Blooded sets the scene for Amanda Carlson’s new Jessica McClain series with the first full length novel, FReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
Blooded sets the scene for Amanda Carlson’s new Jessica McClain series with the first full length novel, Full Blooded being released in September.
When you take a look at the blurb you actually know what the story is all about. Jessica is born into a wolf pack and shockingly for everyone she is a woman and plainly human too. In her world wolf shifters only have male offspring- a purely testosterone ruled race. Jessica’s birth is a mystery and the majority of her pack believe her to be the “antichrist”. She’s prophecized to bring doom and destruction and the wolves around her are becoming more and more unwilling to accept her in their home.
Meet Jessica- as you can imagine growing up in such a volatile environment isn’t easy on a girl but she came out hard headed and determined. She’s strong- a fighter who might also be a bit reckless. The wolves do have super strength and all but still Jessica is clever enough to actually win confrontations. This actually made me wonder. Perhaps I missed the parts where we learn how she does that but her cunning mind and agility seem to be enough to knock out a wolf. The setting reminded me a bit of Mercy Thompson and her growing up in Bran’s pack. Well yes she never faced this kind of antagonism but still the image was locked in my mind. Jessica is strong- I really don’t want to diminish this but for me she also felt a bit naive. Where does her strong self-confidence come from? How can she really have a chance against a wolf? Perhaps I would have needed more insight into the shifters’ strength and weaknesses but for me her victories seemed to be partly because of her cunning but mostly out of luck.
Blooded centers around confrontation between Jessica and other pack members. Carlson’s fight scenes are vivid and fast paced. I did love Jessica’s snassy mouth even though I still feared she wouldn’t stand a chance. The fights are dirty, bloody and really show us not only the mean side of the wolves but also Jessica’s.
One thing I didn’t like about this novella was the seemingly endless repetitions. There was too much talk about the wolves hating her and she wanting to leave that I actually wanted to scream for her father to let her go just so she would finally shut up about that. Instead I would have loved to get a bit more than a peek at the characters who got by far not enough focus for my taste.
One little thing that always annoys me a bit is an unfitting cover. First I already knew that woman from another book but second Jessica never even touched a gun in this novella so why is it such a focus on the cover? Just as a sidenote.
Blooded gives us a short introduction into what seems to be a fascinating new urban fantasy series. I can’t wait to see how Jessica’s life outside the pack will be and I hope to get a better look into this supernatural world Carlson has created.
I give Blooded: A Jessica McClain Novella 3 stars....more
Merrick’s Destiny throws us right back into the world of the Bloodhounds. After an airship crash Merrick cReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
Merrick’s Destiny throws us right back into the world of the Bloodhounds. After an airship crash Merrick can’t remember anything that happened before only that out of nowhere his mate is sitting on him trying to bring him back to life. His mate! To say he’s shocked by that would be an understatement but he knows it deep inside- this is the woman who will make him whole and be the center of his world for the rest of his life. Paralee doesn’t know yet but she does feel the sizzling attraction between them.
Merrick and Paralee are a match made in heaven. Merrick is one of these hot hunky alpha males. He knows what he wants and nothing will steer him away from it. He’s commanding but also very considerate. He tries to ease Paralee into this new and very intense commitment. But more than anything he adores her independence and strength.
Paralee isn’t a flower who does nothing more than looking beautiful. She’s a pilot and tries to earn the money to get her own ship back running. She’s determined, strong and knows her way around a fight and physical work. But she’s also smart enough to see her boundaries and accept help, or a command *wink*, when she needs it.
Together these two are explosive. I loved to see that Paralee isn’t inncocent in any way and open to relish the chance the gets with Merrick. Keep an icepack handy while reading this one- you will need it to cool down your ereader and yourself.
I also loved to see more of the Bloodhound’s world. We get a glimpse here and there about how the Bloodhound’s society and their life looks like. We learn how they became what they are and how the mating is seen inside their ranks.
Rogers did it again. In Merrick’s Destiny we find an emotionally intense story with characters who will grow on you from page one. Rogers definitely set my expectations for novellas higher. I love how they always succeed in luring me into a world even with so few pages. The pace they set is always on spot and leads us through a great mix of action, love and sex. As always I can’t seem to recommend these books enough. a great new series with so much potential- I know these books are on my autobuy list. For all the romance lovers out there who love their romance with hot alpha males.
Through all the previous installments in the Bloodhounds series Archer was the character who intrigued me most. We never learned much about him and hiThrough all the previous installments in the Bloodhounds series Archer was the character who intrigued me most. We never learned much about him and his mysterious character with all its edges made me crave this book. And yes I do admit I’m a cover whore and I just HAD to read this one. Look how pretty it is. But back to the book behind this great cover.
In Archer’s Lady we finally get to know the man behind the cool and unattached Bloodhound. Archer is everything I wanted him to be: alpha without being too overbearing, a strong and powerful fighter with a big heart. On the surface he sometimes seems a bit cold and uncaring but with Grace he’s a different person. The way he treats her with care and without judgement warmed my heart. He always does the right thing even when his view of the “job” isn’t what it should be. He puts the needs of the community above his own and gives everything he has to make them feel home and safe again. And let’s not forgive he’s hot and totally rocked my world.
Grace isn’t my favorite heroine in this series though. It’s not like I didn’t like her but well in comparison to the previous books I missed something. Grace has a secret past she’s still running from. She’s ashamed of her deeds and in weak moments the only solution she sees is flight. She struggles with it and in the end she never actually does it. Chrystal Springs was meant to be her new start and now faced with such a desolate and threatening situation she is overwhelmed. When Archer joins the picture her character got more substance in my eyes. Through their conversations we get more insight into her thoughts and reasons for acting the way she does.
The sexual chemistry between Archer and Grace build up a the exact right pace for me. I loved to see them undo each other in with their affection. It’s always nice to see a strong warrior-type man unravel for the woman he’s meant for. Makes me all sappy and gooey inside. *happy sigh*
One thing I completely adored about Archer’s Lady is the community Rogers created in Chrystal Springs. All those people who stayed even though their lives were threatened really warmed my heart. We meet a variety of fascinating characters and thankfully the author took the time to make them more than just an ornament. It’s one of Rogers’ gifts to bring characters to life even in such a short format and I treasure their stories for that.
The story-building was wonderful. From page one I was drawn back into the world. I loved how easily all the needed back-story is woven in without being annoying by useless repetitions. I love the fight scenes and caught myself grabbing the eraser like a madwoman and cheering the good guys on.
I would have loved to see more of the previous characters in this series but by not including this Archer’s Lady is a great story to start reading about this world. I’m pretty sure even a Bloodhound “virgin” would enjoy reading about Grace’s and Archer’s journey.
Archer’s Lady is a splendid addition to the Bloodhound series. A wonderful strong and broody hero and a heroine who awakens his softer side. You will find a great plot, engaging steampunk action and a mystery you will crave to figure out. Archer’s Lady isn’t only for the fans of this series- if you haven’t tried these books yet this one is a perfect choice to start- you won’t regret it....more
The first time I saw this cover I was already intrigued- then I read the blurb and I was sold. I have a soft spot for science fiction romance and I coThe first time I saw this cover I was already intrigued- then I read the blurb and I was sold. I have a soft spot for science fiction romance and I couldn’t wait to dive into this world. In Unaccepteable Risk we meet Plix a mysterious woman living a world rather different from ours. In her world humans are able to enhance not only their body but also their mind. There are ways to become stronger, faster or to turn yourself into a living and breathing surveillance system- the latter is what Plix had to do. Plix, our heroine, has a mission and she is singlemindedly trying to reach her goal. She is more than determined and so focused that she has to ignore the other things, or persons, that mean the world to her.
One of those is Edison. He’s her tuner and her secret crush. As a tuner he does the actual enhancements or, as in Plix’ case, repair them after they were damaged. He’s not only caring for the mechanical part of her- over the time they “worked” together she took a piece of his heart and everytime she leaves to put herself in danger yet again his heart is splintering a little more. He wants to keep her safe but he doesn’t know how to get her to listen to him. It’s hard to get through to her.
The tragic of this story is that you do know that they both want each other but the circumstances just don’t permit it. It’s a heartwrenching situation and their feeling felt so real to me I actually felt my heart breaking with theirs.
As you can see this novella really touched me. It’s not often I feel such a deep connection to characters and even less in such a short format. Ms Grey reminds me of Megan Hart and her work- great characterisation and an engaging and facinating world-building hold together by a compelling writing style.
I loved the pace of this book. You jump head first into the story and everything unfolds slowy before your eyes. You learn all the essentials as the story progresses. At first this confusd me a bit but after some pages I was so engrossed that I lost track of time.
As you can see I loved this book. This is one of these rare gems you find. I hoped to like this book but instead I adored it. Unacceptable Risk will draw you in and not let you go. I know I will hunt down Ms Grey‘s backlist and keep her future releases on must buy list.
I give Unacceptable Risk 4.5 out of 5 stars!...more
It took me a long time to find the courage to review this book. Me Before You was a very intense read for me. I picked it up and couldn’t let go. I waIt took me a long time to find the courage to review this book. Me Before You was a very intense read for me. I picked it up and couldn’t let go. I was glued to the pages till 5 AM in the morning and some more after to digest what I just read- or well to stop crying. It is a tearjerker like I never read one before. For all those romance lovers hereI want to make one thing clear: this is not a romance novel in my definition and I’m sure most of you will agree. I knew it wouldn’t be before I started but still this book caught me off guard.
Meet Lou, she lives at her parents place has a job she loves in a coffee shop and well she is happy with her life for the most time. When out of nowhere she loses her job,she has to find something new to help her family. The jobcenter suggest a caring job for a local young man and Lou isn’t sure she can do it. It is a temporary assignment which would only last 6 months so she takes the risk and takes it. When she meets Will and realizes what her real job is aka giving him back his will to life her determination to do just that is spiked and she gives her best.
Will is a quadriplegic and his life is ruled by his body’s condition. He’s dependant on outside help and he hates every second of it. His life before the accident was a very active one- he was always looking for the next adrenaline high. A life full of adventures and risks. Now he has lost all of this including his will to live and he actually only waits for his suffering to end. He knows what he wants- his plan is to visit a hospiz in Switzerland to do what he wouldn’t be allowed to do in his home-country.
There are so many things I adored in this book. I loved to see how realistically the relationship between Lou and Will developed. The slow building up of their connection eases you into the story- you take this whole journey into a foreign world together with Lou. Ms Mojes seems to have researched Quadriplegia intensively and the background information we get piece by piece was eye opening for me. I also loved that actually not the things Lou plotted out to get Will back to enjoy life worked but that actually her character did. Her spirit and while demeanor is the key.She is not afraid to tell him the truth- bluntly and honest without hesitating of fear to hurt his feelings. I also liked how the side cast and their stories were seamlessy woven into the story but never stole the spotlight from the main theme.
My biggest problem with the book is actually a bit of a spoilery topic. So skip this if you plan to read this book and want to be unbiased while doing so.
When I got the chance to receive this book I read a bit about it and I thought it would be an optimistic book. About finding the pleasure of life again, finding new hope and all. For me a “romantic” read isn’t this sad and the end seriously killed the book for me. I read for hours in the whee hours of the morning and then the end hit me so hard I couldn’t take it. I was devasted and well here this book succeded- it really touched me deep inside and made me cry for hours. But sadly it also ruined the whole reading experience for me. Now when I think of Me Before You I remember the end and well not much of the rest. Perhaps it’s just me being a pampered romance reader but I couldn’t shake off the emotional intensity Ms Moyes build over the whole book so easily.
Me Before You will grab you and wrench every last tear out of your body. It didn’t only make me cry though- there are also some very funny and sweet moments in this book. I really enjoyed the book but the romance reader in me is wishing that I would have never read the end. If you love the sweetness and happiness of romance novels this one might not be for you but if you love the emotional intensity no matter if good or bad grab this one- it is a wonderfully crafted emotional roller-coaster ride....more
In The Limit of Desire we encounter one of my favorite romance themes- the past fling getting back together. Jessa and Ryder are fighting side by sideIn The Limit of Desire we encounter one of my favorite romance themes- the past fling getting back together. Jessa and Ryder are fighting side by side in the Limit War and on their last leave they spent some very enjoyable few days on a nice and hot little beach paradise planet. They agreed to keep it at that and when they resume their duty they are just fellow soldiers- or that’s what they planned it to be. But then Jessa is missing and Ryder can’t stand the thought of her falling into the hands of the Dusk warriors.
Jessa is the captain of her unit. She is a strong leader with a compassionate heart. I really liked this chick. She is strong and never gives up. She treasures her memories of the time she spent with Ryder but also tries to ignore as best as she can. She has to be focused on her job to keep all the people who depend on her safe. Ryder is a very endearing character. He’s in the war to help and not to step up the career ladder. He is funny and daring and always has some innuendo to share to put a little blush on Jessa’s face. I loved his teasing and joking side- he put a smile on my face rather often. He wants them to be more than just comrades but so far all his tries to get her back in his bed failed.When he hears that Jessa is missing his only goal is to get her back to safety. His determination is unwavering. Well what can I say about that besides just wow. Who wouldn’t fall for a man who will run right into the enemy zone just to save you? I have to say the chemistry between these two was sizzling hot. They just fit each other and I was dying to see them finally get together. Let’s say Rosso really kept us waiting for that to happen. I loved how the tension was kept up with back flashes to the time they spent together. The main portion of this novella shows Jessa and Ryder sabotaging the enemies’ weapons. It is a very plot driven read with a focus on military ranks, strategies and how a “relationship” plays into that. Even more so because Jessa is actually Ryder’s boss. Both of them have to learn how deal with that and well then there is also the rest of the team. I would have loved to see more of the romance in this book. We see them together and how they decide to give being a couple a chance but it always felt like the romance was a bit missing. The war and the fight is always very prominent and takes a huge part of you attention- it felt like it missed them really falling in love. In contrast to how the whole book the end was even a bit cheesy. A bit more balance between the war and the love story would have been perfect. The Limit of Desire is an action packed science fiction novel with a couple you just have to like. A bit more feeling and passion would have made this a perfect read for me.
I give The Limit of Desire 3 1/2 out of 5 stars....more
The Breaker's Concubine is a very erotic but also controversial novel. It touches topics which are, at least for me, hard to swallow but it also offerThe Breaker's Concubine is a very erotic but also controversial novel. It touches topics which are, at least for me, hard to swallow but it also offers an erotic tale of love and finding your mate. We also have politcal intrigues, prejudices and social systems that will make you shake your head till it nearly falls off. But let me start at the beginning.
Devnar is the prince of his world and a warrior at heart. When he finds himself as a slave intended to become the concubine of the queen on a foreign planet his first instinct is to fight with all his might. But when he is assigned to the petite breaker Melania everything slowly starts to change. .So here we have a captured man who is forced to become a sex slave of a woman he never met. His "breaking" is full of forced pleasure and mind games with the only goal of bringing him to accept his purpose. I didn't really like this theme. It made me uncomfortable to see him forced to feel pleasure in such a way. It is disturbing to think about something like that happening. The whole procedure was a mix of pain as a penalty for unwanted behavior and a constant onslaught of sexual stimulation. Well, I admit that my feelings were mixed while reading about it. Some scenarios where sexy as hell but I always had this doubt about the rightness in my mind. This is a very touchy topic and it is nothing for the light of heart.
Melanie is more than just being a breaker. Her life didn't treat her fair but her goal is to make the wrongness that happened to some of her subjects better in her own way. She doesn't have much of a choice either- breaking Devnar is her only chance of ever get a concubine for herself. Her appearance is seen as ugly and unacceptable flawed on her world so when Devnar shows real appreciation for her body she can't believe her eyes. It doesn't hurt that he has his own kind of appeal (see yummy cover *sigh*).
As I already mentioned the relationship between these two starts in a rather unusual and controversial way. They stand on opposing sides and both have an own agenda. When the forced pleasure morphs into something natural and real the emotions start to change too. The mix of primal attraction and mutual compassion is breathtaking and well the sex scenes are unbelievable hot. Mayburn knows how to set the pages on fire. We a vast variety of encounters without drifting off into unnecessary repetitions.
The plot itself is strongly woven around the science fiction setting. The different cultural and social systems are introduced on the go and I never felt overwhelmed by the information. I loved that we learn all these tidbits about Melania through Devnar's eyes. The setting itself is disturbing in so many ways but it shows us how wrong society can go even when it started with the best intentions.
The Breaker's Concubine is a very sexy and erotic read with some controversial plot points. It has a great setting that wraps seamlessly around the plot about intrigues and inhuman politics. This book will take you to your limits and before you even noticed it pushed you over. I dare you to give it a chance.
I give The Breaker's Concubine 3 1/2 out of 5 stars....more
I read my fair share of menage stories but I have to admit this one was my first with two woman and a man. I wasn't sure what to expect or if I wouldI read my fair share of menage stories but I have to admit this one was my first with two woman and a man. I wasn't sure what to expect or if I would even like to read about it. Even more this is a short story and I was a bit scared that the characterization or the world building wouldn't be enough to pitch the threesome line to me. It did work for me and that rather good. *wink*
We meet Sabrina in the middle of the woods waiting for her blind-date with an alpha couple. She knows their names and which pride they belong to but nothing more than that. On the one hand she is excited and hopes to finally find her mates but on the other she's already prepared for dissapointment. Sabrina was fun- she is a beta but still she felt very strong to me. She took a chance with the blind date.
Madeline is a blond sex bomb or that is what her looks want to make us believe. She is after all a strong alpha leading a pack of shifters. She is desperate to find a girl that both, herself and her mate Nick would like. After a bad incident in their past Nick is reluctant to let another woman near Madeline even though they both need the release a beta could give them.
I loved the how this story just felt so smooth. The conversations between these two girls were awesome- they made the story so much more vibrant. The teasing and joking was fun to read about and well it was so hot to see them explore their sexuality. Surprisingly I liked that the girls met alone first and the first sexual encounter only happened between them. It was new and different to me but well very very hot.
The plot itself was a bit predictable but I think this story lives more through the character interaction. Amber Moon was a surprising fast read that will leave you hot and happy at the end. Shifters alone in the woods- what is not to love....more
Good Girls Don't is the first novel in Dahl's new series- The Donovan Brothers Brewery. After lovThis review was originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
Good Girls Don't is the first novel in Dahl's new series- The Donovan Brothers Brewery. After loving her Tumble Creek novels I was thrilled to hear about her new contemporary series. Dahl's writing always makes me giggle and laugh- and she definitely knows how to turn the pages on fire. As you can see I had really high expectations and well, I wasn't disappointed.
Good Girls Don't is focused on Tessa Donavan, so to say the baby sister in the Donovan clan. She and her two big brothers run the brewery after the tragic death of their parents and as you can imagine family and business is good to stress even the tightest siblings out at times. Tessa is a little Ms Sunshine. She's a happy person and tries to focus on the good things in life. She loves her brothers and would do anything to keep her little family together. She's also a fixer- one of those who can't ever stop to fix something that went wrong- on her own. I really liked Tessa even though sometimes she really was a bit too much the "fixer" for me. She is funny, witty and made me snort with laughter. But on the other hand she keeps secrets and lies when she thinks it's for the best. I didn't much care for that but it really keeps the story on the edge. I was waiting for the moment when she would realize what she had done.
On the other hand we have Detective Luke Asher- the sexy and brooding officer who actually fell into her life by another family business crisis. Luke has a past full of heartbreak and failure- at least in his eyes. He's one of those nice guys who still succeed in looking all mysterious and dark even though their hearts are bigger than Mother Teresa's. He has a reputation in town though. The gossip runs hot and dirty around his life but he usually doesn't care. Luke is one of those guys who would take anything on himself just to protect some else. I adored him. He was so cute and sexy at the same time. I loved to see how Tessa got to him and actually made his engine roar to life. He's definitely book boyfriend material.
Tessa and Luke have a hard case of chemistry in the mix with a lot of gossiped tales and misunderstandings. Everything is tangled up in a big mess of untrue facts and unmentioned tidbits. When some of those come out throughout the book I really had to control myself to not start laughing out loud in the tram. But I couldn't keep the giggles inside. Their love is sweet and still burns hot. I love it when a relationship is not only about mutual attraction but also about things like laughing together.
The plot around the brewery break in actually played a smaller role- at least for me. My focus was more on Tessa's plot to save her family and Luke's efforts to reveal the secret around his police partner's pregnancy. Those two plots really kept me glued to the pages. Tessa and her so called fixing made me shake my head and yes, I waited for her big "oh my god what did I do moment". Luke and his search for answers made my heart melt- he really is such a caring and loving character. Truely a Susi soft spot.
As you can see I loved Good Girls Don't - the story is entertaining, kept me reading nearly non stop, the love was sweet and still sizzled hotter than hot. I love Dahl's humor and wit, this makes her books one of the most treasured in my shelf. A great start to a new series- I can already imagine how much fun the other 2 books will be. Highly recommended read- if you love funny contemporary romances you shouldn't miss this one.
Koch did it again- with Alien Proliferation she delivers another fast paced and enthralling novel in her Katherine Kitty Katt series. It’s hard to revKoch did it again- with Alien Proliferation she delivers another fast paced and enthralling novel in her Katherine Kitty Katt series. It’s hard to review this book without spoiling the previous ones so if you are behind on reading them I caution you to read on only if you don’t mind spoilers.
Kitty is pregnant and feels like it too- she describes with more wit and gusto but you get the gist. But she still is the same gal we know and love. Her deep thinking skills are still mind-boggeling and she is still as sharp as ever. I adore all these seemingly fast-talked group discussions where Kitty explains the world to the team. You go girl!
Alien Proliferation is not only fun and wit though. We find very emotional and heartbreaking scenes in this one. I might had have a tear or two in my eyes. I don’t to tell you too much about why but it did catch me by surprise.
Another thing I adored was Martini and his jealousy banter with the various male persons around him. I know I should find this soooo adorable but I do. It gives him this primal appeal. *sigh* Love it!
The plot is tightly woven together and as always I didn’t get who’s the bad guy before Kitty laid it out for me. Koch is rather goot at deceiving us first and then bam revealing the evil plot of the antagonist.
For me Koch’s books aren’t only the entertainment for a few hours. After I read one I catch myself starting to quote some lines from to people at random. Well they usually do giggle so here one of my favortite quotes just for you:
Kitty about her pregnant self:
“Look, I’m the size of a freaking hippo. If we were at the zoo, the tourist would take pictures of the hippo in black and white Armani maternity wear and toss their popcorn to me and, sadly, I would eat it….”
As always a wonderful read and a series you just shouldn’t miss out on – fast paced, funny and just intoxicating. A must read for all pop culture lovers.