I like Big Nate, because it is funny and I like his friends. I like Big Nate. It made me laugh. You should read Big Nate.
Review from my 9 year old:
I like reading Big Nate books, because after school it's nice to have something fun that puts you in a better mood than reading school books. The drawings are really good and their expressions are so funny. I always like when Nate flips out, and I like the part where they make it look like Charlie Brown.
A couple of years ago, my daughter was having trouble finding things to read she liked, and my mother-in-law bought a couple Big Nate books. They sort of sat around until recently. This summer my son discovered the Big Nate books and he has read every single one we could get our hands on. I've bought them, borrowed from the library, borrowed from friends, you get the picture. We like Big Nate in our house.
I was really excited to share this with the kids.
***Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC(less)
4.5 The first line starts this off with a bang, "Burning her husband's bed was a mistake. Alison could see that now."
Alison was married off very young to a middle aged man who berated her daily, and basically grooming her as she grew up. It's so incredibly creepy and heartbreaking at the same time. By the time we see Alison, we understand why she burned his bed. Because of the way her late husband treated her, he encouraged his staff to treat her just as poorly. The Alison who we meet on page one is a timid mouse of a girl who is trying to find herself again.
Thinking that widowhood will become her, Alison is actually eager to be free for once. Until she realizes what a mistake her little act of rebellion was. All of her warriors left. They were loyal to her husband and didn't respect her, and didn't appreciate her burning of their master's bed.
But what Alison doesn't realize is that she is basically ripe for the picking from any neighboring border laird. with her warriors gone, it's only a matter of time.
Enter David, the new laird of Wedderburn.Both his father and uncle had been betrayed and their heads placed on pikes. Deciding if he becomes the most feared man in the Highlands, his clan won't be vulnerable again, David sets off on reiving cattle and basically owning the Highlands. But the main thing he needs is Alison's castle and lands, and with those, Alison, herself.
David takes the castle, and marries Alison, but he never expects to actually like her.
Alison is trying to stop being the timid little girl she feels like, and act like the strong woman who is related to royalty that she really is. this isn't easy, and for his part, David is as patient as can be.
These two are a great couple, without realizing why Alison needs time, he gives it to her, and he wins her over each day, little by little. Whether it's how he treats her daughters, or how he defends Alison from some nasty servants, he's finding his way into her heart. But this isn't just about Alison and David, because of course it can't be that simple, can it? Her girls are the rightful heirs to the castle, and her late husband's family plans on having the lands back. With or without Alison and her girls.
With trickery and betrayal around every turn, who can Alison trust? Can she really put her faith in the man who took her castle and forced her into marriage? Does she have a choice?
This is the first book in Margaret Mallory's latest Highlander Romance series, and it was absolutely worth staying up until 1:00 am and the lack of sleep the next day. Rich in history and vivid in description, you won't regret staying up late to read this beautiful Scottish Romance.
I haven't read Jayne Castle in years, and as I flipped through this book, I can't remember why. I was just checking it out, but I got so caught up in it, I forgot to stop reading.
The Harmony/Rainshadow series is a long one, and it really does have the potential to become confusing. But Ms. Castle does a fantastic job of pulling you into her world without making it difficult to read as a stand-alone.
I enjoyed this story so much that I've changed my original rating from a 4 to a 4.5, I mean, I liked it so much, I bought the first 3 books in the Rainshadow series.
Some quick info-basically some colonists were stranded on this planet 200 years ago, and normal humans were discovered to have psi-abilities. Think Superman-he's normal on Krypton, but our yellow sun gives him super powers. Same sort of deal. On earth, humans may have had, oh like good intuition, or charisma, or be able to sense danger. Well, in Harmony, those same humans would have strong psi-powers.
This is largely due to the Alien presence from before they settled there. The aliens (who don't live there anymore, and haven't for centuries) built underground catacombs and tunnels. Their energy left an imprint and the whole planet is abundant in psi-energy.
It begins with Sedona locked in an underground lab, and she's being constantly injected with a serum to keep her in a dreamstate. She's able to escape, but finds out that her husband has divorced her in the 3 weeks she's been missing, (it's not a love match, so she's more pissed than heartbroken), and she has discovered she has a new psi-talent. This is big stuff.
People who have more than one talent usually go insane. She stays stable, moves to Rainshadow, and tries to get on with her life.
Until Ghost Hunter Cyrus Jones shows up.
(ghost hunters have talents to manipulate the psi-energy and they call them ghosts, they don't do what we'd consider ghost hunting). He's the new Guild Boss around Rainshadow and is tasked with cleaning the energy from the newly discovered catacombs. But he also knows who Sedona is, and he wants to see if she's mentally stable.
Suddenly, though, her ex is on the island professing undying love, her mother and father's parents were trying to contact her (they'd disowned her), and the mad scientist who'd held her captive wanted her back.
Sedona is suddenly very popular, which isn't good for a girl who's trying to keep a low profile.
While she and Cyrus hit it off, she can't help but wonder why he shows up here and now? can she really trust him?
This world was really interesting and I don't think I'm quite ready to leave it yet, so I"m going to backtrack and start with the 1st book in the Rainshadow series now.
So, final verdict, you should read this book. The world is easy to slip into, it's intriguing and yet still light enough to be a heavy angsty read. Enjoyable and interesting, I highly recommend Jayne Castle. ***ARC courtesy of Jove and Penguin books(less)
The second part left us hanging off a small cliff, but we think Natalie is finally hitting a turning point with Sevastyn. But not so. If anything, Sevastyn has become even more closed off. During the day, that is. At night, they burn up the bedsheets, but Natalie is feeling more and more like a doll he plays with, but wants her put back into the box to await his next whim. That’s a hard truth for such a strong character. Natalie realizes she’s losing her “Natalie-ness,” the essence of who she is.
At some point I wanted her to say, “Just because I like you dominating me in bed, doesn’t mean I want it outside the bed.” The best line of the whole serial was where Sevastyn told her that he should have trusted her to know her own mind. Because it was close to the beginning of this installment, I really thought he’d change, at least a teeny bit. But nope.
I love KC, and her writing is amazing, which is the only reason I was really able to enjoy this at all. I liked Natalie, and I’m glad she tried to leave. I really am-Sevastyn needed that wake up call, yet it wasn’t until she cried that he realized how she felt, and that no matter how much her body wanted him, that it didn’t matter if he couldn’t be honest.
I wish Natalie hadn’t been a virgin because it felt that he’d trained her body to respond, but since she’d never been with anyone else, I felt like it almost wasn’t fair to her. Oh she totally recongnized and knew her own desires, I’m not knocking that. The BDSM aspect was handled well, but I didn’t like how she felt like she had to prove to him that she could take whatever he could dish. SPOILER Oh, and FYI, this gets pretty hardcore and intense. There is everything from bondage, discipline, voyeurism and exhibitionism. I was A-OK with everything until the end. Natalie leaves, but when he fetches her back, he disciplines her, and she takes it, because even though he offers her an “out,” it’s an all or nothing kind of out clause. If she’s out, he never touches her again. I hated that. I love how there was no shame, though. I hate when an author has shame involved. It ruins it for me. this was handled perfectly. My issues come from their “outside of the bedroom “ interactions.
FWIW Natalie is able to give as good as she gets in that she stands up to him, he doesn’t just bulldoze over her. But even after understanding his issues and his life, I still didn’t like him. KC has given us tortuted and nearly unlikeable heroes before, yet always been able to turn it around. I think that has to do with getting multiple viewpoints. Once again, the first person point of view doesn’t work for me here.
I heavily suggest buying the book rather than the serials. It wasn’t a well-done serial (see the Kraken King by Meljean Brook, or Ilona Andrews’ The Innkeeper Chronicals).
I can see that Maksim is the next hero. I’ll read it, because frankly I’ll read anything by KC, her snarky heroines and alpha heroes almost always work for me. But if he’s as big a dick as his brother, I may skip the next one and finally turn down a Kresley Cole book. And I won’t be reading it in serial format, it’s not one of her strong suits.
Final verdict? I still think Sevastyn was a dick. (less)
I was re-reading this in preparation for Dark Skye, and I realized I never reviewed it.
First things first, this hero is an alphahole hero, but most of hers are, so that might not be news to you.
We all know the Lykae twins, Hot and Hotter aka Uilleam and Munro. This is Will’s story, and it’s a doozy. Kresley has written a tortured hero worthy of Sherrilyn Kenyon with this one. Man, at least Lothaire was crazy, but Will? Your heart just breaks for him.
Nix sends him to an auction where the witches are auctioning off a human. Webb, the guy in charge of that facility that bagged and tagged then vivisected immortals had a daughter. And believe it or not, this chick is Will’s mate.
Gotta love that tricksy Nixie.
Chloe is an all-star soccer player preparing for the Olympics. Her dad has disappeared and now she’s going through some. . .changes. And her father knew. He KNEW and didn’t tell her. He tossed the Book of Lore at her and bailed. Next thing you know, she’s being kidnapped for her father’s crimes. Dear old dad is colonel Webb. The one who likes to vivisect immortals.
Will’s damaged. Hard core.
***SPOILERS*** Ye be warned.
He was sexually abused as a child by a succubus, and it was pretty bad. She made him think she was his mate, so 9 year old Will fancies himself in love. When his parents confront her, she’s with a vampire, and has him kill his pregnant mother. His father kills her, but Will is not only confused, he’s trying to help her, and yet she wants him to fight his own family for her.
This is where Will has issues with Chloe. She turns out to be a half-breed succubus. He flips. He’s a total dick. I mean I’m talking pretty horrible to her. But his whole lykae clan loves her by this point and they tell him he’s an arsehole.
Not only that, but his twin Munro keeps pointing out that she’s not trying to use him, or to use anyone the way his abuser had. Chloe even nails him in the junk with a soccer ball at one point and I was DYING! She’s the exact opposite.
The only thing I didn’t like was that the part where he finally realizes he’s being a gigantic ass to his mate who is actually pretty awesome, is too close to the end. I like when he has a bit of time to make it up to her. But I did like how he found out. Made him realize how big of a bag of dicks he was.
I love how Kresley Cole writes. This woman has an amazing talent and the world she’s built is one I’d love to live in. I wish I could never leave her head. Well, that sounds kind of stalkerish, but aww hell, I’d totally stalk her if I had the chance.(less)
Kresley Cole never ceases to ensorcell me with her writing. I think this is the only PNR series I started when the first book came out and have faithfully kept up with. I’ve quit the Dark Hunters, the BDB, and so many others, but not Immortals After Dark. There’s something bewitching about her world and her writing and I can’t let go.
This is the long-awaited story of Lanthe and Thronos, one we’ve been seeing glimpses of since Kiss of a Demon King. I won’t tell you their story, but I will tell you everything I think of it.
I think that Thronos is one of my favorite heroes. I think that Lanthe is an amazing heroine with such a fabulous outlook on life and the ability to bounce back from whatever is thrown her way.
Thronos and Lanthe have such a history, but I was so glad to see many of the misunderstandings get cleared up early enough that it isn’t the central driving plot. Of course, if you’ve read Kresley Cole, you’ll know that there is very rarely one central plot.
Enter Nix. Nucking Futs Nix is one of my favorite characters in the whole wide world. And guess what? We get treated to a bit of Nixery in this book. She has her own part and isn’t just on the sidelines. She’s a driving force of many many things, and we get to see her in action.
And I love that Thronos finally gets it. He gets it. He loves Lanthe and wants her for her, not just because instinct drives him to claim her as his mate. Her past no longer matters, and his past no longer matters. What matters is how they feel and what their future holds. She shows our virgin hero (yep, readers, virgin hero!) that it doesn’t matter how many men she’d been with, as long as he is the last, and the forever, that’s what really matters.
Meanwhile, through all of this, they are of course, in mortal peril. Or rather Immortal peril. heh.
Lanthe’s powers are still muted from the torque the Order has put around her neck, because this book picks off on that horrible island as everyone is escaping. She and Thronos not only have to work together, but they have to do it with her unpredictable powers. He might be a super strong and mighty warlord, but all his control goes out the window around Lanthe.
We see very little of the cast of characters we normally have roaming the pages of the Lore. Instead we’re treated to a story about Lanthe and Thronos that pretty much centers only on the two. Do you know how hard it is to write using only 2 characters for the majority of a book? It’s damn hard. I take that back; it’s damn hard to do well. Cole not only does it, but she does it well. She captures her reader from the first word and she doesn’t ever let go, not even once the last page is turned and the book is read. You will never leave her created world, and you’ll find you won’t want to.
I almost want to repeat that part. In fact, I will. You Won’t Want To. That book hangover feeling where you can’t find anything to measure up after a fabulous book? that’s what you’ll have here. You’ll catch yourself re-reading it even though you just finished it moments ago. You won’t be able to help yourself, it’s just that bewitching.
This book was the best birthday present ever. And that’s saying something since I got MacReive for my birthday last year.
So like a year ago all of my friends were reading this and just going nuts over how great it was. I'm not a big contemporary fan, so I just put it on the TBR list and went on my merry way.
Then this popped up again as being only $.99 and even with the new cover, I was pretty sure this was the same book. Sure enough, it was, so I snapped it up and in a mood for something short, I dove in.
What a great decision! I mean seriously, I don't think I stopped smiling throughout the entire book!
I loved the city girl and her obsession with Starbucks (I may or may not have envisioned myself as the heroine for this reason). I loved the hero and his growly, beardy self.
My favorite line was this one, and guys, it's a doozy:
"He wanted to snag a whole handful of that saucy hair, wrap it around his fist, and pull her back to him. Slam her up against his chest. Rub his beard all over her face and growl at her until she whimpered."
Oh my. ::fans self::
The entire book is full of fun, beardy, bantery goodness, and you will thank me for telling you about it! So, do yourself a favor and grab this book! (less)
Suffers from FBITS syndrome, but there's a lot going on so it kind of has to set up the world. It's dark, compelling, and very interesting. I like how...moreSuffers from FBITS syndrome, but there's a lot going on so it kind of has to set up the world. It's dark, compelling, and very interesting. I like how Nicole doesn't stay willfully ignorant and is very open to change. She doesn't blindly hate vampires for the whole book. I think there was too much crammed into it, though and I hope the next book doesn't have the same problems. To be fair, I don't think it will.
It's been over a year and I'm still at about 60% through Christine Feehan's first Carpathian novel. That should have been a sign. Sigh. This author doesn't work for me. I'm so dang frustrated because I want her to work.
Prepare for a rantypants rant:
First things first, do not read this as a stand-alone. I'd even suggest reading the Drake Sisters series as well because it's a cross-over. The biggest annoyance of this book was the repetition. You know when you pick up a book in a series and the author really quickly and concisely goes over the previous books? That didn't happen here. Oh, she went over what happened, but it was convoluted and confusing. If you've read all of her other Drake Sisters and the first 2 Sea haven books you will probably get it. Otherwise, prepare for constant reminders about what happened and all of it's confusing. It's like I needed a family tree to keep everyone straight!
Okay, so moving on, basically Airiana is a genius. Not only is she brilliant, she is an air element. She can manipulate the air, she can see patterns in the air, and she can predict things based on the patterns. The air speaks to her. As a child she is recruited to a government school for child prodigies. Her mother is also brilliant, but when Airiana is about 14, her mom starts drinking heavily to quiet her mind. A couple years later, her mother is tortured and killed. Airiana blames herself and refuses to work for the government anymore. They don't release her until she's 20, though. The problem is that everyone wants Airiana's mind.
A Greek billionaire tycoon who runs a motorcycle club (was this a joke?).
The Russian government.
But now she lives on a farm with her "sisters" (friends she calls sisters of the heart).
This is where the action starts. Airiana is kidnapped, and the man who kidnaps her has better control of the air than she does.
Not only that, but he's a brother of 3 of her sisters' husbands. This series should be called the Prakenskii Brothers rather than Sisters of the Heart.
He's an assassin. He's Russian. He kidnaps the heroine to take to her Russian father whom she's never met. Danger follows everywhere. this seriously sounds like Kresley Cole's The Gamemaker series.
Luckily there are differences, but still...
Airiana as a heroine fell flat for me. She's tiny, like as tall as my 9yr old. I actually have a friend I kept imagining as Airiana, so it was easy to visualize, but Maksim is like 6'5" and huge. At one point, the author describes her chest is at his groin. That's...teeny tiny. He carries her everywhere. She reminds me of a teenager in the way she acts and she's absolutely perfect.Not in a good way. She's able to protect herself against master assassins, she's always saying and doing the right thing, she's beautiful, she's a brilliant genius, she's able to hold it together in their many many many bad situations. I'm in shape, and I'd have trouble doing all they did. Maksim has seen so much and done so much, I can see where he's fascinated by her, but she is so childlike to me, that it's hard to enjoy.
Finally, the part I could not wrap my head around:
If these 2 can manipulate air to the point that Maksim, who has the dimensions of a Brother from Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood (ie he's HUGE!) can hang upside down with the air holding him, or spider crawl on a ceiling, or practically cloak himself from view and become invisible, if they both can call in wind, fog, storms, etc, why can't they breathe underwater? My first thought was to create a bubble of air for Airana. Why can't they move bullet trajectories? Maksim was shot a few times, why couldn't he nudge the bullet a different direction? it's like the air power was only used when it was convenient.
But, it wasn't all bad. Moving on...
If you're a Feehan fan, this will not disappoint. It's action-packed and full of adventure. The paranormal aspects add a different dimension to the book since it's not paranormal in the sense of vampires, werewolves, witches, etc. The side characters are all well-developed and interesting, the love story was actually pretty good. I'm all for insta-love, so that worked well for me. I loved Maksim's personality and how Airiana was able to make him laugh.
Air Bound is intriguing, and the action doesn't stop. Literally from the first chapter to the last, the suspenseful plot kept my heart pounding.
While Maria is getting over a horrible stomach flu, she has a charity function to attend. It normally would be something she’d blow off until she felt better, but unfortunately she has to attend.
She comes from an affluent family and even has a bodyguard with her at the event. But while she’s inside looking for her mother, her stomach has other plans. In her feverish state, hugging a toilet in an unused room, she overhears terrorists planning something horrible. It gets worse. She recognizes one of the voices.
Maria runs. She staggers to the lawn and runs for her bodyguard, and friend, Nash. But she doesn’t make it in time. Instead the entire mansion the gala is being held at is blown up. Maria’s mother is killed and she is the only person to survive.
The NSA wants to know why Maria was in the lawn, and not inside, and they want to know what, if anything, she knows about the explosion. They aren’t the only ones who want to know.
Unfortunately Maria has no memory of the night.
CadeO’Reilly is working for the NSA, and when he sees Maria’s name, he specifically asks for her assignment, even though it’s not his usual type. Cade and Maria used to be friends, in fact, he and her brother were best friends in the military. Until her brother was killed, then Cade vanished leaving Maria wondering what had happened. She felt like she lost her brother, and her best friend all in one day.
Cutting all contact with Maria was hard, but going back and seeing her in danger was harder. Cade was determined to keep her safe, but he also needed to know what she had overheard.
Their attraction is still simmering beneath the surface, but they can’t worry about that now. Maria’s life is in danger, and it’s more than just the terrorists. She may be hurt and angry with Cade, but she trusts him, and that’s what matters. She knows he’ll keep her safe.
The terrorists are given their own point of view here, so you feel like you know the mystery, yet there’s a missing piece to it, and I was way off on what I thought it was, so hat tip to you, Ms. Reus. You pulled one over on me. The action never stops, and once Maria remembers what it is she overheard, it only makes it that much more dangerous for her.
I loved the second chance at love trope, and I really liked the cast of characters. There’s a rogue agent named Levi, there’s Maria’s bodyguard Nash, and I even liked Cade’s commander. This might be book 2 in the Deadly Ops series, but it stands alone well, and you won’t be confused.
Full of excitement and threats lurking around every corner, Bound to Danger is a heart pounding Romantic Suspense that you’ll find hard to put down.
I think my biggest problem was the heroine. Shelley is a veterinarian, and she can actually communicate with animals a la Dr. Doolittle. I liked this, and I thought that it was a neat “crift” (curse/gift). In the first Tidewater book, Jules can communicate with ghosts.
I liked the idea of this book, but unfortunately the story stalled for me.
Basically Shelley took a small-town vet job because she was promised to be able to care for the zoo’s big cats (her specialty). But it was a privately owned dump of a zoo that had animals going missing-from small time lizards to the baby white tigers, but no one seemed to care, or to be willing to admit it.
Shelley emails a friend to come help her investigate. Since he’s a detective, she’s certain that he’ll help her find the missing animals in no time.
Dev has been in love with Shelley since college, and he’s so excited to come to see her, especially since he comes bearing news that he’s found one of her missing sisters. (Jules from Spirited).
But Shelley was dating his roommate and turns out that guy was a jerk. Also turns out he lied to Shelley about all kinds of things. I really felt that this was pointless. Like really.
So back to what bugged me.
2 main things. Shelley was frustrating. Her whole deal is that she’s afraid of getting too close to anyone. Everyone she’s ever loved has left her (by left I mean died or been taken from her). So she has commitment issues, but this makes no sense to me seeing as she was engaged to her ex. Plus, I really had a hard time thinking she wouldn’t want to see her sister. I didn’t feel like the reasoning was good enough.
The other thing was that so many things could have been cleared up sooner. Dev came to see Shelley mainly to help with the animals, but Shelley kept putting off telling him. And he kept putting off telling her about her sister. I mean it seemed that the reasons were cut and dry, and yet they were dragged out. even the missing thumb drive, the headache “from wine,” the mysterious visitor the night before, her wiped hard drive…see where I”m going with this?
The bad guy-yeah that wasn’t well done. I’m all for a surprise he was right under your nose type of bad guy, but none of the reasons for him to hold a grudge were even hinted at until the very end. It was weird.
On the whole, the book was okay, but I really hope the next one is better, because I like the overall series arc and I like the writing.
I really enjoy Lori Foster's Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor and Love Undercover series, so I was super excited for a chance at one of her backlist. This one is slightly different than her others, though.
When Eli Connors needs to get his brother back after he was kidnapped for ransom in Central America, the agency he contacts that specializes in mercenaries sends him the meanest and the best soldier they’ve got. Ray Verekner.
What Eli doesn’t know is that Ray is a woman.
Ray is basically a mercenary for hire. She’s 31 and stubborn, and mouthy, and really good at what she does.
Until Eli comes along.
He’s a distraction she doesn’t want or need. She’s never ever let anyone come along on one of her missions before, but she can’t figure out why she let Eli.
Eli is a great hero. He is tough when he needs to be, but he’s also gentle when Ray needs him to be. He has her pegged within a day, and he goes after her. As soon as his brother is safe, she’s his.
This has a lot of things going for it. I love having an older heroine. (Sad that 31 is “older,” isn’t it?), I loved having the heroine be the former Special Forces character who saves the day, and I really enjoyed Ray’s tough side. I also like that there are repercussions for sexytimes in the jungle.
I will say that it’s not much of a Romantic Suspense, because the rescue mission is ridiculously easy, although that’s sort of the point. But it still is a quick and exciting read.
I am really glad they changed the cover to this book, not just because of the sexy man on the cover, but mostly because the first cover is a giant spoiler. I’d have never thought that would happen, but after glimpsing the original cover on goodreads, I was kind of bummed at being spoiled. I’ll link it here for you curious readers, but I won’t actively spoil it.
If you’re looking for a different twist on the military hero, look no further. A woman for the hero is a refreshing change.
Cordie is a daddy’s girl. Her gruff mechanic grease monkey dad raised her and when he died, he was far more than a “grease monkey.” He left Cordie a small fortune from his car business.
Cordie, meanwhile, is a teacher. She’s been in love with her best friend’s brother since they were kids. But Aidan is oblivious. Until she decides to get over him. But her dad dropped a bomb on Cordie right before he dies; he tells her that her mother never died. She actually left them when Cordie was a baby.
With preparations for her dad’s funeral and Aidan coming in town, Cordie’s mind is everywhere except on her mom. She figures she’ll deal with that later. There’s a letter in a safe deposit box for her, but she figures she’ll deal with that after the funeral, too. And when she finally opens it (which by the way, drove me nuts! I would have opened it on the spot, but I’m like that), she finds out more about her mother.
And that her mom was a horrible, horrible person.
Aidan has never really thought about Cordie other than as his little sister’s bestie. One night after her dad died, they share an amazing, scorching hot kiss and suddenly he can’t keep his mind off her. But Aidan is all business. Literally. He works so so hard and rarely comes up for air. I sort of wish he’d have stopped working so much sooner in the novel, because it’s hard to build a romance with the characters apart. I think Garwood leaned on their many years of knowing each other in that sense. She figured that because they grew up together, she didn’t have to give them as much interaction. I don’t know.
When Cordie makes the impulsive decision to go to Australia (where it turns out her mother and her socialite family live), Aidan says he’ll fly her down there since he has business there too. This really isn’t helping Cordie’s get over Aidan plan, but things start to heat up, so she doesn’t mind.
What we see is that not just is Cordie’s mom a horrible person, but so is the whole family. Her mom sees her (and since she’s the spitting image of her, she knows exactly who she is), and her mom will do anything to keep her a secret. Assuming her father was still a poor mechanic, she tries to buy her off. Then Cordie’s life is endangered.
One thing that bugs me about Garwood’s heroines is that the past 3 I’ve read in this series have all had their lives endangered in some way, but they don’t take the threat seriously enough. In Hot Shot, the previous book, the heroine Peyton is shot at, run off the road and bombed. Literally, bombed. She ends up hospitalized and still doesn’t listen to her big bad FBI boyfriend. In Sweet Talk Olivia is shot and still doesn’t take the threat seriously. Cordie is slightly better, but really not much. It’s frustrating because all 3 heroines were intelligent and good characters otherwise.
I also didn’t like how little closure there was with the mother. There’s a bit at the end, but it’s not really what (from what I can tell) the readers want. At least it’s not what I wanted.
I’m curious who the next couple will be-there have been lots of side characters and lots of sequel-bait, so I’m waiting for characters from previous books to get their turns too.
I believe that readers have been waiting nearly 10 years for Aidan and Cordie’s book, but the cool thing is that this book can be read as a stand-alone. It’s typical Garwood with sexy heroes, relateable and likeable heroines, and a lot of action.
Ivy is a cat shifter, and she’s in a special ops group where she’s partnered with a jackass who won’t acknowledge her abilities. From the get-go he tells her to stay by the vehicle and let him do his thing. Well, he obviously dies right off the bat.
Ivy, meanwhile, is tired of having partners who come from Special Forces because they always treat her as “less than,” when she can contribute more to the team than they can.
Landon is Special Forces (I believe he’s a Ranger), and he’s pulled off an active mission to go to DC for what he thinks is some sort of disciplinary action, or demotion for a recent mission that got one of his guys injured. What he doesn’t know is that he’s being pulled into the X-Ops.
He’s put in a room with Ivy, and told to take her down. He doesn’t want to hurt this slim, petite, beauty, so he says no. Well she comes at him, and he is forced to actively fight her. And surprisingly, she’s much more deadly than he ever expected.
Ivy and Landon are attracted to each other right off the bat, but both fight it, knowing they have more important things to do. But with Landon being so accepting of Ivy’s feline side, she can’t help but want to get closer.
There’s a lot going on in this book, but it’s never confusing. They are given a mission that turns out to be much more than just a simple mission, and it goes much deeper than anyone ever thought. They are fighting on multiple fronts, and there may be people they trust who they shouldn’t.
I would say that if you’re in the mood for a Romantic Suspense, or Military Romance, but you want a little extra, this book is for you. Ivy may be a shifter, but this isn’t really heavy on the PNR.
The military romance is done really really well. In fact I think it was the best part of the book, because of how this author wrote it. Ms. Tyler has an effortless writing style that really made this novel flow. It doesn’t feel like the PNR overshadows the plot, so if you aren’t typically a PNR fan, this would probably work for you.
This book surprised me in many ways, but they were all good things. I definitely suggest giving this one a go, if you are in the mood for a Military Romance with some PNR on the side.
***ARC courtesy of Sourcebooks Casablanca via netgalley(less)
This book picked up as soon as the first ended, and Shane can’t stop thinking about Crystal, the waitress who helped him rescue Becca’s brother in book 1. See, Becca has gone to the only man who can help her, Nick Rixey, and he’s called in his former Special Forces team to help. They’re still trying to figure out who is behind their fall from grace, and this second book gets them one step closer.
The big problem though, is that Crystal works at the strip club owned by some bad guys, and her boyfriend is high up the food chain with these bad dudes.
That’s right. Boyfriend. But Bruno is a dick. An abusive, territorial, stalker who won’t let Crystal have a single moment of privacy.
Shane wants to rescue Crystal from the club and from Bruno, but how can he help her when she won’t let him near, let alone let him help. There is so much more to this story than just that, though. Crystal is such an amazing character. Every time I had to put the book down, I couldn’t stop thinking about Crystal, Shane and how they would get her away from Bruno. It’s really telling when you can’t stop thinking about the book.
This series is fantastic. I can’t wait for the next book, and I absolutely suggest this series to everyone, but you’ll want to read in order.
Edit: I gave this a 4 but I can’t stop thinking about the story. I’m bumping it up!
***copy provided by Avon Books through the Avon Addicts program(less)
Lady Xenobia India St. Clair is a 26 year old heroine who for once, isn’t “on the shelf” or “nearly a spinster.” Instead she’s the daughter of a marquess (who may have been mad), and she has a profession.
Tobias (Thorn) Dautry is one of the previous hero’s sons. The hero from A Duke of Her Own had several bastard children and Thorn is one of them. But here, he’s all grown up. And he’s decided he should marry. He chooses the most beautiful and sweet girl in the ton, a girl named Laetecia (Lala). Lala has beauty in spades, but nothing in her head. Whispers run rampant that she’s a simpleton. She can’t follow the conversation and she can’t read, so she must be stupid, right?
Well, not really. Let’s just say that her storyline was so sweet and I just loved her as a character, which I wasn’t sure I would.
Well, Thorn knows that to marry her, he’s going to have to impress her mother, who at one point had been a lady-in-waiting for the queen. To start with, he’ll need a country house, and a great presentation. His stepmother Eleanor hires India to renovate his new country estate.
I love how India and Thorn immediately have a chemistry and sexual tension. I love it. Thorn loved it too, although he didn’t realize it at first. He had a lot of growing up to do, and I do wish he’d realized what he felt for India was love a bit sooner. I don’t think it would have changed the plot any.
I hated how Lala was used to keep them apart. I didn’t like how India kept saying “Oh Lala is so sweet and kind, she’ll be perfect for you, and she’ll soothe your broody, battered soul, you poor emo man, you!” (-not an actual quote) It led to my next complaint.. It drove me nuts that either the hero or heroine claimed to be just friends when they were so obviously fooling themselves. It wasn’t even sweet, it was obnoxious.
I loved India. I absolutely loved her. She was a fabulous, hard working heroine who knew the value of being able to rely on oneself for everything. But at one point she acknowledges that even though she can take care of herself, she doesn’t necessarily want to, and it’s a great scene.
I do think that if this is the last book in the Desperate Duchesses series that it’s a shame, since Vander has been set up so splendidly as a hero. I’d really like to see him get a Happily Ever After of his own.
Eloisa James is hit or miss for me, and this one was a hit. With wonderful characters and old characters coming back in, this is a must read for any Eloisa James fan.
***ARC courtesy of Avon Books through Avon Addicts (less)
So this review has taken me months to write. This is not a good sign. First off, the title hints at witty Rom Com fun. There is none. Secondly, this book should include a trigger warning for rape. It doesn’t, but my review does.
TW for rape
I almost DNF’d it because I couldn’t stand the heroine Edie. I feel like even though we know what she went through almost immediately (not in detail, but enough to sympathize), I still couldn’t like her. I found her mean, cold and unnecessarily harsh. In my original review:
I'll admit I didn't like the heroine Edie at first, even though I knew what she was going through. I will also admit that I'm glad I finished it because about halfway through I changed my mind :)”
I said about halfway through I changed my mind, because Edie warmed up. A lot of why this review was hard for me to write, si that I feel Edie basically became a different person halfway through. I guess it’s personal growth for the character, but to be honest, I just felt like I had a different heroine halfway through. She could have still been distant to the hero without being mean or rude. She could have still made her points without being a jerk. I genuinely didn’t like Edie.
If the entire book could have featured the second-half Edie, I would have devoured it. I would have rated it a 5. But that first half Edie was just not relatable nor was she likeable.
Quick summary: Edie was ruined in New York and even though her father is stinkin’ rich, he wasn’t part of the Knickerbocker set. Of course, the jerk who did the “ruining” (ie raping) went on his merry way of ruining the ladies of New York.
Edie goes to London to marry to clear her name. She sees a gorgeous man at a ball who she knows needs money and she proposes. Her one condition is that he goes back to Africa and never returns. She gets to manage his estates (he doesn’t want to, he wants to be free), and she gets the title and respectability. Stuart gets the money and gets to bail on all that dreaded responsibility. She says that she’ll consummate the marriage, but reeeeeaaaaallllyyyy doesn’t want to. He’s all “I get to run off to adventure! Wheee!”
But about 5 years later, he’s almost killed by a lion attack, and he realizes that he really likes his wife and he’d like to go back and start a family with her.
He comes home and Edie literally runs from him. She takes one look at him and runs to her carriage, telling her driver not to wait for his grace. Right.
Of course Stuart follows, it’s his home too after all. This is where he makes the bargain. Give me 10 days, you’ll kiss me and we’ll live happily ever after ,but if you don’t, I’ll leave, divorce you, etc.
Of course she’s so traumatized still so she doesn’t even want to try to like him. Once she realizes she does like him, she is even more determined to win. Even though she wants him, she can’t imagine ever enjoying sex. So her solution is for them to separate. Of course.
The ending for Edie and Stuart was good, the ending for the villain was a cop out.
I loved the Edie who softened up a bit and relaxed. I just don’t understand why she was so giving and compassionate to her younger sister and every single person, but when she was around Stuart she was just a horrible person. The 2 Edies didn’t fit. I feel like we have 2 separate heroines.
Now, many others have given this 5 shining stars, so this could be me, but there are a lot of 1 stars too. I guess either you love it or hate it. I just happened to do both.
My daughter and I read this together and neither one of us really liked it. It's a DNF for us both.
That being said, a lot of what I didn't care for was the author's voice.
My daughter was bored with it.She didn't want to read it after the first chapter. So I started to read to her, which we do every night after silent reading. Even that didn't entice her. Since neither of us enjoyed it, we decided to move on.
I'd like to say she's too young for this book, but she's enjoyed Julie Kagawa's Winter's Passage which is for an older audience. I'm not really sure why this didn't work for her, unless like me, the writing and author's voice didn't work for her.
In fact, she actually didn't feel comfortable writing a less-than-favorable review, which is why I am.
***ARC courtesy of Random House Children's via netgalley (less)
Book 2 in the Roaring Twenties series begins with a chase on a train and an action-packed first meeting. You can’t help but get caught up in all the action.
I love the movie The Mummy (the one with Brendan Fraser), and this book kind of reminds me of The Mummy but set in San Francisco. We’ve got Lowe Magnusson a Berkley scholar and archaeologist, but who deals in forgeries and scams, rather than staying above-board. Normally a hero who lies all the time, or makes up wild tales when the truth is no big deal would bother me, but with him, it worked. He’s not just charming and charismatic, but he can back up all his big talk.
Hadley Bacall has been cursed with deadly spirits that can come up from the underworld anytime they sense she’s in trouble. Don’t get them confused with protectors, they aren’t that, but they feed off of her emotions. So if she’s really angry with someone, they’ll come and if she can’t get a hold of them, the spirits will kill whomever she’s upset with.
Being a woman in a male profession, she’s spent her life proving herself to many, even her father. But her father wants a piece of an amulet that Lowe is rumored to have brought back from Egypt with him, Hadley will absolutely make sure that artifact ends up in her father’s hands.
Meeting on the train station on his way from Salt Lake to San Francisco, Lowe can’t quite stop thinking naughty things about Hadley, even while they’re being shot at, because Hadley’s father isn’t the only one who wants that artifact.
I loved how Hadley was able to see right through his BS instantly. And I love this author’s voice. This is a refreshing change from the majority of PNR out there, and it’s pretty cool because it’s not only action-packed, it’s well-written and well-plotted.
So Hadley and Lowe team up to find her father the pieces of the amulet, because there are more. And what’s more intriguing, Hadley’s mother hid them so neither her father nor his ex-partner could find them. But Hadley and Lowe do find them. And almost literally all hell breaks loose. With an immortal magic-wielding villain, and her parents not being what they seemed, Hadley and Lowe have quite an adventure on their hands. And once they do find all the pieces of the amulet, will either actually hand it over?
You don’t have to have read the first book to enjoy this one, so I say go grab it now! For ancient Egyptian curses, a sexy silver-tongued hero, and strong intelligent heroine, this book fascinates and intrigues. You will not be disappointed!