I’ve been really excited to read this since I saw the cover, because I loved the colors and the feel of it....moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I’ve been really excited to read this since I saw the cover, because I loved the colors and the feel of it. Yes, yes, I know… One of these days I’ll learn. In all honesty, I thought each of the authors would get a short story and this would be more like a kinky anthology. But it’s actually just one story. And to my disappointment, it’s one of those cliffhanger type, to be continued, you have to read the next books to know who she is going to end up with, kind of book. I’m not a huge fan of that, although I can deal with it sometimes.
This started off great in the first few chapters but then it quickly turned into a bit of a mess for me because things were happening a bit fast and sort of completely unreal. Raine was taken in under Hammer’s protection and care when he found her on the streets after she ran away from home. She’s always idolized him and is 100% head over heels in love. He’s been trying to stay away from her because he wants her so much and he doesn’t think he would be any good to her. Yes, the good old “I’m too damaged because of all the bad shit that happened in my past that will just repeat itself with you” plot. Another thing I’m not a huge fan of.
But where things went sour for me in this story and what really threw my enjoyment of the book from where it should’ve been, was the fact that Hammer does something that puts him in asshole territory. For me, he never left that corner from that point on. So here I am rooting for guy B, his best friend Liam. Just as Dom but a caring and loving gentleman as well. The Irish accent helps also. Liam is left to pick up the pieces of poor Riane by the time Hammer is done stomping all over her heart and pride.
So needless to say when she struggles and goes back and forth, I was not so happy. I do think towards the end of the story, Hammer was starting to plant a seed of doubt about Liam in my mind. And I do trust that the authors will redeem him in the next story. But at least in this one, he wasn’t my favorite.
Now for the side characters, I am extremely interested to read more about Beck. First they talk about him like he’s the devil incarnate and such an uncaring sadist. Then he proves a softer side as the book goes along. Then he turns out to be a hot shot doctor. Now, tell me more about him. ;)
This was a bit of a different take on a bdsm club classic story. There’s a triangle instead of a menage, which I wasn’t expecting. Although I still have hopes for that to change. One thing is for sure. This was one hot story!
This is the second Christmas themed short story I’ve read by Ms. Milan and I have to admit, she has a way to tell an engaging short story. Of course, in this case I already knew the heroine of the book from reading THE DUCHESS WAR but I didn’t know about her past and what had happened to her. All of which was only hinted at.
Miss Lydia Charingford got pregnant at a young age. When her family brought her to the doctor, Doctor Jonas Grantham was there to learn and in the future take over the practice. He didn’t say a word, which in Lydia’s mind was the same as him passing judgement on her the same as everyone else.
Now years later, Doctor Grantham comes back to Leicester and runs into Lydia. And realizes that no other woman will do in his search for a wife. It will be her and no one else. But he won’t have an easy time at breaking down her walls.
Like I said, I already cared about Lydia from the first book, so she was easy to love and understand right away in this short story. She’s managed to stay positive even after everything that has happened to her, which in those times would’ve meant complete and total ruin. The shock of finding out why she lost the baby was also a big one. That’s a lot of emotional things to deal with. And in between all that she also has to deal with her own attraction and her body’s reaction to Doctor Grantham.
And I just LOVED Doctor Grantham. He’s blunt. My favorite kind of historical hero. He told it like it was and never curbed his words out of a sense of what’s right and appropriate to talk about it. It was just always about the truth, plain and simple. Even when it didn’t come out quite right.
His caring side was definitely what Lydia needed as well and I think they make a perfect match. Even though Lydia is not the kick ass heroine I prefer to read about, she still has a spine and is not pushover. She tries to see the good in everybody and the positive in any situation, but she is also a realist.
I guess my only complaint is that I wanted more! Not that their story wasn’t told perfectly the way it was, but I’m greedy and I want more of Courtney’s writing. Courtney Milan blows me away every time! A KISS FOR MIDWINTER was another great story by one of my favorite historical authors right now.
There are a few things that are very clear to me after finishing this book:
1. I will religiously read anything Tessa Dare writes because she is now one of my favorite historical authors. Why? Because I have LOVED everything she’s written that I’ve read, period. No questions about it. Her books are always page-turners and addicting for me. I feel that I get so involved in the story, thanks to her wonderful writing, that it’s as if I’m attending the balls and getting in adventures with the characters. 2. She can write the best characters! The heroine AND hero of this story are both so amazing. No wilting flowers here, but not excessively feisty either. Eliza Cade is the perfect blend of what I like in a heroine. She starts off young and bubbly. She’s loyal to friends and family. When she figures out what she wants, she goes after it. 3. I realize that although we all love the bad boy hero, there’s something better…the bad boy hero who is really a good boy at heart. Mr. Wright surprised me in the end and I couldn’t help but want one of my own. 4. The woman has a talent for short stories. This is really an art. It’s not easy to write a short story about characters we’ve never heard about, about lives we’ve never cared for before, and make us fall in love and immerse ourselves in just a short 100 pages. This is now the second time that Tessa Dare rocks with a short story that I’ve read. 5. I can’t help but LOVE the title. Even though I usually can’t remember it. :)
Are those enough reasons why you should read this book?
First of all, I blame my really bad memory sometimes that when I start a book I’m completely lost....moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
First of all, I blame my really bad memory sometimes that when I start a book I’m completely lost. I read the previous book in this series, but seems like ages ago. It took me a little while to get used to the world and to get to know the characters. But that was just me.
Once the story got going and clicked in my head, I actually think it’s a bit faster paced than the previous book. Plus, I liked the young souls the hero and heroine of this book are. A little bit less doom and gloom, a bit more “I’m-going-after-the-love-of-my-life idealism”.
Jamys Durand might look young (he was made Kyn at 17, and continues to look young), and might still be under his father’s rule, but he has big wants. He specifically wants a human woman, Chris, and to get her he has to have his own territory. This is where I think it would’ve probably helped with my enjoyment of this book if I had actually read the original Darkyn series and had seen how these two actually met.
See, now Chris is working for Kyn Lord Lucan and wanting to become a Tresora so she can serve Jamys, the Kyn she fell in love with. She’s changed a lot about herself in the hopes to be qualified for that position. Meanwhile, Jamys was back home trying to figure out a way that he could come and make Chris his.
A lot of Jamys story was briefly mentioned but not really talked about, so I found myself a bit cheated because I couldn’t come to care for the hero as much as I wanted. The heroine, I thought was strong, with a lot of spunk and personality. The story is a bit dark and for readers of the Darkyn series, it does go back into Kyn Lord Lucan and Samantha’s relationship.
There is quite a bit of action in this one…even pirates! But although I like the authors’ writing a lot and I do enjoy being in this world, I keep finding that in order to fully enjoy this series, you really should read the one it’s originating from.
Even so, I enjoyed this story. Like I said, there’s something dark and intriguing about this world that keeps me coming back for more.
There is just something about this series that I always enjoy. The characters and storylines are always fun. They’re not long stories, but usually once I start them I can’t put them down until they are finished. And SNOW BALLS was no different. It got my attention from the very beginning and didn’t let me pull my ereader down.
A few reasons why…I thought JJ was adorable. I just wanted him to be my friend and hand out with me. His character was so conflicted because he’s a little…flaming, for lack of a better word. All fluttering hands, giiiiiiiirl let me tell you about it, and into interior design. Works at the art gallery and on occasion likes to dye his hair pink. Nothing much manly about him, except his size. He’s built like a football player which is why the guys he’s with are always putting him in the dominant role of their relationship. But he wants the opposite, someone to take care of him for a change.
So when Ryan Star shows up, a cop who just moved from New York, and sparks start flying, Ryan decides that he’ll pretend to be very macho to catch Ryan’s attention.
It goes to show that you should always be yourself, but also that thanks to that chance JJ took, he was able to find love and make a difference, not only in his life, but also Ryans’.
Ryan is the hero most women die to read about. All bad ass cop, with some emotional issues and hang ups, the kind of tough guy you want to fix. Except he’s so very interested in JJ even though he made it a rule not to play around with anyone in the vicinity of where he works. See, he got put back in the closet after something bad happened back in New York. And yes, there is just something way too hot about a guy in a uniform with guns.
Their relationship develops slowly and builds on their attraction and trust. I thought they had great chemistry and complemented each other perfectly. And don’t get me started on their physical chemistry because there were no problems in that department.
Now if I could only make one request……PLEASE GIVE JERRY A BOOK. He needs one, he deserves one, I’m dying to read his HEA.(less)
I like this series because it always manages to deliver a very hot and engaging story while still being shor...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I like this series because it always manages to deliver a very hot and engaging story while still being short. I find them perfect for in between full length and maybe a bit heavier books because it’ll put you in the “right mood” *wink wink*.
So the third story is about Cole Landon, pro soccer player, who is currently injured and in need of physical therapy so that he can hopefully go back to his job fully recovered. He’s the guy from the wrong side of the tracks, soccer has given him a certain status that he didn’t think he would ever get. And maybe that’s why he feels now he can get the attention of girls he wouldn’t have been able to think about when he was younger.
And first on that list is Haley Jones. His high school crush who was always out of his league. Except now that she’s his therapist, he may have a chance.
Once Haley and Cole come together, they are hot and heavy….Did I mention hot? I liked the fact that there was some previous history at least of the attraction in the past, because that always makes these short stories more believable to me. Ms. Fox usually is good at that and this series always featured this type of scenario.
Then there’s the fact that I really liked Cole. He’s tough and alpha, self made, he’s fought to be where he’s at and improve himself. And he’s now going full force ahead for what he wants. Haley.
I’m not sure if this series ends here or if there will be more shorts to come. Even though this might’ve not been my favorite of the three, I’ve had a great time reading each one of these stories and can’t wait to see what Ms. Fox comes up with next.
This is one of those sad but feel good stories about facing and overcoming adversities. I was almost in tear...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This is one of those sad but feel good stories about facing and overcoming adversities. I was almost in tears from the very beginning when we meet Hanna, Ken’s daughter. She’s been sick and now is diagnosed with cancer. They had just moved to a new town when this happens and after the first round of treatment, Ken’s longtime boyfriend decides to dump him.
It was sad to see Hanna go through her stages of being a happy and active kid, and then revert to being sick. Ken was strong throughout this and the last thing on his mind might’ve been finding another boyfriend. Except a really good looking and sweet man lived down the street from them. And you couldn’t help but notice the acts of kindness from him all the time.
But then he found out that Patrick couldn’t speak. We don’t know at first why but his story is also very sad but it shows his strength that he’s still pushing through after everything that has happened to him.
Patrick is the perfect compliment to Ken AND Hanna. Together they make a beautiful family. It was incredibly sweet to see Ken show Patrick his acceptance and his love, a love that built with time and it wasn’t rushed. A loved that felt true and it warmed my heart.
This was a beautifully touching story, and I wish I could read more like it.(less)
I don’t know about you, but I like to read holiday romance stories that are sweet and full of awwww moments....moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I don’t know about you, but I like to read holiday romance stories that are sweet and full of awwww moments. And that’s exactly what I got from this book. It’s just what a holiday romance should be like!
Cheyenne Jensen recently divorced her good for nothing husband and is now struggling as a single mother of two. Her ex would be better completely out of the picture, but he’s still around a bit. When her son makes a wish in the mall’s Wishing Well after “meeting Santa” their life completely turns around.
Her son, Ben, is just adorable. I just wanted to hug him and squeeze him. He’s the sweetest thing, and I’m a sucker for a cute kid bringing two adults together. Kind of what happened here.
Jacob had taken his job as the mall’s Santa on his ill sister’s request, to help bring the spirit of the holidays back in his life. And meeting Ben and his sister, and then their mom, Cheyenne, was just what he needed. She seemed to fit him and changed his outlook on life in a short period of time.
It was sad at times to see how much the lack of a father figure had hurt Ben. He needed attention and love that he never got. And that’s what he asked for. A real family.
I admit I wanted to like this book, a lot. The very beginning had all the potential for a really hot book. B...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I admit I wanted to like this book, a lot. The very beginning had all the potential for a really hot book. Big dangerous guy find damsel in distress in the middle of a storm with her car completely dead. Except he’s been hiding from the world and she knows exactly who he is and how she could find him. So of course he kidnaps her, I mean, takes her in for questioning.
See Dr. Catherine Young has a special gift. When she touches someone she can see images of their past, but she can also feel their emotions. And she was on a mission to find Mac, but we don’t find out right away how she knew about him.
Mac is the leader of a military team that was believed to blow up a research facility that was doing research to find a cure for cancer. They were setup and now have gone into deep hiding. When Catherine shows up, they can’t help but believe she’s a spy.
Mac was a strong and brooding type of hero, very alpha. He’s described as ugly, with scars everywhere, but in my mind he was sexy as hell. Catherine is a perfect combination between strong and soft. She’s got a backbone, that’s for sure. But she’s also an everyday girl. I really liked that about her.
Why just 3 stars then? The pace of the story kept losing me a bit. Although the main idea of the book was great, I couldn’t help but putting this book down. And then…confession time…I skimmed through some sex parts. *gasp* Soooooo, that’s why.
I do feel that I have this same problem with other Lisa Marie Rice books I’ve read in the past.
This is a sequel to FURYOUS INK, even though I don’t believe it’s necessarily a series. This story tells us...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This is a sequel to FURYOUS INK, even though I don’t believe it’s necessarily a series. This story tells us the somewhat parallel story of Esme and Frost. Esme is a witch and was also the woman who broke Kage’s heart many many years ago. Her backstory in the previous novella was one of the reasons I wasn’t as excited to start this because I thought she had acted so wrong and was going to be one of those tough to redeem characters.
Then she’s paired up with Frost, who is really a witch hunter. He’s been looking for Esmeralda for a long time and the Fury, Meg, had been hiding her from him. She’s now completely exposed and Frost comes looking for her. And things get very…strange from there.
He comes after her on a different level of conscience, so it’s not real physically at first. And they are both under the influence of a sort of erotic spell that he’s using to influence her to help him bring Galatea back from the dead.
But it turns out that she’s always had a crush on him and he’s also attracted to her. She has her powers stolen from her and he has to help her recover them. First, it was so she could help him. But then things changed. I did enjoy how he came to care for her and protect her.
In the end, I should’ve trusted the author because, yes, she redeemed herself! I got to like her once I saw her vulnerable side and her side of the story. I’ve come to really like Saranna DeWylde’s writing style. It flows, it’s sexy and it feels fresh and natural. I’ll definitely be looking to read more from her!
If you had the chance to read the first graphic novel for The Hollows, BLOOD WORK, you will know that these...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
If you had the chance to read the first graphic novel for The Hollows, BLOOD WORK, you will know that these glimpses into the series are told from Ivy’s POV. Also an important point is that they are telling of their early days as partners working for the IS. I find that I can just eat these up! They are full of an emotional and conflicted side of Ivy, when she wasn’t as in control and comfortable with herself.
In BLOOD CRIME she is still very much under Piscary’s thumb while she’s trying to not respond to Rachel the way she is. She wants Rachel’s blood, she also wants her body. She is fighting that attraction every day while now trying to find the one responsible for trying to kill Rachel, and just keeping the accident prone witch out of trouble.
This was also Rachel showing a stronger side, starting to make her own potions and going after the bad guys. It’s so nice to revisit these days when it wasn’t all about dark auras, dark magic and trips to the ever after. When things were simpler, even if still dangerous.
Again, kuddos for the illustration. I feel that it captures the essence of the characters and I love seeing the sleek sex appeal for Ivy and the bubbly bombshell for Rachel. I can’t wait to see Jenks in one of these!!! Please!!!(less)
There are very few things that draw me in on a cover…one of those is tats. And that was mainly the...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
There are very few things that draw me in on a cover…one of those is tats. And that was mainly the reason I wanted to pick this up. Well, that and the fact that I recently read a short story by Ms. DeWylde in the HOT AND HAUNTED anthology and thought it was the best story in that book.
So back to FURYOUS INK. I can be a little thickheaded sometimes and the title didn’t clue me in. This book has a Fury in it! I don’t get to read about them enough. Megaera Eumenides aka Meg, is a fury and a tattoo artist. She is also the only clue that Detective Marcus Kage, a Lycanos working his last case before moving on to another town where they don’t realize he’s aging. The case? There’s a serial killer of sorts, targeting Amazons, and all the victims have in common is a tattoo.
This story is sexy right off the bat (well, not right at the beginning when there’s a body to be found). Kage and Meg are pretty hot together, even when they think they won’t end up together because the happiness of a mate is not for them.
The mystery of the story was interesting, with a lot of different supernatural elements that I’m not used to reading about (furies, amazons and killer spiders) along with elements that I I’m more familiar with (lycans and witches). Looking for the killer threw me for a loop because I wasn’t expecting who the killer ended up being.
I find that Ms. DeWylde can write a very enthralling story (and I’ve only read her shorts) and FURYOUS INK was full of unique elements, some humor and gave me one hell of a hot ride.
One of these days I’ll learn to read blurbs. This story was previously publisher in the HAUNTED BY YOUR TOUC...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
One of these days I’ll learn to read blurbs. This story was previously publisher in the HAUNTED BY YOUR TOUCH anthology, which I’ve had in my TBR for a long while. When short stories previously in anthologies get released individually, I feel it breaths new life into them and hopefully reach a bigger audience. I wasn’t planning on getting to read the full anthology anytime soon but as soon as Jeaniene Frost published the individual novella I was all over it.
OK so back to the story. NIGHT’S DARKEST EMBRACE is not a part of the Night Huntress series. When I have an author boxed into their successful series, I sometimes struggle really getting into something different they write. This was a bit like that for me. It took me a while to make a connection with the characters. I felt like I was going through the motions of reading it and not caring what happened one way or another.
However, it did pick up and captured my interest once I knew a bit more of what was going on in the world. I find that this is an interesting world of Purebloods and Fallen Angels and Partial Demons. In Nocturna you might not find everything you are used to in the human world and might even have to drink a warm beer. I thought the fact that time stands still was interesting as well. Our heroine, Mara, travels through both worlds and it’s hard for Nocturna people to gauge how long she was gone for.
Mara is looking for her cousin Gloria. She thinks she knows who took her, among other girls and she’s looking for him. They’re the Purebloods, she’s a partial demon. And while she goes off investigation she puts her trust in the wrong places but finds a mate along the way. Raphael is one HOT….not telling you what he is.
Overall, though, I think I didn’t fully connect with the story and can’t pinpoint the why. Maybe it’s as simple as it wasn’t what I was expecting. It is a different side from Ms. Frost and I’m glad that she’s stretching her writing into other stories. Maybe this one could develop more and be a good idea to continue.(less)
You know what they say…never judge a book by its cover. I’m sad to say that this was totally the case here....moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
You know what they say…never judge a book by its cover. I’m sad to say that this was totally the case here. I saw the beautiful cover and had to read it. I started the book and it didn’t grab me right away, so I put it down for a bit. Then I finally picked it up again and… well lets just say that I tried to be open minded but had quite a bit of trouble with this book.
See, it’s really hard to enjoy a book when the hero is egotistical (most of the time, there were a few exceptions) and the heroine tries so hard at being tough and kick ass that she just annoys the hell out of me. Yes, I’m sad to say this is a heroine I would gladly stab… repeatedly. Just when I thought she was getting a little better she would do something stupid again that would make me cringe or pull my hair out. I’m actually not sure if I disliked her more, or maybe it was the hero. But they were very close in that department. Although towards the end I could say at least he redeemed himself a bit while she stayed annoying. So yes, she wins.
But enough of that. The writing in itself was very good and it flowed. It was actually a fast read. The storyline had a lot of potential that was never developed, but maybe it suffered a bit from all the pointless sex the book had. Yes, I just said pointless sex. Something is wrong with me. *Checks forehead for temperature* But if I start to feel the need to skim a sex scene, there is a problem. And I found myself wanting to do that a lot in this book.
So what can you expect of this book? Well, fallen angels and Archangels with a bit of a chip on their shoulder, who really need to work on their attitude and how they use women. A story about lovers getting a second chance at love (that is quite obvious from early on). An undeveloped (to my taste) side story about a missing girl that is talked about in the first 20% of the book and then gets pushed aside by all the sex and doesn’t pick back up until the very end. Oh and the mix of sci fi with PNR that I’m not sure I was all too excited to see (aka aliens traveling through lightening, fallen angel battling said aliens to protect human half-ling soulmate).
In the end, although I should say that I was happy with how things turned out and how they got their HEA, all I could do was sigh in relief that it was done before I had to subject to my friends to anymore text messages about what was going on in the book. But no worries, the pretty cover was not harmed in my fits of wanting to throw the book across the room.
For now, this short story is only available on Sony eReader. If you don’t have a Sony eReader then you can s...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
For now, this short story is only available on Sony eReader. If you don’t have a Sony eReader then you can still get it by downloading the Sony eReader app here. You don’t need an account,when you download the app, the ebook is preloaded.
TROUBLE ON RESERVE claims to take place between A PERFECT BLOOD and EVER AFTER (which is why it’s labeled as 10.5) however please be warned that it really seems to take place either during or even AFTER EVER AFTER. Reference is made to things that happen in that book and unless you want to be spoiled (not much, but it’s there) then I would recommend reading this after you read the next upcoming book in January. I will keep my review spoiler free.
This story basically gives us a small glimpse into the interactions between Trent and Rachel. That’s all there is to this story. It’s their connection, them coming together, working together, and facing danger together. And maybe starting to show how they truly feel about one another, how much they care.
As this series is slowly coming to a close, we are seeing more and more a vulnerable side of Trent. And I just love that! He wants to be good but sometimes he’s forced to be bad. Like when he takes Rachel on a job without telling her what he was really doing there and all hell breaks loose, of course.
Rachel has grown a lot and matured, but it was also nice to see her so sure of herself and her ability to protect Trent. Not to mention the action. These two can always get into trouble.
I really don’t know how this would work as a standalone if you didn’t know anything about The Hollows world, but in general, this series is not one that I would ever recommend reading out of order. These books are jammed packed with information and so many things happen and change from one book to the next that I feel it would certainly but a dent in your full enjoyment.(less)
I started off really liking this story. Morgan was sexier, edgier, rougher around the edges and see...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
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.(less)
I think this book started off on the wrong foot with me. Mainly because this is Honey’s story and I wanted t...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
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. (less)
This was totally an impulse buy. I saw a review for the last book in this series on a blog that I love and f...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This was totally an impulse buy. I saw a review for the last book in this series on a blog that I love and follow and being the stickler I am for reading in order, I rushed and bought book one. Loved that it was a short story because I was feeling some m/m withdrawals in between all my "required" review reading so this hit the spot.
However, writing a short story I think has to be hard and as a reader it's difficult to connect on all levels with the story. I think that's what lessened my enjoyment of this story. This is the first I read by this author and it was very well written and I did enjoy what was presented. However, I felt that something was missing.
In a nutshell, Dirk is a firefighter who almost dies in a fire while rescuing a baby. He's always been an asshole and really none of his co-workers like him. While he's recovering at the hospital, the new "kid" at the station is the only one that goes to visit him. And the first thing he does is he throws in his face that he thinks he's gay and because he has to live in the closet, that's why he's such an ass.
Of course, Dirk is and he feels an immediate attraction to Lee. And while Dirk is recovering things heat up between them. And then Dirk has to deal with the repercussions of going back to work and whether or not he will come out to his friends and family in order to keep Lee, who is happily out.
I think there was a lot of growth for the characters that happened "off the pages" and that's what I didn't like because I felt that people just changed who they were so quickly and with no real reason as to why. But time had passed so I'm sure things and feelings prompted those changes. That's just something you lose when reading a short story and I think this one was affected by that.
However, that being said, I did enjoy Dirk and Lee together, as well as Dirk's turnaround with this co-workers and friends. I'm not sure if the next story will still be about the same couple since the issue of coming out to his father wasn't really addressed at the end of this book. But I will definitely continue reading the series either way. Quick, hot and entertaining read!(less)
The moment has finally come! The last installment in the Gin Lovers serial. If you haven't been reading this...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
The moment has finally come! The last installment in the Gin Lovers serial. If you haven't been reading this along, like me, then I think you're missing out. The world Ms. Brenner created is addictive and alluring. After the past few episodes, I was very excited to read this last one.
The events leading up to this book, and then everything that happens in this last episode, had me biting my nails and pulling my hair. This series is full of intrigue. I admit there were times reading this episode that I didn't know which way the author was going to go with the ending and our main love interest. But rest assured there is a HEA.
Basically Jake is going to jail and the only one that can do something to save him is Charlotte. She has the big fish the cops need to drop the charges against Jake. And yes, that would be her husband. Incredible how much Charlotte has changed throughout this serial and has come out of her shell and sharpened her claws. She is feisty but smart, knows when to push and when to let things go.
We get a resolution with all the characters in the series and I was happy with everything. Obviously the one I was most anxious about was Jake and Charlotte. But this was actually my reason for giving this 4 stars instead of 5. Rafferty, who has been Charlotte's silent ally in the house, was showing feelings for her in this one. To bring this up this far into the story I thought was unnecessary. It had me scared that out of nowhere Charlotte would end up with someone that she didn't have feelings for. And on that same token, how could Rafferty stir anything in Charlotte when she's in love with Jake and doing everything she can to help him? OK rant over.
That one minor thing aside, I think this serial is a must read. If you are not into serial books, then make sure you pick up a copy of the full length book which will include all the episodes, which comes out in February.
I was so excited to know how it ended but now I know I'm going to miss reading it!
I have a lot of love for this series. Every character and story is always sweet and leaves me happy and with...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I have a lot of love for this series. Every character and story is always sweet and leaves me happy and with a sigh at the end. FATED was no different. Perfect for a quick mood pick up.
Although I couldn’t really remember at first who Kate Andrews was, yes bad memory, I quickly caught on with some Twitter help. Kate was the one friend Faith had when returning to Serendipity. And she’s had a crush….no, been in love, with Nick for a long time. Of course, she thought Nick still had feelings for Faith because he tried to make a move on her when she came back. But what she doesn’t know is that it was never about Nick not being over Faith.
Even though Kate has always been there for Nick, he just recently realized that she might be “it” for him. The attraction and the chemistry has been there and he doesn’t know why she’s not going out with him. But after so many nos, he takes matters into his own hands to prove to her that he wants her and only her.
Nick, as always, was delicious. I think I’ve always liked his character and I’ve been waiting for him to get an HEA. And him finally opening his eyes and falling for the girl that has always been there was nice.
This was a bit too short for my taste, but since the groundwork was pretty much laid out already, the whole romance between them worked well for me.
Short stories are always hard for me to rate or review because it takes talent to make me care about two ch...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Short stories are always hard for me to rate or review because it takes talent to make me care about two characters (especially when it's not part of a series and I know them already) that I will only spend about 60 pages with. This is the second short like this I read by Ms. Major and I have to say she nails it again.
Belenda is a bit shot attorney driving through a small town in the middle of nowhere during a storm. She's had a horrible week, she's supposed to be meeting up with her assistant for some R&R and then her car battery dies. Not only that but when she tries to keep driving after getting that fixed she crashes her car as well. Not a good week. Except things are looking up because the man that comes to her rescue, twice, is sexy as hell and makes it very clear that he wants her. There is a twist to the story and that is Jack's secret.
The chemistry between these two was great, they were good together and sexy. The perfect short and sexy distraction you won't want to miss ;)
Sometimes all you need is a good and fun short story, and this was just that! Ms. McKade did a great job at...moreThis review was posted at: Under the Covers
Sometimes all you need is a good and fun short story, and this was just that! Ms. McKade did a great job at writing this as a sci-fi story because then the setup wouldn’t be so farfetched.
Basically we have Nicole, who owns a “party planning/catering” type business. Her current job is to provide a banquet for some powerful people. But this is no ordinary party, it’s an erotic party in a pleasure planet. And she ends up tied to a table and served as the main platter, with everyone eating off of her (and her).
In attendance is also her long lost love, Drake. And he happens to want her back. Now he’ll have this one night to convince her to be his again.
This story was just fun and extremely sizzling sexy. For a short period of time, I was transported straight into a fantasy!(less)
You can also find there a deleted scene the author shared, A HORSEMAN WEDDING.
What a ride this book was! I’m always scared going into reading a book that has this much hype around it, and UNDENIABLE scared me. It was first recommended by a good friend when it first came out and I added it to the never ending TBR. Then a lot of friends of mine read it and raved about it. But I have to thank Kitty for kicking my butt into starting this after I met her this week. She told me it was an addicting read and that was the final straw. I HAD to see what everyone was talking about. And when I started, I admit I did so with apprehension.
Needless to say, the author won me over from the very first chapter. I was captivated by Eva, an adorable five year old with a lot of personality who just happens to be the daughter of the head of a motorcycle gang from New York. And she’s visiting her father in jail. There she meets Deuce who, at 23, is also the son of the head of a motorcycle gang from Montana, sort of her dad’s enemies and sometimes business associates. She charms her way into Deuce’s heart, and into mine. And just the same way, Deuce imprinted himself into Eva’s heart.
Deuce moves on to make some tough decisions and take over the Horseman gang. Eva grows up as the Demons gang princess. Their paths cross a few times over the years but their relationship, despite their love and attraction, never seems to come to an HEA. And then things go downhill.
UNDENIABLE is raw, dark, gritty, intense and uncut. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but good thing I’m not easily offended because this book ROCKED MY WORLD. Might just be my top read of the year. The emotions are very close to the surface and in your face and nothing is sugar coated. Although there were many things that, in theory, would turn me off from reading or enjoying a book, such as the fact that 23 year old Deuce had paid so much attention to a little girl throughout the years while she was so clearly underage for him to pay attention to; the fact that this book has rape (not by the hero) and cheating which I usually steer clear of with very few exceptions; or maybe the fact that it deals with some disrespect to women by men and by the women themselves. When I think of everything this book dealt with all I can say is that the author did a SUPERB job at making every single thing that happened and was said be an important and necessary part of this story. And none of it bothered me the way I thought it would.
Seems hard to believe, but yes without rape and jerkish moments this story wouldn’t be what it was and that would just be a shame because Eva and Deuce couldn’t get to their HEA. Now, I’m not saying that Eva and Deuce are perfect. They are some of the most screwed up individuals around. In Eva’s case I have to blame her dad for being oblivious to what was happening in his daughters life and how far in a corner she got with her relationship with Frankie. And with Deuce it was his whole life. He never had it easy and just didn’t know any other way to be. But without every single thing that happened they couldn’t have ended up together and made it real. Even though it broke my heart.
And speaking of breaking my heart, this book had me in tears more than once. From the very beginning I got teary eyed, every so often in the story, definitely towards the end, and again as I write this. It tore my heart out and stomped on it a few times. But then it was uplifting and it had me melting. It was the perfect roller coaster ride of emotions.
It was sad in a way to see the light that was Eva instead of growing was extinguishing as the book went on and things happened. But what a tough woman she was throughout it all. Loyal and loving, trying to make everyone she cared about happy and sacrificing EVERYTHING, and I mean everything. That’s why she’s my top bitch, because she went from a chick I would love to hang out with because she was fun and cool, to a woman that had been beaten down by life who fought to come out on top.
I think I fell in love with Deuce early on in this book. Maybe I have a sick liking for bad boys but he pushed all my buttons and pulled the strings of my heart from the time he beat a bunch of teenagers that were trash talking Eva when she was just 12. But Deuce is not a “good” bad boy. He’s all bad, all the way around. He’s a jerk and a scumbag at times, but even then I could see past what he was doing to what he was feeling and my heart was breaking for the loneliness and anger inside of him. He loved Eva and sometimes he didn’t show it the way he should, but that was part of who he was and why things had to happen the way they did.
Then there are the other characters in the book. Eva’s best friend, Kami, is a rich society girl from New York who grew up with Eva. She’s also another sad case. Misunderstood, unloved by her family who didn’t care two cents about her and married her off for connections. I loved her and I was so sad for her. She had no self respect and just wanted to get some enjoyment out of life however she could. But she was always there, fighting for her friend. ‘Til the end and through everything. Her husband, Chase, I have to say I just hated him. But I also understand his sick point of view. In a way. The Horseman boys, especially Ripper and Cox, were a biker head case and I couldn’t wrap my mind around why they did what they did in their personal lives. But I was happy to see a change in them. And then there’s Frankie…although he’s a frightening bad guy, he’s also such a lost soul. He was sick and demented, scary as hell, but at the same time so sad. Every single character in this story added something to it, there were no fillers.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you what happens because you just have to read the book. I devoured these 200+ pages in about 12 hours (including my beauty sleep, because I started the book when I went to bed). I couldn’t put this down, even when I went to the bathroom. I rarely have impulses to re-read books but I can guarantee you this will be one of those that I will.
What an amazingly FUCKED UP life these people had, I couldn’t have been happier to see that they got an HEA and to feel part of everything that happened along with them. Even though I wanted to read more about Eva and Deuce’s HEA than what we got.
“Promise me you’ll stay that way, yeah? You and me kid, we were fuckin’ born in the life, reared by the road and the wheel; it’s what we know and where we belong but that don’t mean it won’t take its toll. So you promise me, no matter what you see, no matter what sort of fucked up shit happens to you. Don’t let this life turn you bitter.”
“He’d lost his motherfucking mind. None of this should be happening. But there it was. …the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and he’d just bought himself a one way ticket.”
“He was a simple man. He liked kegs, country music, and down home pussy. He didn’t see the need to dress up the fact that he was getting drunk and laid. It was all the same in the end. Sloppy kissing, skin slapping, and a nasty hangover. Why the fuck put a decorative umbrella on it?”
“Because, baby, I’m wild pussy, and wild pussy can’t be bought. Wild pussy doesn’t like having pretty things thrown at it and being expected to do the samba on someone’s cock in return. Wild pussy doesn’t do deals. Wild pussy lives free and for itself and takes it however it likes it – on a bed, on a couch, on the hood of a car, in a bathroom stall, or up against a wall in an alleyway – and it laughs the entire time. I’ve known you for a while now, Chase. I know you’ve never had wild pussy, and I know you never will. Wild pussy doesn’t fuck uptight cock. And, it sure as hell doesn’t like silk boxers.”
“Fuckin’ listen, Eva, and listen good. Words are shit, and I ain’t good with them anyway. So, here’s the fuckin’ truth for you, straight up. I’m forty-eight years old, gonna be forty-nine all too soon, and I damn well know a good thing when I see it. And, babe, all I’ve ever been able to fuckin’ see is you. Not many chances a man has in his lifetime to do right, to earn the love of a good woman, and to get a taste of true freedom. And, babe, for me, you’re all fuckin’ three. Have been for a good while now.”
“What about your dream?” His face went dimples. “I’m lookin’ at it, darlin’.”(less)
This serial just keeps getting better and better. Every new episode has me biting my nails and on the edge o...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This serial just keeps getting better and better. Every new episode has me biting my nails and on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to see how it's all going to turn out.
DANGEROUS GAMES, much like the last installment, was full of intrigue and revelations. Things are moving full speed ahead and getting more tangled by the minute.
Jake Larkin might be going to jail, Mae might be marrying, and Charlotte...well, she's in the worst spot of them all right now. Married and not able to trust her husband but with little choice on what to do about it. Loving Jake and trying as best as she can to save him.
It almost brought me to tears and the writing was so well done that for the amount of time that it took me to read this, I was living in this world. I think that's what I'm liking the most about it. Other than the danger and mystery and overall sex appeal of the era this is set in, I love how the writing just flows and involves you, draws you in and holds your attention until you finish it.
Of course, then you are only just so much more anxious to get to the next installment to find out what happens next. Great endings for each one! Now bring on the last chapter!
Special agents and politicians, sci fi and paranormal. This book was going for sexy and mysterious and altho...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Special agents and politicians, sci fi and paranormal. This book was going for sexy and mysterious and although I think it got there, there was a little something missing that I can’t put my finger on.
Special Task Force Alexei Night is assigned the task of getting information out of Interstellar Councilwoman Briana Michaels. She’s human and has always expressed her views of vampire rights. But now there’s pressure to make her change things to protect her family. Alexei, being a vampire, is passing for a bad guy and a thief and offering to be her transportation.
Their attraction is instant and when he should be gathering information, he’s looking for ways to get her naked. What these two had was explosive sexual chemistry. Their mind connection was nice as well, but I think I was missing something to find their love real in the end.
I do enjoy how Ms. Day does sci fi, it’s not overdone with crazy out there creatures and wars. Just a touch of planet travel and assistant robots.
For the short amount of time the author had to develop the characters, I can say that I got a good feeling for who they were and I got to like them! Especially Alex, who is completely alpha male delicious.
This being the last one in this series, I’ll now have to move on to another one of Ms. Day’s series.(less)
I've been saying that I want to read these two for a while and then I saw this available on audio and just...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I've been saying that I want to read these two for a while and then I saw this available on audio and just took a chance and snagged it up. Without looking at reviews, without even looking at the blurb. Her, look at the cover! It's a sports related m/m. All I need to now.
What I got was one of the sweetest stories I've read in a while. Perfectly developed and not without hurdles for the characters to go through. It had its sad moments and its hot moments and its funny moments. So enjoyable that I literally couldn't put it down. Even when I had review books with past due deadlines staring me in the face! I devoured this book, I lost sleep over this book so I could listen to just one more chapter.
Jake and Brandon went to high school together. Jake was the jock, football star. Brandon was the nerd. Their paths didn't cross then. Now they are both back in town, teaching at their old school. Brandon gets assigned to be an assistant coach for the baseball team, where Jake is the lead coach.
Jake has to deal with his injuries and physical ailments from pushing his body as much as he did when he was young. Brandon has to deal with having put on hold his dreams of what he really wanted to do. And they are both gay. Not in the closet 100%, just not openly to the people they deal with everyday at school.
While they have to fight their attraction because they don't know if the other is gay, they are just the cutest thing to watch. Jake has a very happy and upbeat personality and I think it complements Brandon's introverted side very well. But when Brandon lets loose he's a force to be reckoned with. All sexy prowling animal going for what he wants. Loved, loved, loved!(less)