Well I waited eagerly for the next book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series, checking the LooseID website waiting “not patiently” for news of it’Well I waited eagerly for the next book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series, checking the LooseID website waiting “not patiently” for news of it’s release. Funnily enough about 20 minutes after I checked to find no new info, Cherise Sinclair tweeted out the book was finally available. HOLLA! Now this is a good news/bad news situation. A few clicks later and finally another Master in my hot little hands...bad news it was already after 1200 midnight. I sensed a late night in my future - how was I going to be able to stop once I started? I think it was a little after 300am when I finally had to put Raoul to bed...errrr away for the night. But I knew he’d be willing and waiting for me in the morning once I got a little shut-eye. Good thing about those Doms - they're always ready!
This is the 6th book in the Master of the Shadowlands series and to me they are like crack. The problem is once I’m finished (and I did finish this one in a day), the long wait begins before we get another tasty morsel from the world of the big, bad Doms. Ms. Sinclair needs to write faster!
To Command and Collar continues where Make Me, Sir leaves off. The ongoing investigation into the white slavery ring and putting a stop to these sick animals who kidnap innocent women to be trained and sold as sex slaves is still the major storyline. Master Raoul takes center stage as a potential slave buyer but on the night of the auction he is shocked when he comes face to face with a familiar face...Kimberly Moore - the missing best friend of Gabi (from Marcus and Gabi’s story Make Me, Sir). Raoul knows he’s going to blow the FBI’s undercover operation because he knows there is no way he can walk away from the auction as he was instructed to do and leave Kim in the evil clutches of the slavers - so he buys her.
The atrocities Kim has gone through at the hands of the slavers and a previous owner are heart-breaking and chilling to read. She is a broken, scared, but very determined to survive young woman. You can feel her fear, her trepidation at being purchased by a new owner and oh my goodness I had no idea how Ms. Sinclair was going to be able to write her story considering how damaged and scarred she was.
As usual the tenderness, caring and unbelievable kindness of the Masters is perfectly crafted and Master R lives up to the reputation Ms. Sinclair has created for her masterful Doms. But let us not forget after all these men are Doms, so Kim was not in for an easy time of it. But she really couldn’t be in any better hands than those of Master Raoul *sigh*?
While Kim is attempting to recover both her body and her spirit, she must still play a pivotal role in the FBI’s investigation. The slavery ring still needs to be brought down once and for all and abused and imprisoned women still need to be rescued. Despite all her fears, Kim understands her role and agrees that she must continue to play the submissive to Raoul’s Dom no matter how much she is scared to assume the role. Under Raoul’s careful ministrations and training Kim comes to discover some startling revelations about herself.
The return of a vengeful owner, Master Grenville had me right along with Kim quaking in her stilettos (well mine were slippers). My heart was pounding during the confrontation and I couldn‘t turn the pages fast enough. It was nerve wracking and anxiety inducing considering the plans this a-hole had planned for Kim. Kim showed amazing strength and resilience during most of the telling of To Command and Collar considering her past experiences at the hands of brutal, deranged men.
To Command and Collar was another solid addition to the series. Although we do see a lot of familiar faces from past books in the series and these Doms and their subs are seriously fun to catch up with, a lot of the action happens outside the walls of Shadowlands.
My final word to Ms. Sinclair: Please write many more books featuring the Masters of the Shadowlands and please write faster. Thank You...Me! ...more
A sports and romance combo pack really work for me in a book. Usually it’s a hot football player or a hockey dude that takes center stage so it was aA sports and romance combo pack really work for me in a book. Usually it’s a hot football player or a hockey dude that takes center stage so it was a nice change that the heroine of Out Of Her League, Christa Bailey was the actual sports star. It doesn’t happen often that the female is the sports personality in a book. And I like it!
I had just finished reading Kaylea Cross’s Deadly Descent and really enjoyed it. So when I checked out her backlist and noticed all her previous books had gotten really terrific reviews I decided I needed to read more by this author. The icing on the cake for Out Of Her League was the sports tie-in.
Christa Bailey is an Olympic softball hopeful, runs her own landscaping business and is the focus of a stalker who threatens every aspect of her life and seriously jeopardizes her chance at making the Olympic team. Good times...not. Good thing Christa’s got a protector in Rayne Hutchinson and ERT police officer who she‘s acquainted through mutual friends and has kind of a little crush on.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Cross’s backlist. I understand that each book only gets better.
I also just discovered that Cross also writes a steamier brand of romance under the name of Callie Croix. I will be checking out her latest under that pen name, Deacon’s Touch soon. ...more
This is the second book in a row I’ve read where the heroine has a real life disability/handicap. In Edge of Survival marine biologist Dr. C 4.5 Stars
This is the second book in a row I’ve read where the heroine has a real life disability/handicap. In Edge of Survival marine biologist Dr. Cameron Young has diabetes and her condition actually plays a major role throughout the novel. The author does a really good job (at least I think she does) of portraying the day to day trials and tribulations someone living with diabetes must endure. Always aware of what and when they’ve eaten and the very real life threat if they are not diligent about looking after themselves. I learned a lot about what one living with diabetes goes through on a daily basis.
The romance was hot and sexy between Cam and Daniel Fox, former SAS agent turned Canadian Bush helicopter pilot. Of course the fact that this story takes place in the Canadian wilderness automatically earns it an extra ½ point rating in my book.
The suspense plot was well crafted and kept me guessing and when the killer was finally revealed - I was shocked! The ending kept me on pins and needles.
Edge of Survival provides a great blend of romance and suspense. I will be reading more from this author in the future. ...more
Once thing you can be sure about this book is that the name fit’s the book to a T. There’s lots of fight and lots of fight!
Years of paranoia, on the rOnce thing you can be sure about this book is that the name fit’s the book to a T. There’s lots of fight and lots of fight!
Years of paranoia, on the run, hiding and looking over your shoulder , always wary and ready for an unknown attack and 18 years later Regan and her daughter Kelsey are finally going to get to put their training to good use.
Regan Miller went on the run as a young, pregnant teenager when her then fiancé, while dying in her arms warned her to “run”. She did and never looked back. Regan didn’t know why she was running, who was after her or why but she knew it was imperative she disappear.
Regan’s always been mistrustful of strangers, hasn’t allowed anyone to get close for fear of being exposed and also because if you don’t allow yourself to love anyone, then when you need to leave in a hurry - no one’s feeling get hurt. Not the ideal way to live, but self preservation is a great motivator.
Regan was one kick-ass, take no prisoners mom. It was amazing the way she was able to defend herself, taking her own licks in the process...but she gave as good as she got...if not better. I guess adrenaline fuelled fear can take you a long way.
Kelsey Miller may have hated all her mother’s lessons, preaching about safely and strangers and paranoia growing up, but she sure put her skills to good use when her neck was on the line.
Add in sexy, “don’t know if I can trust him neighbor” Tyler, Kelsey’s boyfriend Tom and her BFF Savannah and these 5 try to keep one step ahead of multiple attacks and numerous bad guys who won’t stop at nothing to obtain their prize...Kelsey.
The action is fast-paced and non stop and the reasons for Kelsey and Regan being hunted was a secret most of the way through the book. I did have to suspend a little bit of believe, but seriously nothing would surprise me about what governments and scientists are capable of now a days.
This is my first Natalie Damschroder’s book, but it won’t be my last. I’ve got her newest Behind the Scenes on my Kobo Reader now. ...more
I discovered this book on Amazon where it got great reviews, checked it out on Goodreads where again there are some really nice reviews. I decided toI discovered this book on Amazon where it got great reviews, checked it out on Goodreads where again there are some really nice reviews. I decided to give this book a try based on the reviews, the blurb and the fact that this book was priced at a measly .99 on Amazon.
I started this book while I was waiting at the Dr’s office one day and I can say that the beginning of Sand (I didn’t get the significance of the title for the longest time) truly has a great hook.
I love me some military men and special forces team-mates Javi and Dallas get into trouble right out of the gate. They are on a rescue mission that goes FUBAR, get captured, tortured and then they escape. I was hooked and captivated and had high hopes for what I thought would be a terrific story.
There’s a lot of action in Sand, but unfortunately for me...maybe too much. I didn’t feel invested in the relationships between Brian “Dallas” Star and the Colonel’s daughter Abigail. All of a sudden, they were just madly in love with each other. The relationship between Javi and Jasmine was a little slower to develop and Jamsine’s eight year old daughter Samantha was cute.
Like I said there was a lot of action, but no real build up or tension and I never felt scared, nervous or worried for the characters and then 2-3 pages later it seemed the conflict was resolved and on to the next adventure.
The ending totally befuddled me and I can honestly say when I finished this book, I was scratching my head and saying WTF kind of ending is this? I tried to scroll past the end of the book, checked the percentage to see if I had somehow missed something? More head scratching ensued. This book just ended almost like it was the end of a chapter. I’ve never read another book with an ending like it. I thought ohhhhh there must be another book and it continues on but I checked the author‘s website and see she has another book, but I wasn't sure if it's a continuation or not? I was totally dissatisfied with how Sand ended and can honestly say I didn’t get it.
The beginning definitely gets a 5 and the ending gets a 1. Overall I give it 2.5 ...more
Yellow Ribbons has it all...suspense, murder, forbidden love and smoking hot sex...5 Big Stars!
I love it when a little tease of a book compels me to cYellow Ribbons has it all...suspense, murder, forbidden love and smoking hot sex...5 Big Stars!
I love it when a little tease of a book compels me to check out said book further. Loose ID sends out emails about their latest releases and Yellow Ribbons by Caitlyn Willows really caught my eye. I could not stop thinking about this book after I read that teaser. It was that good...now that’s good marketing.
I went to Amazon and downloaded the sample of Yellow Ribbons only because Caitlyn Willows is a new to me author and $6.99 was a little more than I was willing to part with for an unknown quantity. The sample was a bit more intensive than the sample offered by Loose ID and seriously if you can read either the excerpt or the downloaded sample of this book and NOT purchase it, then kudos to you. The beginning of this book is tantalizing, titillating and totally hot! Yowzer!
I must say after finishing Yellow Ribbons...in one day no less, it was a well spent $6.99!
I was totally intrigued by the relationship between Master Gunnery Sergeant “Master Guns”(hee hee) Greg Landess and his Captain Elaine Hollister. She’s his supervisor, he’s her subordinate. They are in the military where fraternization between an officer and enlisted personnel is a big no-no. And yet they are in a relationship and behind closed doors their roles are totally reversed. Ohhhhh my! After the way this book started I was thinking Yellow Ribbons was going to be all about the smexy action (he isn’t called Master Guns for nothing!) behind closed doors. Boy was I wrong since although that aspect of Greg and Lani’s relationship is key - it does not play the major role in this story.
In addition to the tricky relationship issues for Greg and Lani, Yellow Ribbons was an excellent suspense, murder/suicide story including cover-up’s and conspiracy. The focus of military personal fraternization brings Greg and Lani right smack dab into the middle of the investigation. Now they are tasked to enforce the very rule they themselves are breaking and the Commanding General is out for blood and wants names, rank and serial numbers of personnel who are breaking the rules...Yikes!
For me Lani and Greg’s relationship, the secrecy they had to maintain, Greg getting jealous watching other men ogle Lani and knowing there was nothing he could do about it without jeopardizing both their careers and then the dynamic of their relationship in their private lives had me glued to the pages. The fear of discovery and being court marshalled, losing everything they’d ever worked for...had me on tender hooks right along with both Lani and Greg. But seeing them together, their love for each other and their willingness to sacrifice their own career to save the other...these two were so meant to be together. Fraternization rules be damned! And every time they do come together - it was absolutely scorching, smoking hot!
My only complaint...I am sad that I finished it in one day...it was that good! ...more
Who knew taking pictures in the park could be so dangerous and life threatening? When wedding photographer Micki Vermillion gets her car windows shotWho knew taking pictures in the park could be so dangerous and life threatening? When wedding photographer Micki Vermillion gets her car windows shot out by a couple of “random” bullets as she’s finishing up a job - she turns to the one person who she trusts the most...ex-boyfriend and cop Oz.
As Oz investigates the shooting, a subsequence attack on Micki and her apartment all things are pointing to something Micki inadvertently captured on her camera that day in the park.
I really enjoyed Kill Shot. It had lots going on. Oz is a great, big alpha male cop who’s loved Micki all his life - they grew up together, dated and when she broke up with him, he was broken hearted and never knew really why Micki broke it off, but he’s never stopped loving her.
Kill Shot is fast paced as the police work to solve the crime which becomes more complicated as a dead body is discovered floating in the lake in Central Park and a high power couple (they reminded me of the Trump’s for some reason) seem to be at the center of everything.
Oz and Micki fall back into a familiar relationship, but for Micki it brings back a lot of feelings of why she broke up with Oz in the first place. She wants to stand on her own, make a name for herself as a professional photographer and wants to maintain her own identity and make her own decisions. Oz and Micki have a lot to work on since the alpha male has a hard time toning down his protective instincts around Micki. But Oz is determined to make it work with Micki this time around...even if it means giving her a little space.
There was a very interesting secondary character Philip Luka who runs his own “extermination business”. I wonder if he may get his own story in the future?
Mystery, suspense and an endearing love story made Kill Shot an interesting and fast read. ...more
I downloaded the sample of this book and once I’d read it - I had to buy the book. I was hooked and intrigued and wanted to find out what was going onI downloaded the sample of this book and once I’d read it - I had to buy the book. I was hooked and intrigued and wanted to find out what was going on. I love when that happens.
Lone Star Justice starts out with a young, 18 year old pregnant Maddie. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks in a small town who after a great tragedy involving her boyfriend’s parents and her dad - is forced (or it was highly suggested) she leave her hometown of Greendale Texas. Due to the circumstances she never revealed to the love of her life Rand McCade that she was pregnant with his child.
Fast forward 14 years and Maddie has certainly made a name for herself. She’s now a respected judge in Oklahoma, has a bright and friendly 15 year old daughter named Brandy and a pretty darn good life. Until one night she discovers her best friend and prosecuting attorney Anne murdered and hanging from a tree in her backyard. Now Maddie and her daughter have started to receive threats as well. Is someone Maddie had a hand in incarcerating exacting revenge? Or is another plan afoot to terrorize Maddie and Brandy?
Thinking the only place she’ll be safe and knowing she needs to secure a future for her daughter if anything should ever happen to her, Maddie knows it’s time to return home to Greendale. Now father will meet daughter for the first time - how’s that doing to go down? I was expecting fireworks when the truth came from both Brandy and Rand - their reactions may have been a bit unrealistic since they seemed to take the news in stride. No screaming or cussing. I would have liked to see Rand punch a wall or two at finding out the news. He had every right to be furious at Maddie for keeping him from his daughter for so long.
Homeboy Rand McCade is now the town sheriff. Never married and he’s never forgotten Maddie or how she left town without a word to him 14 years ago breaking his heart. To say Rand was not exactly excited to see Maddie in his town, bringing trouble with her and stirring up a lot of unresolved feelings is an understatement. He doesn’t clue in that Brandy is his child, but chooses instead to believe Maddie was promiscuous enough to get pregnant shortly after leaving Greendale.
Old secrets come to light as Rand and Maddie finally have to resolve issues about their relationship - amazing what a little communication can do when people actually talk. Maddie put off telling Rand about his new parent status...I thought she should of told him sooner and I wasn’t sure why she didn’t just spill the beans immediately since she had ample opportunity.
Anyway back to action and there is quite a bit of it as Maddie and Brandy continue to be terrorized even now that they're back in Greendale. Little does Maddie realize that she’s played right into her attacker’s hands by returning home to his stomping grounds.
Rand must race to save Maddie and Brandy, the two woman who he loves beyond reason from the hands of a madman when he outsmarts the local cops and kidnaps both girls.
Other than a few minor niggles this was a really action-packed and fast paced second chance at love story. ...more
Having a debilitating psychic ability doesn’t make Samantha Blair’s life easy. She’s pretty much a loaner, doesn’t trust easily, doesn’t have3.5 Stars
Having a debilitating psychic ability doesn’t make Samantha Blair’s life easy. She’s pretty much a loaner, doesn’t trust easily, doesn’t have any friends and one of her “psychic episodes” could even kill her. It’s a pretty lonely existence for a young woman. Her ability to connect so intensely with a victim of violence so that she feels and experiences everything in real time whether the victim is being attacked, choked, stabbed or lies bleeding to death (and I mean Sam herself bleeds - not sure how that part of the psychic phenomenon works?). Not exactly an easy burden to bear.
It takes everything within Sam to finally decide to go to the police after one particularly bad and violent vision of a woman being murdered. She doesn’t exactly have a good track record with the police, certainly doesn’t trust them based on her past experiences (and with good reason), but she does the right thing and reports what she knows. Needless to say she is met with doubt, becomes a suspect herself based on her knowledge of certain facts and wonders if she should have just kept to herself in her secluded home with her trusty dog Moses.
Brent Sutherland’s a detective investigating a string of murders by an alleged serial killer. He is beyond intrigued by Sam and her story. Her waif-like figure and solemn face that appears to be all eyes has him captivated. He can’t deny that Sam somehow holds the key to helping solve his investigation and can’t ignore that her information is spot on. And he’s undeniably attracted to her and feels an overwhelming urge to protect her.
I think Brent as any cop would be was sceptical about Sam but one of his very best friends Stephan has psychic abilities and he‘d seen first hand what Stephan could do. Because of that relationship, Brent was much more accepting of the possibility that Sam was indeed psychic.
Tuesday’s Child was an interesting read. I wasn’t sure who the killer was for quite some time. I really liked that Sam had a real affinity for animals. She worked at a Vet Clinic and was adamant about rehabbing a wounded and seemingly dangerous German shepherd she called Soldier. Sam and Soldier were in fact each other’s saviors. They aren’t called man’s best friend for nothing. ...more
You better plan on reading this book in one sitting because once you start - you won’t be able to stop!
A-Mazing! If I was prone to bite my nails - theYou better plan on reading this book in one sitting because once you start - you won’t be able to stop!
A-Mazing! If I was prone to bite my nails - there would be nothing left but the nubs. After the way Ms. Webb left me and all of her readers handing at he end of book one in the Faces of Evil series, (it was very, very evil on her part), I immediately had to start this book...even though it was late and past my bedtime and there was a very good chance I would be having nightmares. I’m not one for reading nail-biting, edge of your seat thrillers before bed because once the lights go out, every creak and groan my house has my eyes popping open and my heart racing. Impulse is not the book you want to be reading before bed...I should have taken my own advise. I wasn’t going to pull an all nighter and finish this book before bed...HA! I couldn’t stop reading, even despite the threat of nightmares. Oy Vey!
Impulse picks up immediately after Obsession ends. Jess and Dan have barely closed the case after rescuing five missing girls before the next nightmare rears it’s ugly head.
Jess finds herself under investigation by the FBI for her actions involving her handling of the case involving “The Player”, being offered a new job as Deputy Chief by her ex-lover and Police Chief Dan Burnett and being tormented by none other than Eric Spears aka The Player...or is she?
Jess knows beyond all doubt that somehow Eric Spears is involved as people close to Jess go missing. The Player is a mastermind at manipulation and he knows just what buttons of Jess’s to push. But the facts aren’t adding up for this profiler and the case has Jess and the entire police task force baffled. Is The Player really behind everything that is going on? Is there an accomplish doing The Player’s dirty work? Or is a copycat trying to make a name for himself and cash in on all the media attention?
Jess is going to have to put all her fears and feeling aside and try to outwit, outlast and outplay...The Player. The lives of people close to Jess hang in the balance if Jess can’t stay one step ahead of The Player and figure out his next move.
What an ending! Can’t wait to see what the next book in this series brings. Is it February 2012 yet? ...more
Wow, wow, wow...what a bargain basement price for an unexpectedly great surprise read and all for the low, low price of .99 cents. I got waaaaay moreWow, wow, wow...what a bargain basement price for an unexpectedly great surprise read and all for the low, low price of .99 cents. I got waaaaay more than I bargained for with this offering from Debra Webb. I would have paid 10x times that amount.
Obsession reminds me of the works from some authors who are auto-buy authors for me: Karen Rose, Lisa Gardner and Tess Gerritsen. If you enjoy the suspense/thriller genre with edge-of-your-seat action then you won't want to miss out on Obsession. I’ve already purchased the second book in the series Impulse and after checking the author’s website - color me excited to learn she has a total of 12 books planned in this Faces of Evil series. I can only hope each and every book is as good as Obsession was.
FBI profiler Agent Jess Harris is at a bit of a crossroads in her career. After a stellar record for 12 years at the FBI, her record as a behavioural analyst is perfect except for her latest case involving the maniacal killer The Player. She played right into the hands of a cunning sociopath who set her up and now thanks to Jess‘s work on the case, he is about to go free.
Answering the call from an old friend and lover, Police Chief Dan Burnett, Jess who’s on administrative leave from the FBI heads home to Birmingham to assist in a particularly troubling case involving missing, young girls. A case in which Dan has a personal stake as one of the missing girls is actually his teenage step-daughter Andrea.
I liked that Dan and Jess were more mature characters (both are in their forties), well established in their careers and yet they have some pretty serious history dating back to when they were teenagers and college lovers. They both still obviously have strong feelings for each other, but solving this case is their top priority and for the most part they try desperately to ignore the lingering feelings between them. Obviously with more books in this series, I expect their relationship will grow over time.
In Obsession the race is on discover a link between the missing girls and find them before it’s too late. We are treated to the POV from the kidnapped girls and can you say...creeeeeeepy!
To further complicate and muddy the waters is the release of Eric Spears aka The Player, a sadistic serial killer. Jess knows beyond all doubt that he is the man who committed numerous, heinous crimes - she just wasn’t able to prove it and now her career is in ruins because of it. Eric has become fascinated with Jess...in fact Obsessed if you will. And he is far from done with playing games with Agent Harris. I’m sure Eric will be a “Player” in a number of upcoming books - I can’t see Webb making him go away any time soon. With so many possibilities and 12 books in the making, I expect him to be around torturing Jess for some time. Masterminds like The Player know how to commit crimes and get away without leaving a trace.
Fair WARNING: You are going to want to have book two in this series Impulse ready and waiting for when you are finished. The ending...O.M.G. I started Impulse immediately upon finishing Obsessive even though it was late and past my bedtime. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! ...more