Master of the Opera I (Passionate Overture) by Jeffe Kennedy * I received this ARC free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Passionate Over...moreMaster of the Opera I (Passionate Overture) by Jeffe Kennedy * I received this ARC free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Passionate Overture is the first installment in this new serial by Jeffe Kennedy. Christine’s dad got her an internship at the Santa Fe Opera House where strange things are going on. She wants to prove that she can be on her own and take care of herself, despite what her father thinks. She is concerned about what happened to her predecessor but she is determined not to let the rumors stop her.
She has reconnected with her childhood friend Roman, who finally sees her as the woman she has become. Things seem to be going well for her at the opera house, until a couple of bizarre incidents spook her. Weird noises, strange dreams and disappearing interns are among some of the issues that she is dealing with.
This story is a modern take on the beloved classic Phantom of the Opera with an erotic twist. The first book has very little erotic elements but it doesn’t disappoint. The author does a wonderful job of setting up the story and scenery around the Santa Fe Opera House without over doing it. The reader has no trouble imagining themselves right in the middle of the book. You are instantly drawn into the ongoing serial wanting to see where the writer will take you next.
The main characters are engaging and evoke emotions in the reader. I like Christy’s character but hope she grows as the stories continues. She wants to prove herself to her family but she comes across meek when she deals with Carla. I am on the fence regarding Roman. I honestly think he’s kind of sleazy and hope that he proves me wrong as we move forward with the storyline. The mysterious “phantom” definitely intrigues me and I want to see more of him.
Overall I enjoyed the first installment and can’t wait to read the second one in this series. I give Passionate Overture 4 Flaming Hearts. (less)
Almost Magic by JM Kelley *This book is part of my personal library*
Vivian has always had a connection with nature and now the people of Essex Woods lo...moreAlmost Magic by JM Kelley *This book is part of my personal library*
Vivian has always had a connection with nature and now the people of Essex Woods look to her for her herbal remedies. Even though she by most people, there are some that believe her and her family are witches. She has lived with this stigma all her life and it has affected her love life. She’s resigned herself to being alone until a handsome stranger and his daughter move in. There is something about Jack Riley and his little girl that draws her to them.
Jack is trying to do the best he can to raise his daughter when he moves them to the small town. He thinks it will be better for both of them to get away from the city and the memory of his deceased wife. Jack is suffering from insomnia and is worn out to the point that the thinks he’s seeing things when his “wife” shows up at their new house. Elizabeth has a secret of her own though that she is afraid to share with her father because she doesn’t want to worry him. Elizabeth can sense the anguish her mother is causing her dad and doesn’t know how to help him. Maybe the local herbalist can help them both.
Vivian has a huge heart, loves to help people and wants someone of her own to love. She has had trouble dating all her life due to the rumors regarding her family so she spends her time with her flowers and garden. When a handsome stranger moves to town, she is entranced by him. She is drawn to him and his daughter and loves spending time with them. The best part is he doesn’t put any stock in the rumors, until his is affected.
Jack is searching for something, he just doesn’t know what. He moved to the quite town hoping to give them a new start but that’s hard to do when you are haunted by your deceased wife. He thinks he’s losing his mind and the only time he feels at peace is with Vivian. When he takes a leap of faith and let’s go of his preconceived notions, things begin to look up for the couple.
I love the secondary characters in the book from the nosey neighbor to Viv’s mom and aunt; they just enough humor to have you laughing out loud. The eccentric old ladies are so much fun and speak their mind no matter what. They each have their own special talents and set out on a plan that will surely get Viv and jack together, nothing can go wrong – right? The author does a good job of including the secondary characters just enough so they don’t take away from the main characters but enhance their story.
I think Jack and Viv and good together. He is lost and she is looking for acceptance; together they find what they need. He doesn’t judge her based on the rumors he’s heard, he accepts her for who she is. They are drawn to each other and enjoy each other’s company. I enjoyed how the story between them unfolded; it was full of laughter, love, heartache and tears. They didn’t instantly fall in love but had to fight for what they wanted.
I love this author; one of my all-time favorite books is Drew in Blue by her and this story was right up there. Overall I really enjoyed Jack and Viv’s story and give Almost Magic 4 Flaming Hearts. (less)
Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau #20) by Lynsay Sands *A review copy of this book was received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
Basha Argen...moreVampire Most Wanted (Argeneau #20) by Lynsay Sands *A review copy of this book was received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
Basha Argeneau, now known as Divine has been on the run from her family for as long as she can remember. She is afraid that if Uncle Lucian finds her and her son Damian, he will kill them. She has been considered a rogue for years and is always on the move. She’s made her home with many different carnivals over the years and now her uncle’s spy has found her. He’s sexy and she can’t seem to get him out of her head. He represents a future she dreams about but doesn’t think she can ever have.
Marcus Notte has been going through the motions of life for a while now. He has always been there to help watch out for friends and family but lately he doesn’t feel like he’s needed by anybody. When he gets the request to help Lucian look for his niece, he never dreamed he would find his life mate in the process. Things become complicated when he realizes the true identity of his life mate.
Divine/Basha has tried to live her life helping people to make up for her past. She was abducted as a child and put through Hell. She was badly scarred by her experiences but at least she was able to finally get away with her son. She tried to raise him to be a good person, she just never dreamed he would turn out like his father. With Marcus’ help, things begin to come out that make Divine question everything that she was ever told by Abaddon. She’s sure that her Uncle Lucian will never let her or her son live so she has resigned herself to a life without her life mate, alone.
Both Marcus and Divine have spent their life always for others, never really doing or taking anything for themselves. When they realize they are life mates, Marcus is ready to spend his life on the run if he has to. He believes that based on circumstances that he can convince Lucian to spare her life, at least he hopes he can.
I have a love/hate relationship with these books because of the nanos they ALWAYS find their perfect mate. It’s hard not to fall in love with the characters and root for them though. Both Marcus and Divine have been through a lot over the years but now they have each other and a future together, they are no longer alone.
These are some of my favorite books because they packed full action, love and humor. Some of my favorite moments are from early books in this series, like the codpiece incident. There were several comical moments in this book too that had me laughing out loud. Another thing I love about this series is that each book has an appearance by some of the former characters so you get an update on what is going on in their lives too.
Overall, this is one of my favorite series and I am always excited when a new book is released. I give Vampire Most Wanted 4 Flaming Hearts. (less)
Wild Card by Jamie Wyman * I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*
Catherine Sharp has had a run of b...moreWild Card by Jamie Wyman * I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*
Catherine Sharp has had a run of bad luck and love which has led to her soul belonging to Eris, the Goddess of Discord. She may have a life but she is expected to be at Eris beck and call. When the Goddess offers her a chance to get her soul back, how can she refuse? She just never expected to be tested by all the players in the game.
Along with Marius she sets out to retrieve poker chips from the five other members of the game. She and Marius are in a battle for her life facing things of nightmares. The more time they spend together, the more she discovers about him that she actually likes. She starts to see beneath his glamour, and that frightens him.
I enjoyed this story and I think Catherine is a strong heroine. I like that she can take care of herself but isn’t afraid to ask for help when she needs it. She knows that she needs Marius if she is ever going to complete this task and get her soul back. Along the way she discovers things about herself that she never would’ve imagined. With the help of her friends she begins to harness her new found powers while fighting to stay alive.
The actual poker game at the end was my favorite part of the book. I would’ve liked to see her be able to win the right to “deal” herself into the game for a chance to win her soul back. I was happy with the outcome of the game though and I loved the twist at the end. I have to admit that I loved seeing the Goddess of Discord get a dose of her won medicine though.
I didn’t like Marius very much in the beginning but as Catherine began to peel back his layers, he started to grow on me. He has a reputation to uphold, hence his attitude but underneath he seems to be a very lonely man/beast. He turns out to be a good friend to Catherine, even though he has ulterior motives.
This book combined a couple of my favorite things and I enjoyed it very much. Mythology has always been a favorite of mine and reading about the Gods was fun. During a conversation with Loki, the quote about whose hammer Catherine wielded during the battle has to be one of my favorites. I also loved the techno aspect since my husband is a techno geek himself. Overall I really enjoyed this book and give Wild Card 4 Flaming Hearts. (less)
Platinum (Facets of Passion #2) by Jeffe Kennedy * I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Thea comes has been r...morePlatinum (Facets of Passion #2) by Jeffe Kennedy * I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Thea comes has been raised in true southern fashion with affluent parents. She owns an art gallery and shows water color paintings that can be found in any other gallery in the historic district. Business has been slow and she is afraid she is going to have to close until Steel walks into her life and she starts to see things in a new light. She is no longer satisfied with just going through the motions she wants more but will it be enough to save her gallery?
Thea is an albino with rare coloring. She typically wears pastels because bold colors tend to wash her out. She stays out of the sun and leads a quiet life. She has a boyfriend but when she meets Steel but when he asks her to break up with him she really looks at their relationship. She realizes that something is missing in her relationship with Brandon as well as her life and starts making changes.
Steel challenges her and starts pulling her out of her shell. He convinces her to model for him and starts to bring out the fire in her that has been hiding below the surface. I loved seeing her grow and come out of her shell and I think Steel was good for her. The sex scenes were super hot and ultimately Thea was always the one in charge. I think the author handled the scene when Thea used her safe word with Steel very well.
Overall I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read the third one in this series. I give Platinum 4 Flaming Hearts. (less)
Five Golden Rings by Jeffe Kennedy * I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Matilda’s plans change at the last...moreFive Golden Rings by Jeffe Kennedy * I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Matilda’s plans change at the last minute when her boyfriend backs out on their Christmas vacation. She decides to go ahead and take advantage of the plans they have already made, even if she has to go alone. She never expected to meet someone on the plane that would turn her life upside down.
Miguel intrigues Tilda and she can’t believe she’s agreeing to submit totally to him during her time in Mexico. She has always been in control of every aspect of her life and she soon discovers that she likes having someone else making the decisions for her. She gives herself up 100% to the experience and never looks back. Each day brings new tests to her limits not only sexually but mentally and physically as well. In the end, Tilda/Roo discovers that she is tired of settling when it comes to her love life and plans to make some changes when she gets home.
This was a sexy story about testing limits and finding yourself. Each day, Miguel surprises Roo with a kinky gift from the Twelve Days of Christmas. Some stretch her limits more than others but she refuses to use her safe word. She finds the whole experience freeing and wants to enjoy the whole experience.
Both Tilda and Miguel are searching for something but neither is sure what they need. The more they are together, the more they see that there is something they are missing in the other. In the beginning they both looked at the experience as a vacation affair and things slowly evolve into something more. They are a good fit and I am glad they figured out a way to make things work.
Overall I enjoyed the story and couldn’t wait to see what Miguel had in store for Roo each day. I give Five Golden Rings 4 Flaming Hearts.
Red as a Rose by DF Krieger * I received a copy of this book from Breathless Press in exchange for an honest review*
Red as a Rose is not your typical t...moreRed as a Rose by DF Krieger * I received a copy of this book from Breathless Press in exchange for an honest review*
Red as a Rose is not your typical tale of Red Riding Hood, this short story is sexy and full of spice. Tobias and his family are attacked by the huntsmen and he barely escapes with his life. He is wounded and barely makes it to the witch’s house for help but things aren’t as he remembered.
Rose has just buried her grandmother and now she is expected to take over for her. Rose’s magic loves the dead and now she is expected to be a healer. When she finds the man in her grandmother’s bed, she can’t resist just one kiss. She never expected things to turn out like they did.
The two of them have amazing chemistry. I loved how even though he was under her power, he still had a mind of his own where she is concerned. Both are strong in their own right and each has their own magic, it makes them a good pair. The two of them will be good for each other.
The ending was great and not what I expected. They were creative in their defeat of the huntsmen and what was left of Tobias family was saved. I also liked the fact that although she wields power over him, she gave him the choice of life or death.
Although this is a short story, it is full of action and extremely sexy. It’s not the story you remember from your childhood but it’s definitely worth the read. I give Red as a Rose 4 Flaming Hearts. (less)
A Siberian Werewolf in Paris (Volkov Pack #5) by Caryn Moya Block * I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Josie and her famil...moreA Siberian Werewolf in Paris (Volkov Pack #5) by Caryn Moya Block * I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Josie and her family were kidnapped from their Paris home where her parents were the pack leaders. Her father was killed during experiments and her mother soon followed him. With the help of a young scientist, Josie manages to escape and has been on the run ever since. She lives life ready to run at a moment’s notice and tries to blend in with others around her. She has found a safe haven with the London pack but her past has managed to sneak up on her, along with the mating bond she wasn’t expecting. Now her only option to keep those she loves safe is to return to Paris and face the evil stalking her.
Valerii has known that Josie was hiding something but he never realized that she was the alpha heir of the Paris werewolf pack. When the mating bond snaps into place, he can’t believe that he has found the one for him. He can’t wait to share everything with her and show her what it means to be a mate until he realizes that she has ran from him, taking his money with her. He has no intention of letting someone else protect his mate, that’s his job and he takes it very seriously. His mate isn’t happy that he followed her but a very wise woman on the train convinced her that she and Valerii are stronger together than apart.
Together these two take on the not only the Paris pack’s problems but the organization that kidnapped her family and killed her father, Doctors for a Better Humanity. They are still learning each other but the mating bond helps with that and as the story progresses they learn to trust and depend on each other. They are well matched and a strong Alpha couple. I love how Valerii just steps in and automatically takes over directing the Paris pack once she has made her claim. He is a good person that cares about his fellow wolves, which was evident when he rescues Bijou, her brother and his mate.
I love that Josie is a strong female and wants to take care of things. She has had a hard time since she lost her parents but she has managed to take care of herself. She is now ready to go home and face her captors and her former pack; it’s the only way she can keep her mate safe. Valerii was there for her and did what he could to take care of her but he still let her be involved and do what she needed to do too.
The book has interesting secondary characters that add to the complexity of the story. One of my favorites was Josie’s grandmother, the scene with her and Valerii on the train was great. I think the author does a good job with the background descriptions of the key players too. This is the fifth book in the series but I was able to read it as a standalone and enjoy the story without being lost. I would like to go back and read other stories in this series. My only complaint was in the formatting, there were several areas where the story was out of context and all jumbled up. I don’t know if it had to with the kindle conversion or not but it did make it difficult to follow at times.
Overall I really enjoyed this story and plan on picking up other’s in this series. I give A Siberian Werewolf in Paris 4 Flaming Hearts. (less)
Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro * I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Again this boo...moreLadybugs Have Lots of Spots by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro * I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Again this book wasn’t what I expected based on the title but since we had just read the Zebra book it wasn’t as much as a shock. The book is packed full of different types of circles, some easy to spot while others were a little less obvious. The book is full of wonderful illustrations that are bright and colorful. The flow of the book makes it easy for children to follow.
This is another great book for younger children. It’s a good book to start working on recognition of shapes within everyday objects. It’s also a good tool to help with counting, colors and other various motor skills children need to develop before they start school. The picture of the colorful ferris wheel was Lilly’s favorite since we went to the state fair not long ago. She also thought the little girl in the slide was our neighbor’s daughter. Overall we give Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots 3½ Stars. (less)