I’ve been wanting to read a Virginia Kantra book for the longest time now. Somehow, I always manage to push them back on the TBR. CAROLINA HOME intro
I’ve been wanting to read a Virginia Kantra book for the longest time now. Somehow, I always manage to push them back on the TBR. CAROLINA HOME introduces us to Dare Island, a small fishing town in North Carolina. I’ve always thought the scenery in the area would lend itself to a very romantic setting. And I wasn’t wrong. Fans of small town romances will love this series. It has a lot of charm!
But lets start with the Fletcher family because what good small town romance doesn’t have a group of siblings in need of some love? Matt is a perfect example of that. He’s a single dad to a sixteen year old boy from his previous failed marriage. He’s a fisherman in town, a caring and hardworking man, and above all else a family man. His parents have run a bed & breakfast inn for years and Matt was never the child that was itching to move away from Dare Island and away from his family.
Allison, on the other hand, comes from the city and a family that always gave her everything but taking a toll on her emotions. The small town lifestyle and being a teacher and having lasting relationships with the kids she teaches is her passion. When she ends up as Matt’s son teacher things start heating up between them. And when I say heating up? I mean heating up. Matt is uber sexy!
As much as our H/h are such an endearing couple, everything around them made this book special for me. The parents and how connected Matt is with them and dedicated to helping them. Of course, there’s a little girl that will steal your heart as well in the mix. And a bunch of siblings that can be tough to handle at times but I can’t wait to crack open in their own books.
CAROLINA HOME is the type of feel good book that you should be reading this summer!...more
It’s official…I’m a fan. Mercy is just my type of girl. She always wants to do the right thing, noThis review was posted at Under the Covers
It’s official…I’m a fan. Mercy is just my type of girl. She always wants to do the right thing, no matter the cost to herself. She’s kick ass, she gets into trouble, she goes after what she believes in. Now if only we could get her to see things straight from the very beginning…
In this book, Mercy is working as a bartender when her old army buddy, Jason, comes into town looking to convince people to put an oil pipeline through their ranches. And then, Mercy’s life being always so messed up, she finds his dead body outside the bar one night. When no one cares about this, and the sheriff won’t investigate, she starts taking matters into her own hands. Doing the investigative work, and even running for sheriff herself. After all, it was her dad’s job before.
Things of course get more complicated as she delves into the whys and hows of her buddies’ death…even more so when another army buddy of hers, Anna, comes into town looking for revenge.
As always, Mercy is awesome. Maybe even more so in this book because she doesn’t have as many issues as she did in book one, at least in my opinion. Then there’s the Native American element. I think Ms. Armstrong does an amazing job at weaving in the culture of the place into the story and making it also an important part of how the story develops. You really feel as if you were there.
And then there’s the actual story. Always full of suspense and just a small dash of sexy. I really like the way Ms. Armstrong surprises me with Mercy’s stories go. I can’t wait to be surprised again in the next one....more
I’ve been wanting to read Lori Armstrong for a while. Mainly because this is the mystery alter ego of one ofThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I’ve been wanting to read Lori Armstrong for a while. Mainly because this is the mystery alter ego of one of my favorite authors, the talented Lorelei James. I’ve always loved a good mystery book to begin with and this sounded right up my alley.
I couldn’t have been more impressed. This book is original and engaging. The storyline kept me on my toes, and surprised me as well. Just when I thought I knew how things would happen, something would go a different way.
And then there’s Mercy. She’s the driving force in this book, at least for me. She could quickly become one of my favorite heroines. She’s damaged by everything she’s been through in the military. She has to stay strong against the rest of the town who doesn’t think she can come back and take over her father’s ranch. She has to be strong for her family. But she’s so vulnerable. I love that side of a strong woman....more
At last!!!! So what were your first thoughts right after you finished the book?
Francesca: HOLY FFFFF…..NNNNNGGGGG SS…..TTTTT! *sigh* I love4.5 stars
At last!!!! So what were your first thoughts right after you finished the book?
Francesca: HOLY FFFFF…..NNNNNGGGGG SS…..TTTTT! *sigh* I love the Warden! That about sums up my thoughts on the book. I knew I should’ve trusted her to completely blow me away with how she told one of the most difficult stories. And why, you may ask? Because the pressure she had to write this story and make it good was insane. In a way, I knew I had nothing to fear. But there was always that small doubt in the back of my mind. Well, I loved it. Loved every second of it! The ending was so perfectly sweet, and that’s not something I would’ve ever associated with Qhuay. I think J.R. Ward is one of the most talented authors out there because, not only can she write an amazing story, but she can write SEVERAL amazing stories in the same book and make them all relate, be necessary and drive the overall story forward. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a complex world and that’s what I love about it. We can’t just see this world from the perspective of the hero/heroine of the story, or in this case hero/hero, she gives us so much more. Definitely, LOVER AT LAST is in my Top 3 favorite books of this series.
Annie: I thought the book ended on the perfect note. I clutched the book to my chest to hug it and had a goofy smile reading that very last chapter! But another part of me was SAD that it was all said and done! We’ve been waiting for soooo long for this book that to finally have it in our hands and have it all done made my heart weep a little bit. I’m so happy that Blay and Qhuinn got their HEA but I also wanted MORE. I will always want more of these guys! LOVER AT LAST is probably my new favorite book of the series along with LOVER ETERNAL and LOVER AVENGED.
Another thing? Ward is so damn smart! The multiple storylines were necessary and so well done that I was very impressed with the way she was able to integrate them into one another. Not only did it push the story forward, but it also hooked readers onto returning and/or new characters to obsess about, keeping the series strong and open to possibilities!
Suzanne: My first thought when I ended the book….GRAB ME A TISSUE I am blubbing like a baby quickly followed by me wanting it to never end, even though it ended perfectly. This is definitely going to be one of my favourite books in the series, it has been so highly anticipated I was half expecting it to completely bomb out, instead Ward has once again delivered us a book that offers us a soul wrenching romance between two beloved character Qhuinn and Blay, whilst also expanding the BDB world through the new story threads. I LOVED the new story threads, one, I get to see more of my beloved hellren Xcor which is NEVER a bad thing, and two, we also get to see a few new characters and see the war for the throne become way more interesting.
Angela: My first thought was..wow, I actually liked this book. And thought of all the things the things I feared and realized I was wrong. I am not one to pick up m/m though I am open to it. I have to admit after reading a good 5 chapters I sort of slowed my reading and procrastinated on it due to my fear of dislike for the m/m scenes. But Ward did such a great job that it was a great experience for me. I’m glad that I gave this book a chance or I would have missed out on a great book. But then again, I would never miss any BDB books.
Do you think Blay and Qhuinn got the HEA they deserved?
Francesca: Absolutely! She showed us a different side of both Blay and Qhuinn in this book, and I loved that. Their love story has always been full of angst and that’s exactly what we got. I could feel Qhuinn’s pain and my heart went out to him.
“Let me kiss you.” Qhuinn groaned as he leaned in. “I know I don’t deserve it, but please . . . it’s what you can do for me. Let me feel you. . . .” Qhuinn’s mouth brushed his own. Came back for more. Lingered. “I’ll beg for it.” More with the caress of those devastating lips. “If that’s what it takes. I don’t give a f**k, I’ll beg. . . .”
But really, he had that pain coming. He’s treated Blay so bad and hurt him so much in the past that it was just right for him to do some groveling. And I loved every minute of it!!! Blay showed us a stronger side to him, and independent side as well. He can stand strong on his own, but is complete with Qhuinn. And that’s the beauty of these two, and what the Warden was able to do perfectly. I don’t think I need to get into the technicalities and I know a lot of people feel the need to question whether she used lube or not, but really… what the hell does that matter? Blay and Qhuinn are so hot they sizzled off the pages…I may have to admit to re-reading the smexy parts. Done with the same tasteful sensuality that the Warden uses in all her books, Qhuay’s sex scenes were angsty, raw, rough….wall banging, picture framing dropping, night stand shaking….in one word Delicious. Just what I wanted! Now I forgot what I was saying…Ohhhh but I have to mention Saxton here. I applaud that male of worth for making Qhuay possible and I hope that we are given an HEA for him as well.
Annie: YES! Going into it, I knew that there would be a lot of angst. Ward has given Qhuay a hard road to ride on through the course of the series so I knew that that wouldn’t suddenly change in their book. Qhuinn and Blay had to come to terms with themselves before they could ever be together. I loved that she didn’t suddenly make it all unicorns and roses for them.
The sex was explosive! Though I thought they were slightly glossed over with the details (you know the perv in me wants the dirty details!!) that doesn’t mean there was a lot of heart and passion in each of the scenes. I could have read a 600 page book on Qhuay sex alone!
Suzanne: Hells to the yeah! Their romance was beautiful, I admit at times I wanted to bang their heads together and tell them to have a fricking honest conversation, but there has been so much leading up to Qhuinn and Blay getting together that the road to love was inevitable lined with pain and hurt, and I lapped up every inch of it. As for the sex, I know there is a lot of oh-my-it-is-man-on-man, but…I didn’t think that the sex scenes were that much different from the other books. Ward has never given us a blow by blow account, which makes it far sexier and the scenes were completely knicker wettingly hot, obviously, but for me it was more like FINALLY Qhuinn and Blay are fucking, rather than dayum two guys are fucking.
Angela: Absolutely! We have watched these two from the beginning and experience their hardships. Quinn and Blay had matured into Males of Worth, no doubt about that. This book is well deserved and long awaited HEA for them.
What was your favorite part of the book? What was your least favorite?
Francesca: There were so many favorites!!!!! But my ultimate favorite has to be the ending. OMG it was almost heart stopping and so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. There are really no words for that ending, although because I’m a greedy bitch, I wanted an epilogue of the epilogue. I wanted more. I could read about them forever.
“You are perfect the way you are.” Blay’s voice was strong. “There is nothing wrong with who and what you have always been.I’m proud of you. And I love you. Now… and always.” Qhuinn’s vision got wavy. Hard-core. “I’m proud of you. And I love you,” Blay repeated. “Always. Forget about your old family… you have me now. I am your family.”
Least favorite? Nothing really stands out as a least favorite part. I guess I can say the lesser bits, because I usually couldn’t care less for them.
Annie: Fave part? Hmm, there were a lot of good parts but one of the fun ones was when Lassiter and Butch get into it over the Red Sox. Damn, I love me some Lassiter and I am dying for more on him!
Least fave part? The short bits on the Lessers. Meh.
Suzanne: Favourite parts, they were all my favourite parts! But the bits with Qhuinn and Blay, and Layla and Xcor really stand out for me. As for least favourite parts…I wasn’t a massive fan of the Assail parts, I liked him, but I was far more interested in what was going to happen with the other couples.
Angela: There are so many scenes that I liked. But my Fave was Layla showing her bad self. The scenes with her standing up to Havers, Phury and even to Fritz gave me shivers. She really learned to speak up. This book was definitely her coming out book and it just made me proud of her. Another Fave is Quinn show of heroism. The best part was that he did not realize what he was doing was totally selfless. It just made the act even more special. Like I said we all have seen him grow up to this amazing man. And I think you all can agree with me as well that he IS a man of worth.
What are your thoughts on Layla?
Francesca: I sincerely extend an apology to Layla. I’ve cursed her out in the past, I’ve loved to hate her. I now feel different. She showed guts the likes some of the Warden’s heroines haven’t shown in the past. She defied everything she was raised to be and fought for what she wanted. She was not afraid to go out and get it. She grew a pair! I can’t wait to read her and Xcor’s book (although I don’t think they are ready yet)
Annie: I had a complete 360 change of opinion on Layla. She rocked in this book and Ward really achieved the impossible by making me like her. I love her strength and her courage in this book. I found myself feeling emotions that I didn’t think I would ever feel. I am looking forward to seeing her HEA with Xcor.
Suzanne: Can I just have this chance to say a massive I TOLD YOU SO with regards to Layla! I have always always liked her and felt sorry for her and I am finally glad that she is coming into her own; standing up for herself and taking a little bit of what she wants. I really really can’t wait for Xcor and Layla’s book and it will be even more interesting to see how they manage to hook up, with being on opposite sides of the war and everything.
Angela: I’m with Fran, I did not like Layla at all. She had changed dramatically from a self centered, whiney girl to a very mature woman. She has learned the ropes and now standing up for herself and what she believes in. I give her kudos to her self-discovery and I feel that she will get her HEA soon enough.
This time we got POVs from Trez, what was your first impression of him?
Francesca: Trez was my favorite side storyline. Something about those Shadows has always intrigued me and I’m sooooo happy that they are finally coming to the forefront. His story captivated me and I can’t wait for the resolution. And the fact that his heroine will be a Chosen makes it all the more exciting. It’s always nice to see the tough bad boy fall for the sweet girl and trip over his own feet in the process.
Annie: It was interesting reading his POV for the very first time. We’ve seen the Shadows for awhile now but never got the focus we had like we did for this book. I like Trez and Ward sets up his story very well. I’m looking forward to seeing where she takes this story and also, I’m super stoked to have them in the Brotherhood mansion right now!
Suzanne: Welllllll, who knew Trez was a sexoholic?! It was interesting to see his POV for the first time, but I found myself more intrigued by iAm, it is always the quiet intense ones that get to me. Although, it will be interesting to see how his HEA works out, it will also add a new dimension to the overall story if the Shadows get involved.
Angela: Oh Trez. I have fallen for this bad boy and I loved getting his POV. It’s obvious the Ward has big plans for him. I think Ward will make this “playah” bow to Selena who is quite the opposite of him. I just can’t see where his background will come to play with his current sitch. I have a feeling there will be a lot of heart breaking.
Assail is a character we’ve seen more of over the course of the books. What did you think of him?
Francesca: I liked him. I can’t say he’s a favorite for me, although I do like his bad boy appeal. His story was interesting and I’m definitely looking forward to reading his book. Plus his heroine is also right up my alley. There is a lot still that we need to know and I guess I’ll need that to be fully committed to their romance, but LOVER AT LAST gave us a good glimpse into what they’ll be like.
Annie: LOVED.HIM. Assail turned out to be quite sexy in this book. I loved his interaction with Sola and Ward definitely made me want to read about their story. That’s quite a feat since before this book, we had limited knowledge on Assail and knew nothing of Sola at all.
Suzanne: Hmm, I am unsure of him at the moment, I am hung up a little on the drug dealer thing, I mean I know Rehv did it and I love him but at least he was conflicted about it! And his thing with the Lessers…I don’t like it, betraying my sexy Blind King like that! I liked Sola well enough but she seems more like a remoulding of Payne and Xhex, another warrior woman.
Angela: I think Assail is a ticking time bomb. He can totally go either way but I have a feeling Sola will make a good man out of him. I bet he will do a lot of damage first before that happens.
Who do you think will get the next book?
Francesca: My hopes are set on Trez. But maybe that’s because I have a bit of a crush.
Annie: I’m betting it’s Assail. Ward set his book up perfectly with the events of in this one.
Suzanne: I am hoping Xcor and Layla, but I don’t think they are ready yet, so I am thinking Assail and Sola or possibly Trez and Selena, but more likely the former.
Angela: I think there is a great chance for Xcor and Layla or Trez and Selena. There’s quite a bit of set up for both their stories but with Ward, we’ll it can go with someone we least expect. I’m hoping for Trez though. I think seeing his POV connected me to his character more than Xcor.
Which character would you like The Warden to bring back and/or see more of?
Francesca: Simple…. Murhder. I think it would be a perfect time to drop that bomb on the Brotherhood!
Annie: Give me angel love, baby! I wanna see more of Lassiter!
Suzanne: I want to see more of the couples from the previous books, I mean where the hell has Mary disappeared to?! She is my favourite female but we never see her. Also Murhder, he has gone as well BUT I wonder who visited Sola’s Grandmother, I think it sounded like him, maybe she is a descendant, which would mean Sola could get her vampire on!
Angela: Wrath and Beth. I had an impression that they will get a novella or a side story of them having a baby. We got some Beth in this book but not enough of the King. I miss him.
Anything else you want to add that we didn’t cover?
Francesca: This book is memorable in so many ways. It’s a book that changes the future of the Brotherhood and the world they live in, in a way. The threats against the Brotherhood are changing, the Brotherhood is expanding. People are coming back, people are changing. The bad guys may not be the bad guys for long. The Blind King will have new issues to face. It all makes me so excited for what’s to come I can barely contain my excitement. Is it time for a re-read of LOVER AT LAST yet? I think so! This might be one that I re-read over and over and have a satisfied, content feeling every time I turn that last page.
“Be mine and dance with me.”
Annie: Ward had a big challenge on her hands but she crushes reader’s expectations and gives them something to talk about. I’m so glad that Qhuay got their hardcover debut because this is going to change things for the writing world. LOVER AT LAST is monumental, proving that love really does conquer all.
Suzanne: Ward has completely conquered this massive challenge, I admit the last few books have been my least favourite in the series and I was worried she was losing her touch, but she has allayed all my fears with Lover at Last I loved it, it was a emotional, sensual and full of new twists and turns in the war brewing between different factions within the vampires and with the Lessers.
Angela: I just think that Ward did a great job with this book. Fans have been asking for m/m for quite a while and that is exactly what she had given us. It was just the right amount of romance and steamy scenes and not over the top to satisfy all her readers....more
Where to start with the things about this book that hit a great spot with me? Well, for one this series revoThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Where to start with the things about this book that hit a great spot with me? Well, for one this series revolves around a family in a small town. However this is no ordinary family, their mother is a Hollywood star, they own a succesful vineyard, they're some of the most looking people in town, they own a resort, yeah, way above average right there. But they are all so nice and with a wonderful feeling of family unit.
They're of italian descent, and from the north of Italy more specifically. Me being northern italian and seeing a lot of people always show us with the wrong stereotypes, I was very happy to see that the ways this family was portrayed, the things they say, the way the act, and even the food they eat, was very accurate! And I enjoyed the food descriptions in the book, they were making me hungry!! Polenta, prosciutto wrapped canteloupe, and all with a nice glass of wine! *sigh*
Now the story is a bit of romantic suspense actually. Someone is after the Di Luca's, starting with the grandmother being attacked, a dead body shows up, among other things. Rafe Di Luca has been away for a long time, after being in the military now he has his own private security type firm. He comes back to investigate what's going on in his town and with his family.
To do this he enlists the help of his old high school flame and the girl he hasn't been able to forget. Brooke is now working at his family's resort and they're relationship had ended because she couldn't deal with his profession.
The sparks are still there between them, and between fighting them and giving in they will also have to catch whoever is after Rafe's family. Overall, I enjoyed the story, the intrigue, and the family most of all, so I am looking forward to reading the next book about the sexy Di Luca brothers....more
The Di Luca family is never without excitement. Eli Di Luca, the wine expert in the family has been keepingThis review was posted at Under The Covers
The Di Luca family is never without excitement. Eli Di Luca, the wine expert in the family has been keeping a secret from the rest of his family. The vineyard is struggling. His accountant fled town and left behind a trail of stolen money and debts to the IRS that if not repaid soon will shut down his business. Except he doesn't have the money to pay it back and doesn't want to ask his family for anything and let them know about the issues he had.
So a solution comes along. Mr. Conte, a millionaire and somewhat Eli's business partner wants him to marry his daughter and give him grandchildren. Eli comes from a good family so he offers to pay ofrf all of Eli's debt if he can get his daughter to marry him. Bad choice? Yeah maybe.
Eli is very serious and the type of guy that does for everyone else but holds himself behind high walls that no one can come through and get to know the real him. But Chloe finds the cracks.
Chloe Conte is younger than him, she's independent, she's adventurous, she's an author. Just finished her first book, had massive success, and is now struggling with the stress of writing a second book that would be as good. Her father offers her to spend time with Eli and enjoy beautiful California to get over her writers block.
Chloe is onto her dad's scheming about getting her married, but Eli seems genuine and for the most part he is. I liked that throughout their relationship he was *mostly* honest and himself. There were only a few pushes along the way that he had to do to get her to agree to marry him. But at a certain point, I just got pissed off that he waited that long to come clean. Should've been sooner.
There is still mystery and suspense! There is still a missing bottle of wine, yes the same one that seemed to have started the Di Luca problem in book one, but now we find out there's more to that bottle than the old wine it contains. It has something else of value in it. And people are willing to kill for it.
This was a good installment in the series and in my opinion better than the first one because I liked the characters better. I am looking forward to the next book since it will be about the youngest Di Luca, and he seems to have a dark past hidden somewhere!...more
I picked this book up with really no expectations. I liked the cover and the blurb seemed pretty interestingThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I picked this book up with really no expectations. I liked the cover and the blurb seemed pretty interesting. But I was so pleasantly surprised with the storyline! This book was by no means a boring historical romance, it had some humor, some intrigue, gossiping tongues, an untamable (or so he thought) rake and a woman who thought she should give up on finding happiness for herself but wanted to find it for everyone else.
I think the best way to tell you about the storyline is that it's a historical cross between these two reality shows:
This is such a fun concept! Accomplished rake, Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne, needs to find a wife. He is the most eligible bachelor of the season. At a party he meets a girl that looks like sin stirs his lust. But she turns out to be what could be considered a spinster. Tessa is 26, not a spring chicken by any means. She inherited a great deal of money from her uncle and she is not interested in marriage for herself. Ever. However she has made it her job to find other ladies a suitable husband.
When Tristan finds out that the woman that caught his eye is a matchmaker, he hires her services. She decides to make it a big courtship. She gathers the women she feels would fit him better, and they go through a few events after which he eliminates certain candidates.
And during that whole time they both have to pretend they are not falling in love. That they are not the perfect match. But she feels something that happened in the past could never allow her the happiness of being married to Tristan.
This story was different and fun. I had a great time reading it!...more
If you like small town contemporaries, this one is a good start to a new series. I felt like comparing it to the Tumble Creek series by Victoria Dahl (even though I liked that series better than this one book).
Ethan was the bad boy in high school, who came from the wrong side of the tracks. After the death of both his parents he left town. Left behind his two brothers as well. He went on to the military and is now a very successful military weapons designer with his own company and lots of money. So it's now time for him to go back to Serendipity to make ammends with his brothers for leaving them the way he did.
He happens to buy the house that he always wanted. Faith Harrington's childhood home. Faith was the beautiful cheerleader that he always had a crush on. Now her father is in a big mess because of bad business decisions and the house is for sale.
Faith had also left town, gotten married, and later on went through a bad divorce. She is back in Serendipity to start over. Not as the rich girl but a normal person. She wants to be seen as herself not her father's daughter.
Fate puts them back together and both their youth crushes come rushing back, now with their positions reversed.
But there's a curve ball. A long lost half sister comes out of nowhere and is dropped on Ethan's doorstep. None of the brothers knew of her existence and I thought the whole situation was a bit unrealistic how she was just dropped off and then how their relationship was handled at the beginning.
It will be interesting to see how his relationship with his brothers develops. What Ethan did abandoning them was not right and I think he should make up a bit more to them for that. But I can't wait to read the other brothers stories!...more
The Barron brothers are all so hot! Nash is no different. He's a lawyer now, and the one who still holds theThis review was posted at Under the Covers
The Barron brothers are all so hot! Nash is no different. He's a lawyer now, and the one who still holds the most resentment towards his brother Ethan for what he did. But now that Ethan and Faith are on their honeymoon he doesn't mind trying to get close to his half sister Tess. And if that means spending more time with her sister Kelly, then he won't complain. He's been attracted to her since she came into town.
Nash has trust issues. He's been lied to and betrayed many times so it's understandable where those feelings come from. He's also very stubborn and set in his ways, which is one of the reasons why his previous marriage didn't work out. But he's making an effort to open up and he wants to do it with Kelly. He trusts her and is comfortable with her out of the bedroom, and in the bedroom well he can't keep his hands off her.
Kelly on the other hand is struggling with having to hide something from her past. It is something that could potentially make her look bad, but I just wanted her to come clean sooner. She does have a lot of personality and is a very likeable heroine. And hiding the issues aside, she's perfect for Nash. Something his ex-wife wasn't. And while I'm on that subject, I was a little thrown off by the fact that his ex-wife ends up being Kelly's BFF, there's something just wrong about that dynamic!
Together, Kelly and Nash make an explosive couple, lots of sweet moments, lots of smexin' and in the end, even after the new developments in the family dynamics, I feel they are a tighter unit.
I loved the side characters as well. Some of the old, some new. Of course I am most curious about the last Barron brother. I can't wait to see what's in store for him! ...more
I want to mention a couple of things before I start getting into the story of this book. I read the revised version that Ms. Briggs re-released in 2011, not the original version of the book. This book is really more fantasy than urban fantasy, so it's good to make the distinction with readers. Now here's what I thought of Masques.
The first thing that I loved was the intro that Ms. Briggs did telling the reader a bit of the story of how she came to work on this book again and re-release it. It does seem like a project that was dear to her heart, as it was her first real book published, and the old issues had become a bit of a treasure to find. For us new Briggs fans it was a nice visit into a completely different world than what I'm used to reading by this author.
I'm not really big on fantasy books but this one had an element of connection that worked really well. Who? Aralorn and Wolf. She's a mercenary and she happens to rescue Wolf from certain death. From that point on they've been emotionally attached and he will go with her and cross her path when she needs him most.
Aralorn is also a shapeshifter and works as a spy as well as a mercenary. She is assigned with spying on a sorcerer. Amidst the spying and the inevitable war, Alanorn and Wolf learn more about each other. I loved their banter and their easy companionship. They felt effortless together.
I did feel the writing was a bit choppy and the scenes changed a bit abruptly at times, but it didn't take away from enjoying the story. I am looking forward to Wolfsbane....more
Thought provoking life story. All Fall Down is not your typical Megan Hart book. At least not so much what IThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Thought provoking life story. All Fall Down is not your typical Megan Hart book. At least not so much what I'm used to reading from her, although I know she started out writing this type of fiction. However, it's one of those books that you want to stop reading but you can't put it down.
Extremely well written, it tells us the story of Sunshine. She's 19 years old and has three kids, Happy, Bliss and Peace. Sunny was raised in what you would normally call a cult house. Her mother had left her father to join this "religion" and that's all Sunny has known her whole life.
Until one day her mom makes her run away from the house with her three kids and go find her father. This right before everyone in this cult house commits mass suicide. She is now at the mercy of a father who didn't know about her and who has remarried.
Liesel, his new wife, has always wanted children. Now this seems like a gift that she gets to have 3 little ones to care for. The struggles that every character in this book goes through are deep and heartbreaking. Sunny, living in the world with the blemished. Liesel being a mother. Christopher dealing with a daughter that reminds him of the woman he once loved and left him. Some of them a bit traumatic. Some of them tender.
No happy ending for this story. Maybe a hope it can get better at some point ending. That was the only part I wasn't too happy with in this story, but in a way, it's the only realistic ending for someone that has been through what Sunny has. ...more
Well the first thing that made me want to read this book was the cover. Yeah I admit it. The second thing? IThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Well the first thing that made me want to read this book was the cover. Yeah I admit it. The second thing? ILONA ANDREWS! Quite frankly, anthologies can be a good place to find new authors to read or just a collection of stories that are hard to develop because they are so short. As you can see by the number of authors in this anthology, yes, the stories were short. But some managed to convey enough of the story where I didn't feel anything was missing.
RETRIBUTION CLAUSE BY ILONA ANDREWS - 4 STARS This story is set in the Kate Daniels world although there is no Kate or any of the characters we know. It was actually interesting to see a different setting than Atlanta as this story takes place in Philadelphia. It also features Saiman's frost giant cousin Adam. Adam is an insurance adjuster and as such, he will have to enforce the retribution clause in the policy of a client. What does that mean? Him and his partner Siroun have to go and kill whoever killed her. Adam and Siroun are great characters, they work well together and there's a definite attraction as well. The story was very interesting and kept me hooked! Another great one by Ilona Andrews.
BIGFOOT ON CAMPUS BY JIM BUTCHER - 4 STARS I am probably one of the few people that haven't read the Dresden Files. I've always wondered about the series but didn't get to it yet. And this small taste of Jim Butcher's writing style and of Harry Dresden himself, well...completely wetted my appetite! I loved this story, I loved Harry, and I loved Jim's storytelling. I was sucked in from the beginning. Harry is hired by Bigfoot to go protect his son, who is away at college. Catch is Bigfoot has never officially met his son, and his son doesn't know his heritage, nor the danger he is currently in. Awesome story!
HOLLY'S BALM BY RACHEL CAINE - 3.5 STARS Having not read any stories by Rachel Caine that this would be even somewhat related to, I had no background for it but it was still a pretty enjoyable story standalone. Holly is a resurrection witch, and yes that means she can resurrect the dead. Her powers are used in police investigations sometimes to ask the victims about their death. She also has an undead (resurrected) boyfriend who, for some reason, hasn't gone away. Some magic is keeping him alive again and with her. Holly is now called in to investigate a crime that resembles one she had already investigated. Turns out the killer found a witch to resurrect his old victims and live his killings all over again, and now Holly has to figure out who is helping him and how to stop them.
SNOW JOB BY CAROLE NELSON DOUGLAS - 2 STARS Snow is a rock star. Snow goes missing somehow. Delilah is a paranormal investigator and now has to find a way to rescue Snow, even though she didn't have a good relationship with him. I was overwhelmed with this story. Not having read anything by this author or in this series, I was lost and a lot of information was thrown in. Maybe just not my thing.
OUTSIDE THE BOX BY P.N. ELROD - 2 STARS Maybe this was just not my thing but I didn't enjoy this story. It's the first I read from this author (at least that I can remember). The story is about a witch that works as a to register newly risen vampires. This one vampire she's dealing with now is just more than she bargained for.
HOW DO YOU FEEL BY SIMON R. GREEN - 3 STARS I've read other Simon R. Green short stories in anthologies and I think I've come to the realization that his writing is not so much my preference style. However this story was entertaining, although a bit dark. It's about Dead Boy. He's been dead for a long time and just kind of existed all that time, not feeling anything and missing it, never thinking about the mugging that took his life. Until someone comes up to him and tells him his death wasn't an accident and Dead Boy is looking for revenge.
THERE WILL BE DEMONS BY LORI HANDELAND - 3 STARS Dhampirs, skinwalkers, fairies and fallen angels... Oh my! This was a bit unremarkable but not bad. I did have a hard time finding it interesting at the beginning, but basically Summer is a fairy and along with Jimmy and Sawyer they work for a demon killing organization and will go on a mission together. There's something about soulmates but it wasn't too clear to me, maybe I just had to read the series to understand it more.
CHERRY KISSES BY ERICA HAYES - 2 STARS Going to hell takes on a whole new meaning when you actually have to go to hell to recover an amulet. I really didn't connect with this story.
THE ARCANE ART OF MISDIRECTION BY CARRIE VAUGHN - 4 STARS Yes, this is part of the Kitty Norville series. Is Kitty in it? No. Much in the same way as the Ilona Andrews story, this is set in the world but there's no active participation from the main series characters. Although we did see Odysseus Grant and the story is set in Vegas, which we visited in one of Kitty's books. Probably would be enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the series.
We finally get the story of Abe (Hanks' brother from book one)This review was posted at Under the Covers
Wrangled and Tangled is TWO-FOR-ONE HOTNESS!
We finally get the story of Abe (Hanks' brother from book one) and his ex-wife Janie. She's back in town working at the new resort, when a series of "accidents" happen around her. What better way to stay safe than to go stay with her hunky ex-husband? Yep, that's how it all starts...that and a rocking laundry machine in the basement. ;)
Abe is all cowboy, hard working, but just as he works hard, he looooooves hard. He never showed Janie his darker side when they were married, but now that he's explored it and knows what he likes, he's all for including Janie in on that action! But they also had a lot of healing to do as a couple. They hurt each other when they were together before and they've grown up in their time apart. It was nice to see them being able to talk things out.
And when I said two, I meant two!!! We don't really get a small side story in this book, it's more of half Abe/Janie and half is all about sexy hunky Renner Jackson. That's his resort Janie is working at. We first met him flirting with Harper while getting a manicure. But don't let the manicure fool you. This is one hands-on rough cowboy.
He's determined to making the resort work and to do that he had to get a financial infusion. This now saddled him with his investors' daughter to oversee how their money is being spent. Tierney should be by all means the rich, daddy's little girl. She gives that impression on the outside, but once you get to know her, nothing is farther from the truth. And when Renner and Tierney give in to their more carnal desires and start doing more than fighting about money....*fans self and starts blushing* I have no words.
I loved every single character of this book. Hard to do when there are so many involved. The heroines were amazing, strong yet vulnerable. Strong and independent but also smart enough to know when to allow a man take care of them. The heroes well, you know how I feel about hot alpha cowboys and these two had that in spades! Their stories were everything I was expecting and more!...more
This is such a hard book to review, especially because it has some elements that I normally don't care for mThis review was posted at Under The Covers
This is such a hard book to review, especially because it has some elements that I normally don't care for much, but somehow they work so well in this book!
Sir Mark Turner was left writing a book about chastity when we finished Unveiled. Yes, the hero is a virgin *cue the shocked gasps*. This is not usually the case, but for Mark waiting until marriage is very important and he wants to teach these values to other people. If you had asked me what I thought at the end of the last book, I would've said I didn't understand his point much. After reading what he had to go through as a child, maybe I see it in a new light.
The story was definitely eye opening in regards to the Turner brothers and all they've had to go through. It has not been an easy life for any of them.
Now that Mark is somewhat of a celebrity he will be faced with the biggest challenge yet. Jessica. While he believes she's a reputable woman and starts falling in love with her, she is actually hiding a secret with the sole purpose of destroying him. And she's the experienced one in this story.
This series has brought the heroines so far in somewhat of a bad light. They always have a big obstacle to overcome to achieve their HEA. Betrayal. And the hurt and deception that goes along with it. I think that's the best part about these stories. Seeing the heroines dig themselves out of really tough situations.
Now you're just left to find out if Mark will give in to his needs and throw everything he's achieved out the window for one moment of bliss in Jessica's arms. Totally worth it!
We'll have to see what Smite's story will bring, somehow I have a feeling his will be a tearjerker....more
Ash, Mark and Smite Turner were the victims of other people's greed from the time they were young. Their titThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Ash, Mark and Smite Turner were the victims of other people's greed from the time they were young. Their title and their money was basically taken away after their father's death, their mother went insane.
Ash Turner made something of himself by way of commerce. He traveled to India, he learned business, he did what he had to do. Then he came back for his brothers.
Now there's a way for him to reclaim the dukedom that should be his and he's taking it. He's moving right in to Parford Manor along with Mark. Except the old family left a spy behind. Lady Margaret Dalrymple, who now has to report back to his brother of anything that they can use in their legal battle to retain the dukedom in their family.
She never fit in her family, her family never had her back. So when Ash pays so much attention to her, and shows that he truly cares for her, it slowly disarms her and brings down her barriers.
Ash is the steady rock, the pillar of his family. That's all he knows how to be. So he wants to provide the same for Margaret, no matter what others might think.
You're important. You matter.
I was a bit concerned as to how Ms. Milan would bring back the heroine from such a betrayal to our hero but it all worked out very well I think, without seeming completely out of reality.
Now I can't wait to read about the other brothers! Yummy!
"I am trying to have you. Not for one night, nor even two. I want you every evening. Mine outright, not a few hours stolen here or there. I want you during the day, on my arm. I want to know that when we're apart you're missing me. I want to know that when we're together, I'm the one who puts the smile on your face."...more
I think this book started off on the wrong foot with me. Mainly because this is Honey’s storThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Sawyer – 3 Stars
I think this book started off on the wrong foot with me. Mainly because this is Honey’s story and I wanted to punch Honey in the face, most of the time, repeatedly. The woman didn’t seem to have an ounce of common sense! She’s presumably running from someone that wants to kill her and ends up hiding out with a houseful of men after he has a car accident. Sawyer, being the doctor, is taking care of her. But for complete strangers, Honey jumped right on board with her damsel in distress role, and then even had a bit of Stockholm Syndrome when Sawyer wasn’t letting her leave because he wanted to “protect” her. *Glad I got that off my chest*
The good thing about this was that Sawyer and Honey were still hot together and she does care for his son, making it believable that they could work as a couple.
Of course, as an introduction to all these men, wow! There’s nothing better than a bunch of hot men waking up in the middle of the night and running out to face danger armed with nothing more than ummmm well they weren’t wearing much.
Morgan – 3.5 Stars
I started off really liking this story. Morgan was sexier, edgier, rougher around the edges and seemed like an animal trying to contain his urges. His attraction for Honey’s sister was instant! And Misty responded to that. I liked that she was flirty and fun with everyone else but with him, she was fighting the attraction and ended up being bitchy. Of course, with all that sexual tension that made for some explosive encounters whenever they let go and got near each other.
I enjoyed Misty as a heroine a lot more than Honey, but I can’t say she didn’t have her stupid moments. Especially at the end. And the other thing that I wasn’t completely sold on was the repeat history that now Morgan is going to go through the same thing Sawyer did with his ex wife, in regards to his kid.
Overall, though, this book was very sexy, with sizzling chemistry and a whole lot of alpha males....more
If you are looking for a hot and funny paranormal to spark up your summer, then let me sell this book to youThis review was posted at Under the Covers
If you are looking for a hot and funny paranormal to spark up your summer, then let me sell this book to you. In a nutshell, Bathsheba is a human female working for a paranormal dating agency. She takes the calls, meets with clients, sets up dating profiles and tries to arrange dates. Her job description might have to extend to dating them when Beau calls in and his arranged date fell through and he needs someone stat. After a few minutes on the phone with Bathsheba he decides he wants her...for a week. Why? Because he's a were-cougar going into heat! Oh but of course the craziness in Bathsheba's life doesn't end there because her sister was turned into a werewolf a while back and she's been hiding that fact from others. Now the werewolves want that lone wolf female and Beau might be her only protection. Sound fun?
It was extremely entertaining and a pretty short read, actually. I liked the fact that there was plenty of humor, even when it was a bit over the top. And of course I can't help but mention the fact that Beau was pretty sexy and very controlling and possessive alpha male, which worked well for me.
Bathsheba might not be my favorite kind of heroine but I have to give it to her for doing everything in her power to protect her sister, even if that meant putting her whole life on hold and giving up on the one man she actually really wants to be with.
To be together they have to overcome some obstacles and learn to trust each other, but I can't complain about the getting there process either. With plenty of things happening around them, lots of bad guys after them and plenty of sparks flying. Had a great time reading it!...more
Look at the pretty cover!!!! I was also very excited to read the book because I couldn't wait to read about Logan and the sexy neighbor. Sadly, this book, as well as the first in this series, was just okay. This series is not filling the void that the ending of Elite Ops left.
In a way, the continuing killer that just wants to exterminate the Callahan's is a bit like her Men of August series, although the suspense part was done much better in those books (brother sharing and menages aside there). I don't know what it is that her writing is lacking but there's a spark missing for me.
I will also point out that I got this on audiobook so I didn't encounter any of the editing problems I've seen some other people mention with this book. I'm not sure if that's really due to better editing or just the fact that the narrator read what it should've said instead of what it actually said.
Now on to the hero and heroine. Even though Logan and Sky worked well as a couple, I still don't like the recurring theme in this series where the girl has been in love with the man her older sister was dating. I was however, happy to see Sky wasn't a virgin!
The storyline was better than the first book in this series, so I guess there is hope still. Logan's ex-girlfriends, or ex-hookups, are being targeted now by the killer on the off chance that he might've gotten them pregnant and there might be some Callahan rugrats running around. As much as he'd prefer to stay away from Sky to protect her, she proves her skills and connections are useful in aiding the brothers. Once he decides that, all the possessiveness comes out.
A new player is introduced that might be able to help them out in the future and I am curious to see where the story will go from here....more
I've always had a special place in my heart for this series. When I first started reading it, it got my loveThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I've always had a special place in my heart for this series. When I first started reading it, it got my love for reading back and made me think back to days when I would devour anything written by Anne Rice. So it is with a heavy feeling in my heart that I have to say the past few books have not been to impressive. Even though I consider this one was better than the last book, but there isn't much to talk about because, well, not a lot happened.
The first 85% of the book (LOL) was slow and with a lot of running around with Sookie that didn't do much for the actual development of the storyline. So yeah the action and whatever revelations we get in this book all happened pretty much in the last 15%. That's what brought my rating down. Most of the book was actually a bit boring.
Without going into what happened and being spoilerish I'll just say that I wasn't happy with Eric in this book, I wasn't happy to see Bill portrayed as a nice guy again (for those who don't know I'm an avid "DIE.BILL.DIE" supporter, in fact I wouldn't mind staking him myself). And Sookie was just different, like she's lost some spark in her and I can't seem to be interested in what happens to her anymore.
I am really looking forward to the next book more in relief that we are putting this story to rest because I think that as good as the series has been and as much as I've loved it, it is time for the end....more