Yeah, yeah, I'm a Hugh fan of Tess Oliver; but, that doesn't diminish the truth in my words. Take my word for it when I say, "Nix & Scotlyn" is aYeah, yeah, I'm a Hugh fan of Tess Oliver; but, that doesn't diminish the truth in my words. Take my word for it when I say, "Nix & Scotlyn" is a perfect and welcome addition to the Custom Culture series.
First let me say that sometimes men can be such idiots as evidenced by Nix's behavior when is proposal to Scotlyn is interrupted by news that Nana has passed away. Instead of bringing the couple closer together the tragic loss seems to send them into a spiraling vortex of miscommunication. A couple once known as an example for others and who never really argued now faces their greatest challenge yet. Oh I failed to mention that there is the addition of a shameless hussy who works for Nix at Freefall who is bound and determined to cause problems in somebody's relationship. It's just a terribly wondrous thing I couldn't jump through the pages and bitch slap her into next year.
One of the things I loved most about this book was that although the main story is centered around Nix & Scotlyn, we the fans get a chance to experience snippets of the drama between the other wonderful characters like Taylor and Clutch etc. Even Nicky King has a cameo appearance. Trust me when I say there is plenty of drama in this little gem.
For those of you who haven't experienced the world created by Tess Oliver,the Custom Culture series is a great way to become acquainted. Start with "Freefall" and go from there. You won't regret it....more
(3.5 Stars) "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" is another great installment in the Niki Slobodian series. This time, Niki must come to gripes with he(3.5 Stars) "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" is another great installment in the Niki Slobodian series. This time, Niki must come to gripes with her everchanging feelings for various people in her life: Natalie, Sam, Stasha, and Eli.
Initially, Niki learns the cruel hard facts about Natalie. She is in the middle of a war initiated by the scheming of the archangel, Michael.In order the same the world, Niki will have to reach deep inside her self and come to gripes with her ever emerging powers and in all truthfullness, they are as scary as hell. With Sam by her side she is also forced to face facts about her godmother, Sofi. The love between the two of them is amazing.
As Niki enters the battle she must go to hell in search of Lucifer with the purpose of rallying his support. Unfortunately, Lucifer has been hiding out in an area that has mentally left him a couple of fries short of a happy meal. In her search for him we get a glimpse into the new life of Eli and he has definitely changed.
As the battle wages on, angels, demons and humans will die and Niki at times it feels as though Niki will implode with all of the sadness surrounding her. There is plenty of action, intrigue, surprises and sadness to go around. Unfortunately, the totally dire nature of this read was at times a little too depressing for me. I felt the book needed a little comedic levity. Yet overall, it was a nice addition to the series. I can't wait to see what is yet in store for Niki. She is one hell of a herione!...more
After reading book one of the Niki Slobodian series I wasn't sure if I would go on to book two. While I enjoy the first book, it was a bit mediocre toAfter reading book one of the Niki Slobodian series I wasn't sure if I would go on to book two. While I enjoy the first book, it was a bit mediocre to me. However, after seeing several high ratings and glowing reviews from some of my Goodreads friends I wisely decided to read "The Devil is a Gentleman."
Our story begins with Niki being visited by none other than Councilman Frank Bradley, the man responsible for starting the legislation requiring all Abnormals to register with the government and basically strip them of their rights. He is unkempt and looking like something the cat just drug in. He begs Niki for her help right before he starts ranting about Klingon his mistress, angels and blood. When he attacked 's Niki, she puts three bullets in his heart but it doesn't stop him from running off in the night.
As Niki attempts to get a handle on what is going on she discovers a secret society that is feared by those aware of their existence. They are distributing a highly mind and physically altering drug called Angelwine and they want Niki dead. Nokia is not one to run away from a fight but this time, she will come face to face with family secrets, and the possible realization that her father is not such a bad guy after all. She will also have to deal with her feelings for Eli and explore her suspicions about Sam.
This book is a lot better than the first because it is a non-stop roller coaster ride chocked full of surprises. I'm very glad I decided to give this series a second one chance and look forward to following Niki on future adventures....more
As much as it pains me to say it, "Bound by Duty" was a tediously mediocre read for me. After reading so many glowing reviews, my expectations were hiAs much as it pains me to say it, "Bound by Duty" was a tediously mediocre read for me. After reading so many glowing reviews, my expectations were high. However, I found the main character whiny and self absorbed always touting about how she needs a let of her own; yet, too fearful to do anything more than hide away from the world. There was little to no action and the plot sputtered along with little progression. At times I didn't think I would finish it.
With that being said, I will not be going on to the next book. This series just wasn't for me. As always, read books for yourself and decide....more
When I first read the book summary for "The Bones of Others" I was uncomfortable with the idea of reading this book. You see, I do not enjoy books thaWhen I first read the book summary for "The Bones of Others" I was uncomfortable with the idea of reading this book. You see, I do not enjoy books that deal with rape and degenerate behaviour towards women; yet, the premise for this series had me intrigued. So, I decided to take a chance and read it. Boy, I am glad I did. Although the read was uncomfortable at times it also had me on the edge of my seat.
Twelve year old, Skye Cree was taken by pedophile, Sonny Whitfield. After raping her, Skye managed to escape. After the police captured him and the DA was preparing for trial, another tragedy struck Skye: her parents were killed in a car accident. Skye was handed over to her over religious Aunt and Uncle who treated her like she had the plague. They refused to allow her to testify against Whitfield so he got off with a lighter sentence.
Now, Skye is an adult on a mission to take down pedophiles in the Seattle area. She has managed to save the lives of three girls and unbeknownst to the public, she has a spirit guide in the form of a silver wolf who helps her hunt for the victims and the victomizers. Her ability to save others has earned her a reputation.
One night Skye rescues Joshua Ander, geek game writer and entreprenuer, from three muggers. Although Josh is stabbed, he refuses to go to the hospital. Skye takes him back to his place where she attempt to patch him up. Josh is fascinated by Skye and wants to help her in her vigilante quest. Soon they are working together and Skye begins to discover she is a woman who has needs and is not defined by the tragedies of her past. But, with so many culprits out there searching for innocence, Skye and Josh just might end up victims themselves.
I enjoyed this read even though I had to read it in small doses. There was plenty of action, intrigue and unsavory characters; yet, there were joyful moments as well like the time Skye saves a teenager and returns her to her parents. I will admit that I did have a problem with the way the author has Skye somewhat eagerly embark on a romantic relationship. You would expect a rape victim to have more trouble with intimacy. I felt the author could have used this moment to educate people on the problems associated with rape victims trying to get back to a normal life. That is the reason I only gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I think author, Patricia Briggs, is a master at handling this tough issue in her Alpha and Omega series.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely; but, if you are as skemish as me with the issue of violence against women and more specifically girls, you should be aware that this book addresses it. Read it for yourself and decide....more
I find when selecting Romance Nov, it can be a hit or miss thing. Sometimes the storylines aren't really there and the book reads like really bad pornI find when selecting Romance Nov, it can be a hit or miss thing. Sometimes the storylines aren't really there and the book reads like really bad porn. Other times, you stumble upon a jewel of a good read. This is the case with "Last Will and Testament." I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brandt is a self absorbed bratty college student who thinks nothing is skipping classes, screwing another girls boyfriend and drinking too much. l of this comes crashing down around her ears when she discovered in Trevor's dorm room when the police come to inform her her parents have been killed in a car accident.
Before Lizzie can attempt to come to grips with the news, she must arrange a funeral, take custody of her two younger brothers, try to restore her grades so she doesn't lose her scholarship and avoid the upcoming onslaught of troubles she created for herself by sleeping with another girl's boyfriend. There is only person she can even remotely turn to and that is her history TA, Connor Lawson. However, Connor is not about to Lizzie off the hook lightly.
Soon the tutoring sessions and the assistance Connor provides with her two brothers will leave them both vulnerable to gossiping, innuendo and potentially the loss of everything they both love. The resulting drama is so intense that the pressure is e Pugh to bring even Hercules to his knees.
This book took me totally by surprise because it contained so much I despise in a book; yet, I really enjoyed it. What do I mean? Well, normally I don't like books where I dislike the main character and at first, I honestly didn't like Lizzie. However, The character of Connor had the 'remarkable ability to bring out her best, her vulnerable and human side while she enhanced the remarkable man he already was. This made their joining even more sexy.
So, if I enjoyed this book so much why did I only give it four out of five stars? Well, the ending was little too anticlimactic for me even though I know this is the first book in this series. However, do not let this one issue stop you from picking up and savoring a roller coaster ride of a story. It is intense, though provoking and quite frankly hot!...more
(1.5 Stars) I think I've been reading too many romance novels lately because they are all starting to read with such predictability that they've become(1.5 Stars) I think I've been reading too many romance novels lately because they are all starting to read with such predictability that they've become a bore. "Scandal With a Prince" is one such predictable reads.
The events in this story of occurred so quickly that the end result was less than believable for me. Two people run I to each other after a decade of separation and within hours the man is confessing his love for her and asking her to marry him. Of course the fact she confesses she is the mother of his child ( also revealed within a few hours of seeing each other again has nothing to do with their unwavering love! Yeah, right!
This book just wasn't my cup of tea so I definitely won't be going on to the next book in this series However, read it for yourself and decide because looking at the other reviews many readers enjoyed it....more