Liliana Hart's writing is completely addictive, once you enter the world of the MacKenzies you don't want to leave, anxiously awaiting details of allLiliana Hart's writing is completely addictive, once you enter the world of the MacKenzies you don't want to leave, anxiously awaiting details of all your favourite characters while keeping your fingers crossed they all get their individual Happily Ever Afters. I've only managed to read a few of the MacKenzie series and have to say while I become completely immersed in their world it is the stories with the romance as the focal point that are my favourite (I know I know that is totally obvious).
Spies and Stillettos is not for the faint-hearted dealing with brutal rape and torture, drug cartels and government black ops.
Elena had her innocence brutally torn away from her, rescued by the MacKenzies, she has devoted the past seven years to repaying the debt she feels she owes them by becoming a top operations coordinator. Struggling to overcome the damage, both physically and mentally, inflicted on her, Elena has a lot of (understandable) barriers in place effectively making her feel like an outsider even after all the time that has passed. Having the insight into her thoughts and actions proves Elena is a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for.
When the drug cartel responsible for the savagery inflicted on Elena make a re-appearance in her life and threaten her only living relative, Elena has to confront the demons from her past in the most challenging of ways.
I completely adored Brady, he is utterly adorable. Gentle and patient, he has been drawn to Elena from the beginning even after witnessing first hand the terror she had endured. His solid presence and unconditional love give Elena the confidence and foundation on which to truly heal.
The character development through Spies and Stilettos is astonishing especially in Elena's case. Liliana Hart balances the action and the romance within the plot brilliantly, although for me personally, I like the romance to be front and centre, lol.
There are lots of cameo appearances through the story including some nice recapping of their individual stories, die-hard MacKenzie fans will be delighted to see their favourites although for us newbies it doesn't detract from the connection to Spies and Stilettos. There is an absolutely stunning surprise conclusion to the series as a whole but you are going to have to read it to find out what it is :D
Spies and Stilettos is high octane all the way !!!!...more
We were introduced to Rowdy and Michelle in Major Love but for the life of me I can't quite remember any significant details about them, apart from MiWe were introduced to Rowdy and Michelle in Major Love but for the life of me I can't quite remember any significant details about them, apart from Michelle being April's co-worker in the emergency dispatcher department and Rowdy her best friend.
Rowdy is an officer of the law whose chosen career defines his identity, choosing law enforcement wasn't really a choice for him rather a necessity following a tragic event in his childhood. Revelations about his upbringing and the traumatic experiences that have shaped him providing understanding to his emotional barriers, especially his reluctance to enter into a relationship due to his stressful career.
Michelle is a survivor, determined to make the most of the second chance she has been given, Michelle is a bit brash, a little quirky and completely unapologetic about who she is. Although she does tend to keep her vulnerability carefully concealed. Michelle has carried a smouldering torch for Rowdy since she first set eyes on his man candy good looks :D
Details of the incidents that have shaped both Rowdy and Michelle are scattered through the narrative adding depth to their personal stories and providing insight into their emotional barriers. However, I did find the plot a little jumpy at the beginning.
The Brave Line shows how negative aspects of our lives are the ones that shape us the most and even the most tragic of situations can lead to where we are supposed to be - professionally, romantically and emotionally. I have to say I envies Michelle's inner strength and independence, especially her 'pay it forward' mentality. Michelle is very self-aware and has used her experiences in a positive manner as opposed to Rowdy whose denial of his personal issues resulted in them manifesting in such a way he was unable to continue to avoid them.
The Brave Line also takes into consideration the volatile situation between law enforcement and the public due to a few rotten eggs tarnishing the entire institutes reputation. Highlighting the flawed aspects of both the justice system and humanity as a whole.
I absolutely loved the real life Q & A's Kate has included within The Brave Line, they add true insight into what it takes to work in law enforcement essentially proving it takes a certain type of person and they also emphasis that for most individual they are drawn to this type of profession as a duty rather than a career choice. It also served to highlight that there is little to no reward for their daily sacrifices♥ ...more
I don't think I can ever think about bats or sugar-free ice-cream the same way again. While Co-Wrecker has some zany Meghan Quinn style fun in it's paI don't think I can ever think about bats or sugar-free ice-cream the same way again. While Co-Wrecker has some zany Meghan Quinn style fun in it's pages it also shows how two people on opposites end of the optimism scale can achieve balance in their lives but only after they are able to rid themselves of their emotional baggage that has been weighing them down.
Andrew is the quintessential hot geek winning on intelligence, looks and personality stakes; he is the total package and so is his package ;) Although his package has created more than it's fair share of problems resulting in a change of school and a fresh start for Andrew. I loved how Meghan Quinn switched up the stereotyping within the narrative by looking at objectifying men within the plot and the type of situations they may face as a result of their notoriety (for want of a better word). Saddie has an insane amount of trust issues stemming from her childhood, specifically her mother, but also from additional experiences she has had to navigate. It's the proverbial 'straw that broke the camels back' situation whereby one too many traumatic situations result in Saddie scumming to a defeatist attitude and derailing all her future plans as a result. Drifting through her life under a perpetual rain cloud until Andrew brings a little ray of sunshine breaking through her storm. My heart broke for all the tragic events in Saddie life and could empathise with her depression as a result. Andrew's optimism and affection are something Saddie craves in her life and clings, unfortunately she can't fully move on while her head is stuck in the sand where her future is concerned. The stereotyping and caricature-esque portrayal of Scandinavian exchange students added to the fun within the plot without overshadowing the emotional elements.
Andrew and Saddie are perfect for each other, unfortunately, Saddie has to deal with her emotional baggage before she is able to obtain the relationship Andrew offers her. She has to face her problems without using Andrew as a shield from the real world and only then can they be a true partnership. I adored Andrew's inner strength and voice of reason attitude even when it was a case of tough love.
While Co-Wrecker is a fabulous romance it does show that we can't place our happiness in the hands of other people only we can truly decide to be happy and take control on how to achieve the happiness we deserve. ...more
Gennita Low is a new to me author, I was excited to see how her writing style would interact with the world Liliana Hart has already developed.
WickedGennita Low is a new to me author, I was excited to see how her writing style would interact with the world Liliana Hart has already developed.
Wicked Hot is a high-octane, action packed adventure focusing on the way in which the covert missions each of the characters undertakes mesh together and affects not only their lives but the lives of those closest to them.
With multiple perspectives the narrative makes clever use of third person narration in order to keep tight control of the separate plot threads. I have to be honest and say I did feel a little lost at the start due to references to previous incidents I wasn't sure if they had appeared in Gennita's own series or not. Little snippets of information are provided on numerous characters but lacked a lot of development leaving me feeling only a surface connection to the story as a whole.
With super soldiers, assassins, spies, Navy SEALS, remote viewing, super gadgets, terrorists, hostage negotiations, black ops and conspiracy theories take up the majority of the plot with small pieces of a relationship between NSA/CIA fixer Kirk and GEM operative Surya. Little pieces of information regarding a previous interaction between Kirk and Surya provide a little understanding to the intensity of the chemistry between them.
While Wicked Hot is fast paced and adds a lot of detail to the careers of the major players in the Mackenzie series, for me it lacked the romance, heat and passion I have come to expect within the MacKenzie world. ...more
I dived into this series because of the novella one of my favourite authors, Jay Crownover, wrote intertwining her fictional worlds with that of the MI dived into this series because of the novella one of my favourite authors, Jay Crownover, wrote intertwining her fictional worlds with that of the MacKenzie’s, Avenged. Being all sorts of nosy I wanted to see what the characters in the MacKenzie series were like so I could relate to them better in the MacKenzie Family novellas.
For me novellas are either hit or miss, Dane was definitely a HIT. Two things really stood out for me; one – the characters are extremely well-developed, two – the story packs in a lot of detail including background information and a complete plot without any corner cutting.
Dane has been away from his hometown for the past ten years, leaving shortly after his mother’s death to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. His only regret being that he also lost his true love, Charlotte. Dane trusts his intuition after relying on it for so long in some of the world’s worst situations, so when he has a feeling he needs to return home he does so without question.
Charlotte has had a lot to deal with in the ten years Dane has been absent from her life. Heartbroken over his leaving creating abandonment issues especially as she had to cope with the discovery of her pregnancy alone. Charlotte felt she had to leave her hometown of Surrender, as a result of her pregnancy in order to avoid causing Dane’s return and loss of his dreams.
The plot moves at high-speed as the first person Dane encounters on his return happens to be Charlotte, having returned to Surrender following her father’s death. Even after ten years they cannot deny the passion that blazes between them. Hot and heavy doesn’t even begin to describe Dane and Charlotte’s reunion.
Charlotte is understandably wary in the event of Dane’s reoccurring wanderlust not fully accepting that Dane is exactly where he wants to be and wants to stay.
With the first taste of how MacKenzie’s fall hard and fall irrevocably it is easy to see how addictive this series is....more
I am always a little wary whenever I read a book featuring a Motorcycle club due to preconceived notions exasperated by a previous book whereby the meI am always a little wary whenever I read a book featuring a Motorcycle club due to preconceived notions exasperated by a previous book whereby the members were a bunch of cheating, misogynistic scumbags. I am overjoyed to say Raven Riders has altered my perception of MC's immensely.
The Raven Riders are dedicated to providing a safe haven for people but especially women who have suffered through domestic abuse, ensuring their protection and rehabilitation from the damage that has been inflicted on them. A personal mission to a lot of the members of the Raven Riders and none more so than the president, Dare.
Dare has created his own home and family through the Raven Riders, honourable and good to his core, Dare is a fantastic character with more than a little white knight complex. Dare grew up knowing the seedy side of MC's and is determined to never let that happen to the Raven Riders. The victim of an abusive father, Dare lost his older brother and his mother to a domestic incident, the scars of which he carries with him eternally. He has never envisioned his own happily ever after until he crosses paths with Haven.
Haven and her best friend Cora, are under the protection of the Raven Riders after being rescued from a hostage situation involving a notorious street gang. Haven has only recently escaped from her sadistic, controlling crime-boss of a father to end up with a bounty on her head, hence the hostage situation she has been rescued from. Understandably, Haven doesn't trust easily and is of a nervous disposition. Introverted, shy and cautious are all words I would use to describe Haven at the beginning of Ride Hard. The only solace she has been able to find up to now has been in baking, at which she is incredibly talented. Under the Raven Riders shelter, Haven is able to find a level of safety she has never experienced before. I absolutely loved watching her blossom as her confidence developed as a result of the safe environment she had been granted.
The attraction between Dare and Haven is palpable from their first encounter, aside from the obvious barriers like their age difference, the situation they find themselves in is detrimental to a relationship. A fling however, is another matter ;) Although, there is no escaping their intimate emotional connection and the feelings that quickly escalate into a yearning for something more and something permanent.
Fans of Laura's Hard Ink series are going to love the crossover into the Raven Riders while new readers are going to be hooked on the characters that they can't help but want to delve into that series alongside the Raven Riders.
The drama and tension within the plot are maintained throughout adding to the compulsive nature of the narrative as a whole. The ongoing power struggle with gang wars alongside the business ventures of the Raven Riders all added to the three-dimensional story aspects, something I think will have a reoccurring impact through the series.
I have to say this is one motorcycle club I would love to find myself a part of, the feeling of belonging and family emanated from the pages. I am sure it is something we all aspire to have in our lives.
The undercurrent of additional sub-plots surrounding the peripheral characters served to instill a desperate need to uncover their stories, Maverick and Alexa, Cora and Slider, I need to dig deeper into your secrets ;)...more
Legally Charming has a delicious fairytale feel to the narrative from the beginning that is only enhanced as the story progresses.
Felicity is a shy, iLegally Charming has a delicious fairytale feel to the narrative from the beginning that is only enhanced as the story progresses.
Felicity is a shy, introvert and more than a little awkward unless she is discussing her one true passion, art. Highly career driven as a result of her poor upbringing, there are hints to a trauma in her past but this aspect of the plot is completely overshadowed by the romance within Legally Charming, it's as if nothing else exists but the developing relationship between Felicity and Jared.
Jared is also highly career driven, having poured his heart and soul into his career up to this point in his life. Little realising he has been channeling his energy into his career in order to escape his innate loneliness. Something he hadn't even realised about himself prior to his meeting Felicity.
There is no denying the attraction that simmers between Jared and Felicity, reaching a mutual understanding that their relationship is finite due to Felicity's career goals, they embark on a relationship. Neither of them expecting to fall as hard or as deep as they do, yet they are both determined to achieve their individual goals.
Additional drama takes the shape of Jared's boss, who also happens to be the father of his ex-girlfriend. Said boss is not above manipulation in order to have Jared exactly where he wants him, even if it is detrimental to his relationship.
As their feelings deepen Jared and Felicity have to acknowledge the effect their relationship has on their lives. With something so positive between the two of them it is hard to deny the new future they desire. I loved how fate stepped in to push them both to their happy ever after which Jared takes full control over and sweeps Felicity off her feet.
Legally Charming has a high swoon factor with very little angst to detract from the fairytale happily ever after ♥...more