Cal and Jenna were fabulous protags. Their chemistry was of the charts and the love scenes top notch. I loved how Erickson didn't give them a fast andCal and Jenna were fabulous protags. Their chemistry was of the charts and the love scenes top notch. I loved how Erickson didn't give them a fast and easy fix to their relationship. The conflicts were realistic and blended well with the humor. t Looking forward to book two as Brent is quite the brat. ...more
Fans of Ilona Andrews and their On The Edge series will be happy to see some familiar faces in the second book in their self published series that focuses on a young woman whose struggles to survive lead her into an epic adventures fraught with suspense, humor, danger, and a smattering of romance. The Innkeeper Chronicles were originally published as serials, free of charge, on the Andrews’ blog. Book one, Clean Sweep, is the set up book for this world. We are introduced to Dina DeMille and given her backstory. You don’t have to read Clean Sweep in order to enjoy Sweep In Peace but it would help you to fully understand the characters, the world, and certain scenes in this installment.
Dina’s parents were innkeepers until they and their inn abruptly disappeared one day. Dina and her brother searched all the galaxies for their parents with no results. Dina decided to open her own inn, the Gertrude Hunt, hoping that someday a guest will walk her halls, see a picture of her parents and recognise them. As an unestablished inn owner, she is the last on the list for guests to use. When an Arbitrator comes to her, asking to use her inn for a peace summit in order to negotiate peace between three warring factions (the Otrokars aka the Hope Crushing Horde, the Holy Cosmic Anocracy, and the Merchants), she seriously considers accepting the challenge, knowing this could be a huge win for her or a total loss.
“There was an attempt to broker peace between the Otrokars & the Holy Cosmic Anocracy during their ten year conflict.”
“Yes, I am familiar with it.”
“Then you also know how it ended.”
“I believe the patriarch of the House of Jero lunged at the Otrokar Khan, & the Khan beheaded him.”
“He ripped the patriarch’s head off with his bare hands and then proceeded to the beat the Marshal of the House of Jero to death with it.”
“Well, this venture could be viewed as risky…”
From this moment on you are swept away on a high octane adventure as the Andrews continue to expand and evolve this cleverly fluid new world; layering it with new storylines, conflicts, and faces. Fast pacing keeps you engaged as the story unfolds, maintaining a fine wire edged balance between the humor and sorrow that permeates the pages. We are shown the price war has on families and friends and how hard it is to step away from the battlefield when you have nothing left to defend but your memories. Dynamic well-developed characters are in abundance and offer readers a cornucopia from which to cheer and jeer. We met a battle-hardened general whose only thought is for her last living son. We meet a knight in shining armor who has learned that fairy tales don’t exist all he has left is his grief. We meet a man who will do the unthinkable to see his family survive. Each of these people want peace so desperately you can taste it but are unable to figure out a way to do so without condemning themselves and their people in the process. Lucky for them, they have Dina.
“I’ve found awe tends to cut down on revolts.”
Dina is a breath of fresh air in Urban Fantasy where too often the main protagonist’s own story is a weight that the reader bears while reading. While Dina has her own problems, she carries no real baggage that impedes her emotional or mental growth. Intelligent, witty, and fast on her feet, her no-nonsense attitude is the stabilizer on which the story is built. Not one to tolerate any misbehavior in her home, watching her handle her guests provided much laughter.
“I am glad the rooms were to your liking, Under-Khan. Unfortunately, I must ask you to depart, so the Marshal of House Krahr can inspect the quarters of his people.”
“And if I insisted on staying?”
“Then I’ll seal your body in wood, so all you can do is breathe, and use you as a lawn ornament.
What I adore about this heroine and the Andrews writing in general is they appear to have found the magic formula that enables them to balance the conflict with the emotion without succumbing to trite plotlines or made up controversy.
Getting to see Jack, George, and Lark (On the Edge series) again was a gift I didn’t expect but so happy to have received. The changes in them are rather complicated and I can only wish we had been able to experience them growing up in order to understand why they are like they are now. Especially George. Sean and Armand revisit, though if you’re hoping for a clear resolution to that situation, you’re out of luck. And of course my favorite guest of all-Her Grace, Caldenia ka ret Magren. A ruthless predator whose actions in the past have left her in need of the inn’s sanctuary. Her love for Mello Yello and Funyuns is at odds with her diabolical nature.
She liked him, so she was torturing him. Her Grace in a nutshell.
The end is a roller coaster ride of such dramatic twists and turns it would have left Machiavelli in awe. While the Andrews don’t make Dina’s journey easy at all, they do make it an exciting ride that further solidifies their reputation as fantastic storytellers who only seem to improve with each new adventure.
I am definitely looking forward to more Innkeeper Chronicles in the future.
Harbin, a broody alpha snow leopard shifter/assassin was exiled from his clan when his libido leads to devastation by the enemy, the Archang RATING: C+
Harbin, a broody alpha snow leopard shifter/assassin was exiled from his clan when his libido leads to devastation by the enemy, the Archangels. He becomes an assassin for survival and to atone for his failure by using his skills to kill every Archangel he comes across. When he learns of a hit being placed on another snow leopard, he demands the mission and soon realizes this woman is his mate. Aya has spent seventeen years in hiding, craving vengeance for the loss of her loved ones. When the situation presents itself, she takes advantage only to learn she has been played and now must find away to stop the events she has placed in motion. A hardened tortured assassin’s latest kill target is his mate? WHAAAA? Gimme. Enjoyable to a point, the problems I had with the story is it was extremely slow to start off. There is a lot of emotional and descriptive prose that weighs the story down. Also very repetitive. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we are told the same thing over and over and over again. Harbin has a lot of guilt and we are subjected to multiple scenes where he ruminates over his past in great detail. On a good note, the characters are vibrant and well developed. The storyline engages & Heaton provides plenty of subplots to hype the interest for future stories. once Harbin snaps out of it, the action and intrigue picks up and the story flies like the wind as our hero and heroine band together to stop the villains and learn to forgive one another and themselves. ...more
Eh. This one was ok. It felt rushed. Character dynamics and the story/plotlines were underdeveloped. So many opportunities unexplored. We never got toEh. This one was ok. It felt rushed. Character dynamics and the story/plotlines were underdeveloped. So many opportunities unexplored. We never got to see how and why Micheal and Nikki fell in love and I was surprised his issues and the dark moods we were continuously told about didn't play a larger part. ...more
Mechanic porn. Favorite quote: "Cash or ass if you want the keys." lolol
Supa dupa alpha hero and a virgin lip biting heroine find insta lurve/lust wheMechanic porn. Favorite quote: "Cash or ass if you want the keys." lolol
Supa dupa alpha hero and a virgin lip biting heroine find insta lurve/lust when her Porsche breaks down and she finds a mechanic willing to service ALL her needs. A fast completely unbelievable read but hey, that's what these styles of read are meant to be. Pure ott melodramatic escapism. I really would have enjoyed it more if the heroine had offered some resistance.
Overwhelmed is aptly named because it completely overwhelmed me from the character dynamics to the plotlines. Every time you thought you were done, thOverwhelmed is aptly named because it completely overwhelmed me from the character dynamics to the plotlines. Every time you thought you were done, the author throws another impossible situation at you and with a heavy sigh you dive back in. There is ALOT going on and the emotional angst and pain is frankly..overwhelming. While I didn't hate the book and it engaged me to a certain point, I was exhausted by the sheer dramatics of it all....more
Out this entire series, I enjoyed this one the best. Maybe because in terms of plots and characterization, the hero and heroine acted the most realistOut this entire series, I enjoyed this one the best. Maybe because in terms of plots and characterization, the hero and heroine acted the most realistic. There were no extreme drama llama moments, alpha posturing, or off the wall plotlines that ran willy nilly through the story. . The flow was genuine and the action steady and engaging. My only qualm is the stalker angle. I felt they both resolved easily with no real explanations as to why. Looking forward to Kite's book. ...more
A super cute, sexy, and funny marriage of convenience romance between a roller derby soap making queen and a billionaire beta hero with a heart of golA super cute, sexy, and funny marriage of convenience romance between a roller derby soap making queen and a billionaire beta hero with a heart of gold. ...more
“Is this because I have my hand on your boob?” he asked.
I yawned widely, noting that he did not, in fact, move his hand from my left breast. “That, too.”
We all know how Jane Jameson and Gabriel Nightingale’s romance came about (and what a ride that was) but how did Andrea and Dick Cheney (no, not THAT Dick Cheney) meet and fall in love? Fangs For The Memories revisits the Nice Girls series and takes us down memory lane to show us how one of the series most interesting and fun couples- Andrea and Dick- starting dating.
Andrea doesn’t dislike vampires but after losing her self-esteem, respect, and parents because she dated one, she is wary of them. Now living in Half Moon Hollow and working as a human happy meal for clients, Andrea is rebuilding her life one job at a time and she has no time for the sexy Dick Cheney, a vampire who seems to enjoy walking on the seedier side of life. When a client of hers goes a little too far on a feeding and Andrea is left near dead, Dick swoops in to save her life and Andrea sees a different side of him-one she likes very, very much.
Most fans of Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson and Half Moon Hollow series have a soft spot for the irresistible pervy vampire-Dick Cheney. This short but sweet and funny novella picks up right when Jane’s beloved boss, Mr. Wainwright, has passed away and everyone is getting ready for Zeb and Jolene’s redneck Titanic themed wedding. Plenty of sass, snark, and cuddling follows Andrea as she resists Dick at all turns until he lays a huge hard wet kiss on her outside the book shop then shows up when she is in dire straits. In saving her life and learning he was ready to go all supervillain on her ex-boyfriend has Andrea seeing a new side to Dick-one that appeals to her bruised heart. This little niblet ends with them on a date and Dick showing his uber romantic side.
This should probably go without saying, Andrea, but I like you. So much. It feels silly to put it like that, but I know I don’t love you yet. I don’t know you well enough to be able to say that and have you believe me. But I could love you so easily. And I want you to love me, too.
I only had one issue which was I wish it had been longer. I wanted more dates and time spent together.
A rockstar romance about a hip hop artist and a woman he meets while she is breaking into his rental home. Ok, she's not really but it is a m3.5 stars
A rockstar romance about a hip hop artist and a woman he meets while she is breaking into his rental home. Ok, she's not really but it is a meet cute that works and starts this couple on a whirlwind fluffy white clouds and rainbow studded hearts romance. The story is nice, sexy, and predictable. Insta love and emotional drama surround the couple as they try to survive the hero's celebrity status. A predictable conflict drives them apart only to be resolved quickly and used to tear down all their remaining walls. A quick fast beach read.
The hero is definitely modelled after Eminem-especially when author describes hero's background and career stats. ...more
Favorite Quote: “The guy across from me was a cherry-red Ferrari and I was a rusted out John Deere tractor.”
Officer Dominic Voss is slowly recovering from falling off a building while in pursuit of a suspect. On medical leave until he recovers, Dominic is seeking out a much in demand physical therapist to help him get back to crime fighting duty.
Orlando Frederick knows all about wanting the impossible. After losing someone precious to him, Lando focuses all his energy into helping others recover from pain even though he is unable to heal from his own. When a sinfully sexy cop begs him for his help, Lando is shocked by the punch of lust that zings him.
The attraction between them grows from a slow simmer to a burning inferno in no time but Lando has already loved and loss one stubborn man…his heart can’t risk another break. While Lando heals Dominic’s body, Dominic sees Lando needs some healing of his own, but Lando isn’t making it easy. Dominic will have to show Lando that love is all about taking risks and sometimes the worse pain of all is not losing, but never trying.
Leveled is the bridge that links Crownover’s Marked Men series to her new spinoff series- Saints of Denver. It is also the perfect farewell for all the fans who have waited patiently for Crownover to ‘lay Remy Archer to rest for good. If you haven’t read the Marked Men series, I wouldn’t start here. Nor would I use this as an introduction to the Saints of Denver series. This novella addresses a long standing storyline that has flowed beneath the entire Marked Men series and was the main conflict for book one-Rule.
SPOILER FROM MARKED MEN SERIES!!!! Remy Archer hid his love for Orlando Frederick from the world, going as far as to use their best friend, Shaw Landon, as his beard. When Orlando has enough and tells Remy either he comes clean with their relationship or their through, Remy leaves and ends up getting into a fatal car accident. For years Orlando blamed himself for Remy’s death and because of Remy’s secrets, wasn’t even able to seek out or offer comfort to the Archers. It’s only after Rome Archer comes home for good that Remy’s double life comes to light and everyone begins to see that no one knew Remy at all.
Leveled picks up years after Remy’s death. Lando still grieves for Remy and walls himself off emotionally to ensure he never suffers that sort of pain again. Now a physical therapist, Orlando helps others get back into fighting shape. When an old friend asks him for a favor, Orlando agrees to see a cop who was injured on the job. When Lando meets Dominic the sparks fly. This built, broody, sexy, scarred, warrior affects Lando something powerful and he experiences something that reminds him of his love for Remy. And that scares him to death.
“The instant I laid eyes on the big brooding cop, it was like a full body assault. There was nothing easy or comfortable about it.”
Dominic doesn’t come looking for anything but help when he meets his new physical trainer but he finds much more when he meets Lando. A tall sexy ginger with a lean build and freckles that beg to be licked and kissed. Dominic knows Lando feels the attraction too but he quickly nips it in the bud when Lando tells him he doesn’t date his clients. Dominic takes offense and the sparks turn to flames.
“You are distracting good looking, Dominic, but I don’t date my clients, and I don’t think I could even get involved with a cop.”
“I don’t know what I find more insulting, the fact you just assume I want to date you or the fact that I’m a cop somehow makes me beneath you. You have a lot of nerve, Mr. Fancy-Pants, a lot of nerve and a lot of ego.”
Even though we get alternating points of view, I couldn’t help but feel this was more Lando’s story. Emotionally poignant and filled with moments of heartache & passion, Leveled touches on several topics, the most important being forgiveness and learning to let go. Crownover writes a sexy, steamy, sorrow touched love story about two men who must deal with their own demons if they want to move forward with their lives and each other. Both are standing on the edge and it take some heavy duty loving, honesty, and a little help from their friends to give this couple their happily ever after.
“We are worth taking risks and venturing into the unknown.“
Crownover also includes a tiny excerpt from Built, the first in her Saints of Denver series, which is scheduled to release January 5, 2016.
Very Harlequin Presents. A cinderella-esque/boss-secretary trope featuring a crabby overly dominant heroine whose a commitment-phobe until he meets anVery Harlequin Presents. A cinderella-esque/boss-secretary trope featuring a crabby overly dominant heroine whose a commitment-phobe until he meets and falls for his young struggling attractive assistant who dresses bad and uses all her money to pay for her mother's nursing home. He swoops in and saves the day. Not a bad story though it seems to stay on a single level, never really giving us a reason for his all-consuming attraction beyond her looks and the fact he likes she blushes around him. I HATED it ended on a cliffhanger though. Grrrrr. ...more
I have to say this one didn't grab me at all like Pucked. I liked Miller okay but didn't like Sunny at all and couldn't root for them to be2.5 Stars
I have to say this one didn't grab me at all like Pucked. I liked Miller okay but didn't like Sunny at all and couldn't root for them to be together. I found her too immature, whiny, judgmental, and manipulative. She played victim all the time, running to her friends or brother when things got bad, and expected Miller to chase after her when she got her feelings hurt. I was actually happy when he finally walked away and wish he would have met someone else during that time. I felt no chemistry between them and really couldn't understand Miller's attraction to her beyond her looks.
The storyline was decent but the focus remained 85% on Miller and Sunny with Miller constantly having to jump through hoops to prove he's serious about her. I enjoyed it the most towards the end when Miller is getting himself together career wise and dealing with his life without worrying about Sunny's precious always hurt feelings. ...more
Terrible. We are dropped into a melodrama dating back to 6th grade. The heroine is insane. A drama queen who I would have run from at first screech. TTerrible. We are dropped into a melodrama dating back to 6th grade. The heroine is insane. A drama queen who I would have run from at first screech. The hero is no better with his passive aggressive actions and never ending smirks. After Gable I should have stuck with my gut and gave up. ...more
Lev by Bella Aurora is a cinderella-esque story about a homeless girl who is rescued off the streets by a rich man whose connections to the mob causeLev by Bella Aurora is a cinderella-esque story about a homeless girl who is rescued off the streets by a rich man whose connections to the mob cause trouble. An enjoyable story, perfect for fans of Jamie Begley, Lani Lynn Vale, or Bella Jewel. Though the story itself is a bit unbelievable at times, the characters & dialogue sucked me in. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s a sweet sexy story with no cheating or violence. ...more
I picked up Christis Ridgeway’s Love Her Madly on a whim and was very pleased. This sexy steamy romance adds a twist to the old “bad boy falls for theI picked up Christis Ridgeway’s Love Her Madly on a whim and was very pleased. This sexy steamy romance adds a twist to the old “bad boy falls for the good girl.” Because this boy isn’t as bad as he thinks & the good girl he’s falling in love with is ready to be very very bad. Though book two in this series, it works well as a standalone. I plan on reading her backlist so I can catch up. :P ...more
First off let me say that I found nothing wrong with the book…it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t expect the MMO gaming aspect to play such a large part of it. The outline is super cute-a snarky trouble making magnet is hired to find an item stolen in an MMO game only to discover the guy who hired her was killed with a real life replica of the item. Now she has to discover who killed him, why, and why she was even hired in the first place. My issue was MMO games don’t interest me and this book incorporates it heavily into the storyline. So my interest plummeted rather quickly as my confusion rose. Though not for me, readers who enjoy cosplay, MMOs, and nerdy geeks galore will definitely enjoy this book....more
A Promise Kept is a well plotted and action packed suspenseful who dun it set in a small Kentucky town. The fast pacing works well with the twisting multi layered conflict David builds; keeping readers on their toes & their attention firmly focused. Eccentric residents litter the landscape as our heroine, Quinn, attempts to keep her own secrets buried while digging into the secrets of the town in order to clear her brother of murder. Effortless dialogue & witty banter allows our protagonists to develop from merely names on paper into engaging characters. A slow developing best friends to lovers romance slides alongside the conflict, blending effortlessly and used to dig deep into the heroine’s psyche and explain the reasons she never returned home after she left.
Quinn has some serious issues & David takes the time to develop them, giving them the gravity they deserve. A former defense attorney, she fell victim to a manipulative client and made some serious ethical mistakes that inadvertently hurt her and someone she very much cared for. This scarred Quinn causing her to not only second guess her career and her intuition but also wall herself off both emotionally and physically in penance and shame. Jack treads carefully, dividing his time between trying to solve the mystery of Quinn and the mystery of who shot a local resident and why. Jack himself has some secrets he kept from Quinn, secrets that concern the shooting.
David does a fabulous job of drawing Jack and Quinn out as the story plays out. They may have come from opposite sides of the tracks but at their core they are very similar. Strong, intelligent, loyal, & committed to justice. Intense chemistry is made even stronger by their lifelong friendship. The transition from the love between friends to the love between two people attracted to one another is seamless & entertaining. Jack knows Quinn and uses that knowledge to gently guide her in the direction he wants her to go. She knows his game but the heart of her wants to be with him so she goes willingly though not always quietly.
A well-developed cast of secondary characters enhance the story with their thoughts and actions. Each one is a puzzle piece in the backstory of the murder victim, eventually leading us to the answers we seek. The villain remained hidden in plain sight and I enjoyed how David manages to not only incorporate them into the story but does so without any awkwardness. The mystery wraps up in a climatic finale as each puzzle piece falls into place and the enormity of the situation becomes clear.
I genuinely enjoyed this story and hope David returns to this town, perhaps introducing us to and writing a story about each of the McGuire siblings. There were a few grammatical errors but nothing that took away from my enjoyment or comprehension.
DNF-I just can't. The heroine is annoying and in my opinion emotionally manipulative. I already went through that with books 4 & 5. Review to comeDNF-I just can't. The heroine is annoying and in my opinion emotionally manipulative. I already went through that with books 4 & 5. Review to come. ...more
Favorite Quote: She crooned in his head, ‘Honey, I’m so proud of you for not killing anybody. ‘His gaze flashed to hers, and that flat, assessing expression vanished as he laughed. Squeezing her fingers, he told her, ‘Week’s not over yet.’
Dragos and Pia Cuelebre are on their way to Washington, DC to try and repair the damaged peace between mankind and the wyr demesne. Certain events already have Dragos riding the killing edge and Pia has to make sure no one taunts the deadly dragon. When an important politician’s husband is found murdered in their house and it looks like a Wyr is the culprit, Pia and Dragos will have to pull out all the stops to figure out who’s trying to frame them..and why.
I adore these novellas that Harrison writes about the Elder Races. They are perfect little peeks back into our favorite character’s lives and grace us with clues to new plotlines and story directions. Dragos Goes to Washington is part of a three novella series centering around Dragos, Pia, and their son Liam. They can each be read as a standalone but more fun when read in order. Short and sweet, Harrison delivers a full, rich, often steamy stories that engage you from page one.
Pia and Dragos are entering another chapter of their lives. Liam is growing up faster everyday and Pia finds herself experiencing some growing pains of her own. Though Liam was a surprise for them neither see any reason not to at least try again. *wink-wink* This of course engages the mating bond, putting an already volatile Dragos at defcon 12.
He was wearing his inscrutable expression, his gold gaze flat and unrevealing as he watched the protesters. It was one of his most dangerous expressions.
At the same time, Dragos and Pia are required to play nice for a Wyr/Human summit. Think UN summit but much, much deadlier. The supernatural events over the last year have caused great concern and damage to the already fragile peace and now there is a human supremacist group called A Right To Privacy that is doing everything possible to make sure the summit does not go well.
Harrison does a fabulous job of creating a tense volatile conflict while further exploring the dynamics of Dragos and Pia’s relationship. Even after a couple of years, there is still a sense of wonder and confusion on Pia’s part as to how she and Dragos managed to come together. He keeps his emotions locked down tight and sometimes Pia is unsure of how Dragos feels about her and their life together.
“How on earth did we find ourselves here, of all places?”
As king of the wyrs, Dragos must do some serious juggling to keep his people and his family safe. He can’t even afford to be seen as weak but in the privacy, he reassures us and Pia that he is one hundred percent committed to his family-especially Pia.
“As long as you’re okay, everything is okay even when it’s not. When you’re not okay, the world is hell.”
The mystery solves quickly, the events surrounding the case opening the door to a new storyline and arc that should prove to be a very interesting time for the all the wyrs. I loved getting to spend sometime with my favorite Elder Race characters and seeing what they are up to. I look forward to the next two novellas, Pia Goes to Hollywood (11/17), Liam Takes Manhattan (12/22), and the next full length novel-Shadow’s End ( 12/1).
The third book in Frederick’s best selling Kerr Chronicles involves Tiny’s intractable boss, Jake Turner. When he is hired to provide security for an agoraphobic writer, his protective urges soar to the forefront. Fredericks pens a seductive suspense driven romance between two people whose disabilities affect them in very different ways. Jake lost his leg in the war but has learned to adapt and continues to live his life to the fullest. Natalie Becker wasn’t so lucky. When she is doxxed for a game she developed the result is agoraphobia. Though she was on her way to recovery, a series of disturbing notes sets her back. This enjoyable steamy read does well blending the romance with the conflict though the romance commands a larger portion. Well developed characters and some intriguing secondary subplots only add to the appeal. Fredericks does a good job of bringing the readers into her protagonists lives and helping them understand the emotional and mental constraint of their disabilities. Even though this can be read as a standalone, Frederick brings in some familiar faces and gives us a hint or two to the next couple in this series. I did feel the pacing was off at times, creating some drag in the story. Also, the reveal fell a little flat for me after the big build up. I guess right off who it was but expected better reasons for their actions. Regardless, Revealed to Him is a worthy read and I look forward to book four. ...more