I think the reason I love this series so much, is that it's not like other historical novels flooding the market right now (even though I tend to love...moreI think the reason I love this series so much, is that it's not like other historical novels flooding the market right now (even though I tend to love those as well). There's always a darker edge to these books, and this one was no exception.
I really loved the thread of danger that never quite left, and the love scenes? *fans self* Yum.
Also, this doesn't count towards the rating of this one, but can I just say how excited I am to read the next one?! Gah! Such an evil tease!
A very solid 4/5 Stars, full review to follow. (less)
Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: G...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author’s Website: http://www.jamialden.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Trilogy Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone, but would suggest reading in order Steam Level: Steamy
SPOILER WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series, BEG FOR MERCY.
Sean Flynn spent two years on death row for a murder he did not commit -- a murder he was framed for by his own closest friend. Now out of prison, but still suffering daily as a result of his wrongful incarceration, all Sean wants is to find some peace and quiet. The last thing he wants is to have the woman who pushed so hard for his conviction -- Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Krista Slater -- butting back into his life.
Unfortunately for Sean, Krista is determined to follow the trail left behind by the real killer, and to bring down those who had possibly hired him for the brutal murders. Coming up against a wall with the police department and the DA office, she seeks Sean out to see if he can shed light on his former friend's secret lifestyle.
When Krista's investigation draws attention from the wrong people, she's thrown into a world that completely destroys her faith in the system -- one filled with corruption on every level of government and law enforcement, and one where nothing is black and white. Dragged unwillingly into the hornet's nest that Krista has stirred up, Sean focuses on getting them both to safety, but safety may be a pipedream when there's no one left you can trust.
Together, Sean and Krista struggle to stay one step ahead of their pursuers. and to ignore the sizzling attraction blossoming between them.
Sensitive readers should be aware that there is a fairly graphic scene detailing an attempted sexual assault.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, BEG FOR MERCY, and am very happy to say that I enjoyed this one even more. While Beg For Mercy was more about rebuilding trust between estranged lovers, Hide From Evil was much more focused on the suspense. The mystery element was not quite as strong, as the "villains" of the story were revealed to the reader fairly early on, but the necessary paranoia for Sean and Krista more than made up for it.
In addition, the sexual tension and chemistry between them was absolutely delicious, especially when compounded by their previous bad history together.
Overall, I adored this one. While I do think that this one would work just fine as a standalone, I would still suggest that newcomers still read Beg For Mercy first, simply because it gives a lot of insight to the depths of betrayal that Sean suffered, but also gives quite a bit of insight into his psyche as his execution date approached.
Recommended for fans of damaged yet honorable heroes who have been dragged into danger against their will, of naive heroines battling not only for their lives but also a strong sense of disillusionment, and of realizing that sometimes the deepest betrayals can lead to the happiest endings.
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Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.victoriadahl.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 Donovan Brothers Brewery Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Olivia Bishop is a 35 year old, straight-laced divorcee who is trying to rebuild her life after she left her cheating scum of a husband, whom she’d already wasted half her life on. Finally vowing to make some new friends and have a good time, she joins some local ladies for a book club meeting at the Donovan Brother’s Brewery, only to realize the point of the club is not to discuss the books, but rather to ogle the local man-candy that is Jamie Donovan.
Sexy, charming, and able to rock a kilt like nobody’s business, Jamie Donovan is a playboy and a screwup — at least, that’s what his family thinks of him. A long history of indulging in his wild streak has blinded them to the fact that Jamie is finally growing up, making it hard for him to prove himself.
Wanting to expand the family brewery to include a small food service with gourmet-quality food that would pair well with the brewery’s designer beer, he decides to take a non-credit class on restaurant development at the local college. When he discovers that the buttoned-up beauty from the book club is actually his new instructor, he finds he’s more than a little hot for teacher. But can he convince Olivia that he’s more than just a party animal looking for a good time?
Overall, this was a very strong entry into the Donovan Brother’s Brewery series, and I adored it. I’m not typically a big fan of “contemporaries”, but as always, Ms. Dahl has managed to not only keep me invested in her characters, but has also made me put down the book with a big fat smile on my face.
Jaime was absolutely wonderful to read about. Having been introduced to him in the first book, GOOD GIRLS DON’T, I was intrigued as to how Ms. Dahl was going to tame the notorious bad-boy and turn him into a worthy hero, but once again she’s proved her skills and managed to do that and more. Knowing that he was a screw-up, and carrying around a horrendous burden of guilt from his childhood, Jaime has been determined to prove to his family that he’s a man instead of a boy, but nothing ever seems to be good enough for his big brother Eric and his sister Tessa.
Watching things reach their breaking point within the family was both heartbreaking and exhilarating, and adding Olivia into the mix was absolute perfection.
Olivia is one of those heroines that you can’t help but sympathize with. She didn’t have some horrible childhood, and certainly had her share of insecurities, but she was determined to reinvent herself. While she did set out to just use Jaime in the beginning, it was plain to see from the very beginning that her plan would not succeed and that she would very quickly fall for him, which is probably why this reader had no problem in forgiving her for some of her more foolish actions.
In the end, this book absolutely meets the high standard of Victoria Dahl’s contemporaries. As I’ve mentioned, I’m not typically a huge fan of contemporary novels in general, but this book, and truly this series as a whole, have definitely earned themselves a place on my highly coveted Keeper Shelf. Her fantastic blend of humor, angst, sensuality, and sweet romance are more than enough to keep you coming back for more.
Highly recommended for fans of reformed playboys, straight-laced heroines finally allowing themselves to let loose, and intricate but beautiful family dynamics, this one earns a very enthusiastic 4.5/5 Stars. (less)
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Expected Release Date: July 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.ninacroft.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Blood Hunter series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
In the year 3048, Planet Earth has become inhabitable, and humans have joined with other space-faring species. For the very rich and elite, the Meridian treatment is a much sought-after way to ensure immortality. However, Meridian is incredibly rare and expensive, allowing only an elite few to afford the treatment. Worse than that, however, is the deadly nature of the mineral in its raw form -- exposure to unprocessed Meridian is a death sentence. Because of this, prisoners are often sentenced to serve in the Meridian mines, as escape is futile due to the simple fact that once exposed, death soon follows.
Vampire Ricardo Sanchez, one of Earth's original pirates, is now the pilot of the infamous space cruiser, El Cazador de la Sangre -- The Blood Hunter. A womanizer to the extreme, he unapologetically uses physical passion to keep his darker vampire nature at bay, and has earned the reputation of being the best mercenary available.
Skylar Rossaria is a woman on a mission. A well-trained soldier disguising herself as a bubble-brained bimbo, she hires Rico and his crew to do the impossible -- break a prisoner out of the Collective's maximum security prison on Trakis One -- a feat that has never before been attempted let alone succeeded. Trakis One is more than just a mere prison planet -- it's virtually impossible to approach let alone escape from. Positioned perilously close to a black hole, with an extremely inhospitable atmosphere, prisoners are kept in cryo-sleep. Despite her reputation, sleek build, and incredible firepower, even El Cazador has no chance of successfully approaching the planet. However, Rico isn't one to back down from a challenge, especially when presented by a beautiful woman. The riches promised as a reward are enough to entice the rest of the crew to agree, but Rico has his eye on something other than mere credits -- if they succeed, Skylar must allow Rico to taste her blood, something that will reveal all of her secrets (as well as her true identity) to him.
With no choice but to agree to Rico's conditions, Skylar and the crew of El Cazador plan the most daring prison break in known history.
Overall, I was absolutely thrilled with this book. While it was available on Netgalley, I couldn't resist supporting the newly established Entangled Publishing by purchasing it through Amazon. As of the writing of this review, Break Out is only $0.99 for Kindle, and I would highly recommend it to any fan of vampires and futuristic space adventure. While this is obviously the start of a series, it also felt complete despite the fact that the ending leaves a perfect setup for the next book in the series, Deadly Pursuit, due out in January of next year.
I must admit that this is the first Nina Croft story I've written, but that I will be cheerfully stalking this series, and as such dear readers, you should prepare yourself for quite a bit of fangirling from my general direction closer to the release of the sequel.
Recommended for fans of slutty ancient vampires who finally meet their match, secret identities and double-crossing, and thrilling space adventures. A very cheerful 5/5 Stars.
This book gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "struggling with inner demons".
Around sixty years ago, Winter became a hybrid -- that is, a human wh...moreThis book gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "struggling with inner demons".
Around sixty years ago, Winter became a hybrid -- that is, a human who has willfully merged her soul with a demon in order to gain the physical and mental power to battle against full-blooded demons. Now, her time is running out. The longer a hybrid exists without becoming bonded to a mate, the more powerful their demon side becomes, until finally the demon takes over. Once this happens, there's no coming back, and the other hybrids are forced to hunt down these monsters and kill them.
Now, at this time when she struggles the most with the blood-lust and battle-hunger within her, Winter's entire world is in uproar. Full blooded demons, who, in the past, have been too animalistic and unorganized to ever become a unified force are suddenly attacking the Hybrid ranks en masse, leaving behind untold carnage and confusion.
Forced to team up with both Lupines and Nightwalkers ("werewolves" and "vampires", respectively), Winter must now lead her people, hunt down a rogue, fight her demon, and, oh yeah, try to resist an impossibly sexy, incredibly powerful Nightwalker Lord who is suddenly convinced that she's his fated mate. Can't a girl catch a break?
What worked for me: *I really liked the mythology in this story. The hybrids started out as Templars, and the Lupines and Nightwalkers actually used to be the same until there was a (for lack of a better term) civil war that resulted in their numbers being split -- one side retaining the ability to shift and the other side with the telepathic abilities. I also liked that the Nightwalkers didn't drink blood but rather fed off of the energy and excess emotions of other people, and that they didn't typically kill to feed. This was an interesting twist on an old genre, and helped to breathe a new life into the story.
*I was as surprised as anyone about the identity of the Big Bad, and really enjoyed the cat-and-mouse game that was played.
*I'm a big fan of fated-to-be-mated stories, and I really enjoyed Marcus having to adjust to a warrior mate. Nightwalker females are cosseted and protected (and basically steamrolled), so it's completely against Marcus' nature to allow Winter the freedom to be who she is -- a strong warrior and strong leader.
*I also enjoyed the idea of an uneasy alliance between three opposing factions; the Nightwalkers, the Hybrids, and the Lupines. The politics involved as well as the innate battle for dominance amongst the alphas was highly enjoyable.
*I also enjoyed the secondary romances in this story -- one that was resolved and one that left us hanging.
What didn't work for me: *While not a cliff-hanger ending, I did feel that it ended a bit abruptly. I am desperately hoping for a sequel, as I'm anxious to find out what happens with the couple who did not yet get their HEA
Overall, a highly enjoyable read, and I am very ardently hoping for a sequel. 4 1/2 Stars(less)
This book was well and truly awful. I mean not just bad, but really and honestly horrible. It started out great, great premise, showed lots of promise...moreThis book was well and truly awful. I mean not just bad, but really and honestly horrible. It started out great, great premise, showed lots of promise, but things just went way downhill. A ruffly penis, waist length GORGEOUS curly hair, purring, magic semen (called "snard" for crying out loud), the constant dripping of "coronal fluid" crazy dress-code, nose f*cking (yes, you read that right), public sex, partner sharing, you name it lol
And, to top it off, it was written in a very rambling first person narrative -- it was rather like when you're telling someone a story and you get sidetracked and go off on a tangent for ten minutes then remember what you were talking about in the first place and come back to it.
So, why the 3-star rating?
Because it wasn't just bad. It was Rocky Horror bad lol It was so ridiculous (and absolutely NOT sexy) that I finished it solely for the camp factor.