Despite my issues with the back and forth power struggle between Mari and Bowen I really enjoyed this story. Cole does not disappoint with the smoking...moreDespite my issues with the back and forth power struggle between Mari and Bowen I really enjoyed this story. Cole does not disappoint with the smoking hot sex scenes.
I really like the narrator so I'm going to continue reading this series via audio.(less)
I normally LOVE Ruthie Knox's work but I can't get into this one. The story starts off slow. The pacing is awkward. I'm not drawn in. And the heroine...moreI normally LOVE Ruthie Knox's work but I can't get into this one. The story starts off slow. The pacing is awkward. I'm not drawn in. And the heroine is 26. The hero is 32. I can't. I've pretty much stopped reading contemporary romance because I am so OVER the young heroine and older hero. OVER. IT. (less)
This was a long ass book. But I stuck it out. Lots of people love this series so I'm going to stick it out. Not every first book in a series is going...moreThis was a long ass book. But I stuck it out. Lots of people love this series so I'm going to stick it out. Not every first book in a series is going to be great. Just look at Magic Bites. I DNFd that book originally and then a year later, decided to give it a 2nd chance. It still sucked but the books after were fantastic! I'm hoping that will be the case with this series.
I like Rachel and the side characters. I want to know more about Ivy and Trent.
Good narrator. I zoned out more than a few times but it had more to do with the book dragging and not the narrator.(less)
I bow down to the greatness that is Larissa Ione. I’ve said it before, I’d read anything by her, including her grocery list. I’m a huge fan of the Dem...moreI bow down to the greatness that is Larissa Ione. I’ve said it before, I’d read anything by her, including her grocery list. I’m a huge fan of the Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series. Both series intertwine but you should read the Demonica series first because those Seminus brothers are sexy as hell and those books are HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!!
Azagoth has been around since the Demonica series and we know that he’s the The Fucking Grim Reaper and Idess’s father. Azagoth is tired of fathering memitim’s which are angels that are on Earth that protect and guide humans. Azagoth wants a mate and he’s not fathering anymore children until he gets one. Lilliana is a time-traveling angel who is in trouble for helping The Horseman and breaking “shrowd” (making herself known to humans). Lilliana is offered a way out of being severely punished — be Azagoth’s mate and if she happens to be able to still his chronograph while she’s there, all past sins will be erased. That shouldn’t be too difficult, right? But nothing’s ever simple or easy when it involves the Underworld.
Another winner by Larissa Ione! Are you surprised? I loved Azagoth and Lilliana. The one thing that is consistent throughout this series is that the heroines are strong. I liked how Lilliana wasn’t afraid to go toe-t0-toe with The Fucking Grim Reaper. You wouldn’t think that the Grim Reaper would be a sexy and sympathetic character, but he is. I loved Azagoth. Being in the underworld so long stripped him of all emotion and his life had been nothing but darkness. Lilliana brought light back into his life.
I enjoyed Azagoth and all this novella did was whet my appetite for the next book in this series, Revenant.(less)
Reaper's Property is still my fave. Love Horse and Marie. I had fun revisiting the Reaper crew.
I had a harder time getting into Ruger and Sophie's rom...moreReaper's Property is still my fave. Love Horse and Marie. I had fun revisiting the Reaper crew.
I had a harder time getting into Ruger and Sophie's romance mainly because Sophie was dumb and annoying as f*ck. I listened to the audiobook. The narrator portrayed Sophie as being whiny and stupid. I wonder if her character would have come off the same way if I'd read the book. I didn't feel like Ruger was super sexy or special. He had his annoying moments as well. Towards the end Sophie did grow up a little but her big realization was kinda on the late side. I'm like, how more obvious can Ruger be that he wants your dumb ass?! LOL!
I still like the Reaper crew and will continue reading this series. Maybe I'll skip the audiobooks. :-D(less)
Ugh! Finally finished. It didn't get any better. Fast forwarded through the last 30%. This was the worse of the series. Who does fade to black sex sce...moreUgh! Finally finished. It didn't get any better. Fast forwarded through the last 30%. This was the worse of the series. Who does fade to black sex scenes in PNR? Especially when the first two books were super sexy and super erotic. Shaya was annoying and whiney. Nick was a pussy. What happened to the over-bearing Alpha from the previous books?
The Charley Davidson series is one of the few series where I listen to the audiobooks only. I haven’t read any of the actual books. The narrator, Lore...moreThe Charley Davidson series is one of the few series where I listen to the audiobooks only. I haven’t read any of the actual books. The narrator, Lorelei King, is beyond fantastic and enhances the experience of listening to this series.
So book 5 ends with a marriage proposal. Ack! What a hell of a cliffhanger. Sixth Grade on the Edge picks up a couple of weeks later and Charley hasn’t given Reyes an answer. Cases fall into Charley’s lap and of course she’s pulled in every direction. Between trying to help a man get his soul back, helping the FBI resolve a 30 year kidnapping case and hooking up Cookie and UB, Charley has a lot on her plate per usual.
This series is always entertaining, especially Charley. Her humor and snark is refreshing. I love the relationship she has with Cookie and Uncle Bob. Reyes is so damn sexy and adorable– yeah I called the son of Satan adorable– because he is. I need more Reyes in my life.
My one gripe about the last couple of books in this series is that it doesn’t seem like Charley is growing as a Grim Reaper. She has powers. More than she knows but she’s always saying, “I can’t do that.” Well, how does she know if she doesn’t try? She has to know that she’s not just some ordinary Grimp Reaper. At one point in the book, Charley says that Angel is probably getting frustrated with her because she keeps saying she can’t do something. I immediately thought to myself, I’m right there with you Angel. I don’t understand why Charley can’t accept that she has amazing powers and just TRY!! There’s no harm in trying. I love Charley. She’s a great, well-written character. But she’s so damn clueless and it is getting tiresome. She acts without thinking about consequences. With the balance of Good and Evil at stake, you’d think she’d be a little more cautious.
The running theme for me of Sixth Grade on the Edge is “What have you done, Charley?” because her actions have dire consequences. What she did to Uncle Bob was so high school and I am shocked that Cookie went along with it. Charley had many “high school” moments in this book and the girl really needs to get it together. The last 2% of the book felt like I was watching the elimination show of Dancing with the Stars, when Tom Bergeron drags out who’s safe and who’s going home. I kept thinking, get to the point!! I’m so impatient.
Reyes Farrow rocks and I need more of him in my life. Oh did I say that already? It needs to be repeated.
We’re left with a HELL of a cliffhanger and book 7 can not come out soon enough. I liked Sixth Grade on the Edge. I need Charley to get her act together because now there’s even more at stake. She really needs to stop going off half-cocked and THINK for once. That’s the thing that is annoying about this series. Very little growth for Charley and at this stage of the game, it needs to happen.(less)
Just as sexy and fun and the first book in the series. My only complaint and it's a small one - is that there was just a wee bit too much sex! I mean,...moreJust as sexy and fun and the first book in the series. My only complaint and it's a small one - is that there was just a wee bit too much sex! I mean, it was amazing that Dante and Jamie had time to talk!
Book 2 woo hoo!! I’m slowly wading my way through the series. While I absolutely loved Slave to Sensation, I wasn’t as enamored with Visions of Heat....moreBook 2 woo hoo!! I’m slowly wading my way through the series. While I absolutely loved Slave to Sensation, I wasn’t as enamored with Visions of Heat. Let’s start off with the hero, Vaughn.
Vaughn is too alpha and too pushy. I love alpha males but Vaughn was too much. I was constantly frustrated with Vaughn and how he constantly pushed Faith. Faith is a Psy but there was nothing about her that made her interesting to me. She’s a powerful F Psy. Big deal. She was about as interesting as dry toast. Sorry. Between Vaughn’s pushiness and Faith’s blandness, I was kind of underwhelmed by this installment.
It also felt like I was reading book 1 all over again except with new characters. A Changeling falling for a Psy. The Psy realizing that her powers are changing and she’s more than just a Psy. *yawn* I wanted something different and exciting. I definitely didn’t get that with Visions of Heat.
I liked it but it didn’t wow me like Slave to Sensation. Visions of Heat felt like a retelling of book 1 with a different hero and heroine. The overall story was ok and I will definitely continue on with the series.(less)
I debated on whether or not I was going to write a review for this book. But I’ve read and reviewed the previous 3 books in this series so I’m not goi...moreI debated on whether or not I was going to write a review for this book. But I’ve read and reviewed the previous 3 books in this series so I’m not going to make an exception. I loved the first two books in this series. My favorite is Beauty and the Billionaire. Who can resist a scarred, virgin hero? I know I can’t. The third book, The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed, was good but didn’t draw me in like the first two in the series. I was looking forward to Once Upon a Billionaire. We know very little about Griffin and I wanted to know more about this royal character. We were introduced to Maylee in Beauty and the Billionaire. She’s a transplant from the South trying to make her way in the big city. Griffin and Maylee are total opposites which should make their romance journey very interesting, right?
I’m going to preface by saying that I’m from the South. 90% of my family still live in Tennessee. I visit them once a year and whenever I’m down there, my southern accent kicks in like I’d never left. Unfortunately, Maylee’s southerness grated on my nerves because she was basically a country bumpkin who was set up to fail. Let me rewind a bit. Griffin has to attend a family wedding. His butler is too sick to travel. Griffin is in dire straits so one night at their poker game, Griffin mentions that he is in need of temporary help. Gretchen decides that she will set Griffin up with Maylee knowing that Maylee has zero experience with this kind of work. Maylee is rough around the edges and has zero skills. Not only is Gretchen setting Griffin to be aggravated with an incompetent employee but she’s also setting Maylee up to be ridiculed and yelled at when Griffin discovers that she’s not qualified for the job. I loved Gretchen in Beauty and the Billionaire. When did she become such a meanie? I didn’t find this funny at all. Why would she do that to Maylee who she thinks is a sweet person?
Maylee is a nice enough person who’s trying to better her life. Her only notable skill is that she’s a burn talker. WTF?! She talks to burns and they heal. Uh..okay. And we’re supposed to take her seriously. It would be different if this was said in jest but no. She’s serious. Maylee wants to improve her life but from what I could tell, she wasn’t doing much to improve it. She’s inappropriate and she’s constantly saying “lawdamercy”. If you’re in a professional environment, you should know when to turn on and turn off the hillbilly. It’s not endearing.
Griffin. Ugh. He’s a jerk. Plain and simple. Which makes me doubly mad at Gretchen for setting this up. He has no couth. He’s arrogant. I found nothing likable about him. He can go play in traffic for all I care. He is so mean and rude to Maylee. I found their initial attraction implausible.
I only read 25% of the book and I put it down, debating on whether or not I should continue. In the end, I decided I could not. I hated the characters. I like this series and I hope the next book is more enjoyable. I’m just going to chalk this up to a minor bump in the road.(less)
I’m probably one of the few people out there that hasn’t read the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh. I love her Guild Hunter series and have heard...moreI’m probably one of the few people out there that hasn’t read the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh. I love her Guild Hunter series and have heard noting but great things about Psy-Changeling. So what’s taking me so long to finally read it you ask? Well, the series is 13 books deep. That’s intimidating, starting a series with that many books. Who has that kind of time? I finally decided to get on the ball and start the series via audiobook. It’s still a daunting task. I listen mainly while I’m at work and I have two office mates who are Chatty Cathys. But I’m getting there, slowly but surely.
After finishing Slave to Sensation, I can already see why everyone loves this series. Lucas is so Alpha and so sexy. I loved him from the start. Sascha may be a Psy but she is a very likable character. I love the supporting characters and the world building. I was fully engrossed in this world and it felt like I was in it.
Lucas and Sascha are great together and I was immediately rooting for them. Although I’m all about the hot sex, there was just enough to whet the appetite.
The narrator, Angela Dawe, is fantastic. A great narrator is so important. It could mean the difference between loving a book or hating it.
After just one book, I’m already hooked. I can’t wait to listen to the next one.(less)
I am a sucker for the surprise pregnancy trope in romance. So I was excited to read this book about Angie, who we’ve met in the previous book, and J.T...moreI am a sucker for the surprise pregnancy trope in romance. So I was excited to read this book about Angie, who we’ve met in the previous book, and J.T. Catching Heat was enjoyable enough but for me, it wasn’t as good as the previous two.
Angie and J.T. have a passionate one-night stand. J.T. has been lusting after Angie since he joined the Blaze two years ago. Angie hasn’t given him the time of day because she does not date baseball players. J.T. catches Angie at the right moment and they have sex which leads to Angie’s surprise pregnancy. Now Angie is unemployed and pregnant. J.T.’s solution is simple — they should get married. J.T. doesn’t want his child to be born out of wedlock and wants to be there for his kid. He grew up with two parents and wants the same for his child. Getting married is the last thing that Angie wants to do but with a baby on the way and no job, Angie doesn’t have many options.
Like I said, I love surprise pregnancies that brings a couple together. I liked Angie and J.T. but I wasn’t wowed by them. JT was a little heavy-handed with the whole marriage thing. At one point, I was like, OK! We get it! Stop talking! Angie’s issues with ballplayers are somewhat valid due to how her father treated her mother but to lump an entire group of men as no good because of one man seemed a bit much. I would have understood if she’d had several relationships with ball players that ended badly. That would make sense.
I loved JT’s family especially his brothers. Well except for Justin. He can go kick rocks and play in traffic for all I care. I don’t know if I’d want a series featuring the brothers. I like the baseball setting for this series and hope it stays that way. Maybe a spin-off series.
JT really pissed me off at the end. His reaction was whack and Angie should have made him grovel on his knees, over hot coals and glass. Angie should have made him work a little harder cause he was a total jackass.
Catching Heat was good but it didn’t wow me like the previous book. I still like the series and am looking forward to reading the next book.(less)