I love Max. He was one of my book boyfriend’s in 2010 and he's till leading the charge in 2011. He can “growl” at me any day.
There is never any doubt...moreI love Max. He was one of my book boyfriend’s in 2010 and he's till leading the charge in 2011. He can “growl” at me any day.
There is never any doubt that Max loves the other half of his heart Dectective Cee Cee Caissie more than his own life. I love it when he calls her Detective (like they don’t have a smoking’ hot personal relationship) and then his pet nickname for her Sha melts her heart (and mine). Ahh hell I just love Max.
But make no mistake Max is a savvy businessman and runs the enterprises he inherited from mobster Jimmy Legere with an iron fist. Don’t cross him or he’ll literally rip your throat out. Add in his protective nature for his clan and his need to rule and protect them for those that would seek to destroy them and Max has got a lot of balls he’s juggling in the air.
Cee Cee is her usual tough as nails, workaholic cop persona. Cee Cee’s working a particularly gruesome case while trying to maintain a delicate balance between work and her personal life with Max. And she’s trying to keep the lid on a few of her coworkers, including her partner Alain who know the truth about Max and would love to see him behind bars instead of warming Cee Cee’s bed at night.
This is a great instalment to the series and I can’t wait to read more about Max...ok and Cee Cee. (less)
Loved the premise. Virgil is an exceptionally tortured hero and I was very interested to see how Novak was going to pull this story off bet...more4.5 Stars!
Loved the premise. Virgil is an exceptionally tortured hero and I was very interested to see how Novak was going to pull this story off between a prison official and an incarerated criminal. Good thing that a majority of the story took place outside the prison walls. Since I was a big fan of the TV show Prison Break I was glad to see that it kind of inspired Novak to write this book. Well done!(less)
Beg for Mercy is the book anyone who enjoys the suspense and spine-tingling story-telling a la Karen Rose or Laura Griffin. When I choose to read a RS...moreBeg for Mercy is the book anyone who enjoys the suspense and spine-tingling story-telling a la Karen Rose or Laura Griffin. When I choose to read a RS - I want a couple of things. A suspenseful, plausible story to keep me guessing and a good conflict between the hero and heroine. I love to feel the romantic tension when the characters just love to hate one another. I like to see the journey the author takes them on from being on the outs to somehow overcoming their differences and getting it on.
One day everything seems perfect in Megan Flynn’s life. She’s getting all cozy with the new man in her life Seattle Detective Cole Williams and they‘re just about to do the horizontal mambo when Cole gets a phone call that turns Megan’s life on it’s ear and their fledgling relationship on its head.
Megan Flynn loves her older brother Sean without a doubt. When a young woman is found murdered in Sean’s home and he is sentenced to death row - from that point forward Megan spends every waking minute of every day trying to find proof that somehow, someway her brother did not commit the heinous crime he of which he’s been accused.
As the arresting officer, Cole Williams is a by the book, just the facts ma’am dedicated to his job detective. And all the facts point with a big, fat arrow straight at Sean Flynn as the murderer of a young woman he was supposedly stalking from a popular club.
Warning: Conflict ahead. Megan and Cole’s relationship flushes right down the toilet. From simmering hot to ice age cold in the blink of an eye. So much for happily ever after. As long as Sean’s in prison, Megan will never rest until she proves her brother’s innocence. And as long as Cole believes her brother is guilty they will never see eye to eye. Phewww how are they ever going to get past those roadblocks to happiness?
Fast forward three years and a new case of a woman brutally murdered brings Cole and Megan face to face just as the date of Sean’s execution is fast approaching.
Megan and Cole even three years later still had unresolved feeling for one another. Cole’s always felt guilty about how his relationship with Megan ended badly, but he was just doing his job. Now with this new rash of murdered women, Megan‘s persistence that the cases are somehow related to her brother‘s case and Cole‘s latent guilt, he reluctantly agrees to help her.
The villain in Beg for Mercy was particularly dark and the killing and torture scenes graphic and grizzly. This is not the type of book to read before bed unless you want a few nightmares. I didn’t know for sure who the killer was. Ms. Alden set the stage and offered up a few possible suspects and I liked that she keep me guessing.
The ending of Beg For Mercy was intense, suspenseful and edge of your seat reading.
Next up is Sean’s story in Hide From Evil. If I thought Cole and Megan had a conflict, well then I don’t think I’ve seen anything yet. Sean and his prosecuting attorney? He spent three years in jail because of her? Man how’s that gonna play out? Me? I can’t wait to find out! (less)
I think human trafficking must be the new “it” thing to feature in books. In the last three romantic suspense books I’ve read, human trafficking of wo...moreI think human trafficking must be the new “it” thing to feature in books. In the last three romantic suspense books I’ve read, human trafficking of women/young girls has been the central focus.
Two people meet at a night of speed dating, each there for their own reasons that have nothing to do with the dating part, but for Nathan, Fox and Nicole Hutton seems their equal disinterest in making a connection - is the thing that they connect over and immediately fall into bed.
Nathan works as head of security for the Onyx Casino, but he also works uncover for a covert organization called The Reliance Group who work secret missions on the side using their Casino jobs as a cover. Nicole Hutton wants to be taken seriously as a reporter, but her boss at The Las Vegas Commentary has her writing fluff pieces. As Nicole beats a hasty exit from Nathan’s pad the next morning, she comes across some private info on a case he's currently working on involving a missing teen. She maybe took some liberties with the information, but the she's just looking for a her big break and this story has juicy expose written all over it.
Nathan is not happy about Nicole crashing his undercover party but they're going to have to work together since it seems the man Nathan is after, Sloane Parker has taken an unhealthy interest in an “innocent looking” Nicole. And the only way for Nathan to get close to Sloane is through his connection to Nicole. Bummer they’re going to have to act like a couple and live together for the duration of this op. Good thing they got that awkward first date thing outta the way. In fact they may as well pick up right where they left off.
I’m not sure why I didn’t really connect with this couple or this story. I’ve said it before...maybe when you read too many stories of the same genre back to back - it’s not a good thing. A really good book can make the mediocre ones seem lacking in comparison.
I thing nail in the coffin for me (even though it happened fairly late in the book) was Nicole’s TSTL moment. They don’t call it a TSTL moment for nothing and hers was pretty stupid and she almost didn’t live. (less)
I’ve always thought since book 1 in this series that Chloe and Sawyer’s book was going to be asthma attack inducing good. Pairing the youngest, wild c...moreI’ve always thought since book 1 in this series that Chloe and Sawyer’s book was going to be asthma attack inducing good. Pairing the youngest, wild child sister with the reformed bad boy and now keeper of the law in Lucky Harbor Sheriff Sawyer Thompson has been greatly anticipated by me. The build up to their story has been brewing for two books and it did not disappoint. Sawyer and Chloe are a combustible duo...as long as Sawyer can get past his fears of possibly killing Chloe when he gets her all hot and bothered. Never really thought about someone with asthma and what might happen when they get excited playing a little game of slap and tickle. Poor Sawyer knows first hand when they get close in an outdoor sexy shower scene. Not a happy ending was had by all. But Sawyer perfects his approach using a “slow and easy” tried and true method as their relationship develops. The Sheriff knows how to do his homework!
Chloe’s done a lot of growing up since we first met her. She’s come to realize and accept that her sisters mean a lot to her - even if she can‘t readily admit it. She‘s made friends, made a career for herself with the Day Spa at the B&B and she’s even come to realize that putting down roots in Lucky Harbor has added benefits in the form of a hot, hunky Sheriff. She’s all grown up - well for the most part...after all she didn’t get the moniker Wild Child by accident. There’s lots more sister bonding for Maddie, Tara and Chloe as the sisters are still a work in progress in their new family dynamic. Jax and Ford still take delight in tormenting poor Sawyer, but at least when Chloe’s around, the stoic sheriff has learned to loosen up a bit and start having some fun. One thing’s for sure no matter how aggravating Chloe is to Sawyer’s peace of mind...the little wild child can bring a smile to his face. No one is more deserving to be “inhaler worthy” than Sawyer.
So this isn’t the end for the Lucky Harbor series and I’m glad about that. Not sure if “Cute Boy’s” story is next, but whoever it is, it’s sure to be another winner from Shalvis. I don’t think she can write a bad story. I’ve come to expect all the great, funny dialogue, crazy characters (Lucille and her Face book addiction LOL) and heart-warming stories.
I can’t end without expressing my absolute favorite part of the Lucky Harbor series and that’s the quip that Shalvis starts every chapter with. Love them! They made me laugh, smile and shake my head yes in agreement. I couldn’t wait to see what new pearls of wisdom each chapter would start with. I’ve gone back and read a few again.
Or Hoo as Elizabeth might exclaim. I LOVED Lothaire...err the book...not the man...but he was pretty darn entertai...more5 big blood-sucking delicious stars!
Or Hoo as Elizabeth might exclaim. I LOVED Lothaire...err the book...not the man...but he was pretty darn entertaining. I traced...err raced right through this book. I didn’t want to put it down; didn’t want to sleep and was even late for work as I tried to fit in a few minutes of reading in the morning (and that never happens!).
Lothaire: the Enemy of Old; the most feared and powerful Vampire in the universe; an arrogant, self-important, sarcastic in spades S.O.B. that ever lived. I preferred Elizabeth’s nickname for him Leo...how cute!
Elizabeth: a backwoods babe; a virginal, barefoot hillbilly from the Appalachian mountains. How was this mere mortal going to hold her own against such a strong and powerful Vamp?
How? How? How was Kresley Cole going to pull off this pairing? It was either going to be a match made in heaven or hell.
Well if anyone was up for the challenge, it was certainly Elizabeth Peirce. For Lothaire to lower himself to deal with this mortal, white trailer trash was unthinkable and despicable, but he needed the human vessel currently housing his Bride Saroya and he couldn’t harm her. The big guy was kinda caught between a rock and a hard place. Ellie took full advantage of her situation. Poking, prodding and challenging Lothaire at every turn to outwit, outlast and out think him in her ultimate game of Survivor because if Lothaire succeeded in his quest for the ring...her game would end permanently.
I laughed out loud many times during the reading of Lothaire. I smiled, I cursed Lothaire and his arrogance and cheered on Elizabeth as she used her wiles and cunning on the Vamp. I could have quoted funny lines from this book all day. Elizabeth took Lothaire’s snide remarks (mostly about her heritage) in stride, gave as good as she got and on more than one occasion caused the Enemy of Old to use his walls as a punching bag.
Add in the great supporting cast of Hag and cutie-patootie Thad and the Nucking Futs Nix and it all added up to a fantastic read. I especially loved the little heart-to-heart between Nix and Lothaire. Two sworn adversaries watching each other’s back...ahhhhhh perfection.
Whose book is next...so many choices. Isn’t it about time Nix got her HEA? Guess we’ll all just have to wait and see what Ms. Cole has in store for her Immortals After Dark.(less)
Welcome back to Sunshine Idaho where this time around we get Dell and Jade’s story in Animal Attraction, the 2nd book in the series by Jill Shalvis. W...moreWelcome back to Sunshine Idaho where this time around we get Dell and Jade’s story in Animal Attraction, the 2nd book in the series by Jill Shalvis. We briefly met Dell and Jade in book 1 and got a little taste of what was to come between these two.
Jade’s the epitome of Ms. Organization, is a tad OCD and runs Dell’s vet clinic with the efficiency of a drill sergeant. She escaped to Sunshine eighteen months ago after an attack at gunpoint shook her to the core in her hometown of Chicago. But now she’s thinking it’s time to return home since her family is counting on her to resume her duties running the family’s medical centre but her heart’s not really in in.
Dell is a commitment-phobe; a love’em and leave’em type of guy. Leave before you get left is his motto...at least that is the impression we get of Del. I never ever saw any evidence of this behaviour but we hear it over and over again from Jade and she uses his past behaviour as a shield to keep her distance from the attractive and charming vet.
We DO see Dell as a dedicated vet, a supportive brother to Adam and best friends Brady and Layla (from book 1 Animal Magnetism) and all around great guy who takes time out of his busy schedule to include some pro-bono vet work.
These two have the hots for one another - make no mistake about that and Shalvis puts her trademark witty, funny dialogue to good use during their interactions.
This book wasn’t quite as light in nature as book 1 since both Dell and Jade have issues to work through. There are lots of cute and cuddly animals, visits from Brady and Layla and lots of hot and sweaty body contact as Dell and Jade engage in some hand-to-hand self-defence sessions.
Shalvis makes living in Sunshine sound like a hell of a place to live. Can’t wait to see what she has in store for Adam. (less)