Jak is playing bodyguard to Arianna while she goes to college. Arianna is mated to Jak’s Alpha’s brother, Mace, who is also an Alpha. Jak pretty muchJak is playing bodyguard to Arianna while she goes to college. Arianna is mated to Jak’s Alpha’s brother, Mace, who is also an Alpha. Jak pretty much thinks that Mace is an ass and even, at one point, helped another woman that Mace kidnapped to be his mate get away so that she would be put through it. Unfortunately when Mace kidnapped Arianna from her pack Jak couldn’t get her away in time a Mace completed the mate bond. Now Jak is longing for Arianna but knows he can’t be with her.
While at the college one day Jak and Arianna are attacked and while they get away their adrenaline is flowing. Nothing can stop them from acting on their feelings for each other but that means that they’ve just broken pack law and Jak can be killed for it.
This was a nice start to what looks like will be a good shifter story. It was a fast read at just 60 pages, that’s for sure. I liked the play between Jak and Arianna before anything happened between them. They were so cute together and even though they didn’t know much about the other I could tell that Jak cared for Arianna and what she was feeling.
Hopefully all of the stories in this series (there’ll be 6 from what I understand) will be just as good.
I’m always looking for new romantic suspense series, so I was hopeful that this book would introduce me to something worthwhile. Unfortunately, I didnI’m always looking for new romantic suspense series, so I was hopeful that this book would introduce me to something worthwhile. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it.
Carson Adair is a former Marine, discharged after being wounded in action. He’s come back home to figure out what to do with his life and help his family deal with the murder of their dad, Reginald Adair, and the disappearance of their mom, Patsy, who is the main suspect. The family recently found out that Reginald had a son from an earlier marriage, a son who was kidnapped. Georgia Mason is the stepdaughter of Ruby, Reginald’s first wife. When Carson offers to continue the search for the missing son that Reginald started before his death, he and Georgia team up, despite her reluctance. She hates Carson because…he’s rich? (Or something. Her reasoning is a bit weak.) When someone starts targeting Carson and Georgia, they have to figure out why. Is it related to Carson’s last mission in the Marines, or something closer to home?
This book is painfully light on world building, explanation, and character development. I was somewhat interested in the larger plot of the kidnapped son, the murdered father, the missing mother, etc., but that investigation doesn’t go very far in this book. Instead, the story spends a lot of time on Carson’s last mission in the Marine’s. Honestly, I’m sitting here trying to recap and can’t even muster up the energy to care. None of it makes sense–why would this villain Carson tangled with in Myanmar be living in San Diego now?
Why would his former Commander get him involved in their work when he’s no longer in the Marines? There’s some manufactured angst involving Carson’s best friend who was killed in the last mission and Carson taking over his dad’s company, but neither issue is explored in depth.
Georgia is a frustrating, unlikable character. She hates rich people and thinks nothing good comes from associating with them. Carson sets out to change that by…buying her things? Why would he want to spend money on her? Why would she let him if she doesn’t like money? For a woman who doesn’t care about money, Georgia sure adores fancy clothes and admits she regularly buys designer items. She huffs but accepts nearly everything Carson offers her. She constantly whines about how she can’t “fit in” with Carson’s family even though they are all perfectly lovely and kind to her. But we’re supposed to side with Georgia because she has Trauma, y’all. Throughout the book it’s hinted that Something Big happened with her ex, and that’s why she’s reluctant to get involved with Carson. Something sexual (*gasp*)! I figured whatever it was would at least add a little variety to the book, but Georgia can’t even bring herself to say what it was her ex wanted her to do! We just know it’s something “dark”. At one point she references “S-M”, but that’s as detailed as she gets. At this point it turned humorous for me. Listen, sexual trauma can come in all forms and I wouldn’t want to make light of it, but this was just silly. The book goes out of the way to assure us it wasn’t rape, and the vagueness just made it ridiculous (and lazy). She says “I was willing. But not for the…you know…things he did.” At this point I actually cackled with laughter. (I can only assume the “things” involved trying to pull the stick out of her ass.) Of course, Georgia attributes her ex’s behavior to “something wrong with him,” because naturally any kink must be a result of a bad childhood. Unfortunately, the ex ends up being a psychopathic murderer, which is regrettable because I thought the misunderstood ex totally deserved his own future erotic romance.
There just wasn’t much of anything in this book to interest me or make me want to read more.
Ashley is generally an author who pulls me in, but her paranormals haven’t really worked for me in the past. This wasn’t the exception.
Abel rescues DeAshley is generally an author who pulls me in, but her paranormals haven’t really worked for me in the past. This wasn’t the exception.
Abel rescues Delilah in an alley just as she’s about to get eaten by a pack of vampires. He takes her back to his underground lair and tries to explain the situation to her: there are monsters in the world she has no idea existed, and for some reason they’ve targeted her. Not to mention he’s drawn to her in a way that tells him she’s the other half of his soul.
Delilah is seriously freaked out about what he says, but she can’t deny she’s drawn to him as well. As their families begin to mingle and the violence escalates, she realizes she needs to trust Abel, not only with her safety but with her heart.
Someone on Twitter told me this book got really good at 51%. If she hadn’t, I’d have stopped about 3 chapters in. Halfway through, a secondary romance pops up that makes the story more interesting. I was fully invested in seeing where that went, but the main romance and plot left a lot to be desired.
To be honest, it was pretty boring. The undefinable thing that makes Ashley so easy to fall into was missing, the romance was lukewarm at best and the mystery/suspense plot was pretty weak. I skipped book two, and I really suffered for it. Rather than giving enough background information to make this a standalone, she expected readers to know from book two and completely skipped the explanation about the world, the other paranormal elements and even, in large part, the story of who/what Abel was.
While I enjoyed the secondary romance, the rest left a lot to be desired.
Nina is sick of playing the Rom Com klutzy chick. She wants a serious role and one is in pre-production that is perfect. The book is a movie adapted fNina is sick of playing the Rom Com klutzy chick. She wants a serious role and one is in pre-production that is perfect. The book is a movie adapted from a book and has angels and demons in a war and a kick-ass heroine that fights for herself and those she loves. Nina wants it badly but when she reads for it they say she’s too soft for the part. She decides to hire a stunt coordinator that she worked on a previous movie with to get her in shape.
Dominic Kelly has spent his life doing stunts and has loved it. He’s not sure why he decides to take Nina under his wing but he admires her drive. When he starts the training he doesn’t go easy on her and he admires her even more because she never, ever complains. He’s wanted her in his bed from almost the moment he saw her but as he says himself – he’s one step away from a man-whore and Nina is too good for him. That doesn’t stop the pair from finally falling into bed together and having a great time.
Nina and Dom decide that it’s just sex and it will work for them both as long as it works. When it becomes awkward then they’ll call it quits as neither one of them is looking for commitment – ever. Only…as they spend more time together each of them starts to fall in love with the other. Despite that neither one of them is ready to make a permanent move until the other comes clean about secrets in their lives and one big one might tear them apart forever.
This was an adorable story. I really loved Nina and Dom together even though there were times that I wanted to hit each of them. Secrets are never a good thing to keep and they each had theirs. On top of that I had a hard time with Nina at times as she would seem so good and wholesome one minute and then kind of a snob the next. I guess that’s what you get with some actresses, right? Despite that I really enjoyed reading their love story. It was sweet, sexy, fun and had just the right amount of angst thrown in to stir things up. This is a great book and one I definitely recommend.
Devraj Santos is the director of Shine, an organization charged with finding the descendants of The Forgotten – Psy who refused Silence Protocol and lDevraj Santos is the director of Shine, an organization charged with finding the descendants of The Forgotten – Psy who refused Silence Protocol and left the PsyNet (the giant web of minds all Psy need to be connected to in order to live) when it was first implemented over 100 years ago. The Forgotten have intermarried with other species, which means their psychic gifts have grown and mutated. He takes is job very seriously, since finding the children means their continued survival. When those children are targeted, Dev will do anything he has to in order to protect them. Even if that means eliminating the one woman who makes him feel.
Katya Haas was Ashaya Ailene’s research assistant. When Ashaya defected from the PsyNet, Psy Councilor Ming LaBon took Katya. Everyone thought she’d perished in the explosion that took out Ashaya’s lab, but in truth for months Ming tortured Katya, breaking her completely and reprogramming her brain. If only she could remember what happened to her, or how she came to be on Dev’s doorstep.
Katya wakes up in Dev’s arms, with no memories of her past or how she got there. Her mind is fractured and she’s terrified, but Dev calms her. Even as she realizes he’s a threat, she can’t help but feel safe with him. Dev is suspicious of Katya and her motives, but he soon realizes she’s truly broken. Though he knows there’s a strong possibility she’s been sent to kill him – why would she be left alive otherwise? – he can’t walk away from her. Even though he knows he may have to eliminate her in order to save the innocent children he’s sworn to protect.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Dev and Katya, since they were on separate sides. As a Psy who was connected to the PsyNet, Katya presented a good amount of danger to Dev and his foundation. With Ming’s torture, she was even more of a security risk than others, since they had no way of knowing what hidden compulsions he’d planted, or if he had access to her mind any time he liked.
Katya’s growth throughout the book was tremendous and I found that I liked her quite a bit. She fought to retain her sense of self, even after months of torture at the hands of a madman. Her mind was no longer the safe haven it should have been, but she didn’t give up to the overwhelming despair and terror she felt upon first waking without her memory.
Dev mostly frustrated me. The way he blew hot and cold with Katya – one minute snuggling her and keeping her terror at bay, then turning on her and threatening to lock her in a cage the next – was hard to take at times. I understood his need to protect the children from his foundation, but he tended toward cruel, even after it became clear Katya was an innocent victim. However, I felt like he was redeemed during the last quarter of the book.
Which, speaking of, really got to me.The conflict was especially interesting. I cried so much during one chapter I had to put the book down and take a break. Even now I tear up thinking about it. I like that there wasn’t an easy resolution. I also like the direction the overall story progression is headed. The Psy are headed toward a civil war, and some factions are determined to take the other races with them.
Though Dev frustrated me, the world, conflict and overall story arc really pulled me in. Even when I was so angry I could spit, I couldn’t put it down.
I read this book right before the movie came out in theaters because, well, that’s just something that I like to do. I finished the book and thought iI read this book right before the movie came out in theaters because, well, that’s just something that I like to do. I finished the book and thought it was pretty good. The difference between the movie and the book was that the movie focused more on the label DUFF than I thought the book did. The book, to me, was more of a contemporary YA romance between Wes Rush and Bianca Piper and that’s fine. I enjoyed their romance.
So this book follows Bianca Piper as she tries to deal with problems at home. Mainly, her Mom being away for a long time and her Dad struggling with trying to stay sober when the love of his life (her Mom) wants a divorce. Bianca isn’t equipped to deal with her Dad’s alcohol issues and what she feels at first as her Mom’s abandonment so to escape her problems, she jumps into a f*ck buddy relationship with the school man-slut, Wesley Rush. The guy that called her, The DUFF.
I call it a f*ck buddy relationship and not a friends with benefits relationship because Bianca HATES Wes. She hates that he’s a man-whore and she hates pretty much everything about him but when she kisses him and then continues to kiss him and then sex him, it allows her to escape everything that waits for her at home. So she does him every chance that she can and in between all of the sex (there’s a lot of sex in this contemporary YA book), they get to know each other and as much as Bianca wants to fight it, she develops feelings for Wesley and that screws her all up because her real crush, the guy that she absolutely loves? Toby Tucker? Yeah, he starts showing interest in her.
For a DUFF, she sure did get a lot of action in this book. Ha.
This book was well written and it was mature (what with all of the casual sex being had throughout the book) but still a lot of fun. Bianca was a great main character with a very likable voice (even when she was getting on my nerves) and I thought that Wes was a total dick but he completely grew on me as the story wore on. It was a quick read and it was a lot of fun too. I liked it but if you watched the movie and want to read the book, don’t expect the same story because you aren’t going to get it.
Book 3 in the Psy-Changeling series is Clay Bennett’s book. I’m not going to get into what this story was about since Holly has already reviewed thisBook 3 in the Psy-Changeling series is Clay Bennett’s book. I’m not going to get into what this story was about since Holly has already reviewed this book and because we’re reading the same books, it starts to get repetitive. So this is a friends to love (with a whole lot of drama in between) story and Nalini Singh worked her magic because even though Tally got on my hot damn nerves, I still enjoyed this book.
Trust me when I say that Tally got on my hot damn nerves. I had to put this book down a few times because Tally did or said something that made me want to throat punch her but I’m so glad that I stuck with this book because I ended up liking the book and not hating Tally.
I thought the story of the human teenagers disappearing was interesting and I was hoping and praying for the safe return of Tally’s boy, Jon. I really liked the way that this story introduced the next story and am really impressed with Singh’s ability to keep the party going. I’m a huge fan of character development and I thought that Singh did a great job of keeping me interested in Tally even though I didn’t really care for her character.
I really enjoyed getting to know Clay better and I loved seeing the bonds that he created with his packmates, especially after learning of his life before he became pack. He went from being a lone cat to being part of a family and I loved that DarkRiver accepted him the way that he was and didn’t force him to change his personality to fit in.
I’m really liking both the DarkRiver and the SnowDancer packs. Each pack is full of interesting characters that keeps me looking forward to even more from this series. When I was reading this book, I couldn’t wait to dig into Dorian’s book. I was very interested in seeing Ashaya Aleine’s character being fleshed out.
The main storyline in this book that brought the humans and the Psy’s and the Changelings together opened up the playing field for so much more and I thought Singh did a great job of dangling other stories in this one. I liked that we’re meeting other people from different races and just making the world even bigger without confusing the heck out of me.
I’m a fan of this world and this series and I liked this book. I thought the romance between Clay and Tally warmed up as I got deeper and deeper into the story. Seeing DarkRiver open their arms to everyone’s mate, no matter what race they are made me happy.
This book wasn’t my favorite book in the series but it was still good.
Lauren is upset about her New Year’s Eve plans – to say the least. She’s been dating a guy named Keith for about 6 months and right before he was suppLauren is upset about her New Year’s Eve plans – to say the least. She’s been dating a guy named Keith for about 6 months and right before he was supposed to pick her up for NYE and then a weekend away he calls to say he’s getting back together with his ex. Ok, not a great way to start the new year. She wasn’t too into Keith but it’s still a bummer that she has to spend NYE alone.
Lauren drives around because she wants a drink and all of her friends are out having fun with their dates. She ends up at a biker type bar called Sully’s and ends up meeting the owner of the bar, Jackson Sullivan.
Now Jackson is a bit Alpha. He knows what he wants and he’s not afraid to go after it. He decides he wants Lauren which would be great for her except she’s trying to follow her Mama’s rules and settle down with a nice guy – not a tattooed hottie that would send her mother into fits. She gives in to Jackson almost immediately they spend the night together and soon they’re off at the beach having a weekend together. It happened fast – speed of light fast – but Lauren finds that even though Jackson isn’t what she was looking for he may just be what she needs.
Rule Breaker is sweet sexy read. Jackson is definitely a guy who isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind. You could tell that he truly cared for Lauren throughout the story even though we didn’t get all that much of their story. The book is told in segments – the first meeting and weekend then 4 weeks later then 4 weeks later and then an epilogue. It was a little disconcerting because we didn’t get too deeply into Jax and Lauren’s relationship but what we did get was quite good. I loved the way Jackson stood up for Lauren against everyone – even her parents.
Lauren was strong enough to handle Jackson but I she definitely had some self-confidence issues. Jax helped her with those as well and made others see how great she was as well. I was quite happy when she decided to not follow her Mama’s rules as it was much more fun to be the rebel. :)
Overall a good story that I really enjoyed. This is Kincaid’s first book and I look forward to reading others from her in the future.
Robert is so excited to be back in England. He’s had a rough six years and the only thing he can think of doing is getting back to the woman he loves,Robert is so excited to be back in England. He’s had a rough six years and the only thing he can think of doing is getting back to the woman he loves, Phoebe Tremont. When he arrives at her house, however, it’s to find a party going on and he soon finds out that it’s Phoebe’s engagement party. He’s not thrilled, to say the least.
When Phoebe sees Robert she thinks she’s hallucinating or dreaming. She was told that Robert had been killed when his ship sank and she’s mourned him for years. Now that he’s back she’s not sure how she feels. She’s supposed to marry her French aristocrat, Aristide, but she still loves Robert.
Unfortunately Robert shrugs off his absence and getting no word to her as no big deal and Phoebe doesn’t take that well. As much as she loves Robert she feels like he’s played with her feelings and she’s done with him, or is she? Robert’s making it impossible to forget him and the more he tries the weaker Phoebe gets in her resolve.
This was a sweet love story that had mostly to do with broken trust between two people who loved each other deeply. Robert, being a man, couldn’t come out and tell her the truth about what had happened to him while he had been away as he was ashamed of what had happened and that he felt less than a man. He was afraid that Phoebe would see it that way as well so he didn’t tell her the truth and it caused a huge rift. He was determined to get her to trust him again and to win her back but I have to say that some of the ways he tried were so ridiculous I can’t even believe he tried them!
Phoebe was a sweet girl but I really wanted her to break off her engagement to Aristide the minute that Robert got back. She didn’t and it tortured Robert horribly. He’d been through so much (although she had no idea about that) and I just wanted her to treat him well, which she didn’t until the truth came out. Despite that I thought it was a good love story and was told well. I was engaged throughout and was definitely satisfied with the HEA at the end.
I’ve been on a shifter kick lately, so when I saw this on NetGalley I requested it right away.
This is the second book in the series. I didn’t read theI’ve been on a shifter kick lately, so when I saw this on NetGalley I requested it right away.
This is the second book in the series. I didn’t read the first book and I feel like I missed a lot by having skipped it. I would recommend reading them in order.
I liked the world and the basic premise. Fated mates can be great or terrible, but I thought the concept here was interesting. They’re meant to be mates, but they have to accept each other for the claim to stick.
The execution lacked a bit of finesse. Mostly the heroine was stubborn and made bad decisions based on assumptions and emotion, rather than fact or logic. She spent the majority of the book being angry at the hero for something he didn’t do, while putting herself and her young charge in danger. While I understood her need for independence and her desire to have a mate who cared for her for her, not just because she needed to be taken care of, I thought she took things too far. Especially since she decided she was ready to move past her fears and let the mating progress, but still held her silence for days.
I liked that the hero was in love with the heroine right from the start, and he didn’t question his desire for them to be together. Though I did wonder at his quickness to pull away from her. He felt rejected, which is never an easy thing to get past, but he didn’t pursue the relationship like I expected him to since he was a) alpha and b) in love.
I also struggled a bit with the writing itself. It was choppy and I never really engaged with the author’s voice. The choppiness of the writing may have attributed to my confusion over the way both characters acted.
Enough interested me that I may try another book – either the first one in the series or the next book. I liked the premise and I have a feeling if I go back and read book one, some of the actions in this book will make more sense.
I have been a big fan of Paula Graves’ Harlequin Intrigue series for a while. I say singular “series” because even though they technically have differI have been a big fan of Paula Graves’ Harlequin Intrigue series for a while. I say singular “series” because even though they technically have different series titles (Cooper, Cooper Security, Bitterwood P.D., etc) they loosely connect and read like one long, meandering chain of stories. (You don’t *have* to read them all in order though–there are connections but you can easily follow each book alone.) I was excited to review Deception Lake because while I’ve been reading these books for a while, I haven’t reviewed any here, and I figured this was a great time to share my love for Graves and these books. While I still think suspense fans should try Graves, I regrettably didn’t enjoy this book much.
I’m actually going to keep the summary to a minimum because it’s tough to say much without spoiling. Basically, the hero, Jack Drummond, is an newly sober ex rodeo cowboy who bumps into an old girlfriend he misused, Mara Jennings. He wants to make things right with her now, but she dismisses him. When he follows her to try and make amends, he interrupts some people trying to hurt her, and they both end up on the run trying to figure out who is after her and why.
I honestly didn’t much like either Jack or Mara. Jack is trying to do the right thing and atone for his past sins, but he doesn’t have much depth to him, and he basically stalks Mara and forces himself into her situation. It was hard to determine his motivation, other than perhaps guilt at his past behavior. Plus he has no business going on the run with Mara–he’s a cowboy and knows nothing about cloak and dagger stuff. I found Mara downright unlikable, too. She’s mean and dishonest, and she has an immature “I’ll do it myself” attitude in the face of forces clearly more powerful than herself.
I didn’t get any chemistry between Jack and Mara, either. They argue, but it didn’t feel like witty banter to me, just tense disagreement. There’s no sex and little sizzle. In fact, there’s not been any sex in the few recent books I’ve read in the series (there were in earlier ones!), but until this book I’ve never felt like the sex was missing because the suspense aspect makes sexy opportunities scarce. But here, it seemed like a gap. Mara tries to seduce Jack several times, and the two are stuck alone in a hotel room for much of the book with nothing to do. It seemed out of character for both of them NOT to have sex. I never really bought into them as a couple. Add in a plot that seemed kind of far-fetched, and this one mostly lost me.
Don’t let this book dissuade you, though! I actually started reading the series sort of in the middle, with the Cooper Security books. I haven’t yet gone back to read everything that came before that or all of the new Gates spin off, but I can say that the Security books were awesome, and I enjoyed most of the Bitterwood P.D. that came after, too. There are plenty of strong heroines with cool jobs like CIA and FBI agents, police detectives, etc. They’re set in the south, and Graves clearly knows and loves the land because the books have a strong sense of place. If you like romantic suspense, especially the style of short action-packed stories Intrigue is good at, go check out the earlier Graves titles. Just don’t start with Deception Lake.
Candy is a nurse in the ER. She’s getting over her recent fling with Gerry, a head nurse in the ER, and is looking forward to a vacation that she bookCandy is a nurse in the ER. She’s getting over her recent fling with Gerry, a head nurse in the ER, and is looking forward to a vacation that she booked – she’ll leave in 2 weeks. In that time, however, she needs to work extra shifts to earn money and some of those shifts will be in the geriatric floor.
One day in the ER she meets Steele (as he refers to himself). His name is Dr. Guy Steele and he’s just a temporary doctor in the ER and geriatrics. There is an instant attraction between Steele and Candy and soon they’re going out for coffee and much, much more. The sex turns into feelings that neither expected to have for the other and neither of them quite knows what to do with it all. When Candy finds out that she’s pregnant with Gerry’s twins she’s shocked and doesn’t quite know what to do – especially when a tragedy in her life strikes. She ends up pushing Steele away as she knows he can’t possibly want her any longer while she’s carrying another man’s babies. Steele is a different kind of man though and he doesn’t necessarily look at the twins as a bad thing – he just needs to convince Candy to keep him in her life. This was a very sweet and cute romance. I really liked the relationship between Steele and Candy. They knew what they wanted and they went after it. I was a little upset at Candy for pushing Steele away after the revelation of the twins and the tragedy that’s revealed but I understood she was in a weird and difficult place. I thought Steele handled it really well and I loved his character.
There was a secondary character in this story that I loved as well and that was Macey Anderson. She was a patient on the geriatric floor and I just adored her personality. She added so much to this story and helped both Candy and Steele in their time of need. I also loved how Steele dealt with Macey’s personal family issues that were revealed. This part of the story was just such a nice addition!
If you want a very quick but delightful read then this is a great one to choose.
Dee is the type of girl who loves getting guys to want her and then she leaves them in the dust. Deep down she’s afraid to love after seeing the way iDee is the type of girl who loves getting guys to want her and then she leaves them in the dust. Deep down she’s afraid to love after seeing the way it devastated her father when her mother left them. This is exactly what she plans on doing with Joel when she meets him but it doesn’t work out the way she thought it would.
Whenever Dee and Joel are out at night he starts with a girl on his arm and she tries her damndest to make him jealous and get his attention. They always leave together and have awesome sex but that’s as far as it goes until one night when one of the guys Dee is “playing” with first takes things too far. From that point on Joel and Dee’s relationship changes but as much fun as she has with Joel she states that she doesn’t want it to get deeper – only she really does. When things get too heavy between the two Dee must decide whether she’s going to let her head or her heart decide the future.
When I read Mayhem and loved it so much I immediately went and purchased Riot. Then I let it sit there for about a week unread because I was scared I wasn’t going to like it as much as book one! Silly me. Of course I liked it as much!
Joel and Dee’s story, as you might expect, is very different from Adam and Rowan’s story in Mayhem because they’re extremely different people. Obviously this author knows her characters well because she didn’t try to make Joel or Dee anything they weren’t or try to make their relationship similar to A & R’s. Riot was not a dark story but definitely had more darkness and grit then Mayhem and I liked that. That’s what it needed to make it work and Shaw pulled it off.
In this story Joel is a hard rocker and a wonderful guy. He knows what he does and doesn’t want and he’s not afraid to speak his mind. I loved his personality and he had a great sense of humor. He was very good to Dee up until she had a bit of a meltdown, but even then I couldn’t blame him for his actions. Oh, and did I mention that he was hot? So very hot. lol Dee frustrated the hell out of me at times during the book but frankly I thought she had a really great heart. Once you were in her circle of friends she treated you like gold and I liked that about her. I loved her relationship with her dad and having that kind of bond with a parent, in my book, is something to be admired. I can’t say that I agreed with all of her actions throughout the book but I could see her point of view so I understood where she was coming from. She also made me laugh out loud a couple of times with her inner thoughts. Seriously funny.
In the end I found Riot to be a really great read and I absolutely recommend it. I can’t wait for the next book, Chaos, to release so I can gobble that up as well. I definitely won’t let it sit on my ereader for a week after I purchase it! :)
For years Ezra lived the high life of a rock star; partying it up, going crazy and eventually drowning in addiction. He’s been clean for years, but heFor years Ezra lived the high life of a rock star; partying it up, going crazy and eventually drowning in addiction. He’s been clean for years, but he still struggles with his demons. Though he still makes music with his brothers, he no longer tours with them, or does live shows. He spends his time working the family ranch and writing music. He isn’t looking for a relationship, but he lure of his sister-in-law’s best friend is more than he can resist. Tuesday is the whole package: strong, independent and so sexy he can barely breathe around her. But Ezra has battled addiction in the past and the last thing he wants is to develop another – even one as sexy as she is.
Tuesday had it all once, until tragedy struck and she was left empty and alone. For years she wandered, unable and unwilling to put down roots. Finally she’s made peace with her past, and has settled in Hood River, close to her best friends from college. She’s happy to create jewelry and have casual sex, but she isn’t interested in anything deeper. Ezra is the perfect guy for a fling, except that he’s now related to her best friend through marriage – and she wants him a little more than she should. She doesn’t want to risk her heart, especially on a sexy rocker who has more baggage than she does.
But their chemistry is hard to deny, and they end up forming a friendship despite their intentions. Which is fine, until they start to realize friendship is only the beginning.
I know I say this all the time, but Dane writes the best heroines. They’re strong and capable and have their own lives and thoughts independent of the hero. Tuesday knows her own mind, and refuses to bend for Ezra or anyone else. She can compromise, but she isn’t willing to change herself for anyone. I admired her strength and determination a great deal, especially given her past. She could easily have brushed aside her feelings for Ezra in order to protect herself, but instead she faced them head on. Hell, she faced everything head on.
Ezra’s darkness could have consumed him, but he made it out. He still feels tremendous guilt over his past actions, and harbors a healthy fear of falling back into old habits. Once an addict always an addict, right? He denies himself the things he wants most, so they don’t become addictions. Which includes a relationship with Tuesday. I think for all the healing he did, and all the progress he made in his recovery, he was still broken. He’d gotten clean, but he hadn’t taken the next step in reclaiming his life. That could have been painful or frustrating, but it was hard not to understand where he was coming from. Especially given his previous plummet to rock bottom.
Tuesday and Ezra both had strong support systems. The Hurley family is close, and though Ezra’s brothers frustrated him, they always had his back. Tuesday’s biological family wasn’t close in proximity, but her roommates from college were her best friends, and they were family just as much as her biological ones. I loved how tight they all were, and how quick to jump on – or in front of – one another when needed.
I’m really loving these Hurley boys. Ezra was pretty damaged, but I think Tuesday did a good job of putting him back together. I love how fierce and confident she was, and how strong he was despite his darkness. They suited each other well.
Skyler was in an abusive relationship but managed to get out of it and is now moving in with her brother who is an up and coming Hollywood agent. HisSkyler was in an abusive relationship but managed to get out of it and is now moving in with her brother who is an up and coming Hollywood agent. His roommate is Blake who is a model/actor who seems to be doing alright for himself. When Skyler moves in the one thing that her brother, Josh, asks of her is not to get involved with Blake. He says the same to Blake and they all agree. The problem is…Blake and Skye are incredibly attracted to each other. They get along great (after a rocky start) but know they’re supposed to stay away from each other.
While that sexual tension is hopping with those two, Skyler is also dealing with her abusive ex who she believes she still loves – even though she knows he’s bad for her. From what the book said she had been with him for 2 years but the last 6 months she had put up with the physical and emotional abuse (it doesn’t say how long they it had been since they’d broken up). On top of that she has her study partner Rich who is an East coast guy going to school in sunny So Cal. Rich wants to date Skyler but she consistently says no because she believes he’s still hung up on his bitch of an ex-girlfriend and does continue to sleep with her on occasion.
One thing leads to another and Skye and Blake end up in bed together – agreeing that it will be a purely friends-with-benefits kind of thing and that neither will get attached. They do say that sex makes people closer so soon Blake and Skye are finding that they’re not as detached as either believe they are.
This book had a very good premise and one that I think could have worked well if executed properly. Unfortunately there were many things about this story that didn’t work for me and they just seemed to keep piling on the longer I read.
My main issue was with Skyler. She was incredibly immature and while she was book smart (she planned on being a doctor) her common sense was in short, short supply. She acted ridiculous at times – more like a high schooler than a senior at UCLA, flew off the handle and jumped to conclusions when things could have easily been figured out with a little communication, and frankly she had no idea what she wanted when it came to men or a relationship. One minute she was all about Blake and the next she’s crying over her ex and then she’s wondering about Rich and I couldn’t quite keep up with her. Then when I think she’s finally decided on Blake she asks Rich out and seems all happy about it. Make a decision already!
Blake seemed like a good guy. He was definitely the best part of the story, imho. He ended up being a reformed man-whore which is always a good thing. The reformed part, that is. lol Unfortunately we really knew nothing about Blake even by the end of the book. He was a man of few words and even when Skyler was trying to get to know him he never came out and told her. We knew where he was from and that he valued family above all else and…yeah, that’s it.
The brother, Josh, got little page time but my biggest beef with him was that he laid down the law about Blake when Skyler moved in but never told her why. He had his reasons, obviously, but until he went bonkers at the end of the book we had no idea what those were. This guy was supposedly his best friend but frankly he never ever spoke well of him. I couldn’t figure out their relationship or how they ever became best friends – or friends at all for that matter.
Tucker was Skyler’s gay best friend and co-worker and he was a bright star in this story. He was fun and friendly and he was there for Skye when she needed him – always a plus.
The characters needed to be fleshed out and frankly a lot stronger than they were. When it came to the romance I didn’t believe it for a minute. I believed that Blake loved Skye but honestly I think it was gonna be years before Skye knew what the hell she wanted. When she said I love you to Blake I just rolled my eyes and kept reading. I mean, even she wasn’t sure that’s what she felt, why would I as the reader be expected to believe it? IDK.
In the end I found the sex scenes to be hot and the time Blake and Skye spent in bed fun and sometimes funny. Other than that it was just an ok read.
When Army Ranger Thane’s helicopter starts going down, he knows he and his whole team are going to die. He isn’t wrong. But it turns out death is justWhen Army Ranger Thane’s helicopter starts going down, he knows he and his whole team are going to die. He isn’t wrong. But it turns out death is just the beginning. The entire team is offered a deal they can’t refuse; Die now or live forever as immortal time-jumpers who are sent out on missions to stop bad guys. They won’t be able to make lasting connections, but they’ll be saving the world. None of them thought very hard before accepting.
5 years later Thane meets Celine at a show they’re playing. He’s immediately drawn to her and decides he has to have her. But Celine isn’t the usual groupie. She’s been hurt, badly, by the death of her fiance a year before and still isn’t recovered. He wants her, but he also wants to heal her. They end up spending a night together and connect deeper than Thane ever expected…but the side effect of his time-jumping is that no one remembers him as soon as he moves forward in time. When he gets called out on a new mission the next morning, Celine’s memories of him disappear.
I’m not going to lie, the premise intrigued me and scared me at the same time. With a time – jumping rock star solider it could have been terrible, but the author made it work. I bought into the premise behind it and got caught up in the story. Unfortunately it felt half-formed. There was a lot going on and too much wasn’t explained. This may be the introduction to a series, but at 80 pages it frustrated more than intrigued.
Thane’s background – including a fiance that may? have broken up with him – was eluded to, but not explored. The plot they have to foil to stop a chemical bioagent from being released onto the world – which was the mission he got called away from her for – could have been interesting, but it was just kind of brushed aside in favor of a resolution between Celine and Thane. Which really wasn’t much of a resolution at all.
I would be interested in reading a full-length story about the same couple, but I’m on the fence about starting a book set in the same world featuring a new couple. I liked the author’s voice, but there were too many threads left unraveled for this to truly satisfy. I couldn’t find any information about future releases, so I have no idea what the author has in mind. I’m reserving judgement until I see what comes next.
When Nicole was eight years old there was a vampire uprising (vampires are slaves/servants in her world) and she was attacked. Her parents were killedWhen Nicole was eight years old there was a vampire uprising (vampires are slaves/servants in her world) and she was attacked. Her parents were killed but she survived and was then sent to live with a relative in Paris. She became a scientist and is an expert on vampire physiology. When she hit age 28 she was forced back to Seattle and into the CEO position for her family business called Daedalus. The company is legitimate but there’s a darker side to it that Nicole and the general public has no knowledge of.
Riker is a made vampire and part of the Moonbound Clan. When a midwife is taken and held at a Daedalus facility Riker kidnaps Nicole so that he can force her to free the woman. Riker is incredibly attracted to Nicole even though he believes he hates her. Nicole hates Riker as she believes that he killed her vampire nanny – Riker’s mate – 20 years earlier.
While Nicole is held at the Moonbound Clan lair she starts to see vampires in a completely new light and one she actually likes. She beats her fear of vampires and ends up helping them try to get the midwife back. Unfortunately there are people that Nicole though she could trust that betray her and soon she becoming everything she thought she hated.
I haven’t read a vampire novel in a good long time that I liked as much as I did this book. I loved the world that Ione created here as it’s so different from anything I’ve read before. The vampires as the oppressed people, working as servants and slaves – defanged and “trained” to be calm and non-threatening – it all made for some good reading.
Nicole was a great heroine. I completely understood her fear of vampires after what she went through as a child. I liked how the author didn’t make her immediately feel comfortable or safe within the lair. She was still scared throughout most of the book and for me it was more realistic that way.
Riker was a man who had issues but they were understandable. He was a good guy with a good heart but was a bit belligerent about quite a few things. He fought himself when it came to Nicole but eventually caved to the attraction and that ended up working in his favor as she became his mate.
The story, the world-building, the secondary characters (who played a big role in the story) and the romance were all so good. When I finished this book I immediately picked up book two as it was that good. Even if you’re not normally a fan of, or have been burned out on, vampires I recommend you pick this one up.
Clint is having a horrible day for so many different reasons. He ends up at his ex’s engagement part to a woman (yes, you read that correctly) and endClint is having a horrible day for so many different reasons. He ends up at his ex’s engagement part to a woman (yes, you read that correctly) and ends up getting really drunk. He is saved from driving himself home by Hawk Black, the town’s Deputy Mayor. Hawk takes Clint to his house, feeds him and then lets him know in no uncertain terms exactly what he’s going to do to Clint once he gets his clothes off.
Hawk has been waiting for the right time to finally be with Clint and now is his chance. He’s been in love with the guy for months but now he just needs to get Clint to feel the same way.
Jumping In is a short novella about realizing your fears and getting past them. Clint had pretty much closed himself off from feelings – even though he believed he was open-hearted. He was upset about his ex but when he thought about it he wasn’t too torn up. Once Hawk makes his move and starts talking to Clint about his feelings for him Clint had to sit back and analyze a few thoughts and feelings. It wasn’t too too deep (and sometimes a bit cheesy) but enough to make the story work. His love for Hawk went from lust to love pretty quickly but there it is.
Hawk moved really quickly once he got Clint in his hands and it seemed a bit abrupt but once he explained how long he’d been waiting it didn’t seem quite as fast as I previously thought.
The story is cute and fun way to spend a little time. If you want a quick fun story to past the time this one will work for you.
**spoiler alert** Warning: This review contains spoilers!
Holly: I think the blurb outlines the story pretty well, so there’s no need to recap.
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Holly: I think the blurb outlines the story pretty well, so there’s no need to recap.
I’ve been in a weird contemporary funk lately, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to read this book when I started it. I’m really glad I gave it at try, though, since it ended up being really good.
Rowena: I think I was getting close to burning out on paranormals so I took a break from them and picked up some contemporary NA. This one came up and I was so glad that I picked it up because Bowen delivered another story that I fell into so easily.
Holly: I really like that we got a glimpse of who Hank was prior to his accident, then watched him try to rebuild (but mostly wallow) after. I have to say, I cringed when he hit the halfpipe. My back hurt in sympathy.
Rowena: I’m with you on being glad to see Hank before the accident. To get that glimpse into the person he was BEFORE the accident. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Hank is explaining the person he was before the accident to Callie. When he was trying to explain to her why she would have been on his radar back then. His explanation made me swoon a little. I really liked how both him and Callie tackled their issues….by just living through them.
Holly: I liked his reasons for not remembering Callie. It showed a lot more depth than I expected based on his reaction when he first met her. Though I’m not surprised Callie read the situation wrong since she was so hard on herself. I thought his reaction to having sex (and maybe not being able to) as well. That really rang true for me.
Rowena: I also really liked his reasons for not remembering Callie. I liked that whole speech he gave her and how straight up he was with Callie. There was no trying to sooth Callie’s hurt feelings or smooth things over. He was up front about everything with her. Damn, I feel like I’m making a list. I love this and this and this and this…but anyway, I also really liked every time Hank tried to get jiggy with Callie. He was a big time flirt and I loved it.
Holly: I like that Hank worked things out for himself – his new normal, I mean. No one guided him through, he just realized things on his own. I liked how dirty he was, too. Trying to seduce Callie in the therapy pool and stuff. Good on him.
Rowena: I thought it was super cute how excited he was after the first time they had sex. His reaction to all of that was priceless.
Sarina Bowen did such a great job of showing how hard things got for Hank both physically and mentally after he was injured. Seeing him go through physical therapy and enter the program with no real desire to be apart of it. I was right there with him through it all and I fell in love with him a little more with each passing page.
The thing about Hank was the wheelchair didn’t define him. He was still Hank, just a different version of himself and I loved seeing him come to terms with that. I loved seeing him going after what he wanted (Callie) like a man because too many people looked at him like he was less and he really wasn’t.
Holly: That was my favorite part of the book; Hank realizing he was more than his chair. I really loved that he decided to accept his new situation, and work with what he had.
Rowena: I also really liked Callie. She was just all around great.
Holly: I liked Callie, but I didn’t really understand why she had the issues she did. Okay, she was too busy studying to really have a social life. I get that. But still, her self-confidence is not what I thought it would be based on her age and profession.
Rowena: Hmm, I never thought about that but you’re right. Why did Callie have the hang ups that she did? Because Hank didn’t remember the first time they met? Or was it solely because of her douche of an ex? Which, kudos to Bowen for giving him what he deserves. Remember when Sherrilyn Kenyon used to make the douche exes suffer at the hands of the new guy? Ha, oh man I loved those…and I loved that Bowen made sure we saw that Peter (that was his name, right?) didn’t get off easy.
Holly: Ha! Those were my favorite scenes in Kenyon’s books. I love it when the exes get their comeuppance. I like that Nathan (that’s the ex’s name, not Peter) got his in the end, too. Served him right. That’s another thing..how was he having a midlife crisis at 30? He’s a doctor, FCOL. He’d have just barely been out of med school. Makes no sense.
I loved her sense of humor, though. She had some of the best zingers. I also liked that she stood up for Hank right from the beginning.
Rowena: I think what I liked most about Callie, outside of her humor, was the way that Hank was just a man to her. She never treated him as anything other than a man.
Holly: I agree, Hank was just a man to Callie. I like that her eyes were opened to the ways people in wheelchairs are treated, but for her they were just people like everyone else. It wasn’t like she was trying too hard or faking it, either. For her, it just didn’t matter.
Rowena: You know what I didn’t like? Bear (Hank’s best friend) bringing Hank’s ex over. WTF was that about?
Holly: Okay, at first I was super pissed at Bear for bringing Hank’s ex, too. But then I thought about it a little. He wanted to be a serious filmmaker and he was offered the opportunity to shoot a tourism video for the state of Vermont, which was a paying job. Hank’s ex was an athlete and I’m assuming the state hired her, too. So he probably didn’t have a choice. He could have given Hank a heads up, but I’m sure he figured Hank would hide if he knew, so I forgave him for that. I also forgave him for bringing he over to Hank’s house with him because 1) he wanted Hank to see he wasn’t missing anything (which he wasn’t) and 2) he said he couldn’t take anymore of her on his own (which I believed…she was a piece of work). In the end, he did Hank a favor. Hank was hung up on her, not because of her, I don’t think, but because she represented his old life. Plus, as he said, he’d forgotten all the bad about her and was wallowing about losing such a great girl. Which, hello…no.
Rowena: Bear had a choice. He could have told the ex, hell I’m terrible with names today because I can’t remember Hank’s ex’s name either. And haha, now I remember Callie’s ex was Nathan so thanks for that, that she was on her own for the night. He didn’t have to bring her at all but you are right that bringing her did Hank a favor in letting him see for himself that he wasn’t missing out on anything. I liked that he was mad at Bear for bringing her over not because he was still hung up on her but because it chased Callie away.
Holly: I agree that Bear had a choice, but he didn’t know about Callie. He watched his friend brood and mope for close to a year over a girl who wasn’t worth it – so he decided to do something about it. Was it cool? No. But I get his heart was in the right place. But yeah, I love that Hank was worried about Callie disappearing more than anything else.
Rowena: When Bear brought over the ex, it wasn’t Callie that I was initially pissed off about. It was Hank. Hank was going through some major emotional drama and I was pissed that Bear brought his past right back into his world. I got over that when I realized that it was exactly what Hank needed but at first? I wanted to punch Bear in his stupid bearded face.
Holly: I get what you’re saying. I was pissed at first, too. I just got over it as soon as I realized what his motivation was.
Holly: Can I be shallow for a minute? Hank has got to be one of the least sexy names, ever. It makes me think of someone blowing their nose.
Rowena: LOL, I hear you about Hank especially because that’s my brother’s name and even he hates it.
Holly: OMG, how hilarious was the end? I totally cracked up when Callie was like “Did you have to jump it!” and then on screen he was like “Yes, I had to.” Ha!
Rowena: The ending was great too. That whole thing with the movie and Hank’s thing at the end was all icing on an already great cake.
I’m really looking forward to reading the other books in this series. I’m going to dig into Dane and Willow’s story once I finish with the book that I’m reading right now. I can’t wait!
Holly: I’m really looking forward to the other books, too. I started Dane and Willow’s book. It’s early yet, but I’m already enjoying it.
Rowena: Overall, this book was great. I thought the pacing of the romance between Hank and Callie was good and the actual romance between the two was sweet. The set up for Bear and Stella’s book was done well too and it’s that book that I’m mostly looking forward to.
Grade: 4.0 out of 5
Holly: I was bothered by Callie’s self-esteem issues and a few other minor things, but overall I really enjoyed this, too. Their romance was sweet and I really liked Hank’s personal journey.
Grade: 3.75 out of 5 Holly’s Grade: 3.75 Rowena’s Grade: 4.0...more