily food to Bigfoot. Can Bigfoot be in Arkansas? If so, how have they not been seen and captured? Are they watching Nate? Will they attack him or let him pass in peace?
Bringing Home Bigfoot is the second story in E. G. Foley's 50 States of Fear series. It is done from Nate's point of view. I felt that I was in Nate's shoes as he tries to be what his parents want but he is a nerd, not an athlete. As he does his camping trip, I feel for him. When troubles come to him, he copes as best he can but he is no outdoorsman. He needs help--BIG TIME. Where will he find it in the wilderness?
When he gets back home he still has the school bullies to deal with. The camping trip did not turn him into The Hulk. He is still a bullied nerd. I liked his determination to stand up to Jordan and Toby, the bullies. He may not win but he does fight to save his skin. I loved that Nate learned that he could do things he did not believe he could. He learned to take his fear and use it to learn and try new things. He learns the value of friendship and then when to let go.
The secondary characters are an eclectic mix. Big Bob is a hoot. I can picture who Nate is describing. His brothers are true-to-life in their teasing and ignoring of him. His parents--well, let's just say I am glad they are not my parents. His mother is over-the-top. Watching him with his best friend Sam is fun. They are similar in many ways but there are a few minor (OK, at least in one way, major) differences.
As in The Haunted Plantation the scary level is at creepy with a resolution of the story by the end. Your children should have no problems thinking Bigfoot is running around your neighborhood waiting to attack you. Bringing Home Bigfoot is fun.
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. (less)
Colin, his sister Nadine, and their mother go to visit their Alabama grandmother who has moved into an apartment in Sycamore Hall, family home of the...moreColin, his sister Nadine, and their mother go to visit their Alabama grandmother who has moved into an apartment in Sycamore Hall, family home of the Randall family during the Civil War. Colin feels that something is not right but it is not until he sees a ghost that he realizes what it is. Because his parents have decided to separate for a while, Colin does not want his mother to freak that he is a nutcase so he does not tell anyone about seeing the ghost. When he realizes that the ghost's picture hangs in the dining room he knows he must do what he can to protect his grandmother. But will he be able to protect her? Who is the ghost and why is the ghost hanging around Sycamore Hall? Better yet, can Colin get rid of the ghost or will it get rid of him?
I enjoyed The Haunted Plantation. I love first person POV in a story and this is all Colin's story. His asides are wicked. Loved them! I like the creepy, sinister mood that is set with the short sentences and paragraphs. Colin's unease comes through them. Watching Colin face the ghost alone and deal with his fear of it and worry that his mother and grandmother will think he is crazy if he mentions it is wonderful. When he finally does tell, I liked how his sister responded (well, at least, at first.) The interaction between family members is realistic. The interaction between Colin and the ghost is creepy but he does what he must to help. I also liked that history is woven into the story and that state facts are given before the story begins.
If the rest of the series is like this first book, I will have a hard time waiting for them to come out. This is perfect for those 8 and up. Just enough creepiness but parents will not have to worry that their children will not be able to sleep after reading it.
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.(less)
Oksanya has MS. In the hope that she will be able to overcome it, she opts for a new surgery where her DNA will be mixed with DNA from an animal. She...moreOksanya has MS. In the hope that she will be able to overcome it, she opts for a new surgery where her DNA will be mixed with DNA from an animal. She chooses a cheetah because she likes to run. When she leaves the hospital it looks like the surgery was a success. Others are also having the surgery though not because of an illness or disease. What will happen with these people? Will the surgery enhance or destroy their lives?
The premise of this story is interesting. In the beginning I was not sure if I would like it. Once I got past the prologue and the first few chapters it picked up. I really got into the story when Oksayna had her surgery and then went back home. As she adjusts to the changes in her body, she is treated to prejudice that she had never encountered before. She has to decide whether it will make or break her. I like that her dad and everyone tried to keep things as they were for her. She was no star in their eyes. She was just Oksanya. As she completes high school and goes to college the prejudice picks up. There are now protests against those who are called Isis (those having had the operation) and the Pro-Humans (humans who have not had the operation.) Oksanya's life is affected in ways she had never dealt with in the past. Through it all I liked the strength of character Oksanya showed. She was not cowardly. She did not run. She acted with dignity no matter what occurred. When it comes to a head she also acts with dignity, wisdom, and maturity beyond her years.
The secondary characters are a mix. Some are good characters, namely Chloe, her best friend and Katrina, the housekeeper. Her dad left a lot to be desired. I thought that he too often left her to fend for herself while protecting himself. For as often as he said he loved her, she went through too much alone. He should have been by her side through all the problems.
This work needed an editor. The beginning needed tightening up. The ending, which is a good set-up for the sequel, needed clarity. I was able to follow along but I would have liked to had the conflict set up better. I would also have liked the action of the scene to be clearer. I could not tell who was doing what to whom nor why. It did not make sense to have what seemed like the military turn up at the end. The very last scene in the book needed fleshing out and an explanation of why it was in a jail. I know some questions need to remain to be answered in the sequel but an explanation of what Isis was, its purpose, why the prejudice, why people not sick want the surgery, and how the major characters end up where they are would help a lot.
For a first novel, however, it is an interesting story that I found hard to put down. I hope the sequel's story line is as interesting. I also hope that an editor and proofreader are used to keep the story moving along at a steady pace and to catch typos.
Brenda discovers her husband cheating on her at their wedding. She leaves him and runs to her friend Jasmine. Jasmine relocates her to Gabe and Ted's...moreBrenda discovers her husband cheating on her at their wedding. She leaves him and runs to her friend Jasmine. Jasmine relocates her to Gabe and Ted's ranch where she becomes Gabe's mother's assistant. While working there she is attracted to Billy Joe Watkins and his friend Sal Rivas. Brenda is not looking for a relationship, especially one like Jasmine's but it seems her heart is not paying attention to her head. As she falls for these two men, her husband wants her back. Will she take him back or will she follow her heart?
I liked Brenda. Her husband is garbage. My biggest complaint here is why Jasmine did not try to talk to her before the wedding about her dislike for the groom. But Brenda probably would not have listened. I liked how Brenda was not looking for a new love or relationship. It found her. Billy Joe and Sal were good men. They followed the cowboy way and protected the lady of their heart.
Sharing Brenda picks up where Jasmine's Urban Cowboys left off. I liked how the series continues but is still a standalone. Gabe's mama also surprises us as she looks for love. This is a good sequel.(less)
Jasmine has gone through a bad divorce and now it is final. She goes out to celebrate and finds two studs waiting for her. Turns out Gabe and Ted are...moreJasmine has gone through a bad divorce and now it is final. She goes out to celebrate and finds two studs waiting for her. Turns out Gabe and Ted are nephew and uncle. As they get to know one another better, Jasmine has a proposition for them. One romances her during the week while the other can romance her while she is working on their ranch for Gabe's mother. She is to decide which one to choose. Will she be able to decide?
I enjoyed watching Jasmine, Gabe, and Ted. Both men do their best to win Jasmine's heart but she has a hard time choosing which one. I like that they were able to come to an agreement as to how to solve the problem. I also liked the support Gabe's mother gave them. But she is also an unusual woman.
This is a fun, quick hot read. I loved their creativity and the love they shared.(less)
Kara is the director of the Nelson Museum awaiting paintings for a showing. A few days before the paintings are due to arrive, there is a break in at...moreKara is the director of the Nelson Museum awaiting paintings for a showing. A few days before the paintings are due to arrive, there is a break in at her museum. Nothing was stolen or damaged so the police are not too interested. The Upper Mid-West Art Council sends their investigator, Ted, to help her beef up museum security. Unfortunately for all their precautions, The Three Maids is stolen. Now it is up to Kara and Ted to track down the thief and get the painting back. Can they do it?
I enjoyed The Heist. Having read a non-fiction book years ago about art thefts I was interested in seeing how this story would go and if Kara and Ted would be able to find the painting or would it go to a private collector or turn up on the black market. Watching them work the crime was believable. I liked the pace of the story. Of course, we readers know from the beginning who took the painting and why but I liked following along to see if the painting would get to the buyer.
I loved Kara and Ted. I liked how they provoked one another as they were both commitment-phobic. They come close but run away when it looks like they are getting too close to one another. The sex is hot and I loved the phone sex scenes and the openness as they spoke and questioned one another during their calls. I especially enjoyed Ted's reaction when he realizes that Kara will do whatever she must to find the stolen painting. Kara is definitely a hands-on person.
I found the secondary characters very interesting. They were not the usual clichéd characters. There was no best friend offering encouragement along the way to Kara. The closest she comes to a best friend is Sasha, the art director of the museum and Alice from the Upper Mid-West Arts Council. Sasha is a lesbian and attracted to Kara but the feelings are not reciprocated and Alice is playing matchmaker between Kara and Ted. The museum board is an interesting group especially the Lawtons. Mr. Lawton is head of the security committee and a letch while Mrs. Lawton is just a pain. I have to admit though I did like that an attraction between Mrs. Lawton and Sasha was shown. I liked the dynamics of the older woman/younger woman pairing with the older woman thinking she could show the younger one a thing or two.
As the book was coming to a close I wondered how the denouement would occur. Never did I expect it. It was brilliant. The Heist is a winner!(less)
Valerie becomes a fancy lady when her husband dies. Duke comes into the bar where she plies her trade as he is on a secret mission for the Confederacy...moreValerie becomes a fancy lady when her husband dies. Duke comes into the bar where she plies her trade as he is on a secret mission for the Confederacy. Duke buys her for the night then decides he wants her longer. She decides she wants him also. She goes with him and lives with him and his brothers as they wait to complete their mission. When it looks as though Duke's mission has failed and he fails to return to Valerie she goes to find him.
I liked Duke and Valerie. I liked that Duke did all in his power to save his brother even if it meant sharing Valerie with him when he is injured. I loved that Mark Twain is in the story and vies for Valerie. The humor is fun. I would have liked to see how Duke and his brothers shared Valerie and how other women fit into the family when the time came. I liked how it came full circle in the ending.
A quick, fun reading that will help you escape reality. (less)
Lydia lives her life as a woman of the world according to her. Because of a novel she began several years earlier she is being blackmailed. Consenting...moreLydia lives her life as a woman of the world according to her. Because of a novel she began several years earlier she is being blackmailed. Consenting to meet the blackmailer out of town she is compromised but rescued by Penthurst. He marries her and learns her grievance against him. When she discovers the truth she also discovers her true feelings for Penthurst.
About halfway through this book I thought, "Oh, no. Penthurst is going to suppress Lydia's bluntness and lack of foresight." That did not happen. The story actually got more interesting as Penthurst allows Lydia her freedom. She discovers what she felt was a golden memory. When she figures out what happens her rose-colored glasses are removed. I liked Lydia. Being married did not suppress her natural vivaciousness or curiosity. She surprises Penthurst with her words and actions. The two grow together and their relationship is very believable.
The Southwaites, Amburys, and Kendale are part of the story. Southwaite and Ambury are very much into what is acceptable in society. Kendale just blurts out what he thinks. He remains my favorite of the quartet but Penthurst is a close second. It was a good story. A good closing to the series.(less)
Julian was the doctor that Colin and Rachel both interned under. Years later Julian is working on a project with Colin and they need Rachel and make h...moreJulian was the doctor that Colin and Rachel both interned under. Years later Julian is working on a project with Colin and they need Rachel and make her an offer she cannot refuse. Rachel always felt her submissive self come out when around Julian. She also had feelings for Colin. Until meeting Colin again she did not know how strong her feelings were for him. As they work together, their triangle falls into place.
This is a totally different read. I was not sure when I bought it if I would like it but I decided to give it a try. Am I glad I did! I loved it. I loved the dynamics working between Julian, Colin, and Rachel. I liked that the answers were not easy for them nor were they clichéd. The three of them had to work out what was best for them all. Colin always knew but Julian and Rachel had to discover how they fit in the triangle. The BDSM is intense. The story unique.
If you are looking for something different to read, this is it.(less)