Although the world of Doms and Subs is not one I inhabit or have first hand knowledge of this was a fascinating exploration inside. Mac and Violets ch...moreAlthough the world of Doms and Subs is not one I inhabit or have first hand knowledge of this was a fascinating exploration inside. Mac and Violets characters were people whose lifestyle choice came with a high price as those outside it were realistically predictable in their condemnation of what they did not understand, an attitude that am sure is shared by the majority who think it is perverted and sickening.
While personally do not understand either I do know that what a man and woman share together is powerful, no matter how they choose to express it sexually.
This was a fabulous romantic suspense thriller that just happens to also be an erotic romance story as believe me Mac and Violet's relationship is very heated!(less)
On the run Abigail Thornton ends up in Willow Creek pretty much broke, finds herself in jail one day and then married to the town Marshall.Before she...moreOn the run Abigail Thornton ends up in Willow Creek pretty much broke, finds herself in jail one day and then married to the town Marshall.Before she knows it Abigail finds herself running once again but this time she has left a man she loves, has their unborn baby's life at stake and despair at losing a chance at a life she never dreamed she would be privileged to be a part of.
This sweetly simple tale was a lovely way to spend a few hours, especially as Morgan Avery and his new wife Abigail were the perfect couple whose HEA was well deserved. Looking forward to brother Colt Avery's story.(less)
The most enjoyable of the four , glad everything wrapped up and at the same time would love for more but the series is over as per authors statement a...moreThe most enjoyable of the four , glad everything wrapped up and at the same time would love for more but the series is over as per authors statement at the back of the ending chapter. (less)
Like first two this was a blazing fast read and action and suspense ramped up to levels that totally put the reader in the thick of the story, startin...moreLike first two this was a blazing fast read and action and suspense ramped up to levels that totally put the reader in the thick of the story, starting book 4 ASAP and am anticipating what I hope turns out to be a positive ending to Riley's story.(less)
Rylie thought by moving the wolf to her aunt's farm that she could control her more violent nature, turns out that was just the beginning and even wit...moreRylie thought by moving the wolf to her aunt's farm that she could control her more violent nature, turns out that was just the beginning and even with the help of Seth control is something that may very well be out of her reach and disaster is only one full moon away.(less)
Let's just say will never dismiss the drummer as not being more than he appears at first glance, not after meeting closet geek Gabe Banner anyway! Mel...moreLet's just say will never dismiss the drummer as not being more than he appears at first glance, not after meeting closet geek Gabe Banner anyway! Melanie and Gabe's one night was beyond words and here is to lesson learned about tattoos, piercings and mohawks not being a true guide to the inner man who sports them!(less)
When Cookery teacher Kate Canavan’s perfect life falls apart she moves to nearby Galway City. Her friend James urges her to love and nurture herself, but mischievous Ella persuades her to dust off her unused dating skills. So Kate explores the world of on-line dating using the name of a Greek Goddess. In the midst of a mad dating frenzy, Kate has a traumatic health scare which convinces her to drop everything and go in search of a guru. First stop a famous healer's ashram in Brazil followed by a shamanic journey through Peru, where a shaman tells her how to harness the energy of the Goddess and the Divine Feminine. Kate’s journey of self discovery continues apace after she returns home and events unfold in a surprising manner, as she learns to think for herself.
As someone whose love of mythology is only surpassed by my love of a good recipe this book manages to engage both my mind and gastronomic tastes quite well. The character of Kate Canavan embodies in a way many women as she shows both their frailty and their strength in her actions and reactions throughout the book.
There is nothing quite like the mixture of realism and fantasy that author Mary Elizabeth Coen has so craftily combined to keep her reader's attention while allowing them to experience Kate's highs and lows as she learns to cope day by day with her newfound life. After being married for over 20 years that new life does not start off on a high note when her older husband decides that they no longer belong together as he has fallen in love with someone else.
Kate is of course devastated, married at 22 then at 44 to find out the man she has built her life with, catered to every whim of, borne children with, turned herself into the kind of woman he demanded she become and then all these years later after all the time energy and effort she has put into it her marriage is just over.
A person would think that a story revolving around the divorce of one 44 year old Irish woman would not really be a fun type of read, in this instance though the gentle humor mixed with mystical wisdom and general common sense approach to handling a life changing event make it very easy and fun for the reader.
What I liked most about Kate's character is the fact that she allows herself to be human, she has moments of self pity, she has thoughts of why me, she worries that what has happened between she and her husband will forever taint their daughter's feelings toward them but the best thing is that even with all that Kate never stops moving forward as she heals one day at a time.
Kate enters the online dating world soon after she and her husband's split, the first persona that she uses is that of Persephone as she is still very much in a vulnerable state of mind. The results that she gets are mixed and eye opening for a woman who has only ever been involved with one man in her life, her former husband.
Time goes on and Kate actually becomes quite obsessed with the online dating world, finding it both daunting and enticing at the same time, ultimately to come to her senses after starting a relationship with one of the men she finally hooks up with. Kate then has a bad health scare which leads her on the first of her journeys on the way to self healing and self enlightenment.
The author does not try to convert her reader to a belief in holistic medicine nor does she try to make light of just how hard Kate's personal journey really is, from divorce to a health scare to worry over her elderly father to mishaps while trying to find a relationship with a man she can feel herself with it all boils down to being able to finally come to grips with what Kate herself feels comfortable and happy with. That is something all of us struggle with and something that we very seldom ever totally manage in our own lives and reading along as Kate finds her way at the age of 45 is both a revelation as well as a chance to reexamine what is really necessary or important when it comes to personal validation.
The book Love & The Goddess is a tale about one woman's path to starting over, it is full of the emotional upheaval one feels when a life you love is changed in ways you never dreamed, it is a testimony to human courage, it is also a story that will shake the boundaries of what some of us believe about spiritual healing and the power of faith but most of all it is a story that we can all in some way identify with whether we are male or female because at some time in our lives we too face adversity and how we meet our trials with either determination or despair is only a small part of all that Kate's character went through. It was a true pleasure to watch how Kate persevered and triumphed at the end, finding not only her sense of self worth returned but a new beginning to a new and better life as well!
Thought provoking, humorous and totally engaging characters and stories meshed together.
A very short steamy read that has an interesting angle that has been developed in other series about shifters but this author made theirs unique by ca...moreA very short steamy read that has an interesting angle that has been developed in other series about shifters but this author made theirs unique by carrying it a step further than some. Loved the dynamics between Grayson and Sasha, their chemistry burned the pages but their humanity gave hope that as the series continues the "morphs" will find their way into a better life for future generations.
Fast quick read that is a small slice of a larger pie and under 100 pages it still packed in a lot of information and action.(less)
Dark and violent but in a good way as this is more like the vampires of legend as they should be, more realistically brutal and at the same time retai...moreDark and violent but in a good way as this is more like the vampires of legend as they should be, more realistically brutal and at the same time retaining their cunning intelligence to keep them from being discovered and exterminated by the humans whose blood they survive on.
This was a good start and interested to see how the second book follows Cian and Liya's story.(less)
For a select few people, friendship lasts forever. Nicky Fusco and Frankie Donovan were friends like that, but that was years ago. Now...more
For a select few people, friendship lasts forever. Nicky Fusco and Frankie Donovan were friends like that, but that was years ago. Now Frankie’s a detective in Brooklyn’s Homicide department, and Nicky is a reformed hit man. But when Frankie gets in trouble—and the law can’t help him—he turns to Nicky.
The problem is that Nicky promised his family, and God, that he’d go straight.
What can be said about a book that you totally cannot put down but that it was a fantastic reading experience that you were sad to end!
After enjoying book one in this series it was with great joy and anticipation that I cracked open the digital pages on this second book in the Friendship and Honor series, it truly gave me everything a reader can hope for with characters you have grown to enjoy spending time with and a crime drama scenario that just chills you through and through as it played out.
It is honestly safe to say that my love of the murder mystery thriller genre has been restored by the author as this is the third book of his that I have enjoyed and for sure it will not be the last!
We were first introduced in Murder Takes Time to the characters of "Bugs" Frankie Donovan who is a Brooklyn Homicide Detective and his childhood friend Nicky "The Rat" Fusco who did ten years in prison for murder and is now working hard at a job in construction to support his wife and teenage daughter.
Frankie comes home to Wilmington Delaware to bury his father while his partner in Brooklyn,Lou, continues to work on the murder case that Frankie was in the middle of when he left New York.
This story is once again very brutally graphic in it's descriptions of the murder victims, the vicious acts that the murderer commits against his victims and the overall feeling in the book is one of spine chilling horror at times that someone could possibly be so unfeeling and cruel to his fellow man.
That being said there is nothing that does not elevate the suspense and the overwhelming hope that Frankie and his fellow Homicide officers will quickly bring the killer to justice as soon as possible!
There is also the murder of his brother-in-law that takes place while Frankie is in Wilmington to bury his father, a murder that the local police officer in charge of the case seems determined to pin on Frankie.
This brings Nicky into the picture when Frankie asks for his help to find out who the real killer is, this also leads to Nicky facing a very hard decision as to whether his lifelong friendship with "Bugs" is worth compromising his promises to his family that he would never go down the criminal path again.
There is nothing like the bonds of true friendship based on honor and trust after many years of facing the hard knocks that life throws at you, the world would be such a better place if more of us could find such friends and keep them closely nurtured.
This second book in the series explores many facets of right, wrong and gray that we all have to muddle through when walking the road that life puts us on. Sometimes that road is rocky and for Frankie and Nicky also full of potholes which the author somehow manages to help them navigate in ways that will wring tears of sympathy from you for both of them.
The pace of the book is so smooth that you do not realize just how far into the story you are until you look at the page or in case of digital reader the percentage that you are on in the book, it just keeps you in your seat as page after page flies by! You can bet for sure that when third book Murder Takes Patience releases it will be read ASAP!
[Personal Kindle copy purchased by myself when book released in February of 2013 to read for pleasure.]