Agent I1: Tristan introduces us to Tristan, an agent with The D.I.R.E. (Defense, Intelligence and Reconnaissance Enforcement) Agency. Ever since Scott...moreAgent I1: Tristan introduces us to Tristan, an agent with The D.I.R.E. (Defense, Intelligence and Reconnaissance Enforcement) Agency. Ever since Scotty first beamed characters on and off the Enterprise, I've been fascinated with teleportation. And, over the years, I've read about many different forms of I-wish-I-could-do-that jumps from here to there. In this novel, as a result of scientific enhancements, Tristan has the ability to not only "... teleport from one place to another with the scan of a thumbprint on his armband", but also become completely invisible. Love it! Double the fun!
Aidan, Tristan's friend and former BUD/S teammate, calls in a favor. He wants Tristan to use his unique abilities to stop Aiden's older sister's wedding. Knowing he owes his friend, Tristan agrees and teleports Rachel from her bridal suite straight to his home in the Virgin Islands.
As a D.I.R.E. Agent, Tristan has always been told by his boss, Mitchell, that he couldn't afford the complications that came with close relationships. So, he's kept himself distanced from others and focused all his energy on his missions. However, this mission is quite personal and he feels himself drawn to Rachel the more time he spends with her.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact, I read it in one sitting. I am looking forward to reading more about the agents in The D.I.R.E. Agency. (less)
Days Gone Bad had elements that reminded me of some of my favorite UF series. However, the story read as if it were further in the series rather than...moreDays Gone Bad had elements that reminded me of some of my favorite UF series. However, the story read as if it were further in the series rather than the first, which normally sets up the world and characters for the reader. At times, I felt as if there was information I'd missed but hadn't.
Vesik is an interesting male lead, but I would've expected him to be a bit more skilled and knowledgeable about his abilities. Much of his necromancy tutoring is unknown with only some of the history with his master (mentor/necromancy trainer) Zola explained. Vesik has a diet similar to mine several years ago - junk food, sodas, and a passion for chimichangas. He always seemed to be heating the tasty treats or snacking.
I did like the darker feel to the book. The fairies living in Vesik's grandfather clock reminded me a lot of Rachel Morgan's pixies. They accompanied him into battles and were kick-ass. I liked them a bit more than any other character, including Vesik. With that in mind, I'm not entirely sure if I'll continue the series or not. (less)
Hell's Belle's cover caught my eye and the mention of a half-human, half-vampire heroine who is "part of an elite secret team of government agents who...moreHell's Belle's cover caught my eye and the mention of a half-human, half-vampire heroine who is "part of an elite secret team of government agents who quietly take down rogue monsters" sealed the deal. Unfortunately, the story fell a bit short for me.
As a heroine, Nina came out the gates strong. However, as the story progressed, she seemed to go from strong to dependent and naive. The basis of the story and the wide range of supernaturals (weres, vampires, banshees, witches, hell hound, ghosts, berserker) were two pluses. However, the follow through wasn't there. Parts of the story were strong while others needed more polishing to become fully cohesive.
I liked the men in the book, but felt the romance (what there was of it) felt forced. Ultimately, it felt like an unnecessary addition to the story. Similarly, Max's (human FBI agent) yo-yo "relationship" with Nina was confusing. One minute they're trying to have a date before ripping each other's clothes off and the next he's screaming, "FUCK YOU!" when she struggles to explain the situation to him. Big turn off.
I struggled with how to rate this book - 2.5 or 3 stars. As crazy as this may sound, I'm not entirely against reading book 2. I'm interested to know what happens next with the majority of the characters, but if I do, I hope it flows a bit better than the first.(less)
Loved it! Each book in this series is even better than the one before it. I'm looking forward to Harper's story next in Embattled SEAL (release date u...moreLoved it! Each book in this series is even better than the one before it. I'm looking forward to Harper's story next in Embattled SEAL (release date unknown).(less)
After reading Eliza Gayle's Purgatory story (Hold Me Close), which is also a part of the multi-author series compilation Invitation to Eden, I was int...moreAfter reading Eliza Gayle's Purgatory story (Hold Me Close), which is also a part of the multi-author series compilation Invitation to Eden, I was interested in learning more about Eden and its mysterious Master.
Lauren Hawkeye's Master of the Island is a very short prequel (free @ Amazon) that offers readers a brief intro to the man behind "the island that knows what you need" and Joely, the puddle-jumper pilot. The island, however, continues to remain a mystery. We know it's located in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, the Master ("Mr. V" ~ Theodosius Vardalos) relocates a castle from Ireland to the island, and the island has a way of providing its inhabitants with whatever they need.
I kept waiting for Mr. Roarke to pop out and say, "Welcome to Fantasy Island"! As a fan of the show Fantasy Island and this genre, I'm tempted to read all of the EDEN installments by its 26 different authors. But, as a serious series reader with serious series OCD, I don't know if I'll be able to jump into the midst of an otherwise ongoing series just to get another glimpse of this intriguing island and its inhabitants.
(Story rating is closer to 2.5★, but I am intrigued by this multi-author series and appreciated the free prequel, so I rounded up.)(less)
I'm lucky because I rarely start a book I have a hard time finishing. But, it does happen. I finished this book simply because it was short enough to...moreI'm lucky because I rarely start a book I have a hard time finishing. But, it does happen. I finished this book simply because it was short enough to push through and I kept hoping it would improve. Sadly, it did not. Edmund Wilson said, “No two persons ever read the same book.” That is very clear in this case; I'm in the tiny minority with my 2.5★ rating. Sadly, I wasn't given an ARC, I bought my copy. And, hindsight, I'm not complaining about the marked down price of 99¢ I paid, but I would've if I'd paid the print list price (as shown on Amazon) of $9.99.
The Cry Wolf series has potential, but I found The Witch Who Cried Wolf lacking. Sarah Mäkelä has all of the necessary ingredients for an entertaining and interesting PNR. However, in this book, the mixture just wasn't quite right.
We have an inexperienced witch, Mia Brooks, who is being trained and mentored by her best friend, an "out" witch who owns a magic shop. On the family front, we have a protective older brother, Nathan, and caring parents. Relationship wise, Mia is currently dating a jackass because she doesn't want to dump him before Christmas. And, then there's her "crush since forever", Ethan Parker. He's her brother's best friend and has been like a member of their family since losing his parents. Ethan's coming home on military leave for the holidays and Mia's brother needs her to pick him up at the airport.
Sounds okay so far, yah? Well, that's the "necessary ingredients" part that would've worked with better story cohesion and character development.
Earlier in the day, prior to picking Ethan up at the airport, a man comes to her friend's shop and asks for a magical salve to help heal his friend. No additional information, but the request is more of an impatient demand. What comes later is predictable: Errors are made, attacks happen, injuries occur, feelings are hurt, sex is had.
Unfortunately, many story lines are left dangling in the wind. And, the book is very short, maybe too short to tell the story the author intended. The story is told in the first person, alternating between Mia and Ethan's POVs. First person isn't everyone's favorite, but it was nice having Ethan's POV. Problem: he basically said the same thing in a different way throughout the book.
(view spoiler)[Huh? ~ Mia's hiding the "supernatural side of her life" from everyone in her family --- Why? Her grandmother was a witch, which we are briefly told. When Jessa, her BF and mentor gets frustrated with Mia, she says, "You sit back, thinking you can be a badass witch like your grandmother, while never putting in the work." Did her mother not know her mom was a witch? Did something bad happen with the grandmother? Mia exclaims, "Just because I'm a witch doesn't mean I know anything and everything about the supernatural."
~ Ethan's scratched by the werewolf while attempting to protect Mia --- Okay. Apparently, a scratch means you turn. Okay. Mia tells Jessa, "I didn't know werewolves existed. I thought they were beasts of legend and folklore." But, only a page or two later she says, "Werewolves are known for their violent tendencies." Would that be fact or assumption based on her extensive knowledge of were legend and folklore?
~ Both Ethan and Mia have secretly longed to be together for years, but have not acted on those feelings because of his relationship with her family --- Okay. So, when they finally give in we'd not only expect sparks, but fireworks considering she's accidentally dosed him with some love potion. Sadly, the words were there, but when read it fell short.
~ Jessa's supposed to be Mia's BF, mentor and a witch who's "out". I'm assuming that means humans and other supernaturals know she's a witch. --- However, when a shifter comes to her shop requesting a healing salve, no mention is made of the injured party as a were and Jessa basically forces Mia to help the man and make the potion. (1) Wouldn't Jessa have known he was a shifter? (2) Why hadn't Jessa told Mia about shifters? (3) Is it a surprise Mia uses wolfsbane in the mixture, which further poisons the PACK ALPHA? Again, so much potential for a great story, but executed poorly. (hide spoiler)]
I'm tempted to read the second book (The Wolf Who Played With Fire) to see if there's any improvement in the storytelling. But, there are many more books I want to read, so it'll have to wait - maybe indefinitely.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A sexy short about Riley and Jenn. College friends who have secretly longed to be together jump at the chance to explore those feelings when they reun...moreA sexy short about Riley and Jenn. College friends who have secretly longed to be together jump at the chance to explore those feelings when they reunite after seven years.(less)
Embattled Minds is such a touching story. I've had a soft spot for Zeke since he first spotted Ember. So bashful, so convinced he was undeserving. And...moreEmbattled Minds is such a touching story. I've had a soft spot for Zeke since he first spotted Ember. So bashful, so convinced he was undeserving. And, Ember. Big hearted, strong single mom. Perfect match.
Oorah! Bless the strong women & men who support their friends and lovers through the effects (physical, mental or other) of service. And, gratitude to those who serve.