As funny as the cover of "Wingman" is this read provides us with a wonderful story of redemption and foregiveness. Fynn has taken time out from life tAs funny as the cover of "Wingman" is this read provides us with a wonderful story of redemption and foregiveness. Fynn has taken time out from life to explore the countryside in search of ??????? He ends up in Butterfield, a small that has truly seen better days. The park has a run down fountain that barely trickles water, the pavillion is sorely in need of paint, the grass hasn't been green in years and the lake is full of muck. Yet, something compels Fynn to begin removing the weeds and muck from the fountain. Maybe it has something to do with the blue-eyed beauty who works in the store across the street stacking twinkies.
When Fynn enters the store little did he know that he would find a reason to stay in Butterfield for longer than the moment it took to grab a sandwich. However, he and his wingman, Boone decided to stay in town long enough to restore the fledgling fountain. As he begins the work, people of the town begin wandering over to check out the man with the van, dog and a body full of tattoos. He is something new, strange and sexy. As he works on the fountain, he gets to know Ella, the blue-eyed girl from the store and finds there is something so incredible about her. He also learns of the great tragedy of the town that sent it in a downward spiral.
It is strange how a tragic event can be viewed from many different perspectives even though it has devastating effects on those involved. However, the miracle is that just with a little effort hope and forgiveness can emerge from the despair. I really enjoyed this story especially the characterizations and the world building. This is one of those reads where it is hard to tell who is the bad guys or if there truly are any bad guys. As always, Tess Oliver has another great book on her hands. She writes with such a wonderful way of making you feel you are right there with the characters and you can visualize every scene. This is definitely a book you will want to put on your "to read" list....more
After reading "Night Shift" I find myself in a quandary. On one hand I enjoyed the overall story but on the other, the world building was virtually noAfter reading "Night Shift" I find myself in a quandary. On one hand I enjoyed the overall story but on the other, the world building was virtually non-existent and I wasn't a fan of the writing. Ms. Saintcrow's writing style was choppy and she overused the main character's mind speak. I have to admit that I was surprised by my disconnect in the author's writing style since this is not the first book that I've read of hers. So, the fact that I struggled with this read was a surprise for me. However, what truly saved it for me was the storyline.
Jill Kismet was taken off the streets by her mentor, Mikhail. She was literally bleeding to death and dying in the snow after she killed her pimp. Then, she began her arduous journey back to sanity by training hard to become the hunter of her city. Of course, she is fighting her own demons such as the death of her mentor. Could she have stopped it? "I am dirty and no one finds any value in me other than in my job." However, that is about to change when a string of bazaar murders takes place in the city coming to the attention of the FBI and the weres.
After a vicious animal attack upon police officers, Jill is forced to visit with the hellbreed she made a bargain with, Pericles, aka Perry. She loathes him but is forced to keep up her end of her bargain with him by visiting him for 30 minutes each month. In exchange, he enhances her abilities. One day she comes home to find three weres in the werehouse she resides. Two are friends, Harp and Dom, and one, Saul, is a were from a reservation and the brother of one of the victims in another state. What is his problem anyway? Why does he keep invading her personal space and rubbing up against her? Well, things are just about to get interesting.
As the team attempts to track down the rogue were and his companion, Jill quickly begin to realize that all is not what it seems and she will have to pull out every skill she has to survive this. As I stated there was a disconnect for me due to the writing as well as the lack of world building. It took me awhile to attempt to figure out was going on in the world in which Jill lives. Also, at the beginning Jill's temperment was so subdued that I wasn't even sure that I liked her. However, in the end what I came to realize is that she is truly flawed and doesn't feel worthy or capable of redemption. Even though I gave this read two stars I plan to read the second book because the plot was so enticing. Hopefully, some of my other issues such as the author's writing style will improve as well....more
"Dawnbreaker" once again finds Mira pitted against the naturi. She is back in Savannah and has extended an offer of family to Knox and Amanda.. If the"Dawnbreaker" once again finds Mira pitted against the naturi. She is back in Savannah and has extended an offer of family to Knox and Amanda.. If they accept, Mira realizes that she may be putting a target on their backs but in the end she feels it is for the best.
Meanwhile, Barrett and the werewolves are overwhelmed when the naturi come to Savannah and several of his wolves end up dead as collateral damage. Things come to a head between them. However soon she must leave to go to the final battle at Macchu Picchu. During one of the many battles Mira stumbles upon a naturi prisoner who will serve as a bargaining chip.
As the battles wage and war is becoming inevitable Mira gains some new abilities. She is quick on her feet and will try to exploit her enemies vulnerabilities. Will it be enough? Will they be able to stop Aurora from opening the seal and entering our world? You will have to read this installment to find out.
I enjoyed this read and like the way the author takes her time to build relationships between characters all while making it clear Mira doesn't really trust anyone. Yet in the midst of all of this chaos, she and Danaus manage to find enough trust between them to survive the perils at hand. I can't wait for book 4....more
If all of the Dark Days novels "Wait for Dusk was my least favorite. Why? Because this book was 'filler.' It mostly had no other purpose th(2.5 Stars)
If all of the Dark Days novels "Wait for Dusk was my least favorite. Why? Because this book was 'filler.' It mostly had no other purpose than to extend the life of the series for profit. Let me be clear, yes, there were some important events that occurred but most of these could have been added on to the previous book or the future book. What truly irritated me most was the addition of a character that really was convoluted and truly not needed. No. I can't divulge who but I will say that Mira has enough on her hands dealing with Jabari, Macaire, the naturi, Ryan and Rowe; so to add another villain at this point is simply redundant.
What I did enjoy about this read is that Mira and Danaus finally hook up. After four previous books of involving sexual tension between these characters, it was high time they realized they potential. With Mira's strength as the ultimate heroine who else is worthy of her affection?
There were more problems with this read than the others. Considering this is book five, Rowe, Elizabeth and Ryan should have been dealt with by now. Yet, I can't shake the feeling that this book's sole purpose was to extend the series. Oh well, every series has a least favorite read and this was definitely mine. Now for book six, the finale....more
Reading "Filthy Rich" felt like I was involved in a conversation with someone who said something so bazaar that I rolled my eyes before I had a chanceReading "Filthy Rich" felt like I was involved in a conversation with someone who said something so bazaar that I rolled my eyes before I had a chance to stop myself. The events in this read are so absurd and unbelievable that I finally just couldn't take it anymore. I stopped reading about 65% of the way in when I surrendered to what I feel is a lost cause. It is definitely not for me. Read it for yourself and decide!...more
When I read a new installment in the Dark Days series I can't help but wonder how much more can the main character, Mira endure? Yet, @Pray for Dawn "When I read a new installment in the Dark Days series I can't help but wonder how much more can the main character, Mira endure? Yet, @Pray for Dawn " is the first book in the series written from Danaus' perspective. We get an insider's view of how the vampire hunter feels about his life as well as his history.
After all of the games the warlock, Ryan had played both Danaus and James begins to question their future with Themis. However, for now they continue to work as instructed. Yet, Danaus is aware that something is wrong with Mira. She is now awake during the day and temporarily unable to use her fire abilities.
Danaus has bigger issues at hand. It seems that with the nature broke the seal, they were not the only ines who invaded our world. A bori escaped and he wants Danaus in the worse way. As he increases in power and influence there is a very real threat that the Great Awakening will happen sooner versus later when a conservative senator's daughter is killed.
Once again I enjoyed this read and the cliffhanger ending was a doozy. I have some questions that I can't ask without revealing spoilers and I won't do that. However there is one comment I have to make, why did they put the model on the cover in that god awful wig? I have never seen a wig that looked more like a wig than this one. Hasn't anyone heard of photo shop? If you haven't read this series you are in for a treat! Put it on your "To Read" list....more
"Burn the Night" was the perfect ending to a good series. In this read we get a glimpse into the personal lives of some major characters including som"Burn the Night" was the perfect ending to a good series. In this read we get a glimpse into the personal lives of some major characters including some sworn enemies. A war is at hand as well as the Great Awakening so alliances have been made as well as lines drawn in the sand. Yet, amidst all of the partnerships there is a feeling of mistrust and foreboding leaving the question who really can be trusted?
In forging new relationships, we get to see alternative sides of Nyx, Rowe, and Barrett. Additionally, we finally understand what Ryan's true motivations have been and we get to meet the vampire liege. Some of the characters we have grown to love may or may not make it because one thing we can count on is Ms. Drake loves to surprise us. She is a master at writing action scenes so it was a treat to read amore personal side of the characters.
In the end, there were some unanswered questions but that leaves things open for a spin-off series or a novella of some sort. Who knows? If you haven't already placed this series onto your to read list and you enjoy urban fantasy or paranormal creatures, this series is for you. Definitely check it out!...more
"Daybunter" is a good follow up to book one in the Dark Days Series. This time Mira, Danaus and Tristan have been summoned to the coven. Mi(3.5 Stars)
"Daybunter" is a good follow up to book one in the Dark Days Series. This time Mira, Danaus and Tristan have been summoned to the coven. Mira is concentrating her efforts on surviving but when the trio enters headquarters she immediately sees the power play that has been set out before them. Mira asserts her power and independence all the while realizing that she is nothing more than a pawn.
Mira and Danaus uncover a very interesting fact. There is a female naturi being housed in the coven. The question is why. One thing for sure, More is the key for the various factions to accomplish their goals but as soon as that task is accomplished, she will be eliminated. The impending war between the nature and the nightwalkers is inevitable.
Many of the memories from Mira's past will be revealed to her leaving her a little shell shocked. The action in this read is off the charts barely leaving time for Mira to recover in between. My only criticism is there seems to be a lot of running around with very little being accomplished. Also. Mira doesn't seem to have a real emotional connection with any one in particular. Sure she has her share of bedwarmers but emotionally there is nothing there. Hopefully, book three with remedy this....more
"Crossroads".is another good read in the Peri Jean Mace series; yet, as I say this I also must confess that something was missing for me as(3.5 Stars)
"Crossroads".is another good read in the Peri Jean Mace series; yet, as I say this I also must confess that something was missing for me as well. It seems that Period is in a holding pattern on her personal life..She is running circle on the gerbel wheel of life
Peri meets up with her long lost family and she witnesses first hand their crooked ways. Yet. She cannot deny the sense of family and belonging she feels with them. Before she gets too close she is confronted d with a case where a foolish teenage boy calls forth an evil entity known as the Coachman. Even though it should be a simple banishment, Peri, Griffin and Mysti cannot totally rod him from this plane and unfortunately, he now has Peri Jean's name. We all know the power in a true name.
It quickly becomes clear that something is wrong. Something is blocking Peri's ability to fully access her mantle. When she discovers what it is she will be saddened as to who saddled her with this burden. She is in the greatest risk of her existence and if she is going to survive and protect those she cares about she will have to find a way to access her powers despite her limitations. One of the greatest powers she has is her friends and once again Wade Hill is back in the picture to provide his help.
After seven books one issue that is bugging me is that Peri's happy ever after continually escapes her. While she has definitely come into her own, she would be even more fierce if she could be with someone who love, respected and accepted her just as she is. I for one hope that man is Wade. I guess we will just have to wait for future installments in order to find out....more